With the American League divisions looking fairly wrapped up at this point, we turn our attention to the Cy Young watch, where three of the top pitchers in the game were taking the mound on the same night.
Orioles 9, Brewers 4
In Milwaukee, Storm Davis took a shutout into the 9th inning against the hapless hosting Brewers. In the meantime, his offense gave more than enough support, putting 9 runs on the board. Davis was unable to complete his effort, however, as three Milwaukee batters reached base with one out and the game was handed over to ousted closer Tippy Martinez to pitch in garbage time. Tippy served up a three-run homer to Bill Schroeder just after a Rick Dempsey passed ball allowed another runner to score. Davis’ shutout was gone, but he still put up a fine line: 8.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 SO. He’s now 10-1 with a 1.60 ERA on the season.
Indians 6, White Sox 5
LaMarr Hoyt entered the game as a dark horse in this race and today’s game may have just about put him out of the running as he took the loss to fall to 9-4 with a still sterling 2.35 ERA. Chris Bando hit a 3-run homer for the Tribe in the 2nd and George Vukovich had a 2-RBI single to score a pair of unearned runs in the 3rd. The ChiSox staged a 3-run rally in the 7th to break up a 6-0 shutout, but it was too little, too late. With runners on the corners and one out in the bottom of the 9th, Tom Waddell came on to relieve a previously stellar Cleveland closer – Ernie Camacho – and retire Carlton Fisk on a brilliant running grab by the incoming center fielder Brett Butler and then Harold Baines on a grounder to Mike Fischlin at third. Hoyt’s line: 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 SO.
Yankees 4, Tigers 3
In the Motor City, Dan Petry attempted (and failed) to become the first 11-game winner of the season. Petry departed after 7 innings of work, allowing 3 runs and trailing by a score of 3-2. He allowed 9 hits, walking 1 and striking out 4. Detroit tied it up in the bottom of the 9th when Dave Bergman singled off of Yankees closer Dave Righetti with two out. Larry Herndon was gunned down at the plate by Don Baylor in left, sending the game into extra innings. In the 10th, Omar Moreno led off with a double and then scored on a subsequent two-bagger by Tim Foli. Rags put two men on in the 9th, but ended the game with a fly out to right by Darrell Evans, Dave Winfield making a diving catch to preserve the win.
All told, Storm Davis continued to excel, while Dan Petry and LaMarr Hoyt failed to keep up.