APBA 1988 World Series Replay – Game 7 – A’s vs Dodgers

Winner take all for the World Series has a starting matchup of Tim Belcher (12-6 2.91 Grade 12XZG) versus former Dodger Bob Welch (17-9 3.64 Grade 11YZ).

 

Pressure packed Game 7 as bot pitchers have an easy 1-2-3 first. In the bottom of the 2nd with 2 outs John Shelby takes a Welch fastball out to center field just over the wall. In the 4th the A’s finally got their first hit as Dave Henderson would double, but Belcher would get Terry Steinbach to ground out to end the threat.

 

In the 5th, Glenn Hubbard would double but one more time Belcher would work out of the inning. The A’s bullpen would keep 1-0 as we would head to the 9th. Stan Javier would lead off the inning with a single. Javier would go on the 1-0 pitch and Mike Scioscia would nail him as the crowd goes nuts. The caught stealing really hurts when on the 2-0 pitch Dave Henderson double off the wall to end the day for Belcher. Belcher ends the game allowing only 4 hits over 8.1 innings. The Dodgers would bring in Alejandro Pena. Pena would walk Jose Canseco to bring up Mark McGwire. McGwire would ground in the 4-6-3 double play to end the game and Dodgers are World Champs. What a way to end the game. Dodgers win the game while only getting 2 hits the whole game.

 

Final Score: Dodgers 1, A’s 0

WP: Tim Belcher (3-2)

LP: Bob Welch (1-3)

Save: Alejandro Pena (1)

 

What a fun playoff replay with all 3 series going 7 games. All 4 teams felt even. Strong pitching by all 4 teams made the games fun to play. Congrats to the Dodgers who repeat actual history with the win.

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