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April 19, 2012

April 15, 1984 - Wrapping up Sunday

Game #125 - San Francisco Giants, 4 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 5 (11 innings)
LA was at risk of dropping three straight to the previously winless Giants.  Atlee Hammaker and Orel Hershiser were dueling toughly through the first three and a half innings when a Pedro Guerrero single and doubles by Mike Marshall and Candy Maldonado made it a 2-0 game.  The Giants recorded three errors in the fifth, including two by Joel Youngblood, which added another run to the lead. 

But in the top of the sixth the Giants came stomping back when Jack Clark jacked a three run homer to tie things up.  Another error by the Giants, this time courtesy of Jeffrey Leonard, helped German Rivera single home Bill Russell for a 4-3 lead.  It stayed that way into the top of the ninth when the Dodgers brought in closer Tom Niedenfuer.  I started giggling because I have many memories of my dad (a Brooklyn born Dodger fan) cursing his name due to his unique ability to struggle in big time situations.  Sure enough, he surrendered a run to tie the game and send it into extra innings.

It was still 4-4 in the bottom of the eleventh when, with two outs, Rivera doubled off of Gary LaVelle.  Steve Yeager was up next and hit a weak infield single to move Rivera to third.  Bob Bailor was up next and the light-hitting utility infielder poked a hit to bring home Rivera for the winning run!

Winning Pitcher - Ken Howell
Losing Pitcher - Gary LaVelle
Player of the Game - German Rivera, 3-5, 2B, RBI, 2R's

Game #126 - Atlanta Braves, 9 @ San Diego Padres, 6
This game was a slugfest.  Claudell Washington, just the second batter of the game, hit a two run homer in the first to start the day against Eric Show.  Dale Murphy added a three run tater in the third to make it 5-0.  In the bottom of the fifth, with the Braves still leading 5-1, Steve Garvey finally showed some offensive life this season and hit a three run homer of his own.  But the Braves answered back in the sixth with four more runs, including another homer from Murphy who now leads everyone in Statis Pro with seven.

Winning Pitcher - Pascuel Perez
Losing Pitcher - Eric Show
Save - Jeff Dedmon
Player of the Game - Washington, 5-5, HR, 2B, 4RBI's, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn

Game #127 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 5 @ St. Louis Cardinals, 9
I have no idea how the Cardinals are putting up these kind of numbers, but they keep scoring runs by the bunches.  They got to Jose DeLeon for four in the first and never lifted their foot off the gas.  Andy Van Slyke and Darrell Porter each had three hits but Ken Oberkfell was the real star, going 5 for 5 on the day. 

Winning Pitcher - Joaquin Andujar
Losing Pitcher - Jose DeLeon
Player of the Game - Obi-Wan, 5-5, 2B, 3B, 3RBI's, R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith

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