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December 31, 2012

April 23, 1984 - Farewell 2012!

Game #204 - Chicago Cubs, 2 @ St. Louis Cardinals, 5

Ooh, rivalry game!  If I'm not mistaken, this is the first match up of the season between dreaded rivals Chicago and St. Louis.

The Cubs got started in a hurry.  Bob Dernier led off the first with a double and tried to score on a Ryne Sandberg single to right field, but George Hendrick came up firing and gunned down Dernier at the plate.  Two batters later, though, Leon "Bull" Durham smacked his first home run of the season to give the Windy City the early 2-0 lead.

The score stayed that way until the bottom of the fourth.  That's when Lonnie Smith hit a two bagger to plate Andy Van Slyke and Darrell Porter singled home Smith to tie things up.  Lonnie has come up with a lot of clutch hits in Statis Pro this season.

Chicago's starter, Chuck Rainey, ran out of luck in the sixth.  He loaded the bases before finally getting yanked for reliever Tim Stoddard.  Stoddard got the next two Cardinals out, but Ozzie Smith hit a ringing double to clear the bases and give the Cardinals the eventual win.  Stoddard struck out six over three innings of relief, but the Cubs were shut down by Bruce Sutter.

Winning Pitcher - Danny Cox
Losing Pitcher - Chuck Rainey
Save - Bruce Sutter
Player of the Game - Ozzie Smith, 2-4, 2B, 3RBI's, Walk, probably a back flip in the top of the first.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter

On a personal note, I want to thank anyone/everyone who stops by and reads this blog.  As a token of gratitude, let me know if you'd like to create a lineup for your favorite team in a future game!  Be safe tonight and here's to a prosperous 2013!

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