February 12, 2012

April 5, 1984 - AL Round Up

Game #21 - New York Yankees, 2 @ Kansas City Royals, 3
This game was pretty tight as the score was 2-1 in favor of the Yankees heading into the bottom of the fifth. Hal McRae knocked in a run and George Brett scored during a Darryl Motley double play grounder, giving the Royals a one run lead. Dan Quisenberry survived two very shaky innings of relief to save the game.

Winning Pitcher - Larry Gura
Losing Pitcher - Ray Fontenot
Save - Dan Quisenberry
Player of the Game - Hal McRae, 2-2, 1RBI, 1R, 1BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, George Brett

Game #22 - Detroit Tigers, 6 @ Minnesota Twins, 5
This was a brutal defeat for the Twins, and in more ways than one. Despite a lead off homer by Alan Trammell, the Twins jumped out to a 5-1 lead, battering Tigers pitcher Dan Petry (Petry beaned two Twins, making three hit batters in two games from Tigers pitching. I'm not sure how Statis Pro determines when the benches should clear). Frank Viola had retired twelve straight Tigers when a bloop hit by Lance Parrish caused second baseman Tim Teufel and center fielder Kirby Puckett to collide, injuring both. In the very next inning, Parrish again caused bodily harm as he drilled a deep shot to right field. Tom Brunansky crashed into the wall, injuring himself as well. The Tigers had cut the lead to 5-4 when, in the top of the eighth, Larry Herndon hit a two run homer to give the Tigers the lead and, eventually, the win.

Winning Pitcher - Aurelio Lopez
Losing Pitcher - Frank Viola
Save - Willie Hernandez
Player of the Game - Lance Parrish, 3-5, double, triple, RBI, 1R, 3 Twins injured
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett

Game #23 - Toronto Blue Jays, 7 @ Seattle Mariners, 1
This game was a lot closer than the final score indicates. The Blue Jays roughed up Seattle pitcher Mike Moore for three runs in the first three innings, but he settled down after that and ended up striking out eight Jays. But Doyle Alexander was even better. After giving up a run on a Ken Phelps sacrifice fly, he sunk the Mariners (pun!) for the rest of the game. The Blue Jays scored four in the top of the eighth to pull away. Toronto OF Dave Collins had two triples in the game.

Winning Pitcher - Doyle Alexander
Losing Pitcher - Mike Moore
Player of the Game - Alexander, CG, 7K's, 1R

Game #24 - Cleveland Indians, 2 @ Texas Rangers, 5
Texas was looking for revenge after their opening day shellacking and jumped to a quick three run lead in the bottom of the first thanks to a two run homer from Pete O'Brien and an RBI single from Curtis Wilkerson. Cleveland pitcher Rick Sutcliffe gave up another two runs in the second, this time on a home run by Gary Ward (who I once saw in the Detroit airport - true story). Cleveland tagged two runs on Frank Tanana in the seventh, but that was all they could muster. Pete O'Brien got injured diving into the stands in the ninth inning. Didn't he learn anything from Gary Carter?

Winning Pitcher - Frank Tanana
Losing Pitcher - Rick Sutcliffe
Save - Dave Schmidt
Player of the Game - Pete O'Brien, 3-4, HR, 2RBI's, plenty of bruises

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