Friday, November 11, 2016

Bucs Sweep Cubs, Take Over Second: Wednesday, June 18th, 1969


PHI 6, NY 2  W-Fryman 5-5 L-R.Taylor 3-3  S-Farrell(2)  HR-C.Jones(5) Callison(11)

PIT 2, CHI 1 (11inns)  W-Dal Canton 3-3 L-Regan 4-2  Clemente GW single.

STL 5, MON 3  W-C.Taylor 5-3 L-Wegener 4-4  S-Hoerner(7)  HR-Laboy(10) Shannon(4) Maxvill(4)

ATL 9, HOU 4  W-Pappas 7-3 L-Billingham 1-7  HR-H.Aaron 2(18) Pappas(1)

SD 1, LA 0  W-Roberts 3-5 L-Drysdale 0-6

SF 7, CIN 6  W-Bolin 5-7 L-Nolan 2-3  HR-Rose(16) Perez(12)  Rose 4 rbi.

"Try THIS porridge!" said Clemente to the baby bears.
Good times finally arrived at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field, as the Pirates completed a 4 game sweep of the Cubs and hurtled past them into second place in the east. The Pirates could do very little with Bill Hands for ten innings, scoring only a single run on an rbi by Gene Alley in the 5th, driving in Carl Taylor. The Cubs, however, continued their mystifying ineptitude at the plate, merely matching that single run against Luke "Sky" Walker and a succession of relievers. Finally, Hands was removed for a pinch hitter and Phil Regan took over in the bottom of the 11th. He wasted no time giving up consecutive singles to Matty Alou, Manny Sanguillen, and Roberto Clemente to send the Corsairs into their dugout happy. 

In St. Louis, the Redbirds hit their first homers in 12 days, with Dal "Muscles" Maxvill launching a decisive 3-run shot and Mike Shannon adding a solo shot as Henry Gross cheered wildly in the stands. 

He lost his head.
Henry Aaron continued his torrid June with 2 more taters, giving him 8 in the month and 18 overall to lead the league by 2 as the Braves swept 4 from the hapless Spacemen at Atlanta.  The Braves' record is now just a half game less than that of the Cardinals for tops in the NL. Things were not so rosy for shortstop Gil Garrido, who got his head stuck in an elevator door and will miss some action, giving way to Bob Aspromonte until Sonny Jackson's return not long from now. Going up! Aw jeepers, Gil, sorry about that! 

The homer-happy Mr. Rose. Note the centennial patch on his sleeve, worn around MLB in '69.
Pete Rose matched his actual--and career high--total of 16 dingers when he sent a Ron Herbel delivery into the seats at the 'Stick, plating 3 and bringing the Reds to within a run at 7-6. The score would stay that way, however, and the Giants took their second in three tries with an afternoon match slated for Thursday. The Reds have played just 64 games, so Mister Rose is well ahead of pace. Bobby Tolan came down with 24-hour plague and will miss the finale.

He just can't let it go.
Finally, what does Mr. Drysdale have to do to notch a victory? He left the bank early, and with Jane and the Clampetts cheering wildly from the Dodger Stadium stands, he pitched like it was 1968 again.  The only blemish was a two-out single by Nate Colbert, and an rbi double by former Dodger Al Ferrara. However, the Dodgers plated big fat zero themselves. Ferrara, bent on revenge, even threw out Drysdale at the plate on an Andy Kosco hit. Ferrara had a pretty nice season for L.A. in '67, then broke his ankle in '68 and was let go in the expansion draft. Anyway, Drysdale lost this one 1-0, keeping him winless. A glum "Big D" said it has happened before, in his Los Angeles career.


stevemryan said...

Maybe the Buccos will catch the Cards in the East. Sad to see the Reds fading in the West but it is still early.

Big D is struggling and he might see the writing on the wall. Doesn't look like he will watch his actual five wins for '69. Does he miss Sandy?

Fireblossom said...

Steve, the Reds have been without their starting middle infield for quite a while now. Helms is out, and Woodward, after coming back very briefly, got hurt again, so playing time has been split between Stewart, Ruiz and Chaney. The regulars will be back soon, and the Reds should get back on the winning track when they do. It would also help if Perez would contribute more than the occasional blast.

William Sagle said...

Finally, Al Ferrera gets some ink!

Are you using the Orsino Board for Rose? Good grief. I bet that he hits twice the number he had in '69. In fact, Pete told me to bet on that!

Fireblossom said...

The Orsino Board affects all, William, but as a switch hitter it doesn't affect Rose very much.