April 5, 2014

May 1, 1984 - Catchers FTW

Game #287 - New York Yankees, 6 @ Chicago White Sox, 3

The Pale Hose jumped to the early lead in the bottom of the first with a solo shot by Tom Paciorek, a triple by Harold Baines, and an RBI single from Vance Law.  The Yankees responded with a big second inning when they sent eight batters to the plate and scored three runs.

The game was tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh when Rick Cerone poked one over the fence to take the lead.  He added another RBI in the eighth to preserve the victory.

Winning Pitcher - Ron Guidry
Losing Pitcher - Floyd Bannister
Save - Dave Righetti
Player of the Game - Rick Cerone, 2-4, HR, 2RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield

Game #288  - Boston Red Sox, 6 @ Detroit Tigers, 8 (11 innings)

Easily one of the most exciting games of the year.  Things started off all Boston.  Rich Gedman (another heroic catcher) launched a solo home run in the second.  He followed it with a three run jack in the third, and Boston was up 5-0.  Dwight Evans doubled home Rick Miller to pad the lead in the sixth, 6-0.

Oil Can Boyd was cruising through six innings of work before finally giving up two runs in the seventh.  He couldn't finish the inning but did end up with eight strikeouts for the day. 

In the bottom of the eighth, Detroit tied things up.  John Henry Johnson gave up three straight hits before a Jackie Gutierrez error had plated two runs.  Johnson was lifted for Charlie Mitchell, but Mitchell committed an error himself to close the Red Sox lead to just one run.  Lou Whitaker hit a sacrifice fly to score Darrell Evans and miraculously it was a tie game again.

Willie Hernandez pitched the ninth, tenth and eleventh innings, allowing only one runner on a Marty Barrett single.  In the bottom of the eleventh Bob Stanley took the hill for Boston.  He coaxed a pop up from Alan Trammell, but Kirk Gibson roped a double.  With Gibby on second, Lance Parrish dug into the batter's box and - BLAM! - knocked it out of the park!!!  Walk-off homer!!!  Tigers come back from a six-nothing deficit to win!!!

Winning Pitcher - Willie Hernandez
Losing Pitcher - Bob Stanley
Player of the Game - Lance Parrish, 2-6, walk-off homer
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice


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