February 3, 2012

April 3, 1984 - Rest of the NL Games

Game #10 - St. Louis Cardinals, 0 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 3
Fernandomania was in full effect on opening day. Not only did he toss a complete game shutout against the Cards, but he was half of the duo who hit back to back home runs in the bottom of the second inning (Greg Brock being the other slugger). Willie McGee threw out two Dodger base runners for the Cardinals but that was the only real bright spot for St. Louis.

Winning Pitcher - Fernando Valenzuela
Losing Pitcher - Joaquin Andujar
Player of the Game - Valenzuela; CG Shutout, 6K's, 6H's, 2-4 w/ a HR and 1RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith

Game #11 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 @ San Diego Padres, 5 (13 Innings)
Yet another extra-innings thriller on opening day, this time between the Pirates and Padres. The Pirates tagged four runs on Eric Show in the top of the fourth, led by two-RBI singles by Marvell Wynne and Tony Pena. The Padres fought back in the bottom of the third with a three run homer by Tony Gwynn. The Padres added one more run in the bottom of the sixth to tie things up. Goose Gossage pitched three strong innings of relief, including working out of a bases loaded jam caused by an error from his old Yankee friend Graig Nettles. Things stayed tied until the bottom of the 13th when new Pirates reliever Don Robinson gave up a pinch hit to Kurt Bevacqua. Two batters later Gary Templeton hit a single moving Bevacqua to third with one out. Finally, Tim Flannery, who entered the game in the 5th inning, squeaked an infield single to score the winning run. (The game was technically completed on April 4th, because in the bottom of the 13th the game was rained out)

Winning Pitcher - Greg Harris (the same who just pitched for the Expos?)
Losing Pitcher - Don Robinson
Player of the Game - Tim Flannery; 3-4, 1R, 1BB, Game Winning RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage

Game #12 - Chicago Cubs, 5 @ San Francisco Giants, 0
This was an extreme pitcher's duel through the first eight innings as Steve Trout and Atlee Hammaker held both teams scoreless. But in the top of the ninth, both Larry Bowa and pinch hitter Henry Cotto were able to knock in RBI singles with runners on the corners. Than Bob Dernier sealed the deal with a three run homer off relief pitcher Frank Williams.

Winning Pitcher - Steve Trout
Losing Pitcher - Atlee Hammaker
Player of the Game - Trout; 8IP, 9K's, 4H's, 2BB, 0R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg

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