January 25, 2017

May 24, 1984 - Pittsburgh Winn

Game #545 - Cincinnati Reds, 3 @ Pittsburgh Pirates, 4

Joe Price and John Tudor squared off in a battle of southpaw hurlers in the third and final game of the series.  The Pirates scored first in the bottom of the second when Brian Harper smoked a double to plate Jason Thompson all the way from first base.  The Reds tied it up in the top of the fourth, though.  Cesar Cedeno was standing on third when Nick Esasky hit a ball deep enough to score Cedeno with a sacrifice fly.

The tie didn't last long.  In the bottom half of the fourth Pittsburgh managed to load the bases.  Dale Berra stepped up and hit an unlikely double, scoring Tony Pena and Thompson again.  Fast forward to the seventh.  The Pirates were still up 3-2 when a Cecilio Guante fielding error eventually led to Gary Redus crossing home plate and tying the game!

It was still tied in the bottom of the eighth.  With two outs Marvelle Wynn cranked a double off Bob Owchinko.  With the pitcher's position up next, Denny Gonzalez subbed for Jim Winn.  This was Gonzalez's first appearance of the year - he got called up when Bill Madlock went on the DL.  What did he do in his first at-bat?  RBI SINGLE FOR THE LEAD!  Kent Tekulve pitched a perfect ninth and Pittsburgh completed their sweep of the Reds!

Winning Pitcher - Jim Winn
Losing Pitcher - Bob Owchinko
Save - Kent Tekulve
Player of the Game - Denny Gonzalez, 1-1, PH RBI Single
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez

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