Sunday, February 27, 2011

Round 1 - Game 1 - Cardinals 7, Cubs 6 (15 inn)

Sportsman Park - 8/1 - Game 1
Larry Jackson vs Bob Gibson
Cardinals 7, Cubs 6

scored winning run
Gibson fanned 10 and walked none, but he allowed 4 runs (2 earned) in what Cub manager Michael Hopcroft called "an extra inning extravaganza".  The Cubbies carried a 1 run lead into the bottom of the 9th as Jackson handed the ball off to reliever Don Elston.  Things looked good as Elston quickly got 2 outs, but he could not seal the deal thanks to an unlikely source for power, Julian Javier.  With 2 out and a 2-2 count the Cardinal secondbaseman hit one that barely made it out to tie the game up at 4-4.  Neither team would score again until the Cubs scored 2 runs in the top of the 15th off of Bobby Shantz thanks to a timely 2 run shot with 2 outs by "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks.  Once again Chicago's pen was entrusted with protecting the lead and one more time they came up short.  After pitching 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief Lindy McDaniel came back out to close it out in the bottom of the 15th only to get knocked around by the Redbirds.  A leadoff double by Ken Boyer was followed up by a plate appearance by the aging veteran Stan "the man" Musial.  Stash couldn't catch up to the heater and went down swinging for out #1.  That would be the final out that McDaniel and the Cubs would record on the day.  Back to back to back singles by George Altman, Tim McCarver and Julian Javier tied the game.  A wild pitch by McDaniel while Curt Flood was batting allowed McCarver to scamper home with the winning run.
Cardinals lead series 1-0

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