Detroit struck first in the top 2nd inning, when Monroe Doubled and scored on a Casey Fielder’s Choice. Meanwhile, Robertson held LA to just 2 hits in 4 innings of shutout ball. But, in the bottom 5th inning, Ron Cey Walked and scored on a Steve Yeager Double – to even the score 1-1. In the next inning, LA scored again on a solo shot from Davey Lopes to take a 2-1 lead after 6 innings of play. Detroit was having difficulty against Sutton, who was on fire giving up that 1 run on just 2 hits thru 7 innings of play. In the 8th inning, with 1 out, Sutton gave up 3 straight Walks to Infante, Guillen, and Ordonez to load the bases. Sutton actually gave up 7 Walks and 2 hits for the game. But, his night was done. LA sent in Mike Garman with a 2-1 lead, but Detroit had the based loaded and 1 out here in the 8th inning. Infante would eventually score on a SAC fly from Inge. LA did get out of that jam, but Garman blew the Save and Detroit evened the score at 2-2. It stayed that way, as we headed into the bottom of the 9th inning. Steve Garvey and Dusty Baker both Walked to lead off the inning against Detroit closer Todd Jones. With 2 men on and no outs, LA was in command with Reggie Smith and Ron Cey coming to the plate. But, Detroit and Jones had other plans. Smith hit a shallow flyout and Cey hit into a DP to end the treat. That was a wasted Championship opportunity there – and the LA crowd was stunned as we headed into Xtra Innings.
LA wins 3-2 in 14 innings of play. Davey Lopes, who went 1-for-5 and an HR, took the Game MVP. But, I may have given the Game MVP to Rick Monday, who had the game-winning hit – or to Don Sutton who held Detroit to 2 hits. Of course, 7 Walks did not help his cause.