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Mark Mulvoy
August 14, 1972
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August 14, 1972

The Week

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In Montreal 21-year-old rookie lefthander Balor Moore faced the toughest predicament of his brief career: a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth, the bases loaded with Pittsburgh Pirates and Willie Stargell at bat. As the crowd roared, Moore struck out Stargell on three pitches and escaped with the victory. The next day, though, Stargell beat the Expos with a grand-slam home run.

Chicago failed to hit a single home run in nine games but won six of them, including a one-hitter by Bill Hands against the Expos. St. Louis fell back, losing six of eight. Despite complete games from Bob Gibson and Rick Wise, the Cardinals still used 22 pitchers.

PITT 62-38 NY 54-45 CHI 54-49 ST. L 48-51 MONT 45-53 PHIL 39-62

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