March 31, 2012

April 13, 1984 - Four More

Game #96 - Milwaukee Brewers, 6 @ Kansas City Royals, 2
The Brewers took control of this game early and never gave the Royals a chance.  Jim Sundberg tagged KC starter Larry Gura for a two run homer in the third and added an RBI double in the Brewers three-run sixth inning.  Jamie Cocanower, meanwhile, was giving up a healthy amount of hits and walks to the Royals but Kansas City couldn't plate any of their runners.  Cocanower took a shutout into the ninth until Don Slaught finally scored the first RBI for KC.  The Royals got one more but it was too little, too late.

Winning Pitcher - Jamie Cocanower
Losing Pitcher - Larry Gura
Player of the Game - Sundberg, 2-3, HR, 2B, 3RBI's, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, George Brett

Game #97 - Seattle Mariners, 6 @ Minnesota Twins, 3
Can you believe the Twins actually led this game 3-0 at one point?  Kent Hrbek smoked a two RBI double in the first and a Randy Bush sacrifice fly scored Tim Teufel in the second.  Dave Henderson and Alvin Davis had RBI hits in the third but the Mariners took the lead when Bob Kearney, the light hitting Seattle catcher, cranked a two run homer.  Twins pitcher John Butcher carved up eight strikeouts (hah! get it?  because his name is "butcher".  is it funny if I have to explain it?), but allowed five total runs over six and two-thirds.  Jim Beattie, who had given up those three runs in the first two innings, straightened things out for the Mariners and lasted eight innings for the win.  Minnesota is still winless at 0-8.

Winning Pitcher - Jim Beattie
Losin Pitcher - John Butcher
Save - Mike Stanton
Player of the Game - Beattie, 8IP, 5K's

Game #98 - Chicago White Sox, 3 @ New York Yankees, 4 (10 innings)
I made a slight alteration to the Yankees lineup I had been using and Dave Winfield rewarded my managerial genius with the best player performance of the year!  Previously I had been hitting Winfield at clean-up and Mattingly third.  I switched them around for this game and Winfield crushed a two run homer in the bottom of the first.  The White Sox, though, retook the lead with individual runs in the second, third, and fourth inning thanks to solo home runs from Greg Luzinski and Harold Baines as well as an RBI double from Scott Fletcher.  Yankees starter Dennis Rasmussen calmed down after that, though, and lasted eight innings while striking out an eye-popping twelve Chicago hitters.  Tom Seaver was pitching with the lead in the bottom of the sixth but Dave Winfield hit his second homer of the game, this one a solo shot.  The game stayed knotted into the bottom of the tenth when, with one out, Dave Winfield became the first player on the season to hit three homers in a game.  Walk-off homerun, New York wins!!!!!!!

Winning Pitcher - Jay Howell
Losing Pitcher - Ron Reed
Player of the Game - Winfield, 3HR's, all 4RBI's for the Yankees, walk-off homer
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tom Seaver, Dave Winfield

Game #99 - California Angels, 6 @ Oakland A's, 3
Rod Carew only had three homeruns in the real 1984, so you could imagine my surprise when he started the game in the top of the first with a lead off home run.  It was 5-0 Angels thanks to additional homers from Fred Lynn and Brian Downing after five innings.  Geoff Zahn was cruising along until the sixth when he gave up solo shots to Carney Lansford and Mike Heath.  Heath would add a second homer in the bottom of the ninth, but the Angels secured the victory. 

Winning Pitcher - Geoff Zahn
Losing Pitcher - Larry Sorensen
Save - Doug Corbett
Player of the Game - Rod Carew, 2-4, HR, 2R's, 1BB

In honor of Mr. Carew, how about a homage to his "mad hits":

Beastie Boys - Sure shot by gotnofx

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