The next matchup in the Cardinals Greatest Moment bracket features a couple post season moments involving two of the best pitchers in MLB history. Today we will see Bob Gibson match up against Scott Rolen.
#7 Bob Gibson strikes out George Scott to end the 1967 World Series
After Game 4 of the 1967 World Series, the Cardinals were in the driver’s seat up three games to one on the Boston Red Sox with Game 5 in St. Louis with Steve Carlton on the mound. The Red Sox would go on to win games 5 and 6 which set up Game 7 on October 12, 1967 in Boston.
Game 7 was Bob Gibson’s third start of the series and probably his worst of the three. In his two previous starts, Gibson threw two complete games and combined to allow 11 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, while striking out 16. Game 7 saw Gibson allow two runs on three hits while walking three and striking out 10.
The most notable strikeout was of course the very last out of the game. George Scott finished the 1967 season 10th in the AL MVP voting and hit .303 on the season. Gibson’s strikeout of Scott wrapped up the 8th World Series Championship for the Cardinals and also gave Gibson his second World Series MVP award.
#10 Scott Rolen’s home run off Roger Clemens in the 2004 NLCS
It had been 17 years since the St. Louis Cardinals won a League Championship series and while the club had opportunities before 2004, that season seemed magical as the club won 105 games that year. Fast forward to Game 7 of the 2004 NLCS and the Cardinals were facing one of the best pitchers of that time, Roger Clemens.
It was the bottom of the 6th inning, the Cardinals just tied the score at 2-2 on an Albert Pujols double. Scott Rolen stepped to the plate 0-for-2 at that point in the game. Rolen liked the first pitch he saw and barely snuck it inside the left field foul pole for one of the most memorable homers in Cardinals LCS history.
Prior to Rolen’s HR, the Astros still had a win probability of 45%, but his home run dropped that to 18%. Kiko Calero, Julian Tavarez, and Jason Isringhausen would go on to combine for 3 perfect innings and the Cardinals were headed to their first World Series since 1987.
Which moment gets your vote? Gibson’s strikeout of Scott to end the ’67 World Series or Rolen’s HR to seal the ’04 pennant?