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.

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