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January 12, 2017

May 24, 1984 - Five Below

Happy belated New Year's!  Usually the Christmas holiday allows for me to crank out a ton of Statis Pro games, but this time we had various family members from out of town visiting for three straight weeks!  I actually haven't played a game since mid-December.  I've got the shakes!

Detroit Tigers, 11 @ California Angels, 5

This game didn't start off well for Jack Morris.  He gave up a two-run homer to Fred Lynn in the first and another one in the third!  With a 4-0 lead Ron Romanick was cruising.  In fact, he hadn't allowed a hit through the first three innings!  But the Tigers came roaring back (#pun)  in the fourth.  They knocked three straight doubles (Gibson, Lemon, and Rupert Jones) to cut the lead in half.

It was in the fifth, though, that they did their major damage.  They plated SIX runs, including a grand slam by Jones.  Jack Morris wound up going the distance...even though Bobby Grich tagged him for a third home run surrendered in the game in the seventh.

Winning Pitcher - Jack Morris
Losing Pitcher - Ron Romanick
Player of the Game - Rupert Jones, 2-5, 2B, Grand Slam, 5RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson

Baltimore Orioles, 5 @ Oakland A's, 8

Denny Martinez made his second start on the season and the Orioles gifted him a 2-0 lead after the top of the first but Oakland was having none of it.  Dave Kingman went big-fly with a three-run homer as the A's tagged El Presidente with four in the first.  Martinez settled down a bit until the fifth when Oakland ruined a newly tied game for the Orioles by scoring three more off the Baltimore starter.  Tim Conroy and Keith Atherton relieved Steve McCatty for 2 and 2/3 innings to preserve the win.

Winning Pitcher - Steve McCatty
Losing Pitcher - Denny Martinez
Save - Keith Atherton
Player of the Game - Dave Kingman, 2-5, HR, 4RBI, R
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan

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