Monday, April 10, 2017

If You Meet The Dodgers On The Road, Kill Them : Wednesday, August 20th, 1969


CHI 3, ATL 1  W-Hands 16-8 L-Stone 8-9  HR-Williams(14) Santo(20)

SD 4, MON 1  W-Kelley 5-3 L-Stoneman 4-13  S-Podres(1)  

NY 2, SF 1  W-Koosman 14-9 L-Perry 16-6  HR-Etheridge(1)ph

LA 3, PHI 0  W-Singer 17-8 L-Jackson 12-10  HR-Kosco(12)

HOU 13, PIT 0  W-LeMaster 14-12 L-Blass 14-6  HR-Morgan(9) Wynn(19) Blefary(10) Edwards(5)

STL 8, CIN 5  W-Carlton 16-6 L-Nolan 3-7  HR-May(24) Torre(10)  Torre 4 rbi.

The Singer Throwing Machine
Please, someone stop the Dodgers. Do it while I still have a race. They are so annoying. Once again, they dinked out just enough offense--don't they always?--and rode their pitching to yet another victory. Bill "The Singer Throwing Machine" Singer, hit hard in the first half despite a no-hitter against the Astros, has come on in the second half to take the league lead in wins, with 17. Add to their general annoyingness that they have not had an injury of any kind in some time, and have added Jim Bunning to seal their one glaring weakness--the bottom of the rotation.  

He finally traded in his Wimpies for some Wheaties.
The Astros wrapped up their brief visit to Pittsburgh by going homer-happy and destroying the Buccos 13-0. Little Joe Morgan, who floundered his way through the season at a .208 clip entering August, is hitting about .480 for the month, raising his average all the way to .250. "I have attained mediocrity," he opined as Reds scouts drooled in the stands.

The Mets beat the Giants at Shea behind lefty Jerry Koosman, even though he lost his shutout in the 9th on Bobby Etheridge's first blast of the season. "I live inside the bench, where I raise my larvae," he explained.

Johnny's save thrilled even the Montreal fans!
The Pods thought they might have a prayer with Joe Niekro bringing his talents--and his emery board--to Parc Jarry on Wednesday, but Joe got decapitated by a line drive after just a single frame, and was relieved by lefty Dick Kelley. All Kelley did was pitch 7 and two thirds innings of stellar relief before finally crumbling dead in a heap. Searching frantically for another lefty to face the last Montreal batter,  Pods skipper Gomez summoned ancient relic Johnny Podres, who garnered his first save. Informed that, in actuality, he had retired in late June, Johnny scoffed and vowed to pitch "until my arm falls off." As for the stalwart Mr. Kelley, he will miss three weeks taking it easy and complaining of having been effective. 

Finally, Joe Torre doubled his month's rbi total in a single game by collecting a single, homer, and triple off of absurd Cincinnati pitching.  Vic Davalillo, agog over the chance to fill in for Curt Flood for 4 games, hyperventilated and blew away in a strong wind, leaving Joe Hague and Byron Browne to man right field for the Redbirds while Vada Pinson shifts to center.