Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Mariners vs Expos

Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Mariners vs Expos

1978, 1978 Tournament, Expos, Mariners
This second round play in series matches the #26 Seattle Mariners who defeated the #25 Toronto Blue Jays against the #16 Montreal Expos. The Mariners will attempt to knock out both Canadian teams from this tournament. The winner of this series will face the #1 seed and World Champion New York Yankees. The Mariners are sending Rick Honeycutt (5-11 4.89 Grade 1) to the mound opposite 20 game winner Ross Grimsley (20-11 3.05 Grade 14). The Expos would waste no time scoring runs with 2 in the 3rd and 4th and single runs in the 4th and 5th. Honeycutt would be chased after 4 and the 6 runs through 5 was more than enough for Grimsley. Grimsley would go all nine just giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and…
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Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Astros vs Twins

Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Astros vs Twins

1978, 1978 Tournament, Astros, Twins
Game 3 has the Astros with their backs to the wall down 2-0. The Astros send Joe Niekro (14-14 3.86 Grade 7) to pitch against Dave Goltz (15-10 2.49 Grade 16). The Astos have only scored 2 runs so far through 2 games and this one isn't much different. The Astros stranded 5 runners through 3 and it would come back to haunt them. The Twins jump on top 2-0 thanks to a clutch hit by Rob Wilfong, they would add another run in the 7th to make it 3-0. The Astros finally get on the board with a 2 out single by Enos Cabell but Mike Marshall would come on to get the last 4 outs for his second save of the series. Final Score: Twins 3, Astros 1…
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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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