Cards and Musial Top Giants, 7-2: Stan Slams Two Home Runs as Rookie Presko Coasts to Fourth Straight Win, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-05


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Cards and Musial Top Giants, 7-2 Stan Slams Two Home Runs As Rookie Presko Coasts To Fourth Straight Win NEW YORK, N. Y., June 4 UP.— Stan Musial walloped two consecutive homers and a single today to lift his batting average to a stratospheric .380 and lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7 to 2 victory over the New York Giants. Joe "Presto" Presko, small rookie righthander, coasted to his fourth straight victory and fifth of the season behind the 12-hit bombardment which . also included three singles and a triple by former Yankee third-baseman Billy Johnson and a homer by Del Rice. Musial,- who has smashed seven hits in his last eight official at-bats sent the Cardinals into a 1 to 0 lead when he walloped his 11th homer 20 rows deep into the upper right field stands off Larry Jan-sen in the fourth inning. He hit his second . homer of the game, and 12th of the year, the next inning after Red Schoendienst beat out a bunt single down the third base Una The Cardinals added a run off Jansen following Musials first homer in the fourth on singles by Nippy Jones, Johnson and Stan Rojek. Limits Giants to Eight Hits Presko, who is making the jump to the majors from Houston in the Texas League, limited the Giants to eight hits and had a three-hit shutout until Henry Thompson hit his seventh homer of the season in the seventh inning. The Giants scored an unearned run in the ninth on singles by Don Mueller and Willie Mays coupled with shortstop Stan Rojeks error. Jansen who lost his fifth game, was removed for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and the Cardinals promptly went to work on his successors. Singles by Schoendienst and Musial and Enos Slaughters infield out added a run off George Spencer in the seventh and Johnsons triple followed by Rices homer produced two more in the eighth. Allen Gettel pitched the ninth and showed remarkable intelligence by walking both Musial and Slaughter. The victory left the Cardinals in second place, four games over .500 and enabled , them to take the series, two games to one. The Giants dropped back to one game over .500. The socre by innings: R H E Cardinals 000 220 120--7 12 2 Giants 000 000 101—2 8 1 Presko 5-2 and Rice; Jansen, Spencer * 7, Gettel 9 and Westrum. Losing pitcher — Jansen 5-5. Home runs — Musial 2 — 11th and 12th, Thompson 7th, Rice 2nd.

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