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May 31, 2008

Yankees Bats Held In Check Again

by @ 3:04 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Ed Figueroa, Paul Blair

May 31, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Orioles 3, Yankees 2  (29-17)

For the second straight game, the Yankees’ hitters we held in check to the tune of just two runs on three hits.  The Yankees big inning came in the second when Paul Blair doubled home a pair of runs but it went downhill from there as the Yankees were held to just one hit the rest of the way.

Ed Figueroa fell to 5-3 despite a decent start.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts in eight innings of work.

May 30, 2008

Yankees Manage Just Four Hits In Loss to Indians

by @ 3:03 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Chris Chambliss, Dick Tidrow, Sparky Lyle

May 30, 1978 at Cleveland Stadium
Indians 5, Yankees 1  (29-16)

The Yankees were held to just four hits and Sparky Lyle was roughed up as the Yankees three game winning streak came to an end.  The lone Yankee run came on a solo homer by Chris Chambliss.

Sparky Lyle was roughed up for three runs in 2 1/3 innings but it was Dick Tidrow who took the loss.  He fell to 3-4 and he gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings.

May 29, 2008

Andy Messersmith, Rawley Eastwick Hold Indians To One Hit

by @ 3:02 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Andy Messersmith, Graig Nettles, Rawly Eastwick

May 29, 1978 at Cleveland Stadium
Yankees 2, Indians 0  (29-15)

The Yankees made it three straight wins and eight wins in their last nine games behind a combined one hit shutout with Andy Messersmith and Rawly Eastwick getting it done on the mound.  Messersmith gave up the one hit in five shutout innings while Eastwick didn’t allow a baserunner in four frames.  Eastwick picked up the win and he improved to 2-0 on the season.

Graig Nettles two run homer in the seventh inning was all the Yankees got but it was enough with the impressive pitching.  It was eighth homerun of the season.

May 27, 2008

Yankees Held to Five Hits In Loss to Jays

by @ 3:59 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Ed Figueroa, Reggie Jackson

May 27, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Blue Jays 4, Yankees 1  (26-15)

The Yankees bats failed them as their five game winning streak came to an end against the Blue Jays.  The Yankees managed just five hits and their lone run came on an RBI single by Reggie Jackson in the first inning.

Ed Figueroa took the loss and he fell to 5-2. He gave up four runs (three earned) on ten hits and two walks with five strikeouts in the complete game loss.

May 26, 2008

Jim Spencer Slams Yankees to Fifth Straight Win

by @ 3:57 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Jim Beattie, Jim Spencer, Sparky Lyle

May 26, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3  (26-14)

The Yankees scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to come back from two run downs to nab their fifth straight win.  The big blast came off of the bat of Jim Spencer and his grand slam accounted for all four Yankees’ runs.  Chris Chambliss had two hits and he scored on the seventh inning homer.

Jim Beattie had a solid start but he didn’t get the decision.  He gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and five walks in 6 1/3 innings.  Sparky Lyle gave up a solo homer and that was it in 2 2/3 innings and he improved to 3-1 on the season.

May 25, 2008

Yankees Win Fourth Straight

by @ 3:10 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Bucky Dent, Dick Tidrow, Reggie Jackson

May 25, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 9, Indians 3  (25-14)

The Yankees ran up the score once again on the Indians in what was their fourth straight win.  Bucky Dent had a nice day at the plate with two singles and two RBIs while Reggie Jackson went two for four with a walk, a triple, a stolen base, an RBI and two runs.

Dick Tidrow gave the Yankees their second complete game in as many days.  The win improved his record to 3-3 and he gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout.

May 23, 2008

Yankees Blow Out Indians For Third Straight Win

by @ 3:08 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Chris Chambliss, Graig Nettles, Ron Guidry, Thurman Munson

May 23, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 10, Indians 1  (24-14)

The Yankees moved to within a half game of first place with their third straight win, a decisive blowout over the Indians.  Ron Guidry improved to a perfect 6-0 with a very impressive start.  He gave up just one run on five hits and two walks with eleven strikeouts in the complete game.

Graig Nettles and Chris Chambliss both had nice days at the plate.  Nettles went two for four with a double, a homer, three RBIs and two runs while Chambliss went two for four with a homerun, three RBis and two runs.  Thurman Munson had a game high three hits, one of which was a double, and he drove in two and scored twice.

May 21, 2008

Yankees Sweep Doubleheader Over Jays

by @ 3:06 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Chris Chambliss, Cliff Johnson, Ed Figueroa, Goose Gossage, Ken Clay, Thurman Munson

May 21, 1978 at Exhibition Stadium
Yankees 2, Blue Jays 1  (22-14)

The Yankees ensured at least a split of their four game series with the Jays as they took the first game of their sunday doubleheader behind a nice outing by Ed Figueroa.  He gave up just one run on eight hits with a walk and a strikeout in eight frames.  The win improved his record to 5-1.  Goose Gossage got the final two batters out and he earned his sixth save of the season.

Cliff Johnson had the big hit of the game.  His two run blast in the second inning gave the Yankees all the runs they’d need to win this one.

May 21, 1978 at Exhibition Stadium
Yankees 9, Blue Jays 1  (23-14)

The Yankees finished up their doubleheader sweep over the Blue Jays behind a monster game by Thurman Munson.  The catcher went three for five with a double, his first homer of the season and four RBIs.  Chris Chambliss went three for five with a double and a run.

Ken Clay threw a nice game and he picked up his first win of the season.  He gave up just one unearned run on eight hits with three strikeouts in seven innings.

May 20, 2008

Sparky Lyle Is Hit Hard In Yankees Loss to Jays

by @ 3:05 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Graig Nettles, Jim Beattie, Sparky Lyle, Willie Randolph

May 20, 1978 at Exhibition Stadium
Blue Jays 10, Yankees 8  (21-14)

This time it was the Blue Jays who ran up the score as Sparky Lyle was roughed up in another tough outing.  He gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning while starter Jim Beattie was hammered for four runs in three frames.

Graig Nettles belted his sixth homer of the season and he drove in two runs in the loss.  Willie Randolph singled twice, walked twice and scored three runs.

May 19, 2008

Chris Chambliss Drives In Four In Yankees Win Over Jays

by @ 3:04 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Bucky Dent, Chris Chambliss, Dick Tidrow, Mickey Rivers, Rawley Eastwick, Willie Randolph

May 19, 1978 at Exhibition Stadium
Yankees 11, Blue Jays 3  (21-13)

The Yankees trounced the Jays behind a nice game by Chris Chambliss.  The first baseman went two for four with a homerun, four RBIs and two runs.  Bucky Dent went three for five with his first homer of the season, two runs and two RBIs while both Mickey Rivers and Willie Randolph had three hits a piece.

Dick Tidrow improved to 2-3 with the win.  He gave up three runs on nine hits with two strikeouts in seven frames.  Rawley Eastwick closed the game out with two shutout innings.

May 18, 2008

Ron Guidry Improves to 5-0 In Yankees Win Over Indians

by @ 3:49 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Goose Gossage, Lou Piniella, Ron Guidry, Thurman Munson

May 18, 1978 at Cleveland Stadium
Yankees 5, Indians 3  (20-13)

The Yankees salvaged a split in their two game series with the Yankees despite an early three run deficit.  Lou Piniella had the big hit with a two run triple that he later scored on while Thurman Munson was three for five with a run and an RBI.

Ron Guidry improved to 5-0 despite the three early runs.  He gave them up on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts.  Goose Gossage got the final two batters out and he picked up his fifth save of the season.

May 17, 2008

Yankees Lose to Indians In Ten Innings

by @ 3:47 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Ed Figueroa, Roy White, Sparky Lyle, Willie Randolph

May 17, 1978 at Cleveland Stadium
Indians 5, Yankees 4  (19-13)

The Yankees blew an early three run lead as they lost their series opener to the Indians in ten innings.  With two runs in the first and two more in the third, the Yankees had a three run lead after three innings but the Indians scored two in the fourth and then one in the eighth to tie it.  Sparky Lyle then gave up a run on two hits in the bottom of the tenth and he fell to 2-1. Ed Figueroa threw a decent but unspectacular game.  He gave up four runs (three earned) on ten hits and six walks with one strikeout in eight innings.

Roy White went two for four with a walk, an RBI and two runs.  Willie Randolph singled, drew two walks and scored twice in the loss.

May 16, 2008

Yankees Rack Up Hits In Win Over White Sox

by @ 3:46 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Chris Chambliss, Goose Gossage, Ken Holtzman, Lou Piniella, Thurman Munson

May 16, 1978 at Comiskey Park
Yankees 8, White Sox 3  (19-12)

The Yankees finished up a two game sweep over the White Sox in a game that saw five Yankees have multihit games.  Lou Piniella reached base all five times with two hits and three walks while Thurman Munson went two for four with a walk, two RBIs and three runs.  Chris Chambliss singled twice and he had a team high three RBIs.

Ken Holtzman won his first decision of the season in a mediocre start.  He gave up three runs on eight hits and three walks with a strikeout in 5 1/3 innings.  Goose Gossage was exceptional in relief.  He picked up his fourth save and he got out all eleven batters that he faced.

May 15, 2008

Sparky Lyle Shuts Down White Sox

by @ 3:44 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Jim Beattie, Lou Piniella, Reggie Jackson, Sparky Lyle

May 15, 1978 at Comiskey Park
Yankees 4, White Sox 1  (18-12)

Jim Beattie and Sparky Lyle combined to shut down the White Sox as the Yankees kicked off a two game series in Chicago.  Beattie improved to 2-0 and he gave up the one run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.  Sparky Lyle gave up just two hits in 3 2/3 shutout innings and he picked up his sixth save of the season.

The big inning for the Yankees was the fourth in which they scored three of their four runs.  Lou Piniella went three for four with a run and an RBI while Reggie Jackson went two for four with a double and two runs.

May 14, 2008

Royals Shell Three Yankees Pitchers

by @ 3:42 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Chris Chambliss, Dick Tidrow, Ken Clay, Reggie Jackson, Sparky Lyle

May 14, 1978 at Royals Stadium
Royals 10, Yankees 9  (17-12)

The Yankees lost a shootout as they combined with the Royals to score nineteen runs on twenty six hits.  The Yankees were up 6-3 at one point then they were down 9-7 before they tie it in the eighth with two runs.  Unfortunately, Ken Clay gave up a run on two doubles in the ninth inning to lose it 10-9.  Dick Tidrow gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings and Sparky Lyle was shelled for four runs in 2 1/3 innings.

The Yankees scored all of those runs without getting a homerun.  Still, it was Reggie Jackson who led the way.  He went two for four with a walk, an RBI, three runs and two stolen bases.  Chris Chambliss singled twice, drew a walk, drove in two and scored twice in the loss.

May 13, 2008

Reggie Jackson Powers Yankees to Win Over Royals

by @ 3:41 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Goose Gossage, Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, Willie Randolph

May 13, 1978 at Royals Stadium
Yankees 5, Royals 2  (17-11)

Reggie Jackson put the Yankees on his back and he played a role in four of the Yankees five runs.  He went two for three with his seventh homer, three RBIs and two runs.  Willie Randolph had just one hit, but it was double in which he drove in a run and later scored on.

Ron Guidry improved to 4-0 on the season with eight shutout solid innings.  He gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts.  Goose Gossage threw a shutout ninth and he picked up his third save of the season.

May 12, 2008

Graig Nettles Homers In Third Straight Game, Yankees Still Lose

by @ 3:39 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Chris Chambliss, Ed Figueroa, Goose Gossage, Graig Nettles

May 12, 1978 at Royals Stadium
Royals 4, Yankees 3  (16-11)

Graig Nettles homered in his third straight game but it was enough as the Yankees lost to the Royals.  Chris Chambliss finished two for four and he scored a run.

Ed Figueroa threw a solid game but it wasn’t enough as he came within one out of going the distance.  He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.  Goose Gossage took the loss when he gave up a solo homer to Amos Otis, the only batter he faced in the game.  The loss dropped his record to 2-4 on the season.

May 9, 2008

Catfish Hunter Throws Six Shutout Innings In Yankees Win

by @ 3:14 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Catfish Hunter, Graig Nettles, Reggie Jackson, Sparky Lyle

May 9, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Twins 1  (16-10)

Catfish Hunter threw six shutout innings as he tried to get back on track after a rough start to the season.  He improved to 2-3 and he gave up one hit and two walks with the three strikeouts.  Sparky Lyle gave up one run on three hits in three innings of relief and he picked up his fifth save of the season.

Graig Nettles homered for the second time in as many games and he also doubled and finished with two runs.  Reggie Jackson belted his sixth homer of the season, a solo homer in the fourth inning.

May 7, 2008

Chris Chambliss Homers Yankees to Win Over Rangers

by @ 3:12 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Chris Chambliss, Graig Nettles, Rich Gossage, Sparky Lyle

May 7, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Rangers 2  (15-10)

Rich Gossage had his best game to date the Yankees twelve inning win over the Rangers.  After Sparky Lyle threw 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief through the end of the eighth, Goose took over and threw four no-hit innings to close the game out.  He improved to 2-3 and he had four walks with five strikeouts.

Chris Chambliss had the big hit with a walk off solo homer in the bottom of the twelth.  Graig Nettles accounted for the other two runs with a two run shot in the third inning.  It was Nettles third homer of the season and for Chambliss, it was his first.

May 6, 2008

Dick Tidrow Is Hit Hard In Yankees Loss

by @ 3:11 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Dick Tidrow, Ken Clay, Reggie Jackson, Sparky Lyle, Willie Randolph

May 6, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Rangers 9, Yankees 5  (14-10)

The Yankees five game winning streak came to an abrupt end as Dick Tidrow and the Yankees pen were pummelled by the Rangers’ hitters.  Tidrow fell to 1-3 and he gave up five runs on six hits and four walks with one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings.  Sparky Lyle gave up one run while Ken Clay gave up three as all three hurlers used gave up runs.

Reggie Jackson belted his fifth homerun of the season and he drove in two and scored twice.  Willie Randolph drew a walk and he scored twice in the loss.

May 5, 2008

Ron Guidry, Goose Gossage Pitch Yankees to Fifth Straight Win

by @ 3:10 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Goose Gossage, Ron Guidry, Thurman Munson, Willie Randolph

May 5, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 5, Rangers 2  (14-9)

The Yankees won their fifth straight game as Ron Guidry and Goose Gossage combined to shut down the Rangers.  Guidry improved to 3-0 and he gave up just one run on six hits and five walks with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.  Gossage gave up one run on three hits with two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings and he picked up his second save in as many games.

Thurman Munson had a big day at the plate.  He went three for four with a double, two RBIs and a run.  Willie Randolph singled, drew a walk and scored twice in the win.

May 3, 2008

Three Yankees Homer In Fourth Straight Win

by @ 3:19 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Ed Figueroa, Goose Gossage, Graig Nettles, Jim Spencer, Reggie Jackson

May 3, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 6, Royals 5  (13-9)

The Yankees homered their way to a sweep over the Royals in what was their fourth straight win.  Jim Spencer, Reggie Jackson and Graig Nettles all went yard for the Yanks.  Spencer’s homer was a two run shot and Graig Nettles solo shot in the eighth broke a 5-5 tie to win it for the Yankees.

Ed Figueroa had a tough start but it was still good enough for the win.  He gave up five runs on ten hits and a walk with three strikeouts in eight innings.  Goose Gossage struck out two in a perfect ninth and he picked up his first save since joining the Yankees.

May 2, 2008

Catfish Hunter Shuts Down Royals In Yankees Third Straight Win

by @ 3:18 am. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Catfish Hunter, Lou Piniella, Sparky Lyle, Thurman Munson

May 2, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 4, Royals 2  (12-9)

The Yankees made it three straight wins behind Catfish Hunter’s first win of the season.  He gave up just two runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in seven frames.  Sparky Lyle held the Royals scoreless in the final two innings and he picked up his fourth save of the season.

Lou Piniella brought the big bat in the win.  He went two for three with his first homer, two RBIs and two runs while Thurman Munson went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI.

May 1, 2008

Rawly Eastwick Pitches Yankees to Win Over Royals

by @ 6:18 pm. Filed under 1978 Yankees, 1978 Yankees Diary - May, Chris Chambliss, Jim Beattie, Mickey Rivers, Rawly Eastwick, Sparky Lyle

May 1, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 8, Royals 4  (11-9)

Jim Beattie gave up four runs through the first innings but the Yankees came back to blowout the Royals.  The Yanks tied it in the fifth with three runs then they busted the game open in the seventh with four more.  Mickey Rivers went two for five with a triple, two RBIs and two runs while Chris Chambliss singled, drove in two and scored once.

The bullpen did a really nice job in this one as Rawly Eastwick picked up the win with 4 1/3 shutout innings of relief.  He improved to 1-0 and he gave up five hits while he struck out three.  Sparky Lyle threw 1 2/3 shutout innings and he picked up his third save of the season.

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