The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 28, 2011

Cardinals force Game 7 in World Series

Thriller sends Series to 1st Game 7 since ’02



Lohse, who would be pitching on five days’ rest, was pulled after three innings in Game 3, and the Cardinals went on to win 16-7 against Harrison, who was let down by his defense and allowed five runs — two unearned — in 3 2-3 innings. Jackson struggled with his control and walked seven in 5 1-3 innings as St. Louis lost 4-0 in Game 4.

Hall of Famer Bob Gibson started three Game 7s for the Cardinals, winning in 1964 and 1967 and losing in 1968 — all with complete games.

In 1926, Babe Ruth was thrown out trying to steal second base for the final out as the Cardinals beat the Yankees 3-2. And in 1946, the score was tied at 3 in the eighth when the Cardinals’ Enos Slaughter scored from first on Harry Walker’s hit as Boston Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky hesitated with his relay after receiving the throw from outfielder Leon Culberson.

Other great moments include Edgar Renteria’s 11th-inning single that won the 1997 title for Florida against Cleveland, Gene Larkin’s 10th-inning single that gave Minnesota a 1-0 win over Atlanta in 1991 behind Jack Morris’ seven-hitter, and Bill Mazeroski’s Series-ending home run in 1960 that lifted Pittsburgh over the Yankees 10-9.

“Every day of my life, I think about that home run,” Mazeroski said. “Wouldn’t you?”

Forty years before losing to the Angels, the Giants fell 1-0 in Game 7 to the Yankees when Bobby Richardson gloved Willie McCovey’s line drive to end the game with Willie Mays stranded at second.

While in New York, the Giants lost two especially painful seventh games.

In 1912 against the Red Sox, which actually was the eighth game because of a 6-6 tie in Game 2, the Giants took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th inning. They were one out from winning when Fred Snodgrass dropped a routine fly ball in center field. Tris Speaker’s single tied the score and Larry Gardner’s sacrifice fly won it 3-2.

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