Sunday, June 18, 2017

West Division Tied Heading Into Weekend Showdown : Wednesday & Thursday, September 24th & 25th, 1969

Scores, September 24th

CHI 5, MON 4  W-Abernathy 7-8 L-Waslewski 4-4  S-Regan(21)  

STL 6, NY 3  W-Taylor 11-8 L-Ryan 3-3  S-Hoerner(17)  HR-Shamsky(16)

PIT 8, PHI 4  W-Ellis 10-14 L-Palmer 3-8  HR-Allen(35) Oliver(32)

CIN 10, LA 2  W-Merritt 13-15 L-Osteen 17-10  HR-Stewart(7) May 2(32)

HOU 5, ATL 1  W-Billingham 3-13 L-Pappas 12-8  Billingham 11 K's.

SF 5, SD 2  W-Perry 21-8 L-Roberts 5-16

Score, September 25th

PHI 2, PIT 0  W-Jackson 15-14 L-Walker 5-8  Pirates turn triple play.

One week and 33 games to go.

Math Genius tells me that it's down to a 2 team race!
Yesterday I said that the Reds could still tie it with a miracle, but that's not accurate. Because the Dodgers and Giants play each other for three games this weekend, they can't both lose. Therefore, both the Reds and Braves were already eliminated. Also, my brain hurts.  

"Fucka buncha Maury Wills; I'll just launch a pair of moon shots!"
At Cincy, the Reds took out their frustrations on Claude Osteen, demolishing the Dodgers 10-2 and taking 2 of 3 for the series and 12 of 18 on the season. Don't blame Maury Wills, who got on base 4 more times in the defeat. However, Lee May simply bombarded the left-handed servings of Mr. Osteen to the tune of two mammoth home runs. The win moved the Reds back into a third place tie with Atlanta. 

Hey Gaylord. What if I told you you'll be a Padre one day?
The Giants got the "gimme" win they had to have over the Padres, riding the 3-hit pitching of Gaylord Perry to victory at San Diego. This leaves the Giants and Dodgers in a flat-footed tie going into the 3-game weekend series at Dodger Stadium. After that, the Giants host the comical Pods for three, while the Dodgers host the Astros for three. That's it. The season is almost over!

He couldn't solve the "B" team.
With the starters all nursing thick heads after clinching the division on Tuesday, the Cardinals sent an all-reserve squad out there on Wednesday, with the exception of starting pitcher Chuck Taylor. So, of course, they plated 5 in the top of the second inning against this wild kid Nolan Ryan, and beat the Mets' regulars 6-3.  Third sacker Phil Gagliano, having batted less than 50 times all season, was really looking forward to some playing time before he got smacked in the kisser with a Ryan heater in his first at bat, shelving him for the season and the NLCS. Mike Shannon had to stumble out there and play, after all. As for the Mets, they are finishing the way they started in April, which is to say, very poorly.

Lo and behold, the Astros snapped their 12 game losing skid, and won for just the 2nd time in 18 tries against Atlanta. Kid chucker Jack Billingham, a consolation prize in the Rusty Staub trade snafu with Montreal, fanned 11 and won his third game. 

And finally, the Phillies took two out of three at Pittsburgh, winning twice on shutouts by Rick Wise and Grant Jackson. The Quakers went half the season before they even hurled one whitewash, but this was Jackson's second in a row. "Who the hell cares?" inquired the Pirates, before being fined by the league office. This induced a team shrug from the hopelessly middling Pirates, who just want the season to end. They did care enough to turn a bases loaded line drive off the bat of Rich Allen into the season's fourth triple play in the first inning of Thursday's contest, however.

Okay, see you at Dodger Stadium! 
Your Impartial Goddess stops by the Dodgers' locker room to say hi.

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