The Chicago Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 in Chicago on Wednesday (10 September)?
The Chicago Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 in Chicago on Wednesday (10 September) on the strength of some good hitting by some new men in the lineup.
Rookie Joe Wallace hit two triples, one in the third inning which evened the score after the Cardinal's Ken Reese had homered earlier. Later in the inning Andy Thornton, who had been playing part-time first base most of the season and only recently nailed down the full-time assignment, blasted a two-run homer putting the Cubs out front 6-1.
In the next inning, Cardinal pinch hitter Keith Hernandez knocked one out of the park to narrow the gap but Chicago held on to the lead and went on to win the game.
The scoring had got under way quickly, with the Cubs jumping to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jose Cardinal??? blooped one to right field but rightfielder Reggie Jackson's throw got past first baseman Ron Fairly and catcher Red Simmons as well. Champ Summer scored on the play.
St. Louis is in second place in the National League Eastern Division.