October 31, 2016

May 21, 1984 - Beantown and Beanings

Game #509 - Cleveland Indians, 5 @ Boston Red Sox, 1

There were only four games played in the real 1984 on this date.  I appreciate these light schedule days because it makes me feel like I'm finishing this season faster than I really am!

Steve Comer walked Wad Boggs and Dwight Evans in the bottom of the first, and Boggs eventually scored on a Jim Rice sacrifice fly.  But Cleveland bounced back in the top of the fifth.  Julio Franco, who is hitting everything pitched at him lately, roped a single and then part-time catcher Chris Bando jacked a two run dong to give the Tribe the lead.  (I hate using the word "dong" for home runs.  I feel like everyone is right now.)  Bob Stanley relieved Bruce Hurst but he leaked three more runs and Believeland took home the victory.

Winning Pitcher - Steve Comer
Losing Pitcher - Bruce Hurst
Save - Ernie Camacho
Player of the Game - Chris Bando, 3-5, HR, 2RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

Game #510 - Chicago White Sox, 8 @ Kansas City Royals, 1

This game left both teams black and blue.

There were two runners on with only one out when Frank Wills surrendered a bloop hit that caused Steve Balboni and Pat Sheridan to collide!  Both runners scored and Balboni and Sheridan join George Brett on the IR thanks to the dreaded "Z" injury card.

Frank Wills beaned Rudy Law in the fourth after giving up a lead-off double to Tom Paciorek.  Then he plunked Greg Luzinski in the top of the fifth and I pulled him on principle.  But White Sox starter Floyd Bannister exacted revenge by hitting the first batter he faced in the bottom of the next inning!  In real life that would have been a brawl for sure, but in Statis Pro...you just keep playing.  Chicago continued to batter the ball as the Royals dropped the game and two more position players.

Winning Pitcher - Floyd Bannister
Losing Pitcher - Frank Wills
Player of the Game - Bannister, 8IP, 8K's, R

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