February 18, 2012

April 6, 1984 - NL Wrap Up

Game #39 - Chicago Cubs, 7 @ San Diego Padres, 2
Just the third game of the season for each team and we have a replay of the real 1984 NLCS. The Cubs were the victors this time, though. Keith Moreland knocked in Bob Dernier in the top of the first, and Dernier knocked in Bill Buckner in the top of the second. Dernier scored again in the fifth, this time compliments from a Ryne Sandberg double. Dennis Eckersley had a great day too, going eight innings and only allowing two runs on four hits.

Winning Pitcher - Dennis Eckersley
Losing Pitcher - Tim Lollar
Player of the Game - Dernier, 3-4, 2R's, 1RBI, 1SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg, Dennis Eckersley, Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage

Game #40 - St. Louis Cardinals, 4 @ San Francisco Giants, 2

Both teams were winless on the season heading into this one. The Cards scored the first run when Darrell Porter crossed homeplate thanks to a hit from Willie McGee. Starters Danny Cox and Mike Krukow were both in the zone until the bottom of the sixth, when C Bob Brenly brought home Jeff Leonard and a Brad Wellman ground out scored Jack Clark. Leading 2-1 in the top of the ninth, the Giants brought in their closer, Gary LaVelle. Dave Green grounded out but pinch hitter Tito Landrum came up with a single and Ozzie Smith walked. Brenly let a LaVelle pitch get by him and Landrum and Smith move to third and second base. C Tom Nieto pinched hit for Porter only to strike out. With two outs and the go ahead run on second, pinch hitter Lonnie Smith drilled a triple to score two for the red birds, 3-2 Cardinals! Willie McGee added another hit and plated Lonnie for some insurance. The Cards brought in Bruce Sutter for his first action on the season and he retired the Giants 1-2-3.

Winning Pitcher - Ralph Citarella
Losing Pitcher - Gary LaVelle
Save - Bruce Sutter
Player of the Game - Lonnie Smith, pinch-hit triple, 2RBI's, 1R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter

UPDATES - The standings and stats have been updated through April 6. I'll add more pitching categories once we've gone through the rotations a couple of times. I've seen some increased traffic on the site - thanks for stopping by! Let me know in the comments below if there's anything you'd like to see, suggestions, etc. We're now through the first five calendar days of the 1984 season!

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