Sunday, May 31, 2015

May 31, 1982: A 10 Run Fourth Highlights a St. Louis Win Over San Fran

     On May 31, 1982, the Cardinals were trailing 3-1 in heading into the bottom of the fourth, then exploded for 10 runs, which led to an 11-6 win over the San Francisco Giants at Busch. 15 men came to the plate in the big inning, scoring the 10 runs on nine hits and three walks. Eight of the nine hits were singles, while Ozzie Smith got the lone extra base hit of the inning with a double. The double knocked in two men and gave the Cardinals a 5-3 lead. A young rookie by the name of Willie McGee also helped out by picking up two hits in the frame, with a leadoff single to start things off, then as the team batted around he singled again, which brought in two more runs. Tito Landrum also knocked in two with a pair of singles in the inning. It truly was a one inning clinic at the ole ballpark.

     A quick glance at the heroes of the day makes me realize how great it is when it all comes together. Both Ozzie and Willie were spending their first seasons with the Cardinals, and would be integral part of the club that would bring St. Louis its first championship winning season since 1967. Those two players, along with a quite the cast of others would make the 1980's a very memorable decade in Cardinal Nation.

Check out the box score here:

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