PIT 3, CHI 1 W-Ellis 4-7 L-Jenkins 8-4 HR-Hickman(11)
STL 6, MON 0 W-Gibson 8-1 L-Stoneman 2-7 Gibson 2-hitter.
ATL 3, HOU 2 W-Jarvis 8-4 L-Dierker 5-6 S-Upshaw(12) HR-Blefary(7) H.Aaron(15)
ATL 4, HOU 2 W-Stone 3-5 L-Griffin 2-8 HR-Tillman(4) H.Aaron(16)phGW Stone 2-hitter.
SD 7, LA 2 W-J.Niekro 5-3 L-Sutton 8-4 HR-Kelly(1)
CIN 9, SF 6 W-Maloney 8-4 L-Bryant 2-3 HR-Bonds(7)
Hank Aaron single-handedly undid the hapless Spacemen at Atlanta on Monday. In the opener of a double dip, he had his first bid for a homer denied and reduced to a single against tough right-hander Larry Dierker. Undaunted, Hammerin' Hank launched one that did go out of the park later on, to power the Braves to a 3-2 win. Then in the nightcap, Hank hit for the pitcher in the bottom of the ninth with a man on and nobody out, and promptly deposited a Tom Griffin pitch into the seats, sending Chief Noc-A-Homa into fits of ecstasy as Braves fans went wild at the sweep. Hank now has 16 homers, giving him a share of the league lead. The Astros, for their part, caught a sudden case of noodle bats. They got three hits in the first two frames of the opener, and never got another; then in the second game, they put back-to-back hits together in the third, and that was all, for a total of 5 hits for the entire doubleheader.
|Even hitting a homer can't cheer him up.|
In a battle for first place in the crazy west, the Reds outslugged the Giants 9-6, but still find themselves a half game behind the Braves! The west is insane, and a lot of fun. As of this date, three teams are within a half game of first, and 4 within one game. Pete Rose came to bat the last time needing only a homer for the cycle, and rolled a zero, but had to settle for his second double of the game, to go with a single and a triple. He also scored 3 and drove in 3. I guess his brief slump is over!
|"Watch me ruin this guy's shutout!"|
And, lastly, the trade-ruined Expos meekly lost to the mighty Bob Gibson, 6-0 at St. Louis. They mustered only a lead-off single by Ron Brand, and a double later on by Mack Jones, as Gibson won his 7th decision in his last 8 starts, with one no-decision thrown in for fun. The Cards are glad to be back playing against their own division, against whom they have fared much better than against the west. "We like to annoy Reader Steve," said an anonymous Redbird.