Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Games of Thursday, Aug. 28

Chicago             71      49      .592     ---
Seattle               71      52       .577      1.5
Kansas City       63      61      .508    10
Cleveland          61      64      .488    12.5
California          59      63      .483    13
Montreal           58      67       .464    15.5
Philadelphia      57      68       .456    16
San Diego         54      70       .435    18.5

Friday's games
Seattle (Gelnar and Barber) at San Diego (Kirby and Santorini), 2
Chicago (Horlen) at Cleveland (Paul)
Philadelphia (James) at Kansas City (Hedlund)
Montreal (Renko) at California (Murphy)

Chicago 8, Cleveland 2: The White Sox broke open the game with a seven-run seventh, Tommy McCraw drove in two with a pinch-hit triple and Carlos May hit a two-run homer. Paul Edmondson threw seven scoreless innings for the Sox, allowing three hits but walking four and hitting one. Luis Tiant took the loss.

Cleveland 4, Chicago 1: Stan Williams threw a two-hitter and struck out 13. Larry Brown went 3-for-4 and scored twice and Jose Cardenal drove in a pair. Ken Harrelson homered. Tommy John allowed all four runs in eight innings.

Philadelphia 4, Kansas City 2: Terry Harmon went 3-for-3 with two walks, two runs and an RBI to help power the Phillies. Rick Wise allowed two runs in seven innings. Four of the five hits he allowed came in the Royals' two-third. Tom Burgmeier took the loss; Al Raffo got the save. Dick Allen was injured (10 games) and is eligible to play Sept. 7.

Philadelphia 13, Kansas City 9: The Phillies scored 11 runs in the final two innings to get the doubleheader sweep. Rick Joseph hit a bases-loaded triple in the ninth to put the Phillies ahead. A two-base error by Joe Foy with two out in the ninth made the final five runs unearned. Steve Jones took the loss, and Turk Farrell got the win. Ellie Rodriguez hit a grand slam for the Royals in the seventh.

California 11, Montreal 1: Jim McGlothlin threw seven scoreless innings while Jim Fregosi and Rick Reichardt each drove in four runs. Fregosi homered, doubled and singled, while Reichardt had a bases-loaded triple. Ron Fairly homered for Montreal. Gary Sutherland (two games) and John Bateman (three games) were each injured for the Expos; they will remain on the roster. Dick Radatz was deactivated after working three innings and John Boccabella activated. The Angels returned Tom Tischinski to the emergency list and reactivated Joe Azcue.

Player of the Day: Terry Harmon, Philadelphia

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Games of Wednesday, Aug. 27

Chicago             70      48      .593     ---
Seattle               71      52       .577      1.5
Kansas City       63      59      .516      9
Cleveland          60      63      .488    12.5
California          58      63      .479    13.5
Montreal           58      66       .467    15
Philadelphia      55      68       .447    17
San Diego         54      70       .435    18.5

Thursday's games
Chicago (John and Edmondson) at Cleveland (Tiant and Williams), 2
Philadelphia (Wise and Champion) at Kansas City (Rooker and Drago), 2
Montreal (Reed) at California (McGlothlin)

Chicago 6, Philadelphia 5: The Phillies led 5-0 after two innings but frittered the lead away. Buddy Bradford hit a three-run homer off Woodie Fryman in the sixth, and the Sox took the lead in the ninth on a single, a walk, a double and a sac fly. Gary Bell started for Chicago but surrendered four runs in the first, including a three-run homer by Rick Joseph and was hit for in the top of the second. Don Secrist worked five innings, allowing one run. Jerry Nyman got the win, Wilbur Wood the save and Bill Wilson took the loss.

Chicago 10, Philadelphia 5: Bobby Knoop scored three times, once on a homer, as the White Sox led all the the way. Ed Herrmann also homered for Chicago. Jerry Nyman threw 2.2 scoreless innings and is credited with the win. Jerry Johnson takes the loss. Both starters left early with injuries. Billy Wynne is out 10 days and is replaced on the roster by Paul Edmondson; Wynne is eligible to pitch again Sept. 8. Jerry Johnson is out 5 days and is replaced on the roster by Jeff James. Johnson will return with roster expansion and is eligible to pitch Sept. 2. The White Sox also demoted Don Secrest and activated Sammy Ellis; Secrest is eligible to return with roster expansion.

Seattle 7, Kansas City 5 (10 innings):  John Kennedy singled home two runs in the top of the 10th as the Pilots overcame a critical two-run misplay by Steve Hovley in the bottom of the ninth. With a man on and one down, Hovley played Pat Kelly's fly ball into a triple, then made a wild throw that allowed Kelly to score the tying run. Don Mincher hit a pair of homers for Seattle and drove in three runs. Mike Fiore homered for Kansas City. Diego Segui vultured the win, and Tom Burgmeier was the loser.

Kansas City 3, Seattle 2: Roger Nelson allowed one earned run in eight innings to salvage a split. Juan Rios homered in the second for Kansas City and drove in the Royals' final run with sixth-inning single. Moe Drabowsky worked a hitless ninth for the save. John Gelnar took the loss.

Cleveland 6, California 0: Sam McDowell fanned 13 in his three-hit shutout of the Angels. The game was scoreless into the sixth, when Larry Brown homered off Andy Messersmith. The Tribe broke the game open with two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth, capped by a two-run homer by Tony Horton off Hoyt Wilhelm.

California 14, Cleveland 6: The Angels batted around twice and pummeled four Cleveland hurlers for 16 hits and eight walks. Sandy Alomar, Jay Johnstone and Lou Johnson each had three RBIs. Clyde Wright allowed four runs in five innings but got the win; Dick Ellsworth took the loss.

San Diego 8, Montreal 7, 12 innings: Larry Stahl pinch-hit the go-ahead homer in the top of the 12, then made a game-saving catch in the bottom of the inning for the Padres. Cito Gaston hit a grand slam for the Padres in the fifth off Bill Stoneman, then committed one of three consective San Diego errors in the bottom of the frame. Bill McCool got the win for San Diego after blowing a save; Frank Reberger converted his opportunity. Dick Radatz took the loss.

Player of the Day: Sam McDowell, Cleveland

Friday, September 8, 2017

Games of Tuesday, Aug. 26

Chicago             68      48      .586     ---
Seattle               70      51       .578    0.5
Kansas City       62      58      .517     8
Cleveland          59      62      .488    11.5
California          57      62      .479    12.5
Montreal           58      65       .471    13.5
Philadelphia      55      66       .455    15
San Diego         53      70       .431    18.5

Wednesday's games
Chicago (Wynne and Bell) at Philadelphia (Fryman and Johnson), 2
Seattle (Pattin and Meyer) at Kansas City (Bunker and Nelson), 2
Cleveland (McDowell and Ellsworth) at California (Messersmith and Wright), 2
San Diego (Ross) at Montreal (Stoneman)

Montreal 6, San Diego 5: The Expos plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth, with Coco Laboy driving home the winner with his second RBI of the game. Ollie Brown had a three-run homer in the seventh to put the Padres on top in what had been a pitchers duel, but the Expos used back-to-back triples by Rusty Staub and Bob Bailey in the eighth to pull to within one. Dick Radatz gets the win in relief, and Tommy Sisk the loss.

Montreal 9, San Diego 2: The Expos scored in five consecutive innings, while Gary Waslewski allowed five hits and two runs in seven innings for the win. Montreal got homers from Don Bosch and John Bateman, while Bob Bailey drew a pair of bases-loaded walks. Nate Colbert homered for the Padres. John Podres took the loss.

Chicago 4, Philadelphia 1: The White Sox scored three runs in the first and got seven innings of seven-hit, one-run pitching from Gary Peters. Buddy Bradford tripled for two runs and Don Pavletich doubled in another in the first off loser Grant Jackson. Walt Williams and Dick Allen exchanged homers later in the game. Dan Osinski and Wilbur Wood each retired all three men they faced to end the game for the Sox. Pavletich was injured (three days) and will be replaced on the roster by Carlos May; Pavletich is eligible to return when rosters expand.

Player of the Day: Bob Bailey, Montreal

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Games of Monday, Aug. 25

Chicago             67      48      .582     ---
Seattle               70      51       .578    ---
Kansas City       62      58      .517      7.5
Cleveland          59      62      .488    11
California          57      62      .479    12
Montreal           56      65       .462    14
Philadelphia      55      65       .458    14.5
San Diego         53      68       .438    17

Tuesday's games
San Diego (Kelley and Podres) at Montreal (Wegener and Waslewski), 2
Chicago (Peters) at Philadelphia (Jackson)

San Diego 2, Montreal 1: Nate Colbert broke the 1-1 tie with a homer leading off the top of the ninth off Roy Face, and Joe Niekro allowed one unearned run in 8.2 innings. Niekro allowed six hits. Loser Jerry Robertson allowed one run on three hit in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Tommy Sisk got the final out with the bases loaded for the save.

Seattle 3, Kansas City 0: Gene Brabender threw a three-hit shutout, and the Pilots took advantage of a Jackie Hernandez error in the first to plate all three runs. Steve Whitaker hit a two-out homer off Bill Butler to cap the scoring. Brabender walked five and struck out eight.

Cleveland 8, California 4: Ken Harrelson and Tony Horton each homered twice, and Eddie Leon added another as the Tribe rocked Rudy May. Steve Hargan went seven innings for the win; he allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out five. Horton drove in three runs and Harrelson scored three times.

Player of the Day: Gene Brabender, Seattle

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Games of Sunday, Aug. 24

Chicago             67      48      .582     ---
Seattle               69      51       .575     0.5
Kansas City       62      57      .521      7
Cleveland          58      62      .483    11.5
California          57      61      .483    11.5
Montreal           56      64       .450    13.5
Philadelphia      55      65       .458    14.5
San Diego         52      68       .433    17.5

Monday's games
San Diego (Niekro) at Montreal (Robertson)
Seattle (Brabender) at Kansas City (Butler)
Cleveland (Hargan) at California (May)

Cleveland 4, San Diego 2: Tony Horton hit a two-run homer in the first inning to put Cleveland ahead for good. Ken Harrelson hit a solo shot in the eighth. Luis Tiant went 8.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Horacio Pina retired Ollie Brown and Nate Colbert with a man on for the final two outs and the save. Clay Kirby took the loss; he went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and six walks. Walt Hriniak was injured (7 games) and will replaced on the roster by Cary Kolb off the emergency list. Hriniak is eligible to return Sept. 1 with the expanded rosters.

Chicago 6, Montreal 4 (13 innings): Bill Melton hit a pair of homers, the latter in the top of the 12th to put the White Sox in the lead. Ed Herrmann also homered for Chicago, while the Expos got long balls from Ron Fairly, John Bateman and Rusty Staub. Staub's homer, in the bottom of the 11th off Wilbur Wood, tied the game after the Sox had taken their first lead. Wood gets the win with three innings of one-run relief; Don Shaw took the loss.

Seattle 9. California 6 (13 innings): Don Mincher drove in seven runs, the last three with a homer in the top of the 13th to saddle Bob Priddy, the final Angels reliever, with the loss. Tommy Harper had two hits, three walks, three steals and three runs scored for the Pilots. John O'Donoghue got the win and John Gelnar the save; the Seattle bullpen allowed two runs in 11 innings after George Brunet only made it through the second. Rick Reichardt was injured (3 games) and will remain on the roster.

Player of the Day: Don Mincher, Seattle

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Games of Saturday, Aug. 23

Chicago             66      48      .579     ---
Seattle               68      51       .571     0.5
Kansas City       62      57      .521      7
California          57      60      .487    11
Cleveland          57      62      .479    12
Montreal           56      63       .470    13
Philadelphia      55      65       .458    14.5
San Diego         52      67       .437    17

Sunday's games
San Diego (Kirby) at Cleveland (Tiant)
Chicago (Horlen) at Montreal (Renko)
Seattle (Brunet) at California (Murphy)

Montreal 4, Chicago 3: The Expos battered Chicago relief ace Wilbur Wood for three runs in the final two innings to overtake the White Sox. Rusty Staub doubled home two runs in the eighth; he also homered in the ninth. Gary Sutherland singled home Bobby Wine in the ninth for the decisve tally. Dick Radatz got the win with a perfect top of the ninth. Bill Melton hit a solo homer in the third for Chicago. The White Sox have reactivated Tommy McCraw and deactivated Angel Bravo.

San Diego 7, Philadelphia 4 (14 innings): Nate Colbert belted a three-run homer off Al Raffo to win the marathon. Colbert also hit a game-tying two-run homer off John Boozer with two outs in the ninth to tie the game. Johnny Podres got the win with two innings of hitless relief; Dave Roberts got the save. Dick Allen homered for Philadelphia. After the game the Philles demoted starter Jeff Jones and reactivated Deron Johnson.

Cleveland 4, Kansas City 0: Russ Snyder drove in three runs with a 4-for-5 game, and Stan Williams allowed two hits in seven innings. Snyder had a pair of doubles. Williams walked two and struck out six. Mike Paul and Larry Burchart each threw a scoreless inning after Williams left for a pinch-hitter. Dick Drago took the loss.

California 4, Seattle 3: Rick Reichardt went 3-for-4 and scored twice for the Angels. Clyde Wright got one out in the top of the sixth and wound up with the win. Don Mincher hit a two-run homer for Seattle. Steve Barber took the loss, and Hoyt Wilhelm threw three scoreless innings for the save.

Player of the Day: Nate Colbert, San Diego

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