Sunday, May 21, 2023

The Day Two Offenses Went Wild

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 If you enjoy offense in the game of baseball, August 3, 1969, was your day in the sun but only 13,181 fans were at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia that day. Those fans who were there were treated to nearly three-and-a-half hours of offensive baseball. When the sun set that Sunday night the Reds had beaten the Phillies 19-17.

The first casualty was the Reds Camilo Pasqual who got the initial batter he faced and no one else. Larry Hisle walked and then Dick Allen, Johnny Callison and Deron Johnson all doubled. Jack Fisher came in and got the final two outs. Both teams kept scoring runs here and there until the fifth. Then the roof caved in as Fisher couldn't get out of the inning. 

With the Phils leading 9-6 the fifth inning went like this. Chico Ruiz got on by an error, pitcher Clay Carroll singled, Pete Rose singled, Bobby Tolan flied out, Alex Johnson singled, Tony Perez Doubled, Lee May homered, Johnny Bench doubled, Woody Woodward and Ruiz both singled, Carroll struck out and Rose homered before Tolan flied out for the second time in the inning. The result; 10 runs on nine hits and a 16-9 lead. But it wasn't over.

The Reds scored two more to make it 18 and then in the sixth the Phils went crazy scoring seven runs and bringing the score to 18-16. Tony Perez and Dick Allen would add homers before the dust settled on a 19-17 win for Cincinnati.  Wayne Granger with three scoreless innings won it, Turk Farrell who gave up six earned runs lost it.

Tony Taylor had 5 RBI including a homer while Bench and Deron Johnson each had five hits but only 3 RBI between them. Lee May, Alex Johnson, Rose and Perez each homered for the Reds, while Phillies who went yard were Mike Ryan, Taylor and Allen. And no one hit for the cycle. It must have been fun!

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