Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cards Sweep Reds As Gibson's String Continues: Sunday, June 1st, 1969


CHI 1, ATL 0  W-Jenkins 6-3 L-Stone 1-4  Jenkins 1-hitter.

MON 6, SD 3  W-Grant 5-6 L-J.Niekro 3-2 S-Face(5)  HR-Colbert(5) Stahl(2)

NY 5, SF 0  W-Seaver 4-5 L-Marichal 6-5  HR-Shamsky(5) Kranepool(3)  Seaver 2-hitter.

LA 7, PHI 6  W-Brewer 1-2 L-Raffo 1-1 S-Mikkelsen(5)  HR-Sizemore(1) Briggs(4) Allen 2(6) Allen 4 rbi.

PIT 4, HOU 3 (11inns)  W-Marone 2-0 L-Gladding 1-2 HR-Edwards(3)  Mazeroski 2-out GW single.

STL 5, CIN 0  W-Gibson 6-1 L-Nolan 2-1  HR-Flood(1)

Affable nice guy Bob Gibson won his fifth straight start, blanking the Reds on 3 hits. The Reds were without three starters--flyhawks Bobby Tolan and Alex Johnson, and shortstop Woody Woodward. Their replacements struck fear into no man. Hitters like Rose (2 hits), Bench (1), May and Perez (0) were still in there but Gibby mowed them down like nothing. It was the first time all year that the Rhinelanders had been shut out.

"Nothing is better for thee, than me!"
For the second straight day, the Phillies were the only east team to lose, despite Rich Allen's alarm clock going off and the awakened one belting two two-run shots. The Dodgers pecked away at the silly Quaker pitching staff and came away with the win, to move within a half game of the top in the west. Conversely, the Shibe Park denizens now find themselves 4 games back of even the expansion Expos. 

Too cool for school? Er, plus formidable pour l'ecole?
Speaking of Les Expos, they swept their expansion cousins, the Padres, despite the Friars lofting an unwonted pair of home runs in Sunday's match. Jim Grant won for the 5th time, but is rumored to be on the block. "There's been entirely too much winning," said a team source. "We need to deal away some talent and receive nothing in return." Sounds like a plan! Stay tuned.

Cub skipper Leo Durocher gives pointers to his second-string backstop.
The immortal Sonny Jackson dinked a single early on, which ended up being the only Atlanta hit off of Cub stalwart Ferguson Jenkins. It was the league-high 9th whitewash by Chicago hurlers, and good thing too, as the baby bears plated only a single run. "I just wasn't good enough!" wept disconsolate losing pitcher George Stone. In medical news, catcher Randy Hundley was felled by shinguard and mask disease and will miss the next 5 contests. Ken "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Back-Up Catcher" Rudolph stands at the ready. 

Finally, Doc Ellis of the Pirates was cruising with a 3-0 lead going into the 8th against the visiting Astros, but he gave up a run in that frame, and then a 2-run shot by Johnny Edwards ("how we love him!") in the 9th to tie it. Grizzled vet Bill Mazersoski saved the day for the Buccos by lining a walk-off single off of Fred "Wilma!!!" Gladding in the 11th.
Maybe...someday Fred will win the fight; then will stay out for the night!



stevemryan said...

Reds swept by Redbirds is very disappointing but it's early.

Fireblossom said...

Steve, the Cardinals' pitching requires a good hitting team to beat them, but they caught the Pirates when Clemente and Oliver were out, and the Reds with injuries now. And yet the lowly Phillies took two out of three from them. Baseball is a funny game!

William Sagle said...

Affable niceguy, Bob Gibson? Oh, yes, exactly what nobody ever called him on the field. Ah, the Goddess just wanted to be sure her readers were aware of her twist on that description of Mr. Gibson.