February 20, 2012

April 7, 1984 - Undefeated in the AL East

Game #41 - Toronto Blue Jays, 11 @ California Angels, 5
Toronto has been riding hot hitting and stellar pitching to start the season. Lloyd Moseby ripped a triple in the first that scored Damaso Garcia but the Angels answered in the bottom half of the inning with a solo shot from Brian Downing, who now has four HR's in four games. Angels pitcher Geoff Zahn started to unravel in the fourth as the Blue Jays put up another three runs. Jesse Barfield knocked in Cliff Johnson and Tony Fernandez and Buck Martinez added RBI hits too. (When I was a kid and saw my first Geoff Zahn card, I thought it was pronounced "gee-off." My dad had to tell me it was an alternate spelling of "Jeff.") The Angels got one more back in the bottom of the fourth to close it to 4-2. But DH Cliff Johnson ripped a huge three run homer to make it 7-3, and Johnson hit another home run in the eighth to seal the victory.

Winning Pitcher - Luis Leal
Losing Pitcher - Geoff Zahn
Player of the Game - Cliff Johnson, 3-5, 2HR's, 5RBI's, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

Game #42 - Detroit Tigers, 5 @ Chicago White Sox, 0
Alan Trammell continued his torrid start as he singled, stole a base, and scored a run in the first inning, and later hit a two run homer in the eighth. He has hit a home run in four straight games to start the season - there's no one hotter in the league right now. Meanwhile, Juan Berenguer was throwing smoke himself. He limited the White Sox to four hits and two walks while striking out six. Lance Parrish and Larry Herndon added solo homers in the top of the ninth too.

Winning Pitcher - Juan Berenguer
Losing Pitcher - Floyd Bannister
Player of the Game - Berenguer, CG SHO, 6K's, 4H's

Both the Tigers and the Blue Jays are 4-0 to start the season - I can't wait for these two teams to face each other. They both have balanced lineups, good platoons, and strong starting pitchers.

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