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
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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
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     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)
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