1965 World Series Game 4

Sunday October 10, 1965

Don Drysdale returned to form after a tough outing against the Twins in Game 1. He went the distance in the fourth game, allowing just two runs of five hits with 11 strikeouts in a 7-2 victory for the Dodgers that evened the series at 2-2.

The Dodgers had 10 hits in the game against Twins pitchers, six of which were infield base hits. The Los Angeles offensive attack also included three bunts, two stolen bases, and two runners caught stealing. The scoring started right away in the first inning when Maury Wills reached on an infield single, stole second, gained third on a Willie Davis infield single, and finally scored when the Twins failed to turn the double play on Ron Fairly’s grounder to second.

Fielding miscues hurt the Twins all day, most obviously when Frank Quilici booted a Johnny Roseboro grounder that allowed the second Dodger run to score after Wes Parker singled, stole second, and went to third on a wild pitch.

The Twins finally got on the board in the top of the fourth inning when Harmon Killebrew launched his first home run of the series – also the first for either team since the first game. Parker answered in the bottom of the frame with a solo home run of his own. Oliva added a solo home run in the top of the sixth to pull within one of the Dodgers, but that is when the wheels fell off for the Twins.

Grant walked the first batter and allowed a single to the second man he faced in the sixth inning. A throwing error put men at second and third with nobody out as Grant left the game in favor of relief ace Al Worthington. Worthington had been stellar during the regular season, but the second pitch he threw to Ron Fairly was a single laced through the drawn in infield that scored two more Dodger runs. The next batter, Lou Johnson, attempted to move the runners over via sacrifice bunt. Problem for the Twins was that nobody covered first. When Worthington fielded the ball, he had to wait for Quilici to cover, which gave Johnson enough time to beat the throw. Worthington threw anyways, allowing Fairly to score from second base on the play.

Worthington worked his way out of the inning with no further damage, but the Dodgers had taken a 6-2 lead. Johnson added the final touch with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth.

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