The first five Twins hitters reached base in the first inning of this game, and the route was on. Mark Langston struggled until the fourth, when I finally pulled him after surrendering nine runs. Meanwhile his counterpart, John Butcher, was slaughtering the M's hitters (couldn't resist). He went the distance by scattering six hits and five walks. Tom Brunansky registered five RBI's on the day too.
Winning Pitcher - John Butcher
Losing Pitcher - Mark Langston
Player of the Game - Butcher, CG, 4K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett
Game #304 - Texas Rangers, 1 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 3
Charlie Hough has been an extremely bad luck pitcher in this Statis Pro season. After five starts his ERA was north of 9.00. He's a "2-6" rated starter, meaning he should be pretty average, but that hadn't been the case so far this year. So you can imagine my dismay when he gave up three runs in the first, including a two run homer by Willie Upshaw. I thought for sure Hough was headed to the showers early again, but oh my, he righted the ship! He pitched the next seven innings, scattering six hits and keeping the Blue Jays off balance with his knuckler.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, Doyle Alexander was his dominant self. This season he has been the best pitcher in the American League, and he proved it again with this game. He lasted eight innings and only surrendered four hits over that span. The Blue Jays have won seven straight and are now a game and a half in front of the Tigers for first place.
Winning Pitcher - Doyle Alexander
Losing Pitcher - Charlie Hough
Save - Ron Musselman
Player of the Game - Alexander