Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Astros

Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Astros

1978, 1978 Tournament, Astros, Twins
Game 2 feels like a must win got the Astros here at the Astrodome as they are looking at a Grade A pitcher on Goltz in Game 3. Twins send Geoff Zahn (14-14 3.03 Grade 14) to the mound opposite Mark Lemongello (9-14 3.94 Grade 6). Hitters were quiet through 3 innings until the Twins put a 3 spot up in the 4th made worse for the Astros by an error from centerfielder Terry Puhl. It allowed 2 runs to come home after 2 were out. That would be more than enough for Geoff Zahn as he tosses a complete game shoutout to give the Twins a 2-0 lead heading back to Metropolitan Stadium. Final Score: Twins 6, Astros 0 WP: Geoff Zahn (1-0) LP: Mark Lemongello (0-1) HR's: None…
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Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Astros

Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Astros

1978, 1978 Tournament, Astros, Twins
The next match up in the play in round features the #18 seed Minnesota Twins vs the #17 seed Houston Astros. The Twins finished 73-89 and finished 4th in the AL West while the Astros finished 74-88 and finished 5th in the NL West. Game 1 is a showdown between Roger Erickson (14-13 3.96 Grade 8) vs. JR Richard (18-11 3.11 Grade 14). Pitchers would control the early game as through 4 the Twins had scratched across a lone run and led 1-0. The Twins would open the game up some in the 4th with back to back homers, a 2 run shot by Willie Norwood and a solo shot from Roy Smalley. Leading 4-0 the Astros finally dent the scoreboard with a run in the 5th and a solo…
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Game 4 – 1978 Tournament Replay White Sox vs Indians

Game 4 – 1978 Tournament Replay White Sox vs Indians

1978, 1978 Tournament, Indians, White Sox
Cleveland still facing elimination sends Donnie Hood (5-6 4.48 Grade 3) to the mound while Chicago sends veteran left Wilbur Wood (10-10 5.20 Grade 2). Another solid performance by both pitcher as Wood only gives up 2 runs in 6+ and Hood goes 8+ strong only giving up one run. The Indians took a 4-1 1 lead going into the 9th and closer Jim Kern on the mound. The first 2 batters reach in the top of the 9th and after hitting only 5 homers in the regular season utility man Wayne Nordhagen launches a 3 run homer to tie the game at 4. The White Sox had a chance to take the lead later in the inning but Ralph Garr was cut down at the plate by Paul Dade.…
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Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay White Sox vs Indians

Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay White Sox vs Indians

1978, 1978 Tournament, Indians, White Sox
Cleveland gets to come back to Cleveland Stadium albeit down 2-0. Cleveland sends Mike Paxton (12-11 3.86 Grade 6) to the mound opposite Francisco Barrios (9-15 4.05 Grade 6). Indians would jump out on top 2-0 after scoring 1 run in the bottom of the first and the second. Including Bernie Carbo's homer in the second frame. White Sox would get on the board with a run in the 5th, but Cleveland would answer back with a 4 spot in the 6th. This was more than enough for Paxton as he goes the distance in the 6-1 win. Cleveland forces game 4 again from Cleveland Stadium. Final Score: Indians 6, White Sox 1 WP: Mike Paxton (1-0) LP: Francisco Barrios (0-1) HR: Bernie Carbo (1) Game 4 pitchers are Wilbur…
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Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Indians vs White Sox

Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Indians vs White Sox

1978, 1978 Tournament, Indians, White Sox
Cleveland in the hole 1-0 sends Rick Wise (9-19 4.34 Grade 5) to the mound countered by Ken Kravec (11-16 4.08 Grade 6) for the Sox. Both teams brought the bats for this one as Chicago opened the scoring with a 3 spot in the bottom of the 2nd. With the score 5-2 in the top of the 5th the Indians score 2 courtesy of a long 2 run homer by catcher Gary Alexander. The Indians would finally take the lead with 2 more in the 6th to take a 6-5 advantage. The lead would be short lived as the White Sox would scratch out a run in the 7th off Indians reliever Sid Monge. Both teams had chances to score again in regulation but didn't and the game would…
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Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Indians vs White Sox

Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Indians vs White Sox

1978, 1978 Tournament, Indians, White Sox
Next match up in the play in round is the #20 seed Cleveland Indians vs the #19 Chicago White Sox. The Indians finished the season 69-90 and 6th in the AL East. The White Sox had a final record of 71-90 and finished 5th in the AL West. Game 1 featured starters Rick Waits (13-15 3.20 Grade 13) for the Indians and Steve Stone (12-12 4.37 Grade 5) for the ChiSox. This game featured some real good pitching as both Stone and Waits goes a full 9 innings both giving up only 2 runs. The White Sox scored 2 in the first compliments of a 2 run homer by Jorge Orta. The Indians countered with a 2 run homer of their own by Paul Dade in the 7th. The game…
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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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