March 22, 2012

April 12, 1984 - Eject! Eject!

Game #91 - Texas Rangers, 3 @ Detroit Tigers, 4
This game got quirky in a hurry.  In the top of the second OF Mickey Rivers got lippy with the home plate umpire, who promptly ejected Rivers for criticizing a called strike.  So mid at-bat Bobby Jones had to come into the game to replace Rivers.  RBI singles in the bottom of the inning from Larry Herndon and Howard Johnson had the Tigers out in front early, 2-0.  An error by Alan Trammell in the top of the third allowed C Donnie Scott to score, but the Tigers would have a 4-2 lead heading into the top of the ninth.  Willie Hernandez came in to relieve Dan Petry, who lasted eight innings with nine strikeouts.  Curt Wilkerson and Alan Bannister both singled, and move to third and second on a wild pitch by Hernandez.  Pinch hitter Billy Sample poked a single of his own that scored Wilkerson, but Bannister was thrown out at home trying to score.  Hernandez got pulled and Aurelio Lopez struck out Gary Ward to end the game.  The Tigers are still undefeated on the season, though this was their closest call.

Winning Pitcher - Dan Petry
Losing Pitcher - Frank Tanana
Save - Aurelio Lopez
Player of the Game - Petry, 8IP, 9K's, 4H's, 2R's

Game #92 - Minnesota Twins, 5 @ New York Yankees, 6
The Twins haven't won yet this season, though they nearly pulled it off in this game.  A sacrifice fly by Kent Hrbek scored Darrell Brown to give them a 1-0 lead after the top of the first, but the Yankees answered back.  Frank Viola loaded the bases and did something I've been anxiously awaiting since I started this Statis Pro season:  he hit Don Baylor with a pitch.  As a kid I LOVED seeing Don Baylor get plunked.  He'd stick his beefy arm out and take one without the slightest grimace of pain.  It scored a run, and then Viola balked to score Lou Piniella too.  Minnesota got another run to tie things up in the second.  In the top of the fifth Tom Brunansky hit a two run homer to give the Twins the lead again, but in the bottom of the inning Don Mattingly squeezed home Toby Harrah and SS Houston Jimenez recorded and error that scored Piniella, tying the game once again.  That's how it stayed until the top of the ninth.  Pinch hitter Randy Bush lined a double to start the inning.  Three batters later Kent Hrbek scored Bush on a single, giving the Twins the lead in the last half of the ninth.  Viola was still on the mound.  Tim Foli hit a single to start things off.  After that Twins catcher Tim Laudner got tossed by the umpire for arguing balls and strikes!  When things settled down, Yankee Rick Cerone was still at bat.  He crushed Viola's pitch into the stands for a WALK OFF HOME RUN.  Yankees Win! Thhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeee Yankees Win!

Winning Pitcher - Mike Armstrong
Losing Pitcher - Frank Viola
Player of the Game - Rick Cerone, GW HR
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield

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