Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lightning Strikes! - 1982 NXPL World Series (Game 6)

The Detroit Tigers have battled back from a 2-0 deficit & now have the 3-2 advantage in the series. The Tigers send Joaquin Andujar to the mound to face off against the St. Louis Cardinals' Ron Guidry, as the series comes back to the Cardinals.

The Tigers decide to give Kirk Gibson a day off, with George Wright playing left, a defensive strategy (Wright has a fielding 2 with a 34 arm) -- that arm will be tough to tag up on.

GAME 6 (at St. Louis)

For the Tigers it would not matter if Gibson played or not, it ended up being a very long day for Detroit.

Tigers were no match for Guidry in Game 6.
The Cardinals team was greeted with a stadium full of a sea of red -- and the fans' spirits were as if they were up, 3-2 in the series (than the other way around). Ron Guidry, "Louisiana Lightning" was in full control, as he only allowed two walks to Mookie Wilson -- while he ended up NO-HITTING the Tigers' offensive juggernaut. What a way to bounce back from a so-so start in Game 3, by no-hitting the Tigers in a potential series clincher for Detroit, plus what a momentum shift, with the series now tied for anyone to win it in Game 7.

Guidry struck out 6 Tigers, while Willie McGee and Terry Puhl had to put on the after-burners to chase down some deep flies to keep the no-hitter in tact. He was backed offensively by Terry Kennedy (who's having a great series) with a 3-4 performance, his 1st HR of the series, plus 5 RBI in the game (7 RBI in series); Plus Keith Hernandez' bat finally woke up for 3 hits, lifting his low batting average up to .227 in the series... Leon Durham added two hits & scored three times for the Cards.

The Cardinals blow out the Tigers, 9-0.

The future Hall of Famer, Steve Carlton will face off against the Tigers' Dan Petry in the deciding last game.

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