Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 14, 1982: The Cards Enter First Place By Beating the Phillies at The Vet

     On September 14, 1982, a third inning two run home run off the bat of Darrell Porter proved to be all the Cardinals needed to beat the Phillies at Veteran's Stadium in Philadelphia. The Cardinals backstop not only provided the biggest hit of the day, but also caught a gem from rookie hurler John Stuper. Stuper allowed just four hits through seven and a third innings pitched. Then John encountered a bit of a jam with one down in the eighth by issuing a free pass to Bob Molinaro and a single to Pete Rose. Whitey acted quickly by calling on baseball's best closer Bruce Sutter. Things did not start off the way Bruce had in mind, as he loaded the bases by giving up a single to Gary Mathews. However, moments later he was able to get the always dangerous Mike Schmidt to hit into an inning ending double play. Sutter worked his way past a one out walk in the ninth, and locked down his league leading 32nd save of the year. The win was a big one as it propelled the Birds into first place in the National League East, and there was no looking back for the team that was destined to celebrate as World Champions by mid October.

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