1984 April

2nd  In Baltimore, President Reagan throws out the first pitch, just the 3rd President to do so outside of Washington. He then sits in the Orioles dugout with owner Edward Bennett Williams and Bowie Kuhn for the first inning, before exiting. The Orioles beat the White Sox, 5–2.

3rd  Arbitrator Richard Bloch rules that the Royals Willie Wilson and the Mets Jerry Martin can return to action on May 15th, the day their year-long suspensions are first due to be reviewed.

      After rain washes out yesterday’s Opener at Royals Stadium, Yul Bryner tosses out the first ball and Kansas City opens with a 4–2 win over the Yankees. The threat of snow holds the crowd to just 10,006.  Bud Black, with relief help from Quisenberry, tops Ron Guidry, still winless in Openers.  Onyx Concepcion hits Guidry’s first pitch of the game for a homer, while Dave Winfield has a two-run homer for New York.

5th  At Jack Murphy, Steve Garvey has a homer and 4 RBIs as the Padres beat the Pirates, 8-6. Doug Frobel hits a grand slam for the Bucs and Johnny Ray has 4 hits.

7th  Tigers Jack Morris no-hits the White Sox 4–0 at Comiskey Park, walking 6 and striking out 8.

      Dwight Gooden allows one run in 5 innings in his ML debut, earning the win in the Mets’ 3–2 victory over Houston. At 19, he is the youngest NL player.

8th  Tom Seaver makes an inauspicious AL debut, allowing 5 runs in 413innings in Chicago’s 7–3 loss to Detroit.

      In a 3–1 loss to the Mets, Astros SS Dickie Thon is hit in the face by a Mike Torrez pitch that breaks the orbital bone around his eye.  Thon will be operated on April 11, but will miss the rest of the season. When he returns, the All-Star SS will be plagued with blurred vision and be relegated to a backup role.

      In San Diego, Ryne Sandberg cracks a 10th inning run-scoring triple to make the score 7–5 over the Pads, and then steals home to seal it for the Cubs.

      Admitting he has a cocaine problem, Pittsburgh’s Rod Scurry checks into a 30-day drug rehabilitation program. He will return to action on May 13th.

10th  Pinchhitter Champ Summers belts a 5th inning grand slam as the first-place Padres whip the Cardinals, 7-3.

      Nick Esasky has a grand slam and 5 RBIs as the Reds beat the visiting Expos, 8-6.

13th  Pete Rose lashes a double off Jerry Koosman in a 5–1 Expos victory over the Phillies to join Ty Cobb as the only player to reach 4,000 career hits.

      In their home opener, the Cubs score 6 runs against Dwight Gooden in 3+ innings and go on to beat the Mets, 11-2.  Steve Trout is the complete-game winner. Gary Matthews helps with 3 hits, including a homer.

      The red hot Tigers drop 8 runs on the Red Sox in the first inning at Boston as all 3 outs in the frame are made by Lance Parrish. He strikes out and grounds into a DP, though he later homers. Boston counters with 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st, but Detroit hangs on for a 13–9 win.

15th  At Oakland, Reggie Jackson homers in the 1st, Brian Downing hits a grand slam in the 2nd and Rob Wilfong homers as well as the Angels take a 10-0 lead over Oakland. The A’s plate 8 unanswered runs to make it close before the Haloes score a pair in the 9th for the 12-8 win.

16th  Dave Kingman hits 3 home runs—including his 12th career grand slam—and drives in 8 runs in the A’s 9–6 win over the Mariners. It is Kingman’s 5th career 3-HR game, one shy of the ML record held by Johnny Mize.

      Down 2-1, the Twins score 8 in the bottom of the 6th to beat the Angels, 9-2. Kent Hrbek has a grand slam for the Twins.

17th  Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Braves pitcher Pascual Perez until May 15th as a result of his off-season drug arrest in the Dominican Republic, but an independent arbitrator will overturn the suspension because of lack of evidence.

      Bryn Smith (3-0) scatters 5 hits and Gary Carter hits a grand slam as the Expos roll to a 10-0 win over the Mets. 

19th  Kansas City’s Bret Saberhagen picks up his first ML victory as the Royals beat the Tigers 5–2. It is the first loss of the season for the red-hot Tigers, who began the year 9–0 and will never fall out of first place in the AL East.  Dan Petry pitches 8 innings, allowing 4 earned runs in the loss.

20th  The Angels use 3 consecutive doubles and a single to score 4 runs in the top of the 13th to beat the host Blue Jays, 10-6. The Angels collect 20 hits in the game. Lloyd Moseby has a 6th inning grand slam for the Jays.

21st  Montreal’s David Palmer, who missed all of the 1983 season following elbow surgery, pitches a rain-shortened 5-inning perfect game 4–0 against the Cardinals to give the Expos a doubleheader sweep. It is the 4th perfect game of less than 9 innings in ML history.

      At home before 34,395 fans, the Tigers beat the White Sox 4–1, ending LaMarr Hoyt’s personal 15-game winning streak. Dave Rozema pitches six shut out innings for the win, while Lou Whitaker has a homer and three runs scored.

22nd  The Tigers roll over the White Sox, 9–1, with Kirk Gibson hitting his 4th homer of the year in the first inning.  Juan Berenguer goes 7 innings for the win, with Lopez and Hernandez finishing up for Detroit.  Chicago finishes up with 1B Mike Squires on the mound for the last batter.

      The Dodgers collect 18 hits—11 for extra bases—as they pound the Padres, 15-7. Mike Marshall leads the offense with 5 hits, including a double and two homers, and drives in 6 runs. Six other players have two or more hits for Big Blue. Kevin McReynolds has 4 hits and scores 3 for the Padres.

24th  The Tigers score 3 runs in the 9th inning to come from behind and beat the Twins, 6–5. Lou Whitaker’s 2-out single drives home the winner. The rally gives Jack Morris (4–0) his 11th straight win over Minnesota going back to June 1981.

25th  Jesse Barfield has 2 doubles and a homer to drive in 4 runs as Toronto stops Oakland, 11-0. Barfield also scores 3 runs as does Damaso Garcia, who adds 4 stolen bases. Luis Leal (3-0) allows 5 hits in the win.

27th  Mike Hargrove’s bases-loaded double in the top of the 19th inning leads Cleveland to an 8–4 win over Detroit in a game that takes 5 hours and 44 minutes to complete. The game at Detroit ends at 1:19 a.m. None of the runs in the 19th are earned as the Tigers make three errors, two by Glenn Abbott and a dropped fly by Gibson. It is only the 2nd loss of the season for the 16–2 Tigers.

      At Jack Murphy, rain washes out the finish of the Dodgers-Padres in the 7th inning, as LA wins 1-0. Rick Hunnycutt allows 1 hit in the win, a safety by Luis Salazar.

28th  At Comiskey, Boston does all their scoring in the last 3 innings winning on an error in the 9th, 8–7.  Jose Cruz has a grand slam for Chicago, while Jim Rice and Tony Armas homer for Boston. Armas’s clout is a 500 foot blast into the CF bleachers.

      Gary Pettis belts a grand slam and Geoff Zahn goes the distance as the Angels belt the Mariners, 10-1.

30th  In Toronto, a game is called on account of wind. Despite gusts up to 60 mph, Jays starter Jim Clancy manages to retire the first 2 Rangers before the umps step in and call the game. Clancy was blown off the mound several times. The two will split a twinbill tomorrow.