Thursday, April 27, 2017

Redbirds Stall Big Red Machine

July 14, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Joe Morgan (3) was probably the most important gear in the Big Red Machine. He was one of the newest in 1972 and certainly made the machine run better. His inside-the-park home run off Rick Wise (9-4) got hings going in the T4. St. Louis answered with a Ted Simmons sac fly in the bottom of the frame. It would be all for the Redbirds as Ross Grimsley (5-6), Tom Hall and Pedro Borbon (6) shut them down. Meanwhile, Tony Perez and Cesar Geronimo (another new Red from Houston) added 6th inning RBI for a 3-1 Cincy winner.

July 15, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Matty Alou went 4-4 to lead the Cardinals to a 4-3 win to even the series. Al Santorini (4-3) and Rich Folkers (1) limited the Red Machine. My future bride celebrated her 9th birthday with a cast on her broken arm, and totally unaware of baseball.

July 16, 1972
ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Don Durham (1-0) was given the task by manager Red Schoedienst to contain the Big Red Machine on this steamy summer day. The kid from Kentucky was marvelous with 7.2 IP, 4 hits, 1 run and 8 strikeouts. The Redbird hitters got to veteran Jack Billingham (5-6) for a 5-1 win.

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