Thursday, October 5, 1950 — Shibe Park, Philadelphia — In Game 2 of the 1950 World Series, the New York Yankees won another classic game against the Philadelphia Phillies, as the game went into extra innings tied 1-1, when Joe DiMaggio hit a dramatic lead-off homerun in the top of the 10th inning that gave the Yankees the 2-1 lead.
The Bronx Bombers held onto that lead, closing out the game in the bottom of the 10th, to take a 2-0 lead in this Series.
Just like in Game One, when Vic Raschi of the Yankees, out-dueled, Jim Konstanty of the Phillies, in the Yanks 1-0 win; Game Two delivered two more great pitching performances, by Allie Reynolds, the Yankees starter; and, Robin Roberts, who started for the Phillies. Both pitchers completed the full 10 innings each team played, with Reynolds ending up the victor.
The Yankees scored the first run of the game in the top of the second, when after two outs, Jerry Coleman walked; advanced on a single by Allie Raynolds; and, then scored on a RBI infield single to short by Gene Woodling. Yankees 1, Phillies 0.
In the bottom of the 5th, the Phillies tied the score. Mike Goliat led off the inning with a single, and after Roberts failed to move him over on a sac-bunt, Eddie Waitkus singled to set-up a first and third situation. Then, Goliat was driven home on a RBI sac-fly to leftfield by Richie Ashburn that evened the score, 1-1.
The Yankees had a chance to take the lead in the top of the 8th, when Bobby Brown and Hank Bauer singled with one out. But, Coleman grounded out; and, then, Reynolds [hitting in this key late-game situation] struck out, ending the rally.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, with one out, Philadelphia had a chance to win this game by getting two runners on base, a double by Granny Hammer, and an intentional walk to Dick Whitman. But, Mike Goliat hit into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play, sending this game into extra innings.
Joe DiMaggio was the lead-off batter for the Yankees in the top of the 10th inning. He was (0-for-4) up to this point in the game, but Joe D. was about to be the hero once again, as he hit a homerun that moved the Bombers into the 2-1 lead.
Robin Roberts shut down the Yankees the rest of the inning without any other runs scoring, which finished his great performance of 10 innings pitched, allowing two runs, on ten hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.
The Phillies started the bottom of the 10th inning with a lead-off walk. But, Reynolds retired the next three batters to complete the Yankees 2-1 victory.
Allie Reynolds pitched a brilliant 10 inning complete game win, giving up one run, on seven hits, four walks, and six strikeouts.
With this 2-1 victory, the Yankees took a 2-0 lead in this series. To read more about this Game Two, and the 1950 World Series, click on:
In “Game Two” of the 2008 World Series, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2, to even this series, one game apiece.
The Rays got on the scoreboard first, when Akinori Iwamura led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk; and, advanced to third on B.J. Upton’s single to right. On the play, Jayson Werth misplayed the ball, allowing Upton to go to second. Then, Iwamura scored on a ground out by Carlos Pena; and, Upton scored on a ground out by Evan Longoria, that gave the Rays the early 2-0 lead.
“Small-Ball”, “Small-Ball”, “Small-Ball” … I wonder if Joe Girardi and the Yankee players were watching?
After the game, Rays Manager, Joe Maddon, made a point to discuss how important small-ball is; and, he said, it is very important to “score runs with outs”.
That was always the philosophy of the great Yankees Manager, Billy Martin, who said, “it’s important to score the first run of a game anyway you can, so the other team would have to score at least two runs to win the game.” Well, in the case of this World Series Game, the Phillies would need at least three runs to win.
The Rays scored another run in the bottom of the second, when they loaded the bases, and B.J. Upton drove home Dioner Navarro on a RBI single. But, on the play, Rocco Baldelli was out at the plate when he tried to score on a nice throw from the outfield to catcher Carlos Ruiz, who held onto the ball for the out, even though Baldelli made a hard slide into Ruiz.
The score was now 3-0, as the game moved into the bottom of the 4th, when Tampa Bay increased their lead to 4-0 on a beautiful safety squeeze by Jason Bartlett that scored Cliff Floyd. [More small-ball by the Rays]
The Phillies had chances to score some runs in the early innings, but Rays starter, James Shields pitched good enough to not allow any runs over his 5.2 innings of work, in which he gave up seven hits, and two walks, while striking out four.
Joe Maddon finally had to go to the bullpen in the 6th inning, when the Phillies had runners on first and third with two outs.
Dan Wheeler was called into the game, and got Pedro Feliz to hit into a fielders choice that ended the rally, holding the Rays 4-0 advantage in the game.
Wheeler walked the lead-off batter, Ruiz, (2-for-2; 1 run; 2 walks), in the top of the 7th inning, before striking out the next two batters, Rollins and Werth, which completed his very effective performance.
Maddon decided to bring in David Price at this point; Price walked Chase Utley, then struck out Ryan Howard to end the Phillies rally, keeping the 4-0 score in favor of the Rays.
Phillies starter, Brett Myers, completed his work in this game after retiring the side in the 7th inning. Myers allowed four runs [three earned], on seven hits, three walks, and two strikeouts.
Price remained in the game in the top of the 8th, and quickly got two outs. But, then, pinch-hitter, Eric Bruntlett, blasted a solo homer off Price, that broke up the shutout, decresing the Rays lead to 4-1. Price then retired the final batter without any further damage.
The Rays didn’t score in the bottom of the 8th, when Phillies reliever, J.C. Romero, pitched a scoreless inning. The game now moved into the top of the 9th inning.
In the 9th, the Phillies scored their second and final run on an error by Evan Longoria; but, David Price then closed out the inning, preserving the Rays 4-1 victory, tying this Series at one game apiece.
Game Three moves to Philadelphia on Saturday, October 25, 2008.