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October 31, 2012

April 21, 1984 - Cubs Win With a Walk-Off Error!

Game #181 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 2 @ Chicago Cubs, 3 (10 Innings)

Since I've last posted the 2012 MLB season came to a close, with the Giants sweeping the Tigers (and keeping the Tigers winless in a World Series since...1984!).  It occurred to me that I started this Statis Pro endeavor before the 2012 season had begun.  I'm just about to finish the third week of the Statis Pro season.  Over the course of a real-time season, I almost completed three weeks of games. 

I think this will literally take the rest of my life to finish!

OK, on to the game.  The Pirates took the lead in the second when Tony Pena blasted a solo shot to make it 1-0.  They added a run in the second when Dick Ruthven walked Pena with the bases loaded. 

Ruthven pulled out of the tailspin and lasted seven innings for the Cubs.  Meanwhile, Keith Moreland knocked a single to score RF Gary Matthews, who had reached base on a Jim Morrison error.  John Candelaria kept pitching into the eighth when Matthews crushed his own homer to tie the game. 

Lee Smith worked the eighth, ninth, and tenth innings without permitting a run.  In the bottom of the tenth pinch hitter Leon Durham led off with a single.  One out later Bob Dernier roped a double to left field...but Lee Mazzilli booted the ball!  This allowed Durham, who was on third after the double, to score for the win!  Chicago is back to a .500 record on the season.

Winning Pitcher - Lee Smith
Losing Pitcher - Cecilio Gaunte
Player of the Game - Lee Smith, 3IP, 0R's, 5K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg

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