Sunday, May 27, 2012

1980 SSPC Baseball Immortals #14 Grover Alexander

Cardinals 8, Phillies 3
Game 49 - Sunday Afternoon, May 27th in St. Louis
Record - 25-24, 5th Place, 5 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Roy Halladay left after two innings with a sore right shoulder, making the outcome of the game somewhat meaningless.

What It Means:  Doom and gloom.

What Went Wrong:  Halladay allowed a first inning grand slam to Yadier Molina.  He retired the Cardinals in order in the second, but was then lifted for pinch-hitter Pete Orr in the top of the third.  The early reports were that he left as a precautionary measure after experiencing soreness in his right shoulder.

Juan Pierre had three hits and two RBIs for the Phils.

Featured Card:  Had the Phillies won today, it would have marked their first four-game sweep in St. Louis since August 1913.  Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander went 22-8 for the '13 Phillies.  Although the lack of box scores from that year on either Baseball Reference or Retrosheet makes it difficult to tell if he actually won any of those four games against the Cardinals, I'm assuming he probably did.  I'm in that kind of mood.

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