February 27, 2012

April 7, 1984 - Who Can Take A Sunrise...

...sprinkle it with dew? The Candy Man!

Game #50 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 10 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 2

It's hard to believe I'm already fifty games into replaying the 1984 season. My excitement for it is only growing, so I think that's a good thing considering we're still in the first week of April.

The Dodgers starting rotation had started the season with three complete game victories, but Rick Honeycutt made sure to end that streak. Tony Pena had an RBI double in the first to give the early lead to the Pirates, and Pittsburgh could have had two more but Johnny Ray and Jason Thompson were both thrown out at home plate. SS Dale Berra (yes, Yogi's son) added another run for the Pirates in the second with a solo homer. The Pirates kept the offense surging in the third with an RBI double by Jason Thompson and a three run jack from Tony Pena. Honeycutt was done after that and the Dodgers went with Jerry Reuss to start the mop up duty.

Meanwhile Pirates pitcher John Candelaria was making Pittsburgh's world taste good by starting off with five perfect innings against the Dodgers. In the bottom of the sixth little Dave Anderson broke up the perfecto and no-hitter with a single. An RJ Reynolds solo shot and an RBI sacrifice fly from Greg Brock were the only productive items of note from the LA offense. Berra and Thompson added additional homers for the Pirates as they collected up all the cream.

Winning Pitcher - John Candelaria
Losing Pitcher - Rick Honeycutt
Player of the Game - The Candy Man, CG, 7K's, 2R's, 4H's, 1BB, 1-3 w/ a 2B

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