August 18, 1979: Former Teammate Shuts Down Bucs

Jerry Reuss hasn’t had a good year since the Pirates traded him to Los Angeles at the beginning of the season.  He came into tonight’s game with a record of 3-10, but he shut down the Pirates in a 5-1 Dodgers’ win.

Reuss allowed nine hits in going the distance.  The Pirates got a run in the bottom of the first when Omar Moreno led off with a single, stole his 55th base and scored on a double by Dave Parker.  But that was all they got.

Reuss allowed only three other runners to get past first.  Steve Nicosia and Don Robinson singled with one out in the second, but Moreno hit into a double play.  Moreno singled in the fifth and went to second on a grounder, but got thrown out trying to steal third.  Lee Lacy led off the ninth with a double, but was stranded at third.

The Dodgers tied the game against Robinson in the top of the second when Gary Thomasson, who tormented the Pirates yesterday, singled in a run.  In the fourth, a double, a ground out and a sacrifice fly by Dusty Baker put the Dodgers up.  Baker made it 4-1 with a two-run bomb in the sixth.

The Pirates hit for Robinson in the seventh.  Enrique Romo threw the last two innings, allowing a run on a longball by Thomasson to make it 5-1.

The loss dropped Robinson to 6-6.  The Expos won, closing to within two games of the Bucs.