Saturday, July 27, 2013

July 27, 1983: The Cardinals Rob The Basepaths

On July 27, 1983, no base was safe at Busch Stadium, as the Cardinals went on a bag stealing spree in a 7-6 win over the Giants. The team stole 9 bags on their way to the hard fought victory, Lonnie Smith led the charge with 3 steals. Ken Obkerfell and Willie McGee each swiped two. Bill Lyons and David Green each stole a base to cap off the base robbery. The game was battle throughout, the Cardinals had a 3-0 lead until the Giants put 5 runs on the board in the top of the sixth. The Birds took the lead back with 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning then San Fran came back with a run in the top of the seventh.With the score 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth David Green started the winning Redbird rally as he legged out an infield hit to leadoff the inning. Green stole second then moved over to third on a sac fly by George Kendrick. Tommy Herr knocked Green in with a sacrifice fly that proved to be the game winner as Bruce Sutter knocked the Giants down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth. It was a wild day at the ole ballpark. When interviewed after the game Whitey Herzog said  "Its amazing. That calls for a cold one." I'm sure a few frosty ones were crackin in the Cardinal clubhouse after that great win at Buschhhhhhhhh.

Here's the box score:

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