But it was Giant Pitcher Billy O'Dell who looked like $35,000 for the first three innings. He allowed no Dodger to reach first base. Drysdale, meanwhile, was throwing a most uncharacteristic pitch—a ball wide of the strike zone. Reacting promptly to the situation was Willie Mc-Covey, inserted into the lineup simply because he loves to hit against Drysdale. McCovey, a good hitter against any kind of pitching, is unbelievable against this Dodger. Fast balls, curves—the big outfielder handles them with fine impartiality. He singled in one run, doubled and scored another, and after three innings the Giants were four runs up on their hated rivals.
But Willie Davis, a troublemaker if ever there was one, singled in the fourth and, naturally, made second on the hit. When Right Fielder Felipe Alou's throw bounced off Davis' head and into short center field, Willie was off and running again. Durocher was most relieved to see Davis finally stop at third.
Just as Pierce had become undone by the running of Davis, so did O'Dell. Tommy Davis, who doesn't run like the other Davis but who hits better than anyone else in the league, singled, and Frank Howard made the game all even with a long home run hit into the leftfield bleachers.
Playful Don Drysdale, feeling very much better with the game tied, had great sport with the Willies—Mays and McCovey. His lighthearted fast ball sent first one, then the other sprawling to the ground. When O'Dell, a playful fellow himself when the occasion demands, brushed Drysdale back in the next inning, the umpires, led by Al Barlick, marched in a group to the mound. Then they did a right flank and marched over to the Giant dugout. "Come out," Barlick ordered Dark. "I won't," said Dark. "Come out or you're outa the game," said Barlick.
So Dark came out, and after words were exchanged the Giants went back to work, took the lead, and then the Dodgers tied it.
The ninth inning, probably not a classic one in the art of baseball, certainly must go down as one of the most dramatic. The Giants loaded the bases, with no outs. Two outs later, the Giants still were without a run, thanks to Perranoski. Then the fine relief pitcher walked Cepeda on a 3-2 pitch. A run for the Giants. Harvey Kuenn, a big man who specializes in singles, lined a two-strike pitch through the drawn-in outfield and the Giants were home with a four-run lead.
Incredibly, the Dodgers loaded the bases in their half of the last inning. Tommy Davis nearly tied it up again with a long drive to left that looked like a home run. Kuenn, however, calmly took the drive against the boards. Then Frank Howard hit one out of the park, foul, before popping up.
"We've got it. We've got it," Manager Al Dark said in the Giant dressing room. "You've got it?" asked a reporter. "The pennant?"
"No, no, no. Here," said Dark, pointing to his stomach. While most of the Giant players were having a gay old time in the dressing room, Ed Bailey sat quietly in front of his locker, quacking on his duck call.