February 17, 2012

April 6, 1984 - National League Updates

Game #36 - Philadelphia Phillies, 2 @ Cincinnati Reds, 8
Dave Parker put the Reds on the board in the bottom of the first with a solo shot off of Charles Hudson. The Phillies tied it up when C Ozzie Virgil knocked in Mike Schmidt, but the Reds got back in front in the third with another solo home run, this time from Eddie Milner. It stayed 2-1 Reds until the sixth when Reds starter Joe Price walked SS Ivan DeJesus with the bases juiced. But in the bottom half of the sixth Dave Parker pulled the Reds ahead again with an RBI double, and 1B Dan Driessan hit Parker home as well. In the seventh the Reds chased off Hudson and even roughed up reliever Tug McGraw for four more runs and the win.

Winning Pitcher - Joe Price
Losing Pitcher - Charles Hudson
Player of the Game - Dave Parker, 3-4, HR, 2B, 4RBI's, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt

Game #37 - New York Mets, 3 @ Houston Astros, 0
This was a great early season duel between the two best flamethrowers in the National League - Dwight Gooden and Nolan Ryan. Both lineups were swinging and missing throughout, but the Mets put up a run in the third on a Mookie Wilson double. Gooden squeezed in Jose Oquendo for another run in the fifth and Backman knocked in Gooden, who had doubled, in the eighth. Despite Nolan's 8 K's, the Astros were shut out by Gooden, making his first career start.

Winning Pitcher - Dwight Gooden
Losing Pitcher - Nolan Ryan
Player of the Game - Doc Gooden, CG SHO, 7K"s, 0BB's, 1-1 w/ 2B, RBI, 1R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Nolan Ryan

Game #38 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 0 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 2
Three games into the season and the Dodgers have yet to use their bullpen. Alejandro Pena joined Fernando and Bob Welch with another complete game victory as the Pirates only managed five hits, none of which were more than a single. The Dodgers two runs came on a homer by Franklin Stubbs, as their team only had four total hits.

Winning Pitcher - Alejandro Pena
Losing Pitcher - Larry McWilliams
Player of the Game - Pena, CG SHO, 6K's, 0BB's

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