Thursday, February 10, 2011
Career stats card. Mike Flanagan.
For Jays fans, he's remembered for the stretch drive in the ill-fated 1987 season. The Jays picked him up at the end of August in exchange for Oswaldo Peraza and player to be named later Jose Mesa (oops!)
Mike went 3-2 in 7 starts (3 of them on 3 days rest!), but it was the game on October 3 that was the most memorable. A win would have put the Jays 1 game up on the Tigers with 1 to play.
Mike faced off against Jack Morris that game, and pitched 11 innings, giving up 8 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), walking 2 and striking out 9.
I remember that game very well, and it seemed that it wasn't possible he could keep going, but he just kept getting out of jams. Morris went 9, also giving up 2 runs while walking 5 and striking out 6.
The Tigers had Mike Henneman, who pitched 3 shutout relief innings. Unfortunately Jimy Williams brought in Jeff Musselman in the bottom of the 12th, and the Tigers got the run they needed. Of course they clinched the next day, which was another great pitching matchup.