Sunday, January 22, 2017

Redbirds Fly Past Expos in Opening Pair

April 15, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Bob Gibson (1-0) scattered 7 hits and fanned 9 on his way to a CG 3-0 shutout win in the home opener at Busch Memorial Stadium. The other interesting note was Ken Singleton getting ejected for an illegal slide. That was a first for this veteran game-player.

April 16, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Luis Melendez delivered a pinch hit, 2-out, 2-RBI single in the B9th to send the Cardinals to an 8-7 comeback, walk-off victory. Donn Clendenon (1) clobbered a PH 3-run home run to highlight a 4-run 8th for the Redbirds. Rick Wise, who arrived in St. Loo this season after a controversial trade which sent popular Steve Carlton to Philadelphia, did not endear himself to the home-town fans. He yielded 7 runs on 10 hits in 6 IP. Mike Jorgensen and Singleton did most of the damage with 4 hits apiece for Montreal. Rich Folkers (1-0) and Tom Walker (0-1) turned out to be the pitchers of record.

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