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All-Star Game

My original plan was for the project to post daily with the season wrapping up right around the same time as the 2016 MLB season. But life gets in the way, so we’re going to do things a little bit differently here.

We’re taking a break!

The games are still being played. In fact, at the time I wrote this, I’m actually not more than maybe 3 weeks off the pace I had originally hoped for, so it’s not like I couldn’t pull some late nights and catch up. But I’m not quite willing to exhaust myself like that.

Instead, here’s what’s happening – an All-Star break!

I built in a month buffer before this posting and I’m adding another month buffer after this posting. So if you thought I went away, I really didn’t. And if you think the project isn’t getting finished, it will. In fact, there’s a little bit of pleasure in pushing this out to finish during the winter, when we all need a little baseball in our lives. Or at least those of us living in the Midwest do.

I used some formula (of course) to determine who made the All-Star teams at this point in the season and played out a game, which follows…

First, the American League’s starting lineup…

  1. Willie Randolph, 2b
  2. Rickey Henderson, lf
  3. Alan Trammell, ss
  4. Tony Armas, cf
  5. Kirk Gibson, rf
  6. Kent Hrbek, 1b
  7. Carney Lansford, 3b
  8. Carlton Fisk, c
  9. Dan Petry, p

And now the National League’s starting lineup…

  1. Tony Gwynn, rf
  2. Von Hayes, cf
  3. Leon Durham 1b
  4. Jeffrey Leonard, lf
  5. Hubie Brooks, 3b
  6. Juan Samuel, 2b
  7. Gary Carter, c
  8. Rafael Ramirez, ss
  9. Charlie Lea, p

The 1984 MLB Replay All-Star Game turned out to be mis-match, with the American League crushing the National League, 9-2.

The AL got off to a quick start, with Willie Randolph leading off with a walk and then scoring on an RBI double by Rickey Henderson to make it 1-0. Henderson later scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

In the bottom of the 1st, Tony Gwynn led off with a base hit and then scored on a Von Hayes triple. But Hayes was stranded there as Dan Petry struck out Leon Durham and Jeffrey Leonard before retiring Hubie Brooks on a fly out to Henderson in left.

Kent Hrbek got the run right back for the AL with a solo shot in the top of the 2nd, giving them a 3-1 lead.

The Junior Circuit would end up scoring in each of the first 5 frames of the contest, taking a 7-2 lead.

Alan Trammell was declared MVP of the game, as he went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo homers while also making a slick fielding play to rob pinch-hitter Chili Davis of a base hit in the bottom of the 8th.

After a few shaky innings to start the game, the AL’s pitching staff really settled down, retiring the last 10 batters in a row.

Jack Morris entered in the 4th inning and threw 2 shutout innings, allowing one hit with a strikeout.

Tom Waddell pitched a scoreless 6th inning, working around a Gary Carter double.

Dan Quisenberry threw a perfect 7th, Ernie Camacho a perfect 8th and Willie Hernandez a perfect 9th, ending the game with a strikeout of Rafael Ramirez.

Jesse Orosco, Don Robinson and Jeff Reardon each threw scoreless innings of relief for the National League.

 

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NL Day 48: Phils, Astros Hang On At Break

73214-6Fr.jpgHeading into the All-Star Break, the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros have just single game leads in their divisions, with their closes competitors both gaining ground on this final day.

Cubs 4, Expos 1
A day after a shutout by Rick Sutcliffe, Chicago got another valiant pitching effort by Dennis Eckersley (W 4-3), who went 8.1 innings and allowed just a solo homer to Dan Driessen (5th). Montreal put men on the corners with one out, bringing the tying run to the plate in the form of Driessen. Things got interesting, then, as the Cubs opted not to bring in NL Saves leader, Lee Smith, but instead Tim Stoddard. Smith blew a big save earlier in this series and, despite the 9 saves, really pitched poorly. 5.28 ERA with a 1.76 WHIP poorly. Stoddard struck out both Driessen and Tim Wallach, notching his 1st save and possibly anointing himself the new Cubs closer if Smith can’t get his act together. To be fair, Stoddard has a 4.09 ERA and 1.64 WHIP – not a lot better – but has also struck out 17 batters in 11 innings of work. Meanwhile, Ryne Sandberg continued to have a hot series, going 3-for-4 with a homer (5th) and twice singling and reaching second on outfielder errors. Catcher Jody Davis also homered (5th) in his first plate appearance since returning from an injury.

Mets 4, Giants 3
Rookie phenom Dwight Gooden struck out 15 Giants in a complete game effort, improving to 4-2 on the season. New York got a trio of unearned runs in the 4th inning thanks to errors by Scot Thompson and Chili Davis. In the bottom of the 7th, Keith Hernandez singled in Mike Fitzgerald with the score tied up. Both New York and Chicago now trail Philadelphia by a single game in the NL East.

Braves 2, Reds 1
Another win for Atlanta, pulling them within a game of Houston in the NL West. Rick Mahler went the distance, improving to 2-1 on the season. In the top of the 9th, with one out and Cincinnati trailing 2-0, Cesar Cedeno singled and was picked off just before Dave Concepcion homered. What would have been a game-tying homer was instead just a side note. Dave Parker then grounded out to Hubbard at second and that was it for Cincinnati.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies    19   13  .594   -    L 1
New York Mets            18   14  .563   1    W 5
Chicago Cubs             21   17  .553   1    W 2
Montreal Expos           17   17  .500   3    L 2
Pittsburgh Pirates       16   20  .444   5    W 1
St. Louis Cardinals      12   20  .375   7    L 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros           18   14  .563   -    W 1
Atlanta Braves           17   15  .531   1    W 2
San Diego Padres         18   18  .500   2    W 1
Cincinnati Reds          16   16  .500   2    L 2
San Francisco Giants     16   18  .471   3    L 2
Los Angeles Dodgers      16   22  .421   5    L 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Claudell Washington           Len Barker               
     .296, 15 RBI, 7 SB            3-1, 3.31               
CHC  Leon Durham                   Rick Sutcliffe           
     .315, 9 HR, 25 RBI            5-3, 3.94, 78 K         
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .242, 6 SB                    5-3, 3.36, 46 K         
HOU  Phil Garner                   Nolan Ryan               
     .360, 18 RBI                  3-1, 2.58, 37 K         
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Alejandro Pena           
     .317                          3-2, 2.68, 39 K         
MON  Andre Dawson                  Charlie Lea              
     .295, 7 HR, 26 RBI            5-1, 2.70, 37 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Jesse Orosco             
     .358, 19 RBI, 9 SB            4-2, 5 Sv, 4.21, 26 K   
PHI  Von Hayes                     Steve Carlton            
     .403, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 15 SB     3-2, 2.59, 34 K         
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .252, 9 HR, 22 RBI            5-4, 3.03, 34 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Tim Lollar               
     .375, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 14 SB     4-2, 3.83, 33 K         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Gary Lavelle             
     .293, 10 HR, 29 RBI           2-0, 3 Sv, 3.10         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Joaquin Andujar          
     .288                          3-3, 2.67, 34 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .403
 2. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .375
 3. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .360
 4. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .358
 5. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .336
 6. Davis, Chili (SFG)             .326
 7. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .317
 8. Durham, Leon (CHC)             .315
 9. Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .312
10. Puhl, Terry (HOU)              .310

HOME RUNS
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              10
 2. Brock, Greg (LAD)                 9
    Durham, Leon (CHC)                9
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)             9
 5. Davis, Chili (SFG)                8

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              29
 2. Dawson, Andre (MON)              26
    Hayes, Von (PHI)                 26
 4. Durham, Leon (CHC)               25
 5. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)              23
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                23
    Matthews, Gary (CHC)             23
    Moreland, Keith (CHC)            23
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              23

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

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Trout, Steve (CHC)             1.88
 2. Denny, John (PHI)              1.99
 3. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          2.08
 4. DeLeon, Jose (PIT)             2.09
 5. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.28
 6. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            2.29
 7. Ryan, Nolan (HOU)              2.58
 8. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           2.59
 9. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.63
10. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         2.67

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Lea, Charlie (MON)              5-1
 2. Soto, Mario (CIN)               5-3
    Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           5-3
 4. Tudor, John (PIT)               5-4
 5. Franco, John (CIN)              4-1
    Hudson, Charlie (PHI)           4-1
    Trout, Steve (CHC)              4-1

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            78
 2. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       75
 3. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)             70
 4. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             50
 5. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          48

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


SCHEDULE
========

NYM  18-14  Berenyi, B           (3-0, 1.80)
CHC  21-17  Trout, S             (4-1, 1.88)

SDP  18-18  Thurmond, M          (2-3, 4.12)
CIN  16-16  Soto, M              (5-3, 3.36)

PIT  16-20  Rhoden, R            (2-4, 3.94)
SFG  16-18  Robinson, J          (0-2, 6.38)

STL  12-20  Kepshire, K          (1-1, 3.13)
ATL  17-15  Perez, P             (2-3, 3.72)

Movie Flashback: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

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Taking the top spot at the box office for the weekend of May 28th, 1984, was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, starring Harrison Ford.

Personally, I consider the 1st and 3rd installments in the (so far) quartet of Indiana Jones films to be worth watching.

The 2nd and 4th are real stinkers.

I have known a few folks who believe that “Temple of Doom” (the 2nd film) has its merits, but I think those people are falling into the nostalgia trap.

I saw it shortly after it came out on HBO when I was maybe 11 years old and thought it was lame. Had no urge to ever see it again, even when I watched the original a half dozen times.

I re-watched it about 10 years ago and had the same reaction – I can pass on this.

Want a dissenting opinion? Look no further than The Blogger’s Wife:

Insanely underrated by all of the public, including fans of the films. Cinematic cotton candy, and I will let no one tell me differently.

Though the film had the single highest grossing weekend debut of any film in 1984, it remained in the top spot just one week.

Metacritic has the film rated 57 out of 100 – the lowest of any of the four films. (Yes, even Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is higher with a 65.)

I strongly urge my wife to reconsider.

Another review by actor Mike Bradecich (Fargo):

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
A movie review by Mike Bradecich, 4th grade, editor-in-chief, The Maternity Beat

I went on my first date on Saturday night! What? I’m serious! Shut up! No, you shut up!
I don’t know if the pages of a serious journalistic enterprise such as this are the most appropriate place to discuss matters of romance(!), but I’m the editor-in-chief of this “rag” (I can tell because it says so right up there in my by-line), so I’m going to talk about it.
Technically, it was a double date. I took Sarah Giroux, and Jim Grot took Lisa Tibbets. We went to go see “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” the long-anticipated sequel to “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” one of the best movies of all time about face-melting Nazis and hat/ whip fashion ensembles. I expected “Temple of Doom” to be no less awesome.
“So?” you’re wondering, “Was it? Don’t leave us hanging here in anticipation!”
Well, loyal readers, here is your definitive answer: I HAVE NO IDEA.
You’ve no doubt started jumping to conclusions as to how a strapping young lad such as myself can go to a movie without having any idea of whether or not it was any good. Perhaps you’re theory has some sort of “Three’s Company” or “Happy Days” notion of “making out” or “necking.” Believe me, you couldn’t be further from the truth. Here, faithful friends, is the reality of what transpired on the fateful evening just two nights past:
I mentioned that we were on a double date, so that, by some simple math, you might arrive at the conclusion that there were five of us in attendance. Through no fault of your own, you would be mistaken. There was a fifth amongst us that night, a bit of “excess baggage” if you will. His name? Lee Giroux, 1st grader at this very institution of learning and younger brother to my date. Or rather, his name USED to be Lee. After the events of Saturday night, he shall henceforth and forthwith be known as LEAK Giroux, because, like a vessel with a hole, he is unable to retain liquid for any significant amount of time.
You see, we were dropped off at the theater by our various parental units, but left to our own devices once within the confines of the movie house in question (the Meadowview movie house, for those of you interested in such details). Because Lee is a BOY and I am a BOY and Lee’s big sister Sarah, his responsible party, is a GIRL, I was put in charge of making sure that when LEAK had needs in the area of restroom relief, those needs were met. In hindsight, I believe that LEAK’s presence that afternoon might have been an intentional ploy on the part of the Giroux parental units in order to foil any plans I might have had in terms of romantic advances. (For the record, dear reader, my inclinations in that direction were somewhere near the intersection of NIL and ZIP, as I am ten years old, and the hormonal chemicals that cause such urges are, as of yet, years from taking purchase in my bloodstream. But, nevertheless, there you have it.)
I can tell you this much about the movie, based on the glimpses I caught of it between mine and LEAK’s SIX trips to the urine depository: The bad guy ripped some dude’s heart out of his chest while he was still alive with his bare hands. That was awesome. The lady in the movie had to reach into a hole in a cave to turn off a switch to the wall of spikes that was going to impale Indy and his pint-sized sidekick Shortround, and that hole was filled with some seriously gnarly bugs, and it looks like she probably actually had to reach into that hole and have those actual super gnarly bugs crawl around on her, so that’s kind of awesome. Unless it was a stunt person’s arm, which is totally possible.
Outside of those choice moments, it might be a better use of this pages to describe to you in great and painstaking detail the decor of the mens’ restroom at the Meadowview Theater, with which I am now intimately familiar. But, alack and alas, I shall save that for another time and another telling!
Excelsior!

NL Day 47: Sutcliffe Shuts Down ‘Spos

Cubs 5, Expos 0
Chicago ended their 4-game losing streak, putting a stop to Montreal’s 4-game winning streak as “The Red Baron”, Rick Sutcliffe, tossed a 4-hit shutout while improving to 5-3. Sutcliffe struck out 9 Expos, including all 3 he faced in the final frame, sitting down Andre Dawson, Gary Carter, and Terry Francona in order. Ryne Sandberg reached base twice, stole second both times and scored both times. Ron Hassey also had a pair of hits for the Northsiders.

Mets 9, Giants 8
New York took a 3-0 lead, fell behind 5-4, tied it up at 7-7, fell behind 8-7, then scored twice in the 8th to pull out a win. With the bases loaded and 1 out in the bottom of the 8th, trailing by a run, Ron Gardenhire lifted a fly ball into center field that went off Chili Davis’ glove for a 2-base error, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score. Doug Sisk pitched a scoreless 9th for his 3rd save of the season. Greg Minton was hung with his 4th loss out of the San Francisco bullpen. With four straight wins, the Mets are just 1.5 games back of Philly in the East.

Braves 7, Reds 5
A sloppy game in Atlanta resulted in the Braves catching back up with the Reds for 2nd place in the NL West. Randy Johnson had a monster day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a homer (1st), double, and 4 runs batted in for Atlanta. An RBI single by Chris Chambliss in the bottom of the 8th split a 5-5 tie, proving to be the game-winner.

Astros 4, Cardinals 1
Nolan Ryan went 6.1 innings, allowing just one run en route to a Houston win. Denny Walling went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk atop the batting order to lead the offense. The ‘Stros are guaranteed of heading into the All-Star Break leading the NL West.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies    19   13  .594   -    L 1
New York Mets            17   14  .548   1.5  W 4
Chicago Cubs             20   17  .541   1.5  W 1
Montreal Expos           17   16  .515   2.5  L 1
Pittsburgh Pirates       16   20  .444   5    W 1
St. Louis Cardinals      12   20  .375   7    L 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros           18   14  .563   -    W 1
Atlanta Braves           16   15  .516   1.5  W 1
Cincinnati Reds          16   15  .516   1.5  L 1
San Diego Padres         18   18  .500   2    W 1
San Francisco Giants     16   17  .485   2.5  L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers      16   22  .421   5    L 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Claudell Washington           Len Barker               
     .297, 15 RBI, 7 SB            3-1, 3.31               
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Steve Trout              
     .290, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 6 SB      4-1, 1.88               
CIN  Dave Parker                   Mario Soto               
     .286, 17 RBI                  5-3, 3.36, 46 K         
HOU  Phil Garner                   Nolan Ryan               
     .360, 18 RBI                  3-1, 2.58, 37 K         
LAD  Greg Brock                    Fernando Valenzuela      
     .309, 9 HR, 17 RBI            3-5, 3.01, 75 K         
MON  Andre Dawson                  Charlie Lea              
     .289, 7 HR, 26 RBI            5-1, 2.70, 37 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Jesse Orosco             
     .353, 19 RBI, 9 SB            4-2, 5 Sv, 4.21, 26 K   
PHI  Von Hayes                     Steve Carlton            
     .403, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 15 SB     3-2, 2.59, 34 K         
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .252, 9 HR, 22 RBI            5-4, 3.03, 34 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Tim Lollar               
     .375, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 14 SB     4-2, 3.83, 33 K         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Gary Lavelle             
     .295, 10 HR, 29 RBI           2-0, 3 Sv, 3.25         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Joaquin Andujar          
     .288                          3-3, 2.67, 34 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .403
 2. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .375
 3. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .360
 4. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .353
 5. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .336
 6. Davis, Chili (SFG)             .331
 7. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .317
 8. Durham, Leon (CHC)             .315
 9. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)            .314
10. Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .312

HOME RUNS
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              10
 2. Brock, Greg (LAD)                 9
    Durham, Leon (CHC)                9
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)             9
 5. Davis, Chili (SFG)                8

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              29
 2. Dawson, Andre (MON)              26
    Hayes, Von (PHI)                 26
 4. Durham, Leon (CHC)               25
 5. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)              23
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                23
    Matthews, Gary (CHC)             23
    Moreland, Keith (CHC)            23
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              23

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

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Trout, Steve (CHC)             1.88
 2. Denny, John (PHI)              1.99
 3. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          2.08
 4. DeLeon, Jose (PIT)             2.09
 5. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.28
 6. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            2.29
 7. Ryan, Nolan (HOU)              2.58
 8. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           2.59
 9. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.63
10. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         2.67

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Lea, Charlie (MON)              5-1
 2. Soto, Mario (CIN)               5-3
    Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           5-3
 4. Tudor, John (PIT)               5-4
 5. Franco, John (CIN)              4-1
    Hudson, Charlie (PHI)           4-1
    Trout, Steve (CHC)              4-1

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            78
 2. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       75
 3. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)             55
 4. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             50
 5. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          48

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


SCHEDULE
========

CHC  20-17  Eckersley, D         (3-3, 2.95)
MON  17-16  Gullickson, B        (1-4, 4.88)

SFG  16-17  Krukow, M            (3-5, 6.25)
NYM  17-14  Gooden, D            (3-2, 2.91)

CIN  16-15  Tibbs, J             (1-1, 2.79)
ATL  16-15  Mahler, R            (1-1, 3.66)

AL Day 47: Tigers Win In 12, Streak At 13

Tigers 6, White Sox 3 (12 innings)
Detroit’s win streak nearly came to an end, but was extended to 13 games after a 12th-inning, 2-RBI double by Lance Parrish breaking the tie. Juan Berenguer (4-1) went 11 innings for the win. Tom Seaver got the ND for Chicago, but also went 11 innings before Ron Reed (1 IP, 3 R, 1 ER) blew up in the 12th.

Royals 10, Angels 1
Kansas City won their 5th straight, moving 4.5 games up in the West. Meanwhile, the Halos lost their 8th straight and are now 9 back of the pace. Mark Gubicza (6-0) continued to be nearly unstoppable, allowing a solo homer to Doug DeCinces in the 4th and little else. The Royals batted around in a 4-run 5th inning, capped off by a 3-run homer by Steve Balboni (8th).

Blue Jays 3, Indians 2
Toronto heads into the All-Star break with a sweep over Cleveland that knocks the Tribe out of 2nd place. Dave Stieb went the distance, improving to 4-4 on the season. Cliff Johnson doubled and walked twice to pace the Jays’ offense. Rance Mulliniks’ sac fly in the bottom of the 6th snapped a 2-2 tie.

Mariners 10, Athletics 6
Seattle pulled within a half game of Oakland for 2nd place in the West with another win over their AL West rivals. Alvin Davis went deep twice (8th) and Ken Phelps hit a grand slam (5th) to pull Seattle out of an early 3-1 hole. Not the prettiest game, but a win’s a win.

Rangers 5, Twins 1
On a day when many struggling pitchers suddenly perked up, Frank Tanana (3-6) was yet another, going all 9 and allowing only the leadoff batter to score a run. Four different Texas batters had multi-hit games, with Larry Parrish going 1-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI.

Orioles 4, Yankees 0
Dennis Martinez picked up his first game, throwing a 6-hit shutout at home against New York. That gave Baltimore back-to-back shutout wins heading into the break. Eddie Murray had three hits for the O’s.

Red Sox 4, Brewers 3
Rookie Roger Clemens was cost a win with a 7th inning collapse, but Boston’s offense bailed him out in the bottom of the inning, handing the Brew Crew their 12th straight loss. “Rocket” struck out 9 in 6.2 innings of work, with Bob Stanley then throwing the final 2.1 innings for the win.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           27    8  .771   -    W13
Boston Red Sox           21   15  .583   6.5  W 3
Cleveland Indians        21   17  .553   7.5  L 3
New York Yankees         18   17  .514   9    L 2
Toronto Blue Jays        17   18  .486  10    W 3
Baltimore Orioles        16   20  .444  11.5  W 2
Milwaukee Brewers         7   28  .200  20    L12

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       23   11  .676   -    W 5
Oakland Athletics        20   17  .541   4.5  L 2
Seattle Mariners         19   17  .528   5    W 2
Minnesota Twins          19   19  .500   6    L 2
California Angels        15   21  .417   9    L 8
Texas Rangers            14   21  .400   9.5  W 2
Chicago White Sox        13   21  .382  10    L 3

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .271, 17 RBI                  7-1, 1.14, 32 K         
BOS  Tony Armas                    Al Nipper                
     .294, 13 HR, 39 RBI           5-0, 1.87               
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .312, 18 RBI                  3-1, 3.15               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .304, 4 HR, 15 RBI            6-3, 2.19, 38 K         
CLE  Pat Tabler                    Bert Blyleven            
     .308, 18 RBI                  4-3, 1.82, 39 K         
DET  Alan Trammell                 Jack Morris              
     .333, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 6 SB      7-1, 2.94, 38 K         
KCR  Steve Balboni                 Mark Gubicza             
     .278, 8 HR, 26 RBI            6-0, 1.73, 32 K         
MIL  Jim Gantner                   Bob McClure              
     .276, 18 RBI                  2-3, 2.68, 32 K         
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    Mike Smithson            
     .306, 7 HR, 24 RBI            6-3, 3.54, 45 K         
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .309                          6-2, 3.06, 40 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Keith Atherton           
     .367, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 17 SB     4-1, 2.42               
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .253, 8 HR, 25 RBI            6-1, 2.38, 42 K         
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Mike Mason               
     .299, 9 HR, 30 RBI            3-0, 1.75               
TOR  George Bell                   Luis Leal                
     .296, 6 HR, 19 RBI            5-3, 1.94, 47 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .367
 2. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .335
 3. Griffey, Ken (NYY)             .333
    Trammell, Alan (DET)           .333
 5. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .323
 6. Puckett, Kirby (MIN)           .322
 7. Buckner, Bill (BOS)            .319
 8. Johnson, Howard (DET)          .314
 9. Lynn, Fred (CAL)               .312
    Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .312
    Perconte, Jack (SEA)           .312

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                13
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               10
 3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              9
    Easler, Mike (BOS)                9
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              9

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                39
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               35
 3. Parrish, Larry (TEX)             30
 4. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             29
 5. Franco, Julio (CLE)              28
    Lansford, Carney (OAK)           28
    Mattingly, Don (NYY)             28

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             19
 2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          17
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               15

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.14
 2. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            1.73
 3. Mason, Mike (TEX)              1.75
 4. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.82
 5. Nipper, Al (BOS)               1.87
 6. Leal, Luis (TOR)               1.94
 7. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             2.19
 8. Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          2.21
 9. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.27
10. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          2.30

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Petry, Dan (DET)                8-1
 2. Davis, Storm (BAL)              7-1
    Morris, Jack (DET)              7-1
 4. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)             6-0
 5. Beattie, Jim (SEA)              6-1

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             72
 2. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                63
 3. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 55
 4. Leal, Luis (TOR)                 47
 5. Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                 45
    Seaver, Tom (CHW)                45
    Smithson, Mike (MIN)             45

SAVES
 1. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              8
    Caudill, Bill (OAK)               8
    Hernandez, Willie (DET)           8


SCHEDULE
========
KCR  23-11  Gura, L              (2-2, 5.05)
SEA  19-17  Langston, M          (1-7, 3.92)

BOS  21-15  Hurst, B             (4-4, 5.10)
TOR  17-18  Alexander, D         (2-5, 3.22)

NYY  18-17  Rasmussen, D         (3-1, 3.09)
MIN  19-19  Viola, F             (3-3, 4.05)

TEX  14-21  Darwin, D            (2-5, 5.76)
CLE  21-17  Farr, S              (4-1, 3.86)

DET  27-8   Rozema, D            (1-2, 4.76)
MIL   7-28  Sutton, D            (0-4, 5.14)

CHW  13-21  Bannister, F         (1-6, 4.79)
CAL  15-21  Witt, M              (3-4, 3.58)

NL Day 46: Cubs Choke, Reds Hot

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Padres 5, Phillies 3
San Diego snapped a 3-game losing streak, led by Tony Gwynn’s 3-hit attack, including a 2-RBI triple in the 5th inning that snapped a 2-2 tie. Eric Show (W 3-1) went the distance for the win while Charlie Hudson took his first loss in 5 decisions.

Expos 6, Cubs 5
Things looked positive for Chicago through 8 innings, and Dick Ruthven was somehow poised to pitch a complete game over Bryn Smith and Montreal that would snap their 3-game losing streak. But with the Cubs up 5-3, the bottom of the 9th started with a single by Doug Flynn and double by pinch-hitter Tito Francona. Enter Lee Smith to try and pick up his 10th save with the tying run in scoring position and nobody out. No dice. Miguel Dilone tied it up with a 2-RBI single and Gary Carter doubled him in to end the game. That makes 4 straight wins for Les Expos, 4 straight losses for the Cubs who have been a real disappointment. 3 teams are sitting 2 games back of Philly in the East.

Reds 6, Braves 4
Well this is interesting. Cincinnati won their 4th straight and Atlanta lost their 4th straight and suddenly the Reds are only a half game back in the West. Cincy is now 8-2 in their last 10. Atlanta took a 4-0 lead in the 2nd, but a 5-spot in the 6th inning put Cincinnati ahead. Ron Oester’s bases-loaded, base-clearing double was the go-ahead shot, as the Reds had 7 straight men reach base in the 6th after the first two batters had each gone down. The Reds and Astros hook up 8 times in the final two weeks of the season, so things could be interesting down the stretch.

Pirates 4, Dodgers 0
Steve Sax led off the game with a double for Los Angeles. That turned out to be the only hit that Jose DeLeon would allow, with only two more batters reaching base – both in the 4th inning, one on a walk and one on an error. DeLeon (W 1-2) ended the game by retiring the final 16 batters he faced, ending with an 8-strikeout, 1-hitter. All 4 Pittsburgh runs came in the bottom of the 8th, put ahead by Bill Madlock’s RBI triple.

Cardinals 4, Astros 0
St. Louis broke a 3-game losing skid with Joaquin Andujar improving to 3-3, scattering 8 hits and 2 walks in an odd shutout. Andujar struck out the side in the top of the 1st and things just sort of rolled along nicely from there.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies    19   13  .594   -    L 1
New York Mets            16   14  .533   2    W 3
Montreal Expos           17   15  .531   2    W 4
Chicago Cubs             19   17  .528   2    L 4
Pittsburgh Pirates       16   20  .444   5    W 1
St. Louis Cardinals      12   19  .387   6.5  W 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros           17   14  .548   -    L 3
Cincinnati Reds          16   14  .533   0.5  W 4
San Diego Padres         18   18  .500   1.5  W 1
San Francisco Giants     16   16  .500   1.5  W 2
Atlanta Braves           15   15  .500   1.5  L 4
Los Angeles Dodgers      16   22  .421   4.5  L 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Len Barker               
     .265, 5 HR, 22 RBI            3-1, 3.31               
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Steve Trout              
     .299, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 6 SB      4-1, 1.88               
CIN  Pete Rose                     Mario Soto               
     .296                          5-3, 3.36, 46 K         
HOU  Phil Garner                   Mike Scott               
     .360, 18 RBI                  3-1, 3.12               
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Fernando Valenzuela      
     .317                          3-5, 3.01, 75 K         
MON  Andre Dawson                  Charlie Lea              
     .298, 7 HR, 26 RBI            5-1, 2.70, 37 K         
NYM  Hubie Brooks                  Jesse Orosco             
     .313, 7 HR, 23 RBI            4-2, 5 Sv, 4.21, 26 K   
PHI  Von Hayes                     Steve Carlton            
     .403, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 15 SB     3-2, 2.59, 34 K         
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .252, 9 HR, 22 RBI            5-4, 3.03, 34 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Tim Lollar               
     .375, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 14 SB     4-2, 3.83, 33 K         
SFG  Chili Davis                   Gary Lavelle             
     .320, 8 HR, 18 RBI            2-0, 3 Sv, 3.25         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Joaquin Andujar          
     .299                          3-3, 2.67, 34 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .403
 2. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .375
 3. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .360
 4. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .357
 5. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .336
 6. Davis, Chili (SFG)             .320
 7. Durham, Leon (CHC)             .317
    Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .317
 9. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)            .313
10. Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .312

HOME RUNS
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              10
 2. Brock, Greg (LAD)                 9
    Durham, Leon (CHC)                9
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)             9
 5. Davis, Chili (SFG)                8

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              27
 2. Dawson, Andre (MON)              26
    Hayes, Von (PHI)                 26
 4. Durham, Leon (CHC)               24
 5. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)              23
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                23
    Matthews, Gary (CHC)             23
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              23

STOLEN BASES
 1. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               18
    Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              18
 3. Raines, Tim (MON)                17

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Trout, Steve (CHC)             1.88
 2. Denny, John (PHI)              1.99
 3. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          2.08
 4. DeLeon, Jose (PIT)             2.09
 5. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.28
 6. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            2.29
 7. Camp, Rick (ATL)               2.35
 8. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           2.59
 9. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.63
10. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         2.67

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Lea, Charlie (MON)              5-1
 2. Soto, Mario (CIN)               5-3
 3. Tudor, John (PIT)               5-4
 4. Franco, John (CIN)              4-0
 5. Hudson, Charlie (PHI)           4-1
    Trout, Steve (CHC)              4-1

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       75
 2. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            69
 3. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)             55
 4. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             50
 5. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          48

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


SCHEDULE
========

CHC  19-17  Sutcliffe, R         (4-3, 4.48)
MON  17-15  Rogers, S            (2-2, 3.00)

SFG  16-16  Laskey, B            (3-1, 4.80)
NYM  16-14  Darling, R           (1-2, 2.89)

CIN  16-14  Pastore, F           (1-1, 3.49)
ATL  15-15  Camp, R              (2-1, 2.35)

HOU  17-14  Ryan, N              (2-1, 2.84)
STL  12-19  Horton, R            (2-3, 2.76)

AL Day 46: Detroit Dozen

sports-illustrated-alan-trammell.jpgTigers 2, White Sox 0
In a pitching match-up that featured two of the leading Cy Young candidates, it was Detroit’s Dan Petry (W 8-1) that came out ahead, tossing a shutout to best Chicago’s Lamarr Hoyt (L 6-3). The Tigers’ winning streak is now up to 12 and any concerns over a sluggish start to the season are distant memories. The AL East is getting out of hand. Garbey and Lemon had solo homers for Detroit.

Blue Jays 2, Indians 1
In the bottom of the 8th, Lloyd Moseby tripled and then scored on a George Bell double, giving Toronto the victory. Moseby went 3-for-3 with a walk and stolen base, coming up a homer shy of the cycle. Luis Leal (W 5-3) went the distance for the win.

Mariners 9, Athletics 1
Jim Beattie improved to 6-1, going 8.1 innings for the win in Seattle. In the first game I rolled since he passed away in real life, Dave Henderson’s first plate appearance resulted in – what else? – a 3-run homer that put the M’s up 4-0 in the 1st inning. Rest in peace, Hendu.

Royals 6, Angels 1
Kansas City is starting up another big win streak, taking their 4th straight and giving California their 7th straight defeat. Bud Black (W 4-5) went all 9 for the win, allowing just one unearned run and striking out 7 Halos. Pat Sheridan and Jorge Orta had four hits a piece for the Royals, while Greg Pryor had three. All told, the top 4 in the batting order combined to go 13-for-20 and hitting .650 is good.

Rangers 5, Twins 0
Where did this come from? Charlie Hough, entering the game at 3-5 with a 5.65 ERA, tosses a 6-hit shutout. At last! George Wright went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBI to pace the Texas offense.

Orioles 3, Yankees 0
Storm Davis improved to 7-1 and dropped that minuscule ERA even more, throwing 7.1 shutout innings before turning it over to Sammy Stewart for the save. Stewart entered with the bases loaded and 1 out in the top of the 8th, getting Tim Foli to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play on a slick fielding play by Cal Ripken at short. Ripken’s glove was front and center again in the 9th, starting another stellar DP with two on and one out in the 9th. The loss snapped a 4-game winning streak for the Yankees.

Red Sox 6, Brewers 2
Tony Armas continued to be other-worldly, hitting two more homers as Boston gave Milwaukee their 11th straight loss. Armas now has 13 HR and 38 RBI in 35 games. Al Nipper went the distance and improved to 5-0 with a 1.87 ERA.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           26    8  .765   -    W12
Boston Red Sox           20   15  .571   6.5  W 2
Cleveland Indians        21   16  .568   6.5  L 2
New York Yankees         18   16  .529   8    L 1
Toronto Blue Jays        16   18  .471   10   W 2
Baltimore Orioles        15   20  .429   11.  W 1
Milwaukee Brewers         7   27  .206   19   L11

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       22   11  .667   -    W 4
Oakland Athletics        20   16  .556   3.5  L 1
Seattle Mariners         18   17  .514   5    W 1
Minnesota Twins          19   18  .514   5    L 1
California Angels        15   20  .429   8    L 7
Chicago White Sox        13   20  .394   9    L 2
Texas Rangers            13   21  .382   9.5  W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .271, 16 RBI                  7-1, 1.14, 32 K         
BOS  Tony Armas                    Al Nipper                
     .289, 13 HR, 38 RBI           5-0, 1.87, 27 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .313, 18 RBI                  3-1, 3.15               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .308, 4 HR, 15 RBI            6-3, 2.19, 38 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .335, 28 RBI, 6 SB            4-3, 1.82, 39 K         
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .331, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 6 SB      8-1, 2.44, 39 K         
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Mark Gubicza             
     .300, 13 SB                   5-0, 1.86, 27 K         
MIL  Jim Gantner                   Bob McClure              
     .270, 16 RBI                  2-3, 2.68, 32 K         
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    John Butcher             
     .307, 7 HR, 24 RBI            5-3, 2.53               
NYY  Don Mattingly                 Phil Niekro              
     .321, 4 HR, 28 RBI            6-2, 3.06, 40 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .353, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 17 SB     8 Sv, 2.57              
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .248, 6 HR, 22 RBI            6-1, 2.38, 42 K         
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Mike Mason               
     .300, 9 HR, 28 RBI            3-0, 1.75               
TOR  George Bell                   Luis Leal                
     .295, 6 HR, 19 RBI            5-3, 1.94, 47 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .353
 2. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .335
 3. Griffey, Ken (NYY)             .333
 4. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .331
 5. Buckner, Bill (BOS)            .330
 6. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .327
 7. Johnson, Howard (DET)          .323
    Puckett, Kirby (MIN)           .323
 9. Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .321
10. Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .317

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                13
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               10
 3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              9
    Easler, Mike (BOS)                9
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              9

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                38
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               35
 3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             29
 4. Franco, Julio (CLE)              28
    Mattingly, Don (NYY)             28
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)             28

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             17
    Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          17
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               15

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.14
 2. Mason, Mike (TEX)              1.75
 3. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.82
 4. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            1.86
 5. Nipper, Al (BOS)               1.87
 6. Leal, Luis (TOR)               1.94
 7. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             2.19
 8. Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          2.21
 9. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          2.25
10. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.27

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Petry, Dan (DET)                8-1
 2. Davis, Storm (BAL)              7-1
    Morris, Jack (DET)              7-1
 4. Beattie, Jim (SEA)              6-1
 5. Niekro, Phil (NYY)              6-2

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             72
 2. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                58
 3. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 55
 4. Leal, Luis (TOR)                 47
 5. Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                 45
    Smithson, Mike (MIN)             45

SAVES
 1. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              8
    Caudill, Bill (OAK)               8
 3. Hernandez, Willie (DET)           7


SCHEDULE
========

DET  26-8   Berenguer, J         (3-1, 2.25)
CHW  13-20  Seaver, T            (3-4, 6.27)

KCR  22-11  Gubicza, M           (5-0, 1.86)
CAL  15-20  Slaton, J            (2-2, 3.63)

CLE  21-16  Comer, S             (3-3, 4.19)
TOR  16-18  Stieb, D             (3-4, 2.90)

OAK  20-16  Burris, R            (2-2, 3.57)
SEA  18-17  Young, M             (2-1, 5.47)

MIN  19-18  Schrom, K            (2-3, 4.11)
TEX  13-21  Tanana, F            (2-6, 5.01)

NYY  18-16  Fontenot, R          (2-3, 3.57)
BAL  15-20  Martinez, D          (0-3, 7.25)

MIL   7-27  Cocanower, J         (1-5, 6.67)
BOS  20-15  Clemens, R           (3-2, 2.56)