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July 20, 2014

May 4, 1984 - AL West Battles

Game #317 - Oakland A's, 4 @ Minnesota Twins, 8

This game had some nice back and forth.  The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Kent Hrbek singled home Kirby Puckett.  Oakland tied it up in the top of the second when Dwayne Murphy went deep for a solo shot.  The A's pulled ahead 2-1 in the fourth when Murphy replicated his previous blast.  But Puckett and Mickey Hatcher plated a run apiece in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead.

The long ball hurt Minnesota starter Ken Schrom for a third time in the top of the sixth when he surrendered a two-run home run to Bruce Bochte.  The game stayed 4-3 in favor of the A's until the bottom of the eighth.  Keith Atherton was on the mound for Oakland but gave up three straight singles plus a walk to pinch hitter Ron Washington.  Bill Caudill relieved Atherton but committed a throwing error that gave the Twins a one run lead.  Mickey Hatcher then hit a bases-clearing double that was made possible when Gary Hancock and Dwayne Murphy collided in the outfield.  Hancock will be on the DL for 31 games while Murphy will have to sit for five. 

Winning Pitcher - Rick Lysander
Losing Pitcher - Keith Atherton
Player of the Game - Hatcher, 3-5, 2B, 4RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett

Game #318 - California Angels, 0 @ Seattle Mariners, 9

This game started as a pitcher's duel between Geoff Zahn and Jim Beattie.  It was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when Alvin Davis hit a solo homer to give Seattle the lead.  The flood gates opened in the next inning.  Spike Owen reached on a bunt attempt error by Rod Carew.  Zahn got two outs after that, but reeled of two singles and two walks before getting yanked.  That's when Al Cowens crushed a three run homer off reliever Curt Kaufman.  Kaufman gave up two more solo homers in the eighth to Dave Henderson and Steve Henderson (no relation).

Winning Pitcher - Jim Beattie
Losing Pitcher - Geoff Zahn
Player of the Game - Beattie, CG SHO, 9H's, 2BB's, 8K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

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