Sunday, January 29, 2017

April 9, 1982 (CA 1: MN 2)
Twins go into the series against the Western Division leading Angels with a one game winning streak.  Al Williams vs Angel Moreno.  The Angles get on board first with a Brian Downing Double that scored Baylor.  Baylor lead off the inning with a single and Decineces popped up to Wilfong..  Gaetti hit a two run homer down the left field line (352 feet) in the bottom of the 8th to give the Twins a 2-1 lead.  In the bottom of the 5th Hrbek singled to right and Gaetti followed with a single to right to put runners on first and second.  Vega lined to the pitcher and Hrbek was caught off 2nd and Gaetti was caught off first for a triple play.  The Twins were almost demoralized by that play.  But Gaetti came back to hit the big go ahead homer in the 8th.

MVP. Al Williams, GWRBI: Gaetti

April 10, 1982 (CA 14: MN 1)
This was all Angels.  Let's go by the numbers.
2b: Boone, Downing and Burelson
3b: Carew (2)
HR: Baylor, Clark

Enough said.

Kison: 1 ER, 2 hits, 1 BB, 6K

MVP: Kison, GWRBI: Carew

April 11, 1982 (CA 9: MN 7): 7th Heaven for the Angels
The Twins were leading 2-0 until the skies opened and the heavens sang.  The Angels scored 9 runs in the 7th, which was enough to hold onto the win, as the Twins scored 5 in the last 3 innings.

Eisenreich homered in the bottom of the third to bring the game to 2-0.  That awful 7th the Angels sent 14 batters to the plat scoring 9 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks.    Burleson singled scoring Downing.  Fred Lynn doubled scoring Boone.  Carew singled scoring 2 take the lead 4-2.  Decinces hit a 417 foot grand slam and Downing hit a solo HR to make it 9-2.

On defense, Engle had 3 poor plays to lead the Twins horrific fielding.

The rookies Hrbek and Gaetti are starting the season well.  If they continue this play, they might be in contention for rookie of the year, unless of course Cal Ripken, Jr outshines them both.  Hrbek is batting .294 with a .368 OBP, while Gaetti is hitting .286/.348/.476.

MVP: Decinces, GWRBI: Carew

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Stros Hurlers Blank Braves Twice; Take series 2 of 3

April 9, 1982
ATLANTA -- Houston's Don Sutton exited the game with a 6-2 lead. Frank Lacorte (0-1) walked 5 in the 7th  and gave up 5 of the 6 runs Atlanta tallied. The Braves added 3 more in the 8th and went on to an 11-8 win. Dale Murphy led the offense with 3 RBI. Steve Bedrosian (1-0) earned the win in relief.

April 10, 1982
ATLANTA -- Verne Ruhle (1-0) scattered 6 hits over 9 complete innings of shutout ball as Houston won 3-0. Ruhle fanned 4 and walked none. Bedrosian started and had a no hitter going through 7, but tired in the 8th and yielded a pair of runs on a Craig Reynolds hit. Terry Puhl (1) added a solo homer in the 9th.

April 11, 1982
ATLANTA -- Nolan Ryan (1-0) made it back-to-back shutouts for the Stros, fanning 8 and allowing just 2 base knocks. Phil Garner (1) and Alan Ashby (1) each went yard to lead the offense in a 5-0 whitewashing.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Defending Champ Halos Start Hot

April 6, 1982
OAKLAND -- Doug DeCinces (1) homered with one of his 2 hits and scored twice as the Angels spoiled Oakland's home opener 3-2. Ken Forsch (1-0) started and went 6 innings for the win. Don Aase (1) notched the 2-inning save.

April 7, 1982
OAKLAND -- Geoff Zahn (1-0) dazzled and frustrated Athletics hitters with his slow stuff, allowing just 6 base knocks in a 2-0 CG whitewashing. Rod Carew and Bobby Grich paced the Halos offense with a pair of hits each.

April 8, 1982
OAKLAND -- Reggie Jackson (1) victimized his old mates with a home run and double to drive in 3 in an 8-5 win. Brian Downing also had 3 RBI and Decinces added 3 hits. Mike Witt (1-0) tossed 6.1 IP for the W. Aase (1) recorded his second save. Davey Lopes had 3 hits for Oakland.