Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 16, 1963: Shantz Dominates In Relief

On July 16, 1963, Bobby Shantz struck out 8 of the 11 batters he faced in relief as the Cardinals took down the Reds 5-4 in 10 innings at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The lefty was called into the game in the bottom of the seventh after starter Lew Burdette gave up two runs to knot the game up at four all. The reliever absolutely dominated the Reds hitters as he struck out the first four men he saw. As the pitching dominance by Shantz continued, the Cardinals offense was held at bay until Bill White led the tenth off with a double, then was moved to third on a Charlie James single. After a flyout by Ken Boyer, Tim McCarver squeezed White in with a bunt single to give the Redbirds the lead. Shantz came in the bottom of the tenth and struck Pete Rose out to start the inning, after giving up a single he struck Vada Pinson out then finished the game off with a ground ball out by Frank Robinson to secure the Redbird W.

Here's the box score: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CIN/CIN196307160.shtml

You can read the story from the Associated Press here: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=EJlPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=L1IDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4821%2C3666020

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