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Tokyo @ Los Angeles (History Maker and Statis-Pro, with Bob Marley's "I don't want to wait in vain" on the MP3 player)

Baseball fans were hoping not to wait much longer for Sadaharu Oh's first home run either. Thousands of Japanese fans made their pilgrammage to Dodger Stadium to see the great slugger break his power slump, so many that Vin Scully quipped "The Land of the Rising Sun has in fact, descended on the RF pavillion here at Dodger Stadium." More importantly, the Giants were looking to do what Yokohama could not; be the first Japanese team to beat an NL West squad.

The early returns were not encouraging for that effort. Rick Rhoden started the series off for LA with a five hit shutout, three Dodger's hit home runs (Rick Monday, Steve Garvey, and Reggie Smith) and the Dodgers cruised to an 8-0 victory. The Giants were held to zero extra base hits and committed four errors, and looked generally outclassed.

This however, has not been uncommon for the Yomiuri squad, and they have typically rebounded in the second game. The same was true in this series. With flags waving and drums beating in the right field bleachers and upper deck, Oh came to the plate against Don Sutton in the first frame with Masahiro Yanagida on first. Sutton fell briefly behind Oh, 1-0, then served up a fastball, middle away, that Oh drove to the gap in left center field. Glenn Burke raced to the wall and lept, but could not reach the ball and Oh had his first home run against American pitching on US soil, and the Giants had the lead, 2-0. 

Sutton settled down however, and did not allow another run in the game. His counterpart, "Crazy" Clyde Wright, who was last seen destroying a lockerroom in Pittsburgh, this day was every bit as good as the Dodger righthander. Ron Cey touched him for a solo shot in the second, and Bill Russell chopped a single through the Giant left side to score Davey Lopes in the third, but the game was tied at two going to the bottom of the eighth thanks to his solid pitching. The Giants, having pinch hit for Wright went to their relief "ace" Hisao Niura, who had been anything but ace-like on the season. Facing nothing but right handed hitting, the lefty Niura walked Garvey, booted Baker's comebacker, failed to field Glenn Burke's bunt single, and allowed the game winning sacrifice fly to Steve Yeager. Final score, LA 3, Tokyo 2.

Game three was more of the same. Both Hajime Kato and Doug Rau were similarly mediocre and both teams scored early and often. But it was the Giants who scored more frequently, and they led 5-4 going to the eighth. Kato was pulled after only two innings, but Takashi Nishimoto was brilliant in relief, allowing just one run in six innings. Once again Niura poured gasoline on another fire after Takashi allowed a leadoff single to Yeager. Lopes then singled, was caught stealing, and Russell singled. Niura was pulled in favor of Mitsuo Sumi, who had already lost two games in relief. He faced the switch hitting Smith from his suppposedly weaker right side. "Supposedly" because he crushed a line drive, three-run, game winning homer into the first row of seats in left center field. Charlie Hough picked up the win with three innings of solid relief, and Elias Sosa saved his second consecutive game. The sweep allowed the Dodgers to take over first place in the NL West.

NOTES: Smith seems to have broken out of his slump, or maybe he just likes Japanese pitching. He was 8-14 with two homers and four RBIs. All of his five HR's have come against the Central League teams...Yeager continues to be the unsung hero of an erratic Dodger offense. He was 4-8 with a HR and 2B, raising his average to above .350...Bill Russell was 8-14 on the series with a double and triple. He is hitting .340 with 3 game winning RBI, but has also committed four errors on the year...Kaz Kono struggled at SS for Tokyo. He was 1-11 with 3 errors, after not having committed one all year...

QOUTABLE: "About the only problem with success is that it doesn't teach you how to deal with failure" Tommy Lasorda, commenting on the Dodgers 9-3 start.

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After four series and twelve games, the NL standings look like this; the Mets lead the East at a suprising 8-4, while both Pittsurgh and Philadelphia have fallen two back at 6-6. The Dodgers pace the West at a league best 9-3, followed closely by the Reds at 8-4 and the Giants at 7-5. Both Tokyo and Yokohama are 2-10.

LEADERS

Avg.-McBride, PHI .474...Bonds, SF .426...Rose, CIN .412

HR-Luzinski, PHI 6

RBI-Bench, CIN 18

SB-Lopes, LA...McBride, PHI 6

 

ERA-Hooton, LA 0.00...Matlack, NYM 0.53...Briles, PIT 0.75

W-Ellis, PIT...Nolan, CIN 3

SV-Eastwick, CIN 4

SO-Hooton, LA 20

winning games in the country of baseball...

 

AL schedule; Baltimore at Oakland, Kansas City @ New York (MNB), Chicago @ Boston



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I love how you interject the quotes from players throughout this thread!  Makes it fun to read.



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Tall Tactician wrote:

I love how you interject the quotes from players throughout this thread!  Makes it fun to read.


 And what songs are playing in the background as you roll.



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Thanks guys! This project has been a blast, probably my favorite undertaking in forty plus years of gaming! Thanks for following along.

All the QUOTABLES or statements by the pictures are actual quotes from the people involved, although I've obviously taken some artistic license with their context. ;) The other quotes are my best approximations given what I know of them--some very little, others quite a bit. I think it adds some color to the proceedings.

As for the music, I was a DJ here in Salt Lake for a little over ten years; some sports talk, but mostly music. I specialized in Funk, R & B, Soul, Jazz, early hip-hop, and Black Rock Coalition (which I know probably seems a bit anachronistic for most people's perceptions of Salt Lake or for this hobby for that matter!) but I think it fits the era of this project pretty well. I like to listen to music when I'm setting up, wrapping up, and doing stats, and again, I think it gives some cool historical context and occasionally a narrative segue. I know as well as anyone how people are about their music, so hopefully it doesn't turn anyone off. Maybe it'll even spark some interest in some stuff you hadn't heard before. :)

I'm thinking about branching out in the pre-game notes a bit as the season unfolds; maybe some more historical tie-ins, like what movies or books were popular, stuff going on in the news, etc. I was a history major, too, so I guess that is to be expected. HAHA.

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That sounds like a great way to add on to the excellent presentation you already have.

BTW -- I was working on-air for Armed Forces Radio and Television, as a Broadcast Journalist in the Navy, overseas.  In our live programming, we were stuck trying to work with a "Mixed Music" format -- a little of everything all rolled into one for a highly diverse audience that essentially was limited to one American station on the dial. in places like Gitmo, Europe, and the Western Pacific.

This was also during a time when the music industry was pushing "crossover artists," and the pop charts were loaded with everyone from Aerosmith, to Bootsy's Rubber Band, to Dolly Parton.

That could be jarring.



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pfunkone wrote:

Thanks guys! This project has been a blast, probably my favorite undertaking in forty plus years of gaming! Thanks for following along.

All the QUOTABLES or statements by the pictures are actual quotes from the people involved, although I've obviously taken some artistic license with their context. ;) The other quotes are my best approximations given what I know of them--some very little, others quite a bit. I think it adds some color to the proceedings.

As for the music, I was a DJ here in Salt Lake for a little over ten years; some sports talk, but mostly music. I specialized in Funk, R & B, Soul, Jazz, early hip-hop, and Black Rock Coalition (which I know probably seems a bit anachronistic for most people's perceptions of Salt Lake or for this hobby for that matter!) but I think it fits the era of this project pretty well. I like to listen to music when I'm setting up, wrapping up, and doing stats, and again, I think it gives some cool historical context and occasionally a narrative segue. I know as well as anyone how people are about their music, so hopefully it doesn't turn anyone off. Maybe it'll even spark some interest in some stuff you hadn't heard before. :)

I'm thinking about branching out in the pre-game notes a bit as the season unfolds; maybe some more historical tie-ins, like what movies or books were popular, stuff going on in the news, etc. I was a history major, too, so I guess that is to be expected. HAHA.


 I'm looking forward to the tie-ins. My daughter has a masters in history, and I'm a big history buff



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I worked at a fledgling soul/R & B station many years ago here in Salt Lake, among other, memorable places. Our group bought time on another station, and came on at 9PM (or maybe it was 10PM; it's been a long time) and had the airwaves until 6AM. It was a bizzare setup--the guy who owned the station lived there with his family and some of his programming was pre-produced on reel-to-reel. He had to wake up in the middle of the night to change out the tapes, and I guess having us there to let him sleep was incentive enough beyond the small fee we paid him. It was an odd setup; old turntables (they had a 78 rpm setting) and lot's of mice and bugs, with spiders repelling from the ceiling while you were trying to change records. And him wandering into the booth some nights in a daze in his boxer's. Needless to say it didn't last long, although it made up for that by being unprofitable. ;) Worked a lot of shifts and hardly got paid.

But talk about jarring--when we started, he had just switched from Heavy Metal, which would have been bad enough. But he went to Classical music, so his headbangers were mad about that, and mad about what we were playing. I remember one night going from Mozart to Milli Vanilli, and that was a pretty mild segue comparatively speaking. LOL. 

 

Damn, I played Milli Vanilli on the air and just admitted it publicly...the business has no shame.



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The real shame would be admitting you had that rare opportunity to create your own playlists when you played Milli Vanilli. wink

Not the way it is in commercial radio, with sponsors to worry about.

When I was in my later years in the service, I volunteered to work weekend shifts, where I was allowed to create my own formats.

I was doing live shows in four different genres: '50's-'60's oldies, country, 80's rock and an '80's R&B show.  Each show was two hours in length and I had total control over the musical selections (at least, what was available to Armed Forces Radio).

Along with that, I was doing some drive time top-40 and a little album rock during afternoon and evening weekday shifts.

But I never had to play Mozart.

When I retired from the Navy, I never sought to try commercial radio.  Ironically, I probably had much more creative freedom in the service than I would have had on the "outside."



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Having control to play what you want is the only way to go, which is one of the reasons I don't do it anymore. It was rarely available then and I imagine is almost extinct now. We had to play from a selection of music, although we had some flexibility, but were allowed one or two wild card songs we could play each hour. So we had some control, but not much. Other places were far more rigid. I worked at a community station for about ten years, as well, once a week for a couple of hours, and that was open season. It was your show, you programmed it how you wanted.

But even that has changed. Now they play college rock from 6-6 to generate enough ratings to get government subsidies to keep them afloat. Only the evenings and weekends are truly independent anymore, but they still do a Radiothon every six months asking for donations. Sometimes I miss it, but then I'll have the occasional nightmare that I have no music set up for my show, or I'm late for my show, or my show got canceled.

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Baltimore at Oakland (Statis-Pro and Ballhalla, Dag's "Righteous" on the tape deck)

The O's and A's matchups of this era tended toward tightly matched pitcher's duels. The two staffs are unarguably the best in the AL, and this three game set at the Coliseum did nothing to alter that opinion. Game one was played to a large, Half-Price Monday crowd (you could get bleacher seats for $1 on those nights), Mike Cuellar vs. Vida Blue. The Birds struck first in the third inning when Mark Belanger singled home Don Baylor for a 1-0 lead. Early it looked like that was all Cuellar would need. "Crazy Horse" was baffling A's hitters with his screwball, and had struck out five of his first eight batters faced. 

But in short order, the A's got consecutive singles from Ted Kubiak, Bill North, and Rico Carty, and a hanging changeup was launched into the seats by Captain Sal Bando, and before Earl Weaver could finish his cigarette in the runway, the A's lead 4-1. Cuellar would allow only one more base runner the remainder of the game, but it would be enough for the A's, who hung on for a 4-2 win. The Orioles scored a run in the ninth and loaded the bases with one out of off Darold Knowles, but Brooks Robinson grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end it. It was the fourth DP turned by Oakland in the game, and Bando started three of them.

The second game was longest yet played on the season, and by the time it was over, practically the only people in the stands were the vendors. The game lasted sixteen grueling innings; the scoreboard simply blinked off during the "fourteenth inning stretch" and people could be seen sleeping in the bleachers. Jim Palmer gave up single runs in the first and second innings, but shut Oakland down the remaining seven innings of his start, enough time for the Orioles to rally for two in the seventh. Dick Williams stayed with Dave Hamilton one batter too long, and the A's spot starter allowed a two-run triple to Paul Blair that tied the game up. It would remain knotted until the sixteenth inning, when Robinson led off with a flare double to right center off of Paul Lindblad, who then gave up the game winning single to Bobby Grich. The A's rallied in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases again for Bando, but this time the A's third baseman grounded out weakly to Boog Powell to end it. Eddie Watt picked up the win in relief (Baltimore's outstanding bullpen pitched seven scoreless innings) and Lindblad, heretofore awful on the season, picked up a tough loss, allowing only the single run in four innings of work.

Game three was more of the same. An afternoon affair in front of a business men special crowd saw Ken Holtzman matched up with Baltimore's hard throwing but wild Jesse Jefferson. The A's felt good about their chances but found themselves behind 2-0 after three when Blair singled, stole second, and scored when Holtzman fired Merv Rettenmund's tapper into right field. Tommy Davis then singled Rettenmund home. The A's battled back, however. Angel Mangual singled home Gene Tenace in the fifth, and pinch hitter Joe Rudi singled in Reggie Jackson in the seventh. That set the stage for another extra inning victory for Baltimore, as Knowles continued to struggle to find the plate, walking Powell and Belanger, then giving up singles to Blair and Rettenmund. Baltimore wins, 4-2 in ten innings, and takes the series.

NOTES: The Orioles grounded into eight double plays in the series, the A's one. The Orioles also committed four errors to the A's two. Yet defensively, it was the Orioles who made the big plays in the field. Belanger robbed A's batters of hits on at least a half-dozen occasions, and in the last game of the series, Merv Rettenmund climbed the wall in right to pick off a a sure Jesus Alou double, then dove headfirst to grab a low liner by Bill North with a runner on in the bottom of the tenth to end the game. Bobby Grich made a number of fine plays as well...The A's left field situation has become problematic. Although he has delivered as a pinch hitter, Joe Rudi has not hit as a starter (.125 overall), and Williams is reluctant (and often times unable) to use Carty in the field. Mangual is 2-18, Billy Conigliaro is oft-injured, and Johnstone and Davilillo poor options. The A's need Rudi to start hitting, or admit he is hurt...Rollie Fingers has thrown 10 1/3 scorelss innings out of the Oakland bullpen, but has yet to record a save (he does have two wins.) Eight of those innings have come in two games, as the A's have been forced to extend him in tied games, and a a result, he has been unavailable for any save situation...

QUOTABLE:"The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers."--Earl Weaver, whose Orioles have hit just four home runs after twelve games, but have stolen nine bases and hit seven triples.

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"The Blade" getting it done in the field



-- Edited by pfunkone on Sunday 25th of October 2015 04:55:02 AM

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Kansas City @ New York (Ballhalla, Strat-O-Matic, Payoff Pitch; Curtis Mayfield "Runaway Child")

Thus far, the Monday Night games have brought out the worst in in clubs. Perhaps it's the pressure of playing in front of a national TV audience, or maybe the thought of being ripped by Howard Cosell, but the games have been one-sided and lacking in drama. The Royals visit to the Big ballpark in the Bronx was no different. Paul Splittorf, who up to this point had been rock solid for the Royals, failed to get out of the first inning, and his succesors from the KC bullpen were just as bad, as the Yankees clubbed 21 hits in a 15-1 shellacking. Mike Torrez picked up his third win of the season with his best start, scattering six hits and not allowing a run until the ninth. Yankee offensive stars were many; Chris Chambliss and Thurman Munson were both 4-6, and Reggie Jackson 3-6 with a homer and five RBIs. Paul Blair continued his torrid hitting, spanking 3 hits in five at-bats, and Mickey Rivers reached base four times. "They are, indeed, the best team money can buy; an awesome and relentless collection of talent overseen by a driven and cunning leader, one Billy Martin. These, the New York Yankees." So sayeth the Mouth That Roared.

Howard seemed pretty insightful (having re-watched dozens of old baseball broadcasts he did, I must admit he was right more often than I remembered) as the Yankees pummeled the Royals the next night, 7-3. Jim Colborn didn't make it out of the fourth inning, and while Marty Pattin was able to finish the game without too much additional damage, the six runs New York scored in the fourth inning were sufficiently destructive. The Yankees got another solid outing out of Ed Figeroa, who got the win despite not having his best stuff (11 hits allowed, only two strikeouts) and every batter in the lineup reached base in a balanced attack.

Looking to avoid a sweep, the Royals played their best game of the series in game three. Andy Hassler, despite control problems he has struggled with all year, pitched well enough tho keep KC in it. He allowed just one earned run in 6 1/3, but that one run turned out to be enough, as Hassler was out-dueled by fellow lefty Don Gullett. Gullet gave up only five hits and whiffed seven in a complete game whitewashing. Jackson's bases loaded walk in the third held up as the game winner, in 2-0 Yankee shutout. Blair had another three hit game, and Reggie added two other hits, including a triple, and a run scored.

NOTES: Blair is making it hard for Martin to take him out of the lineup. He finished the series 7-12, and raised his seasonal average to .500. With his superior glove, he is making a for a quality alternative to Lou Piniella...Sparky Lyle retired the only batter he faced in the second game of the series. It was the only relief appearance by a Yankee in the three games...The Yankees are now 9-0 in games not started by Hunter or Holtzman...The Royals saw their team batting average drop below .240 and their team ERA rocket to four... Frank White is now 1-29 on the season. Herzog switched him to shortstop for one game as part of a lineup juggle, and he added two errors to his ledger. Tough year...

QUOTABLE: "We need just two players to be a contender. Just Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax."-Whitey Herzog, on the Royals recent struggles

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Chicago at Boston (all games using Ballhalla-just the luck of the die roll-and Eddie Hazel's "Frantic" in the background. And lots of gratuitous hosiery references...)

The White Sox season has been an odd one thus far. Their explosive offense has only occasionally erupted, but their pitching had been surprisingly good (while their defense had been predictably awful.) They had just five home runs in nine games coming in, but Fenway Park has a way of curing that ailment, and when combined with mediocre opposing pitching, hitters can get well really quickly.

Enter Dick Pole. Making his first start of the year for Boston, Pole was greeted with a first inning Oscar Gamble RBI double. He managed to get through the second inning unscathed, and with a promising 4-1 lead, in fact, after Boston had jumped on Chris Knapp for six hits and a Fred Lynn home run. But in the third, the top of the Chisox order struck again, and after the first three hitters reached base, Richie Zisk unloaded on a Pole breaking pitch, sending a high fly over the Monster for a grand slam and a Chicago lead. The White Sox repeated the same scenario the next inning, this time Zisk hitting a two run homer, and by the time the unfortunate Pole left the game, it was 9-4 Chicago. It would be a lead they never relinquished, ending in a 13-6 victory. Chris Knapp picked up the "cheap" win, six runs allowed in 6 1/3 innings, but he didn't need to be very fine in this one. Jorge Orta scored four runs for the Pale Hose, and Zisk drove in seven.

The second game was a more sedate affair, but once again starting pitching was a trouble spot for Boston. Luis Tiant continues to struggle, having very little zip on his fastball, and this time Darrel Johnson could not ignore it or let Tiant work it out on the mound. El Tiante' went just six, and allowed a dozen hits. The White Sox kept it close by leaving 14 runners stranded, but they hit three more home runs (Gamble, Chet Lemon, and Ralph Garr's second of the series) and Ken Kravec whiffed nine in a 5-4 win that never seemed as close as the score. 

Chicago looked like it would gain a sweep Wednesday afternoon, and led 3-1 going to the bottom of the seventh. Francisco Barrios was pitching well, but allowed two runners to reach with one out. Bob Lemon went to his pen and brought in lefty Dave Hamilton to face the left hand dominated top of Red Sox order. Johnson pinch hit for Cecil Cooper with Juan Beniquez who was promptly hit with a pitch to load the bases. Then Doug Griffin hit for Denny Doyle and he singled in a run. Then Hamilton proceeded to walk Fred Lynn and Carl Yasztremski on eight pitches, forcing in two runs. Rick Wise, who pitched his third consecutive complete game, finished off the White Sox to earn his second victory of the year, 4-3, and get the Carmines a split of sorts in the series.

NOTES: Chicago hit three solo homers off of Wise (Gamble, Eric Soderholm, Jim Spencer.) For the series, Chicago nearly doubled their seasonal total coming in, with nine additional long balls...Wise leads the league in innings pitched, strikeouts, and complete games...Alan Bannister's issues in the field continue. He committed three more errors and now has a league "leading" seven. The White Sox committed four more as a team, to bring their season total to sixteen in twelve games...Jim Rice came back from his injury to go 2-13 with seven strikeouts...

QUOTABLE: "He made two mistakes. One was a curve that didn't curve. The other was a slider that didn't slide"--Richie Zisk on his two home runs.

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At the end of a dozen games, the AL East leader is New York at 9-3, followed by the Orioles at 7-5, with Boston a disappointing 4-8. In the West, the White Sox are in first with a modest 6-6 record, while the A's and Royals are a game back at 5-7 each. Anyone's race in that division.

AL LEADERS

Avg.-Fisk, BOS .447...Jackson, NYY .429...Gamble, CHI .382

HR-Mayberry, KC 4

RBI-Bando, OAK 12

SB-North, OAK 5

 

ERA-Reynolds, BAL 0.87...Hunter, OAK 1.00...Gullett, NYY 1.26

W-Torrez and Figeroa, NYY 3

SV-Lyle, NYY 4

SO-Wise, BOS 21

The upcoming National League schedule has the first place Mets visiting the Phillies; the Pirates hosting the "resurgent" Whales; the Reds travel to LA to battle for first place with the Dodgers (Saturday GOW); and the Giants play...the Giants. Tokyo vs. San Francisco.



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New York at Philadelphia (Replay, History Maker, and Ballhalla on the kitchen table)

Fun Fact: the number one movie in the US 5/8/77 was Woody Allen's Annie Hall; "Don't you see the rest of the country looks upon New York like we're left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers? I think of us that way sometimes and I live here."--Alvy Singer (Woody Allen.)

The Phillies-Mets series continue to be among the most entertaining and hard fought, and this three game, weekend set at the Vet was no exception. Game one saw the Mets jump out on Phillie starter Randy Lerch early, plating two runs in the first on back-to-back doubles by Rusty Staub and Cleon Jones. With Lerch's track record, and Met ace Jon Matlack on the mound, the game had the feel of a potential blowout. But Lerch settled down to pitch his finest game of the year, allowing no further scoring and just six hits in eight innings.

But Matlack is proving to be nearly unhittable, and he blanked the powerful Phillie lineup until the eighth inning. Wayne Garrett's second error of the game opened up an scoring chance for the Phils, and Larry Bowa stepped into it, blooping a double into center to get Philadelphia within a run. With no Tug McGraw, the Mets went to Harry Parker, and the Mets righty was able to seal the deal, picking up his first save of the season in a 2-1 Met win. 

Game two matched up journeymen lefties George Stone and veteran Jim Kaat for the second time on the year. Their first meeting was a poor one for both pitchers, but by this game, both had made adjustments and were effective. The game was tied at 2 going to the bottom of the eighth, when for the second time in the game, Jerry Martin singled, stole second, and was subsequently singled home by Ollie Brown. With a 3-2 lead, Gene Garber looked to pick up a relief win, but the Phillie reliever continued his erratic ways, and the Mets were able to tie the score in the top of the ninth on Ed Kranepool's pinch hit single. 

Once again Tug McGraw would play a huge role in the game's outcome. The lefty screw-baller came into pitch the tenth for the Phils, and despite the hostile reaction he has come to expect from the Veteran Stadium crowd, McGraw retired the Mets without a run. Unable to use their version of Tug, the Mets were forced to stick with Buzz Capra. Of the five batters Capra faced in the bottom of the tenth, four reached base, the final being Tim McCarver. It was a rare start for McCarver without Steve Carlton on the mound, and he singled in the game winner to reward Danny Ozark for his decision.

Game three saw the Mets take a 3-2 lead to the bottom of the eighth, after a Cleon Jones homer in the second and a two run pinch double by John Milner off Jim Lonborg in the sixth. Meanwhile, New York got another quality start from an unlikely source, this time from Jim McAndrew, and they seemed poise to extend their lead over Philadelphia in the East. Yogi Berra went to Parker once again to try and fill the gap left by McGraw's ineligibility. The second time proved no charm for the Met's skipper as the Phillies drew two walks and ripped four hits off Parker to score six runs, en route to an 8-3 comeback win. The Met's had a chance to sweep Philadelphia, but end up losing two of three. And the winner for the Phillies in the last game of the series? Tug McGraw, of course, now the leader in wins in the NL with four! 

NOTES: Lost in the terrific pace set by Bake McBride, his platoon partner in RF, Martin, went 5-9 with 4 RBIs, and is now hitting .500 on the season. With Garry Maddox out of the lineup for an extended period, Martin (and Jay Johnstone) figure to get increased playing time...Garrett committed three errors in the series and now has seven on the year...Staub committed his first two, but also went 6-13 in the series for the Mets...Jim Beauchamp (who failed to hit a home run in 1973) and Jones both went yard for the Mets, bringing the team's season total to a whopping three, but while the Mets lack power, they are also slow--one stolen base on the year and one triple...

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