Thursday, April 14, 2016

Padre Pennant Push?!? : Saturday, April 12th, 1969


MON 5, CHI 4 W-Wegener 1-0 L-Nye 0-1 S-Shaw(1) HR-Wills(1)

STL 3, NY 2 W-Washburn 1-0 L-Cardwell 0-1 Brock 5-for-5.

PIT 4, PHI 3 W-Blass 1-0 L- Boozer 0-1 S-Hartenstein(1)

CIN 6, ATL 1 W-Maloney 2-0 L-P.Niekro 0-2 HR-Rose(2) Rose 4 rbi.

HOU 5, LA 2 W-Billingham 1-0 L-Singer 0-2 HR-Crawford(1)ph

SD 3, SF 2 W-Roberts 1-0 L-Marichal 1-1 HR-Dietz(1)

Is it too soon to talk about a Padres pennant? The Friars rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 8th against Juan Marichal to give lefty Dave Roberts the lead and ultimately the win. It was the Pods' third in a row and lifted them to 3-2! They may never lose again. The Giants' Hal Lanier will be lost for 3 games with the bends, incurred when he had a mishap while visiting Sea World.

Lou Brock rapped out no fewer than 5 hits as the Redbird Express continued on, leaving the Cardinals as the only undefeated team in the league at 5-0. Meanwhile, the hapless Pirates and Expos finally managed to get into the win column. The 'Spos first homer of the season was hit--just barely over the wall at Wrigley--by Maury Wills, of all people. The homerless wimps populating the Expos' dugout looked on in awe.
Maury Wills didn't want to be an Expo and played like it. However, his card doesn't know that.

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