August 6th (ST LOUIS) – Ernie Banks doubled and eventually scored the winning run in the top of the 10th to enable the Chicago Cubs to even the series with the St Louis Cardinals in a 3-2 victory. That double along with a 2nd inning home run earned Mr. Cubs the MVP honors for the game. Bob Gibson and Pete Alexander both had strong outings but neither figured in the final outcome, although Pete would have gained the victory had it not been for an unearned run in the 8th that knotted the score at 2-2.
Gibson got off to a rocky start and only a gold glove play by Willie McGee kept the Cubs from scoring in the 1st inning. The Cubs produced three consecutive one-out singles by Hack Wilson, Derrick Lee and Aramis Ramirez, but McGee’s throw nailed Wilson at the plate trying to score on the Ramirez hit. Sammy Sosa then sent one to the warning track but Musial hauled it in and the Cubs came away empty for their efforts. The Cards managed a two-out single from Rogers Hornsby, the first of three hits on the day for the Rajah, but also failed to score.
Both teams tallied in the 2nd inning. Banks nailed a Gibson high heater and deposited the horsehide in the left field stands to put the Cubs on top 1-0. But the Cards scratched back in the bottom of the inning. A one-out walk to Ted Simmons was followed by a hit-and-run single by Enos Slaughter to send Simmons to 3B. Scott Rolen plated Simmons with a single to tie the score at 1-1. Gibson sacrificed both runners into scoring position but McGee flied out to LF to keep the Cards from taking the lead.
Both pitchers took charge over the next three innings, Gibson was perfect while Alexander allowed only two base runners. The Cubs broke back on top in the top of the 6th. Wilson doubled and moved up to 3B on Lee’s single. Frank Chance ran for Lee and stole 2B to put runners on second and third. Ramirez plated Wilson with a sacrifice fly to McGee in CF and the Cubs had a 2-1 lead.
That stood until the bottom of the 8th. Ozzie Smith led off the inning with a slow roller to Ramirez at 3B. Ramirez charged but his throw was off line and Ozzie move up to 2B, representing the tying run. The Cubs replaced Alexander with closer Bruce Sutter who promptly fanned Hornsby and got Musial on a ground ball to 1B. With the tying run 90 feet away and two outs, Sutter left one over the plate and Johnny Mize came through with a single to tie the game at 2-2.
The game would last only one extra inning as the Cubs pushed across the eventual winning run. With Al Brazle replacing Al Hrabosky on the mound for the Red Birds, Banks doubled to lead off the inning and Ron Santo came close with a long fly ball to left that failed to move the runner. Riggs Stephenson grounded out to 2B, moving Banks to 3B. After a walk to Wilson, Frank Chance came through with a single to score Banks and give the Cubs a 3-2 lead.
Carlos Marmol took over for Lee Smith to try to close out the Cards in the bottom of the 10th. He walked McGee to irritate the Cubs management and that turned to heartburn as McGee swiped 2B to move into scoring position with no outs. Smith popped out for the first out but Hornsby hammered a line drive to RF but McGee had no chance to advance past 3B. Marmol got Musial swinging for the second out and retired Mize on an easy ground ball to 2B to finish the game for the Cubs victory.
GAME SCORE SHEET ATTACHED
CHICAGO 010 001 000 1 3 9 1
ST LOUIS 010 000 010 0 2 7 0
WP – L Smith (4-4)
LP – A Brazle (3-3)
SAVE – C Marmol (3)
HR – E Banks (10)
SB – Chance, Sosa, McGee
SH – Gibson
SF – Ramirez
E – Ramirez
Alexander 7.0 IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K, 0HR
Sutter 1.0 IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, 0HR
Smith 1.0 IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, 0HR WP
Marmol 1.0 IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 1K, 0HR Save
Gibson 7.0 IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 4K, 1HR
Hrabosky 2.0 IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K, 0HR
Brazle 1.0 IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K, 0HR LP