Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August 27, 1965: Boyer's 14th Inning Double Beats The Reds In Cincy

On August 27, 1965, the Cardinals knocked the Reds off 6-5 thanks to a 14th inning rbi double by Ken Boyer. The game was looking like it might be all Cardinals early on. Boyer knocked in a run in the first to give the Birds the lead right out the gate. Bob Skinner and Bill White extended the Cardinals lead to 3-0 with an rbi apiece in the third, then Lou Brock got in on the action by knocking a run in with a single in the fourth. Brock's single ended the day for Reds pitcher Joey Jay who left the game with his team trailing 4-0. In the bottom of the fourth the Reds would begin to mount a comeback. Gordy Coleman and Johnny Edwards cut the lead in half with a pair of rbi's that let the Birds know they would have to battle to win that day at Crosley Field. Bill White responded with a two out rbi single in the fifth that brought Boyer into score. Cincy answered right back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning as Frank Robinson got in on the rbi festival with a two out single that brought Tommy Harper trotting in to make the score 5-3 Cards. After a scoreless sixth and seventh the reds struck again with a pair of ribbies by Coleman and Robinson to knot things up at 5 all. As the game became a true battle of the bullpens both pens showed they were up to the task until that fourteenth and final inning of the contest. Bill McCool, who had been toeing the rubber for the Reds since the twelfth inning got a quick out before issuing back-to-back walks to Lou Brock and Curt Flood, McCool then set Mike Shannon down on strikes before Boyer came to the dish. All McCool needed was one more out to erase the threat but that out would have to wait. Boyer got ahold of one that shot into center and brought Brock flying in while Boyer came sliding into second. The Birds were flying high with the 6-5 lead and they were just three out away from ending a game that lasted more than 5 hours. In the bottom of the fourteenth, Hal Woodeshick got two quick outs, then gave up a single to Leo Cardenas that put the tying run on first and the winning run at the plate. Red Schoendienst wasn't taking any chances, the Cardinals skipper brought the ace of the staff Bob Gibson into get the last out and Gibson didn't disappoint. He induced Art Shamsky into popup that was caught in foul territory to give Gibby his only save of that '65 season.

Check out the box score: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CIN/CIN196508270.shtml

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