Friday, September 30, 2016

Games of Saturday, May 24

The standings

Chicago             15     12        .556     ---
Philadelphia      16     13        .551    ---
San Diego         16     13        .551    ---
California          15     13       .535     0.5
Kansas City       15     14       .517     1
Seattle               15     16       .584     2
Montreal           13     16        .448     3
Cleveland          10     18        .357    5.5

Sunday's games
Chicago (Horlen) at Montreal (Wegener)
Seattle (Barber) at California (May)

Philadelphia 6, San Diego 4 (10 innings): Dick Allen's pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th lifted the Phillies to the win. The Phillies had led since the second inning until Ed Spiezio pinch-hit a solo shot off Bill Wilson with two outs in the ninth to even the score. Johnny Callison also homered for the Phillies. Wilson vultured the win after Rick Wise allowed three runs on eight hits in eight innings. Johnny Podres took the loss. The Padres' Nate Colbert was injured (3 days) and will be eligible to play after May 27. He will remain on the active roster.

Kansas City 8, Cleveland 6: Bob Oliver drove in five runs on a pair of triples and a single for the victorious home team. Tony Horton drove in three runs on a homer and double for Cleveland, and Jose Cardenal also homered for the Indians. Tom Burgmeier was credited with the win despitel allowing four runs in two innings; Larry Burchart was charged with the loss. Max Alvis was injured (seven days) and replaced on the active list by Richie Scheinblum; Alvis is eligible to return  June 4.

California 6, Seattle 5: Rick Reichardt hit a grand slam in the second inning off Mike Marshall, and the Angels held off the Pilots. Hoyt Wilhelm entered with the tying runs in scoring position to get the final out of the seventh for winner Tom Murphy and finished the game for the save. Jime Bouton threw four innings of scoreless relief to keep Seattle in the game. The Pilots got solo homers from Jim Pagliaroni and Don Mincher. Rich Rollins of Seattle was injured for one day; he will come off the active roster and may return for games of June 4. Garry Roggenburk is activated in his stead.

Player of the Day: Bob Oliver, Kansas City

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Games of Friday, May 23

The standings

San Diego        16     12        .571    ---
Chicago            15     12      .556     0.5
Philadelphia     15     13        .536    1
California         14     13       .519     1.5
Kansas City      14     14       .500     2
Seattle              15     15       .500     2
Montreal          13     16        .448     3.5
Cleveland         10     17        .370    5.5

Saturday's games
San Diego (Santorini) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Cleveland (Ellsworth) at Kansas City (Bunker)
Seattle (Marshall) at California (Murphy)

Montreal 10, Chicago 9: John Bateman's two-out, two-run homer off Wilbur Wood in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Expos to a stunning comeback win over the White Sox. Montreal scored nine times in the final four frames and won despite being charged with three errors. Don Shaw, who allowed one run in his sole inning of work, was the winner. Ron Fairly and Coco Laboy each homered and drove in three runs for the winners; Ken Berry scored four runs for Chicago, one on a homer.

San Diego 3, Philadelphia 2 (12 innings): Ollie Brown homered in the 12th inning off Turk Ferrell to break the tie and make a winner of Jack Baldschun, who threw 3.1 scoreless innings of two-hit relief. Nate Colbert was 4-for-6 for the Padres, doubling home a run and scoring another. Johnny Callison homered and tripled for the Phillies. Frank Reberger got the save.

Kansas City 9. Cleveland 0: Bill Butler fired a four-hit shutout with one walk, four strikeouts and a pair of double play grounders, and his teammates battered Luis Tiant for six runs in two innings in the rout. Bob Oliver had a bases-loaded triple, and Ellie Rodriguez was 4-for-4 with a run, a double, a walk and two RBIs. Jose Cardenal threw two Kansas City baserunners out at the plate. After the game, Kansas City reactivated Jerry Adair and deactivated Juan Rios.

California 2, Seattle 0: Jim McGlothlin scattered seven hits -- no more than one an inning -- to shut down the Pilots. Seattle starter and loser Gene Brabender allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits in six innings; he didn't allow a baserunner until the fifth inning and struck out 10.

Player of the Day: Nate Colbert, San Diego

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Games of Thursday, May 22

The standings

Chicago            15     11       .577     ---
Philadelphia     15     12        .556    0.5
San Diego        15     12        .556     0.5
Seattle              15     14       .517     1.5
California         13     13       .500     2
Kansas City      13     14       .481     2.5
Montreal          12     16        .429     4
Cleveland         10     16        .385    5

Friday's games
Chicago (Wynne) at Montreal (Robertson)
San Diego (Niekro) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Cleveland (Tiant) at Kansas City (Butler)
Seattle (Brabender) at California (McGlothlin)

Montreal 10, San Diego 9: Mack Jones' two-run single off Billy McCool in the eight inning capped a series of Expos comebacks, and Roy Face made the lead standup with a perfect ninth inning. The Padres opened the game with a three-run homer by Ed Spezio; the Expos tied it in the fifth on a Jones sac fly. Chris Cannizzaro put San Diego back in front with a solo homer; the Expos scored four in the seventh to take a 7-5 lead, with Coco Laboy hitting a three-run homer off Clay Kirby. The Padres promptly regained the lead, scoring four runs including a two-run homer by Nate Colbert. The Expos bounced back with four singles and a walk. The loss was charged to McCool; Gary Waslewski gets the vultured W. Montreal's Ron Brand has a two-day injury and Gary Sutherland a three-day injury; both will remain on the roster. Montreal deactivates Don Bosch and reactivates John Bateman. Bosch is eligible to return for games of June 1.

Chicago 9, Philadelphia 1: A pair of errors by third baseman Tony Taylor helped create five unearned runs in the second inning, and the White Sox were never threatened the rest of the way. Tommy John shut out the Phillies through eight innings before giving up a run in the ninth; he went the distance, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. Bill Melton homered and drove in three runs while scoring two.

Seattle 5, Kansas City 0: Ray Oyler doubled, tripled and drove in three runs. and keystone mate John Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs  for the Pilots. Marty Pattin was the winner, tossing seven shutout innings. Pattin allowed five hits and two walks; he struck out five. Jim Bouton retired all six hitters he faced. Don Mincher stole two bases and scored twice. Dick Drago took the loss.

California 4, Cleveland 0: Andy Messersmith held the Tribe to two hits and Rick Reichardt drove in three runs for the Angels.  Messersmith walked six and struck out nine; he also induced a pair of double play grounders. Frank Baker (one DP, three strikeouts) was particularly ineffective against the right hander. Sam McDowell yielded all four runs in seven innings; he allowed four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Jim Fregosi and Bubba Morton scored two runs apiece.

Player of the Day: Ray Oyler, Seattle

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Game of Wednesday, May 21

The standings

Philadelphia     15     11        .577    ---
San Diego        15     11        .577     ---
Chicago            14     11       .560     0.5
Kansas City      13     13       .500     2
Seattle              14     14       .500     2
California         12     13       .480     2.5
Montreal          11     16        .407     4.5
Cleveland         10     15        .400    4.5

Thursday's games
Chicago (John) at Philadelphia (Fryman)
San Diego (Kirby) at Montreal (Stoneman)
Seattle (Pattin) at Kansas City (Drago)
Cleveland (McDowell) at California (Messersmith)

Seattle 7. Kansas City 2: Two Kansas City errors opened and concluded a five-run ninth inning for Seattle that also featured a flyball that went for a two-run triple. The victim of the sloppy fielding was reliever Tom Burgmeier. Kansas City starter Jim Rooker allowed two runs in seven innings and hit a solo homer off Seattle's George Brunet. The winning pitcher was John O'Donoghue, who threw two scoreless innings of relief.  Tommy Harper went 3-for-5 with a triple, two runs and an RBI.

Player of the Game: Tommy Harper, Seattle

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Games of Monday, May 19

The standings

Philadelphia     15     11        .577    ---
San Diego        15     11        .577     ---
Chicago            14     11       .560     0.5
Kansas City      13     12       .520     1.5
Seattle              13     14       .481     2.5
California         12     13       .480     2.5
Montreal          11     16        .407     4.5
Cleveland         10     15        .400    4.5

Tuesday's games

Wednesday's game
Kansas City (Drago) at Seattle (Brunet)

Philadelphia 5, Chicago 2: Rick Wise allowed four hits and two runs in eight innings, and Don Money and Deron Johnson each had two-RBI singles in the Phillies win. Wise struck out eight and walked none, but had a difficult third inning in which Gail Hopkins homered and Bill Melton and Carlos May followed with consecutive doubles. The Phillies' Larry Hisle was injured (five days) and will remain on the roster.

Seattle 1, Kansas City 0: Surprise starter Steve Barber spun a four hit shutout for the Pilots. The lefty walked one, hit one and struck out five. No Royals reached scoring position, and only one hit an outfield fly. Seattle scored its only run in the first inning when Mike Hegan walked, advanced to second on a Roger Nelson wild pitch and scored on Don Mincher's single.

Player of the Day: Steve Barber, Seattle.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Games of Sunday, May 18

The standings

Chicago            14     10       .583    ---
San Diego        15     11        .577    ---
Philadelphia     14     11        .560   0.5
Kansas City      13     11        .542    1
California         12     13        .480    2.5
Seattle              12     14        .461    3
Montreal          11     16         .407   4.5
Cleveland         10     15         .400   4.5

Monday's games
Chicago (Horlen) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Kansas City (Nelson) at Seattle (Pattin)

San Diego 9, Montreal 7: Nate Colbert scored three runs and drove in a pair in the sloppy slugfest. The visiting Padres took advantage of three Expos errors to score five runs in the first inning off Montreal starter Howie Reed, and Colbert hit a two-run homer in the second to give Johnny Podres a 7-0 lead. But the Expos got six shutout innings of relief from Steve Renko, who homered, and chipped away at Podres (five runs in five innings), Jack Baldschun (one run in one inning) and Tommy Sisk (one run in two innings) to tie the game in the eighth. But Ollie Brown's one-out double ignited a two-run rally off Dan McGinn in the top of the ninth, and Frank Reberger pitched around a leadoff single for the save. Sisk was the winner. The Expos were charged with five errors for the game, three by second baseman Gary Sutherland.

Cleveland 11, California 3: Ken Suarez and Jose Cardenal each hit three-run homers for the Tribe, and Dick Ellsworth not only went the distance but had three hits himself, scoring twice and driving in a run. Loser Rudy May gave up four runs in five innings, and Pedro Borbon was shelled for seven runs in his three innings of work. Ken Harrelson of Cleveland and Bubba Morton and Billy Cowan of the Angels each hit solo homers. Ellsworth allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out four.

Kansas City 8, Seattle 3: The Royals erupted for seven runs in the top of the ninth against the Pilots' two top relievers to snatch away the win. Pat Kelly hit a three-run homer off Bob Locker, and Luis Alcaraz and Buck Martinez each had RBI doubles. Seattle scored all its runs in the first inning and left the bases loaded in that frame against Wally Bunker. Tom Burgmeier got the win with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Locker took the loss.

Player of the Day: Dick Ellsworth, Cleveland

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Games of Saturday, May 17

The standings

Chicago            14     10       .583    ---
Philadelphia     14     11        .560   0.5
San Diego        14     11        .560    0.5 
Kansas City      12     11        .522    1.5
California         12     12        .500    2
Seattle              12     13        .480    2.5 
Montreal          11     15         .423   4
Cleveland          9     15         .375   5

Sunday's games
San Diego (Podres) at Montreal (Reed)
Cleveland (Ellsworth) at California (May)
Kansas City (Bunker) at Seattle (Marshall)

Seattle 6, Philadelphia 4 (14 innings): Diego Segui threw five innings of scoreless, one-hit relief to hold off the Phillies. The Pilots had a 4-1 lead going into the ninth, but Dave Watkins hit a three-run homer with two outs off Jim Bouton to tie the score. The Pilots got three hits, a stolen base and an error from Dick Allen in the top of the 14th to plate two runs. Mike Hegan (Pilots) and Allen (Phillies) each had solo homers.

Cleveland 8, Montreal 4: Tony Horton's three-run homer in the seventh gave Cleveland a lead the Expos never seriously challenged. Horton also singled, walked and scored a second run. Jose Cardenal (2-for-4) tripled, walked and stole a pair of bases; he, Duke Sims and Ken Harrelson also scored two runs apiece. Horacio Pina got the win with two innings in which he allowed just an unearned run, and Ron Law threw two scoreless innings for the save. Rusty Staub homered for the Expos off starter Stan Williams, who was knocked out of the box without retiring a man in the sixth inning.

Chicago 6, Kansas City 1: Luis Aparicio homered, tripled and doubled for the White Sox, who benefited from a rangeless Royals defense. Tommy John kept the hometeam scoreless until the ninth inning and finished with a seven-hitter. Kansas City starter Mike Hedlund allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings as Lou Piniella and Scott Northey allowed fly balls to fall in and the out-of-position Paul Schall struggled at shortstop.

San Diego 5, California 0: Dick Kelley threw a five-hit shutout and Chris Cannizzaro hit a two-run homer in the Padres win. Kelley walked four (Sandy Alomar three times) and struck out nine men. Cannizzaro also had a double. Al Ferrara was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for the Padres.

Player of the Day: Diego Segui, Seattle

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Games of Friday, May 16

The standings

Philadelphia     14     10        .583    ---
Chicago            13     10       .565    0.5 
Kansas City      12     10        .545    1
San Diego        13     11        .542    1 
California         12     11        .522    1.5
Seattle              11     13        .458    2.5 
Montreal          11     14         .440   3.5
Cleveland          8     15         .348    5.5

Saturday's games
Seattle (Gelnar) at Philadelphia (Champion)
Cleveland (Williams) at Montreal (Stoneman)
Chicago (John) at Kansas City (Hedlund)
San Diego (Kelley) at California (Murphy)

Seattle 7, Philadelphia 2: Gene Brabender took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and drove in two runs himself for the Pilots. John Kennedy and Wayne Comer homered for the Pilots. Brabender allowed five hits in 8.1 innings, with Bob Locker picking up the final two outs. The Phillies committed three errors. Tommy Harper (1-for-4 with a walk and a run) stole two bases.

Kansas City 7, Chicago 6: Ed Kirkpatrick drove in four runs as the Royals outlasted the White Sox. Kirkpatrick hit a two-run homer off starter Paul Edmondson in the first inning, brought home a run in the third with a sac fly, and added an RBI single off loser Gary Bell in the decisive three-run seventh. Bill Melton and Carlos May each homered off winner Bill Butler, who struck out seven while allowing five runs in seven innings.Moe Drabowsky walked the first two men in the top of the ninth, but then got a strikeout and a double-play grounder for the save.

Player of the Day: Gene Brabender, Seattle

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Games of Thursday, May 15

The standings

Philadelphia     14       9        .609    ---
Chicago            13       9        .591    0.5
San Diego        13     11        .542    1.5
Kansas City      11     10        .523    2
California         12     11        .522    2
Montreal          11     14         .440   4
Seattle              10     13        .435    4
Cleveland          8     15         .348    6

Friday's games
Seattle (Brabender) at Philadelphia (Johnson)
Chicago (Edmondson) at Kansas City (Butler)

Montreal 6, Cleveland 4: Mack Jones drove in three runs and Ron Fairly a pair as the Expos overcame three solo homers by the Indians. Jones hit a solo homer off losing pitcher Luis Tiant to tie the game in the fourth and had a two-run single in the decisive four-run fifth inning. Jerry Robertson worked six innings for the win, allowing homers to Frank Baker and Jose Cardenal. Tony Horton homered off Claude Raymond in the ninth, but Raymond picked up the save anyway.

Philadelphia 5, Seattle 4: Dick Allen tripled home two runs and Johnny Callison and Deron Johnson each had RBI doubles as the Phillies held off the Pilots.  Grant Jackson went eight innings for the win, allowing solo homers to Jim Pagliaroni and Greg Goossen. Bill Wilson worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the save. Pagliaroni went 2-for-4 with two runs scored; Callison was 2-for-4 with a run. George Brunet took the loss for Seattle, allowing four runs in five innings.

Chicago 3, Kansas City 1: Luis Aparicio hit a two-run homer and scored another run. Billy Wynne allowed seven hits and one run in eight innings for the White Sox; he was backed by three double plays. Wilbur Wood got three outfield flies for the save. The Royals' Jackie Hernandez (three days) and the White Sox' Ed Herrmann (one day) were injured; neither will be deactivated.

San Diego 5, California 3 (14 innings): Ollie Brown doubled home Chris Cannizzaro and Cito Gaston to put the Padres ahead in the top of the 14th, and three pitchers -- Gary Ross, Johnny Podres and Jack Baldschun -- got one out apiece in the bottom of the inning to preserve the lead. San Diego had carried a 3-1 lead in the the bottom of the ninth, but the Angels tagged Frank Reberger for three hits, a walk and a hit batter to tie the score and were only stopped when Gaston gunned down Joe Azcue at the plate. Ross got the win with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, and Vern Gishert was the loser. Gaston was 3-for-6 with a triple, a run and an RBI. Billy Cowan of the Angels must miss the next game with an injury. Teammate Vic Davalillo was also injured but will be ready to go for their next game.

Player of the Day: Luis Aparicio, White Sox

Monday, September 12, 2016

Games of Wednesday, May 14

The standings

Philadelphia   13       9        .591    ---
Chicago          12       9        .571    0.5
Kansas City   11       9        .550    1
California       12     10        .545    1
San Diego      12     11        .522    1.5
Seattle            10     12        .455    3
Montreal        10     14         .416   4
Cleveland        8     14         .363    5

Thursday's games
Cleveland (Tiant) at Montreal (Robertson)
Seattle (Brunet) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Chicago (Wynne) at Kansas City (Drago)
San Diego (Santorini) at California (McGlothlin)

Philadelphia 4, Seattle 3: The Phillies racked up three homers off loser Marty Pattin and survived a pair of late inning jams to beat the Brewers. Johnny Callison hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and Larry Hisle and Mike Ryan had solo shots in the first and second innings respectively. Winner Woody Fryman allowed four hits in seven innings, but walked five -- four of them in the Pilots' two-run sixth -- and allowed three stolen bases. Hisle gunned down Mike Hegan at the plate in the eighth inning, and Bill Wilson retired the last two batters with the tying run in scoring position for the save. After the game, Seattle reactivated George Brunet and deactivated Dick Simpson, who will be eligible to return after May 24.

Montreal 2, Cleveland 1: Mark Wegener outdueled Sam McDowell, and Gary Sutherland singled home Adolfo Phillips in the bottom of the ninth for the deciding run. Bobby Wine homered in the second inning for Montreal, after which McDowell retired 20 straight Expos. McDowell stuck out 10 and walked none, allowing four hits and two runs in 8.1 innings. Wegener went the distance for Montreal, allowing four hits and one run while striking out eight and walking six.

Kansas City 4, Chicago 2: Ed Kirkpatrick drove in three runs and Roger Nelson allowed four baserunners in eight innings as the Royals won. Pat Kelly had a solo homer for Kansas City in the fifth off loser Joel Horlen. Mike Hedlund got the final out with the tying run on base. Nelson allowed two singles and walked a pair while striking out three. Lou Piniella of the Royals was injured (two games) and will remain on the roster.

San Diego 3, California 0: Joe Niekro scattered eight hits in the complete game shutout. Angels starter Andy Messersmith walked five and allowed six singles in five innings. The Angels committed a pair of errors as well but turned four double plays. Tommy Dean was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for San Diego.

Player of the Day: Joe Niekro, San Diego

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Games of Tuesday, May 13

The standings

Chicago          12       8        .600    ---
California       12       9        .571    0.5
Philadelphia   12       9        .571    0.5
Kansas City   10       9        .523    1.5
San Diego      11     11        .500    2
Seattle            10     11        .476    2.5
Montreal          9     14         .391   4.5
Cleveland        8     13         .381    4.5

Wednesday's games
Cleveland (McDowell) at Montreal (Wegener)
Seattle (Pattin) at Philadelphia (Fryman)
Chicago (Horlen) at Kansas City (Nelson)
San Diego (Niekro) at California (Messersmith)

Philadelphia 4, Cleveland 1: Rick Wise allowed three hits (one a homer by Larry Brown) in eight innings. Larry Hisle homered in the first off Steve Hargan and added an RBI on a sac fly. Wise doubled twice and scored two runs. Hargan allowed four runs in five innings but did strike out Dick Allen three times. Turk Farrell worked a perfect ninth for the save.

Seattle 5, Montreal 4: Don Mincher's three-run homer in the first inning gave the Pilots a lead they never relinquished. Wayne Comer went 3-for-4 with two runs and a walk, and John Donaldson had a solo homer. Mike Marshall went 5.2 innings for the win; John O'Donoghue allowed one single in two innings for the save.

Kansas City 4, San Diego 3: Lou Pinella's two-run homer off reliever Dick Kelley in the seventh inning lifted the Royals to the win. The Padres got a two-run homer from Nate Colbert and a solo shot from pinch-hitter Larry Stahl against winning pitcher Wally Bunker. Clay Kirby allowed two runs, one earned, in six innings for San Diego. Moe Drabowsky got the final two outs for the save. Jerry Adair (Royals) was injured for 10 days and will be replaced on the roster by Juan Rios; Adair may return after May 23.

Chicago 5, California 1: Tom McCraw's three-run pinch-hit homer in the eighth off Eddie Fisher broke open a tight pitchers duel. Winner Tommy John scattered six hits in eight innings; the only run the Halos scored was unearned. Loser Rudy May allowed two runs, one earned, in seven innings. Roger Repoz (California) was injured for two days and will remain on the roster.

Player of the Day: Rick Wise, Phillies