Williams Hits For Cycle In Wrigley Split

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May 12, 1968

Billy Williams hit for the cycle, driving in four runs, to lead the Cubs to an 8-6 nightcap victory over the New York Mets. With the assistance of a brisk wind blowing out to right, Williams completed the difficult tasks of the cycle with a triple and home run off Mets starter Dick Selma. He greeted reliever Danny Frisella in the fifth with a double, and to open the seventh, Williams beat catcher Jerry Grote’s throw to first on a squib roller down the third base line to the delight of the remaining Wrigley faithful. In the opener, Cleon Jones hit a pair of doubles including a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh to rally the Mets past the Cubs, 6-2. In St. Louis, Bob Gibson hurled his second shutout of the week to run his record to 7-0. Gibson struck out eight Astros and allowed only four hits. Mike Shannon was the offensive hero with a perfect four-for-four afternoon including a home run and three RBI. The Dodgers blanked the Braves, 3-0, as Mike Kekich and Walter Alston’s relief corps picked up starter Don Sutton who was removed after a 52 minute rain delay in the fourth. Bob Bailey homered to open the top of the fifth and added an insurance run in the ninth with a RBI single. Ken Boyer joined the Dodgers in Atlanta to face the team of his brother, who had recommended him to the Dodgers when the White Sox cut him loose. Cleo James, who could be a good one in a year or so, was dispatched to Spokane to make room for the veteran infielder. In Cincinnati, the Giants leveled the struggling Reds, 10-0. Willie McCovey drove in four runs with a pair of home runs. Jack Hiatt also homered for the Giants. The blowout was the fourth in a row for the last-place Reds. In Pittsburgh, the Bucs doubled up the Phils, 4-2, as Al McBean went the complete route for the win.

In the American League, rookie Dave Nelson who entered the game in the tenth as a pinch-runner blooped a single over first base to score the speedy Tommy Harper from second base in the twelfth inning to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 4-3 opening win in Sunday’s doubleheader. In the nightcap, veteran Stan Williams, making his second start of the season, went the distance for an 8-5 victory. Williams, staked to an early four run lead, had little support ready from a depleted Indian bull pen, and managed to work around a ninth inning error by SS Larry Brown to close out the game. The sweep moved Cleveland up a half game in the standings to tie the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League. Detroit defeated Washington, 7-1, at D.C. Stadium as Mickey Lolich won his first game of the season in five decisions. Norm Cash’s three-run home run highlighted a five run Tiger third inning. In Oakland, the A’s dropped their third straight to the White Sox, 6-2. Cisco Carlos won his first for the Chisox as rookie Bill Melton collected three hits for the visitors. In New York, Roy White’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth saved the pinstripes from a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Red Sox. White earlier hit a three-run home run in the contest. Boston had taken the lead in the top of the ninth on a RBI single by Mike Andrews. Boston hammered the Yankees in the lidlifter, 11-8. A five run Yankee ninth, capped by an Andy Kosco grand slam, his second homer of the day, made the score respectable. Ken Harrelson homered for the Red Sox in the opener.

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