Sunday, February 19, 2017

Joe Torre Suddenly Explodes! : Tuesday, July 29th, 1969


SF 1, CHI 0  W-Marichal 11-9 L-Jenkins 12-7  Marichal 2-hitter. 

HOU 4, NY 0  W-Dierker 11-9 L-Seaver 9-9  HR-Dierker(1)  Dierker 1-hitter.

ATL 3, PHI 1 (10inns)  W-P.Niekro 12-8 L-Wise 7-9  HR-H.Aaron(34) Cepeda(14) Callison(15)

LA 3, PIT 2  W-Mikkelsen 7-2 L-Gibbon 3-4  S-Drysdale(1)

STL 5, SD 3  W-Gibson 14-3 L-Kirby 2-12  S-Hoerner(11)  HR-Torre(8)  Torre 4 rbi.

CIN 12, MON 4  W-A.Jackson 3-0 L-Jaster 6-8  S-Granger(14)

Crews rush to extinguish Joe Torre.
Fire engines roared onto the field At Busch Stadium on Tuesday to put out Joe Torre, who has suddenly exploded. Like the rest of the Cardinals, Joe had a nice April. But then in May, he sucked until near the end of the month, did the same thing in June, and again in July. The boo birds were really on him as he struggled to raise his July average to the Mendoza Line. But then, like saviors on horseback, the San Di-awful Padres arrived, and Torre knocked in 9 runs in two games!  Bob Gibson was the beneficiary on Tuesday, as Torre socked a three run blast in the 1st inning. Few gave the Pods a chance after that, and the resurgent Redbirds built a 5-0 lead going into the 9th. But for the second straight day, Jose Arcia and the Friars avoided being shut out, and this time even threatened to steal the win! With two out, pinch hitter Walt Hriniak singled. Ivan Murrell singled as well. Then Arcia knocked a triple to score them both. Ollie Brown drew a walk and suddenly the tying run was at the plate in the form of Nate Colbert, who had reached base 4 times already. Nate The Great bounced one to Mike Shannon at third, who swatted at it, kicked it, and finally broke down in tears as Arcia scored on the miscue to make it 5-3 with two on and Ed Spiezio due up. Red Schoendienst removed Gibson in favor of Joel Hoerner and is expected to recover from the beating the affable Gibby delivered within a week or two. Meanwhile, Hoerner fanned the silly Mr. Spiezio to end the game as the Cardinals gained on every team in their division.

But can he drive the team bus?
Larry Dierker does it all!  At Shea Stadium, he one-hit the Mets, allowing only a 6th inning single by Ken Boswell. It looked like Jimmy Wynn had a chance to grab that dying quail, but he couldn't quite make the play, and that ended up being the only safety for the New Yorkers, whose bats have gone slent again. But wait! There's more! Dierker added a two-run homer just for fun! Then he placed mints on everyone's pillows at the team hotel, and piloted a tug boat in New York harbor. Is there anything Larry can't do? By the way, the Spacemen are now on a 20-4 run, matching the Cardinals incredible season-opening tear. Who saw this coming when they were 31-50 and going no place?

More than a glove man!
Juan Marichal and the aforementioned Mister Dierker have been in some weird sort of lockstep for some time now; when one wins, so does the other. Marichal stopped the Cubs on just a pair of singles--by Kessinger and Hundley--and Hundley was so overcome with emotion that he will miss the next few games. Hal Lanier singled in Willie McCovey with the only tally.

"Hit THIS, you fuckers!"
The Dodgers are reminding me more and more of my 1979 World Champion Twins. They don't have a masher, but they have a whole group of guys who crank out singles, doubles, and triples with regularity. They don't often run up the score, but they always seem to score a few. They are the kings of the low-scoring one-run win. In other words, they are really becoming annoying again. Add to that, the entire team is in the full bloom of glowing health, and so your Impartial Goddess wishes accident and mayhem on all of them, as she smiles serenely. This time, they fell behind Pittsburgh 2-0, and lost Don Sutton in the second inning due to a blister (he won't miss any time). Alan Foster and Al McBean held the fort while the Dodgers chipped away. Then it was time for Jim Brewer, but *he* crumpled in a heap after being struck with a line drive. Like Sutton, he will "BRB" as they say in computer-land, but for this game that left only Pete Mikkelsen, who put down his golf clubs and rushed to the mound. With the score tied and a runner on base in the top of the 9th, and nobody left in the Dodger bullpen, Dodgers skipper Walter Alston opted to hit for Mikkelsen anyway, and of course, they got the run across for a 3-2 lead. But who to bring in to preserve the 1-run margin in the bottom of the 9th? Why, Don Drysdale, of course! It was his first relief appearance since 1965. It all came back to him as he retired the side in order for his first save in 4 years. Wait til they hear about it at the bank! Jane will faint dead away!
Jim Brewer leaves the mound under his own steam.

1 comment:

William Sagle said...

Dieker should retire immediately - he will not have a better game.