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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1985 Tournament Results – Astros beat Yankees 4-1

1985 Tournament Results – Astros beat Yankees 4-1

1985, 1985 Tournament, Astros, Yankees
This series can be summed up simply as the Yankee offense (which was pretty explosive) didn't show up. Runners left on base and a lot of double play balls sealed their fate. The Astros got just enough pitching and hitting to stay in control the whole series. The Astros will move on to face their rivals Los Angeles Dodgers in the Elite 8.   Game 1: Astros 4, Yankees 3 Game 2: Astros 5, Yankees 4 Game 3: Yankees 3, Astros 1 Game 4: Astros 3, Yankees 1 Game 5: Astros 7, Yankees 0
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Game 5 – 1985 Tournament Replay Yankees at Astros

Game 5 – 1985 Tournament Replay Yankees at Astros

1985, 1985 Tournament, Astros, Yankees
Game 5 from Houston has the Yankees down 3-1 and sending Ron Guidry (22-6 3.27 Grade 14YZ) to the mound opposite Bob Knepper (15-13 3.55 Grade 11Z).   The Astros would score 2 in the first off Guidry. Jose Cruz would single in Bill Doran and Dickie Thon to put the pressure on the Yankees. The Astros would continue that pressure with 3 more in the 4th as Mark Bailey would line a 3 run homer to center. With the score 5-0 the Astros would add more insurance in the 6th as Knepper would help himself with a triple down the right field line to score 2.   This would be more than enough for Knepper as he would go the distance and shutout the Yankees and close out the…
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Game 4 – 1985 Tournament Replay Yankees at Astros

Game 4 – 1985 Tournament Replay Yankees at Astros

1985, 1985 Tournament, Astros, Yankees
Astros look to put the Yankees against the wall send Ron Mathis (3-5 6.04 Grade 1) to the mound versus Joe Cowley (12-6 3.95 Grade 6Y) for the Yankees.   The pitchers are in control early as the game stays scoreless through 5 inning. The Yankees would finally dent the scoreboard with a run in the 6th. Rickey Henderson would single and steal second and would be driven home by Don Mattingly. The Astros would answer right back in the bottom half with 2 runs. Kevin Bass would triple home Graig Reynolds and Jose Cruz would single home Bass. The Astros would score another run in the bottom of the 7th courtesy of a pinch hit RBI double by Terry Puhl.   Frank Dipino and Dave Smith would get the…
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Game 3 – 1985 Tournament Replay Yankees at Astros

Game 3 – 1985 Tournament Replay Yankees at Astros

1985, 1985 Tournament, Astros, Yankees
Game 3 from the Astrodome with the Astros leading 2-0 has Phil Niekro (16-12 4.09 Grade 8YW) pitching for the Yankees and Mike Scott (18-8 3.29 Grade 13Y) for the Astros.   Pitchers would come out early in control as Niekro and Scott keep it scoreless through 5 innings. The Yankees would break the ice with a run in the 6th. Willie Randolph would double in Don Mattingly for the 1-0 lead. The Astros would answer with a run in the 7th as Mark Bailey would line a knuckleball out to left to tie it up.   This game like last game would go to extras. Astro and Yankee relivers would keep it 1-1 until the 13th. A 2 out error by Bailey would give the Yankees a base runner,…
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