Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Redbirds Perch on Bats for 3 games; Bats are in the Belfry in Game 2

April 22, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Steve Carlton (2-1) surrendered a 3-run home run to Deron Johnson (1) in the 3rd inning, but was extremely efficient otherwise, The Cardinals took the contest 8-3. Ted Sizemore and Joe Torre had 3 knocks apiece for the Redbirds.

April 23, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Title this one, "Nightmare Under the Arch." It;s one Cardinals SP Mike Torrez (0-2) will be re-living in his sleep for years to come. Before he hit the showers (cue Psycho music) in the 1st inning after just 2 were out, he had been slashed for 8 earned runs on 4 hits with 6 walks. All told, 12 Phils came to bat before George Brunet was summed to fan Willie Montanez and end it. That was just end the 1st. Philadelphia evened the series with a 13-1 final pounding. So desperate were the Cardinals to find someone who could record outs, they had Matty Alou and Bob Burda volunteer to take the mound in the final 2 innings. Surprisingly, the pair surrendered just 1 run on 3 hits with 1 BB. Barry Lersch (1-2) was the beneficiary, going the full route for the visitors. Bobby Pfeil provided the biggest bat, going 4 for 6.

April 24, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- A pair of 5-run explosions in the 5th and 8th innings, propelled Redbirds to a 12-5 victory. Jose Cardenal had 2-run doubles in both the 5th and 8th as highlights. Sizemore also finished with 3 hits and 3 RBI. Jerry Reuss (1-3) earned his first W.

April 25, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Jim Beauchamp doubled and tripled and drove in 3 runs as the Cardinals take the series with a tight 6-5 win. Reggie Cleveland (2-2) tossed 7 for the win with Frank Linzy (1) notching the save. Chris Short (2-2) came up on the losing side inthe record book. Tim McCarver (1) had 3 hits, including a long bomb against his old mates.

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