February 4, 2012

April 4, 1984 - AL Action

Game #13 - Boston Red Sox, 4 @ California Angels, 6
We're up to the third calendar day of action in the 1984 season, and the first game was a rematch between the Sox and the Angels. Unfortunately for Boston, they're still winless on the season. The Angels brutalized Bob Ojeda for five runs in the bottom of the first, including a lead off homer for Gary Pettis and three walks by Ojeda. It was 6-1 in the top of the eighth when the Red Sox finally managed a rally. DH Mike Easler tripled in Dwight Evans, with Rice singling in Easler. A Rich Gedman sacrifice fly made it a 6-4 game, but reliever Don Aase came in for Mike Witt and pitched two scoreless innings for the save.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Witt
Losing Pitcher - Bob Ojeda
Save - Don Aase
Player of the Game - Aase, 2IP, 1 Save, 2K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Reggie Jackson

Game #14 - New York Yankees, 8 @ Kansas City Royals, 4
The real life '84 Royals were the AL West champs, but they've started the season off 0-2. Their season wasn't helped in the top of the 2nd when NY C Butch Wynegar scorched a line drive at KC SS Onix Concepcion. Concepcion made the out but broke his hand in the process and will miss the next 30 games. Ouch. Back to back doubles by Mike Pagliarulo and Bobby Meachem put the Yanks out front in the top of the 4th. Ron Guidry scattered seven hits across seven innings, surrendering three runs while striking out five. The Royals made things interesting when Jose Rijo gave up a home run to Frank White, but Bob Shirley came on and finished the Royals off.

Winning Pitcher - Ron Guidry
Losing Pitcher - Mike Jones
Save - Bob Shirley
Player of the Game - Guidry, 7IP, 5K's, 7H's, 2BB's, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, George Brett

Game #15 - Milwaukee Brewers, 2 @ Oakland Athletics, 3
Ray Burris had a rough first inning but only gave up one run. In the bottom of the fifth the A's tied things up on a Joe Morgan single that scored Tony Phillips. The Brew Crew led again in the seventh when a Dion James ground out scored Jim Sundberg, but the A's rallied back in the bottom of the inning after Rickey Henderson had an RBI double and Morgan added the go ahead run with a sacrifice fly.

Winning Pitcher - Ray Burris
Losing Pitcher - Moose Haas
Player of the Game - Joe Morgan; 1-2, 2RBI's, Sac Fly
Hall of Famers in the Game - Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan

Morgan bounced around a bit in his career, but it's always funny to see him wearing the green and gold.

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