Sunday, May 21, 2017

McCarver Knocks In 4, Offers Lengthy Analysis : Friday, September 5th, 1969


PIT 4, CHI 0  W-Ellis 8-13 L-Jenkins 15-9  HR-Oliver(28)  Ellis 12 K's.

NY 5, PHI 3  W-Koosman 16-10 L-Jackson 12-13  S-Taylor(1)  HR-Clendenon(22) Swoboda(5)

STL 8, MON 4  W-Gibson 17-6 L-Robertson 10-13  HR-Bailey(11)  McCarver 4 rbi.

CIN 1, ATL 0  W-Maloney 17-9 L-Reed 13-8  S-Granger(18)

HOU 5, SF 2  W-Ray 7-3 L-Perry 18-7  S-Gladding(9)

LA 2, SD 1  W-Sutton 17-8 L-Kirby 3-16  S-Mikkelsen(17)  HR-Sudakis(9) Murrell(1)

148  games left.

"And then for my third rbi...gee, I hope I'm not boring you!"
The Cardinals made short work of the infant Expos at Busch Stadium on Friday, riding 4 ribbies from backstop/color man Tim McCarver and 3 from the newly-healed and suddenly productive Vada Pinson. Five errors by the suddenly sloppy Redbirds did nothing to dampen their victory. McCarver offered lengthy analysis of his 4 ribbies, reminding many of Ted Striker. 

To Itchycoo Park, that's where he's been.
Dock Ellis--the one the Bucs have waited all season to see--finally showed up, fanning a dozen Cubs as the Pirates won their 7th straight game. Al Oliver continues to smoke NL pitching, notching his 28th homer, while Dock just smokes whatever's handy. 

A home run barrage from Donn Clendenon and Ron Swoboda staked lefty Jerry Koosman to a 5-0 lead against one of his several future teams, and he held on for a 5-3 decision over the Phillies. "I stay in the now," he opined, mystically.  Donn Clendenon now has 6 blasts as a Met.

"Missed me, missed me, now ya gotta kiss me!" taunted Jim.
The banged-up Reds plated one run, courtesy of an rbi single by Darrel Chaney, and fireballer Jim Maloney made it stand up, with relief help from Wayne Granger when the Braves put two on in the 8th via the base on balls. Maloney barely escaped with his life, let alone the win. On a result of 38, he would have been destroyed limb from limb while covering first had the Reds been fielding one or fielding three, but they were fielding two at that moment and so the Braves' Henry Aaron took the fall into the threshing machine instead. He'll miss 3 games, which is very bad news for the Atlantans. They are having trouble scoring runs anyway, and now must put a popgun in right field instead of a cannon.  As for Mr. Maloney, he sat at his locker after the game, polishing his untouched J-3 rating, and wearing a big shit-eating grin.

The much-dealt Mister Davis. If it's Friday, this must be Houston!
At Houston, the Giants flag hopes took a hit when Gaylord Perry got roughed up by the disrespectful Spacemen, who were seemingly unimpressed with his league-leading e.r.a.  When Rooster Rader bisected himself on a railing while going for a foul pop, Marty Martinez shifted to third and in came new acquisition Tommy Davis, who drove in 3 after entering the fray.  The Giants are dismayed at seeing their two aces, Marichal and Perry, lose back to back against crap teams.  In Astro news, Fred Gladding's save was their first since July 20th.

Padre pipsqueak, or folk-singing purveyor of hokum? Neither! It's Big Daddy. "Brick!"
Finally, Don Sutton outdueled kid chucker Clay Kirby 2-1, despite a late blast off the bat of Ivan Murrell, not to be confused with Burl Ives. It was Ivan's inaugural blast of the year. The Tinseltown nine garnered just 3 hits, but eked out the win against Kirby, who once again pitched well but lost. "I know my wimp-ass, no-talent, busher teammates are out there trying their best every day," he proclaimed magnanimously.
Born to lose. He's toed the slab in vain....


1 comment:

stevemryan said...

I always found fellow Tennessean Tim McCarver inspirational. He was one of the first TV announcers to inspire me to turn the TV down and listen to the radio broadcast. And he was a Cardinal, so there is that!