April 16, 1985 Game 86: Rangers (1-4) at Blue Jays (4-2)

Crazy game at Exhibition Stadium today. Blue Jay fans would see some fun baseball today as the ball was all over the park as good pitching was scarce. Mike Mason would start for the Rangers and Luis Leal for the Blue Jays.

Harrah would lead off the game with a Home Run on a 3-1 slider that Leal left over the middle of the plate. O'Brien would walk and move to 3rd on a Ward single. O'Brien would score when McDowell would hit a deep SACFLY to Moseby to make it 2-0 Rangers.

In the Second the Rangers would add to their lead when O'brien smacks a 2-out triple that will score Wilkerson and Harrah and it is now 4-0 Rangers. The Blue Jays would cut into that lead when Barfield hits a 0-1 fastball in the the centerfield bleachers to make it 4-1 Rangers. The Rangers would get that run back in the 3rd as McDowell hit a 1-1 Leal changeup into the rightfield seats to make it 5-1.

The Rangers would blow the game open in the 4th and chase Leal from the game. A 2-out walk to Harrah and a 2BE by Moseby on a drive by O'Brien will score Harrah. Ward will then single and O'Brien would score to make it 7-1 Rangers. Bell would make it 7-2 when he hit a Mason fastball into the seats in the bottom of the 4th.

In the 6th the Rangers would get a couple off of Jimmy Key to make 9-2. Another 2BE by Moseby puts Wilkerson on 2nd, Harrah would walk and an O'Brien double will score Wilkerson and Harrah stops at 3rd. Ward hits a SACFLY to Barfield and Harrah scores.

The Blue Jays would start to fight back in the 7th as the would cut into the Ranger lead and Mason would not retrun for the 8th. It would start with an error on Mason and Garcia would be on 1st. Iorg would double and Garcia would score. Barfield would come up and crush an 2-0 hanging curve over the leftfield fence for a 2-run homer to make it 9-5.

Burt Hooton would come out in the 8th for the Rangers and he had a rough go. Upshaw would be walked and would then get to 3rd on a Fernandez single. Garcia would tehn single and that would score Upshaw. Greg Harris would come out for the 9th and strikeout 2 of the three batters he faced to get the save.

Harrah would score 4 runs
O'Brien went 2-4 with a 2B, 3B and 3 RBI
Barfield went 2-5 with 2 HR's and 3 RBI

The Final Score 9-6 Rangers