April 6, 2012

April 14, 1984 - Good Friday

Game #107 - Baltimore Orioles, 12 @ Cleveland Indians, 11

What a slug fest!  Rick Sutcliffe couldn't get out of the fourth inning as he surrendered nine Oriole runs.  Five of those came on a three run homer from Mike Young and a two run triple he had his next time at bat.  Eddie Murray added a home run which plated two.

Mike Flanagan wasn't doing any better for Baltimore.  He gave up four home runs through three innings, including three in the third (Pat Tabler, Carmelo Castillo, Chris Bando).  The Brewers would hit six total home runs on the day (accounting for ten of their eleven runs) but the Orioles were able to hold onto the victory. 

Winning Pitcher - Bill Swaggerty
Losing Pitcher - Jamie Easterly
Save - Tom Underwood
Player of the Game - Mike Young, 2-6, 3B, HR, 5RBI's, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #108 - Milwaukee Brewers, 5 @ Kansas City Royals, 3 (11 innings)
Another extra inning game!  We've had a bunch of those over the past few games.  Bud Black and Mike Caldwell were pitching in a 1-1 game heading into the bottom of the sixth.  Caldwell walked Darryl Motley and Steve Balboni made him pay by depositing a baseball into the KC water fountains.  In the top of the eighth Black allowed a couple of hits, leading me to bring Dan Quisenberry into the game to face Robin Yount.  But Yount doubled, tying the game at 3-3 with Quisenberry blowing the save.  Rollie Fingers came into the game in the bottom of the eighth and lasted three innings total.  In the top of the eleventh Quisenberry was finally pulled and Joe Beckwith relieved.  It wasn't pretty.  He allowed five singles and two runs.  Ray Searage closed out the game for Milwaukee, though Kansas City did make things interesting by putting two batters on the bases before John Wathan flied out to end it.

Winning Pitcher - Rollie Fingers
Losing Pitcher - Joe Beckwith
Save - Ray Searage
Player of the Game - Fingers, 3IP, 0R's, 0H's, 1BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers


  1. This is the crazy year that Sutcliffe gets traded to the Cubs in June, then goes on a tear with a 16-1 record to win the NL Cy Young award. Coincidentally, he is also pitching at Camden Yards today - throwing out the first pitch of the O's home opening to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the park.

  2. That's right - I decided to hold off using him on the cubs until his time with the Indians was done, just like the real 1984. If I could have done one thing differently with this season, I might have just used the same starter's schedule as the real 1984.