January 29, 2017
May 25, 1984 - American League Nail-biters
On paper this looked like a slam dunk for the Orioles. They had Mike Boddicker (2-7 rating) going against Tommy John (2-5 rating). But the Angels jumped out front in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs, one from a double by Doug DeCinces. They added a third run in the fourth when a Boddicker error moved Gary Pettis to third base. Bob Boone was then successful in scoring him with a sacrifice fly.
The O's finally came roaring back in the top of the seventh. With two outs and John still on the mound, John Shelby tripled, Gary Roenicke singled, and Mike Young crushed a two-run homer to tie things up. The tie evaporated in the bottom half of the inning, though. With two outs and two runners on, DeCinces hit a bases-clearing double to give the final lead of the game to California.
Winning Pitcher - Doug Corbett
Losing Pitcher - Mike Boddicker
Player of the Game - Doug DeCinces, 2-3, 2 doubles, 3RBI, R, BB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Rod Carew, Reggie jackson
Game #548 - Milwaukee Brewers, 13 @ Minnesota Twins, 12
About 45 minutes before we were going to leave for church this morning I had some time to kill, so I tried to squeeze this game in before departing. As you can probably tell from the score, I barely made it through the seventh before having to hit pause!
Things started off with a bang for the Twins. In the bottom of the first Kirby Puckett singled and then Tim Teufel homered to take an early 2-0 lead. The Brew Crew turned a two-out error by pitcher Mike Smithson in the top of the third into five unearned runs, including a three-run bomb by Rick Manning. That made it 5-2, but Teufel hit his second homer of the game in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 5-3.
Jim Sundberg added a solo blast of his own in the fourth to again give Milwaukee a three run lead. It stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth when back to back double by Gary Gaetti and Dave Meier made it 6-4. And then in the seventh...the Twins unloaded! All nine batters came to the plate and the Twinkies put up a five spot to take the lead, 9-6. BUT THE BREWERS WEREN'T DONE!
In the top of the eighth Milwauke scored SEVEN runs, three from a Roy Howell tater and then four when Ben Oglivie hit a bases jacked GRAND SALAMI! BUT THE TWINS STARTED TO RALLY BACK!!! In the bottom half of the eighth Kent Hrbek rocked a two-run homer and then Mickey Hatcher made it back to back over the fence, and suddenly the Brewers lead was back down to one run. But Rollie Fingers worked an inning and two-thirds to save the game for Tom Tellmann, who gave up five runs in relief but somehow got the win. And I didn't even mention the three ejections due to crazy "Z" cards...
Winning Pitcher - Tom Tellmann
Losing Pitcher - Mike Walters
Save - Rollie Fingers
Player of the Game - Ben Oglivie, 2-4, GS, 4RBI, 2R's, sac fly
Hall of Famers in the Game - Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers, Kirby Puckett