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let’s take a quick glance at what happened on the reprise of april 29, 1975 … see if you can find a trend.
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CLE 011 410 000 - 7 10 1
NYY 000 011 000 - 2 10 1

CLE: Hood 3.0, Buskey (W, 2-0) 3.0, Eckersly 2.0, LaRoche 1.0; Ashby 9.0
NYY: Gura (L, 0-2) 3.1, Wallace 2.2, Tidrow 2.0, Lyle 1.0; Munson 9.0

No home runs

Two lefties faced off in the Bronx, but the rain started falling 
in the top of the fourth. The stoppage, with the Tribe ahead 
2-0, would require both starting pitchers to be removed when
the game resumed.

The Yankees went to Wallace who proceeded to throw gas on
the fire and the Indians plated four more runs after the rain
delay.  They added one more in the sixth.

The Yankees seemed helpless in trying to figure out the slew of Indian bullpen arms. 
They were able to post a run in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, but that 
would be all they would muster as their offense continues to be anemic.

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DET 000 110 400 -  6  9 1
BAL 024 220 02x - 12 14 1

DET: Lolich (L, 1-2) 3.2, Makowski 1.1, Bare 2.0, Hiller 0.0, Michael 1.0; Freehan 8.0
BAL: Grimsley (W, 2-1) 6.0, Jefferson 2.0, Jackson 1.0; Duncan 9.0

DET home runs: Horton (5), Rodriguez (2)
BAL home runs: Davis (3)

Two lefties faced off in Baltimore.  Lolich pitched well for the Tigers ... for 
one inning.  Then things got ugly.  He gave up two runs in the second and
three in the third capped off with a Tommy Davis two run homer.  The Tigers
were forced to go to their pen very early.  Makowski wasn't any better for
Detroit.  Bare barely pitched better.  Hiller went out with a blister and the pen
was gone, just like that.  Gene Michael came in and pitched the last inning
giving up a two run homer to close out the Baltimore scoring glut.

Grimsley, on the Baltimore side pitched nearly perfect through three.  He gave 
up a couple of runs in the fourth and fifth, but was doing well until the seventh.
In the seventh four consecutive hits ending with a three run homer by the 
original ARod (Aurelio Rodriguez) chased him from the game.  But the Tigers
couldn't score any further and the game ended 12-6.

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CAL 000 010 000 - 1 8 1
KCR 101 000 000 - 2 6 1

CAL: Hassler (L, 0-3) 8.0; Rodriguez 8.0
KCR: Splittorff (W, 5-0) 8.0, Mingori (Sv, 2) 1.0; Martinez 8.0, Stinson 1.0

No home runs

Two lefties faced off in Kansas City.  Hassler gave up only six
hits over his complete game, but two runs early.  Those two
runs would be hard to beat as California is the only team worse
than Kansas City in team batting average.  Both teams came
in with anemic offenses and a low scoring affair was only 
fitting.

Kansas City let Splittorff take the mound.  He's been dominant all
season long and nothing changed here.  He allowed eight hits and 
a single run before giving way to the pen.  Mingori came in and 
nailed down the save.

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CHW 000 010 020 01 - 4  6 1
TEX 210 000 000 00 - 3 10 2

CHW: Osteen 7.0, Forster 2.0, Upshaw 0.1, Gossage (W, 1-0) 1.2; Downing 11.0
TEX: Jenkins 7.1, Thomas 1.2, Umbarger (L, 0-1) 2.0; Sundberg 11.0

CHW home runs: Downing (1), Kelly (3), DJohnson (1)
TEX home runs: none

One lefty started ... the other was the only right handed starter on the day.
Jenkins, the righty for Texas, did an amazing job keeping the ChiSox off 
balance all game long until the eighth inning rolled around.  With the 
Rangers leading 3-1 Brian Downing led off with a single.  Slap hitter, Pat
Kelly, surprised everyone by hitting his third home run of the season.
This was a two run shot that tied the game.  The Rangers couldn't score
and we were heading to extra innings.

Umbarger took the ball for Texas and quickly moved through the tenth inning.
Upshaw took the hill for Chicago.  The first batter he faced was Tovar and he 
walked.  After striking out Davis, Lenny Randle singled.  Kelly got the ball in
quick and Tovar had to stop at second.  That would be all for Upshaw and 
Rich Gossage took over.  Two quick outs and we were headed to the eleventh.

Umbarger got two quick outs before Deron Johnson hit his first homer of the year
to give the White Sox a 4-3 lead.  In the bottom half of the frame Gossage 
mowed through Grieve and Harrah striking them both out.  Roy Howell pinch
hit and tapped a weak grounder to second to end the game.

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Oakland at Minnesota canceled due to weather (using ‘As Played’ schedule)

and now a preview of April 30, 1975:

DET (Lemanczyk 0-0) @ MIL (Slaton 4-1)
OAK (Abbott 1-1) @ MIN (Blyleven 4-1)
CLE (GPerry 0-5) @ BOS (Tiant 1-2)
BAL (Torrez 1-1) @ NYY (Dobson 1-2)
CAL (Tanana 0-0) @ KCR (Fitzmorris 2-1)
CHW (Bahnsen 1-2) @ TEX (Bibby 1-2)

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Posted 11/24/2010 by rick in 1975, Replay, Statis Pro

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