On May 12, 1981, a suicide squeeze off the bat of Tommy Herr brought Gene Tenace into score what proved to be the game winning run in the tenth inning of a 3-2 victory over the Astros at the Astrodome. The Birds jumped out to a 1-0 lead on an RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Sixto Lezcano in the top of the fourth. Only to see it evaporate in the bottom half of the frame when former Cardinal, Jose Cruz rocked a two run shot off of Bob Forsch. Houston's Bob Knepper held the Cardinals off the board until the eighth, when Ken Oberkfell scored from second on a two out single off the bat of Garry Templeton. Oberkfell singled and stole a base to leadoff the inning, before Templeton came through with the clutch hit that set the table for Herr's suicide squeeze in the tenth.
Herr took over at second base in '81, as Oberkfell took over third base duties. In 1982, Ozzie Smith arrived on the scene, and the two turned more than 87 double plays per season over the six seasons that Herr had The Wizard by his side. Those seasons included a World Series Championship in '82, and World Series appearances in '85 and '87.
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