The slumping Chicago Cubs got a boost with their bottom-of-the-ninth, 3-2 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday. And while Steve Trout didn’t get a win for his outstanding pitching, he was happy about the change in his team’s fortune.
“This can be a game that can pick a team up,” said Trout, who shut out the Cards for 8 2-3 innings before Clint Hurdle’s pinch-hit triple off reliever Jay Baller tied the score.
“The No. 1 thing is we bounced back after they tied it,” Chicago Manager Jim Frey said after Ryne Sandberg’s ninth-inning sacrifice fly gave the Cubs only their third win in 10 games this season. “We could have gone into a shell.”
Pat Perry relieved John Tudor, whose 14-game regular-season winning streak was kept intact when the Cards scored, and walked Bob Dernier to start the bottom of the inning. Dernier went to second on a passed ball by catcher Mike Heath.
Todd Worrell then relieved. Trillo bunted, but Dernier beat Heath’s throw to third. Pinch-hitter Thad Bosley was intentionally walked and Dernier was forced at the plate on Davey Lopes’ grounder to short. Sandberg then lifted a fly to center and Trillo easily beat Willie McGee’s throw home.
Frey said he sent Bosley up to hit for hot-hitting Shawon Dunston to force St. Louis Manager Whitey Herzog to make a move.
“I figured they might walk Bosley,” said Frey. “By walking Bosley, I knew we had a chance to get Sandberg up there with less than two outs.”
“Worrell is more of a power pitcher and I was just trying to get the ball in the air and get the run in,” said Sandberg, whose triple ignited a two-run Chicago rally in the eighth.
Herzog was most miffed about the walk to Dernier leading off the ninth.
“That’s exactly what I put Perry in for,” he said. “He doesn’t walk anybody.”
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the eighth when Sandberg tripled and Keith Moreland and Gary Matthews had RBI singles off Tudor.
But after Trout got two outs to start the ninth, he walked Heath and allowed a single to Terry Pendleton. Baller relieved and Hurdle, hitting for Ozzie Smith, lined a 1-1 pitch off the right field wall to tie it.
Trout allowed four hits, struck out three and walked five, getting 18 outs on ground balls. Tudor, who has not lost a regular-season game since last July 20, went eight innings, allowing eight hits, walking two and striking out five.
Baller, 1-0, was the winner and Perry, 1-1, the loser.
Montreal 8, Philadelphia 2--Andre Dawson hit his fourth homer in his last four games and Tim Raines added a solo shot as the Expos defeated the Phillies, their fifth straight loss.
Dawson, who sat out Sunday’s game, hit his homer in the third to tie the game, 2-2.
Hubie Brooks led off the Expos’ fourth with a double and was doubled home by Wallach, who moved to third when Luis Aguayo booted Vance Law’s ground ball, and scored on Tim Raines’ single to right.
Mitch Webster then singled to drive in Law for a 5-2 lead and knock out Philadelphia starter Charles Hudson, 1-1.
The Expos added their final three runs in the sixth on Raines’ first homer and Brooks’ two-run single.
Andy McGaffigan, 1-0, worked 5 2-3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs. Tim Burke allowed one hit in the final 3 1-3 to pick up his second save.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the first when Gary Redus walked, stole second and scored on Mike Schmidt’s single. Darren Daulton’s leadoff homer, his third, made it 2-0 in the second.
The Expos got a run back in their half of the inning when Law walked and came around on Dann Bilardello’s double down the left field line.