Pastore went 13-7 (3.26) to lead the 1980 Reds staff in wins; it was to be his only
year with more than nine victories and a winning record. He missed most of 1984 after
being hit in the right arm with a line drive off the bat of the Dodgers' Steve Sax.
After an unrelated elbow operation in 1985, he returned without his good fastball
or breaking stuff and was accused by some of throwing a spitter.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 28, 1979:
Frank Pastore shuts out the Braves 3–0 as the Reds clinch the National League West title.
»April 9, 1980: The Reds Tom Seaver is scratched from his Opening Day start against the Braves because of the flu, and his replacement, Frank Pastore, tosses a 3-hit shutout. Braves P Phil Niekro is on the short end of the 9–0 decision. George Foster knocks a 2-run double off Niekro in the first inning, and receives credit for the first game-winning RBI, a newly created ML stat that will survive till the end of the 1988 season.
»May 24, 1980: The Reds Frank Pastore shuts out the Expos, 2–0, on two hits.