Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pale Hose Survive Armas, A's with 2 Wins

June 2, 1981
CHICAGO -- Tony Armas blasted his league-leading 22nd homer in the 6th with a man on to power Oakland to a 4-1 win. Steve McCatty (5-4) went the full 9 for the win, yielding just 3 hits.

June 3, 1981
CHICAGO -- Francisco Barrios (5-2) nearly duplicated McCatty's opening day performance with a 3-hit shut out of us,

June 4, 1981
CHICAGO -- Harold Baines (7) 2-run home run in the 7th and Carlton Fisk's RBI single in the 8th helped the White Sox overcome the Armas (23, 24) Armada for a 3-2 win. Richard Dotson (5-2) was the WP with Rick Langford (6-5) tagged as LP.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

'Spos sweep Bucs

Walk off 3 run shot is the game winner
Warren Cromartie's walk of 3 run shut erased a 2 run deficit and sent Expo fans home happy in game 1.  Chris Speier's walk off solo shot in extras was the only run scored by both teams in this contest.  Montreal won big behind Steve Rogers, who upped his record to 10-1, 2.27 on the season.  Rogers becomes the first double digit winner in baseball in this young 1981 season.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Bucs Surprise Phils with In-State Sweep

May 22, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Pascual Perez (1-0) and Kent Tekulve (2) combined on a 7-hit shut out of Philadelphia, 2-0. The Pirates were only able to net 6 hits, but Mike Easler and Lee Lacy drove in runs with theirs.

May 23, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- "El" Nino Espinosa (2-4) was more of a benevolent weather god to the Bucs hitters. hallowed 7 ER on 11 hits in 4 IP and Pittsburgh won easily 10-2. Meanwhile, Eddie Solomon (2-1) was a rock-solid island on the bump for the Pirates through 7 IP. Phil Garner (3 RBI) and Jason Thompson led the Buccos offense with 3 hits apiece.

May 24, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Jim Bibby (1) blasted a massive 428-foot home run to LCF in the 7th to give the Pirates the margin they needed in a 3-2 win and a sweep of the in-state rival Phillies. AND, btw, Bibby (4-1) also went the distance on the mound, yielding just 5 hits. Lowa Bowa had 3 of those knocks for the Phils. Steve Nicoscia and Mike "The Hit Man" Easler knocked in the other runs for the Bucs.

Reds take 3 of 4 from Dodgers

May 22, 1981:  The Reds crack out 15 hits on their way to a 12-5 win.  Foster goes 4 for 5 with 4 RBI including a 3 run HR.  Griffey also has 4 hits with 2 doubles.  Dodgers Ron Cey also hit a 3 run HR.  LaCoss (2-5) gets the win while veteran Reuss (2-4) is saddled with the loss.

May 23, 1981:  A 3 run 8th gives the Reds a win over Fernando mania, 6-3.  Foster was on base 4 times with 2 hits and 2 walks, scoring 2 runs.  Knight had 3 RBI.  Baker was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI for L.A.  Hume (3-1) picked up the win in relief while Valenzuela (4-5) was the loser.

May 24, 1981:  Dodgers broke open a close game with 3 runs in the 9th to win game one of the twinbill 7-2.  Cey went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI and 2 HR.  Welch (6-1) garnered the win while Seaver (4-5) suffered the setback.

May 24, 1981:  A 6 run 6th helped give Cincinnati the 11-6 win and series win.  Foster continued his hot hitting (.393) going 2 for 4 with a 2B and a HR and 4 RBI.  Griffey added 3 hits in 5 atbats and drove in 3.  Dodger catcher Scioscia went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI.  Berenyi (2-2) picked up the win while Goltz saw his
early season record drop to 0-3)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Bucs - Bravos split 2 in Steeltown in front of less than 14,000 combined (Real life)

May 19, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- A 5,514 paid attendance looks ridiculously small when spread out around a multi-purpose stadium used for football and baseball. . . I'm just saying. But such was the case in real life, but who could blame them when the Pirates defeat the Braves 11-8 (ARAIG) in a game resembling something from Rookie League. The Bucs committed 3 errors and the Braves, 2. No pitcher was effective, except Victor Cruz (1) who came on to record the 27th out and earn the save. Steve Nicoscia had the best game at the dish with 2 singles good for 4 RBI.

May 20, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Brian Asseltine's RBI single, plating Greg Hubbard in the 2nd, turned out to be the only run of the game. Bob Walk (3-0), Larry Bradford and Rick Camp (5) combined on the 1-0 Bravos whitewashing the Bucs.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Oakland gets past the Brew Crew at home

Game 1
Oakland 5  Milwaukee 2
WP - McCatty (4-1)  LP - Caldwell (3-2)
HR - Milwaukee: None  Oakland: R Henderson (1), Johnson (7)

Steve McCatty pitched a complete game while Rickey Henderson and Cliff Johnson each hit first inning homers as the A's jumped out to a quick lead and then coasted to a victory after that.
McCatty struck out seven Brewers and walked just one as he now has 4 victories on the season.


Game 2
Milwaukee 8  Oakland 4                                                                      
WP - Easterley (2-1)  LP - Kingman (2-2)  S - Cleveland (1)                
HR - Milwaukee: None  Oakland: Murphy (4)

Cecil Cooper had 4 hits, and Ted Simmons had 3 more, pacing 
the way the Brewers, who evened the series with the A's via 
a 16-hit attack.  Reggie Cleveland pitched 2 innings for his 
first save of the season. Dwayne Murphy hit his 4th homer for
Oakland.


Game 3
Oakland 5  Milwaukee 2                                                                           
WP - Norris (3-4)  LP - Vuckovich (1-3)
HR - Milwaukee: None  Oakland: Gross (5)

Mike Norris turned in a solid pitching performance, going the
distance to beat Pete Vuckovich and the Brewers in this 
deciding game of the three-game series. 
Norris struck out 6 and scattered just 5 hits, while Wayne
Gross 


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Reds drop opener but sweep doubleheader to take series.

May 6, 1980:  Bucs break a two all deadlock with one in the fifth and two in the sixth on their way to an 8-5 win.  Tim Foli went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI.  Phil Garner added a 2 run homer.  Tekulve (2-0) picked up the win with Romo earning his first save of the season.  Tom Hume (1-1) was tagged with the lose.

May 7, 1980 (G1):  Sam Mejias took advantage of a rare start and drove in the game winning run in the ninth as the Reds took the first of two 2-1.  It was Mejias second hit of the game and he also scored a run.   Paul Moskau (1-2) threw two scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.  Tekulve (2-1) was the losing pitcher.

May 7, 1980 (G2):  Trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, Knight and Nolan open up the inning with back-to-back singles and advancing a base on a Easler error.  Oester reached on a fielder choice as Knight scored on a 20% chance.  Biittner drew a walk and Collins drew a walk off walk scoring Nolan with the game winning run.  The Pirates wasted a 2 run homer by Madlock.  The red hot Knight went 4 for 4 to raise his average to .361 on the young season.  Hume (2-1) picked up the win while Romo (1-2) suffered the setback.