March 20, 2012

April 11, 1984 - National League Nail Biters

Game #85 - New York Mets, 1 @ Atlanta Braves, 4
Jose Oquendo knocked in George Foster in the second inning to put the first run on the board, but the Braves answered back in the bottom of the inning when Glenn Hubbard hit a three run homer to give the Braves the lead.  I don't think of Hubbard as a power guy, but he did have nine in the real 1984.  What killed the Mets in this game, though, was the double play.  They hit into six of them! 

Winning Pitcher - Craig McMurtry
Losing Pitcher - Walt Terrell
Save - Steve Bedrosian
Player of the Game - Hubbard, 3-4, HR, 2 2B's, 3RBI's

Game #86 - Montreal Expos, 0 @ Cincinnati Reds, 1
I feel like I've typed this before, but this game had to be the best pitched of the season.  Bryn Smith of the Expos and Joe Price of the Reds were nearly flawless.  Price went eight innings before being pulled for a pinch hitter.  He only allowed two singles - those were the only two Expos to reach base while he was on the mound.  Smith was nearly as good.  But Eddie Milner led off the sixth with an error on Smith.  Smith then walked catcher Brad Gulden.  Price sacrificed Milner and Gulden to third and second.  This brought up OF Duane Walker, who squeezed Milner home for the only run of the game.  Ted Power was pitching in the top of the ninth, and with one out walked Tim Raines.  The Expos called for the hit and run, but OF Jim Wohlford struck out and Gulden threw out Raines at second to end the game.

Winning Pitcher - Joe Price
Losing Pitcher - Bryn Smith (who is 0-2 with a sub-2.00 ERA right now thanks to the Expos offense)
Save - Ted Power
Player of the Game - Price, 8IP, 0R's, 4K's, 0BB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Gary Carter, Andre Dawson

Game #87 - Chicago Cubs, 3 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 (14 innings)
I think I've typed this before too, but this might have been the most exciting game of the season.  The Cubs jumped on Bob Welch in the first with two runs thanks to RBI's from Keith Moreland and Ron Cey.  Mike Marshall hit a solo homer in the fourth to make it 2-1 Cubs, and 3B German Rivera doubled home Ken Landreaux to tie the game in the sixth.  Welch pitched nine innings and had nine strikeouts but the game stayed tied. 

Fast forward to the top of the thirteenth.  Gary Matthews led off for the Cubs, and Sarge blasted a solo shot off Burt Hooton to give the Cubs the extra innings lead.  But in the bottom of the thirteenth, Mike Marshall did the exact same thing!  Score tied again, 3-3, and the game moved to the fourteenth.  The Cubs did nothing, but pinch hitter Candy Maldonado, the last bench player to enter the game for the Dodgers, crushed a pinch hit, home run to win the game for the Dodgers in the bottom of the fourteenth!

Winning Pitcher - Burt Hooton
Losing Pitcher - George Frazier
Player of the Game - Maldonado, GW HR
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg

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