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Defending Champion Dodgers Drop Sixth Straight Game

Apr. 20, 1964 - If the Dodgers weren’t getting out of town tomorrow morning, Los Angeles Mayor Samuel Yorty would have to declare Dodger Stadium a disaster area.

Dropping their sixth straight game tonight to Hank Aaron (pictured) and the Milwaukee Braves, 7-1, the crumpling champs ended their worst homestand since moving to Los Angeles.

Everything went wrong for L.A. as the Braves swept the two-game series and saw to it that the Dodgers were even more solidly embedded in 10th place — a full game behind the hopeless Mets.

Bob Sadowski had L.A. begging for a run until Tommy Davis singled and Ron Fairly tripled in the ninth to score just their third tally in the last 35 innings.

So frustrating were his pitches that not one Dodger knocked the ball out of the infield between Willie Davis’s single in the second and his fly to right field in the eighth. In between, a procession of 17 would-be hitters surrendered meekly.

As things went from bad to worse, many fans in the crowd of 21,139 booed their erstwhile heroes lustily.

The losers’ misfortunes included such harrowing events as:

— Jim Gilliam and Johnny Werhas dropping the ball while tagging out baserunners.

— Bob Miller walking Frank Bolling with the bases loaded and also wild-pitching another run home.

— Two of Milwaukee’s three hits off Bob Miller in the three-run sixth would fail to reach third base if laid end to end.

— John Roseboro and Frank Howard striking out twice apiece, Howard the second time after missing a bunt with the Dodgers six runs behind in the seventh.

The last time the Dodgers lost as many as six in a row was in August 1961, when they had a 10-game slump. The homestand was a financial success, however, the seven games drawing 212,540 paid.

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