After Julio Gonzalez doubled in the 14th inning of a 4-4 tie with New York, Manager Bill Virdon of Houston (3-1) would have liked to pinch-hit for Pitcher Tom Dixon. Alas, the only Astros who had not played already were pitchers. So Dixon batted, singled and made himself a 5-4 winner. J. R. Richard struck out 11 Phillies as he won 5-1.
Before pitching against Chicago, confessed greaseballer Gaylord Perry of San Diego (3-3) sent a baseball smeared with a greasy substance to Cub Manager Herman Franks. "I'll bet he has a tube of Vaseline in his warmup jacket," Franks said. To find out, Franks sneaked into the Padre dugout before the game and grabbed Perry's jacket. "See what I mean?" Franks said when he found a small tube of the stuff in a pocket. Perry pitched well, but the Cubs won 4-3. Pitching even better against Chicago was Randy Jones, who got 21 groundouts as he blanked the Cubs 1-0. Gene Richards batted .440, raising his average 54 points to .267. And George (Silence Is Golden) Hendrick actually spoke to a reporter. Asked what pitch he hit for a homer in Jones' win, Hendrick broke his lengthy silence with the media by saying, "I have no idea." Then he rushed into the shower.
SF 18-12 CIN 19-13 LA 18-13 HOUS 13-16 SD 13-17 ATL 11-18