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AL Day 59: Red Sox Running Low On Time

Milt Wilcox

Milt Wilcox

Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Time is running out for Boston, who lost their 3rd straight and to 1st place Detroit no less. Kirk Gibson put the Bengals ahead 1-0 with a 3rd inning sac fly and Darrell Evans’ solo shot (4th) in the 4th made it two-zip. Milt Wilcox went 7-plus innings for his 1st win of the season and Willie Hernandez notched his 10th save, improving his ERA to 1.47 with 2 shutout innings of work that included a pair of double plays. With their 4th straight victory, Detroit is poised to wrap things up soon here.

Yankees 16, Athletics 1
New York crushed the A’s with 27 hits including an astounding 11 doubles. Don Mattingly had 5 hits (3 doubles), while Bobby Meacham, Oscar Gamble and Omar Moreno each had four hits. Not all great news for the 2nd place Yankees, however. Dave Winfield was injured on a play at the plate and suspended for 3 games for what was taken to be a dirty slide. And starting pitcher Marty Bystrom (3.1 IP, 0 ER) went down with an injury and is most likely shut down for the remainder of the season. If New York sneaks into the postseason, he could potentially be available. Bystrom is 3-2 with a 3.80 ERA in 8 starts.

Blue Jays 10, White Sox 5
It wasn’t a strong outing for Dave Stieb, who entered the game with a nifty 2.57 ERA for the Jays. But he still picked up the W, improving to 6-4 as Toronto chased Chicago started Tom Seaver from the game after just 1.2 innings of work. Willie Upshaw went 3-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI to lead the Toronto offense.

Twins 16, Mariners 4
Minnesota gave Mike Smithson (8-3) all the support he needed, torching Seattle’s spot starter Salome Barojas. Barojas finished with 10 runs allowed (6 earned) in 4.2 innings of work. He allowed 9 hits and walked 6. On the offensive side, Kirby Puckett went 4-for-6 with a triple, double, 4 RBI and a pair of uncharacteristic walks. Gary Gaetti went 5-for-6 with 3 doubles and Tim Teufel was 3-for-6 with a homer (3rd) and double. Alvin Davis hit his 9th homer of the season for the M’s. Barojas entered the game 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in fantastic relief work this season. He left with a 3.41 ERA.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           33   11  .750   -    W 4
New York Yankees         24   19  .558   8.5  W 1
Boston Red Sox           25   20  .556   8.5  L 3
Cleveland Indians        24   20  .545   9    L 1
Toronto Blue Jays        23   20  .535   9.5  W 5
Baltimore Orioles        21   23  .477  12    W 2
Milwaukee Brewers         8   35  .186  24.5  L 5

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       30   13  .698   -    W 1
Oakland Athletics        22   22  .500   8.5  L 1
Minnesota Twins          21   24  .467  10    W 1
Seattle Mariners         20   24  .455  10.5  L 1
Chicago White Sox        19   24  .442  11    L 2
California Angels        19   25  .432  11.5  L 1
Texas Rangers            17   26  .395  13    W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .282, 19 RBI                  9-1, 1.02, 40 K         
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Bob Ojeda                
     .277, 9 HR, 33 RBI            6-4, 3.18, 55 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .310, 6 HR, 24 RBI            4-1, 2.80               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .323, 8 HR, 26 RBI            8-3, 2.36, 51 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .330, 29 RBI, 8 SB            5-3, 1.60, 47 K         
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Jack Morris              
     .261, 11 HR, 43 RBI, 6 SB     9-1, 2.36, 48 K         
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Mark Gubicza             
     .307, 16 SB                   6-1, 2.00, 34 K         
MIL  Jim Gantner                   Bob McClure              
     .276, 19 RBI                  3-4, 3.02, 39 K         
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    Mike Smithson            
     .294, 7 HR, 25 RBI            8-3, 3.44, 50 K         
NYY  Don Mattingly                 Phil Niekro              
     .335, 32 RBI                  6-2, 2.71, 53 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .345, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 18 SB     10 Sv, 2.96             
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .250, 9 HR, 26 RBI            6-2, 2.44, 46 K         
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Frank Tanana             
     .260, 9 HR, 31 RBI            5-6, 3.75, 50 K         
TOR  George Bell                   Dave Stieb               
     .324, 7 HR, 27 RBI            6-4, 2.69, 71 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .345
 2. Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .335
 3. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .333
 4. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .330
 5. Bell, George (TOR)             .324
 6. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .323
    Puckett, Kirby (MIN)           .323
 8. Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .322
 9. Griffey, Ken (NYY)             .317
    Trammell, Alan (DET)           .317

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                19
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               11
    Kittle, Ron (CHW)                11
 4. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             10
 5. Davis, Alvin (SEA)                9
    Easler, Mike (BOS)                9
    Evans, Dwight (BOS)               9
    Gross, Wayne (BAL)                9
    Lemon, Chet (DET)                 9
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              9

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                49
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               43
 3. Baylor, Don (NYY)                36
 4. Evans, Dwight (BOS)              33
 5. Kittle, Ron (CHW)                32
    Lemon, Chet (DET)                32
    Mattingly, Don (NYY)             32

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             22
 2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          18
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               16
    Wilson, Willie (KCR)             16

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.02
 2. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.60
 3. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          1.94
 4. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            2.00
 5. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.19
 6. Butcher, John (MIN)            2.20
 7. Mason, Mike (TEX)              2.30
 8. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             2.36
    Morris, Jack (DET)             2.36
10. Beattie, Jim (SEA)             2.44

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)              9-1
    Morris, Jack (DET)              9-1
 3. Petry, Dan (DET)                9-2
 4. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              8-3
    Smithson, Mike (MIN)            8-3

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             88
 2. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                71
 3. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 70
 4. Leal, Luis (TOR)                 56
 5. Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                 55

SAVES
 1. Caudill, Bill (OAK)              10
    Hernandez, Willie (DET)          10
 3. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              8
    Righetti, Dave (NYY)              8


SCHEDULE
========

DET  33-11  Morris, J            (9-1, 2.36)
BOS  25-20  Ojeda, B             (6-4, 3.18)

NYY  24-19  Guidry, R            (2-5, 5.70)
OAK  22-22  Young, C             (3-4, 4.81)

CAL  19-25  Witt, M              (4-5, 3.89)
CLE  24-20  Schulze, D           (2-2, 5.48)

TOR  23-20  Alexander, D         (3-6, 3.21)
CHW  19-24  Bannister, F         (2-7, 5.07)

MIN  21-24  Viola, F             (3-4, 4.24)
SEA  20-24  Langston, M          (1-9, 3.91)

MIL   8-35  Sutton, D            (0-5, 5.31)
KCR  30-13  Gubicza, M           (6-1, 2.00)

TEX  17-26  Darwin, D            (2-6, 4.88)
BAL  21-23  Boddicker, M         (4-4, 2.55)
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Music Flashback: The Reflex

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Duran Duran took over the top spot on Billboard Hot 100 for the weekend of June 23rd, 1984.

They’d hold on to the lead for two weeks with the single “The Reflex” off of the album Seven and the Ragged Tiger.

My older brother owned the album, as I recall. My memory is sometimes spotty, though. He actually texted me last week to remind me that we had the Atari 5200 and not the 7800 that I posted about earlier.

But I seem to remember borrowing his cassette of this album any probably not returning it, which makes me feel bad for my two daughters who will never experience the joy of borrowing albums from each other. They’ll just grab songs off of a shared cloud library of MP3 files, I suppose. Lame.

Okay, enough of the “get off my lawn” stuff.

Actually, looking back on the title of this album reminded me to find out just what the hell it meant. So, thanks Wikipedia.

Seven and the Ragged Tiger is the third studio album by the English pop rock band Duran Duran, released in November 1983… Vocalist Simon Le Bon said the album “is an adventure story about a little commando team. ‘The Seven’ is for us — the five band members and the two managers — and ‘the Ragged Tiger’ is success. Seven people running after success. It’s ambition. That’s what it’s about.”

Okay, cool. Good to know.

NL Day 58: Doc Gooden Shuts Down Padres

dwight-gooden_282_29Mets 5, Padres 0
Dwight Gooden had a couple rough(ish) outings to start the season but ever since then as looked like both the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young winner for the National League. He struck out 10 Friars in this game, going the distance and tossing a 5-hit shutout. It was his 2nd shutout and 5th complete game in 9 starts this season, as the teenager is now 6-2 with a 2.25 ERA. He leads the NL in Wins, Strikeouts (94), Strikeouts per 9 (11.8) and Strikeouts per Base On Balls (5.9) while also ranking in the top 10 in ERA, Won-Loss %, WHIP, Complete Games and Shutouts. Just outstanding.

Phillies 6, Expos 1
Philadelphia got back into the win column. Shane Rawley went the distance, improving to 4-2. Mike Schmidt drove in a pair of runs with two singles. Andre Dawson tripled and scored Montreal’s sole run before going down with a 4-game injury. It wasn’t the best time for the injury, just as the ‘Spos have been playing really solid ball. There’s still time for them to climb into it.

Astros 6, Giants 3
Mike Scott rarely goes past 5 innings, but he keeps racking up W’s, picking up his 5th in this contest. Enos Cabell went 3-for-4 with a homer (4th) and two doubles for the ‘stros, who moved back within a half game of San Diego in the West. Houston came out to a strong, early 6-0 lead but ran into some trouble down the stretch. In the 6th, the Giants put one run across the plate and then loaded the bases with one out. Thompson popped out to 3rd and Youngblood struck out to limit the damage. In the 9th, Frank DiPino started the inning only to allow the first four men to reach base and put two more runs on the board. Dave Smith came on and walked the bases loaded but also retired three men to earn his 1st save.

Cardinals 4, Braves 2
St. Louis handed Atlanta their 4th straight loss and results in the NL West starting to space out a bit more. Bruce Sutter picked up his 7th save for the Redbirds, coming through with runners on 2nd & 3rd in the top of the 8th and retiring Chris Chambliss (who had homered earlier) on a grounder to third. Kurt Kepshire (W 3-1) went 7.1 innings for the win.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs             26   18  .591   -    W 2
Philadelphia Phillies    23   17  .575   1    W 1
New York Mets            22   19  .537   2.5  W 3
Montreal Expos           22   20  .524   3    L 1
Pittsburgh Pirates       19   23  .452   6    W 2
St. Louis Cardinals      16   22  .421   7    W 2

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
San Diego Padres         24   21  .533   -    L 1
Houston Astros           21   19  .525   0.5  W 2
Cincinnati Reds          19   21  .475   2.5  L 2
Atlanta Braves           18   20  .474   2.5  L 4
San Francisco Giants     19   23  .452   3.5  L 2
Los Angeles Dodgers      18   24  .429   4.5  W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Gene Garber              
     .262, 6 HR, 25 RBI            3-0, 0.95               
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Rick Sutcliffe           
     .281, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 9 SB      6-3, 3.52, 89 K         
CIN  Pete Rose                     Mario Soto               
     .325                          6-4, 2.79, 63 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Mike Scott               
     .308, 5 HR, 17 RBI            5-1, 2.78               
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Alejandro Pena           
     .327, 18 RBI                  4-2, 2.44, 45 K         
MON  Andre Dawson                  Charlie Lea              
     .277, 8 HR, 30 RBI            5-2, 2.96, 44 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .356, 23 RBI, 13 SB           6-2, 2.25, 94 K         
PHI  Von Hayes                     John Denny               
     .376, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 16 SB     4-1, 1.90               
PIT  Lee Lacy                      Larry McWilliams         
     .353, 10 SB                   5-3, 3.43, 60 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Tim Lollar               
     .356, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 16 SB     5-2, 4.01, 43 K         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Greg Minton              
     .321, 12 HR, 34 RBI           3-5, 6 Sv, 4.30         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .291, 4 SB                    7 Sv, 0.51              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .376
 2. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .356
    Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .356
 4. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .353
 5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .327
 6. Rose, Pete (CIN)               .325
 7. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .321
 8. Oliver, Al (PHI)               .317
 9. Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .310
10. Puhl, Terry (HOU)              .309
    Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .309

HOME RUNS
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              12
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               11
 3. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              10
 4. Brock, Greg (LAD)                 9
    Davis, Chili (SFG)                9
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)             9

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              34
 2. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              31
 3. Dawson, Andre (MON)              30
 4. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                28
    Moreland, Keith (CHC)            28

STOLEN BASES
 1. Raines, Tim (MON)                22
 2. Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              20
 3. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               19

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          1.88
 2. Denny, John (PHI)              1.90
 3. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.96
 4. Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           2.14
 5. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)           2.25
 6. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.28
 7. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.44
 8. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         2.45
 9. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.57
10. Rawley, Shane (PHI)            2.61

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            6-2
 2. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           6-3
 3. Soto, Mario (CIN)               6-4
 4. Scott, Mike (HOU)               5-1
 5. Lea, Charlie (MON)              5-2
    Lollar, Tim (SDP)               5-2

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)             94
 2. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            89
 3. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       79
 4. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             63
    Soto, Mario (CIN)                63

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                 11
 2. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              7
    Reardon, Jeff (MON)               7
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)               7


SCHEDULE
========

PHI  23-17  Koosman, J           (4-4, 3.16)
MON  22-20  Lea, C               (5-2, 2.96)

LAD  18-24  Honeycutt, R         (3-3, 2.28)
CHC  26-18  Sutcliffe, R         (6-3, 3.52)

SDP  24-21  Whitson, E           (2-4, 4.88)
NYM  22-19  Terrell, W           (2-4, 3.95)

PIT  19-23  Tudor, J             (5-5, 3.77)
CIN  19-21  Soto, M              (6-4, 2.79)

SFG  19-23  Davis, M             (1-3, 6.62)
HOU  21-19  Niekro, J            (2-6, 4.48)

NL Day 57: Schatzeder Dual-Threat Against Reeling Phillies

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Dan Schatzeder

Expos 4, Phillies 3
Things started out well in their first Von Hayes-less game, with Mike Schmidt’s 10th homer of the season putting Philadelphia up 3-0 in the 3rd. But Montreal just started to single Philly to death after that. Reliever Dan Schatzeder did the talking with his bat. His RBI triple in the bottom of the 7th broke a 3-3 tie. He also tossed 3 shutout innings of relief, improving to 4-1 this season. The Phils have lost 3 straight now and are 1.5 games back of the Cubs in the East. Is the magic gone?

Astros 10, Giants 7
41 games in the books for San Francisco now, so only 23 more of these things to suffer through. The average Giants’ game has nearly 11 combined runs – though, honestly, it feels much worse. They’re 2nd in offense and dead last in defense, so it all adds up to games that never end. In this game, they took a 7-5 lead into the 8th, only to be sunk by a grand slam by pinch-hitter Jim Pankovits. It was Panko’s first long ball of the season, and may have just made him an instant hero for Houston if they make a run at this division. After dropping three in a row to San Diego, they have some ground to make up, now trailing the Friars by 1.5 games.

Cardinals 6, Braves 5
Pascual Perez and the Bravos took a 5-3 lead into the 8th, but couldn’t hold it down. In the 8th, an error by right fielder Albert Hall led to an unearned run that pulled the Redbirds within a run. Darryl Porter led off the bottom of the 9th with a game-tying solo homer – his 2nd of the night. Terry Pendleton had a pinch-hit single with one out and then scored on Willie McGee’s walk-off triple. McGee, hitting just .200 this season, had a 3-for-5 night and has been playing decently of late. It was Atlanta’s 3rd straight loss and I can’t help but feel I should have brought Steve Bedrosian to try and close the game out. What’s that they say about hindsight?

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs             26   18  .591   -    W 2
Philadelphia Phillies    22   17  .564   1.5  L 3
Montreal Expos           22   19  .537   2.5  W 1
New York Mets            21   19  .525   3    W 2
Pittsburgh Pirates       19   23  .452   6    W 2
St. Louis Cardinals      15   22  .405   7.5  W 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
San Diego Padres         24   20  .545   -    W 3
Houston Astros           20   19  .513   1.5  W 1
Atlanta Braves           18   19  .486   2.5  L 3
Cincinnati Reds          19   21  .475   3    L 2
San Francisco Giants     19   22  .463   3.5  L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers      18   24  .429   5    W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Gene Garber              
     .255, 6 HR, 24 RBI            3-0, 1.00               
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Rick Sutcliffe           
     .281, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 9 SB      6-3, 3.52, 89 K         
CIN  Eddie Milner                  Mario Soto               
     .282, 8 SB                    6-4, 2.79, 63 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Nolan Ryan               
     .309, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 4 SB      3-1, 2.77, 40 K         
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Alejandro Pena           
     .327, 18 RBI                  4-2, 2.44, 45 K         
MON  Andre Dawson                  Charlie Lea              
     .276, 8 HR, 30 RBI            5-2, 2.96, 44 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .358, 23 RBI, 13 SB           5-2, 2.57, 84 K         
PHI  Von Hayes                     John Denny               
     .376, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 16 SB     4-1, 1.90, 30 K         
PIT  Lee Lacy                      Larry McWilliams         
     .353, 10 SB                   5-3, 3.43, 60 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Tim Lollar               
     .353, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 16 SB     5-2, 4.01, 43 K         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Greg Minton              
     .316, 12 HR, 33 RBI           3-5, 6 Sv, 4.54         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Joaquin Andujar          
     .291, 4 SB                    4-3, 2.45, 39 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .376
 2. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .358
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .353
    Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .353
 5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .327
 6. Rose, Pete (CIN)               .325
 7. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .316
 8. Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .311
    Oliver, Al (PHI)               .311
10. Cruz, Jose (HOU)               .309
    Davis, Chili (SFG)             .309
    Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .309

HOME RUNS
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              12
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               11
 3. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              10
 4. Brock, Greg (LAD)                 9
    Davis, Chili (SFG)                9
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)             9

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              33
 2. Dawson, Andre (MON)              30
 3. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              29
 4. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                28
    Moreland, Keith (CHC)            28

STOLEN BASES
 1. Raines, Tim (MON)                22
 2. Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              20
 3. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               19

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          1.88
 2. Denny, John (PHI)              1.90
 3. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.96
 4. Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           2.14
 5. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.28
 6. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.44
 7. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         2.45
 8. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)           2.57
    Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.57
10. Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)        2.65

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           6-3
 2. Soto, Mario (CIN)               6-4
 3. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            5-2
    Lea, Charlie (MON)              5-2
    Lollar, Tim (SDP)               5-2

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            89
 2. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)             84
 3. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       79
 4. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             63
    Soto, Mario (CIN)                63

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                 11
 2. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              7
    Reardon, Jeff (MON)               7


SCHEDULE
========

SDP  24-20  Hawkins, A           (2-3, 3.35)
NYM  21-19  Gooden, D            (5-2, 2.57)

PHI  22-17  Rawley, S            (3-2, 2.95)
MON  22-19  Gullickson, B        (1-5, 5.29)

SFG  19-22  Krukow, M            (3-7, 5.26)
HOU  20-19  Scott, M             (4-1, 2.93)

ATL  18-19  Camp, R              (2-1, 2.97)
STL  15-22  Kepshire, K          (2-1, 3.49)

AL Day 57: Saberhagen Off To Strong Start

bret-saberhagen-1984-toppsRoyals 8, White Sox 1
It was another phenomenal start for Bret Saberhagen, who improved to 5-1 on the season. Sabes went the distance, allowing just a solo homer to Scott Fletcher (!), finishing with 7 strikeouts and a very tidy home side on my scorecard. Darryl Motley had a grand slam in the top of the 9th to put the game away, while Frank White hit his 6th homer early on.

Mariners 15, Indians 1
Seattle didn’t fool around, ending their 6-game losing streak. They pounded out 20 hits on the day, with nobody having a better line than Steve Henderson in a spot start. He went 4-for-4 with THREE home runs. He came into the day with only one. Amazing. Mike Moore (W 5-4) went 8.1 innings for the win, taking a shutout into the 9th.

Orioles 5, Yankees 4 (11 innings)
Wayne Gross’ 9th homer of the season won the game for B-More in 11 innings. Tippy Martinez tossed a spotless bottom of the 11th for his 5th save – it feels like the only time he’s ever had a 1-2-3 inning, but I’m not going to go back and verify that. Willie Randolph continued to be an on-base machine for the Yankees, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. His .450 OBP is 14 points higher than anybody else in the league.

Tigers 3, Brewers 0
Juan Berenguer (W 5-1) came within an out of a complete game shutout, but put two on with two out in the 9th before Willie Hernandez came in to face Ted Simmons just in case. Simmons grounded out to Lou Whitaker at second and that was the ballgame. It was save #9 for Hernandez. Kirk Gibson had a rough night for the Bengals, striking out in all four of his plate appearances. Rusty Kuntz had a two-run homer, his 3rd tater of the season as a part-time outfielder.

Rangers 4, Angels 2
Frank Tanana (W 5-6) hasn’t always had his best stuff, but he scattered 13 base runners in a complete game win tonight. It wasn’t an exciting match-up on paper, with the bottom two teams in the West going after it. But it turned out to be a nice ballgame. Nice games for Pete O’Brien, Donnie Scott and Doug DeCinces, each of whom reached base three times. The Halos had men at 2nd and 3rd with one out in the bottom of the 8th, but Bret Boone popped out to short and pinch-hitter Juan Beniquez struck out. Looking back at things, with light-hitting Gary Pettis on deck, I’m not sure why I didn’t give a free pass to Beniquez, but hey, it worked out for Texas anyhow.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           32   11  .744   -    W 3
Boston Red Sox           25   19  .568   7.5  L 2
New York Yankees         23   19  .548   8.5  L 2
Cleveland Indians        24   20  .545   8.5  L 1
Toronto Blue Jays        22   20  .524   9.5  W 4
Baltimore Orioles        21   23  .477  11.5  W 2
Milwaukee Brewers         8   35  .186  24    L 5

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       30   13  .698   -    W 1
Oakland Athletics        22   21  .512   8    W 2
Seattle Mariners         20   23  .465  10    W 1
Minnesota Twins          20   24  .455  10.5  L 3
Chicago White Sox        19   23  .452  10.5  L 1
California Angels        19   25  .432  11.5  L 1
Texas Rangers            17   26  .395  13    W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .282, 19 RBI                  9-1, 1.02, 40 K         
BOS  Tony Armas                    Bob Ojeda                
     .287, 19 HR, 49 RBI           6-4, 3.18, 55 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .310, 6 HR, 24 RBI            4-1, 2.80               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .312, 7 HR, 24 RBI            8-3, 2.36, 51 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .330, 29 RBI, 8 SB            5-3, 1.60, 47 K         
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Jack Morris              
     .266, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 6 SB     9-1, 2.36, 48 K         
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Mark Gubicza             
     .307, 16 SB                   6-1, 2.00, 34 K         
MIL  Ben Oglivie                   Bob McClure              
     .231, 19 RBI                  3-4, 3.02, 39 K         
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    Mike Smithson            
     .299, 7 HR, 24 RBI            7-3, 3.27, 47 K         
NYY  Don Mattingly                 Phil Niekro              
     .320, 29 RBI                  6-2, 2.71, 53 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .354, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 18 SB     10 Sv, 2.96             
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .250, 8 HR, 25 RBI            6-2, 2.44, 46 K         
TEX  Buddy Bell                    Frank Tanana             
     .304                          5-6, 3.75, 50 K         
TOR  George Bell                   Luis Leal                
     .321, 6 HR, 25 RBI            6-4, 2.59, 56 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .354
 2. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .330
    Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .330
 4. Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .322
 5. Bell, George (TOR)             .321
    Randolph, Willie (NYY)         .321
 7. Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .320
 8. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .319
 9. Griffey, Ken (NYY)             .317
10. Boggs, Wade (BOS)              .315

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                19
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               11
    Kittle, Ron (CHW)                11
 4. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             10
 5. Easler, Mike (BOS)                9
    Evans, Dwight (BOS)               9
    Gross, Wayne (BAL)                9
    Lemon, Chet (DET)                 9
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              9

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                49
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               42
 3. Evans, Dwight (BOS)              33
 4. Baylor, Don (NYY)                32
    Lemon, Chet (DET)                32

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             22
 2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          18
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               16
    Wilson, Willie (KCR)             16

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.02
 2. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.60
 3. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          1.94
 4. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            2.00
 5. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.19
 6. Butcher, John (MIN)            2.20
 7. Mason, Mike (TEX)              2.30
 8. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             2.36
    Morris, Jack (DET)             2.36
10. Beattie, Jim (SEA)             2.44

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)              9-1
    Morris, Jack (DET)              9-1
 3. Petry, Dan (DET)                9-2
 4. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              8-3
 5. Smithson, Mike (MIN)            7-3

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             88
 2. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 70
 3. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                67
 4. Leal, Luis (TOR)                 56
 5. Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                 55

SAVES
 1. Caudill, Bill (OAK)              10
 2. Hernandez, Willie (DET)           9
 3. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              8
    Righetti, Dave (NYY)              8


SCHEDULE
========

DET  32-11  Wilcox, M            (0-3, 4.57)
BOS  25-19  Hurst, B             (6-4, 4.20)

NYY  23-19  Bystrom, M           (3-2, 4.12)
OAK  22-21  Sorensen, L          (4-3, 5.54)

TOR  22-20  Stieb, D             (5-4, 2.57)
CHW  19-23  Seaver, T            (4-4, 5.38)

MIN  20-24  Smithson, M          (7-3, 3.27)
SEA  20-23  Barojas, S           (2-0, 2.00)

Video Game Flashback: Atari 7800

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Everybody remembers the venerable Atari 2600, but not too many remember the 7800.

Like Beta and LaserDisc, it was one of those technologies that my father invested in which didn’t exactly turn out a winner.

To be fair to him, I’m sure his three songs whined incessantly about wanting one, though I can’t recall for sure. My younger brother was the big gamer and I don’t have any recollections about our older brother ever playing a video game.

I usually sat over a shoulder of my younger brother and was content to just watch him play.

If you have no recollection

I was wondering just now if there was ever an Atari 5200. How did we jump straight from the 2600 to the 7800? Now I see on Wikipedia that there was, in fact, a 5200. I have no memory of that ever existing.

Atari made an announcement on May 21st, 1984, that the 5200 would be replaced with the 7800.

However, the release was pushed back two years after Atari was sold.

I didn’t recall this, but apparently the console was backwards compatible with the 2600 cartridges. And it had a keyboard that could be plugged in to it.

The system was a failure and discontinued on January 1st, 1992.

NL Day 56: The Penguin Pushes Cubs Into Lead

3a3d7ecf8c4bb6c3c44bcca022c5bce4Cubs 5, Braves 4
Wow. A big comeback win for Chicago put the Northsiders back in the lead of the NL East since what feels like forever. In fact, all four divisions are now being led by the teams that won the division in the historical 1984 season. The Cubs trailed 4-3 heading into the bottom of the 9th with the Bravos bringing in closer Steve Bedrosian. Leon Durham led off with a walk and Ron Cey connected for his 6th homer of the year – a walk-off number. Durham also homered earlier – his 11th of the season. Chris Chambliss had three singles for Atlanta in their loss.

Padres 3, Astros 1
Eric Show was a solo homer by Julio Cruz (5th) away from a shutout, as San Diego won their 3rd in a row against Houston to take a 2 game lead in the NL West. Show went 1-for-2 with an RBI sacrifice fly at the plate, while Carmelo Martinez had an RBI triple and Bruce Bochy an RBI double for the Padres offense.

Mets 3, Expos 2
Bruce Berenyi has been hot. He improved to 4-0 with an ERA just a smidgen above 2 (2.14, to be exact), going the distance and starting a nifty double play in the 9th. New York got all 3 runs in the first two innings of the game, sending 13 men to the plate to kick start things. Tim Raines had a two-out, two-RBI triple in the 5th to get the ‘spos their runs. Both squads are now 3 games back in the NL East.

Pirates 6, Phillies 0
Tough day for Philadelphia, who not only fell out of the top spot in the East but lost MVP-candidate Von Hayes to a 2-game injury. Hayes has “slumped” down to a .376 batting average in the last few days worth of games. The Pirates’ Larry McWilliams went the distance with a 3-hit shutout, striking out 7 Phils. Lee Lacy had three hits with a double to help Pittsburgh’s offense along.

Giants 12, Reds 9
I’ve mentioned before my distaste for rolling San Francisco games, haven’t I? This is another brutal affair, with the Giants sending 41 batters to the plate and the Reds 45. These games never end… Plenty of crooked numbers on the scoreboard: 5 runs in the 3rd for the Giants, 5 more in the 4th, then 7 for the Reds in the 5th. I can’t even look at this scorecard anymore… The West is crazy, with the Reds in 5th place but just 3 games back.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs             26   18  .591   -    W 2
Philadelphia Phillies    22   16  .579   1    L 2
New York Mets            21   19  .525   3    W 2
Montreal Expos           21   19  .525   3    L 2
Pittsburgh Pirates       19   23  .452   6    W 2
St. Louis Cardinals      14   22  .389   8    L 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
San Diego Padres         24   20  .545   -    W 3
Houston Astros           19   19  .500   2    L 3
Atlanta Braves           18   18  .500   2    L 2
San Francisco Giants     19   21  .475   3    W 2
Cincinnati Reds          19   21  .475   3    L 2
Los Angeles Dodgers      18   24  .429   5    W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Claudell Washington           Gene Garber              
     .273, 15 RBI, 9 SB            3-0, 1.00               
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Rick Sutcliffe           
     .281, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 9 SB      6-3, 3.52, 89 K         
CIN  Eddie Milner                  Mario Soto               
     .282, 8 SB                    6-4, 2.79, 63 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Mike Scott               
     .304, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 4 SB      4-1, 2.93               
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Alejandro Pena           
     .327, 18 RBI                  4-2, 2.44, 45 K         
MON  Tim Raines                    Charlie Lea              
     .280, 22 SB                   5-2, 2.96, 44 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .358, 23 RBI, 13 SB           5-2, 2.57, 84 K         
PHI  Von Hayes                     John Denny               
     .376, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 16 SB     4-1, 1.90, 30 K         
PIT  Lee Lacy                      Larry McWilliams         
     .353, 10 SB                   5-3, 3.43, 60 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Tim Lollar               
     .353, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 16 SB     5-2, 4.01, 43 K         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Gary Lavelle             
     .306, 11 HR, 31 RBI           3 Sv, 3.06              
STL  Tommy Herr                    Joaquin Andujar          
     .291, 4 SB                    4-3, 2.45, 39 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .376
 2. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .358
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .353
    Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .353
 5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .327
 6. Rose, Pete (CIN)               .325
 7. Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .309
 8. Davis, Chili (SFG)             .306
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .306
    Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .306

HOME RUNS
 1. Durham, Leon (CHC)               11
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              11
 3. Brock, Greg (LAD)                 9
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               9
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)             9

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              31
 2. Dawson, Andre (MON)              30
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                28
    Moreland, Keith (CHC)            28
 5. Durham, Leon (CHC)               27
    Hayes, Von (PHI)                 27
    Matthews, Gary (CHC)             27
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              27

STOLEN BASES
 1. Raines, Tim (MON)                22
 2. Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              20
 3. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               19

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          1.88
 2. Denny, John (PHI)              1.90
 3. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.96
 4. Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           2.14
 5. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.28
 6. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.44
 7. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         2.45
 8. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)           2.57
    Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.57
10. Ryan, Nolan (HOU)              2.58

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           6-3
 2. Soto, Mario (CIN)               6-4
 3. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            5-2
    Lea, Charlie (MON)              5-2
    Lollar, Tim (SDP)               5-2

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            89
 2. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)             84
 3. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       79
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                63
 5. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          60

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                 11
 2. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              7
 3. Minton, Greg (SFG)                6
    Orosco, Jesse (NYM)               6
    Reardon, Jeff (MON)               6
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)               6


SCHEDULE
========

PHI  22-16  Hudson, C            (4-1, 3.61)
MON  21-19  Palmer, D            (2-1, 4.18)

SFG  19-21  Laskey, B            (3-2, 5.21)
HOU  19-19  Ryan, N              (3-1, 2.58)

ATL  18-18  Perez, P             (2-4, 4.17)
STL  14-22  Horton, R            (2-4, 3.03)