Saturday, June 20, 2015

June 20, 1985: Danny Cox Shuts Down The Phillies

     On June 20, 1985, Danny Cox led the Cardinals to a 5-0 victory over the Phillies at Busch with a complete game performance.  Cox was provided with all of the run support he needed in the first, as Willie McGee knocked in Vince Coleman who had walked, then moved all the way to third on an attempted pickoff that went flying past Mike Schmidt at first. McGee crossed the dish on an Andy Van Slyke double moments later to put the Birds up 2-0.  A pair of Tom's got in on the offensive action, as third baseman Tom Lawless knocked in a run in the third, then catcher Tom Nieto did the same in the fifth. The cherry on top came in the eighth when Tommy Herr came up with a double to push McGee in for the second time of the day.

     The true story of the day was Danny Cox. It was his third complete game in a row, and his second consecutive shutout. The big righty gave up nine hits in the contest, but he worked his way around them. The biggest out of the ballgame came with the bases full in the seventh, and Cox needing one out to get out of the jam. He got that out with a ground ball, then wiped the sweat from his brow, and went out and finished the job by allowing just one more hit in the contest. Cox won a career high 18 games in 1985, then helped the Cardinals reach the World Series. That was something Cox would do twice with the Redbirds, as he was a member of the 1987 National League Pennant winning club as well. While Cox was not able to win a championship with the Cardinals, he did celebrate as a champion in 1993 with the Toronto Blue Jays. With that said, Danny Cox will forever be a Cardinal. as he was a part of some of the greatest teams that stepped on the diamond throughout the eighties.

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