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January 3, 2014

April 28, 1984 - Seeing Red

Game #259 - San Francisco Giants, 9 @ Cincinnati Reds, 4

On paper, this should have been a no-brainer.  The 2-7 rated Jay Tibbs of the Reds is the superior pitcher compared to Giants starter Bill Laskey and his 2-5.  But that's why I play the game...on paper!  See what I did there?

Eddie Milner scored in the bottom of the first after a Joel Youngblood error.  Youngblood's defense rating is E10, the worst you can have, and he already has five errors through 20 games.  San Fran bounced back with a highly improbable solo home run from Johnny LeMaster in the second and a squeeze play error by Dan Driessen in the third. 

Manny Trillo extended the lead in the top of the seventh by roping a two-run double, but the Reds came charging back in the bottom half of the inning.  Giants reliever Bob Lacey gave up three runs to tie the game up.  The even score didn't last, however, because the Giants roared back for four runs in the top of the eighth.  Jack Clark plated the first two RBI's with his second double on the day.  The Giants have won three of their last four while the Reds have lost three of their last four.

Winning Pitcher - Gary LaVelle
Losing Pitcher - Ted Power
Player of the Game - Jack Clark, 4-6, 2 2B's, 3RBI's, 1R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez

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