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January 6, 2014

April 28, 1984 - Cruzin for a bruisin'


Game #260 - Atlanta Braves, 5 @ Houston Astros, 9

This was game two in the continuing battle of the top two teams in the NL East.  Enos Cabell got the first score of the game when he singled home Bill Doran in the bottom of the first inning.  Houston had a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Claudell Washington poked a solo homer off Mike Scott to cut the lead in half.  The Astros erupted for four runs in the sixth, thanks in large part to extra base hits by Alan Ashby, Doran, and Jose Cruz. 

Frank DiPino was handed the ball with a 7-1 lead but he got jacked up in the eighth.  Gerald Perry led off with a solo shot and a few batters later Glen Hubbard capped the scoring with a two run dinger to pull the Braves within two.  A 2-RBI triple by Cruz in the bottom half, though, provided Houston with all the offense they needed.  Cruz is scorching hot with the bat right now, gaining his fourth "Player of the Game" honors.  He and teammate Bob Knepper are the only two Statis Pro players to have that distinction thus far.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Scott
Losing Pitcher - Len Barker
Save - Bill Dawley
Player of the Game - Jose Cruz, 4-5, 2B, 3B, R, 2 RBI's

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