Sunday, June 19, 2016

Reds Snag First, Mets Sag To Cellar: Thursday, May 1st, 1969


MON 3, NY 1 W-Jaster 2-2 L-Seaver 2-3 S-Face(2) HR-Staub(3)

SD 3, ATL 2 W-J.Niekro 2-0 L-K.Johnson 1-2 S-Reberger(3) HR-Brown(4) Cepeda(4)

CIN 4, HOU 3 (12inns) W-Granger 4-1 L-Ray 2-1 Alex Johnson 2-out walk-off single.

SF 5, LA 2 W-Perry 4-1 L-Sutton 3-1 HR-Crawford(6) McCovey(7)

A dinosaur still roaming Canada!
Acquired from Detroit on April 29th for a bag of baseballs, Elroy Face has been a godsend for the weary Expos bullpen, already saving two games. Tom Seaver made only one bad pitch, but it turned into a 3-run jack by Rusty Staub and that was enough to send the Mets to the cellar while the 'Spos laugh at them from the dizzy heights of 4th place! Poor Mets, they've lost 15 of 21 since sweeping three from these same Expos to start the season.

He's got the moves!
Speaking of acquisitions, Joe Niekro, picked up from the Cubs for Dick Selma, registered his first win as a Friar, stopping the Braves with 9th inning help from Frank "Double" Reberger. Every single one of the Pods' seven wins have been by a single run. "I'm a genius!" crowed skipper Gomez after the game. 

Quick! Who remembers me? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Jim Maloney held the bewildered spacemen hitless through 7 frames and was enjoying a 3-0 lead when he ran into trouble in the 8th. Suddenly unable to find the plate with GPS and both hands, Jim found himself facing Normal Norm Miller with the sacks jammed and two out. Miller cleared the bases with a double and it took Alex Johnson's walk-off single with two gone in the twelfth to make a winner of fireman Wayne Granger. It's his 4th win and he says his ambition is to notch 20 without ever starting a game! "Too much work," he opined. The Rhinelanders have played a league-high 7 extra-inning games, winning 4 of them. 

When the Tinseltown nine swept two at home from the Giants a while back, the Gints were without star slugger Willie McCovey. He's back and he helped his team return the favor at Candlestick with a 3-run blast off of Don Sutton. The loss dropped the Dodgers to second place despite Willie "Call Me Joan" Crawford's sixth home run. Variety panned the blast, saying it was irrelevant and tedious. "Bastards!" fumed Joan.
Crawford shows off the home run swing.

1 comment:

stevemryan said...

At least the Cardinals didn't win today!