August 8, 2015
This three game series was a real exciting one, with each game providing its own drama!
The Mariners got to Ray Fontenot early in the first, scoring two runs on a Ray Cerone error and an Al Cowens single. Seattle put four more on the board in the fourth, again courtesy of Al Cowens, who hit a grand salami with the bases juiced!
But the Yankees came roaring back from their 6-0 deficit. Led by a solo homer from Lou Piniella and a two run bomb by Cerone, things were tied up after eight innings.
In the top of the tenth relieve Bob Shirley began his third inning of relief. He gave up a lead off single to Cowens. Two batters later Mariners rookie Alvin Davis went yard for two runs! Reliever Bob Stoddard retired New York in the bottom half of the inning for the Mariner victory.
Winning Pitcher - Paul Mirabella
Losing Pitcher - Bob Shirley
Save - Bob Stoddard
Player of the Game - Al Cowens, 3-5, grand slam, 5RBI's, stolen base
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield
Game #424 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 @ Atlanta Braves, 6
The Braves sent eight hitters to the plate in the bottom of the first against Pirates starter Jose DeLeon. Though he limited the damage to two runs, it was a rough way to start the game and his "pitcher effectiveness" rating got reduced by two. Tony Pena hit an RBI single in the top of the fifth to bring Pittsburgh back to within a run, but home runs by Claudell Washington and Brad Komminsk in the bottom of the inning gave Atlanta the lead for good.
Winning Pitcher - Len Barker
Losing Pitcher - Jose DeLeon
Save - Donnie Moore
Player of the Game - Brad Komminsk, 3-4, 2B, HR, 3RBI's
This game was a bit of a bummer because it was the last time we'll see Bob Horner for this Statis Pro season. The blonde slugger broke his wrist in the real 1984 and missed the rest of the season. It was the second time in two years he suffered that kind of injury.
Let's see how our Horners compared:
Real 1984: 113AB 15R 31H 8DB 3HR 19RBI .274/.349/.425/.774
Statis 1984: 124AB 17R 33H 6DB 3HR 12RBI .266/.350/.387/.737
I was usually batting Horner second in the lineup, which I think helps explain a few of his increased at-bats. But otherwise, the two Horners are pretty close. Another couple of doubles and Horner would have been as good as his real 1984. Randy Johnson will get most of the starts at third from here on out. No, not THAT Randy Johnson, the other guy...
August 2, 2015
Through 31 games the Phillies are 16-15 which, all things considered, I think is pretty good. They're currently in second place, though they are 6.5 games back of the Cardinals. The Expos have been surging and at some point the Cubs will exit the cellar and make a charge.
The Phillies are a fun team to play with because they have a good bench and a lot of players who can cover multiple positions. They've definitely been impacted by injuries, but as a manager, that's almost helpful because they have more than 25 players worthy of a roster spot. For instance, Len Matuszek wasn't on my opening day team. I haven't even gotten to Jeff Stone's insane rookie year yet either...
C Ozzie Virgil 7HR 16RBI .243/.304/.505/.808
1B Len Matuszek 2HR 6RBI .216/.365/392/.757
2B Juan Samuel 5HR 14SB .227/.265/.375/.640
3B Mike Schmidt 9HR 20RBI .227/.347/.546/.893
SS Ivan DeJesus 5DB 2SB .247/.336/.299/.635
OF Von Hayes 19DB 9SB .357/.403/.573/.916
OF Gary Maddox 2HR 5RBI .253/.273/.360/.633
OF Glenn Wilson 3DB 6RBI .186/.250/.286/.536
OF Joe Lefebvre 4HR 8RBI .389/.489/.806/1.294
UT John Wockenfuss 4HR 6RBI ..222/.333/.611/.944
Tim Corcoran 2HR 4RBI .364/.447/.576/1.023
Sexto Lezcano 2HR 7RBI .237/.341/.395/.736
Steve Carlton 5.15ERA 2-1 33K's
John Denny 1.62ERA 4-0 21K's
Jerry Koosman 3.20ERA 3-3 39K's
Charlie Hudson 5.40ERA 2-2 20K's
Shane Rawley 2.53ERA 1-1 15K's
Larry Andersen 2.45ERA 4SV
Al Holland 4.82ERA 1-4
August 1, 2015
Boston had a really fun offense in 1984, and it was on total display in this game. Mike Easler knocked in two in the first inning to get the ball rolling. Reid Nichols tripled in the second to plate Gary Allenson. The Royals grabbed a couple of runs back in the third and fourth to pull within one, but back to back solo homers by Tony Armas and Easler in the sixth put the game out of reach for good.
Winning Pitcher - Dennis Eckersley
Losing Pitcher - Charlie Leibrandt
Player of the Game - Mike Easler, 3-5, 2B, HR, 4RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley
Game #422 - Minnesota Twins, 4 @ Milwaukee Brewers, 11
The third game between the AL cellar dwellers!
The game was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the second when the Brew Crew erupted for three runs. But the Twins answered back with three of their own in the third, which included five straight singles off starter Moose Haas. In the bottom of the sixth, though, Rick Lysander got tagged for the loss. With runners on second and third he intentionally walked Robin Yount. Cecil Cooper hit into a fielder's choice, but the bases stayed loaded. That's when Bill Schroeder, seeing increased playing time with Jim Sundberg on the DL, CRUSHED a GRAND SLAM!
Winning Pitcher - Ray Searage
Losing Pitcher - Rick Lysander
Player of the Game - Bill Schroeder, 3-5, grand slam, 5RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett, Robin Yount