Thursday, May 25, 2017

Revenge of The 'Stros and Pods : Sunday, September 7th, 1969


PIT 4, CHI 1  W-Dal Canton 8-6 L-Hands 17-11  S-Gibbon(12)  

PHI 8, NY 7 (11inns)  W-Raffo 2-4 L-McGraw 4-11  HR-Ryan(9) Grote(10)

STL 5, MON 3  W-Briles 13-12 L-Wegener 9-13

CIN 11, ATL 2  W-Cloninger 2-3 L-Stone 9-10  S-Carroll(3)  HR-Carty(20) Johnson(13) Tolan(12)

HOU 6, SF 5  W-Gladding 4-5 L-Linzy 7-5  HR-Burda(4) Menke(6)  Menke 2-out walk-off HR.

SD 14, LA 8  W-Sisk 7-13 L-Moeller 11-9  S-Reberger(16)  Haller 4 rbi.

Everybody's got something to hide except me and my Menke.
The downtrodden rose up and smote a few of their tormentors on Sunday. Let's start with Denis Menke's 2-out walk-off solo shot off of Frank Linzy, putting a dent in the Giants' pennant hopes.  The San Franciscans beat the Spacemen's collective brains in Saturday, 23-0, but it was the Astros who took the series two games out of three. "M-m-m-m-Menke!" crowed jubilant Astro skipper Harry Walker, believing himself to be Mick Jagger in the excitement of the moment. 

Junk food junkie Frank saves the day.
Now we move on to an Diego, where the woebegone Pods exploded against the Dodgers, taking an early 9-2 lead and then hanging on for dear life. They finally did salvage the finale of their four game set with the  Tinseltown nine, winning 14-8. Junkballer Tommie Sisk tied Joe Niekro for the staff lead in wins with 7, even though he pitched pretty poorly and did not survive the 6th inning. Jack Baldschun came on and then gave way to Frank "Double" Reberger, who was required to get the last 8 outs, which he did. And he wants fries with that.

Tom Seaver, he of the mere 12-12 record, managed to blow leads of 4-0 and 6-4 to the last place Phillies. The Quakers finally dispatched the Metropolitans in extras, 8-7. This leaves the Mets as part of a 3-way clusterbunch fighting for second in the east. It seems extremely unlikely that any of them can still make a serious run at the Cardinals, who toyed with the Expos before finishing them off for the sweep at Busch. 

The Cubs, still unable to find their missing offense, carried a 1-0 lead into the top of the 9th against Pittsburgh. However, Don Kessinger's error put the lead-off man on, and 4 unearned runs later, the "L" flag was hoisted over Wrigley. Bill Hands has now lost 7 of his last 10 decisions. As for the Pirates, they have won 8 of 9 and now move on to Montreal.

Mister Friendly, Alex Johnson.
Finally, affable Alex Johnson jumped out of his hospital bed and drove the first pitch he saw into the grandstand for a homer. The Rhinelanders went on to drub the Braves and take 2 of 3 at Crosley for the weekend. 

1 comment:

stevemryan said...

How long before a division is clinched?