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March 5, 2017

May 26, 1984 - Schedule Frustrations

Well, I'm a bit grumpy.  There is a certain amount of coordination required to replay an entire baseball season with a tabletop game.  When I started this endeavor I couldn't find the original schedule of intended games for 1984, only the actual results.  That means all games rescheduled in the real season are played on the same date here in Statis Pro fantasy land.

I've used Baseball-Reference's 1984 calendar since day one.  I liked it because you could look at the entire six months on one page, and then click on the day and month from that page for the games I needed to play.  It would open a box that would list the box scores, by league, for that date.

But for these two games, I made a sad discovery.  My bookmarked page no longer exists.  Instead, Baseball Referene has gone with this.  It's a generic search page where I now have to enter the date and season every time.  Worse than that, though, is that the games are no longer divided by league, it's sorted alphabetically by home team, left to right, top to bottom.  I know, I know, "first world problems."  The old style, though, made it easier for me to track which game to play next.  I'm sure this new search function services the rest of the Baseball Reference in a much better way than me, I just wish they could do both styles.  Oh well, on to the games...

Game #559 -  St. Louis Cardinals, 5 @ Atlanta Braves, 4

Lonnie Smith started the game with a single and a stolen base, allowing #3 hitter Willie McGee to single him home for the first run of the game.  That's all the offense either team could muster until the top of the sixth.  With Pascual Perez still on the mound for Atlanta, Ozzie Smith doubled, McGee tripled for his second RBI of the game, and then scored on a Ken Oberkfell double.  But in the bottom half of the inning the Braves came roaring back.  Dave LaPoint had two runners on base when Rafael Ramirez doubled to plate Glenn Hubbard.  Then Alex Trevino singled to bring home Dale Murphy and Ramirez.  Trevino eventually scored too on a Bob Watson single and all of a sudden the Braves went from down three to up one.

In the top of the eighth hard luck reliever Gene Garber took the mound for Atlanta.  But the Cardinals, aided by a Trevino throwing error when Lonnie Smith stole his second base of the game, ended up scoring two runs to swipe victory away from Atlanta.

Winning Pitcher - Neil Allen
Losing Pitcher - Gene Garber
Save - Bruce Sutter
Player of the Game - Willie McGee, 3-4, 3B, 2RBI, 2R's, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter

Game #560 - Kansas City Royals, 2 @ Boston Red Sox, 11

This one wasn't pretty...especially with Boston hitting FIVE home runs!  The first came off the bat of Tony Armas...with the bases loaded...in the bottom of the first!  He added a three run shot in the fourth to give him a whopping seven RBI for the game!  Meanwhile, Darryl Motley became the sixth Royals' starter to get injured, crashing into the outfield wall and going on the DL for ten games.

Winning Pitcher - Al Nipper
Losing Pitcher - Mark Gubicza
Player of the Game - Armas, 4-5, 2HR (grand slam), 7RBI, 2R's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

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