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November 30, 2012

April 22, 1984 - The Arm Surgery Guy

Game #191 - California Angels, 2 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 1

California came into this game looking to avoid a sweep in Canada, but the outlook wasn't promising.  Toronto was starting Doyle Alexander, who has simply dominated this year, and the Angels were sending Tommy John to the mound.  Statis Pro considers John a "2-5" rated pitcher, meaning he's below average. 

The Halos struck first, though.  Brian Downing started the second inning with a single and would advance to second on a ground out by Reggie Jackson.  With two outs Gary Pettis punched a single to score Downing.

The Angels added a second run in the fourth.  In the bottom of the sixth Toronto threatened.  Back to back singles by Dave Collins and Damaso Garcia had Tommy John in trouble.  He used his lefty vs. lefty match-up effectively, striking out Lloyd Moseby.  With two outs I lifted John for reliever Doug Corbett, who got George Bell to fly out and end the inning.  Corbett did give up a run in the eighth, but Don Aase finished things up with his third save of the year while Doyle Alexander went the distance in a losing effort.  It's his fourth complete game in four starts this year, though one of those was a rain shortened game...

Winning Pitcher - Tommy John
Losing Pitcher - Doyle Alexander
Save - Don Aase
Player of the Game - John, 5 2/3IP, 0R's, 2K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

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