Friday, April 21, 2017

The Lucky Bus Rolls On! : Saturday, August 23rd, 1969


CHI 7, HOU 6  W-Aguirre 5-3 L-Womack 4-5  S-Regan(14)  HR-Wynn(20) Hickman(19)

SF 7, MON 2  W-Sadecki 6-7 L-Wegener 9-11  HR-McCovey(25)

NY 6, LA 5  W-McGraw 4-10 L-Mikkelsen 8-3  HR-Jones(9) Grote(7)  Agee 1-out 2-run walk-off triple.

SD 7, PHI 5  W-Reberger 5-10 L-Raffo 1-4  HR-Stahl(7) Briggs(10)

CIN 2, PIT 0 (13inns)  W-Granger 8-5 L-Dal Canton 5-6

ATL 4, STL 0  W-Reed 13-7 L-Washburn 8-13  HR-H.Aaron(38)  Reed 1-hitter.

"Forget the Love Train, I'm on the Lucky Bus!"
Too much, the Lucky Bus! The Dodgers were at Shea again on Saturday as your Impartial Goddess lounged in her private box seat wearing her Mets gear and taking potshots at the Tinseltown nine with her elephant gun, all the while smiling benignly. Things started well when the crazy-hot Cleon Jones smacked a two-run bomb in the bottom of the first. However, Nolan Ryan's express delivered a train load of slop in the top of the 5th, serving up 5 big runs before being removed by stadium security. The Metropolitans got one back in the 4th on a solo jack by Jerry Grote. Cal Koonce twirled 3 and a third of shutout relief, Ron Taylor 2 more, and Tug McGraw 1, but it was still 5-3 Dodgers going into the bottom of the 9th. Kenny "They killed Kenny!" Boswell made the first out against L.A. relief ace Pete Mikkelsen, but Al Weis, in for injured shortstop Bud Harrelson, dinked a single to give New York hope.

Now I got my Lucky Bus....
At this point your Impartial Goddess rubbed up the roof of the Lucky Bus, so instrumental in yesterday's win. Cleon Jones, a walking fireball he's so hot, bashed a double to make it 5-4! More roof rubbing. Shamsky draws a walk. Yet more roof rubbing as your completely Impartial Goddess implored the New York nine to rally on.  Tommie's disciples led him away from his pinball machine to the dish to hit, and Mr. Agee launched a soaring drive to the wall in center field for a 2-run walk-off three bagger! DOWN go the evil Dodgers! Oh yeah! Incidentally, after a very lackluster 40-41 first half, the Mets are 27-17 in the second half.

"I'm soooo high...."
In Chicago, Astro chucker Dooley "Freaking" Womack coughed up the losing tallies for the second straight day and was promptly peddled to the lowly Pilots in exchange for blabbermouth author and washed-up kuckleballer Jim Bouton. Dooley's former teammates shouted encouragement as he left the clubhouse for the last time: "Get outta here ya no-talent busher! And don't come back!" It is rumored that, upon arrival in Seattle, Dooley was immediately issued a plaid flannel shirt and a cup of Starbuck's. 

The two best hitting teams in the league squared off for 13 innings before either one could score. At last, Tony Perez singled in a run, and Johnny Bench did the same for a 2-0 win for the Reds. Starter Jim Merritt had nothing to show for 11 innings of shutout ball, as he and Dock Ellis dueled to a stand-off. 

My little petlet.
Finally, my little pet Larry Stahl hit a two-run shot off of the immortal Al Raffo, and Frank "Double" Reberger made it stand up for a 7-5 win at Philadelphia, the Friars' 4th win in a row! As for the Phillies, they are on suicide watch. Larry Stahl turns up riding the bench for tail-enders in my replays, but always seems to do well for me when he gets in there. After hostile influences tried twice to kill him off yesterday, today he showed his glowing good health with his homer, even though the return of Nate Colbert knocked Larry back to the bench from whence he came to save the day after replacing Cito Gaston in center field. Larry now stands third on the Pods in homers with 7, trailing only Ollie Brown and the aforementioned Nate Colbert. "I'm like a God!" quoth Larry as he polished his spot on the bench with loving care.
Pods mgr. Gomez lights up yet another victory cigar!


1 comment:

William Sagle said...

While I am glad that the Tinseltown Nine lost and are tied with the former New York Gothams, if the Mets stage an epic late-season rally and win the division, I will throw a world class tantrum in front of the Impatial Goddess' luxury box!!!!