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On This Day In History | 1978

October 7, 2012

On this day 34 years ago the Yanks secured their 3rd consecutive pennant, and 32nd in franchise history, with a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in game 4 of the American League Championship Series.  The Royals struck first when George Brett hit a triple to centerfield and Hal McRae followed with a single to surge ahead 1-0.  It would be the last time the Royals got to Ron Guidry.  The eventual Cy Young Winner of 1978 allowed no runs and just 5 more hits over the next 8 innings, shutting down the potent Kansas City offense.

On the offensive side, the Yankee bats provided just enough scoring.  The Royals Dennis Leonard pitched a masterful game allowing just 4 hits and 2 earned runs over 8 innings, but the Bombers found a way.  Graig Nettles led off the bottom of the 2nd with a solo shot that knotted the game at 1.  Then, in the bottom of the 6th, Ron White provided the winning margin with a solo home run that gave the Yanks a 2-1 edge.  New York’s pitching made sure the lead was enough as Guidry and Goose Gossage allowed just 1 hit over the next 3 innings.

The Yanks would go on to win their second consecutive World Series.

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