Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lucky 7 For The East : Sunday & Monday, August 24th & 25th, 1969

Scores, August 24th

CHI 2, HOU 1  W-Jenkins 15-7 L-Dierker 13-12  HR-Hickman(20) Dierker 2-hitter.

CHI 7, HOU 2  W-Hands 17-8 L-Billingham 2-11  HR-Morgan(10) Rudolph(4)

MON 6, SF 3  W-Jaster 9-10 L-Marichal 15-10  S-Face(14)  HR-Hunt(1) Henderson(5)ph Bailey(10) Staub(25)

NY 4, LA 3  W-Seaver 11-11 L-Bunning 9-9  Charles 1-out walk-off double.

PHI 5, SD 2  W-Wise 10-11 L-J.Niekro 8-12  HR-Allen(28) Hisle(8)

PIT 4, CIN 3  W-Hartenstein 6-3 L-Maloney 15-9  HR-May(25) Stargell(19)

STL 4, ATL 3 (11inns)  W-Hoerner 9-6 L-Doyle 5-4  HR-Gonzales(6) Aspromonte(3)ph Maxvill(6)  Flood 1-out walk-off single.

No games for August 25th.

"Is this the right bus?"
The east beat up on the west to the tune of 7-0 on Sunday, and there was plenty of excitement along the way. First, the New York Mets and their "Lucky Bus" struck yet again when Eddie Charles stroked a walk-off double to give the Metropolitans a 3 game sweep of the Dodgers, with all 3 wins of the come-from-behind variety, with the last 2 being walk-offs. Asked by scribes about his dramatic hit, Charles just screamed something about having a woman "way over town" who's good to him. Oh yeah!

In Pittsburgh, the Reds seemed poised to take all 3 from the Bucs, but then Dave Cash got on and Willie Stargell cranked a two-run shot off of Jim Maloney to send the Rhinelanders down in bitter defeat after Chuck Hartenstein slammed the door in the 9th. However, the Cincinnati club took 7 of 12 on the season. 

Curt contemplates success, failure, and bloop singles to center.
The Braves thought things looked good at Busch Stadium when they plated a run in the opening inning off of Bob Gibson, but the Cards tied it off Knucksie Niekro in the bottom of the initial frame. Rico Carty led off the 2nd with a screamer right into Gibby's sour old puss, shelving the right-hander for the next 5 games. Enter Jim "Mudcat" Grant, fresh from his tomb, who twirled 6 and 2/3 innings and gave up just one run. Dal "Federal Super Max" Maxvill cranked his astonishing 6th homer of the year to tie the game at 2, and then Curt Flood brought in Lou Brock with the lead run 3-2. Joe Hoerner came in and got the first two Braves out in the 9th, but Bob "Hi, Bob!" Aspromonte pinch hit and launched a deep drive to left which departed the yard and tied up the contest at 3. No matter. Curt Flood delivered his 3rd rbi, driving in Brock each time, to cap his 4-for-4 day and a 4-3 extra inning Cards win. 

John Bateman being backed up on the throw by Larry Jaster. This baseball stuff is a cinch!
Juan Marichal was looking for his 10th straight win when he took the mound at Jarry Park against the Expos, but they cleaned his clock instead. Following a walk, the 'Spos delivered a pair of doubles and then back-to-back blasts by Bailey and Staub, to hang a five-spot on the high kicking chucker and send him to an early shower. With the win, their 53rd, the Expos officially exceed their actual win total of 52, and August isn't even over yet! 

Ken Rudolph and friend.
Finally, the Cubs eked out just 2 hits against Larry Dierker of the Astros, but one of them was a late 2-run bomb by Jim Hickman to take the opener, and then Ken "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Back-Up Catcher" Rudolph hit one out to power the sweep in Chicago. The Astros are so weird. After going 23-4 to reach .500 at 54-54, the Spacemen have slumped to 5-15 ever since. 

And I could mention the Pods-Phillies game, but why?

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