Monday, January 22, 2018

Twinkies Trip Up Tigers for 2-1 Series Win (1981 Tigers)

The Minnesota Twins were a horrible team back in 1981. This is a Twins team that existed before Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, Frank Viola & Gary Gaetti came along, while going 41-68 in 1981... The Twins did far worse for my friend Kenneth Heard during his 1981 APBA Season project.

I got my 1981 set from my friend Kenneth Heard, his Twins did much worse for his 1981 APBA Season project by going 48-114, while also losing 26 straight games. The Detroit Tigers did great for him, finishing tied in 1st at season's end with the Baltimore Orioles, in which the Tigers won the one-game playoff... only for the Tigers to eventually lose to the Kansas City Royals in the 1981 American League Championship Series, 3-1.

So I was taken back as my dice went ice-cold, losing a three-game series with the Twinkies, 2-1. My hottest pitcher Dan Petry (10-2) got rocked, allowing 7 earned runs, 6 hits & 2 walks in only 2 innings -- bumping up his ERA to 2.70 for the season.

Mickey Hatcher killed us in the 3rd game, by going 3-for-5, with a triple, 3 RBI & 2 runs; Glenn Adams (2-for-4, RBI 2B & SF) and Ron Jackson (2-for-5, RBI) chipped in as well.

My Tigers have now lost 5 of their last 7 games, while losing two straight series for the first time this season; The Tigers are only 2-4 in the month of June, after going 21-7 in May.

Good news is that Tom Brookens returns from his injury, and will be ready to go to Texas to play the Texas Rangers; Tigers swept the Rangers at home, 3-0.

We should be in good enough shape to win the first-half division title with four games remaining, two against Texas & another two games against the Twins. Here is the standings below....

For those who were wondering, Kenneth's project ended with the Los Angeles Dodgers winning the World Series, 4-2 over Kansas City; Dodgers defeated the Montreal Expos in the NLCS to get there.

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