AL Day 29: Langston Brings “A” Game to Milwaukee

langston_89001Mariners 2, Brewers 0
Mark Langston entered the game with an 0-5 mark and 4.76 ERA for a Seattle team that was off to an 11-9 start. He hadn’t pitched awful, leading the American League in strikeouts. 4.76 is bad, yes, but surely he could have eked out a win here or there. The rookie left-hander had all his promise on full display today, firing a 2-hit shutout against Milwaukee to go along with 8 more punchouts. Milwaukee (losers of 5 straight) had no answers for Langston, who has struck out 9.8 men per 9 innings pitched. The shutout dropped his ERA nearly a full point to 3.77 this season. If this is a sign of things to come, he could join rotation mates Jim Beattie (4-1, 1.34) and Mike Moore (4-1, 3.03) to make Seattle strong contenders in the West.

Indians 7, Tigers 2
Cleveland evens up the big 3-game home series, with Steve Farr very surprisingly out-dueling Dan Petry (L 5-1), who took his first loss of the season. Farr (W 2-1) went the distance, allowing two early runs that put his team down, only to watch them pound 7 runs (6 earned) in 6.2 innings of work by Petry, who has been a front-runner for the AL Cy Young award. The win gave the lead in the East back to the Tribe.

Orioles 11, Red Sox 0
Baltimore is on the upswing and Boston is going down. Look no further than O’s starting pitcher Storm Davis as a front-runner for AL Cy Young as he got off to a 5-0 start, tossing a dominant 3-hitter in Beantown. Davis retired the first 18 batters he faced, carrying a perfecto into the bottom of the 7th until it was broken up by leadoff hitter Wade Boggs. Davis is sporting a 1.33 ERA, good enough for 3rd best in the American League. Baltimore is just 4-13 in games when he doesn’t start. The BoSox, meanwhile, just days ago tied atop the East, are now in 5th place. Not all good news for B-More, as catcher Rick Dempsey went down with an 8-game injury. Dempsey is hitting .222 with 2 HR and 8 RBI in 17 games this year.

Royals 4, Athletics 2
Here’s Kansas City making a move, winning their 3rd straight to get one game over .500 for the 2nd time this season. Bud Black (W 2-4) went 8 solid frames, allowing 2 runs for the win. Darryl Motley is hitting just .165 this season, but belted his 2nd homer of the year in the 8th inning, snapping a 2-2 tie. Oakland is still in 1st place, but has now lost 4 straight and is just 1 game ahead of the surprising Mariners.

Angels 2, Twins 1 (10 innings)
Starting pitchers Frank Viola and Ron Romanick were each fantastic, carrying their starts into extra innings. The Angels won in the bottom of the 10th when Gary Pettis doubled off of Viola and Rod Carew singled off of Rick Lysander. That snapped a four-game winning streak for the Twins, who have gotten themselves into the thick of things in the West.

Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1
Luis Leal improved to 4-1 with a 1.12 ERA (2nd best in the AL), allowing 1 unearned run in 7.1 innings of work for Toronto. George Bell (6th) and Willie Upshaw (5th) each homered for the Jays.

Yankees 3, White Sox 2
Oh, Chicago… The ChiSox lose their 7th straight, once again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Richard Dotson takes a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th, puts two men on with two out, then gives up a game-tying RBI single to pinch-hitter Steve Kemp. In comes reliever Ron Reed, who serves up the walk-off base hit to Butch Wynegar. The Bronx Bombers win their 5th straight, by the way, moving within 2.5 games of Cleveland in the division.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Cleveland Indians        16    8  .667   -    W 1
Detroit Tigers           14    8  .636   1    L 1
New York Yankees         12    9  .571   2.5  W 5
Toronto Blue Jays        11    9  .550   3    W 2
Boston Red Sox           12   10  .545   3    L 3
Baltimore Orioles        10   13  .435   5.5  W 2
Milwaukee Brewers         5   16  .238   9.5  L 5

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Oakland Athletics        14    9  .609   -    L 4
Seattle Mariners         12    9  .571   1    W 1
Minnesota Twins          13   11  .542   1.5  L 1
Kansas City Royals       11   10  .524   2    W 2
California Angels        10   12  .455   3.5  W 1
Texas Rangers             8   14  .364   5.5  L 1
Chicago White Sox         5   15  .250   7.5  L 7

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .289, 3 HR, 13 RBI            5-0, 1.33, 23 K         
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Al Nipper                
     .267, 4 HR, 13 RBI            2-0, 1.61               
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Ron Romanick             
     .317, 3 HR, 14 RBI            2-2, 1.60               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .351, 3 HR, 11 RBI            3-2, 1.67, 24 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .343, 18 RBI, 5 SB            4-0, 1.51, 22 K         
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .297, 10 RBI, 6 SB            5-1, 2.89, 27 K         
KCR  George Brett                  Mark Gubicza             
     .315, 3 HR                    3-0, 1.74               
MIL  Robin Yount                   Tom Tellmann             
     .325                          1.13                    
MIN  Tom Brunansky                 Mike Smithson            
     .355, 8 HR, 22 RBI            4-1, 3.00, 33 K         
NYY  Don Baylor                    Phil Niekro              
     .342, 6 HR, 15 RBI            4-1, 2.89, 22 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Keith Atherton           
     .344, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 12 SB     3-0, 1.26               
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .286, 3 HR, 12 RBI            4-1, 1.34, 24 K         
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Mike Mason               
     .338, 7 HR, 21 RBI            2-0, 2.50               
TOR  Damaso Garcia                 Luis Leal                
     .330, 15 SB                   4-1, 1.12, 31 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)           .355
 2. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .354
 3. Buckner, Bill (BOS)            .352
 4. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .351
 5. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .344
 6. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .343
 7. Baylor, Don (NYY)              .342
 8. Parrish, Larry (TEX)           .338
 9. Griffey, Ken (NYY)             .333
10. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)           .330

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
    Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 5
    Upshaw, Willie (TOR)              5

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             22
 2. Parrish, Larry (TEX)             21
 3. Franco, Julio (CLE)              18
 4. Armas, Tony (BOS)                17
    Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          17
    Lansford, Carney (OAK)           17

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             15
 2. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               14
 3. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          12

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Clemens, Roger (BOS)           1.08
 2. Leal, Luis (TOR)               1.12
 3. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.33
 4. Beattie, Jim (SEA)             1.34
 5. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.51
 6. Romanick, Ron (CAL)            1.60
 7. Nipper, Al (BOS)               1.61
 8. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             1.67
 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
    Smithson, Mike (MIN)            4-1

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             47
 2. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 35
 3. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                34
 4. Smithson, Mike (MIN)             33
 5. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              32

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


SCHEDULE
========

DET  14-8   Berenguer, J         (1-1, 3.38)
CLE  16-8   Schulze, D           (1-0, 3.80)

MIN  13-11  Smithson, M          (4-1, 3.00)
CAL  10-12  Zahn, G              (2-1, 2.55)

OAK  14-9   Sorensen, L          (3-0, 4.35)
KCR  11-10  Saberhagen, B        (1-1, 2.84)

BAL  10-13  McGregor, S          (1-1, 1.29)
BOS  12-10  Nipper, A            (2-0, 1.61)

TOR  11-9   Clancy, J            (2-3, 5.11)
TEX   8-14  Darwin, D            (1-3, 6.40)

CHW   5-15  Hoyt, L              (3-2, 1.67)
NYY  12-9   Bystrom, M           (1-1, 4.61)

SEA  12-9   Moore, M             (3-1, 3.03)
MIL   5-16  McClure, B           (1-1, 3.43)
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