The San Francisco Giants routed the Cincinnati Reds in the opening game of a weekend series at Crosley Field between divisional contenders. Willie Mays hit the first cycle of his career, and interestingly, each of Mays’s hits came off a different Reds’ pitcher. Mays opened with the most difficult of the ingredients, a triple, in the first inning off Reds’ starter Tony Cloninger. After flying out in the third, Mays homered off reliever Clay Carroll, a two-run clout that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead in the fifth.
Mays opened the visitor’s seventh with a single off Pedro Ramos. After a walk, a fly out, and a Ken Henderson double, Al Jackson replaced Ramos. The veteran southpaw was ineffective. He walked Dick Dietz and Hal Lanier to force home the Giants’ fifth run. Giants’ starter Bobby Bolin hit a bleeder up the middle to score Henderson. Jackson walked the next two batters plating another pair which brought Mays beck up to the plate for his second at-bat of the inning. Needing a double, Mays did exactly that. He lined a full count fast ball into the gap in right center scoring two more runs for a 10-2 Giant lead. Mays scored the ninth and final run of the frame on Jim Davenport’s two-out single over short. The Reds’ Bobby Tolan and the Giants’ Willie McCovey added home runs to make the final tally 15-6.