Friday, July 19, 2013

July 19, 1958: Boyer's Tenth Inning Shot Wins It For The Cardinals

On July 19, 1958, Ken Boyer put the Cardinals in the win column after he led the tenth inning off with a home run that led to a 1-0 Redbird victory in Cincinnati.  The game was a true pitching duel, the Cardinals sent Larry Jackson to the mound while the Reds countered with Alex Kellner. Kellner was making his first start for the Reds, he was picked up off the scrap heap in late June after being put on waivers by the Kansas City A's. While it was impressive, his starting debut was spoiled when he served up the pitch to Boyer to lead off the tenth, as the ball sailed over left field wall I can just picture the Reds fans getting up and heading to their cars as they knew Boyer had just driven a nail in the coffin. Larry Jackson finished off a good days work in the bottom of the tenth, he gave up a leadoff single then made quick work of the Redlegs to lockdown the Cardinals. W. Boyer led the Cardinals with 23 home runs in 1958, that one in Cincy was a great one as it put a stop to a 7 game skid.

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