Aug. 5, 1978

Bill Lee and Don Zimmer weren’t exactly pals, which Lee will forever cite as the reason he did not get the ball to start against the Yankees in the Bucky Dent Game.

Of course, there could have been a more earthly reason.

Lee had a record of 10-3 after a 5-4 win over the Twins at Fenway Park on July 15. It was his final win of the season.

That frustrating run of seven straight losses included the 6-2 setback at Milwaukee reported on this day.

Lee didn’t make it out of the first inning. Home runs by Sal Bando and Larry Hisle brought Zimmer out with the hook five batters into the game.

The Brewers were enjoying their most successful season since they were born as the Seattle Pilots in 1969. They were in second place, and this win brought them to within five games of the Red Sox.

Baltimore was third, eight games out, one-half game ahead of the Yankees.

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