Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cards Clinch Tie ; Giants Don't Show Up : Sunday, September 21st, 1969


STL 8, CHI 0  W-Carlton 21-7 L-Holtzman 12-8  HR-Torre(13) Javier 2(12)  Carlton 2-hitter.

PHI 8, MON 7 (12inns)  W-Boozer 2-2 L-Face 3-8  HR-Allen(34) Rojas(4) 

NY 5, PIT 4  W-Gentry 18-9 L-Gibbon 5-7

NY 2, PIT 0  W-Seaver 14-13 L-Veale 19-10

CIN 3, HOU 2  W-Granger 12-5 L-LeMaster 15-15  HR-May(30)

ATL 5, SD 0  W-Jarvis 16-10 L-J.Niekro 9-15  Jarvis faces 1 batter over the minimum.

LA 6, SF 0  W-Bunning 12-11 L-Marichal 17-12  HR-Sudakis(12)

11 days and 49 games left.

No joy in Mudville.
Yegods. The Giants, presented with a golden opportunity to play the Dodgers "B" team (because they have so many injuries) at home for three, managed to drop the last two after winning the opener. On Sunday they sent Juan Marichal to the hill and he did his best, working seven strong innings and giving up just one measly little run, but the Giants couldn't do a thing with Pirate reject and interesting fossil Jim "Easter" Bunning. He allowed just 4 singles, striking a blow for geezers everywhere. Because the bats were silent, it became necessary to hit for Marichal in the 7th, and on came Frank Linzy, who got blown up for 5 runs in less than 2 innings, including yet another round tripper by Bill Sudakis, who now has 19 rbi in the month. S.F. star Willie McCovey, urged on by your Impartial Goddess in rather colorful terms, went a dismal 0-for-4 and contributed an error.  Disgusting. The Tinseltown nine leave town 2 games up.

The Astrodome couldn't contain Mr. May.
The Reds rode a 9th inning blast by Lee May to victory at the Astrodome, and the Braves had no trouble with the comical Padres, who managed only three hits and saw two of those runners erased on double plays. Both teams swept over the weekend to keep their miniscule hopes alive. The Reds welcome L.A. into Crosley Field for three starting tomorrow.  

The Cubs' porridge is cold as hell.
In the east, the Cardinals clinched at least a tie for the division crown by thumping the Cubs at Wrigley 8-0, hitting an uncharacteristic three home runs in the process. Two of those were by Julian Javier, who has hit 3 of his 12 at the friendly confines this year.  Pittsburgh was mathematically eliminated when they dropped both ends of a doubleheader at New York. They lost the first game on a miscue by kid third sacker Richie Hebner, who dug his team's grave by booting a grounder into left field, allowing 2 runs to score to sink the Buccaneers. Tom Seaver stopped them cold in the nightcap. 

Keep your stupid comb.
Finally, in the Who Cares Department, a Cookie Rojas homer in the top of the 12th sunk the Expos and allowed the Phillies to take two of three north of the border. John Boozer collected the rare win, and celebrated by getting smashed, of course. Oh these Phillies, what cards! The east is idle on Monday while the west teams duke it out. Hopefully, John Boozer left some champagne for the Redbirds.

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