1981 Season Replay – A’s at Twins

1981 Season Replay – A’s at Twins

1981, 1981 Season, Athletics, Twins
Opening series featuring AL West favorites Oakland A's @ Minnesota   Opening Day - Metropolitan Stadium 4-9-81 A's 12, Twins 1 WP: Rick Langford (1-0) LP: Al Williams (0-1) HR's: A's - Tony Armas (1), Dave McKay (1)   4-10-81 A's 12, Twins 0 WP: Steve McCatty (1-0) LP: Pete Redfern (0-1) HR's: A's - Cliff Johnson (1) McCatty 4 hitter, 8 K's   4-11-81 A's 6, Twins 2 WP: Mike Norris (1-0) LP: Fernando Arroyo (0-1) HR's: A's - Dwayne Murphy (1), Cliff Johnson (2), Jim Spencer (1), Twins - Mickey Hatcher (1)   4-12-81 Twins 2, A's 1 WP: Roger Erickson (1-0) LP: Matt Keough (0-1) HR's: Twins - Dave Engle (1)   A's take 3 of 4 to start the season in Minnesota.
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Game 4 – 1978 Tournament Replay Athletics vs Cardinals

Game 4 – 1978 Tournament Replay Athletics vs Cardinals

1978, 1978 Tournament, Athletics, Cardinals
Game 4 saw Oakland trying to protect home field and even the series at 2 apiece. Silvio Martinez toed the rubber for the Cards and Pete Broberg for Oakland. The offense can quickly in this one as the Cardinals scored 2 in each of the first 2 innings. George Hendrick with the big 2 run shot to get the Cardinals on top. The A's answered with a run in each of the first two frames, but that still had then down 4-2 after 2. The A's added 2 more runs in the 4th with a clutch 2 run RBI from Tony Armas and that quickly we had a tie game. Pitching took over from here and it wasn't until the top of the 10th that the Cardinals grabbed the lead…
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Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Athletics vs Cardinals

Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Athletics vs Cardinals

1978, 1978 Tournament, Athletics, Cardinals
Game 3 is a must win for the A's as they send Rick Langford to the mound. Winning will not be easy against Grade 15 Pete Vuchovich. After only scoring 3 runs in the first 2 games the A's quickly out a 2 spot on the board from a 2 run homer by Jim Essian (only had 3 entire regular season). Would turn out to be a big hit as Langford would only give up 1 run in 7 strong innings. The A's would add insurance runs in the 4th and 6th and Elias Sosa would come on to pitch 2 innings for the save. The A's are now back in the series and they will look to even it up in game 4. Final Score: A's 4, Cardinals 2 WP:…
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Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Athletics vs Cardinals

Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Athletics vs Cardinals

1978, 1978 Tournament, Athletics, Cardinals
The Cardinals picked up game one but the A's still have a chance to steal home field with a win in Game 2. The A's sent John Henry Johnson to the mound countered by Bob Forsch for the Cards. Both teams get on the board early as the Cardinals get in a run in the bottom of the 1st and the A's got a run in the top of the 3rd. After St. Louis gets an RBI single from Mike Tyson in the 4th the A's finally grab a lead with 2 in the top of the 6th helped by an error by Jerry Mumphrey. The A's can't hold the lead as the Cards get 2 off reliever Bob Lacey in the 8th. Mike Tyson again with the huge double.…
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Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Athletics vs Cardinals

Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Athletics vs Cardinals

1978, 1978 Tournament, Athletics, Cardinals
The 22 seed Oakland Athletics versus the 21 St. Louis Cardinals are the next match up in the play in round. The A's finished the season 69-93 and finished in 6th in the American Leagues West, while the Cardinals had a record of 69-93 and finished 5th in the National League East. The Cardinals started righty John Denny (14-11 2.96 Grade 14), the A's countered with right hander Matt Keough (8-15 3.24 Grade 12). The pitchers commanded this game except for 1 pitch to Ted Simmons who hit a 3 run homer in the first inning for all the runs in the game. Keough just allowed 1 more hit the rest of the game, but Denny was too tough tossing a 2 hit shoutout to give the Cardinals the 1-0…
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