Sunday, July 13, 2014

July 13, 1964: Brock and The Birds Beat Up on The Buccos

     On July 13, 1964, led by Lou Brock, the Cardinals took two from the Pirates at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Brock picked up seven hits in eleven trips to the plate in the two games.

     In the first game Lou went 3 for 5 with a double and an inside the park home run. That game was a true battle as the Buccos tied it in the ninth, before Bill White put the Birds up 4-3 in the tenth with a solo shot. The lead was short lived for the Cards, as Bob Bailey knotted it right back up with a double in the bottom of the inning. The game would reach the twelfth inning before the Cardinals struck again, as Bill White, and Mike Shannon got on with back to back singles, before a passed ball put them 90 feet closer to scoring a run. Julian Javier followed the passed ball up with what proved to be the game winning single that brought White into score. Ron Taylor, who had come into the game in the eleventh had worked his way out of a jam in his first inning of work before setting the side down by retiring the side in order in the bottom of the twelfth to secure the 5-3 victory.

     The bats continued to rock and roll in the second game, with Brock going 4 for 6 with a home run that went over the fence, a triple, and three runs scored. The Birds unleashed a 20 hit attack in that second tilt, giving them 35 hits on the day. Bill White muscled up for his second home run of the day in that contest, Julian Javier went 4 for 4, Dick Groat picked up two hits to bring his total to five on the day, and Ken Boyer went 3 for 6 with an RBI. Boyer had picked up a hit in the first game with a two ribbies. While Brock had led the way, the entire club had enjoyed one helluva day in the Steel City.  The two wins put the Cardinals 8.5 games out of first place, as they were in search of their first National League pennant since 1946. The team battled all the way until the final week of the season to obtain that pennant, then went on a run to World Series glory.

Check out the box scores here.
Game 1:
Game 2:

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