October 7, 2013

April 27, 1984 - Victories for the Bay...at a Cost...

Game #245 - Minnesota Twins, 4 @ Oakland A's, 5

The A's put two on the board first thanks to a homer with a man on for Dwayne Murphy.  The Twins answered in kind at the top half of the inning when Tom Brunansky also went deep.  A Mickey Hatcher error in left field, though, allowed the A's to make it a 4-2 lead and they never looked back.  Donnie Hill, just called up to the team after Rickey Henderson went on the DL, and with Tony Phillips ailing as well, didn't make it past the third inning because a Lenny Faedo line drive put him on the DL for 24 games.

Winning Pitcher - Steve McCatty
Losing Pitcher - Pete Filson
Save - Bill Caudill
Player of the Game - McCatty, not pretty, but only allowed four hits through six and a third.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett, Joe Morgan

Game #246 - San Francisco Giants, 11 @ Cincinnati Reds, 2

The Giants have won three of their last five and seem to finally be coming to life.  They plated four in the first inning alone.  Atlee Hammaker was masterful, going eight innings.  But gruesome injuries were the story of the game for both teams.  Ron Oester and Gary Redus collided on a play in the field, with Oester down for six games and Redus for eleven.  In the bottom of the ninth the Giants suffered an even worse fate.  Al Oliver and Jeffrey Leonard also ran into each other on a play.  Leonard is out for ten games, but Oliver is out for a whopping thirty.  San Fran won the battle, but they may have lost the war.

Winning Pitcher - Hammaker
Losing Pitcher - Frank Pastore
Player of the Game - Hammaker, 8IP, 3H's, 0 earned runs
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez

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