November 27, 2014
May 8, 1984 - Hayes-ed and Confused
This game was wild and woolly, so let's jump right in! In the top of the first Gerald Perry was standing on second base with two outs when Dale Murphy stroked a single into left field. Perry went flying for home but Greg Gross, he of T3 arm rating, came up firing and actually caught Perry out at the plate. Perry would get thrown out at home in the sixth inning too, it wasn't a good day for his base running.
In the top of the second Rafael Ramirez hit a two-run single to plate Claudell Washington and Glenn Hubbard, but the Phillies answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Mike Schmidt, fresh off missing two games due to injury, crushed a solo shot to bring Philadelphia back within one.
The Braves kept Phillies starter Charles Hudson on the ropes, though, and scored three runs over the next two innings, including a two-run homer by Bob Horner, just his second on the season. But the relentless Phillies tied things up in the bottom of the fourth when they plated four runs, including a three-run tater by Joe Lefebvre! The back and forth scoring was punctuated in the top of the fifth when Claudell Washington hit a solo homer off lefty specialest Don Carman. So much for the leftie-leftie advantage.
The scoring stopped as Steve Bedrosian of the Braves and Bill Campbell of the Phillies each pitched three innings of scoreless ball. Bedrosian got lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the ninth, so Donnie Moore came out to save the one run lead in the bottom of the ninth. Lefebvre promptly scorched a double as the lead-off hitter. John Wockenfuss pinch-hit for pitcher Larry Andersen, who threw two scoreless innings himself, and walked. That put runners on first and second with no outs.
Luis Aguayo replaced Kiko Garcia in the batter's box and popped a single to plate Lefebvre and tie the game! With two runners on and still no outs, the top of the Phillies order was now coming up. That brought Von Hayes to the plate. Donnie Moore (because of course Donnie Moore) grooved one to Hayes, and Hayes launched it for a WALK-OFF, THREE-RUN HOMER!!! PHILLIES WIN!!!
Winning Pitcher - Larry Andersen
Losing Pitcher - Donnie Moore
Player of the Game - Von Hayes, 3-5, walk-off HR, SB, 3RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I certainly appreciate your continued interest in this blog. My dad is in town and his favortie team, the Dodgers, happen to be up next on the schedule, so we'll be playing today during our mutual turkey comas. God bless!