NL Day 12: Leonard Hits 4th HR for Giants

Jeff Leonard

Jeff Leonard

Giants 8, Braves 4
San Francisco batted around in the 1st inning, taking an early 4-0 lead that held against 1st place Atlanta, pushing the Braves into a 3-way tie in the NL West. Mike Krukow (W 2-1) went 6 innings for the win, while Jack Clark, Joel Youngblood, Brad Wellman and Johnnie LeMaster had two hits each. Atlanta starter Rick Camp recovered to throw a perfect 2nd inning, but had a collision with Jeff Leonard while covering 1st base to start the 3rd and ended up getting pulled at the close of that frame. Leonard later connected for his 4th homer of the year. The left fielder is hitting .382 with 9 RBI. At 5-5, the Giants are one game back in the division.

Mets 8, Cubs 5
Sid Fernandez made his debut for the Mets, going 8 innings and allowing 5 runs (4 earned) while striking out 6 for the win. Kelvin Chapman had 4 hits at the top of the New York lineup, making a spot start at second base in place of Wally Backman who seems to be getting flagged to rest almost every game. Chapman is hitting .467 in 4 games while Backman is hitting .308, appearing in only 3 of the Mets’ 8 games. New York is tied with Philadelphia at 5-3 atop the NL East. Jesse Orosco nabbed his first save of the season for New York. Ryne Sandberg hit his 1st homer for the Cubs in the loss, while Dennis Eckersley allowed 6 runs (4 earned) in 6 innings, taking the loss. It wasn’t all good news for New York, as they took an injury to Darryl Strawberry, keeping him out for the next 5 games. Strawberry is hitting just .214 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in 8 games played, also stealing a pair of bases.

Reds 2, Dodgers 0
Frank Pastore (!) goes 7.2 innings for the win, dropping his ERA to 0.71 across 2 starts while Ted Power notches his 3rd save, maintaining a perfect 0.00 ERA in five relief appearances. For the Dodgers, Bob Welch drops to 0-3 despite a nice 3.06 ERA. The Reds’ Cesar Cedeno, getting a start at first base, led off the bottom of the 1st with a base hit, stole second, then scored on a Duane Walker single. Cedeno is hitting .353 over 17 at bats this season. That would prove to be the only run Cincy really needed. Pastore, who died from a motorcycle accident in 2012, had an abysmal 6.50 ERA in 1984, but you wouldn’t know it from his two starts in this project.

Expos 5, Cardinals 3
St. Louis continues to be the most snake-bitten team in the early going. Their #1 pitcher is injured on Opening Day and forced to push back his 2nd start. Their starters routinely get the quick hook, meaning their relief pitchers are run to the point of exhaustion. Their games go extra inning, further pushing their relievers to the edge. And then George Hendrick (.176, 2 HR, 9 RBI) pulls up injured for 5 games and Willie McGee (.122, 3 SB) for one as well. The Cards currently have the 3rd worst offensive production in the league, scoring just 3.2 runs per game, but nothing else is going their way either right now. This is their 3rd straight loss while the Expos are winning their 3rd straight, evening the Cards with a 4-6 record. Dan Driessen’s 3-run shot in the 1st inning gave Montreal a 4-0 lead they never looked back from. Andre Dawson had a pair of hits, driving in the other two Montreal runs. Charlie Lea (W 1-0) went the distance for Montreal, striking out 8. The game ended with Lonnie Smith at the plate as the potential tying runner, only to be whiffed by Lea for the third straight time.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
New York Mets             5    3  .625   -    W 2
Philadelphia Phillies     5    3  .625   -    W 2
Pittsburgh Pirates        5    5  .500   1    W 1
Chicago Cubs              5    5  .500   1    L 2
Montreal Expos            4    6  .400   2    W 3
St. Louis Cardinals       4    6  .400   2    L 3

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
San Diego Padres          4    2  .667   -    L 1
Houston Astros            5    3  .625   -    L 2
Atlanta Braves            6    4  .600   -    L 1
San Francisco Giants      5    5  .500   1    W 1
Cincinnati Reds           4    6  .400   2    W 2
Los Angeles Dodgers       4    8  .333   3    L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Craig McMurtry           
     .368, 3 HR, 11 RBI            1-0, 2.57, 9 K          
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Dennis Eckersley         
     .294, 9 RBI, 2 SB             2-1, 1.96, 14 K         
CIN  Gary Redus                    Mario Soto               
     .387, 3 SB                    2-1, 4.50, 18 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Frank DiPino             
     .235, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB       2-0, 1 Sv, 1.35         
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Rick Honeycutt           
     .360, 5 RBI                   2-0, 1.20               
MON  Gary Carter                   Steve Rogers             
     .324, 2 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Bruce Berenyi            
     .324, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 SB       1-0, 0.00               
PHI  Von Hayes                     John Denny               
     .484, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 SB       1-0, 0.00               
PIT  Marvell Wynne                 Don Robinson             
     .362                          2-0, 1 Sv, 1.93         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Goose Gossage            
     .429, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB       1-0, 1 Sv, 0.00         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Mike Krukow              
     .382, 4 HR, 9 RBI             2-1, 3.15, 13 K         
STL  David Green                   Joaquin Andujar          
     .250, 2 HR, 6 RBI             1-0, 1.93               

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Gladden, Dan (SFG)             .500
 2. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .484
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .429
 4. Foster, George (NYM)           .412
 5. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .406
 6. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .400
 7. Redus, Gary (CIN)              .387
 8. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .385
 9. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .382
10. Raines, Tim (MON)              .375

HOME RUNS
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               4
 2. Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  3
    Durham, Leon (CHC)                3
    Foster, George (NYM)              3
    Murphy, Dale (ATL)                3
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               3
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)             3

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Murphy, Dale (ATL)               11
 2. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              10
 3. Hendrick, George (STL)            9
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               9
    Matthews, Gary (CHC)              9
    McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)           9

STOLEN BASES
 1. Gladden, Dan (SFG)                6
 2. Dernier, Bob (CHC)                5
    Raines, Tim (MON)                 5
    Wiggins, Alan (SDP)               5
    Wilson, Mookie (NYM)              5

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           0.00
    Denny, John (PHI)              0.00
    Dravecky, Dave (SDP)           0.00
    Whitson, Ed (SDP)              0.00
 5. Tudor, John (PIT)              0.57
 6. Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.63
 7. Pastore, Frank (CIN)           0.71
 8. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          1.20
 9. Darling, Ron (NYM)             1.50
    LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.50
    Rhoden, Rick (PIT)             1.50

WINS-LOSSES
 1. DiPino, Frank (HOU)             2-0
    Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)           2-0
    Robinson, Don (PIT)             2-0
    Sambito, Joe (HOU)              2-0
    Tudor, John (PIT)               2-0

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            25
 2. Soto, Mario (CIN)                18
    Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       18
    Welch, Bob (LAD)                 18
 5. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             17

SAVES
 1. Power, Ted (CIN)                  3
    Smith, Lee (CHC)                  3
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3


SCHEDULE
========

PIT   5-5   Tudor, J             (2-0, 0.57)
MON   4-6   Rogers, S            (1-0, 0.00)

SDP   4-2   Lollar, T            (0-1, 3.00)
HOU   5-3   Niekro, J            (1-0, 1.84)
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