Reds Opening Day 1984
In honor of opening day of Baseball, I thought I would break out my Statis Pro Baseball game and replay the opening day of my favorite team the Cincinnati Reds.statis-pro-baseball In 1984 they opened against the New York Mets. The Reds won the game originally 8-1 and went on to finish the season in 5th place in their division. The big change they made in August of that year was they fired their manager and hired Pete Rose as player-manager.
I used the opening day lineup with one exception, I could not find the card for the Reds 1st baseman Dan Driessen so I substituted Wayne Krenchicki. I hope you enjoy the game.
Welcome to Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati Ohio.
It is opening day and the New York Mets are in town to kick off the season with the Cincinnati Reds. Here are your starting lineups.
Mets batting lineup
Reds batting lineup
Top of the 1st
Mario Soto on the mound for the Reds.
1st up for the Mets 2nd baseman Walt Backman. He hits a grounder to 2nd base, Oester up with it and throws on to first for the out.
Up next is Jose Oquendo, who takes the first pitch and sends a easy fly ball to left field for the 2nd out.
Keith Hernandez steps up to the plate with 2 out. Soto sends in the 2-2 count and gets another ground ball to 2nd for the 3rd out of the inning. Three up and three down, Soto is in total control.
Bottom of the 1st
Mike Torrez starting for the Mets.
To lead off is left fielder Gary Redus. Redus strikes out swinging at a curve ball. One out.
Eddie Milner steps in the batter’s box. He sends a dribbler right back at the mound for an easy out. 2 away.
Shortstop Dave Concepcion is now up and promptly pops out to 1st.
At the end of 1 we are still scoreless. The heart of the lineup is up for the Mets, Foster, Strawberry and Wilson.
Top of the 2nd
Former Red George Foster to lead off. He takes strike 3. 1 out
Strawberry steps in and is ready to go. He takes a mighty swing and just misses the fastball popping it up to the catcher for out 2.
Mookie Wilson is now in the batters box and grounds out to 2nd for out number 3.
We go to the bottom of the second with Soto in total control retiring all six batters that he has faced.
Bottom of 2nd
Reds right fielder Dave Parker is in the batter’s box. He hits a line shot to right field for a base hit. One on and no one out.
Krenchicki is up next. He hits a ground ball deep in the hole at short who throws to second for the force out with the batter safe at first. 1 out and 1 on.
Up next is 3rd baseman Nick Esasky. He hits a grounder back to the pitcher which turns into a 1-6-3 double play, Pitcher to short to first to end the inning. No left on base at the end of 2 it is 0-0.
Top of the 3rd.
Mets 3rd baseman Hubie Brooks leading of the 3rd. He grounds out to short for the 1st out.
Catcher Ron Hodges flies out to center for the 2nd out.
Up next is the pitcher Mike Torrez. He strikes out swinging for the 3rd out.
Bottom of the 3rd
Up first is 2nd baseman Ron Oester. He hits a easy grounder to third for the 1st out.
Catcher Bilardello is up next. He hits a hard liner to left for a base hit. 1 on and 1 out for the pitcher.
Soto gets the signs from the third base coach and gets set in the batter’s box. Torrez with the wind up and Soto squares around for the sacrifice bunt. He lays down a perfect bunt towards 3rd base advancing the runner to 2nd. 2 out and a man at 2nd.
Back to the top of the lineup with Redus and he strikes out swinging for the 3rd out stranding a man at 2nd. That is his second strike out of the day.
After 3 we are still tied at 0-0.
Top of the 4th
Backman is leading off for the second time. He is fooled on the pitch but manages to hit a blooper to right field for a lead off hit. Now the Mets have good speed on the base pads. On the second pitch he makes his move to take second base and is in there easily.
Oquendo is now up with a man on second and none out. He hits a grounder up the middle that Concepcion makes a diving grab and comes up throwing to first for the out. The runner advances to third. 1 on and 1 out for Keith Hernandez.
Hernandez is in the box and ready to go. He hits a fly ball to right field. Backman is tagging at third here comes the throw to the plate from Parker, and he is OUT! The inning ends on a good throw from Parker. No one left on base and we are still tied at 0-0.
Bottom of the 4th
Center fielder Eddie Milner will lead off the 4th for the Reds. His first time up, he grounded out to the pitcher. He swings and hits another grounder back to the pitcher for the first out.
Concepcion popped out to first his last time up. This time he singles to left field. One on and one out.
Clean up batter Dave Parker steps in. His last time up, he singled to right. This time he hits a fly ball to right for the 2nd out, and the runner holds at first.
First baseman Krenchicki is now up with 2 out and a man at first. He grounded into a fielder’s choice his last time up. He flies out to right field to end the inning.
After 4 the Mets have no runs on 1 hit no errors and no one left on. The Reds have no runs on 3 hits no errors and 2 runners left on base.
Top of the 5th
Foster will lead off for the Mets. His last time up, he struck out looking. He grounds out to second for the first out.
Strawberry popped out to the catcher. This time he takes ball for and will walk down to first.
Wilson grounded out to 2nd back in the first inning. He walks. Back to back walks by Mario Soto and the Mets are threatening with 2 on and 1 out here in the 5th.
Brooks grounded to short his first time up. He hits a grounder up the middle that Concepcion reaches but only has one play to make at 1st. Both runners advance, 2 out and runners at third and second.
Hodges flew out to center. This time he hits a liner right back at the pitcher. Soto is saying look at what I got and with that he gets out of the jam and we remain tied at 0.
Bottom of 5th
Nick Esasky is up, he grounded into a double play his first time up. And he draws a walk, and the Reds get the leadoff batter on again.
Ron Oester steps in with 1 on and no one out here in the 5th. He grounds into a 4-6-3 double play. There are now 2 out and Bilardello up.
Bilardello’s got a hit his last time up. This time he gets a single to right field. 1 on and 2 out with the pitcher coming up.
Soto had a sacrifice bunt his last time. This time he grounds to 3rd to end the inning.
After 5 we are still tied 0-0.
Top of 6th
Torrez struck out his first time up. He pops it up in foul ground down the third base line which Esasky easily snags for the 1st out.
Back to the top of the line up with Backman, who is 1 for 2 with a single and stolen base back in the 4th. He works Soto for a walk. There is action down in the Reds bullpen. Backman gets a great jump and has his second stolen base of the game. He is now at 2nd with just one out, and the Mets are threatening again.
Oquendo is 0-2 today. He draws a walk. Now there are runners at 1st and 2nd with 1 out and the heart of the Mets lineup due up.
The Reds are making a pitching change. They will go with the left hander John Franco. So the line on Mario Soto is, 5 and 1/3rd innings pitched. He gave up 1 hit and 4 walks, striking out 2. He is responsible for the 2 runners still on base.
Hernandez will lead off against Franco. He is 0-2 for the day so far. He hits a grounder up the middle and again Concepcion comes up with it and his only play is 1st. Both runners advance.
2 out and 2 on for George Foster, Who has stuck out and grounded out today. He works the count on Franco fouling off a couple of pitches and then he finally gets hold of a hanging curve and sends it into the stands in left field for a 3 run home run. The Mets are up 3-0 with 2 out here in the 6th.
Darryl Strawberry will be trying to add to the score. This time he grounds out to second.
As we go to the bottom of the 5th the Mets lead 3-0.
Bottom of 6th
Redus will lead off the 6th with the Reds trailing by 3. Torrez has scattered 4 hits over the first 5 innings but he has Redus’ number striking him out twice. Redus swings and sends a line drive to left field leading off the inning with a single.
Milner is up with a man on first. He is 0 for 2 on the day, both ground outs to the pitcher. He swings on and hits a single to center field.
No one out and runners at 1st and 2nd for Concepcion who does have 1 hit today. He grounds to second, Backman comes up with it steps on the bag for the 1st out and throws to first for the double play. Redus advances to 3rd.
Parker steps in. He has 1 hit in 2 times at bat today. He hits a grounder to short. Oquendo comes up with the ball and throws wildly to first. Redus scores and Parker goes to second on the throwing error.
The Mets get a couple of arms up and throwing in the pen. Up next is Krenchicki who is 0 for 2 on the day. He double downs the left field line, Parker scores and the Reds have pulled within 1. And that looks like it will be it for Torrez as the manager is motioning down to the pen. It looks like Tom Gorman will be the next pitcher for the Mets.
Torrez goes 6 and 2/3rd of an inning, giving up 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2. He gave up 2 runs both of them unearned because of the throwing error on Oquendo. Gorman will inherit a runner on 2nd.
Esasky will be the first batter that Gorman faces. He has walked and grounded into a double play. And he strikes out swinging. Gorman comes in and gets the final out of the inning; but the Reds now trail 3 to 2 at the end of 6.
Top of the 7th
Leading off the 7th will be Wilson who has a walk and grounded out. This time he grounds out to short.
Next up is Brooks who twice has grounded out to short. This time he hits a dribbler to Oester at 2nd for the easy out.
Hodges now steps in against Franco. He has hit the ball solidly both times up all for naught. This time though he grounds right back to the pitcher for the final out. 3 up and 3 down for John Franco and in the middle of the 7th the Mets lead the Reds 3-2.
Bottom of the 7th
Oester will lead of the 7th for the Reds and Gorman is still on the mound for the Mets. Oester flies out to left. 1 out.
Up next is Bilardello, who has 2 singles on the day. And he singles to right off of Gorman. The Reds have 1 on and 1 out here in the 7th.
It looks like we will have a pinch hitter for the pitcher John Franco. It looks like it is the right hander Cesar Cedeno. Cedeno takes it deep to left, back to the warning track and it is caught by Foster at the wall. Cedeno gave it a ride but comes up just short.
Now Redus steps up with 2 out and a runner on first. He 1 singled and scored on the error by Oquendo last inning. He hits the ball hard but right at Brooks the third baseman for the final out.
At the end of 7 the score remains Mets 3 and the Reds 2.
Top of the 8th
The new pitcher for the Reds here in the eighth will be Ron Robinson. He will face a pinch hitter for Gorman and that is Dan Heep. Gorman goes 1.3 innings striking out 1 giving up no hits, no walks, and no runs.
Heep steps in. Works the count and then pops up to second for the 1st out.
Now it is Backman’s turn. He walked, stole a base and scored his last time up. Robinson gets him to pop out to short. There is now 2 outs.
Oquendo is up, he committed the error that allowed the Reds runners to score. Robinson strikes him out looking.
After 8 and a half it is still 3-2 in favor of the visitors.
Bottom of the 8th
Jessie Orosco will be the new pitcher for the Mets, and he will face Milner to start the inning. Orosco gets him looking at strike 3.
Concepcion will be next. He does have a hit on the day. And he grounds out to third for the second out.
That will bring up Dave Parker who has a single and a RBI today. This time though he grounds out to short.
Orosco does his job and the Reds are retired in order. The score Mets 3 and Reds 2.
Top of the 9th
Hernandez will lead off the ninth for the Mets. He singles to left field.
Foster grounds the ball to 2nd, Oester comes up with it tossing to Concepcion and on to Krenchicki for the double play. There are now 2 outs in the inning.
Strawberry now steps in with a walk on the day. He grounds to the pitcher to end the inning.
Mets still up over the Reds 3-2
Bottom of the 9th
Well we have come down to the Reds final at bat, and the Mets are not going to make it easy on the Reds, they have brought in their closer, Doug Sisk. And leading off against Sisk is Krenchicki who doubled and drove in a run back in the 6th. Sisk throws the fast ball and Krenchicki swings, that ball is hit deep to right field, Strawberry is going back, back, to the warning track and it is GONE. HOMERUN! Wayne Krenchicki has tied this game here in the ninth with his first long ball of the season.
The crowd is really into it now here at Riverfront Stadium, they are cheering Krenchicki as Esasky steps to the plate. Sisk gets him to ground out to short. 1 out here in the ninth.
Oester is now ready to face Sisk. Oester hits a fly ball to right. Strawberry moves under it and there is 2 outs.
The catcher Bilardello steps up he is 2 for 2 on the day. And he grounds out to short to end the inning. But we are going into extra innings thanks to the Homerun by Krenchicki.
Mets 3 Reds 3
Top of the 10th
Wilson steps up to the plate for the fourth time in the game. Robinson still on the mound for the Reds. Wilson grounds out to second.
1 out here in the ninth for Hubie Brooks. Hubie is 0 for 3 on the night. Make that 0 for 4 as he grounds out to second.
The catcher, Ron Hodges is in the batter’s box. Another 1-2-3 inning for the Reds as Hodges pops out to second to end the inning.
Half way through the 10th and the Mets and Reds are all tied up at 3.
Bottom of the 10th
Well that will do it for Robinson as a pinch hitter is walking up to the plate. Robinson went 3 innings giving up just 1 hit and no runs.
Eric Davis is pinch hitting against Doug Sisk. Davis flies out to right for the first out of the inning.
Redus steps in, he is 1 for 4 on the night. Redus strikes out swinging. That is his 3rd strikeout on the night.
So now with 2 out here in the 10th, Eddie Milner will face off against Sisk. Sisk gives up a two out walk to Milner. Milner gets a big lead at first, it is the pitch to the plate and he is going to second. The throw down and he is safe. Just in under the tag. Man at second with 2 out for Concepcion.
Concepcion is 1 for 4 on the night. Sisk winds up and brings the heat, Concepcion swings and hits a grounder to short. Oquendo comes up with it and makes the throw to Henandez at first for the final out.
At the end of 10 we are still knotted up at 3 all.
Top of the 11th
We have a new pitcher for the Reds, Ted Power takes over for Robinson. Also, the Mets Sisk is done for the night after 2 innings striking out 1, walking 1, and giving up the game tying homerun. Batting in his place is Kelvin Chapman.
Chapman takes his place at the plate. Power just blew strike 3 past him for the first out.
That will bring Backman to the plate. He is 1 for 3 with a walk and a couple of stolen bases. This time Power takes a little bit off the fast ball and Backman swings for strike 3. Two down here in the 11th.
Oquendo is ready. He swings at the pitch, popping it up in foul ground down the 1st baseline and Krenchicki makes the catch for the final out.
3 up and 3 down we go to the Reds half of the inning tied at 3.
Bottom of the 11th
Wes Gardner will be the new pitcher for the Mets.
Dave Parker is leading it off here in the 11th. He is 1 for 4 with a run scored. He lines the pitch from Gardner into centerfield for a single.
Krenchicki has homered tonight and steps up with a man on first and nobody out. Gardner hangs a pitch and Krenchicki gets all of it. It’s hit deep to left center Foster is running back to the wall. It hits high off the wall and gets away from him. Krenchicki ends up at second and Parker comes all the way home from first to score the game winning run!
Final score Mets 3 and your home town Reds 4.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Runs Hits Errors
Mets 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1
Reds 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 4 9 0
Name AB R H BB SO AVG.
Backman 4 1 1 1 1 0.250
Oquendo 4 1 0 1 1 0.000
Hernandez 4 0 1 0 0 0.250
Foster 4 1 1 0 1 0.250
Strawberry 3 0 0 1 0 0.000
Wilson 3 0 0 1 0 0.000
Brooks 4 0 0 0 0 0.000
Hodges 4 0 0 0 0 0.000
Torrez 2 0 0 0 1 0.000
Gorman 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Heep 1 0 0 0 0 0.000
Orosco 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Sisk 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Chapman 1 0 0 0 1 0.000
SB Backman 2
HR Foster 1
RBI Foster 3
Double plays 3
Errors Oquendo 1
Mets IP H W K R ER Era
Torrez 5.6 6 1 2 2 0 0.00
Gorman 1.3 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Orosco 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Sisk 2 1 1 1 1 1 4.50
Gardner (L 0-1) 0 2 0 0 1 1 #DIV/0!
Name AB R H BB SO AVG.
Redus 5 1 1 0 3 0.200
Milner 4 0 1 1 1 0.250
Concepcion 5 0 1 0 0 0.200
Parker 5 2 2 0 0 0.400
Krenchicki 5 1 3 0 0 0.600
Esasky 3 0 0 1 1 0.000
Oester 4 0 0 0 0 0.000
Bilardello 3 0 2 0 0 0.667
Soto 1 0 0 0 0 0.000
Franco 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Cedeno 1 0 0 0 0 0.000
Robinson 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Davis 1 0 0 0 0 0.000
2B Krenchicki 2
HR Krenchicki 1
RBI Parker 1; Krenchicki 3
SB Milner 1
Double Plays 2
Reds IP H W K R ER Era
Soto 5.3 1 4 2 2 2 3.40
Franco 1.6 1 0 0 1 1 5.63
Robinson 3 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Power ( W 1-0) 1 0 0 2 0 0 0.00
Jeff Van Horn
Dan Driessen was always lousy, anyway. This totally proves the Reds would have been better off without him.
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This is a great game, I almost broke out one of my copies last week.
Driessen was traded to Montreal during the 1984 season, you may find his card in the Montreal deck.
I use the baseball-reference website as a good source of traded players: