Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Games of Friday, Aug. 22

Chicago             66      47      .584     ---
Seattle               68      50       .576     0.5
Kansas City       62      56      .525      6.5
California          56      60      .483    11.5
Cleveland          56      62      .475    12.5
Montreal           55      63       .466    13.5
Philadelphia      55      64       .462    14
San Diego         51      67       .432    17.5

Friday's games
San Diego (Santorini) at Philadelphia (James)
Chicago (John) at Montreal (Stoneman)
Cleveland (Williams) at Kansas City (Drago)
Seattle (Barber) at California (McGlothlin)

Philadelphia 3, San Diego 2: Cookie Rojas drove in Don Money with a walk-off triple off reliever Tommy Sisk. Rich Joseph homered and drove in a run with a single. Al Raffo threw two scoreless innings for the win.

Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1: Chuck Harrison singled home Buck Martinez with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Royals overcame 10 strikeouts to beat Sam McDowell. Jim Rooker allowed three hits in eight innings; Moe Drabowsky tossed a perfect ninth for the save. McDowell allowed seven hits and two walks. After the game, the Royals deactivated Jim Campanis and reactivated Pat Kelly. Campanis is eligible to return when rosters expand.

Seattle 8, California 4:  The Pilots scored six runs off Andy Messersmith in the sixth inning, piling up four walks and four singles in the inning. Marty Pattin allowed one run in five innings for the win; Pattin allowed four hits without a walk. Tommy Harper homered, doubled, singled, drew three walks, stole a base, scored twice and drove in a pair. Steve Hovley drove in three runs. Jerry McNertney was injured (7 days) and will be replaced on the roster by Merritt Ranew. McNertney is eligible to return when rosters expand.

Player of the Day: Tommy Harper, Seattle

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Games of Thursday, Aug. 21

Chicago             66      47      .584     ---
Seattle               67      50       .572     1
Kansas City       61      56      .521      7
California          56      59      .487    11
Cleveland          56      61      .478    12
Montreal           55      63       .466    13.5
Philadelphia      54      64       .458    14.5
San Diego         51      66       .436    17.5

Friday's games
San Diego (Ross) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Cleveland (McDowell) at Kansas City (Rooker)
Seattle (Pattin) at California (Messersmith)

Philadelphia 7, San Diego 2: Grant Jackson allowed two runs in the first, then shut down the Padres for the next six innings. John Briggs tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and added a double, an RBI single and a walk. Jackson walked five but got a pair of double play grounders and fanned six. Joe Niekro took the loss. Cito Gaston was injured (three days) and will remain on the roster.

San Diego 8, Philadelphia 2: Nate Colbert hit three homers for the Padres, and Dick Kelley held the Phillies to five hits in eight innings. Colbert drove in five runs with his three blasts, two off losing pitcher Woodie Fryman and the last off reliever John Boozer. Kelley surrendered a pair of back-to-back homers to Cookie Rojas and Mike Ryan in the fourth inning. The Padres hit for the cycle in a three-run first: double by Ollie Brown, homer by Colbert, triple by Al Ferrara and single by Ed Spiezio.

Chicago 4, Montreal 3: Buddy Bradford hit a two-run homer to cap a three-run third, and Gary Peters scattered nine hits in eight innings for the White Sox. Jose Herrera pinch-hit a two-run homer in the seventh for the Expos. Wilbur Wood worked a scoreless ninth for the save.

Kansas City 4, Cleveland 1: Roger Nelson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with a three-hitter. The Royals scored three runs in the second off Dick Ellsworth. Duke Sims homered for the only Cleveland run. Nelson walked four but got three double play grounders.

Player of the Day: Nate Colbert, San Diego

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Game of Wednesday, Aug. 20

Chicago             65      47      .580     ---
Seattle               67      50       .572     0.5
Kansas City       60      56      .517      7
California          56      59      .487    10.5
Cleveland          56      60      .483    11
Montreal           55      62       .470    12.5
Philadelphia      53      63       .457    14
San Diego         50      65       .435    17

Thursday's games
San Diego (Niekro and Kelley) at Philadelphia (Jackson and Fryman)
Chicago (Peters) at Montreal (Waslewski)
Cleveland (Ellsworth) at Kansas City (Nelson)

Cleveland 5, Kansas City 2: Ken Harrelson led off a four-run third inning with a homer for the Tribe, and Vern Fuller doubled home two men in the frame. Luis Tiant allowed two runs in 6.1 innings for the win; he allowed five hits and three walks while striking out two. Mike Paul, Larry Burchart and Horacio Pina pieced together the final eight outs despite walking three men between them.

Player of the Day: Vern Fuller, Cleveland

Friday, August 11, 2017

Games of Tuesday, Aug. 19

Chicago              65     47      .580     ---
Seattle                67     50       .572     0.5
Kansas City       60      55      .522     6.5
California          56      59      .487    10.5
Cleveland          55      60      .478    11.5
Montreal           55      62       .470    12.5
Philadelphia      53      63       .457    14
San Diego         50      65       .435    17

Wednesday's game
Cleveland (Tiant) at Kansas City (Bunker)

Montreal 4, Seattle 3: Rusty Staub hit a two-run homer and Mark Wegener held the Pilots to two runs and four hits over 7.1 innings. Seattle stole four bases off Wegener, who walked five and struck out six. Gene Brabender took the loss for the Pilots, and Dan McGinn got the save despite allowing a solo homer to Jim Pagliaroni in the ninth. Wayne Comer also homered for Seattle.

Montreal 6, Seattle 2: Rusty Staub's two-run homer highlighted a five-run first for Montreal. Bill Stoneman allowed one earned run in eight innings. He yielded four hits, one a homer by Gerry McNertney, walked three and struck out five. Marty Pattin took the loss.

Cleveland 7, Philadelphia 1: Ken Harrelson ended Jerry Johnson's no-hit bid with a solo homer in the seventh inning to tie the score. The Indians then scored three in the eighth and four more in the ninth to run away from the Phillies. Larry Brown hit a three-run triple in the ninth. Steve Hargan went seven innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits, for the win; Ron Law threw two scoreless frames for the save.

Kansas City 4, San Diego 1: Bill Butler allowed four hits in 8.1 innings and Jerry Adair doubled in a pair of runs for Kansas City. Moe Drabowsky struck out the final two hitters, who each represented the tying run, for the save. Lou Piniella scored two runs.

Player of the Day: Rusty Staub, Montreal

Friday, August 4, 2017

Games of Monday, Aug. 18

Seattle               67    48       .582     ---
Chicago             65     47      .580     0.5
Kansas City       59     55      .518     7.5
California          56     59      .487    11
Cleveland          54     60      .473    12.5 
Montreal           54     62      .466    13.5 
Philadelphia      53     62      .461    14
San Diego         50     64      .439    17

Tuesday's games
Cleveland (Hargan) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Seattle (Pattin and Brabender) at Montreal (Stoneman and Wegener), 2
San Diego (Kirby) at Kansas City (Butler)

Cleveland 4, Philadelphia 3 (11 innings): Larry Brown tripled home the winning run in the top of the 11th as the Indians survived a pair of home runs by Dick Allen. Allen hit a two-run homer off Sam McDowell in the third and a solo shot in the fifth. Ken Harrelson homered in the sixth for the Tribe. Russ Snyder scored the tying run in the ninth and the winner in the 11th. Horacio Pina got the win, Mike Paul the save, and John Boozer took the loss.

Seattle 3, Montreal 0: Bob Meyer threw a two-hitter for the Pilots and Steve Hovley went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Meyer walked three and struck out six. The Expos got a single in the sixth from Rusty Staub and another in the eighth from Gary Sutherland. Jerry Robertson took the loss.

Kansas City 6, San Diego 2: The Royals snapped their losing streak behind a strong outing from Dick Drago, who took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning. Drago wound up going 8.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits; he didn't walk a Padre and fanned seven. Jackie Hernandez scored a pair of runs and drove in two. Al Santorini took the loss.

California 9, Chicago 2: Bill Voss hit a grand slam in the first inning and added an RBI single to power the Angels to the win. Jim McGlothlin went seven innings for the win, allowing two runs on seven hits. He fanned five without a walk. Joel Horlen took the loss. Bob Christian was injured for three days; he will remain on the Angels roster. Joe Azcue was injured for 10 days; he is off the roster and replaced by Tom Tischinski off the emergency list.

Player of the Day: Bob Meyer, Seattle

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Games of Sunday, Aug. 17

Chicago             65     46      .585     ---
Seattle               66    48       .579     0.5
Kansas City       58     55      .513     8
California          56     59      .487    11
Montreal           54     61       .470   13 
Cleveland          53     60      .469    14
Philadelphia      53     61       .465   14.5
San Diego         50     63       .442   16.5

Monday's games
Cleveland (McDowell) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Seattle (Meyer) at Montreal (Robertson)
San Diego (Santorini) at Kansas City (Drago)
Chicago (Horlen) at California (McGlothlin)

Montreal 9, Seattle 2: Rusty Staub went 4-for-5 with a homer and double, driving in three runs, as the Expos pounded the Pilots. Steve Renko went the distance for the Expos, allowing six hits and just one earned run.  Gary Sutherland went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Starter Mike Marshall was the loser. After the game, the Pilots demoted Merritt Ranew and brought back Bob Meyer.

Chicago 7, California 0: Tommy John threw a eight-hit shutout and the White Sox moved into first place. Buddy Bradford hit a two-run homer in the eighth to salt the win. Luis Aparicio scored a pair of runs, and Don Pavletich and Walt Williams each tripled for Chicago. Clyde Wright took the loss.

Player of the Day: Rusty Staub, Montreal

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Games of Saturday, Aug. 16

Seattle               66    47       .584     ---
Chicago             64     46      .581      0.5
Kansas City       58     55      .513      8
California          56     58      .491    10.5
Cleveland          53     60      .469    13
Montreal           53     61       .465   13.5
Philadelphia      53     61       .465   13.5
San Diego         50     63       .442   16

Sunday's games
Seattle (Marshall) at Montreal (Renko)
Chicago (John) at California (Wright)

Seattle 9, Montreal 7: John Donaldson hit a three-run double and Wayne Comer drove in two runs and scored twice himself as the Pilots prevailed in a slugfest. Steve Barber got the win despite allowing five runs in five innings. John O'Donoghue got the last out with the tying run on second for the save.  Gary Waslewski took the loss.

Cleveland 9, Philadelphia 3: Ken Harrelson homered twice and Luis Tiant struck out nine Phillies in a five-hitter. The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the fifth, when the Phillies scored three runs on some bloopers and shoddy Cleveland fielding, but the Tribe responded with five in the top of the sixth, with the Phillies committing a pair of errors. Jeff James took the loss for Philadelphia. 

Philadelphia 9. Cleveland 6: Cookie Rojas hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first and John Briggs hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Phillies salvaged a split of the doubleheader. Ken Harrelson went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk; he scored a run and drove in one. Bill Wilson was the winner with one perfect inning of relief; Stan Williams, working his fourth inning of relief, was the loser.

San Diego 4, Kansas City 0: Joe Niekro allowed five hits in eight innings for the Padres, while Larry Stahl went 4-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs and Jose Arcia scored twice. Niekro walked four and struck out two. Mike Hedlund took the loss.

San Diego 6, Kansas City 2: Dick Kelley took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter. Al Ferrara hit a pair of doubles for the Padres, who scored three runs in the first and three more in the fifth. John Sipin (Padres) and Jim Campanis (Royals) were injured, each will miss two days and remain on the roster. The reeling Royals have lost six in a row.

Chicago 4, California 1 (11 innings): Buddy Bradford hit a three-run homer off Eddie Fisher in the 11th to lift the White Sox to the win. Bill Melton hit a pair of doubles and scored twice, once in the seventh to tie the game and ahead of Bradford's blast. Andy Messersmith fannsed 12 in nine innings, allowing four hits in nine innings. Jim Fregosi homered off Gary Bell in the fourth for the only California run; Bell went six innings and allowed three hits and struck out six. Carlos May came off the inactive list, replacing Angel Bravo; May was promptly injured again (six days) and returns to the inactive list, with Bravo returning to the active roster.

Player of the Day: Ken Harrelson, Cleveland