Saturday, September 3, 2016

East Meets West And West Wobbles: Sunday, May 25th, 1969


PHI 7, ATL 5  W-G.Jackson 3-5 L-Pappas 5-2 S-Farrell(1)  HR-H.Aaron(8) Cepeda 2(6)

MON 9, CIN 1  W-Wegener 2-3 L-Merritt 3-5  HR-Staub(9) Bailey(1) Wegener 11 K's.

NY 9, HOU 3  W-Cardwell 1-5 L-Wilson 3-6  Wilson 10 K's.

STL 8, LA 2  W-Carlton 6-3 L-Drysdale 0-3  HR-Fairly(6) Kosco(5)

CHI 3, SD 0  W-Hands 7-1 L-Santorini 2-8  Hands 1-hitter.

CHI 13, SD 1  W-Holtzman 4-3 L-Kelley 2-2  HR-Banks(2)  Banks 6 rbi.

PIT 4, SF 2  W-Veale 6-3 L-McCormick 5-2  HR-Davenport(1)

PIT 6, SF 4 (10inns)  W-Marone 1-0 L-Gibbon 1-1 S-Dal Canton(3)  HR-McCovey(12)

"Hold it right there, you fuckers!" quoth the ever-erudite Mr. Farrell.
After dropping 10 of 12 to the west the past two days, the east stormed back by sweeping all 8 games on Sunday! The battered and beleaguered Phillies finally dented the plate against Atlanta, and built a cushy 7-1 lead which they almost blew! The Braves plated 4 in the bottom of the 8th, to make it 7-5, and had the bases loaded with 2 out and Hank Aaron at the plate in the bottom of the 9th! Billy Wilson had walked 'em loaded, and so Turk Farrell was called away from his ice cream counter (remember "Farrell's"?) to come in and induce Hammerin' Hank to lift a fly to center, which was gloved by John Briggs to secure the rare Quaker victory.   

The fearsome (?) Mike Wegener.
Two days after hitting for the cycle, Donn Clendenon was reminded of how baseball is a humbling game, when he wore the Golden Sombrero +1, going 0-for-5, all strikeouts. It didn't matter, though, as the Expos trounced the Reds 9-1 behind an 11 strikeout performance by kid hurler Mike Wegener.  He even held Pete Rose hitless!

Don Wilson of the Astros fanned ten Mets, but only because he was obliged to stay in and get thumped for the team. Pitch to enough batters and you're bound to fan a few! On the New York side, Don "Cardwell Banker" Cardwell issued himself a loan on his first win, payable to Wimpy, in hamburgers, on Tuesday. Don has pitched for me for the Cubs ('61), the Pirates ('65) and now the Mets in '69. 

It's good to have something else to fall back on.
Carlton your doorman impressed Rhoda Morgenstern by defeating the Dodgers, despite giving up taters to Ron Fairly and Andy "The Human Bulk Store" Kosco. Don Drysdale has lost all three starts since returning to action, and has confided to Jane that he may retire and concentrate on his banking duties. After all, with a client like Jed Clampett, why bother with baseball at all? "Mister Drysdale!"

Mister Banks? You can come out now!
The Cubs, embarrassed at having lost the first two games of the series to the Padres, disposed of the Friars twice. In the nightcap, deeply frozen Ernie Banks was wheeled to the batter's box on a hand trolley so that he could face washed-up tater-tossing lefty Bill McCool. Ernie promptly thawed and jacked just his second homer of the season, a three-run job, for a total of 6 rbi in the game. Afterwards, Banks declared his love for the friendly confines of Jack Murphy Stadium. Just to prove that Ernie may not be entirely thawed, however, the absurd Mr. McCool fanned him the next at bat.

Pagan rituals at reasonable prices.
Finally, at Candlestick Park, the Giants rallied ferociously to tie the nightcap, only to lose it in the tenth when Joe "Ape Man" Gibbon gave up more runs in one inning (2) than he had given up all season up until then (1). Jose Pagan, who had three hits, including two doubles in the opener, delivered a two-run pinch hit double off of Gibbon to give the Corsairs the sweep. The Giants fell percentage points behind the Reds, with the Braves a half game back, and the Dodgers two and a half off the pace. What a race!


stevemryan said...

Mr Farrell would be eating a bar of soap if my mom heard talk like that!

Fireblossom said...

My mother personally and vigorously fed me several bars in my formative years. Mama tried!

William Sagle said...

I had no idea that Andy Kosco started a chain of stores where people can buy enormous quantities of stuff that they don't need. Just one more reason for reading this amazing fact-filled blog.

Tater-tossing Billy McCool. Another in your long line of priceless gems, Goddess Shay!