December 22, 2012
April 23, 1984 - Pettis-cure
This was a very good game I had to speed through to finish because the pizza guy came early. Priorities!
Geoff Zahn got into trouble early in the first, walking Wade Boggs and Jim Rice before Tony Armas pulled a double to score both of them. Mike Easler got a single after that but Fred Lynn threw Armas out at the plate.
The Angels scored their first run in the fourth. Gary Pettis singled and moved to second on a ground out by Bob Boone. As he tried to steal third the throw went wild and Pettis ran across home plate.
California finally knocked Bruce Hurst out of the game when Bobby Grich went deep for a two run shot. That gave the Angels a 6-2 lead. Boston pulled within two in the bottom of the inning when little-used Reid Nichols hit his own two run homer. That was the last inning for Zahn, who had a very unusual game in that he struck out six and walked seven. His Statis-Pro card has very short ranges for both outcomes.
Luis Sanchez was trying to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Boston rallied, which I didn't appreciate because the pizza was starting to get cold. With two outs and a runner on first Jim Rice put one over the Green Monster to tie up the game and send it to extra innings! But in the top of the tenth Gary Pettis hit his third (!) home run of the season, giving the Angels the eventual win. Pettis only had two homers the entire 1984 season but has three already in Statis-Pro.
Winning Pitcher - Luis Sanchez
Losing Pitcher - Charlie Mitchell
Save - Doug Corbett
Player of the Game - Gary Pettis, 3-5, 3B, HR, 3R's, SB, 2RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice