Monday, September 30, 2013

September 30, 1961: A 7 Run Sixth Puts The Phillies Away

On September 30, 1961, behind 5 RBIs by Ken Boyer the Cardinals cruised to a 12-2 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. Curt Flood led the game off with a double and scored the first run of the game when Bill White picked up a double of his own. The Cardinals catcher Glen Oliver added another run with a solo shot in the top of the fourth, then the Phillies got that run back after Ray Washburn gave up back-to-back hits in the bottom of the inning before Clay Dalrymple picked up an RBI on a groundout. Flood tripled in the fifth, it didn't turn into a run but the Cardinals center fielder was having himself a good ole day at the ballpark. Washburn settled in after the hiccup inning and the Cardinals added some much needed breathing room in the sixth as they struck for 7 runs in the inning. Stan The Man led the inning off with a single, the Ken Boyer took the Philadelphia starter John Buzhardt deep and the Birds were on the verge of a crooked number. Glen Oliver followed Boyer and he picked up his second hit of the day, a double off of Buzhardt, which ended the pitcher's day but it didn't end the Phillies pain. Dallas Green took over on the bump and he issued a walk outfielder Doug Clemens right out of the gate. Shortstop Jerry Buchek got in on the fun by picking up an rbi with a single. Then the Cardinals starter, Washburn hit into a fielder's choice that eliminated Clemens at third and recorded the first out of the inning. Curt Flood kept the line moving with a single to left to load the bases. Then the next man up was Julian Javier, he hit a hot shot to short that looked like it should have been at least one out, instead it turned into an E6 and another Cardinals runner scored. The door had blown wide open, the score was 6-1 after Javier got on after the error and more runs were on the way. Bill White hit into the second fielder's choice of the inning, albeit a productive fielder's choice as Washburn came into score. Stan The Man capped off the monster inning with a single that brought both Flood and Javier into score. The club had started the inning with a slim 2-1 lead and walked out of it pummeling the Phillies 9-1. With Dallas Green still pitching for the Phillies in the eighth, the Cardinals struck for three more runs. Flood picked up his fourth hit of the contest with a one out single before Javier put him one second base with his first hit of the day. After Green walked Bill White, he picked up an out, then Ken Boyer struck again with a bases clearing double that was a proverbial nail in the coffin. Boyer's double opened the Cardinals lead to 12-1. Washburn gave up another run in the ninth but he was able to go the distance as the Cardinals completed the beatdown in Philly. There were three stars to this game in this one; Boyer with his 5 RBIs, Flood with a 4 for 4 performance that was just a home run shy of the cycle, and the complete game 7 strikeout performance by Washburn. While the Cards were out of the race at that point in the '61 season they went out on a positive note, the next day was the last of the regular season and Bob Gibson pitched a complete game shutout in a 2-0 win to cap it off.

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