Friday, May 6, 2016

May 6, 1967, Cepeda Breaks Out The Big Stick at Wrigley

     On May 6, 1967, with the wind blowing in at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Orlando Cepeda belted two home runs, as he helped lead the way to a 5-3 Cardinals victory.

     The Cardinals had fallen in a 2-0 hole after Ron Santo and Ernie Banks knocked in a pair of runs in the first, then Cepeda went to work by leading off the second with a solo shot to cut the lead in half. Before the inning was over, Tim McCarver, Julian Javier, and Dal Maxvill picked up three successive one out singles to tie it up. The Cards jumped on top in the third when Cepeda and Mike Shannon hit a pair of solo shots back-to-back to put the club up 4-2, then in the sixth the lead was extended to 5-2 when the day's starting pitcher Al Jackson got in on the action by knocking in Javier with a single.

     Jackson pitched into the ninth, but got into a little trouble after Billy Williams led of the frame with a double. Moments later Ernie Banks struck again, knocking in the runner to make it 5-3. Red Schoendienst called on Ron Willis to finish things off and he did the job by getting Randy Hundley to strikeout looking, then retiring Lee Thomas on a foul flyball that landed in Tim McCarver's mitt behind the dish.

     Another impressive feat that happened during this game in Chi-Town was Curt Flood extended his errorless streak to 205 games, tying the National League record. That streak would reach 226 before it came to a close, which was a team record until Jon Jay went 245 games without committing an error between 2011 and 2013.

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