Game #1 - Chicago White Sox (0-1), 1 @ Baltimore Orioles (1-0), 9
The 1983 World Series champs Orioles started their title defense in grand fashion as they whipped the White Sox on opening day. Eddie Murray bombed a two run homer in the bottom of the first, followed by another moon shot from Ken Singleton. Gary Roenicke added a pinch hit grand slam later to further the damage. Mike Boddicker went the distance surrendering just one run on a Carlton Fisk homer.
Player of the Game: Mike Boddicker, 9IP, 4K's, 5H's, 2W's, 1ER
Hall of Famers in the Game: Carlton Fisk, Cal Ripken Jr., Eddie Murray
Game #2 - Boston Red Sox (0-1), 2 @ California Angels (1-0), 3
This was very much a pitcher's duel as Bruce Hurst and Ken Forsch both went the distance. Hurst gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th on a Fred Lynn solo homer and a 2RBI double to Gary Pettis.* The Red Sox responded in the top half of the 5th with a two run homer from Tony Armas (whose on his way to repeat as the 1984 AL home run leader), but that's all they can muster in the game. Bob Boone was injured in the top of the second inning when Mike Easler fouled a ball off of him. Boone is out for 12 games, so I decided to do an actual "15 Day DL." This is problematic for the Angels because in the real 1984 Boone played in 137 games behind the plate. Jerry Narron will be cashing in a lot of his backup games early!
Player of the Game: Gary Pettis, 3-3, 2b, 2RBI's, 1SB, 1W
Hall of Famers in the Game: Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson
*That's not the real Gary Pettis in the 1985 Topps Card - if memory serves me, it was his kid brother.
Game #3 - New York Mets (1-0), 11 @ Cincinnati Reds (0-1), 5
Darryl Strawberry got the party started in the top of the 1st with a three run homer, and the Mets would eventually score 8 more to win. Ron Darling got the win despite giving up 5 runs (1 unearned after a Hubie Brooks throwing error). He did strikeout 9 Reds though. Tom Gorman had a solid two innings of relief to allow the Mets to go ahead for good. For Cincy, Nick Esasky had a two run shot, as did Cesar Cedeno, but it wasn't enough as Mario Soto and three relievers couldn't quiet the Mets' bats.
Player of the Game: Mookie Wilson, 5-6, 3R's, 1RBI, 1SB
That's all for April 2 - only three games were on the schedule!