Thursday, July 20, 2017

Games of Wednesday, Aug. 13

Seattle               63     47       .572     ---
Chicago             61     46      .570      0.5
Kansas City       58     51      .532      4.5
California          55     57      .491      9
Philadelphia      52     58       .472   11
Cleveland          52     58      .472    11
Montreal           52     60       .464   12
San Diego         48     62       .436   15

Thursday's games
Cleveland (Hargan) at Montreal (Waslewski)
Seattle (Brabender) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Chicago (Peters) at Kansas City (Nelson)
San Diego (Kirby) at California (Murphy)

Cleveland 8, Montreal 5 (12 innings): Ray Fosse's pinch-hit grand slam off Larry Jaster lifted the Tribe to the win. Dick Ellsworth got the win with two innings of cliff hanging relief; he twice had the winning run on third base, once with one out, the other with no outs, and escaped without allowing the run. Hawk Harrelson homered and scored twice for Cleveland. Carroll Sembera of the Expos was demoted after the game and replaced on the roster by Dick Radatz; Sembera is eligible to return Aug. 24.

Chicago 7, Kansas City 4: The Royals were charged with five errors and failed to make numerous other plays. Gail Hopkins and Pete Ward hit consecutive homers in the first inning off Dick Drago. Mike Hedlund took the loss in relief; Gary Bell got the win with a save from Wilbur Wood. For the White Sox, Tommy McCraw (5 days) and Ken Berry (2 days) were both injured; McCraw will be deactivated and Angel Bravo added to the roster. McCraw is eligible to return Aug. 24.

Chicago 6, Kansas City 4 (10 innings): Luis Aparicio and Walt Williams each had two-out RBI singles in the 10th inning to lift the White Sox to the win. Three of Chicago's runs were unearned. Jack Hamilton got the win with two scoreless innings of relief, and Wilbur Wood threw a perfect ninth for the save. Williams went 3-for-6 with two doubles, a run and an RBI for the Sox.

Seattle 2, Philadelphia 1: Marty Pattin took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and Gus Gil hit a pair of sacrifice flies for Seattle. Dick Allen led off the eighth with a homer for the Phillies only hit of the game. Pattin walked one and struck out five in eight innings. Bob Locker pitched the ninth for the save.

Seattle 12, Philadelphia 2: George Brunet allowed two runs on five hits in eight innings, and the Pilots drew 11 walks. Tommy Harper scored three runs and stole a pair of bases; he was 3-for-5 with a walk. Steve Hovley singled twice, walked twice, stole a base, scored twice and drove in a pair. Jerry McNertney had a three-run double. Dick Allen homered for Philadelphia. Jerry Johnson took the loss. Deron Johnson (Phillies) was injured (10 days); he is deactivated and eligible to return Aug. 24. Cookie Rojas, recovered from his injury, returns from the inactive list early.

California 11, San Diego 1: The Angels peppered three Padres pitchers for 17 hits. Jay Johnstone went 4-for-5 with five RBIs, three runs, a homer and a double. Rudy May went the distance, allowing an unearned run on five hits.  Aurelio Rodriguez (three days) and Tom Egan (two days) were injured for the Angels; both will remain on the roster.

California 4, San Diego 3: The Angels scored two runs off Frank Reberger in the bottom of the ninth to get the doubleheader sweep. Reberger wild-pitched the tying run home after a leadoff triple by Jay Johnstone, then allowed a single, two walks and another single (by Joe Azcue) to end it. Johnstone went 3-for-5 for the game and threw a runner out at the plate. Bob Priddy got the win in relief. The Padres lost both Cito Caston and Nate Colbert for one day to injury; they will remain on the roster.

Player of the day: Jay Johnstone, California

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Game of Tuesday, Aug 12

Seattle               61     47       .564     ---
Chicago             59     46      .561      0.5
Kansas City       58     49      .542      2.5
California          53     57      .481      9
Philadelphia      52     57       .477     9.5
Montreal           52     59       .468   10.5
Cleveland          51     58      .468    10.5
San Diego         48     60       .444    13

Wednesday's games
Cleveland (McDowell) at Montreal (Wegener)
Seattle (Pattin and Brunet) at Philadelphia (Wise and Johnson), 2
Chicago (John and Horlen) at Kansas City (Drago and Butler), 2
San Diego (Santorini and Sisk) at California (May and McGlothlin), 2

Cleveland 8, Montreal 7 (15 innings): Lou Klimchock drove in the go-ahead run to end a back-and forth marathon. Larry Burchart threw 5.2 innings of one-hit shutout relief to earn the win, and Horacio Pina threw a perfect frame in the bottom of the 15th for the save; Claude Raymond, who allowed one run in four innings, took the loss. The Expos raked up six runs in the first five innings against Luis Tiant, but Jerry Robertson was stung for four runs in the fifth, including a two-run triple by Tony Horton. Horton hit a two-run homer in the ninth to put the Tribe ahead, but Mike Paul allowed doubles to Bob Bailey and Coco Laboy to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. Laboy also homered and drove in three runs. After the game the Expos demoted Raymond and activated Carroll Sembera; Raymond is eligible to return Aug. 23.

Player of the Day: Larry Burchart, Cleveland

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Games of Sunday, Aug. 10

Seattle               61     47       .564     ---
Chicago             59     46      .561      0.5
Kansas City       58     49      .542      2.5
California          53     57      .481      9
Philadelphia      52     57       .477     9.5
Montreal           52     58       .473   10
Cleveland          50     58      .462    11
San Diego         48     60       .444    13

Monday's games

Tuesday's game
Cleveland (Tiant) at Montreal (Robertson)

California 7, Cleveland 6: Pinch-hitter Bill Voss opened the eighth with a walk and wound up scoring the go-ahead run on a passed ball, and relievers Hoyt Wilhelm and Ken Tatum made the lead stand up. Sandy Alomar and Jay Johnstone each scored a pair of runs in the first two innings as the Angels built a big lead, but the Indians scored four runs in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead off winner Andy Messersmith. Two of the Angels runs were unearned. Larry Burchart took the loss.

Montreal 5, Chicago 2: Steve Renko allowed two hits and one run in seven innings, and Ty Cline stole a pair of bases and scored twice for the Expos. Gary Sutherland and Coco Laboy each tripled for Montreal. Roy Face got the final two outs after allowing an inherited run to score for the save. Billy Wynne was the loser.

Philadelphia 4, San Diego 1: Woody Fryman allowed one run on nine hits in seven innings for the Phillies, and John Boozer threw two scoreless innings for the save. Tony Taylor singled and doubled, scoring a run and driving in one. The Padres' Walt Hriniak was injured (10 days) and is replaced on the roster by Gary Korb off the emergency list as the second catcher. Hriniak is eligible to return Aug 21. 

Seattle 7, Kansas City 2: Jim Pagliaroni hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and Wayne Comer a grand slam in the seventh to power the Pilots. Steve Barber allowed one run in five innings for the win, and John Gelnar allowed one run in four innings for the save. Wally Bunker took the loss. Steve Hovley and Mike Hegan, who each drew a pair of walks, each scored twice; Pagliaroni went 3-for-4. The Royal' Pat Kelly was injured (eight days) and will be replaced on the roster by Buck Martinez; Kelly is eligible to retunr Aug. 21.

Player of the Day: Jim Pagliaroni, Seattle

Friday, July 7, 2017

Games of Saturday, Aug. 9

Chicago             59     45      .567      ---
Seattle               60     47       .561      0.5
Kansas City       58     48      .547      2
California          52     57       .477      9.5
Philadelphia      51     57       .472    10
Montreal           51     58       .468    10.5
Cleveland          50     57      .467     10.5
San Diego         48     59       .449    12.5

Sunday's games
California (Messersmith) at Cleveland (Williams)
Montreal (Renko) at Chicago (Wynne)
Kansas City (Bunker) at Seattle (Barber)
Philadelphia (Fryman) at San Diego (Niekro)

Chicago 9, Montreal 2: The White Sox drew seven walks in the first three innings off Gary Waslewski as they took a 6-0 lead. Gary Peters went the distance, allowing nine hits. Leadoff hitters Adolpho Phillips and Luis Aparicio each homered, singled, walked twice and scored twice, but only Aparicio stole a base.

Chicago 7, Montreal 3: Gail Hopkins homered and Pete Ward went 3-for-3 with a triple, two walks and two runs as the White Sox swept the Expos. Don Secrist relieved Joel Horlen in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out; the lefty got a double-play grounder, then threw three shutout innings for the save, allowing just one hit. Bill Stoneman took the loss.

California 1, Cleveland 0: Joe Azcue homered with two outs in the top of the ninth to break the scoreless duel between Tom Murphy and Sam McDowell, Ken Tatum entered in the bottom of the inning to induce a double play grounder to end it. Murphy allowed three hits in 8.1 innings, walking one and striking out three. McDowell allowed seven hits and one walk with nine strikeouts.

Philadelphia 5, San Diego 3: Dick Allen homered to start the Phillies' three-run second, and the visitors never trailed. Grant Jackson went eight innings for the win, allowing two runs on seven hits, one a homer by Al Ferrara. Bill Wilson allowed a run in the ninth but picked up the save. Clay Kirby was the losing pitcher.

Kansas City 7, Seattle 2: Pat Kelly and Mike Fiore homered to open the game for the Royals, and the Pilots never caught up. Roger Nelson allowed just one hit through the first six innings but didn't get an out in the seventh, but Dave Morehead got out of the jam. Lou Piniella and Jim Campanis each hit two-run doubles for the Royals.

Player of the Day: Pete Ward, Chicago

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Games of Friday, Aug. 8

Seattle               60     46       .566      ---
Chicago             57     45      .558      1
Kansas City       57     48      .543      2.5
Montreal           51     56       .477      9.5
California          51     57       .472   10
Cleveland          50     56      .471     10
Philadelphia      50     57       .467    10.5
San Diego         48     58       .452    12

Saturday's games
California (Murphy) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Montreal (Waslewski and Stoneman) at Chicago (Peters and Horlen)
Kansas City (Nelson) at Seattle (Segui)
Philadelphia (Jackson) at San Diego (Kirby)

Cleveland 7, California 6 (12 innings): The Cleveland bullpen allowed one hit in 4.2 innings before Ken Harrelson scored his third run of the game to win it. It was a remarkably sloppy game, with a pair of three-base errors (Jose Cardenal for Cleveland, Roger Repoz for California) and an outfield collision between Rick Reichardt and Jay Johnstone for California that was credited as an inside-the-park homer for Harrelson. The Indians committed three other errors, the Angels one. Pedro Borbon took the loss, Mike Paul got the win. Jim Fregosi went 5-for-6 with a homer, two doubles, three runs and two RBIs.

San Diego 8, Philadelphia 3: Ed Spiezio hit a pair of two-run homers off Jerry Johnson and Tommy Dean added another. Johnny Podres went six innings for the win, allowing three runs on seven hits, one a homer by Dick Allen. Dean scored twice for the Padres. 

Seattle 6, Kansas City 5, (18 innings): Dick Simpson singled home the game-winner off Tom Burgmeier to end the marathon. Both teams depleted their bullpens; Seattle got six one-hit innings from Jim Bouton, and Burgmeier was in his fifth inning for the Royals when Simpson ended it. Lou Piniella drove in four runs for the Royals with a homer, two doubles and a single in nine at-bats. Wayne Comer homered for Seattle. John Gelnar got the win with two scoreless innings. The Royals activated Dave Morehead after the game and demoted Hawk Taylor, who is eligible to return Aug. 18.

Player of the Day: Ed Spiezio, San Diego

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Games of Thursday, Aug. 7

Seattle               59     46       .562      ---
Chicago             57     45      .558      0.5
Kansas City       57     47      .548      1.5
Montreal           51     56       .477      9
California          51     56       .477      9
Philadelphia      50     56       .471      9.5
Cleveland          49     56      .467     10
San Diego         47     58       .478    12

Friday's games
California (McGlothlin) at Cleveland (Tiant)
Kansas City (Butler) at Seattle (Brabender)
Philadelphia (Johnson) at San Diego (Podres)

Philadelphia 7, San Diego 1: Rick Wise went the distance, allowing one unearned run on six hits. Don Money homered, doubled and singled in four at-bats, driving in three runs and scoring a pair. Tommy Sisk took the loss for the Padres.

Philadelphia 10, San Diego 8: Rick Joseph drove in four runs with two singles and a triple as the Phillies secured the doubleheader sweep. The Padres committed three errors and a passed ball afield. Bill Champion went eight innings for the win, allowing five runs on six hits and seven walks. Gary Ross took the loss. Cookie Rojas was injured for the Phillies (6 days); he will be replaced on the roster by Rick Barry and is eligible to return Aug. 17.

Cleveland 2, California 1: Errors by Jim Fregosi and Aurelio Rodriguez resulted in a pair of unearned Cleveland runs in the bottom of the eighth. Winner Dick Ellsworth allowed one run in eight innings on four hits. Loser Rudy May allowed the two unearned runs in 7.2 innings on six hits. Mike Paul faced three hitters in the ninth for the save.The Angels have returned Tom Tischinski to the emergency list and activated Vic Davalillo.

Chicago 3, Montreal 2, 10 innings: Luis Aparicio had a walk-off bunt and Tommy John went all 10 innings for the win. Bill Melton hit a two-run homer off Mark Wegener, who went nine innings himself, allowing just the two runs on two hits. Dan McGinn took the loss in relief. Gary Sutherland went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored for the Expos.

Seattle 11, Kansas City 3: Greg Goossen hit for the cycle as the Pilots overpowered the Royals. George Brunet went eight innings for the win, allowing a pair of homers (Pat Kelly and Bob Oliver) but only three other hits. Tommy Davis drove in three runs for Seattle, and Ron Clark went 3-for-5, including a double, with two RBIs and a run scored. Jim Rooker took the loss.

Player of the Day: Greg Goossen, Seattle

Monday, June 19, 2017

Games of Wednesday, Aug. 6

Seattle               58     46       .558      ---
Chicago             56     45      .554      0.5
Kansas City       57     46      .553      0.5
California          51     55       .481      8
Montreal           51     55       .481      8
Cleveland          48     56      .462    10
Philadelphia      48     56       .462   10
San Diego         47     56       .456    10.5

Thursday's games
Philadelphia (Wise and Champion) at San Diego (Sisk and Ross), 2
California (May) at Cleveland (Ellsworth)
Montreal (Wegener) at Chicago (John)
Kansas City (Rooker) at Seattle (Brunet)

Kansas City 7, Cleveland 4, 19 innings: The Royals broke their losing streak with a marathon. Relievers Horacio Pina and Mike Hedlund each worked the equivalent of an extra-inning game themselves. Hedlund shut out the Tribe for 11 innings, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out 10 and got the win. Pina threw nine scoreless inning before the Royals broke through for three runs in the top of the 19th. Ken Harrelson homered for Cleveland; Moe Drabowsky got the save for Kansas City.

San Diego 3, Montreal 1: Jack Baldschun entered for the Padres with runners on second and third, no outs in the top of the ninth and didn't allow a ball out of the infield to secure the victory. San Diego took the lead with two runs in the eighth, both charged to reliever Dan McGinn. Jerry Robertson shut out the Padres on four hits through six innings, but the Padres chased him with three straight singles in the seventh to tie the game. Joe Niekro got the win; he allowed five hits in eight innings, walking three and striking out two.

Seattle 6, California 4: Steve Whitaker and  Wayne Comer homered for the Pilots, and Bob Meyer allowed two earned runs in six innings for the win. Seattle left nine men in scoring position against Angels starter and loser Andy Messersmith. Ray Oyler of the Pilots will miss one game with a minor injury. The Pilots demoted Meyer after the game and reactivated George Brunet.

Player of the Day: Mike Hedlund, Kansas City.