Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Burda Powers Giants Into 1st Place Tie ! : Friday, September 19th, 1969


STL 5, CHI 2  W-Washburn 10-15 L-Nye 7-8  S-Hoerner(15)  HR-Banks(15)

MON 9, PHI 8  W-Raymond 4-3 L-J.Johnson 6-21  S-Face(19)  HR-Allen(33) Callison(19) Bosch(1)  Bosch 6 rbi.

PIT 9, NY 5  W-Ellis 9-14 L-Ryan 3-2  HR-Oliver(31)

CIN 4, HOU 0  W-Merritt 12-15 L-Billingham 2-13  HR-Johnson(14)

ATL 7, SD 3  W-Pappas 12-7 L-Roberts 5-15  HR-Brown(13)

SF 5, LA 3  W-Perry 20-8 L-Sutton 18-10  HR-Burda(5)  Burda 5 rbi.

Does this man look dangerous?
In game one of the big Dodgers-Giants weekend showdown at Candelstick Park, the Dodgers struck first, plating one in the top of the first, but leaving the bases loaded. Then in the bottom of the first, Bob Burda unleashed a 3-run blast, scoring Mays and McCovey ahead of him for a lead the Giants would never give up. I. . .er, I mean, S.F. skipper Clyde King debated about starting Burda in left field instead of Jim Hart, but he did, and boy did it pay off. The Dodgers crept to within 3-2, but Burda came through again with a 2-run single to make it 5-2. The plucky (read: "annoying") Dodgers scored another and had the tying runs on base, but pinch hitter Bill Russell grounded out and went back to playing basketball instead. It's a flat-footed tie in the west with just 11 games remaining!

In Chicago, the Cardinals drove another nail into the Cubbies' coffin by beating Rich Nye, who didn't have another shutout in him. The Cards can clinch a tie if they win on Saturday. 

Bosch makes a belated assault on the triple crown!
The banged-up Expos hosted the Phillies in the ultimate meaningless contest, but flyhawk and noted bench-warmer Don Bosch was so excited to get the start that he homered--his first all year--and knocked in a whopping 6 for a new team record. Donny only had 1 rbi all season before that!  As for the Phillies, they fell 11 games behind even the expansion Expos. Pathetic! Skipper George Myatt *could* have removed habitual loser Jerry Johnson when the game was tied, but no. And so Ol' Jer' lost his 21st game. 

The Reds and Braves both won, to keep their microscopic chances alive. 
Bill Nye the Science Guy calculates the Braves and Reds chances at one in 3,457, 912.

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