Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Expansion Teams Fodder For Division Leaders: Wednesday, June 25th, 1969


CHI 9, PIT 7  W-Jenkins 9-4 L-Ellis 4-9  S-Regan(10)  HR-Stargell(11) Hundley(5)

STL 5, MON 1  W-Gibson 10-1 L-Renko 0-2

NY 1, PHI 0  W-Koosman 8-4 L-Wise 4-6  HR-Kranepool(4)  Wise 2-hitter.

LA 5, ATL 3  W-Sutton 9-4 L-Jarvis 8-5  S-Mikkelsen(10)

CIN 4, SD 1  W-Maloney 9-4 L-J.Niekro 6-4  HR-Colbert(6)

SF 9, HOU 7  W-Sadecki 4-2 L-Griffin 3-9  HR-Henderson(3) Rader(3)

"Put me in, coach!"
The Pirates had a good time sweeping the Cubs recently at Forbes, but they should have remembered that paybacks are a....unpleasant experience. The Cubbies have finally found some offense, and have taken the first 3 of their 4 game set at Wrigley against the Corsairs. Randy Hundley hit a home run, circled the bases, and fell dead at home plate; he'll miss one game as Ken "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Back-Up Catcher" Rudolph makes an appropriately seasonal appearance. 

Look out for the Mets!
Not only have the Pirates fallen a game and a half behind the Cubs; they now feel the Mets breathing down their necks, just a half a game back. For the first time since they were 7-7, the Mets find themselves back at .500, after taking a 1-0 squeaker at home against Philly. Rick Wise tossed a nifty two-hitter, but the first of those hits was a mammoth second-inning solo blast by Ed Kranepool. Jerry Koosman made it stand up all the way, with the Quakers being blanked for the 13th time. The only other hit the Mets got was an 8th inning single by Bobby Pfeil, who was promptly thrown out on the bases. But it was enough for the New Yorkers to take their third straight one-run win from the Phils.

His e.r.a. is a nifty 1.60.
Bob Gibson toyed with the homestanding Expos, allowing only a token run as he won his 9th game since May 12th, and his 10th overall against just one loss. When the Cards were starting out 20-4, Gibby contributed just one of those wins, but of the Cards' next 25 wins, 9 are Gibby's (and he has a save). Wednesday's run was the only one he has allowed in his last three starts. Redbird batters hit around in the top of the 1st against kid twirler Steve Renko, plating 4 and coasting to victory.

Why is this man smiling?
To win your division, the best bet is to beat your divisional opponents. Someone should inform the Astros. If you throw out San Diego--and who would care?--the Spacemen are 6-24 against the rest of the west. Putrid! Joe Morgan's horrid season continued Wednesday as he went 0-for-5 with a pair of miscues. "I'll never be Jim Lefebvre!" he wailed. 

At Atlanta, Jim Brewer picked up a "hold" against the Braves. "Wtf is a hold?" he inquired, while watching bullpen mate Pete Mikkelsen garner the save (a brand new stat for '69!) to carry the Dodgers to their third straight triumph over the teepee-dwellers. 

Nate ruins everything.
Finally, Jim Maloney made short work of the expansion Pods, but Friar first sacker Nate Colbert did ruin his shutout bid with a dinger in the ninth. It was only Nate's 6th, in his team's 75th game; more was expected of him in the long-ball department, but maybe he'll pick it up in the second half. Meanwhile, teammate Al Ferrara donned the Golden Sombrero, going 0-for-4, all strikeouts. Wave, Al!
He enjoyed the homer.


William Sagle said...

Wow, Gibson is having an amazing year and might be too much for the Amazins!

stevemryan said...

I love the name Bobby Pfeil especially against the Phillies.