CHI 2, NY 0 W-Holtzman 3-2 L-McAndrew 1-5 Holtzman 1-hitter.
NY 3, CHI 0 W-Gentry 4-1 L-Selma 0-3 Gentry 1-hitter.
MON 4, PIT 2 W-Robertson 2-2 L-Ellis 2-4 HR-Stargell(6) Staub(5) Laboy(6)
PHI 6, STL 3 (16inns) W-Raffo 1-0 L-C.Taylor 3-1 HR-Briggs(2) Ryan(4)
ATL 12, LA 3 W-Pappas 3-1 L-Singer 3-4 S-Raymond(2) HR-W.Davis(5) H.Aaron(6) H.Aaron 4 rbi.
SD 5, CIN 3 W-Santorini 1-5 L-Fisher 4-2 HR-Rose(8) A.Johnson(4)
CIN 6, SD 5 (13inns) W-Carroll 1-1 L-Kelley 1-1 HR-Stewart(1)
SF 16, HOU 7 W-Bolin 2-3 L-Wilson 2-4 McCovey 4 rbi.
Score, May 5th (make-up game from May 1st.)
PIT 18, STL 6 W-Bunning 2-3 L-Giusti 2-2 HR-Oliver(5) Alley(2) Shannon 4 rbi, Oliver 4 rbi, Sanguillen 4 runs, Hebner 4 rbi, Pirates 24 hits.
|"Go ahead, try and hit me!"|
Late homers by Staub and Laboy enabled the Expos to rally past the inconsistent Pirates.
|"Behold my works, ye mighty!"|
|"I really blow chunks!"|
In Atlanta, Claude Raymond collected the garbage save as the west race got crazy close. Al Santorini of the Padres finally managed to not suck and break into the win column as the Friars nearly swept the Reds but were turned back by Ted "Silly" Savage's walk-off double in the 13th inning off Dick Kelley, who failed to retire anyone.
On Monday, the Cards were forced to trot out Dave Giusti again as a starter, just when he had made it safely back to the bullpen with the return of Nelson Briles to full glowing health. Giusti was lit up like a 4th of July firework by the relentless Buccos, who banged out 24 hits and scored in all 8 innings in which they batted. Giusti had beaten the Pirates just days ago, but the Steel Town nine had had enough of going down meekly before the Cardinals. (They were 0-6 against them before this game, and had shown little sign of their potent offense.) This was the Redbirds' third straight loss (ring them bells, Reader Steve!) and with the Pirates having bagged 24 or more hits for the third time already this young season, one wonders if they can find consistency and be a factor. For now, as all 12 teams prepare for the start of cross-divisional play beginning Tuesday, it's raining hits!