October 11, 2014

May 6, 1984 - Blue Royster Cult

Game #346 - Atlanta Braves, 5 @ Montreal Expos, 2

This was game one in a double header for the Braves and Expos.  Claudell Washington started the scoring when he lined a triple that plated Dale Murphy in the second inning.  Montreal tied things up in the third when Tim Raines stole second base after a single and was knocked home by Bryan Little.  Two innings later Raines would score again on a Terry Francona sacrifice fly.

The score was still 2-1 in favor of Montreal when Bob Horner walked and Chris Chambliss singled in the top of the eighth.  Expos starter Charlie Lea was lifted for ace reliever Andy McGaffigan.  McGaffigan gave up a double to Dale Murphy, walks to Washington and Glen Hubbard, and a single to Rafael Ramirez.  When the dust settled the Braves were leading 4-2.  Pinch hitter Jerry Royster added a homer in the top of the ninth to seal the victory.

Winning Pitcher - Steve Bedrosian
Losing Pitcher - Charlie Lea
Save - Donnie Moore
Player of the Game - Bedrosian, 2IP, 0R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Gary Carter, Andre Dawson

Game #347 - Atlanta Braves, 2 @ Montreal Expos, 1

In game two there were a lot of bench players in the game, spelling the starters who played earlier in the day.  Paul Runge doubled home Chris Chambliss in the top of the first to give Atlanta an early lead.  That was the only run that scored until the seventh inning.  That's when Jerry Royster, yes, the Jerry Royster who pinch hit for a homer in game one, went deep again!  Homers in both halves of the double header!  He only hit one deep the entire season in the real 1984, but cranked two in one day in Statis Pro.

That gave the Braves a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.  Pascual Perez was tossing a shutout when Gary Carter led off with a double.  Tim Wallach grounded out but Carter went to third on a soft single by Doug Flynn.  Gene Garber relieved Perez while Pete Rose came into the game as a pinch hitter and punched one into the outfield to score Carter.  Garber settled down, though, and retired the next two Expos for Atlanta's second win of the day.

Winning Pitcher - Pascual Perez
Losing Pitcher - Bryn Smith
Save - Gene Garber
Player of the Game - Jerry Royster, home run machine
Hall of Famers in the Game - Gary Carter

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