February 28, 2014
The Orioles were up 1-0 in the bottom of the third when they busted things open. Eddie Murray hit a 2-RBI double and three batters later John Lowenstein paid homage to Earl Weaver by blasting a three run homer.
Storm Davis pitched a heck of a game. He went the distance and only gave up three hits, though that included five walks as well. Brook Jacoby recorded two of them, including a solo homer with two outs in the ninth.
Winning Pitcher - Storm Davis
Losing Pitcher - Steve Farr
Player of the Game - John Lowenstein, 3-3, HR, 3RBI's, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray
Game #280 - Seattle Mariners, 10 @ California Angels, 2
Seattle finally figured the Angels out! They had lost the first three games of the four game series, but got to Bruce Kison early and often. Alvin Davis and Dave Henderson each hit homers, but it was Steve Henderson who might have had the best game. I still haven't seen a cycle completed by a Statis Pro player this season, but Steve was only the round-tripper shy of accomplishing the feat. Jim Beattie pitched a dominating eight innings to secure the victory for the M's.
Winning Pitcher - Jim Beattie
Losing Pitcher - Bruce Kison
Player of the Game - Steve Henderson, 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2R's, 4RBI's, outfield assist
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson
February 24, 2014
Game #277 - Chicago Cubs, 3 @ Pittsburgh Pirates, 1
Rick Rhoden was the hard-luck loser in this one. Despite pitching a complete game and surrendering zero earned runs, costly errors by Johnny Ray and Tony Pena sealed a victory for the Cubbies.
Winning Pitcher - Steve Trout
Losing Pitcher - Rick Rhoden
Save - Warren Brusstar
Player of the Game - Trout, 7IP, 0ER, 10K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg
Game #278 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 6 @ San Diego Padres, 4
San Diego broke a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fourth by, ironically, scoring all four of their runs in the game. The big damage came from a three run homer by future coach Bruce Bochy, who was giving Terry Kennedy a breather. LA would not be denied. Trailing 4-2 in the top of the sixth, Tim Lollar faced runners on second and third with one out and slugger Mike Marshall standing in. I opted to intentionally walk Marshall for the far less intimidating German Rivera, setting up the double play at the same time. You know what happened next. River went grand salami and the Dodgers won the day.
Winning Pitcher - Ken Howell
Losing Pitcher - Tim Lollar
Save - Tom Niedenfuer
Player of the Game - Rivera, 2-3, grand slam
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn
These were the last two games for Sunday, April 29th! I've updated the stats and standings. There's a new poll up too if you haven't noticed. Finally - happy 58th birthday to my hero, Eddie Murray.
February 15, 2014
If I'm not mistaken, this is the first time this season I've used six different pitchers in a game for one team. Congrats to the Expos! This was necessitated in part because starter Bill Gullickson, along with Gary Carter and Terry Francona, got ejected from the game arguing with the ump on a close play at first. It was a barrage of hits for the Cardinals after that. But Danny Cox was the true stand out player of the game. He went eight innings only giving up one run.
Winning Pitcher - Danny Cox
Losing Pitcher - Dan Schatzeder
Player of the Game - Cox, 8IP, R, 4K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson
Game #276 - Philadelphia Phillies, 2 @ New York Mets, 1 (game called in the bottom of the eighth due to rain)
Mike Schmidt has started off slow this Statis Pro season, but his bat might finally be waking up. He accounted for both runs in this game. He smacked a double in the second inning and eventually scored on a Juan Samuel sacrifice fly. In the fourth he hit a solo homer off Walt Terrell. Terrell actually pitched a good six innings, but he still got tagged for the loss because, with Darryl Strawberry at bat in the bottom of the eighth, the rains came pouring down and Philadelphia sneaked out of New York with the abbreviated win.
Winning Pitcher - Jerry Koosman
Losing Pitcher - Walt Terrell
Player of the Game - Mike Schmidt, 2-3, 2B, HR, RBI, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt
February 4, 2014
Starters Craig McMurty and Nolan Ryan both made strong starts but didn't factor in the decision as they both only surrendered one run. In the bottom of the eighth reliever Gene Garber was pitching his second inning of relief. But Bill Doran led off with a bunt single and advanced two second on a bloop hit from Terry Puhl. Jose Cruz grounded out to second but advanced the runners while making the out. Enos Cabell came up next and hit a grounder to Chris Chambliss. Doran took off for home and Chambliss fired the ball to Alex Trevino, but Doran was just ahead of the throw to pull Houston ahead by a run. Phil Garner tacked on an insurance run with another single and that was all she wrote for Atlanta. The loss marked their fourth straight loss as Houston continues to pull away with the NL West lead.
Winning Pitcher - Julio Solano
Losing Pitcher - Gene Garber
Player of the Game - Solano, 2IP, K, BB, retired #2-6 hitters for the win.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Nolan Ryan
February 3, 2014
In the top of the second little-used Fran Mullins popped a two-RBI homer to give San Fran the early lead. But the Reds stormed back in the bottom of the inning. Eddie Milner hit an RBI single and Dave Parker later plated two of his own to give the Reds the lead and eventually the win. The biggest hiccup of the game came with an 82 minute rain delay thanks to a "Z" play. Bob Owchinko pitched brilliantly after the clouds parted, going an important four innings of relief in the first game of a double header.
Winning Pitcher - Bob Owchinko
Losing Pitcher - Mike Krukow
Save - John Franco
Player of the Game - Owchinko, 4IP, 2H's, 1ER, 3K's
Game #273 - San Francisco Giants, 2 @ Cincinnati Reds, 3
Nailbiter time. The Reds had scooted out to a two run lead in the fourth, including a rare RBI double from Johnnie LeMaster. But Nick Esasky belted an Earl Weaver to give the Reds the victory in the bottom of the inning. It was a shame, because spot starter Scott Garrelts pitched seven strong innings.
Winning Pitcher - Fred Toliver
Losing Pitcher - Scott Garrelts
Save - Ted Power
Player of the Game - Esasky, HR, 3RBI's
January 26, 2014
Minnesota jumped to a very early lead thanks to a Tom Brunansky three run homer in the top of the first off Oakland starter Bill Krueger. They extended their lead to 6-0 in the fourth when Mickey Hatcher roped a two-RBI triple. Oakland threatened in the eighth when they scored four runs, including a Mike Davis tater. But Rick Lysander worked out of the jam in an inning and two-thirds of work for the save.
Winning Pitcher - Al Williams
Losing Pitcher - Bill Krueger
Save - Rick Lysander
Player of the Game - Mickey Hatcher, 3-5, 2B, 3B, 3RBI's, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett, Joe Morgan
Game #270 - Minnesota Twins, 7 @ Oakland A's, 9
Game #2 of the double header was almost a mirror image of the first, with the teams trading places in terms of success. This time Dwayne Murphy was responsible for the three run bomb in the first. Eleven batters came up for Oakland in the first and Twins starter Mike Smithson didn't make it out still on the mound. That was rough timing for the taxed bullpen working two games in one day. Minnesota mounted a slow but ultimately failed comeback, pecking away at Oakland's early 9-2 lead.
Winning Pitcher - Mike Warren
Losing Pitcher - Mike Smithson
Save - Keith Atherton
Player of the Game - Dwayne Murphy, 2-4, 2HR's, 5RBI's, BB
January 21, 2014
What a game for Roy
Winning Pitcher - Bob McClure
Losing Pitcher - Joe Cowley
Save - Rollie Fingers
Player of the Game - Howell, 4-5, 2HR's, 2B, 3B, 3R's, 5RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers, Dave Winfield
January 20, 2014
I was expecting a score like this, only the other way around. Cleveland sent Steve Comer to the hill, with his 2-5 pitcher rating and 5.00 plus ERA, while Detroit had Dan Petry going in front of the home crowd. As I've said before, THAT'S WHY YOU PLAY THE GAMES!
Comer worked out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the first by inducing Rupert Jones into a double play grounder to end the threat. Cleveland responded in good faith, tagging Petry for two in the second and three more in the third. Petry was pulled after five innings, having given up six runs, but the Indians were just getting started. They put up ten more runs in the last three innings, bruising the self esteem of pitchers Dave Rozema, Glen Abbott, and Sid Monge. In total, five different Indians hit a home run. Every starter had at least one hit and RBI, and oddly, the only starter not to score a run was lead off man Brett Butler. Cleveland avoids the sweep in Detroit in a big time way.
Winning Pitcher - Steve Comer
Losing Pitcher - Dan Petry
Player of the Game - Comer, 7IP, 1R, 7K's, 6H's, 4BB's
January 19, 2014
I chuckle at myself when it comes to deciding who gets an off day from a game of Statis Pro. I try my best to pace off days as their managers must have in the real 1984, and I'm sure I'm taking it too seriously when I create the starting lineups. Today I gave Julio Cruz a breather, but it didn't last long. In the bottom of the second, Scott Fletcher ran into the wall chasing a foul ball. He missed it and is now injured for the next three games. That necessitated me bringing Cruz in. All he did was go 2-2 with an RBI double, run scored, and two walks. He was the difference as Chicago avoided the Sox sweep and ended their five game losing streak.
Winning Pitcher - LaMarr Hoyt
Losing Pitcher - Bob Ojeda
Save - Ron Reed
Player of the Game - Julio Cruz
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk
January 18, 2014
Game #265 - Texas Rangers, 1 @ Baltimore Orioles, 10
Eddie Murray, my all-time favorite player, hit a three run homer in the bottom of the first, and that was pretty much the ball game.
Winning Pitcher - Mike Flanagan
Losing Pitcher - Danny Darwin (I think I accidentally started Darwin two games in a row)
Player of the Game - Flanagan, 8IP, 6H's, 3K's, 1R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, and Jim Palmer (mop up duty)
Game #266 - Seattle Mariners, 5 @ California Angels, 6
I'm usually pretty neutral in these games, but I found myself pulling for the Mariners in this one. The Angels were out front early thanks to a solo homer from Brian Downing (his eleventh!) and a three run bomb from back up catcher Jerry Narron. But Seattle pulled within one in the fifth when they plated three runs. Gary Pettis hit his fourth homer, a two run job (and his fourth on the season - he only hit two in the real 1984), to extend their lead back to three runs. Alvin Davis kept Seattle in the thick of it with a two run homer in the top of the seventh. The Mariners had the bases loaded in the eighth, but Doug Corbett worked out of the jam and California won the day.
Winning Pitcher - Luis Sanchez
Losing Pitcher - Bob Stoddard
Save - Doug Corbett
Player of the Game - Pettis, 2-3, HR, 2RBI's, 2SB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson
January 17, 2014
The Phenomenal Phive:
1. Detroit Tigers, 15-4. Just like the real 1984, the Tigers are off to a fast start. Their lineup is stacked, with most of the team hitting above their normal expectations. Willie Hernandez keeps it locked down two innings at a time to secure all those wins.
2. Toronto Blue Jays, 16-6. The Blue Jays have kept the pressure on Detroit, not only for the AL East lead but for the crown of best Statis Pro team in the land. Jorge Bell is still hot, and so are starting pitchers Doyle Alexander and Dave Stieb. Tony Fernandez, getting a lot of at-bats due to Alfredo Griffin's injury, is unstoppable of late.
3. Houston Astros, 14-7. Jose Cruz and Bob Knepper are dominating the NL right now. They have Houston expanding their lead on the rest of the NL West.
4. New York Yankees, 13-6. I'm not sure how or why, but Dennis Rassmussen has been one of the best pitchres in the league in the first month of the season. Hot hitting from scrubs like Steve Kemp and Lou Piniella have got the Yankees clicking.
5. Boston Red Sox, 14-7. The AL East is a rough division to play in! Their pitching hasn't been outstanding, but Dwight Evans and the other sluggers have stayed consistent in producing runs. Tony Armas is putting more and more balls over the Green Monster.
To my small but faithful following, thanks for hanging in there. I'll see what I can do about completing the coming week before 2015! Any suggestions or requests for the blog? Comment below!