Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lee May Cycle, Both Leaders Fall : Wednesday, September 10th, 1969


MON 1, NY 0  W-Robertson 11-13 L-Koosman 16-11  Koosman 2-hitter.

CHI 8, PHI 1  W-Jenkins 16-9 L-Jackson 12-14  HR-Banks(12) Ryan(10)

PIT 5, STL 3  W-Hartenstein 7-3 L-Hoerner 9-8  S-Gibbon(13)  HR-Brock(7) Stargell(24)

ATL 2, SF 1  W-Reed 14-8 L-Linzy 8-6  HR-Aspromonte(4)  Gonzales 1-out walk-off single.

CIN 13, SD 4  W-Merritt 11-14 L-Kirby 3-17  HR-May(28) Bench(14)  May 5 rbi and the cycle.

HOU 2, LA 1  W-Dierker 14-13 L-Sutton 17-9  HR-Crawford(11) Rader(8)

He brought the heavy lumber against the Friars.
The Padres plated 4 in the top of the first against beleaguered Reds lefty Jim Merritt, but then Rhinelander first sacker Lee May went to work. The Reds scored 13 unanswered runs as May drove in 5 and hit for the cycle, coming up in his final at bat needing the double and swatting a gapper to seal the deal. He joins teammate Pete Rose and former Expo Donn Clendenon in the cycle club. 

He ate Ron Fairly.
The Mets' disappointing season plods on, as Jerry Koosman lost despite tossing a 2 hitter--the second time that such a fate has befallen him. With Cleon Jones shelved, as well as Art Shamsky, the Mets popgun offense is even more sputtery, and showed it in bowing to the slants of Expo "ace" Jerry Robertson, expected to be out of baseball within a couple of seasons. The win was not without cost for the Montrealers, however. To the surprise of many, a T-Rex emerged from the first base stands and devoured Ron Fairly. Ron's season is over, needless to say. He ends up with 4, 31 and .254 for the Expos after turning in 6, 28 and .312 in fewer games with L.A.  Meanwhile, the sated T-Rex became docile and was led from the field by security as Jeff Goldblum sat smirking in the box seats. 

Joe Hoerner in his Rebird flannels.
The Pirates, clinging to their extremely thin hopes of catching the Cardinals, furthered their cause by rallying past the Redbirds courtesy of a 2-run smash by Willie Stargell. Bob Gibson had to leave the game early after having his spleen removed by a line drive. He'll miss 9 games. That may end his chances of winning twenty this season, but we'll see. Anyway, Jim "Call me Lee" Grant came on and pitched 3+ innings of scoreless relief before Joel Hoerner appeared and immediately coughed up the game. "I was more interested in my stupid Christmas pie," he opined. 

The Frank Linzy Fan Club.
Atlanta and San Francisco, two scuffling clubs, met in Atlanta and the Giants took an early 1-0 lead which Mike "Spice" McCormick nursed until Bob Aspromonte--getting the starting nod in left field due to the untimely death of Rico Carty yesterday--cranked a game-tying homer. Into the bottom of the 9th the game went, and on came Giant relief specialist Frank Linzy, who allowed two runners with one out before giving up the game-winning pinch single to Tony Gonzales. The win at least kept the Braves ahead of Cincinnati for the third spot in the west.

Finally, Larry Dierker and Don Sutton faced off at the Harris County Domed Stadium, and it was Dierker who rode Rooster Rader's second inning 2-run bomb to victory despite giving up a solo blast to Willie "Call me Joan" Crawford, who destroyed her roses in a fit of pique after the game while shouting, "Christina!" Superannuated speedster Maury Wills pulled a muscle or some damn thing while beating out a nubber, and will be relegated to pinch-hitting duties for the series finale tomorrow, though some miscreants claim that your Impartial Goddess grazed him with a blast from her elephant gun. "I'll aim better next time," I said, in denial of these allegations.

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