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R.I.P. Waite Hoyt

Posed pitching of New York Yankee Waite Hoyt, 5/19/1927 / Louis Van Oeyen, photographer.


Posed pitching of New York Yankee Waite Hoyt, 5/19/1927 / Louis Van Oeyen, photographer.

Hall of Famer Waite Hoyt passed away during the 1984 season.

The 237-game winner passed away from heart failure in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 25th.

Hoyt was born September 9th, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York.

At just 15 years old, the right-handed pitcher was signed to a contract by New York Giants legendary manager John McGraw.

After one appearance with the Giants in 1918 (3 batters faced, 2 strikeouts) and a pair of half-seasons played with the Boston Red Sox, Hoyt found himself in the rotation for the 1921 New York Yankees.

That’s damned good luck.

He won 19 games in that first season and went 2-1 in the 1921 World Series, tossing 3 complete games and allowing no earned runs in 27 innings of work.

He took the loss in the decisive Game 8 of that series, beaten by the Giants when a walk came around to score on a two-out error by shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh.

Hoyt spent 10 seasons with the Yankees, going 157-98 during that time, with 7 seasons in which he wont 16 games or more.

He pitched 21 seasons, finishing 237-182 with a 3.59 ERA.

He’s currently 59th in career wins.

He failed to ever amass more than 19.2% of votes for induction into the Hall of Fame, peaking in the 1956 ballot by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America.

In 1969, he was selected by the Veteran’s Committee.

Hoyt sometimes went by the moniker “The Merry Mortician” – when not playing, he worked as a mortician by day and was on the vaudeville circuit at night, performing alongside Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante and George Burns.

In the early 1940s, he started work as the radio play-by-play man for the Cincinnati Reds, holding the job for 24 seasons.

NL Day 74: Cubs Win Streak “Raines” Out

907ba878156f43b1b4690fde1da66ad2_frontExpos 6, Cubs 4
Chicago made another late run of it, with Keith Moreland’s three-run homer in the 8th inning making it a 2-run game, but that was as close as they’d get to Montreal. The ‘Spos got a huge game from Tim Raines atop the order, as he went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers (3rd) and a walk. Jeff Reardon went 1.2 innings for his 11th save of the season as the Expos improved to 29-27 on the season.

Phillies 4, Braves 1
Steve Carlton (W 6-5) went all 9 and contributed an RBI single to bring the Phils back within a game of the Cubs in the East. Glenn Wilson went 2-for-3 with a double and stolen base, scoring two runs and, just after him in the lineup, Ozzie Virgil went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI doubles. Atlanta fell 4 games below .500 with the loss. They were part of a 4-way race for the West title, but that’s looking less and less likely now as they trail the division leaders by 4 games with 12 games remaining on their schedule.

Dodgers 7, Mets 2
Rick Honeycutt went the distance and improved to 5-4 as Los Angeles defeated New York. Mike Marshall went 3-for-4, coming up a double shy of hitting for the cycle for the Dodgers. L.A. got homers from Marshall (10th), Greg Brock (11th) and Ken Landreaux (5th).

Padres 12, Cardinals 4
Danny Cox fell to 0-7 on the season as San Diego ran roughshod over him and the rest of the Cardinals pitching staff. Steve Garvey and Kevin McReynolds had three hits a piece, helping the Friars remain one game up in the West, while Tony Gwynn had a pair of doubles. George Hendrick went 3-for-4 and Andy Van Slyke had a pair of doubles in the St. Louis loss. Mark Thurmond (W 7-3) went the distance for San Diego.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs             33   21  .611   -    L 1
Philadelphia Phillies    32   22  .593   1    W 2
New York Mets            28   26  .519   5    L 1
Montreal Expos           29   27  .518   5    W 1
Pittsburgh Pirates       24   28  .462   8    W 2
St. Louis Cardinals      21   31  .404  11    L 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
San Diego Padres         31   27  .534   -    W 1
Houston Astros           27   25  .519   1    W 2
Cincinnati Reds          26   28  .481   3    L 4
Atlanta Braves           24   28  .462   4    L 2
Los Angeles Dodgers      24   30  .444   5    W 1
San Francisco Giants     23   29  .442   5    W 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Gene Garber              
     .256, 9 HR, 34 RBI            5-0, 1.00               
CHC  Leon Durham                   Rick Sutcliffe           
     .287, 12 HR, 38 RBI, 6 SB     9-3, 2.83, 114 K        
CIN  Pete Rose                     Mario Soto               
     .313                          8-5, 2.72, 89 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Mike Scott               
     .291, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 8 SB      7-1, 2.13               
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Alejandro Pena           
     .304, 6 HR, 24 RBI            5-3, 2.29, 57 K         
MON  Tim Raines                    Jeff Reardon             
     .328, 28 SB                   3-1, 11 Sv, 2.27        
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .330, 34 RBI, 16 SB           8-2, 2.13, 125 K        
PHI  Juan Samuel                   Steve Carlton            
     .299, 8 HR, 19 SB             6-5, 2.54, 66 K         
PIT  Johnny Ray                    John Tudor               
     .312                          7-6, 3.30, 53 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Mark Thurmond            
     .352, 6 HR, 38 RBI, 21 SB     7-3, 2.85               
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Greg Minton              
     .345, 13 HR, 45 RBI           4-5, 6 Sv, 4.50         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Joaquin Andujar          
     .296                          4-5, 2.74, 46 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .352
 2. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .347
 3. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .345
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .345
 5. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .335
 6. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .330
 7. Oliver, Al (PHI)               .329
 8. Raines, Tim (MON)              .328
 9. Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .320
10. Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)            .314

HOME RUNS
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              13
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               12
 3. Brock, Greg (LAD)                11
 4. Davis, Chili (SFG)               10
    Dawson, Andre (MON)              10
    Marshall, Mike (LAD)             10
    Nettles, Graig (SDP)             10
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              10
    Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)              10

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              45
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               38
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                38
 4. Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)              37
 5. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              36

STOLEN BASES
 1. Raines, Tim (MON)                28
 2. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               24
    Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              24

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.67
 2. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          2.01
 3. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.12
 4. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)           2.13
    Scott, Mike (HOU)              2.13
 6. DeLeon, Jose (PIT)             2.19
 7. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.20
 8. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.29
 9. Tibbs, Jay (CIN)               2.34
10. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           2.54

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           9-3
 2. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            8-2
 3. Soto, Mario (CIN)               8-5
 4. Scott, Mike (HOU)               7-1
 5. Thurmond, Mark (SDP)            7-3

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            125
 2. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           114
 3. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)      105
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                89
 5. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             77

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                 13
 2. Reardon, Jeff (MON)              11
 3. Gossage, Goose (SDP)             10


SCHEDULE
========

MON  29-27  Rogers, S            (4-4, 3.20)
CHC  33-21  Rainey, C            (NR)

CIN  26-28  Russell, J           (2-3, 4.07)
HOU  27-25  Niekro, J            (2-8, 4.58)

SFG  23-29  Laskey, B            (3-4, 5.65)
PIT  24-28  Rhoden, R            (3-6, 3.39)

Great Scott! Astros Blank Reds

mike-scott

Mike Scott continued to outperform his card, tossing a 5-hitter at home to guide the Houston Astros to a 3-0 shutout win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Jose Cruz roped an RBI triple in the 1st inning to spot Houston an early lead.

It would turn out to be the only run the ‘Stros would need.

Scott finished the day with just a pair of strikeouts, not allowing a Cincinnati base runner past 1st base from the 4th inning on.

Houston added two more runs in the 3rd inning, with six straight batters reaching base, highlighted by a two-RBI single by Kevin Bass.

Houston trails San Diego by 1 game in the NL West.

Cincinnati dropped their 4th straight and are now 3 games back in the division.

AL Day 74: Ageless Niekro Wins Again

phil_niekro_autographYankees 7, Blue Jays 4
Phil Niekro has had a great season. This wasn’t his finest effort, as he allowed a grand slam to Cliff Johnson in the 6th inning. But a win’s a win, and the 45-year old knuckle-baller went 7.1 innings to improve to 9-2. Don Mattingly went 3-for-4 (.349) and Don Baylor poked his 10th tater of the season.

Mariners 7, Red Sox 3
The Boston Red Sox won’t make the playoffs, but they got a nice look at their future this season with rookie Roger Clemens. Clemens took the loss in this one, allowing 4 runs in the 4th inning and finishing with 7 innings of work, striking out 8. Clemens fell to 4-4 with a 2.79 ERA, striking out 9.3 men per 9 innings. It may be his last start of the season, but it was a great start to his career. Spike Owen had three hits for Seattle in the win.

Orioles 3, Angels 2
Storm Davis continued the Cy Young bid, improving to 11-1 with another complete game effort, allowing 2 runs. Davis worked around an 8-walk effort, supported by a trio of solo Baltimore homers, including Wayne Gross’ 10th of the season. Davis leads the AL in both ERA and Wins now, so it’s starting to look like a sure thing that he’ll be collecting an award at the conclusion of this season.

Rangers 12, Indians 2
Texas won their 4th in a row, crushing the Cleveland pitching staff with 15 hits. Danny Darwin went the distance, striking out 8 and improving to just 3-8 on the season for the Rangers. Buddy Bell and Larry Parrish had three hits each for Texas and Charlie O’Brien hit his 8th homer of the season.

White Sox 9, Athletics 5
Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak as Greg Walker connected for a pair of home runs (8th), driving in 4 runs for the Pale Hose. Carlton Fisk hit his 11th homer of the season for the White Sox, reaching base three times. Both teams are still technically alive still, though they can each now fare no better than a tie for the division lead.

Brewers 2, Twins 1
Milwaukee has sure played well of late, winning 8 of their last 12. They ended up taking both games of a 2-game series in Minnesota, winning each game 2-1. In this contest it was Moose Haas with the win, improving to 2-6. Rollie Fingers loaded the bases with two outs in the 9th before retiring Darrell Brown on a grounder to short, notching his 9th save. Fingers now has a ridiculous 0.36 ERA. Milwaukee got both runs on a two-run homer by Rick Manning in the 6th – his 3rd of the season. John Butcher threw well for Minnesota, but fell to 7-4 with a 1.96 ERA, throwing 5.1 innings.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           40   15  .727   -    L 2
New York Yankees         30   24  .556   9.5  W 3
Boston Red Sox           30   25  .545  10    L 2
Cleveland Indians        30   25  .545  10    L 2
Baltimore Orioles        27   28  .491  13    W 2
Toronto Blue Jays        26   27  .491  13    L 2
Milwaukee Brewers        16   39  .291  24    W 2

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       35   19  .648   -    W 3
Seattle Mariners         26   28  .481   9    W 1
Chicago White Sox        25   29  .463  10    W 1
Oakland Athletics        25   29  .463  10    L 1
Texas Rangers            25   31  .446  11    W 4
Minnesota Twins          24   31  .436  11.5  L 4
California Angels        23   32  .418  12.5  L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .293, 8 HR, 27 RBI            11-1, 1.63, 47 K        
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Bob Ojeda                
     .298, 10 HR, 44 RBI           8-4, 3.06, 70 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .316, 8 HR, 31 RBI            5-1, 2.79               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .323, 10 HR, 32 RBI           9-5, 2.60, 62 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .322, 33 RBI, 9 SB            5-3, 1.85, 58 K         
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Jack Morris              
     .274, 15 HR, 54 RBI, 8 SB     10-2, 2.86, 60 K        
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Dan Quisenberry          
     .302, 17 SB                   5-0, 9 Sv, 1.17         
MIL  Cecil Cooper                  Rollie Fingers           
     .290                          9 Sv, 0.36              
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    John Butcher             
     .295, 7 HR, 31 RBI            7-4, 1.96               
NYY  Don Mattingly                 Phil Niekro              
     .349, 44 RBI                  9-2, 2.63, 73 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .368, 7 HR, 25 RBI, 30 SB     12 Sv, 2.73             
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .255, 10 HR, 31 RBI           7-4, 3.25, 55 K         
TEX  Buddy Bell                    Frank Tanana             
     .305                          7-6, 3.15, 60 K         
TOR  George Bell                   Dave Stieb               
     .316, 9 HR, 35 RBI            7-5, 2.71, 85 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .368
 2. Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .349
 3. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .346
 4. Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .330
 5. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .323
 6. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .322
 7. Boggs, Wade (BOS)              .320
    Puckett, Kirby (MIN)           .320
 9. Bell, George (TOR)             .316
    Lynn, Fred (CAL)               .316

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                19
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               15
    Kittle, Ron (CHW)                15
 4. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             12
    Gedman, Rich (BOS)               12
    Kingman, Dave (OAK)              12

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               54
 2. Armas, Tony (BOS)                53
 3. Parrish, Larry (TEX)             48
 4. Evans, Dwight (BOS)              44
    Mattingly, Don (NYY)             44

STOLEN BASES
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          30
 2. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             25
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               23

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.63
 2. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.85
 3. Butcher, John (MIN)            1.96
 4. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          1.98
 5. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.11
 6. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            2.26
 7. Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          2.47
 8. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             2.60
 9. Niekro, Phil (NYY)             2.63
    Romanick, Ron (CAL)            2.63

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             11-1
 2. Morris, Jack (DET)             10-2
 3. Petry, Dan (DET)               10-3
 4. Niekro, Phil (NYY)              9-2
 5. Smithson, Mike (MIN)            9-4

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)            101
 2. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 90
 3. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                85
 4. Moore, Mike (SEA)                73
    Niekro, Phil (NYY)               73

SAVES
 1. Hernandez, Willie (DET)          13
 2. Caudill, Bill (OAK)              12
 3. Righetti, Dave (NYY)             11


SCHEDULE
========

TOR  26-27  Alexander, D         (3-7, 3.48)
NYY  30-24  Guidry, R            (2-7, 6.28)

BOS  30-25  Boyd, O              (2-5, 5.81)
SEA  26-28  Young, M             (2-3, 7.68)

CHW  25-29  Seaver, T            (5-6, 5.53)
OAK  25-29  Young, C             (4-4, 4.92)

BAL  27-28  McGregor, S          (1-5, 2.98)
CAL  23-32  John, T              (2-5, 4.20)

Royals Serve Notice to Tigers

25528-196frThe Kansas City Royals aren’t ready to concede the best record in the American League to the Detroit Tigers, winning again in a likely ALCS preview.

The Royals took a never-say-die attitude towards this contest, coming away 3-2 winners in 12 innings.

If every game of the ALCS turns out this way, we’re in for a treat.

Bret Saberhagen had thrown 6 shutout innings for K.C., taking a 1-0 lead into the top of the 7th before running into trouble when Larry Herndon and Howard Johnson each singled.

With two outs, Lou Whitaker hit an RBI single to tie the game up and send Sabes to the bench.

Joe Beckwith entered and got Alan Trammell to hit one back to the mound but fumbled the grounder for an error that allowed Johnson to score, giving Detroit a 2-1 lead with Juan Berenguer throwing lights out.

Despite a solid 8 innings (1 ER) from Berenguer, the Tigers turned to closer Willie Hernandez in the bottom of the 9th.

After retiring the first two Royals batters and facing the bottom of the order, Hernandez ran into trouble.

Darryl Motley walked, moved up on a Steve Balboni single, then scored on Frank White’s RBI single.

Hernandez struck out the next three men he faced, but Detroit couldn’t capitalize on a leadoff double by Whitaker in the 10th, stranding him.

In the bottom of the 12th, Aurelio Lopez came on for Detroit and couldn’t keep the game going.

Balboni reached when Lopez threw away a grounder back to the mound.

U.L. Washington pinch ran for Balboni, moved up to 2nd on a grounder to 2nd and scored on a walk-off base hit by Don Slaught.

Kansas City now trails Detroit by 4.5 games in the race for best record in the American League.

Detroit has clinched no worse than a tie for the AL East title and Kansas City has a magic number of 2 over 2nd place Seattle.

The Tigers have 9 games remaining in their schedule while the Royals have 10 to go.

Movie Flashback: Tightrope

tightrope

The Clint Eastwood-led thriller “Tightrope” took over the top spot in the United States box office on August 19th, 1984.

And I have no zero recollection of this movie ever existing.

My parents let me see this movie. It’s a good Hitchcock knock-off, but what the hell?
– The Blogger’s Wife

It’s at 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and now I feel like I missed out on something.

The plot summary, per Rotten Tomatoes:

Clint Eastwood plays a New Orleans detective determined to track down a serial killer of prostitutes. Complicating matters is the fact that the unknown culprit is very likely an S&M fetishist….and so is Eastwood. The detective is profoundly disturbed at the likelihood that he and the killer have the same taste in women; this element of the case is equally troublesome for psychologist Genevieve Bujold, who finds herself attracted to Eastwood. The climax involves the killer’s attempting to throw Eastwood off the track by kidnapping one of the detective’s two daughters (played quite well by Clint’s real-life daughter Alison).

NL Day 73: Cubs Win 5th Straight Behind Sandberg, Cey and Sut

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Cubs 4, Expos 3
Rick Sutcliffe (W 9-3) went the distance, striking out 8. Ron Cey and Ryne Sandberg each homered for Chicago – the 8th of the year for each. Sandberg started out horribly in this project but has been on fire lately, picking up another 2 hits in this game to improve to .269 now.

Mets 10, Dodgers 4
On paper this looked to be an exciting matchup, with Fernando Valenzuela (4-7, 2.63) going for the Dodgers against Dwight Gooden (7-2, 2.14) and the Mets. Neither pitcher ended up doing all that well, although Cy Young hopeful (and probably Rookie of the Year) Gooden improved to 8-2 and struck out 13 in a complete game, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 10 hits and 5 walks. Ray Knight went 3-for-5 with a double for New York, while Fernando walked 9 men in 7 1/3 innings of work, allowing 10 runs (5 earned) and striking out 10.

Phillies 1, Braves 0 (11 innings)
Both starting pitchers had shutouts going through 9 innings, so they kept going until somebody blinked. Jerry Koosman (W 6-5) ended up the winner, going 11 shutout innings and allowing 9 hits. Craig McMurtry (L 2-4) took the loss, going 10 1/3 innings and allowing 1 unearned run. In the bottom of the 11th, Tim Corcoran pinch hit for Koosman and doubled. Jeff Stone came in as a pinch runner and scored four batters later when Mike Schmidt drew a bases-loaded walk. Dale Murphy went 3-for-5 for the Braves in the loss.

Cardinals 11, Padres 2
You may not have known it, but last place St. Louis has the current ERA leader with Dave LaPoint. After tossing 9 innings and allowing 2 unearned runs, he’s now sitting at 1.67. With a total lack of run support, he’s now just 3-3 on the season, but he got plenty of offense behind him today, with the Birds collecting 15 hits. Tommy Herr led all batters with 3 hits, including his 1st homer of the season.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs             33   20  .623   -    W 5
Philadelphia Phillies    31   22  .585   2    W 1
New York Mets            28   25  .528   5    W 2
Montreal Expos           28   27  .509   6    L 1
Pittsburgh Pirates       24   28  .462   8.5  W 2
St. Louis Cardinals      21   30  .412  11    W 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
San Diego Padres         30   27  .526   -    L 2
Houston Astros           26   25  .510   1    W 1
Cincinnati Reds          26   27  .491   2    L 3
Atlanta Braves           24   27  .471   3    L 1
San Francisco Giants     23   29  .442   4.5  W 2
Los Angeles Dodgers      23   30  .434   5    L 3

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Gene Garber              
     .255, 9 HR, 33 RBI            5-0, 1.00               
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Rick Sutcliffe           
     .270, 7 HR, 32 RBI, 9 SB      9-3, 2.83, 114 K        
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .245, 10 SB                   8-5, 2.72, 89 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Mike Scott               
     .290, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 8 SB      6-1, 2.48               
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Alejandro Pena           
     .310, 6 HR, 24 RBI            5-3, 2.29, 57 K         
MON  Tim Raines                    Charlie Lea              
     .320, 28 SB                   6-5, 3.24, 64 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .332, 34 RBI, 15 SB           8-2, 2.13, 125 K        
PHI  Juan Samuel                   Jerry Koosman            
     .304, 8 HR, 19 SB             6-5, 2.65, 69 K         
PIT  Johnny Ray                    John Tudor               
     .312                          7-6, 3.30, 53 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Mark Thurmond            
     .351, 6 HR, 37 RBI, 21 SB     6-3, 2.68               
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Greg Minton              
     .345, 13 HR, 45 RBI           4-5, 6 Sv, 4.50         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Dave LaPoint             
     .302                          3-3, 1.67, 53 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .351
 2. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .350
 3. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .345
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .345
 5. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .337
 6. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .332
 7. Oliver, Al (PHI)               .329
 8. Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .320
    Raines, Tim (MON)              .320
10. Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .312

HOME RUNS
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              13
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               12
 3. Brock, Greg (LAD)                10
    Davis, Chili (SFG)               10
    Dawson, Andre (MON)              10
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              10
    Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)              10

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              45
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               38
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                37
 4. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              36
 5. Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)              35

STOLEN BASES
 1. Raines, Tim (MON)                28
 2. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               24
    Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              24

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.67
 2. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          2.01
 3. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)           2.13
 4. DeLeon, Jose (PIT)             2.19
 5. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.20
 6. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.27
 7. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.29
 8. Scott, Mike (HOU)              2.48
 9. Welch, Bob (LAD)               2.58
10. Denny, John (PHI)              2.60

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           9-3
 2. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            8-2
 3. Soto, Mario (CIN)               8-5
 4. Tudor, John (PIT)               7-6
 5. Scott, Mike (HOU)               6-1

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            125
 2. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           114
 3. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)      105
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                89
 5. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             77

SAVES
 1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                 13
 2. Gossage, Goose (SDP)             10
    Reardon, Jeff (MON)              10


SCHEDULE
========

MON  28-27  Smith, B             (4-2, 3.18)
CHC  33-20  Ruthven, D           (3-1, 6.88)

ATL  24-27  Mahler, R            (2-2, 3.47)
PHI  31-22  Carlton, S           (5-5, 2.67)

CIN  26-27  Tibbs, J             (3-2, 2.13)
HOU  26-25  Scott, M             (6-1, 2.48)

LAD  23-30  Honeycutt, R         (4-4, 2.27)
NYM  28-25  Terrell, W           (2-6, 4.71)

STL  21-30  Cox, D               (0-6, 4.06)
SDP  30-27  Thurmond, M          (6-3, 2.68)