January 13, 2014

April 28, 1984 - Hall of Fame Heroics

Game #261 - St. Louis Cardinals, 2 @ Montreal Expos, 0

Playing with the Cardinals can be fun because you get to "manufacture" runs.  In the first inning Ozzie Smith led off with a walk.  He stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice fly, and scored on a groundball by Ken Oberkfell.  That turned out to be all the Cardinals would need, becaus Dave LaPoint pitched a good game.  He spread six hits and two walks over seven innings.  After getting lifted for a pinch hitter, Bruce Sutter came in two pitch two perfect innings for the win.

Winning Pitcher - Dave LaPoint
Losing Pitcher - Dave Palmer
Save - Bruce Sutter
Player of the Game - Sutter, 2IP, Save
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson

Game #262 - Philadelphia Phillies, 9 @ New York Mets, 4

I wish I did a better job keeping track of individual standout performances.  I'm pretty sure Steve Carlton recorded the season high strike out total of the season with fifteen in this game!  He even went 2 for 5 at bat.  The Phillies were up 9-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth.  Darryl Strawberry struck out for the second time of the game.  Hubie Brooks singled but George Foster K'ed a second time too.  With two outs Mike Fitzgerald singled as well.  That brought up light hitting Jerry Martin as a pinch hitter, and wouldn't you know it, he took Carlton deep for three runs.  Jose Oquendo lined out to finally end the game, a monster one for Carlton.

Winning Pitcher - Steve Carlton
Losing Pitcher - Ron Darling
Player of the Game - Carlton, CG, 15K's, 2-5, R, RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt

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