Sunday, November 6, 2016

Swept Away: Tuesday, June 17th, 1969


NY 2, PHI 1  W-Taylor 3-2 L-Wise 3-5  S-McGraw(9)

NY 7, PHI 1  W-Cardwell 2-5 L-J.Johnson 2-10  HR-Agee(9)

PIT 8, CHI 3  W-Blass 9-2 L-Selma 2-7  S-Dal Canton(4)  HR-Hickman(12) Cash(1)

PIT 3, CHI 0  W-Veale 8-5 L-Colborn 0-1  HR-A.Oliver(11)

MON 7, STL 3  W-Shaw 2-2 L-Briles 5-5  HR-Bailey(3)

ATL 2, HOU 1  W-P.Niekro 7-4 L-LeMaster 7-7  HR-Cepeda(9)  P.Niekro 2-hitter.

LA 3, SD 2  W-Singer 9-5 L-Kirby 2-7  S-Brewer(7)

LA 6, SD 4  W-Moeller 6-4 L-Sisk 3-6  S-Brewer(8)

SF 7, CIN 2  W-McCormick 6-3 L-Fisher 8-4  S-Linzy(6)  HR-Stewart(2)

Cardwell Banker is invested in the present, not the past!
There were three doubleheaders Tuesday, and all of them ended in sweeps! At Connie Mack Stadium in Philly, the Quakers practiced non-violence by scoring just one run in each game and bowing to the New York nine twice. The weird good health of pitchers across the league came to an end on this day when a line drive took out Tom Seaver for 6 games in the opener, but the Mets 'pen stepped up and grabbed the win. In the nightcap, Don "Cardwell Banker" Cardwell defeated his original team handily. 

Warming up in the bullpen, Jim Colborn.
Are the Buccos finally making a move?  They swept the slumping baby bears behind their 1-2 punch of Blass and Veale. Kid second sacker Dave Cash even launched his first HR, despite not having actually hit one at all (what is this other reality, anyway?) but he has a "4" at 66 and put it to good use. In the nightcap, the Cubbies found themselves without a starter available, and so your Inventive Goddess created Jim Colborn out of whole cloth. Behold, a Cw starter from out of the void. (I am using the 1990 re-issue, with 25 players per team.) My creation didn't pitch badly, surrendering two earnies in six innings of work, but the silent Cubs bats spelled doom for Mr. Colborn. "I'm not above putting the undead out there if they can pitch," opined Cubs skipper Leo Durocher.  Meanwhile, fledgling flyhawk Jimmy Qualls came down with a childhood illness and will miss about a month. "I'm not sending him back to school until he's ready," warned Mrs. Qualls. 

A Torborg sighting. What's next, Bigfoot?
In sunny SoCal, the Dodgers swept a surprisingly spunky Padres nine, who resent being called spunky. Clay Kirby once again fell victim to lack of support, though the Friars did plate two and had runners on base in the ninth before Jim Brewer came on to dispose of pinch hitter Ivan Murrel for the win. Brewer saved the nightcap, too, none the worse for wear after his grueling third of an inning against Mr. Murrell. Ted Sizemore waxed Shakespearean about his three ribbies, saying grandly, "Thrice did Mister Sudakis reach base, and thrice did I drive him home!" Yeah yeah, Ted, don't quit your day job. Backstop Jeff Torborg, barely seen all season (17 ab), caught both ends of the double dip due to Tom Haller's injury. 

"Hell" Enkeller
At Candlestick Park, Mike McCormick was working on a 2-hit shutout with 2 out in the top of the 6th, when he objected to plate umpire "Hell" Enkeller's strike zone. When Mike commented too much on Enkeller's ancestry, he found himself thumbed from the game! The absurd Mr. Kline came on and miraculously retired Johnny Bench to end the inning. The lead-off man in the bottom of the 6th was McCormick's loyal backstop, Dick Dietz, who further commented on Enkeller's relation to a certain sightless variety of rodent. He, too, was thumbed! (Too good, right? It just came up that way; McCormick on the Orsino board, Dietz on the regular boards.) No matter. The Giants handily defeated Fat Jack Fisher and the Reds.

Try Busch Stadium, George!
Finally, Larry Jaster of the Expos was perforated by a line drive (it must be pitcher hunting season all of a sudden!) and will miss 4 or 5 starts, but Les Expos rose up and slew the Cardinals anyway, helped by more stellar relief work by former Redbird Gary Waslewski. He has a cool 0.61 e.r.a. since coming over in exchange for Jim Grant earlier in the month. Bob "Ma" Bailey took time off from running the boarding house in Pottersville in order to smack a dinger in furtherance of the Canadian cause.  


William Sagle said...

"Hell" Enkeller is just one more reason that only a goddess can write this blog. So much for the healthy hurlers in your league - that's gone!

Wait, Dick Dietz and Ivan Murrell in the same post? I must be dreaming!

stevemryan said...

The top four teams in the West would be breathing down the Cards throat if there were no divisions. Just another reason to despise the Cards which seeing their name is a reason.