February 21, 2012

April 7, 1984 - The Boggs in a Davis Sandwich

Game #43 - Baltimore Orioles, 4 @ Minnesota Twins, 0
We almost had our first no-hitter of the season! Storm Davis of the mighty Orioles (complete author bias here) brought the thunder and lightning to the Metrodome. He had only allowed a walk through the first five innings when little known OF Andre David, only on the roster because of injuries to Tom Brunansky and Kirby Puckett, poked a single to start the sixth. It was the only Twins hit until the top of the ninth when SS Ron Washington bunted for a hit and Mickey Hatcher punched another single. Davis got Kent Hrbek to ground into a double play to end the game. On the O's side of the offense, Wayne Gross had a two run homer and Eddie Murray, the greatest player in the history of baseball (EXTREME author bias), had an RBI single as well.

Winning Pitcher - Storm Davis
Losing Pitcher - Ken Schrom
Player of the Game - Storm, CG SHO, 3H's, 2BB's, 6K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #44 - Boston Red Sox, 9 @ Oakland A's, 4
It didn't look good for Beantown when the A's put two on the board in the bottom of the first with a Dwayne Murphy home run, but the Sox offense woke up in the third with a three run shot from Dwight Evans. The A's tied it up on a Carney Lansford single, but the Sox would go on to score six more runs, including solo homers from C Rich Gedman and Tony Armas. I've also got myself into a roster mess with Dennis Eckersley and Bill Buckner. They're both active on the Red Sox and the Cubs right now. When I started this project I was up front about not adhering to "when" folks were on the roster, but that I would make sure they didn't exceed the number of real 1984 games they played.

Winning Pitcher - Dennis Eckersley
Losing Pitcher - Lary Sorensen
Save - Steve Crawford
Player of the Game - Wade Boggs, 3-6, 2R's, 1RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan

Game #45 - Milwaukee Brewers, 6 @ Seattle Mariners, 9
This might sound cruel, but I love injuries in Statis Pro. It really helps me manage the roster and distribute playing time. Plus, its exciting when you draw the "z" card and an injury pops up. This time Brewers 1B Cecil Cooper and OF Mark Brouhard (who hit a homer in his first at bat of the season) collided on an Alvin Davis blooper. Coop is out for the next 8 games, but poor Brouhard is on the IR for 45 games! That's the worst injury sustained so far. The M's took an early lead in this game with a two run homer from Alvin Davis, with the Brew Crew tying it up on the Brouhard bomb. But the M's pulled ahead for good when Alvin Davis added a two run double as well. A Jack Perconte error led to a three run eighth inning for Milwaukee, but they still fell short.

Winning Pitcher - Matt Young
Losing Pitcher - Mike Caldwell
Save - Bob Stoddard
Player of the Game - Alvin Davis, 3-5, HR, 2 2B's, 4 RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Paul Molitor, Robin Yount

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