Friday, December 30, 2016

Games of Thursday, June 26

Kansas City       37     22       .627     ---
Seattle               36     29        .553    4
Chicago             32     27       .542     5
Montreal           30     30        .500     7.5
Philadelphia      30     30        .500    7.5
California          27     32       .458     10
San Diego         27     32        .458     10
Cleveland          22     39       .361     16

Friday's games
Seattle (Brunet) at Cleveland (Ellsworth) 
San Diego (Niekro) at Chicago (John)
California (May and Messersmith) at Kansas City (Nelson and Hedlund)

Montreal 3, Philadelphia 1: Mark Wegener went the distance for Montreal, allowing just one unearned run on four hits. He did walk five, with six strikeouts. Adolpho Phillips and John Bateman each hit solo homers off loser Lowell Palmer, who worked six innings for the Phillies.

Philadelphia 10, Montreal 4: The Phillies hit five homers, two of them by Dick Allen, to split the doubleheader. Larry Hisle's three-run homer in the third inning knocked starter and loser Larry Jaster, working on short rest, out of the game. Deron Johnson and Don Money hit solo homers off Don Shaw in the ninth. Rusty Staub hit a three-run homer off winner Rick Wise in the fifth. Wise went seven innings, allowing four runs on three hits and five walks.

Cleveland 5, Chicago 2: Ken Harrelson drove in three runs and Tony Horton two -- each with a home run -- to power the win. Mike Paul allowed two runs in six innings for the win. Walt Williams had both RBIs for the White Sox. Lou Klimchock doubled twice for Cleveland and scored both times. Horacio Pina worked a perfect ninth for the save.

Kansas City 9, California 2: The Royals ran wild on Tom Murphy, stealing seven bases -- four by Pat Kelly, including third base twice -- in the rout. Joe Foy also stole two bases, and Mike Fiore picked up a steal as the trail runner on a Kelly theft of third. Kelly singled twice and doubled and scored three runs. Fiore and Lou Piniella each scored twice, and Piniella had a two-run triple in the first inning. Bill Butler went six innings for the win, and Tom Burgmeier threw three hitless innings for the save. After the game, the Royals demoted Luis Alcaraz and promoted Dave Morehead.

Player of the Day: Pat Kelly, Kansas City

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Games of Wednesday, June 25

The standings

Kansas City       36     22       .621     ---
Seattle               36     29        .553    3.5
Chicago             32     26       .551     4
Montreal           29     29        .500     7
Philadelphia      29     29        .500    7
California          27     31       .466     9
San Diego         27     32        .458     9.5
Cleveland          21     39       .350    16

Thursday's games
Philadelphia (Wise and Palmer) at Montreal (Wegener and Jaster), 2
Cleveland (Paul) at Chicago (Wynne)
California (Murphy) at Kansas City (Butler)

Chicago 8, Cleveland 7: The White Sox tagged Sam McDowell for three runs in the first inning  and had another three-run outburst in the fifth. The Indians scored four runs in the third. Duane Josephson went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs for Chicago, and Ron Hansen hit a solo homer. Joel Horlen got the win; Wilbur Wood got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh, and Dan Osinski went two innings for the save despite allowing a two-run homer to Ken Harrelson in the ninth.

Cleveland 5, Chicago 3: The Indians got homers from Vern Fuller, Ray Fosse and Ken Harrelson, and Luis Tiant held the White Sox to five hits in 8.1 innings as the Tribe got a split out of the doubleheader.  The Sox got homers from Buddy Bradford and Bobby Knoop; all runs for both teams came via the long ball. Larry Burchart got the final two outs for the save after Knoop's two-run homer in the ninth. Jerry Nyman, making his first start of the season, took the loss.

Kansas City 1, Philadelphia 0: Wally Bunker and Moe Drabowsky made a first-inning run -- pieced together from a hit-and-run single and a ground out -- stand up. Bunker went eight innings, allowing four hits and one walk, and Drabowsky fanned two of the three hitters he faced in the ninth for the save. Loser Grant Jackson allowed seven hits in seven innings. The Royals have won seven in a row.

California 3, Montreal 2: Tom Egan's two-run homer in the seventh put the Angels in front and snapped their seven-game losing streak. The Angels also got a solo homer from Jim Fregosi, who added a pair of singles. Jim McGlothlin allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings for the win; Ken Tatum threw two perfect innings for the save. Gary Waslewski allowed three runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings and took the loss for the Expos. Rusty Staub went 3-for-4 with a homer.

San Diego 4, Seattle 3: Al Ferrara tripled in two runs in a three-run sixth for the Padres and had three RBIs in the game. Clay Kirby allowed two earned runs in 8.1 innings; he allowed eight hits, walked four and hit a batter while striking out five. Bill McCool and Frank Reberger each retired one batter in the ninth. Bill Meyer allowed two earned runs in seven innings but took the loss; he allowed six hits and didn't walk a man.

Player of the Day: Duane Josephson, Chicago

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Games of Tuesday, June 24

The standings

Kansas City       35     22       .614     ---
Seattle               36     28        .563    2.5
Chicago             31     25       .554     3.5
Philadelphia      29     28        .508    6
Montreal           29     28        .508     6
California          26     31       .456     9
San Diego         26     32        .448     9.5
Cleveland          20     38       .345    15.5

Wednesday's games
Philadelphia (Jackson) at Kansas City (Bunker)
Cleveland (McDowell and Tiant) at Chicago (Horlen and Nyman), 2
Montreal (Waslewski) at California (McGlothlin)
San Diego (Kirby) at Seattle (Meyer)

San Diego 5, Seattle 2: Al Ferrara and Ed Spiezio each hit two-run homers off Marty Pattin, and the Padres led from the first inning on. Ferrara went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs. The three first-inning runs for San Diego were unearned. Al Santorini went 5.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits, for the win. Bill McCool threw two scoreless innings for the save. Rich Rollins (one day) and Tommy Davis (three days) were injured for Seattle; both will remain on the roster.

Seattle 7, San Diego 5: Mike Hegan's two-run triple was the pivotal blow in a three-run eighth inning as the Pilots salvaged a split of their doubleheader with the Padres. Jerry McNertney hit a two-run homer off San Diego starter and loser Tommy Sisk in Seattle's four-run third inning. The Padres tied it with their own four-run outburst in the sixth, which featured a pair of RBI outs. Jim Bouton threw 2.2 innings of scoreless ball for the win; Bob Locker allowed one run in the ninth but got the save. 

Kansas City 3, Philadelphia 2: Bob Oliver drove home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, but a bigger role was played by Chuck Harrison, who hit a solo homer in the fifth inning and a game-tying single immediately before Oliver's game-winner. The Phillies got their runs on doubles by Dick Allen and Don Money in the seventh inning and a solo homer by Tony Taylor in the eighth. Dave Wickersham got the win with 1.1 perfect innings in which he struck out two. Woodie Fryman went the distance for the Phillies, allowing eight hits and five walks with striking out six. Steve Jones had an effective spot start for Kansas City, going 7.2 innings and allowing six hits.

Montreal 4, California 1 (12 innings): Jim Fairey, making his first start of the season, made up for grounding into three double plays by doubling home the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th inning for the Expos, and Rusty Staub followed with a two-run single. Roy Face, winning pitcher Howie Reed and Dan McGinn combined for 5.1 scoreless innings of relief. Steve Kealey, making his season debut, gave the Angels seven innings of one-run ball, scattering six hits and four walks. Jim Spender was 4-for-6 without a run or RBI.

Player of the Day: Chuck Harrison, Kansas City

Monday, December 19, 2016

Games of Monday, June 23

The standings

Kansas City       34     22       .607     ---
Seattle               35     27        .565    2
Chicago             31     25       .554     3
Philadelphia      29     27        .517    5
Montreal           28     28        .500     6 
California          26     30       .464     8
San Diego         25     31        .446     9
Cleveland          20     38       .345    15

Tuesday's games
San Diego (Santorini and Sisk) at Seattle (Pattin and Brabender), 2 
Philadelphia (Fryman) at Kansas City (Jones)
Montreal (Stoneman) at California (Kealey)

Kansas City 2, Philadelphia 1: Jackie Hernandez ended the pitchers duel with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth off Bill Champion. Dick Drago threw a five-hitter for the Royals, retiring the last 14 men he faced. Champion was almost as good, allowing seven hits in eight innings. Both teams converted first-inning triples into runs; for the the Phillies it was Ron Stone, for the Royals Mike Fiore.

Kansas City 6, Philadelphia 5: The Royals scored four runs in the eighth to pull out the nightcap and secure the doubleheader sweep. Joe Foy homered, tripled and singled in four at-bats with two runs and a pair of RBIs. Mike Hedlund, Tom Burgmeier and Moe Drabowsky combined for three shutout innings of relief, with Burgmeier getting the win and Drabowski the save. Reliever John Boozer took the loss for the Phillies, who got three RBIs from Johnny Callison. Tony Taylor doubled twice for the Phillies with two RBIs.

Chicago 9, Cleveland 7: Tommy McCraw pinch-hit a grand slam and Carlos May bopped a three-run shot in the sixth inning as the White Sox overtook the Indians. The White Sox also got back-to-back homers in the second inning from Bill Melton and Gail Hopkins. Chuck Hinton hit a two-run homer for Cleveland, and Ken Suarez doubled twice, singled once, scored a run and drove in a pair. Dan Osinski was credited with the win after getting one out in the top of the sixth, and Wilbur Wood got the save. Horacio Pina was the loser.

Chicago 9, Cleveland 5: The White Sox, aided by shoddy Cleveland fielding, scored six runs in the seventh inning for another comeback win and the doubleheader sweep. Pete Ward went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs for Chicago, and Ed Herrmann walked, doubled, scored once and drove in one. Jerry Nyman vultured the win in relief of Gary Bell. Steve Hargan, working on three days rest for the short-staffed Tribe, took the loss.

Montreal 9, California 3: Bobby Wine went 4-for-5 with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs as the Expos romped. Gary Sutherland also doubled twice and drove in two runs for Montreal. Steve Renko went six innings for the win, allowing seven hits and a pair of homers, one to Jim Fregosi and the other to Rick Reichardt. Dick Radatz, Howie Reed and Claude Raymond each threw a hitless inning of relief for Montreal. Bob Bailey was injured (eight days) and was replaced on the roster by Remy Hermoso. He is eligible to return July 2.

Montreal 6, California 4: Rusty Staub hit three home runs and drove in all six Expos runs to secure the doubleheader sweep. Jim Fregosi hit a two-run homer in the first for the Angels as they took an early 3-0 lead, but Jerry Robertson steadied for four shutout innings after that. Don Shaw allowed one run (a Jim Spencer homer) in two innings for the win, and Claude Raymond threw two perfect innings for the save. Andy Messersmith took the loss.

Player of the Day: Rusty Staub, Montreal

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Games of Sunday, June 22

The standings

Kansas City       32     22       .593     ---
Seattle               35     27        .565    1
Chicago             29     25       .537     3
Philadelphia      29     25        .537    3
California          26     28       .481     6
Montreal           26     28        .481     6
San Diego         25     31        .446     8
Cleveland          20     36       .357    13

Monday's games
Philadelphia (Champion and Johnson) at Kansas City (Drago and Rooker), 2
Cleveland (Williams and Hargan) at Chicago (Peters and Bell), 2
Montreal (Renko and Robertson) at California (Wright and Messersmith), 2

Philadelphia 4, Montreal 2: Deron Johnson singled home two runs in the eighth inning to break the tie and lift the Phillies to the win. Johnson also doubled and scored in the seventh. Rick Wise allowed two runs on eight hits in eight innings for the win; Turk Ferrell worked a scoreless ninth with two strikouts for the save. Mack Jones hit a two-run homer for the Expos. Dan McGinn took the loss in relief.

Seattle 5, Cleveland 3: The Pilots stung Cleveland starter Dick Ellsworth for three runs in the first inning, and the Tribe never caught up. Tommy Davis (2-for-4) drove in three runs. George Brunet allowed two runs in six innings, giving up a two-run homer to Ken Harrelson. Bob Locker got the final two outs for the save.

Kansas City 6, California 2: Lou Piniella hit a bases-loaded triple in a five-run seventh inning as the Royals overtook the Angels. Scott Northey homered and scored a pair of runs for Kansas City. Roger Nelson went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. One was a homer by Tom Egan.  After the game the Angels demoted Dick Stuart and activated Steve Kealey. Stuart is eligible to return July 2.

San Diego 5, Chicago 4 (10 innings): Nate Colbert singled home Ivan Murrell in the bottom of the 10th to give the Padres the win over the White Sox.. Roberto Pena tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a solo homer off loser Wilbur Wood. Ed Spiezio's two-run shot off Tommy John in the first had given the Padres a 3-0 lead, but Joe Niekro allowed four runs on 12 hits in five innings. Dave Roberts and winner Jack Baldschun followed with a combined five shutout frames to give San Diego a shot. For the White Sox, Walt Williams, Luis Aparicio, Gail Hopkins and Ken Berry had three hits apiece. 

Player of the Day: Lou Piniella, Kansas City

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Games of Saturday, June 21

The standings

Kansas City       31     22       .585     ---
Seattle               34     27        .557    1
Chicago             29     24       .547     2
Philadelphia      28     25        .528    3
Montreal           26     27        .491     5
California          26     27       .491     5
San Diego         24     31        .436     8
Cleveland          20     35       .364    12

Sunday's games
Philadelphia (Wise) at Montreal (Jaster)
Kansas City (Nelson) at California (May)
Cleveland (Ellsworth) at Seattle (Brunet)
Chicago (John) at San Diego (Niekro)

Montreal 6, Philadelphia 2: Gary Sutherland drove in four runs with a pair of doubles and Mark Wegener allowed six hits in 7.1 innings for the Expos. Coco Laboy and Alfredo Phillips each scored twice for Montreal, which peppered loser Grant Jackson for nine hits and four walks in seven innings.

Chicago 4, San Diego 0: Paul Edmondson, who no-hit the Padres in his first start against them, allowed four hits in eight innings this time out. Carlos May had a pair of doubles and scored a run for the White Sox, who plated three unearned runs in the ninth off reliever Frank Reberger to get some breathing room. Clay Kirby allowed just one run on two hits in eight innings for San Diego but took the loss.

Chicago 6, San Diego 2: Walt Williams went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two doubles, and Bill Melton drove in three runs as the White Sox secured the doubleheader sweep. Billy Wynne allowed one earned run in seven innings of six-hit ball.

Kansas City 5, California 2: Pat Kelly opened the game with a home run and the Angels never caught up. Joe Foy went 4-for-4 with a walk, Mike Fiore scored twice and Ed Kirkpatrick drove in three runs  for Kansas City. Wally Bunker went 7.1 innings for the win, allowing two runs on seven hits. Mike Hedlund got the final five outs for the save. Jim McGlothlin took the loss, allowing three runs on nine hits in six innings.

California 6, Kansas City 4: Bubba Morton hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run third for the Angels, and Jay Johnstone added a solo shot in the seventh as California earned a split of the doubleheader. Tom Murphy went eight innings for the win despite allowing three solo homers, to Lou Piniella, Bob Oliver and Pat Kelly. Bill Butler took the loss.

Seattle 6, Cleveland 3: Mike Marshall went eight innings and hit a game-tying three-run homer for the Pilots. Horacio Pina, who allowed three unearned runs in the eighth, took the loss for Cleveland, which got homers from Frank Baker and Duke Sims and led 3-0 after the fourth. Mike Heagan had a two-run triple in the eighth for Seattle. Steve Hovley was injured (two days) and will remain on the roster.

Player of the Day: Pat Kelly, Kansas City

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Games of Friday, June 20

The standings

Kansas City       30     21       .588     ---
Seattle               33     27        .550    1.5
Philadelphia      28     24        .538    2.5
Chicago             27     24       .529     3
California          25     26       .490     5
Montreal           25     27        .481     5.5
San Diego         24     29        .453     7
Cleveland          20     34       .370    11.5

Saturday's games
Montreal (Wegener) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Kansas City (Butler and Bunker) at California (McGlothlin and Murphy), 2
Cleveland (Tiant) at Seattle (Marshall)
Chicago (Wynne and Edmondson) at San Diego (Kirby and Kelley), 2

Philadelphia 4, Montreal 3 (18 innings): Rick Joseph doubled home Dick Allen from first base in the bottom of the 18th to end the marathon. Starters Bill Stoneman and Woodie Fryman each went nine innings, allowing one run apiece. Fryman allowed six hits, Stoneman seven. Mike Ryan homered for the Phillies tally of Stoneman; the Expos scored theirs on two walks, a balk and a sac fly. The bullpens then tacked five innings of shutout ball before the Expos broke through against Jerry Johnson for two runs in the top of the 15, with Gary Sutherland and Mack Jones cracking RBI doubles. But Roy Face couldn't hold the lead in the bottom of the inning; Tonly Taylor singled, went to third on Larry Hisle's single and scored on Johnny Callison's double-play grounder, which was followed by an Allen homer. Dick Radatz was the loser, Al Raffo the winner. Deron Johnson (1 day) and Callison (2 days) were injured for the Phillies; they will remain on the active roster. Ron Fairly (7 days) was injured for Montreal; he will be replaced on the roster by Don Shaw and is eligible to return July 1.

Seattle 6, Cleveland 3: Greg Goossen homered and doubled for three RBIs and Steve Barber allowed two earned runs in 8.1 innings for the Pilots. Barber allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out six. The Pilots scored three runs off Sam McDowell in the first inning on consecutive RBI doubles by Wayne Comer, Goossen and Tommy Davis. Bob Locker got the final two outs for the save. Seattle's John Kennedy was injured (five games); he will be replaced on the roster by Rich Rollins and is eligible to return July 1.

Player of the Day: Dick Allen, Philadelphia.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Games of Thursday, June 19

The standings

Kansas City       30     21       .588     ---
Seattle               32     27        .542    2
Chicago             27     24       .529     3
Philadelphia      27     24        .529    3 
California          25     26       .490     5 
Montreal           25     26        .490     5
San Diego         24     29        .453     7
Cleveland          20     33       .377    11

Friday's games
Montreal (Stoneman) at Philadelphia (Fryman) 
Cleveland (McDowell) at Seattle (Barber)

Seattle 6, Cleveland 5 (10 innings): Steve Whitaker singled home John Kennedy in the bottom of the 10th to cap the comeback as the Pilots navigated around a five-run deficit. Wayne Comer hit a two-run homer for Seattle off Cleveland starter Mike Paul in the seventh, and Comer and pinch hitter Mike Hegan singled home runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off losing pitcher Ron Law to force extras. Ken Harrelson homered for Cleveland, and Tony Horton went 4-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Jim Bouton gets the win.

Seattle 4, Cleveland 3: The Pilots secured the doubleheader sweep as Jim Bouton threw 2.2 innings of hitless relief and Mike Hegan hit a two-run homer. Bouton relieved Gene Brabender with two on and one out in the sixth, got out of the jam and wound up with his second win of the day. Bob Locker threw a perfect ninth for the save. Duke Sims and Vern Fuller each homered for the Tribe off Brabender. Steve Hargan worked all eight innings for the bullpen-depleted Indians, allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks; he struck out five.

Chicago 6, San Diego 1: Bill Melton drove in four runs and Joel Horlen allowed one run on seven hits in seven innings for the White Sox. Luis Aparicio scored three runs and stole a pair of bases. Al Santorini allowed three runs in 6.2 innings on eight hits and three walks.

Player of the Day: Jim Bouton, Seattle

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Games of Wednesday, June 18

The standings

Kansas City       30     21       .588     ---
Philadelphia      27     24        .529    3 
Seattle               30     27        .526    3
Chicago             26     24       .520     3.5
California          25     26       .490     5 
Montreal           25     26        .490     5
San Diego         24     28        .462     6.5
Cleveland          20     31       .392    10

Thursday's games
Cleveland (Hargan and Paul) at Seattle (Meyer and Brabender), 2
Chicago (Horlen) at San Diego (Santorini)

Cleveland 3, California 2 (12 innings): Larry Brown singled home Ken Harrelson with two outs in the bottom of the 12th to lift the Tribe. Brown also homered in the second inning. Winner Horacio Pina escaped the top of the 12th when Jose Cardenal gunned down Sandy Alomar at the plate. One of the two runs the Angels scored off starter Stan Williams was unearned. Ken Tatum was charged with the loss.

Montreal 5, Chicago 3: Rusty Staub homered and John Bateman scored twice for the Expos. Montreal got four innings of one-run (unearned) relief from three bullpen arms, with Dan McGinn getting the save for winner Jerry Robertson (five innings, three hits, two runs). Gary Peters took the loss for the White Sox; he allowed five runs in 7.1 innings on 12 hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Philadelphia 3, San Diego 0: Rick Wise spun a five-hit shutout and drove in the final run of the Phillies' three-run fourth inning with a base hit off Joe Niekro. Dick Allen triple and singled in four at-bats and scored the first run. Wise walked four and struck out four.

Kansas City 9, Seattle 8: Bob Oliver homered twice, doubled twice, scored three runs and drove in four to power the Royals to the win. Pat Kelly, who homered, scored three times and Mike Fiore twice with a pair of RBIs. Steve Jones vultured the win after allowing a pair of runs in an inning of relief. Reliever Diego Segui took the loss for Seattle. Mike Hegan and Don Mincher each homered for the Pilots. Rich Rollins took a one-game injury for the Pilots; he will be replaced on the roster by Bob Meyer and is eligible to return after June 28.

Player of the Day: Bob Oliver, Kansas City