AL Day 13: Angels Avoid Sweep in Oakland

Gary Pettis

Gary Pettis

Angels 9, Athletics 8 (10 innings)
With a 7-3 lead headed into the bottom of the 8th inning and Mike Witt on the mound, things looked like a sure thing for California. But things didn’t turn out as expected. Witt loaded the bases to start the inning and the Halos went to Luis Sanchez to try and close it out. Sanchez had blown a save in the first game of the series and the hope was that he could turn things around. It didn’t go well. Sanchez allowed a 2-run double to Tony Phillips and then a 2-run homer to Rickey Henderson. Game tied. Thankfully for the Angels, in the 10th inning Bob Boone led off with a walk, moved up a base on a Rob Picciolo sacrifice, and then scored on a Gary Pettis base hit. Bruce Kison made his first appearance of the season for California, throwing a perfect inning for the save. Pettis, who had been off to a rough start, reached base four times and had a pair of stolen bases, improving to a .172 batting average with a .314 on base percentage. The Athletics’ Dwayne Murphy came up with an injury for the second time already this season and will miss a pair of games. He’s hitting .308 with a pair of homers and 9 RBI this year. Jeff Burroughs replaced him in the outfield, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts; he’s now 0-for-10 with 5 whiffs.

Tigers 15, Indians 0
Well that was impressive. Dan Petry becomes the first American League pitcher to rack up three wins, improving to 3-0 behind a 8-hit shutout of Cleveland. Detroit amassed 18 hits, including the first homers of the year for Alan Trammell, Dave Bergman and Ruppert Jones. Trammell finished 4-for-5 and is hitting .463 on the season. For Cleveland, Neal Heaton (L 1-1) took the loss and has a 9.39 ERA across three starts. Starting catcher Jerry Willard was to have the day off but instead threw 1.1 innings of relief, allowing a solo homer to Trammell. With 5.5 runs per game, Detroit has the top offense in the AL. Their 3.5 runs allowed per game are 3rd best in the AL. Yet even with those numbers together, they are now just 5-5, 4th place in the AL East and 1.5 games behind the Jays. It’s still fairly early in the project here, so it will be interesting to see if these run totals continue and their record starts to improve. Meanwhile, the Tribe is 6-5 but has a negative run differential. Go figure.

Red Sox 4, White Sox 3
Boston and Chicago engage in another close battle, with LaMarr Hoyt continuing to throw unpredictable great games. Hoyt led the AL in 1984 with 18 losses and had a bloated 4.47 ERA. But in this project, after 3 starts, he has a 0.67 ERA, completing all 3 of those games. He takes his first loss in this one, with Bruce Hurst also going the distance to pick up the Boston win. Carlton Fisk homered in his first two at bats for Chicago, having entered the game 1-for-17. Boston scored 3 unearned runs in the 3rd inning to move ahead 3-1. In the 9th, tied up 3-3, Mike Easler tripled to lead off, then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Bill Buckner. Scott Fletcher led off the Chicago 9th with a base hit, moving up to 2nd on a sacrifice. But Rudy Law and Fisk each flew out to Rice in left, ending the game. Boston improved to 5-4, moving into 2nd place in the East and 1 back of the Jays. Chicago drops their 4th straight and falls below .500 to 4-5.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Toronto Blue Jays         6    3  .667   -    W 1
Boston Red Sox            5    4  .556   1    W 2
Cleveland Indians         6    5  .545   1    L 2
Detroit Tigers            5    5  .500   1.5  W 2
Milwaukee Brewers         4    5  .444   2    W 1
Baltimore Orioles         4    5  .444   2    W 1
New York Yankees          4    5  .444   2    W 3

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Oakland Athletics         7    4  .636   -    L 1
California Angels         5    4  .556   1    W 1
Minnesota Twins           5    6  .455   2    L 1
Chicago White Sox         4    5  .444   2    L 4
Kansas City Royals        4    5  .444   2    L 1
Texas Rangers             4    5  .444   2    L 1
Seattle Mariners          3    5  .375   2.5  L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Eddie Murray                  Scott McGregor           
     .324, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.60               
BOS  Mike Easler                   Bob Ojeda                
     .343, 5 HR, 9 RBI             1-1, 1.80, 13 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Mike Witt                
     .250, 2 HR, 6 RBI             2-0, 2.88, 17 K         
CHW  Vance Law                     LaMarr Hoyt              
     .267, 2 HR, 7 RBI             2-1, 0.67, 15 K         
CLE  Brett Butler                  Bert Blyleven            
     .292, 3 SB                    2-0, 0.00               
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .463, 7 RBI, 4 SB             3-0, 1.21, 10 K         
KCR  Steve Balboni                 Mark Gubicza             
     .286, 4 HR, 7 RBI             1-0, 1.38               
MIL  Mark Brouhard                 Rollie Fingers           
     .600, 1 HR                    2 Sv, 0.00, 7 K         
MIN  Tom Brunansky                 John Butcher             
     .386, 3 HR, 8 RBI             2-1, 1.93, 9 K          
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .303                          2-1, 3.57, 11 K         
OAK  Carney Lansford               Keith Atherton           
     .348, 5 RBI                   2-0, 1.80               
SEA  Ken Phelps                    Jim Beattie              
     .211, 3 HR, 5 RBI             1-1, 1.04, 9 K          
TEX  Pete O'Brien                  Mike Mason               
     .345, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 2.00               
TOR  Damaso Garcia                 Doyle Alexander          
     .342, 1 HR, 9 SB              2-0, 1.50, 8 K          

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .463
 2. Bergman, Dave (DET)            .414
 3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)           .386
 4. Parrish, Larry (TEX)           .353
 5. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .348
 6. O'Brien, Pete (TEX)            .345
 7. Owen, Spike (SEA)              .344
 8. Easler, Mike (BOS)             .343
 9. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)           .342
10. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .341
    Phillips, Tony (OAK)           .341

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

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          11
 2. Franco, Julio (CLE)              10
 3. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 9
    Easler, Mike (BOS)                9
    Evans, Dwight (BOS)               9
    Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              9
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              9

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)              9
 2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           7
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)                5

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           0.00
    Zahn, Geoff (CAL)              0.00
 3. Leal, Luis (TOR)               0.60
    McGregor, Scott (BAL)          0.60
 5. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             0.67
 6. Beattie, Jim (SEA)             1.04
 7. Petry, Dan (DET)               1.21
 8. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            1.38
 9. Alexander, Doyle (TOR)         1.50
    Burris, Ray (OAK)              1.50

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Petry, Dan (DET)                3-0
 2. Alexander, Doyle (TOR)          2-0
    Atherton, Keith (OAK)           2-0
    Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            2-0
    Huismann, Mark (KCR)            2-0
    Schrom, Ken (MIN)               2-0
    Witt, Mike (CAL)                2-0

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              19
 2. Clancy, Jim (TOR)                17
    Langston, Mark (SEA)             17
    Witt, Mike (CAL)                 17
 5. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)               15
    Stieb, Dave (TOR)                15

SAVES
 1. Caudill, Bill (OAK)               3
 2. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              2
    Fingers, Rollie (MIL)             2
    Martinez, Tippy (BAL)             2
    Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)            2


SCHEDULE
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CLE   6-5   Blyleven, B          (2-0, 0.00)
BOS   5-4   Ojeda, B             (1-1, 1.80)

CAL   5-4   Romanick, R          (1-1, 2.25)
MIN   5-6   Viola, F             (0-0, 4.82)

TOR   6-3   Stieb, D             (0-1, 3.21)
BAL   4-5   Flanagan, M          (0-2, 6.00)

KCR   4-5   Leibrandt, C         (0-1, 3.18)
NYY   4-5   Rasmussen, D         (0-0, 4.50)

TEX   4-5   Tanana, F            (1-1, 4.50)
SEA   3-5   Langston, M          (0-2, 6.75)
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