January 24, 2016

May 15, 1984 - Five Alive

Anybody else drink this garbage when they were a kid?

Game #449 - New York Mets, 5 @ San Francisco Giants, 0

New York flew from one coast to the other to play in this one, and showed no effects of jet lag.  The scored two in the top of the first on a Keith Hernandez RBI single and a run scoring when Darryl Strawberry hit into his first of two double plays.  In the seventh inning George Foster had two ducks on the pond with two outs when he took relief pitcher Bill Lacey yard for the three run jack.  Meanwhile, "El Sid" Fernandez went the distance, spreading nine hits across the game while whiffing eleven Giants.

Winning Pitcher - Sid Fernandez
Losing Pitcher - Mike Krukow
Player of the Game - Fernandez, CG SHO, 11K's

Game #450 - Atlanta Braves, 4 @ St. Louis Cardinals, 5

That's right - game number four hundred and fifty.  Another milestone reached!  And wouldn't you know it, it was a very exciting game...

Ozzie Smith squeezed home Andy Van Slyke in the bottom of the second to score the first run of the game. St. Louis added two more in the third on an RBI double by Van Slyke followed by a Tom Herr single.  The Braves finally got on the board in the top of the fifth when Juaquin Andujar let loose a wild pitch that plated Rafael Ramirez.

The Cards still had a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh with Andujar cruising.  But Glenn Hubbard ripped a double to lead things off.  Trevino moved Hubbard to third when he poked a single.  Pinch-hitter Albert Hall replaced Rick Camp and had an RBI hit to score Hubbard!  Andujar got lifted for Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter, but Sutter surrendered an RBI single to Gerald Perry that tied the game.  Randy Johnson (not the pitcher, the obscure backup third sacker for the '84 Braves) then squeezed home Hall to give Atlanta the lead, 4-3!

Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth with the same score.  Atlanta brought in their ace closer, Steve Bedrosian, to finish off St. Louis.  With one out Darrell Porter singled, though.  Tito Landrum stepped in to hit for Sutter...and smoked a game-tying triple!  The next batter was Lonnie Smith, and Bedrosian beaned him!  Now there were runners on the corners with only one out and Ken Oberkfell at the dish.  I channeled my inner Whitey Herzog and ordered the hit and run...and Oberkfell singled home Landrum for the walk-off win!!!

Winning Pitcher - Bruce Sutter
Losing Pitcher - Steve Bedrosian
Player of the Game - Tito Landrum, pinch-hitting a game tying triple and later scoring the game winning run
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter

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