Friday, November 4, 2016

Oh, Henry! : Monday, June 16th, 1969


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.
Van Kelly, recently acquired from Atlanta, popped his first homer for the Pods, as they put a beating on the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. It was only the 7th blast by a lefty swinger for the Padres all season. Kelly has been holding down the hot corner while Ed Spiezio has been out. Your Infallible Goddess admits that he is one of the few players in the league that she had no knowledge or memory of.  "You're made-up!" she screeched from the stands, ever the lady, then twirled her parasol and smiled serenely for the rest of the game.

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!"
Jim Hickman of the Cubs is on a home run hitting binge, but he got petty about it when he launched one in the ninth at Forbes Field to rob Dock Ellis of a shutout. Dock didn't know the difference, though, he was too high to even know what planet he was on.  The Buccos finally went above .500 and also moved to within 2 and a half of the second place Cubs. 

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.


William Sagle said...

The Infallible Goddess is not alone in thinking that Van Kelly is made-up. Never heard of the guy.

Ouch, careful with that parasol, lady! Oh, sorry, didn't know it was you, Goddess.

stevemryan said...

I love following the West and look forward to the collapse of the Redbirds in the East. It's still early!

On a side note, I have never had a cycle and I am sure that was fun just to have the opportunity with a roll in a final AB.