May 23, 2014

May 2, 1984 - 300

I've never actually seen this movie, but I have played 300 games of the 1984 season.

Game #299 - Cleveland Indians, 1 @ Baltimore Orioles, 5

Cleveland scored first in the top of the first when Andre Thornton singled home Brett Butler.  It was a rough start for Mike Boddicker, but he would settle down.  In the bottom of the second Rick Dempsey plated Eddie Murray, and Ken Singleton followed with a sacrifice fly to score Floyd Rayford.  The O's picked up another two in the third when Cal Ripken homered and scored Gary Roenicke. 

Winning Pitcher - Mike Boddicker
Losing Pitcher - Neal Heaton
Player of the Game - Boddicker, CG, 1R, 4K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #300 - Oakland A's, 4 @ California Angels, 5

Now this was a game fit for a major milestone!

The scoring in this game started in the bottom of the first.  Brian Downing, who is swinging one of the hottest bats in the league right now, pulled a "clutch hitting" card to rope a triple that pushed Rod Carew and Bobby Grich across the plate.  Oakland answered back in the top of third, when with two outs, Tony Phillips doubled home Jim Essian to cut the lead in half.

In the bottom of the fourth the Angels got one back as Rod Carew singled in Gary Pettis.  But Oakland scored a run in the fifth and sixth to tie things up.  In the bottom of the seventh Bobby Grich led off with a solo homer to once again give California the lead.  But Dwayne Murphy responded with his own solo shot in the eighth to yet again tie the game. 

Don Aase retired the side in the top of the ninth to bring the Oakland defense back on the field.  Bill Caudill, their best reliever, was on the mound.  With two outs Reggie Jackson drew a walk, his third of the game.  Jerry Narron pinch hit for Bob Boone, and on a risky hit and run play, moved Jackson to third with a single.  That brought up light-hitting Rob Picciolo.  All he did was bloop one into the outfield for a walk off win on the three-hundredth game of Statis Pro!!!

Winning Pitcher - Don Aase
Losing Pitcher - Bill Caudill
Player of the Game - Rob Picciolo, walk-off RBI single
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

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