Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Game of the Day (6/24/84)

Padres 8, Reds 3 (13). Eric Show, arguably the Padre ace, took on Joe Price, who was in the second of his two years as a full-time starter.

Steve Garvey singled against Price in the first, but was left on; Eddie Milner then led off the bottom of the inning with a homer. Show walked Duane Walker and Dan Driessen later in the inning, but stranded them both. Price was perfect in the second, and walks to Tom Foley and Milner were followed by a Carmelo Martinez error on a Ron Oester fly ball, scoring both runners for a 3-0 lead.

Show partly made up for the runs he'd allowed by hitting his first career homer in the third. The bases remained relatively clear for the next several innings - Show walked Dave Parker in the third, then passed Milner (who was caught stealing) and Oester in the fifth, while Price allowed a hit to Luis Salazar in the fifth. San Diego picked up another run in the sixth when Tony Gwynn singled and Garvey doubled him home, and Show was perfect in the bottom of the inning. Price allowed a single and steal to Salazar in the seventh, but retired the next three hitters he faced; Craig Lefferts relieved Show in the bottom of the inning and allowed only a Foley single.

In the top of the eighth, a Gwynn walk and a Garvey single chased Price in favor of Ted Power. Martinez then singled to score Gwynn with the tying run. Graig Nettles proceeded to hit into a double play, removing any remaining rally potential. Lefferts walked Walker, but induced a double play of his own in the bottom of the inning. Power threw a 1-2-3 ninth, while Lefferts allowed a single to Foley, but retired pinch hitter Cesar Cedeno to force extras.

John Franco relieved in the top of the tenth; he allowed a single to Alan Wiggins, who was then caught stealing. Dave Dravecky gave up a hit to Milner, who was also caught stealing while Walker struck out. Franco and Dravecky were both perfect in the eleventh, and Franco was in the twelfth as well. Dravecky had an eventful bottom of the twelfth. He allowed a one-out single to Foley; Tony Perez followed with a pinch double; Foley tried to score on the play, but was thrown out at home. Milner drew a walk, but Oester grounded out to leave the winning run at second.

Tom Hume took the mound for the thirteenth, and started the inning by walking pinch hitter Bobby Brown. Wiggins singled, with Brown moving to third and Wiggins advancing to second on the throw. Gwynn was intentionally walked, and Garvey hit a sac fly to put the Padres in front for the first time in the game. Martinez struck out, Nettles was intentionally walked to reload the bases, Salazar walked as well to force in a run, and Tim Flannery tripled to plate three more for an 8-3 lead. Bill Scherrer relieved and retired Terry Kennedy to end the inning, but Goose Gossage allowed only a walk in the bottom of the inning to finish off the game.

The Reds scored three times in the first two innings, and then did not score in the last eleven. That, despite the fact that Eric Show issued seven walks and struck out only one hitter. Meanwhile, Carmelo Martinez committed the error that led to both Cincinnati runs in the second, but got a double dose of redemption later in the day, driving in the tying run in the eighth and throwing out the potential winning run at home in the twelfth. That's about as good as recoveries come, at least when you only go 1 for 6.

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