Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1, 1934: The Gashouse Gang Win It In The 18th

On July 1, 1934, it took 18 innings for the Cardinals to beat the Reds 8-6 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. It was a pitching duel of different variety as both Dizzy Dean and Tony Freitas pitched 17 innings apiece. Each of them gave up 5 runs in the regulation 9 then they both got into a heated battle that lasted until the 17th when Joe Medwick broke out of an 0-19 slump with a blast that bounced out of the ballpark. Unfortunately for the Cardinals the Reds tied it right back up in the bottom of the inning to keep the game alive. The game would be decided as both teams went to their bullpen's in the 18th. Jack Rothrock and Frankie Frisch both picked up rbi singles in the inning off of Paul Derringer to give the Cards an 8-6 lead, while they held the lead it was far from over. The bottom of the 18th had the men in the Cardinals dugout on the edge of their seats as the Redbird reliever Jack Lindsey loaded the bases. The next batter he would face was a former Cardinal and a future Hall of Famer, Jim Bottomley. Bottomly hit a hot shot into left that Ducky snagged with  a one handed grab, if the ball would have gotten passed Medwick all three baserunners would have surely scored. The game took nearly 4 and 1/2 hours to play, each team committed two errors, and they combined for 39 hits. Can I get a Holy Cow!!??!! It was the first game of a scheduled doubleheader, the second game was called because of darkness in the 5th, the score was 2-2.

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