November 19, 2016

May 22, 1984 - cALLdWELL That Ends Well

Game #517 - New York Yankees, 8 @ Seattle Mariners, 10

The Mariners were already up 2-0 heading into the top of the third when Matt Young's arm apparently fell off as he gave up five runs to the Bronx, including a two-run jack from Rick Cerone.  Seattle posted three runs in the bottom of the fourth (two from an Alvin Davis double) and an RBI single from Gorman Thomas in the fifth to retake the lead at 8-5.

New York wasn't finished, though.  In the top of the sixth Steve Kemp walked and Ken Griffey singled.  With Toby Harrah due up, I pinch hit with Roy Smalley.  All he did was launch a THREE RUN BOMB to tie it up!!!

The score was still knotted in the bottom of the eighth when Dave Righetti took over for the Yankees.  Spike Owen dropped a bunt single down the third base line but Dave Henderson flew out after that.  Alvin Davis was up, and it wasn't looking good since it was a lefty on lefty battle.  But Davis flipped a "clutch batting" FAC and the next card dictated a WALK-OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Winning Pitcher - Edwin Nunez
Losing Pitcher - Dave Righetti
Player of the Game - Alvin Davis, 2-5, 2B, walk-off HR, 4RBI, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield

Game #518 - Milwaukee Brewers, 13 @ Texas Rangers, 3

I did something a little out of the ordinary in this game.  I let Charlie Hough keep pitching even after getting roughed up at various points.  He game up two runs right out of the gate in the first.  Then he game up a grand slam to Bill Schroeder in the fifth.  Ben Oglivie tagged him for a homer in the eighth, but I still had him up in the ninth until he gave up back to back singles.  Tom Henke couldn't get the final two outs before allowing those two inherited runners to score as well as four of his own.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Caldwell
Losing Pitcher - Charlie Hough
Player of the Game - Caldwell, 8 2/3 IP, 3R's, 4H's, 5K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount

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