Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fat Jack Glory and Mota Madness: Sunday & Monday, June 8th & 9th, 1969

Scores, June 8th

CIN 5, CHI 3  W-Fisher 8-3 L-Selma 2-6  S-Granger(4)

ATL 2, PIT 1  W-Johnson 2-2  L-Veale 6-5  HR-Sanguillen(1) Cepeda(8)GW

PIT 3, ATL 2  W-Walker 2-1 L-Pappas 5-3  S-Hartenstein(4)  HR-Clemente(5)

HOU 7, STL 1  W-LeMaster 6-6 L-Washburn 3-7  HR-Miller(2) Morgan(3) Wynn(8) Edwards(4)

MON 14, LA 2  W-Wegener 4-3 L-Drysdale 0-4  HR-Mota(1) Staub(10) Kosco(7) Mota 5 rbi.

SD 3, NY 0  W-Sisk 3-4 L-Gentry 5-4  HR-Pena(2)

SF 8, PHI 2  W-Bolin 4-6 L-Fryman 3-5  HR-McCovey(14) 

No games June 9th. 

Fat Jack Fisher wins again for the Reds, downing the Cubs at Wrigley. "I pitch just well enough for just long enough; that's my secret!" he crowed. With the Rhinelanders at the exact one third point of their season, Fats is on track to win a cool 24 games! Not bad for a Dz. He's always had good luck for me. He went 9-4 for my '61 Orioles, and 14-17 for my putrid '65 Mets. He seems to turn up on a different team every year. Fat Jack Fisher, Miracle D!

"Rabbit" Maranville
In Atlanta, the Braves and Pirates met for a doubleheader. Bob Veale pitched brilliantly in the opener, carrying a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Then he walked Tommie Aaron and gave up a stunning two-run walk-off blast to Orlando Cepeda. "I'm good, but I'm no Fat Jack Fisher," confessed a tearful Mr. Veale. Ken Johnson got the win for Atlanta, and was rewarded by being sold to the Yankees following the Monday off day. Thanks a lot, here's your hat! In the nightcap, the Buccos once again had the Braves shut out, leading 3-0 when the Braves rallied again, making it 3-2 before succumbing. Having run for Bob Aspromonte, and with Sonny Jackson injured, Braves skipper Lum Harris had no choice but to let shortstop Gil Garrido bat with two out in the bottom of the ninth and the tying run at third, while Rico Carty rotted on the bench. "Who would I have put in at short if we tied it? Rabbit Maranville?"

In Houston, the usually meek Spacemen exploded with four round trippers against a beleaguered Cardinals staff. Ray Washburn lost his 6th straight decision and has not won since April. Joe Morgan and Jim Wynn hit back-to-back blasts. 

Manny is always good for one fluky wind-blown pop fly homer every year!
Montreal is on fire! Mike Wegener continued to pitch well and the Expo hitters piled up 14 runs against Don Drysdale and two relievers. The Canadians have won 8 of 9 to move ahead of the Mets into 4th place, and they are 24-21 in their last 45 games! Manny Mota came to bat with two on and two rbi already to his credit, and lofted a drive down the line in right. It wobbled and wafted and headed for the foul pole. The ump signaled home run. The Dodgers screamed that it was a foul ball. Guess who won? Three run blast for Mota, his first dinger of the season. 

He mystified a line-up boasting Bobby Pfeil, Kevin Collins and J.C.Martin!
Finally, Tommie Sisk baffled the Mets to collect his team-high 3rd win of the season, and the Padres first shutout all year. The game was scoreless at the 7th inning stretch, but the Pods managed to plate 2 in the 7th and add a solo homer in the 8th by Roberto Pena. The Mets not only lost and slipped to fifth place, but they sustained yet another injury, with Al Weis departing for the next 24 games. Wayne Garrett slid over from third to second, and Kevin Collins took over at third. Fortunately, Cleon Jones returns next game, and Ed Kranepool the game after that.

No games on Monday, June 9th as the league pauses to savor 4 teams being within a half game of first place in the west!


stevemryan said...

Reds win, Braves Split & Wings. Nicely Done!

William Sagle said...

Love it when a "D" hurler does well! Nice going "Fat Jack."

A Rabbit Maranville pic and reference AND a pic of the Expos uni in the same post? Thank you, Goddess!