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February 2, 2013

April 25, 1984 - Mariners Sink in Boston Harbor

Game #217 - Seattle Mariners, 4 @ Boston Red Sox, 6

Seattle was riding a three game winning streak, while the Red Sox were sliding for the past three games.  Jim Beattie tried to keep the good times rolling for the Mariners, while Boston rested their hopes on Oil Can Boyd.

Boston scored first in the bottom of the first when catcher Rich Gedman knocked home Dwight Evans.  A Boyd error in the fourth tied the game for Seattle, and the Mariners took the lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Alvin Davis that scored Jack Perconte.

The Red Sox, though, plated two runs in the sixth and seventh respectively.  With that one run leaded, Gedman padded things for Boston with a solo homer off reliever Paul Mirabella.  Beattie had eight strikeouts, but got hung with the loss.  Seattle threatened in the top of the ninth, scoring two runs on an RBI double by the hot-hitting Dave Henderson, but Mark Clear finally finished them off for the save.

Winning Pitcher - Oil Can Boyd
Losing Pitcher - Jim Beattie
Save - Mark Clear
Player of the Game - Gedman, 2-4, HR, 2RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

Happy anniversary to my parents - Groundhog's Day forty years ago!  (I think).

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