The 8 seed Los Angeles Dodgers beat up on their rivals and 9 seed Giants 4 games to 1. Eddie Murray hits 5 homers in 5 games! Kal Daniels adds 3 homers of his own as the Dodgers will now move on to face the #1 Oakland A's in the Elite 8. Game recaps below.
Mariners score 2 unearned runs in the 1st and Jay Buhner hits a huge 2 run homer as they complete the huge upset winning 4-1. The Mariners would win 4 in a row after falling behind 2-0. One of the tournament favorites is out as Barry Bonds and Matt Williams couldn't get the big hits with runners in scoring position. Box Score
Randy Johnson and Bill Swift both get roughed up as Greg Litton hits a huge solo homer in the 8th to give the Mariners a 7-6 lead. Norm Charlton gets Barry Bonds and Matt Williams out with runners on 1st and 3rd in the 9th. Mariners take the series lead 3-2 as we head back to San Francisco. Box Score is below.
Second series in the 93 Tournament has the #2 San Francisco Giants vs the #15 Seattle Mariners. The Giants won 103 games and just missed the playoffs as the Braves won 104. They feature a dynamic lineup, led by MVP Barry Bonds. The Mariners finished 82-80 good for 4th in the AL West. They have young stars Ken Griffey Jr. and Randy Johnson to lead the way. The Giants win Game 1 5-3 as the Giants get good pitching from Bill Swift and plenty of offense from Robby Thompson. Thompson would homer and double to give the Giants the lead and Rod Beck would save it for a 1-0 series lead. Box Score below.
Fun series between 2 heated rivals. Dodgers win first 2 to run their record to 5-0 before Giants clip them in Game 3. 4-13-81 Dodgers 4, Giants 2 WP: Bob Welch (1-0) LP: Allen Ripley (0-1) Save: Steve Howe (2) HR's: Dodgers - Davey Lopes (1) 4-14-81 Dodgers 4, Giants 1 WP: Fernando Valenzuela (2-0) LP: Doyle Alexander (0-2) HR's: Dodgers - Pedro Guerrero (2) Valenzuela strikes out 10 4-15-81 Giants 5, Dodgers 4 (13) WP: Al Holland (1-0) LP: Steve Howe (0-1) HR's: Dodgers - Dusty Baker (2)
Opening series from Candlestick of two West Coast rivals. Opening Day - Candlestick Park 4-9-81 Padres 1, Giants 0 WP: Juan Eichelberger (1-0) LP: Doyle Alexander (0-1) HR's: Padres - Broderick Perkins (1) Eichelberger only allows one hit, while Alexander only allows two (one hit Perkins homer) 4-10-81 Padres 8, Giants 7 WP: Danny Boone (1-0) LP: Tom Griffin (0-1) Save: Gary Lucas (1) HR's: Padres - Gene Richards (1), Giants - Darrell Evans 2 (2) 4-11-81 Giants 5, Padres 1 WP: Vida Blue (1-0) LP: Chris Welsh (0-1) HR's: None 4-12-81 Giants 3, Padres 1 WP: Ed Whitson (1-0) LP: Rick Wise (0-1) Save: Al Holland (1) HR's: Giants - Joe Morgan (1), Larry Herndon (1) Teams split 4 games, opening day game was a…
Phillies sweep the Giants in this Sweet 16 matchup. Game 1 - Phillies 3, Giants 1 Game 2 - Phillies 2, Giants 0 Game 3 - Phillies 7, Giants 6 Gane 4 - Phillies 4, Giants 3 Series MVP: Ron Reed, saved 3 games all in tough spots. The Phillies move onto to face the #1 seed and World Champion New York Yankees. Two division winners battling in the Elite 8. Should be a really fun what-if series as these two teams never meet in the late 70's/early 80's.