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July 29, 2012

April 20, 1984 - Four Twenty

Game #161 - Minnesota Twins, 2 @ Baltimore Orioles, 8

I chose the title of this post to see how many potheads will boost the number of page views for my blog.  I saw the same thing happen when I stumbled into using "Friday the 13th."

Anyway, onto the game...  The Twins started things off the right way when Tom Brunansky hit a solo homer in the top of the second and DH Randy Bush doubled home Gary Gaetti to give them a 2-0 lead.  Gary Roenicke cut that in half with his own solo homer in the third. 

Things stayed quiet until the bottom of the sixth.  Mike Smithson had been cruising along but loaded the bases with two outs.  Floyd Rayford, one of my all-time favorite Orioles, punched a double to score Eddie Murray and Wayne Gross.  (Lowenstein was held up at third.  When Puckett, Brunansky, and Mickey Hatcher are all playing the outfield for Minnesota, they have three "T5" rated arms, which is the strongest arm rating in Statis Pro.  I don't think any other outfield in 1984 can boast that.) 

Smithson pitched through the seventh having only allowed the three runs, but it was enough for the loss.  Len Whitehouse got torched for five runs in 2/3of an inning in the eighth, putting the game out of reach. 

Winning Pitcher - Storm Davis
Losing Pitcher - Mike Smithson
Player of the Game - Floyd Rayford, 2-4, 2 doubles, 3RBI's, threw out Kirby Puckett trying to steal
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

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