Cards Clinch With Gibson's 9th Shutout

Filed under St. Louis Cardinals
September 17, 1968

The St. Louis Cardinals are destined for a rematch with the Detroit Tigers with the stellar performances of ace Bob Gibson this month.
The news trickled through the visiting dugout at Candlestick Park as the grounds crew exited the field. The Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets, 2-0, at Shea Stadium. Ron Santo ended the scoreless duel with a 2 run double in the tenth. So on the field at Candlestick Park, the pennant lay within the grasp of the Redbirds. And who else would Red Schoendienst want on the mound for such an occasion. Yes, Bob Gibson toed the slab, and it was Bob Gibson who, naturally, delivered the second consecutive National League championship to St. Louis.

Gibson blanked the San Francisco Giants for the second consecutive start with the Cardinals’ 3-0 pennant clinching victory. On September 6, Gibson pitched a no-hitter against these same Giants in St. Louis. But today’s victory was sweeter for the Redbird ace. Orlando Cepeda put the Cardinals on the board in the first with a RBI single scoring Bobby Tolan who opened the game with a single. Curt Flood followed Tolan with another single, and he scored the second run after a Gaylord Perry pitch sailed wild. In the third, Mike Shannon drove in the Cardinal third run with a ground out plating Flood, but on this day, Gibson was content with Cepeda’s first inning run-scoring single. Gibson (24-6) scattered four hits without walking a batter and striking out seven. The four hit shutout was the fourth in the last five starts for Gibson who seems determined to single-handedly lead the Cardinals to a world’s title. Gibson has allowed 18 hits and only one earned run in his last 45 innings pitched.

9/17/1968, STL68-SFG68, Candlestick Park

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1968 St. Louis         2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0     3  6  2     6  0
1968 San Francisco     0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  4  1     5  0

St. Louis            AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Tolan             lf  3  1  2  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .261    3  0  1  0
Flood             cf  4  2  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .292    2  0  0  0
Maris             rf  4  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .259    1  0  0  0
Cepeda            1b  4  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .280   10  1  0  0
McCarver          c   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .235    7  0  0  0
Shannon           3b  4  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .269    2  4  0  0
Gagliano          2b  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .221    1  4  1  0
Maxvill           ss  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .230    0  1  0  0
Gibson            p   4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .174    1  0  0  0
                     33  3  6  2  2  0  0  3  7  0  0  0  0  0  0         27 10  2  0

San Francisco        AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Bonds             cf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .187    4  0  0  0
Hunt              2b  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .237    3  1  0  0
Cline             lf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .233    3  0  1  0
McCovey           1b  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .305    7  1  0  0
Hart              3b  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .288    0  1  0  0
Marshall          rf  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .244    3  0  0  0
Dietz             c   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .230    6  1  0  0
Lanier            ss  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .208    0  3  0  0
Perry             p   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .082    0  1  0  0
 Schroder         ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .229    0  0  0  0
 Linzy            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
                     32  0  4  0  0  0  0  0  7  0  0  0  0  0  0         27  8  1  0

St. Louis                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Gibson           W 24-6          9.0  4  0  0  0  7 112  78   32  0  0  0  0  0  1.37
                                 9.0  4  0  0  0  7 112  78   32  0  0  0  0  0

San Francisco                    INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Perry            L 15-10         8.0  6  3  3  3  7 109  71   33  0  0  0  1  0  2.57
Linzy                            1.0  0  0  0  0  0  10   6    3  0  0  0  0  0  2.01
                                 9.0  6  3  3  3  7 119  77   36  0  0  0  1  0

SFG: Schroder batted for Perry in the 8th

GWRBI: Cepeda
Temperature: 57, Sky: clear, Wind: out to right at 8 MPH.

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