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Dodgers Top Cubs as Skowron Knocks In Winning Run

Apr. 17, 1963 - Bill Skowron (pictured), after getting only 2 hits in 23 times at bat, singled in the winning run in the 10th inning with 2 outs today to bring the Los Angeles a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. With two away in the 10th, Lee Walls singled, and Frank Howard followed with a single, his third hit of the day, before Skowron, who had been in deep freeze since the season began, came to the plate. Hampered by a bad hand, Moose has been wearing a golf glove. But after fouling southpaw Dick Ellsworth’s first pitch down the third-base line, he took off the mitt — and the next pitch was the last of the evening. The ex-Yankee, who had gone hitless since the Dodgers opened their homestand this week, lashed a single to right field to score Walls with the winning run. Ron Perranoski, who relieved Bob Miller after he was lifted for a pinch hitter, got credit for his first victory of the season. Miller hurled brilliantly during his 9-inning stint, yielding only 3 hits. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of our pitching this year,” Dodger manager Walt Alston said afterward. “If we’d got any kind of hitting, we’d be 8-0.” Only 15,617, the smallest crowd to witness a Dodger game since they moved to their new stadium last year, turned out for the contest.


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