January 22, 2017

May 24, 1984 - NL Rookie Pitchers Dazzle

Game # 543 - San Francisco Giants, 0 @ New York Mets, 9

Dwight Gooden toed the rubber for the Metropolitans, and he was fiiiiilthy.  Over seven innings he struck out ten while only walking one.  Meanwhile, Giants starter Bill Laskey got abused, giving up eight runs in less than six innings.  The biggest spark plug in the batter's box was Wally Backman.  He went 4 for 4 with a double, two RBI, four runs, and two stolen bases.

Winning Pitcher - Dwight Gooden
Losing Pitcher - Bill Laskey
Player of the Game - Wally Backman

Game #544 - Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 1

Gooden wasn't the only rookie hurler dominating his game.  Orel Hershiser was dominant in his start too.  The only run scored on back to back doubles by Ozzie Virgil and Juan Samuel in the second.  Bulldog went eight innings with just four hits surrendered.  The Dodgers had a three run second inning off Charles Hudson, with two of those runs coming courtesy a Dave Anderson triple, his first on the season.

Winning Pitcher - Orel Hershiser
Losing Pitcher - Charles Hudson
Save - Ken Howell
Player of the Game - Hershiser
Hall of Famers in the Game - Mike Schmidt

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