October 8, 2017

June 1, 1984 - More NL Action

Game #631 - Montreal Expos, 3 @ Pittsburgh Pirates, 4

Talk about a fun game - both starters went eight strong innings and neither got the decision!

In the top of the second inning Gary Carter ripped a ball over the fence to give Montreal a 1-0 lead.  That was good all the way until the bottom of the sixth, when Expos starter David Palmer gave up a triple to Lee Lacy and then a double to Johnny Ray. 

It was still a tie game in the top of the eighth when, with two runners on, Pirates starter Larry McWilliams collided with third sacker Jim Morrison.  Morrison got the worst of it and is now on the 30 game DL.  McWilliams worked out of the jam to hand the ball to Don Robinson.  Robinson, one of the unluckiest pitchers in Statis Pro, once again imploded.  He gave up two runs in to the top of the ninth and it could have been worse but Lacy gunned down Tim Raines at the plate.

In the bottom of the ninth Jeff Reardon came in to save the game.  With two outs Denny Gonzalez, in the game for the injured Jim Morrison, zipped a double down the line and then scored when Miguel Dilone bobbled Tony Pena's single.  Pena was on first with two down and still trailing Montreal by one run.  Marvelle Wynne was up next and he legged out an infield single to put two Pirates on!  Lee Mazzilli came in to pinch hit for Dale Berra but hit weakly to shortstop Derrick Thomas.  But Thomas air-mailed the ball to first and both runners scored on the error!  A walk-off E6 for the Pirates!!!

Winning Pitcher - Don Robinson
Losing Pitcher - Jeff Reardon
Player of the Game - Larry McWilliams, 8IP, 1R, 6K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter

Game #632 - San Diego Padres, 5 @ San Francisco Giants, 1

Giants starter Mark Davis was well on his way to the best start of his frustrating season, pitching five scoreless innings heading into the top of the sixth with a slim 1-0 lead.  But with one down Tony Gwynn doubled, though he was thrown out at home on a subsequent single by Carmelo Martinez.  But McReynolds came up next and blasted a homer to make it 2-1 in favor of the Padres.  McReynolds struck again in the eighth, this time with a 2-RBI triple.  McReynolds was only a double short of the cycle.  We still haven't seen a cycle on the season and it's driving me crazy.

Winning Pitcher - Eddie Whitson
Losing Pitcher - Mark Davis
Player of the Game - Kevin McReynolds, 3-4, 3B, HR, 4RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage

October 4, 2017

June 1, 1984 - A Reckoning Is Coming

I can't help but think, many years from now, when we're in the home stretch of the regular season, the Cardinals will be fading, struggling to hold onto first place, while the surging Cubs will be beating down the door right at the wire.  I look forward to it...

Game #629 - St. Louis Cardinals, 9 @ New York Mets, 3

Walt Terrell had a decent enough season in the real 1984, but so far in Statis Pro he's been fairly awful.  That was the case again in this game.  Already trailing 1-0 in the top of the third, Terrell got destroyed by the Cardinals offense.  Tom Herr ripped his first home run of the season for 3 RBI and the Red Birds plated four more in the inning.

Danny Cox toed the rubber for St. Louis and had a solid six innings of work, only allowing one run to score.  Reliever Ricky Horton gave up a two-run homer to Keith Hernandez but still got a save since he went three innings after Cox.

Winning Pitcher - Danny Cox
Losing Pitcher - Walt Terrell
Save - Ricky Horton
Player of the Game - Tom Herr, 3-5, 2B, HR, 3RBI, R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith

Game #630 - Chicago Cubs, 6 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 5

It sure looked like Chicago's five game win streak was coming to an end early in the contest.  Von Hayes led off the bottom of the first with a single, stolen base, and then a run on the RBI knock by Tim Corcoran.  Corcoran plated another run in the fourth to give the Phillies a 5-0 lead.

And that's when the Cubs turned into Bears.

In the top of the fifth Ryne Sandberg homered to cut the lead to four.  Steve Carlton was still cruising until the top of the seventh.  Four straight Cubs recorded hits, including an RBI single by Gary Mattews.  Carlton got lifted and in came the late Tug McGraw.  With two runners on, Steve Lake came in as a pinch hitter for reliever Dickie Noles.  What did Lake do?  HOME RUN!!!  The Cubs came out of nowhere and  then somehow had a one run lead, their first of the game.  Tim Stoddard ad Warren Brusstar pitched a scoreless final three innings to give Chicago the improbable win!

Winning Pitcher - Dickie Noles
Losing Pitcher - Tug McGraw
Save - Warren Brusstar
Player of the Game - Steve Lake, GW 3-Run Homer
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton

October 2, 2017

June 1, 1984 - Rocket Launch

Game #627 - Boston Red Sox, 9 @ Milwaukee Brewers, 6

Well, this was one of the most anticipated games of the Statis Pro season - the debut of rookie Roger Clemens!

Clemens is a "2-5" ranked pitcher in Statis Pro thanks to his +4 ERA, but his strikeout range is enormous, so it should make for some interesting stat lines the rest of the way.

The Rocket got into trouble in the bottom of the second.  With two outs and runners on second and third, Rick Manning ripped a double to but the Brew Crew up by two.  But the Red Sox tied the game by plating runs in the third and fourth inning.  The score stayed knotted until the top of the sixth.  With one run already in, Dwight Evans took spot starter Chuck Porter over the outfield fence for three more RBI!

Meanwhile, Clemens pitched out of a jam in the bottom half of the inning but finally got tagged again in the seventh when a Ben Oglivie single brought Cecil Cooper and Robin Yount home.  Ganter came up next and got a hit but Oglivie was thrown  out at third base for the second time of the game by Dewey.  Bob Stanley gave up two unearned runs off his own error in the eighth but Boston held on to give Clemens a win for his first career start.

Winning Pitcher - Roger Clemens
Losing Pitcher - Chuck Porter
Player of the Game - Dwight Evans, 2-4, HR, 3RBI, 2R's, BB, HBP, 2Asst.'s
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers

Game #628 - Kansas City Royals, 3 @ Minnesota Twins, 2

Dave Engle led off the bottom of the second with a double and scored three batters later when Kirby Puckett knocked him home.  That was the only run of the game until the bottom of the sixth when Tim Teufel took Royals starter Larry Gura deep for a solo homer.

Frank Viola, meanwhile, was mowing down the Royals...until the eighth inning.  With two outs Hal McRae singled and Willie Wilson scored to make it a 2-1 game still in favor of the Twins.  But a Houston Jimenez error kept the inning alive and Viola was replaced by Ron Davis.  Davis gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Dane Iorg and all of a sudden Viola had a no-decision and the game was tied.

In the top of the ninth pinch-hitter Jorge Orta doubled with one out.  Wilson popped out and it looked like George Brett grounded out to Gary Gaetti but Gaetti overthrew Kent Hrbek and Orta scored the go-ahead run on the error!  Quisenberry worked his second inning of relief in the bottom of the ninth and got the Twins retired without incident to cap a comeback victory for the Royals.

Winning Pitcher - Dan Quisenberry
Losing Pitcher - Ron Davis
Player of the Game - Quisenberry
Hall of Famers in the Game - George Brett, Kirby Puckett

September 30, 2017

June 1, 1984 - Saved the Day

Game #625 - Baltimore Orioles, 3 @ Detroit Tigers, 6

This game kicked off a crucial home series for the Tigers as they faced off against a fellow AL East team, the Baltimore Orioles, who are also chasing the Blue Jays for the division lead.

The game was scoreless through four innings until John Shelby doubled home John "Tonight, let it be..." Lowenstein in the top of the fifth.  The O's picked up two more runs in the sixth on a Wayne Gross home run.  Gross leads the team in that category.

The Tigers came roaring back in the bottom half of the inning.  Baltimore starter Mike Flanagan had been nearly unhittable until that point but gave game up a 2-RBI single to Barnabo Garbey and a two-run homer to Marty Castillo.  Kirk Gibson added an insurance dinger in the seventh and Willie Hernandez pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth to save the game.

Winning Pitcher - Milt Wilcox
Losing Pitcher - Mike Flanagan
Save - Willie Hernandez
Player of the Game - Kirk Gibson, 2-4, 2B, HR, 2R's, 2RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #626 - Houston Astros, 7 @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 4

Fernandomania was not in effect for the Dodgers in this game.  Valenzuela gave up three runs in the top of the first while facing eight different hitters.  The Dodgers picked up a run in the third when Steve Yeager parked a solo shot off Bob Knepper to make it 3-1.

Jerry Mumphrey knocked home Phil Garner in the fourth and seldom used backup shortstop Bert Pena cranked a two-run homer in the fifth to give Houston a 6-1 lead. 

Knepper gave up two more runs in the seventh and was lifted for Bill Dawley in the eighth.  The Astros picked up another run in the top of the ninth so Frank DiPino came in to mop up the victory.  He gave up a solo shot to German Rivera in the bottom of the ninth and then proceeded to load the bases before Dave Smith came in to record one out to save the game.

Winning Pitcher - Bob Knepper
Losing Pitcher - Fernando Valenzuela
Save - Dave Smith
Player of the Game - Dave Smith

September 27, 2017

June 1, 1984 - Reds, Braves Split Twin Bill

Game #623 - Atlanta Braves, 10 @ Cincinnati Reds, 5

Each team called up a starter not on their current roster for the doubleheader.  The Braves let Tony Brizzolara make his second start of the year while the Reds went with Andy McGaffigan.  Neither was particularly good...

Atlanta went up big in the top of the first.  Gerald Perry led of with a homer, Dale Murphy plated Randy Johnson with a double and then scored on a two-run bomb from Chris Chambliss and the Braves were up 4-0 with only one out in the game.

Fast forward to the top of the eighth and the Braves still had a 7-4 lead.  That's when Johnson launched a ball into the left field stands for three more runs and the final nail in the coffin.

Winning Pitcher - Tony Brizzolara
Losing Pitcher - Andy McGaffigan
Player of the Game - Randy Johnson, 4-5, 2B, HR, 4RBI, 2R's

Game #624 - Atlanta Braves, 0 @ Cincinnati Reds, 2

The Reds spent up a lot of their long relief in the first game of the doubleheader, so they needed Mario Soto to have a strong start.  He didn't disappoint!  Cincinnati got a run in the bottom of the first when Gary Redus doubled, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Eddie Milner, and then scampered home on a Cesar Cedeno single.  That's all Soto would need.  He went all nine innings only giving up three hits and two walks while striking out an impressive ten Braves.

Winning Pitcher - Mario Soto
Losing Pitcher - Rick Camp
Player of the Game - Mario Soto

September 25, 2017

June 1, 1984 - Hello June!

Game #621 - Oakland A's, 0 @ Chicago White Sox, 1

Tom Seaver was well past his prime in 1984, but in this game he pulled out some old Seaver magic to pitch one of the best games of this Statis Pro season.  It was certainly a dominant performance.  Only three runners reached base!  Tony Phillips doubled in the third, Bruce Bochte singled in the fifth, and Rickey Henderson drew a walk in the sixth.  That was all Oakland could muster while Seaver struck out six.

Meanwhile, the A's wasted an unusually masterful performance by Larry Sorensen.  The only run he allowed was a Vance Law solo blast in the bottom of the fourth.  It was one of only four hits for Chicago, though they did reach on five bases on balls.

Carlton Fisk comes off the DL in their next game, which has been a long time coming.

Winning Pitcher - Tom Seaver
Losing Pitcher - Larry Sorensen
Player of the Game - Tom Seaver, CG SHO, 2H's, BB, 6K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan, Tom Seaver

Game #622 - California Angels, 1 @ Cleveland Indians, 3

This was a battle of the lefties as Neal Heaton and Geoff Zahn faced off in this series opener.  Both pitchers were cruising until the bottom of the fourth.  Andre Thornton was on third with two outs when Brook Jacoby singled him home.  The game got tied by California in the top of the fifth when Heaton plunked Juan Beniquez with the bases loaded!  He got Brian Downing to ground out to Chris Bando to end the threat.

RBI doubles by Bando and Carmelo Castillo in the bottom of the fifth gave Cleveland all the runs they needed.  Tom Waddell and Ernie Camacho pitched a scoreless two innings of relief to give Cleveland the victory.

Winning Pitcher - Neal Heaton
Losing Pitcher - Geoff Zahn
Save - Ernie Camacho
Player of the Game - Heaton, 7IP, ER, 6K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

September 23, 2017

Month in Review - May

Holy cow, May is in the books.  That's two months down.  I can't believe it.  It's taken over five years.  When I started this blog I had two kids and now I have three...with that third kid being five!  My blog is older than my last born!

I'd say the biggest story of the season so far is that none of the four playoff teams from the real 1984 are currently in first place.  The Tigers are closest, just a couple of games back of the Blue Jays.  Toronto has played extremely well but their bullpen will get exposed soon enough.  I predict Detroit will be in first by the end of June.

The Royals have been decimated by injuries, including 20 games to George Brett, but they get most of their starters back within the next week or so.  They've quietly risen up the standings to third place, though they're still five games below .500.  The Padres are showing a little more signs of life but still lag behind four teams in the NL West.  The Astros are still playing stellar ball and haven't come back down to earth yet.  I'm nervous about the Padres chances to duplicate their improbable World Series appearance.

The team that causes me the most stress is the Cubs.  They're dead last and ten games under .500.  The Cardinals might be the best team in either league, which isn't helping.  But, they're on a five game win streak right now and very soon will get both Rick Sutcliffe and Dennis Eckersley in their rotation.  They absolutely need them.

Other Guys Besides Joe Morgan Who Are Playing Way Over Their Heads:

Dion James, Brewers, OF
Gary Pettis, Angels, OF
Oil Can Boyd, Red Sox, P
Brad Gulden, Reds, C
Claudell Washington, Braves, OF
Pasquel Perez, Braves, P

Favorite Game In May?

There were a lot of fun games in May, but I'd have to go with the insane second game of a doubleheader on May 27 between Cleveland and the Blue Jays.  Cleveland scored five runs in the top of the eleventh...but Toronto tied it up and walked it off in the 12th!

Your MVP Race So Far:

American League
1.  Joe Morgan, A's, 2B
2.  Mike Young, Orioles, OF
3.  Dave Winfield, Yankees, OF

National League
1.  Darryl Strawberry, Mets, OF
2.  Claudell Washington, Braves, OF
3.  Tim Raines, Expos, OF

Your CY YOUNG Race So Far:

American League
1.  Doyle Alexander, Blue Jays
2.  Bud Black, Royals
3.  Dan Quisenberry, Royals

National League
1.  Alejandro Pena, Dodgers
2.  Rick Rhoden, Pirates
3.  Dwight Gooden, Mets


P - Alejandro Pena, Dodgers
C - Lance Parrish, Tigers
1B - Alvin Davis, Mariners
2B - Joe Morgan, A's
3B - Wade Boggs, Red Sox
SS - Cal Ripken, Orioles
OF - Darryl Strawberry, Mets
OF - Mike Young, Orioles
OF - Claudell Washington, Braves

I'm An Awesome Manager Of...

The St. Louis Cardinals.  They have the best record in Statis Pro right now and they are running away in the NL East.  They have a lot of versatility on the bench and the bullpen and all cylinders are firing right now.

I'm A Terrible Manager Of...

The Chicago Cubs.  Despite ending the month on a five game win streak, during May they lost THIRTEEN in a row.  I buried their playoff hopes deep in the woods where nobody will find them.  I'm sorry Punky Brewster.

Looking Forward

At the end of April I predicted it would take three to four years to finish May...and I was just about dead right!  It took nearly three and a half on the nose.  That seems to be the going pace, so I'll predict February of 2021 to be done with June...which is so far away yet will get here so quickly...

September 20, 2017

May 31, 1984 - Goodbye, May

Game #619 - Chicago Cubs, 9 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 2

The Phillies raced out to a quick 2-0 lead when Joe Lefebvre launched a two-run dong in the bottom of the first off starter Dick Ruthven.  Keith Moreland responded in the top of the second with a solo tater to cut the lead in half.

It would remain 2-1 until the top of the seventh.  Charles Hudson was on cruise control but seemingly hit a pot hole because the wheels came off.  Pinch hitter Henry Cotto hit a two-run single and then scored on a Ryne Sandberg triple.  The Cubs would score five total runs in the inning and would add three more over the next two innings to give Chicago their fifth win in a row.

Winning Pitcher - Dick Ruthven
Losing Pitcher - Charles Hudson
Player of the Game - Henry Cotto, 1-1, Sac Fly, 3RBI, R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt

Game #620 - Montreal Expos, 3 @ Pittsburgh Pirates, 9

This game was tic for tack through the first four innings, with the Expos holding a slim 3-2 lead.  But the Pirates pushed the Expos overboard in the fifth.  That's when they plated six runs, including a bases-clearing double by Marvelle Wynn.  Jose DeLeon scattered four hits and five walks over eight innings pitched and logged the victory.

Winning Pitcher - Jose DeLeon
Losing Pitcher - Steve Rogers
Player of the Game - Lee Lacy, 3-5, RBI, 2R's, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter

September 14, 2017

May 31, 1984 - You Only Have To Win By One

Game #617 - Kansas City Royals, 4 @ Minnesota Twins, 3

This was a real back and forth game.  In the top of the first Onix Concepcion reached on a single.  He stole second base and reached third on a George Brett fly out.  He proceeded to score on a passed ball by Tim Laudner.  Kansas City returned the favor in the bottom of the second when Tim Teufel scored on a wild pitch by Mark Gubicza.

Minnesota pulled ahead three to one when Tom Brunansky went deep for a two run bomb in the third.  But KC tied it up again in the fifth.  In a huge two-out rally, Willie Wilson tripled, scored on a Concepcion double, and then two batters later Hal McRae singled home Concepcion.  That would turn out to be the deciding run as Dan Quisenberry held the Twins scoreless over the final two innings.

Winning Pitcher - Mark Gubicza
Losing Pitcher - Rick Lysander
Save - Dan Quisenberry
Player of the Game - Hal McRae, 3-4, 2B, 2RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - George Brett, Kirby Puckett

Game #618 - St. Louis Cardinals, 1 @ New York Mets, 2

This looks like a pitcher's duel on the screen, but in reality these two teams combined for 24 hits...yet only produced three runs!  The winning run came in the bottom of the sixth when Keith Hernandez knocked Jerry Martin home.  Jesse Orosco pitched a perfect ninth inning to notch the save.

Winning Pitcher - Ron Darling
Losing Pitcher - Dave LaPoint
Save - Jesse Orosco
Player of the Game - Keith Hernandez, 3-5, RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith

September 12, 2017

Rest in Peace - Don Baylor

I've been putting this one off for a couple of weeks, but it's time to recognize and appreciate the greatness of Don Baylor.

He passed away about a month ago from multiple myeloma.

Baylor had a heck of a career in Major League Baseball.  He got his start with my favorite team, the Baltimore Orioles, before going to the Angels where he really excelled.  He won the American League MVP in 1979 for California.

In 1983 he came to the New York Yankees as part of George Steinbrenner's obsession with overloading the team with veteran guys who should be designated hitters.  I've had him batting fifth for most of this Statis Pro season in the DH spot.

The end of Baylor's playing days were quite interesting too.  He played on three straight World Series teams:  The Red Sox (1986), the Twins (1987), and the Athletics (1988).  He would go on to coach in the bigs, including as the first manager for the Colorado Rockies.

I was a kid in the 1980's, and one of my very distinct memories of watching baseball back then was Baylor's enormous biceps and how he would lean into inside fastballs to take the hit by pitch.  When I played little league I was terrified of being plunked and there was Baylor, taking one on the arm all of the time, and making it look like it hurt the ball more than himself.

We went to a lot of games as a kid, and my dad would often bring his nice camera.  Here are a few pics he got of Baylor in his last season at Rangers game in old Arlington.  Rest in Peace Don Baylor - thank you for being such an awesome figure in the history of baseball.

September 10, 2017

May 31st, 1984 - The Guld and the Beautiful

Game #616 - Atlanta Braves, 2 @ Cincinnati Reds, 5

Before the game started I thought this would be a blowout in the Braves favor.  Pascual Perez was going against Frank Pastore, who might be the worst starter in the NL.  But as I've said before...THAT'S WHY YOU PLAY THE GAME!

Atlanta was the first to score, though.  In the top of the third Claudell Washington doubled home Gerald Perry, and then in the fourth Rafael Ramirez doubled home Glen Hubbard.  Pastore settled down after that and pitched through the sixth only giving up those two runs.

The Reds got their first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth on an unlikely homer from Ron Oester.  It was Oester's first dong of the year.  Then in the bottom of the sixth Perez got into trouble.  He loaded the bases and up stepped catcher Brad Gulden, who is hitting about sixty points above his real 1984 average.  What did he do?  CLUTCH DOUBLE.  2 RBI, and all of a sudden the Reds were up 3-2!

The Reds got two more insurance runs off Pete Falcone and Ted Power, John Franco, and Bill Scherrer pitched three innings of scoreless relief to give Frank Pastore his first victory of the season.  Brad Gulden earned his FIFTH player of the game honors, which is kind of crazy.

Winning Pitcher - Frank Pastore
Losing Pitcher - Pascual Perez
Save - Bill Scherrer
Player of the Game - Brad Gulden, 1-4, 2B, 2RBI, R, threw out Gerald Perry on the steal attempt
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez

September 8, 2017

May 30, 1984 - Rangers Ruin Brett's Return

Game #615 - Kansas City Royals, 1 @ Texas Rangers, 7

George Brett spent the last twenty games on the disabled list, so it was a lot of fun to have him back in the KC lineup.  He responded by being the typical George Brett; he went 2-4 with a double.  But the Rangers recorded six straight hits in the bottom of the first, mostly off Charlie Liebrandt's pitcher card or infield hits, and those dinks and dunks led to a five run deficit the Royals never recovered from.

Frank Tanana mowed down the depleted Royals offense.  Though Brett is back they still have several of their stars on the DL.  Tanana lasted eight innings and only gave up one run while striking out three.  He had to work extra hard, too, because the Texas infield committed three errors in the game.

Winning Pitcher - Frank Tanana
Losing Pitcher - Charlie Liebrandt
Player of the Game - Frank Tanana
Hall of Famers in the Game - George Brett

September 5, 2017

May 30, 1984 - Identical Scores

Game #613 - San Francisco Giants, 3 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 5 (11 innings)

The Phillies jumped out to an early three run lead thanks in part to a RBI single from Tim Corcoran and a bases loaded walk to Mike Schmidt.  But the Giants came pecking back against Jerry Koosman.  In the fourth Brad Wellman doubled home Jeff Leonard and then Leonard launched a solo homer in the sixth.

In the top of the ninth Larry Andersen came on but gave up three straight singles to load the bases.  Pinch-hitter Randy Gomez whiffed but Chili Davis poked a single to tie the game!  Chris Brown struck out and the Phillies couldn't produce in the bottom of the ninth so that meant FREE BASEBALL!

Fast forward to the bottom of the eleventh and Greg Minton took the mound, the fourth Giants reliever of the game.  Pinch hitter Bo Diaz promptly walked, but Minton got back to back K's on Von Hayes and Luis Aguayo.  But Sixto Lezcano came up next and BLASTED A WALK-OFF, TWO-RUN BOMB!!!

Winning Pitcher - Don Carman
Losing Pitcher - Greg Minton
Player of the Game - Lezcano
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt

Game #614 - Baltimore Orioles, 3 @ Seattle Mariners, 5

This was the battle of the Mikes as Boddicker and Moore squared off against each other.  The Orioles had a comfy 2-0 lead when Phil Bradley doubled and Alvin Davis homered to tie things up.  In the fifth Larry Milbourne tripled and Spike Owen squeezed him home to give Seattle their first lead.  They padded that advantage with back to back solo homers by Ken Phelps and Barry Bonnell.  Despite issuing six walks, Mike Moore lasted eight innings while striking out eight Orioles hitters.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Moore
Losing Pitcher - Mike Boddicker
Save - Mike Stanton
Player of the Game - Moore, 8IP, 2R's, 8K's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

September 3, 2017

May 30, 1984 - Home Invasion

Game #611 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 1 @ Montreal Expos, 0

Orel Hershiser of the Dodgers and Bryn Smith of the Expos locked horns in a masterful pitcher's duel.  Each hurler managed six innings of shutout work until the top of the seventh.  With one out Mike Marshall singled and then advanced to third on a hit by Ken Landreaux.  With runners on the corners R.J. Reynolds singled home Marshall.  Smith got out of the jam by inducing  a double play ground out from Steve Sax.

The Expos never advanced a runner past second base because Hershiser was lethal.  In one of the best pitched games of the season he only allowed three hits and three walks, all while striking out nine in the effort.

Winning Pitcher - Orel Hershiser
Losing Pitcher - Bryn Smith
Player of the Game - Hershiser, CG SHO
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter

Game #612 - Detroit Tigers, 6 @ Oakland A's, 3

Mike Warren of the A's tried, God bless him, but it was ultimately a wasted effort.  Lou Whitaker, the very first batter of the game, launched a solo jack that gave the Tigers a quick lead they never relinquished.  Warren got through five innings of work but surrendered a staggering fourteen hits doing it.  The Tigers hit into four double plays on the day, which helped minimize the damage.

Mother Nature took pity on the A's in the top of the eighth.  With a runner on third the skies opened up and pelted the field with rain.  The "Z" card said no more baseball would be played, and Detroit exited with the win.

Winning Pitcher - Dan Petry
Losing Pitcher - Mike Warren
Player of the Game - Lou Whitaker, 3-4, HR, 2RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan

August 23, 2017

May 30, 1984 - Schroeder Destroys Cleveland to Split the Doubleheader

Game #609 - Milwaukee Brewers, 2 @ Cleveland Indians, 10

Milwaukee and Cleveland were playing twice in one day, so the biggest fear a manager has running their bullpen is a short stint by the starting pitcher.

Enter Don Sutton.

Sutton couldn't get out of the first before hitting the showers, getting shelled for six runs in just two-thirds of an inning.  Andre Thornton went deep for a two-run  homer in the inning.

The only two runs for the Brew Crew came courtesy of Charlie Moore, who launched two solo shots off starter Steve Farr.

Winning Pitcher - Steve Farr
Losing Pitcher - Don Sutton
Player of the Game - Andre Thornton, 2-5, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Don Sutton

Game #610 - Milwaukee Brewers, 10 @ Cleveland Indians, 5

Like I said, during a doubleheader the manager doesn't want to see the starter get roasted early.

Enter Moose Haas.

Despite Milwaukee getting a three-run lead in the first thanks to a Bill Schroeder home run, Haas gave up a solo homer to George Vukovich in the second, an RBI double to Julio Franco in the third, and then a Chris Bando two-run dinger in the third as well.  But after Schroeder launched his SECOND three-run home run in the fourth inning Haas got yanked and Jamie Cocanower sacrificed his next start in the rotation by engaging in emergency mop-up duty.  He held Cleveland to just one more run over six innings of relief!

But our good friend Bill Schroeder wasn't done...HE BLASTED ANOTHER THREE-RUN HOMER IN THE EIGHTH!!!  That made it three homers and NINE RBI on the day!!!  I'm pretty sure that's the record high for the season.

Winning Pitcher - Jamie Cocanower
Losing Pitcher - Bert Blyleven
Player of the Game - Bill Schroeder, 4-5, 3HR's, 9RBI, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Bert Blyleven

August 20, 2017

May 30, 1984 - Veteran OF's Win the Day

Game #607 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 8 @ Cincinnati Reds, 4

This one wasn't nearly as close as the final score looks.  The Pirates were up 8-0 after five innings. Both Tony Pena and Jim Morrison had three hits and a RBI, but it was Lee Lacy who had the biggest day.  He recorded two hits, three walks, a run scored, a stolen base, two runs and a RBI.

Winning Pitcher - John Candelaria
Losing Pitcher - Joe Price
Player of the Game - Lee Lacy
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez

Game #608 - St. Louis Cardinals, 1 @ Houston Astros, 0

Starters Joe Niekro and Jaquin Andujar were both dealing the nasty cheese in this pitcher's duel.  Andujar got lifted with one out in the eighth in favor of all-world reliever Bruce Sutter, but Niekro was still in the game in the top of the ninth.  Willie McGee had a lead-off single and reached third on a pick-off attempt by Joe Niekro, who nabbed Tommy Herr with a similar move in the second inning.  George Hendrick singled him home as the next batter and Sutter shut down the 'stros 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to record the win.

Winning Pitcher - Bruce Sutter
Losing Pitcher - Joe Niekro
Player of the Game - George Hendrick, GW RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter

August 7, 2017

May 30, 1984 - Trust Your Veterans

Game #605 - New York Yankees, 6 @ California Angels, 7

I love awesome, back and forth games!  Let's jump into the recap...

The Angels went up 2-0 in the bottom of the third when light-hitting Bob Boone smacked a double with the bases loaded off Ron Guidry.  The Yankees answered in the top half of the fourth, though, when Don Baylor and Butch Wynegar each ripped an RBI single to tie things back up.

In the bottom of the fifth Doug DeCinces legged out a triple with no outs, and trotted home after an RBI hit from Fred Lynn.  But the Yankees came roaring back, once again, the very next inning.  Don Mattingly chased Tommy John out of the game with an RBI double that scored Ken Griffey.  Luis Sanchez took John's place, but a booted grounder by DeCinces led to two more RBI on a pinch hit double from Steve Kemp, giving New York a two run lead.

They maintained that lead in the bottom of the eighth.  Reliever Clay Christianse induced a ground out from Dick Schofield...but Roy Smalley made an error!  Schofield advanced to second on a sacrifice fly by Rod Carew that very nearly left the ballpark.  Gary Pettis came up next, and smoked a triple to score Schofield.  But he wasn't done!  Ken Griffey bobbled the ball in center and allowed Pettis to score - tie game!  That brought up Reggie Jackson, pinch hitting in the DH slot of the order.  What did Mr. October do?  H O M E  R U N!!!!  Don Aase worked a scoreless ninth and the Angels escaped with the come from behind victory!

Winning Pitcher - Bruce Kison
Losing Pitcher - Clay Christianse
Save - Don Aase
Player of the Game - Reggie Jackson, 1-1, HR, huge ego
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

Game #606 - Toronto Blue Jays, 2 @ Chicago White Sox, 3

At the start of the game LaMarr Hoyt was pegged as having "bad stuff," meaning his normal 2-6 pitcher rating dropped to 2-4...against the best offense in Statis Pro!  But what did the steely veteran do?  He pitched seven innings of one-run ball, only giving up a solo homer to George Bell!  The White Sox scored three in the third off Jim Clancy and held on the rest of the way to put one in the win column!

Winning Pitcher - LaMarr Hoyt
Losing Pitcher - Jim Clancy
Save - Ron Reed
Player of the Game - Hoyt, 7IP, 7H's, 4K's, R

August 5, 2017

May 30, 1984 - Remember When They Were in World Series Droughts?

Game #603 - Chicago Cubs, 10 @ Atlanta Braves, 8

The Cubbies went up 4-0 in the first and never looked back, even though the final score made it look closer than it really was.  Leon Durham hit a 2-RBI double with the bases loaded, helping chase away Len Barker after three innings and seven runs of offense.  Durham added another RBI, again with a double, in the sixth.  But it was Rich Hebner, making an ultra-rare start in the outfield, who had the biggest day.  He went four for five with a RBI and three runs scored...plus an outfield assist!

Winning Pitcher - Chuck Rainey
Losing Pitcher - Len Barker
Save - Warren Brusstar
Player of the Game - Rich Hebner
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg

Game #604 - Minnesota Twins, 0 @ Boston Red Sox, 7

The poor Twins lost this one almost as soon as it started.  In the bottom of the first Wade Boggs singled, Dwight Evans walked, and then Mike Easler homered to give them a 3-0 lead before they even recorded an out!  Bob Ojeda scattered nine hits and two walks in a complete game shutout, the first shutout of the year for any Boston pitcher.

Winning Pitcher - Bob Ojeda
Losing Pitcher - John Butcher
Player of the Game - Mike Easler, 3-4, 2B, HR, 5RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett, Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

July 31, 2017

May 29, 1984 - Hit by Pitches

Game #601 - Baltimore Orioles, 2 @ Seattle Mariners, 3 (12 innings)

The Orioles were up 2-0 after five and a half innings, getting an unusually good outing from Dennis Martinez.  This despite the fact he plunked two Mariners in the bottom of the fifth.  But in the bottom of the sixth Seattle got its revenge when Ken Phelps launched a two-run blast to tie things up.

Mark Langston hit Gary Roenicke with a pitch in the top of the seventh and in my mind the imaginary umpire issued a warning to both sides.  Langston lasted nine innings, striking out eight but the game was still tied, so on to extras it went.

Neither team could advance a runner to second base until the bottom of the twelfth.  With two outs Tom Underwood walked Alvin Davis and then Steve Henderson.  That brought up Al Cowens...who lined a single to center!  Davis took off for home, and the throw from Al Bumbry was late - Mariners win on the walk-off single by Cowens!

Winning Pitcher - Edwin Nunez
Losing Pitcher - Tom Underwood
Player of the Game - Al Cowens, GWRBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #602 - Kansas City Royals, 3 @ Texas Rangers, 10

Frank Wills of the Royals got lit up like a Christmas tree, surrendering six runs in less than two innings.  Paul Splittorff didn't fair much better, giving up another four runs in short reliever stint.  But Mark Huismann saved the bullpen by pitching the last 5+ innings, allowing zero runs, but plunking two Rangers.  Five different Texas players had at least two hits in the route.

Winning Pitcher - Danny Darwin
Losing Pitcher - Frank Wills
Player of the Game - Buddy Bell, 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3R's, BB

July 25, 2017

May 29, 1984 - 600 games!!!

Milestones are fun markers through this looong 1984 playback.  And we've hit another one!  That's right - 600 games played.  I can't believe I simulated 600 games...and that I'm not even a third of the way through the season!  As always, thanks for stopping by and reading the recaps.  On to the games...

Game #599 - Milwaukee Brewers, 4 @ Cleveland Indians, 2

Dion James continued his torrid play in this tangle with Cleveland.  He scored the second run of the game when Robin Yount doubled him home in the third.  In the fourth inning he hit a single with two on and two outs to pick up three RBI, and then added a double in the ninth.

Bob McClure darted in and out of trouble, allowing six hits but four walks in six innings.  Rollie Fingers pitched one and a third innings to pick up the save.

Winning Pitcher - Bob McClure
Losing Pitcher - Rick Sutcliffe
Save - Rollie Fingers
Player of the Game - Dion James
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers

Game #600 - Detroit Tigers, 13 @ Oakland A's, 2

It seemed only fitting that the 600th game in Statis Pro was played by the real life world champs in 1984, the Detroit Tigers.  They didn't wilt in the spotlight, putting up an eight-spot in the fourth inning that included homers from Darrell Evans, Larry Herndon, and Chet Lemon.  Jack Morris pitched into he eighth while whiffing six A's.

Winning Pitcher - Jack Morris
Losing Pitcher - Steve McCatty
Player of the Game - Chet Lemon, 3-5, 2 2Bs, HR, 4RBI, 3R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan

July 3, 2017

May 29, 1984 - First Place Bullpens

Game #597 - New York Yankees, 5 @ California Angels, 6

Ray Fontenot and Ron Romanick were posting goose eggs through the first three and a half innings when the Angels finally got on the board.  Rob Wilfong doubled to score Fred Lynn and then Doug DeCinces scored too when Omar Moreno overran the ball.

The Yankees came roaring back in the top of the sixth with big RBI hits from Willie Randolph and Ken Griffey, making it 5-2 in favor of New York.  But the Angels kept chipping away.  Lynn and Bob Boone drove in two in the bottom of the sixth, and Lynn hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to plate Juan Beniquez and tie the game.

In the bottom of the eighth Boone reached on a Tim Foli error.  He moved to third on a single by Ron Jackson, which brought up Dick Schofield.  Schofield was non-existent on offense in the real 1984, and is doing even worse in the Statis Pro season, hovering around a .160 batting average.  So what was the call?  SUICIDE SQUEEZE  And it worked!  Schofield layed down a perfect bunt and Boone crossed home plate for the winning run.  Doug Corbett worked two innings of relief against the heart of the Yankees order to tally the win.

Winning Pitcher - Doug Corbett
Losing Pitcher - Bob Shirley
Player of the Game - Corbett, 2IP, six up six down, W
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, Reggie Jackson

Game #598 - Toronto Blue Jays, 6 @ Chicago White Sox, 3

Richard Dotson surrendered three runs in the first, and then another in the second to put the Pale Hose in the early deficit.  Dotson actually really settled down after that, pitching into the ninth.  But Bryan Clark, making a spot start, dodged danger through 5 and 2/3 innings.  Jim Gott came in after that to record the long save.

Winning Pitcher - Bryan Clark
Losing Pitcher - Ron Romanick
Save - Jim Gott
Player of the Game - Gott, 3 1/3IP, H, K, R

June 30, 2017

May 29, 1984 - Sandstorm

Game #596 - Chicago Cubs, 5 @ Atlanta Braves, 0

Ryne SANDberg got the game off to a positive start with a first inning, lead-off homer to give the Cubbies a quick 1-0 lead.  They added two more in the seventh when Keith Moreland also went deep with the bases empty and then Jody Davis scored on a Rick Mahler balk.

Meanwhile, the Braves couldn't get anything going against Scott SANDerson.  He went eight strong innings, only giving up four hits and a walk.  Chicago tacked on two more in the ninth and Lee Smith finished the game for the North Side.

Winning Pitcher - Scott Sanderson
Losing Pitcher - Rick Mahler
Player of the Game - Scott Sanderson
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg

June 27, 2017

May 29, 1984 - Gulden Nugget

Pittsburgh Pirates, 0 @ Cincinnati Reds, 1 (11 innings)

This game featured a potential all-star catcher...and I'm not talking about Tony Pena!

In both the first and second innings the Pirates managed to get a runner to third base, but Reds starter Jay Tibbs was able to pitch out of the jams to keep the game scoreless.  In fact, with two outs in the third, Tibbs retired the next ten batters in a row.

John Tudor countered for the Pirates with an even more dominating performance.  Over a span of eight innings he only allowed two hits and two walks while striking out six.  He got lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth.  With the score still zero all, Jim Morrison reached on an error and then Lee Mazzilli singled.  Tibbs struck out Doug Frobel but Dale Berra reached on a Nick Esasky blunder to load the bases with one out.  But Ron Wotus lined out and then Milt May, hitting for Tudor, hit a harmless fly ball to Gary Redus to end the inning.

Fast forward to the bottom of the eleventh!  Don Robinson was working in his third inning of relief, having retired the first seven Reds he faced.  That's when Brad Gulden came in to replace Dann Bilardello.  What did Gulden do?  WALK-OFF HOMER!!!!!!!!  It was only the third hit of the game for Cincy, but all they needed to notch the win!!!

Winning Pitcher - Ted Power
Losing Pitcher - Don Robinson
Player of the Game - Brad Gulden, 1-1, PH Home Run
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez

Tony Pena has been a disappointment in this Statis Pro, hitting a listless .256 with no power, while Gulden has been hitting way above his weight class and has a good chance, if he keeps this up, to be an All-Star reserve come July...

June 25, 2017

May 29, 1984 - Off To See The Wizard

Game # 594 - St. Louis Cardinals, 8 @ Houston Astros, 4

This is the first game of the series against the two first place teams in the National League.  Houston featured HOF pitcher Nolan Ryan while St. Louis countered with up and comer Kurt Kepshire.

The Cardinals got on the board first when Ozzie Smith singled home two red birds with the bases loaded in the second inning.  Ozzie led off the top of the seventh with a walk from Ryan (already his fourth of the game) and a stolen base.  He scampered home on a RBI double by Willie McGee and Ryan got chased out of the game soon after.  St. Louis would go on to score five runs in the inning to pull away for good.

Ozzie Smith, who was a .257 hitter in the real 1984, is hitting almost 100 points above that in the Statis Pro season.  For the life of me I can't figure it out!  It's fun, though, because it's the Wizard, and everyone loves the Wizard.

Winning Pitcher - Kurt Kepshire
Losing Pitcher - Nolan Ryan
Player of the Game - Ozzie Smith, 2-3, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB's, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Nolan Ryan

June 24, 2017

May 28, 1984 - Lynn for the Win

Game #593 - New York Yankees, 3 @ California Angels, 4

This was the final game on the schedule for May 28, and it featured the Yankees on their long West Coast road trip pulling into Anaheim.  Phil Niekro toed the rubber and his knuckler was bouncing.  In fact, he didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning.  Gary Pettis singled, stole second, and then trotted home on the rare Bob Boon double.  That cut the Yankees lead to 2-1.

New York got a run back when Ken Griffey Sr. scored on a Bobby Meacham double.  But Fred Lynn homered in the bottom half of the sixth to tie things up at 3-3.  In the bottom of the seventh Lynn was once again at the plate with runners in scoring position.  He doubled for his third RBI, plating Rod Carew.  From there the California handed the ball to reliever Don Aase, who retired six of the seven Yankees hitters he faced for the save.  The Angels did suffer a loss of sorts, though.  Bobby Grich got injured on a Dave Winfield line out that will cost him the next twenty games.  Enter Rob Wilfong...

Winning Pitcher - John Curtis
Losing Pitcher - Phil Niekro
Save - Don Aase
Player of the Game - Fred Lynn, 2-3, HR, 2B, 3RBI, BB, OF Asst.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, Phil Niekro, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson. 

June 19, 2017

May 28, 1984 - Hall of Fame 3-Run Homers

Game #591 - Baltimore Orioles, 12 @ Seattle Mariners, 5

This game was a hot mess, so I offer some observations:

  • There are about five players in the AL who are so far outside their expected level of play it's incomprehensible.  One of those players is Oriole Mike Young.  In this game?  He got one hit...and FIVE walks.  His OBP is now over .500.  It makes no sense.
  • Eddie Murray recorded 5 RBI.  A three-run homer in the first, and RBI single in the sixth, and a bases-loaded walk in the seventh.
  • Noodle-armed John Shelby recorded two OF assists, giving him three for the season.
Winning Pitcher - Scott McGregor
Losing Pitcher - Ed VandeBerg
Player of the Game - Eddie Murray, 2-5, HR, 5RBI, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

Game #592 - Detroit Tigers, 2 @ Oakland A's, 7

Juan Berenguer gave up six runs in the bottom of the second inning.  Dave Kingman and Carney Lansford hit solo homers and Rickey Henderson cleared the wall with two runners on.  It was brutal for the Tigers, who couldn't get anything started against lefty Ray Burris.

Winning Pitcher - Ray Burris
Losing Pitcher - Juan Berenguer
Player of the Game - Rickey Henderson, 2-3, HR, 4RBI, BB, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan

June 17, 2017

May 28, 1984 - Outfielders to the Rescue

Game #589 - St. Louis Cardinals, 5  @ Atlanta Braves, 6

St. Louis had an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Gerald Perry and Claudell Washington each launched solo homers to take the lead.  But in the top of the third Ozzie Smith hit an RBI double to plate Lonnie Smith, and the Wizard of Oz later scored on a Ken Oberkfell single to give the Cardinals the lead once again.

The Cardinals chipped in another run in the top of the fourth to give them a 4-2 lead.  That's when the Atlanta offense came back to life.  In the bottom of the fifth two runners were on with two outs when slugger Dale Murphy stepped up to the plate.  He promptly made it a 5-4 game by depositing the ball over the outfield fence!  Next up?  Chris Chambliss.  Result?  Another homer!  The Atlanta bullpen pitched for four innings, only giving up a run in the eighth to save the game.

Winning Pitcher - Craig McMurtry
Losing Pitcher - Bob Forsch
Save - Gene Garber
Player of the Game - Dale Murphy, 2-4, HR, 3RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith

Game #590 - Kansas City Royals, 4 @ Texas Rangers, 2

It was a scoreless game until the bottom of the second.  With George Wright on third and Curtis Wilkerson on second, little Wayne Tolleson smoked a double to give the anemic Rangers offense a quick 2-0 lead.  Meanwhile, starter Dave Stewart was cruising along.  He made it until the eighth inning, when he allowed two hits and was lifted for Dave Tobik.  Tobik got out of the jam, and the Royals were down to their final three outs in the ninth, still trailing 2-0.

But that's when the improbable comeback started!  U.L. Washington walked and Leon Roberts singled, but with two outs it looked bleak.  That's when Willie Wilson hit a clutch double that scored Washington and moved Roberts to third.  Onix Concepcion was up next...and he hit a single to center field!  Roberts scored easily and Wilson took off, beating the throw to home by Billy Sample.  Hal McRae then batted Concepcion home and Tobik was finally lifted after choking away Stewart's excellent start.

Winning Pitcher - Bud Black
Losing Pitcher - Dave Tobik
Save - Dan Quisenberry
Player of the Game - Willie Wilson, 2-5, 2 2b's, RBI, R

June 14, 2017

May 28, 1984 - Pitcher's Who Rake

Game #587 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 @ Montreal Expos, 6

The Dodgers were never really in this game.  Andre Dawson roped a double in the bottom of the first to plate Miguel Dilone, but it was the bottom of the second when the most damage occurred.  Bobby Ramos had and RBI single, Charie Lea laid down a squeeze bunt to score Derrell Thomas, and Dilone singled home Ramos.  Lea had two hits after his sacrifice bunt, too!

Winning Pitcher - Charlie Lea
Losing Pitcher - Rick Honeycutt
Player of the Game - Lea, 8IP, 2ER, 4K's, 2-2, RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter

Game #588 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 4  Houston Astros, 1

This was the final game in a four-game match for Houston, but the Pirates managed to split the series at two games apiece.  Rick Rhoden was filthy, and is in the early conversation for Cy Young.  He went eight innings and only allowed four hits.  He also ripped a double, scored a run, and walked.  Lee Mazzilli had a good day too, going two for two with a double and a solo homer.

Winning Pitcher - Rick Rhoden
Losing Pitcher - Vern Ruhle
Save - Kent Tekulve
Player of the Game - Rhoden

June 12, 2017

May 28, 1984 - Show and Tell

Game #586 - San Diego Padres, 4 @ New York Mets, 3

"El Sid" Fernandez and Eric Show squared up against each other in this one, and both of them would like their first innings back.

In the top of the first Tony Gwynn lined a single and stole second...only to trot home two batters later when Kevin McReynolds went yard to give the Padres a 2-0 lead.

But in the bottom of the first New York came storming back.  Eric Show's ERA has been above 6 all seasson, indicating he's had hard luck with the FAC cards.  That trend continued as Wally Backman and Hubie Brooks reached base and, with two outs, George Foster crushed a homer to give the Mets a 3-2 lead.

That score held until the top of the fifth.  With two outs Alan Wiggins walked and Tony Gwynn notched his second hit of the game.  That brought up Carmelo Martinez, who cranked a bases-clearing double to give the Padres the lead once again at 4-3.

Show cruised after the first inning, and was relieved by Dave Dravecky in the eighth.  Dravecky ran until problems in the ninth when he walked Darryl Strawberry with no outs, but Strawberry tried to steal second and was gunned down by Terry Kennedy.  San Diego won!

Winning Pitcher - Eric Show
Losing Pitcher - Sid Fernandez
Save - Dave Dravecky
Player of the Game - Show, 7IP, 3ER, 4H's, 8K's, 2BB's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn

June 10, 2017

Friend Requests - Where are the stats???

A couple of months ago Ben suggested that I post the stats for the league, not just the league leaders in the right hand column of the blog.

I thought this was a great idea...but I didn't know how I wanted to do it. Ideally I could just upload them to a non-editable google doc with a hyperlink but I'm still trying to tinker with that and how I want to manage it.

In the meantime...I've created some tabs at the top of the page that has some of the data for all your favorite players, grouped by teams.  Part of my hesitancy in just using google docs is that certain columns in my spreadsheet wouldn't make much sense to you the reader - they're either tracking organizational data for me or just bad data.  (For instance, I'm tracking how many times a player reaches base on an error or a fielder's choice.  But I combined it into one column.  I don't know why I did that, but I keep entering the data and it's basically useless.)

I also track how many times a player receives "Player of the Game" honors - there's a tab for that too!

I hope all of this helps you enjoy the blog a little bit better.  It still blows my mind that any of you are stopping by to read the game recaps - I certainly appreciate it!  And as always, if you want to set a lineup, make a suggestion, etc, just let me know in the comments!

(and there's a new poll to the right...who is your favorite 1984 Seattle Mariner outfielder?)

June 8, 2017

May 27, 1984 - All the Grand Slams!

Game #585 - Chicago White Sox, 6 @ Texas Rangers, 8

I get a guilty pleasure anytime a Statis Pro slugger launches a grand slam, and that happened right away in the top of the first.  The White Sox had the bases jacked and Charlie Hough, who is perpetually unlucky with the fast action cards, was faced with floating a knuckler by Ron Kittle.

It didn't work.

Kittle went yard and Chicago was up 4-0 just one out into the game.  They picked up two more runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Greg Luzinski and a sacrifice fly by Greg Walker.

Hough actually settled down big time after that, lasting through eight innings.  Floyd Bannister, meanwhile, was cruising through the Texas lineup until sixth.  Curtis Wilkerson broke up the shutout with a RBI single and then Jeff Kunkel blasted  three-run homer to bring the Rangers to within two runs of the lead.

In the eighth inning Dan Spillner was working his second inning of relief but stumbled into a bases loaded situation.  Backup catcher Marv Foley pinch-hit for Ned Yost...and you know what happened next...

GRAND SLAM!  The second of the game!!

Dave Schmidt pitched a quiet ninth and the worst team in Statis Pro added a number to the win column.

Winning Pitcher - Charlie Hough
Losing Pitcher - Dan Spillner
Save - Dave Schmidt
Player of the Game - Marv Foley, 1-1, GS, 4RBI, R

June 5, 2017

May 27, 1984 - Doubleheader Madness

We had a twin bill between Cleveland and Toronto, and they were two highly entertaining affairs!

Game #583 - Cleveland Indians, 6 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 5

The Blue Jays jumped to a quick two-run lead in the bottom of the first when Damaso Garcia launched his first homer of the season, plating Lloyd Moseby in the process.  They scored two more in the fourth when Tony Fernandez tripled home Rance Mulliniks and Willie Aikens singled Fernandez home two batters later.

The score was 4-1 after seven, which was when Dave Stieb got lifted.  So began the Cleveland comeback!  Jimmy Key gave up three runs in the eighth, including a two-RBI double by George Vukovich.  In the top of the ninth, with the score now tied, Dennis Lamp gave up three straight singles but it was a Jorge Bell outfield error that allowed Pat Tabler and Mike Hargrove to score on the third hit.

With a two-run lead Mike Jeffcoat came in to face the lefty heavy top of the Toronto lineup.  But he too permitted three singles, the third scoring Garcia.  Ernie Camacho had to come in and induce a double play from the bat of Garth Iorg to end the game.

Winning Pitcher - Luis Aponte
Losing Pitcher - Dennis Lamp
Save - Ernie Camacho
Player of the Game - George Vukovich, 2-5, 2B, 2RBI

Game #584 - Cleveland Indians, 9 @ Toronto Blue Jays, 10 (12 innings!!!)

A Cliff Johnson solo homer in the second and two more Toronto runs in the third gave the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead to start off game two of the doubleheader.  But Cleveland literally walked back into the game when Doyle Alexander surrendered an uncharacteristic four walks in a four-run fourth.

Toronto tied the game in the seventh when Cliff Johnson drove home Damaso Garcia, who was one of two Blue Jays hitters to get plunked by Neal Heaton in the inning.  The game stayed knotted 4-4 after nine, so it was on to extra innings - free baseball!!!

After two games and extra frames, Jim Gott was the last arm left in the Toronto bullpen.  He promptly got TORCHED in the top of the tenth.  Clevenad put five runs on the board, including home runs from Andre Thornton and Carmelo Castillo.  With a five run lead, surely the Indians had secured victory, right....?

...WRONG!  Cleveland gave up five runs in the bottom of the tenth!  Everything went wrong.  Roy Smith, appearing in his first game on the season, gave up five hits, a balk, and suffered a Julio Franco error that put the Blue Jays right back into the game.  Pat Tabler had another error, allowing Rick Leach to score and tie things up.  Unbelievable!!!

Jim Gott got out of both jams he created in the top of the eleventh and twelfth to bring Toronto up in the bottom half of inning number twelve.  That's when George Frazier came in, also the last arm left for Cleveland.  With one out, Dave Collins and late-inning replacement Fred Manrique both singled to bring up Lloyd Moseby with two on.  And Moseby...DOUBLED!  WALK OFF WIN AFTER COMING BACK FROM A FIVE RUN DEFICIT IN THE TENTH!!!

Winning Pitcher - Jim Gott (!)
Losing Pitcher - George Frazier
Player of the Game - Lloyd Moseby, 2-6, SAC, 2 2Bs, 2RBI, R

June 3, 2017

May 27, 1984 - Power from the #3 Hitters

Game #581 - San Diego Padres, 7 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 5

San Diego, with a gutty outing from Mark Thurmond, were in cruise control for most of the game, especially after #3 hitter Carmelo Martinez took Steve Carlton deep for a two-run homer in the seventh.  But the Phillies wouldn't go down quietly.  Goose Gossage surrendered a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Joe Lefbvre in the bottom of the seventh, and Craig Lefferts got touched for two after a Juan Samuel double in the eighth.  Lefferts settled down after that to secure the victory.

Winning Pitcher - Mark Thurmond
Losing Pitcher - Steve Carlton
Player of the Game - Carmelo Martinez, 3-5, HR, 3RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton

Game #582 - Detroit Tigers, 4 @ Seattle Mariners, 5

The game was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the second when Seattle broke out their boom sticks.  Backup catcher Bill Nahorodny took Milt Wilcox deep, and two batters later Alvin Davis did the same.  Detroit chipped back throughout the game, including an RBI double from Lou Whitaker in the ninth, but Edwin Nunez retired the next three Tigers to save the game.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Young
Losing Pitcher - Milt Wilcox
Save - Edwin Nunez
Player of the Game - Steve Henderson, 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI (#3 hitter)

May 29, 2017

May 27, 1984 - New York State of Mind

Game #579 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 1 @ New York Mets, 7

Fernando Valenzuela faced a disastrous third inning.  With two outs Keith Hernandez walked, George Foster singled, Mike Fitzgerald singled, Ron Gardenhire doubled, Danny Heep reached on a Pedro Guerrero error, Jerry Martin singled, and then Bruce Berenyi mercifully popped out to Guerrero.  Only two of the five runs were "earned" for Valenzuela, but the Dodgers never recovered, despite Valenzuela pitching a complete game.

Winning Pitcher - Bruce Berenyi
Losing Pitcher - Fernando Valenzuela
Player of the Game - Berenyi, CG, 1R, 5H's, 7K's, 3BB's

Game #580 - New York Yankees, 8 @ Oakland A's, 3

 Willie Randolph, Steve Kemp, and Dave Winfield knocked three straight doubles to lead off the game for the Yankees.  They added three more runs in the top of the second when Don Mattingly singled with the bases loaded to score two.  The A's never rallied after the initial 5-0 deficit, despite Larry Sorensen pitching a nice four scoreless innings of relief for Oakland.

Winning Pitcher - Dennis Rasmussen
Losing Pitcher - Chris Codiroli
Player of the Game - Don Mattingly, 3-5, R, 3RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson

May 21, 2017

May 27, 1984 - Calendar Milestones

I suspect that before I'm able to post again, the date of the 2017 MLB season will surpass that of my Statis Pro calendar.  Each year this happens it reminds me of how far I have to go and how quickly real time passes us by!

Game #577 - Milwaukee Brewers, 3 @ Minnesota Twins, 8

Few players are having a worse season in the AL than Tim Laudner.  His offense has been abysmal.  But in this game his bat finally came alive.  He had RBI doubles in the second and fifth innings and eventually scored after both hits.  Ken Schrom scattered seven hits over six innings to earn the win.  Pete Ladd went three innings in relief to preserve the Milwaukee bullpen after Mike Caldwell could only go five.

Winning Pitcher - Ken Schrom
Losing Pitcher - Mike Caldwell
Player of the Game - Tim Laudner, 3-4, 2 2b's, 2RBI, 2R's, asst.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Kirby Puckett

Game #578 - San Francisco Giants, 4 @ Montreal Expos, 6

Errors by Joel Youngblood and starter Jeff Robinson helped the Expos plate five runs in the first two innings.   Youngblood, playing left field because of the gluttony of injuries for the Giants, is a disaster at any position thanks to his "E10" error rating.  I think that was mostly earned at third base during the real 1984, but it carries over to whichever position he plays according to Statis Pro.

San Francisco staged a game-long rally but fell short in the ninth, climbing back to within two runs before Bob James retired the top of the lineup (Chili Davis, Chris Brown, and Jeffrey Leonard) in order.

Winning Pitcher - Bill Gullickson
Losing Pitcher - Jeff Robinson
Save - Bob James
Player of the Game - James, 1 IP, SV
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter

May 11, 2017

May 27, 1984 - NL East Feast

Game #575 - Cincinnati Reds, 2 @ Chicago Cubs, 4

Leon Durham stood on third base with two outs in the bottom of the second when Bob Dernier singled him home.  But the Reds moved ahead in the top of third with two runs thanks to Chicago errors by Gary Matthews and Larry Bowa.  Durham came to the rescue in the bottom half of that same inning by hitting a 2RBI single that plated Steve Trout and Thad Bosely.

Winning Pitcher - Steve Trout
Losing Pitcher - Jeff Russell
Save - Warren Brusstar
Player of the Game - Durham, 2-4, R, 2RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez, Ryne Sandberg

Game #576 - Pittsburgh Pirates, 8 @ Houston Astros, 1

Houston actually held the lead in this one when Bill Doran reached on a Jim Morrison error and Jerry Mumphrey tripled him home in the first, but it was all Pittsburgh after that.  They scored two runs each in the third and fifth innings, and another four when Jason Thompson blasted a grand salami.

Winning Pitcher - Larry McWilliams
Losing Pitcher - Mike Scott
Player of the Game - Tony Pena, 3-5, R, 2RBI

April 29, 2017

May 27, 1984 - Orioles, Red Sox Stay Tied for Fourth

Game #573 - Kansas City Royals, 4 @ Boston Red Sox, 7

The Royals, missing six of their starters due to injuries, didn't do too bad in mustering four runs of offense, but the Red Sox had an explosive first inning.  Wade Boggs singled and was tripled home by Dewey Evans.  Evans got plated by a Mike Easler single, and two batters later Tony Armas launched a three-run homer over the Green Monster.  They added two more runs in the second and coasted on a solid Bruce Hurst start the rest of the way.

Winning Pitcher - Bruce Hurst
Losing Pitcher - Bret Saberhagen
Player of the Game - Dwight Evans, 2-5, 2 3b's, 2RBI, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

Game #574 - Baltimore Orioles, 10 @ California Angels, 8 (12 innings!)

Storm Davis got roughed up early, allowing three runs in his first two innings of pitching before settling down.  They tied the game up in the fifth when Cal Ripken scored on a Ken Singleton ground out.

In the top of the seventh the O's plated two with RBI hits from Rich Dauer and John Shelby, but the Angels scored three in the bottom half of the inning to retake the lead thanks to RBI doubles from Bobby Grich, Brian Downing, and Doug DeCinces.  They almost had the win, but closer Doug Corbett allowed pinch runner Lenn Sakata to score in the top of the ninth!

Both teams had runners in scoring position in the tenth and eleventh innings, but neither team successfully advanced them home.  Then, in the top of the twelfth, Baltimore scored a whopping four runs, including a bases loaded and bases clearing double by backup third sacker Todd Cruz.  John Pacella, working his third inning of relief in the bottom of the frame, allowed two Angels to score, but struck out Fred Lynn to end the game.

Winning Pitcher - John Pacella
Losing Pitcher - Luis Sanchez
Player of the Game - Todd Cruz, 1-2, 2B, 3RBI, R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

Happy Trails...John Pacella

This marked the last game of the year for John Pacella.  How did he do compared to the real 1984?  Let's take a look...

Statis Pro 1984:  1-1, 6.11 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 17.2 IP, 9K's, 6BB's, 5HR's
The Real 1984:  0-1, 6.75 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 14.2 IP, 8K's, 9BB's, 2HR's

As you can see, both versions were terrible.  I'm down to only two more Orioles who have yet to pitch on the season, Nate Snell and Ken Dixon.  I'm guessing the real 1984 Orioles only went with a five man pen instead of the six I've been using.  We'll see how that goes as there is still a lot of season left to play...

April 13, 2017

May 27, 1984 - Murph

Game #572 - St. Louis Cardinals, 4 @ Atlanta Braves, 8

In the top of the first Lonnie Smith walked, stole second base, went to third on an Ozzie Smith sacrifice, and then scored on a sac fly by Willie McGee.  Cardinals baseball!!  But in the bottom of the first Gerald Perry and Glenn Hubbard drew back to back walks and, two batters later, Dale Murphy went big-fly to give the Braves a 3-1 lead.

Atlanta got three more runs in the fourth thanks in part to RBI singles from Rafael Ramirez and Alex Trevino.  Rick Camp lasted six innings and scattered five walks along with two hits to get the victory for the Braves.

Winning Pitcher - Rick Camp
Losing Pitcher - Danny Cox
Player of the Game - Dale Murphy, 2-4, HR, 3RBI, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith

April 9, 2017

Week in Review: May 20 - May 26, 1984

Dan Driessen is in the top five for NL OPS
This is our first "Week in Review" since September 2016, meaning it took seven months to finish the week.  That honestly feels like a pretty good pace, one playing day a month.  At that rate I could finish two weeks in the same calendar year.

The Phenomenal Phive:

  1. Houston Astros, 32-12, .727 win%  Just about everything is going the right way for the Astros.  Their starting pitching delivers, the bullpen is the best in the National League, and their platoons on offense are clicking.  I need to start playing Ray Knight more in anticipation of his trade later in the season to the Mets, so that could dampen the run scoring.
  2. Toronto Blue Jays, 31-13, .705 win %  There isn't a better outfield in the league right now than the Blue Jays.  Dave Collins, Jorge Bell, and Lloyd Moseby are murdering the ball, and Jesse Barfield is coming off the DL this coming week.  That's bad news for the AL East.
  3. St. Louis Cardinals, 32-14, .696 win%  The Cardinals continue to distance themselves from the rest of the NL East.  Bruce Sutter now leads the league in saves (10) and has been nearly unhittable.
  4. Detroit Tigers, 28-14, .667 win%  Detroit Rock City continues to keep the pressure on Toronto.  Kirk Gibson leads the multi-pronged offensive attack as Howard Johnson has enjoyed increased playing time with Tom Brookens' injury.
  5. New York Yankees, 27-16, .628 win%  The Bronx Bombers are still performing above their true talent level.  They got a nice pick-me-up when Willie Randolph came off the DL, and Dave Winfield's bat is sizzling right now.
Useless Stats:

  • Brett Butler leads the AL in caught stealing with eight, twice as many as the runner in second place.  Tim Raines leads the NL with six, though he's successfully nabbed 22 bags.
  • Lloyd Moseby has been plunked seven times so far this season, good for tops in the AL.  Dave Anderson of the Dodgers leads the senior circuit with four.
  • Kent Hrbek has grounded into 15 double plays.  Mike Marshall leads the NL with 11.
  • Ricky Horton is the only pitcher in the National League with a save and at least one game started.
  • Dave Stieb and Doyle Alexander of the Blue Jays lead the American League with four complete games pitched.