Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Games of Tuesday, Sept. 2

Chicago             74      53      .582     ---
Seattle               75      56       .572     1
California          65      64      .504    10
Kansas City       66      65      .504    10
Cleveland          64      67      .489    12
Montreal           60      70       .461    16.5
Philadelphia      58      72       .446    17.5
San Diego         58      73       .442    18

Wednesday's games
Seattle (Barber and Brunet) at Chicago (Peters and Ellis), 2
Cleveland (Paul and Hargan) at San Diego (Niekro and Santorini), 2
Kansas City (Hedlund) at California (Kealey)

Seattle 9, Chicago 6: Don Mincher hit a three-run homer and an RBI single to power the Pilots. Diego Segui allowed three runs in seven innings for the win. Mike Hegan scored three runs. Bobby Knopp hit a three-run homer for Chicago. Joel Horlen allowed five runs in three innings for the loss, Ed Herrmann (Chicago) was injured and may play again on Sept. 7.

Chicago 6, Seattle 5: Pinch-hitter Don Pavelitch doubled home two runs with two out in the bottom of the ninth to cap a four-run inning and keep the White Sox in first place. Jack Hamilton got the win with a scoreless inning of relief, and John O'Donoghue was charged with the loss. Mike Hegan, who went 5-for-5, hit a two-run homer for the Pilots, and Bob Christian hit a solo shot for the White Sox.

Kansas City 7, California 2: Steve Jones, making a spot start for the injured Dick Drago, allowed two runs in five innings, while Mike Fiore went 4-for-4 and Lou Piniella hit a two-run homer. Fiore walked, doubled in a run and scored twice. Tom Murphy took the loss for California, which stranded 13 baserunners.

California 4, Kansas City 0: Vern Geishert and a pair of relievers combined for a three-hit shutout, and Geishert drove in two runs with a single in the second inning. The teams combined for six errors, three of them by Angels pitchers (Geishert 2, Eddie Fisher 1), and two of the four runs charged to Jim Rooker were unearned.

San Diego 4, Cleveland 3 (10 innings): The bats awoke in the 10th inning of what had been a pitchers duel. Ken Harrelson hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th off Bill McCool, who was in his third inning of relief. But Horacio Pina allowed five straight singles in the bottom of the inning, the last sneaking through the drawn-in infield to plate Ollie Brown with the game-winner. Brown also had a home run in the third inning off Cleveland starter Stan Williams, who went nine innings allowing one run on seven hits.

Player of the Day: Mike Hegan, Seattle

Friday, October 13, 2017

Games of Monday, Sept. 1

Chicago             73      52      .584     ---
Seattle               74      55       .574     1 
California          64      63      .504    10
Kansas City       65      64      .504    10
Cleveland          64      66      .492    11.5
Montreal           60      70       .461    16.5
Philadelphia      58      72       .446    16.5
San Diego         57      73       .438    18.5

Tuesday's games
Seattle (Marshall and Segui) at Chicago (Horlen and Edmondson), 2
Kansas City (Rooker and Drago) at California (Murphy and Geishert), 2
Cleveland (Williams) at San Diego (Kirby)

Montreal 2, Philadelphia 1: Adolpho Phillips and Bob Bailey hit solo homers, and Gary Waslewski and Dan McGinn combined for a four-hitter. McGinn got seven outs for the save, striking out three and not allowing a ball out of the infield. Woodie Fryman took the loss.

Montreal 14, Philadelphia 8: The Expos knocked out Rick Wise in the second inning and piled on against Turk Farrell. Ty Cline and Mack Jones each scored three runs, Rusty Staub drove in three, and Coco Laboy went 4-for-5. Jones had a triple and two doubles. Ron Fairly and Kevin Collins homered. Bill Stoneman staggered through six innings, allowing all eight Phillies runs, but got the win.

Seattle 5, Chicago 3: Tommy Davis doubled in a pair of runs in the seventh inning as the Pilots overtook the White Sox. Carlos May hit a three-run homer in the first to give Chicago all its runs before Marty Pattin retired a hitter, but the White Sox got only one more hit the rest of the way. Jim Bouton got the win with two innings of relief, and Bob Locker got the save. Tommy Harper reached base four times, scoring two runs. Davis had a pair of doubles. Tommy John took the loss. Bill Melton (Chicago) was injured and may play again on Sept. 4.

Chicago 3, Seattle 2: Pete Ward, filling in for the injured Bill Melton at third base, doubled home a pair of runs and scored another after drawing a leadoff walk, and Jerry Nyman threw six scoreless innings before allowing a two-run homer in the seventh to Jim Pagliaroni. The Sox won despite being held to six hits by loser Bob Meyer and Jim Bouton. Wilbur Wood got the save.

California 6, Kansas City 4: Jim Spencer's second homer of the game came with a man on in the bottom of the ninth and made a winner of Hoyt Wilhelm, who threw two scoreless frames. Spencer also doubled, singled, scored three runs and drove in three. Royals starter Wally Bunker wild pitched two runners home in the fourth inning. Tom Burgmeier took the loss for Kansas City. Jerry Adair (Royals) was injured and is eligible to return Sept. 3.

California 2, Kansas City 1 (13 innings): Jim Fregosi's short fly to center plated Sandy Alomar with the winning run. Pedro Borbon loaded the bases in the top of the 13th but wriggled out of the jam without allowing a run; Dave Wickersham wasn't as fortunate in the bottom half of the inning. Aurelio Rodriguez went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles and an RBI for the Angels. Clyde Wright went nine innings, allowing only an unearned run on five hits.

Cleveland 5, San Diego 4 (11 innings): Frank Reberger wild-pitched the go-ahead run home in the 11th, the second inning in a row that he allowed the Tribe to take the lead after the Padres tied the game in the ninth with a two-run rally against Luis Tiant. Horacio Pina, who coughed up the 10th inning lead, vultured the win, and Ron Law got the save. Ollie Brown homered for the Padres in the first inning. 

San Diego 2, Cleveland 0: Johnny Podres threw a three-hit shutout and faced one batter over the minimum. Dick Ellsworth was nearly as good; he also threw a three-hitter (eight innings), but he walked two men ahead of Ollie Brown's two-out triple in the third inning. 

Player of the Day: Johnny Podres, San Diego

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Games of Sunday, Aug. 31

Chicago             72      51      .585     ---
Seattle               73      54       .575      1
Kansas City       65      62      .512      9
California          62      63      .496    11
Cleveland          63      65      .492    11.5
Montreal           58      70       .453    16.5
Philadelphia      58      70       .453    16.5
San Diego         56      72       .438    18

Monday's games
Philadelphia (Fryman and Wise) at Montreal (Stoneman and Waslewski), 2
Seattle (Pattin and Meyer) at Chicago (John and Nyman), 2
Kansas City (Bunker and Nelson) at California (McGlothlin and Wright), 2
Cleveland (Tiant and Ellsworth) at San Diego (Sisk and Podres) 2

Cleveland 14, Chicago 2: Sam McDowell allowed five hits and struck out nine in the complete game. The Indians scored six runs in the fifth and had a pair of three-run innings. Vern Fuller scored three runs, and Jose Cardenal and Max Alvis scored twice apiece, while Larry Brown drove in three runs. The White Sox had a brutal day afield, committing four errors and failing to make other plays they usually make. Gary Bell took the loss. Cardenal homered for the Tribe.

California 3, Montreal 1: Andy Messersmith threw a five-hitter and the Angels pieced together three runs despite leaving 11 men on base. Mark Wegener took the loss; he allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings. Ty Cline doubled twice for Montreal but was caught napping on the hidden ball trick in the first inning.

Seattle 10, San Diego 6: Mike Hegan put the Pilots ahead to stay with a two-run pinch-hit double in the eighth inning. The win was awarded to Mike Marshall, who faced three hitters and got three outs in the ninth to protect a four-run lead, as pitcher of record John O'Donoghue allowed two runs in two innings. Wayne Comer scored three runs and drove in one. The Padres return Gary Kolb to the emergency list.

Player of the Day: Wayne Comer, Seattle

Roster note: Roster limits are lifted for September, so all players are now active. Injuries still apply. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Games of Saturday, Aug. 30

Chicago             72      50      .590     ---
Seattle               72      54       .571      2
Kansas City       65      62      .512      9.5
California          61      63      .491    12
Cleveland          62      65      .488    12
Montreal           58      69       .457    16.5
Philadelphia      58      70       .453    16.5
San Diego         56      71       .441    18

Sunday's games
Chicago (Bell) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Montreal (Wegener) at California (Messersmith)
Seattle (Brabender) at San Diego (Kelley)

Philadelphia 10, Kansas City 3: Grant Jackson went the distance in a sloppy contest. The Royals fielders were charged with four errors, and the Royals pitchers walked 10, four of them with the bases loaded. Jackson scattered 10 hits and walked two. Dave Morehead took the loss for the Royals.

Kansas City 6, Philadelphia 5: Mike Fiore hit a two-run homer in the fourth to put the Royals in front for good, and Kansas City survived two homers by John Briggs and one from Cookie Rojas. Winner Bill Butler allowed just six hits in 7.2 innings, but three of them were the home runs. Joe Keough tripled home two runs for the Royals. Lowell Palmer took the loss, and Moe Drabowsky retired the last two hitters for the save. Joe Foy was injured for four days and will remain on the active list. He's eligible to play Sept. 4.

Cleveland 11, Chicago 9: The Indians scored eight runs in the bottom of the eighth to stun the first-place Pale Hose. The Tribe got six hits and four walks in the inning and benefited from a Luis Aparicio error. Dan Osinski took the loss. Ron Law, who allowed two runs in two innings, was credited with the win. Bobby Knoop hit a three-run homer in the ninth to make the final score close. Aparicio homered to lead off the game.  Ken Berry went 4-for-5 with a homer, a doubled, two runs and an RBI.

San Diego 5, Seattle 3: Chris Cannizzaro hit a two-run homer, and Jose Arcia had a pair of RBI hits for the Podres. Bill McCool retired all four Pilots he faced for the win, and Frank Reberge navigated a pair of two-out hits in the ninth for the save. Bob Locker took the loss. Wayne Comer homered for Seattle.

California 4, Montreal 3: Aurelio Rodriguez broke the tie with an eighth-inning homer off Don Shaw. Jay Johnstone homered in the third for the Angels, and Jim Fregosi and Jim Spencer hit consecutive RBI doubles in the fifth. Rusty Staub had a two-run homer off Rudy May and drove in the other Expo run with a sac fly in the seventh. May gets the win, Ken Tatum the save.

Player of the Day: Aurelio Rodiguez, California

Friday, September 29, 2017

Games of Friday, Aug. 29

Chicago             72      49      .595     ---
Seattle               72      53       .576      2
Kansas City       64      61      .512    10
California          60      63      .487    13
Cleveland          61      65      .484    13
Montreal           58      68       .460    16.5
Philadelphia      57      69       .452    17
San Diego         55      71       .437    19

Saturday's games
Chicago (Peters) at Cleveland (Hargan)
Philadelphia (Jackson and Palmer) at Kansas City (Butler and Morehead), 2
Seattle (Gelnar) at San Diego (Niekro)
Montreal (Robertson) at California (May)

San Diego 5, Seattle 1: John Sipin homered twice off Steve Barber and drove in four runs, while Clay Kirby threw a three-hit complete game for the Padres. Kirby walked one and fanned four.  Ollie Brown also homered for San Diego.

Seattle 3, San Diego 2: George Burnet tossed seven shutout innings for the Pilots for the win, allowing just three hits but walking five with eight strikeouts. John O'Donoghue got the last out with the tying run on after the Padres stung Diego Segui for three hits and two runs in the ninth. Tommy Davis drew three walks and tripled in four trips to the plate against loser Al Santorini, who walked eight in seven innings.

Chicago 2, Cleveland 1: Ken Berry singled home two runs in the eighth inning, and Joel Horlen allowed one run on five hits in seven innings for the win. Wilbur Wood induced a double play grounder to end the game. Mike Paul stranded 10 baserunners in the first seven innings but couldn't escape the eighth and took the loss. Walt Williams was injured (3 days) and will remain on the roster. He's eligible to play Sept. 2.

Kansas City 7, Philadelphia 5: Ed Kirkpatrick hit a pair of two-run homers, but it took RBI doubles in the eighth inning from Pat Kelly and Lou Piniella to lift the Royals to the win. Steve Jones got the win with two scoreless innings of relief; Turk Farrell took the loss. Rick Joseph hit a three-run homer off Mike Hedlund in the fifth for Philadelphia.

California 6, Montreal 1: Aurelio Rodriguez drove in two runs and scored a pair to support Tom Murphy's complete game five-hitter. Lose Steve Renko walked four men in a three-run fourth. Jose Azcue was injured and will miss the next two days.

Player of the day: Clay Kirby, San Diego

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