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

Friday, December 8, 2017

Games of Saturday, Sept. 13

Chicago             79      57      .580     ---
Seattle               80      61       .567     1.5
Kansas City       72      69      .511      9.5
Cleveland          71      70      .503    10.5
California          69      69      .504    11
Montreal           64      74       .464    16
Philadelphia      61      77       .442    19
San Diego         61      80       .433    20.5

Sunday's games
Philadelphia (Johnson) at Cleveland (Williams)
California (Murphy) at Chicago (Peters)
Kansas City (Butler) at San Diego (Podres)
Montreal (Renko) at Seattle (Pattin)

Cleveland 7, Philadelphia 1: Dick Ellsworth scattered nine hits in the complete-game win. Ken Suarez went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a pair of runs. Larry Brown also drove in a pair.

Chicago 4, California 1: Walt Williams' two-run homer in the fifth put the White Sox in front to stay. Bill Melton scored Chicago's other two runs. Billy Wynne went eight innings, allowing one run on six hits, for the win, and Wilbur Wood loaded the bases in the ninth but escaped unscathed for the save. Jim McGlothlin took the loss.

Kansas City 2, San Diego 0: Roger Nelson allowed four hits in eight innings for the win. Bob Oliver singled home one run in the first, and pinch-hitter Ed Kirkpatrick doubled in the second tally in the top of the ninth. Dick Kelley took the loss, and Mike Hedlund got the save with a perfect ninth.

Kansas City 2, San Diego 1: Ed Kirkpatrick doubled in both Royals runs in the sixth inning. Dick Drago went 7.2 innings for the win, allowing one run on seven hits. Tommy Sisk took the loss.

Seattle 8. Montreal 1: The Pilots plated six runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a three-run double from Wayne Comer, and got five scoreless innings of relief from Gene Brabender and Mike Marshall. Shortstops John Donaldson and Ron Clark combined for three RBIs. Bill Meyer started for the Pilots and allowed one run in four innings before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the big fifth inning. Bob Bailey homered for the Expos in the second. Brabender is credited with the win, and Marshall gets the save for three innings of one-hit relief work. Bill Stoneman takes the loss. Jim Fairey was injured and will miss Sunday's game.

Player of the Day: Ed Kirkpatrick, Kansas City

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Games of Friday, Sept. 12

Chicago             78      57      .578     ---
Seattle               79      61       .564     1.5
California          69      68      .504    10
Kansas City       70      69      .504    10
Cleveland          70      70      .500    10.5
Montreal           64      73       .467    15
Philadelphia      61      76       .445    18
San Diego         61      78       .438    19

Saturday's games
Philadelphia (Fryman) at Cleveland (Ellsworth)
California (McGlothlin) at Chicago (Wynne)
Kansas City (Nelson and Drago) at San Diego (Kelley and Sisk), 2
Montreal (Stoneman) at Seattle (Meyer)

San Diego 3, Cleveland 2: Joe Niekro went the distance, allowing two runs on eight hits. Luis Tiant also threw a complete game, allowing a leadoff homer to Ivan Murrell. One of the three runs he allowed was unearned. Murrell was injured and cannot play until Sept. 27. Teammate Roberto Pena was also injured and is out until Sept. 22.

Player of the Day: Joe Niekro

Friday, December 1, 2017

Games of Thursday, Sept. 11

Chicago             78      57      .578     ---
Seattle               79      61       .564     1.5
California          69      68      .504    10
Cleveland          70      69      .504    10
Kansas City       70      69      .504    10
Montreal           64      73       .467    15
Philadelphia      61      76       .445    18
San Diego         60      78       .435    19.5

Friday's game
Cleveland (Tiant) at San Diego (Niekro)

Kansas City 5, California 3: Ed Kirkpatrick hit three doubles for the Royals, and Jim Rooker settled down after allowing three runs in the first to toss eight innings. Billy Cowan hit a two-run homer for the Angels in the first, and Bob Oliver homered for Kansas City. Andy Messersmith was the loser, nd Moe Drabowsky threw a perfect ninth for the save.

California 7, Kansas City 4: Jay Johnstone, Jim Fregosi and Aurelio Rodriguez each drove in two runs as the Angels salvaged at split at Kansas City.  Clyde Wright shut out the Royals for six innings before weakening with two outs in the seventh; all four runs were charged to him, but he still earned the win. Fregosi homered off loser Wally Bunker. Ken Tatum worked two scoreless innings for the save.

Cleveland 4, San Diego 3: Sam McDowell struck out 12 in the complete game win, and Eddie Leon and Lou Klimchock each hit two-run homers in the fifth inning for Cleveland. Chris Cannizzaro and Ed Spiezio each hit solo homers for the Padres. Clay Kirby was the losing pitcher.

Cleveland 5, San Diego 4, 14 innings: Ken Harrelson doubled to open the top of the 14th and scored on Larry Brown's two-out single. The Cleveland bullpen threw 11 scoreless innings, five of them by Mike Paul, after Steve Hargan allowed four runs in the first three innings. Larry Burchart (three innings) got the win, and Stan Williams picked up the save. Dave Roberts took the loss for the Padres. Jose Cardenal went 3-for-5 with two steals, a run, an RBI and two walks, and Brown had four hits but also had a two-base error that plated a pair of runs in the second inning.

Philadelphia 12, Montreal 4: The Phillies blew the game open with a seven-run seventh and added three more in the eighth. Deron Johnson hit a three-run homer off loser Claude Raymond and Mike Ryan a two-run homer off Dick Radatz in the seventh; Dick Allen and Cookie Rojas hit back-to-back homers in the eighth off Larry Jaster. John Boozer allowed one run in two innings of relief for the win.

Chicago 4, Seattle 3: Luis Aparicio hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to put the White Sox ahead, and Joel Horlen scattered five hits in eight innings as Chicago protected its narrow lead in the standings. Tommy Davis pinch-hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Wilbur Wood, who still got the save. Steve Barber was the loser. Tommy Harper stole three bases and scored a run for Seattle.

Player of the Day: Luis Aparicio, Chicago

Monday, November 20, 2017

Games of Wednesday, Sept. 10

Chicago             77      57      .575     ---
Seattle               79      60       .568     0.5
California          68      67      .504      9.5
Kansas City       69      68      .504      9.5
Cleveland          68      69      .496    10.5
Montreal           64      72       .471    15
Philadelphia      60      76       .442    18
San Diego         60      76       .442    18

Thursday's games
California (Messersmith and Wright) at Kansas City (Rooker and Bunker), 2
Cleveland (McDowell and Hargan) at San Diego (Kirby and Santorini), 2
Montreal (Wegener) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Chicago (Horlen) at Seattle (Barber)

Philadelphia 5, Montreal 1: Rick Joseph hit a three-run homer in the first inning and added another RBI with a fourth-inning single to supply Grant Jackson with the lead. Jackson went the distance, allowing six hits, only two after the third inning. Jerry Robertson took the loss for the Expos.

Montreal 7, Philadelphia 1: Rusty Staub homered and drove in four runs to back Gary Waslewski's seven shutout innings. Kevin Collins homered and doubled with a pair of RBIs for the Expos. Bill Champion took the loss for the Phillies.

Seattle 3, Chicago 2: Wayne Comer homered and scored twice for the Pilots, who got 7.1 innings of four-hit ball from John Gelnar. Two of those hits were unlikely leadoff triples, one by Gail Hopkins and the other from Ed Herrmann, that the White Sox turned into runs. John O'Donoghue nailed down the win with 1.2 innings of hitless relief. Tommy John took the loss.

Player of the Day: Rusty Staub, Montreal

Friday, November 17, 2017

Games of Tuesday, Sept. 9

Chicago             77      56      .579     ---
Seattle               78      60       .565     1.5
California          68      67      .504    10
Kansas City       69      68      .504    10
Cleveland          68      69      .496    11
Montreal           63      71       .470    15.5
San Diego         60      76       .442    18.5
Philadelphia      59      75       .440    18.5

Wednesday's games
Montreal (Waslewski and Robertson) at Philadelphia (Jackson and Champion), 2
Chicago (John) at Seattle (Gelnar)

California 1, Kansas City 0: Jim Spencer scored the only run of the game. He came in on a double play grounder in the second inning. Rudy May went 7.1 innings for the win, allowing five hits and three walks. He worked out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings. Hoyt Wilhelm got the final five outs, allowing only a walk, for the save. Bill Butler struck out nine in seven innings for Kansas City, allowing four hits.

Seattle 6, Chicago 4: Wayne Comer drove in three runs as the Pilots tightened the race. George Brunet allowed four unearned runs in 6.2 innings, and Jim Bouton and Bob Locker retired the final seven White Sox hitters to nail down the win. Gary Peters took the loss. Dick Simpson (Seattle) will miss the next two days with an injury.

Player of the Day: Wayne Comer, Seattle

Monday, November 13, 2017

Games of Monday, Sept. 8

Chicago             77      55      .583     ---
Seattle               77      60       .562     2.5
Kansas City       69      67      .507    10
California          67      67      .500    11
Cleveland          68      69      .496    11.5
Montreal           63      71       .470    16
Philadelphia      59      75       .440    19
San Diego         60      76       .442    19

Tuesday's games
California (May) at Kansas City (Butler)
Chicago (Peters) at Seattle (Brunet)

Montreal 5, Philadelphia 3: Adolpho Phillips hit a two-run homer and scored twice, and Bobby Wine also scored a pair of runs for the Expos. Howie Reed allowed three runs in five innings for the win, with Don Shaw throwing 3.2 scoreless innings before Claude Raymond entered with two on in the bottom of the ninth to strike out Dick Allen. Allen was 3-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored. Larry Hisle also homered. Jerry Johnson was the losing pitcher.

Kansas City 3, California 2: The Royals scored twice in the bottom of the ninth, with Ed Kirkpatrick tripling home Lou Piniella for the tying run and scoring the winner on Jerry Adair's grounder through the drawn-in infield. Ken Tatum took the loss; Tom Burgmeier was the winner. Pat Kelly was injured for the Royals and is eligible to return Sept. 19.

Player of the Day: Don Shaw, Montreal