Saturday, April 29, 2017

Giants Take First On Dietz Walk-Off : Wednesday, August 27th, 1969


CIN 9, CHI 8 (11inns)  W-Granger 9-5 L-Johnson 2-3  S-Carroll(2)  HR-Perez 2(22)  Perez 4 rbi.

ATL 6, PIT 1  W-Stone 9-9 L-Walker 4-7  HR-H.Aaron(39)

HOU 3, STL 0  W-Wilson 10-11 L-Briles 11-12  HR-Menke(5)

MON 4, LA 2  W-Robertson 10-12 L-Sutton 15-8  HR-Staub(26)  Staub all 4 rbi.

LA 4, MON 2  W-Osteen 14-8 L-Stoneman 4-14  S-Mikkelsen(16)  HR-Bateman(6)

NY 9, SD 2  W-McAndrew 10-11 L-Santorini 5-20  HR-Shamsky(13) Stahl(9)ph  McAndrew 11 K's.

SF 6, PHI 5  W-Herbel 4-2 L-Wilson 1-10  HR-Allen(30) Fryman(1) Mays(12)  Dietz GW single.

Mister Wilson has nothing to smile about.
Why does San Francisco backstop Dick Dietz hate the Phillies? For that matter, why does the whole Giants team hate the Phillies? What ever happened to peace and love, baby? The visitors from Philadelphia took the field Wednesday afternoon trying for their first win in 11 tries against the Giants. Things looked crazy-good for the Quakers in the top of the second. Larry Hisle walked, the next two batters made outs following a steal by Hisle, and so the Giants brain trust decided to intentionally walk catcher Dave Watkins and deal to Phils' hurler Woodie Fryman. Lefty Mike McCormick served up a pitch, and Fryman, who pitches left but bats (poorly) right, mashed a drive into the left field stands for a 3-run crank! (The Giants brain trust underwent immediate lobotomies.) Still celebrating, Mr. Fryman took the mound in the bottom of the 2nd and promptly ate a baseball off the bat of Hal Lanier, knocking him out of the game and into the dentist's chair.  Enter Turk Farrell, who gave up a couple of tallies in the 3rd, but kept the lead. Riding yet another blast by Rich Allen--his 11th of August--the Phils held a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the 7th when Willie Mays hit a two-run shot to make it 5-4. (The HR was either his 599th, or 603rd, if you count his 4 extra homers for me back in '61.) Al Raffo, quaking in his boots, somehow retired Willie McCovey and ran to the showers like a scared rabbit. 

Dietz sent for the free book.
Fast forward to the bottom of the 9th with Billy Wilson on the mound for Philadelphia. Poor Billy entered the game with a log of 1-9 and no saves in August. In fact, the entire Phillie bullpen has no saves in August. He had escaped a jam in the bottom of the 8th and started the 9th by serving up a single to young speedster Bobby Bonds. Ron Hunt moved him up with a ground out that would have been a hit, had not Tony Taylor moved to his right to cover second on the hit-and-run.  Wilson, thus reprieved, retired Willie Mays, leaving it all up to Willie McCovey. The Phillie brain trust ordered "Stretch" to be walked, and so he was.  2 out, 2 on, and Ken Henderson at the plate. Ken had entered the fray when Jim Ray Hart's shoulder exploded on a play in the outfield earlier in the game. Hart will miss 10 games while watching Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers on tv. But I digress! Henderson shocked everyone by laying down a perfect bunt to load the bases. Up stepped Tito Fuentes. A panicked Billy Wilson couldn't stop the plate from jumping around, and in true Phillie style, he walked in the tying run. 5-5! That brought Dick Dietz to the dish. His homer yesterday had undone the Phillies, and so they had retaliated by beaning him twice in this contest. No matter. Dick smacked a single to left that scored McCovey with the winning run, as a jubilant Giants squad took over sole possession of first place and ran their record against the Quakers to a cool 11-0 with one contest remaining. Wilson sinks to 1-10 and wonders why Tom Hanks keeps talking to him. 

Don't be a hater, Larry.
A different Wilson, Don, stopped the Cardinals with a complete game shutout at Busch Stadium. At San Diego, the Mets completed a 3 game sweep of the lowly Pods with a 9-2 win behind Jim McAndrew, 7-1 in his last 8 decisions. However, Larry Stahl hit his second dinger of the series. He only hit 3 all year in '68 for the Mets, but he is fueled by hate for the team that let him end up with the stinking Padres. At Chicago, the suddenly crazed Tony Perez enjoyed his second straight 2-homer game at the Cubs' expense, powering Cincy to another wild high-scoring win. 

"Eet theez pay-stree! Or pay zee price!"
Finally, the Expos played two against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, a twin bill made necessary by events in Canada earlier this month. A contest scheduled for Jarry Park in late May was snowed out, and rescheduled for August 18th, an open date for both clubs. However, Quebec separatists chose that day to take to the streets in roving gangs, obliging helpless victims to read statements against the Toronto Maple Leafs and then forcing them to eat delicious pastries. Oh the humanity! And so the league office, headed by Warren Giles, produced an edict to the effect that the game be played as part of a doubleheader in Los Angeles, where Quebec separatists are not especially common. "The safety of our fans and players is the most important thing to us," opined the League President, munching on a raspberry tart.  Mon dieu!


ARAIG Giants said...

Enjoyable as always! Go Giants!

stevemryan said...

Reds & Braves win while Cards lose & I love Dennis the Menace! Well done.