Friday, July 10, 2015

July 10, 1987: The Ripper Walks It Off at Busch

     On July 10, 1987, Jack Clark played the hero with a thirteenth inning walk off home run to beat the Giants in front of more than 43,000 fans at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It was the third walk off win in a row for the Cardinals, as well as their ninth victory in a row, which proved to be a season high.  Clark drove in the first run of the contest in the first, before a seesaw battle ensued that had the clubs tied up 4-4 after seven innings. Once extra innings rolled around the Giants looked like they may take the game, as second baseman Chis Speier hit a one out solo shot in the top of the twelfth off of Pat Perry to give his club a short lived 5-4 lead. The never say die Redbirds came right back with a run in the bottom of the inning when Willie McGee knocked in Tommy Herr with a double. The eventual winner of the ballgame, Lee Tunnell, took over in the top of the thirteenth, set the side down 1-2-3, and set the table for the walk off heroics by Jack The Ripper. Momentarily it looked like the Giants may escape that thirteenth inning unscathed, as Craig Lefferts picked up two quick outs, before walking Herr. Then came Clark; then came That's a Winner!!!

Check out the box score here:

Have a great day Cardinal Nation.

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