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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 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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