INDIANS 5, MARINERS 2
Friday, July 21, 1978 at Municipal Stadium
Game 1257 – 10/11/12
A larger-than-usual crowd was on hand tonight at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium for the ‘Ladies Tote Bag Night’ game between the Indians and Mariners, and those in attendance were treated to a convincing 5-2 win by the Tribe over the visiting M’s.
With the Mariners nursing a slim 1-0 lead after four innings, thanks to Danny Meyer’s RBI double in the fourth, M’s starter Byron McLaughlin (9-7) saw his game fall apart in the Cleveland half of the fifth. With one out and a man on first via a walk, Mariner shortstop Craig Reynolds booted a ground ball off the bat of leadoff hitter Rick Manning for an error; this opened the floodgates for the Indians, who followed up the miscue with three consecutive singles, scoring two, and which were then followed by a Bernie Carbo 3-run home run that just hooked inside the right-field foul pole, good for three runs and a 5-1 Indians lead.
Seattle would score again in the seventh inning—when Julio Cruz laid down a precision suicide squeeze that scored Bill Stein from third—and would threaten again in the ninth when they loaded the bases off Tribe starter David Clyde. But reliever Rick Kreuger was called in from the bullpen to extinguish the fire, which he did by forcing Bob Stinson at home on a Cruz grounder back to the mound, then by coaxing Reynolds to loft a fly to left field for the game’s final out.
For the normally hard-luck Clyde, it was his second win in a row, and the decision improved his record to 6-7, while Kreuger earned his first save of the season and his career, after four years in the major leagues.
• The game was played in the afternoon at site AZ8 in Peoria, Arizona, on the living room table while I listened to Imaginary Roads by William Ackerman.
• This game was played on October 11th, the only day left of the 31 in October that had yet to see an SP78 played; only 14 days remain to be filled between now and March, 2013.
• This game also wrapped up the slate of 15 games played for Friday, July 21, 1978.
• For Indians reliever Rick Kreuger, 1978 would be his last year in the major leagues; in fact, his last game was May 7, 1978, when he pitched the final 2/3 of an inning against the Angels in a 16-3 loss. He would spend the last three years of his baseball career in Japan, AAA Pawtucket, and Puerto Rico.