Friday, April 1, 2016

Bucs Take "Rubber Match" and Win Series with Cubs

June 2, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Pinch runner Rick Rhoden tagged and scored the winning run in the B8 when Steve Nicosia sent a fly deep enough to LF. Bill Madlock added a couple of RBI as the Pirates beat the Cubs, 3-2. Grant Jackson earned the win in relief with Kent Tekulve (4) adding the save. Dick Tidrow took the loss for the Cubbies.

June 3, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Bill Buckner (7) and Jody Davis (1) hit back-to-back homers for the cubs in the 1st to power a 4-run inning. They went on to win 7-4. Randy Martz (4-4) was strong on the hill, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits in 6.2 IP. Leon Durham also chipped in 3 hits, including a pair of two-baggers.

June 4, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Tim Foli and Willie Stargell drove in runs in the B7th and Pittsburgh held on to take the rubber match (see below), 3-2. Rhoden (1-4) started and won his first game of the year for the Bucs. Tekulve (5) helped out in the 9th.

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The sporting term "rubber match" refers to the final and deciding game in any series and traces its origins back to the 16th century English game of lawn bowling. Somewhat similar to bocce ball, the object of lawn bowling is to roll wooden balls across a flat field toward a smaller white ball so they stop as close as possible to the smaller ball without hitting it. Most experts agree that the term refers either to two balls rubbing together, a game-losing mistake or to the final game's potential to "rub out" or erase the losing team.

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