Sunday, August 11, 2013

no. 200 - 1970 n.l. playoffs, game 2

Who is the man: That's Bobby Tolan approaching the plate with his third run of the game for the Reds against the Pirates. Tolan scored all three runs as the Reds won 3-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the NLCS.

Can ya dig it: Great work by Topps to feature what actually does appear to be Tolan scoring the third run of the game. His first run came on a wild pitch, his second on his solo home run ,and his third on a double by Tony Perez. Judging by the way the catcher is positioned, it's most likely Tolan scoring on the double.

Right on: That's Manny Sanguillen playing the role as catcher for the Pirates.

You see this cat Tolan is a bad mother: Tolan put the Reds ahead 2-0 with his two-out home run off of the Pirates' Luke Walker in the fifth inning.

Shut your mouth: Sanguillen contributed to the Reds' first run. Tolan singled in the third inning and then he stole second as Sanguillen's throw sailed into center field. Tolan then went to third and was able to score on Walker's wild pitch.

No one understands him but his woman: If it wasn't for Tolan, Walker would have pitched a two-hitter. The only other Reds to get hits off of him through seven innings were Lee May and Tommy Helms, who both singled.

(A word about the back): Outside of Clemente and Stargell, not terribly impressed with that Pirates lineup. But it's possible I just don't know my '60s hitters all that well.

1 comment:

  1. You're more used to the 1971 Pirates with Al Oliver in center and Richie Hebner at third. That said, Matty Alou was a batting champ and hit .331 or better 1966-1970. Gene Alley was more known for his glove but did hit .280 a couple of years and was a two time all star (he had an all star card in the burlap set). Dave Cash went on to set the ML record for at bats when he was with the Phillies and Bob Robertson would hit three home runs in one game during the 1971 NLCS.