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)
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