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November 22, 2014

May 8, 1984 - Double Trouble

Game #367 - Boston Red Sox, 0 @ Texas Rangers, 5

The Rangers have been the worst team in Statis Pro this season, and it's not really close.  So it was crazy to see a 0-0 game through four and a half innings.  It was in the bottom of the fifth when the Rangers jumped on a Wade Boggs error for three runs off Dennis Eckersley.  Gary Ward drove in two of those runs.  They put two more on the board in the next inning with Gary Ward again contributing an RBI, this time off a double. 

***Fun fact:  I once saw Gary Ward in the Detroit Metro Airport.  He was wearing a track suit.***

On the hill Danny Darwin was keeping Boston in check.  He made it to the seventh before the bullpen finished things off.

Winning Pitcher - Danny Darwin
Losing Pitcher - Dennis Eckersley
Player of the Game - Gary Ward, 3-4, 2 2B's, 3RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley

Game #368 - San Francisco Giants, 6 @ Chicago Cubs, 4

I just mentioned the Rangers were the worst team in Statis Pro, but if there's a second place it's the Giants.  Their pitching is pretty poor, but the bigger issue has been the crazy amount of injuries they've suffered.  They started things nicely in the first, though, when Jack Clark blasted a two-run homer for the quick lead.  But starter Mark Davis got into a heap of trouble when he gave up four runs in the bottom of the second, including a Ron Cey two-run bomb.  That was Cey's first homer of the season, which is crazy because he hit 25 in 1984.  The Giants got within one run after the third, though, this time on a Bob Brenly solo shot. 

It stayed 4-3 in favor of the Cubs until the top of the eighth.  With Lee Smith on the hill, he gave up a Jack Clark triple and then an RBI single to Brenly to tie the game.  With Smith still pitching in the ninth he gave up a lead-off homer to Johnnie LeMaster and another one to John Rabb two batters later.  That's all Gary Lavelle would need to shut the door on the come-from-behind victory!

Winning Pitcher - Frank Williams
Losing Pitcher - Lee Smith
Save - Gary Lavelle
Player of the Game - Greg Minton, 4 1/3IP (relief), 0R's, 1K
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg

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