Thursday, March 31, 2011

1964 Round 1 – Cardinals take Colts in 4

Mike_Shannon Bob_Aspromonte Curt_Simmons LouBrock
Mike Shannon Bob Aspromonte Curt Simmons Lou Brock

St. Louis 3, Houston 2
Turk Farrell vs Bob Gibson
St. Louis scores in the 3rd  on a single by Bill White scoring Curt Flood. Added to the lead in the 6th when a Tim McCarver single scored Ken Boyer. In the 7th back to back home runs by Al Spangler and John Bateman knotted the game at 2. Bottom of the ninth Jim Owens in to relieve Turk Farrell and 1st batter game MVP Mike Shannon homered to win it for St.Louis. Bob Humphreys was the winner and Jim Owens the loser.

Houston 4, St. Louis 3 - 13 innings
Bob Bruce vs Ray Sadecki

St.Louis took the lead in the 1st as Dick Groat doubled scoring Curt Flood and Ken Boyer sacrificed scoring Lou Brock who was injured in the 2nd while playing leftfield. In the 4th Houston came alive scoring 3 as starting pitcher Bob Bruce singled scoring 1 and Eddie Kasko singled scoring 2 more. Pinch hitter Johnny Lewis scored on a Dick Groat single to tie it in the 7th. Pitching and fielding took over until the top of the 13th when Jerry Grote singled home Joe Gaines who lead off the inning with a walk. Dave Guisti pitched 3 1/3 innings allowing 1 hit to get the win. Roger Craig took the loss. Game MVP Bob Aspromonte

St. Louis 6, Houston 0
Curt Simmons vs Don Larsen
Game MVP Curt Simmons was strong going the distance and allowing just 5 hits. A 3 run shot by Javier in the 2nd, a single by Curt Flood punched in 2 more in the 4th and a single by Dick Groat in the 9th scored the 6th and final St. Louis run. Curt Simmons the winner Don Larsen the loser.

St. Louis 6, Houston 2
Gordie Richardson vs Turk Farrell
St. Louis jumped to a 2 run lead in the 1st Ken Boyer singled scoring Lou Brock and Bill White scored on a Dick Groat ground out. Houston got 1 back in the bottom half when Walt Bond flew out to center scoring Eddie Kasko. In the 6th White scored on a Tim McCarver single. The Colt 45s pulled back within 1 when pinch hitter Sonny Jackson singled in Mike White. The game remained close until the 9th when Dave Guisti came in and fell apart pitching a single to Curt Flood, a wild pitch then a 2 run homerun to Lou Brock, followed by a single to Ken Boyer another single to Dick Groat scoring Mike White. It was now 6-2.  Gordie Richardson the win, Turk Farrell the loss and Barney Schultz the save.

St. Louis - Michael Roberts

Houston - Robert Chisholm (submitted article)

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