March 15, 2012

April 10, 1984 - Two Runs or Less

I have three close games to report!

Game #75 - Boston Red Sox, 4 @ Seattle Mariners, 2
We had a southpaw battle in the Emerald City as Bobby Ojeda faced off against Mark Langston.  Back to back doubles by Dwight Evans and Wade Boggs gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead, but Phil Bradley knocked in Gorman Thomas for a run in the bottom of the second, and catcher Bob Kearney had an RBI single to score Barry Bonnell in the fourth, making it 2-2.  Through the first four innings Langston had recorded seven strikeouts, and I thought he might be heading towards a Statis Pro, season high.  But the harder you throw it, the harder they hit it.  Dwight Evans crushed a solo homer in the fifth and Tony Armas added another homer.  Armas was 1-4 on the day with a homer and three strikeouts, which was pretty much his real 1984 season in a nutshell.  Langston finished with 10 K's but still suffered the loss.

Winning Pitcher - Bobby Ojeda
Losing Pitcher - Mark Langston
Save - Steve Crawford
Player of the Game - Dewey, 2-3, HR, 2B, BB, 1RBI, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

Game #76 - New York Mets, 5 @ Atlanta Braves, 7
The Mets had a 5-1 lead after three innings, largely in part to THREE (!!!) errors by centerfielder Claudell Washington.  The errors all came on hits, too.  He just couldn't get his glove on the ball.  In the fourth, though, the Braves started clawing back.  Gerald Perry knocked in two, and then Atlanta scored three more in the fifth, chasing away Mets starter Ron Darling.  Miraculously, Pascuel Perez got the win with only five innings of work.  He gave up five runs, but only one was earned due to Mr. Washington.  Gene Garber had three solid innings of relief work, limiting the potent Mets lineup to one hit, two walks, and four strikeouts. 

Winning Pitcher - Pascuel Perez
Losing Pitcher - Ron Darling
Save - Terry Forster
Player of the Game - Garber, 3IP, no runs, outstanding beard

Game #77 - Montreal Expos, 6 @ Cincinnati Reds, 7
I hate to bury the lead, but this was one of the most exciting games on the season.  RBI hits from Gary Carter and Tim Wallach gave the Expos a 2-0 lead after one inning.  Dave Concepcion had an RBI double in the third to cut the lead to one, but the Expos got four runs in the fifth off Jeff Russell, including a two run jack from Andre Dawson.  The Reds wouldn't go away, though.  Starter Charlie Lea left one hanging for 1B Dan Driessen, who promptly crushed a two run homer to cut the lead in half, 6-3.  Then in the seventh, with Lea still pitching and two men on, Gary Redus destroyed a pitch for a three run homer and amazingly tied the game, 6-6.  Dan Schatzeder for the Expos and Brad Lesley of the Reds pitched bravely in relief to keep the game tied.  John Franco pitched the eighth and ninth against Montreal and, despite allowing runners in both innings, kept the game scoreless.  Greg Harris came to the mound for the Expos in the bottom of the ninth.  He has a 2-9 pitching rating in Statis Pro, which is the best you can have and certainly makes him the best bullpen arm for Montreal.  He retired the first two batters with no problem.  But with two out, game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Reds outfield Cesar Cedeno took Harris backbackback - GONE!  WALK OFF HOMER!  THE REDS WIN!!!!  The first walk off home run of the Statis Pro season.  I actually yelped out loud when it happened!

Winning Pitcher - John Franco
Losing Pitcher - Greg Harris
Player of the Game - Cedeno!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hall of Famers in the Game - Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Pete Rose

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