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November 3, 2012

April 21, 1984 - Dodgers Survive Padres

Game #182 - San Diego Padres, 11 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 14

This game fell out of the ugly tree, and hit every branch on the way down.

The Padres leaped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first when Mike Scioscia's throwing error on an Alan Wiggins bunt-for-a-hit attempt allowed every San Diego starter to bat in the inning.  A two-RBI single by 1B Greg Brock cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second.

Padres' starter Andy Hawkins imploded in the bottom of the fourth.  LA scored five runs in the inning, giving them a 7-4 lead they'd never relinquish.  They led 14-5 after seventh, but a Brock error in the eighth resulted in San Diego scoring an improbable six more runs.  Closer Tom Niedenfuer, though, slammed the door in the ninth and put the game out of its misery.

Winning Pitcher - Fernando Valenzuela
Losing Pitcher - Andy Hawkins
Save - Tom Niedenfuer
Player of the Game - Tom Niedenfuer, 1IP, Save, K
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn, Rich Gossage

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