Monday, April 6, 2015

April 6, 1982: The Cardinals Roll Over The Astros On Opening Day

     On April 6, 1982, the Cardinals opened the season with a 14-3 romping of the Astros at the Astrodome in Houston. The game was highlighted by first inning three run home run by Darrell Porter, which was delivered to him by future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. The three runs were the first of five runs in that first inning, as the Cardinals came out of the gate flying. The Ryan Express pitched just three innings, and gave up six runs, before being lifted for a pinch hitter, while Bob Forsch gave the Cardinals eight innings as they sailed to victory. Other offensive stars of the game included Keith Hernandez who legged out two doubles and a single. Hernandez also scored three times, and knocked in three runs as well. The game was also the regular season debut for Ozzie Smith in a Cardinals uniform. The Wizard went 2 for 5 and knocked in two.

Sidenote: the article was featured in The Southeast Missourian the day after the game was played. While reading the account I caught an error, which was they referred to Dane Iorg as Garth, who was Dane's brother. Garth played for the Toronto Blue Jays for parts of nine seasons.

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