Thursday, August 12, 2010

August 12, 1974 at Anaheim Stadium the California Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2. Nolan Ryan pitched a complete game while striking out 19 Red Sox batters. Ryan tied his Angels club record from the year before with 26 complete games in 1974 and the 19 k's is the Angels club record for 9 innings. Ryan had fanned 19 in a game three other times before with the Angels, but those games went into extra innings. Three of his 19 strikeout games came in the summer of 1974, twice against the Red Sox. The Angels offense was led by a Bob Oliver three-run home run. Oliver came to the Angels in a trade with the Kansas City Royals in May of 1972 for pitcher Tom Murphy and would split time between first base, third base and the outfield. Oliver's best years with the Angels were during the 1972 and 1973 seasons where he averaged 527 at-bats, 19 home runs and 80 RBI. The Angels traded Oliver to the Baltimore Orioles in September of 1974 for pitcher Mickey Scott.
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