Thursday, November 24, 2016

Here He Comes To Save The Day! : Monday, June 23rd, 1969


CHI 9, PIT 3  W-Hands 10-2 L-Walker 2-3  HR-Hickman(13)

STL 4, MON 2 (14inns)  W-Giusti 3-2 L-Shaw 2-3  S-Gibson(1)  HR-Bateman(2)ph 

LA 3, ATL 2  W-Drysdale 1-6 L-Doyle 4-2  S-Mikkelsen(9)

CIN 4, SD 0  W-Merritt 5-9 L-Roberts 3-6

SF 5, HOU 4  W-Perry 11-3 L-Gladding 1-4  S-Linzy(7)  HR-Bonds(8) Morgan(4)

Doctors rush to re-attach Mike Torrez's head.
In Montreal at Parc Jarry, John Bateman hit a dramatic pinch hit homer in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 2. The game went on into the 14th inning, when the Cardinals plated a pair off of kid lefty Don Shaw. In the bottom of the 14th, seldom-seen Mike Torrez took over the pitching chores for St. Louis, with nobody else left in the pen. He got the first out, and was then decapitated by a line drive off the bat of the suddenly dangerous Gary Sutherland. What to do? With Torrez out for 31 games, a decision had to be made who to bring in. Nelson Briles and Chuck Taylor had both started in a doubleheader the day before. That left tomorrow's scheduled starter Lefty Carlton, or else staff ace Bob Gibson, who had pitched on Saturday. The ever agreeable Gibson was sent in, and he needed only one pitch to induce a double play grounder off the bat of Don Bosch to end the game and collect the surprising save. The Cards have now completed half their games against the Expos, winning 8 of 9. 

Jim Merritt of the Reds has found his first season in the NL to be a little rough, but he stopped the Pods on 4 hits for his second shutout of the season, and his 5th win. After the hobbled Pete Rose jammed an alarm clock in his ear, Tony Perez woke up and knocked in three runs. The Rhinelanders are back to within a game of first.

Something finally went right for Mr. Drysdale!
Don Drysdale finally picked up his first victory, stopping the division-leading Braves 3-2 with relief help from Pete Mikkelsen. "Wait til they hear about this at the bank!" he crowed. Jane will be so pleased.  

Things went off-script for Don Wilson.
Fireballer Don Wilson, madly sending himself Western Union Candy-grams, fought league ace Gaylord Perry until he emerged with a 4-3 lead after 8, courtesy of a Denis Menke hit. Wilson started the 9th by walking pinch hitter Bob Burda, and was pulled in favor of Fred Gladding, who immediately laid a gopher ball on a platter for a delighted Bobby Bonds, who sent it into orbit. The 5-4 loss left skipper Harry Walker wondering what the %$# is wrong with his closer. Fred was a monster out of the bullpen for my 1967 Tigers, but things have not been the same at all inside the Astrodome in '69. "I long for the great outdoors," quoth Fred, with a heavy sigh.

1 comment:

William Sagle said...

Okay, am I the only one who wonders why Topps selected that pic of Fred Gladding to use on his card? I know that they needed to take a pic sans chappeau, but could they not have done better than the one chosen?

The Goddess mentioned Harry Walker again - yaaaaaay!