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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pirates Post 2 Ws around Perez Meltdown

August 24, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Bill Robinson hit a pinch hit blooper that scored Lee Lacy in the B9th for a 3-2 Pirates winner. This was necessary after Rick Monday (8) tied the game in the T9th with a dramatic 2-run shot off Kent Tekulve (4-3). Odell Jones was sensational as a starter for the Bucs with 7 IP and only 2 hits allowed. He struck out 7 and walked none.

August 25, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Usually the descriptions here are so you don't need a box score. Trust me, folks. You want to look at the box score on this one. For some reason the Pirates were 2 men under the roster limit on this day. Their bullpen was already wiped out. When SP Pascual Perez (3-4) totally melted down in the 2nd, the Bucs brain trust had no choice, but to call all arms to the mound. After Perez plunked opposing pitcher Dave Goltz, he uncorked a wild pitch, gave up 3 consecutive singles, then walked 3 in a row. The enigmatic starter then walked off the mound without his manager coming out. Wacko!!!! Jason Thompson, Willie Montanez, Gary Alexander, Lee Lacy and Bill Robinson all took their turns. It was comedy for sure, but also embarrassment for Jay Johnstone and Mike Scioscia who fanned, and Bill Russell who  grounded into a DP. Oh yeah, the Dodgers won 15-6.

August 26, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Rick Rhoden (3-6) gave the Pirates exactly what they needed -- a complete game 4-1 victory. Lacy had 3 hits, Omar Moreno scored 3 runs and Dale Berra drove in a pair.

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