Monday, January 15, 2018

Games of Saturday, Sept. 20

Seattle               86      62       .581    ---
Chicago             82      61      .573      1.5
Kansas City       76      71      .516      9.5
Cleveland          75      71      .513    10
California          72      73      .497    12.5
Montreal           66      79       .455    18.5
San Diego         65      83       .439    21
Philadelphia      61      83       .424    22.5

Sunday's games
Kansas City (Butler and Bunker) at Cleveland (McDowell and Williams), 2
Philadelphia (Wise and Johnson) at Chicago (Horlen and Bell), 2
California (McGlothlin) at Seattle (Brunet)
Montreal (Robertson) at San Diego (Niekro)

Chicago 10, Philadelphia 7: Buddy Bradford homered twice in Chicago's eight-run seventh inning, opening the frame with a solo homer and concluding the uprising with a grand slam. The White Sox also got a homer from Ed Herrmann. Dick Allen homered for Philadelphia, and Larry Hisle hit a three-run double. Jack Hamilton (one run in two innings) got the win, Dan Osinski (two scoreless innings) the save, and Turk Ferrell took the loss.

Chicago 2, Philadelphia 1: Duane Josephson doubled home a pair of runs in the first inning for the White Sox, and Tommy John didn't allow a run until Dick Allen homered to lead off the ninth. John went the distance, scattering nine hits and getting three double plays. He walked none and struck out six. Grant Jackson went seven innings for the loss.

San Diego 6, Montreal 4: The Padres powered past the Expos with three home runs (Tommy Dean, Nate Colbert and Al Ferrara). Clay Kirby allowed one unearned run through eight innings, but was pulled with one out in the ninth and two on only to see Billy McCool fail to retire any of his three hitters. Frank Reberger got the last two outs with the tying run on to earn the save. Howie Reed took the loss. Ed Spiezio was injured and will return Sept. 23.

Seattle 4, California 1: Ray Oyler and Steve Whitaker homered to support Diego Segui, who went 7.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. Roger Repoz homer for the Angels. Rudy May took the loss, and Bob Locker got the save.

Player of the Day: Buddy Bradford, Chicago

Monday, January 8, 2018

Games of Friday, Sept. 19

Seattle               85      62       .578    ---
Chicago             80      61      .567      2
Kansas City       76      71      .516      9
Cleveland          75      71      .513      9.5
California          72      72      .500    11.5
Montreal           66      78       .458    17.5
San Diego         64      83       .435    21
Philadelphia      61      81      .430    21

Saturday's games
Philadelphia (Champion and Jackson) at Chicago (Peters and John), 2
California (May) at Seattle (Brabender or Segui)
Montreal (Reed) at San Diego (Kirby)

Cleveland 6, Kansas City 3: The Royals fumbled this one away with four errors and a run-scoring wild pitch. Jose Cardenal homered for Cleveland, and Dick Ellsworth got credit for the win with 6.2 innings in which he allowed three runs on seven hits. Larry Burchart pitched the final two innings for the save. Dick Drago took the loss for the Royals.

Montreal 5, San Diego 4: The Expos scored twice in the eighth to narrow the margin and three times in the ninth to take the lead, then hung on in the bottom of the frame. Rusty Staub hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Padres starter Tommy Sisk. Ron Fairly singled home the tying run off Billy McCool in the ninth, and Mack Jones had a two-run double to put the Expos ahead. Roy Face allowed a pair of doubles in the ninth but allowed just the one run. The win goes to Claude Raymond, who threw two scoreless innings in relief of Mark Wegener.

California 5, Seattle 4: Rick Reichardt's two-run double keyed a three-run eighth for the Angels as they broke the Pilots' six-game winning streak. The inning began with a crucial error on Seattle second baseman Gus Gil; two of the three runs were unearned. Jim Bouton took the loss; Eddie Fisher got the win, and Ken Tatum threw two scoreless innings for the save. Reichardt also had a two-run homer, in the fourth inning off Marty Pattin. Dick Simpson homered for Seattle.

Player of the Day: Rick Reichardt, California

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Games of Thursday, Sept. 18

Seattle               85      61       .582     ---
Chicago             80      61      .567      2.5
Kansas City       76      70      .521      9
Cleveland          74      71      .510    10.5
California          71      72      .497    12.5
Montreal           65      78       .455    18.5
San Diego         64      82       .438    21
Philadelphia      61      81      .430    21.5

Friday's games
Kansas City (Drago) at Cleveland (Ellsworth)
California (Wright) at Seattle (Pattin)
Montreal (Wegener) at San Diego (Sisk)

Montreal 7, Cleveland 3: Ron Fairly, Jim Fairey and Coco Laboy each drove in two runs for Montreal, and Bill Stoneman allowed one run in seven innings for the win. Three of the five runs allowed by losing pitcher Steve Hargan were unearned. Laboy homered for the Expos, and Duke Sims homered for the Indians. Don Shaw got the last four outs for the save.

Kansas City 4, Chicago 2: The Royals peppered Chicago pitching for five doubles among their 12 hits. Jerry Adair doubled twice, scored once and drove in a run. Lou Piniella had three hits, one a double, and a run scored, and threw a pair of runners out at the plate. Roger Nelson went seven innings for the win, and Tom Burgmeier and Moe Drabowsky each had a scoreless inning.

San Diego 3, California 0: Dick Kelley threw a six-hit shutout, fanning seven without walking a man. Cito Gaston tripled home the first run, scored the second and drove in the third with a sac fly. Tom Murphy took the loss for the Angels.

Seattle 5, Philadelphia 3: Greg Goossen's three-run homer in the eighth off Bill Wilson lifted the Pilots to their sixth straight victory. Mike Marshall allowed two earned runs in eight innings for the win; he allowed six hits, all in the first three innings, and walked four. John O'Donoghue relieved Bob Locker with two outs in the ninth to retire Johnny Callison with two one for the save. Wilson took the loss.

Player of the Day: Lou Piniella, Kansas City

Friday, January 5, 2018

Games of Wednesday, Sept. 17

Seattle               84      61       .579     ---
Chicago             80      60      .571      1.5
Kansas City       75      70      .517      9  
Cleveland          74      70      .514      9.5 
California          71      71      .500    10.5
Montreal           64      78       .451    18.5
San Diego         63      82       .434    21
Philadelphia      61      80      .433    21

Thursday's games
Montreal (Stoneman) at Cleveland (Hargan)
Kansas City (Nelson) at Chicago (Wynne)
Philadelphia (Fryman) at Seattle (Marshall)
California (Murphy) at San Diego (Kelley)

Cleveland 4, Montreal 3: Luis Tiant went the distance, allowing one earned run on four hits, but it took a two-out pinch hit single by Ken Suarez in the ninth to win it for Cleveland. John Bateman of Montreal and Ken Harrelson of Cleveland each homered. Dan McGinn took the loss in his third inning of relief.

Kansas City 7, Chicago 1: Jim Rooker held the White Sox scoreless into the ninth inning, and Ellie Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the second inning. The Royals scored twice on passed balls charged against Don Pavelitch. Rooker retired sixteen straight hitters at one point; he allowed five hits in 8.1 innings while striking out seven.

California 4, San Diego 1: Steve Kealey worked six innings out of the Angels bullpen for the win, allowing just an unearned run on seven hits. He was supported by three double play balls. The Angels scored three runs in the first, with Aurelio Rodriguez driving in a pair with a bases-loaded single off loser Joe Niekro. Tom Egan hit a solo homer in the sixth. Hoyt Wilhelm worked the final two innings for the save. Andy Messersmith was injured after a perfect first inning and is out for the rest of the season.

San Diego 2, California 1: Chris Cannizzaro singled home John Sipin in the bottom of the ninth to break the tie and make a winner of Al Santorini, who allowed one run on eight hits and two walks. Sipin's double to lead off the ninth was the only extra-base hit of the game. Eddie Fisher took the loss in relief.

Seattle 10, Philadelphia 3: The Pilots knocked Rick Wise out in the third inning getting back-to-back homers from Steve Whitaker and Don Mincher. Ray Oyler added a three-run homer in the fifth, and Tommy Harper had a solo shot. Diego Segui was pulled for the pinch-hitter after two scoreless innings, and the Seattle bullpen pieced the rest of the game together. Gene Brabender (one run in two innings) is credited with the victory. Larry Hisle homered for Philadelphia.

Player of the Day: Steve Kealey, California

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Games of Tuesday, Sept. 16

Seattle               83      61       .576     ---
Chicago             80      59      .576     0.5
Kansas City       74      70      .514      9  
Cleveland          73      70      .510      9.5  
California          70      70      .500    11
Montreal           64      77       .454    17.5
Philadelphia      61      79      .435    20
San Diego         62      81       .434    20.5

Wednesday's games
Montreal (Waslewski) at Cleveland (Tiant)
Kansas City (Rooker) at Chicago (Edmondson)
Philadelphia (Wise) at Seattle (Segui)
California (Messersmith and McGlothlin) at San Diego (Niekro and Santorini)

Cleveland 5, Montreal 0: Sam McDowell threw a five-hitter and struck out nine in the complete-game shutout. He also walked four Expos. Tony Horton drove in three runs with a pair of singles and a sac fly. Starter and loser Mark Wegener was knocked out after one inning in which he allowed three runs.

Kansas City 4, Chicago 0: Lou Piniella hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Royals, and Wally Bunker threw 8.2 scoreless innings for the win. Dave Wickersham entered with two outs and the bases loaded to retire pinch-hitter Tom McCraw for the final out. Mike Fiore went 3-for-3 with walk and a run scored.

Seattle 5, Philadelphia 4: Steve Hovley singled home Tommy Harper with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the win that moved the Pilots into first place. Harper was 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI, two steals and a walk. The Phillies got solo homers from Johnny Callison and Deron Johnson, both off Seattle starter George Brunet. Bob Locker, who gave up the tying run in the top of the ninth, vultured the win. Bill Wilson took the loss. Tony Taylor (Phillies) was injured and is eligible to play Sept. 19; Wayne Comer (Pilots) was injured and is eligible to play Sept. 27.

Player of the Day: Tommy Harper, Seattle

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Games of Monday, Sept. 15

Chicago             80      58      .580     ---
Seattle               82      61       .573     0.5
Kansas City       73      70      .510      9.5 
Cleveland          72      70      .507    10 
California          70      70      .500    11
Montreal           64      76       .457    17
Philadelphia      61      78       .439    19.5
San Diego         62      81       .434    20.5

Tuesday's games
Montreal (Wegener) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Kansas City (Bunker) at Chicago (Horlen)
Philadelphia (Jackson) at Seattle (Brunet)

California 4, Chicago 3: The Angels slapped Tommy John for five singles and three runs in the fifth inning and made the lead hold. Eddie Fisher and Ken Tatum entered to get out of jams in the sixth and eighth innings respectively. Rudy May got the win, Tatum the save. Roger Repoz had two RBIs for the Angels, including a solo homer in the second. Pete Ward had a pinch-hit RBI triple and later scored for Chicago.

Kansas City 9, San Diego 5: Jackie Hernandez and Ellie Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning as the Royals overcame a 5-0 deficit to beat the Padres. Al Ferrara hit a three-run homer and Tommy Dean a two-run shot for San Diego. Hernandez drove in four runs with three hits for the Royals. Steve Jones threw two scoreless innings for the win, and Gary Ross took the loss in relief.

Seattle 3, Montreal 2: Jim Bouton and Diego Segui combined for three hitless innings out of the bullpen and the Pilots cashed in on a throwing error by Montreal starter Jerry Robertson for the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.  John Gelnar got the win; he allowed two runs on four hits, four walks and a hit batter in six innings. Coco Laboy homered for Montreal.

Player of the Day: Jackie Hernandez, Kansas City

Monday, December 18, 2017

Games of Sunday, Sept. 14

Chicago             80      57      .584     ---
Seattle               81      61       .570     1.5
Cleveland          72      70      .507    10.5
Kansas City       72      70      .507    10.5
California          69      70      .496    12
Montreal           64      75       .460    17
Philadelphia      61      78       .439    20
San Diego         62      80       .437    20.5

Monday's games
California (May) at Chicago (John)
Kansas City (Hedlund) at San Diego (Kirby)
Montreal (Robertson) at Seattle (Gelnar)

Cleveland 4, Philadelphia 0: Stan Williams struck out 11 in his three-hit shutout. He walked five. Ken Harrelson homered in the first off loser Jerry Johnson, and Russ Snyder doubled in a pair in the bottom of the eighth as the Tribe added three unearned insurance runs. Johnson allowed one earned run in eight innings. He yielded seven hits.

Chicago 6, California 4: The Chicago bullpen provided five innings of one-run ball and the White Sox scored twice in the bottom of the eighth off Hoyt Wilhelm to break the tie. Dan Osinski inherited a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the fifth from Gary Peters and stranded all three runners. Don Secrist, who got a double play to escape a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, got the win, and Wilbur Wood got the save. Carlos May homered for the White Sox, Billy Cowan for the Angels. Luis Aparicio stole a pair of bases.

San Diego 6, Kansas City 3: Jose Arcia reached four times and scored three runs for the Padres. Johnny Podres went six innings for the win, allowing two runs on six hits. Bill Butler took the loss for Kansas City. Gary Ross got Bob Oliver to ground into a double play with the bases loaded in the ninth to end it and earn the save. Nate Colbert was injured and is eligible to return after Sept. 17.

Seattle 1, Montreal 0: Wayne Comer homered in the fourth inning and Marty Pattin fanned nine Expos in eight innings of three-hit ball. Comer also doubled. John O'Donoghue worked the ninth for the save. Steve Renko, who allowed three hits in seven innings himself, took the loss.

Player of the Day: Jose Arcia, San Diego