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NL Day 5: Fernando, Ryan Duel in Houston

Chili Davis

Chili Davis

Astros 5, Dodgers 4
The Houston Astros remained perfect on the season, with Kevin Bass providing the game-winning RBI single in the 8th inning. The big story was Los Angeles’ Fernando Valenzuela going up against Houston’s Nolan Ryan. Neither pitcher got a decision, however. Valenzuela went 7 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 7 K. Ryan 7.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 K. Reliever Frank DiPino picked up his 2nd vulture win of the year.

Giants 8, Mets 4
The rookie, Dwight Gooden, looked solid for 5 innings, allowing 1 run and striking out 6 for New York. But things collapsed in the bottom of the 6th when San Francisco picked up 7 hits and a pair of walks en route to a 7-run inning. Outfielder Gene Richards went down with a 6-game injury for the Giants, giving them 3 players now already missing significant time early on.

Phillies 10, Cubs 3
Philadelphia improved to 3-0 atop the NL East, scoring 7 runs early. Mike Schmidt continued his hot start to the year, belting home run #3. Ozzie Virgil hit his 2nd homer of the season, driving in 4 runs. Steve Trout (6 IP, 8 R, 4 ER) didn’t pitch well, but a pair of Larry Bowa errors at shortstop didn’t help.

Braves 5, Reds 0
Rich Mahler tossed a 5-hit shutout for Atlanta, dropping Cincinnati to 0-3 on the young season. Dale Murphy came back from what was basically two missed games due to injuries and went 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer of the season. Batting .500 with 7 RBI in 2 games played – not a bad start for the two-time defending NL MVP.

Pirates 3, Expos 0
Scot Thompson homered twice and Lee Lacy also homered, giving Pittsburgh a trio of solo shots. Rick Rhoden picked up his first win with a 6-hit shutout. Montreal fell to 0-3.  They had men on the corners with 1 out in the 9th, but Rhoden got Driessed on a shallow fly to center and Wallach on a fly to left. Game over.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies     3    0  1000   -    W 3
St. Louis Cardinals       3    1  .750   0.5  W 1
Pittsburgh Pirates        2    3  .400   2    W 1
Chicago Cubs              1    2  .333   2    L 1
New York Mets             1    2  .333   2    L 1
Montreal Expos            0    3  .000   3    L 3

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros            3    0  1000   -    W 3
San Francisco Giants      3    2  .600   1    W 1
Atlanta Braves            2    1  .667   1    W 1
San Diego Padres          1    1  .500   1.5  L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers       2    3  .400   2    L 1
Cincinnati Reds           0    3  .000   3    L 3

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Rick Mahler              
     .500, 2 HR, 7 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
CHC  Bob Dernier                   Dennis Eckersley         
     .300, 2 RBI, 1 SB             1-0, 0.00, 6 K          
CIN  Dave Parker                   Bob Owchinko             
     .273                          0.00                    
HOU  Phil Garner                   Frank DiPino             
     .467, 3 RBI                   2-0, 1.93, 3 K          
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Rick Honeycutt           
     .381, 5 RBI                   1-0, 1.00               
MON  Andre Dawson                  Dan Schatzeder           
     .385, 3 RBI                   0.00, 3 K               
NYM  George Foster                 Ron Darling              
     .462, 1 HR                    0.00, 3 K               
PHI  Mike Schmidt                  Steve Carlton            
     .455, 3 HR, 6 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
PIT  Jason Thompson                Rick Rhoden              
     .313, 2 HR                    1-1, 0.56, 9 K          
SDP  Graig Nettles                 Goose Gossage            
     .375, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Mike Krukow              
     .429, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 1.13, 5 K          
STL  Darrell Porter                Bruce Sutter             
     .444, 1 HR, 2 RBI             3 Sv, 0.00              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Murphy, Dale (ATL)             .500
 2. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .467
 3. Foster, George (NYM)           .462
 4. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .455
 5. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .429
 6. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .417
    Knight, Ray (NYM)              .417
 8. Thompson, Scot (SFG)           .412
 9. Dawson, Andre (MON)            .385
    Wilson, Mookie (NYM)           .385

HOME RUNS
1. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               3
2. Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  2
   Murphy, Dale (ATL)                2
   Thompson, Jason (PIT)             2
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               8
2. Murphy, Dale (ATL)                7
   Thompson, Scot (SFG)              7
4. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               6
5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)             5
   Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               5
   Maldonado, Candy (LAD)            5
   Nettles, Graig (SDP)              5

STOLEN BASES
1. Gladden, Dan (SFG)                2
   Raines, Tim (MON)                 2
   Samuel, Juan (PHI)                2
   Washington, Claudell (ATL)        2
   Wilson, Mookie (NYM)              2

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Allen, Neil (STL)              0.00
    Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         0.00
    Booker, Greg (SDP)             0.00
    Carlton, Steve (PHI)           0.00
    Darling, Ron (NYM)             0.00
    Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)        0.00
    Horton, Ricky (STL)            0.00
    Hudson, Charlie (PHI)          0.00
    Mahler, Rick (ATL)             0.00
    Robinson, Jeff (SFG)           0.00
    Schatzeder, Dan (MON)          0.00
    Solano, Julio (HOU)            0.00
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.00

WINS-LOSSES
1. DiPino, Frank (HOU)             2-0
2. Allen, Neil (STL)               1-0
   Andujar, Joaquin (STL)          1-0
   Carlton, Steve (PHI)            1-0
   Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)         1-0
   Gossage, Goose (SDP)            1-0
   Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)           1-0
   Horton, Ricky (STL)             1-0
   Hudson, Charlie (PHI)           1-0
   Koosman, Jerry (PHI)            1-0
   Krukow, Mike (SFG)              1-0
   Laskey, Bill (SFG)              1-0
   Mahler, Rick (ATL)              1-0
   Perez, Pascual (ATL)            1-0
   Sambito, Joe (HOU)              1-0
   Tudor, John (PIT)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       14
2. DeLeon, Jose (PIT)                9
   Rhoden, Rick (PIT)                9
4. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)             8
   Perez, Pascual (ATL)              8

SAVES
1. Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3
2. Minton, Greg (SFG)                1
   Robinson, Don (PIT)               1
   Sisk, Doug (NYM)                  1


SCHEDULE
========

LAD   2-3   Hershiser, O         (NR)
HOU   3-0   Scott, M             (NR)

NYM   1-2   Berenyi, B           (NR)
SFG   3-2   Krukow, M            (1-0, 1.13)

CHC   1-2   Sanderson, S         (NR)
PHI   3-0   Rawley, S            (NR)

ATL   2-1   Camp, R              (NR)
CIN   0-3   Pastore, F           (NR)

MON   0-3   Rogers, S            (NR)
PIT   2-3   McWilliams, L        (0-1, 2.57)
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NL Day 3: Blown Saves, Padres best Cubs

Graig Nettles

Graig Nettles

San Diego 9, Chicago 7 – More blown saves all over the league, with the end result being Graig Nettles hitting a grand slam off of Chicago closer Lee Smith in the bottom of the 9th.  The Padres led 5-2 headed into the 9th, only to see Eric Show run out of gas and their closer, free agent acquisition Goose Gossage, walk two men and shortstop Garry Templeton commit a pair of errors. Chicago took a 7-5 lead into the bottom of the 9th, but Smith allowed a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Tim Flannery, walked Tony Gwynn and Steve Garvey, then serve up the walk-off to Nettles.  It was San Diego’s second grand slam of the game as Kevin McReynolds hit one off of Cubs starter Rick Sutcliffe in the 1st.

Philadelphia 3, Cincinnati 0 – The Phillies made it two in a row to start the season, with “Lefty” Steve Carlton throwing a 4-hit shutout. Mike Schmidt poked his 2nd homer of the year for Philadelphia while Von Hayes went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI.

Pittsburgh 2, St. Louis 1 – The Bucs picked up six consecutive singles in the top of the 5th inning and John Tudor went 8 innings for the Pirates win. A tough day for the Cardinals’ pitching staff with starter Danny Cox forced out after 4 1/3 innings of work.

San Francisco 5, Los Angeles 4 – The West Coast battle raged off with the Giants taking a 2-1 series lead after a 12-inning victory.  L.A. took an early 5-1 lead but watched it skitter away. Bob Brenly’s RBI single in the 12th put the Giants ahead and Greg Minton worked around a pair of base runners in the bottom of the inning, retiring Mike Scioscia on a fly out to left to end the game. Injuries galore with the Giants’ Steve Nicosia (7 games) and Duane Kuiper (1 game) pulling up with injuries as well as the Dodgers’ Mike Marshall (1 game).

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies     2    0  1000   -    W 2
St. Louis Cardinals       2    1  .667   0.5  L 1
New York Mets             1    1  .500   1    W 1
Pittsburgh Pirates        1    2  .333   1.5  W 1
Chicago Cubs              0    1  .000   1.5  L 1
Montreal Expos            0    2  .000   2    L 2

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros            2    0  1000   -    W 2
San Francisco Giants      2    1  .667   0.5  W 2
San Diego Padres          1    0  1000   0.5  W 1
Atlanta Braves            1    1  .500   1    L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers       1    2  .333   1.5  L 2
Cincinnati Reds           0    2  .000   2    L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Pascual Perez            
     .500, 1 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 3.00, 8 K          
CHC  Bob Dernier                   George Frazier           
     .333, 1 RBI, 1 SB             0.00                    
CIN  Ron Oester                    Tom Hume                 
     .333                          6.00, 3 K               
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Frank DiPino             
     .364, 2 HR, 3 RBI             1-0, 3.00, 2 K          
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Jerry Reuss              
     .385, 3 RBI                   1-1, 6.75               
MON  Andre Dawson                  Charlie Lea              
     .400, 3 RBI                   2.25, 4 K               
NYM  Hubie Brooks                  Doug Sisk                
     .429, 1 HR, 2 RBI             1 Sv, 0.00              
PHI  Mike Schmidt                  Steve Carlton            
     .429, 2 HR, 3 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
PIT  Marvell Wynne                 John Tudor               
     .462                          1-0, 1.13, 6 K          
SDP  Graig Nettles                 Goose Gossage            
     .400, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
SFG  Dan Gladden                   Mike Krukow              
     .800, 2 SB                    1-0, 1.13, 5 K          
STL  Darrell Porter                Joaquin Andujar          
     .667, 1 HR, 2 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 3 K          

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Gladden, Dan (SFG)             .800
 2. Martinez, Carmelo (SDP)        .667
 3. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .500
    Owen, Dave (CHC)               .500
    Wohlford, Jim (MON)            .500
 6. Wynne, Marvell (PIT)           .462
 7. Foster, George (NYM)           .444
 8. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)            .429
    Samuel, Juan (PHI)             .429
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .429
    Thompson, Scot (SFG)           .429

HOME RUNS
1. Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  2
   Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               2
3. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)               1
   Foster, George (NYM)              1
   Green, David (STL)                1
   Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               1
   Lezcano, Sixto (PHI)              1
   Maldonado, Candy (LAD)            1
   McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)           1
   Murphy, Dale (ATL)                1
   Nettles, Graig (SDP)              1
   Porter, Darrell (STL)             1
   Strawberry, Darryl (NYM)          1
   Trevino, Alex (ATL)               1
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               1

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Thompson, Scot (SFG)              6
2. Nettles, Graig (SDP)              5
3. Maldonado, Candy (LAD)            4
   McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)           4
   Murphy, Dale (ATL)                4
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               4

STOLEN BASES
1. Gladden, Dan (SFG)                2
   Raines, Tim (MON)                 2
   Samuel, Juan (PHI)                2
   Wilson, Mookie (NYM)              2

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Allen, Neil (STL)              0.00
    Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         0.00
    Carlton, Steve (PHI)           0.00
    Darling, Ron (NYM)             0.00
    Frazier, George (CHC)          0.00
    Gossage, Goose (SDP)           0.00
    Lucas, Gary (MON)              0.00
    Robinson, Jeff (SFG)           0.00
    Schatzeder, Dan (MON)          0.00
    Sisk, Doug (NYM)               0.00
    Smith, Dave (HOU)              0.00
    Solano, Julio (HOU)            0.00
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.00

WINS-LOSSES
1. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)          1-0
   Carlton, Steve (PHI)            1-0
   DiPino, Frank (HOU)             1-0
   Gossage, Goose (SDP)            1-0
   Koosman, Jerry (PHI)            1-0
   Krukow, Mike (SFG)              1-0
   Perez, Pascual (ATL)            1-0
   Sambito, Joe (HOU)              1-0
   Tudor, John (PIT)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)             8
   Perez, Pascual (ATL)              8
3. Koosman, Jerry (PHI)              7
   LaPoint, Dave (STL)               7
   McWilliams, Larry (PIT)           7
   Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)        7

SAVES
1. Sutter, Bruce (STL)               2
2. Minton, Greg (SFG)                1
   Robinson, Don (PIT)               1
   Sisk, Doug (NYM)                  1


SCHEDULE
========

PIT   1-2   DeLeon, J            (NR)
STL   2-1   Horton, R            (NR)

SFG   2-1   Davis, M             (NR)
LAD   1-2   Honeycutt, R         (NR)

CHC   0-1   Eckersley, D         (NR)
SDP   1-0   Lollar, T            (NR)

NL Day 2: Cards, Astros eke out 2-0 starts

Phil Garner

Phil Garner

Houston 4, Montreal 3 – The Astros got off to a 2-0 start in a game that saw each team blow 9th inning saves. Frank DiPino took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 9th, only to have Andre Dawson lead off reaching base on an Enos Cabell error, and then give up RBI singles to Terry Francona and Jim Wohlford. In the bottom of the 9th, the Expos’ Jeff Reardon repeated the closer nightmare, loaded the bases with two outs after a pair of walks and then giving up a 2-RBI walk-off single to Phil Garner. Bob Knepper (7 IP, 1 ER) and Charlie Lea (8 IP, 2 ER) were both solid starts for Houston and Montreal, respectively.

New York 6, Atlanta 3 – The Mets split their series withe Braves, with Darryl Strawberry, George Foster, and Hubie Brooks each connecting for home runs. Jesse Orosco and Doug Sisk combined for 3 shutout innings of relief, Orosco picking up the win after a blown save on Opening Day and Sisk earning the 2-inning save.

St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 1 – The Cardinals improved to 2-0 and Bruce Sutter picked up his 2nd save, throwing 2 shutout innings.  Pittsburgh, who has scored just 1 run in 18 innings of play, had a nice opportunity in the top of the 7th, loading the bases with two outs. But Marvell Wynne flew out to Willie McGee in center and that was their only good chance of the day. Darrell Porter’s solo homer in the bottom of the 7th broke a 1-1 tie.

San Francisco 3, Los Angeles 1 – The Giants evened up their NL West showdown with the Dodgers behind 8 solid innings of pitching by Mike Krukow (W 1-0).  Krukow had a run of 6 hitless innings, while the Giants scattered 9 hits en route to the win. Dan Gladden reached base 4 times out of the leadoff spot.

Philadelphia 8, Cincinnati 2 – The Phillies made it a laugher in their opening game of the season, pounding Mario Soto and the visiting Reds. Mike Schmidt tied the game with a solo homer in the 4th, Ozzie Virgil broke the tie in the bottom of the 6th with a grand slam, and Sixto Lezcano put the cherry on top with a 2-run homer in the 8th.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
St. Louis Cardinals       2    0  1000   -    W 2
Philadelphia Phillies     1    0  1000   0.5  W 1
New York Mets             1    1  .500   1    W 1
Chicago Cubs              0    0  .000   1       
Montreal Expos            0    2  .000   2    L 2
Pittsburgh Pirates        0    2  .000   2    L 2

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros            2    0  1000   -    W 2
Atlanta Braves            1    1  .500   1    L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers       1    1  .500   1    L 1
San Francisco Giants      1    1  .500   1    W 1
San Diego Padres          0    0  .000   1       
Cincinnati Reds           0    1  .000   1.5  L 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Gerald Perry                  Pascual Perez            
     .286                          1-0, 3.00, 8 K          
CIN  Ron Oester                    Tom Hume                 
     .500                          18.00, 3 K              
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Frank DiPino             
     .364, 2 HR, 3 RBI             1-0, 3.00, 2 K          
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Jerry Reuss              
     .375, 2 RBI                   1-0, 9.00               
MON  Andre Dawson                  Charlie Lea              
     .400, 3 RBI                   2.25, 4 K               
NYM  George Foster                 Doug Sisk                
     .444, 1 HR, 1 RBI             1 Sv, 0.00              
PHI  Juan Samuel                   Jerry Koosman            
     .500, 1 SB                    1-0, 2.00, 7 K          
PIT  Jason Thompson                Rick Rhoden              
     .500                          1.29, 5 K               
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Mike Krukow              
     .571, 1 HR, 3 RBI             1-0, 1.13, 5 K          
STL  Darrell Porter                Joaquin Andujar          
     .667, 1 HR, 2 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 3 K          

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Parker, Dave (CIN)             .667
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .667
 3. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .571
 4. Thompson, Scot (SFG)           .556
 5. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .500
    Oester, Ron (CIN)              .500
    Samuel, Juan (PHI)             .500
    Thompson, Jason (PIT)          .500
    Wohlford, Jim (MON)            .500
10. Foster, George (NYM)           .444

HOME RUNS
1. Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  2
2. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)               1
   Foster, George (NYM)              1
   Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               1
   Lezcano, Sixto (PHI)              1
   Maldonado, Candy (LAD)            1
   Murphy, Dale (ATL)                1
   Porter, Darrell (STL)             1
   Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               1
   Strawberry, Darryl (NYM)          1
   Trevino, Alex (ATL)               1
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               1

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Maldonado, Candy (LAD)            4
   Murphy, Dale (ATL)                4
   Thompson, Scot (SFG)              4
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               4
5. Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  3
   Dawson, Andre (MON)               3
   Garner, Phil (HOU)                3
   Knight, Ray (NYM)                 3
   Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               3

STOLEN BASES
1. Gladden, Dan (SFG)                2
   Raines, Tim (MON)                 2
   Wilson, Mookie (NYM)              2

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         0.00
    Darling, Ron (NYM)             0.00
    Hooton, Burt (LAD)             0.00
    Lucas, Gary (MON)              0.00
    Schatzeder, Dan (MON)          0.00
    Sisk, Doug (NYM)               0.00
    Smith, Dave (HOU)              0.00
    Solano, Julio (HOU)            0.00
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.00
10. Krukow, Mike (SFG)             1.13

WINS-LOSSES
1. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)          1-0
   DiPino, Frank (HOU)             1-0
   Koosman, Jerry (PHI)            1-0
   Krukow, Mike (SFG)              1-0
   Perez, Pascual (ATL)            1-0
   Reuss, Jerry (LAD)              1-0
   Sambito, Joe (HOU)              1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Perez, Pascual (ATL)              8
2. Koosman, Jerry (PHI)              7
   LaPoint, Dave (STL)               7
   McWilliams, Larry (PIT)           7
   Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)        7

SAVES
1. Sutter, Bruce (STL)               2
2. Minton, Greg (SFG)                1
   Sisk, Doug (NYM)                  1


SCHEDULE
========

PIT   0-2   Tudor, J             (NR)
STL   2-0   Cox, D               (NR)

SFG   1-1   Robinson, J          (NR)
LAD   1-1   Pena, A              (NR)

CIN   0-1   Russell, J           (NR)
PHI   1-0   Carlton, S           (NR)

CHC   0-0   Sutcliffe, R         (NR)
SDP   0-0   Show, E              (NR)

Season Preview: #23 Cincinnati Reds

mario-soto

Mario Soto

They were one year away from a four-year run of pro-.500 ball, but 1984 was not a great season to be a fan of the Cincinnati Reds.

They finished 9th in scoring in the National League and 11th in runs allowed.

That added up to a miserable 70-92 record.

Things started off poorly, as the Reds had a 7-game losing streak in mid-April which dropped them to 4-10.

They recovered to have a nice 16-10 mark in May and after a fifth straight victory on May 30th they had pulled within a half game of first.

But a five-game losing streak followed and June resulted in a 10-19 record.

July was even worse: 8-19.

August: 11-19.

Yes.  It was a long summer in Cincinnati.

The top hitting performances were all turned in by guys who had fewer than 300 plate appearances.  1B Dan Driessen hit .280 with 7 HR.  LF Duane Walker batted .292 with 10 HR.  And 43-year old Pete Rose, who actually finished the season as player-manager, hit .365 in 26 games.

The pitching staff was headed by Mario Soto, who won 18 games with a 3.53 ERA, completing 13 of his 33 starts.