Monday, August 25, 2014

August 25, 1964: Lou Brock Bombs The Buccos In The 13th

     On August 25, 1964, the Birds and Bucs played a wild one in St. Louis that came to an end with one swing of Lou Brock's bat in the bottom of the 13th as Al McBean's pitch landed on the roof of the right field pavillion at the ole ballyard, and gave the Cardinals a hard fought 7-6 victory. The Birds were off and running early, after plating four runs in the second, but could not hold onto the lead, as the Bucs countered with a run in the third, then three more in the seventh. While reliever Barney Schultz settled in after surrendering the game tying run in that seventh inning, he unraveled in the 12th, and allowed two runs to score. With the Bucs up 6-4 they might have thought they had the win in the bag, but the Birds still had some fight left in them as they answered right back in the bottom of the inning by scoring two runs on RBIs by Bill White, and the "Moon Man" Mike Shannon. Ron Taylor came on in relief in the top of the 13th, and set the side down in order, which set the table for the walk off heroics. McBean had come on in the tenth, and was responsible for the two Cardinals runs in the 12th, before he served up the big fly to Brock in the 13th. The 13 inning contest proved to be the longest contest of the season for the Cardinals. They were nine games out at that point, but they kept on fighting until the very end, and when the finish line was crossed the top prize was theirs.

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