1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Astros at Royals – Game 5

1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Astros at Royals – Game 5

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros, Royals, World Series
Astros looking to win 3 in a row and win the World Series send Ken Forsch (12-13 3.20 Grade 13Z) to the hill against Larry Gura (18-10 2.95 Grade 15Z) for the Royals.   The story of this playoff has been the Astros bats and this game was another example as the Astros come out strong getting 3 quick runs off Gura. Joe Morgan and Jose Cruz single in runs and Cesar Cedano again delivers, this time a RBI double. Down 3-0 and their back against the wall the Royals do some damage of their own in the first. After a Hal McRae single, all world George Brett would again go yard to make it 3-2 Astros.   In the 4th the Astros would get an insurance run as Denny…
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1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Astros at Royals – Game 4

1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Astros at Royals – Game 4

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros, Royals, World Series
The Royals look to bounce back after getting drubbed in Game 3 send Dennis Leonard (20-11 3.79 Grade 11YZ) to the mound opposite Vern Ruhle (12-4 2.37 Grade 14Z).   The Astros continue to hit the ball hard jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first as Jose Cruz and Denny Walling drive in runs. In the 3rd they would add another run to that lead as Walling again would single in a run. The Royals would finally wake up in the 3rd as Hal McRae double followed by a long homer by George Brett would make the score 3-2. The Astros bats will not be stopped though as they would those 2 runs right back Enos Cabell and Joe Morgan would have huge 2 out RBI.   With…
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1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Astros at Royals – Game 3

1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Astros at Royals – Game 3

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros, Royals, World Series
Series tied 1-1, huge Game 3 has starters Joe Niekro (20-12 3.55 Grade 13Z) for the Astros vs Rich Gale (13-9 3.92 Grade 6) for the Royals.   Starters come out in control as we are scoreless through 3 innings. In the 4th the Astros would break through with a run as Art Howe hits a sac fly to center scoring Cesar Cedano. In the 5th the Astros would bust the game wide open scoring 6 runs, knocking Gale out of the game and roughing up the Royals bullpen. Jose Cruz and Alan Ashby would huge 2 run doubles a piece the big blows. The Astros would add 2 more runs to the Royals misery in the 6th as Joe Morgan would go deep to right for a 2 run…
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1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Royals at Astros – Game 2

1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Royals at Astros – Game 2

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros, Royals, World Series
Game 1 to the Astros as they send Nolan Ryan (11-10 3.35 Grade X) to the mound against lefty Larry Gura (18-10 2.95 Grade 15Z) for the Royals.   The Royals get on the board first as they get 2 runs in the 3rd as Willie Aikens doubles in Willie Wilson and Hal McRae. In the 4th they would get 2 more off Ryan as unbelievably UL Washington would drive a 2 run homer down the line to right. With the score still 4-0 the Royals would get some insurance as Washington would double to drive in Clint Hurdle. Larry Gura was nothing short of outstanding. He would allow only 3 hits in the complete game shut out. The series is now tied as we head to Kansas City for…
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1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Royals at Astros – Game 1

1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Royals at Astros – Game 1

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros, Royals, World Series
Our playoff replay is a "what if" as the Astros beat the Phillies in the NLCS. The Royals send Dennis Leonard (20-11 3.79 Grade 11YZ) to the mound against Ken Forsch (12-13 3.20 Grade 13Z) for the Astros.   The Astros would get the scoring started in the 2nd with a huge inning as the would hit for the cycle in the inning. Cesar Cedano would homer (4th of the post-season!), Art Howe would triple in Denny Walling, and Alan Ashby would double in Walling. Enos Cabell would round out the scoring with a single to score Ashby. With the score 4-0 the Royals would get one back in the 3rd as Willie Wilson would double in UL Washington.   Ken Forsch would take care of the rest as he…
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1980 Playoff Replay – ALCS – Game 3 – Royals at Yankees

1980 Playoff Replay – ALCS – Game 3 – Royals at Yankees

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, ALCS, Royals, Yankees
Must win Game 3 has the Yankees sending Tommy John (22-9 3.43 Grade 13Z) to the mound opposite Paul Splittorff (14-11 4.15 Grade 6Z) for the Roayls.   The Yankees come out with their backs against the wall and score the first run of the game as Reggie Jackson singles in Bucky Dent. The Royals would answer with 3 huge runs in the 2nd as Frank White would rip a John fastball over the left field wall for a 3 run homer. The Royals would keep pounding the ball in the 3rd as they would put up 5 more runs. Hal McRae hits a double to drive in George Brett, White drives in 2 more with a single and Willie Wilson drives in White.   The Royals would keep piling…
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1980 Playoff Replay – ALCS – Game 2 – Yankees at Royals

1980 Playoff Replay – ALCS – Game 2 – Yankees at Royals

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, ALCS, Royals, Yankees
Game 2 with the Royals leading 1-0 has a pitching matchup of Rudy May (15-5 2.46 Grade 14YZ) for the Yankees and Dennis Leonard (20-11 3.79 Grade YZ) for the Royals.   The Royals again would draw first blood as Willie Wilson scores on passed ball by Rick Cerone. The would add to the lead in the 3rd as George Brett takes a May fastball over the wall in right for a 2 run homer to make it 3-0. The Yankees would threaten inning after inning but grounded into 4 double plays. They would finally break through against Leonard in the 9th as Reggie Jackson would hit a line drive homer out to right to make it 3-1. After a walk to the next batter the Royals would once again…
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1980 Playoff Replay – ALCS – Game 1 – Yankees at Royals

1980 Playoff Replay – ALCS – Game 1 – Yankees at Royals

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, ALCS, Royals, Yankees
Game 1 of the ALCS from Royals stadium pits lefties Ron Guidry (17-10 3.56 Grade 11Y) for the Yankees vs Larry Gura (18-10 2.95 Grade 15YZ) for the Royals.   Two premier lefties start out the ALCS and the starters keep it scoreless through 2. In the 3rd the Royals would get two unearned runs off Guidry. Guidry makes an error on a grounder and Lou Piniella fumbles a ball down the line. Willie Aikens and Darrell Porter score the runs to make it 2-0. The Yankees would bounce back in the 4th and get a run as Bob Watson would single in Willie Randolph.   In the bottom of the 6th the Royals would get a run as George Brett would score via RBI single from Amos Otis. Gura…
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