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NL Day 80: Cards Again Snatch Defeat From Jaws Of Victory

1985-mets-super-fan-keith-hernandezMets 4, Cardinals 3
It never ends, does it? Another blown game for St. Louis, who led 2-0 after 6 innings, only to allow 3 in the 7th with a 2-RBI single by Mookie Wilson and RBI single by Keith Hernandez. The Cardinals’ Dave LaPoint leads the National League in ERA (1.55), but had to leave the game after 5 innings of 1-hit shutout work after an injury occurred at the plate. So it was time for the bullpen to come in and throw gasoline on the fire. In the 10th, Hernandez homered (9th) to give New York their first lead of the game. Doug Sisk tossed two innings of relief for the win. New York’s 4th straight win brought them within 3 games in the NL East.

Braves 4, Giants 0
Rick Mahler (W 3-3) went the distance, tossing a 4-hitter to make the Giants the first team eliminated from contention in the NL West. Claudell Washington drove in three runs behind his 5th home run of the year and a double. Atlanta is 4 games back in the division, so there’s still a chance.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies    34   22  .607   -    W 4
Chicago Cubs             35   23  .603   -    L 1
New York Mets            32   26  .552   3    W 4
Montreal Expos           30   30  .500   6    L 2
Pittsburgh Pirates       27   29  .482   7    W 1
St. Louis Cardinals      21   35  .375  13    L 5

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros           30   26  .536   -    W 1
San Diego Padres         32   28  .533   -    L 1
Cincinnati Reds          28   30  .483   3    W 2
Atlanta Braves           26   30  .464   4    W 1
San Francisco Giants     25   33  .431   6    L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers      24   32  .429   6    L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Gene Garber              
     .254, 11 HR, 36 RBI           5-0, 1.00               
CHC  Ryne Sandberg                 Rick Sutcliffe           
     .280, 9 HR, 32 RBI, 16 SB     10-3, 2.62, 121 K       
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .247, 13 SB                   9-5, 2.67, 93 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Mike Scott               
     .281, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 8 SB      7-1, 2.13               
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Alejandro Pena           
     .308, 7 HR, 27 RBI            5-3, 2.29, 57 K         
MON  Tim Raines                    Charlie Lea              
     .311, 28 SB                   6-6, 3.33, 70 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .336, 39 RBI, 18 SB           9-2, 1.95, 137 K        
PHI  Juan Samuel                   Steve Carlton            
     .289, 8 HR, 21 SB             6-5, 2.54, 66 K         
PIT  Lee Lacy                      John Tudor               
     .352, 12 SB                   7-7, 3.43, 55 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Mark Thurmond            
     .348, 38 RBI, 21 SB           7-3, 2.85               
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Greg Minton              
     .327, 14 HR, 48 RBI           4-5, 6 Sv, 4.01         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Dave LaPoint             
     .288                          3-3, 1.55, 58 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .352
 2. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .348
 3. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .336
 4. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .333
 5. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .332
 6. Oliver, Al (PHI)               .331
 7. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .327
 8. Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .316
 9. Davis, Chili (SFG)             .315
10. Raines, Tim (MON)              .311
    Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .311
    Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)            .311

HOME RUNS
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              14
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               13
 3. Carter, Gary (MON)               12
    Davis, Chili (SFG)               12
    Marshall, Mike (LAD)             12

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              48
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               40
    Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)              40
 4. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)             39
 5. Davis, Chili (SFG)               38
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                38
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              38

STOLEN BASES
 1. Raines, Tim (MON)                28
 2. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               26
 3. Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              24

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.55
 2. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)           1.95
 3. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          2.05
 4. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.12
 5. Scott, Mike (HOU)              2.13
 6. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.20
 7. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.29
 8. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           2.54
 9. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)          2.62
10. Koosman, Jerry (PHI)           2.65

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)          10-3
 2. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            9-2
 3. Soto, Mario (CIN)               9-5
 4. Scott, Mike (HOU)               7-1
 5. Lollar, Tim (SDP)               7-3
    Thurmond, Mark (SDP)            7-3

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            137
 2. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           121
 3. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)      105
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                93
 5. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             82

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


SCHEDULE
========

HOU  30-26  Niekro, J            (3-8, 4.35)
CIN  28-30  Tibbs, J             (3-3, 2.34)

PHI  34-22  Rawley, S            (4-3, 3.58)
STL  21-35  Andujar, J           (4-6, 3.02)

NYM  32-26  Darling, R           (2-5, 3.75)
PIT  27-29  DeLeon, J            (2-3, 2.19)

LAD  24-32  Valenzuela, F        (4-8, 2.86)
ATL  26-30  Perez, P             (4-7, 4.62)
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AL Day 80: Petry Wins 11th For Tigers

c7fc279e1afe2136123ef9f6efb2cddaTigers 8, Rangers 3
Dan Petry won his 11th game of the season, tossing 7 innings before being pulled in an 8-3 drubbing of Texas as Detroit tries to keep everybody healthy heading into the postseason. Billy Sample went 3-for-4 with three singles out of the Texas leadoff spot in the loss. Whitaker, Jones, Parrish, Evans and Herndon each had two-hit games for the Tigers. Buddy Bell, who has played in every game this season, went out with an injury, and may miss the remainder of the Rangers’ season.

Royals 4, Athletics 2
Frank White went 2-for-3 with a HR (8th), two runs scored and two driven in for a 4-2 Kansas City win as they improved to 38-20 on the season. Charlie Leibrandt (W 5-4) went 8-plus innings, but a pair of singles allowed to start the 9th sent the game over to closer Dan Quisenberry, who notched his 11th save.

Red Sox 4, Mariners 3
Mike Easler’s RBI single in the bottom of the 8th broke a 3-3 tie and Bob Stanley recorded his 9th save to give Boston the win. Seattle took a 3-0 lead, but surrendered that in the bottom of the 6th as the BoSox opened with four straight singles and added two additional base runners later in the inning. In the 8th, Tony Armas (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) led off with a double, then scored on the Easler single. In the 9th, Al Nipper went for the complete game but put men on 1st & 2nd with one out. Stanley came on to face the top of the order, retiring Jack Perconte and Spike Owen, with Dwight Evans making a terrific game-saving catch in the gap in right-center.

Orioles 9, White Sox 1
Storm Davis could probably give up 15 runs and not record an out in his final start and still win the AL Cy Young award. Funny thing noticed after finally really looking at his card. I knew he allowed a low enough home run rate (i.e. less than half the league home run rate) to warrant no HOMERUN readings on his card. But what I did not realize is that his card has ZERO extra-base chances on it. My guess is that at the time Strat-O-Matic originally published these cards, they did not have access to stats like doubles and triples allowed, but did have access to home runs allowed. So they basically inferred the amount of doubles and triples allowed based on home runs allowed. That’s a heavy way of saying that if you allowed a lot of home runs, your card also allowed a lot of doubles and triples. And, on the flip side, if you did not allow a lot of homers, you also didn’t allow a lot of doubles or triples. So what we ended up with is a pretty killer card. In fact, I think his was the only card I came across in this set for starting pitchers that have no HOMERUN readings. Simply put, he’s dominant. Here he was again, improving to 12-1 after going 8.1 innings and allowing just one earned run. That award is a lock. Cal Ripken went 3-for-4 with a HR (10th) and two doubles, scoring four runs.

Yankees 4, Twins 3
Another strong start for Minnesota’s John Butcher, who is among the league’s ERA leaders with a 1.99 mark. But he couldn’t hold down a 2-0 lead, putting three straight men on base in the bottom of the 8th as New York tied it up 2-2. A Tim Teufel double in the 9th gave Minnesota a short-lived 3-2 lead. But in the bottom of the 9th, closer Ron Davis was done in by a Gary Gaetti error at third base, leading to a game-tying RBI single by Butch Wynegar and game-winning RBI single by Omar Moreno. Minnesota has now dropped eight straight games and is looking like a lock for last place in the AL West.

Angels 7, Indians 6
Bobby Grich and Billy Butler each had a pair of homers in this game. One wasn’t quite so surprising, as Grich now has 8 on the year for the Halos. But the light-hitting Butler? That was a surprise. Still, batting against Jim Slaton’s card (who is the anti-Storm Davis; see above) affords you some chances of going yard unexpectedly. Also homering? Tony Bernazard – his first of the season. A sloppy game all the way through and I’m relieved to know there are only four games remaining to roll with the Angels.

Blue Jays 3, Brewers 1
Milwaukee’s losing streak ran up to four as they were shut down by Doyle Alexander and the Jays. Alexander (W 5-7) went the distance. The Jays trailed 1-0 until Cliff Johnson doubled and scored on a Willie Upshaw single in the bottom of the 7th to tie it up. Upshaw then scored on an Alfredo Griffin to put Toronto ahead. An RBI single by Johnson in the 8th padded the lead as Toronto makes a spring to finish above .500 this season.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           43   15  .741   -    W 3
Boston Red Sox           33   26  .559  10.5  W 1
New York Yankees         33   26  .559  10.5  W 3
Cleveland Indians        32   27  .542  11.5  L 1
Toronto Blue Jays        30   28  .517  13    W 2
Baltimore Orioles        30   29  .508  13.5  W 2
Milwaukee Brewers        16   43  .271  27.5  L 4

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       38   20  .655   -    W 2
Chicago White Sox        27   31  .466  11    L 2
Seattle Mariners         27   31  .466  11    L 2
Oakland Athletics        26   33  .441  12.5  L 2
Texas Rangers            26   33  .441  12.5  L 1
California Angels        26   34  .433  13    W 1
Minnesota Twins          24   35  .407  14.5  L 8

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .295, 10 HR, 30 RBI           12-1, 1.59, 54 K        
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Bob Ojeda                
     .307, 10 HR, 47 RBI           8-5, 3.59, 71 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .319, 9 HR, 37 RBI            6-1, 2.59               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .325, 11 HR, 37 RBI           9-6, 2.89, 65 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .321, 33 RBI, 9 SB            6-3, 2.26, 67 K         
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Jack Morris              
     .277, 16 HR, 60 RBI, 8 SB     11-2, 2.87, 63 K        
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Dan Quisenberry          
     .294, 17 SB                   5-0, 11 Sv, 1.13        
MIL  Cecil Cooper                  Rollie Fingers           
     .290                          9 Sv, 0.34              
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    John Butcher             
     .294, 7 HR, 31 RBI            7-4, 1.99               
NYY  Don Mattingly                 Phil Niekro              
     .340, 44 RBI                  10-2, 2.43, 79 K        
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .364, 8 HR, 28 RBI, 33 SB     13 Sv, 2.41             
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Mike Moore               
     .251, 11 HR, 35 RBI           7-4, 3.36, 78 K         
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Frank Tanana             
     .283, 10 HR, 49 RBI           7-7, 3.38, 65 K         
TOR  George Bell                   Dave Stieb               
     .318, 9 HR, 37 RBI            8-5, 2.48, 91 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .364
 2. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .344
 3. Herndon, Larry (DET)           .341
 4. Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .340
 5. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .325
 6. Johnson, Cliff (TOR)           .324
 7. Boggs, Wade (BOS)              .321
    Franco, Julio (CLE)            .321
 9. Lynn, Fred (CAL)               .319
    Puckett, Kirby (MIN)           .319
    Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .319

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                20
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               16
    Kittle, Ron (CHW)                16
 4. Kingman, Dave (OAK)              13
 5. Baylor, Don (NYY)                12
    Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             12
    Fisk, Carlton (CHW)              12
    Gedman, Rich (BOS)               12
    Lemon, Chet (DET)                12
    Parrish, Lance (DET)             12

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               60
 2. Armas, Tony (BOS)                58
 3. Parrish, Larry (TEX)             49
 4. Evans, Dwight (BOS)              47
    Parrish, Lance (DET)             47

STOLEN BASES
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          33
 2. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             28
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               23

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.59
 2. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          1.98
 3. Butcher, John (MIN)            1.99
 4. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            2.03
 5. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.11
 6. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           2.26
 7. Niekro, Phil (NYY)             2.43
 8. Stieb, Dave (TOR)              2.48
 9. Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          2.56
10. Zahn, Geoff (CAL)              2.59

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             12-1
 2. Morris, Jack (DET)             11-2
 3. Petry, Dan (DET)               11-3
 4. Niekro, Phil (NYY)             10-2
 5. Hurst, Bruce (BOS)              9-5
    Smithson, Mike (MIN)            9-5

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)            108
 2. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 94
 3. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                91
 4. Niekro, Phil (NYY)               79
 5. Moore, Mike (SEA)                78

SAVES
 1. Caudill, Bill (OAK)              13
    Hernandez, Willie (DET)          13
 3. Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)           11
    Righetti, Dave (NYY)             11


SCHEDULE
========

TEX  26-33  Darwin, D            (3-8, 4.49)
DET  43-15  Rozema, D            (3-2, 3.24)

KCR  38-20  Saberhagen, B        (5-1, 2.11)
OAK  26-33  Young, C             (4-5, 5.51)

SEA  27-31  Vande Berg, E        (2-4, 7.36)
BOS  33-26  Clemens, R           (4-4, 2.79)

BAL  30-29  Martinez, D          (1-3, 4.43)
CHW  27-31  Seaver, T            (6-6, 5.59)

MIL  16-43  Sutton, D            (2-6, 4.65)
TOR  30-28  Stieb, D             (8-5, 2.48)

R.I.P.: Joe Cronin

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Hall of Famer and Boston Red Sox legend Joe Cronin passed away on September 7th, during the final month of the 1984 regular season.

Cronin passed away in Massachusetts from prostate cancer, just over a month away from turning 78.

A career .301 hitter with a .390 lifetime on-base percentage, he led the league in Defensive WAR three times, doubles twice and triples once, making seven All-Star teams.

Cronin spent 20 years as a player, most of which came with the Red Sox.

His biggest season came in 1930, when he won the AL Sporting News MVP Award by hitting .346 with 13 home runs and 126 runs batted in.

He followed that up with a .306-12-126 season in 1931.

Before being traded to Boston in 1935, he served as player-manager for the 1933 pennant-winning Washington Senators.

Cronin retired in 1945, but served as their manager for the next few years, including the 1946 pennant-winning team.

His reputation is somewhat marred by being connected with Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey’s attitude towards integration (they were against it).

As his term as General Manager wrapped up in early 1959, Boston was the only team in Major League Baseball to consist entirely of white ballplayers.

Cronin left to take over as American League President that summer – a position he would hold for 15 years – and it was only after he left that Boston finally signed a black player.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Hank Greenberg in 1956.

NL Day 79: Both Divisions Knotted Up With 9 Days To Go

al_oliver_phillies_74topps-1Phillies 7, Dodgers 6
I’m going to go out on a limb and just predict that Philly shocks everybody and wins the whole thing. They seem to have a lot of luck on their side. Despite what appears to be a pedestrian pitching staff and 4s at both middle infield positions, they still keep pulling off surprise wins. They are now 18-6 against the NL West after another come-from-behind win which put them into a tie with the Chicago Cubs atop the NL East. The Phils trailed 6-3 after 7 innings. But an error by Steve Sax led to two unearned runs in the 8th inning after a two-out, two-run double by Ozzie Virgil. And in the 9th, with a runner on and two outs, L.A. closer Tom Niedenfuer walked Von Hayes and Mike Schmidt to load the bases and Al Oliver came through with a two-out, two-RBI single to give Philly the lead. Al Holland threw a scoreless 9th to pick up his 8th save of the season. The Phils have 8 games remaining and the Cubs have 6 to go. The Phils have the easier schedule down the stretch, with 4 games against the Cardinals (.382) and Pirates (.482). The Cubs, meanwhile, also have 4 against the Cards but start off with 2 against the Padres (.533). Things looks pretty positive for Philadelphia right now.

Reds 3, Expos 2
Dave Concepcion had two singles and two stolen bases (13) and Tom Foley’s sacrifice fly in the 6th inning proved the difference-maker for a Cincinnati win. Mario Soto improved to 9-5 with a complete game effort and has 93 strikeouts on the season with one start remaining to get him over the century mark. Cincy trails by 3 games in the West.

Mets 6, Cardinals 0
Dwight Gooden could be both the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year winner in the National League this season, and outings like this are why. Doc went the distance for a 4-hit shutout, striking out 12 Redbirds. Gooden is now 2nd in the NL in ERA (1.95), 2nd in Wins (9), 3rd in Win-Loss % (.818), 3rd in WHIP (1.05), 5th in Hits / 9 (7.4), tops in Strikeouts / 9 (11.6), tops in Strikeouts (137), 3rd in Complete Games (7), 2nd in Shutouts (3) and tops in SO/BB (5.7). New York has won three straight and is 3.5 games back in the NL East. Gooden should get one more start in the regular season.

Pirates 5, Padres 2
Pittsburgh was gifted 3 unearned runs in the 4th inning after botched plays by Kevin McReynolds in center and pitcher Eric Show. That turned out to be the difference-maker as John Candelaria went the distance to improve to 2-4 for the Bucs. Dale Berra went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBI, while Lee Lacy was 2-for-3 with a walk and is now hitting a league-best .352 this season. Show hit his 2nd homer of the season.

Giants 8, Braves 3
San Francisco sent 11 men to bat in the 2nd inning to pick up a lop-sided win over the reeling Atlanta Braves. Chili Davis went 3-for-5 with a HR (12th) and two doubles, driving in four runs. Dale Murphy clobbered his 11th long ball of the season for the Bravos, who have now lost 9 of their last 12 games.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies    34   22  .607   -    W 4
Chicago Cubs             35   23  .603   -    L 1
New York Mets            31   26  .544   3.5  W 3
Montreal Expos           30   30  .500   6    L 2
Pittsburgh Pirates       27   29  .482   7    W 1
St. Louis Cardinals      21   34  .382  12.5  L 4

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros           30   26  .536   -    W 1
San Diego Padres         32   28  .533   -    L 1
Cincinnati Reds          28   30  .483   3    W 2
Atlanta Braves           25   30  .455   4.5  L 2
San Francisco Giants     25   32  .439   5.5  W 2
Los Angeles Dodgers      24   32  .429   6    L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Gene Garber              
     .251, 11 HR, 36 RBI           5-0, 1.00               
CHC  Ryne Sandberg                 Rick Sutcliffe           
     .280, 9 HR, 32 RBI, 16 SB     10-3, 2.62, 121 K       
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .247, 13 SB                   9-5, 2.67, 93 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Mike Scott               
     .281, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 8 SB      7-1, 2.13               
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Alejandro Pena           
     .308, 7 HR, 27 RBI            5-3, 2.29, 57 K         
MON  Tim Raines                    Charlie Lea              
     .311, 28 SB                   6-6, 3.33, 70 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .335, 37 RBI, 17 SB           9-2, 1.95, 137 K        
PHI  Juan Samuel                   Steve Carlton            
     .289, 8 HR, 21 SB             6-5, 2.54, 66 K         
PIT  Lee Lacy                      Larry McWilliams         
     .352, 12 SB                   6-5, 3.60, 74 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Mark Thurmond            
     .348, 38 RBI, 21 SB           7-3, 2.85               
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Greg Minton              
     .333, 14 HR, 48 RBI           4-5, 6 Sv, 4.18         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .294                          8 Sv, 1.84              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .352
 2. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .348
 3. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .335
 4. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .333
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .333
 6. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .332
 7. Oliver, Al (PHI)               .331
 8. Davis, Chili (SFG)             .317
 9. Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .316
10. Raines, Tim (MON)              .311
    Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .311
    Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)            .311

HOME RUNS
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              14
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               13
 3. Carter, Gary (MON)               12
    Davis, Chili (SFG)               12
    Marshall, Mike (LAD)             12

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              48
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               40
    Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)              40
 4. Davis, Chili (SFG)               38
    Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                38
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              38

STOLEN BASES
 1. Raines, Tim (MON)                28
 2. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               26
 3. Wiggins, Alan (SDP)              24

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.67
 2. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)           1.95
 3. Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          2.05
 4. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          2.12
 5. Scott, Mike (HOU)              2.13
 6. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.20
 7. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.29
 8. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           2.54
 9. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)          2.62
10. Koosman, Jerry (PHI)           2.65

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)          10-3
 2. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            9-2
 3. Soto, Mario (CIN)               9-5
 4. Scott, Mike (HOU)               7-1
 5. Lollar, Tim (SDP)               7-3
    Thurmond, Mark (SDP)            7-3

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            137
 2. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           121
 3. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)      105
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                93
 5. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             82

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


SCHEDULE
========

NYM  31-26  Terrell, W           (2-7, 4.82)
STL  21-34  LaPoint, D           (3-3, 1.67)

SFG  25-32  Laskey, B            (3-5, 5.21)
ATL  25-30  Mahler, R            (2-3, 3.52)

AL Day 79: Black Masterful in KC Win

1984topps026Royals 7, Athletics 3
Kansas City batters reached base 19 times thanks to 9 hits, 6 walks and 4 Oakland errors. Bud Black improved to 7-6, coming up an out shy of a complete game. Dave Kingman hit his 13th homer of the season for the A’s. KC now trails by Detroit 5 games for the best record in the American League but each team has just 7 games remaining.

Yankees 5, Twins 0
Phil Niekro is making a really strong push for the AL Cy Young Award. He improved to 10-2 with his first shutout of the season, handing Minnesota their 7th straight loss. Niekro scattered 7 hits and a pair of walks, striking out 6. Dave Winfield, who has really under-performed for most of this project, went 3-for-4 with a double and is now hitting .283. Still off his mark of the .340 mark he put up in the actual season, but a heck of a lot better than the .230 or so he was hitting for most of the season. Gotta’ give these stats a little time to smooth out, I guess!

Indians 5, Angels 3
Cleveland put themselves into a three-way tie for 2nd place in the AL East. Mel Hall was on base three times as he has been putting up solid numbers as of late. He’s now hitting .282 with a .364 OBP. Starting pitcher Steve Comer went 8+ innings to improve to 7-4 on the season. Ron Romanick was roughed up, allowing a pair of homers and four runs in 7 innings of work for California. Fred Lynn went 2-for-4 with a HR (9th) and double for the Halos and is batting .321 this season.

Blue Jays 4, Brewers 3 (10 innings)
Roy Lee Jackson blew yet another save for the Jays, but George Bell’s two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the 10th gave the Toronto a walk-off win. It was Bell’s second double of the day, as he finished 3-for-5. With a .323 average this season, Bell has been one of lineup’s MVPs this season.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           42   15  .737   -    W 2
Boston Red Sox           32   26  .552  10.5  L 1
Cleveland Indians        32   26  .552  10.5  W 2
New York Yankees         32   26  .552  10.5  W 2
Toronto Blue Jays        29   28  .509  13    W 1
Baltimore Orioles        29   29  .500  13.5  W 1
Milwaukee Brewers        16   42  .276  26.5  L 3

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       37   20  .649   -    W 1
Chicago White Sox        27   30  .474  10    L 1
Seattle Mariners         27   30  .474  10    L 1
Oakland Athletics        26   32  .448  11.5  L 1
Texas Rangers            26   32  .448  11.5  W 1
California Angels        25   34  .424  13    L 1
Minnesota Twins          24   34  .414  13.5  L 7

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .286, 9 HR, 29 RBI            11-1, 1.63, 47 K        
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Bob Ojeda                
     .304, 10 HR, 47 RBI           8-5, 3.59, 71 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .321, 9 HR, 35 RBI            6-1, 2.59               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .322, 11 HR, 37 RBI           9-6, 2.89, 65 K         
CLE  Pat Tabler                    Bert Blyleven            
     .325, 26 RBI                  6-3, 2.26, 67 K         
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Jack Morris              
     .281, 16 HR, 60 RBI, 8 SB     11-2, 2.87, 63 K        
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Mark Gubicza             
     .290, 17 SB                   7-3, 2.03, 50 K         
MIL  Cecil Cooper                  Rollie Fingers           
     .289                          9 Sv, 0.34              
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    John Butcher             
     .292, 7 HR, 31 RBI            7-4, 1.96               
NYY  Don Mattingly                 Phil Niekro              
     .346, 44 RBI                  10-2, 2.43, 79 K        
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .366, 8 HR, 28 RBI, 32 SB     13 Sv, 2.41             
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Mike Moore               
     .251, 11 HR, 34 RBI           7-4, 3.36, 78 K         
TEX  Buddy Bell                    Frank Tanana             
     .303                          7-6, 3.15, 60 K         
TOR  George Bell                   Dave Stieb               
     .323, 9 HR, 37 RBI            8-5, 2.48, 91 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .366
 2. Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .346
 3. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .341
 4. Herndon, Larry (DET)           .337
 5. Boggs, Wade (BOS)              .325
    Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .325
 7. Bell, George (TOR)             .323
 8. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .322
 9. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .321
    Lynn, Fred (CAL)               .321

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                20
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               16
 3. Kittle, Ron (CHW)                15
 4. Kingman, Dave (OAK)              13
 5. Baylor, Don (NYY)                12
    Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             12
    Fisk, Carlton (CHW)              12
    Gedman, Rich (BOS)               12
    Lemon, Chet (DET)                12
    Parrish, Lance (DET)             12

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               60
 2. Armas, Tony (BOS)                57
 3. Parrish, Larry (TEX)             49
 4. Evans, Dwight (BOS)              47
 5. Parrish, Lance (DET)             45

STOLEN BASES
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          32
 2. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             28
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               23

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.63
 2. Butcher, John (MIN)            1.96
 3. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          1.98
 4. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            2.03
 5. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.11
 6. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           2.26
 7. Niekro, Phil (NYY)             2.43
 8. Stieb, Dave (TOR)              2.48
 9. Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          2.56
10. Zahn, Geoff (CAL)              2.59

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

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)            108
 2. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 94
 3. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                91
 4. Niekro, Phil (NYY)               79
 5. Moore, Mike (SEA)                78

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


SCHEDULE
========

TEX  26-32  Tanana, F            (7-6, 3.15)
DET  42-15  Petry, D             (10-3, 3.00)

KCR  37-20  Leibrandt, C         (4-4, 4.75)
OAK  26-32  Sorensen, L          (5-5, 5.57)

SEA  27-30  Beattie, J           (7-4, 3.25)
BOS  32-26  Nipper, A            (5-3, 3.68)

BAL  29-29  Davis, S             (11-1, 1.63)
CHW  27-30  Bannister, F         (3-8, 4.70)

MIN  24-34  Butcher, J           (7-4, 1.96)
NYY  32-26  Cowley, J            (2-1, 3.76)

CLE  32-26  Farr, S              (4-4, 4.45)
CAL  25-34  Slaton, J            (3-4, 4.31)

MIL  16-42  McClure, B           (4-5, 3.36)
TOR  29-28  Alexander, D         (4-7, 3.74)

NL Day 78: Lollar Dual Threat In Padres Win

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Padres 4, Pirates 3
Tim Lollar pitched 8 innings to improve to 7-3 and also hit the go-ahead RBI single in the 4th innings, leading San Diego over Pittsburgh to remain a half game up in the NL West. The Bucs took a 3-0 lead thru 3 innings, only to surrender 4 in the 4th as the Pads batted around. Graig Nettles started the scoring off with a 2-run homer, his 11th of the season. Goose Gossage (S 11) made it tense in the 9th, as Tony Pena and Lee Lacy singled to put men at the corners with two out, but Dale Berra grounded out to first, ending the game.

Reds 4, Expos 2
Cincinnati broke a brutal 6-game losing streak with a 4-run 6th inning that lifted them over Charlie Lea and the Montreal Expos. Frank Pastore (W 5-2) went 7+ innings, allowing 2 runs. Ted Power saved his 8th game with 2 shutout innings. Lea had a 2-0 shutout coming into the 6th, but things unraveled. Concepcion and Parker each singled, Gulden walked to load the bases, Milner singled in a pair to tie the game, Oester singled in another to put the Reds ahead, and Foley hit a sacrifice fly to bring another run home.

Phillies 6, Dodgers 5
Philadelphia moved back within a half-game of Chicago in the NL East, winning their 3rd straight and pulling off yet another late-game victory. Glenn Wilson’s two-RBI double in the 6th put Philly up 5-1 in the 6th innings, but a two-run homer by Pedro Guerrero (7th), RBI single by Kenny Landreaux and sac fly by Guerrero in the 8th tied the game up. Ozzie Virgil led off the 9th with a solo homer (11th) to give the Phils the lead right back. Al Holland tossed a shutout 9th for his 7th save on the season and now all Philly has to do is beat Orel Hershiser to move into a tie with idle Chicago.

Mets 4, Cardinals 1
When he starts, he’s great. I’m talking about Bruce Berenyi, who is now 5-0 after throwing all 9 innings and allowing just one run on four hits and four walks, striking out six Redbirds. George Foster and Darryl Strawberry each hit their 10th homers of the season. The Mets are four games back in the NL East and have Dwight Gooden lined up for their next start, so they’ve still got a fighting chance.

Giants 9, Braves 3
San Francisco snapped a 3-game losing streak and Atlanta continued to suffer a horrible second half. Manny Trillo had three hits for the Giants and MVP hopeful Jeff Leonard homered. Leonard’s line this season – 333, 14 HR, 48 RBI.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs             35   23  .603   -    L 1
Philadelphia Phillies    33   22  .600   0.5  W 3
New York Mets            30   26  .536   4    W 2
Montreal Expos           30   29  .508   5.5  L 1
Pittsburgh Pirates       26   29  .473   7.5  L 1
St. Louis Cardinals      21   33  .389  12    L 3

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
San Diego Padres         32   27  .542   -    W 2
Houston Astros           30   26  .536   0.5  W 1
Cincinnati Reds          27   30  .474   4    W 1
Atlanta Braves           25   29  .463   4.5  L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers      24   31  .436   6    L 1
San Francisco Giants     24   32  .429   6.5  W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Gene Garber              
     .251, 10 HR, 35 RBI           5-0, 1.00               
CHC  Ryne Sandberg                 Rick Sutcliffe           
     .280, 9 HR, 32 RBI, 16 SB     10-3, 2.62, 121 K       
CIN  Dave Concepcion               Mario Soto               
     .242, 11 SB                   8-5, 2.72, 89 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Mike Scott               
     .281, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 8 SB      7-1, 2.13               
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Alejandro Pena           
     .304, 7 HR, 27 RBI            5-3, 2.29, 57 K         
MON  Tim Raines                    Charlie Lea              
     .316, 28 SB                   6-6, 3.33, 70 K         
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Dwight Gooden            
     .336, 37 RBI, 16 SB           8-2, 2.13, 125 K        
PHI  Juan Samuel                   Steve Carlton            
     .293, 8 HR, 21 SB             6-5, 2.54, 66 K         
PIT  Johnny Ray                    John Tudor               
     .316                          7-7, 3.43, 55 K         
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Mark Thurmond            
     .353, 6 HR, 38 RBI, 21 SB     7-3, 2.85               
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Greg Minton              
     .333, 14 HR, 48 RBI           4-5, 6 Sv, 4.37         
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .295                          8 Sv, 1.84              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .353
 2. Lacy, Lee (PIT)                .346
 3. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .336
 4. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .333
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .333
 6. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .328
 7. Oliver, Al (PHI)               .323
 8. Mumphrey, Jerry (HOU)          .316
    Raines, Tim (MON)              .316
    Ray, Johnny (PIT)              .316

HOME RUNS
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              14
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               13
 3. Brock, Greg (LAD)                11
    Carter, Gary (MON)               11
    Davis, Chili (SFG)               11
    Marshall, Mike (LAD)             11
    Nettles, Graig (SDP)             11
    Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)              11

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)              48
 2. Durham, Leon (CHC)               40
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)                38
    Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)              38
 5. Wilson, Mookie (NYM)             37

STOLEN BASES
 1. Raines, Tim (MON)                28
 2. Dernier, Bob (CHC)               26
 3. 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. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         2.20
 7. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)          2.29
 8. Tibbs, Jay (CIN)               2.34
 9. Carlton, Steve (PHI)           2.54
10. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)          2.62

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)          10-3
 2. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            8-2
 3. Soto, Mario (CIN)               8-5
 4. Scott, Mike (HOU)               7-1
 5. Lollar, Tim (SDP)               7-3
    Thurmond, Mark (SDP)            7-3

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)            125
 2. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           121
 3. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)      105
 4. Soto, Mario (CIN)                89
 5. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             82

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


SCHEDULE
========

CIN  27-30  Soto, M              (8-5, 2.72)
MON  30-29  Palmer, D            (4-1, 3.66)

PHI  33-22  Hudson, C            (4-3, 4.55)
LAD  24-31  Hershiser, O         (3-5, 2.01)

NYM  30-26  Gooden, D            (8-2, 2.13)
STL  21-33  Kepshire, K          (4-1, 3.05)

SDP  32-27  Show, E              (4-3, 3.83)
PIT  26-29  Candelaria, J        (1-4, 4.19)

SFG  24-32  Robinson, J          (3-3, 6.11)
ATL  25-29  Barker, L            (3-3, 3.91)

Cubs, Astros Split 2-Game Set

16317The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros ended up with a split of their two-game series.

It took 19 innings to declare a winner, but Houston pulled it off.

At one stretch, each team had gotten 11 shutout innings pitched by their bullpen.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the 4th when Gary Matthews walked, moved to third on a Leon Durham single and then scored as Keith Moreland grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

Houston went up 3-1 in the bottom of the 6th when Craig Reynolds singled, Phil Garner walked, and Jerry Mumphrey singled a run in with one out.

That was it for Chicago starter Steve Trout.

George Frazier came in and allowed a two out, two-RBI double to light-hitting catcher Mark Bailey. Bailey is hitting just .170 on the season.

Nolan Ryan kept the lead going, working around a one-out triple by Ryne Sandberg in the 6th and stranding him there.

The Cubs came back in the 8th when Bob Dernier walked, stole second and then scored on an RBI single by Sandberg.

Sandberg then scored on a Matthews triple, tying the game up and giving Chicago the go-ahead run at 3rd with nobody out.

Dave Smith entered in relief, striking out Durham, retiring pinch-hitter Henry Cotto on a grounder to second with the infield in, and then striking out Ron Cey.

From then on, it was all bullpen.

Houston had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the 10th, loading the bases with one out. against Tim Stoddard.

Warren Brusstar was called upon by Chicago and he struck out Terry Puhl and retired Bailey on a grounder to second to escape the jam.

The ‘Stros were back at it in the 12th, as Garner led off reaching 3rd base on a three-base error by Matthews in left.

Lee Smith struck out Mumphrey, retired Harry Spilman on a fly out to right with a great diving catch coming in by Cotto, and then got Puhl on a liner to Durham at first.

In the bottom of the 14th, new Cubs reliever Dickie Noles walked a pair of runners and Larry Bowa made an error at short to load the bases with one out.

Bailey then grounded one hard to Noles, starting a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.

Chicago got their best chance in the top of the 16th, loading the bases with two out before Houston reliever Frank DiPino retired Sandberg on a grounder to third.

Things finally wrapped up in the bottom of the 19th.

Reliever Rick Reuschel allowed a single to Mumphrey, who later scored on a two-out, walk-off single to Jim Pankovits, who had entered the game as part of a double switch in the 13th.

A wild game for what could possibly be the two teams soon playing in the National League Championship Series.

But we’ve still got a little ways to go before we figure that out.