January 27, 2013

April 24, 1984 - Ravishing Rick Rhoden

Game #214 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 1

Question:  Is Rick Rhoden better known as a ball player or a pro-am golfer?

This was round one of the battle of Pennsylvania, and the Phillies drew first blood.  A Von Hayes single, stolen base, and Rhoden balk had him on third, and Mike Schmidt hit a deep fly ball for the sacrifice fly.

Jerry Koosman was well in control until the top of the seventh.  Brian Harper hit a dink single, but Dale Berra jacked a two run homer to give Pittsburgh the sudden lead.  Larry Andersen surrendered an insurance run in the ninth that mattered little because Rhoden went the distance, shutting down the Phillies the rest of the way.

Winning Pitcher - Rick Rhoden
Losing Pitcher - Jerry Koosman (7IP and only two runs - tough loss)
Player of the Game - Rhoden, CG, six K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt

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