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NL Day 11: Standings Shake-Up

Bruce Benedict

Bruce Benedict

Nothing was left as it was in the standings as the top teams dropped and the runner-ups were winners.

Braves 8, Giants 7 (13 innings)
San Francisco continued to make things difficult for me with their games that are seemingly always high-scoring and going into extra innings. The Braves took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the 3rd, only to see that lead down to one by the top of the 7th. Atlanta re-extended the lead to 3 runs in the top of the 9th, but in came Donnie Moore to try and notch his first save of the season in the bottom of the 9th. Now, with my older brother having been a big Angels fan and me seeing what he went through in the 1986 ALCS, I have special feelings about Moore. I mean, I know that blown save in ’86 essentially led to a whole bunch of dark things in Moore’s life, so even in the “imaginary world” of sport sims, I really want Moore to have success. So it’s a bit heart-breaking when, even in Strat-O-Land, things don’t turn out well. Bob Brenly led off reaching base on an error by Rafael Ramirez. Then Joel Youngblood homered to make it a 7-6 game. Wellman singled, moved up to second on a sacrifice, and then scored on a one-out single by Dan Gladden to tie the game. DAMN IT! To his credit, with men on 2nd & 3rd and one out, he got Manny Trillo on a shallow fly into left and then struck out Chili Davis to get the game into extra innings. Fast forward to the 13th inning and the Braves are at bat, two outs and nobody on. Bruce Benedict walks. Rick Mahler (yes, a pitcher) pinch hits and singles to keep the inning alive and Albert Hall doubles Benedict in. Jeff Dedmon throws a spotless bottom of the inning and the Braves move atop the NL West at 6-3.

Phillies 8, Astros 7
I take it personally, for some reason, when leads aren’t hold, particularly when a Hall of Fame pitcher is the one who is failing. So this game caused some agitation for me. Nolan Ryan had a 6-3 lead headed into the bottom of the 7th inning and all seemed right with the world until Von Hayes clubbed his second homer of the game off of Ryan, tying the ballgame up. Bill Dawley came out of the pen and fared no better in the 8th, allowing four straight base hits to the bottom four men in the Philadelphia order as the Phils stormed back for an 8-7 win, Larry Andersen throwing a perfect 9th for the first Philadelphia save of the season. I somehow inadvertently used their actual closer that year, Al Holland, in the 7th and 8th innings, so he picked up the win. Oops. I’ll try and make it up to Mister Holland. That .484 batting average that Von Hayes now has is pretty nice, although he is conspicuously absent from the list of top MVP vote-getters in an informal poll.  The win moved Philadelphia into 1st place in the East.

Pirates 6, Padres 5 (12 innings)
An exciting one in San Diego with Pittsburgh’s Don Robinson playing the role of hero, coming out of the pen and retiring all 12 Padres he faced for the win, ending the game with a rare strike out of Tony Gwynn and also fanning veteran Steve Garvey for the 3rd out. In the top of the 12th, Marvell Wynne led off with a triple – his 4th of the year – scoring on a Johnny Ray base hit.

Mets 7, Cubs 2
Dwight Gooden (W 1-1) struck out 9 Cubs, going the distance for his first win of the year. Rick Sutcliffe (L 1-1) picked up 10 strikeouts of his own, but was smacked around in a rough 8th inning that saw New York snap a 2-2 tie behind a 5-run inning, sending 10 men to the plate. George Foster has three hits for the Mets, improving to .433 on the season.

Expos 5, Cardinals 4 (11 innings)
The Cardinals couldn’t hang on to a 4-1 lead. Having only one rested relief pitcher hurt them, particularly when combined with a starter who couldn’t get through 7 innings and a game getting into extra frames. It was a bad combination leading to Bruce Sutter allowing his first run of the season when Miguel Dilone’s pinch-hit single scored Dan Driessen from 2nd, ending the game. That’s two straight wins now for the ‘spos, who started the year 1-6.

Reds 9, Dodgers 3
It was all Cincinnati, with Eric Davis’ 3-run homer highlighting a 4-run 1st inning for the Red Legs. Two runs in the 2nd meant emergency starter Jerry Reuss collected just 4 outs in total. Things didn’t get much better from there as Mario Soto (W 2-1) picked up his second win for Cincinnati, going the distance for the win and striking out 8 Dodgers.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies     5    3  .625   -    W 2
New York Mets             4    3  .571   0.5  W 1
Chicago Cubs              5    4  .556   0.5  L 1
Pittsburgh Pirates        5    5  .500   1    W 1
St. Louis Cardinals       4    5  .444   1.5  L 2
Montreal Expos            3    6  .333   2.5  W 2

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Atlanta Braves            6    3  .667   -    W 2
San Diego Padres          4    2  .667   0.5  L 1
Houston Astros            5    3  .625   0.5  L 2
San Francisco Giants      4    5  .444   2    L 2
Los Angeles Dodgers       4    7  .364   3    L 1
Cincinnati Reds           3    6  .333   3    W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Craig McMurtry           
     .382, 3 HR, 11 RBI            1-0, 2.57, 9 K          
CHC  Gary Matthews                 Dennis Eckersley         
     .313, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB       2-0, 0.53, 11 K         
CIN  Gary Redus                    Mario Soto               
     .387, 3 SB                    2-1, 4.50, 18 K         
HOU  Jose Cruz                     Frank DiPino             
     .235, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB       2-0, 1 Sv, 1.35         
LAD  Mike Marshall                 Rick Honeycutt           
     .314, 2 HR, 6 RBI             2-0, 1.20               
MON  Andre Dawson                  Steve Rogers             
     .323, 1 HR, 6 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
NYM  George Foster                 Bruce Berenyi            
     .433, 3 HR, 6 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
PHI  Von Hayes                     John Denny               
     .484, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 SB       1-0, 0.00               
PIT  Marvell Wynne                 John Tudor               
     .362                          2-0, 0.57, 8 K          
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Goose Gossage            
     .429, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB       1-0, 1 Sv, 0.00         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Frank Williams           
     .387, 3 HR, 8 RBI             1-0, 5.00               
STL  Tommy Herr                    Bruce Sutter             
     .324                          3 Sv, 0.63, 7 K         

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .484
 2. Foster, George (NYM)           .433
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .429
    Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .429
 5. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .400
 6. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .387
    Redus, Gary (CIN)              .387
 8. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .385
 9. Murphy, Dale (ATL)             .382
10. Moreland, Keith (CHC)          .371

HOME RUNS
1. Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  3
   Durham, Leon (CHC)                3
   Foster, George (NYM)              3
   Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               3
   Murphy, Dale (ATL)                3
   Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               3
   Thompson, Jason (PIT)             3

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Murphy, Dale (ATL)               11
2. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              10
3. Hendrick, George (STL)            9
   Matthews, Gary (CHC)              9
   McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)           9

STOLEN BASES
1. Gladden, Dan (SFG)                6
2. Dernier, Bob (CHC)                5
   Raines, Tim (MON)                 5
   Wiggins, Alan (SDP)               5
   Wilson, Mookie (NYM)              5

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           0.00
    Denny, John (PHI)              0.00
    Dravecky, Dave (SDP)           0.00
    Rogers, Steve (MON)            0.00
    Whitson, Ed (SDP)              0.00
 6. Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)        0.53
 7. Tudor, John (PIT)              0.57
 8. Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.63
 9. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          1.20
10. Darling, Ron (NYM)             1.50
    LaPoint, Dave (STL)            1.50
    Rhoden, Rick (PIT)             1.50

WINS-LOSSES
1. DiPino, Frank (HOU)             2-0
   Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)         2-0
   Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)           2-0
   Robinson, Don (PIT)             2-0
   Sambito, Joe (HOU)              2-0
   Tudor, John (PIT)               2-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            25
2. Soto, Mario (CIN)                18
   Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       18
4. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             17
5. Gooden, Dwight (NYM)             16

SAVES
1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                  3
   Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3
3. Dedmon, Jeff (ATL)                2
   Power, Ted (CIN)                  2
   Tekulve, Kent (PIT)               2


SCHEDULE
========

ATL   6-3   Camp, R              (0-0, 1.80)
SFG   4-5   Krukow, M            (1-1, 3.21)

CHC   5-4   Eckersley, D         (2-0, 0.53)
NYM   4-3   Fernandez, S         (NR)

STL   4-5   Horton, R            (1-0, 0.00)
MON   3-6   Lea, C               (0-0, 5.54)

LAD   4-7   Welch, B             (0-2, 3.09)
CIN   3-6   Pastore, F           (0-0, 1.80)
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NL Day 10: Padres, Pirates Go 15

San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres

Padres 4, Pirates 3 (15 innings)
The Padres won their 3rd straight, moving into 1st place in the West after out-lasting the Pirates in a 15-inning skirmish. Rick Rhoden (7 IP, 3 ER) had done well to keep Pittsburgh in the game, but their offense couldn’t capitalize on opportunities.  In the 7th, for example, they led 3-2 with one out and men on the corners.  San Diego starter Eric Show was pulled in favor of Greg Harris.  He got Marvell Wynne to hit a grounder to Steve Garvey at first, who threw out Dale Berra at the plate. After a walk to Johnny Ray loaded the bases, Bill Madlock grounded one to Kurt Bevacqua at third, who stepped on the bag to force Wynne.  In the 11th, Lee Lacy led off with a single, stole 2nd, and moved to 3rd on a Berra sacrifice.  But pinch-hitter Joe Orsulak whiffed and Wynne popped up to 2nd.  All told, San Diego relievers combined to go 9 innings, allowing 6 hits and no runs. In the bottom of the 15th, Tony Gwynn doubled and then scored on a game-ending base hit off the bat of Garvey.  Garvey finished the day having driven in 3 of the 4 San Diego runs.

Braves 7, Giants 1
Elsewhere in the West, Atlanta stayed a half game back of San Diego behind a solid win over San Francisco.  Len Barker (W 1-0) went 7 innings in his first start of the season, while Gerald Perry reached base in all 5 plate appearances, connecting for his 2nd homer of the year. Dale Murphy went 0-for-4 for Atlanta, though he picked up an RBI on a 1st inning sac fly.

Phillies 6, Astros 0
John Denny (W 1-0) tossed a 3-hit shutout in his first start for the Phillies, who were led by Von Hayes on offense.  Hayes went 4-for-4 with a triple, RBI, three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases.  Von leads the team with a .444 batting average in 7 games.

Cubs 3, Mets 2
Steve Trout (7 IP, 2 ER) and Ron Darling (6 IP, 2 ER) each had good starts for the Cubs and Mets, respectively.  Davey Lopes’ solo homer in the 9th put the Cubs ahead 3-2 and Lee Smith (S 3) came on for an uncharacteristically quiet save, striking out Hubie Brooks, Jose Oquendo and Ron Hodges in order.

Expos 4, Cardinals 3
Montreal won just their 2nd game of the year, coming from behind to beat a St. Louis team that is suffering from major bullpen shortages right now.  Jeff Lahti (L 1-1) was forced to pitch tired, marking the 2nd straight game the Cards had to do that.  With a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 9th, things fell apart.  Dan Driessen led off with a double and Tim Wallach walked. With one out, Doug Flynn singles in Driessen, tying the game.  Tony Scott then pinch hit and singled in Wallach – game over.

Dodgers 3, Reds 1
Rick Honeycutt improved to 2-0 on the season, going 6+ innings for the win, while Tom Niedenfuer (S 1) finally didn’t pitch horribly, striking out 3 men around a walk in the 9th for his first save.  It took 10 games to get there, but it was a good feeling to finally pick that up for the closer who still has a 2.00 WHIP in four appearances.  Dave Anderson was at the center of the offense – driving in two men with a 2nd inning double, then walking, stealing 2nd and scoring the Dodgers 3rd run in the 5th inning.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs              5    3  .625   -    W 1
Philadelphia Phillies     4    3  .571   0.5  W 1
St. Louis Cardinals       4    4  .500   1    L 1
New York Mets             3    3  .500   1    L 1
Pittsburgh Pirates        4    5  .444   1.5  L 1
Montreal Expos            2    6  .250   3    W 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros            5    2  .714   -    L 1
San Diego Padres          4    1  .800   -    W 3
Atlanta Braves            5    3  .625   0.5  W 1
San Francisco Giants      4    4  .500   1.5  L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers       4    6  .400   2.5  W 1
Cincinnati Reds           2    6  .250   3.5  L 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Craig McMurtry           
     .367, 3 HR, 11 RBI            1-0, 2.57, 9 K          
CHC  Keith Moreland                Dennis Eckersley         
     .387, 1 HR, 4 RBI             2-0, 0.53, 11 K         
CIN  Gary Redus                    Ted Power                
     .296, 2 SB                    2 Sv, 0.00              
HOU  Phil Garner                   Frank DiPino             
     .385, 4 RBI                   2-0, 1 Sv, 1.35         
LAD  Mike Marshall                 Rick Honeycutt           
     .344, 2 HR, 6 RBI             2-0, 1.20               
MON  Andre Dawson                  Gary Lucas               
     .346, 1 HR, 6 RBI             1-0, 1.17, 7 K          
NYM  George Foster                 Bruce Berenyi            
     .385, 3 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
PHI  Mike Schmidt                  John Denny               
     .407, 3 HR, 10 RBI            1-0, 0.00               
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .281, 3 HR, 7 RBI             2-0, 0.57, 8 K          
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Goose Gossage            
     .455, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB       1-0, 1 Sv, 0.00, 4 K    
SFG  Dan Gladden                   Mike Krukow              
     .611, 3 SB                    1-1, 3.21, 9 K          
STL  Tommy Herr                    Joaquin Andujar          
     .333                          1-0, 1.93               

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .455
 2. Hayes, Von (PHI)               .444
 3. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .429
 4. Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .423
 5. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .407
 6. Moreland, Keith (CHC)          .387
 7. Foster, George (NYM)           .385
    Garner, Phil (HOU)             .385
 9. Ramirez, Rafael (ATL)          .378
10. Knight, Ray (NYM)              .368

HOME RUNS
1. Foster, George (NYM)              3
   Murphy, Dale (ATL)                3
   Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               3
   Thompson, Jason (PIT)             3
5. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)               2
   Carter, Gary (MON)                2
   Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  2
   Durham, Leon (CHC)                2
   Green, David (STL)                2
   Hendrick, George (STL)            2
   Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               2
   Marshall, Mike (LAD)              2
   Mazzilli, Lee (PIT)               2
   McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)           2
   Perry, Gerald (ATL)               2
   Strawberry, Darryl (NYM)          2
   Trevino, Alex (ATL)               2
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Murphy, Dale (ATL)               11
2. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)              10
3. Hendrick, George (STL)            9
   McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)           9
5. Matthews, Gary (CHC)              8
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               8

STOLEN BASES
1. Raines, Tim (MON)                 5
2. Dernier, Bob (CHC)                4
   Washington, Claudell (ATL)        4
   Wiggins, Alan (SDP)               4

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           0.00
    Denny, John (PHI)              0.00
    Rogers, Steve (MON)            0.00
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.00
    Whitson, Ed (SDP)              0.00
 6. Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)        0.53
 7. Tudor, John (PIT)              0.57
 8. Sanderson, Scott (CHC)         1.13
 9. Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)          1.20
10. Rawley, Shane (PHI)            1.29

WINS-LOSSES
1. DiPino, Frank (HOU)             2-0
   Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)         2-0
   Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)           2-0
   Sambito, Joe (HOU)              2-0
   Tudor, John (PIT)               2-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       18
2. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            15
3. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)            14
4. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             13
5. Rhoden, Rick (PIT)               12

SAVES
1. Smith, Lee (CHC)                  3
   Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3
3. Power, Ted (CIN)                  2
   Tekulve, Kent (PIT)               2


SCHEDULE
========

ATL   5-3   Perez, P             (1-1, 4.50)
SFG   4-4   Laskey, B            (1-0, 4.50)

HOU   5-2   Ryan, N              (0-0, 3.68)
PHI   4-3   Hudson, C            (1-0, 0.00)

PIT   4-5   McWilliams, L        (0-2, 3.86)
SDP   4-1   Hawkins, A           (NR)

CHC   5-3   Sutcliffe, R         (1-0, 5.79)
NYM   3-3   Gooden, D            (0-1, 11.81)

STL   4-4   Cox, D               (0-1, 4.15)
MON   2-6   Gullickson, B        (0-1, 5.54)

LAD   4-6   Reuss, J             (NR)
CIN   2-6   Soto, M              (1-1, 6.00)

NL Day 8: Astros Do It Again

Harry Spilman

Harry Spilman

Astros 3, Dodgers 2
Something always goes right for Houston, it seems, as they improve to 5-1.  All five wins this season have been by a single run and 4 of those 5 wins have been credited to a member of the bullpen.  Today they take a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on three straight L.A. errors.  Bob Knepper cruises until the 7th inning when he serves up back-to-back solo shots to Mike Marshall (2) and Mike Scioscia.  They head into the bottom of the 9th trailing 2-1 to Alejandro Pena who is dealing for the Dodgers. Phil Garner triples to lead off. Jose Cruz walks. Jerry Mumphrey is erased on a 6-3 when Anderson makes a great play at short. Enos Cabell is walked to load the bases. Kevin Bass grounds to third and Garner is thrown out at home. Bases loaded, two out, down by one. Jim Pankovits pinch hits and singles a run in to tie it. In comes Tom Niedenfuer to pitch and Harry Spilman to pinch hit and up comes another single. Game over. Astros have been outscored this season but have a 5-1 record. Go figure.

Cubs 3, Phillies 1
Chicago moves into 1st place in the NL East with their 3rd straight win over the Phils. Dennis Eckersley (W 2-0) allows 1 run in 8 innings of work. Lee Smith (S 2) gives up a leadoff single to Oliver before John Wockenfuss lines out to Davey Lopes at 2nd base who then doubles Oliver off of first.  Ozzie Virgil grounds out to Lopes and that’s the ballgame. Why so many mentions of Lopes at second? Because Ryne Sandberg came up with a 2-game injury in the 7th inning. He had gone 2-for-4 with a triple before the injury.  He’s hitting .292 this season. Gary Matthews homered for the Cubs. Steve Carlton (L 1-1) threw well, but gets stuck with the loss.

Padres 10, Cardinals 7
St. Louis has nobody eligible to start who is rated as a starter and only three rested pitchers available to boot. They turn to Neil Allen (who made 1 start in ’84) and the worst possible thing happens – he only makes it through 1.2 innings before he’s out of the game.  The Padres put 8 runs on the board in the inning. The Cardinals make a game of it, scoring 5 in the 6th and 2 more in the 9th. They actually have two men on with nobody out before Goose Gossage (S 1) comes in for San Diego and ends the game with a strike out of David Green. Kevin McReynolds homered for the 2nd time this year for the 3-1 Padres.

Braves 10, Reds 2
Things continue to start poorly for Cincinnati. Promising young pitcher Jay Tibbs gets his first start of the season, serves up two fluky homers to Rafael Ramirez and Gerald Perry to fall behind 3-0 early on, and then comes up injured when batting in the bottom of the 3rd.  He’s going to miss 15 games before returning, so things aren’t looking too good for the Reds. The Braves, on the other hand, are now 4-2. Craig McMurtry (W 1-0) takes a shutout into the 9th before running out of gas. Chris Chambliss and Ken Oberkfell also went deep in a 4-homer game for the Bravos.

Pirates 8, Expos 7
A wild back and forth game that has 5 lead changes, the final one coming on Lee Mazzilli’s solo homer in the bottom of the 7th. Kent Tekulve throws a perfect 9th inning for his 2nd save of the season. On the bright side for the 1-5 Expos, their bats woke up, as they hit their first homers of the season including a pair by Gary Carter. Tim Raines also homered for them in the first at bat of the game, but was later injured and will miss a game. Andre Dawson went 2-for-4 and is hitting .381 this year.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs              4    2  .667   -    W 3
Pittsburgh Pirates        4    4  .500   1    W 2
Philadelphia Phillies     3    3  .500   1    L 3
St. Louis Cardinals       3    3  .500   1    L 2
New York Mets             2    2  .500   1    W 1
Montreal Expos            1    5  .167   3    L 2

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros            5    1  .833   -    W 2
Atlanta Braves            4    2  .667   1    W 1
San Diego Padres          3    1  .750   1    W 2
San Francisco Giants      3    3  .500   2    L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers       3    5  .375   3    L 2
Cincinnati Reds           1    5  .167   4    L 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Rick Mahler              
     .364, 2 HR, 9 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
CHC  Bob Dernier                   Dennis Eckersley         
     .320, 4 SB                    2-0, 0.53, 11 K         
CIN  Gary Redus                    Ted Power                
     .300, 1 SB                    1 Sv, 0.00              
HOU  Phil Garner                   Frank DiPino             
     .455, 4 RBI                   2-0, 1 Sv, 1.35         
LAD  Bill Russell                  Rick Honeycutt           
     .545                          1-0, 1.00               
MON  Andre Dawson                  Steve Rogers             
     .381, 4 RBI                   1-0, 0.00               
NYM  Mookie Wilson                 Bruce Berenyi            
     .333, 1 HR, 3 SB              1-0, 0.00               
PHI  Mike Schmidt                  Steve Carlton            
     .391, 3 HR, 8 RBI             1-1, 1.59, 8 K          
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .280, 3 HR, 6 RBI             2-0, 0.57, 8 K          
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Goose Gossage            
     .438, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB       1-0, 1 Sv, 0.00         
SFG  Jeff Leonard                  Mike Krukow              
     .412, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-1, 3.21, 9 K          
STL  David Green                   Bruce Sutter             
     .333, 1 HR, 3 RBI             3 Sv, 0.00              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .455
 2. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .444
 3. Gwynn, Tony (SDP)              .438
 4. Foster, George (NYM)           .412
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .412
 6. Ramirez, Rafael (ATL)          .407
 7. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)            .400
 8. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .391
 9. Wohlford, Jim (MON)            .389
10. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .382

HOME RUNS
1. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               3
   Thompson, Jason (PIT)             3
3. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)               2
   Carter, Gary (MON)                2
   Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  2
   Foster, George (NYM)              2
   Marshall, Mike (LAD)              2
   McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)           2
   Murphy, Dale (ATL)                2
   Trevino, Alex (ATL)               2
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Murphy, Dale (ATL)                9
2. McReynolds, Kevin (SDP)           8
   Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               8
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               8
5. Thompson, Scot (SFG)              7

STOLEN BASES
1. Dernier, Bob (CHC)                4
   Raines, Tim (MON)                 4
3. Washington, Claudell (ATL)        3
   Wilson, Mookie (NYM)              3

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         0.00
    Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           0.00
    Darling, Ron (NYM)             0.00
    Horton, Ricky (STL)            0.00
    Mahler, Rick (ATL)             0.00
    Robinson, Jeff (SFG)           0.00
    Rogers, Steve (MON)            0.00
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.00
    Whitson, Ed (SDP)              0.00
10. Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)        0.53

WINS-LOSSES
1. DiPino, Frank (HOU)             2-0
   Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)         2-0
   Sambito, Joe (HOU)              2-0
   Tudor, John (PIT)               2-0
5. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)          1-0
   Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)            1-0
   Gossage, Goose (SDP)            1-0
   Hershiser, Orel (LAD)           1-0
   Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)           1-0
   Horton, Ricky (STL)             1-0
   Hudson, Charlie (PHI)           1-0
   Laskey, Bill (SFG)              1-0
   Mahler, Rick (ATL)              1-0
   McMurtry, Craig (ATL)           1-0
   Niekro, Joe (HOU)               1-0
   Robinson, Don (PIT)             1-0
   Rogers, Steve (MON)             1-0
   Sanderson, Scott (CHC)          1-0
   Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           1-0
   Thurmond, Mark (SDP)            1-0
   Whitson, Ed (SDP)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            15
2. Pena, Alejandro (LAD)            14
   Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       14
4. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             13
5. Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)          11
   Welch, Bob (LAD)                 11

SAVES
1. Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3
2. Smith, Lee (CHC)                  2
   Tekulve, Kent (PIT)               2


SCHEDULE
========

ATL   4-2   Mahler, R            (1-0, 0.00)
SFG   3-3   Lerch, R             (NR)

CHC   4-2   Ruthven, D           (NR)
NYM   2-2   Terrell, W           (0-0, 2.25)

STL   3-3   Andujar, J           (1-0, 0.00)
MON   1-5   Palmer, D            (NR)

LAD   3-5   Valenzuela, F        (0-0, 4.50)
CIN   1-5   Russell, J           (0-1, 4.50)

NL Day 7: Sutcliffe fans 11, Cubs move up

Rick Sutcliffe

Rick Sutcliffe

Cubs 11, Phillies 4
Rick Sutcliffe (W 1-0) struck out 11 men in 8 innings of work as the Chicago Cubs crushed the Philadelphia Phillies to create a 3-way tie at the top of the NL East.  Chicago had 17 hits, including 4 by Leon Durham and 3 each by Bob Dernier, Rich Moreland, and Ron Cey.

Astros 2, Dodgers 1
Over in the NL West, the Houston Astros improved to 4-1 as Joe Niekro (W 1-0) went 7 strong innings, allowing just one run.  Frank DiPino notched his 1st save, pitching the final two innings.  Houston scored both runs in the bottom of the 3rd when Bill Doran tripled, Craig Reynolds doubled, and Phil Garner singled.  Through five games this season, Garner has a .500 batting average.  Niekro allowed a run in the 6th, walking Mike Marshall with the bases loaded and two out before retiring Mike Scoscia on a come-backer.

Padres 5, Cardinals 1
Tony Gwynn reached base four times and hit his first home run of the season, leading San Diego to a win over St. Louis.  The Cardinals are now in a 3-way tie for 1st place in the NL East.  Ed Whitson (W 1-0) went 6 innings for the Padres, allowing one unearned run.

Reds 5, Braves 4
The Reds got their first win of the year.  Mario Soto (W 1-1) went 8 innings for the win while Ted Power (S 1) pitched the 9th, striking out Alex Trevino with the tying run on base to end the game.  Gary Redus paced the Cincinnati offense from the top of the order, going 3-for-5 with a triple, stolen base, and two runs batted in.

Pirates 4, Expos 0
John Tudor (W) improved to 2-0 on the season, throwing 7.2 shutout innings before control problems forced him from the game.  With two on and two out in the 8th, Kent Tekulve (S 1) came on on got Mike Stenhouse on a slow roller to Jason Thompson at first.  Thompson, by the way, poked his 3rd homer of the season for the Pirates, who are now 3-4.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago Cubs              3    2  .600   -    W 2
Philadelphia Phillies     3    2  .600   -    L 2
St. Louis Cardinals       3    2  .600   -    L 1
New York Mets             2    2  .500   0.5  W 1
Pittsburgh Pirates        3    4  .429   1    W 1
Montreal Expos            1    4  .200   2    L 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Houston Astros            4    1  .800   -    W 1
Atlanta Braves            3    2  .600   1    L 1
San Diego Padres          2    1  .667   1    W 1
San Francisco Giants      3    3  .500   1.5  L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers       3    4  .429   2    L 1
Cincinnati Reds           1    4  .200   3    W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Claudell Washington           Rick Mahler              
     .444, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB       1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
CHC  Keith Moreland                Dennis Eckersley         
     .350, 1 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 6 K          
CIN  Nick Esasky                   Ted Power                
     .400, 1 HR                    1 Sv, 0.00              
HOU  Phil Garner                   Frank DiPino             
     .500, 4 RBI                   2-0, 1 Sv, 1.35, 4 K    
LAD  Bill Russell                  Rick Honeycutt           
     .545                          1-0, 1.00               
MON  Tim Raines                    Steve Rogers             
     .346, 4 SB                    1-0, 0.00               
NYM  Hubie Brooks                  Bruce Berenyi            
     .400, 2 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
PHI  Mike Schmidt                  Steve Carlton            
     .421, 3 HR, 8 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
PIT  Jason Thompson                John Tudor               
     .318, 3 HR, 5 RBI             2-0, 0.57, 8 K          
SDP  Tony Gwynn                    Ed Whitson               
     .364, 1 HR, 1 SB              1-0, 0.00, 3 K          
SFG  Dan Gladden                   Bill Laskey              
     .667, 2 SB                    1-0, 4.50               
STL  David Green                   Bruce Sutter             
     .364, 1 HR                    3 Sv, 0.00              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Russell, Bill (LAD)            .545
 2. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .500
 3. Murphy, Dale (ATL)             .471
 4. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .444
 5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .433
 6. Wohlford, Jim (MON)            .429
 7. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .421
 8. Foster, George (NYM)           .412
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .412
10. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)            .400

HOME RUNS
1. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               3
   Thompson, Jason (PIT)             3
3. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)               2
   Cruz, Jose (HOU)                  2
   Foster, George (NYM)              2
   Murphy, Dale (ATL)                2
   Trevino, Alex (ATL)               2
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Murphy, Dale (ATL)                9
2. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               8
   Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               8
4. Thompson, Scot (SFG)              7
5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)             5
   Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               5
   Maldonado, Candy (LAD)            5
   Nettles, Graig (SDP)              5
   Thompson, Jason (PIT)             5
   Trevino, Alex (ATL)               5

STOLEN BASES
1. Raines, Tim (MON)                 4
2. Dernier, Bob (CHC)                3
   Washington, Claudell (ATL)        3
   Wilson, Mookie (NYM)              3

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         0.00
    Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           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
    Rogers, Steve (MON)            0.00
    Solano, Julio (HOU)            0.00
    Sutter, Bruce (STL)            0.00
    Whitson, Ed (SDP)              0.00

WINS-LOSSES
1. DiPino, Frank (HOU)             2-0
   Tudor, John (PIT)               2-0
3. Allen, Neil (STL)               1-0
   Andujar, Joaquin (STL)          1-0
   Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)            1-0
   Carlton, Steve (PHI)            1-0
   Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)         1-0
   Gossage, Goose (SDP)            1-0
   Hershiser, Orel (LAD)           1-0
   Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)           1-0
   Horton, Ricky (STL)             1-0
   Hudson, Charlie (PHI)           1-0
   Laskey, Bill (SFG)              1-0
   Mahler, Rick (ATL)              1-0
   Niekro, Joe (HOU)               1-0
   Rogers, Steve (MON)             1-0
   Sambito, Joe (HOU)              1-0
   Sanderson, Scott (CHC)          1-0
   Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)           1-0
   Whitson, Ed (SDP)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Sutcliffe, Rick (CHC)            15
2. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       14
3. Perez, Pascual (ATL)             13
4. Welch, Bob (LAD)                 11
5. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          10
   Soto, Mario (CIN)                10

SAVES
1. Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3
2. Dedmon, Jeff (ATL)                1
   DiPino, Frank (HOU)               1
   Minton, Greg (SFG)                1
   Power, Ted (CIN)                  1
   Robinson, Don (PIT)               1
   Sisk, Doug (NYM)                  1
   Smith, Lee (CHC)                  1
   Tekulve, Kent (PIT)               1
   Zachry, Pat (LAD)                 1


SCHEDULE
========

LAD   3-4   Pena, A              (0-0, 3.86)
HOU   4-1   Knepper, B           (0-0, 1.29)

CHC   3-2   Eckersley, D         (1-0, 0.00)
PHI   3-2   Carlton, S           (1-0, 0.00)

SDP   2-1   Thurmond, M          (NR)
STL   3-2   Rucker, D            (NR)

ATL   3-2   McMurtry, C          (0-0, 4.50)
CIN   1-4   Tibbs, J             (NR)

MON   1-4   Lea, C               (0-0, 2.25)
PIT   3-4   Candelaria, J        (NR)

NL Day 6: Good and Bad in L.A.

Orel Hershiser

Orel Hershiser

Dodgers 6, Astros 0
The good news is that rookie pitcher Orel Hershiser tossed 6 shutout innings to pick up the win in his first outing for Los Angeles this season. That he handed the ‘stros their first loss of the season was icing on the cake. The bad news is that the was injured and will miss a turn in the rotation. Bill Russell (.526) had four hits for the Dodgers and Pedro Guerrero (.423) had three to continue their hot starts for the 3-3 Dodgers.

Cubs 2, Phillies 1
Chicago gets a big win, handing the Phils their first loss of the season. With a tie score in the 8th, Ryne Sandberg leads with a walk, steals 2nd, then scores on an RBI single by Gary Matthews. Lee Smith comes on in the 9th to try and pick up a save after blowing one on Opening Day.  He walks the first two men before getting Ivan DeJesus on a liner to Leon Durham at 1st, pinch-hitter Sixto Lezcano on a strike out, and Juan Samuel on a tapper back to the mound. Scott Sanderson (W 1-0) went 8 innings for the win while Larry Andersen (L 0-1) takes the loss out of the Phillies bullpen.

Expos 5, Pirates 0
Steve Rogers (W 1-0) tosses a 3-hit masterpiece to give Les Expos their first win of the season. Tim Raines had 3 hits and a pair of steals. Larry McWilliams (L 0-2) took the loss for the Bucs.

Braves 7, Reds 4
Cincinnati’s run at being the only team without a win is still going strong, while the Bravos improve to 3-1. Rick Camp (W 1-0) only went 5 innings, but looked strong, allowing 2 runs (1 earned). Dale Murphy started out bad, striking out twice and hitting into a DP, before ending with a 2-RBI triple and a double. Claudell Washington hit a grand slam as part of a 6-run 7th inning that took a 2-1 lead away from the struggling Reds.

Mets 6, Giants 2
George Foster and Hubie Brooks homered in a 4-run 1st inning for the Mets, who cruised to an easy victory. Bruce Berenyi (W 1-0) went 8 innings with 2 unearned runs allowed.

STANDINGS
=========

NL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Philadelphia Phillies     3    1  .750   -    L 1
St. Louis Cardinals       3    1  .750   -    W 1
Chicago Cubs              2    2  .500   1    W 1
New York Mets             2    2  .500   1    W 1
Pittsburgh Pirates        2    4  .333   2    L 1
Montreal Expos            1    3  .250   2    W 1

NL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Atlanta Braves            3    1  .750   -    W 2
Houston Astros            3    1  .750   -    L 1
Los Angeles Dodgers       3    3  .500   1    W 1
San Francisco Giants      3    3  .500   1    L 1
San Diego Padres          1    1  .500   1    L 1
Cincinnati Reds           0    4  .000   3    L 4

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
ATL  Dale Murphy                   Rick Mahler              
     .462, 2 HR, 9 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
CHC  Bob Dernier                   Dennis Eckersley         
     .267, 2 RBI, 1 SB             1-0, 0.00, 6 K          
CIN  Nick Esasky                   Tom Hume                 
     .400, 1 HR                    3.18                    
HOU  Phil Garner                   Frank DiPino             
     .467, 3 RBI                   2-0, 1.93               
LAD  Pedro Guerrero                Orel Hershiser           
     .423, 5 RBI                   1-0, 0.00               
MON  Tim Raines                    Steve Rogers             
     .409, 4 SB                    1-0, 0.00               
NYM  Hubie Brooks                  Bruce Berenyi            
     .400, 2 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
PHI  Mike Schmidt                  Steve Carlton            
     .400, 3 HR, 7 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
PIT  Jason Thompson                Rick Rhoden              
     .278, 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              
     .412, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-1, 3.21, 9 K          
STL  Darrell Porter                Bruce Sutter             
     .444, 1 HR, 2 RBI             3 Sv, 0.00              

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Washington, Claudell (ATL)     .538
 2. Russell, Bill (LAD)            .526
 3. Garner, Phil (HOU)             .467
 4. Murphy, Dale (ATL)             .462
    Rose, Pete (CIN)               .462
 6. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)          .423
 7. Foster, George (NYM)           .412
    Leonard, Jeff (SFG)            .412
 9. Raines, Tim (MON)              .409
10. Brooks, Hubie (NYM)            .400
    Hayes, Von (PHI)               .400
    Schmidt, Mike (PHI)            .400

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

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Murphy, Dale (ATL)                9
2. Virgil, Ozzie (PHI)               8
3. Schmidt, Mike (PHI)               7
   Thompson, Scot (SFG)              7
5. Guerrero, Pedro (LAD)             5
   Leonard, Jeff (SFG)               5
   Maldonado, Candy (LAD)            5
   Nettles, Graig (SDP)              5

STOLEN BASES
1. Raines, Tim (MON)                 4
2. Washington, Claudell (ATL)        3
   Wilson, Mookie (NYM)              3

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Allen, Neil (STL)              0.00
    Andujar, Joaquin (STL)         0.00
    Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)           0.00
    Booker, Greg (SDP)             0.00
    Carlton, Steve (PHI)           0.00
    Darling, Ron (NYM)             0.00
    Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)        0.00
    Hershiser, Orel (LAD)          0.00
    Horton, Ricky (STL)            0.00
    Hudson, Charlie (PHI)          0.00
    Mahler, Rick (ATL)             0.00
    Robinson, Jeff (SFG)           0.00
    Rogers, Steve (MON)            0.00
    Smith, Dave (HOU)              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
   Berenyi, Bruce (NYM)            1-0
   Carlton, Steve (PHI)            1-0
   Eckersley, Dennis (CHC)         1-0
   Gossage, Goose (SDP)            1-0
   Hershiser, Orel (LAD)           1-0
   Honeycutt, Rick (LAD)           1-0
   Horton, Ricky (STL)             1-0
   Hudson, Charlie (PHI)           1-0
   Koosman, Jerry (PHI)            1-0
   Laskey, Bill (SFG)              1-0
   Mahler, Rick (ATL)              1-0
   Perez, Pascual (ATL)            1-0
   Rogers, Steve (MON)             1-0
   Sambito, Joe (HOU)              1-0
   Sanderson, Scott (CHC)          1-0
   Tudor, John (PIT)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Valenzuela, Fernando (LAD)       14
2. McWilliams, Larry (PIT)          10
3. DeLeon, Jose (PIT)                9
   Krukow, Mike (SFG)                9
   Rhoden, Rick (PIT)                9

SAVES
1. Sutter, Bruce (STL)               3
2. Dedmon, Jeff (ATL)                1
   Minton, Greg (SFG)                1
   Robinson, Don (PIT)               1
   Sisk, Doug (NYM)                  1
   Smith, Lee (CHC)                  1
   Zachry, Pat (LAD)                 1


SCHEDULE
========

LAD   3-3   Welch, B             (0-1, 3.18)
HOU   3-1   Niekro, J            (0-0, 2.35)

CHC   2-2   Sutcliffe, R         (0-0, 7.50)
PHI   3-1   Koosman, J           (1-0, 2.00)

SDP   1-1   Whitson, E           (NR)
STL   3-1   Kepshire, K          (NR)

ATL   3-1   Perez, P             (1-0, 3.00)
CIN   0-4   Soto, M              (0-1, 7.71)

MON   1-3   Gullickson, B        (0-0, 5.14)
PIT   2-4   Tudor, J             (1-0, 1.13)

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
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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)

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
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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
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     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
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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
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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)