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80's Tournament: A.L. Sweet 16

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So we're now down to just eight teams and no World Champions as the '80 Yankees smacked the '83 Orioles around in four games, outscoring the O's 37-15. The '87 Blue Jays blew the division title the last weekend of the 1987 season but they aren't blowing it here as they took care of the '88 Red Sox in five games. In the West both series ended in thrilling Game 6's. The '88 Twins eliminated the '86 Angels on a Kent Hrbek homerun in the top of the 10th off of Doug Corbett. Then in the most improbable moment of the tournament, Jerry Dybzinski (3 homeruns in 909 career at bats) of the '83 White Sox hit a walkoff homerun against Dan Quisenberry in the 13th inning to eliminate the '84 Royals. With the elimination of the '83 Orioles, the '85 Cardinals are now the only World Series team to still be alive in the tournament.

 

Stats are for all three rounds.

 

A.L. West Semi-Finals

 

(12) 1988 Minnesota Twins def. (9) 1986 California Angels 4-2

 

Game 1: Angels 3, Twins 0

Game 2: Twins 5, Angels 2

Game 3: Angels 14, Twins 3

Game 4: Twins 9, Angels 4

Game 5: Twins 6, Angels 1

Game 6: Twins 5, Angels 2 10 innings

 

Gary Gaetti: .364/.395/.649, 77 AB, 15 R, 28 H, 2 3B, 5 HR, 19 RBI

Tom Herr: .333/.402/.469, 81 AB, 15 R, 27 H, 5 2B, 10 BB, 4 SB

 

(6) 1983 Chicago White Sox def. (10) 1984 Kansas City Royals 4-2

 

Game 1: White Sox 4, Royals 2

Game 2: Royals 6, White Sox 0

Game 3: White Sox 6, Royals 3

Game 4: White Sox 15, Royals 2

Game 5: Royals 4, White Sox 3 10 innings

Game 6: White Sox 5, Royals 4 13 innings

 

Rudy Law: .361/.411/.542, 83 AB, 20 R, 30 H, 5 2B, 5 3B, 11 RBI, 14 SB

Harold Baines: .363/.386/.550, 80 AB, 12 R, 29 H, 4 HR, 21 RBI

 

 

A.L. East Semi-Finals

 

(13) 1987 Toronto Blue Jays def. (9) 1988 Boston Red Sox 4-1

 

Game 1: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 5

Game 2: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1

Game 3: Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 1

Game 4: Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5

Game 5: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4

 

Lloyd Moseby: .270/.353/.514, 74 AB, 14 R, 20 H, 5 HR, 15 RBI

Jimmy Key: 5-1, 2.73 ERA, 3 CG, 56 IP, 50 H, 17 ER, 12 BB, 32 SO

 

(6) 1980 New York Yankees def. (2) 1983 Baltimore Orioles 4-0

 

Game 1: Yankees 13, Orioles 10

Game 2: Yankees 10, Orioles 4

Game 3: Yankees 5, Orioles 1

Game 4: Yankees 9, Orioles 0

 

Reggie Jackson: .339/.413/.857, 56 AB, 15 R, 19 H, 9 HR, 14 RBI

Willie Randolph: .396/.500/.642, 53 AB, 15 R, 21 H, 6 2B, 12 RBI, 11 BB, 4 SB

 

 

A.L. West Finals

(12) '88 Twins vs. (6) '83 White Sox

 

A.L. East Finals

(13) '87 Blue Jays vs. (6) '80 Yankees

 

Up Next: N.L. Elite Eight

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