February 1, 2016

May 16, 1984 - Back At It

Game #451 - California Angels, 12 @ Baltimore Orioles, 7

Neither starter, Mike Witt or Scott McGregor, were particularly good in this game.  They both surrendered two runs in the first inning.  The Orioles were actually up 4-2 after three, but that's when the Angels exploded for six runs.  Three of those came off a Bobby Grich home run, which was already his second of the game.

The Orioles chipped back against the California lead, getting within one run before the Angels tagged reliever Sammy Stewart for four more.  That assault included a Juan Beniquez three-run blast.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Witt
Losing Pitcher - Mark Brown
Player of the Game - Bobby Grich, 3-5, 2HR's, 2B, 5RBI's, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Reggie Jackson, Rod Carew, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #452 - Kansas City Royals, 3 @ Chicago White Sox, 2

Back to back doubles by Darryl Motley and Hal McRae positioned KC with an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first.  Pat Sheridan walked in the second, stole second base, and then trotted home on a Greg Pryor double to extend the lead to 2.  The Royals picked up another run in the fifth when John Wathan tripled and scored on a Motley single.

Meanwhile, Bret Saberhagen was cruising in just his second start of the season.  The only batter who gave him fits was Harold Baines.  Baines launched a solo homer in the fourth and a triple in the sixth.  He scored on a Greg Walker single after that.  Dan Quisenberry relieved Saberhagen in the eighth and pitched two perfect innings for the victory.

Winning Pitcher - Bret Saberhagen
Losing Pitcher - Floyd Bannister
Save - Dan Quisenberry
Player of the Game - Saberhagen, 7IP, 2R's, 2K's, 5H's, BB

After the game Onix Concepcion was activated from the DL.  He finished his thirty game recovery, and hasn't played since the second game of the season...which was back in 2012!

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