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July 5, 1978 at Arlington Stadium
Rangers 3, Yankees 2 (46-34)
The Rangers handed the Yankees their second straight loss as a solid start by Don Gullett went to waste. He gave up three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts in seven innings and the loss pushed his record down to 4-1.
Thurman Munson provided most of the offense for the Yankees in the loss. He went three for four and he drove in one of the Yankees two runs.
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 25, 1978 at Tiger Stadium
Yankees 4, Tigers 2 (41-29)
The Yankees pulled off a win in their series finale with the Tigers and it was behind some exceptional hitting by Thurman Munson. He went three for four with two RBIs while Damasco Garcia went two for four with three runs.
Don Gullett improved to a perfect 3-0. He gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Goose Gossage pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings and he picked up his eleventh save of the season.
June 24, 1978 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 4, Yankees 3 (40-29)
The Yankees managed three runs despite tallying just four hits but it wasn’t enough as they dropped their first game of the series with the Tigers. Thurman Munson had two of those four hits and Reggie Jackson drove in a run.
Ken Clay gave up three runs but he threw just 1/3 of an inning. Dick Tidrow took the loss and he fell to 3-5. He gave up one run on seven hits with a strikeout in 5 2/3 innings.
June 19, 1978 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 10, Yankees 4 (37-27)
The first place Red Sox were too much to handle as Ken Clay and Goose Gossage were roughed up. Clay gave up four runs in three innings while Gossage fell to 3-7 and he gave up five runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Roy White was the hitting star in the loss. He went two for five with a solo homer. Thurman Munson also went yard with a two run shot.
June 17, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 4, Angels 0 (37-25)
Ron Guidry had a career start as the Yankees got back to winning. Guidry improved to 11-0 and he gave up just four hits and two walks with an incredible and career high eighteen strikeouts in the win.
Gary Thomasson had a nice day at the plate and he went two for four with a triple, two RBIs and a run. Thurman Munson singled twice and scored once.
June 9, 1978 at Anaheim Stadium
Yankees 3, Angels 1 (32-22)
The Yankees continued their west coast swing and they picked up their second win in a row as they opened up a series with the Angels. Ed Figueroa threw a solid game and he improved to 6-4. He gave up one run on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts in eight innings. Goose Gossage threw a perfect ninth inning and he picked up his eighth save of the season.
Bucky Dent singled and drove in a pair. Thurman Munson hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, his third of the season.
June 5, 1978 at the Kingdome
Mariners 7, Yankees 3 (30-21)
The Yankees dropped their third straight as the Mariners racked up seventeen hits. Ed Figueroa took the brunt of the Mariners offensive attack and he fell to 5-4. He gave up six runs on nine hits and three walks with one strikeout in four innings.
Thurman Munson was the hitting star in the loss. He went two for four with a homerun and four RBIs. Paul Blair also went yard with a solo shot in the seventh inning.
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, 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 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 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 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 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 18, 1978 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 4, Orioles 3 (5-5)
Reggie Jackson broke a 3-3 tie with a ninth inning walk off solo homer to win it for the Yankees. Jackson also drew two walks and he finished the game with two runs. Roy White and Thurman Munson each had two hits and an RBI in the win.
Ron Guidry gave up three runs in 6 1/3 innings in a decent start. Sparky Lyle gave up just a pair of hits in 2 1/3 innings and he improved to 1-0 on the season.
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.
October 1, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Tigers 10, Yankees 7 (99-62)
The Yankees dropped their third straight game but they finally clinched the American League East after the Red Sox lost to the Orioles. Mike Torrez was shelled for five runs in 2 2/3 innings and Larry McCall gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings of relief as he took his first career loss.
Elrod Hendricks belted a two run homer for the Yankees. Thurman Munson went three for three with two doubles, two RBIs and a run.
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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 25, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 6, Twins 4 (75-51)
It was another game, another August win as the Yankees continued to tear up their opponents in the summer month. Mickey Rivers played a role in three of the Yankees five runs and he went three for four with two RBIs and a run. Thurman Munson singled, doubled and scored twice.
Dick Tidrow gave up three runs in seven innings but he didn’t pick up a decision as he left with the game tied. Sparky Lyle picked up the win though and he improved to 9-4. He gave up one run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings of relief.
August 17, 1977 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 7, Tigers 5 (68-50)
The Tigers scored four unanswered runs but the closest they could come is to within two runs as the Yankees won their fourth straight game. Ed Figueroa improved to 12-8 but his start was hardly spectacular. He gave up five runs on twelve hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings. Sparky Lyle got the final two outs and he picked up his seventeenth save of the season.
Chris Chambliss tripled twice, drove in a run and scored two runs. Thurman Munson went three for five with a double, a run and an RBI. Mickey Rivers homered and drove in two runs.
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.
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