Saturday, June 25, 2016

Expo Waste-A-Thon: Friday, May 2nd, 1969


NY 6, CHI 5 (10inns) W-McGraw 1-1 L-Aguirre 1-1 HR-C.Jones(2) 

PIT 12, MON 10 (13inns) W-Hartenstein 1-0 L-Shaw 1-2 HR-Wills(3) Clendenon(9) Staub(4) Laboy 2(5)  Sanguillen 5 hits.

STL 4, PHI 0 W-Briles 2-0 L-Fryman 1-2 HR-Torre(3) Briles 1-hitter.

ATL 5, LA 1 W-P.Niekro 3-2 L-Moeller 3-2 P.Niekro 1-hitter.

SD 7, CIN 6 (12inns) W-Kelley 1-0 L-Cloninger 0-2 S-Ross(1) HR-May(4)

SF 7, HOU 2 W-Marichal 3-2 L-Billingham 1-3

Manny Sanguillen dons the Cap O' Five Hits.
The good news for Gene Mauch's Expos: they hit 5 home runs and built a 10-4 lead! The bad news: they wasted 5 home runs and lost. Roy Face had a chance to nail down his 3rd save as an Expo in only his 4th day with the team, and he came within an out of doing it, but gave up a game-tying two-run double to Willie Stargell instead. Manny Sanguillen went 5-for-7 with two runs, two rbi and 2 steals as the Buccos stunned the baby Canadians.

Nelson Briles of the Cardinals threw away his crutches, ran out to the Busch Stadium hill and blanked the Phoolish Phillies on just one hit, a 5th inning line drive single by Deron Johnson. Beer truck Johnson had the audacity to immediately steal second base on backstop Tim McCarver, who was so abashed that he later went down with a shame-related injury. No matter! The Cardinals roll on. After winning their first 9, they lost 4 of 7 but have now reeled off another 8 straight wins. Who can stop them? Surely not the ridiculous Phils, who have already been blanked 5 times and who are once again without Allen or Callison who both reappeared for part of one game before going back to the Island Of Broken Players.  

Johnny Miller (?) gets kudos for his hit, L.A. style.
In Atlanta, Phil Niekro mowed down the Dodgers without a hit until Johnny Miller (who???) singled in the seventh, a little 16-hop seeing eye dribbler.  Unfortunately for the Tinseltown nine, Willie "Call Me Joan" Crawford went down with nervous hysteria and will have to go to an exclusive rest home in Beverly Hills for a while. That's why Johnny Miller (really, WHO?) was in there to ruin everything for Knucksie Niekro. Things have really tightened up in the west, with 4 teams within a game and a half of the top spot. 

Ed Spiezio
NOT Ed Spiezio
The Padres battled the Reds into extra innings and saw the hand of a benevolent God in it when third sacker Ed Spiezio cracked a two-run double in the top of the 12th to give the Friars a 7-5 lead. But then I, er, Pods skipper Gomez forgot to pinch run for the lead-footed Spiezio, even though Tommy Dean was practically bouncing in his seat to get into the game. Naturally, backstop Chris Cannizarro (Canizarro? Cannizaro? Kenny Zorro?) blooped a single to left and talented head case Alex Johnson was able to track down the ball, stop for lunch, mail the ball library rate to catcher Johnny Bench and still nab Spiezio when he finally came steaming into home three days later. I was, er, I mean, Gomez was afraid that my, er, his blunder might cost the Holy Men a rare victory should the Reds rally, which they promptly did. Braves cast-off Dick Kelley walked the first batter in the bottom of the twelfth, fanned the next, and then walked 3 straight, making it 7-6 with the bases loaded and one out. Gary Ross, acquired from the Cubs in a recent deal, came on to retire two batters without incident to nail down the Prayer Circle's 8th one-run win out of eight total! Saved from ignominy! I'm sure happy for Gomez. *cough*
Gomez, victorious.


1 comment:

stevemryan said...

Personally, I am tired of seeing the Cradinals win!