The Houston Astros jumped up and down on Montreal, 17-5, then arose at dawn to catch a seven a.m. Might to Philadelphia. "Imagine that," said Outfielder Norm Miller. "We beat a team by 12 runs and have-to sneak out of town at sunrise the next day." I very player in the Houston lineup hit safely during the Montreal laugher except Shortstop Roger Metzger. "I sure felt sandwiched," he said.
Tommy John, the man the Dodgers got for Dick Allen, four-hit the Cubs to win his eighth game in his last 10 decisions. Cub Coach Pete Reiser called for an examination of John's glove, saying it "looked awfully shiny, as if something was on it. John's sinker had been sinking awfully well, and I wanted to be sure it was just a sinker." The pitch that was really working, said John, was "my half screwgie."
In three different losses Atlanta loaded the bases with one out in the ninth without scoring. Once Larvell (Sugar Bear) Blanks, a .425-hitting rookie who had up until then done no wrong, stood on second base when a bases-loaded grounder was hit allowing the catcher to trot all the way to third and force him out. But Henry Aaron was hitting home runs. Only 50 shy of 714, Aquarian Aaron said, "I have to make it, because this is the Age of Aquarius." The Babe was born under the same sign, Henry pointed out. I he key to such matters might well be located more precisely in the wrists than in the stars, however. Less awesome Aquarians include Dal Maxvill, Dick Tracewski and Hank Aguirre.
For the Giants, Juan Marichal picked up a win after being advised by Coach Don McMahon and Manager Charlie Fox to cut down on his famous high kick. Kicking lower made his back feel better. "I am very happy," said Marichal. "You know, everybody talks about my high kick, but when I first started with the Giants I was a side-arm pitcher."
San Diego was still not setting the league-on lire, but the Padres hosted an oldtimers game that brought together Casey Stengel, Babe Herman and Frenchy Bordagaray, Frenchy said it was true that he once stopped to pick up his cap while going after a flyball, but "I got them both—the ball and the cap. And let me tell you, it wasn't easy." Yes, he said, he also was once picked off second base while standing on it. He was conversing at the time with the shortstop, who had the ball, and "I was tapping my foot. He must of got me between taps."
CIN 70-43 HOUS 65-51 LA 60-52 ATL 52-65 SF 51-66 SD 44-68