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Dodgers Regain First Place as Koufax Dominates

July 8, 1962 - Sandy Koufax today became the National League’s first left-hander to strike out 200 batters 2 seasons in a row, as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved back into first place with a 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Koufax, who fanned nine and gave three hits, received ninth-inning help from Don Drysdale after yielding a pinch-single to Bob Nieman and walking Jim Davenport. Koufax, his fastball zipping and his control near perfect until the ninth, retired the first 15 Giants. The Dodgers had 12 hits, at least 1 in every inning except the first. Koufax’s victory was his 13th against 4 losses. He ran his season strikeout total to 202.


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