Originally Posted by corkedbat
I was bored and looking over some old box scores for the 65 Reds (the year I first went to a game) at the Baseball Almanac. I started taking a look at the numbers for the regulars and realized they had some pretty potent linesups pre-BRM. Of course, playing in Crosley didn't hurt much either.
LF Tommy Harper____(.257/18/64)
2B Pete Rose_______(.312/11/81)
CF Vada Pinson_____(.305/22/94)
RF Frank Robinson___(.296/33/113)
3B Deron Johnson___(.287/32/132)
1B Tony Perez______(.260/12/47)
_C Johnny Edwards__(.267/17/51)
SS Leo Cardenas____(.287/11/57)
Pitching was a problem that year. Gee, where have we heard that before?
Starters Sammy Ellis won 22 games, Jim Maloney won 20 games. After that, things went downhill fast. Lefty Jim O'toole, who won 17 games in '64, won just 3 games in '65. Those 3 wins game against the lousy NY Mets. Joey Jay won just 9 games and posted a 4.21 ERA when a 4.21 was considered an embarrassment. Thirty-six-year-old Joe Nuxhall started 16 of his 32 games and won 11 with a 3.44 ERA.
Most of the regular players played day in and day out. Harper, Pinson, Robinson, Johnson, and Cardenas played in about 155-160 games each. Pete Rose played in all 162 games. Catcher Johnnny Edwards platooned with Don Pavletich, a young Tony Perez platooned with Gordy Coleman.
My brother and I attended this Reds/Dodgers game on August 6, 1965 at Crosley Field.
I wrote this game story just a few years ago after referencing my old scorecard and reading about that game in old newspaper files.
COKER SAVES MATES WITH GAME-WINNING PINCH-HIT;
REDS WIN 5-4 TO PULL WITHIN 2 GAMES OF DODGERS
Reds’ pinch-hitter Jimmie Coker helped to straighten out his slumping team on Friday night with an eleventh-inning pinch-hit single to give the Reds a 5-4 victory over the first place Los Angeles Dodgers.
The victory broke a string of four consecutive losses for third-place Cincinnati. The Reds now sit a half-game behind the second place San Francisco Giants, and one and a half games behind the front-running Dodgers.
Solo homers by Don Pavletich, Pete Rose, Deron Johnson, and Tommy Harper accounted for Cincinnati’s first four runs as the Reds out-hit the Dodgers, 10-5, in the third extra-inning ballgame in the last four nights. Rose’s homer was his third round-tripper in the last six games.
Reds’ catcher Don Pavletich got the winning half-inning underway when he singled off Ron Perranoski, the Dodgers’ very tough lefty reliever. Marty Keough was called off the bench to run for the burly Pavletich. Charley James then bunted Keough over to second base. Dodgers’ skipper Walt Alston elected to issue an intentional walk to Reds’ shortstop Leo “Chico” Cardenas. With runners at first and second base, and just one out, Reds’ manager Dick Sisler sent Jimmie Coker to the plate as a pinch-hitter for reliever Billy McCool. Coker, a 29-year-old Texas native and third-string catcher, stroked a solid liner to left field that scored Keough from second base for the winning run.
Ron Perranoski stormed off the mound with just a loss to show for an otherwise brilliant 4 1/3 innings of relief. Dodgers’ starter Johnny Podres left the game after five innings of 4-run ball before giving way to Howie Reed, who provided just one inning of middle relief.
Joey Jay started for Cincinnati, but was lifted after one out in the fifth inning. John Tsitouris replaced the veteran Jay, who showed nothing but slow and slower pitches from an aching right arm. Tsitouris allowed two runs in his 4 2/3 innings of work, a major improvement since receiving a thrashing by the Giants in their 18-7 win over the Reds on Thursday night. Lefty Bill McCool threw the final two innings and picked up his seventh win against six losses on the year.