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April 11, 2012

April 14, 1984 - Surging and Sliding

Game #111 - Toronto Blue Jays, 2 @ Texas Rangers, 1
Dave Stewart of the Rangers pitched a heck of a game.  He gave up two hits and no walks in eight innings of work.  Unfortunately, those two hits were solo home runs to Willie Aikens and Ernie Whitt.  Luis Leal scattered eight hits and three walks for the complete game victory, even though he didn't look nearly as good as Stewart on the day.  The Blue Jays are still flying high with an 8-1 record.

Winning Pitcher - Luis Leal
Losing Pitcher - Dave Stewart
Player of the Game - Leal

Game #112 - New York Mets, 8, @ Chicago Cubs, 2
Darryl Strawberry dropped a three run bomb over the ivy in Chicago and added an RBI single in the second and a solo homer in the eighth to account for five of the eight runs in the game (George Foster had a three run homer as well).  Meanwhile Bruce Berenyi survived seven Cubs hits and three walks for a complete game victory.  His nine strikeouts certainly helped the cause.  Ron Gardenhire got tossed for arguing balls and strikes - I guess he was practicing for his future career as a big league manager!  The Cubs have now lost four straight.

Winning Pitcher - Berenyi
Losing Pitcher - Dick Ruthven
Player of the Game - Strawberry, 3-5, 2HR's, 5RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg

Game #113 - Cincinnati Reds, 1 @ Houston Astros, 2
Jose Cruz overran a ball in center that allowed Dave Concepcion to score in the top of the first, but the Astros answered back in the bottom half of the inning when Enos Cabell knocked home Bill Doran.  The score stayed knotted at 1-1 into the fifth when Cabell once again came up with an RBI, this time driving home Terry Puhl.  The Reds had runners on first and third before Houston starter Joe Niekro got pulled.  Frank DiPino and Bill Dawley worked out of the jam to give the Astros yet another win on the season.  They are 8-1 and have a bullpen that will keep them in the front of the standings for the entire season.

Winning Pitcher - Joe Niekro
Losing Pitcher - Jay Tibbs
Save - Bill Dawley
Player of the Game - Dawley, 1 2/3 IP, 0H's, 0BB's, 2K's

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