Bob Rush Gives Up 2 Hits, Paul Minner 4, Speake Homers!
May 26, 1955, Chicago Sun-Times by John C. Hoffman, Newspaper Clipping - Actual Wording - "The epidemic of low-hit games which has been keeping the Cubs aloft in the National League struck again Wednesday in the chill atmosphere of Wrigley Field. Paul Minner, long a Cardinal nemesis, tossed a four-hitter at the Redbirds to beat them 1-0 on a home run by rookie Bob Speake.
Not satisfied with this, Bob Rush let the visiting pigeons down with only two hits as 4,539 shivering customers saw the Cubs sweep the doubleheader with a 3-1 victory.
The two conquests gave the Cubs their ninth and tenth wins in their last 12 games and six triumphs in the last seven. The sweep also moved them into second place in the National League as the Giants dropped a twi-night doubleheader to the Phillies. Pitching his season's best game, Rush had only one hit to mar his effort as he went into the ninth inning. Then he had one out when Rip Repulski crashed a home run atop the left-field wall, his seventh of the season. Rush's blinding speed served him in good stead in the overcast atmosphere in Wrigley Field. He struck-out eight batters, walked three and hit another. In five of the nine innings he retired the side in order.
The Cubs made nine hits off four Cardinal pitchers, including a homer and two singles by Eddie Miksis. They knocked out Brooks Lawrence in the first inning and continued the attack on Bob Tiefenauer, Paul LaPalme and Barney Schultz.
The first game was almost as if the script had been written from past performances, Minner, who had beaten the Cardinals 17 times in 24 games during his major league career, was no less effective than he has been on other occasions against them. In 1954 alone he had beaten them five times in six decisions. Speake's homer over the RF wall in the sixth inning was his season's sixth and one of only five hits the Cubs made off Larry Jackson before he was removed for a pinch hitter in the eight. LaPalme pitched the ninth."
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