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December 28, 2012

April 23, 1984 - Dodgers, Expos FTW

Game #201 - Houston Astros, 2 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 4

This game had the makings of an expert pitcher's duel, as Nolan Ryan and Alejandro Pena were facing each other. 

Things were scoreless heading into the bottom of the third, but Steve Sax led off with a double.  Pedro Guerrero ended up singling him home for the first run.  Two batters later Mike Scioscia hit an unexpected three run blast to give the Dodgers a four to nothing lead.  You could practically see the smoke coming out of imaginary Nolan Ryan's ears.  Nolan ended up with eight strikeouts through seven innings, but the Astros never got close enough to win the game.

Winning Pitcher - Alejandro Pena
Losing Pitcher - Nolan Ryan
Player of the Game - Scioscia, 2-4, HR, 3RBI's, caught Denny Walling trying to steal second
Hall of Famers in the Game - Nolan Ryan

Game #202 - New York Mets, 3 @ Montreal Expos, 4

There's no hotter team in Statis Pro right now than the Montreal Expos.  They started the game with a five game win streak and had Charlie Lea toeing the rubber.  The Mets had Walt Terrell on the mound.

The Mets scored first with a two out rally in the second.  George Foster hit a single and Jose Oquendo batted him home with a clutch double.  The Expos answered in the bottom of the inning when Tim Wallach went deep for the second time this season.  Gary Carter knocked in Miguel Dilone in the sixth to give Montreal the 2-1 lead.

The Mets erupted in the seventh, though.  Lea had retired 13 straight batters before Keith Hernandez reached on an error.  He was thrown out at home by Dilone two batters later, but the Mets still plated two to take a 3-2 lead.  In the bottom of the eighth the Expos struck back.  Reliever Brent Gaff gave up a pinch hit single to Pete Rose.  Dilone brought him home on a single, and Terry Francona then hit a single to score Dilone for the game winning RBI.  That's six straight for Montreal!

Winning Pitcher - Greg Harris
Losing Pitcher - Brent Gaff
Save - Andy McGaffigan
Player of the Game - Dilone, 3-4, 2R's, RBI, threw out Hernandez at the plate
Hall of Famers in the Game - Gary Carter, Andre Dawson

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