March 7, 2012

April 8, 1984 - Rain, Raining RBI's, Drought

Game #63 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 1 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 0
This game had hardly any offense to speak of thanks to the pitching efforts of Jose DeLeon and Orel Hershiser. The score was 0-0 when Tony Pena led off the top of the fifth with a single. He advanced to second on a Bill Madlock ground out and scored thanks to a Dale Berra single. In the top of the sixth, with Marvell Wynne on second and Lee Lacy at bat, the game was rained out due to a "z" play. Since five innings were in the books, the Pirates escaped with a 1-0 win.

Winning Pitcher - Jose DeLeon
Losing Pitcher - Orel Hershiser
Player of the Game - DeLeon, CG SHO, 6K's, 2H's

Game #64 - Chicago Cubs, 12 @ San Diego Padres, 7
This game turned from pitching gem to slug fest like a flip of a switch. Alan Wiggins had a lead off homer in the bottom of the first off of Chuck Rainey to give the Padres a 1-0 lead, and Graig Nettles added another solo homer to make it 2-0 after two. That was all the runs scored through the first six innings as Andy Hawkins was throwing like a bird of prey (pun!). But Hawkins got into trouble in the top of the seventh. With runners on second and third with one out, the Padres intentionally walked Ron Cey to set up the double play, or at least a force out at home. Catcher Jody Davis was at bat for the Cubbies and made San Diego pay - grand slam home run! Suddenly the Cubs had their first lead of the game, 4-2. They added five more runs the next inning, no thanks to Padres reliever Greg Booker. Three of those runs came off another Jody Davis homer! He had seven RBI's in the game. Ryne Sandberg hit yet another home run in the ninth, giving the Cubs a 12-2 lead, but the Padres refused to retire. They scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth, including a second home run from Nettles, but ultimately came up short.

Winning Pitcher - Rich Bordi
Losing Pitcher - Greg Booker
Player of the Game - Jody Davis, 2-4, 2HR's, 7RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg, Tony Gwynn

Game #65 - St. Louis Cardinals, 10 @ San Francisco Giants, 3
San Fran continues their winless streak to start the season, they just can't get anything done. The Cardinals put up eight runs in the second inning, going through 12 batters in the process and chasing away starter Mark Davis before he could even complete two innings. Every starter in the Cardinals lineup, including pitcher Kurt Kepshire, scored a run.

Winning Pitcher - Kurt Kepshire
Losing Pitcher - Mark Davis
Player of the Game - Kephsire, 7IP, 2R's, 4K's, 3H's, 1-3 w/ a 2B and an RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith

***That concludes April 8! I've updated the standings and stat leaders on the right hand side of the page. I've added batting average, OBP, Slugging, OPS, and even WHIP.

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