Sunday, November 18, 2012

Round 1: Cardinals (6) upset Bucs (3)

GAME 1 - Forbes Field
Gibson vs Veale
Cardinals 8, Pirates 3

Gibby fanned 7 and went the distance allowing just 3 runs on 8 hits to help St. Louis draw first blood.  Dal Maxvill was the only Redbird not to post a hit.  "The Baby Bull", Orlando Cepeda went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI's.  Lou Brock, Curt Flood and Phil Gagliano each had 2 hit games.  Bob Bailey and Roberto Clemente each hit solo homers in a losing effort.
Cardinals lead series 1-0


GAME 2 - Forbes Field
A.Jackson vs Law
Cardinals 8, Pirates 7

St. Louis battered "the Deacon", Vern Law, for 7 runs off of 16 hits, but still needed extra innings to pull out their second upset road victory.  The Bucs rallied for 3 runs over the final two innings to force OT.  Roy Face started the 10th inning for Pittsburgh and was greeted rather rudely with a clean single to right by Tim McCarver.  Tito Francona followed by working out a walk.  Both men moved up 90 feet into scoring positions on a sac bunt from Dal Maxvill.  Julian Javier was then given an intentional pass to load the bases and setup a force everywhere.  Ed Spiezio struck out looking for the second out.  Lou Brock walked on a 3-1 curve in the dirt to force home McCarver with what would turn out to be the winning run. Tracy Stallard and Ray Sadecki would combine to set the Bucs down in the 9th.  Stallard was given a scare when Roberto Clemente led off the inning with a double off the wall in right center that barely missed going over the ivy.  Jose Pagan failed to advance Clemente to third by popping out to first.  Donn Clendenon struck out swinging and Bob Bailey grounded weakly to short to end the game.
Cardinals lead series 2-0

 GAME 3 - Busch Memorial Stadium
Blass vs Jaster
Cardinals 4, Pirates 3

In a pre-cursor to his eventual career downfall, Steve Blass was horribly wild (5 walks and 5 hits in 5 innings) and the Cards took full advantage of it.  Down 4-1 the Bucs scored solo runs in both the 5th and 6th to battle back to make it a one run ball game.  Cardinal starter Larry Jaster exited after posting one of the "quality starts".  Jaster gave up 3 runs on 8 hits over 6 innings to qualify for the QS.  St. Louis' pen was perfect over the final 3 frames to close out the hard hitting Bucs.  Dick Hughes and Joe Hoerner combined to face the minimum 9 batters over those 3 frames.  Pittsburgh actually out hit the Cards (8-6).  Cepeda and Brock both went 2 for 4, with Cepeda getting 2 more RBI's and Brock and Flood each getting one.  Jerry May and Bill Mazeroski each had solo shots.  Maz had himself a 2 hit day, but he and the rest of the Bucs were unable to comeback from the 3 run deficit that Blass left them.
Cardinals win series 3-0

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