Friday, June 23, 2017

Giants Clinch Tie, Helms Sets Record : Tuesday, September 30th, 1969


PHI 13, STL 8  W-Jackson 16-14 L-Taylor 11-9  S-Wilson(15)  HR-Allen 2(38) Rojas(5)GS Watkins(4) Javier(13)  Allen, Rojas and Javier 4 rbi each.

ATL 3, CIN 2  W-Wilhelm 1-0 L-Merritt 13-16  S-Upshaw(29)  Helms sets NL record with 11 consecutive hits over 3 games.

HOU 9, LA 6 (11inns)  W-Ray 8-3 L-Moeller 11-11  Edwards 5 hits.

SF 13, SD 0  W-Marichal 19-12 L-Kelley 5-5  Hart 4 runs, Henderson 5 rbi, Lanier 4 rbi. Giants clinch at least a tie for the west title.

2 days and 11 games to go.

"Maybe Tom Selleck is right about those reverse mortgages..."
At Los Angeles, dottering old Walter Osteen decided to go with dottering starter Jim Bunning, and it didn't work out so well for the Tinseltown nine, though they still could have won. The visiting Astros and the Dodgers fought back and forth to a 5-all tie at the end of six. Both starters were gone by then. Nobody scored in the 7th through the 10th, though there were chances for both sides. In the 11th, the Astros had only one reliever left (the goshawful Skip Guinn) and one bench player (back-up catcher Don Bryant). The Dodgers had only Al McBean remaining in the pen, and nobody on the bench. Banished former starter Joe Moeller came on and got lit up for 4 runs, finally giving way to McBean. 9-5 Astros! But the Dodgers didn't go quietly against Jim Ray in the bottom of the 11th. He had struck out the side in the 10th, but coughed up a run and faced homer-happy Bill Sudakis with two on. Ray got him, and the Spacemen put a big dent in the Dodgers' hopes.

Willie who?
At Candlestick Park, the Giants opened a can of whoop-ass on the beleaguered Padres, stomping them 13-0 and clinching at least a tie for the west title. Juan Marichal stopped the Friars on 4 hits. The Holy Men have been blanked 7 times in September, after only being whitewashed 11 times all season before that. They just look dead in the water--bad news for the Dodgers who have to have their help! Ken Henderson knocked in 5 for the home squad. 

He's a record-setter.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the hitting record that Tommy Helms set! Helms collected hits in 11 consecutive at bats over 3 contests, breaking the NL record of ten. He went 4-for-4 in both weekend games at home against Houston, and then got hits the first three times up in Tuesday's game at Atlanta. Ten singles and one double = one NL record! With a chance to tie the major league record of 12, shared by Pinky Higgins and Walt Dropo, both of the Red Sox, Tommy skied out to center field, ending his chance. But still, way to go, Tommy!

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