January 2, 2014

April 28, 1984 - Baylor and Butcher Deliver the Goods

Game #257 - Milwaukee Brewers, 2 @ New York Yankees, 4

Mark Caldwell  and Dennis Rasmussen  were pitching dueling gems through the bottom of the fifth.  That's when New York busted it open.  Lou Piniella doubled home Toby Harrah and a few batters later Don Baylor went yard for three more runs.  The Brewers chipped away at the Yankees' lead with a couple of runs but the New York bullpen was nasty.  Jay Howell struck out the side in the eighth and Righetti earned the save in the ninth.

Winning Pitcher - Dennis Rasmussen
Losing Pitcher - Mark Caldwell
Save - Dave Righetti
Player of the Game - Don Baylor, 2-3, HR, BB, 3RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Dave Winfield

Game #258 - Minnesota Twins, 1 @ Oakland A's, 0

This was a nail biter!  Through the first seven and a half innings John Butcher and Ray Burris were matching goose eggs on the scoreboard.  Butcher was particularly masterful, having only allowed a first inning walk to Bruce Bochte and a third inning double to Joe Morgan.  In the bottom of the eighth and with two outs, Davey Lopes pinch-hit for Mark Wagner.  He got just the second hit of the game for Oakland, but moments later, he was caught stealing by Twins catcher Tim Laudner!

In the top of the ninth, Gary Gaetti singled to put the leading run on base, and Dave Meier came on to pinch run.  Laudner followed with what looked like a routine double play grounder to short, but late inning replacement Steve Keifer booted the ball!  Randy Bush followed with a grounder to second.  The fielder's choice left runners on first and third with one out.  Darrell Brown came in as a pinch hitter and tried to squeeze home Meier when he bunted to A's closer Bill Caudill...who muffed the grounder!  Meier scored!  Kirby Puckett grounded into a double play to end the top half of the ninth, but the two Oakland errors proved disastrous.  Twins closer Len Whitehouse retired the Oakland in the bottom of the ninth to give Minnesota just their sixth win on the season but their third in the last four games.

Winning Pitcher - John Butcher
Losing Pitcher - Ray Burris
Save - Len Whitehouse   
Player of the Game - Butcher, 8 IP, 2H's, 1BB, 6K's, 0R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett, Joe Morgan

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