October 30, 2015
May 14, 1984 - One-run squeekers
When you play thousands of games from a season three decades prior, some will be fun, and some will be stinkers. This was the former!
Detroit jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first off Seattle starter Mike Moore when Chet Lemon roped a double but then scored on an error by centerfielder Barry Bonnell. The Mariners tied it up in the fourth, though, when cult hero Ken Phelps launched a homer.
In the top of the fifth Jack Perconte scored Spike Owen on an RBI single. He then stole second and crossed home plate himself on an RBI double by Alvin Davis. Chet Lemon brought the Tigers back within one in the bottom half of the inning with a solo shot into the leftfield stands.
Each team scored another run in the sixth, but Edwin Nunez and Mike Stanton combined for three innings of shutout relief to preserve the win for Seattle. It's their fifth in a row!
Winning Pitcher - Mike Moore
Losing Pitcher - Jack Morris
Save - Mike Stanton
Player of the Game - Nunez, 2IP, 0R's, 1H
What would you say if I told you the A's scored the first five runs of this ball game...and lost?
(Sorry, that's a very "30 for 30" way to start a recap. Rest in peace, Grantland)
That being said, the A's did score the first five runs and lost! Four of those came in the first inning, which included a three-run jack by Dave Kingman. But New York clawed back. They plated two runs in the fourth when Roy Smalley homered. They picked up another in the fifth and two more in the sixth off a Toby Harrah triple. The game-winning RBI came in the seventh. Don Baylor doubled with one out, and then Butch Wynegar doubled him home for the eventual win. Weak sauce, Oakland bullpen. Weak sauce.
Winning Pitcher - Jay Howell
Losing Pitcher - Bill Caudill
Save - Dave Righetti
Player of the Game - Roy Smalley, 2-4, HR, 2RBI's, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan, Dave Winfield
Sad news to report - Garry Hancock, who played parts of the 1984 season on the Oakland A's, passed away this month.