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AL Day 56: Hoyt Wins Again

550a22740afb8_142859bWhite Sox 5, Royals 4
LaMarr Hoyt continued his surprising season, improving to 8-3 with 8.1 innings of work. Chicago took a 5-1 lead into the 9th before Hoyt ran into trouble, allowing a pair of hits and a walk before handing the ball off to Juan Agosto. Agosto let KC get back into it with a single, sac fly and walk before finally retiring Willie Wilson on a ground out to Greg Walker at first to end the game with the tying runner in scoring position. It was Agosto’s 1st save of the season and a dicey one at that.

Orioles 1, Yankees 0
Speaking of AL Cy Young candidates, Storm Davis improved to 9-1 with a 1.02 ERA after throwing 8.1 shutout innings. Seriously. New York loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th when the O’s turned to Sammy Stewart to try and get out of it. Dave Winfield hit a hard grounder to Cal Ripken at short who came home to retire Steve Kemp for a fielder’s choice. One out. Then, with the infield playing for a double play, Mike Pagliarulo hit a hard grounder to Eddie Murray at first, starting a 3-6-3 double play. It was the 3rd save for Stewart, with other closer Tippy Martinez kind of being awful. If Davis wins the award, this win might be large.

Athletics 6, Red Sox 5
Oakland got back over .500 with a wild 6-5 win in Beantown. Red Sox starting pitcher Oil Can Boyd left after 3 innings, succumbing to a 6-game injury. Oakland came out a 2-0 lead and Boston cut it to 2-1. Oakland added some runs to take a 5-1 lead and Boston scored 3 unanswered to make it 5-4. Oakland added 1 in the top of the 9th and Boston got 1 back in the bottom of the inning. The BoSox wouldn’t go away, but they also could never quite make up enough ground. Dwight Evans had a great game in defeat with a homer (9th) and pair of doubles. Bruce Bochte went 3-for-4 with a double and walk for the green and gold as part of a 14-hit day.

Blue Jays 3, Twins 2
Ah, this is my kind of game right here. Luis Leal guts out a complete game win to improve to 6-4, working around some 9th inning drama in a low-scoring affair. A solo homer by Cliff Johnson (4th) and RBI singles by Lloyd Moseby and Willie Upshaw see Toronto with a 3-1 lead starting the 9th. Kent Hrbek singled and moved to 3rd on a Gary Gaetti single, putting the tying run on base. The Jays stuck with Leal, who got big hitter Tom Brunansky on a 6-4-3 double play grounder that allows Hrbek to score. He then gets Mickey Hatcher on a pop up to catcher Ernie Whitt and the Jays’ fans go home happy. At 22-20, they’re good, but still 9 games back of a Detroit powerhouse. Still, it’s something to build off of.

Indians 6, Mariners 0
I can’t figure out Steve Comer. He should be so much worse, but he occasionally throws games like this – a 4-hit shutout that improved him to 4-4 on the season. His 3.54 ERA is almost 2 runs better than it probably should be. Julio Franco had three hits while Brett Butler reached base three times, making it a nice 1-2 at the top of the Cleveland order. Al Davis had a single and three walks for the M’s, who dropped their 6th in a row.

Tigers 11, Brewers 4
Can you believe it? We’re barely half-way through this project and we already have our first elimination. Detroit ousted Milwaukee with an 11-4 whooping. Dan Petry was not on his game but improved to 9-2 anyhow because Detroit couldn’t stop hitting. 17 hits for the Bengals, including homers by Chet Lemon (9th) and Lance Parrish (7th). Parrish, Dwight Evans and Larry Herndon had three hits each. On the injury front, Lemon went down with a 4-game injury. But with Detroit leading the division by 7 games now, it’s probably about as good a time as any for that sort of thing.

Angels 11, Rangers 1
California could find themselves in 2nd place before this thing is over. They won their 4th straight, beating up on the hapless Rangers, 11-1. They’re only 1 game back of 3rd with a whole lot of blah settled at the bottom of the AL West. Ron Romanick (3-6) went the distance for the win. But the big story was Bobby Grich, who had the game of a lifetime. Grich’s plate appearances, in order: solo homer (5th) that put the Angels up 1-0 in the 2nd; RBI triple that extended the lead to 4-0 in the 3rd; walk to load the bases in the 4th; 3-RBI homer that made it 9-1 in the 6th; 2-RBI double in the 7th to make it 11-1. He couldn’t find that damned single to make it a cycle?! Fred Lynn went 3-for-4 with a double and walk as he continued to have a nice year for California.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           31   11  .738   -    W 2
Boston Red Sox           25   19  .568   7    L 2
New York Yankees         23   18  .561   7.5  L 1
Cleveland Indians        24   19  .558   7.5  W 2
Toronto Blue Jays        22   20  .524   9    W 4
Baltimore Orioles        20   23  .465  11.5  W 1
Milwaukee Brewers         8   34  .190  23    L 4

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       29   13  .690   -    L 1
Oakland Athletics        22   21  .512   7.5  W 2
Chicago White Sox        19   22  .463   9.5  W 1
Minnesota Twins          20   24  .455  10    L 3
Seattle Mariners         19   23  .452  10    L 6
California Angels        19   24  .442  10.5  W 4
Texas Rangers            16   26  .381  13    L 3

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .278, 19 RBI                  9-1, 1.02, 40 K         
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Bob Ojeda                
     .280, 9 HR, 33 RBI            6-4, 3.18, 55 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .311, 6 HR, 24 RBI            4-1, 2.80               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .318, 7 HR, 24 RBI            8-3, 2.36, 51 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .339, 29 RBI, 8 SB            5-3, 1.60, 47 K         
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Jack Morris              
     .272, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 6 SB     9-1, 2.36, 48 K         
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Mark Gubicza             
     .311, 16 SB                   6-1, 2.00, 34 K         
MIL  Robin Yount                   Bob McClure              
     .251                          3-3, 3.02, 33 K         
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    Mike Smithson            
     .299, 7 HR, 24 RBI            7-3, 3.27, 47 K         
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .314                          6-2, 2.62, 49 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .354, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 18 SB     10 Sv, 2.96             
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .251, 8 HR, 25 RBI            6-2, 2.44, 46 K         
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Mike Mason               
     .268, 9 HR, 31 RBI            3-0, 2.30               
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)            .339
 3. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .330
 4. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .326
 5. Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .324
 6. Bell, George (TOR)             .321
    Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .321
 8. Griffey, Ken (NYY)             .319
 9. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .318
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
    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. Lemon, Chet (DET)                32
 5. Kittle, Ron (CHW)                31
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)             31

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. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            2.00
 4. Butcher, John (MIN)            2.20
 5. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          2.30
    Mason, Mike (TEX)              2.30
 7. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             2.36
    Morris, Jack (DET)             2.36
 9. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.39
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. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              8
    Hernandez, Willie (DET)           8
    Righetti, Dave (NYY)              8


SCHEDULE
========

KCR  29-13  Saberhagen, B        (4-1, 2.39)
CHW  19-22  Dotson, R            (2-4, 4.11)

CLE  24-19  Farr, S              (4-1, 3.65)
SEA  19-23  Moore, M             (4-4, 4.33)

BAL  20-23  Martinez, D          (1-3, 5.17)
NYY  23-18  Niekro, P            (6-2, 2.62)

MIL   8-34  McClure, B           (3-3, 3.02)
DET  31-11  Berenguer, J         (4-1, 2.30)

TEX  16-26  Tanana, F            (4-6, 3.96)
CAL  19-24  John, T              (2-3, 3.19)
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Movie Flashback: Ghostbusters

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Yes, there is a reboot in theaters, and I will give it a chance at some point, I’m sure. But there’s always going to be a soft spot in my heart for the original “Ghostbusters”, which I probably watched 100 times.

My younger brother could recite the movie front-to-back, which is a sign of sickness if you ask me.

I will try to ignore the really awful cartoon that spun off of this. Actually, my wife said it was awful. I said it was decent from what I recalled. Then I watched it with my kids a few months ago.

Guess what?

Wife was right. It’s awful.

I shut it off with about 5 minutes left and told my kids “Don’t judge the franchise by this cartoon. It’s a great movie and someday you’re going to love it.”

“It’s the Sta-Puf Marshmallow Man…”

Ghostbusters should have been a flop. Four guys running around NYC capturing ghosts and putting them in a containment unit in an converted firehouse? Riiiiight…But it worked, due in no small part to the talents of the late Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman, not to mention the comedy tsunami of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. I like to think that Ernie Hudson saw the paycheck and said “This is my big break!” People dismiss Hudson’s Winston Zeddmore as comic relief, but I like to think that he provides the straight man to all of the wackiness. I mean, you just need to balance Ramis’ Egon Spengler with someone. I remember thinking, as a young preteen, that I had to prepare myself because it was going to be scary. Turns out it wasn’t scary, just merely hilarious. Hollywood (or should I say Aykroyd), in it’s infinite wisdom, has decided, to remake this film with an all-female cast. To tell the truth, I would be wary of this remake if it wasn’t for the caliber of the chosen cast, and I am stating for the record that I think Kate McKinnon would make an excellent female version of Egon Spengler, which would be the highest praise indeed for Mr. Ramis.
I’m still shocked that Michelin didn’t sue over the Marshmallow Man.

– Brandon Washington, musician

I love this movie so much I can’t even talk about it.

– The Blogger’s Wife

NL Day 55

Ruthven 85TCubs 3, Braves 2
Chicago’s Dick Ruthven somehow threw 7 quality innings, allowing just 2 runs to improve to 3-1 despite an ERA around 7. Bob Dernier’s solo homer (3rd) in the bottom of the 5th broke a 2-2 tie and held up as the difference-maker. Lee Smith recorded his 11th save, facing the minimum in 2 innings of relief work.

Padres 4, Astros 2
San Diego won again over Houston in a big divisional battle, taking over 1st place in the NL West. Tim Lollar went 8 innings, improving to 5-2, while Goose Gossage picked up his 7th save. Nettles went 2-for-4 with a double, run and RBI for the Friars. Alan Wiggins led off the 1st with a base hit, then scored on a Nettles’ RBI single that kept San Diego behind 2-1. In the 2nd, with two on and two out, Wiggins tripled, giving San Diego a 3-2 lead.

Mets 4, Expos 3
Montreal’s 4-game winning streak was put to an end, as Keith Hernandez came through with a walk-off two-out RBI base hit in the bottom of the 9th off of Montreal starting pitcher Charlie Lea (L 5-2). Brent Gaff (W 1-1) went 2.2 innings out of the pen for the win, working out of a jam in the top of the 9th when the ‘spos put men at 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. Gaff struck out Tim Wallach and Bobby Ramos before retiring Argenis Salazar on a grounder to short. In the bottom of the inning, Mike Fitzgerald led with a single, moved to 2nd on an error by Salazar, moved to 3rd on a passed ball, then scored on Hernandez’s single.

Pirates 3, Phillies 2
Philadelphia fell back into a virtual tie for 1st place in the NL East, as Lee Lacy picked up a walk-off single off of Jerry Koosman in the bottom of the 9th for the Bucs. Len Matuszek’s two-run homer (3rd) in the 4th spotted Philly an early 2-0 lead, but RBI singles by Johnny Ray in the 5th and Lee Mazzilli in the 6th knotted the game up. In the 9th, Jason Thompson led off with a walk, moved to 2nd on a Mazzilli single with one out, then scored on Lacy’s second hit of the day.

Giants 6, Reds 1
San Francisco snapped a 3-game losing streak, putting an end to Cincinnati’s 3-game winning streak. The Reds left 10 men on base, had a runner thrown out at home, and had a runner caught stealing. A frustrating game, to be sure. Randy Lerch threw 6 innings, allowing 1 run in a No Decision effort for the Giants. Greg Minton (W 3-5) went 2 shutout innings out of the pen for the win. With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 8th, Dusty Baker pinch-hit for Minton with the bases loaded and two outs, drawing a walk off of Cincy starter Jeff Russell. That made it 2-1 and then Bob Brenly opened the game with a grand slam – his 4th homer of the season.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies    22   15  .595   -    L 1
Chicago Cubs             25   18  .581   -    W 1
Montreal Expos           21   18  .538   2    L 1
New York Mets            20   19  .513   3    W 1
Pittsburgh Pirates       18   23  .439   6    W 1
St. Louis Cardinals      14   22  .389   7.5  L 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
San Diego Padres         23   20  .535   -    W 2
Atlanta Braves           18   17  .514   1    L 1
Houston Astros           19   18  .514   1    L 2
Cincinnati Reds          19   20  .487   2    L 1
San Francisco Giants     18   21  .462   3    W 1
Los Angeles Dodgers      18   24  .429   4.5  W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Gene Garber              
     .257, 5 HR, 23 RBI            3-0, 1.00               
CHC  Leon Durham                   Rick Sutcliffe           
     .300, 10 HR, 26 RBI, 5 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               
     .292, 4 HR, 15 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              
     .274, 21 SB                   5-2, 2.96, 44 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .348, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 13 SB     5-2, 2.57, 84 K         
PHI  Juan Samuel                   John Denny               
     .292, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 11 SB     4-1, 1.90, 30 K         
PIT  Lee Lacy                      Larry McWilliams         
     .341, 10 SB                   4-3, 3.84, 53 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Tim Lollar               
     .361, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 16 SB     5-2, 4.01, 43 K         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Gary Lavelle             
     .306, 11 HR, 30 RBI           2-0, 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)               .383
 2. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .361
 3. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .348
 4. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .341
 5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .327
 6. Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .315
 7. Rose, Pete (CIN)               .313
 8. Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .310
 9. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .306
    Oliver, Al (PHI)               .306

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

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Dawson, Andre (MON)              30
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              30
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                28
 4. Hayes, Von (PHI)                 27
    Matthews, Gary (CHC)             27
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              27

STOLEN BASES
 1. Raines, Tim (MON)                21
 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. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.28
 5. Trout, Steve (CHC)             2.36
 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. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             56

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


SCHEDULE
========

ATL  18-17  Mahler, R            (2-1, 3.17)
CHC  25-18  Trout, S             (4-1, 2.36)

HOU  19-18  Knepper, B           (2-4, 3.43)
SDP  23-20  Show, E              (3-2, 3.90)

MON  21-18  Rogers, S            (3-3, 2.80)
NYM  20-19  Berenyi, B           (3-0, 2.18)

PHI  22-15  Carlton, S           (3-3, 3.00)
PIT  18-23  McWilliams, L        (4-3, 3.84)

CIN  19-20  Price, J             (2-4, 4.06)
SFG  18-21  Robinson, J          (1-2, 5.58)

AL Day 55

Scan_Pic0095Royals 5, White Sox 2
Kansas City put 3 on the board in the 1st inning, sending 8 men to the plate. Bud Black (W 6-5) then took a shutout into the 9th inning before loading the bases and being replaced by Mike Jones, who picked up his first save. Willie Wilson reached base in all five of his plate appearances – three singles, two walks. The game ended a 5-game winning streak for the ChiSox.

Athletics 5, Red Sox 3
Oakland put an end to a 6-game losing streak, but not without some drama in Boston. The Red Sox started the 9th with the top of their order due up against Oakland starting pitcher Ray Burris. Wade Boggs doubled, Dwight Evans walked, and Jim Rice singled, loading the bases to bring up MVP candidate Tony Armas. In came Bill Caudill, who proceeded to strike out Armas and Tony Easler before retiring Bill Buckner on an easy fly out to right. Boston freshman Roger Clemens struck out 8 men in 6.1 innings of work, taking the loss.

Tigers 5, Brewers 0
Detroit snapped their 3-game losing streak with Jack Morris doing that thing again where he almost but not quite goes the distance. Doug Bair came on to pitch the final out. Morris improved to 9-1, allowing 4 hits and 3 walks in 8.2 shutout innings. On offense, Kirk Gibson (11th) and Lance Parrish (6th) each homered.

Yankees 6, Orioles 4
The Yankees repeatedly fought back against the O’s for an exciting win at home. Baltimore scored 3 in the top of the 1st, but New York countered with 3 of their own. In the 6th, B-More scored 1 only to have NY score 2. New York picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th and Dave Righetti threw the final two innings, leaving the tying run stranded at 1st base to collect his 8th save. Don Baylor had a pair of doubles for New York.

Blue Jays 2, Twins 1
Toronto’s Jim Clancy (W 4-6) went all 9 in a pitching duel, outdoing the Twins’ Ken Schrom (L 2-5). Willie Upshaw, George Bell, Rance Mulliniks and Alfredo Griffin had two hits each for the Jays. Kirby Puckett went 3-for-4 with a double and two spectacular plays in center field for Minnesota.

Angels 5, Rangers 1
Jim Slaton (W 3-3) went the distance for the Halos and California was victorious thanks to a 4-run 6th inning in which the team batted around. Reggie Jackson came up injured again, but will miss just a single game for the Angels. Gary Pettis reached base three times atop the batting order, while Buddy Bell went 3-for-3 with a walk for the Rangers.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           30   11  .732   -    W 1
Boston Red Sox           25   18  .581   6    L 1
New York Yankees         23   17  .575   6.5  W 5
Cleveland Indians        23   19  .548   7.5  W 1
Toronto Blue Jays        21   20  .512   9    W 3
Baltimore Orioles        19   23  .452  11.5  L 3
Milwaukee Brewers         8   33  .195  22    L 3

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       29   12  .707   -    W 2
Oakland Athletics        21   21  .500   8.5  W 1
Minnesota Twins          20   23  .465  10    L 2
Seattle Mariners         19   22  .463  10    L 5
Chicago White Sox        18   22  .450  10.5  L 1
California Angels        18   24  .429  11.5  W 3
Texas Rangers            16   25  .390  13    L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .277, 19 RBI                  8-1, 1.13, 37 K         
BOS  Tony Armas                    Bob Ojeda                
     .295, 19 HR, 49 RBI           6-4, 3.18, 55 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .301, 6 HR, 24 RBI            4-1, 2.80               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .313, 6 HR, 22 RBI            7-3, 2.17, 45 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .329, 28 RBI, 8 SB            5-3, 1.60, 47 K         
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Jack Morris              
     .274, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 6 SB     9-1, 2.36, 48 K         
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Mark Gubicza             
     .314, 16 SB                   6-1, 2.00, 34 K         
MIL  Robin Yount                   Bob McClure              
     .252                          3-3, 3.02, 33 K         
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    Mike Smithson            
     .300, 7 HR, 24 RBI            7-3, 3.27, 47 K         
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .323                          6-2, 2.62, 49 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .353, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 18 SB     9 Sv, 2.74              
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .247, 8 HR, 25 RBI            6-2, 2.44, 46 K         
TEX  Buddy Bell                    Mike Mason               
     .313                          3-0, 2.30               
TOR  George Bell                   Dave Stieb               
     .317, 6 HR, 25 RBI            5-4, 2.57, 67 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .353
 2. Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .336
 3. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .329
 4. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .328
 5. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .324
 6. Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .323
    Randolph, Willie (NYY)         .323
 8. Griffey, Ken (NYY)             .319
 9. Boggs, Wade (BOS)              .318
    Puckett, Kirby (MIN)           .318

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                19
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               11
 3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             10
    Kittle, Ron (CHW)                10
 5. Easler, Mike (BOS)                9
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              9

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                49
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               42
 3. Parrish, Larry (TEX)             31
 4. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             30
    Evans, Dwight (BOS)              30
    Kittle, Ron (CHW)                30

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             21
 2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          18
 3. Wilson, Willie (KCR)             16

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.13
 2. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.60
 3. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            2.00
 4. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             2.17
 5. Butcher, John (MIN)            2.20
 6. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          2.30
    Mason, Mike (TEX)              2.30
 8. Morris, Jack (DET)             2.36
 9. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.39
10. Beattie, Jim (SEA)             2.44

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

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             88
 2. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 70
 3. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                67
 4. Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                 55
 5. Leal, Luis (TOR)                 51

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


SCHEDULE
========

KCR  29-12  Leibrandt, C         (4-2, 3.78)
CHW  18-22  Hoyt, L              (7-3, 2.17)

BAL  19-23  Davis, S             (8-1, 1.13)
NYY  23-17  Rasmussen, D         (4-1, 2.75)

OAK  21-21  Krueger, B           (3-3, 3.99)
BOS  25-18  Boyd, O              (2-3, 5.84)

MIN  20-23  Williams, A          (1-0, 4.50)
TOR  21-20  Leal, L              (5-4, 2.66)

CLE  23-19  Comer, S             (3-4, 4.35)
SEA  19-22  Young, M             (2-1, 5.83)

MIL   8-33  Caldwell, M          (1-6, 6.28)
DET  30-11  Petry, D             (8-2, 2.68)

TEX  16-25  Hough, C             (4-5, 4.89)
CAL  18-24  Romanick, R          (2-6, 2.81)

NL Day 54

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Padres 7, Astros 2
The battle for the West raged on, with San Diego avenging a game 1 loss. None other than Tony Gwynn led the way, with a four-hit game, four RBI, and a home run. Terry Kennedy had three hits for the Friars. We now have a virtual three-way tie atop the NL West, although each of the teams (San Diego, Houston, and Atlanta) have different winning percentages. Oh, and Cincinnati is only one game back. It’s interesting.

Expos 7, Mets 6 (14 innings)
If Montreal wins the East, this is a game we’ll be looking back at. New York jumped out to a 5-0 lead, with Ray Knight’s 2-run homer in the bottom of the 1st chasing Expos starer Bill Gullickson out of the game. Then the ‘spos started chipping away. 2 runs in the 3rd then 1 run in each of the following 4 innings, tying the game up 6-6. The game advanced all the way to the 14th inning, with Montreal having brought 9 players off the bench since the start of the contest. Tim Wallach led off with a double and scored on a two-out, RBI single by Tony Scott. Steve Rogers picked up the win, throwing 3 scoreless innings of relief work. It was Montreal’s 4th straight win as they kept 2 back in the division. And guess who they face after this series with the Mets? That’s right – Philly.

Phillies 3, Pirates 1
The 1st place Phillies won the Pennsylvania Battle, with John Denny picking up his 4th win on the season and John Candelaria remaining winless for the Bucs. Pittsburgh had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the 7th, loading the bases but managing just one run. Johnny Ray struck out against relief pitcher Larry Andersen, ending the threat. In came Al Holland for his 5th save of the season, facing the minimum through two innings of relief work. Denny’s 1.90 ERA is just 0.02 worse than L.A.’s Orel Hershiser in the battle for best ERA in the league.

Reds 3, Giants 0
Jay Tibbs tossed his 2nd shutout of the season, guiding Cincy to their 3rd straight win and moving them just 1 game back of Houston in the NL West. Duane Walker went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs driven in in a spot start in right field, giving him a .425 batting average in 45 plate appearances this season.

Dodgers 11, Cardinals 2
It was another strong outing for Alejandro Pena, who improved to 4-2 on the season with a complete game win at home over St. Louis. When you’re given 11 runs to work with, of course, the wins come pretty easy. Pedro Guerrero, R.J. Reynolds and Dave Anderson had three hits a piece for the Dodgers, with Guerrero belting his 3rd homer of the season. Guerrero’s .327 batting average is 6th best in the NL.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies    22   14  .611   -    W 2
Chicago Cubs             24   18  .571   1    L 1
Montreal Expos           21   17  .553   2    W 4
New York Mets            19   19  .500   4    L 2
Pittsburgh Pirates       17   23  .425   7    L 2
St. Louis Cardinals      14   22  .389   8    L 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Atlanta Braves           18   16  .529   -    W 1
Houston Astros           19   17  .528   -    L 1
San Diego Padres         22   20  .524   -    W 1
Cincinnati Reds          19   19  .500   1    W 3
San Francisco Giants     17   21  .447   3    L 3
Los Angeles Dodgers      18   24  .429   4    W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Claudell Washington           Gene Garber              
     .286, 15 RBI, 7 SB            3-0, 1.00               
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Rick Sutcliffe           
     .286, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 8 SB      6-3, 3.52, 89 K         
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .248, 6 SB                    6-4, 2.79, 63 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Nolan Ryan               
     .298, 4 HR, 4 SB              3-1, 2.58, 37 K         
LAD  Greg Brock                    Alejandro Pena           
     .315, 9 HR, 17 RBI            4-2, 2.44, 45 K         
MON  Tim Raines                    Charlie Lea              
     .275, 20 SB                   5-1, 2.81, 38 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .347, 20 RBI, 12 SB           5-2, 2.57, 84 K         
PHI  Von Hayes                     John Denny               
     .393, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 16 SB     4-1, 1.90, 30 K         
PIT  Jason Thompson                Larry McWilliams         
     .239, 9 HR, 22 RBI            4-3, 3.84, 53 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Mark Thurmond            
     .369, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 16 SB     4-3, 3.16               
SFG  Chili Davis                   Gary Lavelle             
     .311, 8 HR, 22 RBI            2-0, 3 Sv, 3.16         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Joaquin Andujar          
     .291, 4 SB                    4-3, 2.45, 39 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .393
 2. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .369
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .369
 4. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .347
 5. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .333
 6. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .327
 7. Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .317
 8. Rose, Pete (CIN)               .313
 9. Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .312
10. Davis, Chili (SFG)             .311

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

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Dawson, Andre (MON)              30
 2. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              29
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                28
 4. Hayes, Von (PHI)                 27
    Matthews, Gary (CHC)             27
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              27

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

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          1.88
 2. Denny, John (PHI)              1.90
 3. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.96
 4. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.28
 5. Trout, Steve (CHC)             2.36
 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. Lea, Charlie (MON)              5-1
 4. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            5-2
 5. Tudor, John (PIT)               5-5

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            89
 2. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)             84
 3. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       79
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                63
 5. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             56

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                 10
 2. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              6
    Orosco, Jesse (NYM)               6
    Reardon, Jeff (MON)               6
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)               6


SCHEDULE
========

ATL  18-16  Barker, L            (3-1, 3.31)
CHC  24-18  Ruthven, D           (2-1, 7.28)

HOU  19-17  Niekro, J            (2-5, 4.55)
SDP  22-20  Lollar, T            (4-2, 4.25)

MON  21-17  Lea, C               (5-1, 2.81)
NYM  19-19  Darling, R           (1-3, 4.12)

PHI  22-14  Koosman, J           (4-3, 3.15)
PIT  17-23  Rhoden, R            (2-5, 4.06)

CIN  19-19  Russell, J           (0-2, 4.47)
SFG  17-21  Lerch, R             (1-0, 3.67)

AL Day 54

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Red Sox 8, Orioles 4
Baltimore had been playing well, but ended up losing their series against Boston. The BoSox continued to go home run crazy – they have 55 as a team, 6 more than any other team. Tony Armas (19) and Dwight Evans (8) each hit a pair of homers in the win, while Wade Boggs and Jackie Gutierrez each had three hits. Boston is now just 5 games back in the East, with a series coming up soon against the first place Tigers.

Royals 5, Rangers 2 (12 innings)
Danny Darwin was mowing down Kansas City and was staked to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 9th. With two outs and nobody on, things unraveled at the bottom of the Royals order. Frank White and Don Slaught singled to set the stage for pinch-hitter Greg Pryor to tie it up with an RBI single. Dan Quisenberry came on and tossed 3 innings of shutout relief pitching for KC before George Brett hit a walk-off, three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th for a Royals win.

Angels 5, Tigers 3
It’s hard to believe, but Detroit has now dropped three in a row. And two of those at the hand of California, no less! (Not to mention the loss that started the streak was to the woeful Brewers.) The Angels climbed out of last place in the West with the win. Fred Lynn hit a pair of homers (6th) and Doug DeCinces had a solo shot (5th) to power the offense. Mike Witt (W 4-5) ran into trouble in the 9th, but Doug Corbett pitched 0.2 innings for his 1st save of the season, retiring Dave Bergman on a pop up to Rob Wilfong at second with the bases loaded.

Indians 8, Twins 0
Bert Blyleven (W 5-3) dropped his ERA to a scant 1.60 – 2nd best in the American League – after a 5-hit shutout in Minnesota. The highlight of this lop-sided game in the bottom of the 3rd with Cleveland up just 1-0. Kirby Puckett was thrown out attempting to steal 2nd, ending the inning. Apparently, some of the Twins felt that Indians second baseman Tony Bernazard intentionally put a knee into Puckett’s face as he slid in, and the benches emptied. Five players were ejected and suspensions were handed out to two players. For Minnesota, starting pitcher Frank Viola received a 3-game suspensions; he was scheduled to start the Twins next game. And for Cleveland, closer Ernie Camacho was given a 1-game suspension. These two teams meet again in a couple of weeks, so we’ll see if anything carries over.

Yankees 3, Athletics 2
In a game featuring two teams who have really gone through quite a few changes since Opening Day, it was New York coming out victorious, with Dave Righetti retiring Dwayne Murphy on a fly out to center with men at 2nd and 3rd, picking up his 7th save. The Yanks were down, now they’ve won 4 straight and have been playing great. The A’s led the West for a while, then slumped and have now lost 6 straight. Bill Almon was on 2nd base with 2 out in the 9th when Rickey Henderson singled, but it was so sharply hit that Almon had to hold at 3rd. He would end up stranded there.

White Sox 6, Brewers 3
A pair of 39-year old hurlers went up against each other, with Tom Seaver (W 4-4) out-dueling Don Sutton (L 0-5). Harold Baines (6th) and Greg Walker (5th) each had two-run homers for Chicago.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           29   11  .725   -    L 3
Boston Red Sox           25   17  .595   5    W 2
New York Yankees         22   17  .564   6.5  W 4
Cleveland Indians        23   19  .548   7    W 1
Toronto Blue Jays        20   20  .500   9    W 2
Baltimore Orioles        19   22  .463  10.5  L 2
Milwaukee Brewers         8   32  .200  21    L 2

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       28   12  .700   -    W 1
Oakland Athletics        20   21  .488   8.5  L 6
Minnesota Twins          20   22  .476   9    L 1
Seattle Mariners         19   22  .463   9.5  L 5
Chicago White Sox        18   21  .462   9.5  W 5
California Angels        17   24  .415  11.5  W 2
Texas Rangers            16   24  .400  12    L 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .267, 19 RBI                  8-1, 1.13, 37 K         
BOS  Tony Armas                    Bob Ojeda                
     .303, 19 HR, 49 RBI           6-4, 3.18, 55 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .308, 6 HR, 24 RBI            4-1, 2.80               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .320, 6 HR, 22 RBI            7-3, 2.17, 45 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .329, 28 RBI, 8 SB            5-3, 1.60, 47 K         
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Dan Petry                
     .275, 10 HR, 39 RBI, 6 SB     8-2, 2.68, 43 K         
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Mark Gubicza             
     .301, 15 SB                   6-1, 2.00, 34 K         
MIL  Jim Gantner                   Bob McClure              
     .273, 19 RBI                  3-3, 3.02, 33 K         
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    John Butcher             
     .299, 7 HR, 24 RBI            5-3, 2.20               
NYY  Don Mattingly                 Phil Niekro              
     .321, 4 HR, 29 RBI            6-2, 2.62, 49 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Keith Atherton           
     .351, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 18 SB     4-1, 2.22               
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .247, 8 HR, 25 RBI            6-2, 2.44, 46 K         
TEX  Buddy Bell                    Mike Mason               
     .300                          3-0, 2.30               
TOR  George Bell                   Dave Stieb               
     .312, 6 HR, 25 RBI            5-4, 2.57, 67 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .351
 2. Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .336
 3. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .331
 4. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .329
 5. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .324
 6. Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .321
 7. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .320
 8. Randolph, Willie (NYY)         .318
    Walker, Greg (CHW)             .318
10. Buckner, Bill (BOS)            .317

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                19
 2. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             10
    Gibson, Kirk (DET)               10
    Kittle, Ron (CHW)                10
 5. Easler, Mike (BOS)                9
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              9

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                49
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               39
 3. Parrish, Larry (TEX)             31
 4. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             30
    Evans, Dwight (BOS)              30

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             21
 2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          18
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               15
    Wilson, Willie (KCR)             15

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.13
 2. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.60
 3. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            2.00
 4. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             2.17
 5. Butcher, John (MIN)            2.20
 6. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          2.30
    Mason, Mike (TEX)              2.30
 8. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.39
 9. Beattie, Jim (SEA)             2.44
10. Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          2.55

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

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             88
 2. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 70
 3. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                67
 4. Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                 55
 5. Leal, Luis (TOR)                 51

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


SCHEDULE
========

KCR  28-12  Black, B             (5-5, 2.97)
CHW  18-21  Bannister, F         (2-6, 4.97)

OAK  20-21  Burris, R            (2-3, 3.77)
BOS  25-17  Clemens, R           (3-2, 2.78)

MIL   8-32  Cocanower, J         (1-6, 6.19)
DET  29-11  Morris, J            (8-1, 2.62)

BAL  19-22  Flanagan, M          (2-6, 6.04)
NYY  22-17  Fontenot, R          (2-4, 3.88)

MIN  20-22  Schrom, K            (2-4, 4.17)
TOR  20-20  Clancy, J            (3-6, 5.35)

TEX  16-24  Stewart, D           (2-4, 5.71)
CAL  17-24  Slaton, J            (2-3, 4.43)

Song Flashback: Time After Time

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Cyndi Lauper took the top spot on the Billboard charts the weekend of June 9th with the ballad, “Time After Time”.

She’d hang on to the top spot the following week as well.

The single came off of Lauper’s debut album She’s So Unusual, which I somehow have never heard front to back. Though as a child of the ’80s that seems sort of unforgivable. Perhaps a trip to YouTube to see if it’s streaming there is in order.

It’s odd to see that it hit the top spot in early June when that was over four months after it’s initial release as a single on January 27th.

One of the last songs written for the album, “Time After Time” was nominated for a 1985 Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

The song was co-written by Rob Hyman, who Lauper was introduced to by album producer Rick Chertoff who felt the album was missing just one more track.

Lauper grabbed the title from a sci-fi movie while flipping through a copy of TV Guide and used it as a placeholder title for the song while working it through with Hyman.

Needless to say, the title stuck.