Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Orioles vs Pirates

Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Orioles vs Pirates

1978, 1978 Tournament, Orioles, Pirates
We are at Three Rivers for Game 3. The Pirates, needing a win bad, sends lefty John Candelaria (12-11 3.24 Grade 11) ti the hill opposite Dennis Martinez (16-11 3.52 Grade 12). Pirates would finally grab a lead as Willie Stargell doubles in Frank Taveras. The Orioles would answer back in a big way scoring 2 in the second and 3 in the third. Rick Dempsey hitting a 3 run shot off Candelaria in the 3rd. With the score 5-1 the Pirates chipped away at the lead with 2 in the 3rd. Taveras and Stargell with RBI. They would tie it in the 7th with 2 more runs. Taveras again and Dave Parker with RBI singles. With the score tied at 5 we would go to extras. The Orioles could…
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Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Pirates vs Orioles

Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Pirates vs Orioles

1978, 1978 Tournament, Orioles, Pirates
Game 2 from Memorial Stadium has Don Robinson (14-6 3.47 Grade 11) on the mound for the Pirates against lefty Mike Flanagan (19-15 4.03 Grade 10). Both teams offense come out swinging in this game. The Orioles get a run in the first via RBI from Eddie Murray. The Pirates would answer as Willie Stargell would double and be brought home on a single from Phil Garner. The Orioles would get some control of the game by scoring 2 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Rich Dauer with a big 2 run single being the big hit. The Pirates get a run in the 6th as Manny Sanguillen just misses a homer but triples in John Milner. The Orioles would bust this one open in the 6th as Ken…
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Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Pirates vs Orioles

Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Pirates vs Orioles

1978, 1978 Tournament, Orioles, Pirates
This Sweet 16 matchup features the #10 Pittsburgh Pirates vs #7 Baltimore Orioles. The Pirates finished 88-73 second in the NL East and the Orioles finished 90-71 and 4th in the AL East. The Pirates would send ace Bert Blyleven (14-10 3.03 Grade 14) to the mound opposite Jim Palmer (21-12 2.46 Grade 18). Another great Game 1 pitching matchup. Orioles would get on the board first with a run in the 3rd. 2 out double by Larry Harlow scoring Mike Belanger. The Pirates would come right back in the 4th with a run of their own. Dave Parker with a triple and is brought home by Bill Robinson. In the 6th the Orioles would take control. Doug DeCinces would line a 2 out, 2 run homer to center to…
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Game 6 – 1978 Tournament Replay Rangers vs Royals

Game 6 – 1978 Tournament Replay Rangers vs Royals

1978, 1978 Tournament, Rangers, Royals
Game 6 has the Rangers sending Fergie Jenkins (18-8 3.04 Grade 14) against Paul Splitorff (19-13 3.40 Grade 13). What a game 6! Royals strike first with 2 in the bottom of the third. Hal McRae and Al Cowens getting clutch RBI hits. The Rangers would answer immediately in the top half of the 4th. Al Oliver triples and Richie Zisk sends another homer out to left to tie the game. Score would remain 2-2 until the top half of the 7th when Texas would gain the lead via 2 RBI single by Burt Campaneris. With the score 3-2 in the 7th and with 2 outs the Royals would take the lead. Hal McRae singles to left and then Amos Otis lines a homer to left to give the Royals…
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Game 5 – 1978 Tournament Replay Royals vs Rangers

Game 5 – 1978 Tournament Replay Royals vs Rangers

1978, 1978 Tournament, Rangers, Royals
Must win Game 5 for the Rangers as they send ace John Matlack (15-13 2.27 Grade 18) to the mound versus Dennis Leonard (21-17 3.33 Grade 13). No one the Rangers would rather have on the mound than their ace lefty and he didn't disappoint. Matlack would go the distance allowing only 5 hits and a lone run in the 9th. The Rangers offense would once again be lead by Al Oliver as his 2 run double in the 6th broke the game open for the Rangers. Rangers for a Game 6 back in Royals Stadium. Final Score: Rangers 4, Royals 1 WP: John Matlack (1-1) LP: Dennis Leonard (1-1) HR's: None
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Game 4 – 1978 Tournament Replay Royals vs Rangers

Game 4 – 1978 Tournament Replay Royals vs Rangers

1978, 1978 Tournament, Rangers, Royals
Game 4, with the Royals leading 2-1, features Rich Gale (14-8 3.09 Grade 12) vs Doc Medich (9-8 3.74 Grade 6). One pitch, 1-0 Royals, as George Brett lines the first pitch of the game over the center field wall for a quick 1-0 lead. The Royals would add 2 more in the 2nd, sac fly by Frank White and another RBI from Brett. Al Oliver would get a run back in the 2nd as he lines an opposite field homer to make it 3-1 Royals. The Royals would put the game away with 1 run in the 4th, 2 runs in the 5th and 6th. Hal McRae going big fly in the 6th for his first homer of this tournament. Gale would do the rest as he would go…
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Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Royals vs Rangers

Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Royals vs Rangers

1978, 1978 Tournament, Rangers, Royals
Game 3 from Arlington Stadium features a pitching matchup of Larry Gura (16-4 2.72 Grade 15) for the Royals vs Doyle Alexander (9-10 3.86 Grade 6) for the Rangers. Offenses start out slow as both team can only manage a single run through 4 innings. The Rangers would bust out in the bottom of the 6th scoring 3 runs. Richie Zisk and Toby Harrah with big hits to give the Rangers the lead. The seventh would provide more fireworks as Zisk again would provide a big hit, this time a Grand Slam homer to left. Alexander and the Ranger bullpen would do the rest and secure the 8-3 victory and get the Rangers right back into this series. Final Score: Rangers 8, Royals 3 WP: Doyle Alexander (1-0) LP: Larry…
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Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Rangers vs Royals

Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Rangers vs Royals

1978, 1978 Tournament, Rangers, Royals
Game 2 features another top flight pitching matchup as the Rangers send Fergie Jenkins (18-8 3.04 Grade 14) to the mound opposite Paul Splittorff (19-13 3.40 Grade 13). Another quality pitching matchup, another low scoring game? The Royals break a scoreless tie in the 3rd with a 3 spot. RBI hits by Frank White, George Brett, and Amos Otis account for the scoring. The Rangers down 3-0 finally get on the board with a run in the 6th. 2 out RBI single by Al Oliver the big hit. Splittorff and Al Hrabosky again would keep the Rangers quiet the rest of the game and give the Royals a 2-0 series advantage as we head to Arlington Stadium. Final Score: Royals 3, Rangers 1 WP: Paul Splittorff (1-0) LP: Fergie Jenkins…
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Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Rangers vs Royals

Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Rangers vs Royals

1978, 1978 Tournament, Rangers, Royals
This Sweet 16 matchup features AL West division mates. The #11 Texas Rangers vs the #6 Kansas City Royals. The Rangers finished 87-75, 2nd in the AL West, 5 games behind the Royals. The AL West Champion Royals finished 92-70. The Rangers send stud lefty John Matlack (15-13 2.27 Grade 18) to the mound against Dennis Leonard (21-17 3.33 Grade 13). Great pitching matchup and they didn't disappoint. The Rangers strike first Johnny Grubb goes deep off Leonard to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Royals would get that run back plus one in the 4th, as John Wathan ropes a double down the line to score 2. With the score 2-1 the Rangers could offer up no more offense as Al Hrabosky comes in to get the final…
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