On April 7, 1969, Bill Singer of the Los Angeles Dodgers earns the first official save in history. Making his only relief appearance of the season, The ‘Singer Throwing Machine’ does not allow a hit, hurling three scoreless innings en route to saving Don Drysdale’s 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field. Thanks to the efforts of sportswriter Jerome Holtzman, the save had become an official statistic during the off-season…

Bill Russell makes his major league debut, he will be game the all time leader in games played at shortstop and be part of the Dodgers infield that set the record for games played together. 

 

 

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Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Cincinnati Reds 2

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Game Played on Monday, April 7, 1969 (D) at Crosley Field

LA  N    0  1  2    0  0  0    0  0  0  -   3  8  1
CIN N    2  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  0  -   2  4  2

Play by Play

DODGERS 1ST: Crawford struck out; Gabrielson popped to
shortstop; Sudakis was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Dodgers 0, Reds 0.

REDS 1ST: Rose homered; Tolan homered; Johnson grounded out
(third to first); Perez flied out to center; May grounded out
(third to first); 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Dodgers 0, Reds 2.

DODGERS 2ND: Fairly was called out on strikes; Kosco struck out;
Haller singled to center; Lefebvre doubled to center [Haller
scored]; Sizemore walked; Debut game for Ted Sizemore;
Drysdale was called out on strikes; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. 
Dodgers 1, Reds 2.

REDS 2ND: Bench popped to shortstop; Helms lined to right;
Woodward grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Dodgers 1, Reds 2.

DODGERS 3RD: Crawford singled to right; Gabrielson singled to
center [Crawford to second]; Sudakis was called out on strikes;
Fairly tripled to right [Crawford scored, Gabrielson scored];
Kosco popped to third; Woodward dropped a foul fly hit by Haller
for an error; Haller popped to second; 2 R, 3 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. 
Dodgers 3, Reds 2.

REDS 3RD: Nolan struck out; Rose singled to center [Rose to
second (error by Crawford)]; Tolan walked; Johnson grounded into
a double play (third to first) [Rose out at third]; 0 R, 1 H, 1
E, 1 LOB.  Dodgers 3, Reds 2.

DODGERS 4TH: Lefebvre walked; Lefebvre stole second; Sizemore
walked; On a bunt Drysdale forced Lefebvre (pitcher to third)
[Sizemore to second]; Crawford struck out; Gabrielson flied out
to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Dodgers 3, Reds 2.

REDS 4TH: Perez singled to center; May struck out; Bench popped
to shortstop; Helms popped to shortstop; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. 
Dodgers 3, Reds 2.

DODGERS 5TH: Sudakis struck out; Fairly struck out; Kosco struck
out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Dodgers 3, Reds 2.

REDS 5TH: Woodward lined to center; Nolan struck out; Rose
popped to shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Dodgers 3, Reds 2.

DODGERS 6TH: Haller reached on an error by Helms; Lefebvre
walked [Haller to second]; Sizemore flied out to center [Haller
to third]; Drysdale struck out; Crawford grounded out (second to
first); 0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 2 LOB.  Dodgers 3, Reds 2.

REDS 6TH: Tolan struck out; Johnson flied out to center; Perez
walked; May flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Dodgers
3, Reds 2.

DODGERS 7TH: Gabrielson struck out; Sudakis lined to right;
Fairly grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Dodgers 3, Reds 2.

REDS 7TH: SINGER REPLACED DRYSDALE (PITCHING); Bench flied out
to center; Helms popped to first in foul territory; Woodward
flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Dodgers 3, Reds 2.

DODGERS 8TH: Kosco singled to left; PARKER RAN FOR KOSCO; Haller
singled to center [Parker to third]; GRANGER REPLACED NOLAN
(PITCHING); Lefebvre was called out on strikes; Sizemore reached
on a fielder's choice [Parker out at home (third to catcher),
Haller to second]; Singer forced Sizemore (shortstop to second);
0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Dodgers 3, Reds 2.

REDS 8TH: CRAWFORD CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING LF); RUSSELL
REPLACED GABRIELSON (PLAYING RF); PARKER STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING
CF); WHITFIELD BATTED FOR GRANGER; Whitfield was called out on
strikes; Debut game for Bill Russell; Rose walked; Tolan
forced Rose (first to shortstop); Johnson grounded out (second
to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Dodgers 3, Reds 2.

DODGERS 9TH: MERRITT REPLACED WHITFIELD (PITCHING); Crawford
flied out to right; Russell doubled to center; Sudakis struck
out; Fairly flied out to left; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Dodgers 3,
Reds 2.

REDS 9TH: Perez flied out to left; May popped to second; Bench
flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Dodgers 3, Reds 2.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Dodgers          3   8   1   10
 Reds             2   4   2    4