Saturday, April 22, 2017

Redbirds Fly By Tomahawks in 2 of 3

July 11, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Lou Brock had 2 hits, 2 runs and 2 RBI to lead the Cardinals to an 8-4 win. Al Santorini (3-3) struggled through 6 innings, but got the win. Tony Cloninger (2) muscled up for the 3-inning save. Dusty Baker led all batters with 3 hits. Phil Niekro (9-8) got the CG loss.

July 12, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Bob Gibson (12-5) fanned 10 in 8 innings and St. Louis won 5-3. Moe Drabowsky (7) earned the save. 2B Ed Crosby singled in 2 runs in the 5th. SS Dal Maxvill also knocked in 2 runs. Darrell Evans singled in 2 in a 3-run Atlanta 7th. Ron Schueler (4-5) started and lost for the Bravos. 

July 13, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Hank Aaron (27) clobbered a 2-run homer in the T3 to give Atlanta a 4-0 lead. they hung on for a 4-3 victory. Ron Reed (7-7) got the win with Mike McQueen (3) finishing for the save. Brock and Joe Torre had 3 hits apiece for the Redbirds as they outhit Atlanta 12-8. Reggie Cleveland (9-9) started and lost.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Redbirds Tip Stros on Steamy St. Looie Weedend

July 7, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals sent 12 men t the plate in the 1st inning, scoring 8 runs then cruised to an 8-4 victory. Lou Brock singled and doubled, scored 2 runs, stole a base and knocked in 2 in the 1st inning alone. Dal Maxvill and Ted Simmons paced the Redbirds with 3 hits each. Bob Gibson (11-5) tossed 7 innings for the win. Dave Roberts (5-8) was in the showers before the 1st inning nightmare was over.

July 8, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Jerry Reuss (4-4) fired a 3-hit shutout, fanning 14 and walking none, going the distance as Houston evened the series with a 5-0 whitewashing. The Astros had only 6 hits themselves, but drew 10 bases on balls from Cards pitchers. The "Toy Cannon"Jimmy Wynn drew 4 walks. Reggie Cleveland (9-8) took the loss. Btw, in real life, 9-year old Bruce Thomas was attending his first MLB outside of Chicago. Thanks, dad.

July 9, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- A wild one in near 100 degree heat. Houston took a 7-1 lead by the halfway point with Lee May (13), Bob Watson (7) and Wynn (16) all swatting homers off Rick Wise. The Redbirds drew back within 1 with a 5-run 5th highlighted by a 2-run single by Brock. The Stros added 2 more in the 6th and St. Louis countered with 1 in the B6 to make it 9-7. Diego Segui (3-0) held the visitors scoreless in the T7th and the home-towners responded with 4 in the B7 to take a lead that would win it. Maxvill (1) hit a solo HR and Joe Torre knocked in a pair with a double. Bottom line, St. louis holds out for an 11-10 win with Moe Drabowsky (6) getting the save. Cesar Cedeno had 4 hits and 4 runs scored to pace Houston. Torre, Simmons and Matty Alou had 3 hits apiece for the Redbirds.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

O say can you see, two wins for Baltimore

July 4, 1972
CHICAGO -- Pat Dobson (10-5) singled in a pair of runs in a 5-run 6th inning for Baltimore as the O's blew open the game on their way to a 7-3. O, btw, Dobson fired a complete-game on the hill to celebrate Independence Day.

July 5, 1972
CHICAGO -- Boog Powell (11), Andy Etchebarren (2) and Don Baylor (8) muscled up on Sox pitching to blast to a 6-2 win. Powell's 3-run bomb in the 7th overcame Dick Allen's (16) 2-run dong in the 1st, which had been the only runs of the ballgame to that point. Etchebarren went back-to-back with Powell. Baylor added his 2-run shot in the 8th. Dave McNally (7-6) took it the full 9 for the O's. Wilbur Wood (10-12) was strong until the knuckler flattened in the 7th.

July 6, 1972
CHICAGO -- Tom Bradley (8-10) may have pitched the game of his career. He struck out 14 and walked zero, giving up just 6 hits in a 2-0 White Sox winner. Carlos May led the offense with 3 hits and an RBI.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Cards Sweep Cubs, Draw to Within 1 1/2 Games

June 28, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Dal Maxvill's RBI single in the 6th broke a 2-2 tie and St. Louis went on to defeat their rivals 3-2 in the first of a 2-game series. Reggie Cleveland (9-6) led the cardinals with 2 hits and tossed 8 innings on the hill for the win. Moe Drabowsky (5) pitched the 9th for the save. All Redbird hitters had at least 1 hit off Bill Hands (5-3) save lead-off man Lou Brock.

June 29, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Monday, Glenn Beckert and Ron Santo banged out 3 hits apiece for the Cubs as they out-hit their neighbors from Missouri. However, the scoreboard told a different tale with St. Louis our-scoring Chicago, 6-4. Rick Wise (8-3) got the win with Diego Segui (3) garnering the save. The Redbirds put a 4 on the board in 4th and held on for the sweep. Burt Hooton (8-6) started and lost for the small bears.

St. Louis now trails Chicago by just 1 1/2 games.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Redbirds Split DH and Win Prequel vs Montreal

June 26, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Joe Torre (7) banged out 3 hits, including a 2-run home run, which highlighted a 5-run 3rd inning for the Cardinals. St. Louis hung on for a 6-4 win. Bob Gibson (9-5) pitched 7 for the win with Moe Drabowsky (4) getting the save. Bailor Moore (0-1) made his first start of the year for Montreal. He yielded 11 hits in 7 IP.

June 27, 1972  (Game #1)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis used a 6-run 2nd inning to take a 7-1 early lead, only to see the Expos claw back to make it 7-7 in the T8. Ed Crosby's 3-run triple highlighted the 2nd for the Redbirds. Ron Hunt and former Cardinal Tim McCarver collected 3 hits each for the Spos. Ken Reitz delivered a game-winning PH, RBI single in the B8 to lift St. Louis to an 8-7 win. Tom Walker (1-3) was the loser for Montreal. Lowell Palmer (1-0) got the win in relief for St. Loo with Diego Segui (2) notching the save.

June 27, 1972 (Game #2)
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Torrez (5-4) led the Montreal to a 10-1 laugher in the the nightcap with both his bat and his arm. Torrez banged out 3 hits and completed the game, yielding just 4 hits. Battery mate Terry Humphrey also chipped in 3 hits. Mike Jorgensen (7) hit a 2-run blast in the 3rd off John Cumberland (0-1).

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Friars Share 2-Game Series with Redbirds

June 20, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- The Padres utilized 24 players in 14 innings to defeat the Cardinals 4-1. Fred Norman (9 IP, 4H, 0ER) should have won the game in 9, but 2 Padres miscues led to the Cardinals tying it at 1-1 in the B9. The Friars plated 3 runs in the 14th with 4 singles, a WP, and an error. Al Severinsen (3-0) was the eventual winner with Gary Ross (9) getting the save. 

June 21, 1972
ST. LOUIS --Matty Alou's 2-run, walk-off single in the b9 lifted St. Louis to a 3-2 win and split in the series. Dave Robert's (2) line-drive, solo home run off Bob Gibson (8-5) in the T9 had temporarily given SD hope. Bernie Carbo led off the Redbirds 9th with a single off Ed Acosta (1-4). PR Luis Melendez was nailed trying to steal, but Dal Maxvill walked. Bill Stein banged a PH single. Lou Brock hit into a FC force at 2B for the second out. He promptly stole second. PH Ken Reitz was given a free pass, which brought up Alou.