Game 5 – 1978 Tournament Replay Royals vs Rangers

Game 5 – 1978 Tournament Replay Royals vs Rangers

1978, 1978 Tournament, Rangers, Royals
Must win Game 5 for the Rangers as they send ace John Matlack (15-13 2.27 Grade 18) to the mound versus Dennis Leonard (21-17 3.33 Grade 13). No one the Rangers would rather have on the mound than their ace lefty and he didn't disappoint. Matlack would go the distance allowing only 5 hits and a lone run in the 9th. The Rangers offense would once again be lead by Al Oliver as his 2 run double in the 6th broke the game open for the Rangers. Rangers for a Game 6 back in Royals Stadium. Final Score: Rangers 4, Royals 1 WP: John Matlack (1-1) LP: Dennis Leonard (1-1) HR's: None
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Game 4 – 1978 Tournament Replay Royals vs Rangers

Game 4 – 1978 Tournament Replay Royals vs Rangers

1978, 1978 Tournament, Rangers, Royals
Game 4, with the Royals leading 2-1, features Rich Gale (14-8 3.09 Grade 12) vs Doc Medich (9-8 3.74 Grade 6). One pitch, 1-0 Royals, as George Brett lines the first pitch of the game over the center field wall for a quick 1-0 lead. The Royals would add 2 more in the 2nd, sac fly by Frank White and another RBI from Brett. Al Oliver would get a run back in the 2nd as he lines an opposite field homer to make it 3-1 Royals. The Royals would put the game away with 1 run in the 4th, 2 runs in the 5th and 6th. Hal McRae going big fly in the 6th for his first homer of this tournament. Gale would do the rest as he would go…
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Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Royals vs Rangers

Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Royals vs Rangers

1978, 1978 Tournament, Rangers, Royals
Game 3 from Arlington Stadium features a pitching matchup of Larry Gura (16-4 2.72 Grade 15) for the Royals vs Doyle Alexander (9-10 3.86 Grade 6) for the Rangers. Offenses start out slow as both team can only manage a single run through 4 innings. The Rangers would bust out in the bottom of the 6th scoring 3 runs. Richie Zisk and Toby Harrah with big hits to give the Rangers the lead. The seventh would provide more fireworks as Zisk again would provide a big hit, this time a Grand Slam homer to left. Alexander and the Ranger bullpen would do the rest and secure the 8-3 victory and get the Rangers right back into this series. Final Score: Rangers 8, Royals 3 WP: Doyle Alexander (1-0) LP: Larry…
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Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Rangers vs Royals

Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Rangers vs Royals

1978, 1978 Tournament, Rangers, Royals
Game 2 features another top flight pitching matchup as the Rangers send Fergie Jenkins (18-8 3.04 Grade 14) to the mound opposite Paul Splittorff (19-13 3.40 Grade 13). Another quality pitching matchup, another low scoring game? The Royals break a scoreless tie in the 3rd with a 3 spot. RBI hits by Frank White, George Brett, and Amos Otis account for the scoring. The Rangers down 3-0 finally get on the board with a run in the 6th. 2 out RBI single by Al Oliver the big hit. Splittorff and Al Hrabosky again would keep the Rangers quiet the rest of the game and give the Royals a 2-0 series advantage as we head to Arlington Stadium. Final Score: Royals 3, Rangers 1 WP: Paul Splittorff (1-0) LP: Fergie Jenkins…
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Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Rangers vs Royals

Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Rangers vs Royals

1978, 1978 Tournament, Rangers, Royals
This Sweet 16 matchup features AL West division mates. The #11 Texas Rangers vs the #6 Kansas City Royals. The Rangers finished 87-75, 2nd in the AL West, 5 games behind the Royals. The AL West Champion Royals finished 92-70. The Rangers send stud lefty John Matlack (15-13 2.27 Grade 18) to the mound against Dennis Leonard (21-17 3.33 Grade 13). Great pitching matchup and they didn't disappoint. The Rangers strike first Johnny Grubb goes deep off Leonard to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Royals would get that run back plus one in the 4th, as John Wathan ropes a double down the line to score 2. With the score 2-1 the Rangers could offer up no more offense as Al Hrabosky comes in to get the final…
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1978 Tournament Results – Padres beat Dodgers 4-2

1978 Tournament Results – Padres beat Dodgers 4-2

1978, 1978 Tournament, Dodgers, Padres
Padres with the big upset and beat the Dodgers 4-2. Game 1 - Padres 1, Dodgers 0 Game 2 - Padres 2, Dodgers 0 Game 3 - Dodgers 9, Padres 2 Game 4 - Dodgers 5, Padres 2 Game 5 - Padres 1, Dodgers 0 Game 6 - Padres 7, Dodgers 2 Dodgers shut out 3 times. Just could not get hits with runners in scoring position. MVP's: Gaylord Perry and Randy Jones go a combined 4-0 and only allow 2 runs. Incredible!!
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Game 6 – 1978 Tournament Replay Padres vs Dodgers

Game 6 – 1978 Tournament Replay Padres vs Dodgers

1978, 1978 Tournament, Dodgers, Padres
Must win Game 6 for the Dodgers from Dodger Stadium. The Padres send lefty Randy Jones (13-14 2.88 Grade 14) to the hill versus Burt Hooton (19-10 2.71 Grade 15). Dodgers offense again would fail to take advantage of early base runners and strand 4 through 2 innings. The Padres would jump on top in the top half of the 3rd. Dave Winfield with a bases loaded triple to give the Padres a 3-0 lead and take the wind out of the crowd. The Dodgers would scratch back in it getting single runs in the 4th and the 7th to make it 3-2 going into the 8th. The Padres would then put the game away as Winfield again would provide the big hit with a long 2 run homer to…
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Game 5 – 1978 Tournament Replay Dodgers vs Padres

Game 5 – 1978 Tournament Replay Dodgers vs Padres

1978, 1978 Tournament, Dodgers, Padres
The Dodgers having climbed their way back into the series send Don Sutton (15-11 3.55 Grade 11) to the mound versus Gaylord Perry (21-6 2.73 Grade 15). This game is one of the reasons I love replaying baseball and why I just love baseball in particular. Anything can and often will happen. Sutton and Perry do what they do best get outs in bunches as the score is 0-0 heading to the bottom of the 5th. That is when Ozzie Smith stepped to the plate and hits a homer down the right field line. Now Ozzie only hit 1 homer all year in 78. The dice roll had to be 66's twice in a row for this outcome. Just flat unbelievable!! That would be the only run that Perry would need as…
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Game 4 – 1978 Tournament Replay Dodgers vs Padres

Game 4 – 1978 Tournament Replay Dodgers vs Padres

1978, 1978 Tournament, Dodgers, Padres
Game 4 has the Dodgers sending young right hander Bob Welch (7-4 2.02 Grade 13) to the hill against Bob Owchinko (10-13 3.56 Grade 9). For the first time in the series the Dodgers would strike first. The get 3 in the first off Owchinko, RBI single by Reggie Smith is followed by a 2 run homer by Steve Garvey. Welch would not give up a run until Gene Tenace would hit a curve ball over the left field wall to make it 3-1 Dodgers. The Dodgers would give Welch some breathing room with 2 more runs in the 6th. Davey Lopes and Bill Russell with huge RBI hits. The Dodgers would bring in Terry Forster in to get the save and even the series. 4 games all won by…
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Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Dodgers vs Padres

Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Dodgers vs Padres

1978, 1978 Tournament, Dodgers, Padres
Almost a must win Game 3 for the Dodgers and they send Tommy John (17-10 3.30 Grade 12) to the mound. The Padres trying to take complete control send Eric Rasmussen (12-10 4.06 Grade 6). The Padres would jump out on top getting 2 quick runs off John in the first inning. RBI by Gene Richards and Dave Winfield puts the pressure on the Dodgers offense. They would finally respond with a run in the 4th via RBI double by Ron Cey. They would come right back and get 2 more in the 5th Steve Garvey and Cey once again driving in runs. With the score 3-2 the Dodgers would break the game open scoring 3 in the 8th and 3 more in the 9th. John would go the distance…
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