Saturday, May 27, 2017

Reds Plate 20, Griffin Fans 15 : Monday, September 8th, 1969


PIT 8, MON 7  W-Veale 17-9 L-Jaster 10-12  S-Dal Canton(10)  HR-Oliver(29) Mazeroski(3) Bailey(12) Fairly(10)  

CHI 6, NY 0  W-Selma 10-13 L-McAndrew 10-13  HR-Williams(17) Smith(10)

STL 4, PHI 3  W-Taylor 9-8 L-Wise 10-14

LA 8, ATL 5  W-Mikkelsen 9-3 L-P.Niekro 14-12  S-Brewer(14)  HR-Sudakis(10) Millan(5) F.Alou(4) Carty(21)

SF 8, CIN 6 (12inns)  W-Linzy 8-5 L-Carroll 6-5  S-McMahon(2)  HR-Bonds(22) Tolan(13) May(27)  SF turns 6 DP.

CIN 20, SF 1  W-Nolan 4-8 L-Sadecki 6-9  HR-Tolan(14)  Rose 5 hits and 5 runs, Tolan 4 rbi, Reds 28 hits.

HOU 12, SD 2  W-Griffin 10-12 L-J.Niekro 8-13  HR-Blefary(12) Miller(6)GS Rader(7) Edwards(7)  Griffin 15 K's.

"Let me go right out there and fail!"
It was an action-packed Monday around the league, so let's get to it. To start off with the most important match-up, the Braves were leaning heavily on Phil Niekro to pitch well for them against front-running L.A. because they had to start the two game home set without the services of Henry Aaron, who will return tomorrow. With Atlanta's sliver-thin hopes riding on his performance, Knucksie gave up 4 in the second and 2 more in the third. Gah. The Braves fought back to make it 6-5, but never got any closer. The loss effectively eliminates them from the race. Meanwhile, Bill Sudakis continues his late-season homer barrage for the Dodgers, swatting his 4th since August 28th. 

"I'm woke," quoth Bobby as he circled the sacks.
The Giants played a pair at Cincinnati and won the opener in dramatic fashion when Bobby Bonds, who had up to then gone oh-for-6 with 3 strikeouts, hit a two-run shot in the top of the twelfth to give the Giants a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The blast undid Cincy's earlier rally that was capped off by Bobby Tolan's two-run game-tying bomb. However, the Reds got their revenge in the nightcap, demolishing the Giants 20-1. Ron "Call me Anita" Bryant took one for the team, toiling 5+ frames and surrendering 13 earnies in relief of Ray Sadecki. His suffering saved the San Francisco bullpen for another day. 

Tom Griffin struck out 15 feebly flailing Friars in just 7 innings of work before being decapitated by a line drive off the bat of Ollie Brown. He'll miss two weeks, but should have his noggin reattached in time to make one or two more starts in '69. Jim Bouton finished up, with the Astros bench warmers in the field behind him, marveling at the view from outside the dugout.  

The tiresome Cardinals beat the Phillies on a late rbi triple by none other than hurler Chuck Taylor.  "I am the Taylor's face and hands," he opined irrelevantly as Paul Simon looked on approvingly.

He can't be bothered with sordid reality.
The Pirates took over 3rd place in the east as their hot streak continued with a win over the Expos, though the baby Canadians did give them a tussle right up until the final out. Scoops Oliver's crazy power production continues unabated, as he swatted homer number 29. (He never actually hit more than 22 in any season, and only reached 20 twice. He hit just 17 in 1969, but has the rolls going his way. Also, he has made good use of his 5, with runners frequently on base ahead of him.)

He blinded them with science.
"Every action has an equal and opposite reaction." Thus spake the Cubs' Dick Selma, who blanked the Mets, dropping them to 4th. The win didn't help the Cubbies much, though, what with the Cardinals winning, too. At least they got to stay in second.



stevemryan said...

After the playoffs, do you stage a World Series or is that it?

Fireblossom said...

The season will end with the NLCS. Some day I may play the AL, and then there would be a WS. With retirement at hand, I anticipate playing LOTS of APBA.