Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez snapped a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning with an RBI single, scoring Ted Simmons from second, and pinch-hitter Dane Iorg added some insurance with a two-run triple, as St Louis humbled Cincinnati 6-2 in the SP78 40th Anniversary Game at Riverfront Stadium.
The Reds jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second, courtesy of a Johnny Bench RBI single off starter John Denny. But the Cards bounced back, notching two in the fourth on a Hernandez RBI double and a run-scoring base hit by Jerry Mumphrey, both off Reds starter Tom Seaver. Cincinnati then tied it in the bottom of the inning, thanks to the arm of St Louis catcher Ted Simmons, whose errant throw to third on a steal attempt by Dan Driessen allowed the Reds first baseman to score.
After the Cardinals’ big 4-run ninth, Mark Littell came on to close out the frame, shutting down the Reds—save for the two walks he surrendered to make things interesting—to make a winner of middle reliever Buddy Schultz, who evened his SP78 record at 5-5 with the victory. Meanwhile, losing pitcher Dave Tomlin saw his record drop to 0-2; after working a perfect eighth, he pitched to just one batter in the ninth, Simmons, who reached base and scored on the HBP. Hernandez was the game’s hits leader, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, while shortstop Dave Concepcion led the Reds with two singles.
August 3, 2020
• You may have noticed something new on the team stats pages for August: some players now have a small ‘a’ or an ‘o’ next to their names. This signifies if a player or pitcher is currently playing for the team’s AAA club (a) or is currently injured, on the disabled list, or suspended (o). These designations will only be seen in the main Batting and Pitching stat boxes, and at some point I’ll be adding them to prior month’s pages as well.
• The Padres, hoping to make a late-season run at first place in the NL West, have revamped their lineup and are returning to one implemented by manager Roger Craig in May, when the team went 21-6 for the month. Oscar Gamble and Derrel Thomas will platoon in left, while Gene Tenace will alternate between catcher and first base; Gene Richards will be at first when Tenace is catching, and Rick Sweet will be behind the plate when Tenace starts at first.
• Oakland rookie Tim Conroy, called up from AAA Vancouver a week ago, was a last-minute replacement for scheduled starter Matt Keough in their game against Baltimore on August 21st. In 4.2 innings pitched, he gave up 12 hits and six runs in a 6-5 loss, dropping his lifetime ML record to 1-1. Conroy will be returned to the Canadians tomorrow to make room for veteran Steve Renko, who will be coming off the 21-day disabled list. Continue reading
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With the Cardinals putting the game away in the seventh with an eight-run explosion, an already tension-filled match-up between two last-place teams became even more strained when a teenage baserunner took matters into his own hands, hammering a final unapologetic nail into the Braves coffin and helping the Cards to a 13-2 rout at Busch Memorial Stadium in St Louis.
Things were quiet enough throughout the first few innings, with Atlanta building a 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI double from Biff Pocoroba in the second and a solo home run from Gary Matthews in the fourth. But St Louis countered in the bottom of the fourth, thanks in part to a pair of errors—by starting pitcher Eddie Solomon and second baseman Jerry Royster—and a passed ball by catcher Pocoroba, which helped three runners to cross the plate. Two harmless innings followed, with the Cards still holding a 3-2 advantage…and then everything went horrifically south for the Braves.
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Tagged 1978, Atlanta Braves, August, Busch Memorial Stadium, Game of the Week, Gary Matthews, George Frazier, recap, St Louis Cardinals, Statis Pro 1978 Replay, Statis Pro Baseball
The St Louis Cardinals are hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 11-16 record in July, where the team ERA was a staggering 4.09, and with a handful of pitchers and a 15-year-old rookie phenom waiting for a call-up from AAA Springfield in August, they seem to be primed and ready to move out of the cellar and into fifth—and maybe even fourth—place in the NL East. With an overall record of 40-65 and just a 5½ game gap between them and the fifth-place Mets, that goal seems more than possible.
Though Cardinal batters seemed to be living up to expectations (team batting for July was .270, with catcher Ted Simmons leading the squad with a .394 mark), team pitching was definitely on the skids. Bob Forsch’s ERA was a lofty 8.00, and he completed no games over six starts (the staff as a whole completed only four), while Card starters could muster only one July shutout, when reliever Tom Bruno made a rare start and blanked the Padres 2-0 on the 28th. Meanwhile, spot starter Pete Falcone’s ERA ballooned to 7.82 for the year after he allowed 11 runs over six innings pitched in July, prompting a demotion to Springfield.
To check out the Cardinals stat page for numbers through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all NL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked, both of which will be very soon.