April 30, 2012

April 17, 1984 - One Run and Done

Game #138 - Montreal Expos, 1 @ New York Mets, 6
Bill Gullickson of the Expos had a tough time with the Mets lineup in this game.  He gave up three runs in the third inning on RBI singles from Wally Backman and Darryl Strawberry.  New York tagged him for two more runs in the fifth when catcher Mike Fitzgerald knocked in Keith Hernandez and Strawberry.

Meanwhile, Ron Darling was quite comfortable.  He didn't give up a hit until the fourth inning and only surrendered five on the day.  Unfortunately for him, the fifth hit was a home run by Gary Carter in the top of the ninth, ruining the shutout.

Winning Pitcher - Ron Darling
Losing Pitcher - Bill Gullickson
Player of the Game - Darling, 8 1/3IP, 5H's, 4BB's, 3K's, 1R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Gary Carter, Andre Dawson

Game #139 - Philadelphia Phillies, 3 @ Pittsburgh Pirates, 1
Steve Carlton had rough luck his first two outings of the year and wasn't facing an easy task with Rick Rhoden taking the mound for Pittsburgh.  But Carlton gave Philly seven solid innings, only surrendering one run on an RBI double to Johnny Ray.  Rhoden pitched eight innings but gave up three runs in the fourth inning.  Greg Gross hit an RBI double and three batters later Juan Samuel parked his fifth home run of the year in the left field bleachers.

Winning Pitcher - Steve Carlton
Losing Pitcher - Rick Rhoden
Save - Larry Andersen
Player of the Game - Carlton, 7IP, 10H's, 3BB's, 1R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton

Game #140 - San Diego Padres, 2 @ San Francisco Giants, 1
This was another pitcher's battle as Eddie Whitson of the Padres and Bill Laskey of the Giants were both throwing strong.  Graig Nettles batted home Steve Garvey in the third, but the Giants tied it up in the same inning when Jack Clark scored Chili Davis with a single.

It stayed tied until the seventh.  With two outs Tony Gwynn recorded his third hit of the day.  He moved to second on a Bob Brenly passed ball.  Garvey then punched a single to plate Gwynn and give San Diego the winning run.

Winning Pitcher - Eddie Whitson
Losing Pitcher - Bill Laskey
Save - Greg Harris
Player of the Game - Whitson, 8IP, 6H's, 3BB's, 1R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn

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