Well, May 22, 1984, was a Tuesday, and today is a Tuesday. And not just any Tuesday...it's election day. So go out there and vote. And do me a favor...pick the correct candidate!
For the second game in a row, Cleveland has Boston's number! Though the Sox had a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, the Tribe plated three, including a bases-loaded walk by Bob Ojeda. In the top of the seventh Cleveland was still out in front, 5-3, when they again scored three runs, including an RBI single from the ageless wonder, Julio Franco. Jim Rice parked a two-run bomb off reliever Jamie Easterly in the bottom half of the inning, but Cleveland held on to win by the end.
Winning Pitcher - Steve Farr
Losing Pitcher - Bob Ojeda
Save - Tom Waddell
Player of the Game - Julio Franco, 4-5, RBI, R, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice
Game #514 - Detroit Tigers, 3 @ California Angels, 5
So of the four teams to make the playoffs in the real 1984, none of them are currently in first place in my league. Of those four, Detroit is the only team with a winning record. They've played great, but the Yankees and Blue Jays have been other-worldly so far. I'm starting to get anxious about it - what am I doing wrong!?
Milt Wilcox has been one of the unluckiest starters in Statis Pro, and his bad fortune continued in this one. The Angels sent all nine hitters to the plate in the bottom of the first and scored three runs. They picked up two more in the second. Wilcox settled down after that, going five more runs without allowing another score. Despite a two-run rally in the seventh, the Tigers were doomed for the day. Part of the reason? FIVE double plays. Egad!
Winning Pitcher - Mike Witt
Losing Pitcher - Milt Wilcox
Save - Doug Corbett
Player of the Game - Corbet, 2IP, SV, K, 0H's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson