March 3, 2012

April 8, 1984 - One Run Victories

Game #57 - Boston Red Sox, 6 @ Oakland A's, 5
The Red Sox started the game with three consecutive doubles, courtesy of Dwight Evans, Wade Boggs, and Jim Rice. I've struggled with the batting order for Boston because they have seven guys who could all be batting third or fourth. I thought I'd lead off with Dewey this time around. Boggs hit another double in the top of the second to bring the Red Sox lead to 4-0. Bruce Hurst pitched out of a lot of jams, only giving up two runs in 6 1/3 innings as the A's left the bases loaded twice without scoring a run. Once Bob Stanley came in, though, the A's made their move. In the bottom of the eighth Tony Phillips knocked in pinch hitter Joe Morgan and Dwayne Murphy followed with a hit of his own. Rickey Henderson scored but Jim Rice threw out Phillips to save a crucial run. In the bottom of the ninth Davey Lopes, who had come in as a pinch runner for Dave Kingman a couple of innings before, hit a lead off solo homer to bring the A's within one of tying. But the A's stranded a runner at first and lost, 6-5.

Winning Pitcher - Bruce Hurst
Losing Pitcher - Keith Atherton (who only gave up one run in 4+ innings of relief work - unfair!)
Save - Charlie Mitchell
Player of the Game - Boggs, 2-3, 2 2b's, 3RBI's, 1R (first player to win POG twice on the season)
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan

Game #58 - Milwaukee Brewers, 1 @ Seattle Mariners, 2
Total pitcher's duel in this one. The Mariners scored a run off Brewer pitcher Bob McClure in the bottom of the second when Spike Owen brought home OF Dave Henderson. Dave Henderson, or "Hendu" as I remember him from his time with the A's, added a solo homer in the fourth to make it 2-0, but that was all the damage McClure allowed in seven and a third. The Brewers didn't score off Salome Barojas until the top of the ninth. With two outs Ben Oglivie walked and Jim Gantner hit a double to cut the lead to one. Barojas got the hook and Edwin Nunez coaxed a pop out from Ted Simmons to end the game.

Winning Pitcher - Salome Barojas
Losing Pitcher - Bob McClure
Save - Edwin Nunez
Player of the Game - Dave Henderson, 2-4, HR, 2B, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Paul Molitor, Robin Yount

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