Saturday, April 8, 2017

No Respect For "A"s : Tuesday, August 19th, 1969


CHI 5, ATL 1  W-Jenkins 14-7 L-P.Niekro 14-10  HR-Hickman(18) Smith(9)

MON 6, SD 2  W-Jaster 8-10 L-Kirby 3-14

SF 8, NY 4  W-Marichal 15-9 L-Seaver 10-11  HR-Mays(11) Lanier(1)ISP Charles(3)  Mays 4 rbi.

LA 5, PHI 4  W-Bunning 9-8 L-Wise 9-11  S-Mikkelsen(15)  HR-Davis 2(15) Allen(26) Wise(1)

PIT 13, HOU 8  W-Walker 4-6 L-Dierker 13-11  HR-Wynn(18) Stargell(17) Hebner 2(3)  Wynn 4 rbi.

CIN 5, STL 0  W-Maloney 15-8 L-Gibson 16-5  Maloney 1-hitter.

I tell ya, grade "A" pitchers got no respect on August 19th!  First, the Cubs roughed up Knucksie Niekro at Wrigley, handing him his tenth loss. Fergie Jenkins was supported by homers from Jim Hickman--his first since July 3rd--and Willie Smith. The win moved the baby bears to within 4 of the top.

Willie enters a land of statistical confusion and chaos.
Then Juan Marichal and Tom Seaver hooked up at Shea Stadium. Last time they faced each other, the game went into extra frames 0-0. Not this time! The Mets gave Seaver a 2-1 lead, but pesky little Hal Lanier smacked a two-run inside the park homer to give the Giants a 3-2 lead. It was the 6th inside the parker this season, and was Hal's first dinger since 1966! Undaunted, the Metropolitans fought back to take a 4-3 lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th, and carried that lead into the bottom of the 9th. Seaver allowed a base runner but had just one out to get--pinch hitter Jim Ray Hart--for the win. No dice! Hart knocked in the tying run, then he crossed the dish himself for a 5-4 Giants lead, before Willie Mays walloped a three-run jack to make it 8-4 San Francisco and chase Mr. Seaver. The lead held and a stunned group of Mets retired to their silent clubhouse in defeat. Tom Terrific is now a pedestrian 10-11....very disappointing. As for Marichal, he won his 9th straight decision. Willie Mays is tearing it up in August with 18 rbi. In addition, Tuesday's homer was either his 598th (if you consider he entered the season with his actual total of 587) or his 602nd (if you factor in that he hit 44 HRs for me in '61 instead of his actual 40).

Someone show him where the plate is!
At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Astro righty Larry Dierker lasted only two and a third innings against the lumber company, barfing up 8 big runs before departing, including back-to-back round trippers by lefty swingers Stargell and Hebner. Skip Guinn came on to walk three batters in a row and five for the inning before finally getting out of the third with the score 11-3 Pirates despite a 3-run bomb from Jim Wynn in the top of the first. 

He helped Mike.
To top off the "A"-bashing for the day, Bob Gibson was greeted with 2 Cincinnati tallies in the top of the first inning, helped along by a wild throw from Tim McCarver, who quipped, "My throw was wild because it was not accurate, and therefore was propelled into center field." The Reds eventually chased Mr. Gibson with one out in the 8th inning when they plated their fifth run against him. But the real story was Jim Maloney's no-hit bid! He tossed 8 innings of hitless ball, but Mike Shannon doubled leading off the bottom of the 9th to prevent history from being made. "The Little People helped me," he slurred by way of explanation. Incidentally, Cardinal flyhawk Curt Flood will miss the next 4 games while trying to merge the reserve clause with Santa Claus. "Go away! I'm busy!" he was heard to shout from his mysterious back yard workshop.

Jim Bunny. Er, Bunning.
Finally, there were two non-"A" games of note. In one, the Expos downed their expansion cousins for their 52nd win of the season, matching their actual total with 38 games left to play! In the other, Jim Bunning, newly acquired by Los Angeles, traveled to Philadelphia to defeat his old pals the Phillies, fanning 10. Dodger relief ace Pete Mikkelsen almost blew it when he allowed a 2-run crank to the suddenly red-hot Rich Allen, but he held on for the one-run win. It was Philly's 27th one-run loss.


1 comment:

stevemryan said...

Two outta three ain't bad!