October 12, 2019

June 16, 1984 - Slim Margins of Victory

Game #815 - Minnesota Twins, 7 @ Kansas City Royals, 6

The Twins posted two runs in the top of the first inning thanks in part to a U.L. Washington error.  Darrell Brown was able to knock in both of those runs on a bases-loaded single.  Minnesota got a third run of starter Mark Gubicza in the third thanks to a rare hit from DH Pat Putnam.

Kansas City even things in the bottom of the fifth, though, when Hall of Famer George Brett blasted a three-run bomb off John Butcher.  The score stayed tied 3-3 until the bottom of the seventh.  That's when Willie Wilson doubled home Washington and Brett launched his second homer of the day!

With a three run lead the Royals looked like they had won...BUT THAT'S WHY YOU PLAY THE GAME!!!  The Twinkies erupted for a four-run inning off reliever Joe Beckwith, sending eight hitters to the plate who dinked and doinked him for the damage and the win.

Winning Pitcher - Rick Lysander
Losing Pitcher - Joe Beckwith
Save - Len Whitehouse
Player of the Game - Darrell Brown, 2-5, 3RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - George Brett

Game #816 - Detroit Tigers, 1 @ Milwaukee Brewers, 0

Pitcher's duel alert!!!

In the top of the second inning Chet Lemon lead off with a solo homer off Chuck Porter...and that would be the only run of the game.  Porter would pitch into the eighth, where Tom Tellmann took over, while recording 7 punch-outs.

Milt Wilcox was just as good, if not better.  He scattered five hits and two walks across seven innings and the Brew Crew only ever had one runner reach third base.  Willie Hernandez came on for the last two innings to preserve the shutout and victory.

Winning Pitcher - Milt Wilcox
Losing Pitcher - Chuck Porter
Save - Willie Hernandez
Player of the Game - Wilcox, 7IP, 5H's, 5K's, 2BB's, 0R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Alan Trammell, Robin  Yount

October 5, 2019

June 16, 1984 - Flying in a "V" Formation

Game #813 - Philadelphia Phillies, 6 @ Chicago Cubs, 5

Yet another game where I couldn't pilot the Cubs to victory...

It was a scoreless game until the top of the second inning.  That's when Ozzie Virgil doubled home Tim Corcoran, and Virgil later scored when Juan Samuel hit an RBI sacrifice fly.

The Cubs took the lead in the bottom of the third when Charles Hudson surrendered an RBI to Cubs pitcher Dickie Noles, whose bloop hit caused Ivan DeJesus and Greg Gross to crash into each other, knocking both out of the game and putting them on the DL.  Ryne Sandberg plated another two three batters later to give Chicago a 3-2 lead.

It stayed that score until the top of the sixth.  Luis Aguayo led off with a solo homer (in the game in place of DeJesus) and later in the inning Joe Lefebvre hit a two-run dong of his own.  That made it 5-3 Phillies.  Philadelphia never relinquished the lead after that, thought they sent their third player to the DL when Tim Corcoran hurt his hand on a line drive catch.

Winning Pitcher - Charles Hudson
Losing Pitcher - Dickie Noles
Save - Al Holland
Player of the Game - Ozzie Virgil, 2-4, 2B, RBI, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith

Happy Trails...Dickie Noles

Dickie Noles started this game, his only start of the year for Chicago, thus completing his season for the Cubbies.  Don't worry, you haven't seen the last of him.  In the real 1984 he got traded to the Rangers, where I currently have him on their active roster.  Don't ask me how he can be pitching for two teams at the same time...

Let's compare the Dickies!

Statis Pro 1984 - 1-2, 6.05 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 4.40 FIP, 30K's
The Real 1984 - 2-2, 5.15 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 4.25 FIP, 14K's

If you go by WHIP and FIP, those are two very similar seasons.  Statis Pro Noles got tagged for more runs, though.  But he also doubled his strikeouts in fewer innings pitched.  Funny enough, Statis Pro Noles also recorded two hits, which didn't happen in the real 1984.  We'll see you down in Arlington, Dickie!

Game #814 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 10 @ Houston Astros, 1

Dial up the Fernandomania, because Valenzuela had himself a game.  He wasn't super dominant on the mound, but he scratched through eight innings by spreading eight hits and two walks, only allowing one run to cross the plate.  He really shined in the batter's box.  He went 2-4 with a double and home run!

Other Dodgers shone too.  Mike Scioscia scored three runs out of the lead-off spot and Mike Marshall homered from the cleanup spot.  Terry Whitfield had a nice game too, going 3-4 with a walk and a RBI.

Winning Pitcher - Fernando Valenzuela
Losing Pitcher - Mike Scott
Player of the Game - Fernando Valenzuela

September 7, 2019

June 16, 1984 - Back, Back, Back and Forth

Game #811 - Cincinnati Reds, 11 @ Atlanta Braves, 8 (13 innings!!!)

This was a topsy-turvy slug fest!!!

The fireworks started in the bottom of the first when Dale Murphy smacked a two-run homer to give the Braves the early lead.  But the Reds tied it up in the second thanks to an Eric Davis double (he scored the second run on a throwing error on a pick-off attempt by Pascual Perez).  Dave Parker added another two RBI in the top of the third off a double, making it Reds 4, Braves 2.

A Dan Driessen RBI single in the fifth extended the lead, but Atlanta came roaring back in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a clutch three-run bomb from Claudell Washington off John Franco.  Dave Concepcion pulled the Reds ahead again in the eighth, doubling home Parker.  But in the bottom of the eighth pinch-hitter Paul Runge tied it again by singling home Brad Komminsk!

It was still tied 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth with Carl Willis pitching for Cincy.  He allowed a one-out single to Chris Chambliss and then walked Komminsk.  Bruce Benedict lined out, which brought Runge back up as he had taken over at shortstop.  Runge singled and Chambliss rounded home!  Dave Parker scooped up the ball and launched a cannon to home....OUT!  Chambliss was out!  Parker saved the game and it was off to extra innings.

Both bullpen logged goose eggs until the top of the thirteenth inning.  Dave Parker led off with a walk, and the next three batters reached base.  There were two doubles after that and when it was all said and done the Reds put five runs on the board!  Cincy handed the ball to Bill Scherrer to close it out, but he made it pretty dramatic by allowing two runs before getting Chambliss to ground out to end the game.  Whew!

Winning Pitcher - Carl Willis
Losing Pitcher - Donnie Moore
Player of the Game - Dave Parker, 2-5, 2B, 2RBI, 3R's, 2BB's, ASST

Game #812 - Cleveland Indians, 7 @ California Angels, 8

Ron Romanick got roughed up early and often in this one.  In the top of the third a two-out error by Rob Wilfong led to three unearned runs for Cleveland.  Joe Carter jacked a GRAND SLAM in the top of the fourth and the Tribe were way out front, 7-0.

And that's when the comeback started.  In the bottom of the sixth Bert Blyleven allowed five runs, including a three-run job off the bat of Juan Beniquez.  Lefty specialist Mike Jeffcoat was on the hill in the seventh when he allowed back to back solo homers to Brian Downing and Fred Lynn - tie game!!!  And in the bottom of the eighth Wilfong made up for his error by hitting a go-ahead homer!!!  The Angels overcame a seven run deficit to win the game.

Winning Pitcher - Luis Sanchez
Losing Pitcher - Ernie Camacho
Save - Don Aase
Player of the Game - Fred Lynn, 3-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

August 24, 2019

June 15, 1984 - Shutty

We've got ourselves three straight games of shutouts to end the day!  Somewhat unusual...

Game #809 - New York Mets, 9 @ St. Louis Cardinals, 0

Ron Darling had the Cardinals on lock-down for the entire game.  St. Louis only managed to put more than one runner on base at a time twice in nine frames, and both times Darling escaped the jam.

Kurt Kepshire, meanwhile, had his worst game of the year.  A surprise top performer this season, he only completed four innings before being chased off in the top of the fifth.  Mookie Wilson was a big nemesis on the day, falling short of the cycle without a double but with a two-run homer and a triple to pair with a single and walk.  Darryl Strawberry added two doubles himself as every non-pitching Mets starter recorded at least one hit.

Winning Pitcher - Ron Darling
Losing Pitcher - Kurt Kepshire
Player of the Game - Darling, CG SHO, 6H's, BB, 4K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith

Game #810 - Boston Red Sox, 0 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 13

There were four - FOUR - bean balls in this affair.  I know one of you faithful readers pointed out a way to simulate a benches clearing brawl a couple of years back, I need to go and find that.  Could be fun to spice it up.

Cliff Johnson had himself a day.  He homered in the bottom of the first to give Toronto the only lead they'd need on the day.  Then he singled home a run the third to make it 3-0.  He made it to the plate twice in the sixth, walking the first time and then clearing loaded bases with a double in his second at-bat.  He was a triple shy of the cycle.  Scroll to the bottom of this entry to see a hilarious video I saw a few years back and have been waiting patiently to include if/when Johnson was ever Player of the Game again.

Jim Clancy was worth of praise two.  He tossed the shutout and only gave up four hits and walk to go along with his five K's.

Winning Pitcher - Jim Clancy
Losing Pitcher - Bob Ojeda
Player of the Game - Cliff Johnson, 3-4, 2B, HR, 3R's, 6RBI, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

This was the last game for June 15th - the stats on the sidebars have been updated!

August 19, 2019

June 15, 1984 - Craziest Game of the Year? Plus Tanana too..

Game #807 - San Francisco Giants, 13 @ San Diego Padres, 14 (10 innings!)

We've got a front runner for the craziest game of the year, so I'm going to do an inning by inning recap:

1st - Al Oliver doubled home Jack Clark in the top of the first but a pair of two run homers by Carmelo Martinez and Graig Nettles gave the Padres a 4-1 lead

2nd - no scoring.

3rd - Chris Brown singled home Jeff Leonard, cutting the lead to 4-2.

4th - A Nettles fielding error allows Manny Trillo to score, now it's just a one run lead for the Padres, 4-3.

5th - A Jack Clark solo homer and back to back doubles by Oliver and Brown give the Giants a sudden 6-4 lead!

6th - RBI singles by Tony Gwynn and Martinez knot the game back up!  6-6.

7th - Solid reliever Greg Booker gives up an unexpected three runs in the top of the inning, but Frank Williams gives up four in the bottom of the frame and the Padres are back out in front, 10-9.

8th - Bob Brenly solo homers off Goose Gossage to tie the game, but Nettles responds with his own tater to keep San Diego out front, 11-10.

9th - Gossage implodes in the top of the ninth, including surrendering four straight singles at one point, giving the Giants a two-run lead with their ace reliever, Gary Lavelle, on the mound for the save.  But Kevin McReynolds records his lone hit of the day, a two-run bomb, to tie the game and force things into extra innings!

10th - The Padres last available reliever, Jose DeLeon, strikes out the side in the top of the 10th.  Scott Garrelts loads the bases before giving up the game-winning single to Bobby Brown - walk-off win for the Padres!!!

Winning Pitcher - Jose Deleon
Losing Pitcher - Scott Garrelts
Player of the Game - Bobby Brown, 2-2, R, GWRBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage

Game #808 - Texas Rangers, 9 @ Seattle Mariners, 0

The Mariners laid a big ol' egg in this one.  Frank Tanana went the distance for a shutout, and only faced three batters over the minimum thanks to five double plays by his defense.  Only two Mariners made it as far as second base on the day.

Meanwhile, the Rangers offense was paced by Wayne Tolleson, who recorded two triples and three runs.  Buddy Bell and George Wright each chipped in with three RBI.

Winning Pitcher - Frank Tanana
Losing Pitcher - Matt Young
Player of the Game - Tanana, CG SHO, 4K's, 3H's, 4BB's

August 16, 2019

June 15, 1984 - Summer Break

Friends...my goodness, it's been too long.  I apologize.  I must confess, though, the posts will be a lot more erratic moving forward.  This summer I started an Ed.D. program and now my free time is spent reading journal articles and swearing about APA formatting.  I squeezed a couple of games in recently, so here we go...

Game #805 - Baltimore Orioles, 4 @ New York Yankees, 5

I was so pumped to play my first game in a couple of months with my beloved O's, but just like the 2019 rivalry, things didn't go well for Baltimore...

They did tag the first three runs of the game on Phil Niekro in the top of the second, though.  Rick Dempsey had an RBI fielder's choice and then Al Bumbry and Mike Young each had run-scoring base knocks.  Butch Wynegar homered in the bottom of the inning to reduce the lead to two.

Dennis Martinez had a fielding error in the third that eventually allowed Oscar Gamble to score.  But it was the fifth inning when the offense poured in three more runs.  Dave Winfield, newly off the injured list, batted home Ken Griffey and then Don Mattingly moved Winfield to third on a double.  A batter later Wynegar came up big again with a two-run single.  Jay Howell and Dave Righetti combined for 2 and 2/3 innings of relief to secure the win.

Winning Pitcher - Phil Niekro
Losing Pitcher - Dennis Martinez
Save - Dave Righetti
Player of the Game - Butch Wynegar, 2-4, HR, 3RBI, R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Dave Winfield, Phil Niekro

Game # 806 - Chicago White Sox, 5 @ Oakland A's, 8

Neither starter looked good in this one.  Curt Young started the game by allowing a double to Jerry Hairston and then a two-run tater to Harold Baines before even recording an out.  But Oakland put up a five-spot in the third, led by a Davey Lopes double and a solo homer off the bat of Dave Kingman.

Back to back doubles from Baines and Carlton Fisk tied the game in the top of the fourth, but Fisk got thrown out at home by Lopes to prevent the South Side from taking the lead.

The game was still knotted 5-5 when ace reliever Ron Reed walked two batters before facing Dwayne Murphy.  Sure enough, Murphy launched one deep into the night to give Oakland a three-run lead.  Bill Caudill was flawless in two innings of relief to save the game for the A's.

Winning Pitcher - Chris Codiroli
Losing Pitcher - Ron Reed
Save - Bill Caudill
Player of the Game - Caudill, 2IP, 2K's, 0R's, 0H's, 0BB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Harold Baines, Carlton Fisk, Rickey Henderson

May 27, 2019

June 15, 1984 - Memorial Day

Game #803 - Detroit Tigers, 5 @ Milwaukee Brewers, 0

This post is dedicated to all who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we have the freedom to play inconsequential games like Statis Pro.

Dave Rozema turned in one of the top pitching performances of the season in this one.  It looked good early as he struck out the side in the bottom of the first.  Cecil Cooper led off with a double in the bottom of the second and that would be the only extra base hit of the game.  By the bottom of the ninth the Brew Crew only had two hits and no walks.  With two outs Bob Clark and Jim Sundberg hit back to back singles and then Robin Yount flew out to the warning track in left to end the game.  Rozema only faced three hitters above the minimum while blanking Milwaukee.

Winning Pitcher - Dave Rozema
Losing Pitcher - Jamie Cocanower
Player of the Game - Rozema, CG SHO, 5K's, 4H's, 0BB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Alan Trammell, Robin Yount

Game #804 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 10 @ Montreal Expos, 3

The Pirates jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second thanks to a pair of homers from Tony Pena and Doug Frobel.  Pena scored the fourth run of the game in the fourth off a sacrifice fly from Dale Berra.

The Expos made a game of it in the bottom of the sixth.  Tim Raines led off with a triple and then Bryan Little doubled him home.  Little scored on the play after Lee Lacy booted the ball in left field.  One out later Gary Carter launched a solo bomb to close the Pittsburgh lead to one.

The Pirates cushioned their lead in the seventh, though, on RBI hits from Marvelle Wynne and Jason Thompson.  They piled on four more in the top of the ninth to turn it into a route.

Winning Pitcher - Jose DeLeon
Losing Pitcher - Bryn Smith
Save - Don Robinson
Player of the Game - Tony Pena, 3-4, 2B, HR, BB, 3R's, 2RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tim Raines, Gary Carter, and Andre Dawson