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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).
June 16, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Angels 10, Yankees 7 (36-25)
Jim Beattie and Andy Messersmith were roughed up as the Yankees fell to the Angels despite scoring seven runs. Beattie gave up five runs in 6 1/3 innings and he fell to 2-2 while Messersmith gave up five runs in just 2 2/3 innings.
Reggie Jackson was the hitting star. He went four for four with a triple, a walk and three RBIs. Jim Spencer hit a solo homer, his seventh long ball of the season.
June 1, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Orioles 1, Yankees 0 (29-18)
The Yankees managed just two hits in a loss that saw a solid outing by Jim Beattie go to waste. He gave up one unearned run on four hits and six walks with four strikeouts in seven innings. Goose Gossage kept up the great pitching with two perfect innings to close out the game.
Chris Chambliss and Lou Piniella both singled and that was the extent of the offense. Jim Spencer reached base twice with a pair of walks.
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 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 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 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.
April 25, 1978 at Memorial Stadium
Yankees 4, Orioles 3 (8-8)
The Yankees evened up their record at eight wins and eight losses behind a solid start in rookie Jim Beattie’s major league debut. He gave up just a single run on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Sparky Lyle was touched up for two runs in the ninth but he held on to pick up his second save of the season.
Jim Spencer had two hits including a solo homer. It was his third homerun of the season. Chris Chambliss singled twice, scored a run, drove in one and stole a base in the win.
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