Hamels, Dobbs Lead Phils to Game 1 Win

NLCS Dodgers Phillies BaseballComing into Game 1 of the Philly Dream Series, much of the talk surrounded the fact that we were going to get to see two of the greatest lefties in Philadelphia baseball history. Neither Cole Hamels nor Lefty Grove disappointed. The mighty A’s hitters managed a measly two hits off of Hamels in 7 innings of work. Phillies hitters didn’t have much more luck off of Grove, who allowed only 1 run in his first 9 innings of work, before finally wearing down in the 10th.

The scoring started in the bottom of the 4th, as Bing Miller sent a Cole Hamels fastball over the right field wall. Miller hasn’t had to pay for a steak in this town since his walk off double won the A’s the 1929 World Series, and a big Dream Series could only burnish his legend.

The Phils answered immediately. In the top of the 5th, they loaded the bases with no outs, and Jimmy Rollins hit a fly ball to left center that brought home Pedro Feliz and quieted the raucous crowd.

This being Philadelphia, that crowd was electric from the start. And when Herbert Hoover was announced to throw out the first pitch, he was met with boos and chants of “We Want Beer!” (Remember the ’29 A’s played in the midst of Prohibition). The crowd’s rowdy behavior did not go over well with the  gentlemanly teetotaller Connie Mack. (After the game, the President jokingly responded to the boos by saying, “I thought they were cheering me on by screaming ‘Hooooooo-ver!'”)


Tied at 1 after 9, Mack decided to ride Lefty into the tenth, despite the fact that he was clocking in at over 120 pitches. Greg Dobbs, pinch hitting  for Ryan Madson, hit a flyball double into right field to lead off the inning. After walking Rollins, Grove was replaced by reliever Ossie Orwoll (pic right), perhaps the finest athlete on the A’s. Orwoll played in the NFL in 1926, and as an Athletic, he’s played first base, center field and left field in addition to pitching. He coaxed Jayson Werth into a fly out to left, but the ball went deep enough to allow pinch runner So Taguchi to advance to third. Chase Utley then flew out to right. Bing Miller lined up his catch and threw a dart home, but Taguchi avoided Cochrane’s tag and gave the Phils the 2-1 lead.

Brad Lidge came on in the bottom of the 10th, and leaning heavily on the slider, struck out three batters to end the game.

Dobbs, who set a team record with 22 pinch hits this past season, spoke about his big hit after the game. “Lefty does a  nice job of painting the corners with that fastball, but I think he was a little tired. That one he threw me caught a little too much of the plate and I was able to get around on it.” The wonkish Dobbs, known for studying pitchers, says he’s watched what video of Grove he could find. “Does all this help me tremendously? I don’t know. But I do know that it makes me feel prepared, and not feeling prepared is the worst thing that can happen. You need to feel good going into an at-bat.”

Well, Greg Dobbs has all of South Philadelphia feeling good after his heroics in Game 1.

RELATED: You can check out the box score and play-by-play of Game 1 here. 



  1. Fat Joe

    October 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    What a ridiculous article. Lefty Grove, one of the best lefties ever, would get knocked around by the 2008 phillies?

    Judging by this crazy article Jamel’s is more or less as good as lefty grove.

    It owe my mind how you could ever come up with the idea of comparing the two ball clubs. All it is is glorifying the 2008 Phillies. What’s next, comparing pat Burrell to babe Ruth? Comparing Shane victorino with Willie mays?

    Get a grip, this is getting out of hand.

    • schmenkman

      October 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      There’s nothing ridiculous or crazy there.

      Even in the best season of his career (31-4, 2.06 ERA in 1931), Grove had 11 starts where he gave up at least 3 runs. In 1929 he had 16 starts like that.

      Simulations like this don’t just use the averages for each team — that would be pretty boring. They account for the fact that even a great team like the ’29 A’s has better days and worse days, and HoF pitchers DO occasionally give up runs, and sometimes lose games to pitchers who aren’t as good as they are.

    • glutenous

      October 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Fat Joe’s just mad he is no longer relevant in the music biz.

  2. Johnny Goodtimes

    October 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    They didn’t exactly knock around Lefty Grove. He gave up 4 hits and one run in his first 9 innings of work. Keep in mind as well that, as Brad Lidge said earlier, the 1929 A’s had never seen a slider before. Gotta be a pretty major adjustment. Finally, this is a 7 game series. Just because a team is better on paper doesn’t mean they’re gonna win. Just ask the 1960 Yankees.

  3. Matt E.

    October 25, 2013 at 11:23 am

    This Philly Dream Series is great stuff, guys! Very entertaining. Keep it up.

    No way the A’s lose Game 2. Earnshaw vs. Myers…it’s not even close. A’s over Phils, 5-2.

  4. Bart Shart

    October 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Entertaining — yes. Sophomoric– indeed. However I want the autographs of Al Simmons, Jimmy Fox, Mickey Cochrane and Lefty Grove, please!!

  5. HeinoldsBakery

    October 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I love this idea. My grandfather was 17 and the son of a bakery owner living in Philly when the A’s won in 1929. He spent the last couple years of his life in a nursing him, his short-term memory all but gone. But he could still name the starting line-up of the A’s. So, while he and I are fans on opposite sides on this series, I love the connection.

  6. ryan devine

    October 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Psyched that the 08 phillies won but hamels doesnt throw a slider

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