Friday, October 6, 1950 — Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York — With the Yankees leading this Series, 2-0, Game Three moved to Yankee Stadium in New York.
The pitching matchup featured, Ken Heintzelman (3-9; 4.09 ERA) for the Philadelphia Phillies; vs. Ed Lopat (18-8; 3.47 ERA) starting for the Yankees.
The Yankees scored first in this game in the bottom of the third inning, when after two outs, Phil Rizzuto walked; stole second; advanced to third on a bad throw by catcher, Andy Seminick; and, was driven home on a RBI single by Jerry Coleman, for the 1-0 lead.
In the top of the 6th, the Phillies tied the score, 1-1, on a double to leftfield by Del Ennis, who scored on a RBI single by Dick Sisler.
The Phillies then went ahead in the game in the top of the 7th inning, on a lead off single by Granny Hamner, who advanced to second on a sac-bunt by Seminick; and, scored on a RBI single by Mike Goliat that gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead.
This back-and-forth game became tied again in the bottom of the 8th. After two outs, the Yankees loaded the bases on three straight walks, that knocked Heintzelman out of the game. Jim Konstanty was brought in from the Phillies bullpen, by manager, Eddie Sawyer, to try to get out of this jam without any runs scoring.
Konstanty did his job, getting Bobby Brown [pinch-hitting for Hank Bauer] to hit a groundball to short. But, the ball was misplayed by shortstop Hamner for an error that allowed Coleman to score the tying run.
Johnny Mize was the next batter up, and Konstanty got him to pop out to third, leaving the bases loaded, and the game in a 2-2 deadlock.
Ed Lopat was pinch hit for in the bottom of the 8th, so his work was finished in this game, after pitching a solid eight innings, allowing two runs, on nine hits, no walks, and five strikeouts.
Yankees manager, Casey Stengel, called in reliever, Tom Ferrick, to pitch the 9th inning; and, even though Ferrick allowed two runners to get on base, the Phillies did not score a run, sending this game into the bottom of the 9th still tied, 2-2.
Russ Meyers was now pitching for the Phillies, and quickly retired the first two Yankee batters, making it look like the game might go into extra innings.
But, then, the Yankees stroked three straight singles — a single to centerfield by Gene Woodling; a Phil Rizzuto (1-for-3; 1 Run), single, also to centerfield, that advanced Woodling to second base; and, then, finally, a game-winning, RBI single by Jerry Coleman (3-for-4; 1 Run; 2 RBI’s), driving home Woodling with the winning run in the Yankees 3-2 victory.
This win gave the New York Yankees a “three games to none” lead against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1950 World Series.
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In the 2008 World Series, the Philadelphia Phillies took a 3-1 lead in this series against the Tampa Bay Rays, over the weekend.
Game 3 — Saturday, October 25, 2008 — Phillies 5, Rays 4
Game 4 — Sunday, October 26, 2008 — Phillies 10, Rays 2
Game 5 — is scheduled to be played, Monday, October 27th, in Philadelphia.