Cincinnati (2-4) Manager Dave Bristol remained undaunted even though the Reds fell out of first place. Leo Cardenas (broken finger) was lost for six weeks or more, Pete Rose (injured shoulder) was out an estimated two weeks and minor ailments hampered Deron Johnson, Don Nottebart, Billy McCool and Tommy Helms. Refusing to buckle under, Bristol said, 'They've got to get all 25 of us before we're done." Gary Nolan's shutout against the Mets and Mel Queen's four-hitter against the Dodgers showed that the Reds were far from done. Five SAN FRANCISCO (2-5) players were hurt but one of them—Willie Mays—came back after a four-day layoff and hit a 10th inning grand-slam homer to beat the Astros. Joe Gibbon's 3-2 win over ST. LOUIS (4-2) was the 12th victory in 23 decisions for lefthanders against the Cardinals, who were 25-10 against right-handers. For the most part, though, the Cardinals had little difficulty getting hits, with seven regulars above .300. The most efficient were Mike Shannon (31 RBIs in just 144 at bats), who got his seventh game-winning hit of the season, and Roger Maris, who has won five games. Ron Santo of CHICAGO (4-3) won a game with a homer, Adolfo Phillips another with his power and speed as the Cubs advanced to third place. Dick Radatz, considered expendable by the American League a few weeks ago, saved two games. Roberto Clemente of PITTSBURGH (4-4) was upset about being benched in the first game of a doubleheader, saying, "I want to play all games until I drop dead." Replied Manager Harry Walker: "Records since 1959 show that after a doubleheader he sometimes didn't hit well for a week. I thought it might be best to give him a game off, but now I'll play him." The shaky pitching staff got an unexpected boost when Steve Blass came out of the bullpen and pitched his second complete game in 26 starts during the past two years. Dick Hall of PHILADELPHIA (3-5), who had not started since 1963, went all the way to beat the Pirates 4-1. ATLANTA (4-3), too, received a complete-game win from a converted reliever when Phil Niekro stopped the Phils 1-0. Henry Aaron made his 2,500th major league hit and began looking to the day when he would get his 3,000th (the summer of 1970 if he maintains his present rate). Clete Boyer almost sat out a game because of stomach trouble but decided to play and hit a grand-slam homer. Reliever Claude Raymond, late of the Astros, won one game for the Braves and saved another, but Wade Blasingame, the pitcher HOUSTON (5-3) acquired for Raymond, beat Atlanta when Ed Mathews, anotherex-Brave, homered. Jimmy Wynn became the first to hit three homers in the Astrodome and took over the league lead in RBIs. But the big star of the week was rookie Don Wilson, who pitched the first no-hitter in the Astrodome and struck out 15 Braves doing it. LOS ANGELES (4-2) ended an eight-game losing streak but remained on the brink of ninth place. Bob Shaw of NEW YORK (3-4) shut out the Reds, and Tom Seaver (page 64) had them shut out until the ninth.
Standings: StL 36-22, Cin 40-25, Chi 32-27, Pitt 32-27, SF 33-28, Atl 31-30, Phil 28-32, LA 25-36, Hou 26-38, NY 20-38
Tommy John of CHICAGO (5-3) pitched two shutouts, one a three-hitter against the Senators, and Joe Horlen, with relief help from Hoyt Wilhelm, beat the Yankees 1-0 on four hits. That gave the White Sox staff a total of 16 low-hit games (four hits or less). White Sox pitchers gave up 13 hits in one game, but it was an unusual game—the longest night contest (22 innings, 6:38) ever. WASHINGTON (5-4) prevailed in that one when Paul Casanova singled with the bases loaded. DETROIT (2-5) did things big. The Tigers scored 10 runs in one inning to beat the Twins 15-10. They also gave up eight runs in one inning to lose to the Twins 11-5. A 19th-inning home run by Dave Duncan of the A's defeated the Tigers in the second game of the longest doubleheader (9:05) in league history. Worst of all, the Tigers didn't look like a pennant contender in the field, committing 10 errors. BALTIMORE (2-6) players held a clubhouse meeting to consider their slump and Frank Robinson's remark that some teammates were jealous of him. Adding to the Orioles' frustrations was the sudden hitting of Woodie Held of CALIFORNIA (6-2). Held, hitless in his last 22 times up as an Oriole before being traded to the Angels last week, had six hits and helped beat his former teammates three times. Alvin Dark of KANSAS CITY (5-2), trying to protect a 1-0 lead in the ninth against the Orioles, used four outfielders when Frank Robinson came to bat. Somewhat incongruously, Robinson popped up to third base and Jim Hunter of the A's had his second straight shutout. Hank Bauer of the Orioles over-shifted his outfield the next night in an attempt to stymie John Donaldson of the A's. Donaldson tripled into the resultant gap in center field, then scored the winning run on Reggie Jackson's single. "When I get a hit I win," said Luis Tiant of CLEVELAND (3-4), who has had at least one hit in each of his five victories. Last week Tiant singled and went on to beat MINNESOTA (4-3). Since the arrival of new Manager Cal Ermer, Pitchers Jim Kaat and Dean Chance have done turnabouts. Kaat, ineffective before Ermer arrived, won three games in eight days. Chance, 9-2 before Ermer took over, lost his third straight since the change in managers. Mel Stottlemyre of NEW YORK (3-5) came up with his fourth shutout of the year, this one against the Senators. BOSTON (4-5) kept from slipping too far behind when Tony Conigliaro hit a two-run homer with two out in the 11th to defeat the White Sox 2-1.
Standings: Chi 36-23, Det 33-27, Minn 31-30, Bos 31-31, KC 31-32, Cleve 30-31, Balt 29-31, Cal 31-34, NY 28-33, Wash 28-36
When National League Umpire Bob Engel, who was helping out last week at the 21st annual College World Series in Omaha, was asked to compare the collegiate players with major-leaguers, he said, "The college boys have better manners." Those scholarly athletes may have yelled "Take it" instead of "Mine! Mine!" as they circled under pop-ups, but for the most part they played aggressive, forget-about-Emily Post baseball. Consider Ron Davini of Arizona State. He didn't have patience enough to wait politely for the intentional walk being offered by a Stanford pitcher. Instead, he poked at one of the outside pitches designed to put him on first base and hit it for a run-scoring single. Without that run, the Sun Devils might well have lost. As it was, they still had to go 14 innings to eke out a 4-3 victory—Pitcher Gary Gentry scratched an infield hit and scored on a double over the center fielder's head by Scott Reid. Gentry, who struck out 15 batters, won his 16th straight game to bring his season's record to 17-1. The loss eliminated Stanford, pretournament favorite, and moved State into the championship game against Houston. For Arizona State, which lost five of its players to major league clubs following the 1966 season, this was supposed to have been a rebuilding year. For Houston, which does not play baseball on the same big-time, 60-games-a-season scale—and which lost to Stanford 12-1 in the first game of this double-elimination tournament—the final game was the last hurdle on its implausible Cinderella journey. But Arizona State defeated the Cougars 11-2 for its second championship in the past three years.