Monday, May 30, 2016

Splitsville, Daddy-O: Sunday, April 27th, 1969


CHI 3, NY 2 W-Jenkins 4-0 L-McGraw 0-1 S-Regan(4) HR-Hickman(4) Jenkins 11 K's.

NY 3, CHI 2 W-Seaver 2-2 L-Abernathy 0-2 HR-Boswell(1) Seaver 10 K's.

STL 9, PHI 2 W-Washburn 3-1 L-Boozer 1-2 HR-Hisle(1)

PIT 6, MON 2 W-Blass 4-0 L-Wegener 1-2 All 19 hits by both teams were singles.

ATL 2, LA 1 (10inns) W-Upshaw 2-1 L-Mikkelsen 0-2 S-Raymond(1) HR-Cepeda(3) Four Braves pitchers combine on 2-hitter.

SD 3, CIN 2 W-Reberger 2-1 L-Granger 3-1 HR-Perez(6) Brown(3) Dean 2-out walk-off single.

CIN 4, SD 1 W-Maloney 4-0 L-Sisk 1-2 

SF 3, HOU 1 W-Marichal 2-2 L-Billingham 1-2 

HOU 9, SF 1 W-Ray 2-0 L-Perry 3-1 S-Womack(2) HR-D.Bryant(1)

"Watch me win this game!"
The Mets, losers of six in a row, looked like they would win after a pair of sac flies put them up 2-1 in the 8th with Tug McGraw on the mound, but Tug muffed a tapper back to the mound and then served up a gopher ball to ex-Met Jim Hickman and the New Yorks lost their 7th straight. In the nightcap, Tom Seaver rode an early blast by Ken Boswell and his own rbi single to a 2-1 lead in the 8th inning again when Jim Qualls singled in the tying run for the Cubs as the New York fans groaned. But in the bottom of the 8th, Ron Santo kicked a grounder, an out advanced the runner to second, and slump-ridden veteran Ed Kranepool singled him in for a 3-2 lead which Seaver made stand up. Losing streak over.

The Allen-less and Callison-less Phils were no match for the Cardinals as the birds swept three at Shibe.

"Here I come to save the dayyy!"
Working on a perfect game in the 4th, Phil Niekro was struck by a line drive and had to leave the game. Paul Doyle and Cecil Upshaw made a 1-0 lead stand up until Wes Parker of the extraordinarily annoying Dodgers upset your impartial Goddess by singling in the tying run with 2 out in the bottom of the ninth. No matter. A clutch pinch hit by Bob Aspromonte gave the Braves the lead again in the 10th, and Claude "Everybody Loves" Raymond set the Dodgers down with ease for the save. Aspro got his hit off of Pete Mikkelsen, working in his third straight game. 

Again, NOT Tommy Dean.
The Padres finally snapped their 9-game losing skid when Tommy Dean singled in the winner with 2 out in the bottom of the ninth inning of the opener at San Diego. Of course, the Friars went right back to losing meekly in the nightcap. They have a team that is so offensively inept, I think that it may rival my unbelievably punchless 1967 Senators. This is not a good thing. In other news, Pete Rose entered play on Sunday still hitting .500 at 35-for-70. He promptly went 0-for-9 against the mighty Pod pitching staff, reaching base only once, on an intentional walk. His average plummeted to a dismal .443. "I'll wager you can bet I'll get some knocks next game!" he crowed as MLB brass frowned from the box seats.

Reserve backstop Don Bryant of the Astros finally saw some action and deposited one in among the paying customers. With Ron Bryant seeing action on the hill for the Giants, this game pitted Bryant against Bryant! The horror, the horror. But his blast could not rival the one hit in San Diego by Tony Perez, which may still be in the air. He really crushed it. (So says the Orsino board which sometimes tells me whether a HR was mighty or just dinked over the outfielder's glove. It also sometimes tells me whether a batter doubled standing up or barely beat the tag. It adds to the game, I think.)
An excited Padres fan runs down Tony Perez's home run ball.


stevemryan said...

Love the pic of the Padres fan. The only way that would have been better is if it had been an Astro's fan.

Fireblossom said...

Ha! Steve, yer killin me. And you're right!