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April 5, 2012

April 13, 1984 - Ending the Day with Dramatics

Game #105 - Atlanta Braves, 6 @ San Diego Padres, 10
This was a funky kind of game.  Dale Murphy had a solo tater in the first to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead, but that was the only scoring until the bottom of the eighth.  Donnie Moore had already relieved Rick Camp in the sixth but fell apart as he allowed six straight batters to reach base.  He got pulled for Gene Garber, but Garber didn't do much better.  When the dust had settled the Padres scored eight runs in the inning, sending 13 batters to the plate.  Padres starter Mark Thurmond was removed for a pinch hitter during the scoring barrage and mop up man Luis DeLeon came into the game.  All he did was surrender back to back to back solo homers to Chris Chambliss, Glenn Hubbard, and Brad Komminsk.  The Padres scored 10 total runs in the game without a homer but the Braves managed three in a row - and still lost.  Like I said, funky game.

Winning Pitcher - Mark Thurmond
Losing Pitcher - Gene Garber
Player of the Game - Thurmond, 7IP, 1R, 6H's, 3K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn

Game #106 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 2 @ St. Louis Cardinals, 3 (10 innings)
What a fun coincidence - the real Cardinals won their season opener last night against Miami and the Statis Pro Cards won in suspenseful style.

Johnny Ray doubled home Marvell Wynne in the first for a 1-0 Pirates lead, but the Cards got a run back on an RBI from Chris Speier (who was giving Ozzie Smith a day off).  It stayed 1-1 until the sixth when Jason Thompson doubled home Lee Lacy.  That ended up being the last hit of the game for Pittsburgh, who only manage four on the game but made them count for two runs.  Tito Landrum knocked his own double in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2.  Larry McWilliams for the Pirates and Danny Cox for the Cardinals both pitched well but each got stuck with a no decision.

Reliever Cecilio Guante had runners on the corners in the bottom of the ninth, but Rod Scurry came in and forced the game into extra innings.  In the bottom of the tenth, with Scurry still on the mound, George Hendrick came up with two outs.  He cranked a solo home run for the walk off win!  Lonnie Smith must be wearing off on him.  St. Louis wins their fourth straight!

Winning Pitcher - Bruce Sutter
Losing Pitcher - Rod Scurry
Player of the Game - George Hendrick, GW Walk-Off Home Run
Hall of Famers in the Game - Bruce Sutter

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