March 12, 2018

June 6, 1984 - Red, White, and Blue

Game #693 - Texas Rangers, 3 @ Minnesota Twins, 2

Tim Teufel doubled to lead off the bottom of the first and then two batters later Mickey Hatcher doubled him home for the first run of the game.  Charlie Hough settled down after that, though, and pitched seven more innings without a run.

In the top of the sixth Larry Parrish hit a double (he's leading Statis Pro in that category) to plate Buddy Bell.  That was the first run of the game Frank Viola allowed.  It wouldn't be the last, because in the top of the seventh, with two outs, Jeff Kunkel tripled and then Ned Yost homered to break the tie.

Hough was still on the mound in the bottom of the ninth but Randy Bush led off with a solo homer to cut the Rangers' lead to one run.  Dave Schmidt came on for Texas.  Tim Teufel managed a single but Kent Hrbek grounded into a double play to end the game.

Winning Pitcher - Charlie Hough
Losing Pitcher - Frank Viola
Save - Dave Schmidt
Player of the Game - Ned Yost, 1-3, HR, 2RBI

Game #694 - Chicago Cubs, 2 @ Montreal Expos, 5 (14 innings!!!)

Starters Dick Ruthven and Steve Rogers were hanging goose eggs through the first four innings.  But in the top of the fifth Rogers was betrayed by his defense.  Left fielder Roy Johnson misplayed a Bob Dernier single that allowed Larry Bowa to score for the first run of the game.

Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth and it was still a 1-0 game.  Rich Bordi was on for the Cubs to wrap things up but he got into trouble immediately.  Three consecutive singles by Pete Rose, Miguel Dilone, and Wallace Johnson loaded the bases for Derrick Thomas.  Thomas singled to center field!  Rose scored but a super-clutch throw from Dernier nabbed the fleet-footed Dilone at the plate to keep the game tied.  Bordi then walked Bryan Little to reload the bases and that's when George Frazier replaced Bordi.  He had his work cut out for  him, because Tim Raines was standing in the batter's box.  But Frazier managed to whiff him - on to extra innings!

The game stayed tied until the top of the eleventh.  Keith Moreland doubled off Andy McGaffigan and, two outs later, scored on a pinch-hit by Richie Hebner.  That gave Chicago a 2-1 run lead heading into the bottom of the eleventh.  Hebner hit for SS Larry Bowa, so utility infielder Dave Owen came in to play shortstop for the last three outs.  I'm sure you know what happens next.  Angel Salazar hit a ground ball right to him but he misplayed it and Salazar ended up on second base.  He moved to third on a ground out and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Little to tie the game again.  More extra innings!!

In the top of the fourteenth George Frazier was due to hit - he had logged 4+ innings of relief at that point, but with a depleted bench, pitcher Rick Reuschel came in to hit.  He grounded into a double play.  In the bottom half of the inning Reuschel got into immediate trouble.  Tim Raines singled and then stole second.  Andre Dawson grounded out to third, leaving Raines on second with one out.  That brought up Gary Carter.  With first base open, one out, and Montreal's best slugger at the plate, the Cubs opted to intentionally walk Carter to set up the double play for Tim Wallach.  Wallach wasn't having any of that.  After 14 innings of play he was ready to go home.  As in RUN.  HOME RUN.  WALK-OFF!!!

Winning Pitcher - Jeff Reardon
Losing Pitcher - Rick Reuschel
Player of the Game - Tim Wallach, 3-Run Walk-Off Homer!!!
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg, Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter

Happy Trails...Greg Harris

Greg Harris pitched two scoreless innings of relief in this one.  Fear not, it's not the last time you'll see his name this season.  He got traded to the Padres in the real 1984, though I'll probably hold out on using him until after the All-Star Break.  Let's compare the real 1984 Greg Harris Expos numbers to his Statis Pro performance:

Real 1984:  0-1, 2.04 ERA, 17.2 IP, 2 saves, 0.96 WHIP
Statis Pro:  1-3, 1.20 ERA, 15 IP, 5 saves, 0.87 WHIP

Both versions of Harris are studly for the Montreal bullpen.  Harris actually leads the Statis Pro team in saves.  Jeff Reardon will probably get more use later in the games, now, though I'm trying to channel my inner-Keith Law and use the best pitcher in the highest leverage situation, be it the ninth inning or not.

Greg Harris wrapped up his long career in 1995 by pitching one last season with...the Expos. 

March 9, 2018

June 6, 1984 - It Only Takes One to Win

Game #691 - Seattle Mariners, 6 @ Kansas City Royals, 7

Rookie Alvin Davis continued his torrid start to the season with a home run in the top of the first off Larry Gura.  The Mariners poured three more runs in the third, courtesy of RBI hits from Steve Henderson, Al Cowens, and Spike Owen.

But in the bottom of the third the Royals managed to tie the game.  George Brett knocked home Don Slaught and then two batters later Jorge Orta jacked a three-run homer. 

It stayed 4-4 until the bottom of the fifth.  Jim Beattie was in trouble once again.  With Greg Pryor and Brett on base, Darryl Motley added the second three-run homer of the game for KC.  Joe Beckwith gutted out three solid innings of relief work while Mark Huismann garnered the save.

Winning Pitcher - Larry Gura
Losing Pitcher - Jim Beattie
Save - Mark Huismann
Player of the Game - Joe Beckwith, 3IP, R, 2K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - George Brett

Game #692 - Cincinnati Reds, 0 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 1

Mario Soto teed off against Fernando Valenzuela, and I thought Fernando Valenzuela was going to get rocked.  He drew a "bad luck" FAC out of the gate, dropping his pitch rating from 2-7 to 2-5.  Little did I know the first five outs of the ball game would be by STRIKE OUT!  Fernando mania!!!

Soto was touched with terrible luck.  He went seven strong innings, only giving up three hits.  But one of them was a solo blast by Greg Brock.  Valenzuela was on cruise control until the top of the ninth.  He struck out Dave Parker and Tony Perez to bring up Dave Concepcion.  But Concepcion doubled!  With the tying run on second I was tempted to call in Tom Niedenfuer, but I let Fernando pitch to Ron Oester.  He K-ed Oester for the third strikeout of the inning!  Dodgers win!

Winning Pitcher - Fernando Valenzuela
Losing Pitcher - Mario Soto
Player of the Game - Valenzuela, CG SHO, 11K's, 7H's, 2BB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez

March 8, 2018

June 6, 1984 - Human Rain Delay, Bell, Come Up Big

Game #689 - Oakland A's, 4 @ Cleveland Indians, 5

The Cleveland squad jumped all over Larry Sorensen, tagging him for four runs in the first.  Sorensen was lifted without escaping the inning, but his replacement, Tim Conroy, was dominant.  He lasted five and 2/3 innings without giving up a run.

The A's battled back.  A Brooks Jacoby error in the fifth allowed Jim Essian to score.  Then Oakland tagged Neal Heaton for three more runs in the sixth.  Bill Almon and Donnie Hill both had big RBI singles to tie things up.

In the bottom of the eighth ace reliever Bill Caudill was on the mound for Oakland.  But with one out he gave up a single to Pat Tabler.  Tabler moved to third on a hit and run single from Mike Hargrove.  Jacoby grounded out, but Tabler scored on the play and that wound up being the winning run.

Winning Pitcher - Tom Waddell
Losing Pitcher - Bill Caudill
Player of the Game - Mike Hargrove, 2-4, RBI, R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan

Game #690 - Toronto Blue Jays, 8 @ Detroit Tigers, 3

The two best teams in Statis Pro squared off for the third straight game.  Each team had a win and were looking to gain a game in the standings.  Lou Whitaker started the party off right for Detroit when he launched a lead-off homer in the first. 

It was still 1-0 in the top of the fifth when the wheels fell off for Juan Berenguer.  He gave up four runs, including a two-run jack to Jorge Bell.  That was nice revenge for Bell after he got plunked by Berenguer the inning before. 

The Tigers got within a run of the lead by the top of the ninth, but Willie Hernandez was unusually easy to hit.  He gave up four runs, including another homer to Bell.  Toronto won game three of the series.

Winning Pitcher - Luis Leal
Losing Pitcher - Juan Berenguer
Save - Roy Lee Jackson
Player of the Game - Jorge Bell, 2-4, 2HRs, 5RBI, HBP
Hall of Famers in the Game - Alan Trammell 

February 25, 2018

June 6, 1984 - Big Time Drama

Game #687 - Milwaukee Brewers, 4 @ Baltimore Orioles, 5

Another day has passed in the Statis Pro season, making this the first game for June 6th.  Unfortunately, I forgot to update the stats after June 5th, so you'll have to wait a few weeks before I get around to that.  D'oh!

Mike Flanagan got off to a rough start when Jim Sundberg hit a solo homer to lead off the first.  You might be wondering what in the heck Sundberg was doing leading off.  Dion James was getting the game off and, outside of Robin Yount, the 1984 Brewers weren't real OBP kind of guys, so cue Sundberg.

Funny enough, Al Bumbry did the exact same thing leading off for the O's in the bottom of the first!  Rick Dempsey added another solo homer off Chuck Porter and by the end of two innings the Orioles were up 3-1.  It was the same score in the top of the eighth.  Flanagan was still in the game but running on fumes.  Two quick hits by Yount and Cecil Cooper got Flanny yanked for closer Sammy Stewart.  But Sammy got slaughtered, allowing three runs to score in the inning, which gave the Brewers a 4-3 lead. 

Tom Tellman was working his second inning of relief in the bottom of the ninth and got two quick outs before Bumbry poked a single to keep the game alive.  Up stepped Mike Young, who loyal readers of the blog know, has been the hottest hitting Oriole on the team.  He dug into the batter's box, squared up a pitch, and...BOOM.


Winning Pitcher - Sammy Stewart
Losing Pitcher - Tom Tellman
Player of the Game - Mike  Young, 2-5, 2B, walk-off homer
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #688 - California Angels, 9 @ Chicago White Sox, 8

Tom Seaver toed the rubber for the White Sox, but he got whooped in the top of the first.  The Angels sent all nine hitters in their lineup to the plate and scored four runs, including a 2RBI double by Rob Wilfong.

In the bottom of the second, though, it was Chicago's turn to retaliate.  The White Sox plated six runs off starter Geoff Zahn.  That included two separate RBI triples by Tom Paciorek and Harold Baines.  In the bottom of the fifth Vance Law added a two-run homer to give the Pale Hose a 8-4 lead.  It wouldn't last!

California scored three in the sixth to come clawing back to within one run of the lead.  Two of those runs came courtesy of a two-out single by Brian Downing.  The Angels tied in the eighth on an RBI double by Rod Carew.

The game was still tied in the bottom of the ninth when ace reliever Don Aase got into trouble.  He gave up back to back singles and then intentionally walked Harold Baines to fill a vacancy at first with one out.  The strategy worked, though, because Greg Luzinski grounded into a double play to send the game to extra frames.  FREE BASEBALL!

In the top of the 12th reliever Bert Roberge was working his third inning of relief.  But Gary Pettis singled, stole second, and moved to third on a Rob Wilfong sacrifice fly.  That's when Juan Beniquez singled him home to brake the tie!  Despite Chicago getting runners on the corners in the bottom half of the inning, Bruce Kison struck out Ron Kittle to end the game!

Winning Pitcher - Don Aase
Losing Pitcher - Bert Roberge
Save - Bruce Kison
Player of the Game - Doug Corbett, I didn't mention it in the recap, but he retired all nine batters he faced across three innings of tough relief
Hall of Famers in the Fame - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson, Carlton Fisk

February 14, 2018

June 5, 1984 - Murph and McGraw Lead the Way

Game #685 - Atlanta Braves, 11 @ San Francisco Giants, 7

Giants pitcher Mark Grant was brutalized in the top of the first.  He only managed one out before finally getting yanked after Atlanta put up six runs, three of those courtesy of a Dale Murphy homer.  But in the bottom of the first the Giants scored five!  Al Oliver, making his first start off the disabled list (meaning it's been YEARS since I've played with him last) hit a double that plated Jeff Leonard.  Johnnie LeMaster busted a single that was good for two RBIs.

By the top of the eighth Atlanta was still up, 9-6.  That's when Murphy recorded his fifth and sixth RBI with a double off of Gary LaVelle, the last bullpen arm left for the Giants.  Pete Falcone pitched the final three innings, only giving up one run and earning the save.

Winning Pitcher - Gene Garber
Losing Pitcher - Mark Grant
Save - Pete Falcone
Player of the Game - Dale Murphy, 3-4, 2B, HR, 6RBI, BB

Game #686 - Philadelphia Phillies, 12 @ St. Louis Cardinals, 5

The Cardinals were riding a four game win streak headed into this match.  But it would be the Phillies who struck first in the top of the first.  Mike Schmidt walked with the bases loaded thanks to Dave LaPoint, and then Ozzie Virgil hit a sacrifice fly that scored John Wockenfuss.

By the bottom of the second the score was 3-0 in favor of the Phillies when starter Charles Hudson fell off a cliff.  With the bases loaded and no outs, backup catcher Tom Nieto jacked a GRAND SALAMI!  Lonnie Smith later tripled and scored on a Ken Oberkfell double.  In fact, the Cardinals hit for the cycle in the inning.  That was enough for Hudson to get pulled in favor of a long relief effort by Tug McGraw.  He was up to the task!

With runners on first and third in the top of the fourth, McGraw was due up.  Because Philadelphia needed him to pitch deeper, he was forced to bat.  No worries though...he lined an RBI single!  Mike Schmidt followed with another RBI and all of a sudden it was a tie game!

Fast forward to the top of the eighth, game still tied.  The Phillies put up four big runs, including a three-run dong from Ozzie Virgil, who is now tied with Schmidt for the team home run lead with eleven.  Philadelphia scored three more in the ninth, thanks in large part to a Von Hayes triple that scored Ivan DeJesus and Gary Maddox.  The Cards had nothing left in their offensive tank and lost the game.

Winning Pitcher - Bill Campbell
Losing Pitcher - Jeff Lahti
Player of the Game - Tug McGraw, 3 1/3IP, 0R's, 2K's, RBI single
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt, Ozzie Smith

February 10, 2018

June 5, 1984 - Walk On

Game #683 - New York Mets, 5 @ Pittsburgh Pirates, 7

In the bottom of the first the Pirates had Lee Lacy at third and Johnny Ray at second with two outs and Tony Pena at the dish.  He roped a single off Ron Darling to give the Pirates an early 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth the lead was down to one run but the Pirates offense pushed three across the plate.  Lacy doubled home Marvell Wynne, Jason Thompson singled home Lacy, and then Pena doubled for his third RBI of the game.

The Mets mounted their retaliation in the seventh.  Pirates starter Jose DeLeon walked eight (!) batters in the first six innings but had only allowed two runs.  But Rod Scurry gave up a solo blast to Darryl Strawberry to bring New York to within three.  In the top of the eighth the Mets scored again, this time on a Denny Gonzalez error that scored Danny Heep.  But Pittsburgh picked up two more runs in the bottom of the eighth which was enough to keep them ahead of New York's two runs in the top of the ninth.  The Pirates walked 14 total batters but the Mets left most of them stranded.

Winning Pitcher - Jose DeLeon
Losing Pitcher - Ron Darling
Save - Kent Tekulve
Player of the Game - Tony Pena, 2-4, 2B, 3RBI

Game #684 - Houston Astros, 5 @ San Diego Padres, 2

Tony Gwynn and Steve Garvey had to sit this one out due to a minor injury each sustained when they collided into each other the game before.  Garvey has now missed more games due to injuries in Statis Pro than he did the real 1984.  The big story of the game, though, was Nolan Ryan.  He pitched a complete game while striking out ten Padres.

Winning Pitcher -  Nolan Ryan
Losing Pitcher - Eric Show
Player of the Game - Nolan Ryan, CG, 10K's, 6H's, 3BB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Nolan Ryan

February 4, 2018

June 5, 1984 - ...11, 12, 13...

Game #681 - Chicago Cubs, 7 @ Montreal Expos, 11

Leon "Bull" Durham put the Cubs on the board first in the top of the second with a solo homer off Bryn Smith.  That lead didn't last long.  In the bottom of the second Miguel Dilone ripped a 2-RBI double with two outs to plate Bryan Little and Mike Ramsey.  Little had his own RBI double in the third.  By the end of the fifth inning the Expos were up 6-1.

The Cubs tried to fight back.  In the top of the sixth Jody Davis grounded into a double play but Gary Matthews scored in the process.  But in the bottom half of the inning pinch-hitter Mike Stenhouse blasted his first home run of the season, good for three RBI off reliever Dickie Noles.

The Cubs would not go quietly, though.  In the top of the seventh they tagged reliever Dan Schatzeder for five runs, including a bases clearing double by Keith Moreland.  Suddenly, Montreal only had a two run lead.  But in the bottom half of the inning Tim Raines tripled Dilone home, and later scored himself on a sacrifice fly from Gary Carter.  That was good enough to keep the Expos on top.

Winning Pitcher - Bryn Smith
Losing Pitcher - Chuck Rainey
Player of the Game - Tim Raines, 3-4, 2 2Bs, 3B, 2Rs, 3RBI, 2BBs
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg, Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter

Game #682 - Boston Red Sox, 12 @ New York Yankees, 13

I finally thought it was going to happen.  We haven't had someone hit for the cycle yet in this Statis Pro season, and I thought it was finally going to happen.  Dwight Evans launched a 2-run homer in the first and a 3-run homer in the second.  In the fourth inning he doubled.  Then, in the fifth, he tripled home Jackie Gutierrez!  He was only a single short!  But he went 0 for 2 the rest of the way.  I was so bummed.

Meanwhile, New York was on a seven game losing streak and managed to stage one of the best comebacks of the season.  By the bottom of the sixth they were down 9-2.  But they pasted Boston with six runs in their half of the inning, including a three-run bomb from Don Baylor.  Boston responded by tagging reliever Bob Shirley with three runs in the seventh.  It would have been four but Ken Griffey threw out Rich Gedman at the plate.

By the bottom of the eighth Boston was up 12-9.  With one out Victor Mata was standing on third when Baylor singled him home.  Roy Smalley flied out but Steve Kemp walked for the second time on the day.  So with two outs, up stepped Ken Griffey.  He gazed out at Bob Stanley and gave him a little wink.  One pitch later the ball was flying into the right field stands and the Yankees were in the lead for the first time on the day!  Dave Righetti got the last three outs and New York won the game.

Winning Pitcher - Dave Righetti
Losing Pitcher - Bob Stanley
Player of the Game - Ken Griffey, 3-5, 2 2B's, HR, 4RBI, 2Rs, Asst.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

January 31, 2018

June 5, 1984 - Rated PG

Game #679 - Cincinnati Reds, 2 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 0

I'm not exaggerating when I say Frank Pastore might be the worst starter in Statis Pro so far, but good governor, he pitched one of the most fantastic starts of the  year!

The Dodgers recorded their first base-runner in the bottom of the second.  Ken Landreaux singled with two outs.  He was stranded after R.J. Reynolds struck out to end the inning.  L.A. didn't have a new runner until the bottom of the sixth!  Orel Hershiser singled but Dave Anderson struck out and then Mike Scioscia grounded out to Dave Concepcion.

Speaking of Hershiser...he was nearly as brilliant.  He only allowed one run over eight innings, a Tom Foley sacrifice fly that plated Dave Parker.  But Pastore was practically perfect, so Orel got stuck with the loss.

Winning Pitcher - Frank Pastore
Losing Pitcher - Orel Hershiser
Player of the Game - Pastore, CG SHO, 3H's, BB, 7K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez

Game #680 - Texas Rangers, 5 @ Minnesota Twins, 8

Mike Smithson worked a perfect first inning but ran into a buzz-saw in the top of the second.  The Rangers smoked him for three runs and only escaped when Wayne Tolleson got thrown out trying to steal second base.

In the bottom of the fourth the Rangers were up 4-0 when the Twins came roaring back.  A Gary Gaetti RBI single led the way as they tied the game back up.  Gaetti drove in two more in the fifth to give Minnesota their first lead of the game.  They'd go on to win the game, breaking their tie for last place with Texas.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Smithson
Losing Pitcher - Frank Tanana
Save - Mike Walters
Player of the Game - Gary Gaetti, 4-4, 2R's, 3RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett

January 24, 2018

June 5, 1984 - The Hateful Eight

Game #677 - Toronto Blue Jays, 1 @ Detroit Tigers, 8

Milt Wilcox has sucked eggs this Statis Pro season but, in his biggest start of the year, he rose to the task as the Tigers faced off against the first place Toronto Blue Jays.

Wilcox only allowed two hits through the first seven innings of the game.  In the top of the eighth Alfredo Griffin of all people doubled with one out.  Two batters later Lloyd Moseby singled him home.  Wilcox then plunked Jorge Bell and was lifted for Willie Hernandez as the imaginary Toronto bench got cranky.

On the offensive side it was all Detroit.  Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker both scored in the first, and then the Tigers plated four in the second inning.  Barnabo Garbey and Tom Brookens each homered during that outbreak.  Whitaker added a solo shot in the eighth as well.

Winning Picther - Milt Wilcox
Losing Pitcher - Bryan Clark
Player of the Game - Wilcox, 7 2/3IP, 4Hs, 5Ks, R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Alan Trammell

Game #678 - Seattle Mariners, 7 @ Kansas City Royals, 8 (10 innings)

The red-hot Royals fell behind early.  In the top of the second Dave Henderson hit his 14th homer of the season, this one for 2RBI, to give the Mariners the lead.  Hendu hit 14 total in all of the real 1984 so he's getting super lucky on the homers in Statis Pro.

The Royals tied things up in the bottom of the second when Don Slaught brought the thunder with his own home run.  Mark Gubicza settled down for KC until the top of the fifth.  Seattle scored four runs, three from a Ken Phelps blast that hit the water fountains in center field.  But one inning later the Royals again tied the game!  They sent eight batters to the plate and chased Matt Young into the showers. 

Mike Jones was on the mound for the Royals in the top of seventh when Alvin Davis homered to once again put the M's back in front, 7-6.  The lead didn't last, though.  Jorge Orta went big-fly to knot things up at seven apiece.  Neither team scored in the ninth so it was time for FREE BASEBALL!

Dan Quisenberry worked his third inning of scoreless relief in the top of the tenth, so Seattle sent out lefty Dan Geisel to face the top of the Royals lineup.  Willie Wilson grounded out to Jack Perconte for the first out.  Then George Brett dug in.  It was his sixth plate appearance and he'd yet to record a hit.

Until he homered.


Winning Pitcher - Dan Quisenberry
Losing Pitcher - Dan Geisel
Player of the Game - George Brett
Hall of Famers in the Game - George Brett

January 21, 2018

June 5, 1984 - Best Offensive Game of the Season

Game #675 - California Angels, 5 @ Chicago White Sox, 7

Harold Baines had a monster year in the real 1984, and though he's certainly been productive in this Statis Pro season, his batting totals have been behind his '84 pace.

That all changed in this game.

In the bottom of the first Scott Fletcher singled and then trotted home ahead of Baines on a two-run homer with no outs.  Tommy John didn't fare any better in the second.  Rudy Law was standing on second with two outs when Baines stepped up again.  BOOM.  His second two-RBI homer in two innings!

Fast forward to the fifth.  John had settled down until Fletcher led off.  He singled, which brought Baines back up.  He didn't homer this time.  He only tripled.  The White Sox were up 5-0 and all the runs were driven in by Baines.  He scored from third when Ron Kittle doubled two batters later.

The Angels put up four runs in the top of the seventh to bring them back within a run of the Pale Hose.  But in the bottom half of the inning Baines was up first...and homered!  His third of the game!  That gave Chicago a two-run buffer they'd hold onto to finish the game.  Baines went 4-4 with three homers and a triple.  That's the best batting line on the season.

Winning Pitcher - Richard Dotson
Losing Pitcher - Tommy John
Save - Juan Agosto
Player of the Game - Harold Baines, 4-4, 3HRs, 6RBI, 4R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

Game #676 - Oakland A's, 5 @ Cleveland Indians, 10

Andre Thornton caught wind of Harold Baines' day and decided to try and one-up him.

In the bottom of the first he jacked a three-run bomb off Curt Young to plate three of the four runs Cleveland scored in the inning.  He then doubled in the third and fifth inning.  In the bottom of the eighth he had four hits on the day but decided to put one more ball over the fence to guarantee Player of the Game status.

Winning Pitcher - Bert Blyleven
Losing Pitcher - Curt Young
Player of the Game - Thornton, 5-5, 2HRs, 2 2Bs, 4RBI, 3Rs
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan, Bert Blyleven

January 13, 2018

June 5, 1984 - O Say Does That Star Spangled...

Game #674 - Milwaukee Brewers, 7 @ Baltimore Orioles, 11

The Orioles are my favorite team.  I've said this many times.  This marked their 54th game of the Statis Pro season.  That means they've played exactly one-third of their season.  Logically, I know I still have many YEARS to play with them.  Emotionally, I was a bit melancholy.  I only have two-thirds of their season left!  It certainly doesn't help that they'd lost five of their previous six games before this one...

In the top of the first Dion James led off the game with a triple.  He later scored on a Jim Sundberg ground out.  An Al Bumbry fielding error in the top of the second resulted in three more runs scored off Dennis Martinez and it looked like the route was on...except it wasn't!

In the bottom of the second Bumbry roped a two-RBI double to cut the lead in half.  And then in the bottom of the third Wayne Gross launched his 15th homer of the year, this one off Jamie Cocanower, to give Baltimore the 5-4 lead! 

Fast forward to the bottom of the sixth.  The Orioles still had the lead, but it was still only by a run.  Todd Cruz lined an RBI single and then, with Cruz and Eddie Murray on base, Rick Dempsey blasted the Orioles second three-run homer of the game!  Martinez overcame the rough start to log eight innings and the Brewers went back to the hotel as losers.

Winning Pitcher - Dennis Martinez
Losing Pitcher - Jamie Cocanower
Player of the Game - Rick Dempsey, 2-4, 2B, HR, 3RBI, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray