Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mets Hit The Road, Sweep Pods : Tuesday, August 26th, 1969


CIN 8, CHI 7  W-Ramos 6-1 L-Abernathy 4-8  S-Granger(17)  HR-Perez 2(20) Banks(11)  Tolan, Perez and Banks each drive in 4. 

PIT 5, ATL 0  W-Blass 15-6 L-Jarvis 13-9  HR-Stargell(20)

STL 3, HOU 2  W-Carlton 17-6 L-LeMaster 14-13  HR-Shannon(7)

LA 4,  MON 3  W-Singer 18-8  L-Renko 2-6  HR-Jones(14)

NY 6, SD 2  W-Koosman 15-9 L-Kirby 3-15  HR-Grote(8) 

NY 8, SD 1  W-Gentry 14-8 L-Sisk 6-13  HR-Shamsky(12) Martin(2) Stahl(8)

SF 3, PHI 2  W-Perry 17-6 L-Jackson 12-11  HR-Allen(29) Dietz(7)

"You keep hitting, but we keep losing!"
We start off in San Francisco, where the Phillies were seeking their first win over the Giants. You read that right. They played 'em tough, riding a 2-2 tie into the bottom of the 8th, but with 2 out, Dick Dietz got a hold of one and put S.F. up by a run. Gaylord Perry disposed of the bottom of the Quaker order in the 9th, and the Giants are now 10-0 against the Philadelphians. Rich Allen continues to belt the ball, hitting his 10th homer of August, but it isn't translating into wins. Meanwhile, iron man backstop Mike Ryan finally died with his gear on and was carried off the field for the next 5 contests. Dave Watkins dons the tools of ignorance in his stead.

The red-hot Mets took their show on the road to San Diego, where they handily swept two from the lowly Friars. Even J.C. Martin got in on the act, slugging a homer in the nightcap as reader William fumed.

Tim McCarver says, "Lay it on in here, baby!"
Houston went into St. Louis with hopes of dumping the Cardinals, but a late 3-run jack off the bat of Mike Shannon brought the Redbirds back. Oft-injured backstop Tim McCarver is out again, making another opportunity for Dave Ricketts to show what he can do. "Get healthy, or we trade you to Philadelphia!" opined St. Louis skipper Red Schoendienst to his fragile catcher.

"They say I may have already won millions!"
Bill Singer and the hated Dodgers seemed to have things well in hand, despite a top of the 1st inning round tripper off the bat of Mack Jones. The Dodgers built a 4-1 lead going into the 9th, but the stubborn and scrappy Expos plated a pair, and the Tinseltown nine had both star relievers up. Singer talked ancient Walter Alston into keeping him in the game for the final out, and also made the old codger believe he was about to win the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. Lo and behold, Singer escaped with the win, but Alston is still waiting for Ed McMahon to appear. Your Impartial Goddess finally hit a Dodger with her elephant gun, relegating outfield caddy Bill Russell to a makeshift hospital in the bush for 10 games. Mack Jones was punished for his good deed as well, and will sit out 5. Adolpho "Captain" Phillips takes over in the Expos pasture.

Happiness is 2 home runs!
Tony Perez and Bobby Tolan powered the Reds to a thrilling 8-7 win at Wrigley. Perez smoked a pair of bombs, and Tolan upped his August rbi total to a gaudy 25. Wayne Granger nailed down the save. That Tolan and Granger for Vada Pinson deal is looking very very good these days for the Rhinelanders. For the Cardinals not so much. Vada can't buy a hit in St. Louis.


1 comment:

ARAIG Giants said...

Nice write up. You caught my eye with the Dick Deitz heroics. Go Giants!