May 26, 2016

May 18, 1984 - Shutouts

Game #477 - Houston Astros, 4 @ Chicago Cubs, 0

Bill Doran went absolutely nuts in this game.  In the real 1984 he only hit four homers, but he had two two-run jacks against the hapless Cubs, bringing his Statis Pro total to three with still three-quarters of the season to play.  Nolan Ryan cruised through seven innings of work while striking out five and the Cubs lost their TENTH game in a row.  Woof.

Winning Pitcher - Nolan Ryan
Losing Pitcher - Chuck Rainey
Player of the Game - Bill Doran, 2-5, 2HR's, 4RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg

Game #478 - Montreal Expos, 0 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 3

The bases were loaded in a tie game in the bottom of the fifth when Expos starter Steve Rogers plunked Orel Hershiser to score the first run of the game.  That was all they'd actually need as Hershiser went the distance for a shutout, thanks in large part to Mike Marshall throwing out Tim Raines at home plate in the top of the ninth.

Winning Pitcher - Orel Hershiser
Losing Pitcher - Steve Rogers
Player of the Game - Hershiser, CG SHO, 8K's, only 4H's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Gary Carter, Andre Dawson

May 24, 2016

May 18, 1984 - AL East Continues to Dominate

Game #475 - California Angels, 1 @ New York Yankees, 3

The first place Angels traveled to the Bronx in hopes of furthering their lead over the rest of the AL West.  But New York was ready to defend the house that Ruth built.  In the bottom of the second Butch Wynegar doubled and was brought home by a Roy Smalley single.  Smalley moved to second when outfielder Juan Beniquez bobbled the ball.  That allowed a Tim Foli hit to score Smalley too.  Don Baylor added a RBI double in the third to extend the Yankees lead to 3-0.  Rob Picciolo countered with a solo homer in the top of the seventh, but that was all the offense California could muster because Ron Guidry was filthy.  He pitched into the seventh and struck out eight on his way to another victory on the season.  Jay Howell and Dave Righetti were strong in closing the game out.

Winning Pitcher - Ron Guidry
Losing Pitcher - Ron Romanick
Save - Dave Righetti
Player of the Game - Gator
Hall of Famers in the Game - Reggie Jackson, Rod Carew, Dave Winfield

Game #476 - Chicago White Sox, 6 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 8

This was a fun one!

Doyle Alexander was pitching for Toronto, and he's been the leading candidate for Cy Young since the season started.  Britt Burns had the ball for Chicago, and let's be honest, he's no Doyle Alexander.  Cliff Johnson hit an RBI single in the third to plate Damaso Garcia, who has been hitting everything lately.  He added an RBI in the next inning and all of a sudden Toronto was up 3-0.

By the sixth inning it was 5-0, thanks in part to a Jorge Bell blast.  In the top of the eighth, though, the White Sox had enough.  Three straight hits, including an RBI double by Jerry Hairston, chased Alexander out of the game.  With two on reliever Roy Lee Jackson walked Greg Luzinski to load the bases for Greg Walker.  And that's when Walker went to the deli and ordered a GRAND SALAMI!!!  Game tied, 5-5!!!  The next batter was Ron Kittle.  KITTLE PARKED ONE TOO!!!  Chicago was in the lead, 6-5!

In the bottom of the inning Chicago brought in Juan Agosto, a fine lefty reliever.  But Agosto walked Damaso Garcia and the Lloyd Moseby tripled him home!  Game tied!!!  Jorge Bell was up after that, and the White Sox called in Ron Reed.  It didn't matter, because Toronto rang their Bell for a second time in the game - TWO RUN HOMER!!!  Ron Musselman retired the side in the top of the ninth for the save, though the Blue Jays lost Alfredo Griffin for a second time this season, as he went on the DL for fourteen games.  It looks like Griffin won't be able to play in as many games in Statis Pro as he did in the real 1984.

Winning Pitcher - Jim Acker
Losing Pitcher - Juan Agosto
Save - Ron Musselman
Player of the Game - Jorge Bell, 2-5, 2HR's, 3RBI's

May 21, 2016

May 18, 1984 - Five Up, Five Down

Game #473 - Cleveland Indians, 0 @ Milwaukee Brewers, 5

Don Sutton, he of beautifully permed hair, had the Cleveland batters curled into fits.  (Did I really just type that?  Yes.  Yes I did.)  He tossed a complete game shutout, spreading five hits and a walk, over nine innings.  He also added five strikeouts.  Meanwhile, the Brew Crew knocked Neal Heaton around for five runs.  Robin Yount was 2-4 with two runs scored while Bill Schroeder was 3-3 with three RBI's and a double.

Winning Pitcher - Don Sutton
Losing Pitcher - Neal Heaton
Player of the Game - Sutton
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Don Sutton

Game #474 - Boston Red Sox, 5 @ Minnesota Twins, 6

The Boston Red Sox put up the first two runs of the game when Mike Easler tagged John Butcher with a two run bomb.  Tom Brunansky countered in the bottom half of the first with an RBI double that plated Tim Teufel.  It stayed 2-1 until the third inning, that's when Minnesota scored three, including an RBI double from Mickey Hatcher.

In the top of the fifth Easler again came to the rescue, this time roping a triple that scored Dwight Evans.  Easler then crossed home on a Jim Rice single.  That meant the score was tied at four, but in the top of the sixth Jackie Gutierrez squeezed home Tony Armas.  With Boston now in the lead, Mickey Hatcher once again came to the rescue.  Brunansky had walked, and the Hatcher pulled a "clutch hitting" FAC and doubled him home.  That knotted it back up.

It was still tied until the bottom of the eighth.  Jim Eisenreich singled for the third time and then stole second base.  Randy Bush came in as a pinch hitter and grounded a ball to Gutierrez, but a wild throw led to his second error of the game (and 15th of the season!) and Eisenreich became the winning run!

Winning Pitcher - Ron Davis
Losing Pitcher - Mark Clear
Save - Mike Walters
Player of the Game - Mickey Hatcher, 2-3, 2 2B's, 2RBI's, intentional walk
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Kirby Puckett

May 17, 2016

May 18, 1984 - The Real 1984 AL Division Winners Win

Game #471 - Oakland A's, 1 @ Detroit Tigers, 6

Oakland actually scored first in this game, when Mike Davis went big fly out of the nine hole to open the game up for the A's.  Unfortunately for Oakland, that would be all that they managed.  Chet Lemon had a solo homer in the sixth and Kirk Gibson plated three with one of his own in the seventh.

Winning Pitcher - Juan Berenguer
Losing Pitcher - Steve McCatty
Player of the Game - Aurelio Lopez, 2IP, 2k's

Game #472 - Texas Rangers, 3 @ Kansas City Royals, 4

Kansas City didn't hesitate to take the lead, plating two in the first when Jorge Orta singled home Pat Sheridan and Steve Balboni scored Daryl Motley with a sacrifice fly.  They added another run in the fourth when Willie Wilson singled home Frank White.  But the Rangers came storming back in the fifth.  Gary Ward crushed a three-run bomb off Bud Black and suddenly it was a tie game again.  It remained knotted at 3-3 when Onix Concepcion, playing for the first time off the disabled list that he'd been on since the second game of the season, poked a single with the bases loaded to record the eventual game-winning RBI.

Winning Pitcher - Bud Black
Losing Pitcher - Dickie Noles
Save - Dan Quisenberry
Player of the Game - Onix Concepcion

May 15, 2016

Friend Requests - San Diego Padres Analysis pt. 2

Joey asked for an update on the San Diego Padres, as he's replaying their 1984 season right now.  I think he's doing much better than I am.  Since we looked at the team last summer I've played five more games with them, bringing their record to a still uninspired 14-23.  My primary issue with their performance continues to be their offense.  They can't seem to click at the same time.  Tony Gwynn is his typical excellent self and Graig Nettles is still playing above his 1984 talent level, while Steve Garvey might be the worst starter in the National League for my Statis Pro season.

The offense:

C     Terry Kennedy      1HR, 9RBI   .252/.291/.319/.611
1B    Steve Garvey        3HR, 15RBI  .211/.253/.296/.549
2B    Alan Wiggins        3HR, 25SB   .305/.354/.437/.791
3B    Graig Nettles        6HR, 18RBI   .280/.370/.505/.876
SS    Gary Templeton    0HR, 7RBI    .252/.307/.276/.583
LF    Camelo Martinez   4HR, 22RBI  .267/.351/.450/.802
CF   Kevin McReynolds  3HR, 15RBI .295/.316/.425/.740
RF    Tony Gwynn           2HR, 16RBI  .365/.405/.455/.860

The pitching;

Ed Whitson            3-5   3.95   22k
Eric Show              1-5   6.75   28k
Mark Thurmond     4-2   4.17   14k
Andy Hawkins        1-4   5.31   31k
Tim Lollar               2-2   4.14   37k

Goose Gossage       1-2   3.47   2sv
Craig Lefferts          0-0   0.51    5sv
Dave Dravecky       0-1   3.32    12k

The pitching has been unlucky, so they have to rebound at some point.  And Garvey can't be any worse, or Terry Kennedy for that matter.  I continue to wait for the turnaround!  Joey also asked if I'm using the Avalon printed team cards or another source.  My game came with the 1985 season, but I noticed that those teams were missing the sporadic cup of coffee player here and there, so I went with a third party I found online.

If you're reading this blog and want to know more about your favorite team or submit a lineup, just let me know in the comments!

April 25, 2016

May 18, 1984 - Sweet Sixteen

Game #470 - Seattle Mariners, 16 @ Baltimore Orioles, 0

Dennis Martinez made his first start of the season...and it did not go well.  At all.  So far he had only appeared out of the bullpen and this was a terrible transition.  In the first inning alone he gave up six runs, including homers by the torrid Alvin Davis and Al Cowens.  I finally extended mercy on El Presidente by pulling him after three with the M's up 9-0.

Meanwhile, Mark Langston looked strong for Seattle.  He worked in and out of a couple of jams and was pretty much cruising the entire game.  By the time the dust settled he went the distance, recording a shutout and seven K's while scattering twelve base runners.

Winning Pitcher - Mark Langston
Losing Pitcher - Dennis Martinez
Player of the Game - Langston
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

April 23, 2016

May 17, 1984 - Claudell Breaks Loose

Atlanta Braves, 11 @ St. Louis Cardinals, 3

The Braves had already lost the first two games of their series against the Cardinals, and were playing for their pride and avoiding a sweep.  Fortunately for Atlanta, they came to play.  With a runner on first in the first inning, Claudell Washington took Danny Cox yard for a two run lead.  The Cardinals, though, answered back in a big way in the bottom half of the inning.  They sent eight hitters to the plate and scored three runs as they nickel and dimed Rick Mahler.

In the top of the third the Braves got back out in front, and again, it was due to a two-run bomb by Claudell!  The Braves tacked on a five run inning in the fifth off reliever Ricky Horton and all the Cardinals could do at that point was lick their wounds.

Winning Pitcher - Rick Mahler
Losing Pitcher - Danny Cox
Player of the Game - Claudell Washington, 2-4, 2HR's, 4RBI's, BB, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter

April 11, 2016

May 17, 1984 - It Gets Away From You

Game #467 - Chicago Cubs, 11 @ Cincinnati Reds, 12

This game was absolutely brutal...if you were a Chicago Cub.

The Cubbies jumped all over Reds starter Jay Tibbs in the first, plating six runs with eleven batters.  That included Jody Davis hitting a grand slam...already his THIRD on the season!

By the top of the fourth Chicago was up 9-4.  Ron Cey launched two solo homers in that span, but Scott Sanderson was having a hard time locking down the Cincy lineup.  Wayne Krenchicki capped off a three run fifth with a home run that also scored Dan Driessen.

Fast forward to the bottom of the seventh, and the Cubs were still in the lead, 11-8.  But reliever George Frazier was battered by the Reds, including a two-run double from the Cobra, Dave Parker, that gave the Reds the lead for good.

Winning Pitcher - Bob Owchinko
Losing Pitcher - George Frazier
Save - Bill Scherrer
Player of the Game - Scherrer, 2IP, 2K's, SV
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg, Tony Perez

Game #468 - Montreal Expos, 4 @ San Diego Padres, 1

The Expos wanted to make starter Bryn Smith comfortable right out of the gate, so they went ahead and scored two runs in the first, including an RBI double by Andre Dawson.  In the bottom of the first San Diego answered back with their own HOF outfielder, as Tony Gwynn doubled home Alan Wiggins after Wiggins stole second.

The score stayed 2-1 until the sixth when Dawson poked a single that brought Miguel Dilone home.  Gary Carter added a solo shot in the eighth and the Padres free fall in the standings was secured again.

Winning Pitcher - Bryn Smith
Losing Pitcher - Ed Whitson
Save - Bob James
Player of the Game - Andre Dawson, 2-4, double, 2RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Tony Gwynn

April 7, 2016

May 17, 1984 - Wedding Bells

I didn't know it at the time, but 19 years to the day after these real games were played, I was getting married.  Happy pre-anniversary to me!

Game #465 - Texas Rangers, 7 @ Milwaukee Brewers, 8 (11 innings)

Milwaukee had a slim 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh when they started to tattoo Charlie Hough's knuckle ball all over the ballpark.  Ted Simmons had a two-RBI double and Bill Schroeder rocked a three-RBI double to upstage Simmons.  When the dust had settled the Brew Crew was up 7-1.

But in the top of the ninth the impossible happened - Texas scored six runs!  George Wright started the damage with a two run homer as the Rangers sent eleven batters to the plate.

The score stayed tied until the bottom of the eleventh.  Odell Jones walked Willie Lozado, Ted Simmons singled, and then Dion James knocked Lozado home on an RBI single for the walk-off win!

Winning Pitcher - Tom Tellmann
Losing Pitcher - Odell James
Player of the Game - Dion James, walk-off single, second POTG in a row
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers

Game #466 - Chicago White Sox, 0 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 6

Not much to say about this one.  Damaso Garcia was a home run shy of the cycle and as Toronto, for the umpteenth time this season, won the game.

Winning Pitcher - Dave Stieb
Losing Pitcher - Richie Dotson
Player of the Game - Stieb, CG SHO, 2K's

April 5, 2016

May 17, 1984 - Easy Does It

Game #464 - Boston Red Sox, 6 @ Cleveland Indians, 5

It's the start of a new day of games on the blog, and a new season in real life!  Every fan has a glimmer of hope on opening day, but only one team will win the World Series.  And we all know this year it will be...THE ORIOLES!  LET'S GO O'S!!!

Anyhoo, back in our pretend 1984, a real fake game was played:

The Red Sox nearly completed a team cycle in the first inning, only needing a single.  Dwight Evans tripled and then Mike Easler hit a two run homer.  A batter later Rich Gedman had doubled before Steve Farr escaped without further damage.

The score stayed 2-0 until the fourth, when the Red Sox scored twice more.  Wade Boggs singled home Bill Buckner and then Evans doubled home Boggs.  But Cleveland came roaring back in the bottom of the inning and actually took a one run lead, thanks in no small part to an unexpected Julio Franco grand slam.

The Indians lead lasted until the top of the seventh, when Easler went deep for the second time in the game to tie things up.  From their the tie was knotted into extra innings.  In the top of the tenth Tony Armas led off with a double, and scored when Buckner singled him home.  Bob Stanley pitched a second inning of relief to secure the win for Bean Town.

Winning Pitcher - Bob Stanley
Losing Pitcher - Ernie Camacho
Player of the Game - Mike Easler, 4-5, 2HR's, 3RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

April 2, 2016

May 16, 1984 - Grandpa Guides the Cardinals to a Win

Despite wearing Tigers gear, he really
was coaching the St. Louis Cardinals...
Game #463 - Atlanta Braves, 6 @ St. Louis Cardinals, 11

My dad was in town over Easter vacation, and having grown up in St. Louis it only seemed right to let him coach his hometown team.  He had Dave LaPoint toeing the rubber for the red birds while I countered with Atlanta starter Craig McMurtry.

The game was scoreless until the top of the third inning.  Albert Hall led off with a walk but moved to third on two passed balls by catcher Darrell Porter.  Then...a "Z" card was flipped!  The unusual occurrence?  Randy Johnson legged out a single and Dave LaPoint, Andy Van Slyke, and Porter were ejected for arguing the call!!!  Grandpa was flustered as he had to go into overdrive on the bench.

I was clinging to a one run lead going into the bottom of the fourth when the St. Louis offense erupted.  The Cards put five runs on the board, including a homer by David Green...who was only in the game because Van Slyke got ejected!  Atlanta tied the game up in the top of the fifth, though, by scoring four unearned runs due in part to a Ken Oberkfell error.  The Braves chased usual bullpen ace Dave Rucker out of the game in the process.

The tie game was short lived, though.  Grandpa made the gutsy call to squeeze Oberkfell home with Tom Herr, and Herr was successful.  David Green later scored another run on an RBI single.

The Cardinals added four more runs between the sixth and seventh inning while reliever Jeff Lahti gutted out four innings of relief to record an unorthodox save.  Grandpa was happy and Christ is risen - not a bad Sunday of Statis Pro!

Winning Pitcher - Dave Von Ohlen
Losing Pitcher - Jeff Dedmon
Save - Jeff Lahti
Player of the Game - 4IP, save, 2K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith