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February 6, 2016

May 16, 1984 - Catcher Power

Game #453 - Boston Red Sox, 3 @ Cleveland Indians, 0

Both starting pitchers, Bruce Hurst and Steve Comer, weaved in and out of danger throughout the game with little damage to show for it.  Wade Boggs hit a sacrifice fly to plate Marty Barrett in the third, and then Rich Gedman rocked a double to score Jim Rice in the fourth.  But Boston hit into two double plays and Otis Nixon threw two runners out at the plate as well.

In the ninth the Red Sox were up three when Hurst, still in the game, walked his first two batters.  Steve Crawford came in and gave up a warning-track fly out to Andre Thornton that almost tied the game!  Mike Hargrove grounded into a game-ending double play immediately after.

Winning Pitcher - Bruce Hurst
Losing Pitcher - Steve Comer
Save - Steve Crawford
Player of the Game - Rich Gedman, 2-4, 2 2B's, RBI, caught one runner stealing and picked off another
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

Game #454 - Seattle Mariners, 5 @ Detroit Tigers, 21

The Tigers must have been angry about their last two one-run losses to the Mariners, because their bats EXPLODED!  Some of the highlights:

  • Detroit hit 8 total home runs
  • Lance Parrish hit three of them!
  • In two different innings they scored 7 runs
  • Every starter had at least two hits
  • Every starter scored at least one run
  • In three different innings they sent ten or more batters to the plate
In short, it was a massacre.

Winning Pitcher - Milt Wilcox
Losing Pitcher - Matt Young
Player of the Game - Lance Parrish, 5-6, 3HR's, 6 RBI's, 3R's

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