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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, October 7, 1978-Page
NY homers flush Rovals

By the Associated Press
NEW YORK-Just call it the Reggie
and Thurman show.
Thurman Munson's two-run eighth-
inning homer put the finishing touch on
what Reggie Jackson started yesterday
with a solo homer in the second inning,
a run-scoring single in the fourth and a
415-foot sacrifice fly in the sixth.
The one-time adversaries, who
pooled their talents to lead the Yankees
to the 1977 World Championship and
another American League East
Division title this season, had a hand in
all the runs as the Yankees nipped the
star-crossed Kansas City Royals 6-5
and took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five AL
"Nobody hits a ball like that,"
Jackson said of Munson's game-
winning shot off of reliever Doug Bird,
a 430-foot rocket that cleared Yankee
Stadium's infamous expanse, known as
Death Valley and came to rest in the
visitor's bullpen behind the left-center
field fence.
"I've never hit one that felt as good,"
said Munson.
George Brett put the Royals in front
in the first inning when he hit Catfish
Hunter's third pitch into the upper deck
in right field.
One out later, Amos Otis beat out an
infield hit and stole his fourth base of
the series, setting an American League
Championship Series record. But when
he tried to go to third on Darrell Por-
ter's fly ball, he was thrown out by
Mickey Rivers.
In the third, Brett restored the

Royals' lead with his second homer of
the game, this one sailing into the right-
center field bleachers. Later in the in-
ning, Kansas City loaded the bases on a
controversial double by Porter that the
Yankees claimed Rivers had caught,
sandwiched around two walks.
But Hunter struck out Clint Hurdle,
ending the threat.
Brett opened the fifth with his third
consecutive homer, the first player in
any championship series to hit three in
a row. This one sailed into the lower
deck in right field and tied the score at
"In the box score, this game is going
to show up the most," said Brett. "It is
something I'll never forget, I'd just
rather we'd have won."
"I understand how he must feel,"
said Kansas City relief ace Al
Hrabosky, referring to Brett. "He had
one of the best games in baseball
history, but it just went for nought."
The Royals seized the lead in the top
of the eighth on a double by Amos Otis,
an RBI single by Darrell Porter, Clint
Hurdle's single and a force play groun-
der by Al Cowens.
That gave Kansas City a 5-4 lead and
Royals starter Splittorff retired leadoff
batter Paul Blair in the bottom of the
eighth. But Roy White singled, bringing
up Munson-the gruff catcher who
played hurt much of the season with
knee and shoulder problems.
Kansas City Manager Whitey Herzog,
playing the percentages, switched to
right-hander Bird. And while the
reliever warmed up, Munson and

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The heroics of Munson and Jackson
overshadowed a pair of rally-starting
singles by White; the clutch pitching of
Hunter, who survived the three solo
homers by Brett but worked out of three
big jams, and the relief pitching of Rich
Gossage, who worked a 1-2-3 ninth in-
ning after surrendering two runs in the

Now the Royals must face 25-game
winner Ron Guidry tonight. Asked how
he felt about that, Herzog frowned. "1
don't feel too damn good," he said. "'
guess you'd have to say they have us
where they want us."
Guidry's mound opponent tonight will
be 21-game winner Dennis Leonard, th
opening game's losing pitcher.

Munson's moment



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Brett3b 5 3 3 3 Riverscf 1 0 , 10
McRaedh 5 0 0 0 Blair cf 3 0 0 0
Otiscf - 3 1 2 0 R Whitelf 4 2 2 0
Porter c 4 1 2 1 Thomsn if 0 0 0 0
LaCock ib 3 0 2 0 Munson c 4 2 3 2
Hurdle if 4 0 1 0 Jackson dh 3 2 2 3
Wilsonif 0 0 0 0 Piniella rf 4 0 2 0
Cowens rf 4 0 0 1 Nettles 3b 3 0 0 0
Patek ss 3 0 0 0 Chamblisslb 3 0 0, 0
F White 2b 3 0 0 0 Stanley 2b 3 0 0 0
Braun ph 1 0 0 0 Dent ss 3 0 0. 0
Total , 35 5 10 5 Total 31 6 10 5
Kansas City 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0-5
New York 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 x-6
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Otis. 3B-LaCock. HR-Brett 3 (3), Jackson (2), Munson (1). SB-Otis. SF-Jackson.


AP Photo
KANSAS CITY third baseman George Brett was apparently just as impressed as
any Joe Fan by this, his third home run of yesterday's AL playoff game. Brett's
heroics couldn't outshine the clutch slugging of the Yankees' Katzenjammer
Twins, Reggie Jackson and Thurman Munson. New York now holds a 2-1 lead in
the best-of five series.

New York
Hunter ............................ 6
Gossage; W, 1-0.................... 3


Kansas City
Bird L, 1-0 .. .................
Hrabosky .........................




2 THURMAN MUNSON lofts this two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth 'innin
win the game for the Yankees, 6-5, in last night's action. The blast overshadows
2 . record setting three consecutive home runs by Kansas City's,George Brett.




By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Left-hander Steve
Carlton complemented his pitching
with a homer and four runs batted in to
keep the Philadelphia Phillies alive in
the National League baseball playoffs
with a 9-4 victory over the Los Angeles
Dodgers last night.
Carbton's shoulder, which has
troubled him all season, had little effect
as he controlled the Dodgers after the
opening innings. His homer in the
second, with two teammates aboard,
cleared the right-center field fence at
the 385-foot mark.

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HE DROVE in another run in the
sixth with a single, sending rival
pitcher Don Sutton out of the game with
his first career loss ever in post-season
Philadelphia had lost twice at home
to the Dodgers, 9-5 and 4-0, in this best-
of-five series for the National League
pennant and a spot in the World Series.
A defeat before the 55,043 at Dodger
Stadium would have ended the season
for the Phillies.
But they struck fast in the second
inning with two out.
MIKE SCHMIDT doubled and after
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Tim McCarver walked, Ted Sizemore
blooped a single to drive in the first run
of the game. With a count of no balls
and one strike, Carlton lashed his first
homer of 1978 to give his team a 4-0
The southpaw, who has been bothered
by inflammation of the bursar sac in his
throwing shoulder since August, had
trouble with the Dodgers in both the
second and third innings.
Bill Russell doubled home a run in the
second and another would have scored
if a fan in the left-field corner hadn't
reached out and grabbed the ball,
making it a ground-rule double and
holding at third base Dusty Baker, who
had started at first. The fan was moved
to another seat "for his own
protection," a National League
spokesman said.
THE DODGERS pulled within a run
in the third as Steve Garvey doubled in
a run and scored on Ron Cey's single.
After that Carlton settled down and
Philadelphia wrapped up the game with
three unearned runs in the sixth.
With two out, McCarver was safe on
Davey Lopes' error at second,
Sizemore beat out a bunt and Carlton
singled to right. McCarver scored on
the hit and Sizemore went around third

beat L2
and scored on right-fielder Reggie
Smith's throwing error, with Carlton
winding up at third.
Pinch-hitter Jerry Martin doubled
the pitcher home to make it 7-3.
SINGLES BY Garry Maddox and
Greg Luzinski plus a sacrifice and an
infield out gave Philadelphia another
run in the seventh.
Carlton had coasted through four
innings until Garvey blasted a solo
homer in the eighth, his third home run
of the championship series.
Luzinski matched, Garvey's homer
with a blast to left-center in the top of
the ninth for the Phillies' final run. He
now has hit in, each of the 10 post-season
games in which he has appeared.
CARLTON, 16-13 for the year, hadn't
worked in a week as he rested for what
turned out to be a crucial Phillies game.
The 6-foot-5 pitcher is one of the
better batters among the game's
moundsmen, having compiled a .291
average during the regular season with
25 hits in 86 times at bat. Although he
had not homered before in 1978, he had
three during the 1977 campaign. Only
shortstop Larry Bowa, at .294, had a
better batting average than the 220-
pound Carlton.
Carlton finished with an eight-hitter,


Open until 1:00 AM

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striking out eight and walking two.
The Dodgers now host Philadelphia
again tomorrow afternoon. Game time
is 4:30 p.m. The Phils' Randy Learch
(11-8) will oppose Doug Rau (15-9) of
the Dodgers.



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Martin rf
Bowa ss
Maddox cf
Luzinski If
Hebner lb
Schmdt 3b
McCarvr c
Sizemor 2b
Carlton p
Los Angeles

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2 2 2 1
4 2 2 4
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Lopes 2b
North cf
Smith rf
Garvey b
Cey 3b
Baker rf
Russell ss
Yeager c
Lacy ph
Sutton p
Rautzhn p
Mota ph
Hough p
Fergsn ph

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E-Lopes, Smith, Schmidt. DP-Philadelphia 2. LOB-Philadelphia 7, Los Angeles 5. 2B-Schmidt, Russell,
Garvey, Martin, Mota. HR--Carlton 1, Garvey 3, Luzinski 1. S-Sizemore, Hebner.
~Carlton W(1-0) .................... 9 8 4 4 2 8
Los Angeles
Sutton L (0-1) .................... 5% 7 7 4 2 0
Rautzhan.......................... 1/3 3 1 1 2 0
Hough ............................. 2 1 1 1 0 1
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American League
New York 6, Kansas City 5
(Yankees leadsbest-of-five series 2-1)
National League
Philadelphia 9, Los Angeles 4
(Dodgers lead best-of-five series 2-1)

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