Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mets Sweep Cubs: Wednesday, July 16th, 1969


NY 4, CHI 3  W-McAndrew 6-10 L-Jenkins 12-6  S-McGraw(18)  HR-Kranepool(6) Banks(5)

PIT 4, MON 3  W-Blass 12-4 L-Robertson 7-9  S-Dal Canton(7)  HR-Oliver(18) Jones(10)

STL 6, PHI 1  W-Briles 7-9 L-J.Johnson 3-15

ATL 5, CIN 3 (10inns)  W-Upshaw 5-4 L-Fisher 8-8

HOU 7, LA 5  W-Griffin 6-10 L-Moeller 9-6  S-Gladding(6)  HR-Griffin(1)

SF 3, SD 2  W-Bolin 9-9 L-Sisk 4-10  S-Linzy(13)

Nice kitty.
The Mets went into Wrigley and swept the Cubs, moving to within three and a half of the top in the process. Releasing dozens of black cats from carriers strategically located in the hated venerable old ballpark, the Mets managed to spook the previously hot Cubbies. This time, it was Jim McAndrew turning in the latest fine pitching performance, supported by a three-run bomb by Ed Kranepool. Later in the game, Ernie Banks hit what seemed to be a routine fly ball, but it got caught in the wind and carried over the fence for a similar 3-run shot. (What I mean is, one die took a crazy ricochet off the side of the rolling box and completed the surprise 66! Ernie can sure use it, though I have to say he seems to have finally heated up.) Tug McGraw was summoned, sworn in, and then he handed nothing but the Truth to the last Cubs batters in the form of his famous scroogie. The Mets now lead the season series 8-6. The two teams do not meet again until September. See youuuuu in Sep-tem-ber. See youuu whenthesummer's throughhhhh la la la. Oops, sorry. 

"I must break you!"
The Cardinals reclaimed a share of first place--much to reader Steve's displeasure--by dispatching the silly Phillies 6-1.  Jerry Johnson has now seized a share of the loss lead, tying Al "Losing Pitcher" Santorini with fifteen setbacks. "Born to lose. I've lived my life in vain," he sang dolefully. 

Steve Blass (Cy) has quietly amassed 12 wins, with his latest victims being the baby Canadians from Montreal. Al "Ropes" Oliver, the super rookie, chipped in with a blast as the Pirates crept to within two of the top spot. 

Since revamping their line-up, the Astros have lost just 5 times, every one of them to an "A" starter. Send out less than your best and they will burn you up in the atmosphere! Their latest victim was Joe...Ron?, maybe?, Joe...Moeller, who was roughed up and blown out the airlock at the Astrodome. Houston hurler Tom Griffin spread his mighty wings and poled a homer in furtherance of his own cause, but he needed plenty of relief help from Dooley (f**king) Womack and Fred "Man From" Gladding.  

Pete Rose returned to the Reds line-up and had two hits, but also hit into two double plays as the Rhinelanders failed to hold a slim lead behind Fat Jack Fisher the erstwhile Miracle D.  Fatty has fallen upon hard times, and was seen gaping credulously at a shrill Oprah Winfrey who was gabbling away about diets. 

Frank Linzy wants the Friars off his lawn.
Meanwhile, new day, new leader in the west as the Giants outlasted the Pods 3-2. The game was a scoreless duel between the baffling deliveries of Tommie Sisk and the unhittable offerings of Bobby Bolin (stop laughing) until the bottom of the 8th, when Ron Hunt singled home a pair for the Giants. Willie Mays promptly drove Ron across the plate for a 3-0 Giants lead. But wait. The Pods struck back for two in the 9th but fell short as Frank Linzy slammed the door in their disappointed little faces. Big meanie, if you ask me. 


1 comment:

Fireblossom said...

Fun fact to know and tell: the font and color of the text on these posts is supposed to look like the lettering on the APBA cards, circa 1980, when I got my first game.