Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jints Take 2 of 3 from Redbirds

June 16, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Garry Maddox (5) and Dave Kingman (9) hit timely 2-run homer runs to power the Giants to a 9-7 sea-saw win. Kingman's blast tied the game at 7-7 in the 8th. Pinch hitter Gary Matthews tripled in Maddox in the 9th for the GWRBI. Chris Speier singled in Matthews for the insurance. Jerry Johnson (2-2) earned the win in relief. Jim Barr (3) picked up the save. The loss spoiled fine games at the plate for Lou Brock (4 hits, 3 R,  2 SB) and Ted Sizemore (3 hits, 3 RBI).

June 17, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- A 4-run 8th inning, highlighted by Joe Torre's 2-run double, provided enough insurance for the Redbirds and Reggie Cleveland (7-6) to hold on for a 6-3 victory. Ron Bryant (3-5) started and lost for San Francisco.

June 18, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Dave Rader (3) banged out 5 hits, including a solo shot in the 7th, and San Fran captured the rubber game 5-1. It was all straight numbers on the board for the Jints, but they did it 5 times. It was plenty of cushion for "Sudden" Sam McDowell (4-6) who fired 7 IP with just 4 hits and 0 earned runs. Scipio Spinks (5-5) took the loss.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Redbirds Sweep Bums on the Carpet

June 12, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Matty Alou banged out 3 hits and knocked in 2, including the GWRBI in the 8th when his double brought in PR Luis Melendez. That made it 4-2. In the 9th, Frank Robinson (10) led-off with a solo shot off Moe Drabowsky (3) to make the final score 4-3. Drabowsky retired the next 3 to save the game for Reggie Cleveland (6-6).

June 13, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Donn Clendenon (3) smashed a 2-run bomb to highlight a 3-run 3rd inning for the Cardinals. He was ejected for arguing a strike out call later, and his replacement, Alou, smacked a 2-run single in the B8 to provide insurance in a 5-2 Redbirds winner. Scipio Spinks (5-4) pitched 7.1 innings for the W with Diego Segui (1) getting the save. Tommy John (2-3) took the L.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Brew Crew Blue after weekend in Windy City

June 9, 1972
CHICAGO -- Wilbur Wood (8-7) used his knuckler to fan 10 Brewers in a CG, 5-3 victory for the White Sox. Wood helped himself with the bat with a 2-run RBI single in the 2nd. The "Boomer" George Scott (6) provided a pair of Miwaukee's runs with a long one in the 6th.

June 10, 1972
CHICAGO -- Dick Allen (12) led the ChiSox to an 8-2 win with a homer and 2 RBI with his 3 hits. Carlos May (4) also went yard. Starting and winning pitcher Tom Bradley (6-6) aided himself with 2 suicide squeeze bunts to plate runs. Joe Lahoud (6) accounting for 1 of the Brew Crew runs with a solo shot in the 2nd. Ken Brett (5-5) started and lost for the visitors.

June 11, 1972 (Game #1)
CHICAGO -- Ed Herrmann collected the only two hits of the game for the home club as Jim Lonborg (4-3) blanked the Sox the rest of the way in an 8-0 Milwaukee win. The Brewers hit Pale Hose starter Stan Bahnsen (2-7) with 7 runs on 7 hit in the 2nd inning, and that was easily all that was needed. Johnny Briggs led Crew hitters with 3 safeties.

June 11, 1972 (Game #2)
CHICAGO -- Carlos May (5) homered and drove in 4 runs to power the White Sox to a 6-2 win, earning a split in the double dip and 3-1 series victory. Dave Lemonds (1-1) was superb on the hill, tossing 7 innings of 4-hit, 1-run ball.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sox Make Matching Pair in Chitown

June 6, 1972
CHICAGO -- D-Day veterans on hand to throw out the first pitch and watch the White Sox blow out the Red Sox 11-2. Rick Reichardt had 3 hits and 2 RBI to lead the offense. Carlos May doubled twice and drove in 3. Wilbur Wood (7-7) evened his record with 8 strong innings of work. Sonny Siebert (3-5) was lit up in this one. In real life, he tossed a shutout.

June 7, 1972
CHICAGO -- Doug Griffin banged out 3 hits and 2 RBI, including the game-winner bringing home Reggie Smith in T9 to give the Carmines a 6-5 victory and split in the 2-game series. Carlton Fisk (6) also contributed a homer, a triple, 3 hits, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored in a 16-hit BoSox attack. Danny Cater also contributed 3 hits. Ken Tatum (1-1) was the winning pitcher in relief with former ChiSox hurler Gary Peters (4) pitching a 1-2-3 9th for the save. May (3) enjoyed a solid 3-2-3-3 day at the plate for Chicago.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Yanks Sweep Sunday DH; Split series in ChiTown

June 2, 1972
CHICAGO -- The wind was blowing out on the South-side of Chicago and the home club took advantage with 4 dongs. Dick Allen (8,9), who seems to be heating up with the weather, went deep twice for 4 RBI. Walt Williams (2) and Carlos May (2) also joined the long ball parade as Chicago won 8-0. On the hill, Wilbur Wood (6-7) was spectacular with a CG, 4-hit shutout. Fritz Peterson (4-5) went the distance in the loss for New York.

June 3, 1972
CHICAGO -- Dick Allen (10) powered a 7-run, 7th inning explosion for the ChiSox with a monster 3-run bomb to the upper tank in LCF. Chicago held on to win 11-7. Allen drove in a 4th run with a single. May contributed 3 hits and 3 RBI. Cy Acosta (1-0) was the winning pitcher in relief with Steve Kealy (1) getting the save. Jim Roland (0-2) was tagged with the loss for the Yankees.

June 4, 1972 (Game #1)
CHICAGO -- Bobby Murcer (9) went 4-4 with a double, home run and 5 RBI to lead the Bronx Bombers to a 12-8 win in the lid lifter of today's double dipper. Horace Clarke chipped in 3 hits and 3 RBI to the Yankees 14-hit attack. Lindy McDaniel (1-0) was the winning pitcher in relief. Allen (11) and Beltin Bill Melton (8) went yard again for the Pale Hose, but it wasn't enough. Tom Bradley (5-6) started and lost.

June 4, 1972 (Game #2)
CHICAGO -- Rusty Torrres (4) was on fire in the nightcap with 4 hits, including a homer and pair of doubles. He drove in 3 to lead NYY to the DH sweep and split in the series with a 6-3 win. Mike Kekich (3-3) hurled 7.2 strong innings for the win. Dave Lemonds (0-1) started and lost for the Pale Hose.

I miss double headers. I see from the real-life boxscore, 51,904 were in attendance this Sunday at Comiskey.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Redbirds Sweep Amazins on Memorial Weekend

May 26, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Wise (5-2) homered and was the winning pitcher in the Cardinals 6-3 win over the Mets. In a baseball rarity, Tom Seaver (5-4), the losing pitcher, also homered. For Seaver, it was his 3rd of the year! Lou Brock also drove the St. Louis offense with 3 hits and 3 RBI. Cleon Jones collected 3 hits for the New Yorkers.

May 27, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Lou Brock went 4-5 to lead the Redbirds to a 5-1 victory. Al Santorini (2-1) scattered 6 hits over 8 IP for the W. Joe Torre (4) went yard for the victors. Jim McAndrew (0-2) took the L on the mound.

May 28, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals teed off on Mets starter Gary Gentry (4-3) like they were Jack Nicklaus at Augusta. SS Ted Martinez placed the ball on the tee when he booted Brock's grounder in the B1. Ted Sizemore walked, and Matty Alou (2) hit a 3-run bomb to RF to make it 3-0. Torre (5) went back-to-back with Alou; Ted Simmons tripled; you get the picture. When the dust cleared 11 batters came to the plate and St. Louis jumped to a 7-0 lead. Reggie Cleveland (4-5) and company took it the rest of the way for a 7-3 win. The Amazins' got their runs with a Rusty Staub (3) solo shot in the 6th and a Duffy Dyer (2) 2-run blast in the 7th.

May 29, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Matty Alou delivered a 2-out B9 single scoring Marty Martinez with the winning run as St. Louis captured this Memorial Day matinee 3-2 and swept the series. The unlikely matchup of Buzz Capra and Scipio Spinks treated the fans to a fine pitcher's duel through 7 innings. In the end it was relievers Moe Drabowsky (2-0) and Bob Rauch (1-1) that took the decisions. Torre came up a HR short of a cycle with 3 safeties.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Redbirds Bust Bucs in 2 of 3

May 23, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Steve Blass (4-3) looked like his 1971 self, scattering 6 hits and going the full 9 in a 4-0 whitewashing of the Cardinals. Al Oliver led the way offensively with 3 hits. Gene Clines contributed a PH, 2-run single in the 7th.

May 24, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Joe Torre's dash to the plate in the B9 just beat Roberto Clemente's throw from RF, lifting the Redbirds to a 2-1. Torre had hit a 1-out triple off Bob Miller (0-3), then scored on Ted Simmon's sac fly. Luis Melendez RBI single way back in the 2nd had given St. Louis a 1-0 lead. The Bucs tied it in the T8 with an RBI single from Richie Hebner. Moe Drabowsky (1-0) got the win in relief. The loss snapped a 7-game win streak for Pittsburgh; however, Dave Cash extended his personal hitting streak to 13.

May 25, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- What can be better than a Thursday business man's special matinee on a glorious, sunny 82-degree day in St. Louis? Maybe just adding a hometown 3-2 winner with Bob Gibson (6-3) scattering 4 hits over the full 9. Oliver (7) blasted the Bucs to a 1st inning 2-0 lead. Dock Ellis dazzled the minds of the Cardinals as well as their bats into the 8th inning. He nearly escaped a bases loaded, no-out situation by getting Lou Brock to bounce into a run-scoring DP. Bruce Kison (0-1) entered, surrendered consecutive singles to Ted Sizemore, Matty Alou and Torre and the Redbirds had their 3-2 lead.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2nd Grade Bruce in Tears

Throughout the 1971-72 school year, 2nd grade for me, my best friend Scott McGrill was in my ear about how wonderful it is to be a Cardinals fan. Bear in mind, we lived in Chicagoland, and WGN and the Cubs was all I knew before. Scott introduced me to baseball history, and showed me the numerous World Series titles the Redbirds had won compared to the Cubs. I made the fateful decision then to switch loyalties. A decision I have held onto ever since. Thus, a series like this would have left me crying for sure.

May 18, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Al Santorini (1-1) pitched the full 9, scattering 5 hits in a 4-1 Cardinals win. Lou Brock had 3 hits and Joe Hague knocked in a pair. Milt Pappas (4-3) took the loss for the Cubs.

May 19, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Billy Williams (10) stroked his league-leading 10th HR of the year in the T13th off Dennis Higgins (0-1) with 2 men on to power the Cubs to a 5-3 win. Fergie Jenkins (5-1) marathoned 12 innings to get the win. Jack Aker (1) was shaky in relief, but got the save.

May 20, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Billy Williams led the charge again for the Cubbies, going 4-5 with a pair of RBI. Carmen Fanzone knocked in 3 also as Chicago won the Saturday matinee 8-2. Burt Hooten (5-1) knuckle-curved his way through 7 strong innings for the win. Bob Gibson (5-3) was tagged with 11 hits, two by Hooten, and the L.

May 21, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Bill Hands (3-0) fired a CG 4-hitter as Chicago captured the series with a convincing 10-2 victory. The Cubs banged out 12 hits, including 2 from Glenn Beckert, who extended his hitting streak to 14. Fanzone drove in 3 more runs with 2 hits. Rick Wise (4-2) was hit hard in the loss.

ChiSox Hang Two Ls on Halos

May 19, 1972
CHICAGO -- Wilbur Wood (5-5) and Eddie Fisher knuckled each other to a draw. Blood was not drawn until the B8 when Chicago pushed across 2 for a 2-0 victory. Steve Barber (0-1) was tagged with the loss for the Angels. He issued a bases loaded walk to Bill Melton and gave up an RBI infield out to Rick Reichardt. Wood fanned 7 for the CG shutout.

May 20, 1972
CHICAGO -- Ken McMullen's (1) solo shot off Stan Bahnsen (1-6) in the 7th was the game-winner as California evened the series with a 3-2 win. Rickey Clark (3-3) tossed 6 innings, yielding just 5 hits and 1 ER for the W.

May 21, 1972
CHICAGO -- Dick Allen (5,6) is heating up as the weather warms up. He clobbered two home runs in a 5-2 Chicago win. Tom Bradley (3-4) pitched 7 strong for the W. Terry Forster (0-1) pitched a 1-2-3 9th for the save.