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

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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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NL Day 67: Phils Gain Ground

al_oliver_phillies_74toppsOne other game in the National League that wasn’t reported on.

Phillies 3, Cardinals 2
While my wife worked on a masterful Little Mermaid-themed cake for our now 6-year old daughter, I rolled out this gem/disaster (depending on your point of view) in the kitchen. Joaquin Andujar took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the 8th, starting the inning off by striking out both Juan Samuel and Len Matuszek. Well, this is the St. Louis Cardinals, and one thing has been consistent in my replay for them – bad freaking luck. Von Hayes singled, Mike Schmidt walked, and they both scored on an Al Oliver double. Just like that, Philadelphia moved ahead 3-2 and Al Holland tossed a 1-2-3 9th for the win. The Phils moved back within a game and a half of idle Chicago in the East.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs             30   20  .600   -    W 2
Philadelphia Phillies    27   20  .574   1.5  W 2
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      18   27  .400   9.5  L 2

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros           25   22  .532   -    W 2
San Diego Padres         27   25  .519   0.5  W 2
Cincinnati Reds          24   24  .500   1.5  L 1
Atlanta Braves           22   23  .489   2    L 2
Los Angeles Dodgers      23   27  .460   3.5  W 4
San Francisco Giants     21   27  .438   4.5  L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Gene Garber              
     .256, 8 HR, 30 RBI            4-0, 1.08               
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Rick Sutcliffe           
     .272, 6 HR, 30 RBI, 9 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               
     .302, 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  Von Hayes                     John Denny               
     .346, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 16 SB     5-1, 1.95               
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             
     .277                          8 Sv, 0.66              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Gladden, Dan (SFG)             .391
 2. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .353
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .350
 4. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .346
 5. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .345
 6. Oliver, Al (PHI)               .327
 7. Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .322
 8. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .318
 9. Davis, Chili (SFG)             .308
    Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)            .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. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              34
 4. Davis, Chili (SFG)               32
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                32

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

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.81
 2. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          1.93
 3. Denny, John (PHI)              1.95
 4. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.13
    Tibbs, Jay (CIN)               2.13
 6. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.17
 7. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)           2.23
 8. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.27
 9. Scott, Mike (HOU)              2.48
10. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         2.53

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
========

STL  18-27  LaPoint, D           (1-3, 1.81)
PHI  27-20  Denny, J             (5-1, 1.95)

ATL  22-23  McMurtry, C          (1-3, 3.44)
HOU  25-22  LaCoss, M            (2-4, 5.40)

NL West Race: Braves@Astros, Padres

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The Houston Astros, San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves entered play on Day 67 within a game of 1st place in the NL West. The Cincinnati Reds, one game back of Houston in the division, were idle.

Two of those teams happened to be playing each other, which is what you want at this point in the season. Give me those high stakes!

Padres 5, Expos 4 (11 innings)
First, in Montreal, the Expos hosted the Padres and it was a great game.

In the 1st, a two-out error by Montreal center fielder Tim Raines led to a two-RBI single by Terry Kennedy to give the Friars a quick 2-0 lead.

Steve Garvey’s 2-RBI double scored two more unearned runs (thanks to an earlier error by second baseman Doug Flynn) and San Diego starter Eric Show took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th.

But it wasn’t so easy.

Dan Driessen led off with a walk and Tim Wallach’s 5th homer of the season made it a 4-3 game. Jim Wohlford walked, Goose Gossage entered the game for the save, Miguel Dilone pinch ran, stole second and later scored on an RBI single by Flynn with two outs to tie game.

Nice make-up for Flynn.

After a scoreless 10th, San Diego unloaded on reliever Dan Schatzeder, who has been great all season long. Alan Wiggins led off with a single and scored on a two-our base hit by – again – Terry Kennedy.

In the bottom of the 10th, San Diego had Dave Dravecky pitching. Mike Ramsey, who is hitting .097, somehow led off with a single and moved up on a Raines walk. But with one out, Flynn was once again the goat, grounding into a 6-4-3 double play, ending the game.

For the moment, San Diego was in a virtual tie for 1st in the West…

Astros 13, Braves 1
…and then this happened.

A bit of an anti-climactic battle, as Mike Scott tossed a complete game at home against Atlanta and Pascual Perez pitching like dog shit.

Perez served up a homer to Bill Doran (2nd), the first batter he faced. Things didn’t get any better after that.

Perez’s final line: 3-plus IP, 8 ER, 10 H, 2 BB, 2 SO.

The ‘stros ended up sending 13 men to the plate in the 3rd inning, scoring 8 runs on 10 hits.

They finished the day with four home runs and stayed a half-game up on San Diego in the NL West.

AL Day 67: Division Leaders Lose Ground

We reported on some of the bigger games in the AL yesterday. Today we present the rest of the schedule.

Blue Jays 6, Royals 2
Toronto’s Jim Gott got a spot start and pitched well for 6 innings allowing just a 2-run homer to George Brett (6th) in the 1st inning. Bud Black was cruising for K.C. until the 8th inning when Lloyd Moseby’s two-run homer (5th) gave the Jays a 3-2 lead. Cliff Johnson followed up with a solo shot (5th) to pad the lead and Jim Acker tossed 3 shutout innings for the vulture win. The Royals lead in the West fell to 8 games but they have just 15 games left to play, so… get the bubbly ready.

Red Sox 5, Twins 2
Boston won their 3rd straight, moving within 8 games of 1st place Detroit in the East though they have only 14 games remaining on their schedule. Bob Ojeda improved to 8-4, going 8-plus innings before turning it over to Mark Clear for his 1st save on the year. Rich Gedman (11th) and Dwight Evans (10th) each homered as part of a 4-run 3rd inning, leading Boston to victory.

Athletics 8, Mariners 2
Carney Lansford had a pair of homers, giving him 9 on the season, driving in 3 runs in an Oakland win at home. The A’s snapped a 3-game losing streak, erupting for 3 runs in the 7th (batting around the order) and 2 more in the 8th to break away late.

Rangers 14, Angels 1
California continued to be one of my least-favorite teams to roll with. Only 14 more games left to go for them. I think I can make it through… Charlie Hough has been abysmal in the project, entering the game with a 5.52 ERA. Turns out he just had to face this Angels’ lineup. The Halos got one run on three hits in the 6th and other than that couldn’t handle the knuckleball. Charlie struck out 8 in a complete game win, improving to 5-7.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           37   13  .740   -    L 1
Boston Red Sox           29   21  .580   8    W 3
Cleveland Indians        28   23  .549   9.5  W 2
New York Yankees         26   22  .542  10    W 1
Toronto Blue Jays        25   23  .521  11    W 1
Baltimore Orioles        25   26  .490  12.5  W 1
Milwaukee Brewers        11   38  .224  25.5  L 1

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       32   17  .653   -    L 1
Oakland Athletics        24   25  .490   8    W 1
Chicago White Sox        23   26  .469   9    L 2
Minnesota Twins          23   27  .460   9.5  L 1
Seattle Mariners         23   27  .460   9.5  L 1
California Angels        21   29  .420  11.5  L 3
Texas Rangers            20   30  .400  12.5  W 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .286, 7 HR, 23 RBI            10-1, 1.60, 44 K        
BOS  Tony Armas                    Bob Ojeda                
     .299, 19 HR, 52 RBI           8-4, 3.14, 64 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Ron Romanick             
     .309, 8 HR, 28 RBI            4-6, 2.36               
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                   Dan Petry                
     .281, 15 HR, 53 RBI, 8 SB     10-2, 2.94, 58 K        
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Dan Quisenberry          
     .313, 16 SB                   4-0, 8 Sv, 1.30         
MIL  Jim Gantner                   Rollie Fingers           
     .273, 21 RBI                  6 Sv, 0.47              
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    Mike Smithson            
     .298, 7 HR, 27 RBI            9-3, 3.58, 51 K         
NYY  Don Mattingly                 Phil Niekro              
     .335, 5 HR, 34 RBI            7-2, 2.61, 61 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .373, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 24 SB     11 Sv, 2.73             
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .262, 9 HR, 29 RBI            6-4, 3.30, 54 K         
TEX  Buddy Bell                    Frank Tanana             
     .293                          5-6, 3.66, 53 K         
TOR  George Bell                   Luis Leal                
     .313, 9 HR, 33 RBI            7-4, 2.60, 61 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .373
 2. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .345
 3. Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .335
 4. Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .331
 5. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .326
 6. Puckett, Kirby (MIN)           .316
 7. Barrett, Marty (BOS)           .315
    Franco, Julio (CLE)            .315
 9. Boggs, Wade (BOS)              .314
    Griffey, Ken (NYY)             .314

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                19
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               15
 3. Kittle, Ron (CHW)                13
 4. Gedman, Rich (BOS)               11
 5. Baines, Harold (CHW)             10
    Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             10
    Evans, Dwight (BOS)              10
    Lemon, Chet (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
    Kittle, Ron (CHW)                37

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             25
 2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          24
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               21

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.60
 2. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.67
 3. Butcher, John (MIN)            1.97
 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. Romanick, Ron (CAL)            2.36
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. Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                 64
 5. Clemens, Roger (BOS)             62

SAVES
 1. Hernandez, Willie (DET)          12
 2. Caudill, Bill (OAK)              11
 3. Righetti, Dave (NYY)              9

SCHEDULE
========

NYY  26-22  Guidry, R            (2-6, 6.41)
DET  37-13  Wilcox, M            (1-3, 3.91)

MIN  23-27  Butcher, J           (6-3, 1.97)
BOS  29-21  Boyd, O              (2-4, 5.85)

SEA  23-27  Moore, M             (6-4, 3.71)
OAK  24-25  Young, C             (4-4, 5.13)

CAL  21-29  Romanick, R          (4-6, 2.36)
TEX  20-30  Tanana, F            (5-6, 3.66)

BAL  25-26  Martinez, D          (1-3, 4.74)
MIL  11-38  Haas, M              (1-6, 3.30)

AL Cy Young Watch: O’s, ChiSox, Tigers

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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.

Baseball Prospectus Looks at ’84 Fleer Cards

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I took off rolling games for the last four weeks while basking in the 2016 MLB Playoffs.

Just resumed rolling last night, in fact, and blog posts should be back up and online next week.

In the meantime, Baseball Prospectus just had a 1984-centric post today over at their website.

Check it out here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=30676