NL Day 43: Bucs Halt Cubs Win Streak

sid fernandez stretch

Mets 6, Phillies 1
New York handed 1st place Philadelphia their 2nd straight defeat behind a strong pitching effort, this time with Sid Fernandez (3-1) going the distance and taking a 6-0 shutout into the 8th inning. Von Hayes went 0-for-4 for the Phils, dropping below the .400 mark for the first time in quite a while.

Pirates 7, Cubs 4
Chicago’s 6-game winning streak ended with Rick Sutcliffe (L 4-3) continuing to struggle. Maybe it’s better to say he hasn’t performed up to expectations. Keith Moreland’s two-RBI single in the bottom of the 8th tied the game up for Chicago, but the first three Pirates batters reached base in the 9th. Each reached by walk and each ended up scoring.

Dodgers 10, Padres 0
Jerry Reuss got a spot start with Alejandro Pena currently injured. And he came through pretty nicely, I’d say, tossing a 5-hit shutout on the road to take down a quality San Diego lineup. On offense, L.A. put 7 on the board in 6 innings from Tim Lollar, with Mike Marshall turning in a career day – two homers (6th), a triple and a double. He had a shot at the cycle, coming up with two out and nobody in the 9th, but popped up to second. The veteran Reuss entered the game with an 8.82 ERA, so who saw this coming?

Giants 4, Astros 2
An oversight on who I used out of the bullpen in their last game left me without an available San Francisco pitcher rated as a starter. Off to Baseball Reference I went to see who made a start on the ’84 Giants and there were 3 guys who made 1 start each. In comes Bob Lacey to start and, even with a 4 POW, ends up taking a shutout into the 8th inning before handing it off to Greg Minton for his 4th save. Houston keeps failing to pad their lead in the West, having now lost 3 of their last 4.

Expos 2, Braves 0 (14 innings)
In one of those games that wouldn’t end, Les Expos finally pulled through behind five straight singles off of Steve Bedrosian in the top of the 14th. Jeff Reardon pitched a flawless bottom of the inning for his 4th save. Sterling starting pitching for both Bill Gullickson (10 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 9 SO) and Craig McMurtry (10 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 SO), and neither gets anything to show for it.

Reds 9, Cardinals 7 (10 innings)
Cincinnati scored 6 runs in the 10th inning and still almost lost. The attempt to use Tom Hume (6.10 ERA) to pitch the 9th with a 6-run lead didn’t work as he allowed the first five Redbirds he faced to reach base. Enter John Franco, who struck out Willie McGee with the bases loaded to close it out.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies    18   11  .621   -    L 2
Chicago Cubs             19   14  .576   1    L 1
New York Mets            15   14  .517   3    W 2
Montreal Expos           14   15  .483   4    W 1
Pittsburgh Pirates       14   19  .424   6    W 1
St. Louis Cardinals      11   18  .379   7    L 2

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros           17   12  .586   -    L 1
Atlanta Braves           15   12  .556   1    L 1
San Diego Padres         17   16  .515   2    L 1
San Francisco Giants     15   16  .484   3    W 1
Cincinnati Reds          13   14  .481   3    W 1
Los Angeles Dodgers      14   21  .400   6    W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Len Barker               
     .278, 5 HR, 22 RBI            3-1, 2.67               
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Steve Trout              
     .310, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 6 SB      4-1, 1.88               
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .255, 5 SB                    4-3, 3.72, 43 K         
HOU  Phil Garner                   Nolan Ryan               
     .366, 3 HR, 18 RBI            2-1, 2.84, 32 K         
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Rick Honeycutt           
     .338                          3-2, 2.23               
MON  Tim Raines                    Charlie Lea              
     .280, 15 SB                   4-1, 2.98, 29 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .351, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 9 SB      3-2, 2.91, 55 K         
PHI  Von Hayes                     Steve Carlton            
     .395, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 13 SB     3-1, 2.43, 31 K         
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .266, 9 HR, 22 RBI            5-3, 3.30, 31 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Tim Lollar               
     .367, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 14 SB     4-2, 3.83, 33 K         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Gary Lavelle             
     .281, 8 HR, 24 RBI            2-0, 2 Sv, 3.38         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .322, 3 SB                    6 Sv, 0.33              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .395
 2. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .367
 3. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .366
 4. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .351
 5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .338
 6. Herr, Tommy (STL)              .322
 7. Davis, Chili (SFG)             .319
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .319
 9. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .317
10. Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .316

HOME RUNS
 1. Brock, Greg (LAD)                 9
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)             9
 3. Davis, Chili (SFG)                8
    Durham, Leon (CHC)                8
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               8

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              24
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               23
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              23
 4. Hayes, Von (PHI)                 22
    McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)          22
    Moreland, Keith (CHC)            22
    Murphy, Dale (ATL)               22
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)            22

STOLEN BASES
 1. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               18
 2. Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              16
 3. Raines, Tim (MON)                15

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Denny, John (PHI)              1.56
 2. Trout, Steve (CHC)             1.88
 3. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          2.08
 4. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.23
 5. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            2.29
 6. Price, Joe (CIN)               2.31
    Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.31
 8. Camp, Rick (ATL)               2.35
 9. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           2.43
10. Barker, Len (ATL)              2.67

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Tudor, John (PIT)               5-3
 2. Hudson, Charlie (PHI)           4-0
 3. Lahti, Jeff (STL)               4-1
    Lea, Charlie (MON)              4-1
    Trout, Steve (CHC)              4-1

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            69
 2. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       62
 3. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)             55
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                43
 5. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             42

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                  9
 2. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              6
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)               6


SCHEDULE
========

PHI  18-11  Carlton, S           (3-1, 2.43)
NYM  15-14  Terrell, W           (1-3, 3.77)

PIT  14-19  McWilliams, L        (2-3, 4.58)
CHC  19-14  Eckersley, D         (2-3, 3.00)

LAD  14-21  Pena, A              (2-2, 3.02)
SDP  17-16  Hawkins, A           (1-2, 4.02)

MON  14-15  Lea, C               (4-1, 2.98)
ATL  15-12  Mahler, R            (1-1, 4.26)

HOU  17-12  Knepper, B           (2-2, 3.14)
SFG  15-16  Lerch, R             (0-0, 3.90)

CIN  13-14  Russell, J           (0-2, 4.24)
STL  11-18  Cox, D               (0-3, 4.18)
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