February 14, 2016

May 16, 1984 - All Four Not

Game #455 - Texas Rangers, 4 @ Milwaukee Brewers, 7

There were five total hits in both halves of the first inning, and all of them went for extra bases.  In the top of the first Buddy Bell and Gary Ward hit back to back doubles to give Texas a quick 1-0 lead.  But in the bottom of the inning Dion James doubled, Robin Yount tripled, and Doug Loman doubled to put Milwaukee back out front.

By the bottom of the seventh it was tied 3-3, and that's when Rangers starter Dave Stewart collapsed. James, Yount, and Loman struck again, as all three eventually scored in addition to Bill Schroeder.  The Rangers had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth but Jim Kern struck out George Wright to win the day.

Winning Pitcher - Jack Lazorko
Losing Pitcher - Dave Stewart
Save - Jim Kern
Player of the Game - Dion James, 5-5, 2 2B's, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount 

Game #456 - Toronto Blue Jays, 4 @ Minnesota Twins, 9

Who would have thought the best team in the American League would face a second game of shortcomings against the second worst?  Twins starter Frank Viola was perfect through the first three innings and struck out eight over eight innings.  Tim Teufel was the real star, though.  Throughout this Statis Pro season I've patiently waited for the first "cycle" to be hit, and Tim was almost the man.  In the third inning he hit a two run shot of Luis Leal (who was ejected for arguing strikes with the very next batter).  In the fifth he cranked a double.  Then in the sixth, an inning that would plate four Twins, Teufel lined a triple and all of a sudden I was giddy!  Would this finally be it?!?  Alas...no.  In his last at-bat, in the seventh, he flyed out to center field. The wait continues...

Winning Pitcher - Frank Viola
Losing Pitcher - Jimmy Key
Player of the Game - Tim Teufel, 3-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 4RBI's, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett

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