Friday, August 9, 2013
no. 199 - 1970 n.l. playoffs, game 1
Who is the man: That's veteran bench player Ty Cline sliding into third base with his pinch-hit triple that kicked off the 10th inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. The Reds would go on to score three runs in the inning and beat the Pirates 3-0.
Can ya dig it: The NLCS cards in the '71 set feature red-tinted photos, which pleases my odd color sensibilities. Yellow for AL and red for the NL makes sense to my brain.
Right on: That is Richie Hebner fielding the throw for the Pirates.
You see this cat Cline is a bad mother: Cline, entering his final season of a 12-year career, is featured on three cards in this set. Not bad for a guy who never had 400 at-bats in a single season.
Shut your mouth: The Reds went ahead 1-0 when Pete Rose drove in Cline with a single. Then, after the Pirates got the next two outs, they decided to intentionally walk Johnny Bench. Bad move. Lee May doubled in Rose and Bench and the Reds led 3-0.
No one understands him but his woman: Dock Ellis pitched 9 2/3 innings of shutout ball ... and got the loss.
(A word about the back): One of Willie Stargell's three hits was a double with one out in the eighth inning of the still scoreless game. Stargell was lifted for a pinch-runner. Reds starter Gary Nolan then struck out Manny Sanguillen and Hebner to end the inning.