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NL Day 8: Astros Do It Again

Harry Spilman

Harry Spilman

Astros 3, Dodgers 2
Something always goes right for Houston, it seems, as they improve to 5-1.  All five wins this season have been by a single run and 4 of those 5 wins have been credited to a member of the bullpen.  Today they take a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on three straight L.A. errors.  Bob Knepper cruises until the 7th inning when he serves up back-to-back solo shots to Mike Marshall (2) and Mike Scioscia.  They head into the bottom of the 9th trailing 2-1 to Alejandro Pena who is dealing for the Dodgers. Phil Garner triples to lead off. Jose Cruz walks. Jerry Mumphrey is erased on a 6-3 when Anderson makes a great play at short. Enos Cabell is walked to load the bases. Kevin Bass grounds to third and Garner is thrown out at home. Bases loaded, two out, down by one. Jim Pankovits pinch hits and singles a run in to tie it. In comes Tom Niedenfuer to pitch and Harry Spilman to pinch hit and up comes another single. Game over. Astros have been outscored this season but have a 5-1 record. Go figure.

Cubs 3, Phillies 1
Chicago moves into 1st place in the NL East with their 3rd straight win over the Phils. Dennis Eckersley (W 2-0) allows 1 run in 8 innings of work. Lee Smith (S 2) gives up a leadoff single to Oliver before John Wockenfuss lines out to Davey Lopes at 2nd base who then doubles Oliver off of first.  Ozzie Virgil grounds out to Lopes and that’s the ballgame. Why so many mentions of Lopes at second? Because Ryne Sandberg came up with a 2-game injury in the 7th inning. He had gone 2-for-4 with a triple before the injury.  He’s hitting .292 this season. Gary Matthews homered for the Cubs. Steve Carlton (L 1-1) threw well, but gets stuck with the loss.

Padres 10, Cardinals 7
St. Louis has nobody eligible to start who is rated as a starter and only three rested pitchers available to boot. They turn to Neil Allen (who made 1 start in ’84) and the worst possible thing happens – he only makes it through 1.2 innings before he’s out of the game.  The Padres put 8 runs on the board in the inning. The Cardinals make a game of it, scoring 5 in the 6th and 2 more in the 9th. They actually have two men on with nobody out before Goose Gossage (S 1) comes in for San Diego and ends the game with a strike out of David Green. Kevin McReynolds homered for the 2nd time this year for the 3-1 Padres.

Braves 10, Reds 2
Things continue to start poorly for Cincinnati. Promising young pitcher Jay Tibbs gets his first start of the season, serves up two fluky homers to Rafael Ramirez and Gerald Perry to fall behind 3-0 early on, and then comes up injured when batting in the bottom of the 3rd.  He’s going to miss 15 games before returning, so things aren’t looking too good for the Reds. The Braves, on the other hand, are now 4-2. Craig McMurtry (W 1-0) takes a shutout into the 9th before running out of gas. Chris Chambliss and Ken Oberkfell also went deep in a 4-homer game for the Bravos.

Pirates 8, Expos 7
A wild back and forth game that has 5 lead changes, the final one coming on Lee Mazzilli’s solo homer in the bottom of the 7th. Kent Tekulve throws a perfect 9th inning for his 2nd save of the season. On the bright side for the 1-5 Expos, their bats woke up, as they hit their first homers of the season including a pair by Gary Carter. Tim Raines also homered for them in the first at bat of the game, but was later injured and will miss a game. Andre Dawson went 2-for-4 and is hitting .381 this year.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs              4    2  .667   -    W 3
Pittsburgh Pirates        4    4  .500   1    W 2
Philadelphia Phillies     3    3  .500   1    L 3
St. Louis Cardinals       3    3  .500   1    L 2
New York Mets             2    2  .500   1    W 1
Montreal Expos            1    5  .167   3    L 2

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros            5    1  .833   -    W 2
Atlanta Braves            4    2  .667   1    W 1
San Diego Padres          3    1  .750   1    W 2
San Francisco Giants      3    3  .500   2    L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers       3    5  .375   3    L 2
Cincinnati Reds           1    5  .167   4    L 1

TEAM STARS
==========

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Rick Mahler              
     .364, 2 HR, 9 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
CHC  Bob Dernier                   Dennis Eckersley         
     .320, 4 SB                    2-0, 0.53, 11 K         
CIN  Gary Redus                    Ted Power                
     .300, 1 SB                    1 Sv, 0.00              
HOU  Phil Garner                   Frank DiPino             
     .455, 4 RBI                   2-0, 1 Sv, 1.35         
LAD  Bill Russell                  Rick Honeycutt           
     .545                          1-0, 1.00               
MON  Andre Dawson                  Steve Rogers             
     .381, 4 RBI                   1-0, 0.00               
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Bruce Berenyi            
     .333, 1 HR, 3 SB              1-0, 0.00               
PHI  Mike Schmidt                  Steve Carlton            
     .391, 3 HR, 8 RBI             1-1, 1.59, 8 K          
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .280, 3 HR, 6 RBI             2-0, 0.57, 8 K          
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Goose Gossage            
     .438, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB       1-0, 1 Sv, 0.00         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Mike Krukow              
     .412, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-1, 3.21, 9 K          
STL  David Green                   Bruce Sutter             
     .333, 1 HR, 3 RBI             3 Sv, 0.00              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .455
 2. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .444
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .438
 4. Foster, George (NYM)           .412
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .412
 6. Ramirez, Rafael (ATL)          .407
 7. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)            .400
 8. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .391
 9. Wohlford, Jim (MON)            .389
10. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .382

HOME RUNS
1. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               3
   Thompson, Jason (PIT)             3
3. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)               2
   Carter, Gary (MON)                2
   Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  2
   Foster, George (NYM)              2
   Marshall, Mike (LAD)              2
   McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)           2
   Murphy, Dale (ATL)                2
   Trevino, Alex (ATL)               2
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Murphy, Dale (ATL)                9
2. McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)           8
   Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               8
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               8
5. Thompson, Scot (SFG)              7

STOLEN BASES
1. Dernier, Bob (CHC)                4
   Raines, Tim (MON)                 4
3. Washington, Claudell (ATL)        3
   Wilson, Mookie (NYM)              3

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         0.00
    Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           0.00
    Darling, Ron (NYM)             0.00
    Horton, Ricky (STL)            0.00
    Mahler, Rick (ATL)             0.00
    Robinson, Jeff (SFG)           0.00
    Rogers, Steve (MON)            0.00
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.00
    Whitson, Ed (SDP)              0.00
10. Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)        0.53

WINS-LOSSES
1. DiPino, Frank (HOU)             2-0
   Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)         2-0
   Sambito, Joe (HOU)              2-0
   Tudor, John (PIT)               2-0
5. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)          1-0
   Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)            1-0
   Gossage, Goose (SDP)            1-0
   Hershiser, Orel (LAD)           1-0
   Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)           1-0
   Horton, Ricky (STL)             1-0
   Hudson, Charlie (PHI)           1-0
   Laskey, Bill (SFG)              1-0
   Mahler, Rick (ATL)              1-0
   McMurtry, Craig (ATL)           1-0
   Niekro, Joe (HOU)               1-0
   Robinson, Don (PIT)             1-0
   Rogers, Steve (MON)             1-0
   Sanderson, Scott (CHC)          1-0
   Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           1-0
   Thurmond, Mark (SDP)            1-0
   Whitson, Ed (SDP)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            15
2. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)            14
   Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       14
4. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             13
5. Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)          11
   Welch, Bob (LAD)                 11

SAVES
1. Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3
2. Smith, Lee (CHC)                  2
   Tekulve, Kent (PIT)               2


SCHEDULE
========

ATL   4-2   Mahler, R            (1-0, 0.00)
SFG   3-3   Lerch, R             (NR)

CHC   4-2   Ruthven, D           (NR)
NYM   2-2   Terrell, W           (0-0, 2.25)

STL   3-3   Andujar, J           (1-0, 0.00)
MON   1-5   Palmer, D            (NR)

LAD   3-5   Valenzuela, F        (0-0, 4.50)
CIN   1-5   Russell, J           (0-1, 4.50)
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AL Day 8: Jays Stage Comeback Against ChiSox

Jesse Barfield

Jesse Barfield

Blue Jays 9, White Sox 5
The Toronto Blue Jays sent 9 men to the plate in the bottom of the 8th, scoring 5 runs to come from behind and best Chicago.  Tom Seaver (L 1-1) was doing well for the Pale Hose, staked to a 5-4 lead headed into the 8th.  With two outs and two on, Seaver remained on and served up a home run to Jesse Barfield that put Toronto ahead.  It was Barfield’s second homer of the game, as he did a phenomenal job with a spot start in right field.  Lloyd Moseby was tossed from the game arguing a called strike three in the 1st inning and Toronto 3B Rance Mulliniks came up injured and will miss a couple games.  The Jays are tied for 1st in the AL East and the Sox are a half game back in the West.

Twins 4, Royals 2
K.C. continued to struggle to open the season, but at least they were close this time.  With Willie Wilson returning from injury, they finally didn’t have to play a “5” in center field. But John Butcher (W 2-0) wasn’t going to be defeated today, as he went the distance for this 2nd win.  Butcher has a 1.69 ERA through his first two starts of the year.  Tom Brunansky poked his 3rd homer of the year for Minnesota.

Tigers 5, Mariners 2
Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell each reached base three times at the top of the Detroit batting order and Dan Petry (W 2-0) joined the 2-win club, going 7 strong for the Tigers.  Willie Hernandez (S 1) picked up his first save for Detroit as they improved to an even 3-3 on the year.

Rangers 5, Orioles 1
A bad start to the season for Baltimore – a team which enters the replay with some high expectations.  Great start for the Rangers’ Frank Tanana (W 1-1), who went the distance and struck out 9 men.  Larry Parrish had a 2-RBI double and a pair of walks and is hitting .333 this year.

Indians 5, Yankees 1
4 straight losses now for the Bronx Bombers as Phil Niekro (L 1-1) couldn’t handle them.  13 hits for the Tribe and just 7 for the Yanks.  Willie Randolph had an interesting lead for New York, going 1-for-1 with a quartet of walks. Andre Thornton had a homer (2) and double while Pat Tabler had three hits just after him in the batting order.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Cleveland Indians         4    2  .667   -    W 1
Toronto Blue Jays         4    2  .667   -    W 1
Boston Red Sox            3    2  .600   0.5  W 2
Milwaukee Brewers         3    2  .600   0.5  W 2
Detroit Tigers            3    3  .500   1    W 2
Baltimore Orioles         2    4  .333   2    L 2
New York Yankees          1    4  .200   2.5  L 4

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago White Sox         4    2  .667   -    L 1
Minnesota Twins           4    3  .571   0.5  W 1
Oakland Athletics         3    3  .500   1    W 1
Texas Rangers             3    3  .500   1    W 1
California Angels         2    2  .500   1    W 1
Seattle Mariners          2    3  .400   1.5  L 1
Kansas City Royals        1    4  .200   2.5  L 3

TEAM STARS
==========

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .200, 1 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 1.59, 5 K          
BOS  Tony Armas                    Bob Ojeda                
     .389, 2 HR, 9 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 7 K          
CAL  Doug DeCinces                 Geoff Zahn               
     .294, 1 HR                    1-0, 0.00               
CHW  Greg Walker                   LaMarr Hoyt              
     .421, 1 HR, 3 RBI             2-0, 0.50, 10 K         
CLE  Andre Thornton                Bert Blyleven            
     .261, 2 HR, 6 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .542, 6 RBI, 4 SB             2-0, 2.03, 6 K          
KCR  Steve Balboni                 Mark Gubicza             
     .235, 2 HR, 3 RBI             1-0, 1.29               
MIL  Robin Yount                   Moose Haas               
     .400, 1 HR                    1-0, 0.00               
MIN  Tom Brunansky                 John Butcher             
     .379, 3 HR, 7 RBI             2-0, 1.69, 7 K          
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .421                          1-1, 3.38, 8 K          
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .304, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 SB       1-0, 2 Sv, 3.18, 6 K    
SEA  Ken Phelps                    Jim Beattie              
     .250, 3 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 1.00, 4 K          
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Frank Tanana             
     .333, 2 HR, 6 RBI             1-1, 4.50, 19 K         
TOR  George Bell                   Doyle Alexander          
     .346, 3 HR, 6 RBI             1-0, 2.00               

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .542
 2. Bergman, Dave (DET)            .529
 3. James, Dion (MIL)              .444
 4. Davis, Mike (OAK)              .438
 5. Randolph, Willie (NYY)         .421
    Walker, Greg (CHW)             .421
 7. Meacham, Bobby (NYY)           .400
    Owen, Spike (SEA)              .400
 9. Armas, Tony (BOS)              .389
10. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)           .379

HOME RUNS
1. Bell, George (TOR)                3
   Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              3
   Easler, Mike (BOS)                3
   Phelps, Ken (SEA)                 3
5. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 2
   Balboni, Steve (KCR)              2
   Barfield, Jesse (TOR)             2
   Evans, Dwight (BOS)               2
   Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 2
   Kittle, Ron (CHW)                 2
   Lemon, Chet (DET)                 2
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              2
   Parrish, Larry (TEX)              2
   Thornton, Andre (CLE)             2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 9
2. Franco, Julio (CLE)               8
3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              7
4. Bell, George (TOR)                6
   Evans, Dwight (BOS)               6
   Gibson, Kirk (DET)                6
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              6
   Parrish, Larry (TEX)              6
   Thornton, Andre (CLE)             6
   Trammell, Alan (DET)              6

STOLEN BASES
1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)              6
2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           5
3. Trammell, Alan (DET)              4

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           0.00
    Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          0.00
    Haas, Moose (MIL)              0.00
    Leal, Luis (TOR)               0.00
    McGregor, Scott (BAL)          0.00
    Ojeda, Bob (BOS)               0.00
    Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)         0.00
    Schrom, Ken (MIN)              0.00
    Zahn, Geoff (CAL)              0.00
10. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             0.50

WINS-LOSSES
1. Butcher, John (MIN)             2-0
   Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              2-0
   Petry, Dan (DET)                2-0
4. Agosto, Juan (CHW)              1-0
   Alexander, Doyle (TOR)          1-0
   Atherton, Keith (OAK)           1-0
   Beard, Dave (SEA)               1-0
   Beattie, Jim (SEA)              1-0
   Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            1-0
   Caldwell, Mike (MIL)            1-0
   Caudill, Bill (OAK)             1-0
   Comer, Steve (CLE)              1-0
   Davis, Storm (BAL)              1-0
   Gubicza, Mark (KCR)             1-0
   Haas, Moose (MIL)               1-0
   Heaton, Neal (CLE)              1-0
   Jackson, Roy Lee (TOR)          1-0
   Leal, Luis (TOR)                1-0
   McClure, Bob (MIL)              1-0
   McGregor, Scott (BAL)           1-0
   Nipper, Al (BOS)                1-0
   Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                1-0
   Schrom, Ken (MIN)               1-0
   Smithson, Mike (MIN)            1-0
   Sorensen, Lary (OAK)            1-0
   Stewart, Dave (TEX)             1-0
   Witt, Mike (CAL)                1-0
   Zahn, Geoff (CAL)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              19
2. Langston, Mark (SEA)             17
3. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                15
4. Clancy, Jim (TOR)                13
   Seaver, Tom (CHW)                13

SAVES
1. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              2
   Caudill, Bill (OAK)               2
   Fingers, Rollie (MIL)             2


SCHEDULE
========

CHW   4-2   Bannister, F         (0-1, 1.50)
TOR   4-2   Alexander, D         (1-0, 2.00)

OAK   3-3   Burris, R            (0-0, 2.00)
MIL   3-2   Porter, C            (NR)

MIN   4-3   Viola, F             (0-0, 0.00)
KCR   1-4   Saberhagen, B        (NR)

DET   3-3   Rozema, D            (NR)
SEA   2-3   Moore, M             (0-1, 7.50)

BAL   2-4   Davis, S             (1-0, 1.59)
TEX   3-3   Darwin, D            (0-1, 8.22)

BOS   3-2   Ojeda, B             (1-0, 0.00)
CAL   2-2   Witt, M              (1-0, 2.00)

CLE   4-2   Blyleven, B          (1-0, 0.00)
NYY   1-4   Bystrom, M           (NR)

TV Flashback: Grammy Awards

A88wZ8dCEAE9L7YOn February 28th, 1984, Michael Jackson continued to break just about every musical record known to man, winning eight Grammy Awards at the 26th annual event.

MJ’s Thriller took home awards for Album of the Year and Record of the Year (“Beat It”), with producer Quincy Jones getting some share of the spotlight as well.

Song of the Year went to The Police for “Every Breath You Take”, written by front-man Sting.

The Best New Artist award went to Culture Club.

Here’s Michael performing “Billie Jean” at the awards show…

That’s some pretty obvious pre-recorded music and lip-syncing – they’re just playing the album track exactly as is over the sound system. That’s a bit disappointing, to be honest.

Note to self: remember to point this out the next time somebody makes a fuss about how today’s musicians pale in comparison to the ones of yesteryear.

NL Day 7: Sutcliffe fans 11, Cubs move up

Rick Sutcliffe

Rick Sutcliffe

Cubs 11, Phillies 4
Rick Sutcliffe (W 1-0) struck out 11 men in 8 innings of work as the Chicago Cubs crushed the Philadelphia Phillies to create a 3-way tie at the top of the NL East.  Chicago had 17 hits, including 4 by Leon Durham and 3 each by Bob Dernier, Rich Moreland, and Ron Cey.

Astros 2, Dodgers 1
Over in the NL West, the Houston Astros improved to 4-1 as Joe Niekro (W 1-0) went 7 strong innings, allowing just one run.  Frank DiPino notched his 1st save, pitching the final two innings.  Houston scored both runs in the bottom of the 3rd when Bill Doran tripled, Craig Reynolds doubled, and Phil Garner singled.  Through five games this season, Garner has a .500 batting average.  Niekro allowed a run in the 6th, walking Mike Marshall with the bases loaded and two out before retiring Mike Scoscia on a come-backer.

Padres 5, Cardinals 1
Tony Gwynn reached base four times and hit his first home run of the season, leading San Diego to a win over St. Louis.  The Cardinals are now in a 3-way tie for 1st place in the NL East.  Ed Whitson (W 1-0) went 6 innings for the Padres, allowing one unearned run.

Reds 5, Braves 4
The Reds got their first win of the year.  Mario Soto (W 1-1) went 8 innings for the win while Ted Power (S 1) pitched the 9th, striking out Alex Trevino with the tying run on base to end the game.  Gary Redus paced the Cincinnati offense from the top of the order, going 3-for-5 with a triple, stolen base, and two runs batted in.

Pirates 4, Expos 0
John Tudor (W) improved to 2-0 on the season, throwing 7.2 shutout innings before control problems forced him from the game.  With two on and two out in the 8th, Kent Tekulve (S 1) came on on got Mike Stenhouse on a slow roller to Jason Thompson at first.  Thompson, by the way, poked his 3rd homer of the season for the Pirates, who are now 3-4.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs              3    2  .600   -    W 2
Philadelphia Phillies     3    2  .600   -    L 2
St. Louis Cardinals       3    2  .600   -    L 1
New York Mets             2    2  .500   0.5  W 1
Pittsburgh Pirates        3    4  .429   1    W 1
Montreal Expos            1    4  .200   2    L 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros            4    1  .800   -    W 1
Atlanta Braves            3    2  .600   1    L 1
San Diego Padres          2    1  .667   1    W 1
San Francisco Giants      3    3  .500   1.5  L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers       3    4  .429   2    L 1
Cincinnati Reds           1    4  .200   3    W 1

TEAM STARS
==========

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Claudell Washington           Rick Mahler              
     .444, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB       1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
CHC  Keith Moreland                Dennis Eckersley         
     .350, 1 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 6 K          
CIN  Nick Esasky                   Ted Power                
     .400, 1 HR                    1 Sv, 0.00              
HOU  Phil Garner                   Frank DiPino             
     .500, 4 RBI                   2-0, 1 Sv, 1.35, 4 K    
LAD  Bill Russell                  Rick Honeycutt           
     .545                          1-0, 1.00               
MON  Tim Raines                    Steve Rogers             
     .346, 4 SB                    1-0, 0.00               
NYM  Hubie Brooks                  Bruce Berenyi            
     .400, 2 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
PHI  Mike Schmidt                  Steve Carlton            
     .421, 3 HR, 8 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .318, 3 HR, 5 RBI             2-0, 0.57, 8 K          
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Ed Whitson               
     .364, 1 HR, 1 SB              1-0, 0.00, 3 K          
SFG  Dan Gladden                   Bill Laskey              
     .667, 2 SB                    1-0, 4.50               
STL  David Green                   Bruce Sutter             
     .364, 1 HR                    3 Sv, 0.00              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Russell, Bill (LAD)            .545
 2. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .500
 3. Murphy, Dale (ATL)             .471
 4. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .444
 5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .433
 6. Wohlford, Jim (MON)            .429
 7. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .421
 8. Foster, George (NYM)           .412
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .412
10. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)            .400

HOME RUNS
1. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               3
   Thompson, Jason (PIT)             3
3. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)               2
   Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  2
   Foster, George (NYM)              2
   Murphy, Dale (ATL)                2
   Trevino, Alex (ATL)               2
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Murphy, Dale (ATL)                9
2. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               8
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               8
4. Thompson, Scot (SFG)              7
5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)             5
   Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               5
   Maldonado, Candy (LAD)            5
   Nettles, Graig (SDP)              5
   Thompson, Jason (PIT)             5
   Trevino, Alex (ATL)               5

STOLEN BASES
1. Raines, Tim (MON)                 4
2. Dernier, Bob (CHC)                3
   Washington, Claudell (ATL)        3
   Wilson, Mookie (NYM)              3

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         0.00
    Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           0.00
    Carlton, Steve (PHI)           0.00
    Darling, Ron (NYM)             0.00
    Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)        0.00
    Horton, Ricky (STL)            0.00
    Hudson, Charlie (PHI)          0.00
    Mahler, Rick (ATL)             0.00
    Robinson, Jeff (SFG)           0.00
    Rogers, Steve (MON)            0.00
    Solano, Julio (HOU)            0.00
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.00
    Whitson, Ed (SDP)              0.00

WINS-LOSSES
1. DiPino, Frank (HOU)             2-0
   Tudor, John (PIT)               2-0
3. Allen, Neil (STL)               1-0
   Andujar, Joaquin (STL)          1-0
   Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)            1-0
   Carlton, Steve (PHI)            1-0
   Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)         1-0
   Gossage, Goose (SDP)            1-0
   Hershiser, Orel (LAD)           1-0
   Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)           1-0
   Horton, Ricky (STL)             1-0
   Hudson, Charlie (PHI)           1-0
   Laskey, Bill (SFG)              1-0
   Mahler, Rick (ATL)              1-0
   Niekro, Joe (HOU)               1-0
   Rogers, Steve (MON)             1-0
   Sambito, Joe (HOU)              1-0
   Sanderson, Scott (CHC)          1-0
   Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           1-0
   Whitson, Ed (SDP)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            15
2. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       14
3. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             13
4. Welch, Bob (LAD)                 11
5. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          10
   Soto, Mario (CIN)                10

SAVES
1. Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3
2. Dedmon, Jeff (ATL)                1
   DiPino, Frank (HOU)               1
   Minton, Greg (SFG)                1
   Power, Ted (CIN)                  1
   Robinson, Don (PIT)               1
   Sisk, Doug (NYM)                  1
   Smith, Lee (CHC)                  1
   Tekulve, Kent (PIT)               1
   Zachry, Pat (LAD)                 1


SCHEDULE
========

LAD   3-4   Pena, A              (0-0, 3.86)
HOU   4-1   Knepper, B           (0-0, 1.29)

CHC   3-2   Eckersley, D         (1-0, 0.00)
PHI   3-2   Carlton, S           (1-0, 0.00)

SDP   2-1   Thurmond, M          (NR)
STL   3-2   Rucker, D            (NR)

ATL   3-2   McMurtry, C          (0-0, 4.50)
CIN   1-4   Tibbs, J             (NR)

MON   1-4   Lea, C               (0-0, 2.25)
PIT   3-4   Candelaria, J        (NR)

NL Day 6: Good and Bad in L.A.

Orel Hershiser

Orel Hershiser

Dodgers 6, Astros 0
The good news is that rookie pitcher Orel Hershiser tossed 6 shutout innings to pick up the win in his first outing for Los Angeles this season. That he handed the ‘stros their first loss of the season was icing on the cake. The bad news is that the was injured and will miss a turn in the rotation. Bill Russell (.526) had four hits for the Dodgers and Pedro Guerrero (.423) had three to continue their hot starts for the 3-3 Dodgers.

Cubs 2, Phillies 1
Chicago gets a big win, handing the Phils their first loss of the season. With a tie score in the 8th, Ryne Sandberg leads with a walk, steals 2nd, then scores on an RBI single by Gary Matthews. Lee Smith comes on in the 9th to try and pick up a save after blowing one on Opening Day.  He walks the first two men before getting Ivan DeJesus on a liner to Leon Durham at 1st, pinch-hitter Sixto Lezcano on a strike out, and Juan Samuel on a tapper back to the mound. Scott Sanderson (W 1-0) went 8 innings for the win while Larry Andersen (L 0-1) takes the loss out of the Phillies bullpen.

Expos 5, Pirates 0
Steve Rogers (W 1-0) tosses a 3-hit masterpiece to give Les Expos their first win of the season. Tim Raines had 3 hits and a pair of steals. Larry McWilliams (L 0-2) took the loss for the Bucs.

Braves 7, Reds 4
Cincinnati’s run at being the only team without a win is still going strong, while the Bravos improve to 3-1. Rick Camp (W 1-0) only went 5 innings, but looked strong, allowing 2 runs (1 earned). Dale Murphy started out bad, striking out twice and hitting into a DP, before ending with a 2-RBI triple and a double. Claudell Washington hit a grand slam as part of a 6-run 7th inning that took a 2-1 lead away from the struggling Reds.

Mets 6, Giants 2
George Foster and Hubie Brooks homered in a 4-run 1st inning for the Mets, who cruised to an easy victory. Bruce Berenyi (W 1-0) went 8 innings with 2 unearned runs allowed.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies     3    1  .750   -    L 1
St. Louis Cardinals       3    1  .750   -    W 1
Chicago Cubs              2    2  .500   1    W 1
New York Mets             2    2  .500   1    W 1
Pittsburgh Pirates        2    4  .333   2    L 1
Montreal Expos            1    3  .250   2    W 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Atlanta Braves            3    1  .750   -    W 2
Houston Astros            3    1  .750   -    L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers       3    3  .500   1    W 1
San Francisco Giants      3    3  .500   1    L 1
San Diego Padres          1    1  .500   1    L 1
Cincinnati Reds           0    4  .000   3    L 4

TEAM STARS
==========

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Rick Mahler              
     .462, 2 HR, 9 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
CHC  Bob Dernier                   Dennis Eckersley         
     .267, 2 RBI, 1 SB             1-0, 0.00, 6 K          
CIN  Nick Esasky                   Tom Hume                 
     .400, 1 HR                    3.18                    
HOU  Phil Garner                   Frank DiPino             
     .467, 3 RBI                   2-0, 1.93               
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Orel Hershiser           
     .423, 5 RBI                   1-0, 0.00               
MON  Tim Raines                    Steve Rogers             
     .409, 4 SB                    1-0, 0.00               
NYM  Hubie Brooks                  Bruce Berenyi            
     .400, 2 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
PHI  Mike Schmidt                  Steve Carlton            
     .400, 3 HR, 7 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
PIT  Jason Thompson                Rick Rhoden              
     .278, 2 HR                    1-1, 0.56, 9 K          
SDP  Graig Nettles                 Goose Gossage            
     .375, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Mike Krukow              
     .412, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-1, 3.21, 9 K          
STL  Darrell Porter                Bruce Sutter             
     .444, 1 HR, 2 RBI             3 Sv, 0.00              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .538
 2. Russell, Bill (LAD)            .526
 3. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .467
 4. Murphy, Dale (ATL)             .462
    Rose, Pete (CIN)               .462
 6. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .423
 7. Foster, George (NYM)           .412
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .412
 9. Raines, Tim (MON)              .409
10. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)            .400
    Hayes, Von (PHI)               .400
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .400

HOME RUNS
1. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               3
2. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)               2
   Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  2
   Foster, George (NYM)              2
   Murphy, Dale (ATL)                2
   Thompson, Jason (PIT)             2
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Murphy, Dale (ATL)                9
2. Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               8
3. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               7
   Thompson, Scot (SFG)              7
5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)             5
   Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               5
   Maldonado, Candy (LAD)            5
   Nettles, Graig (SDP)              5

STOLEN BASES
1. Raines, Tim (MON)                 4
2. Washington, Claudell (ATL)        3
   Wilson, Mookie (NYM)              3

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Allen, Neil (STL)              0.00
    Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         0.00
    Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           0.00
    Booker, Greg (SDP)             0.00
    Carlton, Steve (PHI)           0.00
    Darling, Ron (NYM)             0.00
    Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)        0.00
    Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          0.00
    Horton, Ricky (STL)            0.00
    Hudson, Charlie (PHI)          0.00
    Mahler, Rick (ATL)             0.00
    Robinson, Jeff (SFG)           0.00
    Rogers, Steve (MON)            0.00
    Smith, Dave (HOU)              0.00
    Solano, Julio (HOU)            0.00
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.00

WINS-LOSSES
1. DiPino, Frank (HOU)             2-0
2. Allen, Neil (STL)               1-0
   Andujar, Joaquin (STL)          1-0
   Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)            1-0
   Carlton, Steve (PHI)            1-0
   Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)         1-0
   Gossage, Goose (SDP)            1-0
   Hershiser, Orel (LAD)           1-0
   Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)           1-0
   Horton, Ricky (STL)             1-0
   Hudson, Charlie (PHI)           1-0
   Koosman, Jerry (PHI)            1-0
   Laskey, Bill (SFG)              1-0
   Mahler, Rick (ATL)              1-0
   Perez, Pascual (ATL)            1-0
   Rogers, Steve (MON)             1-0
   Sambito, Joe (HOU)              1-0
   Sanderson, Scott (CHC)          1-0
   Tudor, John (PIT)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       14
2. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          10
3. DeLeon, Jose (PIT)                9
   Krukow, Mike (SFG)                9
   Rhoden, Rick (PIT)                9

SAVES
1. Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3
2. Dedmon, Jeff (ATL)                1
   Minton, Greg (SFG)                1
   Robinson, Don (PIT)               1
   Sisk, Doug (NYM)                  1
   Smith, Lee (CHC)                  1
   Zachry, Pat (LAD)                 1


SCHEDULE
========

LAD   3-3   Welch, B             (0-1, 3.18)
HOU   3-1   Niekro, J            (0-0, 2.35)

CHC   2-2   Sutcliffe, R         (0-0, 7.50)
PHI   3-1   Koosman, J           (1-0, 2.00)

SDP   1-1   Whitson, E           (NR)
STL   3-1   Kepshire, K          (NR)

ATL   3-1   Perez, P             (1-0, 3.00)
CIN   0-4   Soto, M              (0-1, 7.71)

MON   1-3   Gullickson, B        (0-0, 5.14)
PIT   2-4   Tudor, J             (1-0, 1.13)

AL Day 6: Log Jam in AL East

LaMarr Hoyt

LaMarr Hoyt

White Sox 4, Twins 0
LaMarr  Hoyt (W 2-0) comes up big again, tossing a 4-hit shutout to give the Sox a 1.5 game lead on the Twins in the West.  Vance Law’s 3-run homer in the 2nd inning kicked things off.

Tigers 12, Orioles 4
Detroit and Boston continue the battle of AL East favorites and it’s all Tigers as they pounce on Dennis Martinez and company. Chet Lemon homers twice and Alan Trammell has a trio of singles to go along with a pair of stolen bases. Jack Morris (W 1-1) picks up the win, striking out 7 men over just as many innings.

Brewers 4, Indians 3
The Brew Crew takes down Cleveland for a 2nd straight game. Mark Brouhard gets the spot start in left field and hits a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the 6th.  Bob McClure (W 1-0) goes all 9 to pick up the win.

Red Sox 5, Royals 3
The injury-plagued start to the season for KC is almost over. In the meantime, they lose again. Tony Armas homers twice for the BoSox while Wade Boggs had a pair of hits at the top of the order. Bruce Hurst (W 1-1) gets the win and Bob Stanley his first save.

Athletics 8, Rangers 6
Texas puts up 6 in the 6th, but Oakland scores in 5 separate innings and gets the win.  The Rangers have allowed 6.8 runs per game thus far. Rickey Henderson had a homer and stolen base for the A’s.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Boston Red Sox            3    2  .600   -    W 2
Cleveland Indians         3    2  .600   -    L 2
Milwaukee Brewers         3    2  .600   -    W 2
Toronto Blue Jays         3    2  .600   -    L 1
Baltimore Orioles         2    3  .400   1    L 1
Detroit Tigers            2    3  .400   1    W 1
New York Yankees          1    3  .250   1.5  L 3

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago White Sox         4    1  .800   -    W 2
Minnesota Twins           3    3  .500   1.5  L 2
Oakland Athletics         3    3  .500   1.5  W 1
California Angels         2    2  .500   1.5  W 1
Seattle Mariners          2    2  .500   1.5  W 2
Texas Rangers             2    3  .400   2    L 1
Kansas City Royals        1    3  .250   2.5  L 2

TEAM STARS
==========

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Mike Young                    Scott McGregor           
     .273                          1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Bob Ojeda                
     .318, 2 HR, 6 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 7 K          
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Mike Witt                
     .313, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 2.00               
CHW  Greg Walker                   LaMarr Hoyt              
     .375, 1 HR                    2-0, 0.50, 10 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .455, 8 RBI, 3 SB             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .545, 5 RBI, 4 SB             1-0, 1.42               
KCR  Steve Balboni                 Mark Gubicza             
     .286, 2 HR, 3 RBI             1-0, 1.29               
MIL  Rick Manning                  Bob McClure              
     .444, 1 HR                    1-0, 3.00, 5 K          
MIN  Kirby Puckett                 Mike Smithson            
     .333, 4 RBI, 2 SB             1-0, 3.38, 9 K          
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .389, 2 RBI                   1-0, 1.00, 6 K          
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .304, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 SB       1-0, 2 Sv, 3.18, 6 K    
SEA  Spike Owen                    Jim Beattie              
     .375, 3 RBI, 1 SB             1-0, 1.00, 4 K          
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Dave Stewart             
     .316, 2 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 3.86               
TOR  George Bell                   Luis Leal                
     .333, 3 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 5 K          

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .545
 2. Collins, Dave (TOR)            .471
 3. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .455
 4. James, Dion (MIL)              .444
 5. Davis, Mike (OAK)              .438
 6. Armas, Tony (BOS)              .389
    Baylor, Don (NYY)              .389
    Randolph, Willie (NYY)         .389
 9. Bumbry, Al (BAL)               .375
    Owen, Spike (SEA)              .375
    Walker, Greg (CHW)             .375

HOME RUNS
1. Bell, George (TOR)                3
   Easler, Mike (BOS)                3
   Phelps, Ken (SEA)                 3
4. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 2
   Balboni, Steve (KCR)              2
   Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              2
   Evans, Dwight (BOS)               2
   Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 2
   Lemon, Chet (DET)                 2
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              2
   Parrish, Larry (TEX)              2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 9
2. Franco, Julio (CLE)               8
3. Evans, Dwight (BOS)               6
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              6
5. Bell, George (TOR)                5
   Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              5
   Gibson, Kirk (DET)                5
   Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           5
   Law, Vance (CHW)                  5
   Lynn, Fred (CAL)                  5
   O'Brien, Pete (TEX)               5
   Phelps, Ken (SEA)                 5
   Trammell, Alan (DET)              5

STOLEN BASES
1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)              6
2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           5
3. Trammell, Alan (DET)              4

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           0.00
    Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          0.00
    Haas, Moose (MIL)              0.00
    Leal, Luis (TOR)               0.00
    McGregor, Scott (BAL)          0.00
    Ojeda, Bob (BOS)               0.00
    Schrom, Ken (MIN)              0.00
    Zahn, Geoff (CAL)              0.00
 9. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             0.50
10. Filson, Pete (MIN)             0.96

WINS-LOSSES
1. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              2-0
2. Agosto, Juan (CHW)              1-0
   Alexander, Doyle (TOR)          1-0
   Atherton, Keith (OAK)           1-0
   Beard, Dave (SEA)               1-0
   Beattie, Jim (SEA)              1-0
   Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            1-0
   Butcher, John (MIN)             1-0
   Caldwell, Mike (MIL)            1-0
   Caudill, Bill (OAK)             1-0
   Comer, Steve (CLE)              1-0
   Davis, Storm (BAL)              1-0
   Gubicza, Mark (KCR)             1-0
   Haas, Moose (MIL)               1-0
   Leal, Luis (TOR)                1-0
   McClure, Bob (MIL)              1-0
   McGregor, Scott (BAL)           1-0
   Niekro, Phil (NYY)              1-0
   Nipper, Al (BOS)                1-0
   Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                1-0
   Petry, Dan (DET)                1-0
   Schrom, Ken (MIN)               1-0
   Seaver, Tom (CHW)               1-0
   Smithson, Mike (MIN)            1-0
   Sorensen, Lary (OAK)            1-0
   Stewart, Dave (TEX)             1-0
   Witt, Mike (CAL)                1-0
   Zahn, Geoff (CAL)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Clancy, Jim (TOR)                13
2. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)               10
   Morris, Jack (DET)               10
   Tanana, Frank (TEX)              10
5. Langston, Mark (SEA)              9
   Smithson, Mike (MIN)              9

SAVES
1. Caudill, Bill (OAK)               2
   Fingers, Rollie (MIL)             2
3. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              1
   Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)            1
   Reed, Ron (CHW)                   1
   Schmidt, Dave (TEX)               1
   Stanley, Bob (BOS)                1
   Warren, Mike (OAK)                1
   Williams, Al (MIN)                1


SCHEDULE
========

CHW   4-1   Seaver, T            (1-0, 2.00)
TOR   3-2   Stieb, D             (0-1, 1.29)

MIN   3-3   Butcher, J           (1-0, 2.57)
KCR   1-3   Black, B             (0-1, 5.14)

DET   2-3   Petry, D             (1-0, 1.42)
SEA   2-2   Langston, M          (0-1, 9.95)

BAL   2-3   Flanagan, M          (0-1, 4.50)
TEX   2-3   Tanana, F            (0-1, 7.71)

CLE   3-2   Heaton, N            (0-0, 8.44)
NYY   1-3   Niekro, P            (1-0, 1.00)

Song Flashback: Jump

Taking over the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on February 25th, 1984, was Van Halen’s “Jump”.

Despite the band’s huge following, it is the only single of theirs to ever reach the top of the charts.

From Wikipedia:

The synth line was written around 1981 by Eddie Van Halen but it was refused by the other members of the band. In 1983, producer Ted Templeman asked Roth to take a listen to the unused song idea. Riding around in the back of his 1951 Mercury, with band roadie Larry Hostler driving, Roth listened repeatedly to the song. To come up with a lyric for it, he remembered seeing a television news report the night before about a man who was threatening to commit suicide by jumping off of a high building. Roth thought that one of the onlookers of such a scene would probably shout “go ahead and jump”. Roth bounced this suggestion off of Hostler who agreed it was good. Instead of being about a threatened suicide, the words were written as an invitation to love. Roth later told Musician magazine that Hostler was “probably the most responsible for how it came out.”

“Jump” would go on to hold the top spot for five consecutive weeks.

I have memories of the Chicago Cubs using the song during the intro to their telecasts on WGN television throughout the 1984 season.