Sunday, September 25, 2016

'Stros and 'Spos Destroy All Opposition: Tuesday, June 3rd, 1969


HOU 10, CHI 1  W-LeMaster 5-6 L-Selma 2-5  HR-Miller(1) Menke(3) Rader(2) Menke 4 rbi.

MON 11, SF 3  W-Wegener 3-3 L-Sadecki 2-2  Wills 4 runs, Brand 4 rbi.

LA 5, NY 2  W-Brewer 2-2 L-McGraw 2-5 S-Mikkelsen(6)  HR-Parker(4) Sudakis(3)ph Swoboda(1)

PHI 7, SD 4  W-Fryman 3-4 L-Roberts 2-5 S-Wilson(6)  

CIN 7, PIT 4  W-Fisher 7-3 L-Veale 6-4 S-Granger(3)  HR-Bench(6) Bench 5-for-5.

ATL 4, STL 1  W-P.Niekro 6-3 L-Washburn 3-6  HR-Pinson(5)

Inspires more "Aww" than fear.
The wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field as the visiting Spacemen took the field, and after consulting with NASA scientists, the 'Stros achieved lift-off three times in dispatching the wimpy-hitting Cubs 10-1. In fact, bruin second sacker Glenn Beckert actually died of wimpiness and will have to be replaced by Nate Oliver for now, while the Cubbies shop for someone better before the trade deadline passes.  

In Montreal, Maury Wills stole three bases and scored four times, and #2 hitter Ron Brand resultantly had 4 rbi as the 'Spos once again dispatched the floundering Giants. Since their 1-8 start, the Expos are 21-20! 

Fess or Wes?
Don "Cardwell Banker" Cardwell did his best to keep the decimated Mets in the game, and in fact they went into the ninth tied with the Dodgers at 2. But Tug McGraw gave up a pinch hit blast to Bill Sudakis and then a 2-run shot to Wes "Call me Fess" Parker, who waved his coonskin cap in the air as he circled the bases in front of a glum New York crowd. 

In St. Louis, the Braves continued to have their way with the birdies, taking their 4th in 5 tries against the Cardinals. The series marks the first visit by former Cards hero Orlando Cepeda, traded during the off-season to Atlanta for Joe Torre. In celebration, Tim McCarver threw himself from the upper deck and will miss the next several games. Since their awesome 20-4 start, the St. Louisans are a mere 13-15, but no one behind them seems to be able to make a run at them. On the Atlanta side, backstop Bob Didier had two more hits on Tuesday night. His .340-ish average is unexpected and amazing. 

Thank you, Thing. Er...can you pitch?
Finally, Pods manager Gomez hasn't felt this depressed since the day after Halloween. First his team was swept in Montreal by their expansion counterparts, and now they have been thumped soundly twice by the lowly Phils. Their losing streak stands at six. Gomez is thinking of letting Thing write out the line-up for Wednesday's game at Shibe. 


stevemryan said...

Interesting how the top four in the West are battling it out while I wait for the Cards to falter and someone/anyone to step up in the East. This is one of my favorite blogs to follow as evidenced by my regular comments/Cards dislike.

Fireblossom said...

I'm glad you enjoy the blog, Steve. Keep coming back!

William Sagle said...

I had no idea that Glenn Beckert died of wimpiness! Pretty sure that a pic of Wes "Call Me Fess" Parker waving his coonskin hat as he rounded the bases will make the cover of the Sporting News.

Who is that genius managing the Expos? Surely, a candidate for Manager of the Year!!!