November 5, 2012

April 21, 1984 - Sixto None The Richer

Game #183 - New York Mets, 1 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 3

I'm not a big Mets fan, but from a Statis Pro perspective, they can be a fun team to play with.  There are big hitters, fast runners, strong pitching, and an excellent bullpen.  It's a team that's oriented towards aggression, and that's how I've tried to use them.

Today it backfired.

Bert Berenyi was pitching a heck of a game.  Through seven innings he had only surrendered one run, a solo homer in the first to Garry Maddox.  Phillies pitcher Charlie Hudson wasn't nearly as good (eleven hits and four walks through six and a third), but had only permitted one run too.  This was largely due to two caught stealing attempts (Wally Backman and Jose Oquendo) as well as two Mets thrown out at home plate (Darryl Strawberry and Oquendo again). 

Those blunders and the two double plays New York hit into had the game knotted heading into the bottom of the eighth.  That's when Sixto Lezcano (one of the all-time great baseball names) pinch hit for reliever Tug McGraw.  HOME RUN!  Philly pulled ahead and won the game, despite a ninth inning rally by the Mets that left the bases loaded.

Winning Pitcher - Tug McGraw
Losing Pitcher - Bert Berenyi
Save - Don Carman
Player of the Game - Sixto Lezcano
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt

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