Sunday, March 9, 2014

2 Extra inning Walk-off’s power Pilots vs Bombers

Pilots 8, Yankees 7 (10 inn)
Downing vs Pattin

Mike_Hegan-1969Down 7-2 in the bottom of the 8th the newly formed Pilots staged a miraculous comeback scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th to make it a tight one run ball game.  Curiously the Yankees skipper, Ralph Houk, left starter Al Downing in to rot.  Even more curious was the fact that he allowed him to come back out in the 9th to try to finish this thing off.  Downing fanned pinch hitter Steve Whitaker, then cleanly fielded a drag bunt by Tommy Harper to start the inning off with 2 quick outs.  Up stepped former teammate Mike Hegan, who homered in his first AB.  Hegan wasted no time hitting his 2nd homer of the game with 2 out in the 9th to tie the affair and send it to extra innings.  After walking Tommy Davis to lead off the bottom of the 10th, reliever Mike Kekich gave up a hot smash to Rich Rollins that handcuffed thirdbaseman Bobby Cox to put runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out.  Pinch hitter John Kennedy hit another bullet to Cox, who made amends by starting an around horn DP that looked to squash Seattle's rally.  John Kennedy, who was a pinch hitter in the watershed 8th inning singled home Davis for the winning run in an improbable comeback scenario.  Diego Segui (2-2) got the win and Kekich (0-5) took it on the chin.

Pilots 7, Yankees 6 (11 inn)
Stottlemyre vs G.BellTommy_Davis-1969

New York and Seattle hooked up in a fan friendly see-saw battle that saw the lead change 5 times.  Seattle's 4-1 lead heading into the 8th evaporated when Joe Pepitone hit a 2 run shot and Jerry Kenney singled home another.  After Seattle scored 2 in the bottom of the inning off a Rich Rollins double and a Larry Haney Sac fly the M's looked poised to win.  Pepitone's second homer of the day tied it up again and sent the game to extras.  Tommy Harper led off the bottom of the 11th and singled and stole 2nd base off of reliever Steve Hamilton.  Mike Hegan struck out on a folly floater, but the cagey veteran Tommy Davis was wise to that pitch and doubled off the wall to easily score Harper for Seattle's second consecutive walk off-comeback-extra inning win vs NY.  Seattle starter Gary “Ding-Dong” Bell looked good allowing just one run in 6+ innings.

Yankees 12, Mariners 3
Brubach vs Marshall

Bobby_Murcer-1969New York jumped all over screwball specialist Mike Marshall to the tune of 12 runs in 6 2/3 innings.  Marshall couldn't find the plate, and when he did he found the middle of it.  Rookie Bobby Murcer (3-4) knocked in 5 runs and hit two homers to lead New York's steamrolling of Marshall.  Jerry Kenney (4-5) scored 2 and knocked in 2.  Six Bombers had multi-hit games as New York scored 12 runs on 19 hits.  Roy White chipped in his 5th homer of the year and Jerry McNertney hit is second in garbage time.

Editor's Note:  Seattle's 1969 record after 31 games was 13-18.  Seattle's current record in ARAIG is 14-17.

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