June 3, 2017

May 27, 1984 - Power from the #3 Hitters

Game #581 - San Diego Padres, 7 @ Philadelphia Phillies, 5

San Diego, with a gutty outing from Mark Thurmond, were in cruise control for most of the game, especially after #3 hitter Carmelo Martinez took Steve Carlton deep for a two-run homer in the seventh.  But the Phillies wouldn't go down quietly.  Goose Gossage surrendered a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Joe Lefbvre in the bottom of the seventh, and Craig Lefferts got touched for two after a Juan Samuel double in the eighth.  Lefferts settled down after that to secure the victory.

Winning Pitcher - Mark Thurmond
Losing Pitcher - Steve Carlton
Player of the Game - Carmelo Martinez, 3-5, HR, 3RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Gwynn, Goose Gossage, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton

Game #582 - Detroit Tigers, 4 @ Seattle Mariners, 5

The game was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the second when Seattle broke out their boom sticks.  Backup catcher Bill Nahorodny took Milt Wilcox deep, and two batters later Alvin Davis did the same.  Detroit chipped back throughout the game, including an RBI double from Lou Whitaker in the ninth, but Edwin Nunez retired the next three Tigers to save the game.

Winning Pitcher - Mike Young
Losing Pitcher - Milt Wilcox
Save - Edwin Nunez
Player of the Game - Steve Henderson, 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2RBI (#3 hitter)

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