AL Day 87: Stieb Finishes ’84 With CG

front-8Blue Jays 5, Indians 1
Dave Stieb won’t be able to collect enough votes to overcome the O’s Storm Davis at year-end Cy Young voting, but he’ll probably make the top 5. He finished the season 9-5 with a 2.30 ERA and 103 strikeouts, going all 9 to lead Toronto to their 7th straight win. George Bell went down with an early injury and was replaced by Jesse Barfield who ended up with a homer (3rd) and double. Dave Collins reached base three times for the Jays, while Ernie Whitt (13th) and Willie Upshaw (7th) each homered. Stieb’s final line: 9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO.

Tigers 4, Yankees 2
Detroit ran their winning streak up to 8 games, which is all the more impressive considering they keep sending out lineups picked out of a hat. They long ago clinched the AL East and home-field advantage throughout the postseason, so winning is secondary to staying healthy. And yet… here we are. Milt Wilcox went 6 innings for the win (4-3), while Albie Lopez (2 IP) and Willie Hernandez (S 15, 1 IP) tossing no-hit relief. The Yankees were unable to manage a hit after the 2nd inning of the game with no base runners reaching scoring position. Chet Lemon had a pair of doubles on the offensive side for Detroit.

White Sox 5, Royals 4
Chicago scored a pair of runs in the 7th and 8th innings to pick up a comeback win over AL West-winning Kansas City. The Royals rallied in the 9th, but left the bases loaded when Darryl Motley struck out against Ron Reed (S 6) for the final out. Greg Luzinski went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple for the ChiSox.

Red Sox 7, Angels 4
A strong finish for Boston. They end up 38-26, winning 6 straight games, but wishing they weren’t stuck in the AL East with Detroit. Jim Rice hit a 3-run homer (8th) in the bottom of the 8th inning to put Boston ahead 5-4 and Mark Clear threw two innings for the win out of the pen, walking three and strikeout out three, as he tends to do. Clear finishes the project with 10.7 strikeouts per 9 and 13.0 walks per 9. (That’s not a typo.)

Orioles 6, Athletics 1
At this point there can be no doubt that Storm Davis will win the AL Cy Young award. He went 6.1 shutout innings in this contest, improving to 13-1 with a 1.51 ERA on the season. Davis was bailed out in the 7th when Sammy Stewart came on with the bases loaded and got Dwayne Murphy on a 3-6-1 double play. In other award watches, Oakland’s Rickey Henderson went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a strikeout. Both those men could be collecting some hardware at the end of the season. Cal Ripken had two singles and two RBI while Wayne Gross homered (11th) and doubled for Baltimore.

Mariners 6, Twins 5
Seattle made the most of 3 Minnesota errors, collecting 5 unearned runs in a 6-5 victory – their 4th straight. The Twins have now lost an unsightly 12 straight and have one game remaining in the season. On the bright side, Kirby Puckett went 4-for-5. A Seattle win on the final day of the season would have them finishing .500 at 32-32. They’re going to finish 2nd place in the AL West, regardless.

Rangers 4, Brewers 3
Texas handed Milwaukee their 8th straight loss, riding a two-out, nobody-on rally in the bottom of the 9th to win it. Tolleson and Wilkerson singled before Billy Sample brought in a run on walk-off base hit. Both Frank Tanana (W 8-7) and Mike Caldwell (L 1-10) went the distance. Ben Oglivie hit a 3-run homer (6th) for Milwaukee.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           48   15  .762   -    W 8
Boston Red Sox           38   26  .594  10.5  W 6
Toronto Blue Jays        35   28  .556  13    W 7
Cleveland Indians        34   29  .540  14    L 2
Baltimore Orioles        33   30  .524  15    W 2
New York Yankees         33   30  .524  15    L 4
Milwaukee Brewers        16   47  .254  32    L 8

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       40   23  .635   -    L 1
Seattle Mariners         31   32  .492   9    W 4
Chicago White Sox        28   35  .444  12    W 1
California Angels        28   36  .438  12.5  L 2
Oakland Athletics        27   36  .429  13    L 3
Texas Rangers            27   36  .429  13    W 1
Minnesota Twins          24   39  .381  16    L12

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .302, 11 HR, 37 RBI           13-1, 1.51, 57 K        
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Bob Ojeda                
     .309, 12 HR, 53 RBI           9-5, 3.55, 77 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .315, 10 HR, 41 RBI           6-2, 2.90               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .339, 13 HR, 44 RBI           9-7, 3.17, 66 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .316, 35 RBI, 9 SB            6-4, 2.45, 73 K         
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Jack Morris              
     .278, 17 HR, 61 RBI, 8 SB     12-2, 2.90, 67 K        
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Dan Quisenberry          
     .296, 19 SB                   5-0, 12 Sv, 1.06        
MIL  Cecil Cooper                  Rollie Fingers           
     .285                          9 Sv, 0.65              
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    John Butcher             
     .295, 8 HR, 32 RBI            7-5, 1.97               
NYY  Don Mattingly                 Phil Niekro              
     .333, 46 RBI                  10-2, 2.76, 87 K        
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .357, 8 HR, 28 RBI, 34 SB     14 Sv, 2.31             
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .251, 12 HR, 36 RBI           8-5, 3.16, 59 K         
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Frank Tanana             
     .297, 10 HR, 51 RBI           8-7, 3.36, 70 K         
TOR  George Bell                   Dave Stieb               
     .319, 9 HR, 38 RBI            9-5, 2.30, 103 K        

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .357
 2. Johnson, Cliff (TOR)           .340
 3. Baines, Harold (CHW)           .339
 4. Herndon, Larry (DET)           .335
    Puckett, Kirby (MIN)           .335
 6. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .333
    Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .333
 8. Boggs, Wade (BOS)              .323
 9. Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .321
10. Bell, George (TOR)             .319

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                21
 2. Kittle, Ron (CHW)                18
 3. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               17
 4. Parrish, Lance (DET)             14
 5. Baines, Harold (CHW)             13
    Kingman, Dave (OAK)              13
    Lemon, Chet (DET)                13
    Whitt, Ernie (TOR)               13

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               61
 2. Armas, Tony (BOS)                60
 3. Evans, Dwight (BOS)              53
 4. Parrish, Lance (DET)             51
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)             51

STOLEN BASES
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          34
 2. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             30
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               25

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.51
 2. Butcher, John (MIN)            1.97
 3. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          2.09
 4. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            2.19
 5. Stieb, Dave (TOR)              2.30
 6. Saberhagen, Bret (KCR)         2.34
 7. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           2.45
 8. Niekro, Phil (NYY)             2.76
 9. Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          2.78
    Romanick, Ron (CAL)            2.78

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             13-1
 2. Morris, Jack (DET)             12-2
 3. Petry, Dan (DET)               11-3
 4. Niekro, Phil (NYY)             10-2
 5. Hurst, Bruce (BOS)             10-5

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)            111
 2. Stieb, Dave (TOR)               103
 3. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 97
 4. Niekro, Phil (NYY)               87
 5. Clemens, Roger (BOS)             80

SAVES
 1. Hernandez, Willie (DET)          15
 2. Caudill, Bill (OAK)              14
 3. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)             12
    Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)           12


SCHEDULE
========

DET  48-15  Rozema, D            (4-2, 3.09)
NYY  33-30  Cowley, J            (2-1, 3.45)

TOR  35-28  Leal, L              (7-6, 3.09)
CLE  34-29  Farr, S              (4-4, 4.70)

CHW  28-35  Dotson, R            (5-6, 3.04)
KCR  40-23  Saberhagen, B        (5-2, 2.34)

BAL  33-30  McGregor, S          (2-5, 3.44)
OAK  27-36  Sorensen, L          (5-6, 5.53)

SEA  31-32  Moore, M             (7-4, 3.43)
MIN  24-39  Schrom, K            (2-7, 4.85)

MIL  16-47  Sutton, D            (2-7, 4.33)
TEX  27-36  Darwin, D            (3-9, 4.53)
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