Wednesday, February 22, 2017

July 31st, 1969 results and end of July stat board!

Scores for Thursday, July 31st

SF 3, CHI 1  W-McCormick 9-3 L-Hands 14-6  S-Linzy(14)  HR-Mays(6) Banks(8)

ATL 9, PHI 1  W-Jarvis 12-6 L-Fryman 6-11  HR-Tillman(8) Allen(19)

PIT 3, LA 0  W-Blass 13-4 L-Osteen 10-7  HR-Oliver(21)

MON 5, CIN 0  W-Renko 1-4  L-Culver 8-6  Renko 13 K's

The 10th time is the charm!
The Expos' Steve Renko finally got his first major league win on Thursday, and it only took him ten tries! Steve showed a little of why the 'Spos parted with (at the time) NL home run leader Donn Clendenon to get him, as he fanned 13 Reds in a complete game shutout. Clendenon, for his part, has been a bust in New York, hitting just 2 homers for the Mets since being acquired a month and a half ago. As for the Reds, they suffered through an astonishing 10-17 July in which they hit just 11 homers as a team. Unbelievable. 

For July, the best team was, of course, the Astros, at 21-5. The worst was the Padres, who turned in a putrid 6-20 performance. And now, stats!

NY 2.61 (league low 308 runs against.)
CHI 2.81
STL 2.84 (most complete games--52)
ATL 3.06
SF 3.30 (least K's--582)
LA 3.36 (most saves--26)  
PIT 3.51 (most K's--769)
HOU 3.52 (tie for least saves--12)
CIN 3.82 
MON 4.30 (least complete games--21)
PHI 4.42 (tie for least saves--12)
SD 4.97 (most runs against--593)

PIT .269 (most runs scored--510)
CIN .269 (least caught stealing--16)
LA .262
ATL .260 (most HR--102. least steals--27)
STL .253 (most doubles--163. least HR--41)
MON .251
SF .250
CHI .242 (least triples--15) 
HOU .238 (most triples--40. most steals--75. most caught stealing--32.)
PHI .226
NY .224 (least doubles--104)
SD .209 (least runs--314)

FIELDING (avg is innings pitched divided by errors)
STL 15.19 (least errors--65)
CHI 13.12
ATL 12.13 (most DP's turned--135)
CIN 11.62
LA 10.34
NY 10.00
PIT 9.44 (least DP's turned--66)
SF 9.34
MON 9.29
PHI 9.03
SD 8.70
HOU 8.14 (most errors--115)

ERA (103 ip min.)--Perry-sf 1.71, Gibson-stl 1.77, Hands-chi 1.93, Marichal-sf 2.04, P.Niekro-atl 2.04, Dierker-hou 2.08, Seaver-ny 2.15, Koosman-ny 2.22, Carlton-stl 2.24, LeMaster-hou 2.42 

SHO--Dierker-hou 5, Perry-sf 5

WINS--Perry-sf 15-5, Gibson-stl 14-3, Hands-chi 14-6, Blass-pit 13-4, Carlton-stl 13-6, Maloney-cin 13-6, Veale-pit 13-7, Singer-la 13-8

IP--Hands-chi 205.1, Carlton-stl 196.2, Dierker-hou 195

K's--Carlton-stl 162, Jenkins-chi 152, Singer-la 144, Veale-pit 144,  Hands-chi 143, Gibson-stl 136, Perry-sf 136   

Losses--J.Johnson-phi 4-16, Santorini-sd 4-16

CG--Marichal-sf 17, Carlton-stl 16, 5 tied with 15

Saves--Upshaw-atl 21, McGraw-ny 18, Granger-cin 14, Linzy-sf 14, Mikkelsen-la 13

Steals--Morgan-hou 37, Wills-la 34, Brock-stl 33, Bonds-sf 32

Avg (278 ab min.)--Rose-cin .367, Mota-la .364, Davis-la .347, McCovey-sf .342, H.Aaron-atl .333, Oliver-pit .333, Jones-ny .332, Hebner-pit .323, Bench-cin .322, Tolan-cin .312

HR--H.Aaron-atl 35, Staub-mon 23, Oliver-pit 21, May-cin 20, McCovey-sf 20, Allen-phi 19, Rose-cin 19  

RBI--Staub-mon 86, H.Aaron-atl 84, May-cin 82,  McCovey-sf 82, Oliver-pit 81, Santo-chi 70, Torre-stl 68, Menke-hou 67

Runs--Rose-cin 92, Bonds-sf 84, Wynn-hou 84, Brock-stl 81, H.Aaron-atl 76, Oliver-pit 73, Wills-la 72

Doubles--Laboy-mon 29, Kessinger-chi 28, May-cin 26, H.Aaron-atl 25, Rader-hou 25

Triples--Davis-la 8, Rose-cin 8

Errors--Money-phi 27, Morgan-hou 25

Player of The Month: Hank Aaron, Braves
previous winners
April--Pete Rose, Reds
May--Willie McCovey, Giants
June--Hank Aaron, Braves   


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Spacemen Conclude 21-5 Month: Wednesday, July 30th, 1969


CHI 4, SF 1  W-Holtzman 9-5 L-Perry 15-5  HR-Williams(10)

HOU 2, NY 0  W-LeMaster 12-10 L-Koosman 10-9  

ATL 3, PHI 1  W-Reed 11-6 L-Jackson 11-8  S-Upshaw(21)  HR-H.Aaron(35) Carty(17)

LA 8, PIT 3  W-Singer 13-8 L-Walker 3-6  HR-Oliver(20)  W.Davis 4 rbi.

STL 9, SD 1  W-Carlton 13-6 L-J.Niekro 8-9  HR-Javier(4) Maxvill(5)ISP  Javier 4 rbi.

CIN 3, MON 2  W-Ramos 5-1 L-Face 2-6  Helms 2-out 2-run walk-off single.

"Fear us!"
The Astros finished off their unbelievable July (they are idle on the 31st) with back-to-back shutout wins at New York behind Dierker and LeMaster. Behold their monthly logs: 9-15, 12-15, 10-19, 21-5. "Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds!" opined 'Stros skipper Harry Walker. I, er, I mean Harry completely revamped the Houston line-up at the start of July and boy has it paid off. Jim Wynn moved from clean-up to lead-off, and disappointing Joe Morgan moved down to 8th from 2nd or 3rd, and they both thrived in their new spots. Also, Jesus Alou rolled away the stone and left the bench to take the 2nd spot in the line-up while the demonstrably radio-active Gary Geiger took a seat. (Alou had been so putrid early that he had gotten benched.) But that doesn't explain the pitching staff shaving almost half a run off the team e.r.a.! I have to say, in all the seasons I have played, I have never seen any team play so poorly for so long and then start beating everyone's brains in. It's truly been amazing to see. 

He has 17 rbi in July, and he doesn't give a shit what you seamheads think about the rbi stat!
At Cincinnati (Please notice that I spelled that correctly! Whee!), The Expos nursed a 2-1 lead into the 9th. After Jim Maloney was pinch hit for, the Reds brought in good luck charm Pedro Ramos in the top of the 9th. He held the fort and in the bottom of the ninth against living dinosaur Roy Face, the Reds were down to their last out when Tony Perez got on. John Bench singled to put runners on the corners, and then he shocked everyone by taking off for second! 'Spos backstop Ron Brand fired down to the keystone sack, but Bench beat the throw! (He is now 8 of 9 in steals. Go, young John!) This turned out to be crucial when Tommy Helms stepped to the plate. Gene Mauch went out to the mound to confer with his superannuated hurler, but they decided to pitch to Helms rather than a certain pinch hitter for Darrel Chaney. Helms ripped a line drive to right center, scoring both runners for the walk-off win! 

Actual picture of your Impartial Goddess with actual Andy Kosco and actual Bill Sudakis in background.
At Pittsburgh, Willie Davis continued his quietly torrid (?!) July with three singles, a double, and 4 rbi to sink the Buccos' little pirate ship. However, your Impartial Goddess's fervent wish for mayhem to befall the Dodgers came true when Andy Kosco and Bill Sudakis collided in pursuit of a foul pop fly. Kosco is lost for a week, Sudakis for two. The foul pop fell untouched. Your Goddess would visit them in the hospital but is afraid she might snicker behind her hand.

Scamper, Dal, scamper!
Finally, Dal Maxvill hit the 4th inside the park homer of the season (joining Deron Johnson (!) Alex Johnson, and Ted Savage) and it was a 3-run affair, to propel the Redbirds to further glory. They, too, are done for July, and posted their best record, 17-11, since April. Are they back? I think they are.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Joe Torre Suddenly Explodes! : Tuesday, July 29th, 1969


SF 1, CHI 0  W-Marichal 11-9 L-Jenkins 12-7  Marichal 2-hitter. 

HOU 4, NY 0  W-Dierker 11-9 L-Seaver 9-9  HR-Dierker(1)  Dierker 1-hitter.

ATL 3, PHI 1 (10inns)  W-P.Niekro 12-8 L-Wise 7-9  HR-H.Aaron(34) Cepeda(14) Callison(15)

LA 3, PIT 2  W-Mikkelsen 7-2 L-Gibbon 3-4  S-Drysdale(1)

STL 5, SD 3  W-Gibson 14-3 L-Kirby 2-12  S-Hoerner(11)  HR-Torre(8)  Torre 4 rbi.

CIN 12, MON 4  W-A.Jackson 3-0 L-Jaster 6-8  S-Granger(14)

Crews rush to extinguish Joe Torre.
Fire engines roared onto the field At Busch Stadium on Tuesday to put out Joe Torre, who has suddenly exploded. Like the rest of the Cardinals, Joe had a nice April. But then in May, he sucked until near the end of the month, did the same thing in June, and again in July. The boo birds were really on him as he struggled to raise his July average to the Mendoza Line. But then, like saviors on horseback, the San Di-awful Padres arrived, and Torre knocked in 9 runs in two games!  Bob Gibson was the beneficiary on Tuesday, as Torre socked a three run blast in the 1st inning. Few gave the Pods a chance after that, and the resurgent Redbirds built a 5-0 lead going into the 9th. But for the second straight day, Jose Arcia and the Friars avoided being shut out, and this time even threatened to steal the win! With two out, pinch hitter Walt Hriniak singled. Ivan Murrell singled as well. Then Arcia knocked a triple to score them both. Ollie Brown drew a walk and suddenly the tying run was at the plate in the form of Nate Colbert, who had reached base 4 times already. Nate The Great bounced one to Mike Shannon at third, who swatted at it, kicked it, and finally broke down in tears as Arcia scored on the miscue to make it 5-3 with two on and Ed Spiezio due up. Red Schoendienst removed Gibson in favor of Joel Hoerner and is expected to recover from the beating the affable Gibby delivered within a week or two. Meanwhile, Hoerner fanned the silly Mr. Spiezio to end the game as the Cardinals gained on every team in their division.

But can he drive the team bus?
Larry Dierker does it all!  At Shea Stadium, he one-hit the Mets, allowing only a 6th inning single by Ken Boswell. It looked like Jimmy Wynn had a chance to grab that dying quail, but he couldn't quite make the play, and that ended up being the only safety for the New Yorkers, whose bats have gone slent again. But wait! There's more! Dierker added a two-run homer just for fun! Then he placed mints on everyone's pillows at the team hotel, and piloted a tug boat in New York harbor. Is there anything Larry can't do? By the way, the Spacemen are now on a 20-4 run, matching the Cardinals incredible season-opening tear. Who saw this coming when they were 31-50 and going no place?

More than a glove man!
Juan Marichal and the aforementioned Mister Dierker have been in some weird sort of lockstep for some time now; when one wins, so does the other. Marichal stopped the Cubs on just a pair of singles--by Kessinger and Hundley--and Hundley was so overcome with emotion that he will miss the next few games. Hal Lanier singled in Willie McCovey with the only tally.

"Hit THIS, you fuckers!"
The Dodgers are reminding me more and more of my 1979 World Champion Twins. They don't have a masher, but they have a whole group of guys who crank out singles, doubles, and triples with regularity. They don't often run up the score, but they always seem to score a few. They are the kings of the low-scoring one-run win. In other words, they are really becoming annoying again. Add to that, the entire team is in the full bloom of glowing health, and so your Impartial Goddess wishes accident and mayhem on all of them, as she smiles serenely. This time, they fell behind Pittsburgh 2-0, and lost Don Sutton in the second inning due to a blister (he won't miss any time). Alan Foster and Al McBean held the fort while the Dodgers chipped away. Then it was time for Jim Brewer, but *he* crumpled in a heap after being struck with a line drive. Like Sutton, he will "BRB" as they say in computer-land, but for this game that left only Pete Mikkelsen, who put down his golf clubs and rushed to the mound. With the score tied and a runner on base in the top of the 9th, and nobody left in the Dodger bullpen, Dodgers skipper Walter Alston opted to hit for Mikkelsen anyway, and of course, they got the run across for a 3-2 lead. But who to bring in to preserve the 1-run margin in the bottom of the 9th? Why, Don Drysdale, of course! It was his first relief appearance since 1965. It all came back to him as he retired the side in order for his first save in 4 years. Wait til they hear about it at the bank! Jane will faint dead away!
Jim Brewer leaves the mound under his own steam.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pods & Pirates Go 18 Innings: Sunday & Monday, July 27th & 28th, 1969

Scores, July 27th

LA 4, CHI 2  W-Moeller 10-6 L-Selma 5-12  S-Mikkelsen(13)  HR-Santo(15)

CIN 6, NY 2  W-Fisher 9-9 L-McAndrew 6-11  S-Granger(13)  

SD 6, PIT 5 (18inns)  W-Kelley 4-2 L-Moose 2-5

STL 7, SF 3  W-Grant 7-6 L-Bolin 9-10  HR-Bonds(18) Brock(4)

MON 4, ATL 3  W-Wegener 8-7 L-Doyle 5-3  S-Face(12)  HR-Staub(23) H.Aaron 2(33)

HOU 3, PHI 2  W-Griffin 7-10 L-J.Johnson 4-16  S-Gladding(8)  HR-Allen(18) Rojas(3)

Score, July 28th

STL 10, SD 1  W-Washburn 7-11 L-Roberts 3-10  Torre 5 rbi.

The clearly crazed Dick Kelley.
After defeating the preposterous Padres in the first 3 of a 4 game set at Forbes Field, the Buccos threw their arms around the Friars and caroled, "We want you to stay forEVERrrrrr!" Well, they nearly did. As they had done the day before, the Holy Men got off to a quick lead, but of course, because they are the Padres, they let it slip away and trailed 5-4 going into the 8th. That's when Pittsburgh's ugly fielding kicked in, and the Pods tied the game on an unearned run off of Chuck Hartenstein. Who could have known then that the Padres would pull ten innings of scoreless relief out of their ears?! (Or someplace.) On and on the game went, with Frank "Double" Reberger tossing 2, Jack Baldschun doing the same, and lefty Dick Kelley contributing the last six. At last, in the top of the 18th inning, the mythical magical Jose Arcia ripped a three-bagger and came home on a sac fly by Chris Cannizzaro, the human spelling bee. In the bottom of the 18th, the Pirates put runners at the corners with two out, but Kelley whiffed Freddie Patek to finally end the festivities.  The Padres exhausted their bench, and the Pirates emptied their bullpen. It was the longest game of the season so far.

Someone got his autograph! No one knows why.
At St. Louis, the same two players who homered on Saturday--Bonds and Brock--homered again on Sunday. Both flyhawks are in the running for player of the month, along with Hank Aaron (June's winner) and Rusty Staub. But the interesting thing, besides the return to form of the Cardinals, was the S.F. catching situation. Until Dick Dietz got injured recently, they had made it all year with none of their 3 backstops ever getting so much as a split end. Then Dietz went down, followed by Bob "Hi, Bob!" Barton on Saturday. On Sunday, Jack Hiatt managed to get injured running the bases where there is no protection for the last catcher, (as there is on my Orsino board) and utility infielder Don Mason had to strap on the gear. All of this mayhem necessitated the call-up (and creation, by your multi-talented Goddess!) of 4th-string catcher John Harrell. In actuality, Harrell played in 2 games, going 3-for-6, all singles, and walking twice. And so his card is crazy-good for getting to first base with, even though I toned it down just a little. Harrell is so obscure that my 1969 Sporting News Baseball Register doesn't even have a photo of him, though it does list him. All they could think of to say about him was what junior college he attended. His moment has arrived! He will catch one game and then sit back down when Dietz returns on Wednesday. 

"Must...lose. MUST...lose...."
Jerry Johnson of the Phillies, whose main claim to fame is making me type "J.Johnson" and "D.Johnson" all the time, because you never know, Jerry might hit 20 homers and Deron might star as a starting pitcher! Or not. But anyway, he seemingly cast aside his losing ways for a while on Sunday, stopping the Astros on one hit through six innings. However, in the space of three batters in the 7th, the Spacemen plated 3 and won the game, hanging yet another loss on hapless old Jer'. Don't look now, but the Astros are just 4 games under .500 after going on a 19-4 run, and have crept to within 10 and a half games of the top. Miracle Astros, anyone?

Babe Ruth? Ty Cobb? Clint Hartung? NO, it's Ray "Hit Machine" Washburn!
And finally, the Cardinals, rounding back into April form when they went 19-4, stomped on the Padres on Monday, just to remind them that they stink. Nate Colbert's 2-out rbi single in the 9th ruined Washburn's bid for a shutout, but everyone was still rolling with laughter over Johnny Podres giving up 5 runs in the 8th after retiring the first two batters and facing Ray "the free strikeout" Washburn, who managed to single, igniting a seemingly endless rally.  The Redbirds have opened up a 3 and a half game lead again in the east. 

620 games down, 352 to go, 16 games left in July.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Roy Loses Face: Saturday, July 26th, 1969


LA 3, CHI 2  W-Osteen 10-6 L-Hands 14-5  S-Mikkelsen(12)  HR-Banks(7)

NY 3, CIN 1  W-Gentry 11-5 L-Culver 8-5

PIT 6, SD 3  W-Dal Canton 5-4 L-Baldschun 3-2  HR-Alley(6)

STL 4, SF 3  W-Briles 8-9 L-Linzy 5-4  HR-Bonds(17) Brock(3)  Shannon 2-out GW single.

ATL 10, MON 8  W-Raymond 3-2 L-Face 2-5  S-Upshaw(20)  HR-Jones(12) H.Aaron(31)

HOU 5, PHI 4  W-D.Wilson 8-9 L-Fryman 6-10  HR-D.Johnson(13)GS 

He remembers his pitching debut at old Jurassic Park, but can't remember what he had for breakfast this morning.
It was a wild one at Atlanta, where the Expos tallied twice in the top of the first, only to see kid starter Steve Renko cough up a 4-spot in the bottom of the first. The infant hurler settled down, though, and actually had a chance at his first big league win later in the game when the Expos forged ahead, pummeling Pat Jarvis. Ex-Brave Mack Jones went yard against his old pals for the second straight day, a 3-run shot that saw Montreal take an 8-6 lead into the bottom of the 8th.  Enter ancient relief specialist Elroy Face to try to shut down the largely right handed Braves batting order for the last two innings. Nothing doing. Bob "Hi, Bob!" Didier singled, took second on a wild pitch by a confused Mister Face, who thought the lunch tray had arrived and turned the ball loose in his haste to get at the tater tots and pudding, then scored on a single by the recently rejuvenated Gil Garrido to make it 8-7. Garrido reports that his smashed skull has healed nicely. Mike Lum stepped up to hit for Claude "Frenchy" Raymond, and promptly doubled into the right field corner, with Garrido cautiously stopping at third. Pods cast-off Tony Gonzales batted next, and doubled them both in for a 9-8 Braves lead. Hank Aaron capped the scoring with an rbi single, making it four large against Face, who wanted to go watch "Family Feud" anyway. Cecil Upshaw came on in the 9th to dispose of the demoralized Expos, and that was that.

"Watch me deposit this pitch in the seats!"
At Pittsburgh, the Padres had the audacity to take a 3-0 lead against the Buccos by the end of the second inning, and dreams of victory danced in the noggin of Pods starter Al "Losing Pitcher" Santorini. Of course, he allowed the Pirates to tie it up before departing after 6. There it stayed until the bottom of the 8th when Jack "Baldy" Baldschun yielded a 3-run homer to the freshly whole Gene Alley, who told reporters that his spleen makes a fine door stopper and who really needed it anyway? Bruce Dal Canton stayed in the game to polish off the terrible Friars, who dropped their 70th game of the campaign.  

Meds kicking in yet, Dave? Ah yes, I see that they are!
Frank Linzy, who had been extremely effective in May, June, and most of July, gave up a walk-off hit to the Cardinals for the second day in a row, delighting the St. Louis fans as Mike Shannon's 2-out single did the trick on Saturday. It was Shannon's third walk-off hit of the season, and moved the Redbirds 2 games up on the Cubs in the east. The good ship Cardinal seems to have righted itself at last. However, Dave Ricketts pulled a muscle, or some shit like that, while trying to leg out a single, and will be relegated to pinch hitting duty for the next 4 contests. With Tim McCarver still sidelined for one more game, that means Joe Torre must don the tools of ignorance and give over first base to whomever the Red Schoendienst can convince to take the field. There's grizzled veteran Bill White, who can field but not hit, or Joe Hague, who can't really do anything, or maybe somebody else lying around somewhere; we'll see. 

"Oops! My bad! Aw shucks! My fault...."
Finally, Deron Johnson cruelly victimized Don "Western Union Candygram" Wilson with a grand slam in the top of the first inning at the Harris County Domed Stadium. Up 4-0, the Phils were giddy with success, but of course, they managed to commit 3 errors leading to 3 unearned runs and blow the game, 5-4.  Frequent loser Jerry Johnson was passed over in the rotation in favor of Woody Fryman, who made 2 of the miscues himself in order to insure defeat. Just to cap it all off for the Failing Phils, Tony Taylor and Ricardo Joseph both bit the dust and had to be carried away in extra-strength trash bags. Quaker skipper Bob Skinner, who will be fired a week from now, vowed to find replacements. "But what difference will it really make?" he opined with a shrug. 
He was born old.