Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pods Win, Haller Simply Grand: Monday, July 7th, 1969


STL 5, PHI 4 (10inns)  W-Gibson 11-2 L-Wilson 1-8  HR-D.Johnson(10)  Gibson 13 K's.

PIT 9, MON 3  W-Blass 11-3 L-Robertson 7-8  HR-Clemente(11)

LA 10, ATL 3  W-Moeller 8-5 L-Pappas 8-5  S-Foster(1)  HR-Haller(9)GS 

SD 6, CIN 5  W-Reberger 4-7 L-Granger 6-4  HR-Tolan(8) Stewart(3)ph Cannizzaro(3) 

SF 2, HOU 1  W-Perry 13-4 L-Billingham 1-9  

Reds reserve Jimmy Stewart and friend.
Huzzah! The Padres finally snapped their 13-game losing streak. The Reds jumped out ahead of them 2-0 early, but 4 unearned runs made possible courtesy of a Tony Perez error gave the Holy Men the lead they had been praying for. The Rhinelanders tied it again at 4 when pinch hitter Jimmy Stewart slammed a two-run homer as his invisible rabbit cheered wildly in the stands. Not to be outdone, the scrappy Monks plated a run on a sac fly by Ed Spiezio off of Wayne Granger and held on for the one-run triumph. Frank "Double" Reberger claimed the win.

Jesus didn't come through.
At Candlestick, the newly feisty Astros had the tying and winning runs in scoring position in both the 8th and the 9th but fell just short against Gaylord Perry, 2-1. They turned to Jesus (Alou) with the sacks jammed and two out in the final frame, but their faith was not rewarded. Ron Hunt managed to wedge his head under second base while sliding, and will miss about a week, opening the proverbial door for Don "Call me James" Mason, who has been relegated to pinch running duties and little else all year except for the odd starring role in the movies. In this game he collected his first rbi all year, knocking in Bobby Bonds, who stole three bases in the game and scored both Giants runs.

He snapped at the ball with his deadly mandible, but dropped it.
Bob Gibson was sailing along with what looked like an easy victory over the Phillies when Deron Johnson surprised him with a three run jack, giving the Quakers the lead! But Terry "Jaws" Harmon's error led to disaster for the Phils as they lost in extra innings instead.

The Buccos re-took third place over the idle Mets by dispatching the Expos with ease. However, Roberto Clemente dislocated his spleen while making a game-saving catch, and will miss several games. Several old biddies appeared seemingly out of nowhere to lecture the Mets about the sin of idleness.

And finally, Alan Foster trotted out of the Dodger bullpen to garner the garbage save (though he pitched very well) against the Braves, who suddenly can't get anybody out. Upon investigation , I found that Mr. Foster never had a major league save, but for me he did. "I'm proud of my garbage save," he opined. 

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