December 8, 2013
Game #253 - Seattle Mariners, 2 @ California Angels, 10
Mark Langston got straight jacked in this game. He couldn't escape the second inning and gave up six runs in the process. That included Brian Downing's league leading two-run homer. Meanwhile, Geoff Zahn scattered six hits to handcuff the Seattle offense.
Winning Pitcher - Geoff Zahn
Losing Pitcher - Mark Langston
Player of the Game - Zahn, 8IP, 6H's, 2R's, 2K's
Game #254 - Boston Red Sox, 3 @ Chicago White Sox, 2
This game was pretty ugly, as the Red Sox grounded into four double plays and the White Sox hit into two of their own. Tony Armas started the scoring when his solo homer went over the wall in the second inning. A Carlton Fisk passed ball from Richard Dotson set up two more Boston runs in the sixth. Fisk made up for the gaff in the bottom of the eighth, knocking a home run that plated two. But Charlie Mitchell shut down the Southside in the bottom of the ninth, including a strikeout of Ron Kittle to end the game. It's the fifth loss in a row for Chicago.
Winning Pitcher - Bruce Hurst
Losing Pitcher - Richard Dotson
Save - Charlie Mitchell
Player of the Game - Hurst, 8IP, 7H's, 2R's, 6K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk
December 2, 2013
I've mentioned before that the 1985 Topps set was my first as a kid, and that pouring over the backs of these cards is one of the reasons I fell in love with the 1984 season. Ten year old me and present day me would have both bet all the money in our wallets (surprisingly, still a small amount all these years later) that Jeff Kunkel would never get player of the game status in this recreation. I thought he was the weakest player included in the set!
Oh to be proven wrong!
The Rangers tagged Bill Swaggerty for three runs in the second inning, one of those RBI's coming from Jeff Kunkel. Kunkel would score an insurance run in the ninth too. He even stole a base in the fourth inning! Danny Darwin scattered seven hits over seven innings, thanks in part to three double plays the Orioles hit into.
Winning Pitcher - Danny Darwin
Losing Pitcher - Bill Swaggerty
Save - Dave Schmidt
Player of the Game - Jeff Kunkel, 3-4, 2R's, RBI, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray
November 30, 2013
Bob Welch gave up his first hit of the day in the bottom of the second when Graig Nettles took Welch deep for a solo homer. LA responded by scoring two in the top of third, thanks in part to a Gary Templeton error. Later Greg Brock added a solo home run of his own to help the Dodgers secure the victory.
Winning Pitcher - Bob Welch
Losing Pitcher - Eric Show
Save - Tom Niedenfuer
Player of the Game - Welch, 7IP, 2ER's, 3H's, 3K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn
November 3, 2013
Chicago Cubs, 1 @ Pittsburgh Pirates, 4
This game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. Cubs starter Rich Bordi had yet to give up a hit. But Jason Thompson and Tony Pena had back to back singles, and Lizard King Jim Morrison cranked a three run homer to break the game open for the Pirates.
Larry McWilliams was far from perfect, as he gave up four hits and six walks over seven innings, but he held Chicago to one run. The Cubs shot themselves in the foot by grounding into four double plays.
Winning Pitcher - Larry McWilliams
Losing Pitcher - Rich Bordi
Save - Rod Scurry
Player of the Game - Jim Morrison, three run homer
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg
October 26, 2013
It's always exciting to play the Statis Pro games with Dwight Gooden starting. The strikeout range on his pitching card is insane. If I were to bet on which player from 1984 would be most likely to toss a no-hitter, I'd place it on Gooden.
That being said, Doctor K got into some early inning trouble. In the top of the second Mike Schmidt and Len Matuszek each dropped solo homers over the outfield wall to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Miraculously, Gooden has only given up four runs on the season, but they've all been on solo home runs.
The Mets answered back in the bottom of the fifth. Mookie Wilson singled and stole second with one out. Wally Backman singled to plate Mookie, and then Keith Hernandez doubled to score Backman. Hernandez would later be driven in by George Foster to give the Mets the lead, and what would eventually become, the game.
Winning Pitcher - Dwight Gooden
Losing Pitcher - Charles Hudson
Save - Jesse Orosco
Player of the Game - Keith Hernandez, 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt
October 20, 2013
Atlanta scored three runs in the ninth off mop-up man Vern Ruhle to make this game appear closer than it really was.
Bob Knepper continues to dominate in the early going of Statis Pro. He went eight strong innings only giving up two runs while striking out four. He picked up his fourth "Player of the Game" honors as well. The first player to reach five will receive a special honor - stay tuned!
Winning Pitcher - Knepper
Losing Pitcher - Rick Camp
Save - Dave Smith
Player of the Game - Knepper
Game #248 - St. Louis Cardinals, 7 @ Montreal Expos, 9
Montreal continues it's steady climb out of the cellar! Andre Dawson has been in a brutal slump to start the year. Perhaps this game will be his wake up call. He crushed a two run jack in the bottom of the first off Kurt Kepshire to give the Expos the early lead. He added an RBI double in the fifth when Montreal sent ten batters to the plate.
The Cardinals made a late game surge. Down 9-0, they scored a combined seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Steve Rogers had been cruising through six innings of shutout ball when Lonnie Smith roped a bases loaded triple to send Rogers to the showers. Greg Harris locked things down for the Expos in the ninth to preserve the win.
Winning Pitcher - Steve Rogers
Losing Pitcher - Kurt Kepshire
Save - Greg Harris
Player of the Game - Andre Dawson
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson
October 7, 2013
The A's put two on the board first thanks to a homer with a man on for Dwayne Murphy. The Twins answered in kind at the top half of the inning when Tom Brunansky also went deep. A Mickey Hatcher error in left field, though, allowed the A's to make it a 4-2 lead and they never looked back. Donnie Hill, just called up to the team after Rickey Henderson went on the DL, and with Tony Phillips ailing as well, didn't make it past the third inning because a Lenny Faedo line drive put him on the DL for 24 games.
Winning Pitcher - Steve McCatty
Losing Pitcher - Pete Filson
Save - Bill Caudill
Player of the Game - McCatty, not pretty, but only allowed four hits through six and a third.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett, Joe Morgan
Game #246 - San Francisco Giants, 11 @ Cincinnati Reds, 2
The Giants have won three of their last five and seem to finally be coming to life. They plated four in the first inning alone. Atlee Hammaker was masterful, going eight innings. But gruesome injuries were the story of the game for both teams. Ron Oester and Gary Redus collided on a play in the field, with Oester down for six games and Redus for eleven. In the bottom of the ninth the Giants suffered an even worse fate. Al Oliver and Jeffrey Leonard also ran into each other on a play. Leonard is out for ten games, but Oliver is out for a whopping thirty. San Fran won the battle, but they may have lost the war.
Winning Pitcher - Hammaker
Losing Pitcher - Frank Pastore
Player of the Game - Hammaker, 8IP, 3H's, 0 earned runs
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez
October 5, 2013
George Brett committed a costly error in the first inning that allowed Jorge Bell to double home an unearned run off Mark Gubicza. In the top of the second Bell made Gubicza pay again, swatting a two run homer and ending his pitching day before escaping the second. Tony Fernandez continued his hot hitting while playing for the injured Alfredo Griffin by going four for four, including a triple.
Winning Pitcher - Doyle Alexander
Losing Pitcher - Mark Gubicza
Player of the Game - Bell (second game in a row)
Hall of Famers in the Game - George Brett
Game #244 - Milwaukee Brewers, 1 @ New York Yankees, 8
Ray Fontenot, the starting pitcher for New York, managed to spread eight hits and two walks over eight innings pitched while only allowing Randy Ready to score on a Robin Yount single. The Brewers helped him out by hitting into three double plays, including two by Cecil Cooper. Everyone but Omar Moreno managed to collect at least one hit in the Yankee line-up. Ken Griffey led the way by going three for four with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI's. Willie Randolph scored three times thanks to two hits and two walks on the day as well. The Yankees and Blue Jays continue to nip at the heals of Detroit for the top spot in the AL East!
Winning Pitcher - Ray Fontenot
Losing Pitcher - Jamie Cocanower
Player of the Game - Griffey
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Dave Winfield
September 18, 2013
Battle of the Sox!
This one was never close for Chicago. Spot starter Tom Brennan surrendered six hits and six walks in under five innings of play. Strangely, Boston didn't have any extra base hits on the afternoon, but were aided by all the free passes and two errors in the fifth inning that led to five runs.
Winning Pitcher - Dennis Eckersley
Losing Pitcher - Tom Brennan
Player of the Game - Rick Miller, 2-4, R, W, 2RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley
Game #242 - Cleveland Indians, 4 @ Detroit Tigers, 5
This was a very fun game!
Mike Fischlin led off the top of the third with a triple. A Tom Brookens error allowed Fischlin to score and an eventual RBI single by George Vukovich gave Cleveland a nice 2-0 lead.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Detroit hit three straight singles before Marty Castillo plated two runs with a triple. The Tigers score four runs total in the inning to give them the new lead at 4-2. Detroit added another run in the fifth but Pat Tabler of the Indians smoked a two run homer off Roger Mason, narrowing the Tigers' lead to 5-4
In the bottom of the eighth Larry Herndon tried to score on a Brookens single for an insurance run but Brett Butler threw him out at home plate to end the rally. In the top of the ninth Cleveland had one out with pinch runner Otis Nixon standing on second after a risky stolen base. Julio Franco singled to left field but Kirk Gibson managed to throw out Nixon and prevent the Indians from tying the game.
Winning Pitcher - Roger Mason
Losing Pitcher - Neal Heaton
Save - Aurelio Lopez
Player of the Game - Castillo, 2-4, 2B, 3B, R, 2RBI's, threw out Butler trying to steal second
September 13, 2013
The Rangers were shorthanded in this game as Gary Ward and Curtis Wilkerson were both injured. The short bench and weak bats could not overcome Mike Boddicker, who was simply dealing. He tossed a shutout while only surrendering three hits and two walks. At one point he retired 15 straight Rangers. Todd Cruz went three for four for the O's, including a two run homer.
Winning Pitcher - Boddicker
Losing Pitcher - Frank Tanana
Player of the Game - Boddicker
Hall of Famers in the Game - Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken
Game #240 - Seattle Mariners, 5 @ California Angels, 8
The Angels sent 10 batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring a total of six runs. Doug DeCinces homered and Fred Lynn smoked a bases-clearing double. Tommy John scattered eleven hits and two walks over eight innings while only allowing two runs. Jim Slaton came in for the ninth to mop up the victory but surrendered three runs and almost let Seattle back into the game.
Winning Pitcher - Tommy John
Losing Pitcher - Roy Thomas
Player of the Game - Fred Lynn, 2-5, 2B, R, 3RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson
August 30, 2013
Ron Oester had a slow start to this Statis Pro season but he raised his batting average significantly after going 4 for 5 with three RBI's. Dave Parker added a solo homer too. Dale Murphy accounted for all four runs by the Braves, hitting a three run tater in the first and a solo shot in the sixth, but that's all Atlanta could muster.
Winning Pitcher - Mario Soto
Losing Pitcher - Rick Mahler
Save - Ted Power
Player of the Game - Ron Oester
Game #238 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 1, @ San Diego Padres, 4
Oester wasn't the only second basemen doing damage. In the bottom of the first Steve Sax mishandled a throw from the first baseman on a bunt attempt by Alan Wiggins. Having reached on the error Wiggins stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice, and scored a run on a Kevin McReynolds single. He also manage two more hits and an additional stolen base. Meanwhile, the Dodgers injury bug took another bite out of the team. Mike Scioscia is out for 20 games after a bad foul tip. Great news for Steve Yeager fans, bad that represents a significant downgrade for LA.
Winning Pitcher - Andy Hawkins
Losing Pitcher - Fernando Valenzuela
Save - Craig Lefferts
Player of the Game - Alan Wiggins
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn