Thursday, May 12, 2016

Alias Smith & Jones: Sunday, April 20th, 1969


CHI 9, MON 2 W-Hands 3-0 L-Grant 0-3 HR-Smith(1) Hundley(1) Clendenon(3)

MON 7, CHI 5 (12inns) W-Shaw 1-1 L-Ross 1-1 HR-Smith(2) Rudolph(1) Laboy(1) Jones(1)GW

PIT 3, PHI 2 (11inns) W-Dal Canton 1-0 L-J.Johnson 1-2 S-Hartenstein(3) HR-Allen(2)

NY 14, STL 4 W-Gentry 3-0 L-Giusti 0-1 

ATL 9, CIN 1 W-Jarvis 2-0 L-Fisher 2-1 HR-F.Alou(1) H.Aaron(3) T.Aaron(1)

LA 7, HOU 2 W-Moeller 2-0 L-Wilson 0-3 HR-Crawford(3)

SF 12, SD 3 W-Bolin 1-1 L-Santorini 0-3 HR-Cannizzaro(1) Fuentes(1) Dietz(2) Bolin(1)

Home run hero Mack Jones
Willie Smith went 3-for-3 on opening day for the Cubs, and then climbed into the deep freeze until today, when he slammed homers in each game of a doubleheader at Montreal. Unfortunately for the baby bears, Mack Jones hit a 2-out 2-run walk-off homer to win it for the 'Spos in the 12th. "C'est formidable!" cried the fans. As for Smith, he vows to become a Hollywood movie star. "I am legend!" he observed humbly.

Jim Bunning of the Pirates came within one batter of turning in a masterpiece against his old pals the Phillies, but Rich Allen took him deep to tie the game. No matter. The resurgent Buccos won it in 11.

"Behold, I turn wimps into ferocious beasts!"
The Cardinals looked everywhere for scheduled starter Nelson Briles, then remembered he had been run over by a cement truck, and had to choose between Dave Giusti or Mike Torrez to make the start. They went with Giusti, who was handed his head. In came Torrez who met the same fate. So many Mets ran so fast around the bases all afternoon that they turned to butter! (Those who grew up reading now-banned children's books will understand.) 

The Astros have now lost 10 of 11 and 8 straight. During the losing streak, they have scored more than 2 runs only once. They scored 4 in that one but lost 8-4.

Bob Bolin turned in a complete game win at Candlestick Park, not giving up an earnie until Chris Cannizzaro touched him for a meaningless 2-run shot in the 9th. Bolin also homered himself. "Not good enough. Go wash my car, too!" bellowed Giants skipper Herman Franks after the game. The win was costly for the Giants as Willie McCovey fell into a time warp while reaching for a pop foul off the bat of Nate Colbert. There, he was mauled by the, Berenstain Bears and will miss 4 games, including all of the upcoming series against the division-leading Dodgers.
"I don't remember it being this way!" cried McCovey.

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