1981 World Series Replay Game 2: Breaking Back in the Bronx

Game One of my APBA replay of the 1981 World Series between the Dodgers and Yankees was an extra-inning pitcher’s duel, and as the teams took to the Yankee Stadium field for Game Two on Wednesday night, October 21, the question was whether the series would be tied heading to Los Angeles or if one team would take a commanding 2-0 lead. The pitching matchup featured a pair of veterans in LA’s Burt Hooton and New York’s Tommy John. Here’s what happened:

Dodgers Rally Late, Even Series

NEW YORK (October 21, 1981)Pedro Guerrero‘s two-out single in the ninth inning lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, squaring the 1981 World Series at a game apiece.

The Dodgers, who trailed 2-1 with just five outs to go, scored once in each of the last two innings off Ron Davis (0-1), making a winner out of Game One loser Dave Stewart (1-1).

Dusty Baker led off the pivotal Los Angeles ninth with a single over Larry Milbourne at short and raced to third on Steve Garvey‘s single to right. A missed sign resulted in Baker getting trapped off third and eventually being tagged out, while Garvey went to second in the rundown. After Ron Cey popped out, Guerrero delivered a base hit to right to plate Garvey with the lead run. Steve Howe pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save.

The Dodgers had tied the game in the eighth on Rick Monday‘s pinch-hit single over second that scored Ken Landreaux, who had hit Davis’ first pitch into the right center field gap for a double.

Back-to-back fifth-inning home runs by Milbourne and Dave Winfield off Dodger starter Burt Hooton had given the Bronx Bombers a 2-1 lead. Hooton allowed five hits and those two runs in seven innings of work.

Yankee starter Tommy John pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, allowing only Landreaux’s fifth-inning RBI single. But looking to potentially plate an insurance run and to turn the game over to his bullpen, Yankee skipper Bob Lemon batted Bobby Murcer for John with one out in the seventh.

“I was trying to get some runs,” Lemon explained. “Hooton was pitching good for them. I used Murcer because I wanted a base hit. He’s my best contact pinch-hitter. I wasn’t thinking home run, I wasn’t that greedy, I just wanted a single.”

But Murcer flied to right and Jerry Mumphrey popped to Cey at third to end the inning, and Davis – in because Goose Gossage had pitched two innings in winning Game One – allowed five hits in an inning and two thirds. George Frazier came in and balked Guerrero to second, but then retired Landreaux on a fly ball to right to end the threat.

For the second straight game, the Yankees managed just five hits. With no designated hitter in this World Series, New York’s “Mr. October,” Reggie Jackson, has yet to make more than a cameo appearance after leading the team in home runs with 15 (tied with Nettles) during the strike-shortened season.

The series now shifts to Dodger Stadium for the third, fourth and fifth games beginning Friday night. Rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela (13-7 in the regular season) faces Yankee lefthander Dave Righetti (8-4) in Game Three.

1981 WORLD SERIES GAME TWO
At Yankee Stadium
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers 3, 1981 New York Yankees 2
Wednesday, October 21, 1981

1981 Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1)                           1981 New York Yankees (1-1)                             
Player          AB R  H BI BB SO  P  A  E LOB   Ave      Player          AB R  H BI BB SO  P  A  E LOB   Ave      
------          -- -  - -- -- --  -  -  - ---   ---      ------          -- -  - -- -- --  -  -  - ---   ---      
Lopes 2b        4  0  0  0  0  0  1  3  1  0   .000      Mumphrey cf     3  0  0  0  1  0  4  0  0  0   .000
Russell ss      3  0  1  0  1  0  1  3  0  1   .375      Milbourne ss    4  1  2  1  0  0  1  4  0  0   .500
Baker lf        4  0  1  0  0  1  2  0  0  1   .111      Winfield lf     3  1  2  1  1  0  6  0  0  0   .429
Garvey 1b       4  1  1  0  0  0  11 1  0  0   .222      Gamble rf       2  0  0  0  2  1  2  0  0  0   .000
Cey 3b          4  1  2  0  0  0  2  4  0  0   .500      Nettles 3b      4  0  0  0  0  0  0  4  0  4   .000
Guerrero rf     4  0  1  1  0  0  2  0  0  0   .125      Watson 1b       4  0  1  0  0  1  8  2  0  0   .125
Landreaux cf    4  1  2  1  0  0  3  0  0  1   .400      Cerone c        4  0  0  0  0  1  2  1  0  0   .000
 Howe p         0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000      Randolph 2b     4  0  0  0  0  0  2  3  0  2   .125
Yeager c        3  0  0  0  0  0  4  1  0  1   .143      John p          2  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0   .000
Hooton p        2  0  0  0  0  0  1  2  0  0   .000       Murcer ph      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
 Monday ph      1  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0   .400       Davis p        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
 Stewart p      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000       Frazier p      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
 Thomas cf      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
                -- -  - -- -- -- -- -- -- ---                            -- -  - -- -- -- -- -- -- ---            
Totals          33 3  9  3  1  1  27 14 1  4             Totals          31 2  5  2  4  3  27 14 0  6  

                                 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10     R  H  E
                                 -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -      -  -  -
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers         0  0  0  0  1  0  0  1  1         3  9  1  
1981 New York Yankees            0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0         2  5  0  
E- Lopes(2)
LOB- 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers 4, 1981 New York Yankees 6
2B- Landreaux(1), Watson(1)
HR- Milbourne(1), Winfield(1)
RBI- Guerrero(1), Landreaux(1), Monday(1), Milbourne(1), Winfield(1)
SB- Garvey(1), Landreaux(1), Winfield(1)
CS- Baker(1), Mumphrey(1)
GIDP- Baker(1), Guerrero(1), Watson(2); RLSP- Landreaux, Yeager, Nettles 2, Randolph 2
DP- 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers 1, 1981 New York Yankees 2
 
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers            IP   H  R  ER BB SO    ERA
Hooton                              7.0  5  2  2  3  0    2.57  
Stewart(W 1-1)                      1.0  0  0  0  1  1    3.86  
Howe(S, 1)                          1.0  0  0  0  0  2    0.00  
1981 New York Yankees               IP   H  R  ER BB SO    ERA
John                                7.0  4  1  1  1  1    1.29  
Davis(L 0-1)                        1.2  5  2  2  0  0    9.00  
Frazier                             0.1  0  0  0  0  0    0.00  
Inherited runners-scored- Frazier 1-1
Batters faced- Hooton 28, Stewart 4, Howe 3, John 24, Davis 9, Frazier 
Umpires- Colosi, Cooney, Harvey, Garcia, Stello, Barnett
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Kenn Tomasch

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