Monday, April 18, 2016

The Way I Walk Is Just The Way I Walk: Sunday, April 13th, 1969


CHI 4, MON 3 (14inns) W-Ross 1-0 L-Reed 0-1 HR-Clendenon(1) Hickman walk-off walk.

STL 5, NY 2 W-Waslewski 1-0 L-Seaver 1-1 S-Hoerner(1) HR-Torre(1)

PHI 7, PIT 3 W-Wise 1-1 L-Veale 0-2 HR-Callison(2) Callison 4 rbi.

CIN 4, ATL 3 (10inns) W-Granger 1-0 L-Upshaw 1-1 HR-A.Johnson(1) Perez(2) H.Aaron(1)

ATL 7, CIN 6 (12inns) W-Raymond 1-1 L-Cloninger 0-1 T.Aaron walk-off walk.

LA 3, HOU 2 W-Foster 1-0 L-Dierker 0-1 S-Mikkelson(1)

SF 13, SD 3 W-Perry 1-0 L-Podres 0-1 HR-Mays(1) Ferrara(1) Mays 5 rbi.

"I'll just stand absolutely still and hope that works!" (I loved the sweet-faced Cub of old, on the sleeve)
The Expos found themselves with a slim 3-2 lead over the Cubbies at Wrigley after the two teams had dueled into the bottom of the 14th inning. Howie Reed gave up a single to Adolpho Phillips, got the next two men out, then walked Glenn Beckert. Expo manager Gene Mauch, mumbling something about the pennant slipping away, brought in kid hurler Don Shaw, a Mets cast-off who had notched the save the day before. Mauch wanted the lefty on lefty match-up against Cubs slugger Billy Williams, who immediately walked to load the bases. Shaw, shaking in his boots, tossed four wild ones to Ernie Banks and the tying run crossed the plate. Up stepped Jim Hickman, who stood and watched himself become a hero by walking to force in the winning run, 4-3. Expo hurlers had walked the final four batters of the game, a true expansion team performance!

Not to be out-done, the beleaguered Braves sent the "B" team onto the field in the nightcap of their double dip against visiting Cincy, and Tommie Aaron's bases loaded walk off of former Brave Tony Cloninger gave them a split. Reds' fireman Wayne Granger had earlier coughed up a 6-4 lead in the ninth, allowing the opposing bench-warmers to tie it. Nonetheless, the Reds sit atop the NL West while the Braves reside in the basement.

Johnny Callison, an early favorite of mine.
In other action, the Phils' Johnny Callison enjoyed his second 4-rbi game of the young season, and Willie Mays of the Giants upped his season rbi count from 1 to 6 with a 5 rbi game. He lacked only a triple for the cycle. The Padres pennant push may have to wait. The Dodgers, visiting the Astrodome and already short on pitchers, lost Don Drysdale to a line drive and reliever Foster to being hit with a pitch, Don for 27 games, Foster for 31. The Tinsel Town nine is rumored to be deep in talks to acquire a sucky hurler from San Diego just to fill out the now-depleted mound corps. 


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