Sunday, September 4, 2016

9/4 TRS-PNC Era: The Kitten Loses His Perfect Game, Lee Takes His Bow, Doe Whiffs From the Bench, Rallies & A Romp

  • 1971 - The Bucs mishandled five balls, but still won 7-6 over the Montreal Expos in 11 innings at TRS. The Expos clanked four the same night as six of the 13 runs scored were unearned. Pittsburgh won on an oddball rally. Rennie Stennett singled and went to second when Gene Clines was HBP by Mike Marshall. Marshall picked Stennett off second, and during the same at-bat, had Clines picked off first, but Ron Fairly mishandled the throw. Instead of being out, Clines ended up on second where he scored the winning run on Vic Davalillo’s knock.
  • 1976 - The Pirates put up three runs in the ninth, then held off the Expos 5-3 at Parc Jarry for their 10th straight win. The Bucs ninth inning was sparked by a two run hit from Omar Moreno, who later scored on a wild pitch. Kent Tekulve gave up a score in the ninth and faced the tying run in Larry Parrish, but retired the slugger on a fly to center to pick up a save for Dave Giusti’s win. Montreal had 13 hits, but were thwarted by four DP balls.
Omar Moreno 1977 Topps
  • 1978 - In his first major league at-bat, Dorian “Doe” Boyland struck out while sitting on the bench. The Pirate rookie was yanked with a 1-2 count after the Mets made a pitching change in the seventh frame, replacing Skip Lockwood with Kip Kobel. Pinch hitter Rennie Stennett took Boyland’s place in the box as Chuck Tanner played the match-up game, and completed the K by watching strike three during the first game of a Bucco 7-4, 7-0 doubleheader sweep at TRS. The victories put the Bucs one game out of first. They would finish the year in second, 1-½ games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • 1982 - Lee Tunnell got his first MLB start as a replacement for John Candelaria (his shoulder was tight), and took full advantage. Tunnell outpitched Fernando Valenzuela in a 1-0 win over Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium as Lee Lacy’s first inning homer stood as the game’s only score. Tunnell left in the eighth with a blister; Rod Scurry and Kent Tekulve finished up.
  • 1991 - The Bucs won their eighth of nine games by defeating the SF Giants 8-3 at Candlestick Park. John Smiley won his 17th as Steve Buechele and Andy Van Slyke homered while Don Slaught went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to increase their divisional lead to nine games.
Harvey Haddix 1960 Topps Insert
  • 1991 - The MLB Committee For Statistical Accuracy deleted Harvey Haddix’s 12 inning perfect game from the list of perfectos while removing the asterisk from Roger Maris’ 61 homer year. In The Kitten’s case, the committee ruled that a pitcher had to “complete the game,” no matter how many innings, to get credit. Haddix's response, according to Albert Chen of Sports Illustrated, was "It's O.K. I know what I did."

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