Sunday, March 19, 2017

Narrow Margin: Monday, August 11th, 1969


CIN 7, PHI 6  W-Carroll 5-4 L-Farrell 1-7  S-Granger(15)  HR-Callison(16) May(21)

NY 2, HOU 1  W-Gentry 12-7 L-Griffin 8-12  HR-Kranepool(8)  Griffin 12 K's.

LA 2, STL 1  W-Sutton 13-7 L-Briles 10-10  HR-Parker(7)  Sutton 2-hitter.

"Lead, shmead!" chortles Fry-boy.
The preposterous Phillies, having already taken 3 of the first 4 at Crosley over the weekend, handed lefty Woodie Fryman a hefty 6-1 lead going into the bottom of the 4th inning on Monday. Then Fry-boy started lobbing nothing fastballs and hanging curves up there, and pretty soon it was 6-6 and Fryman was gone. The big blows were a bases loaded triple by Bobby Tolan and Lee May's first homer since way back on July 5th. Enter Turk Farrell, who tossed three frames and surrendered just one run, but of course, he takes the loss and not the richly deserving Fryman.  

Curt Blefary stands on second base under the useless artificial light of the Astrodome.
At Houston, as the albino Astros become more and more bizarre the longer they don't see the sun, growing gills and evolving transparent bodies, the Mets nipped the Spacemen 2-1 behind Gary Gentry, despite Tom Griffin's third 12-strikeout performance of the season. A 9th inning homer by Ed Kranepool was the decider. Curt Blefary did make it interesting with a two-out roll of 66, but he settled in at second base where he died when Doug Rader made the final out. 

"Hey Mingo, watch me go deep!"
Finally, the extremely annoying Dodgers manufactured a run in the first inning as Wills walked, stole second when Willie "Call me Joan" Crawford didn't offer at an outside pitch on a hit and run, advanced to third when Crawford grounded out, and scored on a sac fly by Mota. The Cards tied it up later when Brock walked and then scored on a double by Shannon, but the Redbirds would only get one more hit--a single by Torre--the rest of the way, while Wes "Call me Fess" Parker boomed a long solo home run and that was enough to give the Dodgers the league's best record and a one game lead in the west. Wills is now 16-0 on the bases since returning to the Tinseltown nine. Your Impartial Goddess may have to start taking potshots at him--and the rest of the stupid Dodgers--with her elephant gun.
Don't worry, I would never shoot YOU, sweetie. Just Dodgers, k?

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