* april 27th is in the books   1 comment

let’s take a quick glance at what happened on the reprise of april 27, 1975 …

Game One of Two
MIL 000 000 000 - 0  3 3
NYY 000 110 50x - 7 11 0

MIL: Broberg (L, 3-1) 6.0, Hausman 0.0, Rodriguez 1.1, Colburn 0.2; Porter 8.0
NYY: Hunter (W, 5-0) 9.0; Munson 7.0, Dempsey 2.0

No home runs 

Pitching has been the highlight of the Brewers this season. With the
Brew Crew coming into this game with a 12-1 record, they were
riding high and enjoying the ride as long as possible.  It came to a
screeching halt when Catfish Hunter took the mound for the home
team Yankees.

Hunter only allowed three hits and only two batters were able to reach second base.  His
ability to change speeds and hit his spots carried him through the entire game as he won
again, keeping his record unblemished at 5-0.

In this game it wasn't the pitching that did Milwaukee in.  It was the fielding.  An error in the
fourth inning led to an unearned run.  Another error in the seventh allowed a potential double
play ball into an inning stretching base runner.  The Yankees would end up scoring five times
in that particular frame.  But this was just game one of two.  Would the Brewers be able to
regroup for game two?


Game Two of Two
MIL 020 106 000 - 9 11 0
NYY 010 000 000 - 1 6 1

MIL: Champion (W, 3-0) 9.0; Porter 9.0
NYY: Medich (L, 1-4) 5.0, Wallace 0.0, Tidrow 3.0, Lyle 1.0; Hermann 9.0

MIL home runs: Money (4)
NYY home runs: No home runs

Pitching was not an issue for Milwaukee in the second game of the twinbill.
It was, however, a sore spot for the Yankees.  Medich continues to struggle
early in the season as his record drops to 1-4.  He gave up two quick runs
in the second inning and another two innings later.  The top of the sixth saw
Medich chased from the game as the first two batters reached base.  They
would both score off Wallace who only threw gas on the Brewers flame.

Everyone for Milwaukee was hitting in the second game.  Don Money slammed
his fourth home run in the last three weeks.   It was a three run blast in the
seventh off Wallace.

The Yankees didn't enjoy this series as they dropped two of three to the visitors.
This Yankee fan can only hope the next series against Cleveland will help change
the luck for the Big Apple's favorite franchise.


CLE 000 000 100 - 1  3 0
BAL 200 013 00x - 6 11 0

CLE: J.Perry (L, 0-2) 5.0, Eckersly 2.0, LaRoche 1.0; Ellis 8.0
BAL: Palmer (W, 2-1) 9.0; Hendricks 9.0

CLE home runs: Powell (1)
BAL home runs: Singleton (2), Belanger (1)

Jim Perry was hoping this would be the game where he got things
going in the right direction.  He's struggled this season, as has
the entire Indian pitching staff.  Today would be much of the same.

Perry gave up two quick runs when Bumbry singled in the first and
Ken Singleton homered to give the O's a two run lead.  With Jim Palmer
on the mound, it would be tough to come back.  

Perry gave up another run in the fifth inning as he settled a bit, but was
run from the game in the sixth inning.  With one out and both of Perry's runners
on base, reliever Dennis Eckersly gave up a three run blast to lightweight, Mark
Belanger.  Palmer quietly put the Tribe away in a complete game, dominating
victory.  The Tribe's only run came on a solo shot by Boog Powell.  His first of
the season.


BOS 101 120 000 - 5 11 0
DET 202 000 000 - 4 11 0

BOS: Wise (W, 1-2) 7.0, Drago (Sv, 4) 2.0; Montgomery 9.0
DET: LaGrow (L, 1-2) 4.1, Walker 4.2; Freehan 9.0

BOS home runs: Lynn (2)
DET home runs: Sutherland (5), Horton (3), Colbert (1)

Both teams came in hoping they'd have enough pitching to carry them through
nine innings.  With pens depleted on both sides they were counting on their
starters to go deep into the game.

LaGrow gave up a triple to Evans in the first inning.  Yaz drove him home.
He was able to get out of the inning without further damage aided by a Jim
Rice double play grounder to second.

The Tigers came roaring back in their half of the first.  LeFores led off
with a single and advanced to second on a balk.  LeFlore continued to mess
with Rick Wise's head and he let a gopher pitch sail into Sutherland's
reach.  Sutherland, who has never had more than four homers in a season, is
swinging like a man with a corked bat.  Many around the league are starting
to wonder.  When asked about it after the game he said the doctor gave him
some pills that are helping him get better from a knee injury during spring
training.  He also said he's had a voracious appetite.

In the top of the third LaGrow allowed two singles and Griffin scampered home
on a ground out by Yastrzemski.  That tied the game, but not for long.

In the bottom half of the same inning both Horton and Colbert go back-to-back
yard to give them a two run lead.

In the fifth inning, leading 4-3, Yastrzemski singles off LaGrow.  The pen has
started to warm and it appears neither pitcher are going to be able to stay
in very long.  Rookie Fred Lynn digs in and then turns on a curve that didn't.
HELLO right field seats!  With the Sox now ahead 5-4 and LaGrow hitting the
showers, we'd see if Boston could manage to hang on to the lead.

Wise found his groove in the fourth and it carried through the seventh before
being lifted.  In the eighth inning Dick Drago came in to shut things down.
He did so, splendidly, earning his fourth save on the year with a two inning


CHW 000 600 040 - 10 14 0
KCR 000 000 000 -  0  6 2

CHW: Kaat (W, 3-2) 9.0; Downing 7.0, Varney 2.0
KCR: Dal Canton (L, 0-2) 3.0, Bird 4.0, Mingori 2.0; Martinez 8.0, Healy 1.0

No home runs

Dal Canton looked like he was doing well through three inninngs.
Then the bottom fell out.  The fourth inning was so incredibly
messy for the Royals pitcher.  But with only two available in the
pen, the young right hander needed to try to work through it.  He
gave up a single and a walk to start the inning.  After giving up
another single to load the bases, the mound visit came.  Doug Bird
and Steve Mingori were the only ones that could go today.  The
umpire broke up the meeting and the Royals hoped Dal Canton would
pull it together.  Instead it was a bases clearing double by Melton.  Still only
down by three runs, they hoped.  Dent singled, Melton scored, and the pen hurried.
When Downing singled, that was the end for Dal Canton.

Doug Bird came in and was told to go long.  He'd have to keep them off base so he
wouldn't wear himself out.  He did find closing out the fourth inning.  The fifth,
sixth, and seventh, too.  Then Bird gave up a couple of hits in the eighth and it
was apparent he was gassed.  Mingori came in, but he threw lighter fluid on the game
allowing a walk, double, and an intentional walk before an error by Cookie Rojas.
And just like that it was 10-0.

The reason it was 10-0 was because Jim Kaat was doing what he does best.  Moving
the ball in and out, changing speeds, fooling hitters.  He only gave up six hits
and never allowed more than one runner on base.  That's how you keep the scoring
at a minimum.  A great game by Kaat as he went the distance.
Game One of Two
OAK 021 030 000 - 6 8 0
CAL 000 000 020 - 2 7 0

OAK: Blue (W, 5-1) 7.2, Todd (Sv, 1) 1.1; Tenace 9.0
CAL: Singer (L, 3-1) 4.1, Kirkwood 3.2, Pena 1.0; Rodriguez 9.0

OAK home runs: Rudi (5)
CAL home runs: None

Singer had done well going into this game, but he'd be facing a brutal
opponent in Vida Blue. Add to Blue a dominating offense in the A's lineup
and it made for a scary day.  Rudi got the Athletics on the board with
a solo homer in the second inning.  Billy Williams also scored in the
frame as Singer battled with his control.

In the third inning Claudell Washington scored on a Williams double, 3-0.  In
the fifth inning back to back doubles and a ball hit to the track would be
enough to shake Singer from the mound.

With the A's up 6-0 after five innings Blue had it made.  He'd been throwing strong
all game long allowing only three hits through seven innings.  In the eighth, however,
he ran into some trouble.  Rodriguez walked to start the inning.  Remy singled to
right field, but Jackson came up firing and gunned Rodriguez trying for third.  Remy
moved to second on the throw.  Ramirez doubled Remy home and the Angels were on the board.
Nettles lofted a shallow fly to right.  Blue might be able to get out of this.  But then
Mick the Quick and Harper both singled and that was all for the southpaw.  Todd came
in and shut down the Angels.


Game Two of Two
OAK 000 100 001 02 - 4 5 0
CAL 100 010 000 00 - 2 7 2

OAK: Odom 0.1, Lindblad 4.0, Todd 1.2, Fingers (W, 2-1) 5.0; Fosse 8.0, Tenace 3.0
CAL: Figueroa 8.1, Scott (L, 0-2) 1.2, Pena 1.0; Egan 11.0

No home runs

You know what's better than a double header?  One that
has a good pitcher's duel and also goes extra innings.
It's everything the Angels fans could have asked for,
well, except for the outcomes.

Ed Figueroa was making his career starting debut.  He had already appeared
in a game as a reliever when the rest of the pen was toast.  He took the loss
in that game though he pitched well.

Figueroa had his ball moving quite a bit.  So much in fact that he had trouble
keeping it in the strike zone.  While he didn't give up many hits (two in 8.1
innings), he did give up 8 walks.  Fortunately the A's couldn't do much without
putting wood on the bat.  

In the fourth Claudell Washington walked with one out.  Figueroa never even
looked over to hold him on an in a flash he was gone.  Washington stole second
base on two different occasions.  Welcome to the big leagues, Ed.

California had put up a run in the first inning and another in the fifth to take a 2-1
lead.  But they lost that in the top of the ninth.  Figueroa, going for the complete
game gave up two walks and a single that allowed Herb Washington to score from
second.  Scott came in and got Garner to pop into a double play to end the threat,
but the score was knotted.

Fingers came in to start the seventh inning.  The A's had no one else in their pen
and they needed Fingers to go as long as needed.  He had been a spot starter earlier
in his career and it was not uncommon for him to go three innings to earn a save.
Just like the previous two innings, the ninth inning went quick and painless for
the handle barred righty.  Two strike outs and a grounder to end the inning.

The tenth inning went three up and three down for both teams.  In the tenth Rudi
led off with a triple off Scott.  The pen was up, but with a runner only 90 feet
away with no outs, it didn't look good.  Williams singled and Rudi gave the A's
the lead.  Kubiak doubled, but Williams, slow afoot had to hold up at third.
In comes Pena to shut it down.  Tenace walked.  Bases loaded with no one out.
North sent a hard grounder to third and the throw to the plate forced Williams.
Garner grounded out to short and Kubiak scored from third to bump the margin
to two.  That would be all, but it would be enough as Fingers struck out two more
in the process of closing the game.


The Texas at Minnesota double header was canceled due to weather (using AS PLAYED schedule)

and now a preview of April 28, 1975:
CLE (Peterson 1-1) @ NYY (May 1-0)
DET (Coleman 1-2) @ BAL (Cuellar 1-2)
CHW (Wood 1-4) @ KCR (Busby 2-1)


Posted 11/15/2010 by rick in 1975, Replay, Statis Pro

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  1. So Sutherland was Steroid patient zero? Never saw it coming. Fingers with a manly relief outing. Gotta like it.

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