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Thursday, May 02, 2013

RetroSimba: Sandy Koufax: ‘I still don’t know how to pitch to Curt Flood’

All that and a Jerry Buchek Republic mention!

Curt Flood, a career .293 hitter but never known for his power, slugged two home runs against Dodgers ace Sandy Koufax. Both were historic.

The first was a leadoff shot that sparked a rare feat. The second was significant because it was the last home run hit against Koufax.

On April 26, 2013, Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran, the first two batters in the Cardinals’ order, hit consecutive home runs in the first inning against the Pirates’ Jonathan Sanchez. Boxscore They are the first pair to lead off a game for the Cardinals with home runs since Tony Womack and Reggie Sanders did it against the Rockies’ Denny Stark in April 2004, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Boxscore

Before that, the last pair of Cardinals who led off with back-to-back home runs in the first inning were Flood and Gene Freese _ against Koufax.

...It would be the last homer hit against Koufax, who would retire after the season. (Koufax yielded 204 home runs in 12 big-league seasons, plus two in the 1963 World Series.)

Still, Koufax was in control. In the ninth, he struck out the first two batters, Lou Brock and Jerry Buchek. Next up was Flood. He doubled to center, keeping alive the Cardinals’ hopes.

“I got a little tired near the end and made a mistake with Flood,” Koufax said to United Press International. “Imagine, after eight or nine years in the league, I still don’t know how to pitch to Flood.”

(Flood hit .296 [32-for-108] in his career against Koufax.)

Repoz Posted: May 02, 2013 at 06:01 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. bjhanke Posted: May 02, 2013 at 06:13 AM (#4431511)
Uh, Sandy. I know this doesn't help you now but the problem may have been that you were throwing your Grade A fastball, and it came in hard enough that even Curt Flood could get it out of a ballpark if he could get the bat on it at all. Take 5 mph off of that pitch, and Curt probably can't get it to the warning track. - Yours, Brock Hanke
   2. bobm Posted: May 02, 2013 at 07:29 AM (#4431526)
   3. Publius Publicola Posted: May 02, 2013 at 07:48 AM (#4431531)
Pretty impressive that Mays had more walks than K's (13/12) against Koufax, Bob.
   4. Baseballs Most Beloved Figure Posted: May 02, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4432030)
No matter how dominating the pitcher there are always journeymen guys who feasted on them. In this case Deron Johnson and Gene Oliver probably couldn't wait for the game to start when they heard Koufax was pitching that day.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: May 02, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4432061)
Is 'historic' the most watered-down word in sports today?
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: May 02, 2013 at 03:07 PM (#4432070)
Is 'historic' the most watered-down word in sports today?


Perhaps at the big league level. At the youth sports level, it's "elite."

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