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September 30, 2007

Yankees Lose Second Straight Game, Still Not Division Champs

by @ 3:06 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Graig Nettles, Mickey Rivers, Ron Guidry

September 30, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Tigers 5, Yankees 2  (99-61)

With just two games left in the season, the Yankees still had not clinched the division outright because the Red Sox won another game to stave off elimination.  In the meantime, the Yankees were shut down by Tigers starter John Hiller and they were held to just a pair of runs on eight hits.  Mickey Rivers went two for five with a run while Graig Nettles went two for five with an RBI.

Ron Guidry fell to 16-7 with the loss.  He gave up five runs on ten hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

September 29, 2007

Yankees Six Game Winning Streak Ends, Fail to Clinch Division

by @ 3:01 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September

September 29, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Indians 4, Yankees 1  (99-60)

The Yankees didn’t get any help nor did they help themselves because after a Red Sox win and their loss to the Indians, the Yankees still had not clinched the American League East.  Ed Figueroa fell to 16-11 with the loss although he just gave up the first run in 2 2/3 innings.  Ken Clay threw the final 6 1/3 and he gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Graig Nettles was two for four in the loss.  Reggie Jackson had the only extra base hit with a double and he drove in the lone run for the Yankees.

September 28, 2007

Yankees Clinch Tie In AL East With Sixth Straight Win

by @ 2:59 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Don Gullett, Graig Nettles, Mickey Rivers, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson

September 28, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 10, Blue Jays 0  (99-59
)

The Yankees won their sixth straight game and with the Red Sox loss, the Yankees magic number was now down to one.  Four Yankees went yard in the win.  Reggie Jackson had just one hit but it was a grand slam and Thurman Munson, Graig Nettles and Mickey Rivers all went yard in the game as well.  Rivers had a team high three runs while Munson had a team high three hits.

Don Gullett improved to 14-4 with seven shutout innings. He gave up just five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in the win.

September 27, 2007

Yankees Shave Magic Number Down to Three With Fifth Straight Win

by @ 3:04 pm. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Cliff Johnson, Dick Tidrow, Lou Piniella, Sparky Lyle, Thurman Munson

September 27, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 2, Indians 1  (98-59)

The Yankees shaved their magic number down to three behind some solid pitching by Dick Tidrow and Sparky Lyle.  Tidrow gave up just one run in 7 1/3 innings in a no-decision start while Sparky Lyle improved to 13-5 with 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief.

Thurman Munson scored the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch.  Lou Piniella and Cliff Johnson both had two hits in the win.

September 25, 2007

Yankees Magic Number Down to Five After Doubleheader Sweep Over Blue Jays

by @ 4:37 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September

September 25, 1977 at Exhibition Stadium
Yankees 15, Blue Jays 0 (95-59)

The Yankees tore up the Blue Jays in the first game of their doubleheader.  Cliff Johnson led the way with a pair of homers while Reggie Jackson went yard with his 31st of the season and he drove in four runs.  Lou Piniella and Dave Kingman also hit homeruns in the beatdown.

Ron Guidry improved to 16-6 with the win.  He gave up seven hits and a walk with ten strikeouts in the complete game shutout.

September 25, 1977 at Exhibition Stadium
Yankees 2, Blue Jays 0  (96-59)

The Yankees magic number was cut down to five as Ed Figueroa and Sparky Lyle combined for a five hit shutout over the Jays.  Figueroa gave up five hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings while Lyle got the final four batters out to earn his 25th save of the season.

Graig Nettles went two for three with an RBI.  Thurman Munson also pitched and he went two for four with a run.

Yankees Magic Number Cut to Four After Solid Start By Mike Torrez

by @ 3:35 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Mike Torrez, Sparky Lyle, Thurman Munson, Willie Randolph

September 26, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 4, Indians 2  (97-59
)

The Yankees shaved their magic number down to four with their with their fourth straight win.  Mike Torrez got the Yankees through the sixth inning and he picked up the win.  He gave up two runs on six hits and four walks with one strikeout in six innings of work.  Sparky Lyle picked up his 26th save with three innings of scoreless pitching.

Willie Randolph went three for five with a run in the win.  Thurman Munson singled twice, drew a walk, scored a run and drove in one.

September 23, 2007

Yankees Cut Magic Number Down Seven Behind Solid Start By Don Gullett

by @ 4:14 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September

September 23, 1977 at Exhibition Stadium
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3  (94-59)

Don Gullett improved to 13-4 with a nice start as the Yankees came one step closer to clinching the American League East.  He gave up three runs on five hits with an impressive thirteen strikeouts in the win.

Graig Nettles was the hitting star.  He went two for four with a homerun and two RBIs.  Thurman Munson went three for four a run.

September 21, 2007

Mike Torrez Outpitched In Loss to Red Sox

by @ 4:35 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September

September 21, 1977 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 3, Yankees 2  (93-59)

The Red Sox took their final over the Yankees as once again, the Yankees magic number was stuck at nine.  Mike Torrez threw a decent enough game, he just didn’t get the run support.  He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in the complete game loss.

Lou Piniella homered and he drove in both Yankees runs.  Reggie Jackson went two for three with a walk, a run and a stolen base.

September 19, 2007

Ed Figueroa Is Hit Hard As Yankees Three Game Winning Streak Ends

by @ 4:49 pm. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Dave Kingman, Ed Figueroa, Lou Piniella, Thurman Munson

September 19, 1977 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 6, Yankees 3 (93-58)

The Red Sox and Yankees kicked off their final series of the season as the Red Sox gave themselves some renewed hope by knocking around Ed Figueroa. He fell to 15-10 and he gave up six runs on eleven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

Thurman Munson and Dave Kingman both belted solo shots in the loss. Munson finished the game with two RBIs and he and Lou Piniella were the only Yankees with two hits.

September 18, 2007

Ron Guidry Pitches Yankees to Sweep Over Tigers

by @ 3:17 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September

September 18, 1977 at Tiger Stadium
Yankees 6, Tigers 5  (93-57)

The Yankees held back a late inning surge by the Tigers to squeak out a sweep over the Tigers.  Ron Guidry threw eight shutout innings before he got into trouble in the ninth inning.  It didn’t help that Bucky Dent and Cliff Johnson made back to back errors that ended up turning into four unearned runs.  Guidry held on with some help though and he improved to 15-6.  That help was Sparky Lyle, who got the final batter of the game out and he picked up his 24th save of the season.

Reggie Jackson had the big day at the plate.  He went three for four with his thirtieth homer and three RBIs.  Dave Kingman belted a two run homer to help out the cause.

September 17, 2007

Reggie Jackson Homers Twice In Yankees Second Straight Win Over Tigers

by @ 4:04 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September

September 17, 1977 at Tiger Stadium
Yankees 9, Tigers 4  (92-57)

The Yankees turned up the offense and belted five homeruns as they blew out the Tigers for their second straight win.  Two of those long balls came off the bat of Reggie Jackson and his season total improved to 29.  Graig Nettles hit his 35th and Thurman Munson and the newly acquired Dave Kingman went yard with a two run shot.

Dick Tidrow improved to 11-4 with a solid start.  He gave up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts in seven solid frames.

September 16, 2007

Yankees Score Four In The Eighth To Edge Tigers

by @ 4:50 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Don Gullett, Lou Piniella, Paul Blair

September 16, 1977 at Tiger Stadium
Yankees 5, Tigers 4  (91-55)

The Yankees came up with four big runs in the eighth inning to overcome what was then a two run deficit to beat the Tigers to kick off a road trip.  Paul Blair capped off the inning with a two run shot while Lou Piniella doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored.

Don Gullett went the distance and he improved to 12-4 on the season.  He gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

September 15, 2007

Sparky Lyle Is Hit Hard As Yankees Fail to Sweep Red Sox

by @ 4:47 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Mike Torrez, Reggie Jackson, Sparky Lyle, Thurman Munson

September 15, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Red Sox 7, Yankees 3  (90-57)

The almost always reliable Sparky Lyle was tagged for six runs in the sixth inning as the Red Sox salvaged the final game against the Yankees.  Lyle dropped to 12-5 after he came in to relieve Mike Torrez.

Thurman Munson belted a two run homer, his 15th of the season.  Reggie Jackson also went yard with a solo shot for his 27th homer of the season.

September 14, 2007

Ed Figueroa Throws Seven Hit Shutout In Second Straight Win Over Red Sox

by @ 4:17 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Bucky Dent, Ed Figueroa, Reggie Jackson

September 14, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 2, Red Sox 0  (90-56)

Ed Figueroa improved to 15-9 on the season with an incredible start as the Yankees took their second straight game over the Red Sox.  He gave up seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in the complete game shutout.

Reggie Jackson drove in both Yankee runs with his 26th homer of the season.  He and Bucky Dent were the only Yankee hitters to pick up two hits in thegame.

September 13, 2007

Yankees Take Game One of Big Series With Second Place Red Sox

by @ 3:26 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Chris Chambliss, Mickey Rivers, Ron Guidry, Thurman Munson

September 13, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 4, Red Sox 2  (89-56)

In what very well may have been the biggest series of the years, the Yankees got it done in the opener behind a solid start by Ron Guidry.  He gave up just two runs on five hits and three walks with nine strikeouts and the complete game win pushed his record to 14-6 on the season.

Mickey Rivers went two for four and he had the big hit of the game with a two run homer in the fifth inning.  Thurman Munson was the other Yankee hitter with a pair of hits and Chris Chambliss doubled, drove in a run and scored.

September 11, 2007

Yankees Split Doubleheader With Blue Jays

by @ 4:51 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Cliff Johnson, Dick Tidrow, Don Gullett, Lou Piniella, Reggie Jackson, Roy White, Sparky Lyle

September 11, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3  (88-55)

Dick Tidrow pitched the Yankees to a win over the Blue Jays in the first game of their doubleheader.  He gave up just two runs on six hits and one walk with one strikeout in seven innings of work.  Sparky Lyle gave up one run in the final two frames and he picked up save number 23.

Reggie Jackson hit a big two run homer, his 25th of the season.  Roy White went two for three.

September 11, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Blue Jays 6, Yankees 4  (88-56)
 

The Blue Jays salvaged a split in their doubleheader with the Yankees as Don Gullett was knocked around.  He fell to 11-4 and he gave up five runs on six hits and five walks with six strikeouts in six innings of work.

Cliff Johnson singled and drove in two runs in the loss.  Lou Piniella went two for three with a double, a triple a run and an RBI.

September 10, 2007

Yankees Blown Out By Expansion Blue Jays

by @ 3:44 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Catfish Hunter, Lou Piniella, Willie Randolph

September 10, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Blue Jays 19, Yankees 3 (87-55)

Yankees fans were stunned as the expansion Blue Jays ran up the scored on the Yankees in complete blowout.  Catfish Hunter was tagged for six runs in 3 1/3 innings but he had a lot of help in the loss because all five Yankee pitchers used gave up at least a couple of runs.

Not that the offense mattered much, but Willie Randolph went two for two with an RBI.  Lou Piniella went two for three with a run.

September 9, 2007

Mike Torrez Pitches Three Hit Shutout In Win Over Blue Jays

by @ 4:43 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Cliff Johnson, Mike Torrez, Thurman Munson

September 9, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 2, Blue Jays 0  (87-54)

Mike Torrez improved to 16-12 with one of his best starts of the season.  He gave up just three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in a complete game shutout.

Cliff Johnson drove in one of the two Yankees runs with a solo homerun.  Thurman Munson was the only Yankee with two hits and he scored the other Yankees run.

Despite the win, the Yankees still lost a half game over the Red Sox, who swept their doubleheader over the Tigers.  Things would probably come to a head next week when the Yankees squared off against Boston at Yankeee Stadium for three games.

September 8, 2007

Ed Figueroa Pitches Yankees to Third Straight Win

by @ 12:05 pm. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September

September 8, 1967 at Cleveland Stadium
Yankees 4, Indians 3  (86-54)

Ed Figueroa improved to 14-9 on the season with a solid start as the Yankees picked up their third straight win.  He gave up three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in the complete game win.

Mickey Rivers singled twice and scored a run.  Chris Chambliss singled, drove in a run and scored.

September 7, 2007

Yankees Come Back to Beat Indians In Ten Innings

by @ 5:00 pm. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Mickey Rivers, Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, Roy White, Thurman Munson

September 7, 1977 at Cleveland Stadium
Yankees 4, Indians 3  (85-54)

The Yankees went into the top of the ninth inning down 3-0 but they rallied to tie the game up and send it into extra frames.  Then Thurman Munson scored on Reggie Jackson’s single in the top of the tenth to complete the comeback.  Mickey Rivers had a big two run single in the ninth inning and Roy White was a perfect three for three with a run.

Ron Guidry pitched all ten innings and he improved to 13-6.  He gave up three runs on ten hits and four walks with five strikeouts.

September 6, 2007

Reggie Jackson Drives In Four Runs In Yankees Win

by @ 4:49 pm. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Dick Tidrow, Lou Piniella, Reggie Jackson, Sparky Lyle

September 6, 1977 at Cleveland Stadium
Yankees 8, Indians 3  (84-54)

Reggie Jackson had a huge day at the plate as the Yankees got back on track with a win.  He went two for four with a homerun and four RBIs.  The homerun brings his season total up to 24 on the season.  Lou Piniella also went yard with his tenth homerun.

Dick Tidrow improved to 9-4 with a nice start. He gave up two runs on five hits and six walks with one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings.  Sparky Lyle gave up one run on six hits with two walks with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings to earn his 22nd save of the season.

September 5, 2007

Yankees Lose Two In Labor Day Doubleheader Sweep to Indians

by @ 3:16 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September

September 5, 1977 at Cleveland Stadium
Indians 4, Yankees 3  (83-53)

The Yankees seven game winning streak came to an end as they dropped the first game of their doubleheader with the Indians.  Catfish Hunter took the loss and he fell to 9-8 on the season.  He gave up four runs on nine hits and three walks with one strikeout in 6 1/3 innings.

Reggie Jackson went two for four with a solo homerun in the loss.  The longball was his 23rd of the season.  Thurman Munson drove in two runs without getting a hit.

September 5, 1977 at Cleveland Stadium
Indians 5, Yankees 4  (83-54)

It had been nearly a month since the Yankees lost back to back games but today, they dropped two as they suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Indians.  It’s hard to believe but this game was scoreless going into the seventh when the Indians put three runs on the board in the seventh.  The Yankees answered with four in the top of the eighth but the Indians took the lead back for good with two runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it 5-4.

Mike Torrez went the distance and he fell to 15-12 on the season.  He gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Chris Chambliss was the only Yankee with two hits in the game.  All seven hits by the team were singles and Willie Randolph was the only other hitter to reach base twice with a single, a walk and a run.

September 4, 2007

Don Gullett Shuts Out Twins For Yankees Seventh Straight Win

by @ 4:39 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September

September 4, 1977 at Metropolitan Stadium
Yankees 4, Twins 0  (83-52)

Don Gullett improved to 11-3 on the season with a complete game three hit shutout as the Yankees won their seventh straight.  He walked one and struck out six.

The Yankees scored all four of their runs in the very first inning on Cliff Johnson’s grand slam.  Thurman Munson went two for four with a double and a run.

September 3, 2007

Lou Piniella Helps Power Yankees to Win Over Twins

by @ 5:45 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Chris Chambliss, Ed Figueroa, Lou Piniella

September 3, 1977 at Metropolitan Stadium
Yankees 7, Twins 4  (82-52)

Lou Piniella was one of the hiting stars as the Yankees took care of the Twins 7-4.  He went two for four with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs.  Chris Chambliss singled twice and he scored two runs.

Ed Figueroa improved to 13-9 with the win.  He gave up four runs on eight hits and one walk with four strikeouts in the complete game win.

September 2, 2007

Ron Guidry Shuts Out Twins In Yankees Fifth Straight Win

by @ 6:26 am. Filed under 1977 Yankees, 1977 Yankees Diary - September, Lou Piniella, Ron Guidry, Roy White

September 2, 1977 at Metropolitan Stadium
Yankees 4, Twins 0  (81-52)

The Yankees kicked off September just like the finished August with their fifth straight win.  Ron Guidry was the star as he improved to 12-6.  He gave up six hits with four strikeouts in the complete game shutout.

Lou Piniella and Roy White both went yard with solo shots in the win.  Piniella also drew a walk and he finished with two runs.

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