Monthly Archives: November 2016

News Flashback: Bombing Russia

On August 11th, 1984, United States President Ronald Reagan made the following announcement to kick off his weekly radio address.

Per Wikipedia:

On August 11, 1984, United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, was preparing to make his weekly Saturday radio address on National Public Radio. During a sound check before the address, Reagan made the following joke to the radio technicians: “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” The joke was a parody of the opening line of that day’s speech: “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you that today I signed legislation that will allow student religious groups to begin enjoying a right they’ve too long been denied — the freedom to meet in public high schools during nonschool hours, just as other student groups are allowed to do.”

Contrary to popular misconception, this microphone gaffe was not broadcast over the air, but rather leaked later to the general populace. But the Tokyo newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported in October 1984 that the Soviet Far East Army was placed on alert after word of the statement got out and that the alert was not withdrawn until 30 minutes later. An unnamed aide to US Representative Michael Barnes (D-Md.) confirmed that the Pentagon was aware of the alert. There was no report of any change in the DEFCON level for the United States. The Soviet reaction, and mild confusion it created, was covered by NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw.

This was not the first time Reagan had joked before giving a speech or address. The Soviet official news agency, TASS, condemned the joke, declaring that “The USSR condemns this unprecedented and hostile attack by the US President” and that “this kind of behavior is incompatible with the great responsibility borne by heads of nuclear states for the destinies of their own people and mankind”.

NL Day 69: Tudor Delivers Bad News to Houston

johntudor_1985_tbb1_214_black_050914_2Pirates 8, Astros 1
Houston fell a game back in the West after being upset by the Bucs, who rode two big innings towards the win. Pittsburgh batted around in the 3rd and 5th innings, scoring 4 runs in each frame. Meanwhile, John Tudor was dealing, improving to 7-6 with a complete game win. Johnny Ray reached base four times, pacing the Pirates offense. Joe Niekro fell to 2-8 for the ‘stros, who are just 25-24 and ranking as one of my larger disappointments in the project.

Reds 5, Giants 3
Cincinnati fell behind 3-0 and then scratched their way to a win. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the 7th, Cesar Cedeno led off with a double. After the next two batters were retired, Tim Foley walked and pitcher Mario Soto batted for himself, singling in a run to make it 3-2. Gary Redus then stepped up to the plate, having hit a solo homer the prior inning. This time he roped a two-RBI triple to put the Reds ahead. Pete Rose collected an RBI single to pad the lead. Soto improved to 8-5, going all 9 innings and striking out 9.

Expos 3, Cardinals 0
Charlie Lea improved to 6-4 with a 6-hit shutout of the Redbirds, striking out 6. Danny Cox deserved better, allowing only one run (unearned) in 6.2 innings of work, but fell to 0-6 on the season. Tim Raines went 4-for-5 with his 4th triple. Tommy Herr went 3-for-4 with a double in the losing effort.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs             30   20  .600   -    W 2
Philadelphia Phillies    28   21  .571   1.5  W 1
New York Mets            26   23  .531   3.5  L 1
Montreal Expos           26   25  .510   4.5  W 1
Pittsburgh Pirates       23   28  .451   7.5  W 1
St. Louis Cardinals      19   28  .404   9.5  L 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
San Diego Padres         28   25  .528   -    W 3
Houston Astros           25   24  .510   1    L 2
Cincinnati Reds          25   24  .510   1    W 1
Atlanta Braves           23   24  .489   2    L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers      23   27  .460   3.5  W 4
San Francisco Giants     21   28  .429   5    L 3

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Gene Garber              
     .247, 8 HR, 30 RBI            4-0, 1.08               
CHC  Leon Durham                   Rick Sutcliffe           
     .303, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 6 SB     8-3, 2.90, 106 K        
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .245, 10 SB                   8-5, 2.64, 82 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Mike Scott               
     .293, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 7 SB      6-1, 2.48               
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Alejandro Pena           
     .303, 6 HR, 24 RBI            5-2, 2.13, 50 K         
MON  Tim Raines                    Charlie Lea              
     .316, 26 SB                   6-4, 3.14, 59 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .337, 5 HR, 31 RBI, 14 SB     7-2, 2.14, 112 K        
PHI  Juan Samuel                   Jerry Koosman            
     .293, 7 HR, 16 SB             5-5, 2.94, 65 K         
PIT  Johnny Ray                    John Tudor               
     .313                          7-6, 3.30, 53 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Mark Thurmond            
     .354, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 21 SB     6-3, 2.68               
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Greg Minton              
     .322, 12 HR, 38 RBI           3-5, 6 Sv, 4.07         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .291                          8 Sv, 1.05              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .354
 2. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .351
 3. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .348
 4. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .337
 5. Oliver, Al (PHI)               .327
 6. Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .323
 7. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .322
 8. Raines, Tim (MON)              .316
 9. Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .313
10. Davis, Chili (SFG)             .308

HOME RUNS
 1. Durham, Leon (CHC)               12
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              12
 3. Brock, Greg (LAD)                10
    Davis, Chili (SFG)               10
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              10

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              38
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               36
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                34
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              34
 5. Hayes, Von (PHI)                 33

STOLEN BASES
 1. Raines, Tim (MON)                26
 2. Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              24
 3. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               23

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          1.93
 2. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.94
 3. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.13
    Tibbs, Jay (CIN)               2.13
 5. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)           2.14
 6. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.17
 7. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.27
 8. Scott, Mike (HOU)              2.48
 9. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         2.53
10. Welch, Bob (LAD)               2.58

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           8-3
 2. Soto, Mario (CIN)               8-5
 3. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            7-2
 4. Tudor, John (PIT)               7-6
 5. Scott, Mike (HOU)               6-1

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            112
 2. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           106
 3. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       95
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                82
 5. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          71
    Perez, Pascual (ATL)             71

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                 12
 2. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              9
 3. Reardon, Jeff (MON)               8
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)               8


SCHEDULE
========

NYM  26-23  Terrell, W           (2-5, 4.27)
PHI  28-21  Carlton, S           (4-5, 2.93)

CHC  30-20  Trout, S             (4-1, 2.73)
LAD  23-27  Hershiser, O         (3-4, 1.93)

ATL  23-24  Camp, R              (2-2, 3.42)
SDP  28-25  Lollar, T            (5-3, 3.93)

HOU  25-24  Knepper, B           (4-5, 3.45)
PIT  23-28  DeLeon, J            (1-3, 2.56)

SFG  21-28  Krukow, M            (4-8, 5.37)
CIN  25-24  Russell, J           (1-3, 4.50)

MON  26-25  Rogers, S            (4-4, 2.97)
STL  19-28  Horton, R            (2-5, 4.63)

Padres, Braves Start Four-Game Set

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Alan Wiggins

The San Diego Padres took game one of a four-game series at home against the Atlanta Braves, winning 5-2.

It was the Friars’ 3rd straight victory and they’ve been heating up at the right time.

The Padres now lead the Houston Astros and Cincinnati Reds by a game in the NL West.

Second baseman Alan Wiggins proved to be the catalyst for San Diego, leading off the bottom of the 1st with a single and later scoring on a sacrifice fly by Graig Nettles to make it 1-0, San Diego.

An RBI single by Atlanta starting pitcher Rick Mahler in the 2nd inning tied the game up 1-1.

Both Mahler and San Diego’s Eric Thurmond pitched great ball from that point forward.

In the bottom of the 8th, with the score still tied, Luis Salazar tripled. He then scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Wiggins, who then scored on a two-run homer by Tony Gwynn (6th).

Greg Harris tried to pitch an inning of garbage relief work with this team up 5-1, but allowed three base runners and a run.

Brad Komminsk stepped up to the plate as the potential tying run with two out and two on, but struck out against closer Goose Gossage, who was brought in with the game on the line.

Phillies, Mets Try to Catch Cubs in NL East

136441-9046415frThe Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets met at Veterans Stadium as the two team tried to pull even with the Chicago Cubs in a hotly contested NL East.

New York brought the 19-year old rookie, Dwight Gooden in to make the start for the first of a four-game series in Philly.

Gooden came in with a 7-2 record, 2.23 ERA and 102 strikeouts – all among the National League’s best.

For Philadelphia, Jerry Koosman (5-5, 3.10) took the mound, also putting together a fine season though not quite worthy of a Cy Young Award.

The Mets tried to take an early lead, with Wally Backman leading off with a walk, but getting thrown out at the plate by Von Hayes on a one-out double by Keith Hernandez.

In the bottom of the 1st, Juan Samuel singled, stole second, moved to third on a grounder to Hernandez at first, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Hayes to make it 1-0, Phillies.

For the next four innings, Gooden and Koosman were both on their games. Gooden struck out 6 men and also got the Phils to bat into a pair of double plays. Koosman worked around four hits and an error to keep it a 1-0 game.

That ended in the top of the 6th when Darryl Strawberry led off with his 6th homer of the season, tying the game up 1-1.

Koosman finished strong, however, striking out the side in the 8th inning and finishing his night off with 8 strikeouts.

Philly threatened in the bottom of the 8th, putting two men on against Gooden with one out. Pinch-hitter Jeff Stone came on and singled into left, sending Ozzie Virgil home only to have him thrown out at the plate by veteran George Foster.

Gooden gave way to Doug Sisk, who walked Samuel to load the bases and then retire Len Matuszek on a fly out to left.

Philly loaded the bases again in the bottom of the 9th, but Ivan DeJesus flew out to center to give them three more men left on base.

In the 10th, Sisk walked three men after retiring the first two batters.

In came Jesse Orosco, who promptly walked Tim Corcoran to force in the winning run.

A literal walk-off win for Philadelphia, who moved 1.5 games back of Chicago in the division while knocking New York down 3.5 games.

Sisk walked 6 of the 13 men he faced in a shake outing out of the New York bullpen.

It wasn’t all good news for Philly, however, as MVP candidate Von Hayes went down with a two-game injury. He’ll be replaced by Garry Maddox, who is hitting just .182 this season.

AL Day 69: Yankees Smother Red Sox

_58Yankees 10, Red Sox 1
Who else but the Yankees to try and put an end to the Red Sox season? Boston’s Al Nipper was torched, allowing 8 runs (4 earnred) on 12 hits and 6 walks in just 5 innings of work, falling to 5-3 on the season. On offense for New York, Willie Randolph (2 singles, 2 walks, 3 runs), Omar Moreno (triple, 2 singles, walk) and Don Mattingly (double, two singles, 5 runs batted in) proved a formidable top three in the batting order. Phil Niekro improved to 8-2, going the distance with 7 strikeouts for the Bronx Bombers.

Tigers 7, Athletics 1
Detroit dropped their magic number down to 3 and Oakland’s tragic number to 4 as Dave Rozema (W 3-2) went the distance, allowing one run on three hits.

Angels 5, Royals 1
There were plenty of complete games on day 69 of the project and Geoff Zahn (W 5-1) had another of them, helping California end a four-game losing streak to beat first place Kansas City and Mark Gubicza, who entered the game 6-2 with a 2.20 ERA. Reggie Jackson hit the ball deep three times, but couldn’t get the friendly split rolls, ending with an RBI double, sacrifice fly and deep fly out to right.

Indians 7, Twins 6
Minnesota falls behind 1-0, takes a 3-1 lead, falls behind 6-3, ties it up 6-6, loses it in the bottom of the 9th when Julio Franco leads off with a single off of Lysander, steals second, then scores on an RBI single by Mel Hall. Bert Blyleven came into the game with a 1.67 ERA, but allowed 3 runs in 6.2 innings of meh work by his standards. Several Indians had multi-hit games, including Franco, Hall (who also homered), Brook Jacoby and Chris Bando. Tom Brunansky hit his 11th homer of the season in Minnesota’s losing effort.

Mariners 7, Orioles 5
Seattle batted around in the 5th inning, scoring 4 runs to overcome a 3-2 deficit and best Baltimore. Jack Perconte (2 RBI, 2 SB) and Barry Bonnell each had three singles for the M’s, while Mike Young (.217) had three hits and a homer for the O’s.

White Sox 11, Rangers 1
Chicago’s Greg Luzinksi homered twice (6) and Carlton Fisk also went deep for his 9th homer of the season as the Pale Hose steamrolled Texas and pushed them to the brink of elimination. Richard Dotson improved to 4-5 with a complete game, allowing one run on five hits. Danny Darwin fell to 2-8 for the Rangers. MVP candidate Harold Baines will miss the next three games for Chicago. The loss snapped a 3-game winning streak for Texas.

Brewers 2, Blue Jays 1 (11 innings)
Toronto let one get away in Milwaukee. An RBI double by Rance Mulliniks off of Milwaukee starter Jamie Cocanower gave the Jays a 1-0 lead in the 5th. Meanwhile, the Brew Crew had grounded into four double plays in the first five innings of the game. In the bottom of the 9th, Jim Clancy stayed on the mound for Toronto, still tossing a shutout. Jim Gantner led off with a single and moved to third on a Lozado double. Roy Lee Jackson came on for the save, but gave up an RBI single to Cecil Cooper. The game advanced to the 11th inning, when Lozada doubled (again) and then scored on a walk-off, two-out RBI single by Ted Simmons off of Dennis Lamp.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           39   13  .750   -    W 2
Boston Red Sox           29   23  .558  10    L 2
Cleveland Indians        29   23  .558  10    W 3
New York Yankees         27   23  .540  11    W 1
Toronto Blue Jays        25   24  .510  12.5  L 1
Baltimore Orioles        25   28  .472  14.5  L 2
Milwaukee Brewers        13   38  .255  25.5  W 2

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       32   18  .640   -    L 2
Seattle Mariners         25   27  .481   8    W 2
Chicago White Sox        24   26  .480   8    W 1
Oakland Athletics        24   27  .471   8.5  L 2
Minnesota Twins          24   28  .462   9    L 1
California Angels        22   30  .423  11    W 1
Texas Rangers            21   31  .404  12    L 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .289, 8 HR, 27 RBI            10-1, 1.60, 44 K        
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Bob Ojeda                
     .296, 10 HR, 42 RBI           8-4, 3.14, 64 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .308, 8 HR, 28 RBI            5-1, 2.79               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .324, 10 HR, 30 RBI           9-4, 2.35, 58 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .317, 33 RBI, 9 SB            5-3, 1.85, 58 K         
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Jack Morris              
     .280, 15 HR, 53 RBI, 8 SB     10-2, 2.70, 57 K        
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Mark Gubicza             
     .313, 16 SB                   6-3, 2.26, 47 K         
MIL  Robin Yount                   Rollie Fingers           
     .260                          7 Sv, 0.41              
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    John Butcher             
     .306, 7 HR, 30 RBI            7-3, 1.88               
NYY  Don Mattingly                 Phil Niekro              
     .333, 39 RBI                  8-2, 2.46, 68 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .371, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 27 SB     11 Sv, 2.73             
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Mike Moore               
     .261, 10 HR, 31 RBI           7-4, 3.39, 73 K         
TEX  Buddy Bell                    Frank Tanana             
     .291                          6-6, 3.43, 56 K         
TOR  Lloyd Moseby                  Luis Leal                
     .295, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 8 SB      7-4, 2.60, 61 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .371
 2. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .343
 3. Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .333
 4. Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .326
 5. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .324
 6. Puckett, Kirby (MIN)           .319
 7. Barrett, Marty (BOS)           .318
 8. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .317
 9. Perconte, Jack (SEA)           .316
10. Bell, George (TOR)             .315

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                19
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               15
 3. Kittle, Ron (CHW)                13
 4. Gedman, Rich (BOS)               12
 5. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             11

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               53
 2. Armas, Tony (BOS)                52
 3. Evans, Dwight (BOS)              42
 4. Parrish, Larry (TEX)             40
 5. Mattingly, Don (NYY)             39
    Parrish, Lance (DET)             39

STOLEN BASES
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          27
 2. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             25
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               21

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.60
 2. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.85
 3. Butcher, John (MIN)            1.88
 4. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          2.09
 5. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.18
 6. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            2.26
 7. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             2.35
 8. Niekro, Phil (NYY)             2.46
 9. Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          2.47
10. Clemens, Roger (BOS)           2.52

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             10-1
 2. Morris, Jack (DET)             10-2
    Petry, Dan (DET)               10-2
 4. Smithson, Mike (MIN)            9-3
 5. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              9-4

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             97
 2. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 86
 3. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                79
 4. Moore, Mike (SEA)                73
 5. Niekro, Phil (NYY)               68

SAVES
 1. Hernandez, Willie (DET)          13
 2. Caudill, Bill (OAK)              11
 3. Righetti, Dave (NYY)              9


SCHEDULE
========

OAK  24-27  Burris, R            (3-4, 3.62)
DET  39-13  Morris, J            (10-2, 2.70)

MIN  24-28  Smithson, M          (9-3, 3.58)
CLE  29-23  Comer, S             (5-4, 3.14)

NYY  27-23  Fontenot, R          (2-5, 4.03)
BOS  29-23  Hurst, B             (7-5, 4.13)

CAL  22-30  Witt, M              (4-6, 3.88)
KCR  32-18  Gura, L              (3-3, 4.45)

SEA  25-27  Langston, M          (3-9, 3.84)
BAL  25-28  Flanagan, M          (2-8, 5.74)

TEX  21-31  Mason, M             (3-1, 2.79)
CHW  24-26  Seaver, T            (5-5, 5.34)

TOR  25-24  Alexander, D         (3-7, 3.30)
MIL  13-38  Sutton, D            (2-5, 4.66)

Song Flashback: Ray Parker Jr., “Ghostbusters”

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The summer of 1984 was all about Ghostbusters.

And Ray Parker, Jr. took to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts on the weekend of August 11th with the theme song from the motion picture.

It remained there for three weeks and was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.

Fun fact! Huey Lewis sued Parker over the song, claiming it sounded an awful lot like “I Want a New Drug”.

And, come to think of it…, they do sound alike.

The two parties settled out of court.

Lewis and Lindsey Buckingham had each been approached about composing the title song for the movie, but each turned it down.

Per Wikipedia:

According to Parker, he was approached by the film’s producers to create a theme song for the film, though he only had a few days to do so and the film’s title seemed impossible to include in any lyrics. However, when watching television late at night, Parker saw a cheap commercial for a local service that reminded him that the film had a similar commercial featured for the fictional business. This inspired him to write the song as a pseudo-advertising jingle that the business could have commissioned as a promotion.

NL Day 68: One Hit Enough for Braves

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Cardinals 7, Phillies 4
Philadelphia fell 2 back in the East as they were shut down by Dave LaPoint and St. Louis’ offense. LaPoint (W 2-3) went 6-plus innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks with 6 strikeouts. John Denny entered the game 5-1 with a 1.95 ERA for the Phils, but allowed 6 runs in 7 innings of work to bump that mark up to 2.60 on the season. Ozzie Smith went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and 2 RBI for the Cards.

Braves 4, Astros 1
Atlanta pulled Houston back into a virtual tie with the San Diego Padres at the top of the West and also climbed within a game of the division lead in a big win. Craig McMurtry went 6.1 innings, allowing one run for the win to improve to 2-3. Steve Bedrosian faced 5 batters out of the pen and Donnie Moore the last 3, with the two combining to retire all 8 they faced. The ‘stros Mike LaCoss went 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on just 1 hit while he walked 4. Houston pitchers combined to allow 4 runs on only one hit (a 3-RBI double by Ken Oberkfell in the 4th) but walked 9 Atlanta batters.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs             30   20  .600   -    W 2
Philadelphia Phillies    27   21  .563   2    L 1
New York Mets            26   22  .542   3    W 1
Montreal Expos           25   25  .500   5    L 2
Pittsburgh Pirates       22   28  .440   8    L 2
St. Louis Cardinals      19   27  .413   9    W 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros           25   23  .521   -    L 1
San Diego Padres         27   25  .519   -    W 2
Cincinnati Reds          24   24  .500   1    L 1
Atlanta Braves           23   23  .500   1    W 1
Los Angeles Dodgers      23   27  .460   3    W 4
San Francisco Giants     21   27  .438   4    L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Gene Garber              
     .253, 8 HR, 30 RBI            4-0, 1.08               
CHC  Leon Durham                   Rick Sutcliffe           
     .303, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 6 SB     8-3, 2.90, 106 K        
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .250, 10 SB                   7-5, 2.70, 74 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Mike Scott               
     .297, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 7 SB      6-1, 2.48               
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Alejandro Pena           
     .303, 6 HR, 24 RBI            5-2, 2.13, 50 K         
MON  Tim Raines                    Charlie Lea              
     .305, 25 SB                   5-4, 3.45, 52 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .345, 5 HR, 31 RBI, 14 SB     7-2, 2.23, 103 K        
PHI  Juan Samuel                   John Denny               
     .294, 7 HR, 15 SB             5-2, 2.60, 38 K         
PIT  Lee Lacy                      Larry McWilliams         
     .353, 10 SB                   5-5, 3.49, 71 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Mark Thurmond            
     .350, 32 RBI, 21 SB           5-3, 2.86               
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Greg Minton              
     .318, 12 HR, 38 RBI           3-5, 6 Sv, 3.98         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .281                          8 Sv, 1.05              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Gladden, Dan (SFG)             .391
 2. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .353
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .350
 4. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .349
 5. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .345
 6. Oliver, Al (PHI)               .327
 7. Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .323
 8. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .318
 9. Davis, Chili (SFG)             .308
10. Rose, Pete (CIN)               .306

HOME RUNS
 1. Durham, Leon (CHC)               12
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              12
 3. Brock, Greg (LAD)                10
    Davis, Chili (SFG)               10
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              10

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              38
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               36
 3. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              34
 4. Davis, Chili (SFG)               32
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                32
    Hayes, Von (PHI)                 32

STOLEN BASES
 1. Raines, Tim (MON)                25
 2. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               23
    Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              23

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          1.93
 2. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.94
 3. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.13
    Tibbs, Jay (CIN)               2.13
 5. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.17
 6. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)           2.23
 7. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.27
 8. Scott, Mike (HOU)              2.48
 9. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         2.53
10. Welch, Bob (LAD)               2.58

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           8-3
 2. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            7-2
 3. Soto, Mario (CIN)               7-5
 4. Scott, Mike (HOU)               6-1
 5. Tudor, John (PIT)               6-6

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           106
 2. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            103
 3. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       95
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                74
 5. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          71
    Perez, Pascual (ATL)             71

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                 12
 2. Gossage, Goose (SDP)              8
    Reardon, Jeff (MON)               8
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)               8


SCHEDULE
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NYM  26-22  Gooden, D            (7-2, 2.23)
PHI  27-21  Koosman, J           (5-5, 3.10)

ATL  23-23  Mahler, R            (2-1, 3.45)
SDP  27-25  Thurmond, M          (5-3, 2.86)

HOU  25-23  Niekro, J            (2-7, 4.43)
PIT  22-28  Tudor, J             (6-6, 3.54)

SFG  21-27  Laskey, B            (3-3, 5.67)
CIN  24-24  Soto, M              (7-5, 2.70)

MON  25-25  Lea, C               (5-4, 3.45)
STL  19-27  Cox, D               (0-5, 4.78)