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
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     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
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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)
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