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June 21, 1978 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 9, Yankees 2 (38-28)
The Yankees dropped their second straight series as they lost the rubber game in their contest with the Red Sox. Jim Beattie fell to 2-3 and he gave up five runs on five hits and three walks in just two innings. Dick Tidrow and Catfish Hunter both gave up a pair of runs in relief.
Chris Chambliss was the only Yankee with a pair of hits in the loss. Jay Johnstone belted his first homer of the season (see when he joined the Yankees).
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 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.
April 23, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Brewers 3, Yankees 2 (6-8)
The Yankees had a tough time at the plate as the Brewers squeaked out a win as the Yankees dropped their series two games to one. Mickey Rivers was the only hitter with two hits and he drove in a run while Reggie Jackson pitched in with a solo homer, his third of the season.
Catfish Hunter dropped to 0-3 as his disappointing season continued. He gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts in seven innings. Goose Gossage had his first start in which he didn’t give up a run with two shutout innings.
April 17, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Orioles 6, Yankees 1 (4-5)
The Yankees lost their first home game of the season as Catfish Hunter was knocked around for the second straight time. He fell to 0-2 and he gave up five runs on six hits and five walks with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Goose Gossage threw 3 2/3 solid innings, but for the third straight time, he gave up a run.
The Yankees scored their lone run in the second. Reggie Jackson scored when Cliff Johnson grounded into a double play. Lou Piniella was the only Yankee with two hits in the loss.
April 11, 1978 at County Stadium
Brewers 9, Yankees 6 (1-3)
The Yankees put six runs on the board and outhit the Brewers but still lost their for the third time in four games to open up the season. Catfish Hunter made his season debut and it was a rough one as he gave up six runs on six hits in just two innings of work. Rawley Eastwick and Ken Clay also gave up runs in the loss as well.
Willie Randolph had a big day at the plate. He went two for five with a three run homer. Thurman Munson went four for five with a double, a run and an RBI.
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.
August 24, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 11, Twins 1 (74-51)
The Yankees put on an impressive offensive display as they got home and continued their impressive month of August. Chris Chambliss, Bucky Dent, Mickey Rivers and Roy White all went yard in the game. White had three hits and three runs while Chambliss’ shot was a three run homer.
Lost in all the offense was a great start by Catfish Hunter. He gave up just one run on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in the complete game win.
August 18, 1977 at Tiger Stadium
Yankees 5, Tigers 4 (69-50)
The Yankees won their fifth straight game and it was their tenth win in eleven games. This time it was Mickey Rivers who got it done from the leadoff spot. He went three for five with three RBIs and a run. Willie Randolph also had a nice day at the plate and he went three for four with two runs.
Catfish Hunter improved to 8-7 with the win. He gave up four runs on six hits and two walks with one strikeout in seven innings. Sparky Lyle threw two shutout frames to close out the game and he picked up his eighteenth save of the season.
August 12, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 10, Angels 1 (63-49)
The Yankees made it four straight with an impressive offensive performance by Chris Chambliss. The first baseman homered twice and drove in three runs in the win. Reggie Jackson went two for three with a walk, a double, a triple, three RBIs and a run and Thurman Munson had a team high three hits and two runs.
Catfish Hunter went the distance and he improved to 7-7 on the season. He gave up one run on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
August 12, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 9, Angels 3 (64-49)
Reggie Jackson homered twice and he scored three runs as the Yankees not only swept their doubleheader over the Angels, they also won their fifth straight. The homers brought his season total up to 21 on the season. Lou Piniella also had a nice game and he went three for four with three runs.
Ed Figueroa improved to 11-8 on the season with a complete game. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
August 6, 1977 at the Kingdome
Mariners 9, Yankees 2 (59-49)
Catfish Hunter had one of his worst starts of the season in the Yankees third straight loss. He fell to 6-7 and he gave up eight runs on nine hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Mickey Rivers went three for four wth three doubles and a run. Thurman Munson went two for three with two RBIs.
July 21, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 7, Brewers 0 (51-42)
Catfish Hunter got the Yankees off to a nice start at they opened up the second half with a shutout win over the Brewers in the first game of a doubleheader. Hunter gave up just five hits and two walks with three strikeouts and the complete game shutout pushed his record to 6-4 on the season.
Graig Nettles provided a lot of the offense with a big three run homer. It was his 21st homerun of the season. Roy White went three for five with an RBI. Chris Chambliss went two for four with a triple, an RBI and two runs.
July 21, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Brewers 5, Yankees 4 (51-43)
The Yankees blew a big lead and in the process, failed to sweep a doubleheader over the Brewers. Up 4-0 for pretty much the entire game, the Brewers tagged Ed Figueroa and Sparky Lyle in the ninth for four runs to send the game into extra frames and then Dick Tidrow gave up a run in the tenth as the Brewers completed the comeback. Tidrow took the loss and he fell to 6-4 on the season.
Thurman Munson went three for five with a run. Paul Blair singled and he drove in two runs in the loss.
July 13, 1977 at County Stadium
Brewers 9, Yankees 8 (49-39)
The Yankees scored five runs in the eighth inning to make a 9-3 deficit into a one run game but they fell just short of sending the game into extra frames. Mickey Rivers was the big run producer of the game. He belted two homers and he drove in four runs. Chris Chambliss went three for five with a run.
Catfish Hunter took the loss and he fell to 5-4 on the season. He gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings of work.
July 7, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 8, Indians 2 (47-35)
The Yankees got plenty of offense in this one, but it was Catfish Hunter who led the way for the Yankees as they finished up a three game sweep over the Indians. Hunter gave up two runs on just four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in the complete game.
Lou Piniella homered, drove in two and scored two runs. Graig Nettles singled twice and he drove in two runs.
June 30, 1977 at Exhibition Stadium
Yankees 11, Blue Jays 5 (42-33)
The Yankees salvaged a split in their four game series with the Blue Jays behind the bit stick of Cliff Johnson. He homered three times and drove in four runs to lead the way for the Yankees. Thurman Munson homered and drove in four runs while Lou Piniella went three for five with a solo homerun and two runs.
Catfish Hunter improved to 4-3 on the season with the win. He gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts as he went the distance.
June 24, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 6, Red Sox 5 (38-31)
The Yankees had a huge come from behind win here against the Red Sox. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Roy White belted a two run homer to tie the game and send it into extra frames and then Reggie Jackson singled home Graig Nettles in the bottom of the eleventh to win it.
Catfish Hunter had a rough start by the hitters and Sparky Lyle picked him up. He gave up five runs on five hits and six walks with five strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. Sparky Lyle picked up the win with 2 1/3 shutout innings and he improved to 4-2 on the season.
June 17, 1977 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 9, Yankees 4 (36-27)
Catfish Hunter got off to a pretty rough start when the Red Sox tagged him for four solo homers in the first inning alone. Hunter was pulled with two outs in the inning in what was one his shortest starts of his career. Oddly, he didn’t take the loss because the Yankees had it tied 4-4 by the third inning before the pen was hit hard. Ken Clay pitched a solid 4 1/3 innings, but he gave up that go ahead run and he took the loss.
Lou Piniella went three for four with a run in the loss. Willie Randolph also had a nice game and he went two for five with a run and an RBI.
June 6, 1977 at Arlington Stadium
Yankees 9, Rangers 2 (30-23)
Reggie Jackson led the Yankees in a blowout win against the Rangers in their series opener. He went two for five with two homeruns and four RBIs. Willie Randolph went three for five with a double, two runs and two RBIs.
Catfish Hunter went the distance and he improved to 2-3 on the season. He gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
May 27, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 8, White Sox 6 (24-19)
Thurman Munson had a big day at the plate in the Yankees win in their series opener with the White Sox. He went two for four with a double, a triple, three RBIs and a run. Reggie Jackson homered and drove in two runs while Mickey Rivers went four for five with a run and an RBI.
Catfish Hunter was pummelled and he gave up five runs without even getting through the second inning. Dick Tidrow picked him up though and he gave up just one run in seven relief innings. Sparky Lyle threw a shutout ninth and he picked up his eighth save of the season.
May 22, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Orioles 5, Yankees 1 (20-17)
The Yankees dropped their third straight game in the front end of a doubleheader with the Orioles. The only run of the game for the Yankees came in the second inning when Graig Nettles doubled home Chris Chambliss. Nettles was also the only Yankee with two hits in the game.
Catfish Hunter had a tough start and he fell to 1-3 with the loss. He gave up four runs on five hits and one walks with two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
May 22, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 8, Orioles 2 (21-17)
The Yankees ended their three game skid behind a nice outing by Ron Guidry, who improved to 3-0 with the win. He gave up two runs on four hits and five walks with seven strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.
Graig Nettles capped off a nice twin bill with another good game at the plate. He went two for five with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Reggie Jackson went two for two with a run and Paul Blair went one for three with two RBIs and a run.
May 12, 1977 at the Kingdome
Mariners 8, Yankees 6 (16-12)
The Yankees lost their second straight game to the Mariners in a game that saw the Yankees make five errors which led to six unearned runs. Catfish Hunter took it on the chin though and while only two of the seven runs he gave up were earned, he did give up eight hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. The errors helped extend his innings but he also didn’t help himself out.
Thurman Munson hit his sixth homerun of the season in the loss. Chris Chambliss went three for five with a run.
May 5, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Athletics 5, Yankees 2 (13-10)
Catfish Hunter gave up five runs in a complete game and he dropped his first game of the season as the Yankees five game winning streak came to an end. He gave up eight hits and he walked three with four strikeouts.
April 7, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Brewers 0 (1-0)
The Yankees won their home and season opener behind a strong pitching performance by Jim “Catfish” Hunter. The righthander held the Brewers to just three hits in seven shutout innings and he struck out five. Sparky Lyle pitched the final two frames and he picked up his first save without giving up a run.
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