Monthly Archives: March 2016

TV Flashback: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Robin Leach

English celebrity writer Robin Leach sips a glass of champagne, circa 1990. He hosted the television show ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ in the 80s and 90s. (Photo by Maureen Donaldson/Getty Images)

The mid-1980s to mid-1990s really put a focus on ostentatious, gaudy displays of wealth, and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous did it’s best to highlight all that tripe.

Debuting on March 31st of 1984, every time it came on the TV I was filled with dread. Usually because it aired on WGN in the Chicagoland area and meant that I wasn’t going to be able to watch a Cubs game that afternoon.

The Robin Leach-narrated show gave way to things like MTV Cribbs and similar shows and, hey, if you’re into what the fabulously wealthy are doing with their disposable income, more power to you.

Was never for me.

Even thinking about Robin Leach’s voice right now, decades after the fact, gives me the willies.

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NL Day 20: Von Hayes, Phils Humiliate Cubs

Von Hayes

Von Hayes

Phillies 10, Cubs 3
Philadelphia was all over Scott Sanderson and Chicago, racking up 19 hits in a total blowout. The Phils sent 8 men to the plate in both the 4th and 5th innings, scoring 3 and 4 runs respectively. Von Hayes singled in his first five plate appearances as he continues to put up MVP numbers, now hitting .482 in the project. Ahead of him in the order, Greg Gross had three singles and two walks in six plate appearances.

Padres 11, Giants 9
Did you know it’s near impossible for San Francisco to have a game with fewer than 12 combined runs? In fact, 4 of their last 5 games have now had 17 or more combined runs. That’s crazy. For the second game in a row, Chili Davis hit a pair of homers, although his team came up on the losing side of things. For San Diego, Tony Gwynn homered, picking up three more hits to up his season average to .483. Goose Gossage had an awful 9th for the Padres, starting the inning with an 11-7 lead but then allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. Joel Youngblood, representing the tying runner, grounded out to third to end the game.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies     8    6  .571   -    W 1
Chicago Cubs              9    7  .563   -    L 1
Montreal Expos            8    8  .500   1    L 1
New York Mets             6    6  .500   1    L 3
Pittsburgh Pirates        7    9  .438   2    L 1
St. Louis Cardinals       4   10  .286   4    L 7

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros            9    5  .643   -    W 3
Atlanta Braves            8    6  .571   1    W 1
San Diego Padres          8    6  .571   1    W 1
San Francisco Giants      9    7  .563   1    L 1
Cincinnati Reds           6    8  .429   3    W 2
Los Angeles Dodgers       6   10  .375   4    W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Gerald Perry                  Len Barker               
     .341, 2 HR, 6 RBI             2-0, 2.84               
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Dennis Eckersley         
     .321, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 5 SB      2-2, 2.10, 17 K         
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .302, 3 SB                    3-1, 3.55, 23 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Bob Knepper              
     .263, 3 HR, 2 SB              2-0, 1.52, 16 K         
LAD  Bill Russell                  Orel Hershiser           
     .500                          2-0, 0.00               
MON  Tim Raines                    Charlie Lea              
     .317, 9 SB                    2-0, 4.20, 18 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Bruce Berenyi            
     .321, 7 RBI, 6 SB             2-0, 0.00               
PHI  Von Hayes                     Jerry Koosman            
     .482, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 7 SB      2-2, 2.81, 21 K         
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .274, 5 HR, 11 RBI            4-0, 1.44, 20 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Goose Gossage            
     .483, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 9 SB      1-0, 3 Sv, 2.35         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Bill Laskey              
     .327, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 2 SB      2-0, 4.76               
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .380                          3 Sv, 0.59              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .483
 2. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .482
 3. Gladden, Dan (SFG)             .451
 4. Moreland, Keith (CHC)          .390
 5. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .386
 6. Herr, Tommy (STL)              .380
 7. Redus, Gary (CIN)              .368
 8. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .365
 9. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .361
10. Rose, Pete (CIN)               .357

HOME RUNS
 1. Durham, Leon (CHC)                5
    Nettles, Graig (SDP)              5
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)             5
 4. Davis, Chili (SFG)                4
    Green, David (STL)                4
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               4
    Murphy, Dale (ATL)                4

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Youngblood, Joel (SFG)           17
 2. Matthews, Gary (CHC)             14
 3. Dawson, Andre (MON)              13
    Murphy, Dale (ATL)               13
    Nettles, Graig (SDP)             13
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              13

STOLEN BASES
 1. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               10
 2. Gladden, Dan (SFG)                9
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                 9
    Raines, Tim (MON)                 9
    Wiggins, Alan (SDP)               9

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           0.00
    Dravecky, Dave (SDP)           0.00
 3. Denny, John (PHI)              0.50
 4. Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.59
 5. Tudor, John (PIT)              1.44
 6. Knepper, Bob (HOU)             1.52
 7. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           1.65
 8. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            2.00
 9. Rhoden, Rick (PIT)             2.03
10. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.05

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Tudor, John (PIT)               4-0
 2. Soto, Mario (CIN)               3-1
 3. Barker, Len (ATL)               2-0
    Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)            2-0
    Denny, John (PHI)               2-0
    DiPino, Frank (HOU)             2-0
    Garber, Gene (ATL)              2-0
    Hershiser, Orel (LAD)           2-0
    Knepper, Bob (HOU)              2-0
    Laskey, Bill (SFG)              2-0
    Lea, Charlie (MON)              2-0
    Robinson, Don (PIT)             2-0

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            33
 2. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       27
 3. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)             24
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                23
 5. Koosman, Jerry (PHI)             21
    Pena, Alejandro (LAD)            21

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                  4
 2. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              3
    Power, Ted (CIN)                  3
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3


SCHEDULE
========

CHC   9-7   Sutcliffe, R         (2-1, 3.56)
STL   4-10  Andujar, J           (1-1, 4.35)

CIN   6-8   Pastore, F           (1-0, 0.71)
SDP   8-6   Thurmond, M          (1-1, 4.76)

PIT   7-9   Rhoden, R            (1-2, 2.03)
NYM   6-6   Fernandez, S         (1-0, 4.50)

HOU   9-5   Ryan, N              (0-0, 4.61)
LAD   6-10  Valenzuela, F        (0-2, 4.94)

AL Day 20: Blyleven Continues Masterful Season

Bert Blyleven

Bert Blyleven

Indians 5, Yankees 1
Bert Blyleven continued the Cy Young push, improving to a perfect 4-0 with a 0.78 ERA after throwing 7.2 innings against New York. Four errors by the Yankees led to four unearned runs for Cleveland, who just continues to have things go their way. Blyleven struck out 7 before turning it over to Ernie Camacho for the final 4 outs.

Athletics 13, Angels 10 (12 innings)
Playing games with these 1984 Bay Area teams is difficult, unless you like softball scores. The A’s improved to 12-4, pushing California 4.5 games back in the division after a 12-inning victory. Joe Morgan led the way, reaching base five times for Oakland while Gary Pettis and Bobby Grich reached four times each for California. In the 12th, Oakland had four straight batters reach base, with the big blow being a 2-RBI bases-loaded double by Dave Kingman to break the 10-10 tie.

Orioles 3, Tigers 1
Another strong start for Storm Davis, who improved to 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA. He’s been one of the sole bright spots on a struggling team. A pair of walks led to two runs in the Baltimore half of the 3rd inning, taking a 1-0 lead away from Detroit. Davis retired the 16 of the last 17 men he faced, striking out 7 in a complete game effort.

Twins 10, Rangers 4
Minnesota scored 4 in the 1st and kept rolling from there, as they handed Texas their 5th straight loss. It was another rough start for Danny Darwin, who fell to 0-3 with a 7.24 ERA in 4 starts. Kent Hrbek had four hits, including a 2-run homer.

Mariners 7, White Sox 1
Mike Moore picked up his 3rd win, going 8.2 innings in a 7-1 Seattle win. Alvin Davis homered, helping the M’s get back up to .500 on the season.

Red Sox 5, Brewers 4
Boston’s three solo homers in the 8th inning gave them a 5-0 lead and they just managed to escape with a 5-4 win. Tony Armas, Bill Buckner and Rich Gedman each went deep with pitcher Oil Can Boyd taking a shutout into the bottom of the 8th. But the wheels fell off, with Milwaukee batting around. The Brew Crew pulled within 5-3, loading the bases with two outs before Bob Stanley struck out Roy Howell to end the inning. In the 9th, Robin Yount’s RBI single made it a 1-run game, but Stanley got Cecil Cooper on a pop out to second, ending the game with Young stranded as the potential tying runner.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers            9    6  .600   -    L 1
Boston Red Sox            9    6  .600   -    W 4
Cleveland Indians        10    7  .588   -    W 1
Toronto Blue Jays         8    6  .571   0.5  L 2
New York Yankees          6    8  .429   2.5  L 1
Baltimore Orioles         6    9  .400   3    W 1
Milwaukee Brewers         4   10  .286   4.5  L 5

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Oakland Athletics        12    4  .750   -    W 5
Kansas City Royals        7    6  .538   3.5  W 2
Minnesota Twins           9    8  .529   3.5  W 3
Seattle Mariners          7    7  .500   4    W 1
California Angels         7    8  .467   4.5  L 3
Chicago White Sox         5    9  .357   6    L 1
Texas Rangers             5   10  .333   6.5  L 5

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .250, 2 HR, 9 RBI             3-0, 1.21, 14 K         
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Bruce Hurst              
     .281, 4 HR, 12 RBI            3-1, 4.03               
CAL  Doug DeCinces                 Ron Romanick             
     .262, 2 HR                    2-2, 2.25               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .321, 8 RBI                   3-1, 1.00, 22 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .368, 14 RBI, 3 SB            4-0, 0.78, 15 K         
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .339, 8 RBI, 5 SB             4-0, 2.32, 14 K         
KCR  Steve Balboni                 Mark Gubicza             
     .250, 4 HR, 9 RBI             2-0, 2.45, 15 K         
MIL  Robin Yount                   Bob McClure              
     .292                          1-0, 3.00               
MIN  Tom Brunansky                 John Butcher             
     .379, 6 HR, 16 RBI            3-1, 1.39               
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .291                          3-1, 3.64, 15 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Keith Atherton           
     .343, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 11 SB     3-0, 1.26               
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Mike Moore               
     .245, 3 HR, 7 RBI             3-1, 3.49, 16 K         
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Frank Tanana             
     .321, 4 HR, 12 RBI            2-2, 3.66, 25 K         
TOR  Damaso Garcia                 Luis Leal                
     .344, 13 SB                   2-1, 1.50, 16 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)           .379
 2. Bergman, Dave (DET)            .378
 3. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .368
 4. Buckner, Bill (BOS)            .362
 5. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .348
 6. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)           .344
 7. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .343
 8. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .339
 9. Collins, Dave (TOR)            .333
    Johnson, Howard (DET)          .333
    O'Brien, Pete (TEX)            .333

HOME RUNS
 1. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              6
 2. Easler, Mike (BOS)                5
    Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 5
 4. Balboni, Steve (KCR)              4
    Bell, George (TOR)                4
    Buckner, Bill (BOS)               4
    Evans, Dwight (BOS)               4
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              4
    Upshaw, Willie (TOR)              4

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             16
 2. Franco, Julio (CLE)              14
    Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          14
    Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                14
    Kingman, Dave (OAK)              14

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             13
 2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          11
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               10

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Clemens, Roger (BOS)           0.00
 2. McGregor, Scott (BAL)          0.60
 3. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           0.78
 4. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             1.00
 5. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.21
 6. Burris, Ray (OAK)              1.33
 7. Alexander, Doyle (TOR)         1.38
 8. Butcher, John (MIN)            1.39
 9. Nipper, Al (BOS)               1.42
10. Leal, Luis (TOR)               1.50

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            4-0
    Petry, Dan (DET)                4-0
 3. Atherton, Keith (OAK)           3-0
    Davis, Storm (BAL)              3-0
 5. Butcher, John (MIN)             3-1
    Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              3-1
    Hurst, Bruce (BOS)              3-1
    Moore, Mike (SEA)               3-1
    Niekro, Phil (NYY)              3-1
    Smithson, Mike (MIN)            3-1

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             28
 2. Smithson, Mike (MIN)             27
    Stieb, Dave (TOR)                27
 4. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              25
 5. Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                 24
    Seaver, Tom (CHW)                24

SAVES
 1. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              4
    Caudill, Bill (OAK)               4
 3. Stanley, Bob (BOS)                3


SCHEDULE
========

OAK  12-4   Burris, R            (2-0, 1.33)
TEX   5-10  Mason, M             (1-0, 2.00)

BAL   6-9   Boddicker, M         (0-1, 3.31)
CLE  10-7   Comer, S             (1-1, 3.38)

SEA   7-7   Beattie, J           (2-1, 2.28)
KCR   7-6   Gura, L              (0-1, 13.50)

CHW   5-9   Bannister, F         (0-3, 5.50)
BOS   9-6   Nipper, A            (1-0, 1.42)

NYY   6-8   Rasmussen, D         (0-0, 3.00)
MIL   4-10  Caldwell, M          (1-1, 5.25)

NL Day 19: Cubs, Phillies Duel in the East

Steve Trout

Steve Trout

Cubs 4, Phillies 2
Chicago broke a virtual tie with Philadelphia atop the NL East. Steve Trout goes the distance for Chicago, picking up his first win of the year. Keith Moreland had three hits for the Cubs.

Giants 9, Padres 8
Have I mentioned before that I hate playing games with San Francisco? Yes, it’s another high-scoring shootout with the Giants climbing out of a 6-4 hole, led by a pair of homers by Chili Davis. Davis homered in the 7th to pull them within a run and then homered in the 8th to snap a 7-7 tie. Graig Nettles had a pair of homers for San Diego in the loss. Eric Show went down with an injury after 2 innings of work, which probably means his place in the rotation will be filled by Dave Dravecky, who has been fantastic out of the bullpen thus far. Dravecky went 4 innings, allowing no earned runs (3 unearned).

Braves 7, Pirates 3
Gerald Perry had three hits and Dale Murphy homered in a convincing Atlanta win that got them back to .500 on the season. John Candelaria threw 8 innings, allowing 6 runs (2 earned) in the loss. The Pirates lost center fielder Marvell Wynne (.306, 4 3B) for 3 games.

Astros 2, Mets 1
Bob Knepper goes all 9 for the win, out-dueling Dwight Gooden and the Mets. Knepper retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced, finishing with 7 strikeouts. Gooden had a rough 2nd inning, allowing a pair of runs on two hits and a walk, but was fantastic other than that, striking out 8 in as many innings of work.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs              9    6  .600   -    W 1
Philadelphia Phillies     7    6  .538   1    L 1
Montreal Expos            8    8  .500   1.5  L 1
New York Mets             6    6  .500   1.5  L 3
Pittsburgh Pirates        7    9  .438   2.5  L 1
St. Louis Cardinals       4   10  .286   4.5  L 7

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros            9    5  .643   -    W 3
San Francisco Giants      9    6  .600   0.5  W 1
Atlanta Braves            8    6  .571   1    W 1
San Diego Padres          7    6  .538   1.5  L 1
Cincinnati Reds           6    8  .429   3    W 2
Los Angeles Dodgers       6   10  .375   4    W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Gerald Perry                  Gene Garber              
     .341, 2 HR, 6 RBI             2-0, 1.29               
CHC  Bob Dernier                   Rick Sutcliffe           
     .349, 9 SB                    2-1, 3.56, 33 K         
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .302, 3 SB                    3-1, 3.55, 23 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Bob Knepper              
     .263, 3 HR, 2 SB              2-0, 1.52, 16 K         
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Orel Hershiser           
     .361                          2-0, 0.00               
MON  Gary Carter                   Jeff Reardon             
     .328, 3 HR, 9 RBI             2-1, 2 Sv, 5.40         
NYM  George Foster                 Bruce Berenyi            
     .340, 3 HR, 7 RBI             2-0, 0.00               
PHI  Von Hayes                     John Denny               
     .440, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 7 SB      2-0, 0.50, 10 K         
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .274, 5 HR, 11 RBI            4-0, 1.44, 20 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Tim Lollar               
     .464, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 8 SB       2-1, 3.13, 14 K         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Gary Lavelle             
     .314, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 2 SB      1-0, 1 Sv, 3.07         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .380                          3 Sv, 0.59              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .464
 2. Gladden, Dan (SFG)             .457
 3. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .440
 4. Moreland, Keith (CHC)          .400
    Nettles, Graig (SDP)           .400
 6. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .386
 7. Herr, Tommy (STL)              .380
 8. Durham, Leon (CHC)             .378
 9. Redus, Gary (CIN)              .368
10. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .362

HOME RUNS
 1. Durham, Leon (CHC)                5
    Nettles, Graig (SDP)              5
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)             5
 4. Green, David (STL)                4
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               4
    Murphy, Dale (ATL)                4

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Youngblood, Joel (SFG)           17
 2. Matthews, Gary (CHC)             14
 3. Dawson, Andre (MON)              13
    Murphy, Dale (ATL)               13
    Nettles, Graig (SDP)             13

STOLEN BASES
 1. Dernier, Bob (CHC)                9
    Gladden, Dan (SFG)                9
    Raines, Tim (MON)                 9

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           0.00
    Dravecky, Dave (SDP)           0.00
 3. Denny, John (PHI)              0.50
 4. Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.59
 5. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         1.06
 6. Tudor, John (PIT)              1.44
 7. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           1.52
    Knepper, Bob (HOU)             1.52
 9. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            2.00
10. Rhoden, Rick (PIT)             2.03

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Tudor, John (PIT)               4-0
 2. Soto, Mario (CIN)               3-1
 3. Barker, Len (ATL)               2-0
    Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)            2-0
    Denny, John (PHI)               2-0
    DiPino, Frank (HOU)             2-0
    Garber, Gene (ATL)              2-0
    Hershiser, Orel (LAD)           2-0
    Knepper, Bob (HOU)              2-0
    Laskey, Bill (SFG)              2-0
    Lea, Charlie (MON)              2-0
    Robinson, Don (PIT)             2-0
    Sanderson, Scott (CHC)          2-0

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            33
 2. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       27
 3. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)             24
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                23
 5. Koosman, Jerry (PHI)             21
    Pena, Alejandro (LAD)            21

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                  4
 2. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              3
    Power, Ted (CIN)                  3
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3


SCHEDULE
========

PHI   7-6   Carlton, S           (1-1, 1.52)
CHC   9-6   Sanderson, S         (2-0, 1.06)

SFG   9-6   Davis, M             (1-1, 5.84)
SDP   7-6   Whitson, E           (1-1, 1.50)

AL Day 19: Angels Come Up Short Versus A’s

Curt Young

Curt Young

Athletics 3, Angels 2
I guess it’s still early, but Oakland seems unstoppable right about now. Curt Young tossed 6.1 shutout innings and Mike Warren threw the final 2.2. The A’s took a 3-0 lead into the 9th, but a pair of errors by Tony Phillips, who moved to second base as part of a defensive substitute, led to some problems. California put men at the corners, with the tying run at 3rd and 1 out, only to have Dick Schofield strike out and Juan Beniquez ground into a game-ending 5-4 fielder’s choice.

Royals 4, Blue Jays 1
Bud Black picked up his first win of the year, going the distance while allowing 6 hits and striking out 6 in a Kansas City win. Jorge Orta had a pair of doubles for the Royals, driving in a pair of runs. Dave Stieb (L 1-2) struck out 8 in 7 innings of work for the Jays.

Yankees 6, Indians 3
An exhausted Cleveland bullpen couldn’t hold it down, as New York came back from a 3-2 deficit to win late. Phil Niekro improved to 3-1, throwing 7-plus innings for the win. Center fielder Omar Moreno (.417 in 7 games) went down with an injury for the Yankes; he’ll miss 6 games.

Tigers 8, Orioles 5
Detroit is turning things around. Dan Petry came an out shy of a complete game, but still picked up the win, improving to 4-0. Lance Parrish had three doubles on offense, while Howard Johnson drove in 3 with a bases-loaded double in a 6-run 1st inning.

Twins 6, Rangers 2
Tom Brunansky homered and Kent Hrbek reached base three times for the Twinkies. Finally a nice start for Frank Viola, who goes the distance for his first win in 4 starts.

Red Sox 6, Brewers 2
Bob Ojeda went the distance, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) and striking out 6 for Boston. Dwight Evans, Jim Rice and Bill Buckner each homered.

White Sox 6, Mariners 2
Chicago snapped a 7-game losing streak, knocking Seattle starter Mark Langston down to 0-4 this season. Chalk up another win for LaMarr Hoyt, who improved to 3-1 with his 4th complete game in as many starts. With a 1.00 ERA, Hoyt may be the sole bright spot on this White Sox team this year. Seattle right fielder Dave Henderson crashed into the wall on a fly ball in the 6th inning, injuring himself; he’ll miss 7 games.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers            9    5  .643   -    W 6
Toronto Blue Jays         8    6  .571   1    L 2
Boston Red Sox            8    6  .571   1    W 3
Cleveland Indians         9    7  .563   1    L 1
New York Yankees          6    7  .462   2.5  W 1
Baltimore Orioles         5    9  .357   4    L 3
Milwaukee Brewers         4    9  .308   4.5  L 4

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Oakland Athletics        11    4  .733   -    W 4
Kansas City Royals        7    6  .538   3    W 2
Minnesota Twins           8    8  .500   3.5  W 2
California Angels         7    7  .500   3.5  L 2
Seattle Mariners          6    7  .462   4    L 1
Chicago White Sox         5    8  .385   5    W 1
Texas Rangers             5    9  .357   5.5  L 4

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .269, 2 HR, 9 RBI             2-0, 1.74               
BOS  Mike Easler                   Bob Ojeda                
     .305, 5 HR, 13 RBI            2-2, 2.10, 24 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Ron Romanick             
     .250, 3 HR, 8 RBI             2-2, 2.25               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .288, 8 RBI                   3-1, 1.00, 22 K         
CLE  Pat Tabler                    Bert Blyleven            
     .278, 9 RBI                   3-0, 0.67               
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Dan Petry                
     .255, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 3 SB      4-0, 2.32, 14 K         
KCR  Steve Balboni                 Mark Gubicza             
     .250, 4 HR, 9 RBI             2-0, 2.45, 15 K         
MIL  Mark Brouhard                 Bob McClure              
     .400, 2 HR                    1-0, 3.00, 10 K         
MIN  Tom Brunansky                 John Butcher             
     .377, 6 HR, 15 RBI            3-1, 1.39               
NYY  Don Mattingly                 Phil Niekro              
     .298, 6 RBI                   3-1, 3.64, 15 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Keith Atherton           
     .317, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 10 SB     3-0, 1.26               
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Mike Moore               
     .240, 3 HR, 7 RBI             3-1, 4.58, 16 K         
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Frank Tanana             
     .327, 4 HR, 11 RBI            2-2, 3.66, 25 K         
TOR  Damaso Garcia                 Doyle Alexander          
     .344, 13 SB                   2-1, 1.38, 17 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Bergman, Dave (DET)            .390
 2. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .389
 3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)           .377
 4. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .362
 5. Owen, Spike (SEA)              .358
 6. Buckner, Bill (BOS)            .352
 7. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .349
 8. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)           .344
 9. Collins, Dave (TOR)            .333
    Johnson, Howard (DET)          .333
    O'Brien, Pete (TEX)            .333

HOME RUNS
 1. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              6
 2. Easler, Mike (BOS)                5
 3. Balboni, Steve (KCR)              4
    Bell, George (TOR)                4
    Evans, Dwight (BOS)               4
    Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 4
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              4
    Upshaw, Willie (TOR)              4

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             15
 2. Franco, Julio (CLE)              14
 3. Easler, Mike (BOS)               13
    Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          13
 5. Armas, Tony (BOS)                12
    Bergman, Dave (DET)              12
    Gibson, Kirk (DET)               12
    Kingman, Dave (OAK)              12

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             13
 2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          10
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)                7

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Clemens, Roger (BOS)           0.00
 2. McGregor, Scott (BAL)          0.60
 3. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           0.67
 4. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             1.00
 5. Waddell, Tom (CLE)             1.10
 6. Bystrom, Marty (NYY)           1.32
 7. Burris, Ray (OAK)              1.33
 8. Alexander, Doyle (TOR)         1.38
 9. Butcher, John (MIN)            1.39
10. Nipper, Al (BOS)               1.42

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Petry, Dan (DET)                4-0
 2. Atherton, Keith (OAK)           3-0
    Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            3-0
 4. Butcher, John (MIN)             3-1
    Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              3-1
    Hurst, Bruce (BOS)              3-1
    Niekro, Phil (NYY)              3-1

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             28
 2. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                27
 3. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              25
 4. Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                 24
 5. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)               22
    Witt, Mike (CAL)                 22

SAVES
 1. Caudill, Bill (OAK)               4
 2. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              3
 3. Davis, Ron (MIN)                  2
    Fingers, Rollie (MIL)             2
    Martinez, Tippy (BAL)             2
    Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)            2
    Righetti, Dave (NYY)              2
    Stanley, Bob (BOS)                2
    Warren, Mike (OAK)                2


SCHEDULE
========

NYY   6-7   Fontenot, R          (1-1, 2.51)
CLE   9-7   Blyleven, B          (3-0, 0.67)

OAK  11-4   McCatty, S           (0-1, 8.53)
CAL   7-7   John, T              (0-2, 3.00)

DET   9-5   Wilcox, M            (0-1, 5.84)
BAL   5-9   Davis, S             (2-0, 1.74)

TEX   5-9   Darwin, D            (0-2, 7.52)
MIN   8-8   Smithson, M          (2-1, 3.60)

CHW   5-8   Seaver               (1-1, 4.91)
SEA   6-7   Moore                (2-1, 4.58)

BOS   8-6   Boyd, O              (0-1, 4.26)
MIL   4-9   Cocanower, J         (1-1, 3.95)

Music Flashback: Run D.M.C.

Photo of Run DMC

UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1984: Photo of Run DMC (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Seminal rap group Run D.M.C. released their debut album on March 27th, 1984.

I have no idea how it found it’s way into my older brother’s shoebox of cassette tapes, but I do recall stumbling across it and hearing him listen to it a few times.

It was really a couple of years later with the release of 1986’s “Raising Hell” that I fully fell under Run D.M.C.’s spell. In fact, I’m pretty sure that if asked to recite the titular track’s lyrics I could still do.

Now that I look things over, it might have been their sophomore effort – 1985’s “King of Rock” – that the older brother owned, not this debut effort.

Regardless, it was an important point in the evolution of rap music, bridging the divide between hip hop and rock, creating an entirely new sound.

Rolling Stone named it #51 in their list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s and #242 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, while The Source named it one of the 100 Best Rap Albums in a 1998 issue.

Track Listing
1. “Hard Times” – 3:52 (Bralower, Moore, R.Simmons, Smith, Waring)
2. “Rock Box” – 5:30 (McDaniels, J.Simmons, Smith)
3. “Jam-Master Jay” – 3:11 (McDaniels, Mizell, J.Simmons, Smith, R.Simmons)
4. “Hollis Crew (Krush-Groove 2)” – 3:12 (McDaniels, J.Simmons, Mizell)
5. “Sucker M.C.’s (Krush-Groove 1)” – 3:09 (N.S.Hardy, Jr., McDaniels, J.Simmons, Smith)
6. “It’s Like That” – 4:50 (McDaniels, J.Simmons, Smith)
7. “Wake Up” – 5:31 (J.Simmons, Smith, R.Simmons, Hayden)
8. “30 Days” – 5:47 (D.Simmons, Smith, Moore)
9. “Jay’s Game” – 4:25 (J.Simmons, Smith, Mizell, R.Simmons)

NL Day 18: Denny’s CG Puts Philly Back On Top

John Denny

John Denny

Phillies 2, Cubs 1
John Denny (W 2-0) went all 9 for the Phils, allowing 1 run on 3 hits as Philadelphia moved back ahead of Chicago on percentage points. Mike Schmidt’s 2-RBI single in the 1st inning was all the offense Philadelphia needed.

Padres 11, Giants 6
San Diego knocked San Francisco out of 1st, chasing starter Mike Krukow (L 2-2) out of the game after facing just 5 batters and retiring none. Bruce Bochy got his first appearance of the season for San Diego, hitting a 3-run homer in his first plate appearance – it was the last batter Krukow faced. Bochy later went down with a 10-game injury, however, meaning the Padres have no eligible catchers for their next game. It could get interesting. Tim Lollar (W 2-1) went 8.2 innings before running out of gas and needing somebody to record the final out. Tony Gwynn went 3-for-5 (.462) with his 2nd homer of the year while Steve Garvey (.315) had three hits.

Dodgers 4, Expos 0
Orel Hersisher came back from an injury in his inaugural start and picked up where he left off, firing a 4-hit shutout to go along with 7 strikeouts. It didn’t help get Los Angeles out of the cellar in the NL West, but his 2-0, 0.00 start through 15 innings is giving the fans something to be excited about. Ken Landreaux’s grand slam (3rd) in the 7th provided all the offense. From the Rare Play archives, something interesting happened in the 7th inning that really affected the game. With the game still scoreless, L.A. had the bases loaded and one out with German Rivera at the plate. Rivera hit a grounder to Tim Wallach at third base. Wallach went to step on 3rd to force Hershiser coming in, before throwing home where catcher Gary Carter tagged R.J. Reynolds for an inning-ending 5-2 double play. However, the umpire ruled that Wallach had not, in fact, stepped on the bag. That means there were only two outs and the bases still loaded. As reported above, Landreaux followed that up with a granny. Wallach, by the way, was ejected from the game for arguing.

Astros 6, Mets 4
Joe Niekro (W 2-1) went all 9 as Houston moved a half game up on San Diego in the West. Jose Cruz reached base four times, upping his average to .278 this season while Terry Puhl hit a 3-run homer – his 1st of the season. Ron Darling (L 0-1) went 5.1 innings for New York.

Pirates 4, Braves 1
The Bucs scored 4 runs in the 3rd inning, sending 8 men to the plate. Actually, looking over my scoresheet I see that I only recorded 2 outs for them in that inning, so… oops. Anyhow, they had at least 5 hits in that inning and possibly could have gotten more if the umpire hadn’t incorrectly signaled the end of the inning. User error… John Tudor continued his Cy Young bid, improving to 4-0 with 6.2 innings of 1-run work.

Reds 1, Cardinals 0
Cincinnati hands St. Louis their 7th straight loss as Joe Price throws a 2-hitter at the Redbirds. Price (W 1-2) struck out 9 in the shutout. Danny Cox (L 0-2) couldn’t make it out of the 5th inning, so the Cardinals’ bullpen continues to be taxed.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies     7    5  .583   -    W 1
Chicago Cubs              8    6  .571   -    L 1
New York Mets             6    5  .545   0.5  L 2
Montreal Expos            8    8  .500   1    L 1
Pittsburgh Pirates        7    8  .467   1.5  W 1
St. Louis Cardinals       4   10  .286   4    L 7

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros            8    5  .615   -    W 2
San Diego Padres          7    5  .583   0.5  W 1
San Francisco Giants      8    6  .571   0.5  L 1
Atlanta Braves            7    6  .538   1    L 1
Cincinnati Reds           6    8  .429   2.5  W 2
Los Angeles Dodgers       6   10  .375   3.5  W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Gene Garber              
     .354, 3 HR, 11 RBI            2-0, 1.29               
CHC  Keith Moreland                Scott Sanderson          
     .373, 2 HR, 9 RBI             2-0, 1.06               
CIN  Gary Redus                    Mario Soto               
     .368, 4 SB                    3-1, 3.55, 23 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Joe Niekro               
     .278, 3 HR                    2-1, 3.23               
LAD  Mike Marshall                 Orel Hershiser           
     .309, 2 HR, 8 RBI             2-0, 0.00               
MON  Gary Carter                   Charlie Lea              
     .328, 3 HR, 9 RBI             2-0, 4.20, 18 K         
NYM  George Foster                 Bruce Berenyi            
     .370, 3 HR, 7 RBI             2-0, 0.00               
PHI  Von Hayes                     Jerry Koosman            
     .447, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 6 SB       2-1, 2.16, 15 K         
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .271, 5 HR, 11 RBI            4-0, 1.44, 20 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Goose Gossage            
     .462, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 SB       1-0, 3 Sv, 0.00         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Bill Laskey              
     .327, 4 HR, 11 RBI            2-0, 4.76               
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .380                          3 Sv, 0.59              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Gladden, Dan (SFG)             .512
 2. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .462
 3. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .447
 4. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .386
 5. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .381
 6. Herr, Tommy (STL)              .380
 7. Durham, Leon (CHC)             .378
 8. Moreland, Keith (CHC)          .373
 9. Foster, George (NYM)           .370
10. Redus, Gary (CIN)              .368

HOME RUNS
 1. Durham, Leon (CHC)                5
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)             5
 3. Green, David (STL)                4
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               4
 5. Carter, Gary (MON)                3
    Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  3
    Foster, George (NYM)              3
    Hayes, Von (PHI)                  3
    Landreaux, Ken (LAD)              3
    Matthews, Gary (CHC)              3
    Mazzilli, Lee (PIT)               3
    Murphy, Dale (ATL)                3
    Nettles, Graig (SDP)              3
    Sandberg, Ryne (CHC)              3
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               3
    Youngblood, Joel (SFG)            3

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Youngblood, Joel (SFG)           15
 2. Matthews, Gary (CHC)             14
 3. Dawson, Andre (MON)              13
 4. Durham, Leon (CHC)               12
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              12

STOLEN BASES
 1. Raines, Tim (MON)                 9
 2. Dernier, Bob (CHC)                8
    Gladden, Dan (SFG)                8

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           0.00
    Dravecky, Dave (SDP)           0.00
 3. Denny, John (PHI)              0.50
 4. Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.59
 5. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         1.06
 6. Tudor, John (PIT)              1.44
 7. Whitson, Ed (SDP)              1.50
 8. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           1.52
 9. Knepper, Bob (HOU)             1.74
10. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            2.00

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Tudor, John (PIT)               4-0
 2. Soto, Mario (CIN)               3-1
 3. Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)            2-0
    Denny, John (PHI)               2-0
    DiPino, Frank (HOU)             2-0
    Garber, Gene (ATL)              2-0
    Hershiser, Orel (LAD)           2-0
    Laskey, Bill (SFG)              2-0
    Lea, Charlie (MON)              2-0
    Robinson, Don (PIT)             2-0
    Sanderson, Scott (CHC)          2-0

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            33
 2. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       27
 3. Soto, Mario (CIN)                23
 4. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)            21
 5. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             20
    Tudor, John (PIT)                20

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                  4
 2. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              3
    Power, Ted (CIN)                  3
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3


SCHEDULE
========

PHI   7-5   Koosman, J           (2-1, 2.16)
CHC   8-6   Trout, S             (0-1, 4.15)

SFG   8-6   Robinson, J          (0-1, 3.38)
SDP   7-5   Show, E              (0-0, 5.68)

PIT   7-8   Candelaria, J        (0-0, 9.00)
ATL   7-6   Barker, L            (1-0, 1.29)

HOU   8-5   Knepper, B           (1-0, 1.74)
NYM   6-5   Gooden, D            (1-1, 5.65)