Saturday, June 3, 2017

Stinko Cubs Embarrass Selves, Reds Win Thriller : Friday, September 12th, 1969


MON 2, PHI 1 (11inns)  W-Waslewski 4-1 L-Wilson 1-11  S-Face(17)

PIT 6, NY 0  W-Walker 5-7 L-Seaver 12-13  HR-Oliver(30)

STL 3, CHI 0  W-Briles 14-12 L-Hands 17-12 

ATL 3, HOU 1  W-Stone 10-10 L-Wilson 10-13  S-Upshaw(27)

LA 10, SD 7  W-Foster 5-2 L-Sisk 7-14

CIN 2, SF 1 (13inns)  W-Carroll 7-5 L-McMahon 1-1  S-Ramos(1)  HR-Tolan(16)

...and the Oscar for Worst Performance goes to the Cubs.
Yeesh. The Cubs went into St. Louis desperately needing a sweep to make a race of it, and promptly stunk up the place in dropping game one, 3-0. The baby bears made five errors, resulting in all the St. Louis runs being unearned. Don Kessinger and Glenn Beckert made two miscues apiece, and Ron Santo made another. Then, in the only inning in which they had a chance to score, with runners on second and third and just one out, Beckert managed to get picked off third for the second out, and the Ron "Crazylegs" Santo inexplicably tried to steal third on the next pitch and was gunned down easily by amused Cardinals backstop Tim McCarver to end the threat. The Redbirds managed only 3 hits, but that was plenty against the self-destructing Cubs, whose season is basically over, if it wasn't already. 

"101 losses and counting isn't so bad, is it?"
The Padres have, for some reason, been scoring multiple runs in the top of the first on their current road trip, but can never seem to hold the lead. On Friday, they jumped out 3-0 against the Dodgers, but Tommie Sisk gave up a 5-spot in the bottom of the first, the only inning he hung around to pitch. In came Dick Kelley, who gave up just one run in five innings of work, but then Jack Baldschun came on to give up 4 more to make it 10-3 Dodgers going into the 9th. Jim Brewer toed the slab to close out the easy win, but got tagged for 4 runs, barely holding on for a 10-7 win over those crazy Friars. 

He got blindsided.
Lowell Palmer seemed to have the Expos shut out, but got burned by a 9th inning triple off the bat of former Phillie Adolpho "Captain" Phillips, and the Quakers lost in extras. "I never saw that coming," opined Lowell, who at least didn't take the loss. Billy Wilson did, dropping his season log to a dismal 1-11. 

Fire crews try in vain to cool off Bobby Tolan.
Finally, in one of the most exciting games of the season, the Reds continued their winning ways by nipping the Giants in 13 innings at Candelstick. A Ron Hunt triple and a Lee May error had resulted in a first inning tally for the Giants, and Juan Marichal nursed that narrow lead all the way until the 9th.  Lee May led off with a line drive single, but Tony Perez and Pat Corrales both fanned, leaving it all up to Tommy Helms. Helms ripped a double to tie the game! Things got crazy in extras. Johnny Bench was already shelved for a game after taking a foul tip off his hand, and then the Reds' final bench player, Fred "Wingy" Whitfield got smashed in the face with a fastball and had to be removed to a nearby dumpster for the next ten games. Reliever Al Jackson ran for him, but was stranded. Idle starting pitcher Jim Maloney pinch hit at one point. When hitting hero Helms was called out on strikes by plate umpire I.C.Poorlee, he went nuts and got himself ejected. Jimmy Stewart came in from left field to play second base, but that meant that hurler Tony Cloninger had to play outfield! On and on the game went, with both bullpens scoring clutch strikeouts again and again. Finally, the scorching hot Bobby Tolan--picking right up where he left off in August when he was NL Player of the Month--poked a one-out homer off of Don McMahon in the top of the 13th for a 2-1 Cincinnati lead. Exhausted Clay Carroll, in his fifth inning of work (with 7 strikeouts) tried to finish, but the Giants would not go quietly. They put two on with two out, and had to go to the very end of their bench to retrieve 4th-string backstop John Harrell to pinch hit for the pitcher. In came Pedro "Lucky Charm" Ramos, who got Harrell to end a real thriller and notch his first save all year to go with his 7 wins. Reds pitchers fanned 17 Giants for the game!
Fred Whitfield, before his face said hello to a heater.

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