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Adolfo Phillips and the Blustery Day
2008-06-11 11:58
by Bob Timmermann

Back on this day in 1967, the Cubs and Mets played a doubleheader at Wrigley Field. The weather was foul. Tornado warnings were issued, yet 19,247 people paid their way to go see the games.

The Cubs won the opener, 5-3, with Ferguson Jenkins going the distance. There were only two home runs in this game, one by Tommy Davis of the Mets and the other by Adolfo Phillips, the Cubs #8 hitter who had come to Chicago from Philadelphia the year before with Jenkins.

In the nightcap, or in the case of Wrigley then, the "late afternoon cap", the winds picked up and a pair of mediocre pitchers took the hill. The Mets started Nick Wilhite, who had been acquired from the Angels the day before for Jack Hamilton (yes, that Jack Hamilton). The Cubs started the beta version of Jamie Moyer in Curt Simmons, who was a 38-year old lefty, who was a pioneer in reinventing himself as a finesse pitcher. Simmons had broken into the majors in 1947 with the Phillies and he would finish his career that season with the Angels.

The second game would feature an NL record 11 home runs by both teams. And it came in a year when neither team hit many home runs. The Cubs would hit just 125 and the Mets hit just 98. And Adolfo Phillips would hit three in the second game.

Ron Swoboda of the Mets hit a 2-run shot (#1) in the first for the Mets and the Mets had a 4-0 lead going to the second and sent Simmons to the showers. Cal Koonce relieved.

In the bottom of the second, Cubs catcher Randy Hundley hit a solo homer (#2) and the Cubs added another run to crawl back to 4-2.

The Cubs started off the bottom of the third by hitting for the cycle. Paul Popovich singled, Norm Gigon tripled (the only one of his big league career), and Billy Williams doubled to tie the game. Jack Lamabe relieved for Willhite and Ron Santo greeted him with a homer (#3). The next two batters reached and Phillips homered (#4) and the Cubs were ahead 9-4. Jack Fisher was called on to stop the bleeding.

The Mets got another run to make it 9-5, but Hundley pushed the lead back out to 6 with a solo homer leading off the 5th. (#5) Ted Savage singled and Phillips followed with his second homer of the game and third of the day to make it 12-5 Cubs. (#6)

The Cubs kept pouring it on in the sixth. Williams and Santo singled to start the inning and Ernie Banks homered to make it 15-5 Cubs. (#7) Don Shaw was relieving and two batters after Banks, Phillips homered for the third time in the game and fourth overall (#8). It was now 16-5 Cubs.

Chicago was done with homering, but the Mets finished with a flurry in the 9th. Jerry Buchek led off the inning with a homer against Chuck Hartenstein (#9). Two batters later, Jerry Grote hit a 2-run homer (#10). Dick Radatz was called on to restore order and preserve an 18-8 lead.

Radatz escaped giving up just a 2-run homer to Bob Johnson (#11), who had both first and shortstop that day.

Baseball-reference's Play Index lists just 10 players who have had three home run games out of the #8 slot, with two teams providing two players on the list. The Red Sox have had it done by Jason Varitek and Bill Mueller and the Dodgers have had them from Cory Snyder and Kevin Elster.

There have been two AL games which have had 12 total home runs and both of them were games between the Tigers and White Sox. The first one was May 28, 1995. The second was on July 2, 2002.





2008-06-11 12:46:05
1.   Eric Enders
According to Dylan Hernandez's game story in the L.A. Times, the Dodgers tied this record all by themselves last night.

"The Dodgers had 13 hits -- two doubles and 11 home runs -- and drew six walks. James Loney, the Dodgers' first baseman, reached base in all five plate appearances, on two singles and three walks."

2008-06-11 16:11:54
2.   Kanka
I was at a game at Wrigley in 2003 that would have challenged the record had it not been erased due to rain in the top of the fifth.

To say the wind was blowing out was an understatement. I remember that this was my first time seeing Albert Pujols in person. He came up in the first with the bases loaded. "Watch him put a grand slam onto the street." I was right. Tino Martinez also had two home runs in his first two plate appearances.

But my favorite moment came when a Cubs player hit a fly ball to right. The Cardinals right fielder was playing medium deep. He charged in hard, stopped, and watch the ball sail over his head and into the seventh row of seats.

2008-06-12 08:39:41
3.   DXMachina
For weird coincidence sake I have to mention that Moose Skowron was on with Mike and the Mad Dog Monday afternoon, and he mentioned that when he finished his career with the Angels in '67 his roommate was Curt Simmons.

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