March 5, 2012

April 8, 1984 - NL Arms Race

Game #60 - Montreal Expos, 1 @ Atlanta Braves, 6
The NL Canadians are still winless on the season. Starter David Palmer got bounced around the first three innings before he was finally pulled. He gave up two runs on a Dale Murphy RBI and a Chris Chambliss hit in the first, a Claudell Washington triple in the second, and a three run homer to Glen Hubbard of all people in the third. Expos reliever Dan Schatzeder, though, shut down the Braves after that.

On the flip side Braves pitcher Len Barker was nasty. He held the Expos to four hits through the first eight innings, with the only run he gave up coming in the top of the ninth when Gary Carter went deep. It was a nice redemption for Carter who, on a strange "z" play earlier in the game, had hit a single to right but was thrown out at first by Dale Murphy when he rounded into the field of play instead of towards the stands.

Winning Pitcher - Len Barker
Losing Pitcher - David Palmer
Player of the Game - Barker, CG, 4K's, 1R, 7H's, 0BB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Pete Rose, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson

Game #61 - Philadelphia Phillies, 0 @ Cincinnati Reds, 2
This game was a real nail biter. Phillies starter Shane Rawley and Reds starter Jay Tibbs were hanging goose eggs on the scoreboard through the first seven innings of play. Tibbs even struck out the side in the third inning.

In the top of the eighth SS Ivan DeJesus reached on an error by Tibbs. C Bo Diaz bunted him over to second, and the Phillies lifted Rawley for pinch hitter Greg Gross, who dribbled an infield hit to put runners on the corners. But Tibbs got 2B Juan Samuel to ground out to short to end the threat.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies brought in their ace reliever, Larry "there was much more to my career than the Jeff Bagwell trade" Andersen. But Dave Parker led off with a double and moved to third on a Dan Driessen ground out. Andersen struck out 2B Ron Oester to make it two outs with Parker still on third. The Reds used pinch hitter Wayne Krenchicki to face Andersen. He ripped a line drive right back to Andersen but Andersen couldn't handle the tough shot. Parker scampered home to break the tie, 1-0 Reds. The scorekeeper gave Andersen the tough error. Then Andersen walked light hitting C Dann Bilardello. Tim Foley pinched hit for Tibbs next, and poked a single to score Krenchicki (these Reds last names are making my spell check explode). Andersen finally escaped after a Gary Redus fly out, but the damage was done. John Franco retired the Phillies in order in the top of the ninth. The victory went to the red legs.

Winning Pitcher - Jay Tibbs
Losing Pitcher - Larry Andersen
Save - John Franco
Player of the Game - Tibbs, 8IP, 0R's, 6K's, 3H's, 0BB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt, Tony Perez

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