Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bucs Bash Expos' Brains In: Saturday, April 26th, 1969

CHI 4, NY 0 W-Nye 1-2 L-McAndrew 1-3  Nye 10 k's, 0 bb.

STL 1, PHI 0 W-C.Taylor 3-0 L-Fryman 1-1  Taylor 2-hitter.

PIT 22, MON 2 W-Moose 1-2 L-Stoneman 0-3 HR-Jones(3) May(1)phGS Hebner 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 rbi, Pirates 26 hits.

LA 6, ATL 4 W-Singer 3-2 L-K.Johnson 1-1 S-Mikkelsen(3) HR-Cepeda(2) Francona(2)

CIN 7, SD 2 W-Culver 1-0 L-Kirby 1-2 HR-Rose(6)

SF 9, HOU 5 W-Herbel 1-0 L-Griffin 0-3 HR-McCovey(5) McCovey 4 rbi.

"Watch me go yard!"
So unkind! The Buccos went insane against Bill Stoneman and the infant Expos, pummeling them for 22 runs on 26 hits! "I thought I had no-hit stuff," lamented a deluded Mr. Stoneman as he trudged from the mound having given up the first 11 runs. Richie Hebner piled up the stats as he drove in his first 4 runs of the season. In an effort to go easy on the beleaguered Canadians, Bucs manager Larry Shephard sent instant strikeout Jerry May to the plate to pinch hit late in the game, and all he did was launch a grand slam homer. It wasn't pretty, what the Pirates did to the Montreal nine, but the Saturday fans at Forbes Field enjoyed every minute of it, and it was sweet revenge for Friday's loss. However, the victory came at a price, with Roberto Clemente going back on the shelf for 9 games after making a spectacular catch.

Chuck Taylor is livin' on Tulsa time.
Since the death, er, injury to Vada Pinson, the Cardinals don't score much, but with their excellent pitching, they do score just enough to win on most days. Chuck Taylor,  an 18-game winner for the Tulsa Drillers in '68, proved he's ready for the big time, making a first inning run stand up against the Phillies at Shibe Park. 

The Mets' offensive ineptitude reached silly proportions when Cubs spare part Rich Nye blanked them at Shea, fanning ten. The Metropolitans have dropped 6 straight. "We're glad we have the Phillies to keep us company as we plummet!" mused skipper Gil Hodges.

"I'm Earl Webb!" No. You're Jerry DaVanon.
Pity the preposterous Padres, who have lost 9 in a row, and have not even been close to winning any of them. They exploded for three hits against the Reds on Saturday--a single by shortstop Tommy Dean, his first hit since being acquired from Los Angeles, and a pair of doubles by the immortal Jerry DaVanon. 

"I'M Earl Webb!" Yes you are, the long-time MLB record holder for doubles in a season with 67.

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