Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hart Homer Ends Marathon : Monday, September 15th,1969


MON 6, CHI 2  W-Robertson 12-13 L-Jenkins 16-10  S-Face(18)  HR-Williams(18) Phillips(3) Laboy(18)

PHI 3, PIT 2  W-Jackson 13-14 L-Ellis 8-14  S-Wilson(14)

STL 3, NY 1  W-Grant 8-6 L-Koosman 16-12  S-Hoerner(13)

LA 7, CIN 1  W-Sutton 18-9 L-Merritt 11-15

SD 1, HOU 0  W-Kirby 4-17 L-Dierker 14-14  HR-Colbert(11)  Dierker 2-hitter.

SF 4, ATL 2 (15inns)  W-Sadecki 8-9 L-Doyle 6-5  HR-Hart(10)  Hart walk-off HR.

Welcome back my friends, to the game that never ends.
The Braves and Giants matched up in one of the longest contests of the season at Candlestick on Monday. San Francisco jumped out early on a two-run triple from Willie McCovey in the first. Then the Braves plated single runs in the 4th and 5th innings to tie it. There it stayed for ten more innings. What had been a really good game turned into an endless frustration-fest. Both teams kept dinking out singles and drawing walks, only to have batter after batter fail to get the big hit when needed. A record must certainly have been set for the sheer staggering number of routine ground outs. Finally, Willie McCovey got on and Jim Ray Hart drove a Paul "Popeye" Doyle pitch halfway to France to put the game away for the Giants and keep them 2 and a half back of the Dodgers in the west. Ray Sadecki, who went 5 innings as a starter on Saturday, turned in 4 innings of scoreless relief and got the win, then tore off his uniform and walked off into the bush.

He dies at the Alamo, besieged by suburban pests.
The Dodgers maintained their lead by dispatching the Reds, who could only manage 3 hits off of Don Sutton. The game was only 3-0 before Jim Merritt was lifted for a pinch hitter and the Cincy bullpen took over and gave up 4 in the 8th to make it a laugher. However, nobody in La-La Land was laughing when first sacker Wes "Call me Fess" Parker put on what he thought was a coonskin cap, only to discover that it was a live raccoon who proceeded to maul his dome, putting him out of action for 12 of the Tinseltown nine's remaining 17 games. First base will be manned by Andy Kosco, who had to be shown how to put on a glove and use it. Or, there is always Len Gabrielson, Jim Lefebvre, or whats-his-name Miller. Or maybe just a cardboard stand-up with a Dodger cap glued to the top!

"Nothing I do is ever good enough!" quoth Larry, through bitter tears.

Finally, Larry Dierker of the Astros tossed his seventh 2-hitter, to go with his three 1-hitters, but as has happened twice before, he lost anyway. Nate Colbert, a childhood favorite of mine, and a big flop in the replay, managed to bomb a solo homer and a triple for the only knocks the Holy Men would get or need. But back to Mister Dierker, who not only has lost games he should have won because of lack of support, he has been on the losing end of no-hitters by his mound opponents twice. Tough luck, Larry!


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