Reading Eagle - July 6, 1980

Kaat Beats Phils


St. Louis (AP) – Keith Hernandez drove in three runs and George Hendrick knocked in two more to help the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday night.


Cards starter Jim Kaat, 3-5, pitched a six-hitter, struck out two and walked none. The only run he surrendered was unearned.


A two-run single by Hernandez sparked a three-run first inning off Phils starter Randy Lerch, 3-11. The hit followed a leadoff walk by Bobby Bonds and a double by Garry Templeton. Hendrick then drove in the third run with a double.


The Cards added two more runs in the fifth on a single by Bonds, his stolen base, a triple by Hernandez and an RBI single by Hendrick.


St. Louis got its final run in the seventh as Bonds walked, stole second and scored on Simmons’ double.


The Phils’ only run came in the first. Rookie Lonnie Smith singled, stole second and went to third on catcher Ted Simmons’ throwing error. Pete Rose’s sacrifice fly scored him.


Kaat, 41, in his 22nd major league season, was never seriously threatened thereafter. He was aided by three St. Louis double plays. After the first, only two Phillies got as far as second base: pinch-hitter George Vukovich, who singled in the third and moved to second on a ground out, and Larry Bowa, who doubled.