Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Perry Outduels Hands : Friday, August 15th, 1969


LA 2, MON 0  W-Singer 16-8 L-Robertson 9-11  Singer 13 K's.

NY 7, SD 5  W-Koosman 13-9 L-J.Niekro 8-11  HR-Grote(6)GS 

HOU 14, PHI 2  W-LeMaster 13-12 L-J.Johnson 5-17  HR-Blefary(9)  Rader and Morgan 4 rbi each.

STL 5, ATL 1  W-Carlton 15-6 L-Reed 12-7  HR-McCarver(1)  

PIT 9, CIN 8  W-Hartenstein 5-3 L-Granger 6-5  S-Gibbon(10)

SF 1, CHI 0  W-Perry 16-5 L-Hands 15-8  Perry 2-hitter.

"Can't beat aces." --Stephen Stills "Black Queen"

One is the loneliest number, but Hal doesn't care!
Gaylord Perry and Bill Hands hooked up in a classic pitcher's duel at the Stick, and for the third time in a little over a month, it was Hal Lanier knocking in the only run in a 1-0 Giants victory.  In the second inning, McCovey walked, Burda made an out, Davenport hit into a fielder's choice, Dietz singled him to second, and Lanier blooped an rbi knock for all the support Mr. Perry was going to need. It had been nearly a month since Perry got into the win column, although he had only lost one over that span. Lots of no-decisions. As for Mr. Hands, who the Giants brilliantly traded--along with Randy Hundley--to the Cubs a few years ago for Lindy McDaniel and Don Landrum, he's dropped 5 of his last 8 decisions. McDaniel and Landrum were nowhere to be seen, but the Giants remain a half game back of the disgusting Dodgers in the west.

The camera clicked just as he saw the separatists coming for him.
Bill Singer, the worst AXZ money could buy in the first half, has somehow moved into a tie for the league lead in wins, this time stopping the Expos on zero runs with 13 punch outs. Jerry "Where are my kids???" Robertson returned and tossed 3 frames, then was killed by Quebec separatists and will return to the morgue for a few more games.  

"Pirates? I was expecting Indians!"
The Pirates jumped out to a 6-0 lead by demolishing George "Armstrong" Culver and sending him to the showers after just an inning and a third. However, the Reds came storming back, and by the end of the 8th inning, they had forged ahead 8-7. In came Wayne "It's MY world" Granger, who coughed up a pair of runs. Joe Gibbon then retired the Reds in order for a wild 9-8 Bucco victory. By the way, the Pirates announced before the game that they had dealt hurler Jim "Easter" Bunning to the Dodgers in exchange for a broken bicycle bell, two dimes and a marble. Jim went 8-8 for Pittsburgh. Bob Moose, an early season flame-out, will return to the rotation. The Bucs have dismissed 4 pitchers from their staff since opening day.  

Backstop Jerry Grote collected his first rbi's of the month when he clouted a grand slam homer to lead the Mets past the sad-sack Padres. The Pods are now 1-11 in August. "Pray harder!" screamed the owner, a very pious man.

Finally, Tim McCarver slammed a 3-run jack to power his team past the Braves. It was Tim's inaugural blast of the season. "I was waiting for the opportune moment," he opined.
"What's the use? They're going to trade us all to Philadelphia first chance they get anyway!"

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