April 14, 2014

May 1, 1984 - A Blue Jay Beating

Game #291 - Texas Rangers, 0 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 2

The two "T" teams of the American League decided to play two games.  That worked out better for Toronto than Texas.

In game one Dickie Noles took the hill and made it to the seventh inning while scattering seven hits and five walks.  He only gave up two runs, and reliever Odell Jones struck out three Jays to keep up the strong effort.  But Luis Leal was even better against the injury ravaged Rangers.  Gary Ward and Curtis Wilkerson were serving their last two games of injury, and Pete O'Brien is back on the DL too.  That impacted the Rangers' bats, as they only managed six hits against Leal.

Winning Pitcher - Luis Leal
Losing Pitcher - Dickie Noles
Player of the Game - Leal, CG SHO, 2K's

Game #292 - Texas Rangers, 7 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 8

The Texas bats woke up for game two, but so did Toronto's.  Cup of coffee player Kelly Gruber, on the active roster because of an Alfredo Griffin injury, went 1-16 in the real 1984, but that hit was a homer.  Gruber has defied the odds and totaled three taters in limited action, including two in this game.

Toronto had a 7-6 lead in the seventh when Larry Parrish hit a solo shot to tie the game.  It remained at that score heading into the bottom of the ninth.  Rangers closer Dave Schmidt toed the rubber.  Lloyd Moseby poked a single for his first hit in the double header.  He promptly stole second base.  With Moseby in scoring position, George Jorge Bell roped a double to score the walk-off hit.  In seven games Schmidt has four saves and three losses.  It's all or nothing with that guy.

Winning Pitcher - Roy Lee Jackson
Losing Pitcher - Dave Schmidt
Player of the Game - Bell, 4-5, HR, 2B, SB, 2RBI's, walk-off winner

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