July 7, 2018

June 9, 1984 - Mets Double EXPOSure

Game #729 - New York Mets, 2 @ Montreal Expos, 4

Twin bill!

In game one the Expos got out to an early lead in the first inning when Gary Carter ripped a two-run double to plate Bryan Little and Tim Raines.  In the bottom of the third the Expos struck again, this time on a two-run bomb from Andre Dawson.

Meanwhile, Expos starter Charlie Lea was mowing Mets down until the seventh.  That's when Hubie Brooks singled and then Darryl Strawberry went yard to cut the lead in half.  But Dan Schatzeder pitched a perfect two innings of relief to earn the save.

Winning Pitcher - Charlie Lea
Losing Pitcher - Bruce Bereny
Save - Dan Schatzeder
Player of the Game - Gary Carter, 1-3, 2B, 2RBI, BB, Asst
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter

Game #730 - New York Mets, 9 @ Montreal Expos, 4

Part Deaux!

Both teams called up spot starters to the active roster for the second game.  The Expos penciled in Joe Hesketh and the Mets added Mike Torrez.  Both pitchers were strong through the first four innings as both teams were scoreless.  But in the top of the fifth Montreal ran into a wood chipper.  Tim Wallach and Mike Ramsey each committed fielding errors while George Foster and Jerry Martin both landed two-run homers for a mammoth seven run inning.  The Expos were never close again after that.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Torrez
Losing Pitcher - Joe Hesketh
Player of the Game - George Foster, 3-5, 2B, HR, 3RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tim Raines, Gary Carter

July 4, 2018

June 9, 1984 - Fireworks

Game #727 - Atlanta Braves, 6 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 3

Back to back RBI singles by Claudell Washington and Brad Komminsk in the top of the first gave Atlanta a quick 2-0 lead against the Dodgers.  But in the bottom of the second the L.A. offense would respond in the exact same way.  Steve Sax and starting pitcher Rick Honeycutt were the culprits this time, tying the game at two apiece.

And that was all the offense there was until the eighth inning!  Still tied at two, reliever Gene Garber was in his second inning of work when Ken Landreaux zapped a solo homer to give the Dodgers a lead heading into the top of the ninth!  Pat Zachry was trying to record the final three outs but lead-off hitter Komminsk jacked his own homer to tie the game!  The Braves would record another three runs, including a 2-RBI double by Gerald Perry.  It was a stunning loss for the Dodgers.

Winning Pitcher - Gene Garber
Losing Pitcher - Pat Zachry
Save - Donnie Moore
Player of the Game - Brad Komminsk, 3-4, HR, 2RBI.

Game #728 - Toronto Blue Jays, 5 @ New York Yankees, 9

It looked like the first place Blue Jays were going to run away with the game when they plated four in the top of the second inning.  They batted around with RBI singles from Garth Iorg, Dave Collins, Jorge Bell, and Jesse Barfield.

But the Yankees came charging back in the bottom of the third.  Donnie Baseball blasted a three-run job to bring the Bronx within a run of the lead.  Barfield responded in the fourth with his second RBI of the game, extending the Toronto lead to 5-3.  But the Yankees tagged starter Jim Clancy with five straight singles in the bottom of the fifth, and then Ken Griffey ripped a double off reliever Jimmy Key to help the Yankees post five runs in the inning.  Mattingly added a solo homer in the eighth for a bit of insurance.

Winning Pitcher - Ray Fontenot
Losing Pitcher - Jim Clancy
Save - Bob Shirley
Player of the Game - Don Mattingly, 3-5, 2HRs, 4RBI, 3Rs

July 2, 2018

June 9, 1984 - Wildness in the AL West

Game #725 - Seattle Mariners, 3 @ Cleveland Indians, 7

The third place Mariners were trying desperately to stay within eyesight of the Angels and Royals while on the road in Cleveland.  They had Mike Moore on the mound for the battle, but it did not go well.  Tony Bernazard batted home Pat Tabler in the second inning to score the first run of the game.  Bernazard then doubled home Brook Jacoby  and Jerry Willard on a double, with Willard crossing home plate due to a Barry Bonnell fielding error.

The Mariners started scratching back in the eighth, when starter Steve Comer went an inning too long by loading the bases before Ernie Camacho toed the rubber.  Camacho allowed consecutive RBIs to Dave Henderson, Alvin Davis, and Al Cowens before escaping the inning.  A two-run homer by Andre Thornton in the bottom half of the inning put Seattle away for good. 

There was an outfield collision in this game - Brett Butler will miss one game but little used Otis Nixon, who was in as a defensive replacement, got tagged with 87 games on the DL!  That's the largest injury total to date and only one off the allowed maximum.

Winning Pitcher - Steve Comer
Losing Pitcher - Mike Moore
Player of the Game - Tony Bernazard, 2-3, 2B, R, 2RBI, BB

Game #726 - California Angels, 3 @ Kansas City Royals, 5

Pat Sheridan was back after a stint on the DL and he made his return count.  In the bottom of the first he singled, stole second, and then advanced to third on a throwing error Jerry Narron.  That gave Jorge Orta the easy RBI on his single to center field.  Sheridan struck again in the third, this time singling home Greg Pryor, who has been manning second base due to Frank White's injury.

In the bottom of the sixth Darryl Motley and Steve Balboni hit back to back solo homers, which was helpful because Dan Quisenberry had his worst appearance of the year in the eighth inning.  He gave up three hits, including a homer to Reggie Jackson, but Mike Jones shut down California in the ninth for his first save on the season.  The win got the red-hot Royals one game closer to the first place Angels.

Winning Pitcher - Bret Saberhagen
Losing Pitcher - Jim Slaton
Save - Mike Jones
Player of the Game - Pat Sheridan, 3-4, R, RBI, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson, George Brett

June 19, 2018

June 9, 1984 - Boston, Minnesota Victorious

Game #723 - Milwaukee Brewers, 3 @ Boston Red Sox, 6

The Red Sox busted out with a big second inning against the Brewers.  Don Sutton was forced to face eight different hitters while giving up four runs on five hits and a walk.  Sutton settled down after that until a Robin Yount error led to two unearned runs in the seventh, knocked in on a Tony Armas single.

Bruce Hurst, meanwhile, gutted out seven innings of work while allowing twelve hits, so Milwaukee had their chances.  It was Steve Crawford, though, that recorded the final six outs to ensure Boston would carry the day.

Winning Pitcher - Bruce Hurst
Losing Pitcher - Don Sutton
Save - Steve Crawford
Player of the Game - Crawford, 2IP, K
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Don Sutton, Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

Game #724 - Minnesota Twins, 15 @ Chicago White Sox, 5

The Twins completely dismantled the Chicago White Sox in this one.  In the top of the first Kent Hrbek doubled with one out and scored on a Mickey Hatcher triple.  Hatcher would later score on a Vance Law error.

In the top of the third Hrbek and Tom Brunansky both homered, and then Tim Teufel tripled.  Ron Washington doubled to plate Teufel and the Twins were up 5-1. 

Tim Laudner led off the top of the fourth with a solo homer, and four batters later Brunansky jacked a three-run blast to give the Twinkies nine runs up to that point.  Hrbek and Brunansky both went yard again in the seventh, giving Hrbek two homers for the day and Brunansky three.  Chicago required five different pitchers to go nine innings.

Winning Pitcher - John Butcher
Losing Pitcher - LaMarr Hoyt
Player of the Game - Tom Brunansky, 3-6, 3HRs, 6RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett, Carlton Fisk

June 12, 2018

June 9, 1984 - Let 'er Rip

Game #722 - Detroit Tigers, 0 @ Baltimore Orioles, 6

The Orioles jumped all over Dave Rozema in the bottom of the first.  He was making just his second pitching start on the season, but Al Bumbry led off with a single and then scored on a Cal Ripken triple.  Ripken then crossed home plate two batters later on a Wayne Gross single.

...and that would be all the scoring until the bottom of the seventh!  Rozema got lifted for Willie Hernandez when he loaded the bases in the sixth but Hernandez escaped that jam.  However, he loaded the bases again for Baltimore and Eddie Murray came through with an RBI single after Mike Young had done the same and the O's moved to a 4-0 lead.

It was more of the same for Baltimore in the eighth.  Again, they had the bases loaded, but this time Young and Ripken both walked for an RBI each off Doug Bair.  Tippy Martinez pitched the last 1.2 innings of relief for Mike Boddicker to secure the win for Baltimore.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Boddicker
Losing Pitcher - Dave Rozema
Player of the Game - Cal Ripken Jr., 2-4, 3B, 2RBI, R, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Alan Trammell, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

June 10, 2018

Rest in Peace - Bruce Kison

Prayers and thoughts to the family, friends, teammates, and fans of pitcher Bruce Kison, who passed away last week after a battle with cancer.  Though he spent 1984 with the California Angels he's most remembered for his years with the Pirates, including their World Series winning team in 1979.

June 8, 2018

June 8, 1984 - 34 Years Ago Today...

Game #721 - Oakland A's, 5 @ Texas Rangers, 7

This is the last June 8, 1984 game on the schedule and, coincidentally, the recap lands on June 8, 2018.  It hurts my head to think that it's already been three and a half decades since the 1984 season...

The A's jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when catcher Mike Heath went yard for two runs.  Heath's counterpart on the Rangers, Marv Foley, matched that same effort in the bottom half of the inning to tie things up again.

In the bottom of the fifth the Rangers blasted two more home runs, this time courtesy of Buddy Bell and Gary Ward.  That gave them a 5-2 lead.  The A's would reduce it to a one run lead the very next inning thanks to Heath's second two-run homer of the game.  But in the bottom of the sixth Foley ripped an RBI double and later scored on a single by Mickey Rivers.  Texas would hold onto the lead and win the game.

Winning Pitcher - Dave Stewart
Losing Pitcher - Ray Burris
Save - Dave Schmidt
Player of the Game - Marv Foley, 2-4, HR, 2B, 3RBI, 2Rs
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan