Monday, January 2, 2017

Padres Losing Streak Hits 13 : Sunday, July 6th, 1969


MON 8, PHI 0  W-Jaster 5-5 L-J.Johnson 3-13

MON 6, PHI 5 (14inns)  W-Reed 3-4 L-Raffo 1-2  HR-Laboy(13)

NY 5, PIT 2  W-McAndrew 5-10 L-Veale 11-6  S-McGraw(14)  HR-Oliver(14)

CHI 2, STL 1 (10inns)  W-Nye 5-6 L-Giusti 3-3

STL 3, CHI 2  W-Washburn 5-10 L-Hands 12-3  HR-Davalillo(1)

LA 2, CIN 0  W-Singer 11-7 L-Fisher 8-6  HR-Crawford(10)

HOU 16, SD 2  W-Griffin 4-10 L-Sisk 4-8  HR-Brown(9) Ferrara(6)

HOU 6, SD 1  W-LeMaster 9-8 L-Roberts 3-7  HR-Cannizzaro(2)

SF 4, ATL 2  W-Bolin 8-8 L-Stone 5-7  S-Linzy(11)  HR-Bonds(13)

It's been a long time since Gomez's last victory cigar.
Poor Padres! After dropping both ends of a home doubleheader to the Astros, the Holy Men have lost 13 games in a row and are in serious need of prayer, or the return of Nate Colbert, or something! The Friars got bombed 16-2 in the opener, and the only thing they had to brag about was that, despite being outscored by a combined count of 22-3, the Pods hit the only 3 homers of the twin bill. Houston's revamped line-up has produced a 5-1 log, though the last 4 of those have come against Gomez's frightful charges in San Diego. 

Someone put out Bobby Bonds!
BOBBY Bonds (See? I got it right this time!) is on fire in July. He already has 4 homers, 12 ribbies and 7 runs scored. His three run bomb broke open Sunday's contest against Atlanta and sent George Stone to the showers a loser. Despite book-end wins in the opener and finale, the Giants still dropped 3 of 5 to the Braves over the holiday weekend. The NL west is a total sardine can, with all four contenders within a single game of each other.

Coming into their 4-game set at Dodger Stadium, the Reds had only been blanked twice. Claude Osteen and Bill Singer matched that in 3 days time, both blanking the mighty Rhinelanders to help their club take 3 of 4 and move into first place by percentage points. 

He's got a woman...way over town....that's good to him!
The Mets went into Forbes Field and swept all four from the Pirates. On Sunday it was Ed "Call me Ray!" Charles who blindly flailed at a pitch and managed to stroke a 3-run double to pretty much put the game away. "Tell your mama...tell your pa...I sent that pitch to Arkansas yeah yeah!" Sing it, Ed! With the sweep, the Mets move into third place, percentage points ahead of the Corsairs. 

He's got mad skillz!
In the opener of a double dip at Busch Stadium, Rich Nye the Science Guy pitched a ten inning complete game to down the Cardinals and stretch the Cubbies' winning streak to 11, and 14 out of 15! That's some kick-ass porridge, guys. But in the nightcap, the suddenly beloved and celebrated Vic Davalillo smashed a two-run homer to give the Cards a 2-1 lead. In the crowd, strong men fainted from the shock and the joy of it all. (It hasn't been easy for your Impartial Goddess to root against her favorite NL team pretty much all season, but I wanted a race more than I wanted the Cardinals to win. And, for this replay, I am pulling for the Mets above everybody, though I am, as always, officially impartial! Nonetheless, a shriek of amazement could be heard when the newly beloved Mr. Davalillo connected.) The Cubs tied it up at 2, but the Redbirds were not to be denied, and they snapped the Chicago winning streak by a 3-2 final.  

Your Goddess couldn't stand it anymore.
Finally, Larry Jaster of the Expos jumped out of his hospital bed, threw away his crutches, and exclaiming, "I can see again!" proceeded to toss a complete game shutout at the shutout-prone Phillies. But then there was the second game. Your Imperturbable Goddess was hungry and needed to go to the grocery store, but, of course, the Phillies just HAD to erase a sizeable Expo lead, and tie it up in the 6th on, of all things, a balk. It stayed tied 5-5 inning after inning as boob after idiot banged into double plays or got tossed out stealing. Your Demure & Graceful Goddess may even have leveled some insults at the inept imbeciles who just could NOT score and end it all. Finally, I used my Goddess powers to make it rain so the game would stop and I could go feed my face--elegantly of course. When I returned, Al Raffo immediately gave up an rbi single to Le Grande Orange, Rusty Staub, and Howie Reed retired the absurd Quakers in the bottom of the 14th to give Nos Amours the sweep. After six straight losses, the sweep was Les Expos' first taste of victory since they swept these same Phillies in a doubleheader back in late June. 

Let's close with a song for the newly-adored Vic Davalillo!

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