March 16, 2012

April 10, 1984 - More Wild Games

What are you doing reading this blog?  Shouldn't you be watching the NCAA Tournament? 

Game #78 - Houston Astros, 9 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 5
It hurts to see major stars like Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt struggle in Statis Pro.  Enos Cabell hit a two run homer in the first thanks in part to a Schmidt error.  Schmidt has four on the season, which leads both leagues.  He's also yet to hit a home run (though he's hitting fine otherwise).  Carlton surrendered eleven hits over six innings but avoided the loss because Tug McGraw gave up the eventual winning run. 

Winning Pitcher - Mike LaCoss
Losing Pitcher - Tug McGraw
Player of the Game - Cabell, 4-5, HR, 3RBI's, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton

Game #79 - St. Louis Cardinals, 6 @ San Diego Padres, 5
The Cardinals started beating up Padres starter Eric Show right away as they scored three in the first, two from a double by Andy VanSlyke.  They added another in the second but the Padres tied things up in the bottom of the third when Show led off with a solo homer and Kevin McReynolds added a two run bomb.  The score stayed knotted at 4-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth.  With one out 2B Alan Wiggins singled off of reliever Dave Rucker.  Tony Gwynn did as well, leaving runners on the corner.  The infield was at double play depth when Steve Garvey hit a chopper to second base.  Tom Herr threw out Gwynn at second but Garvey was safe at first and Wiggins scored the go-ahead run, 5-4 Padres. 

The Padres brought in closer Goose Gossage to shut down the Cards in the ninth.  Pinch hitter Tito Landrum popped out to the catcher and George Hendrick struck out, making it two outs.  But Gossage walked VanSlyke, which brought up Lonnie Smith.  If you've been reading the blog, you might know Lonnie has a flair for the dramatic.  He didn't disappoint here - TWO RUN, HOME RUN!  The Padres went from leading by one to trailing by one.  Sutter saved the game in the bottom of the ninth and the Padres must have headed to the locker room in disbelief.  If this were a real game, that is.

Winning Pitcher - Dave Rucker
Losing Pitcher - Goose Gossage
Save - Bruce Sutter
Player of the Game - Lonnie Smith.  He only went 1-5, but he made the one count!  He's also the second player to have two "POTG" honors.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage

Game #80 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 1 @ San Francisco Giants, 0 (12 innings)
The pitching battle of the year happened in this one.  Through ten innings starters Rick Rhoden and Atlee Hammaker pitched a scoreless game.  At one point Hammaker had retired eighteen batters in a row.  The Pirates finally lifted Rhoden for a pinch hitter in the top of the eleventh, and though they had runners on the corners, Hammaker escaped the jam.  Cecilo Gaunte made quick work of the Giants in the bottom of the eleventh, so we headed to the top of the twelfth.  After eleven innings Hammaker was finally yanked and Giants reliever Bob Lacey got right into trouble.  He walked Jason Thompson and gave up a hit to Tony Pena.  The hit moved Thompson to third, 90 feet away from the first lead for either team.  Bill Madlock flew out to shallow center, stranding Thompson on third.  Dale Berra was up next and attempted the squeeze - success!  Thompson scored!  Gaunte gave up a hit to Bob Brenly in the bottom of the inning but the Giants could do nothing with it.  The Giants have started the season 0-6, this one being their most frustrating loss.

Winning Pitcher - Cecilio Gaunte
Losing Pitcher - Bob Lacey
Player of the Game - I'm giving it Rick Rhoden, who pitched ten shutout innings.  Hammaker deserves some love too, as he went eleven.

***That's it for April 10 - standings and stats have been updated.

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