Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Cardinal Express Rolls On: Monday, April 14th, 1969


CHI 4, PIT 0 W-Hands 2-0 L-Ellis 0-2 HR-Santo(1)

STL 8, MON 2 W-Carlton 2-0 L-Grant 0-2 HR-Pinson(3)

PHI 3, NY 1 W-G.Jackson 1-1 L-Koosman 1-1 S-Wilson(1) HR-Callison(3)

SF 8, CIN 5 (12inns) W-Bryant 1-0 L-Carroll 0-1 HR-McCovey(3) Rose(3) A.Johnson(2)ISP Perez(3) Giants 20 hits.

LA 4, HOU 2 W-Sutton 2-0 L-LeMaster 1-1 HR-W.Davis(2)

The Cardinals continue unbeaten, rising to 7-0 with a drubbing of the hapless Expos. Everybody who thinks the 'Spos can win tomorrow's rematch, raise your hand. Anyone? Bueller? Vada Pinson is hitting a puny .172 with just 5 hits, but one was a double and three were 3-run homers, giving him 10 rbi total! 

Bill Hands of the Cubs tossed his second shutout in as many starts, but this time gave up some hits. 

The Giants and Reds paired up for a wild one at Crosley. The Giants led 3-1, but a 2-run inside the park HR by Alex Johnson tied it. The Giants went back ahead, but Tony Perez hit a homer over the fence to tie it again. Both teams scored in the 9th, and again in the 11th, but the Giants finally broke through in the 12th for the win. 

The west looks like it will be crazy all year. Every team except the idle Padres is pretty good, but none of them are great. I'm looking forward to seeing how this will play out. In fact, I'm loving this '69 NL replay so far. The hitting is much better than in '67 AL despite very strong starting pitching around the league, but the bullpens are weak! In '67 AL, 5 teams had an "A" reliever, and the other five had a "B". Plus, all the teams that had "A"s also had "B"s! In '69 NL, only two teams out of 12 have an "A" reliever, and one of them (Joe Gibbon) gets traded mid-season from the Giants to the Pirates. (The other is the Mets' Tug McGraw.) 

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