Sunday, October 30, 2016

Giants Sweep Into Second: Sunday, June 15th, 1969


PIT 12, ATL 3  W-Bunning 5-5 L-Reed 5-4  HR-H.Aaron(14) Clemente 2(7)

STL 3, HOU 0  W-Carlton 9-3 L-Wilson 3-8  S-Hoerner(6)

CHI 6, CIN 1  W-Nye 2-5 L-Merritt 4-8  HR-Hickman(10)ph

CIN 6, CHI 1  W-Culver 4-1 L-Holtzman 5-4  HR-Johnson(8) May(13) Perez(11)

LA 14, NY 2  W-Foster 3-0 L-McAndrew 3-9  HR-Martin(1)ph Kosco(9)  Kosco 4 rbi.

PHI 17, SD 4  W-Jackson 6-6 L-Santorini 3-11  HR-D.Johnson(6) Rojas(2)  Briggs 4 runs, Johnson 4 rbi, Harmon 4 rbi.

SF 2, MON 1 (12inns)  W-Linzy 5-2 L-Face 1-3  HR-Wine(1)  Bonds 1-out GW single.

SF 7,  MON 1  W-Sadecki 3-2 L-Renko 0-1  HR-Henderson(2)

You say it's your birthday? Happy birthday to you!
The Giants moved up to second in the sardine-can west division race by sweeping the trade-weakened Expos. In the opener, Bobby Bonds stroked a walk-off single in extras off of Roy Face for the second time in three days. "Old dude can't stop me," crowed the Giants young star. In the nightcap, newly-acquired Steve Renko made the start and prompty got hammered by the San Francisco nine, lasting only 3 innings and surrendering 5 earned runs. Birthday boy Ken Henderson, starting in center while Willie Mays has his full body cast signed by everyone, celebrated turning 23 by swatting a 3-run jack. Bobby "Wine Me Up" Wine popped his first of the year, a solo blast for the 'Spos, but somehow it wasn't the same.  

Not so much.
All season, the Phillies have been the league's punching bag, but when they play the Friars, they take out all their frustration and angry tears on the defenseless Holy Men. On Sunday, they plated half a dozen runs in the top of the first, including a 3-run triple by Larry Hisle. Even spare part Terry Harmon drove home 4 runs, and he was only in there to give Don "Twenty Errors" Money a rest from seeing E-6 on the scoreboard. But, in addition to his 4 ribbies, Mister "World's Sexiest Man!" Harmon also made...wait for error. The Quakers are now 5-1 against the Pods and look forward to playing them in the future. 

Nice work if you can get it, and if you get it, tell me how.
This season, kid hurler Jim McAndrew has worked in tough luck for the Mets. Sunday he just wasn't any good, getting his head handed to him by the mellow men from SoCal.  Claude Osteen, the Dodger starter, would have easily notched the win, but he got injured after just two innings of work, when he was hit in the pinkie finger by an errant slurve. Claude won't miss any starts, but had to give way in this one to Alan Foster, who said, "Thank you very much" for the easy win in relief. 

The Buccos took two of three over the weekend from the visiting Braves, roughing up Phil Niekro and Ron Reed--the Braves' top two starters--but being mystified in between by the unheralded "D" Milt Pappas.  The Forbes faithful  are giddy at their team's rise, once again, to mediocrity, and are hoping that their boys can finally make a move on the Cards and Cubs.

Joe Hoerner and friend.
Finally, Steve "Carlton your doorman" Carlton worked in traffic all day long at Busch Stadium, allowing only three hits, all singles, but walking eight. He finally needed last out help from Joe Hoerner to nail down the combined shutout. "Man, I'm exhausted!" opined Mr. Hoerner as he ate his belated Christmas pie. 


stevemryan said...

Splitting a doubleheader is disappointing but lots of baseball left.

William Sagle said...

The "Little Jack Horner" bit is pure genius - loved it!

As for Mark Harmon as sexiest man, I am still waiting for a recount of the votes.

Terry Harmon was a rather "highly-touted" prospect for the Quakers and was even featured in a TV commercial, which turned out to be the highlight of his career.