May 25, 2014

May 2, 1984 - Professional Hitters

Game #301 - New York Yankees, 11 @ Chicago White Sox, 6

This was a fun game until the ninth inning.  The Yankees were up 4-0 after the top half of the second, but Chicago scored three of their own in the bottom of the inning, and then two more for the 5-4 lead in the third. 

New York tied things up in the fifth because Don Baylor launched a Britt Burns pitch into the bleachers.  A Toby Harrah triple in the next inning helped the Yankees stretch their lead to two runs.  Carlton Fisk answered with a solo homer, though, to cut that back to one. 

But in the ninth inning the Yankees erupted for four more runs, putting the game well out of reach for the White Sox.

Winning Pitcher - Jose Rijo
Losing Pitcher - Britt Burns
Player of the Game - Don Baylor, 3-5, 2B, HR, 4RBI's, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, Carlton Fisk

Game #302 - Boston Red Sox, 9 @ Detroit Tigers, 8

After the first four innings the Tigers had a 6-0 lead, with all the runs scored by four home runs (Lou Whitaker, Lance Parrish, Ruppert Jones, and Dave Bergman).  But Boston stormed back with a five run fifth, capped off by a Mike Easler grand slam!  Kirk Gibson would go on to hit two more solo homers for Detroit, but a three run ninth off reliever Doug Bair put a loss in the standings for the Tigers.

Winning Pitcher - Bob Stanley
Losing Pitcher - Doug Bair
Save - Steve Crawford
Player of the Game - Mike Easler, 3-5, 2 2B's, Grand Slam, 6RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley

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