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July 3, 1978 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 9, Yankees 5 (45-34)
The Yankees went up against the first place Red Sox but unfortunately they began with a whimper. Ed Figueroa gave up the bulk of the damage and he gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Graig Nettles and Gary Thomasson were the hitting stars in the this one. Nettles went three for five with a double, a homerun and two runs. Thomasson went three for four with a double, a homerun and two runs. Bucky Dent pitched in with a two run, pinch hit homerun in the eighth inning.
July 2, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Tigers 2 (44-33)
The Yankees edged the Tigers in the first game of their Sunday doubleheader in a game that saw Ron Guidry improve to a perfect 13-0 He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in eight innings. Goose Gossage threw a perfect ninth and he picked up his twelth save of the season.
Thurman Munson was three for four with a double. Thomasson continued his impressive hitting and he went two for three with a double and a run.
July 2, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 5, Tigers 3 (45-33)
It was a perfect Sunday as the Yankees finished their doubleheader sweep over the Tigers behind a pair of homeruns. Graig Nettles went yard with a three run blast in the third inning and then Gary Thomasson hit the game winner with a two run walk off homer in the ninth. Reggie Jackson also had a solid game with a single, a walk and a run.
Dave Rajsich got the start and he gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Sparky Lyle cruised through most of his 3 1/3 innings of relief before he gave up a run in the ninth with some help from Goose Gossage. Speaking of Gossage, he let the inherited runner tie the game but he did pick up the win to improve to 4-7 because he didn’t allow either of his two baserunners to score.
June 27, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 6, Red Sox 4 (42-30)
It took fourteen innings but the Yankees evened up their series with the first place Red Sox. Graig Nettles blasted a huge walk off homer to win and Thurman Munson was three for six with a double, two runs and an RBI.
Ron Guidry looked mortal but he stayed undefeated because of some help from the offense. He gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts in six innings. Goose Gossage threw five shutout innings and Sparky Lyle threw three shutout frames and he improved to 6-1.
June 22, 1978 at Tiger Stadium
Yankees 4, Tigers 2 (39-28)
Ron Guidry did it again and he improved to a perfect 12-0 as the Yankees took their series opener over the Tigers. Guidry gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in eight innings. Goose Gossage pitched a hitless ninth inning and he picked up his tenth save of the season.
Reggie Jackson hit his twelth homer of the season, a solo shot in the ninth inning. Graig Nettles went two for four with a run. The Yankees had all four of their runs and five of their nine hits in the ninth inning.
June 18, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Angels 3, Yankees 2 (37-26)
A solid start by Ed Figueroa went to waste as the Yankees lost their rubber game to the Angels. Figueroa fell to 7-5 and he gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in the complete game loss.
Graig Nettles singled twice, drew a walk and drove in a run. Roy White went two for four and he scored once.
June 15, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 5, Mariners 2 (36-24)
Don Gullett won his first decision of the season, and while he got some help, he was a pivotal part of the Yankees fourth straight win. He gave up just one run on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings. Goose Gossage had a tough time finding the plate and he walked four and gave up a run in two innings while Sparky Lyle threw a perfect ninth to earn his seventh save of the season.
Graig Nettles had the big hit of the game with a three run blast. It was his twelfth of the season. Mickey Rivers also went yard and Reggie Jackson reached base three times with a single and two walks.
June 14, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 11, Mariners 9 (35-24)
The Yankees needed just about every one of their eleven runs as they edged the Mariners for their third straight win. The game was tied 7-7 after nine and then the Mariners scored two in the top of the tenth only to have the Yankees scored four in the bottom of the tenth to win it. Paul Blair had the game winner with a three run, walk off homer. Ron Guidry was even called on to pinch run and he scored on Blair’s blast.
Graig Nettles and Cliff Johnson also went yard in the contest. Lou Piniella had a team high four hits and he drove in three runs.
Sparky Lyle improved to 4-1 despite giving up the two tenth inning runs. He threw the final five innings and he gave up the two runs on six hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
June 12, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 2, Athletics 0 (33-24)
Ron Guidry improved to 10-0 on the season and he did it with one of his best outings of the year. He held the Athletics to just three hits and two walks and he tied his season high of eleven strikeouts to that point in the season. It was also his first shutout of the season.
The Yankees scored both of their runs on solo homers. Willie Randolph hit his second homer of the season in the third inning while Graig Nettles belted his tenth homer in the fourth.
June 11, 1978 at Anaheim Stadium
Angels 9, Yankees 6 (32-24)
The Yankees lost their third straight series out on the west coast as Dick Tidrow and the pen all had a rough outing. Tidrow gave up three runs in 1 2/3 innings while Ken Clay fell to 1-3 and he gave up four runs in 2 2/3 frames.
Graig Nettles and Roy White both went deep in this one. White finished with both two runs and two RBIs while Graig Nettles homered, doubled, scored twice and drove in one.
June 3, 1978 at the Oakland Coliseum
Athletics 5, Yankees 1 (30-19)
The Yankees hitters were held in check again as they managed just a single run on four hits in a loss to Oakland. Jim Spencer doubled and drove in the lone run while Graig Nettles singled and scored.
Andy Messersmith fell to 0-1 on the season with a rough start. He gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in five innings. The loss dropped him to 0-1 on the season.
June 2, 1978 at the Oakland Coliseum
Yankees 3, Athletics 1 (30-18)
Ron Guidry improved to a perfect 8-0 in a game in which he struck out eleven batters. He gave up just one run on six hits and two walks in 8 1/3 innings. Goose Gossage got the final two batters out and he picked up his seventh save of the season.
Cliff Johnson singled and drove in a pair of runs in the win. Lou Piniella was the only Yankees with two hits while Graig Nettles reached base twice with a single and two walks.
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 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 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 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, 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, 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 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.
April 22, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 4, Brewers 3 (6-7)
The Yankees scored runs in the tenth and twelth inning to walk away with an extra inning win over the Brewers. Roy White singled home the winning run in the twelth in the exciting contest. Willie Randolph also had a big at bat with a sac. fly in the bottom of the tenth to keep the game going. Graig Nettles also had a nice hits with a pair of singles and two runs.
Dick Tidrow kept the Yankees in the game with a nice start. He gave up two runs on six hits and five walks in nine innings. Sparky Lyle picked up the win and he improved to 2-0. He gave up one run on two hits with a strikeout in three solid frames.
April 16, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, White Sox 0 (4-4)
The Yankees finished up a sweep over the White Sox, won their third straight and evened their record at 4-4 behind some nice pitching by the duo of Dick Tidrow and Sparky Lyle. Tidrow improved to 1-1 and he gave up four hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Lyle gave up one hit and struck out two in 2 1/3 shutout innings to pick up his first save of the season.
Willie Randolph reached base three times with two singles and a walk. Graig Nettles singled, drew a walk and drove in a run in the win.
April 12, 1978 at County Stadium
Brewers 5, Yankees 3 (1-3)
Rich Gossage’s start as a Yankee continued to be a rough one as he was shelled again to drop to 0-2 in just two relief appearances. He gave up three runs on three hits with three strikeouts in three innings of work. In the meantime, Ken Holtzman had a decent start go to waste. He gave up two runs on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts in five frames.
Jim Spencer and Graig Nettles hit solo shots in the loss. Mickey Rivers was the only Yankee with two hits with his pair of singles.
April 10, 1978 at Arlington Stadium
Rangers 5, Yankees 2 (1-2)
Dick Tidrow was roughed up as the Yankees lost their opening series of the season to the Rangers. He gave up five runs on six hits and two walks with one strikeout in just 5 2/3 innings. Sparky Lyle threw a nice game and he gave up just two hits in 2 2/3 shutout innings but the Yankee hitters couldn’t get it going at the plate to mount a comeback.
Bucky Dent doubled, drove in a run and scored in the loss. Graig Nettles drew a walk, singled and scored.
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.
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 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.
August 31, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 5, Mariners 4 (80-52)
Graig Nettles belted a walk off solo homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Yankees their fourth straight win and their 22nd win in the month of August. Nettles had a huge game and he went three for five with two homers and three RBIs. Cliff Johnson went three for four with a run.
For the third straight game, Sparky Lyle picked up the win and he improved to 12-4. He gave up one hit in two shutout innings of relief.
August 30, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 6, Mariners 5 (79-52)
Mickey Rivers led off the bottom of the eleventh inning with a walk off solo homerun as the Yankees won their third straight game. It was River tenth homerun and he scored three runs in the win. Graig Nettles had a great game and he went two for four with a three run homer.
Sparky Lyle slammed the door shut as he threw 3 2/3 innings of shutout ball to close out the game. He improved to 11-4 and he gave up four hits with two strikeouts.
August 28, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 1, Rangers 0 (77-52)
The Yankees won again in the month of August and this time it was behind the arm of the young Ron Guidry. He improved to 11-6 and he gave up just two hits with eight strikeouts in the complete game shutout.
Graig Nettles tripled, drew a walk and scored the lone run in the win. Reggie Jackson singled, drew a walk and drove in the only run.
August 27, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Rangers 8, Yankees 2 (76-52)
The Yankees four game winning streak came to an end as not one, but two pitchers were knocked around by the Ranger hitters. Mike Torrez and Ken Clay combined to give up five homeruns and it was Torrez who fell to 15-11 with the loss.
Thurman Munson was a perfect three for three in the loss. Graig Nettles drove in one of the two Yankees’ runs with a solo homer, his 31st of the season.
August 26, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 6, Rangers 5 (76-51)
The Yankees overcame a 5-1 deficit and beat the Rangers in their series opener. The game winning run came on a one run triple off the bat of Graig Nettles. Both Lou Piniella and Willie Randolph were a perfect three for three in the contest.
Ed Figueroa gave up four runs in five innings but the hitters and the pen picked him up. Ken Clay gave up a run in three innings and he improved to 2-3 while Sparky Lyle threw a shutout ninth and he picked up his 21st save of the season.
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