ATL 3, MON 1 W-Pappas 5-1 L-Stoneman 1-4 S-Upshaw(7) HR-H.Aaron(7)
SF 17, PHI 0 W-Marichal 5-3 L-Champion 2-2 HR-McCovey(10) Hiatt(2) McCovey 6 rbi. Marichal 1-hitter.
CIN 5, NY 1 W-Culver 3-0 L-Seaver 3-4 HR-Rose 2(10) Tolan(5) Rose 4 rbi.
HOU 6, CHI 1 W-Griffin 2-5 L-Jenkins 5-2 Griffin 12 K's.
PIT 8, LA 3 W-Ellis 3-4 L-Osteen 4-1 HR-Pagan(2) W.Davis 2(7) Pagan 4 rbi.
STL 4, SD 1 W-Gibson 3-1 L-Kirby 1-3 Gibson 1-hitter.
|"Tough shit, Gibby!"|
|Phillie sparkplug Tony Taylor.|
Pete "You Betcha!" Rose continued his crazy hitting for the Reds, driving a pair of two-run homers, one off of Tom Seaver, the other off Cal Koonce. He now has 10 homers as of mid-May, one off the league lead. His career high in HR was 16, accomplished in 1966 and again in this season, 1969. I carefully went over his card, to see if he is overcarded, but he isn't; he's just getting the rolls. In addition, the two runs scored gave him 44 for the season in just 37 games, on pace for an astonishing 192 runs scored, which would obliterate the modern NL record of 158, set in 1930 by Chuck Klein, but would fall a half dozen short of the all-time record of 198, set in the 19th century by Sliding Billy Hamilton. Will Pete cool off eventually? Place your bets now.
|Lefty-hitting psychic backstops are hard to find.|
Finally, every replay has a "Miracle D" pitcher, who does well despite his D rating. So far, it's Milt Pappas of the Braves who checks in at 5-1. "I lay it in there, but they still can't hit it!" he crowed after defeating the Expos. In that game, Henry Aaron and Felipe Alou crashed into each other. Aaron will miss just one game, but the red-hot Alou burst into flames and will miss 8 games. He did hold on to the ball for the out, though, as fire crews blasted him with flame-retardant foam.
|Crews extinguish Felipe Alou.|