June 8, 2017

May 27, 1984 - All the Grand Slams!

Game #585 - Chicago White Sox, 6 @ Texas Rangers, 8

I get a guilty pleasure anytime a Statis Pro slugger launches a grand slam, and that happened right away in the top of the first.  The White Sox had the bases jacked and Charlie Hough, who is perpetually unlucky with the fast action cards, was faced with floating a knuckler by Ron Kittle.

It didn't work.

Kittle went yard and Chicago was up 4-0 just one out into the game.  They picked up two more runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Greg Luzinski and a sacrifice fly by Greg Walker.

Hough actually settled down big time after that, lasting through eight innings.  Floyd Bannister, meanwhile, was cruising through the Texas lineup until sixth.  Curtis Wilkerson broke up the shutout with a RBI single and then Jeff Kunkel blasted  three-run homer to bring the Rangers to within two runs of the lead.

In the eighth inning Dan Spillner was working his second inning of relief but stumbled into a bases loaded situation.  Backup catcher Marv Foley pinch-hit for Ned Yost...and you know what happened next...

GRAND SLAM!  The second of the game!!

Dave Schmidt pitched a quiet ninth and the worst team in Statis Pro added a number to the win column.

Winning Pitcher - Charlie Hough
Losing Pitcher - Dan Spillner
Save - Dave Schmidt
Player of the Game - Marv Foley, 1-1, GS, 4RBI, R

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