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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jays-Sox Split; Mirabella Paints Masterpiece

June 10, 1980 at Chicago – Chet Lemon singled in Greg Pryor in the B15th to hand Chicago a 3-2 win. Ed Farmer (1-2) picked up his first win in relief. Joey McLaughlin (0-4) remained winless for the Blue Jays.

June 11, 1980 at Chicago – Paul Mirabella (1-8) and Ken Kravec (0-9) both entered the contest 0-8. Someone had to blink, and it was Kravec in a 5-0 Toronto win. Mirabella was  stone-faced, and he stoned the White Sox on 1-hit through 9 complete. Mike Squires 6th inning knock was the lone blemish on Mirabella’s (he sounds like an artist, eh?) masterpiece.  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tribe, Pale Hose Share Pair

June 6, 1980 at Chicago – Jerry Dybzinski doubled to lead off the T14 and was singled home by Miguel Dilone for a 3-2 Cleveland winner. Southpaws Rick Waits (10 IP) and Steve Trout (9 IP) matched up in a beauty. Victor Cruz (2-0) eventually took the W. Mike Proly (1-4) was hung with the L.

June 8, 1980 at Chicago – Britt Burns (3-6) fired 8 innings of 5-hit shutout ball as Chicago split the short 2-game affair, 7-0. Jim Morrison and Harold Baines drove in 2 runs apiece to power the offense. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rangers Roll White Sox

June 3, 1980 at Chicago – Al Oliver homered and drove in 3 to lead the Rangers to an easy 8-3 win. Gaylord Perry (5-4) spit out 5 innings for the win.

June 4, 1980 (Game #1) at Chicago – Chicago captured the lid-lifter of this twin bill, 9-7. The ChiSox jumped to a 7-2 lead, but big hats came back with 1 in the 6th and 4 in the 7th to tie it. Dave Roberts provided the big bang with a 3-run blast. The Pale Hose answered in the bottom of the frame with a sac fly from Harold Baines and a run-scoring single form Harry Chappas.

June 4, 1980 (Game #2) at Chicago – Richie Zisk’s 2-run single in the top of the 8th broke a 1-1 tie and led to a 4-1 Rangers win in the night cap. Sparky Lyle (5) closed it out for a weary Texas staff with 3 outs in the 9th.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


The Atlanta Braves improved their record to 20-20 by winning two games against the visiting San Francisco Giants. 

                 WP:  HRABOSKY (1-0)
                 LP:    LAVELLE (3-2)
                 HOME RUNS:  ATL: BURROUGHS (5)

The Atlanta Braves led 4-2 in the top of the 9th and Al Hrabosky on to close. The Giants got to Hrabosky for two runs and 3 hits to tie the game 4-4. The Braves roared back in the bottom of the inning, scoring the game winner on a single by Jerry Royster. 

                 WP:  McWILLIAMS (1-4)
                 LP:   KNEPPER (5-5)

                 HOME RUNS: ATL- MATTHEWS (3), MURPHY (6)

 Larry McWilliams won his first game of the year with his best outing to date. McWilliams scattered six hits over eight innings while allowing two runs. McWilliams outstanding pitching performance was supported by a strong Braves' offense led by Chris Chambliss' four hits. Dale Murphy and Bruce Benedict had two hits and two RBI each. 

                 WP:  WHITSON (2-8)  S: MINTON (6)
                 LP:    ALEXANDER (2-4)  

                 HOME RUNS:  SF: CLARK (8) 
                                        ATL: MATTHEWS (4)

The San Francisco Giants battered Atlanta starter Doyle Alexander for 5 runs on 12 hits over 5.2 innings and went on to defeat the Braves 8-5 ending their seven game losing streak. 
The potent Giant offense was led by Jack Clark with 3 hits, 2 RBI, a double and a home run. Terry Whitfield added 3 hits and an RBI. 

Bruce Benedict led the Braves with four hits. Chris Chambliss and Brian Asselstine added three hits apiece. Both Chambliss (7-13) and Benedict (8-13) have a very productive series at the plate.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Milwaukee Keeps Slim Lead In AL East With Sweep Of Seattle

After dropping 2 of 3 to the Mariners just 5 days ago the Brewers came home to County Stadium
with revenge on their mind.  And retribution is exactly what they got.  Milwaukee outscored Seattle 17-4 in the series recording 36 hits and 4 home runs.  Jim Gantner went 6 for 6 ( 2 doubles) in the first two games of the series before being rested in game 3.  The Brewers also had 2 of their 3 starting pitchers go the distance and Rickey Keaton (1-0, 0.00 ERA) went 8 complete, in his season debut, before handing it over to Bill Castro to finish things out.  The sweep of Seattle improves Milwaukee's record to 25-15 while the Mariners dropped to 18-27.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Houston Padlocks the Padres

The Astros try to keep pace with the Dodgers at the top of the NL West and sweep the Padres. Houston got a little lucky -- they could have easily lost all three of these games. Ex-Red (and reclaimed Astro) Joe Morgan has a nice clutch hitting series to help carry Houston.

Game One: Houston 5, San Diego 4 (14 innings)
Joe Morgan helps the Astros sweep.

W: Smith (2-0)
L: Shirley (301)

Houston starter J.R. Richard, coming in at 6-1, had a rough outing, allowing 11 hits and four runs in six innings. But down 4-3 in the eighth, Houston ties it up off Rollie Fingers on a single from pinch hitter Denny Walling. The game moves into the bottom of the 14th, when Houston (almost out of pitchers), finally wins it. Joe Morgan is the hero, walking, stealing second, and scoring on a bullet up the middle from Rafael Landestoy.

Game Two: Houston 7, San Diego 2
W: J.Niekro (4-4)
L: D'Acquisto (0-2)

San Diego starter Gary Lucas does well early, leading 2-1 into the eighth inning, in a good pitching battle with Houston's Joe Niekro. But then Padres' reliever John D'Acquisto undoes the good start, giving up five runs in the eighth as Houston's offense finally gets charged. D'Acquisto walks three and gives up a double off the rightfield wall from Morgan, who is having a nice series.

Game Three: Houston 3, San Diego 2
W: Ryan (3-7)
L: Fingers (1-2)

New Houston acquisition Nolan Ryan finally shows some semblance of success in the Astrodome (he came in having lost seven games), pitching a complete game five-hitter and barely beating San Diego. The game is knotted at two going into the bottom of the ninth, as Gene Richards had tied it for San Diego the inning before on a single. Fingers, in relief of starter Rick Wise, has a poor outing, allowing a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth to super-sub Dave Bergman, walking Terry Puhl, and allowing a bunt to move the runners to third. That man, Joe Morgan, comes up again and hits a long sac fly to win it for the home squad.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Rangers take 2 of 3 from A's

Game 1:
Texas 4  Oakland 3
WP - Jenkins (5-2)  LP - Langford (4-4)
HR - None

Fergie Jenkins won his 5th game of the season with a complete game against the
A's in Oakland.  Oakland came into the game on a hot streak, winning 9 of their last 10.
Mickey Rivers led the Rangers with 3 of their 15 hits.

Game 2:
Texas 5  Oakland 4  (11 innings)
WP - Perry (4-4)  LP - Lacey (1-3)  S - Lyle (4)
HR - Tex: None  Oak: Armas (6), Page (5)

Bud Harrelson singled home Mickey Rivers in    
the top of the 11th inning to give the Rangers
an extra-inning win over the A's and their
second straight win in the series.  Gaylord
Perry pitched into the 11th inning, finally
giving way to Sparky Lyle who finished off
the A's.  Mickey Rivers had another big day
going 4 for 6.  The A's had tied the game in
the 8th with a 2-run Mitchell Page shot, but
in the end Texas came out ahead.

Game 3:
Oakland 5  Texas 1
WP - Norris (7-1)  LP - Medich (1-4)
HR - Tex: Grubb (2)  Oak: Armas (7)

Mike Norris was dominant once again, shutting              
down the Rangers with a complete game win.
Norris has been amazing this season, this time
striking out 10 and scattering just 3 hits.
Tony Armas homered for the second straight
game, upping his season total to 7.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Twins Outscore Sox 18-4 in Ugly Sweep

May 19, 1980 at Chicago – Jerry Koosman (4-2) pitched 6 innings for the 5-2 Twins win. Doug Corbett (4) tossed 3 more for the save. Rick Sofield (4) homered and drove in 3 from the 9th place in the batting order.

May 20, 1980 at Chicago – In 1983 the White Sox would be “Winning Ugly,” but in 1980, they were just losing ugly. Minnesota won 10-2. Sofield (5) homered again and drove in 2. Glenn Adams (1) had 3 hits, including a HR and 3 RBI. Rob Wilfong (5) went deep and knocked in 2. Darrell Jackson (1-2) cruised through 8 IP for the W.

May 21, 1980 at Chicago – Geoff Zahn (5-4) made sure Minnesota completed the sweep with a 5-hit shutout in the series finale. Twins win 3-0. DH Jose Morales’ (3) solo shot in the 7th off Steve Trout (3-2) proved to be enough runs. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015


The Atlanta Braves closed out their current home stand winning two of three from the New York Mets. 

GAME 1:   ATLANTA 5   NEW YORK 0       
                    WP:  NIEKRO (6-1)
                     LP:   FALCONE (3-2)

                     HOME RUNS: NONE

Phil Niekro pitched his 4th complete game, a 6 hit shutout, in defeating the New York Mets 5-0. Niekro was in complete command walking only 1 and striking out 4. His latest effort lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.39. Niekro's excellent outing was supported by a host of Braves hitters led by Jerry Royster's 2 hits and 2 RBI. Chris Chambliss also added 2 hits and an RBI.


                     WP:   ZACHRY (1-0)    S: Allen (6)
                     LP:    MATULA (4-3)

                     HOME RUNS:   HENDERSON, S (1)

In the first game of a doubleheader, Pat Zachry  pitched 5.2 innings allowing 5 hits and 1 run as the New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 2-1. In a game featuring great pitching from both starters, the Mets scored all they needed in the 2nd inning on Steve Henderson's 2 run home run. The Braves scored their lone run on a double play in the bottom of the 4th. Rick Matula pitched well in defeat allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in 6 innings.


                  WP: ALEXANDER (2-3)
                  LP:   BURRIS (0-6)

                  HOME RUNS: NONE

In the second game of the twin bill, the Atlanta Braves bounced back and defeated the Mets 5-2. Bruce Benedict led the Braves attack with a double and 3 RBI. In earning his second win of the year, Doyle Alexander pitched 8 innings allowing one unearned run on eight Met hits.

M's Outlast Pale Hose

May 16, 1980 at Chicago – Steve Trout (3-1) pitched 8 1/3 yielding just 3 runs and Jim Morrison collected 3 hits to lead the ChiSox to a 9-3 winner.

May 17, 1980 at Chicago – In a dandy southpaw pitching duel, Seattle’s Rick Honeycutt (3-3) bested Britt Burns (1-4), 2-1. Honeycutt went the distance, fanning 3, walking no one and scattering 6 hits.

May 18, 1980 at Chicago – Byron McLaughlin (1-1) tossed 5 innings of relief for the win as the Navs outlasted the White Sox, 6-5 in 14 innings. The winning run scored when a dead-armed Ross Baumgarten (2-4) walked Larry Cox with the bases jammed to plate Bruce Bochte in the T14.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Houston Holds down Mighty Phillies

The Astros face the fearsome Phillies in the dome and take the first two games with good hitting and pitching. But the Phils' Randy Lerch comes back in the final game to shut out the Astros offense.

Game One: The Phillies' Dick Ruthven (2-5) gets bashed for four runs in the first two innings, led by a two run single from Jose Cruz, who is hitting over .380 in May. J.R. Richard (5-1) continues to pitch like an ace but is a little wild, walking four. But he gets relief help from Frank LaCorte and Dave Smith to preserve the win. HOU 6, PHI 2. 

Game Two: The Phils and Astros are tied at 2 apiece after nine, with nice pitching from Larry Christenson and Joe Niekro. The Phils get a solo blast from Mike Schmidt, his seventh, to stay in the game. But in the 10th, Phils pitcher Ron Reed allows a double off the left field wall from Alan Ashby and a pinch single from Dave Bergman to win it for Houston. HOU 3, PHI 2 (10).

Game Three: The Phillies' Randy Lerch (3-3) shuts out Houston in eight innings on five hits, as Houston continues to have trouble with lefthanders. His counterpart, Nolan Ryan (2-6) again is too wild to be effective, walking five on the way to allowing five runs in 6.1 innings. The Phillies only get one extra base hit, a double from Greg Luzinski, in a balanced scoring attack. PHI 5, HOU 0.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Expos Expose Houston to Stretch Win Streak to Six

Montreal moves its record to a gaudy 19-9 and hikes its win streak to six, while totaling shutting down Houston's offense in this two game series.

Game One: David Palmer pitches like an ace, shutting out Houston on eight hits and no runs in a complete game win for his first win (1-0). The 'Stros' Nolan Ryan continues to struggle with his new team, dropping to 2-5 while walking five in a wild performance. A double from Ron LeFlore and a clutch single by Tony Bernazard accounted for much of the scoring. Mon 3, Hou 0.

Game Two: Montreal jumps out to three first innings runs off Houston starter Ken Forsch (4-2), led by crushing doubles from Andre Dawson and Larry Parrish. Scott Sanderson (4-2) keeps Houston off balance after that, as does reliever Woody Fryman, who picks up his fifth save. Houston only manages six singles in the easy Montreal win. Mon 4, Hou 2.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


The Philadelphia Phillies continued their winning ways sweeping a short two game series in Atlanta.

GAME 1:   PHILLIES 4   BRAVES  2   (15)
                  WP:  McGRAW (1-0)  S:  LaGROW (2)
                  LP:    HANNA (0-1)

                   HR:  NONE
The Philadelphia Phillies outlasted the Atlanta Braves 4-2 in a 15 inning affair.  With the score tied 2-2 in the 15th, the Phillies scored 2 runs on a double by Bake McBride and a sac fly by Mike Schmidt. Bake McBride led the Phillies attack with 4 hits and 3 RBI.

The Braves managed only 2 runs on 14 hits, leaving 11 men on base.  Back in the lineup after an extended stay on the DL, Bob Horner led the offense with 3 hits.

                  WP:  CARLTON (6-2)
                  LP:   McWILLIAMS (0-4)

                  HOME RUNS:  PHI: McBRIDE 2 (4), (5)
                                                 MADDOX (3)

The Phillies potent offense and a strong pitching performance by Steve Carlton spelled disaster for the Braves in game two. Once again, Bake McBride was the hitting star for the Phillies going 3-5 with 4 RBI including two home runs. Gary Maddox added 3 hits and 2 RBI and a home run.

Gary Mathews and Chris Chambliss had 2 hits apiece for the Braves


Reds and Mets Split a pair

Game 1,
Mazzilli scored winning run.


Cincinnati blew a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning when John Sterns doubled to right and scored on a one out Elliott Maddux single. That knotted the game at one apiece.  New York put the game away in the eleventh. Lee Mazzilli led off the inning with a line drive hit between first and second. He promptly stole second, went to third on the throw to second base. He scored on a groundout to first. Cincinnati did nothing the in bottom half of the inning when Neil Allen retired the Red batters in succession. Allen recorded his 5th save as the victory went to Ed Gynn (1-1). The loss was hung on Tom Hume (0-3).....Mets 2...Reds 1 in 11 innings.

Game 2,


Driessen smacks 3-run bomb.
Dan Driessen hit a 3-run homerun during a 5 run Red 5th inning.  Cincinnati coasted to an easy victory as crafty lefty, Charlie Leibrandt went the distance to record his 4th win on the year to improve to 4-3. The loss went to Craig Swann (2-4). Reds 7....Mets 1.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A's sweep Jays

Game 1 (5/10/80)
Oakland: 7  Toronto: 3
WP - Langford (2-3)  LP - Clancy (2-2)
HR - TOR: Whitt (4), OAK: Revering (6)

Dave Revering knocked in 4 runs with a 3-hit day that included his 6th homer of the year.
Jeff Newman had the other 3 RBI for the A's, and Rick Langford pitched a complete game for his second win.  Jim Clancy took the loss but pitched a complete game and struck out 7 A's, while his battery mate Ernie Whitt hit his 4th for the Blue Jays.  Otto Velez also had a nice game, going 4 for 4.

Game 2 (5/11/80)
Oakland: 3  Toronto: 2
WP - Norris (4-1)  LP - Buskey (1-2)
HR - TOR: Velez (4), OAK: none

Mike Norris pitched another strong game,      
but he needed a 9th inning rally by his
teammates to get him his 4th win of the
year.  Norris was leading 2-1 in the top
of the 8th when pinch hitter Otto Velez
crushed a fastball into the left field seats
to tie the game 2-2.  The game stayed that
way until the bottom of the 9th, when
Dave Revering, Blue Jay killer, singled
home Dwayne Murphy to give Oakland
the victory and series sweep.


The Houston Astros rolled into Atlanta atop the National League West and promptly took two of the three games against the Atlanta Braves.

                 WP: FORSCH (4-1)
                 LP:  McWilliams (0-3)

Ken Forsch pitched a 5 hit, nine inning complete game in earning his fourth win of the year as the Astros blanked the road weary Braves 6-0. Enos
Cabell led the Astros attack with 2 hits, including his first home run and 2 RBI.                                                                                        

The Braves, who never threatened, were led by Chris Chambliss' 2 hits.

                 WP: RICHARDS (4-1)
                 LP:  MATULA (4-2)

The strong Houston pitching continued in game two as J.R. Richards pitched a complete game allowing one run on seven hits while striking out 11 Braves.

The Houston offense which scored 3 runs in the 3rd and 3 more in the 6th was led by Terry Puhl with 2 hits and 3 RBI and Craig
Reynolds with 3 hits and 2 RBI. Both Puhl (1) and Reynolds (2) tagged Braves starter, Rick Matula for home runs. J.R Richards (1) also homered for the Astros.

The Braves lone run scored on a Brian Asselstine sac fly in the 5th inning.

                 WP: P. NIEKRO (5-1)
                 LP:  J. NIEKRO (2-4)

Game three featured the battle of the Niekros. The Atlanta bats came alive as they scored 7 runs on 12 hits in making a winner of brother Phil.  In earning
his 5th victory of the year, Phil limited the Astros to 1 run on 6 hits  while
striking out 8. 

The Braves offense was led by Jeff Burroughs and Bruce
Benedict with 3 hits apiece. Burroughs also hit his 4th home run of the year and added 3 RBI.