March 1, 2012
April 8, 1984 - Tip of the Cap
Game #53 - Toronto Blue Jays, 1 @ California Angels, 3
The undefeated Blue Jays were hoping to stay perfect on the season, but they had their work cut out for them facing Ken Forsch. To complicate matters, they had Jim Gott on the mound. In Statis Pro, pitchers are given a "pitching rating" that ranges from 2-5 (the worst) to 2-9 (the best). Gott is a 2-5 for 1984.
The game turned out to be a pitcher's duel. Both Gott and Forsch had blanked their opposing hitters through the first five innings. But in the bottom of the sixth the halos finally put runs on the board. After a Fred Lynn single Doug DeCinces hit a four bagger to give them the 2-0 lead, and C Jerry Narron added an RBI double to score 2B Rob Wilfong.
Forsch still had the Blue Jays scoreless heading into the top of the ninth. Damaso Garcia, however, got a rally started with a single. He moved to second on a ground out by Lloyd Moseby, and to third on a single from George Bell. With runners on the corners I went to the bullpen and called in Don Aase to save the game. Willie Upshaw hit a towering, warning track fly out to right field, but was credited with a sacrifice when Garcia scored to cut the lead to two runs. Aase got Rance Mulliniks to pop out to Rod Carew to end the game.
Winning Pitcher - Ken Forsch
Losing Pitcher - Jim Gott
Save - Don Aase
Player of the Game - Forsch, 8 1/3IP, 5K's, 7H's, 1R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson
Happy Trails - time for a new segment! This will be the last we see of Ken Forsch in this Statis Pro season. He only pitched two games in the real 1984 before dislocating his shoulder and missing the rest of the season. He would actually miss all of 1985 too due to elbow spurs and his career would officially end in early 1986 after some unsuccessful appearances. So how did Statis Pro Ken Forsch compare to the real Ken Forsch? Let's look:
Real 1984: 16.1 IP, 1-1, 10K's, 3BB's, 1CG, 2.20ERA
Statis Pro: 17.1 IP, 2-0, 14K's, 2BB's, 1CG, 1.56ERA
It's too bad Forsch got injured, he looked like he was going to have a monster year. Instead, his career basically ended. I'll be putting Bruce Kison into the Angels rotation to fill his spot, but I don't think he'll fill Forsch's shoes.