Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Rose Cycle Can't Save Reds. (Too Bad He Can't Pitch!): Saturday, July 19th, 1969


MON 1, NY 0  W-Jaster 6-7 L-Seaver 9-7  Jaster 12 K's.

CHI 14, PHI 0  W-Selma 5-11 L-Fryman 6-9  HR-Williams 2(9) Banks(6) Williams 5 rbi, Cubs 21 hits.

STL 4, PIT 2  W-Washburn 6-11 L-Ellis 7-11  S-Hoerner(10)  

ATL 2, SD 0  W-P.Niekro 10-8 L-Roberts 3-9  P.Niekro 1-hitter.

HOU 10, CIN 7 (11inns)  W-Gladding 2-4 L-Carroll 2-4  HR-Wynn(14) Rose(19)  Rose 4 rbi and the cycle.

LA 10, SF 3  W-Sutton 12-6 L-Bryant 2-5  HR-Sudakis(6) McCovey 2(20)

Hit for the cycle? You bet!
Pete Rose socked an 11th inning triple that drove in 2 runs and kept Reds hopes momentarily alive against the Astros, giving him the season's second cycle, both at Crosley Field. (The other was by Donn Clendenon, then with the Expos, on May 23rd. That cycle, too, came in a losing effort!) In this game, both Wayne Granger and Fred Gladding blew saves in a crazy see-saw contest. While the Spacemen continue their 14-3 tear, the Reds have dropped 11 of their last 14. Rose's home run was their first in 8 days, since Bobby Tolan hit one on July 10th. The power outage comes at a bad time for Cincinnati, as their suspect pitching has totally blown up of late. Surely things must turn around; it would seem the all-star break can't come too soon for the Rhinelanders.  

Your Impartial Goddess may have muttered some unpleasant if colorful patois during the Mets' 1-0 loss to the Expos at Parc Jarry. The New York batters--one hesitates to call them "hitters"--made absurd Cardinals reject Larry Jaster look like Sandy Koufax out there, as the Montreal Dz hurler fanned a dozen helplessly flailing Mets. Their best chance came when Rod Gaspar--subbing for the fallen Tommie Agee--singled, stole second, and went to third on a wild throw by Expo receiver Ron Brand. Gaspar arrived at third base with just one out and Donn Clendenon at the dish. Donn was acquired to add some pop to the New York line-up, which he has resoundingly NOT done. He continued his non-production by striking out, mystified by Jaster's preposterous deliveries.  Your Imperturbable Goddess likes the Expos--generally much better than the Mets, in fact--but is rumored to want the Mets to win this '69 replay. Your Goddess is, of course, officially and serenely Impartial, despite the aforementioned dialect.

At Atlanta, Phil Niekro toyed with the ridiculous Padres, allowing only a third inning single to his mound opponent Dave Roberts. He also drove in both runs for the Braves with a double. Niekro 2, Pods 0! It's gotten almost funny, but new day, new leader in the west--the Braves, this time.

fire hazard.
The Cubs managed to eke out a 2-0 lead against Woody Fryman and the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium, and that's how things stood after 7 innings of play. Then, what the Quakers laughingly refer to as their bullpen took over and gave up a ten-spot in the 8th inning! Billy Williams, who hadn't homered in 2 weeks, and had only one homer since early June, launched two into the stands, and Ernie Banks added another. Al Raffo and John Boozer were lit up so badly that they shot up into the sky and exploded. "Ooooh!" went the crowd as the Phillie firemen blew up in a fantastic fireball. Final tally: Cubs 14, Phils zero. Stop laughing. 

A lucky fan retrieves Willie Mac's second home run. The same fan got a Tony Perez home run ball earlier in the season!
Finally, Willie McCovey, mired in a bizarre July slump, broke out of it with two absolute moon shots off of Don Sutton of the Dodgers. The second round tripper gave the Giants a momentary 3-2 lead as fill-in starter Ron "Anita" Bryant soldiered bravely on. However, the wheels came off in the 7th, when the Tinseltown nine plated 8 runs and sent both Bryant and Ron "Herbal Essence" Herbel to the showers, where Herbel had an organic experience, much to Mr. Bryant's dismay. The Giants will be very glad to welcome Mike McCormick back from the hospital in a few days. Without him, it's Marichal and Perry, then things get hairy. I just made that up. Catchy, right? Right? Hello?


stevemryan said...

Love the writing and hope my Reds will snap out of it soon.

Fireblossom said...

Me too, Steve. Their scary line-up was a big reason I chose '69!