March 21, 2012

April 11, 1984 - Wrapping Up the Day

Game #88 - Houston Astros, 6 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 2
Juan Samuel hit his league-tying fourth home run of the season as the lead off hitter for the Phillies in the bottom of the first, giving them a quick 1-0 lead.  The Astros answered back in the top of the third.  Bill Doran was on base and Phil Garner singled, but Sixto Lezcano bobbled the ball in right field causing Doran to score the unearned run.  Jerry Mumphrey, who has been swinging a hot bat, then knocked in Garner to make it 2-1.  It was 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth when Mike Schmidt hit his first home run - and RBI - of the season.  But Houston pulled ahead in the seventh when Bob Knepper, the pitcher, hit a lead off home run off of Jerry Koosman.  The Astros scored two more to win the game.

Winning Pitcher - Bob Knepper
Losing Pitcher - Jerry Koosman
Player of the Game - Knepper, 7IP, 2R's, 6K's, 1-3 w/HR
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt

Game #89 - St. Louis Cardinals, 13 @ San Diego Padres, 2
Well, I was wondering when it would happen, and here it is.  The 1985 Topps card for Ken Oberkfell has him on the Braves, who he will end up with by the end of the season.  I could have looked for my 1984 Topps but I took the lazy way out and Google searched instead.  Powder blue!

I have no idea what's got into the Cardinals' offense these past few games.  They're hitting way above what their statistical probabilities would dictate.  The Padres never stood a chance in this one, especially after the six run sixth inning.

Winning Pitcher - Dave LaPoint
Losing Pitcher - Ed Whitson
Player of the Game - Ken Oberkfell, 4-6, 2B, 4RBI's, 1R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Tony Gwynn

Game #90 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 7 @ San Francisco Giants, 1
The Giants are 0-7 on the year.  I manage both teams in a game, but I'm starting to think its my fault.  They have some decent hitters in their lineup, but they can't put anything together.  Their starting pitching is pretty awful, which doesn't help.  Let me know in the comments below if you would like to construct the next batting order - I'm happy to give someone else a shot.

A sacrifice fly by Jason Thompson and an RBI single from the lead singer of The Doors scored Marvelle Wynn and Johnny Ray in the top of the first.  As it turned out that is all the runs they would need.  John Tudor was dominant again in his second start of the season.  The lone Giants run came on an RBI single from Chili Davis.

Winning Pitcher - John Tudor
Losing Pitcher - Bill Laskey
Player of the Game - Jim Morrison, 3-4, 2 2B's, 4RBI's

***April 11th is in the books - the standings and stats have been updated!

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