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THE WEEK
August 09, 1971
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August 09, 1971

The Week

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Pittsburgh has been doing poorly of late and the leak seems to be in the bullpen, which has featured a 7.26 ERA since the All-Star break. Of 67 hits in 53� innings off the relievers, nine have been homers and three of those grand slams. ST. LOUIS moved into second place for the first time since June 9 when it took three of four from New York. Bob Gibson's third straight win, a six-hitter against the Phillies, finally brought his record up to .500 at 9-9. Ferguson Jenkins won his 17th for CHICAGO by beating Montreal 10-2. "The only difference between me and Bob Gibson," he started to say—and Glenn Beckert interrupted, completing the sentence with: "Is about a foot of fastball." Jenkins had intended to finish with, "about $70,000 a year." NEW YORK concluded a disastrous July, in which the Mets lost 20 of 29 games, by taking a pair from the Cubs. In an Old Timers contest at Shea Stadium, Bobby Thomson, the former Giant outfielder, was on the mound against Ralph Branca, the former Dodger pitcher. In the reverse roles, Branca hit a fly ball to center field that may well have outdistanced Thomson's famous Chinese home run which decided the 1951 pennant. PHILADELPHIA'S power-hitting star Willie Montanez failed to run out a ground ball last week against St. Louis, and, before his batting helmet stopped spinning in front of the dugout, Manager Frank Lucchesi had sent Byron Browne to take his place in center field. Ron Hunt of MONTREAL was struck by a pitch for the 31st time this year, tying the "modern" major league record and keying a 6-4 win over Houston.

PITT 67-41 ST. L 58-49 CHI 56-49 NY 54-50 PHIL 46-61 MONT 43-65

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