Monday, October 3, 2016

Hart This! : Friday, June 6th, 1969


CIN 9, CHI 7 (12inns)  W-Ramos 1-1 L-Nye 1-4 S-Cloninger(1)  HR-Bench(7)

ATL 4, PIT 2  W-Jarvis 7-4 L-Ellis 3-6 S-Upshaw(8)  HR-Oliver(10)

STL 3, HOU 1  W-Gibson 7-1 L-Dierker 4-5  HR-Javier(2)

LA 3, MON 1 W-Sutton 7-3 L-Stoneman 2-5 S-Mikkelsen(7)

NY 6, SD 1  W-Seaver 5-5 L-J.Niekro 3-3

SF 9, PHI 7  W-Linzy 2-2 L-Wilson 1-3  HR-Taylor(1)GS McCovey(12) Hart(6)GW

You just know who their favorite player is.
The lowly Phillies brought their unlikely winning streak--gained at the hands of the even lowlier Padres--to San Francisco and promptly roughed up the mighty Juan Marichal for two runs in the top of the first. No matter, the Giants countered with a 3-run bomb by Willie Mac in the bottom of the inning. The Giants built a 6-3 lead and were feeling all fuzzy about themselves when two walks and a bonehead error by the much-plunked and delirious Ron Hunt loaded the bases for Tony Taylor. Tony the (future) Tiger unloaded his first home run of the season, a grand slam, to put the upstart Quakers ahead, 7-6! Due to lead off in the last of the 8th, Marichal stayed in to face John Briggs, but when he issued his 8th walk of the day (to go with 8 K's) the proud Dominican was removed to a rest home. Rons Bryant and Herbel cobbled together the rest of the inning, and Billy Wilson was summoned from the Phillies bullpen (snicker!) to get the final six outs. He did fine in the 8th, but in the 9th Ken Henderson touched him for a lead-off single. Henderson was in there because Willie Mays had broken every bone in his body making a spectacular inning-ending two-run-saving circus catch earlier in the game. Willie McCovey followed with another single, and Jim Ray Hart sent Wilson's next delivery into the stands for a 3-run walk-off blast. At the one-third point in their season, the Giants have 30 wins, and so are exactly on pace for the 90 they actually won in '69. 

Don't worry, be happy!
Good-time Bob Gibson won his sixth straight start, subduing the Astros 3-1, despite more nonsense out of Curt "Must eat brains" Blefary in the 9th, ruining his shutout bid. "Aw shucks," scoffed the easy-going Gibby. "We still won the game!" His final victim to seal the win was former battery mate Johnny Edwards.  

Mets coaches try to assemble a line-up.
The injury-riddled Mets found just the panacea they needed in the woebegone Pods. Tom Seaver mowed them down and his teammates dinked out 14 singles for an unexpected 6 runs to garner the easy win. However, the casualties continued. Ron Swoboda was smashed in the beak with a fastball and will miss 10 games, and Art Shamsky was frightened to death by a fly ball and will likewise sit out 10. This left Ed "Ray" Charles to don his sunglasses and take left field while Bobby Pfeil moved to center and Kevin Collins took over in right. Two OF-O's in the same pasture! Ed had played one game in the outfield in '66 for the A's, and Collins *will* play 2 for the Tigers in his final season, so they were elected. Fortunately for the Mets, Tommie Agee comes back next game, but one of the others will have to actually start in left field. Twirler Gary Gentry came back for this game, but was met with yawns. "Sit down and don't get in the way," was the fatherly advice doled out by Mets skipper Gil Hodges.
Gill Man or Gil Hodges?


William Sagle said...

Umm, their favorite player....ummm, Jim Ray Hart, perhaps?

Silly Quakers, thought that they could hold a lead in the ninth,hahahahahaha!

stevemryan said...

This one belongs to the Reds!