November 20, 2012

April 22, 1984 - Joe Morgan Defies Logic

Oakland Athletics, 11 @ Boston Red Sox, 9

I swear I'm not using the title of this post to make a crack at Mr. Morgan's expense.

Joe Morgan came to bat five times in this game.  He walked four times and hit a home run.  His OBP is over .600 and his OPS is cartoonish.  We're seventeen games into the season and his luck with "play action cards" seems to be divinely influenced.  At some point his stats have to start dropping down to normal levels...right?

The A's were up 8-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth.  Four of those runs were generated when Carney Lansford hit a grand salami.  But the Red Sox scored three in the fourth and three more in the fifth to actually tie this game up.  In the top of the sixth Mike Davis led off with a solo homer and two batters later Morgan contributed his homer, which also plated Rickey Henderson.  After that it was relatively smooth sailing for Oakland, who crept back to a game over .500 on the season.

Winning Pitcher - Tim Conroy
Losing Pitcher - Jim Dorsey
Save - Tom Burgmeier
Player of the Game - Carney Lansford, 4-5, 2B, HR, 3R's, 5RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan, Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley

Happy Trails - Jim Dorsey

Jim was one of the more obscure players in the real 1984, only playing two games at the big league level.  To be honest, I'm not even sure why I had him start the season on the team - he looks like a classic September call up.  How did he do in Statis Pro?

Real 1984: 10.13 ERA, 2.2IP, 2BB's, 4K's, 3.00WHIP, 0-0 record
Statis Pro 84: 11.57ERA, 2.1IP, 3BB's, 3K's, 3.00WHIP, 0-1 record

Dorsey played four games in 1980 for the Angels and was part of the trade that brough Fred Lynn to California, but those two games in 1984 were the first time Dorsey made it back to the big show since 1980.  He appeared in two more games for Boston in 1985, but that was the last Dorsey would ever pitch in the majors.  8 games over three seasons and six years...but he made it, and I think that's pretty cool.

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