Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Giants Sweep Cubs, Share First Place In West: Sunday & Monday, August 17th & 18th, 1969

Scores, August 17th

LA 4, MON 3  W-Osteen 13-7 L-Wegener 9-10  S-Brewer(12)  HR-Parker(8) Fairly(9)

NY 6, SD 1  W-McAndrew 8-11 L-Reberger 4-10  HR-Jones(7) Grote(7)ph GS  

NY 8, SD 4  W-R.Taylor 6-3 L-Roberts 3-12  HR-Gaston(1)  Charles(2)

PHI 4, HOU 3 (11inns)  W-Farrell 2-7  L-Ray 6-2  T.Taylor GW sac fly

STL 6, ATL 0  W-C.Taylor 7-8 L-Jarvis 13-8  HR-Shannon(6) 

PIT 3, CIN 0  W-Veale 14-8 L-Nolan 3-6  Veale 1-hitter.

SF 7, CHI 3  W-Bolin 12-10 L-Selma 8-13  S-McMahon(1)  HR-Williams(13) Bonds(20) McCovey(24)

SF 8, CHI 6  W-Linzy 7-4 L-Regan 5-6  S-Herbel(1)  HR-Rudolph(3) Mays(10)ph

Score, August 18th

CIN 10, PIT 3  W-Merritt 9-13 L-Ellis 7-13  HR-Johnson(12)GS Bench(12)  Johnson 6 rbi.

I have reached the exact three-quarter point of the season.

"I suck, but I win!"
The Giants were rude hosts to the Cubs this past weekend, taking all 4 games and winning the season series 9 games to 3. Bob "Bolin For Dollars" Bolin continues to toss batting practice, but somehow he wins anyway. In the nightcap, Phil Regan continues to struggle out of the Chicago bullpen, and the Giants got an inning out of a surprised Ron "Herbal Essence" Herbel for the save. The Giants have now gotten saves from 5 different chuckers this season. Unusual in APBA, at least in my experience, partly because I have never used a set with all the players included.  Anyway, the hero of the game for SF was Willie Mays, who launched a 3-run pinch hit homer in the bottom of the 8th.

The Mets swept a pair from the hilarious Padres, but the scores are not indicative of how close the games were. A 5 run 8th and a 4 run 7th made it look good for the Mets. They'll take 'em any way they can get 'em.  Clarence Gaston did slug his first dinger for the Friars. I recalled his excellent 1970 season, but had not remembered how wimpy he was in '69.

He's looking into it.
The Dodgers took all three at Montreal, but all of those games were close, too. Mike Wegener fanned 9 and walked 10 in a weird complete game effort, but the 'Spos came up a run short despite a blast from former Dodger Ron Fairly. The Dodgers now travel to Philadelphia, pending an investigation as to why they have such an easy schedule! 

The Cardinals continue to roll, riding a fine shutout effort from Chuck Taylor to defeat the Braves in Atlanta. With the Cubs flailing, the Cards are once again pulling away. Can anyone stop the two-time NL champs? They don't hit much, but they lead the league in shutouts pitched with 16.

"What's the score? Where am I?"
Finally, Alex Johnson went off on the visiting Pirates, belting a grand slam and knocking in 6. Ted Savage, filling in for Bobby Tolan and hitting just ahead of Johnson, contributed a pair of doubles, three runs scored, and a steal of third. The Pirates, alone in the league right now except for the similarly crippled Padres, fielded what amounted to a "B" team in Monday's only action. They did stroke a dozen hits, but they were all singles. Next game, they get Stargell and Carl Taylor back, though mainstays Clemente and Oliver will remain shelved for 5 more games. The Reds' Jim Merritt won the battle of the disappointing #2 starters over Dock Ellis. From here on out, Steve Blass takes over the second spot in the rotation. "It's so beautiful," mumbled Ellis nonsensically, while staring at unicorns only he can see.


1 comment:

stevemryan said...

Getting interesting with Division winners lagging a bit behind. Should be a good stretch run!