For Walter Alston, the next minutes must have seemed like a glimpse of hell. The Giant pitcher hit a ball to Maury Wills at short. The ball bounced off Wills's shin for an error. The next batter grounded to the unfortunate Neal. Neal picked this ball up and flipped it to Wills. Wills dropped it for another error, the third of the inning, and the team's fifth. When Willie Mays singled, making it 9-6, it didn't take Allan Roth to know that the Dodgers' number was up.
Dazed, the Dodgers went out quickly in the ninth. They dressed in silence, then got on the bus for the long ride back to their hotel. No one talked. Charlie Neal, sitting near the rear of the bus, gazed mournfully out the window at the hills of San Francisco. Walter Alston, sitting alone up front, stared blankly at a sheet of statistics.