AL Day 68: Bye, Bye Birdies (O’s Eliminated)

bye-bye-birdie

Tigers 4, Yankees 3
Detroit’s 4-3 win over New York gave Baltimore the boot out of the AL East race, making them the second team to be eliminated this season – both are from the division with Milwaukee having gone out earlier. Milt Wilcox took a shutout into the 7th inning before running into trouble, walking Don Baylor, allowing a single to Dave Winfield, watching a run score on an error by Tom Brookens and then giving up an RBI single to Mike Pagliarulo. Willie Hernandez came on and managed to escape the inning with a 4-3 lead, ending both the 8th and 9th innings with sterling defensive plays by second baseman Lou Whitaker that started 4-6-3 double plays. Detroit’s magic number over 2nd place Boston is now 3 and they can clinch a division tie on Day 69. New York’s Baylor finished 2-for-3 with a walk and Pags was 2-for-3 subbing for injured third baseman Toby Harrah.

Twins 9, Red Sox 1
John Butcher has his name right there in the AL Cy Young race, tossing a complete game and improving to 7-3 with a 1.88 ERA. Minnesota was boosted by batting around in the 6th (4 runs, 6 hits) and also scoring 3 runs in the 9th, thanks in large part to 4 walks by reliever Mark Clear. In 20 innings of work this season, Clear has walked 29 for 13.1 men per 9 innings.

Mariners 3, Athletics 2 (10 innings)
Oakland lost again, preventing them from reaching .500 which means only one team in the AL West is above the break-even mark. Mike Moore (W 7-4, 3.39 ERA) went all 10 innings, striking out 15 to put him 4th in the American League and that category. A 2-RBI double by Phil Bradley put the M’s up 2-1 in the 5th inning, but the inning ended with Jack Perconte getting thrown out at the plate by center fielder Dwayne Murphy. Moore served up a solo homer to Mike Davis with two outs in the bottom of the 8th that tied it up, but Seattle stuck with him. In the top of the 10th, Perconte led off with a single and then scored on another Bradley double. Moore walked leadoff man Joe Morgan in the bottom of the frame, but got Dave Kingman on a fielder’s choice grounder to Barry Bonnell playing at third base and then Mark Wagner on a game-ending 5-4-3 double play. Wagner was only in because Carney Lansford went down with a 3-game injury. Losing a .343-9-34 bat out of the lineup isn’t going to help the A’s finish respectably.

Rangers 8, Angels 2
I hate rolling games with the Halos and this battle for last place was hard to get amped up for. Thankfully, Frank Tanana turned out a nice effort, going the distance to improve to 6-6 on the season. Ron Romanick and the Angels took a 2-1 lead into the 7th inning, but Texas sent 11 men to the plate, scoring 7 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. California has now dropped four straight and Texas has won three straight and the two teams are now tied at the bottom of the division.

Brewers 3, Orioles 2
Cal Ripken’s two-RBI double put Baltimore ahead 2-1 in the of the 3rd, but it wouldn’t hold up as Dion James tied it with a single off of Baltimore starting pitcher Dennis Martinez in the 7th and Robin Yount put the Brew Crew ahead with a leadoff homer off of reliever Tippy Martinez in the 8th.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           38   13  .745   -    W 1
Boston Red Sox           29   22  .569   9    L 1
Cleveland Indians        28   23  .549  10    W 2
New York Yankees         26   23  .531  11    L 1
Toronto Blue Jays        25   23  .521  11.5  W 1
Baltimore Orioles        25   27  .481  13.5  L 1
Milwaukee Brewers        12   38  .240  25.5  W 1

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       32   17  .653   -    L 1
Oakland Athletics        24   26  .480   8.5  L 1
Minnesota Twins          24   27  .471   9    W 1
Seattle Mariners         24   27  .471   9    W 1
Chicago White Sox        23   26  .469   9    L 2
Texas Rangers            21   30  .412  12    W 3
California Angels        21   30  .412  12    L 4

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .291, 7 HR, 25 RBI            10-1, 1.60, 44 K        
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Bob Ojeda                
     .292, 10 HR, 42 RBI           8-4, 3.14, 64 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Ron Romanick             
     .308, 8 HR, 28 RBI            4-7, 2.57, 41 K         
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .326, 10 HR, 30 RBI           9-4, 2.35, 58 K         
CLE  Pat Tabler                    Bert Blyleven            
     .331, 25 RBI                  5-3, 1.67, 53 K         
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Jack Morris              
     .276, 15 HR, 53 RBI, 8 SB     10-2, 2.70, 57 K        
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Mark Gubicza             
     .313, 16 SB                   6-2, 2.20, 40 K         
MIL  Robin Yount                   Rollie Fingers           
     .264                          7 Sv, 0.45              
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    John Butcher             
     .302, 7 HR, 29 RBI            7-3, 1.88               
NYY  Don Mattingly                 Phil Niekro              
     .328, 5 HR, 34 RBI            7-2, 2.61, 61 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .379, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 26 SB     11 Sv, 2.73             
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Mike Moore               
     .255, 9 HR, 29 RBI            7-4, 3.39, 73 K         
TEX  Buddy Bell                    Frank Tanana             
     .296                          6-6, 3.43, 56 K         
TOR  George Bell                   Luis Leal                
     .313, 9 HR, 33 RBI            7-4, 2.60, 61 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .379
 2. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .343
 3. Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .331
 4. Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .328
 5. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .326
 6. Barrett, Marty (BOS)           .317
    Puckett, Kirby (MIN)           .317
 8. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .315
 9. Griffey, Ken (NYY)             .314
10. Bell, George (TOR)             .313
    Wilson, Willie (KCR)           .313

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                19
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               15
 3. Kittle, Ron (CHW)                13
 4. Gedman, Rich (BOS)               12
 5. Baines, Harold (CHW)             10
    Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             10
    Evans, Dwight (BOS)              10
    Lemon, Chet (DET)                10
    Parrish, Lance (DET)             10
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)             10

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               53
 2. Armas, Tony (BOS)                52
 3. Evans, Dwight (BOS)              42
 4. Parrish, Larry (TEX)             40
 5. Baylor, Don (NYY)                37
    Kingman, Dave (OAK)              37
    Kittle, Ron (CHW)                37
    Parrish, Lance (DET)             37

STOLEN BASES
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          26
 2. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             25
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               21

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.60
 2. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.67
 3. Butcher, John (MIN)            1.88
 4. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          2.09
 5. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.18
 6. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            2.20
 7. Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          2.29
 8. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             2.35
 9. Clemens, Roger (BOS)           2.52
10. Romanick, Ron (CAL)            2.57

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. Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                 64

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


SCHEDULE
========

NYY  26-23  Niekro, P            (7-2, 2.61)
BOS  29-22  Nipper, A            (5-2, 3.39)

OAK  24-26  McCatty, S           (1-5, 4.30)
DET  38-13  Rozema, D            (2-2, 3.73)

CAL  21-30  Zahn, G              (4-1, 3.05)
KCR  32-17  Gubicza, M           (6-2, 2.20)

MIN  24-27  Hodge, E             (1-4, 4.94)
CLE  28-23  Blyleven, B          (5-3, 1.67)

SEA  24-27  Vande Berg, E        (1-4, 7.54)
BAL  25-27  Boddicker, M         (5-4, 2.29)

TEX  21-30  Darwin, D            (2-7, 4.28)
CHW  23-26  Dotson, R            (3-5, 3.59)

TOR  25-23  Clancy, J            (4-7, 5.02)
MIL  12-38  Cocanower, J         (2-7, 6.04)
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