Preserving the Rich History of the St. Louis Cardinals
Thursday, July 4, 2013
July 4, 1980: Hendrick Wins It With A Walkoff In The Tenth
On July 4, 1980, George Hendrick set the fireworks off at Busch with a walk off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Cardinals a 1-0 victory over the Phillies. It was the 17th home run of the year for Hendrick who would go onto lead the club with 25 dingers on the year. The game was a pitching duel throughout, on the Cardinals side Bob Sykes went the distance for the Redbirds to pick up a complete game victory while the Phillies countered with Nino Espinosa who was making his first start since coming off the disabled list. Espinosa showed no signs of rust as he shut the Cardinals lineup down, giving up just two hits through eight innings, a single to Leon Durham in the first and a seventh inning double to Ted Simmons. After a second inning walk to Dane Iorg, Espinosa set down 15 straight before Simmons picked up his double. The Phillies nearly broke the tie in the eighth after Pete Rose tried to score from first on a Greg Luzinski double, but Leon Durham fired the ball in from right nailing Rose at the plate. In the bottom of the ninth the Phillies skipper Dallas Green made a call to the bullpen for Kevin Saucier, the new hurler made quick work of the Cardinals hitters in the inning but wouldn't be so lucky in the tenth. After he picked up the first out of the tenth, Hendrick came to the dish and parked the ball over the left field wall to give the Cardinals the Independence Day winner.