January 2, 2016
May 15, 1984 - Happy New Year!
Game #445 - Chicago Cubs, 0 @Cincinnati Reds, 8
This game was a blowout by the sixth inning, but in the midst of the carnage Mario Soto was the runaway star of the game, turning in one of the most impressive games of the Statis Pro season. His complete game shutout paired well with his day at the plate. Soto went 2-3 with a double and three RBI's!
Winning Pitcher - Mario Soto
Losing Pitcher - Rick Reuschel
Player of the Game - Soto, CG SHO, 10K's, 2-3, 2B, 3RBI's, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg
Game #446 - Philadelphia Phillies, 9 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 7 (10 innings)
This game was a real back-and-forth battle! It started with LA scoring two in the bottom of the first off Jerry Koosman. Dave Anderson and Pedro Guerrero hit back to back RBI singles to score the runners from second base. In the top of the second Juan Samuel hit a solo homer, followed by a two run bomb from Mike Schmidt in the third and a three run jack courtesy of Ozzie Virgil in the fourth!
The Dodgers kept chipping back, though, including a pinch hit home run by German Rivera in the seventh and a game tying sacrifice fly by Steve Sax (scoring Bob Bailor) to tie things up in the eighth. For the top of the ninth I had Tommy Lasorda trot out the infamous Tom Niedenfuer to pitch to the Phillies. Loyal blog readers will remember my father's unflappable distrust of the Dodger closer, though he kept Philadelphia from scoring that inning. But, in the top of the tenth, the combustible version of Niedenfuer took the mound! After back to back singles from Joe Lefebvre and Ivan DeJesus, Niedenfuer struck out Len Matuszek and Von Hayes. But Garry Maddox pulled a "clutch hitting" card and nailed a bases clearing double to give the Phillies a permanent lead!
Winning Pitcher - Larry Andersen
Losing Pitcher - Tom Niedenfuer
Save - Al Holland
Player of the Game - Garry Maddox, game-winning double, 2RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt