March 10, 2012
April 10, 1984 - Hall of Fame Losing Pitchers
Game #69 - Kansas City Royals, 6 @ Baltimore Orioles, 3
Jim Palmer toed the rubber for the undefeated Baltimore Orioles, and it got ugly early. In the top of the first he gave up a RBI double to Jorge Orta. The very next inning the Royals got two more with RBI singles from Willie Wilson and George Brett. The Orioles finally answered back in the bottom of the second with a pair of RBI's courtesy of Rick Dempsey and Todd Cruz.
Things got funny in the bottom of the fourth. Royals starting pitcher Bud Black objected to the umpire's insinuation that he was going to his mouth too much and had a few choice words for the man in blue. The ump decided it was in Bud's best interest to think about his actions in the clubhouse for the rest of the game. Our second ejection of the year, which, ironically enough, first happened to Rick Dempsey - who was in the batter's box when Black got tossed. Rick Dempsey: harbinger of ejections.
Palmer got tagged for a two run homer when Frank White knocked one out. All in all, Palmer gave up five runs in six innings. Royals reliever Joe Beckwith went four innings in relief of Black, and Quisenberry managed to save things over two to give the Royals a needed victory.
Winning Pitcher - Joe Beckwith
Losing Pitcher - Jim Palmer
Save - Dan Quisenberry
Player of the Game - Willie Wilson, 3-5, 2RBI's, 1R
Hall of Famers in the Game - George Brett, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer
Game #70 - Milwaukee Brewers, 2 @ California Angels, 8
Don Sutton faced off against Mike Witt and despite both of them having a 2-6 pitcher rating in Statis Pro, Witt had the much better game. The Angels scored first in the bottom of the first when Reggie Jackson hit a single to score Rod Carew. The Brewers tied things up in the second when catcher Jim Sundberg hit a double to bring in Ted Simmons. But Fred Lynn belted a solo shot in the third and the anemic Dick Schofield muscled up a double to score Gary Pettis in the fourth. In the bottom of the seventh Brewers shortstop Ed Romero (Yount was DH-ing) had a costly error that led to a two run homer from Lynn, and that was the end of Sutton's day. Meanwhile, Mike Witt went eight innings and struck out eight. Yount had a solo homer in the eighth, but it did nothing to save the Brewers.
Winning Pitcher - Mike Witt
Losing Pitcher - Don Sutton
Player of the Game - Fred Lynn, 2-4, 2HR's, 3RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Don Sutton, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson