March 17, 2012

April 11, 1984 - Insert Snappy Title Here

I struggled to come up with a title that correlated between these three games.  I guess just before midnight isn't the best time for my creative juices...

Game #81 - Kansas City Royals @ Baltimore Orioles
I thought I'd try something new and not reveal the score until the end of the blurb.  Mark Gubicza and Mike Boddicker were baffling the hitters in this game through the first six innings.  Neither team scored a run in that span.  Gubicza actually finished with nine strikeouts total. 

In the top of the seventh Frank White singled but made it to second when CF Al Bumbry booted the ball.  White move to third on a poke from Don Slaught, which brought up pinch hitter Dane Iorg.  Iorg grounded out to first but White score to break the 0-0 tie.  In the bottom of the seventh, though, the Orioles took the lead with RBI singles from John Shelby and Mike Young.  The O's got two more in the bottom of the eighth when Rich Dauer and Rick Dempsey stroked back to back doubles to add two more runs.  The O's beat the Royals, 4-1.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Boddicker
Losing Pitcher - Mark Gubicza
Save - Sammy Stewart
Player of the Game - Ken Singleton, 3-4, 1R (started both rallies in the seventh and eighth)
Hall of Famers in the Game - George Brett, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #82 - Milwaukee Brewers @ California Angels
With two outs in the bottom of the second, 1B Darryl Sconiers punched a double and later scored on a Ted Simmons error (Simmons has been playing first base with Cecil Cooper on the DL).  The Brewers tied things up when Simmons redeemed himself and batted in Ben Oglivie.  Simmons really must have been feeling guilty, because he had another RBI single in the sixth to give Milwaukee the 2-1 lead.  In the bottom half of the frame Reggie Jackson singled, stole second (!) and on a wild throw from C Bill Schroeder moved to third.  Juan Beniquez squeezed him home to once again tie the game.  Moose Haas, the Brewers starter, had been cruising up to this point, as had Angels starter Ron Romanick (whose name reminds me of this).  I lifted Romanick after seven innings but left Haas in to face the heart of the Angels order in the eighth.  Bad move on my part.  Fred Lynn singled and Doug DeCinces made the California fans go wild with a two run homer.  Angels win, 4-2

Winning Pitcher - Doug Corbett
Losing Pitcher - Moose Haas
Player of the Game - DeCinces, game winning homer
Hall of Famers in the Game - Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Reggie Jackson

Game #83 - Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox
Julio Franco owes Bert Blyleven an apology.  With two outs and a runner on in the bottom of the second, Franco fumbled a sure out grounder from Julio Cruz, and the White Sox went on to score six runs in the inning.  Harold Baines added a grand slam in the third and it was game over for the Indians.  LaMar Hoyt of the White Sox had only allowed one run on an Andre Thornton homer through eight innings, and I thought I'd let him try for the complete game victory.  After surrendering three runs in the ninth, including another Thornton homer, I had to pull him.  8 2/3 innings pitched - close but no cigar.  His ERA won't reflect it, but Hoyt pitched a heck of a game.  White Sox win, 12-5.

Winning Pitcher - Hoyt
Losing Pitcher - Blyleven
Player of the Game - Baines, 3-5, grand slam, 6RBI's, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Bert Blyleven, Carlton Fisk

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