June 27, 2017
May 29, 1984 - Gulden Nugget
This game featured a potential all-star catcher...and I'm not talking about Tony Pena!
In both the first and second innings the Pirates managed to get a runner to third base, but Reds starter Jay Tibbs was able to pitch out of the jams to keep the game scoreless. In fact, with two outs in the third, Tibbs retired the next ten batters in a row.
John Tudor countered for the Pirates with an even more dominating performance. Over a span of eight innings he only allowed two hits and two walks while striking out six. He got lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth. With the score still zero all, Jim Morrison reached on an error and then Lee Mazzilli singled. Tibbs struck out Doug Frobel but Dale Berra reached on a Nick Esasky blunder to load the bases with one out. But Ron Wotus lined out and then Milt May, hitting for Tudor, hit a harmless fly ball to Gary Redus to end the inning.
Fast forward to the bottom of the eleventh! Don Robinson was working in his third inning of relief, having retired the first seven Reds he faced. That's when Brad Gulden came in to replace Dann Bilardello. What did Gulden do? WALK-OFF HOMER!!!!!!!! It was only the third hit of the game for Cincy, but all they needed to notch the win!!!
Winning Pitcher - Ted Power
Losing Pitcher - Don Robinson
Player of the Game - Brad Gulden, 1-1, PH Home Run
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tony Perez
Tony Pena has been a disappointment in this Statis Pro, hitting a listless .256 with no power, while Gulden has been hitting way above his weight class and has a good chance, if he keeps this up, to be an All-Star reserve come July...