Sunday, September 11, 2016

Coco Goes Cuckoo: Friday, May 30th, 1969


CHI 3, ATL 1 (11inns)  W-Regan 4-1 L-Doyle 2-1  HR-Hickman(6) Hickman walk-off HR.

MON 10, SD 2  W-Robertson 4-4 L-Santorini 2-9  Laboy 5 rbi.

SF 6, NY 1  W-Perry 8-2 L-Gentry 5-3

PHI 3, LA 1  W-G.Jackson 4-5 L-Osteen 4-2

HOU 5, PIT 4  W-Womack  3-1 L-Dal Canton 2-3 S-Gladding(2)  HR-Blefary(4)

PIT 5, HOU 1  W-Bunning 3-5 L-Griffin 2-6

STL 5, CIN 3  W-Carlton 7-3 L-Merritt 3-6 S-Waslewski(2)  HR-A.Johnson(6)

Coco adds a trophy to his shopping cart.
At Jarry Park, Cardinals reject Coco Laboy collected a single, a double, and a triple good for 5 rbi as Les Expos embarrassed their expansion cousins 10-2.  If not for a pair of rbi doubles by another Redbird reject, John Sipin, it would have been ten zip. The Padres made three errors. They have nowhere to go but up. 

He drank Pepsi and ate Mentos and suddenly exploded.
In the friendly confines, Jim Hickman stroked two doubles and his first home run in three and a half weeks, to down the Braves in extra frames.  Paul "Popeye" Doyle was the victim. "I blame French heroin smugglers," he opined cryptically.

The Phillies actually won their second in a row, downing the Dodgers at Shibe. Lefty Grant Jackson did what Grant Jackson usually does, pitching brilliantly until the 8th, and then losing steam. However, a tired G-Jax is still a better option than the Quaker bullpen, and this time he was able to hang on and secure the win. Yes, the Phillies won, but Rich Allen is still an enigma, hitting less than .120 since returning to the lineup. 

He isn't here to make friends. Ask Lefty.
At St. Louis, Steve "Carlton Your Doorman" Carlton was cruising along with a 5-0 lead, but couldn't get Alex Johnson out. The surly left fielder ripped three singles and then a two-run blast that made it 5-3. When A.J. appeared at the plate again with a man on and two out in the ninth, Cardinal skipper Red Schoendienst went to the 'pen for Gary Waslewski, who retired Johnson on a fly ball to end it.  Veteran picket Vic Davalillo made his Cardinals debut in this game, having been acquired in exchange for Jim Hicks, who takes his one home run to California. Davalillo, however, went 0-for-4. 

He may be quite good some day!
Finally, Gaylord Perry downed the Mets for his league-high 8th triumph. New York starter Gary Gentry sustained an injury in the second inning--his second injury of the season--and had to depart, giving way to kid reliever Nolan Ryan, who immediately gave up three runs, but then no more, and fanned five in 3+ innings of work. For the Giants, Bob Burda fell victim to a wasting disease and will miss a number of games. It is his second go-round on the hospital train, too. The Reds and Giants are in a virtual tie for the top spot in the west, with the Braves a game back, and the Dodgers 2 and a half behind. 
Doctors rub some dirt on Bob Burda.


William Sagle said...

Way to go Coco!!! I am so happy for you and surely this will propel l'Expos to great heights. Clearly, they are the best Major League Baseball team in Canada. With brilliant playing from Coco, l'Expos might shove their way to page three of the Montreal Gazette. After all, there is only so much summer trade talk a paper can spent on l'habs.

stevemryan said...

Sad to see the Reds succumb to the Cards.

I know 'El Nino' translates to 'The Nino' from Spanish, but how does 'Laboy' translate since 'La' is the feminine article if I recall my high school French correctly?

Shawn Nova said...

Excellent posting!