Today at Wrigley we've got game two of a three-game set in the first Cubs-Cards matchup of the year. The first game was rather uneventful. Kyle Hendricks put up a K/9 of 3.00, which is abysmal in any era. Thank goodness we have today to cleanse our palette.
On May 4th, 1975 the two timeless foes met in St. Louis to play for the fifth time that season. No one muttered "may the fourth be with you" because we were still two years away from Star Wars making its theatrical debut. The Cubs took the game by a score of 8-6. Geoff Zahn started for the Cubs with Oscar Zamora picking up the win. Lynn McGlothen started and took the loss for the Cardinals.
Nuggets of note:
- This marked the first appearance as a Cub for Geoff Zahn after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had an interesting season as he opened some games, closed out others, and pitched all ten innings in one game. The Cubs were way ahead of the Rays on dynamic bullpen use it would seem, as they used three pitchers for three innings each on this day.
- Rick Monday had a nice little day at the dish, popping a pair of doubles to go along with two runs scored. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and Ricky proved he wouldn't be a day late and a dollar short.
- In the battle of the awesome pinch hitter names, the Cubs won out again. Champ Summers > Bake McBride. In the seventh inning, the Cubs subbed in Champ Summers, a man with a name as dominant as his mustache. He walked and eventually scored the tying run as the Cubs put up a five-spot to take the lead for good. Bake McBride went 0-for with a pair of strikeouts. Good thing the reining NL Rookie of the Year couldn't buy a base. He came in batting two spots ahead of Reggie Smith, who almost won the game for the Cards on his own. The dude went 5-5 with two dingers and came up a triple short of the cycle in a five-RBI performance.
The Cubs and Cardinals will go to battle at 3:05 at the Friendly Confines today. Go get 'em, Boys!
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