October 23rd, 2012

Valenzuela Wins Game 3

October 23, 1981 – Rookie Fernando Valenzuela survived a shaky start and pitched a complete-game 5-4 victory in Game 3 of the World Series against the Yankees at Dodger Stadium. Ron Cey’s three-run home run off New York rookie Dave Righetti staked the Dodgers to an early lead, but the Yankees chipped away with two runs in the second and two runs in the third. The Dodgers scored two runs in the fifth inning. The Yankees opened the eighth with consecutive singles by Aurelio Rodriguez and Larry Milbourne. Pinch-hitter Bobby Murcer, attempting a sacrifice bunt, hit a popup that was caught by a diving Ron Cey, who threw to first base for a double play.