When last we checked in on the 1969 Cubs, they’d had rain shorten an already light week (five games scheduled, four played). They split four games, but that was actually good enough to stretch their division lead to three games, their largest to date.
This week, the Cubs finish a homestand with a three-game set against the Padres. Then the Cubs set out on a 12-game road trip starting with three games in Houston. The Padres were an expansion team in 1969 and as you might expect, weren’t very good. Of course, the Expos were the other expansion team and the Cubs were only able to take four of six the first time around against them in a home and home series. Baseball is hard, even when one team is a lot better than the other.
Game 32, May 12: Cubs 2, Padres 0 (21-11)
Fergie Jenkins got back in the win column with a complete game shutout. After losing in 12 to the Dodgers on May 7, he bounces back with his third shutout and sixth complete game to move his record to 5-2. The Cubs only had six hits, but they did draw six walks and a hit by pitch as well, and pushed across two runs.
- Superhero: Fergie Jenkins (.579). 9IP, 5H, 4BB, 0R, 10K
- Hero: Randy Hundley (.076). 2-3, BB,…