Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Boog Powell, 1990 Pacific Legends #46
The date was June 3, 1969, and the opponent was the Oakland Athletics. Just like this past Monday's contest, it was a low-scoring game through nine, as Mike Cuellar and Johnny "Blue Moon" Odom held the hitters to one run per side. A first-inning Boog Powell sac fly and a seventh-inning Reggie Jackson home run accounted for the score until the 11th inning. Lew Krausse relieved Odom, but relief might not be the most apt term in this situation. Frank Robinson led off the frame by taking Krausse deep to break the stalemate. Before ol' Lew knew what had hit him, Boog Powell had followed with another four-bagger to give the O's a 3-1 lead. Oakland skipper Hank Bauer, who had been fired by the Birds the previous year, yanked Krausse and called on rookie Rollie Fingers. After the next two batters were retired, Bobby Floyd and Mark Belanger hit back-to-back singles, but Earl Weaver allowed reliever Eddie Watt to bat for himself and he grounded out harmlessly to strand both men. No worries, as Watt returned to the mound and retired Jackson, Sal Bando, and Danny Cater in order to seal the win in a tidy two hours and 40 minutes...making that game an hour shorter than its 12-inning counterpart in 2014. Sheesh.