April 13, 2012

April 14, 1984 - Pitching Gems

Game #115 - Philadelphia Phillies, 2 @ Montreal Expos, 0
Maybe it's just me, but when I've paid money to enter a ballpark and see a game, I don't appreciate pitching duels.  I want to see some offense!  But when I'm playing Statis Pro, I love a well pitched game by both sides.  It makes things very exciting.  All three games qualified as gems today.

David Palmer of the Expos and John Denny of the Phillies were both tossing the ball with authority.  In the fourth inning Mike Schmidt walked and eventually scored on a Glen Wilson triple.  Kiko Garcia poked a single to score Wilson as well, and that was the sum total of offense for the game.  Palmer was eventually ejected for arguing with the umpire.

Winning Pitcher - John Denny
Losing Pitcher - David Palmer
Player of the Game - Denny, CG SHO, 9H's, 5K's, 0BB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson

Atlanta Braves, 2 @ San Diego Padres, 0
Len Barker and Andy Hawkins were the dueling starters for this match.  Gerald Perry hit a lead off single in the first, stole second, and was knocked home by Claudell Washington to score the first run of the game.  Hawkins was lifted after six innings only surrendering that initial run and striking out six Braves.  Barker was even stronger, lasting eight innings of shutout ball and fanning seven.

Winning Pitcher - Len Barker
Losing Pitcher - Andy Hawkins
Save - Terry Forster
Player of the Game - Barker, 8IP, 0R's, 7K's, 3H's, 0BB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage

Pittsburgh Pirates, 0 @ St. Louis Cardinals, 1
You can see how this Cardinals team would go on to reach the World Series in 1985.  They have strong pitching and a fast, slap-hitting offense.  St. Louis manufactured their lone, winning run when Lonnie Smith drew a walk in the eighth, stole second base,  move to third on a ground out by Tom Herr, and scored on a sacrifice fly by George Hendrick.  John Candelaria had been lifted for a pinch hitter so reliever Don Robinson gave up the only run of the game. 

Winning Pitcher - Neil Allen
Losing Pitcher - Don Robinson
Save - Dave Von Ohlen
Player of the Game - Ricky Horton, 7IP, 0R's, 3H's, 2BB's, 4K's

***That wraps up April 14!  I'll try and have a new "Week in Review" posted by tomorrow.  Standings and stats are updated on the right side of the page. 

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