May 14, 1985
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (Tudor) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (Hawkins)
John Tudor, making his 7th start of the season. At this point in the real life 1985 season, Tudor’s record was only 1-4, but he’d pitched very well, as his ERA of 2.55 would prove. He faced a Padres team that was the current NL Pennant holders, having been defeated by the mighty Detroit Tigers in last October’s World Series.
Tudor and the Cardinals face off against Andy Hawkins. Hawkins, a big right-hander, struggled to an 8-9 record in 1984, but in his first six starts of 1985, the twenty-five year-old appeared to have figured things out. In real life 1985, Hawkins came into this game with a 6-0 record, a 2.63 ERA and a WHIP of 0.951.
Willie McGee’s one out double leads to a run when Tommy Herr immediately follows that up with a double of his own. Jack Clark’s right-side grounder moves Herr over. With two out, Andy Van Slyke hits a Fly(rf)X. Now, pay attention here, because this is important and will come up later: I flip over the scoresheet and read that Tony Gwynn is a 2 e5 in RF. Ok. Roll the d20, it’s a 2. Base hit for Van Slyke, Herr scores. It’s 2-0 Cards.
Let’s fast forward now.
The Padres threatened in the 2nd and 3rd, but nothing came of it. Now in the bottom of the 4th two out, leadoff man Jerry Royster up, runners on 1st and 3rd. Royster raps a single to score a runner and move Garry Templeton to third. Tony Gwynn steps to the plate. I reflect on the greatness of Tony Gwynn. What a player he was. I can just see him striding to the plate, John Tudor on the mound. I can picture this game so clearly. Gwynn at this point in his career was still a threat to steal, still a great fielder. In fact, he’s rated a 1 (0) e4 in 1985 in right field.
Didn’t I look at his rating earlier, wasn’t he a 2 e5? Oh no! I read Steve Garvey’s rating right below Gwynn’s by accident! That base hit by Van Slyke back in the first – the one that scored Tommy Herr – should’ve been an out. Uh-oh. What do I do now?
This is a tough decision. It’s late enough in the game that I can’t just erase all the way back to the error and start over from there unless I write up a whole new scorecard. It’s early enough in the game that I could call a rain out and replay the game at another time. But we’re in San Diego in April, not a likely stage for a rainout.
So what do I do?
What do you do? The score is 2-1 Cardinals. Runners on 1st and 3. Bottom of the 4th, two out, Tony Gwynn at the plate.
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