News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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June 30, 1967 at Shea Stadium
Cardinals 4, Mets 1 (44-27)
Larry Jaster improved to 5-3 on the season with a very nice start in the Cardinals win over the Mets in their series opener. Jaster gave up one run on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts in the complete game.
Julian Javier singled and he drove in three runs in the win. Tim McCarver singled, doubled and scored twice.
June 29, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Giants 12, Cardinals 4 (43-27)
After a decent enough start to this series, thing finished on a sour note as the Giants rattled off three straight wins with the last two being blowouts. This time is was Bob Gibson who got shelled. The Giants scored eleven of their twelve runs in the first inning and nine of those came against Gibson, who got only two outs in the inning before getting pulled.
Julian Javier went two for four with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs. Curt Flood went three for four with a triple and a run.
June 28, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Giants 9, Cardinals 1 (43-26)
While the score was ugly enough, this one could have been even worse because the Giants tagged Cardinals pitching for nineteen hits with Willie Mays going deep twice for the Giants. Dick Hughe was hit hard and he dropped to 7-3 on the season. He gave up six runs on nine hits with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.
Curt Flood went two for four with a double and he drove in the only run for the Cardinals. Julian Javier singled twice in the loss.
June 27, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Giants 6, Cardinals 0 (43-25)
The Cardinals couldn’t push a single base runner across the plate as they were shutout by Mike McCormick. Lou Brock and Orlando Cepeda were the only Cardinals with two hits in the game.
Steve Carlton had a tough time and he dropped to 5-5 on the season. He gave up four runs on five hits and six walks with four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
June 26, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 3, Giants 1 (43-24)
Rookie Jim Cosman won his first start of the season as the Cardinals took care of the Giants in a low scoring affair. Cosman gave up one unearned run on four hits and seven walks with three strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings. Nelson Briles got the final two batters out and he picked up his fourth save of the season.
Ed Spiezio went two for four with a run and an RBI. Orlando Cepeda continued his hot hitting and he went two for four with a run.
Mike Maroth, the Cardinals latest pickup for the rotation from the Tigers, threw a pretty solid game last night. The downer was, the Cardinals still lost 2-1 in eleven innings and not only are the Cards losing ground on the Brewers, but the Cubs have now gotten hot and we’re falling further behind them. Still, you’d hope that Tomo Okha and Mike Maroth will give the team a little bit of stabillity in the rotation. I have more confidence in Maroth even though he was the last pitcher to lose 20 games and I feel a little better after last night.
Maroth gave up just one run on a solo homerun by Carlos Gomez in the third inning. He gave up just one other hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings which is pretty darned solid. I know he was pretty much given away by the Tigers (we’ll see who the player to be named later is) because they had to make a move with some guys coming off the disabled list but this is a guy who’s been in a big league rotation since he got called up in 2002. I think his numbers will translate well now that he’s in the National League.
Of course, the Cardinals have the problem of losing three of their last four. In the three losses, they scored a grand total of two runs and while Albert Pujols is drawing a lot of walks, he hasn’t gone yard June 14. Still, the month of June was his best this year and even if he doesn’t drive in another run, hit another homerun or score another run, he’ll still have monthly highs in June. The other strange thing about Pujols is his platoon split is almost non-existant tihs year. He’s hitting .303/.453/.485 versus left handed pitchers and .299/.379/.544 versus right handers. So he’s hitting for a little more power against right handed pitching but he’s drawing more walks against lefties. Still his OPS split is only a fiften point different which isn’t all that much.
Of course the other news on the bad side has been Scott Rolen. What happened to this guy? Four homeruns? His numbers look similar to what he put up in his injury shortened season in 2005 the only problem is, as far as we know, he’s not hurt. He has put together a punchless seven game hitting streak though so hopefully we’ll see him pushing up to a more respectable .280 batting average here soon.
The Cards continue their series with the Mets tonight and it’ll be Todd Wellemeyer going up against Oliver Perez. Should be a good one and hopefully the Cards can come out on top this time around.
June 25, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Phillies 6, Cardinals 4 (42-23)
The Cardinals seven game winning streak came to an end as Larry Jaster was hit hard in the Cardinals loss to the Phillies in the first game of their doubleheader. Jaster dropped to 4-3 on the season and he gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Orlando Cepeda and Bobby Tolan both hit solo homers in the loss. Cepeda finished the game three for four with two runs and two RBIs.
June 25, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Phillies 10, Cardinals 4 (42-24)
After going over a week without losing the Cardinans lost twice in the same day as they were the victim of a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Phillies. Al Jackson took the loss and he fell to 5-3 on the season. He gave up eight runs (just four earned) on seven hits and four walks with three strikeouts in six innings.
Curt Flood and Ed Spiezio homered in the loss. Orland Cepeda capped off a good day with two more singles and he drove in two runs in this one.
June 24, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 2, Phillies 1 (42-22)
The Cardinals continued their torrid pace in June with their seventh straight win. Bob Gibson picked up the win in this one in a nice outing. He gave up just one run on six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in a complete game. The win pushed Gibson’s record to 9-5 on the season.
The Cardinals managed just four hits but they made them count and two of those hits came in the second inning. The big hit was a two run single by Julian Javier to give the Cardinals the two runs they needed to win this one.
June 23, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 3, Phillies 2 (41-22)
Dick Hughes gave up two early runs to the Phillies but he buckled down and threw eight scoreless innings to finish the game up. In all, he gave up just the two runs on four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts and the win pushed his record to 7-2 on the season.
Roger Maris drove in the winning run with a solo homerun in the eighth inning and it was his fifth of the season. Tim McCarver went two for three with a double and a run.
June 22, 1967 at Dodger Stadium
Cardinals 7, Dodgers 2 (40-22)
The Cardinals won their 40th game of the season and their fifth straight behind an outstanding start by Steve Carlton. He gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the complete game.
The Cardinals also got their share of offense in this one. Lou Brock went two for four with an RBI and his 27th stolen base. Ed Spiezio went two for three with two RBIs.
June 21, 1967 at Dodger Stadium
Cardinals 2, Dodgers 0 (39-22)
The Cardinals won their fourth straight game behind a great outing by Ray Washburn. He held the Dodgers to four hits and a walk with one strikeout in 6 1/3 innings. Nelson Briles got the final batter out to pick up his third save and Joe Hoerner didn’t give up a hit in 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.
Tim McCarver had two hits and one of them was a solo homerun. Dal Maxvill went two for four with a run in the win.
June 20, 1967 at the Astrodome
Cardinals 6, Astros 2 (38-22)
The Cardinals continued their impressive month with their third straight win and their third winning streak of at least three games or more. Orlando Cepeda provided the bulk of the offense in the win. He went two for four with a big three run homer in the eighth inning. Dal Maxvill went two for four and he drove in two runs.
Larry Jaster picked up the win with eight quality frames. He gave up two runs (one earned) on ten hits and one walk with five strikeouts in eight innings of work. Ron Willis threw a shutout ninth and he picked up his fourth save of the season.
June 19, 1967 at the Astrodome
Cardinals 5, Astros 4 (37-22)
The Cardinals and Astros played a fun back and forth game that saw the Cards come out on top for their second straight win. Roger Maris had the big hit in the eleventh inning. He followed Tim McCarver’s one out single with an RBI double to give the Cards the run they needed to win it. Orlando Cepeda continued to hit the ball well and he finished with two hits and two RBIs.
Bob Gibson threw seven solid innings in his start. He gave up three runs on nine hits with three srikeouts. Nelson Briles threw the final 2 2/3 innings and he picked up the win to improve to 3-1 on the season.
The bad news is, the Cardinals are going nowhere. The good news, so is the rest of the National League Central. The Brewers remain the only team with a winning record and while the Cardinals sit six games below .500, they’re a winning streak away from making a run at the Brewers because they’re just 5 1/2 games back.
Albert Pujols has looked like Albert Pujols in June. He already has more homeruns (7) and RBIs (17) then in either of the two other months and his 1.154 OPS in June is about what you’d expect from the MVP. Probably the most odd thing about Pujols is his lack of doubles. While 13 puts him place for around 30-35 and on pace for what he had last year, I guess I miss the seasons where he had 50 doubles to go with his 40 homeruns. Regardless, he still has to pick things up because his .943 OPS would be a career low if this is where he finished the season.
Braden Looper has hit a rough stretch here with three straight losses and three rough outings in his past four starts. When Looper gets his next start, he’ll probably pass his career high in innings pitched. He has 83 and his career high was 86 which he set back in 2002. Sadly, Looper’s 4.66 ERA still leads the team, which kind of shows you the state the pitching staff. The Cardinals 5.16 ERA is third worst in the baseball and worst in the National League. They’re also third from last in pitcher strikeouts which also isn’t encouraging. Regardless, Mulder and Carpenter could be back down the stretch and that could give the team a huge boost.
This weeks series is a big one because it’s against the hapless Royals. This is the kind of series where the Cardinals should be picking up some ground and Adam Wainwright will get the start tonight and he’ll try to help the Cardinals win their third straight game.
June 18, 1967 at Candlestick Park
Cardinals 4, Giants 1 (36-22)
The Cardinals avoided winning back to back games again and the last time they lost two in a row was close to two weeks ago. This time they rode the arm of Dick Hughes, who held the Giants in check. He gave up just one run on four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. The complete game pushed his record to 6-2 on the season.
Orlando Cepeda was the hitting star in the win. He went two for four with a homerun and two RBIs. Roger Maris singled twice and he scored two runs.
June 17, 1967 at Candlestick Park
Giants 3, Cardinals 2 (35-22)
The Cardinals three game winning streak came to an end behind a shaky outing by Steve Carlton. He only gave up three runs, but he had given them up after getting pulled with nobody out in the third inning. One them scored on a single off of Ron Willis, who was credited with four shutout innings of relief. The loss dropped Carlton to 4-4 on the season.
Curt Flood hit a solo shot for one of the two Cardinals’ runs. It was his third of the season. Lou Brock singled and he stole his 25th base.
June 16, 1967 at Candlestick Park
Cardinals 5, Giants 3 (35-21)
The Cardinals continued their impressive June with their third straight win in the series opener with the Giants. Ray Washburn got it done on the mound and he improved to 3-3 on the season. He gave up one run on five hits and five walks with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Joe Hoerner pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings to close the game out and he picked up his fourth save of the season.
Mike Shannon went one for two with two walks, two RBIs and a run. Roger Maris went two for three with a double, a walk, a run and an RBI.
June 14, 1967 at Forbes Field
Cardinals 7, Pirates 4 (34-21)
For the second straight game, the Cards beat the Pirates 7-4 to take the rubber game in their three game series. Tim McCarver had the big hit of the game with a first inning grand slam that gave the Cards the lead for good. Orlando Cepeda got it done at the plate as well and he went two for three with a double, two RBIs and a run.
Bob Gibson improved to 8-5 with the win. He gave up four runs on eleven hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in a complete game.
June 13, 1967 at Forbes Field
Cardinals 7, Pirates 4 (33-21)
The Cardinals got right back to winning behind a strong game at the plate by Curt Flood. He went four for five with a double, a run and an RBI. Julian Javier singled three times and scored two runs while Lou Brock singled, drove in two and scored a run.
Dick Hughes picked up the win and he improved to 5-2 on the season. He gave up four runs on twelve hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. Joe Hoerner struck out the final batter and he picked up his third save of the season.
June 12, 1967 at Forbes Field
Pirates 7, Cardinals 5 (32-21)
The Cardinals five game winning streak came to an end as Steve Carlton had a rough start agains the Pirates. He gave up seven runs on ten hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six innings of work.
Despite the loss, the Cardinals had their share of homeruns. Tim McCarver and Julian Javier each had solo homeruns and Bobby Tolan belted a two run shot.
June 11, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 8, Dodgers 7 (31-20)
The Cardinals won their fourth straight game in a game where they blew a four run lead yet got it done in the bottom of the ninth. Joe Hoerner was tagged for four runs to the tie the game up in the top of the ninth inning but Mike Shannon doubled home Roger Maris to win it in the ninth.
Ray Washburn gave up three runs in 6 1/3 innings in his start. Nelson Briles picked up the win as he got the final two guys out in the ninth inning.
Shannon finished the game with three hits and three RBIs. Roger Maris went three for four with an RBI and three runs.
June 11, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 7, Dodgers 5 (32-20)
The Cardinals finished up their sweep of both their four game series with the Dodgers and their doubleheader and in the process, they won their fifth straight game. Orlando Cepeda led the way at the plate. He went two for three with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs. Roger Maris hit a solo homeurn and he scored two runs while Mike Shannon singled twice, drove in two and scored a run.
Al Jackson picked up the win although it was more because of the offense then his pitching. He gave up five runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Ron Willis picked up his third save of the season with 3 1/3 shutout innings.
June 10, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 5, Dodgers 2 (30-20)
The Cardinals got some awesome pitching in this game as Larry Jaster and Joe Hoerner combined to hold the Dodgers to three hits. Jaster threw nine innings in his start and then Hoerner threw two perfect innings and he improved to 3-1 on the season.
The game winning hit was a three run walk off homerun in the eleventh by Roger Maris. Bobby Tolan finished the game with three hits and he drove in the other Cardinals run with a two run homer.
June 9, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 (29-20)
The Cardinals and Dodgers scored all of their runs one inning at a time and while the game did go back and forth, it was the Cardinals who came out on top. Dick Hughes sac. fly in the bottom of the seventh turned out to be the game winner. Hughes also picked up the win with eight solid frames. He gave up two runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Nelson Briles got the final out of the game and he picked up his second save of the season.
Orlando Cepeda went two for four and he belted his seventh homerun of the season. Lou Brock singled and he drove in a run.
June 8, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 6, Astros 2 (28-20)
The Cardinals avoided a sweep at the hand of the Astros with a very solid outing by Bob Gibson. He improved to 7-5 and he gave up just two runs (one earned) on four hits with nine strikeouts in the complete game.
Bobby Tolan led the way for the Cardinals at the plate. He went two for four with a triple, two RBIs and a run. Julian Javier went two for four with a solo homerun.
June 7, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Astros 17, Cardinals 1 (27-20)
Steve Carlton came out after five innings for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth and he left down 3-1. While he took the loss and fell to 4-2, it was the pen who really put this game out of reach. Four different relievers gave up runs and Hal Woodeshick was tagged for six runs and Ron Willis gave up five in what would be the most lopsided loss for the Cardinals the whole season.
Tim McCarver was the hitting star in the loss. He went two for four with a double and an RBI.
June 6, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Astros 3, Cardinals 2 (27-19)
A pretty good start by Ray Washburn went to waste as the Cardinals lost to the Astros for the second straight time. Washburn fell to 2-3 on the season and he gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in eight innings of work.
Alex Johnson had two of the Cardinals’ six hits and he drove in one of the two runs. Mike Shannon drove in the other run with a solo shot, his third homerun of the season.
June 5, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Astros 5, Cardinals 2 (27-18)
The Cardinals had a tough time at the plate in a loss in their series opener against the Astros and it was only the hot hitting Lou Brock who was able to do much against Astros’ starter Dave Giusti. He went three for five with two doubles and he scored one of the Cardinals runs. Orlando Cepeda went two for three with a walk and an RBI.
Larry Jaster didn’t have a great start either and he dropped to 3-2 on the season. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings of work.
When is a 5-5 record in your last ten games a good thing? When you play in the NL Central. The Cardinals and Pirates are both 5-5 in their last ten games and that’s the best stretch for any team in the Central. Don’t be confused by the Cards being second place in the standings though, because they’re still six games below .500. They’ve just been the best of a poor crop of middle tier teams in the division.
Still, they won this weekend’s series and split with the Rockies earlier in the week so maybe this is something to build on. Braden Looper bounced back from a rough start to keep the Cards in the game yesterday and Albert Pujols appears to be heating up. After an .832 OPS in April, he put up a .916 OPS in May and he’s off to a good start in June with two homeruns yesterday. We’ll definitely need him to contend.
Beyond the Box Score has a nice story on the trade that sent Mark Mulder to the Cards. Of course, Dan Haren is having a nice season for the A’s and we could really need him. I haven’t read anything about when Mulder will be back but you wonder if he’ll have an impact this year. I’m tending to doubt it, but having another live arm might make a difference.
The Cardinals play the last place Reds beginning tomorrow. I don’t like the matchup in tomorrow’s game but the last two are somewhat favorable so maybe the Cards can make it two straight series wins. Then it’s back to interleague play with a tough three game series against the Angels.
Will Carroll must have been reading my mind because today he talks about Mark Mulder’s progress. Looks like early August, so we just have to hope the Cards are still in it by then.
June 4, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 4, Cubs 3 (27-17)
Lou Brock put the Cardinals on the board in the first inning with a solo homerun and then he drove in the go ahead run in the eighth with an RBI single. The homerun was Brock’s thirteenth of the season and it was his third straight game with a homerun.
Curt Flood went three for four and he scored a run. Mike Shannon went two for four with a double and an RBI.
June 3, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Cubs 7, Cardinals 5 (26-17)
The Cardinals and Cubs evened up their series at a win a piece as Bob Gibson didn’t bring his A game in his fifth loss of the season. He gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in just 4 1/3 innings.
Lou Brock was one of the hitting stars in the loss. He went two for five with a solo homerun and two runs. Roger Maris went two for four with a triple, two runs and an RBI while Tim McCarver doubled twice and drove in two runs. Most of the Cardinals offense didn’t come until the ninth inning when the Cardinals scored three of their five runs.
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