Thursday, April 28, 2016

High-Flying Birds And Wingless Angels: Wednesday, April 16th, 1969

Scores!

PHI 9, MON 8 (12inns) W-Wilson 1-0 L-Shaw 0-1 HR-Allen(1) Ryan(2) Hisle 1-out walk-off single.

NY 4, PIT 0 W-McAndrew 1-1 L-Moose 0-1 Boswell 4 rbi.

STL 6, CHI 5 W-Hoerner 1-0 L-Abernathy 0-1 Shannon GW single.

ATL 8, HOU 4 W-Stone 1-1 L-Griffin 0-2 HR-Boyer(1) Morgan(1) Didier 5-for-5.

SD 3, LA 2 (15inns) W-Baldschun 1-0 L-Mikkelson 0-1


"And it's a base hit! By...me!"
Reader Steve says that every time the Cardinals lose, an angel gets its wings. Lots of wingless angels flying around, then! The Cards looked like they might finally prove human when the visiting Cubbies took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but then they tied it 2-2 in the 6th. In the 8th they took a 4-2 lead and Joe Hoerner was summoned to nail down the victory, but the Cubs rallied for 3 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 5-4 lead. I...er,  I mean, Leo Durocher had to make a choice between Ted Abernathy or Phil Regan to close it out and I...um, Leo went with Abernathy. Bad choice. First, the Redbirds tied it, then they won it on a Mike Shannon single. 9 and oh! Shannon also announced his own hit.

"Put me in, coach!"
The Padres got back to .500 by outlasting the banged-up Dodgers in 15 innings. Jose Arcia singled in the go-ahead run, and Phillies cast-off Jack Baldschun completed two stellar innings of relief to secure the win. All four of the Friars' wins have been by a single run. After the game, Al "Beans And Weenies" McBean was dealt from the visitors to the home team for bush-leaguer Tommy Dean.
NOT Tommy Dean of the Padres.
 


 

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