March 13, 2012

April 10, 1984 - AL East Still Rolling

Game #72 - Texas Rangers, 7 @ Detroit Tigers, 18
No, that's not a typo.  The Tigers put up 18 runs on the beleaguered Rangers.  They scored 10 of them in the sixth inning alone.  Every Tiger starter had a hit and every Tiger starter had a run, except Alan Trammell.  That's kind of ironic because because he was the lead off hitter.  Or maybe its not ironic - I've been confused about irony since Alanis Morissette wrote a song about it...  The Tigers also blasted six home runs.  Meanwhile Jack Morris had seven solid innings, only giving up two runs.  The Rangers tagged mop-up man Glenn Abbott for five runs in the top of the ninth, including two homers from Alan Bannister and Buddy Bell.

Winning Pitcher - Jack Morris
Losing Pitcher - Joey McLaughlin
Player of the Game - Howard Johnson, 4-5, HR, 2B, 3RBI's, 3R's

Game #73 - Minnesota Twins, 2 @ New York Yankees, 6
The Twins snuck out to a 1-0 lead in the Yankee Stadium season opener thanks to a solo shot from Kent Hrbek.  Hrbek has started the season slowly, maybe he's warming up.  Ken Griffey tied things up in the bottom of the third with double that plated Mike Pagliarulo.  Griffey knocked in another two, again on a double, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead.  Minnesota inched back on a RBI double from Dave Meier, but the Yankees extended the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth.  Don Baylor knocked in two with a double.  Minnesota stranded a ton of runners - Ron Guidry surrendered seven hits and five walks but the Twins couldn't capitalize.  Part of the problem were Guidry's strikeouts.  The Gator racked up ten K's. 

Winning Pitcher - Ron Guidry
Losing Pitcher - Mike Smithson
Save - Jay Howell
Player of the Game - Ken Griffey, 3-4, 2 2b's, 3RBI's, 1R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield

Game #74 - Toronto Blue Jays, 6 @ Oakland A's, 0 (rained out after 7 innings)
The rain put the A's out of their misery.  They've lost four straight after starting the season 3-0.  Doyle Alexander had his second strong start of the year, going the distance in the shortened game. 

Winning Pitcher - Doyle Alexander
Losing Pitcher - Ray Burris
Player of the Game - Tony Fernandez, 4-4, HR, 3RBI's, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rickey Henderson

***The Tigers, Yankees, and Blue Jays  have stayed hot to start the season and are making the AL East a very tough division so far...

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