Let’s go back in time to this day in Phillies history, September 25, 1964 the following took place…
Of all the losses during their collapse, the game on September 25, 1964 stands out. “It was like a World Series game,” said Braves manager Bobby Bragan. After two bad outings and then Chico Ruiz’s steal of home against him, Art Mahaffey had fallen out of favor with Gene Mauch. Instead of starting Art Mahaffey, Mauch used Chris Short with only two days’ rest.
The Phillies led 1-0 going to the top of the seventh, when catcher Clay Dalrymple tipped Dennis Menke’s bat and was called for interference. The Braves took advantage to score two runs and led 3-1 in the top of the eighth. Johnny Callison’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, tied the score 3-3.
With the score tied 3-3 in the 10th, the Braves Ty Cline led off with a single off Phillies reliever Bobby Locke. After Gary Kolb’s sacrifice moved Cline to second, Joe Torre was up. Torre had two triples the night before and already had two hits and an RBI in this game.
Mauch had to decide what to do:—walk Torre intentionally and pitch to Gene Oliver or have Locke pitch to Torre. Mauch decided to let the right-hander try to get Torre out. But Locke hung a curveball and Torre blasted a two-run homer to give Milwaukee a 5-3 lead.
Richie Allen’s two-run inside-the-park home runs tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the tenth but in the twelfth, Eddie Mathews drove in the go-ahead run with a single off pitcher John Boozer that deflected off the glove of first baseman Frank Thomas. The Braves added another run to win 7-5. The Phillies had lost five in a row and eight of their last ten. Their lead was down to one and a half games over the Reds and the Cardinals were just two-and-a-half back.