Thursday, August 11, 2016

Gibson, Marichal Lose No-Hit Bids in 9th: Saturday, May 17th, 1969


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!"
Bob "Captain Friendly" Gibson went into the bottom of the ninth at San Diego having allowed the lowly Padres a few walks, but no hits. He retired Ollie Brown, then Nate Colbert was safe on the second error of the game by Dal Maxvill. Gibson disposed of Roberto Pena for the second out and then faced Dodger reject Al Ferrara. Ferrara ruined everything by doubling home Colbert! Gibson got former Cardinal Ed Spiezio and had to settle for a one-hit win. "I would have thrown it back anyway," said Gibson. "It wouldn't count if it was the Padres!" The Holy Men have been just what the doctor ordered to get the Redbirds back on the winning track. 

Phillie sparkplug Tony Taylor.
In Philadelphia, Juan Marichal also entered the ninth inning with a no-no going, but that, too, was broken up. Tony Taylor had the audacity to single with one out, and then, with the Quakers trailing by a hilarious 17-0 margin, was promptly thrown out trying to steal second. "I was trying to spark a rally," said a sheepish Mister Taylor.  The Giants pounded out 20 hits, and Willie McCovey homered and drove in 6. Jack Hiatt found his way on to the field again and sent a ball into the stands as well. The long-awaited return of Rich Allen to the Phils' lineup resulted in a disappointing 0-for-3.

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.
Cubs mound mainstay Ferguson Jenkins retired the first two Astros he faced in the bottom of the first at the Astrodome before surrendering a free pass to Joe Morgan, who then stood on first base analyzing the hell out of it until everyone wanted to tape his mouth shut. It annoyed Jenkins so much that he gave up hits to the next five Spacemen, culminating with a 3-run triple by backstop John Edwards, who hears dead people. Astro hurler Tom Griffin, who had been the worst starter in the league until his last start, turned in his second consecutive gem, fanning a dozen. Weirdly, once Morgan was off the bases and Jenkins could hear himself think, he settled down and the Astros managed only one more hit all evening. No matter. The 6 in the first was plenty. The Cubs just can't hit. Santo and Kessinger were great in April, but only reserve flyhawk Don Young was hitting in May. He's now injured. Williams is at the Mendoza line, Santo, Kessinger and Banks are all under .250 with no production in the month, and Jim Hickman was a ghost before going down with an injury for a few games. I keep thinking the baby bears will wake up and hit, but i keep waiting and they keep making outs. 

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.



stevemryan said...

Are you using actual lineups and rosters? Gibson should have gone to the beach. I think those Padres were actually close to the awfulness of the more renown '62 Mets. I also think the '63 Mets were worse than the previous year. I played a terrible tourney, 8-team with double elimination, and if I recall the 2003 Tigers took the title, meaning most wins. I debated a loser tourney for a worst of all-time title, but I can only tolerate ineptitude so much.

Fireblossom said...

Hi Steve! No, I use whatever line-up I think is best on a given day, but my Orsino board increases injuries, and I won't use a silly card overly much--for instance, Larry Jaster isn't the lead-off man for Montreal, despite an awesome hitting card (even after i altered it to more tolerable results.)I *do* follow an as-scheduled schedule, though.

The Padres are an awful team. They have a little tiny bit of pop, but nobody gets on base much, their fielding is under 30 (!) and their pitching is just a notch above awful because they do have 3 "C" starters and one "C" reliever. Right now they are at full strength and still can hardly buy a run. I feel bad for Clay Kirby, who has pitched really well, as has Al Santorini in his last three starts, but no support. When Gibson was closing in on the no-no, I really was thinking he ought to throw it back if he gets it.

Their expansion cousins, Montreal, have no pitching at all, but at least can hit. That may change when they deal their number 1,3, and 4 hitters in June, but for now they are at least more interesting to play.