Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August 28, 1971: Bob Gibson Dominates The Reds At Busch

On August 28, 1971, Bob Gibson struck out 13 and gave up just three hits in a 4-0 complete game win over the Cincinnati Reds at Busch. The Cardinals hurler appeared to be in a duel with the Reds starter Gary Nolan who hadn't given up a hit until Gibby tagged him for a single to lead off a two run third inning. Gibby was quickly erased from the base paths when Lou Brock hit into a fielders choice which only put Brock's speed in position to make the Reds pay, and made them pay he did. Brock stole second, then came wheeling into score after Ted Sizemore singled to left. Matty Alou followed Sizemore with another single that brought Joe Torre to the dish. Torre roped one into left that scored Sizemore and the birds were off and runnin. Nolan kept the Cardinals off the board in the fourth, but didn't have the same luck in the fifth. He gave up a one out single to Brock and once again Brock stole second and was knocked in by Sizemore. Matty Alou followed Sizemore up with another single and the Birds were rockin and rollin once again. This time Sparky Anderson chose to walk Torre to get to Ted Simmons who hit into a groundball out that forced Sizemore out at the plate, only to have Johnny Bench sail one over his first baseman's head in an attempt to double off Simmons. The error by Bench brought Alou into score the fourth Redbird run and it was all they would need as their ace was flatout dealin. Gibby had given up a single in the fourth, another in the fifth, then one more in the eighth, while walking just one man enroute to the 13 K performance that included three strikeouts of Bench.

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