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April 5, 2016

May 17, 1984 - Easy Does It

Game #464 - Boston Red Sox, 6 @ Cleveland Indians, 5

It's the start of a new day of games on the blog, and a new season in real life!  Every fan has a glimmer of hope on opening day, but only one team will win the World Series.  And we all know this year it will be...THE ORIOLES!  LET'S GO O'S!!!

Anyhoo, back in our pretend 1984, a real fake game was played:

The Red Sox nearly completed a team cycle in the first inning, only needing a single.  Dwight Evans tripled and then Mike Easler hit a two run homer.  A batter later Rich Gedman had doubled before Steve Farr escaped without further damage.

The score stayed 2-0 until the fourth, when the Red Sox scored twice more.  Wade Boggs singled home Bill Buckner and then Evans doubled home Boggs.  But Cleveland came roaring back in the bottom of the inning and actually took a one run lead, thanks in no small part to an unexpected Julio Franco grand slam.

The Indians lead lasted until the top of the seventh, when Easler went deep for the second time in the game to tie things up.  From their the tie was knotted into extra innings.  In the top of the tenth Tony Armas led off with a double, and scored when Buckner singled him home.  Bob Stanley pitched a second inning of relief to secure the win for Bean Town.

Winning Pitcher - Bob Stanley
Losing Pitcher - Ernie Camacho
Player of the Game - Mike Easler, 4-5, 2HR's, 3RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice


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