Not even a powerful earthquake that hit the Bay area could stop the first-ever San Francisco Bay Area World Series nor halt the pitching-rich Oakland Athletics.
The A's finished the 1989 regular season at 99-63 and the team's pitching staff posted an ERA of 3.09 - the best AL team ERA since way back in 1974 (Oakland A's 2.95 ERA). Meanwhile, the Giants, no sloughs either, ended the regular season at 92-70.
San Francisco had the highest slugging percentage (.390) in the NL and their mound staff posted a nice 3.30 ERA. World Series 1989
Game 1: - Before a rootin' tootin' crowd in Oakland, A's starter Dave Stewart silenced the big bats of San Francisco, shutting them out 5-0 on five hits. Oakland scored 3 runs in the second inning, and then slugger Dave Parker and Walt Weiss joined in with solo home run shots in the 3rd and 4th innings.
Game 2: - Led by starter Mike Moore, the A's stopped the Giants 5-1. A double by Carney Lansford in the first inning gave the A's a 1-0 lead. The Giants tied it in the bottom of the third. Parker's double drove in the A's second run in the fourth inning and Terry Steinbach followed with a three-run homer making it 5-1. Moore held the Giants to just four singles in seven-plus innings before relievers Rick Honeycutt and Dennis Eckersley threw perfect ball in the final innings.
Game 3: - After a day off, the Series shifted 11 miles across the Bay to San Francisco. However, as the fans were getting settled into their seats, a devastating earthquake struck - knocking out all power in the Giants' Candlestick Park. The fans were sent home. But as news began coming in that 67 people were killed in the Bay Area, the Series might have been cancelled except for the fact that the desire of the Bay Area residents wanted the Series to continue... so on 'with the show.'
Game 3: - started 10 days later - A's starter Dave Stewart yielded three runs in seven innings, but before he was relieved the A's battered the Giants' pitchers for nine runs. The game's final score was 13-7. Oakland hit five homers, the Giants two for a total of seven - to set a World Series record.
Game 4: - Oakland's lead-off batter, Rickey Henderson opened with a homer, and by the time Kevin Mitchell hit a two-run homer for the Giants in the 6th inning, the A's had scored eight times. The Giants scored four more in the 7th - making it A's 8 Giants 6. Relievers Todd Burns and Dennis Eckersley pitched 2 1/3 innings of perfect ball and Oakland won 9-6... sweeping the Giants in the first-ever Bay Series. baseballhistorian.com - Archives
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