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NL Day 32: Phils Run Streak To Seven

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Charlie Hudson

Phillies 4, Astros 3
Something is in the water in the Philadelphia clubhouse. They won their 7th straight, knocking the ‘stros out of 1st place in the West while maintaining a four-game lead in the East. Charlie Hudson (W 3-0) went 8 innings for the win and Al Holland notched his 2nd save, working around his fielding error that led off the inning. Ozzie Virgil homered again, giving him five long balls this season. Jerry Mumphrey had three hits (.291) in the Houston loss as they fell for the 4th time in their last 6 games. Just when you think a team is starting to pull away with it…

Padres 5, Dodgers 3
San Diego moved 1 game back of Houston and idle Atlanta in the West with a strong win over Los Angeles. Andy Hawkins picked up his first win, going 8 innings and leaving with a 5-2 lead. Goose Gossage allowed a solo homer to Greg Brock but picked up his 5th save to go with a 2.92 ERA and 8.8 K/9 in 12 appearances. Tony Gwynn improved to .380 on the season with four singles and a pair of RBI. Carmelo Martinez hit his 2nd homer of the season. Alan Wiggins had three hits at the top of the lineup, giving him a .316 batting average this year.

Reds 1, Expos 0
I admit to feeling bad for Cincinnati when they lost Jay Tibbs and his wonderful 1984 card after just 3 innings in his opening start. Well, he finally returned from injury and gave us a sight at what the Reds have been missing, firing a 6-hit shutout against Montreal. Not to be outdone, Charlie Lea (L 3-1) took a shutout into the bottom of the 9th, losing it by allowing three singles, the last of which was a game-winner off the bat of Ron Oester. Oester had three hits, improving to .220 this season.

Cardinals 4, Mets 3 (11 innings)
After going a record-breaking 20 innings in their last contest, these two teams were at it again with St. Louis picking up another extra-inning victory. Darrell Porter (.250) had four hits, including the game-winning single in the top of the 11th. Bruce Sutter earned his 6th save, dropping his ERA to 0.40 in 11 appearances spanning 22.1 innings of work. Ed Lynch (L 0-1) took the loss, allowing just 1 run in 5 innings of relief work for the Mets to get his ERA down to “just” 7.63 in 4 appearances. Darryl Strawberry hit his 3rd homer of the year and had three hits (.291) for New York as they finally fielded their regular outfield again. Mookie Wilson was back at it with three more hits to improve to .370 this year. Wally Backman is still out another 6 games for the Mets, but there is still some hope for a 10-12 team that they can pull this thing together. Willie McGee made a highlight reel play, stealing a home run away from Hubie Brooks in the bottom of the 6th.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies    14    6  .700   -    W 7
Chicago Cubs             12   12  .500   4    W 1
Montreal Expos           11   11  .500   4    L 2
Pittsburgh Pirates       11   13  .458   5    L 1
New York Mets            10   12  .455   5    L 3
St. Louis Cardinals      10   14  .417   6    W 3

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Atlanta Braves           12    8  .600   -    W 1
Houston Astros           13    9  .591   -    L 2
San Diego Padres         13   11  .542   1    W 3
San Francisco Giants     10   12  .455   3    L 1
Cincinnati Reds          10   12  .455   3    W 2
Los Angeles Dodgers      10   16  .385   5    L 3

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Steve Bedrosian          
     .295, 4 HR, 18 RBI            2-1, 2 Sv, 0.87         
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Rick Sutcliffe           
     .301, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 6 SB      3-2, 3.91, 45 K         
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .274, 3 SB                    4-2, 2.88, 32 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Nolan Ryan               
     .262, 3 HR, 3 SB              2-0, 2.59, 28 K         
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Rick Honeycutt           
     .327                          3-2, 1.89               
MON  Andre Dawson                  Charlie Lea              
     .305, 3 HR, 17 RBI            3-1, 2.85, 24 K         
NYM  Hubie Brooks                  Jesse Orosco             
     .310, 5 HR, 13 RBI            4-2, 3 Sv, 4.24, 23 K   
PHI  Von Hayes                     John Denny               
     .469, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 8 SB      3-0, 0.67, 16 K         
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .269, 7 HR, 15 RBI            5-1, 2.45, 28 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Tim Lollar               
     .380, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 11 SB     3-1, 3.23, 21 K         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Bill Laskey              
     .280, 5 HR, 14 RBI            3-0, 3.86               
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .316                          6 Sv, 0.40              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .469
 2. Gladden, Dan (SFG)             .452
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .380
 4. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .370
 5. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .357
 6. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .344
 7. Garvey, Steve (SDP)            .330
 8. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .329
 9. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .327
10. Rose, Pete (CIN)               .324

HOME RUNS
 1. Thompson, Jason (PIT)             7
 2. Davis, Chili (SFG)                6
    Hayes, Von (PHI)                  6
    Nettles, Graig (SDP)              6
 5. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)               5
    Durham, Leon (CHC)                5
    Green, David (STL)                5
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               5
    Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               5

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Murphy, Dale (ATL)               18
    Youngblood, Joel (SFG)           18
 3. Dawson, Andre (MON)              17
    Garvey, Steve (SDP)              17
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                17
    Hayes, Von (PHI)                 17
    Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)              17

STOLEN BASES
 1. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               16
 2. Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              14
 3. Raines, Tim (MON)                13

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Dravecky, Dave (SDP)           0.00
 2. Denny, John (PHI)              0.67
 3. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           1.77
 4. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          1.89
 5. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            2.10
 6. Knepper, Bob (HOU)             2.17
 7. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.38
 8. McMurtry, Craig (ATL)          2.42
 9. Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)        2.44
10. Rawley, Shane (PHI)            2.45
    Tudor, John (PIT)              2.45

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Tudor, John (PIT)               5-1
 2. Lahti, Jeff (STL)               4-1
 3. Orosco, Jesse (NYM)             4-2
    Soto, Mario (CIN)               4-2
 5. Denny, John (PHI)               3-0
    Hudson, Charlie (PHI)           3-0
    Laskey, Bill (SFG)              3-0
    Robinson, Don (PIT)             3-0

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       47
 2. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            45
 3. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)            35
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                32
 5. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          30

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                  7
 2. Sutter, Bruce (STL)               6
 3. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              5


SCHEDULE
========

CHC  12-12  Sutcliffe, R         (3-2, 3.91)
PIT  11-13  Rhoden, R            (2-3, 3.74)

SDP  13-11  Whitson, E           (1-2, 4.38)
SFG  10-12  Davis, M             (1-1, 7.27)

STL  10-14  Cox, D               (0-2, 3.86)
HOU  13-9   Scott, M             (1-1, 4.76)

AL Day 32: Another Long One

IMG_0004Brewers 5, Rangers 4 (19 innings)
The night after I set a new record by rolling up a 20-inning game, I rolled my second longest game ever. Back-to-back games rolled, and I had my two longest games of all time. Each team used five pitchers, with the game finally ending in the 19th. Some bad defense made this game last longer than it needed to. In the 10th, Texas moved ahead 3-1. In the bottom of the inning, Texas closer Dave Schmidt took the mound and allowed a pair of hits with two outs. Rick Manning then hit a grounder to Curtis Wilkerson that was muffed for an E-6, making it a one-run game. Dion James followed with an RBI single to make it two unearned runs and the game was tied. In the top of the 19th, a Wayne Tolleson RBI double gave the Rangers another lead to play with. Their defense cost them again. Cecil Cooper led off with a single. Ben Oglivie then hit a pop up to Tolleson at second, which he dropped. Willie Lozado tied it with a double and Ed Romero won it with another double.

Tigers 10, Mariners 8
Seattle wanted to show it can hang with the big boys and they did some damage, scoring 6 runs in the top of the 7th to tie the game up at 8-all. But John Grubb, filling in for Larry Herndon in left field, belted a 2-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th to give Detroit the win. Jim Beattie entered the game with a sterling 1.34 ERA for the M’s, but allowed 6 runs in 3.1 innings of work, leaving the game after surrendering the first of a pair of homers by Kirk Gibson (7). Jim Presley’s 3-run homer in the 7th tied the game up, but he was also responsible for a pair of errors, each of which led to 2-run homers that scored unearned runs. Remove the errors from this game and it’s a 7-6 win for Seattle.

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 3
Jim Gott received a spot start, spelling Dave Stieb who had gone long in his last start with the near no-no… Gott went 8 innings for the win and Jimmy Key pitched a perfect 9th for his 2nd save of the year as Toronto flipped spots with New York in the AL East standings. Lloyd Moseby (.250) went 3-for-4 with a triple, while Willie Upshaw (232) went 3-for-4 with a double. For the Yanks, Bobby Meacham went 3-for-4 with a double to improve to .292 on the season.

White Sox 6, Athletics 3
Oakland lost its sixth straight game, falling to Chicago of all teams. Tom Seaver (W 2-3) went all 9 for the win, striking out 5 men. Ron Kittle had a pair of homers, giving him 4 for the year to go with his .203 batting average and 19 strikeouts in 16 games.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           16    8  .667   -    W 2
Cleveland Indians        16    9  .640   0.5  L 1
Boston Red Sox           13   10  .565   2.5  W 1
Toronto Blue Jays        12   10  .545   3    W 1
New York Yankees         12   11  .522   3.5  L 2
Baltimore Orioles        10   14  .417   6    L 1
Milwaukee Brewers         7   16  .304   8.5  W 2

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Oakland Athletics        14   11  .560   -    L 6
Kansas City Royals       12   10  .545   0.5  W 3
Seattle Mariners         12   11  .522   1    L 2
Minnesota Twins          13   12  .520   1    L 2
California Angels        11   12  .478   2    W 2
Texas Rangers             9   15  .375   4.5  L 1
Chicago White Sox         7   15  .318   5.5  W 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .287, 3 HR, 13 RBI            5-0, 1.33, 23 K         
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Al Nipper                
     .284, 4 HR, 13 RBI            3-0, 1.22, 19 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Ron Romanick             
     .314, 3 HR, 14 RBI            2-2, 1.60               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .349, 4 HR, 14 RBI            4-2, 1.73, 28 K         
CLE  Pat Tabler                    Bert Blyleven            
     .313, 15 RBI                  4-0, 1.51, 22 K         
DET  Alan Trammell                 Jack Morris              
     .320, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 6 SB      4-1, 3.09, 25 K         
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Mark Gubicza             
     .306, 10 SB                   3-0, 1.74               
MIL  Robin Yount                   Bob McClure              
     .333                          2-1, 2.40, 20 K         
MIN  Tom Brunansky                 Mike Smithson            
     .351, 8 HR, 23 RBI            4-2, 3.44, 37 K         
NYY  Don Baylor                    Phil Niekro              
     .341, 6 HR, 18 RBI            4-1, 2.89, 22 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Keith Atherton           
     .366, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 15 SB     3-0, 1.26               
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .281, 3 HR, 12 RBI            4-1, 2.47, 28 K         
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Mike Mason               
     .304, 7 HR, 22 RBI            2-0, 2.00               
TOR  Damaso Garcia                 Luis Leal                
     .320, 15 SB                   4-1, 1.12, 31 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .366
 2. Buckner, Bill (BOS)            .360
 3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)           .351
 4. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .349
 5. Baylor, Don (NYY)              .341
 6. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .336
 7. Yount, Robin (MIL)             .333
 8. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .330
 9. Griffey, Ken (NYY)             .322
10. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)           .320
    Trammell, Alan (DET)           .320

HOME RUNS
 1. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              8
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)                7
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              7
 4. Baylor, Don (NYY)                 6
    Bell, George (TOR)                6

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             23
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               22
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)             22
 4. Armas, Tony (BOS)                19
 5. Baylor, Don (NYY)                18
    Franco, Julio (CLE)              18
    Lansford, Carney (OAK)           18

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             15
    Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          15
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               14

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Clemens, Roger (BOS)           1.08
 2. Leal, Luis (TOR)               1.12
 3. Nipper, Al (BOS)               1.22
 4. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.33
 5. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.51
 6. Romanick, Ron (CAL)            1.60
 7. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             1.73
 8. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            1.74
 9. Fontenot, Ray (NYY)            1.84
10. Mason, Mike (TEX)              2.00

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)              5-0
 2. Petry, Dan (DET)                5-1
 3. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            4-0
 4. Beattie, Jim (SEA)              4-1
    Leal, Luis (TOR)                4-1
    Morris, Jack (DET)              4-1
    Niekro, Phil (NYY)              4-1

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             47
 2. Smithson, Mike (MIN)             37
 3. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 35
 4. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                34
 5. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              32

SAVES
 1. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              6
 2. Caudill, Bill (OAK)               5
 3. Davis, Ron (MIN)                  4
    Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)            4


SCHEDULE
========

SEA  12-11  Vande Berg, E        (1-1, 4.80)
DET  16-8   Morris, J            (4-1, 3.09)

CLE  16-9   Heaton, N            (2-1, 6.59)
KCR  12-10  Gubicza, M           (3-0, 1.74)

BOS  13-10  Clemens, R           (2-1, 1.08)
MIN  13-12  Schrom, K            (2-1, 1.96)

NYY  12-11  Fontenot, R          (2-2, 1.84)
TOR  12-10  Stieb, D             (1-3, 3.16)

CAL  11-12  Slaton, J            (1-1, 2.57)
BAL  10-14  Boddicker, M         (1-2, 2.25)

OAK  14-11  McCatty, S           (0-2, 6.11)
CHW   7-15  Bannister, F         (0-5, 4.50)

TEX   9-15  Stewart, D           (1-2, 7.64)
MIL   7-16  Sutton, D            (0-2, 7.39)

Song Flashback: Against All Odds

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Kicking Kenny Loggins out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 21st was none other than Phil Collins.

Loggins. Collins. Yes, it’s 1984.

Collins took over the top spot with “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”, a power ballad from the movie of the same name.

Collins had written the song for his first solo album, Face Value (1981), demoing it but ultimately leaving it off of the release.

The single won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Pop Vocal Performance (Male).

It was also nominated for Song of the Year as well as Best Original Song awards at both the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

NL Day 31: Cards, Mets Set Record

29234_PE116289_S5Cardinals 6, Mets 3 (20 innings)
I have the results of over 1,000 games rolled in my database, which makes it really easy to check for things like this, so I can confirm that this is the longest game I’ve ever rolled, eclipsing my old record by a full 3 innings. The Mets came into the game with their roster in shambles – injuries everywhere and tired pitchers. So they were forced to start Brent Gaff, who wasn’t rated as a starter but had made a few starts two seasons earlier. And Jesse Orosco was the only arm available out of the pen. The lineup, as well, had two players out of position, only one regular outfielder available, and only four regular position players in the lineup. A disaster, right? Well, it turned out that the Cardinals just couldn’t score any runs. Or at least not enough. And ace Joaquin Andujar couldn’t shut down a shabby New York lineup. So the game was tied 3-3 after 6 innings… And then it kept going… and going… and going… and going… I’ll ‘fess up to butchering this one, because I should’ve hit Orosco with some penalties for pitching tired – I think a pitcher with a POW of 2 is supposed to get penalized after the 4th inning of work, but instead I let him go forever. He ended up with 12.1 innings of work before finally allowing 3 base runners in a single inning in the 20th, leading me to finally pull him. David Green’s 5th homer of the season – a 3-run shot – gave St. Louis the lead in the top of the 20th and that (thankfully) stood up. The Cards managed to really space out their relievers well, so they should be in decent shape for the next game of this series. The Mets, on the other hand, are going to continue to be in trouble. They’ll have three rested pitchers available for the next game: Walt Terrell (0-3, 4.18), who will get the start; Dwight Gooden, who is not rated as a reliever; and Ed Lynch (3 G, 10.45 ERA) who is technically a starter, but is best left on the bench.

Phillies 6, Astros 1
Where did this come from? The Phillies won their 6th straight, taking down the ‘stros in the battle of the two National League division leaders. John Denny improved to 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA, completing all 3 of his starts. Ozzie Virgil connected for his 4th homer of the season. About the only thing that wasn’t going right for them was MVP candidate Von Hayes, who only went 1-for-3 with a walk, dropping his batting average to .481 through 19 games.

Reds 10, Expos 1
Mario Soto (W 4-2) picked up his 4th win, allowing just a solo homer to Tim Wallach (2nd) and two harmless singles. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati offense was all over Bill Gullickson (L 1-3), chasing him from the game after 3.1 innings of work and 9 runs allowed. The Reds sent 26 men to the plate in the first 4 innings, batting 9-for-23 with 4 doubles and 2 triples. Dave Parker (.287) had three hits including a pair of doubles. Montreal had a 3-game winning streak snapped.

Braves 6, Pirates 5
Atlanta headed into the bottom of the 9th with a 6-2 lead, facing the bottom of the Pittsburgh lineup and all seemed set up for an easy win. It didn’t quite turn out that way as Jeff Dedmon allowed the first three men he faced to reach base, bringing the tying run to the plate with nobody out. In come Steve Bedrosian who struck out a pair of pinch-hitters, allowed an RBI double, then got Johnny Ray on a liner to Chris Chambliss at first. Bedrosian picked up his 2nd save and has struck out 13 in 10.1 innings of work. Lee Lacy (.296) had three hits with a pair of doubles in the Pittsburgh loss.

Padres 6, Dodgers 0
Fernando Valenzuela (L 1-4) continued to have a rough season, though he allowed just 2 earned runs in 8 innings of work as a Mike Scioscia error with 2 outs in the 5th set up 3 unearned runs and another by left fielder Mike Marshall cost them another one later on. Eric Show (W 1-1) tossed 7 innings of shutout, 1-hit ball before coming up with his second injury of the season for San Diego. Alan Wiggins (.301) had a pair of hits and also walked twice atop the Padres lineup.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies    13    6  .684   -    W 6
Montreal Expos           11   10  .524   3    L 1
Chicago Cubs             12   12  .500   3.5  W 1
New York Mets            10   11  .476   4    L 2
Pittsburgh Pirates       11   13  .458   4.5  L 1
St. Louis Cardinals       9   14  .391   6    W 2

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros           13    8  .619   -    L 1
Atlanta Braves           12    8  .600   0.5  W 1
San Diego Padres         12   11  .522   2    W 2
San Francisco Giants     10   12  .455   3.5  L 1
Cincinnati Reds           9   12  .429   4    W 1
Los Angeles Dodgers      10   15  .400   5    L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Steve Bedrosian          
     .295, 4 HR, 18 RBI            2-1, 2 Sv, 0.87         
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Rick Sutcliffe           
     .301, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 6 SB      3-2, 3.91, 45 K         
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .275, 3 SB                    4-2, 2.88, 32 K         
HOU  Phil Garner                   Bob Knepper              
     .362, 16 RBI                  2-1, 1.72, 21 K         
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Rick Honeycutt           
     .340                          3-1, 1.45               
MON  Tim Raines                    Charlie Lea              
     .289, 13 SB                   3-0, 3.23, 21 K         
NYM  Hubie Brooks                  Jesse Orosco             
     .329, 5 HR, 13 RBI            4-2, 3 Sv, 4.24, 23 K   
PHI  Von Hayes                     John Denny               
     .481, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 8 SB      3-0, 0.67, 16 K         
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .269, 7 HR, 15 RBI            5-1, 2.45, 28 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Tim Lollar               
     .385, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 11 SB     3-1, 3.23, 21 K         
SFG  Dan Gladden                   Bill Laskey              
     .452, 11 SB                   3-0, 3.86               
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .319                          5 Sv, 0.42              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .481
 2. Gladden, Dan (SFG)             .452
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .385
 4. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .362
 5. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .355
 6. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .344
 7. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .340
 8. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .333
 9. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)            .329
10. Rose, Pete (CIN)               .328

HOME RUNS
 1. Thompson, Jason (PIT)             7
 2. Davis, Chili (SFG)                6
    Hayes, Von (PHI)                  6
    Nettles, Graig (SDP)              6
 5. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)               5
    Durham, Leon (CHC)                5
    Green, David (STL)                5
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               5

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Murphy, Dale (ATL)               18
    Youngblood, Joel (SFG)           18
 3. Dawson, Andre (MON)              17
 4. Durham, Leon (CHC)               16
    Garner, Phil (HOU)               16
    Green, David (STL)               16
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                16
    Hayes, Von (PHI)                 16
    Matthews, Gary (CHC)             16
    McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)          16
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              16

STOLEN BASES
 1. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               16
 2. Raines, Tim (MON)                13
    Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              13

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Dravecky, Dave (SDP)           0.00
 2. Denny, John (PHI)              0.67
 3. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          1.45
 4. Knepper, Bob (HOU)             1.72
 5. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           1.77
 6. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            2.25
 7. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.38
 8. McMurtry, Craig (ATL)          2.42
 9. Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)        2.44
10. Rawley, Shane (PHI)            2.45
    Tudor, John (PIT)              2.45

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Tudor, John (PIT)               5-1
 2. Orosco, Jesse (NYM)             4-2
    Soto, Mario (CIN)               4-2
 4. Denny, John (PHI)               3-0
    Laskey, Bill (SFG)              3-0
    Lea, Charlie (MON)              3-0
    Robinson, Don (PIT)             3-0

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       47
 2. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            45
 3. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)            35
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                32
 5. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          30

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                  7
 2. Sutter, Bruce (STL)               5
 3. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              4
    Power, Ted (CIN)                  4


SCHEDULE
========

PHI  13-6   Hudson, C            (2-0, 4.12)
HOU  13-8   Knepper, B           (2-1, 1.72)

SDP  12-11  Hawkins, A           (0-1, 4.86)
LAD  10-15  Honeycutt, R         (3-1, 1.45)

MON  11-10  Lea, C               (3-0, 3.23)
CIN   9-12  Tibbs, J             (0-1, 9.00)

STL   9-14  LaPoint, D           (0-2, 2.25)
NYM  10-11  Terrell, W           (0-3, 4.18)

NL Day 30: Tudor, Thompson Still Rolling for Bucs

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Padres 6, Dodgers 5 (11 innings)
A nice back and forth game in the West ended with San Diego breaking a 4-game losing streak in 11 innings, as Tony Gwynn’s RBI single broke the tie. Goose Gossage pithced the bottom of the inning, ending the game with a strike out of Bill Russell to notch his 4th save. San Diego went up 2-0 in the 1st, then lost the lead in the bottom of the inning as Los Angeles scored 3 runs of their own. Down 4-2, the Padres scored 1 in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th to take the lead back, 5-4. The Dodgers tied it in the bottom of the inning on a solo homer by Terry Whitfield, his first of the season. Alejandro Pena went 8 innings with no decision for Los Angeles, allowing 5 runs (3 earned) and striking out 7.

Cubs 5, Giants 2
Chicago snaps a three-game losing streak behind an unlikely 7 innings of work by Dick Ruthven, who entered the game 0-1 with an 11.49 ERA across 3 horrid starts. The Cubs bat around in the 3rd inning, scoring 5 runs thanks to extra-base hits by Ryne Sandberg, Leon Durham, Keith Moreland and Larry Bowa. Even Ruthven got in on the action with an RBI single, his 2nd hit of the day. Lee Smith puts a man on, but gets Wellman on a game-ending 5-4-3 double play to record his league-best 7th save.

Cardinals 7, Mets 1
St. Louis ride a 5-run 5th inning to an easy win in New York against a battered Mets’ squad. While George Foster came back from the injury list to once again give them an outfield that actually had three players rated there, Darryl Strawberry went down with an injury in his meaningless 9th inning at bat, the last plate appearance of a miserable game for the Mets. His 1-game injury means you’ll get more Danny Heep (.286) in their next game, with Mookie Wilson returning from injury. Oh, and with Sid Fernandez getting chased after 4.2 innings of work, it means some poor shlub not even rated as a starting pitcher will get their next start. Dwight Gooden is rested, but injured. They’ll be starting Brent Gaff, who made 5 starts in 1982. And they have one rested reliever. So we’re looking for some position players to get some innings in for game 3 against St. Louis. Kurt Kepshire (W 1-1) went the distance for the Cardinals, striking out 7.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies    12    6  .667   -    W 5
Montreal Expos           11    9  .550   2    W 3
Chicago Cubs             12   12  .500   3    W 1
New York Mets            10   10  .500   3    L 1
Pittsburgh Pirates       11   12  .478   3.5  W 3
St. Louis Cardinals       8   14  .364   6    W 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros           13    7  .650   -    W 2
Atlanta Braves           11    8  .579   1.5  L 1
San Diego Padres         11   11  .500   3    W 1
San Francisco Giants     10   12  .455   4    L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers      10   14  .417   5    L 1
Cincinnati Reds           8   12  .400   5    L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Steve Bedrosian          
     .301, 4 HR, 16 RBI            2-1, 1 Sv, 0.96         
CHC  Bob Dernier                   Rick Sutcliffe           
     .313, 16 SB                   3-2, 3.91, 45 K         
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .263, 3 SB                    3-2, 3.29, 25 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Frank DiPino             
     .276, 3 HR, 3 SB              2-0, 3 Sv, 1.86         
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Rick Honeycutt           
     .356, 10 RBI                  3-1, 1.45               
MON  Andre Dawson                  Charlie Lea              
     .295, 3 HR, 17 RBI            3-0, 3.23, 21 K         
NYM  Hubie Brooks                  Jesse Orosco             
     .352, 5 HR, 13 RBI            4-1, 3 Sv, 6.75         
PHI  Von Hayes                     Steve Carlton            
     .486, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 8 SB      3-1, 1.77, 18 K         
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .281, 7 HR, 15 RBI            5-1, 2.45, 28 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Dave Dravecky            
     .398, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 11 SB     0.00                    
SFG  Chili Davis                   Bill Laskey              
     .282, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 3 SB      3-0, 3.86               
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .325                          5 Sv, 0.47              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .486
 2. Gladden, Dan (SFG)             .452
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .398
 4. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .362
 5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .356
 6. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .355
 7. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)            .352
 8. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .350
 9. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .343
10. Herr, Tommy (STL)              .325

HOME RUNS
 1. Thompson, Jason (PIT)             7
 2. Davis, Chili (SFG)                6
    Hayes, Von (PHI)                  6
    Nettles, Graig (SDP)              6
 5. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)               5
    Durham, Leon (CHC)                5
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               5

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Youngblood, Joel (SFG)           18
 2. Dawson, Andre (MON)              17
 3. Durham, Leon (CHC)               16
    Garner, Phil (HOU)               16
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                16
    Hayes, Von (PHI)                 16
    Matthews, Gary (CHC)             16
    McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)          16
    Murphy, Dale (ATL)               16

STOLEN BASES
 1. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               16
 2. Raines, Tim (MON)                13
 3. Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              12

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Dravecky, Dave (SDP)           0.00
 2. Denny, John (PHI)              0.50
 3. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          1.45
 4. Knepper, Bob (HOU)             1.72
 5. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           1.77
 6. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            2.25
 7. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.38
 8. McMurtry, Craig (ATL)          2.42
 9. Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)        2.44
10. Rawley, Shane (PHI)            2.45
    Tudor, John (PIT)              2.45

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Tudor, John (PIT)               5-1
 2. Orosco, Jesse (NYM)             4-1
 3. Laskey, Bill (SFG)              3-0
    Lea, Charlie (MON)              3-0
    Robinson, Don (PIT)             3-0

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            45
 2. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       42
 3. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)            35
 4. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          30
 5. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             29

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                  7
 2. Sutter, Bruce (STL)               5
 3. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              4
    Power, Ted (CIN)                  4


SCHEDULE
========

PHI  12-6   Denny, J             (2-0, 0.50)
HOU  13-7   Niekro, J            (2-2, 3.58)

MON  11-9   Gullickson, B        (1-2, 4.11)
CIN   8-12  Soto, M              (3-2, 3.29)

ATL  11-8   Camp, R              (1-1, 2.65)
PIT  11-12  Candelaria, J        (0-1, 5.25)

SDP  11-11  Show, E              (0-1, 5.79)
LAD  10-14  Valenzuela, F        (1-3, 3.86)

STL   8-14  Andujar, J           (1-3, 3.89)
NYM  10-10  Gaff                 (0-1, 3.21)

AL Day 30: Tigers Shutout Tribe in Rubber Game

juanberenguer_1984_tbb1_174_black.jpgTigers 7, Indians 0
Detroit wins the series in Cleveland and reclaims 1st place in the East as Juan Berenguer (W 2-1) tosses a 3-hitter, striking out 6. Detroit got homers from Kirk Gibson (5th) and Alam Trammell (3rd) in a 3-run first inning, then a 3-run homer by Howard Johnson in the 3rd, his first of the year. Cleveland starter Don Schulze (L 1-1) didn’t make it out of the 3rd.

Angels 6, Twins 4
California takes the rubber game against Minnesota, led by Bobby Grich’s 3-run homer, his 3rd of the year. Bob Boone picked up 3 RBI of his own behind a pair of doubles. Geoff Zahn (W 3-1) allows just 4 runs (3 earned) despite surrendering 15 hits in 7+ innings of work. Minnesota bats 2-for-16 with men in scoring position and Mike Smithson (L 4-2) loses a shot at winning his 5th.

Royals 4, Athletics 3
The Oakland slide continues, as they drop their 5th straight game and allow Kansas City to sweep them and move within a game in the West. Bret Saberhagen (W 2-1) took a 4-1 lead into the 8th, only to give up solo homers to Dwayne Murphy (5th) and Dave Kingman (4th) with two outs. In came Dan Quisenberry to retired 4 straight batters and pick up save number 4 in the process. Saberhagen struck out 7 in 7.2 innings of work. Oakland starter Larry Sorensen took his first loss, falling to 3-1.

Red Sox 9, Orioles 0
Boston gets back in the W column with Al Nipper (W 3-0) continuing his strong season, tossing a 4-hit shutout. Nipper now has a 1.22 ERA, striking out 6 in a masterful performance. Wade Boggs (.290) had 4 hits while Dwight Evans (.284), Tony Armas (.278) and Mike Easler (.305) each had three.

Rangers 3, Blue Jays 1
Danny Darwin (W 2-3) went the distance, scattering 10 hits and 2 walks while allowing just 1 run. Curtis Wilkerson’s two-run homer (1st) in the bottom of the 4th snapped a 1-1 tie and held up for Texas. It was the 6th homer allowed this year by Toronto starter Jim Clancy, among the worst in the league.

White Sox 6, Yankees 2
Leave it to LaMarr Hoyt to end the ChiSox 7-game losing streak and Yankees 5-game winning streak. Hoyt went all 9 for the 5th time in his 6 starts, improving to 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA. Chicago got all 6 runs in the 4th inning, thanks to a 2-run homer by Harold Baines (4th), 3-run homer by Roy Smalley (1st) and solo homer by Marc Hill (1st).

Brewers 14, Mariners 0
Believe it or not, Seattle enters the game with a chance to tie Oakland in the West. Not only don’t they get the job done, but they get humiliated in the process, as Milwaukee breaks a 5-game losing streak and wins two touchdowns to none. Bob McClure (W 2-1) lowers his ERA to 2.40, tossing a 3-hitter and striking out 8. Jim Gantner homers for the 2nd time this season, going 4-for-5 to up his average to .292. And Robin Yount continues his climb up the leader boards, picking up three more hits to improve to .341, tied for 4th in the American League.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           15    8  .652   -    W 1
Cleveland Indians        16    9  .640   -    L 1
Boston Red Sox           13   10  .565   2    W 1
New York Yankees         12   10  .545   2.5  L 1
Toronto Blue Jays        11   10  .524   3    L 1
Baltimore Orioles        10   14  .417   5.5  L 1
Milwaukee Brewers         6   16  .273   8.5  W 1

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Oakland Athletics        14   10  .583   -    L 5
Seattle Mariners         12   10  .545   1    L 1
Kansas City Royals       12   10  .545   1    W 3
Minnesota Twins          13   12  .520   1.5  L 2
California Angels        11   12  .478   2.5  W 2
Texas Rangers             9   14  .391   4.5  W 1
Chicago White Sox         6   15  .286   6.5  W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .287, 3 HR, 13 RBI            5-0, 1.33, 23 K         
BOS  Mike Easler                   Al Nipper                
     .305, 5 HR, 14 RBI            3-0, 1.22, 19 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Ron Romanick             
     .314, 3 HR, 14 RBI            2-2, 1.60               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .341, 4 HR, 13 RBI            4-2, 1.73, 28 K         
CLE  Brett Butler                  Bert Blyleven            
     .276, 8 SB                    4-0, 1.51, 22 K         
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .316, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 6 SB      5-1, 2.89, 27 K         
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Mark Gubicza             
     .306, 10 SB                   3-0, 1.74               
MIL  Robin Yount                   Bob McClure              
     .341                          2-1, 2.40, 20 K         
MIN  Tom Brunansky                 Mike Smithson            
     .351, 8 HR, 23 RBI            4-2, 3.44, 37 K         
NYY  Don Baylor                    Phil Niekro              
     .338, 6 HR, 16 RBI            4-1, 2.89, 22 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .361, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 15 SB     5 Sv, 3.31              
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .276, 3 HR, 12 RBI            4-1, 1.34, 24 K         
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Mike Mason               
     .333, 7 HR, 22 RBI            2-0, 2.50               
TOR  George Bell                   Luis Leal                
     .293, 6 HR, 16 RBI            4-1, 1.12, 31 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .361
 2. Buckner, Bill (BOS)            .360
 3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)           .351
 4. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .341
    Yount, Robin (MIL)             .341
 6. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .340
 7. Baylor, Don (NYY)              .338
 8. Parrish, Larry (TEX)           .333
 9. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .330
10. Griffey, Ken (NYY)             .321

HOME RUNS
 1. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              8
 2. Parrish, Larry (TEX)              7
 3. Baylor, Don (NYY)                 6
    Bell, George (TOR)                6
 5. Balboni, Steve (KCR)              5
    Easler, Mike (BOS)                5
    Gibson, Kirk (DET)                5
    Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 5
    Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              5
    Upshaw, Willie (TOR)              5

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             23
 2. Parrish, Larry (TEX)             22
 3. Armas, Tony (BOS)                19
 4. Franco, Julio (CLE)              18
 5. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               17
    Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          17
    Lansford, Carney (OAK)           17

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             15
    Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          15
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               14

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Clemens, Roger (BOS)           1.08
 2. Leal, Luis (TOR)               1.12
 3. Nipper, Al (BOS)               1.22
 4. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.33
 5. Beattie, Jim (SEA)             1.34
 6. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.51
 7. Romanick, Ron (CAL)            1.60
 8. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             1.73
 9. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            1.74
10. Fontenot, Ray (NYY)            1.84

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)              5-0
 2. Petry, Dan (DET)                5-1
 3. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            4-0
 4. Beattie, Jim (SEA)              4-1
    Leal, Luis (TOR)                4-1
    Morris, Jack (DET)              4-1
    Niekro, Phil (NYY)              4-1

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             47
 2. Smithson, Mike (MIN)             37
 3. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 35
 4. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                34
 5. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              32

SAVES
 1. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              6
 2. Caudill, Bill (OAK)               5
 3. Davis, Ron (MIN)                  4
    Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)            4


SCHEDULE
========

SEA  12-10  Beattie, J           (4-1, 1.34)
DET  15-8   Rozema, D            (1-2, 5.21)

NYY  12-10  Guidry, R            (1-2, 5.72)
TOR  11-10  Gott, J              (0-0, 4.50)

OAK  14-10  Young, C             (2-2, 3.80)
CHW   6-15  Seaver, T            (1-3, 6.11)

TEX   9-14  Mason, M             (2-0, 2.50)
MIL   6-16  Haas, M              (1-2, 4.88)

Album Flashback: Footloose Soundtrack

1984 came in with the unstoppable force that was Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album at the top of the album charts.

That run finally ended on April 21st when the soundtrack to “Footloose” took over.

It would remain there for 10 more weeks, giving the top of the charts a static feeling for almost the entire first half of the year.

The soundtrack ended up with six singles that reached the Top 40 charts.

Three of those six reached the Top 10.

Two of those reached #1.

The #1 songs included the theme song by Kenny Loggins as well as “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” by Deniece Williams.

The Ann Wilson (Heart) / Mike Reno duet, “Almost Paradise”, reached #7.