Thursday, March 31, 2016

Braves -Cards Split Memorial Day Weekend Wrap-Around

Two hot teams meet as the temperatures heat up on the first official weekend of summer!

May 28, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Bob Didier blasted a PH, 2-run double in the T14th scoring Ralph Garr and Felix Millan for a 6-4 Braves win. Garr and Millan led the Atlanta offense with 3 hits apiece. Ron Herbel (1-2) notched the win in relief with Mike Torrez (0-4) tagged with the L.

May 29, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Darrell Evans went from hero to goat in 1 inning. His 3-run double in the T7 highlighted a 4-run Atlanta outburst that put the Braves up 6-5. However, in the B8, Evans mishandled a grounder allowing Lou Brock to score what proved to be the winning run in a 7-6 Cardinals win. Brock and Matty Alou had 3 hits each to lead the Redbirds. Garr and Mike Lum banged out 3 hits apiece for the Bravos.

May 30, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Phil Niekro (7-4) pitched the full 9 as Atlanta beat St. Louis 2-1. Hank Aaron (10) tied the game at 1-1 in the 4th with a solo shot. Felix Millan doubled in the game-winner in the 5th.

May 31, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Joe Torre (3 hits) singled in Brock with the walk-off winner in the B11th for a 5-4 St. Louis win. Marty Perez collected 3 hits in a losing effort for Atlanta. Aaron (11) also homered again. Don't look now, this guy may have a legitimate shot at Ruth's 714. Moe Drabowsky (5-0) kept his mark perfect with a relief W.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tribe Surprise Attack Takes Two from ChiSox

May 28, 1971
CHICAGO -- Craig Nettles (4-2-4-5) led off and hit the ball all over Comiskey Park leading the Indians to just their 10th victory of the year, 8-0. Sudden Sam McDowell (5-6) went the distance for the shut out, throwing 167 pitches. Nettles (10) collected a 2B and HR. Ray Fosse (3) and Hawk Harrelson (4) also went deep for the Tribe.

May 29, 1971
CHICAGO -- Ray Lamb (2-4) fired 8 innings of 1-hit shut out ball as the Wahoos whomped the ChiSox again, 5-2. Ted Uhlaender banged out 3 hits. Fosse (4) cracked a 2-run homer.

May 30, 1971
CHICAGO -- Wilbur Wood (7-2) tossed a 1-hit shutout as Chicago took the series finale, 3-0. Netttles 4th inning double was the only blemish, Carlos May and Rick Reichardt banged out 3 hits each for the ChiSox. May also stole 3 bases.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

KC Sweeps ChiSox as Hedlund fires blanks . . . Again

May 25, 1971
CHICAGO -- Fred Patek and the rest of the Royals had both their hitting AND running shoes laced and ready to go. Patek went 5-5 with 3 SB and 3 runs scored to lead KC to a 7-4 win. All told, the Royals clubbed 20 hits with Amos Otis and Gail Hopkins contributing 4 and 3 hits, respectively. Otis (4) drove in 3 runs with a double and HR, and added another SB. Dick Drago (3-6) went the distance on the hill.

May 26, 1971
CHICAGO -- For the 2nd time in 7 days Mike Hedlund (5-4) has fired a complete-game shut out against the White Sox. On May May 19, Hedlund blanked the Chisox on just 3 hits. Tonight, he turned the trick, allowing just 2 base knocks. KC sweeps the short series with a 2-0 win. Paul Schaal and Bob Oliver had the RBI for the visitors.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Redbird Pitching Frustrates Friars in Final 3 Games

May 21, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- The visiting Padres did what they needed to do, and that was get to an exhausted Cardinals bullpen. The Friars bust out with 7 runs in the T7 and cruise by the Redbirds 9-7. Catcher Bob Barton led the way with 3 hts and 3 RBI. The top 6 hitters in the SD lineup at 2 hits each for a total of 16. Al Santorini (1-1) was the WP in relief.

May 22, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Zachary (1-1) gave St' Louis exactly what it needed this time, tossing 8 innings and yielding just 1 run on 5 hits. Frank Linzy (2) finished up the 9th in a 4-1 Cardinals victory. Ted Sizemore (2) led the offense for St. Loo with 3 hits, including his 2nd consecutive home run in as many days.

May 23, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Reggie Cleveland (6-3) goes the distance this time for the home club as St. Louis wins easily 8-1. backstop Jerry McNertney powered the hitting with 3 RBI.

May 24, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- The Stars were shining tonight in the Gateway City. Bob Gibson (5-3) fired a CG, 6-hit shut out as the Redbirds blanked the Friars 5-0. Lou Brock went 4-for-5 with a run and RBI. Joe Torre drove in the rest with 3 hits, including HR #7 on the season.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

13 Game Win Streak has O's Flyin High

A 4 game sweep of the Boston Red Sox has accumulated the Baltimore Oriole win streak to 13
straight games.  A dominate pitching staff has the Oriole arms on top of the league with a 2.37 ERA, of which, 25 of the 39 games played have been complete games by the starters.  Jim Palmer (8-1), Dave McNally (8-1), Mike Cuellar (8-1) and Pat Dobson (6-1) have been stellar in the first part of the season helping Baltimore to a 33-6 record.

Coach Earl Weaver has downplayed the Orioles early success stating, "Don't worry, the fans don't start booing until July." but it sure looks like the squad may have a shot a 4 20-game winners and a potential trip back to the Series.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Cardinals Best Dodgers in Entertaining Series along the Mississippi

May 18, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- A wild one in the Gateway City for the start of this 3-game set. The Dodgers hit for the cycle as a team in the 1st inning, plating 4 runs in the process. Maury Wills hit a 1-out single. Dick Allen followed with a double and Willie Crawford tripled them both in. Wes Parker fanned, but Tom Haller (1) crushed a solo shot. The Cardinals nearly duplicated the feat in B1 as they also plated 4 runs with a 2-out triple by Ted Simmons. Joe Torre singled him in. Jose Cardenal walked and Joe Hague (4) belted a 3-run homer. "Anything you can do,  I can do better" seemed to be the theme as Crawford tripled in his 2nd AB, as did Simmons. The Redbirds added 2 more runs in the 2nd and the Dodgers knocked in 3 in the 3rd. But then the music got out of sync. Don Sutton (5-2) got stingy with runs, and Reggie Cleveland (5-3) missed the key change. LA would score 2 in the 5th and 2 more in the 7th for an eventual 11-7 victory.

May 19, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Jim Beauchamp singled in Cardenal in the B9 to lift St. Louis to a 4-3 comeback win. Trailing 3-1, the Redbirds plated 2 in the 8th and the game-winner in the 9th. Frank Linzy (1-1) was the WP in relief. Jim Brewer (0-3) took the L for Dodger Blue.

May 20, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Jerry McNertney's PH single in the B10 sent the partisans home deliriously happy after Ted Sizemore crossed the plate with the game-winner in a 9-8 contest. Brewer (0-4) was again the late-inning victim, while Polish-born Moe Drabowsky (3-0) took the W. Matty Alou (1) was the big RBI man for the Cardinals with 4 on HR and single. Crawford, Allen and Manny Mota had 3 hits apiece in a losing effort for LA.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Spos' Swept in Short Series in St. Loo

April 30, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Lou Brock and Jose Cardenal banged out 4 hits each as St. Louis crushed Montreal 14-4. Gary Sutherland (1) doubled and homered and drove in all four Expos runs. Reggie Cleveland (3-2) went the distance on the hill for the Redbirds.

May 2, 1971
ST. LOUIS -- Ted Simmons (5-2-4-3) led a Redbirds attack that again featured 18 hits as St. Louis swept the short series with a 9-7 win. The Spos got 3 in the 1st on Sutherland's (2) 3-run jack off Steve Carlton (3-2). They rallied with 4 more in the 9th, but came up short.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Atlanta and Los Angeles Slugfest. Braves lead the league in hitting .287 and Hank Aaron leads the NL in batting .365

April 30, 1971
Atlanta -- Atlanta takes game 1 of the series 16-2, Williams 4-5 / 5 RBI's, Millian 4-6 / 4 RBI's, Braves hit 4 homers in the victory as Phil Niekro goes to 4-2 on the year


May 1, 1971
Atlanta -- Los Angeles scores 6 runs in the 9th to win game 2, 14-10. Los Angeles pounds out 19 hits, W. Davis 4-6, 4 RBI's. Atlanta's Orlando Cepeda with homers 8 & 9 in the loss.


May 2, 1971
Atlanta -- Atlanta takes the rubber game of the series 4-3 with a walk off single by Lum in the bottom of the 9th scoring 2. Aaron 2-3, 2 RBI's and Lum with 3 hits.