On April 12, 1928 — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander opens his 18th season by shutting out the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5 – 0. Frankie Frisch lead the offense for the Cardinals going 2-3 with a homerun and 3 RBI’s. Old Pete helped himself with a hit in a run scored.  On the Mound Alexander scatter 7 hits, and the Pirates never really mounted a score threat, only 1 man got to second. Burliegh Grimes a subject of a Podcast we did, did the most damage collecting 2 hits. 

 

 

 

 

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St. Louis Cardinals 5, Pittsburgh Pirates 0

 

Game Played on Thursday, April 12, 1928 (D) at Sportsman’s Park III

PIT N 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 7 1 
STL N 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 x - 5 10 0
BOX+PBP
WP: Alexander (1-0)
LP: Grimes (0-1)
HR: Frisch (2)

Play by Play

PIRATES 1ST: L. Waner grounded out (third to first); Adams was
called out on strikes; P. Waner walked; Wright flied to center;
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 0.

CARDINALS 1ST: Douthit doubled to left; Holm reached on an error
by Grimes [Douthit to third]; Frisch out on a sacrifice fly
(right unassisted) [Douthit scored (unearned)]; Bottomley popped
to shortstop; Hafey grounded out (second to first); 1 R (0 ER),
1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 1.

PIRATES 2ND: Traynor singled to right; Grantham grounded out
(second to first) [Traynor to second]; Barnhart flied to center;
Gooch popped to second; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Pirates 0,
Cardinals 1.

CARDINALS 2ND: Roettger flied to center; Thevenow singled to
left; O'Farrell struck out; Alexander singled to left [Thevenow
to second]; Douthit singled to center [Thevenow scored,
Alexander to second]; Holm singled to right [Alexander scored,
Douthit to third]; Frisch grounded out (pitcher to first); 2 R,
4 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 3.

PIRATES 3RD: Grimes singled to right; L. Waner forced Grimes
(second unassisted); Adams flied to center; P. Waner flied to
center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 3.

CARDINALS 3RD: Bottomley grounded out (second to first); Hafey
singled to center; Roettger grounded out (pitcher to first)
[Hafey to second]; Gooch allowed a passed ball [Hafey to third];
Thevenow grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. 
Pirates 0, Cardinals 3.

PIRATES 4TH: Wright grounded out (pitcher to first); Traynor
grounded out (second to first); Grantham grounded out (pitcher
to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 3.

CARDINALS 4TH: O'Farrell grounded out (shortstop to first);
Alexander grounded out (shortstop to first); Douthit flied to
left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 3.

PIRATES 5TH: Barnhart was called out on strikes; Gooch grounded
out (third to first); Grimes singled to left; L. Waner grounded
out (first unassisted); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Pirates 0,
Cardinals 3.

CARDINALS 5TH: Holm tripled to right; Frisch homered [Holm
scored]; Bottomley grounded out (first unassisted); Hafey
grounded out (third to first); Roettger grounded out (pitcher to
first); 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 5.

PIRATES 6TH: Adams flied to center; P. Waner grounded out
(second to first); Wright grounded out (shortstop to first); 0
R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 5.

CARDINALS 6TH: Thevenow grounded out (first unassisted);
O'Farrell flied to left; Alexander flied to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 5.

PIRATES 7TH: Traynor grounded out (third to first); Grantham
singled to center; Barnhart singled to center [Grantham to
third]; Gooch struck out while Barnhart stole second; Grimes
grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Pirates
0, Cardinals 5.

CARDINALS 7TH: Douthit struck out; Holm flied to left; Frisch
singled to right; Bottomley grounded out (second to first); 0 R,
1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 5.

PIRATES 8TH: L. Waner singled to left; Adams grounded into a
double play (pitcher to shortstop to first) [L. Waner out at
second]; P. Waner singled to center; Wright grounded out (second
to first); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 5.

CARDINALS 8TH: Hafey popped to catcher in foul territory;
Roettger doubled to left; Thevenow walked; O'Farrell flied to
center; Alexander forced Thevenow (shortstop to second); 0 R, 1
H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 5.

PIRATES 9TH: Traynor popped to third; Grantham grounded out
(second to first); Barnhart grounded out (pitcher to first); 0
R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Pirates 0, Cardinals 5.