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October 18, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 8, Dodgers 4
Yankees Win Best of Seven Game Series 4-2
Reggie Jackson had a historic day as the Yankees won their first World Series since 1962. Jackson became the first player to homer three times in a World Series game with long balls in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings. He finished with five RBIs and four runs and he played a role in all eight Yankees runs.
Chris Chambliss had a great game but by comparison, it was nothing compared to Jackson’s. He went two for four with a homerun, a double, two RBIs and two runs.
Mike Torrez went the distance and he won his second game of the series. He gave up four runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts in the complete game win.
October 16, 1977 at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 10, Yankees 4
Yankees Lead Best of Seven Game Series 3-2
Don Gullett was pummelled by the Dodgers as the Yankees failed to wrap up the World Series in game five. They still had two more chances at home you had to wonder whether a lot of people thought whether the blowout might stop some of the Yankees momentum. Gullett gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings and both Ken Clay and Dick Tidrow were tagged for runs as well.
Don Sutton held the Yankees in check at the plate. Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson hit back to back solo shots in the eighth inning and Jackson continued to heat up with two hits and two runs. Graig Nettles singled, doubled and drove in a run in the loss.
October 15, 1977 at Dodger Stadium
Yankees 4, Dodgers 2
Yankees Lead Best of Seven Game Series 3-1
The Yankees took game four and they gave themselves three chances to take home the World Series and they did it behind the solid arm of Ron Guidry. The lefthander gave up just a pair of runs on only four hits to make his contribution to the Yankees championship hopes.
The Yankees big inning was the second and they actually scored enough runs to win it in just that inning. Reggie Jackson led off with a double and he scored on Lou Piniella’s single. Chris Chamblis then doubled before Piniella scored on Graig Nettles ground out. Bucky Dent then singled home Chambliss to make it 3-0.
The Dodgers answered in the third inning when they finally got to Guidry. Davey Lopes belted a two run homer but that was the extent of the Dodgers scoring in the entire game. The Yankees added a run on a Reggie Jaskon solo homer in the sixth inning but the run proved to be neccesary.
The Yankees had just one more game in Los Angeles but they were hoping it’d be the last of the series. Don Sutton would throw for the Dodgers and the Yankees would have Don Gullett on the mound.
October 14, 1977 at Dodger Stadium
Yankees 5, Dodgers 3
Yankees Lead Best of Seven Game Series 2-1
The Yankees scored a bunch of runs in the early innings and they got enough to take of the Dodgers in game three of the World Series. And while Mike Torrez had his bad inning, he pitched just well enough to walk away with the win in this one.
The Yankees got off to a nice start when Mickey Rivers led off the game with a double. He moved to third on Willie Randolph’s ground out and then Thurman Munson doubled home Rivers. Reggie Jackson singled home Munson for the second run of the game and he moved to second on an error. Then Lou Piniella singled home Jackson to make it 3-0 before the Dodgers even had a hitter come to the plate.
Mike Torrez then ran into trouble in the third inning and he gave up a three run blast to Dusty Baker to tie the game up. The Yankees didn’t waste time in answering though and Mickey Rivers drove home a run in the fourth on a ground out. Chris Chambliss singled home a run in the fifth to give the Yankees some insurance but Mike Torrez calmed down after the three run thrd and threw a nice game the rest of the way.
Torrez went the distance and if you take out the three hit, three run third inning, he gave up just four hits in eight shutouts innings the rest of the time. The Yankees could put another nail in the Dodgers coffin tomorrow and they had Ron Guidry on the mound to hopefully get it done.
October 12, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Dodgers 6, Yankees 1
Best of Seven Game Series Tied 1-1
The Yankees were taken to task by the Dodgers as Burt Hooten was held in check while Catfish Hunter was hammered for five early runs. Hunter didn’t even make it through the third inning and by then, the Dodgers had five runs, just as many hits as the Yankees picked up against Hooten. The pen did a nice job with Dick Tidrow and Ken Clay combining to throw 5 2/3 shutout innings but the offense just couldn’t heat up.
The Yankees lone run came in the fourth inning. Willie Randolph and Thurman Munson singled to lead off the inning before Reggie Jackson bounced into a double play that scored Randolph. Unfortunately, that was it.
Things would now shift to Los Angeles. Mike Torrez would get the start against Tommy John.
October 11, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 4, Dodgers 3
Yankees Lead Best of Seven Game Series 1-0
The Yankees needed extra innings to take care of the Dodgers but it was well worth it in front of a home crowd as took care of business to take a 1-0 lead. Things got off to a rough start when the Dodgers tagged Don Gullett for two runs in the first inning but the Yankees cut that lead in half in the bottom of the first when Chris Chambliss drove in Thurman Munson with Don Sutton on the mound. The Yankees tied the game up in the on a solo homer by Willie Randolph and then the Yankees took a 3-2 lead in the eighth on Thurman Munson’s RBI double.
With Gullett still on the mound, the Dodgers put two runners on with one out before Billy Martin went to his pen to bring in Sparky Lyle. Lyle then gave up a single that tied the game up, but after, he didn’t allow a hit in 3 2/3 innings.
The Yankees finally put the game away in the bottom of the twelth inning. With Rick Rhoden on the mound for the Dodgers, Willie Randolph led off with a double and then Reggie Jackson was given a free pass before Paul Blair singled home Randolph to win it.
October 9, 1977 at Royals Stadium
Yankees 5, Royals 3
Yankees Win Best of Five Game Series 3-2
The Yankees won the American League pennant for the second straight season with an exciting come from behind win over the Royals. Ron Guidry got the nod for the Yankees and the Royals tagged him early. In the first inning, Guidry was knocked around for two runs that were centered on a George Brett tripled and while the Yankees put a run on the board in the third on an RBI single by Thurman Munson, the Royals made it 3-1 and knocked Guidry out of the game in the bottom of the third when Al Cowens drove home Hal McRae with an RBI single.
Mike Torrez relieved Guidry and he was gold. He held the Royals to just three hits and three walks in 5 1/3 scoreless innings and while the Yankees didn’t mount their big comeback until after he left the game, he was the guy kept things in check.
With the score still 3-1, the Yankees finally struck in the eighth inning. Willie Randolph led off with a single before Thurman Munson struck out. Lou Piniella moved Randolph over to third with a single and then Reggie Jackson came up with the clutch hit and he drove home Randolph with an RBI single.
Sparky Lyle got the final batter out in the eighth inning despite throwing his share of pitches in yesterday’s game and he stranded two runners to keep the score at 3-2 as the Yankees went to bat in the ninth. Paul Blair led off with a single and he moved to second on Roy White’s walk. Mickey Rivers then tied the game up with an RBI single that tied Blair and then Willie Randolph drove home the winning run with a sac. fly. The Yankees added a run when Mickey Rivers scored on a George Brett error but that last run turned out to be unneccesary.
Sparky Lyle put the Royals down in the ninth and the Yankees had escaped the jaws to capture the pennant. Now they’d get a chance to do what they couldn’t do in 1976 and that’s win it all.
October 8, 1977 at Royals Stadium
Yankees 6, Royals 4
Best of Five Game Series Tied 2-2
The Yankees came up big and forced a game five behind some nice pitching by Sparky Lyle and some early hitting by Mickey Rivers and Thurman Munson. The Yankees scored a run in the first to take an early lead and it Mickey Rivers who started things off with a double. He moved to third on Graig Nettles singled and then Rivers scored on Thurman Munson’s ground out. The Yankees added two more in the second when Bucky Dent doubled home Willie Randolph and Dent then scored on Rivers’ single. The Yankees kept it up in the third with another run on Lou Piniella’s RBI single. It was only the bottom of the third inning and the Yankees had a 4-0 lead.
The Royals finally battled back in the bottom of the third. A pair of triples resulted in two runs off of Yankee’s starter Ed Figueroa. The Yankees added a fifth run in the top of the fourth on Nettle’s RBI single before the Royals struck again.
In the bottom of the fourth, Figueroa and Dick Tidrow combined to give up two more runs and just like that, the Yankees big lead evaporated. Billy Martin then made a controversial move and went to his best reliever, Sparky Lyle, in the fourth inning. With two runners on, he got George Brett to line out to end the inning and then he went on to throw five more scoreless frames to close the game out. Thurman Munson drove home Mickey Rivers on a sac. fly in the ninth for a unneccesary insurance run.
The win forced a winner take all game five. The big question would be whether Sparky Lyle’s long outing would preclude him from pitching in the deciding game assuming he was even needed.
October 7, 1977 at Royals Stadium
Royals 6, Yankees 2
Royals Lead Best of Five Game Series 2-1
The Royals took it to Yankees’ starter Mike Torrez in a pivotal game three loss for the Yankees. With the loss, the Yankees now had to win two straight to advance to the World Series. Torrez was touched up for five runs on eight hits and two walks with a strikeout in 5 2/3 innings. Sparky Lyle was also tagged for a run.
The Yankees first run came in the fifth inning when things were still close. Reggie Jackson led off with a ground out before Chris Chambliss was rung up. Graig Nettles kept the inning alive with a single and then he scored on a Lou Piniella double to make it 2-1. Unfortunately, the Royals would score a combined four runs over the next three innings.
The Yankees did put up a run in the ninth but by then it didn’t matter much. Roy White doubled and then he eventually scored on an error. The final was 5-2 and the Yankees were now in a must win situation.
October 6, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 6, Royals 2
Best of Seven Game Series Tied 1-1
Ron Guidry had a nice start and the Cliff Johnson had a nice day at the plate as the Yankees evened their series with the Royals at a game a piece. The game was actually close through the top of the sixth until the Yankees exploded for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to open the game up and take the lead for good. Guidry went the distance and he gave up just two runs on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.
Johnson finished the game with a double, a homerun, two RBIs and two runs. Thurman Munson had three singles and a run while Willie Randolph went two for four with a run and an RBI.
Game three would now move things to Kansas City. It was now effectively a three game series so while every game counted before, the stakes were even higher as the Yankees took to the road.
October 5, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Royals 7, Yankees 2
Royals Lead Best of Five Series 1-0
Don Gullett and Dick Tidrow were pummelled in the first three innings as the pitchers spotted the Royals six runs before the Yankees even got on the board. Gullett took the loss and he gave up four of those runs in just two innings while Tidrow was tagged for the final three Royals runs (two of which came in the third) in 6 2/3 innings of relief.
Thurman Munson put the Yankees on the board in the third inning with a two run homer. Unfortunately that just turned a 6-0 game into a 6-2 game and that was the extent of the Yankees offensive production.
Mickey Rivers had a nice day at the plate. He went three for four and he scored on MUnson’s homer. Cliff Johnson was the only other Yankee with two hits in the game.
October 2, 1987 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 8, Tigers 7 (100-62)
The Yankees came from behind in their final regular season game to win a nice, even one hundred games on the season. Down 7-5, the Yankees scored three in the eighth to take the lead and win the game. Elrod Hendricks doubled home two runs in the inning while the game winner was an Alston sac. fly that scored Chris Chambliss.
Graig Nettles was three for five with a run and two doubles. Mickey Klutts belted a two run homer, the first of his career, while Gene Locklear went three for five with two RBIs and a run.
Ken Clay gave up two runs in four innings of work in his start. Stan Thomas picked up the win despite some rocky relief innings. He improved to 3-6 and he gave up four runs on four hits and four walks with a strikeout in four innings.
Next up for the Yankees was the ALCS and it would be the Kansas City Royals as their opponents. Things would kick off in three days in Yankee Stadium.
October 1, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Tigers 10, Yankees 7 (99-62)
The Yankees dropped their third straight game but they finally clinched the American League East after the Red Sox lost to the Orioles. Mike Torrez was shelled for five runs in 2 2/3 innings and Larry McCall gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings of relief as he took his first career loss.
Elrod Hendricks belted a two run homer for the Yankees. Thurman Munson went three for three with two doubles, two RBIs and a run.
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