Sunday, November 25, 2012

Round 2: Cards (6) defeat Reds (7) in 4

GAME 1 - Busch Memorial
O'Toole vs Gibson
Cardinals 4, Reds 3

Great low scoring battle that was tied 3-3 heading into the home half of the 9th.  Don Nottebart was on the bump in relief of Jim O'Toole, who gave up 3 in 6 1/3.  After Julian Javier struck out on an 0-2 offering pinch hitter George Kernek single sharply between the 4-3 hole.  Lou Brock (3-5) lined a 2-2 curveball from Nottebart down the right field line for a walk off triple.  Orlando Cepeda (3-4) also eclipsed the 3 hit mark.  Hal Woodeshick threw 2 scoreless innings in relief of Gibson for the win.
Cardinals lead series 1-0

GAME 2 - Busch Memorial

Maloney vs A.Jackson
Reds 12, Cardinals 4

Cincy broke open a tight 3-2 game with 4 runs in the 6th and 5 runs in the 7th.  Jim Maloney, who is 3-0 in the tournament, cruised to victory even though he didn't have his best stuff.  Diminutive lefty Al Jackson was abused by the Red offense for 7 runs (6 earned) in just over 5 innings of work.  Leo Cardenas (4-5) scored 3 runs and knocked in another to pace the Red offense.  Cardenas hit his 3rd homer of the tourney and his 1st double.  St. Louis managed just 5 hits.
Series tied 1-1

GAME 3 - Crosley Field
Carlton vs Pappas
Cardinals 9, Reds 7

St. Louis compiled a 9-2 lead after 3 innings, then got a wee bit too cozy and had to hold on for dear life against the resurgent Reds.  Cincy dug itself a huge early hole when starter Milt Pappas gave up 7 runs in 1 1/3 innings.  Adding insult to injury is the fact that Pappas was acquired by the Reds in exchange for Frank Robinson at the end of the '65 season.  Cincy counted on Pappas heavily to be part of a restructred rotation.  Instead, Pappas rewards the Queen City fans with this horrific performance.  Pappas' opposing number, Steve Carlton, was purely pedestrian during his 6 1/3 inning outing.  Carlton gave up 5 runs (4 earned) during that span.  However, he was 3 for 3 at the plate and scored 2 runs.  Maybe all of that baserunning tired him out.  Both teams combined for 27 hits.  Pete Rose was 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored for Cincy.  Joe Hoerner notched his 2nd save of the tournament despite giving up a run.
Cardinals lead series 2-1

GAME 4 - Crosley Field

Jaster vs Nuxhall
Cardinals 3, Reds 2

An RBI double by Pete Rose and an RBI single by D.Johnson staked Joe Nuxhall to a 2-0 lead after 4.  St. Louis, aided by errors from Nuxhall and Tony Perez tied the game up in the top of the 5th with a pair of runs.  Tim McCarver led off the 6th for the visitors with a triple and scored immediately on Phil Gagliano's sac fly to center.  Neither team would threaten to score over the final three and a half innings.  Nuxhall would wind up being the hard luck loser thanks to his and Perez' fielding.  Larry Jaster notched the win with 8 solid innings.  Hal Woodeshick threw a scoreless 9th for the save.  St. Louis' balanced attack featured 2 hit games from McCarver, Gagliano and Javier.  As a team the Redbirds are hitting .310 for the tournament.  McCarver's 2 hits were both triples.
Cardinals win series 3-1

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