DR. GROSSINGER’S PRE-GAME
They had the sixth game on in the hotel today, and I sat in the William Penn lobby with the other guests to watch. Needless to say, I was transported. Mr. Headley wants me back at Three Rivers with him tomorrow, and says there will be no discussing the matter. I’m weakening slowly, but suppose I can handle another few hours of fresh air. Mr. Headley really has turned out to be a gentleman of his word…
KANSAS CITY–Jerry Reuss? Are you kidding me? I guess any mediocre pitcher’s capable of a great game; even Ray Burris won three times this year. It was a shrewd move by Chuck Tanner to dump Bruce Kison for him, but a smart one. Three Rivers helps the lefty power and Kison gives up practically nothing to lefties but power. Still, though…
Patek boots the first ball the Pirates hit in the bottom of the 1st for another error, his fourth of the Series, it turns into a Stargell sac fly and it’s all downhill from there.
Even though the Royals had runners falling out of the trees. A leadoff triple by McRae in the 2nd and they don’t score. Singles by Cowens and Brett to open the 4th and they don’t score. Two Taveras errors in the 8th and they do nothing with them, before a hit batter and walk in the 9th are left out to dry.
Meanwhile, Colborn gets raked in the 3rd for two singles, a double and Garner triple when McRae mistakes the rising liner for a badminton birdie and it shoots over his head in left to score two runs. Garner, who by the way is a crappy 2-for-22 when the game begins, crushes an Andy Hassler pitch for a solo jack in the 6th to pretty much entomb all Kansas City hope.
Reuss goes the distance until he hits Mayberry to start the 9th, gets a monstrous ovation from the over 50,000 here, but Tekulve gives the Gossage his third straight day off after the Goose’s five-inning stint in Game 3. Kent whiffs Patek, gets Poquette on a foul out, and after walking Joe Lahoud, retires Otis on a lazy fly to tie this sucker up at three games apiece.
ROYALS 000 000 000 – 0 5 1
PIRATES 103 001 00x – 5 10 3
W-Reuss L-Colborn HR: Garner GWRBI-Stargell
So what can I say? Except this:
GAME SEVEN DEATHMATCH TONIGHT
—10: 30 p.m. eastern, 7:30 pacific—
LEONARD VS. CANDELARIA.
NO PRISONERS TAKEN.
Game 7 Recap will be tomorrow on the blog, with my narrative conclusion and hearty farewells on Thursday.