Monday, January 29, 2018

Games of Monday, Sept. 22

Chicago             85      62      .578     ---
Seattle               86      64       .573     0.5
Kansas City       78      72      .520      8.5
Cleveland          76      73      .510    10
California          74      73      .503    11
Montreal           66      81       .449    19
San Diego         66      84       .440    20.5
Philadelphia      63      84       .428    21.5

Tuesday's games
California (Kealey) at Cleveland (Hargan)
Montreal (Waslewski) at Chicago (Wynne)
Kansas City (Nelson) at Seattle (Meyer)
Philadelphia (Palmer) at San Diego (Podres)

California 5, Cleveland 1: Tom Murphy retired the first 13 men he faced and allowed one run on three hits in six innings for the Angels, who then got three innings of one-hit relief from a trio of bullpen arms. Roger Repoz had a two-run homer in California's three-run ninth off the Tribe's bullpen. Luis Tiant took the loss.

Chicago 4, Montreal 2: Bob Christian came off the bench to walk, double and score twice as the White Sox overcame the Expos. Danny Murphy, the first of four Chicago relievers, got credit for the win with two scoreless innings of relief; Don Secrist, Dan Osinski and Wilbur Wood combined for the final six outs. Bill Stoneman took the loss. Bill Melton homered for Chicago. Ron Brand was injured for Montreal and will be eligible to play Sept. 25.

Philadelphia 6, San Diego 1: Larry Hisle went 4-for-6 and stole three bases. Woodie Fryman allowed one run in eight innings, scattering eight hits and striking out five Padres without allowing a walk. Fryman also singled home a pair of runs. Al Santorini took the loss.

Kansas City 5, Seattle 2: The Royals got homers from Chuck Harrison and Bob Oliver as they knocked the Pilots out of first place. Jim Rooker took a no-hitter into the fifth inning but weakened in the seventh, when the Pilots plated their two runs. Rooker allowed three hits and four walks in the win. Moe Drabowsky threw two scoreless frames for the save.

Player of the Day: Bob Christian, Chicago

Monday, January 22, 2018

Games of Sunday, Sept. 21

Seattle               86      63       .577    ---
Chicago             84      62      .576      0.5
Kansas City       77      72      .517      9
Cleveland          76      72      .514      9.5
California          73      73      .500    11.5
Montreal           66      80       .452    18.5
San Diego         66      83       .443    20
Philadelphia      62      84       .424    22

Monday's games
California (Murphy) at Cleveland (Tiant)
Montreal (Stoneman) at Chicago (Edmondson)
Kansas City (Rooker) at Seattle (Barber)
Philadelphia (Fryman) at San Diego (Santorini)

Cleveland 5, Kansas City 1: Sam McDowell fanned 10 in his six-hitter, and Vern Fuller blew the game open with a three-run homer in the eighth off reliever Mike Hedlund. Bill Butler allowed two runs in seven innings for the loss. Cap Peterson scored twice for the Tribe.

Kansas City 3, Cleveland 1: Ed Kirkpatrick hit a two-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in the third to give Wally Bunker all the runs he needed. Stan Williams took the loss. Moe Drabowsky entered in the eighth with the tying run in scoring position and earned the save.

Philadelphia 5, Chicago 3: Larry Hisle singled twice, doubled, tripled, stole a base and scored three times to lead the Phillies to the win. Jerry Johnson held the White Sox scoreless through six; the Sox rallied for three in the seventh, but Bill Wilson retired the last seven hitters for the save. Dick Allen homered for the Phillies. Joel Horlen took the loss. Don Money of the Phillies was injured and is out the rest of the season.

Chicago 17, Philadelphia 5: The White Sox bashed out 16 hits, including homers by Carlos May, Gail Hopkins and Bill Melton, drew seven walks and were hit by two pitches. That was plenty of support for Gary Bell who didn't allow an earned run until Johnny Callison hit a two-run homer in the seventh. Rick Wise took the loss for the Phillies. Bell allowed seven hits and three runs, two earned, in 6.2 innings. Carlos May and Angle Bravo were both injured for the White Sox; May is out until Sept. 29, Bravo until Sept. 25.

San Diego 3, Montreal 2: The Padres scored all three runs in the fourth inning off Steve Renko, who took over for injured starter Jerry Robertson after the first inning. The final run came on an error by Renko. Joe Niekro got the win with 6.2 innings of six-hit ball; he allowed two runs, one earned. The Padres pieced together the final seven outs with three relievers. Gary Ross got the final out. Robertson will not miss any time.

California 7, Seattle 5 (12 innings): Sandy Alomar tripled to key a two-run, two-out rally in the ninth to tie the score, and Rick Reichardt's double in the 12th ignited the winning rally. The Angels give five shutout innings of relief from Bob Priddy, Hoyt Wilhelm, Eddie Fisher and Ken Tatum, with Fisher getting credit for the win and Tatum the save. Alomar was 4-for-5 with a walk and a pair of runs scored. Bob Locker takes the loss.

Player of the Day: Sandy Alomar, California

Friday, January 19, 2018

Errata and accounting

This was intended to be a no-accounting league, but even with mininal record keeping I've had some errors.

I figured there would be, but I also figured that I wouldn't worry about it unless they affected the pennant race. Which it has.

There are two teams still in the hunt, Seattle and Chicago. Seattle has played, and is scheduled to play, all 154 games, so no problems there. The White Sox were only scheduled to play 153 (the 1924 team didn't play a road game against St. Louis, which in this league translates to a road game against the Padres). But as of the games of Sept. 20 the Sox were on track to play just 151.

After some mind-melting comparison of the 1924 AL schedule and the games recorded here, I have determined:

  • On "June 17" the White Sox defeated the Expos. The result was not included in the won-loss totals for either team. I have updated the won-loss totals for the two teams as of the games of Sept.20, the most recent posting.
  • On "July 30" the Royals were supposed to play at Chicago. Instead I had the White Sox off and the Padres playing the Royals (Royals won).
These, plus the unplayed real game, account for the three missing games for the White Sox.

June 17 is solved. I have added the make-up game against the Padres to the "universal" off day on Sept. 25.

The Royals mixup is more difficult to solve. For reasons I don't know and won't try to decipher, the Royals are already in line to play 155 games. The final day of the schedule has one game, Montreal at Kansas City. I am changing that to Montreal at Chicago, which should leave KC with 154 games, Montreal at 154 games and, crucially, Chicago at 154 games. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Games of Saturday, Sept. 20

Seattle               86      62       .581    ---
Chicago             83      61      .576      1
Kansas City       76      71      .516      9.5
Cleveland          75      71      .513    10
California          72      73      .497    12.5
Montreal           66      80       .452    19
San Diego         65      83       .439    21
Philadelphia      61      83       .424    22.5

Sunday's games
Kansas City (Butler and Bunker) at Cleveland (McDowell and Williams), 2
Philadelphia (Wise and Johnson) at Chicago (Horlen and Bell), 2
California (McGlothlin) at Seattle (Brunet)
Montreal (Robertson) at San Diego (Niekro)

Chicago 10, Philadelphia 7: Buddy Bradford homered twice in Chicago's eight-run seventh inning, opening the frame with a solo homer and concluding the uprising with a grand slam. The White Sox also got a homer from Ed Herrmann. Dick Allen homered for Philadelphia, and Larry Hisle hit a three-run double. Jack Hamilton (one run in two innings) got the win, Dan Osinski (two scoreless innings) the save, and Turk Ferrell took the loss.

Chicago 2, Philadelphia 1: Duane Josephson doubled home a pair of runs in the first inning for the White Sox, and Tommy John didn't allow a run until Dick Allen homered to lead off the ninth. John went the distance, scattering nine hits and getting three double plays. He walked none and struck out six. Grant Jackson went seven innings for the loss.

San Diego 6, Montreal 4: The Padres powered past the Expos with three home runs (Tommy Dean, Nate Colbert and Al Ferrara). Clay Kirby allowed one unearned run through eight innings, but was pulled with one out in the ninth and two on only to see Billy McCool fail to retire any of his three hitters. Frank Reberger got the last two outs with the tying run on to earn the save. Howie Reed took the loss. Ed Spiezio was injured and will return Sept. 23.

Seattle 4, California 1: Ray Oyler and Steve Whitaker homered to support Diego Segui, who went 7.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. Roger Repoz homer for the Angels. Rudy May took the loss, and Bob Locker got the save.

Player of the Day: Buddy Bradford, Chicago

Monday, January 8, 2018

Games of Friday, Sept. 19

Seattle               85      62       .578    ---
Chicago             80      61      .567      2
Kansas City       76      71      .516      9
Cleveland          75      71      .513      9.5
California          72      72      .500    11.5
Montreal           66      78       .458    17.5
San Diego         64      83       .435    21
Philadelphia      61      81      .430    21

Saturday's games
Philadelphia (Champion and Jackson) at Chicago (Peters and John), 2
California (May) at Seattle (Brabender or Segui)
Montreal (Reed) at San Diego (Kirby)

Cleveland 6, Kansas City 3: The Royals fumbled this one away with four errors and a run-scoring wild pitch. Jose Cardenal homered for Cleveland, and Dick Ellsworth got credit for the win with 6.2 innings in which he allowed three runs on seven hits. Larry Burchart pitched the final two innings for the save. Dick Drago took the loss for the Royals.

Montreal 5, San Diego 4: The Expos scored twice in the eighth to narrow the margin and three times in the ninth to take the lead, then hung on in the bottom of the frame. Rusty Staub hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Padres starter Tommy Sisk. Ron Fairly singled home the tying run off Billy McCool in the ninth, and Mack Jones had a two-run double to put the Expos ahead. Roy Face allowed a pair of doubles in the ninth but allowed just the one run. The win goes to Claude Raymond, who threw two scoreless innings in relief of Mark Wegener.

California 5, Seattle 4: Rick Reichardt's two-run double keyed a three-run eighth for the Angels as they broke the Pilots' six-game winning streak. The inning began with a crucial error on Seattle second baseman Gus Gil; two of the three runs were unearned. Jim Bouton took the loss; Eddie Fisher got the win, and Ken Tatum threw two scoreless innings for the save. Reichardt also had a two-run homer, in the fourth inning off Marty Pattin. Dick Simpson homered for Seattle.

Player of the Day: Rick Reichardt, California

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Games of Thursday, Sept. 18

Seattle               85      61       .582     ---
Chicago             80      61      .567      2.5
Kansas City       76      70      .521      9
Cleveland          74      71      .510    10.5
California          71      72      .497    12.5
Montreal           65      78       .455    18.5
San Diego         64      82       .438    21
Philadelphia      61      81      .430    21.5

Friday's games
Kansas City (Drago) at Cleveland (Ellsworth)
California (Wright) at Seattle (Pattin)
Montreal (Wegener) at San Diego (Sisk)

Montreal 7, Cleveland 3: Ron Fairly, Jim Fairey and Coco Laboy each drove in two runs for Montreal, and Bill Stoneman allowed one run in seven innings for the win. Three of the five runs allowed by losing pitcher Steve Hargan were unearned. Laboy homered for the Expos, and Duke Sims homered for the Indians. Don Shaw got the last four outs for the save.

Kansas City 4, Chicago 2: The Royals peppered Chicago pitching for five doubles among their 12 hits. Jerry Adair doubled twice, scored once and drove in a run. Lou Piniella had three hits, one a double, and a run scored, and threw a pair of runners out at the plate. Roger Nelson went seven innings for the win, and Tom Burgmeier and Moe Drabowsky each had a scoreless inning.

San Diego 3, California 0: Dick Kelley threw a six-hit shutout, fanning seven without walking a man. Cito Gaston tripled home the first run, scored the second and drove in the third with a sac fly. Tom Murphy took the loss for the Angels.

Seattle 5, Philadelphia 3: Greg Goossen's three-run homer in the eighth off Bill Wilson lifted the Pilots to their sixth straight victory. Mike Marshall allowed two earned runs in eight innings for the win; he allowed six hits, all in the first three innings, and walked four. John O'Donoghue relieved Bob Locker with two outs in the ninth to retire Johnny Callison with two one for the save. Wilson took the loss.

Player of the Day: Lou Piniella, Kansas City

Friday, January 5, 2018

Games of Wednesday, Sept. 17

Seattle               84      61       .579     ---
Chicago             80      60      .571      1.5
Kansas City       75      70      .517      9  
Cleveland          74      70      .514      9.5 
California          71      71      .500    10.5
Montreal           64      78       .451    18.5
San Diego         63      82       .434    21
Philadelphia      61      80      .433    21

Thursday's games
Montreal (Stoneman) at Cleveland (Hargan)
Kansas City (Nelson) at Chicago (Wynne)
Philadelphia (Fryman) at Seattle (Marshall)
California (Murphy) at San Diego (Kelley)

Cleveland 4, Montreal 3: Luis Tiant went the distance, allowing one earned run on four hits, but it took a two-out pinch hit single by Ken Suarez in the ninth to win it for Cleveland. John Bateman of Montreal and Ken Harrelson of Cleveland each homered. Dan McGinn took the loss in his third inning of relief.

Kansas City 7, Chicago 1: Jim Rooker held the White Sox scoreless into the ninth inning, and Ellie Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the second inning. The Royals scored twice on passed balls charged against Don Pavelitch. Rooker retired sixteen straight hitters at one point; he allowed five hits in 8.1 innings while striking out seven.

California 4, San Diego 1: Steve Kealey worked six innings out of the Angels bullpen for the win, allowing just an unearned run on seven hits. He was supported by three double play balls. The Angels scored three runs in the first, with Aurelio Rodriguez driving in a pair with a bases-loaded single off loser Joe Niekro. Tom Egan hit a solo homer in the sixth. Hoyt Wilhelm worked the final two innings for the save. Andy Messersmith was injured after a perfect first inning and is out for the rest of the season.

San Diego 2, California 1: Chris Cannizzaro singled home John Sipin in the bottom of the ninth to break the tie and make a winner of Al Santorini, who allowed one run on eight hits and two walks. Sipin's double to lead off the ninth was the only extra-base hit of the game. Eddie Fisher took the loss in relief.

Seattle 10, Philadelphia 3: The Pilots knocked Rick Wise out in the third inning getting back-to-back homers from Steve Whitaker and Don Mincher. Ray Oyler added a three-run homer in the fifth, and Tommy Harper had a solo shot. Diego Segui was pulled for the pinch-hitter after two scoreless innings, and the Seattle bullpen pieced the rest of the game together. Gene Brabender (one run in two innings) is credited with the victory. Larry Hisle homered for Philadelphia.

Player of the Day: Steve Kealey, California