July 25, 2021

1969 Cubs Historical Heroes and Goats: Part 7 (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

When last we checked in on the 1969 Cubs, they had a 4-2 week, despite two straight losses in Los Angeles to the end of the week. The four straight wins to start the week ran their winning streak to five and saw their division lead increase to six games. Even with the two losses at the end of the week, that’s where the lead ended the week.

The final three games of the week were played in Houston. That was the first stop on a 12-game, four-city trip west. This week, we see the next two stops. The Cubs visited Los Angeles for three, then went to San Diego for four, including a Sunday doubleheader. With an off day Monday, that meant seven games in six days. That’s a busy week, so let’s jump right to the action.

Game 38, May 20: Cubs 7, Dodgers 0 (25-13)

Ken Holtzman and Don Sutton locked up in this one. It was a scoreless duel for five innings. But the Cubs pushed two across in the sixth, aided by two errors, and added two more in the seventh. The Cubs added three more in the ninth inning, including a pair of homers by Ernie Banks and Randy Hundley. Holtzman went the distance for his third straight complete game shutout (fourth overall). After the game, Holtzman was 7-1…

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