Sunday, April 23, 2017

Games of Tuesday, July 22

Kansas City       53     37      .588     ---
Seattle               49     41       .544     4
Chicago             46     42      .523      6
California          45     47       .489     9 
Montreal           44     46       .489      9
Philadelphia      43     47       .478   10
San Diego         40     48       .455   12
Cleveland          39     51      .433    14

Wednesday's games
Chicago (Peters) at Montreal (Renko)
San Diego (Kirby) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Cleveland (Hargan) at Kansas City (Butler)
Seattle (Segui) at California (May)

Chicago 7, Montreal 3: The White Sox batted around in the ninth inning for five runs to pull out the victory. Losing pitcher Dan McGinn faced five hitters in the inning and did not record an out. Montreal's Coco Laboy and John Bateman hit back-to-back homers off Tommy John  in the sixth to give the Expos a 3-2 lead, and Bill Stoneman and Claude Raymond combined to hand that lead off to McGinn. Dan Osinski (one hitless inning) got the win. Rusty Staub will miss the second game of the doubleheader and the Wednesday game as well.

Chicago 9, Montreal 8: Another five-run ninth for the Pale Hose, including a grand slam by Ken Berry to tie the game and a solo homer by Buddy Bradford following him, gave them the doubleheader sweep. Roy Face took the loss; Jerry Nyman got the win despite allowing three runs in two innings, and Wilbur Wood pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Gary Sutherland homered and doubled for the Expos and drove in three runs. Coco Laboy also homered for Montreal.

San Diego 13, Philadelphia 3: Nate Colbert homered in the first and second innings and drove in six runs for the Padres. Chris Cannizzaro also hit a three-run homer for the victors. Johnny Podres allowed one run on two hits in seven innings; Tony Taylor homered and doubled off him. Podres walked three and fanned four. Mike Ryan homered for Philadelphia. Jerry Johnson took the loss.

Cleveland 3, Kansas City 1 (11 innings): Luis Tiant went all 11 innings for the Tribe, scattering seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Kansas City scored in the first inning on a leadoff triple by Pat Kelly and a two-out single by Lou Piniella, but Tiant kept them off the board the rest of the way. Cleveland score the tying run in the fifth on a passed ball, and musted only two hits but seven walks off Jim Rooker in seven-plus innings. Dave Wickersham escaped an inherited two-on, no-out jam in the eighth, and Tom Burgmeier threw two scoreless frames before yielding a pair in the top of the 11th on three walks and a Max Alvis double.

California 12, Seattle 11 (12 innings): The Angels hit six homers, the last a walk-off two-run shot by Bill Voss, to overpower the Pilots. Seattle hit three homers of their own. Eddie Fisher got the win despite allowing a homer to Steve Whitaker in his one inning of work. John O'Donoghue gave up the Voss homer for the loss. California's other homers came from Bubba Morton (first inning), Jim Spencer (third inning), Joe Azcue and Roger Repoz (sixth), and Rick Reichardt (seventh). Tommy Harper and Steve Hovley each homered for Seattle.

Player of the day: Nate Colbert, San Diego

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Games of Monday, July 21

Kansas City       53     36      .596     ---
Seattle               49     40       .551     4
Chicago             44     42      .512      7.5
Montreal           44     44       .500     8.5
California          44     47       .484   10
Philadelphia      43     46       .483   10
San Diego         39     48       .448   13
Cleveland          38     51      .427    15

Tuesday's games
Chicago (John and Bell) at Montreal (Stoneman and Wegener)
San Diego (Podres or Sisk) at Philadelphia (Johnson)
Cleveland (Tiant) at Kansas City (Rooker)
Seattle (Brunet) at California (Kealey)

Philadelphia 4, San Diego 1: Woodie Fryman allowed just one of the last 21 men he faced to reach base, and Larry Hisle and Mike Ryan homered for the Phillies. Fryman finished with a four-hitter; he walked two and struck out seven. Dick Kelley took the loss.

Montreal 9, Chicago 1: Howie Reed held the White Sox to four singles and a walk in seven scoreless innings, and the Expos got home runs from Mack Jones and Jim Fairey to rout Chicago. Jones walked twice, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs; Rusty Staub also walked twice and was plunked and scored twice. Paul Edmondson took the loss.

Kansas City 3, Cleveland 2: A scoreless duel turned sharply in the ninth inning, as the visiting Indians scored twice in the top of the ninth and the Royals responded with three in the bottom of the inning. Pat Kelly drove home the winner with a sac fly. Mike Paul was charged with all three runs for the loss. Dave Wickersham, who retired the only hitter he faced to end the top of the ninth, was the winner.

California 3, Seattle 0: Andy Messersmith allowed just one hit in six innings before leaving with a minor injury, and Pedro Borbon and Ken Tatum combined for three no-hit innings of relief. Messersmith walked five and struck out six. Gene Brabender went 7.2 innings for the loss, allowing a solo homer to Jim Fregosi. He gave up three runs on eight hits and eight walks.

Player of the Day: Woodie Fryman, Philadelphia

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Games of Sunday, July 20

Kansas City       52     36      .591     ---
Seattle               49     39       .557     3
Chicago             44     41      .517      6.5
Montreal           43     44       .494     8.5
California          43     47       .478   10
Philadelphia      42     46       .477   10
San Diego         39     47       .453   12
Cleveland          38     50      .432    14

Monday's games
Chicago (Edmondson) at Montreal (Reed)
San Diego (Kelley) at Philadelphia (Fryman)
Cleveland (Paul) at Kansas City (Drago)
Seattle (Brabender) at California (Messersmith)

San Diego 9, Montreal 2: The Expos bumbled their way through four errors and a strikeout-passed ball to help the Padres to a one-sided finale. Al Santorini didn't need all the assistance, as he allowed just four hits and one run in eight innings, striking out seven without a walk.

California 2, Cleveland 0: Tom Murphy threw a three-hit shutout and got solo homers from Tom Egan and Roger Repoz. Murphy faced three batters over the minimum. He walked two, struck out three and got a pair of double plays turned behind him. Stan Williams took the loss, allowing seven hits in eight innings without a walk. Jim Spencer (Angels) sits the second game of the doubleheader and the Monday game with an injury; he will remain on the roster.

Cleveland 4, California 2: Tony Horton drove in two runs and Sam McDowell fanned seven in eight innings as the Tribe salvaged a split of the doubleheader. Cleveland hit three doubles in a three-run third, which ended when Jay Johnstone gunned down Ken Suarez at the plate. McDowell yielded nine hits and walked two, and Horacio Pina worked a perfect ninth for the save.

Player of the Day: Tom Murphy, California

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Games of Saturday, July 19

Kansas City       52     36      .591     ---
Seattle               49     39       .557     3
Chicago             44     41      .517      6.5
Montreal           43     43       .500     8
California          42     46       .477   10
Philadelphia      42     46       .477   10
San Diego         38     47       .447   12.5
Cleveland          37     49      .430    14

Sunday's games
San Diego (Santorini) at Montreal (Robertson)
Cleveland (McDowell and Williams) at California (Murphy and Wright), 2

Philadelphia 3, Chicago 1: Johnny Callison hit a pair of solo homers and Rick Wise took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Wise allowed one run on five hits in 8.2 innings, with Turk Farrell entering to get the final out. Don Money of the Phillies was injured (seven games); he will remain on the active roster as there is no eligible player to replace him.

Chicago 8, Philadelphia 2: Pete Ward broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with a two-run triple, after which three Phillies hurlers failed to contain the White Sox. Buddy Bradford drove in three runs, two on a ninth-inning homer. Joel Horlen went 7.1 innings for the win; Jack Hamilton inherited three runners in the eighth and stranded them all, finishing the game for the save. Lowell Palmer took the loss. 

San Diego 2, Montreal 1: The Padres stuck out 14 times, but they managed to turn four hits into two runs -- and hold the Expos to one run on seven hits. Joe Niekro went 7.1 innings for the win, and Gary Ross retired all five men he faced for the save. The Expos left men in scoring position in the, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, including the bases loaded with no outs in the fifth. Gary Waslewski allowed both San Diego runs in five innings; Howie Reed, Larry Jaster and Don Shaw combined for four perfect innings of relief.

Kansas City 4, Seattle 3: Pinch-hitter Joe Keough drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Marty Pattin to  bring home the winner. This followed a top of the ninth in which the Pilots evened the score but failed to fully capitalize on a bases-loaded, no-out situation. Moe Drabowski got the win for the Royals and Pattin took the loss.For the Pilots, Mike Hegan (seven days) and Steve Hovley (one day) were injured. Hovley will remain on the active roster, but Hegan will be replaced by Ron Clark. Hegan is eligible to return for games of July 30.

Kansas City 2, Seattle 1: Bob Oliver's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the first-place Royals a second walk-off win on the day. Until that homer, Kansas City hadn't gotten a runner past second base against John Gelnar. The only run Seattle got off Wally Bunker was unearned. Tom Burgmeier got the win with one inning of relief.

Cleveland 3, California 0: Dick Ellsworth threw a 10-hit shutout, getting three double plays. Larry Brown homered for the Tribe, and Ken Harrelson went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Both teams made roster moves before the game; Cleveland reactivated Russ Snyder and deactivated Chuck Hinton, while the Angels reactivated Bubba Morton and deactivated Vern Geishert. Hinton and Geishert are eligible to return July 29. Harrelson was injured (two days) and will remain on the active roster.

Player of the Day: Bob Oliver, Kansas City

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Games of Friday, July 18

Kansas City       50     36      .581     ---
Seattle               49     37       .570     1
Chicago             43     40      .518      5.5
Montreal           43     42       .506     6.5
California          42     45       .483     8.5
Philadelphia      41     45       .477     9
San Diego         37     47       .440   12
Cleveland          36     49      .424    13.5

Saturday's games
San Diego (Niekro) at Montreal (Waslewski)
Chicago (Horlen and Wynne) at Philadelphia (Wise and Palmer), 2
Seattle (Barber and Gelnar) at Kansas City (Nelson and Bunker), 2
Cleveland (Ellsworth) at California (McGlothlin)

California 8, Cleveland 4: The Angels put together a five-run second inning off Luis Tiant with four singles, a double and a pair of walks, and Vern Geishert allowed just one run on seven hits in seven innings. The Indians totaled four solo homers for the game, two by Ken Harrelson and one each for Vern Fuller and Eddie Leon. Harrelson also doubled.

California 8, Cleveland 2: Bill Voss and Rick Reichardt each hit two-run homers off Steve Hargan, and Rudy May allowed six hits in eight innings as the Angels swept the doubleheader. May walked three and struck out seven; one of the runs he allowed was unearned.

Montreal 6, San Diego 3: Ty Cline and Ron Fairly each scored three times as Montreal beat the Padres. Fairly went 3-for-3, all singles, with a walk; Cline was 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple. Rusty Staub, Mack Jones and Coco Laboy each had sac flies. Bill Stoneman pitched into the eighth for the win, and Claude Raymond got six outs from five hitters to earn the save.

Philadelphia 5, Chicago 3: Mike Ryan and Larry Hisle homered for the Phillies, and reliever Bill Wilson muted a bases-loaded, no-out jam created by starter and winner Grant Jackson in the eighth by getting Walt Williams to ground into a double play and retiring Bill Melton. Ryan went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Ken Berry (one day) and Bobby Knoop (seven days) were injured for the White Sox; Berry remains on the active roster,but Knoop is deactivated and replaced by Billy Wynne. Knoop is eligible to return for games of July 29.

Kansas City 2, Seattle 1: The Royals moved back ahead of the Pilots on a strong outing by Bill Butler (eight innings, one run, five hits, one walk, five strikeouts). Ellie Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Kansas City. Jim Pagliaroni homered in the eighth for the Pilots. Bob Meyer allowed two runs in four innings for the loss. Moe Drabowski pitched around a two-out double and walk in the ninth for the save. Jerry McNertney was injured (four days) for the Pilots; he will remain on the roster, but Meyer is demoted and Merritt Ranew activated. Meyer is eligible to return for games of July 29.

Player of the Day: Ron Fairly, Montreal

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 17

Kansas City       49     36      .577     ---
Seattle               49     36       .577     ---
Chicago             43     39      .525      4.5
Montreal           42     42       .500     6.5
Philadelphia      40     45       .471     9
California          40     45       .471     9
San Diego         37     46       .445   11
Cleveland          36     47      .434    12

Friday's games
Cleveland (Tiant and Hargan) at California (Geishert and May), 2
San Diego (Kirby) at Montreal (Stoneman)
Chicago (Peters) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Seattle (Meyer) at Kansas City (Butler)

Montreal 4, San Diego 3: Adolpho Phillips hit a three-run homer in the third inning, and Mark Wegener allowed two earned runs in 8.2 innings. Wegener scattered seven hits and induced five double plays. Dan McGinn entered with the tying run on third to get the final out and the save. Ollie Brown homered for San Diego, and Johnny Podres took the loss. Before the game, the Padres reactivated Van Kelly and deactivated Jerry Morales; Morales is eligible to return for games of July 27.

Montreal 5, San Diego 0: Steve Renko fired a one-hitter and struck out seven for the Expos, who got home runs from Ron Fairly and Rusty Staub and swept the doubleheader. Fairly went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Ty Cline scored twice for the Expos. Larry Stahl had the only safety for the Padres, a single leading off the fourth inning. Renko walked two and hit one. Tommy Sisk allowd four runs in five innings for the loss.

Chicago 5, Philadelphia 2: The White Sox stung Bill Champion for five runs and 11 hits in five innings, while Tommy John scattered five hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Bill Melton went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Walt Williams led of the game with a home run. Jerry Nyman and Wilbur Wood each threw a hitless inning of relief, with Wood getting the save.

Player of the Day: Bill Melton, Chicago

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Games of Wednesday, July 16

Kansas City       49     36      .577     ---
Seattle               49     36       .577     ---
Chicago             42     39      .519      5
Montreal           40     42       .487     7.5
Philadelphia      40     44       .476     8.5
California          40     45       .471     9
San Diego         37     44       .457   10
Cleveland          36     47      .434    12

Thursday's games
San Diego (Sisk and Podres) at Montreal (Wegener and Renko), 2
Chicago (John) at Philadelphia (Champion)

Philadelphia 4, Chicago 3: Larry Hisle gunned down Ken Berry at the plate in the ninth inning to preserve the tie, then started the game-winning rally in the bottom of the inning with a lead off single. Al Raffo was credited with the win with one scoreless inning of relief, and Sammy Ellis took the loss. Woody Fryman threw eight innings for the Phillies, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Chicago 3, Philadelphia 2 (10 innings): Phillies reliever Bill Wilson wild-pitched the go-ahead run in in the 10th inning as the White Sox got a split of the double header. Paul Edmondson allowed four hits and two runs in nine innings for the win, and Wilbur Wood had a perfect 10th for the save. Johnny Callison homered for the Phillies. Jerry Johnson went 8.1 innings for the no-decision for the Phillies. Deron Johnson was injured (eight days). Tom Tischinski is returned to the emergency list, Deron Johnson is deactivated and eligible to return for games of July 27, and both Rich Barry andJeff James are activated.

Seattle 4, Kansas City 3: Greg Goossen and Ray Oyler homered as the Pilots won despite getting just five hits. Jim Bouton got the win with 1.1 hitless innings of relief, and John O'Donoghue got the last two outs for the save. Jim Rooker allowed all four runs in 7.1 innings, but retired 19 hitters in a row starting one batter into the second inning.  Before the game, the Royals reactivated Lou Piniella and deactivated Dave Morehead; Morehead is eligible to return for games of July 26. Pinella went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

Seattle 5, Kansas City 1: Diego Segui allowed five hits in 8.2 innings as the Pilots swept the doubleheader and moved into a flat-footed tie for first place with the Royals.  Wayne Comer doubled twice and drove in two runs, Steve Hovley drove in a pair and Mike Hegan scored twice. The Pilots turned three double plays behind Segui, who left after loading the bases with two outs in the ninth. Bob Locker entered to get the final out and the save. Lou Piniella went 3-for-4 with a run scored for Kansas City. Hegan was injured (two days) and will remain on the roster.

Cleveland 6, California 3: Sam McDowell struck out 10 and allowed four hits in eight innings, and Lou Klimchock, Ken Harrelson and Tony Horton each hit solo homers for the Tribe. Frank Baker went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple; he scored one run and drove in a pair. Horacio Pina got the final three outs after McDowell loaded the bases to open the ninth inning.

Player of the Day: Frank Baker, Cleveland