Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sunday Cubs Fact: A Very Bizarre Shutout
Why do I have one card of Rick Reuschel and 12 Pirates?
Because just a little more than 35 years ago, on June 20, 1974, Cubs starter Rick Reuschel threw a twelve hit shutout against the Pirates. Hard to believe, right? The Pirates had twelve hits but failed to score a single run. The Cubs managed only six hits against Doc Ellis and John Morlan, but two of the six were home runs and they won the game 3-0.
Big Daddy never once had a 1-2-3 inning. There were runners on base every inning. Of the twelve Pittsburgh hits, four came with two outs, so that helped. The Bucs also hit into two double plays. And Reuschel walked none and struck out seven. There were 12 Pirates left on base and they were 0-10 with runners in scoring position. When he had to bear down, Reuschel got the job done.
The Pirates cards shown are those who had hits, and if a player had more than one hit, his card is shown as many times as he had hits.