The CHICAGO Cubs were as streaky as a drunken window washer. After six straight losses had followed an 11-game winning streak, the Cubs suddenly cleaned up on red-hot Cincinnati. They belted out 10 runs in one game against the hitherto overpowering Cincy staff, then followed up with an 8-1 stomping. Billy Williams, who had gone 0 for 15 after an earlier string of 0 for 16, got three hits and two home runs in the first game. Ernie Banks, who hadn't gotten a hit on the road, went three for four and hit his 499th home run. Glenn Beckert had been 0 for 17 but hit .400 against Merritt, Nolan, Gullett, et al. So did Don Kessinger. Jim Hickman's slump ended with two home runs and four hits in eight ABs. Even Pitcher Ken Holtzman went three-for-three and was batting .300. With all their fine pitching, the NEW YORK Mets were in a batting slump—the same one they had been in all season. A rousing .223 as a team, four points ahead of Montreal, the Metropolitans had only one more home run as a team than Henry Aaron had as Henry Aaron. But then they fattened up on San Francisco, 14-5, including an eight-run fifth inning. Art Shamsky, who had slammed a two-run homer earlier in the game, doubled and singled and collected two RBIs in that inning. Result: Jerry Koosman finally got his first win in seven tries. PHILADELPHIA lost two of three to San Diego and two extra-inning games to Los Angeles. Grant Jackson had a 7-0 lead over the Padres in a game the Phillies lost 11-8, and Chris Short dropped an 8-2 game. "Luccehesi has a quick hook," Jackson grumbled about his manager. "I'm used to a four-man rotation," Short complained. Said Lucchesi: "I don't want any alibis from pitchers." Danny Murtaugh of PITTSBURGH said: "Lousy hitting, lousy fielding, lousy pitching. Our hitting is so bad I don't know who to sit down." The Pirates used 33 pitchers in 11 games. In an 11-7 loss Willie Stargell dropped a fly ball, Roberto Clemente fell down on a liner and let in two runs and a Joe Gibbon wild pitch let in two more when the Reds' Bobby Tolan craftily pointed the wrong way to the ball to Catcher Manny Sanguillen. Pirate luck continued: in another 12-6 cryer a strikeout was nullified by a passed ball. ST. LOUIS lost a ninth straight night game, including one in which Bob Gibson had been given a 3-0 lead. MONTREAL'S week was notable for a May snowstorm that canceled a game in Jarry Park.
CHI 15-11 NY 14-15 PHIL 13-16 PITT 13-16 ST. L 11-14 MONT 8-19