February 13, 2012

April 6, 1984 - AL Slugging Studs

My last post praised dominant pitching performances, but these last three games were all about the sluggers!

Game #28 - Toronto Blue Jays, 9 @ California Angels, 7 (extra innings)
The Angels possessed a slim 1-0 lead when the Blue Jays added three in the top of the third. They added another run in the fourth on a Willie Upshaw solo shot. Brian Downing added a run of his own with a home run in the sixth, and then again with a two run shot in the seventh. The Angels were up 6-4 in the top of the eighth when Upshaw blasted another homer to tie the game. The bases were loaded for California in the bottom of the ninth and only one out, but Reggie Jackson whiffed and Doug DeCinces grounded out to force the extra frames. Gary Pettis tried to squeeze home Bobby Grich in the tenth but they tagged him at the plate. In the top of the 11th Pettis made a spectacular diving catch on a Tony Fernandez blooper and picked off Ernie Whitt at first. However, the next four Blue Jays recorded hits to give them a three run lead going into the bottom of the 11th. You won't believe it, but Brian Downing hit his THIRD home run. Alas, it wasn't enough, and the Jays won.

Winning Pitcher - Roy Lee Jackson
Losing Pitcher - Doug Corbett
Player of the Game - Willie Upshaw, 2-4, 2HR's, 3RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

Game #29 - Detroit Tigers, 7 @ Chicago White Sox, 4
And we have another Tigers come back. Trailing 2-0 after a Carlton Fisk home run, the Tigers put up four runs in the fifth thanks to RBI doubles from Howard Johnson and Lou Whitaker. Alan Trammell iced the cake when he hit a three run homer in the seventh. It's the third game in a row Trammell has hit a home run. He's drawing hot "fast action cards" right now. Those three runs went unearned for Tom Seaver because, thanks to a Z play, Carlton Fisk botched the called strike three on Howard Johnson, who got to first base. Two batters later Trammell went deep.

Winning Pitcher - Milt Wilcox
Losing Pitcher - Tom Seaver
Save - Doug Bair
Player of the Game - Trammell, 2-4, 2b, HR, 3RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Carlton Fisk, Tom Seaver

Game #30 - Cleveland Indians, 14 @ Kansas City Royals, 5
This contest was like a video game. Three Indian sluggers had multiple home runs: Andre Thornton and Carmelo Castillo with two each and Joe Carter with three! Rookie Bret Saberhagen, relieving Charlie Leibrandt, took the worst of it. Over two innings he gave up six runs and three of the homers. Willie Wilson scored three runs and stole two bases, but that was about all the Royals had going for them this game.

Winning Pitcher - Neal Heaton
Losing Pitcher - Charlie Leibrandt
Player of the Game - Joe Carter and his three grand salamis
Hall of Famers in the Game - George Brett

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