Sunday, April 23, 2017

Games of Tuesday, July 22

Kansas City       53     37      .588     ---
Seattle               49     41       .544     4
Chicago             46     42      .523      6
California          45     47       .489     9 
Montreal           44     46       .489      9
Philadelphia      43     47       .478   10
San Diego         40     48       .455   12
Cleveland          39     51      .433    14

Wednesday's games
Chicago (Peters) at Montreal (Renko)
San Diego (Kirby) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Cleveland (Hargan) at Kansas City (Butler)
Seattle (Segui) at California (May)

Chicago 7, Montreal 3: The White Sox batted around in the ninth inning for five runs to pull out the victory. Losing pitcher Dan McGinn faced five hitters in the inning and did not record an out. Montreal's Coco Laboy and John Bateman hit back-to-back homers off Tommy John  in the sixth to give the Expos a 3-2 lead, and Bill Stoneman and Claude Raymond combined to hand that lead off to McGinn. Dan Osinski (one hitless inning) got the win. Rusty Staub will miss the second game of the doubleheader and the Wednesday game as well.

Chicago 9, Montreal 8: Another five-run ninth for the Pale Hose, including a grand slam by Ken Berry to tie the game and a solo homer by Buddy Bradford following him, gave them the doubleheader sweep. Roy Face took the loss; Jerry Nyman got the win despite allowing three runs in two innings, and Wilbur Wood pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Gary Sutherland homered and doubled for the Expos and drove in three runs. Coco Laboy also homered for Montreal.

San Diego 13, Philadelphia 3: Nate Colbert homered in the first and second innings and drove in six runs for the Padres. Chris Cannizzaro also hit a three-run homer for the victors. Johnny Podres allowed one run on two hits in seven innings; Tony Taylor homered and doubled off him. Podres walked three and fanned four. Mike Ryan homered for Philadelphia. Jerry Johnson took the loss.

Cleveland 3, Kansas City 1 (11 innings): Luis Tiant went all 11 innings for the Tribe, scattering seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Kansas City scored in the first inning on a leadoff triple by Pat Kelly and a two-out single by Lou Piniella, but Tiant kept them off the board the rest of the way. Cleveland score the tying run in the fifth on a passed ball, and musted only two hits but seven walks off Jim Rooker in seven-plus innings. Dave Wickersham escaped an inherited two-on, no-out jam in the eighth, and Tom Burgmeier threw two scoreless frames before yielding a pair in the top of the 11th on three walks and a Max Alvis double.

California 12, Seattle 11 (12 innings): The Angels hit six homers, the last a walk-off two-run shot by Bill Voss, to overpower the Pilots. Seattle hit three homers of their own. Eddie Fisher got the win despite allowing a homer to Steve Whitaker in his one inning of work. John O'Donoghue gave up the Voss homer for the loss. California's other homers came from Bubba Morton (first inning), Jim Spencer (third inning), Joe Azcue and Roger Repoz (sixth), and Rick Reichardt (seventh). Tommy Harper and Steve Hovley each homered for Seattle.

Player of the day: Nate Colbert, San Diego

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Games of Monday, July 21

Kansas City       53     36      .596     ---
Seattle               49     40       .551     4
Chicago             44     42      .512      7.5
Montreal           44     44       .500     8.5
California          44     47       .484   10
Philadelphia      43     46       .483   10
San Diego         39     48       .448   13
Cleveland          38     51      .427    15

Tuesday's games
Chicago (John and Bell) at Montreal (Stoneman and Wegener)
San Diego (Podres or Sisk) at Philadelphia (Johnson)
Cleveland (Tiant) at Kansas City (Rooker)
Seattle (Brunet) at California (Kealey)

Philadelphia 4, San Diego 1: Woodie Fryman allowed just one of the last 21 men he faced to reach base, and Larry Hisle and Mike Ryan homered for the Phillies. Fryman finished with a four-hitter; he walked two and struck out seven. Dick Kelley took the loss.

Montreal 9, Chicago 1: Howie Reed held the White Sox to four singles and a walk in seven scoreless innings, and the Expos got home runs from Mack Jones and Jim Fairey to rout Chicago. Jones walked twice, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs; Rusty Staub also walked twice and was plunked and scored twice. Paul Edmondson took the loss.

Kansas City 3, Cleveland 2: A scoreless duel turned sharply in the ninth inning, as the visiting Indians scored twice in the top of the ninth and the Royals responded with three in the bottom of the inning. Pat Kelly drove home the winner with a sac fly. Mike Paul was charged with all three runs for the loss. Dave Wickersham, who retired the only hitter he faced to end the top of the ninth, was the winner.

California 3, Seattle 0: Andy Messersmith allowed just one hit in six innings before leaving with a minor injury, and Pedro Borbon and Ken Tatum combined for three no-hit innings of relief. Messersmith walked five and struck out six. Gene Brabender went 7.2 innings for the loss, allowing a solo homer to Jim Fregosi. He gave up three runs on eight hits and eight walks.

Player of the Day: Woodie Fryman, Philadelphia

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Games of Sunday, July 20

Kansas City       52     36      .591     ---
Seattle               49     39       .557     3
Chicago             44     41      .517      6.5
Montreal           43     44       .494     8.5
California          43     47       .478   10
Philadelphia      42     46       .477   10
San Diego         39     47       .453   12
Cleveland          38     50      .432    14

Monday's games
Chicago (Edmondson) at Montreal (Reed)
San Diego (Kelley) at Philadelphia (Fryman)
Cleveland (Paul) at Kansas City (Drago)
Seattle (Brabender) at California (Messersmith)

San Diego 9, Montreal 2: The Expos bumbled their way through four errors and a strikeout-passed ball to help the Padres to a one-sided finale. Al Santorini didn't need all the assistance, as he allowed just four hits and one run in eight innings, striking out seven without a walk.

California 2, Cleveland 0: Tom Murphy threw a three-hit shutout and got solo homers from Tom Egan and Roger Repoz. Murphy faced three batters over the minimum. He walked two, struck out three and got a pair of double plays turned behind him. Stan Williams took the loss, allowing seven hits in eight innings without a walk. Jim Spencer (Angels) sits the second game of the doubleheader and the Monday game with an injury; he will remain on the roster.

Cleveland 4, California 2: Tony Horton drove in two runs and Sam McDowell fanned seven in eight innings as the Tribe salvaged a split of the doubleheader. Cleveland hit three doubles in a three-run third, which ended when Jay Johnstone gunned down Ken Suarez at the plate. McDowell yielded nine hits and walked two, and Horacio Pina worked a perfect ninth for the save.

Player of the Day: Tom Murphy, California


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Games of Saturday, July 19

Kansas City       52     36      .591     ---
Seattle               49     39       .557     3
Chicago             44     41      .517      6.5
Montreal           43     43       .500     8
California          42     46       .477   10
Philadelphia      42     46       .477   10
San Diego         38     47       .447   12.5
Cleveland          37     49      .430    14

Sunday's games
San Diego (Santorini) at Montreal (Robertson)
Cleveland (McDowell and Williams) at California (Murphy and Wright), 2

Philadelphia 3, Chicago 1: Johnny Callison hit a pair of solo homers and Rick Wise took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Wise allowed one run on five hits in 8.2 innings, with Turk Farrell entering to get the final out. Don Money of the Phillies was injured (seven games); he will remain on the active roster as there is no eligible player to replace him.

Chicago 8, Philadelphia 2: Pete Ward broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with a two-run triple, after which three Phillies hurlers failed to contain the White Sox. Buddy Bradford drove in three runs, two on a ninth-inning homer. Joel Horlen went 7.1 innings for the win; Jack Hamilton inherited three runners in the eighth and stranded them all, finishing the game for the save. Lowell Palmer took the loss. 

San Diego 2, Montreal 1: The Padres stuck out 14 times, but they managed to turn four hits into two runs -- and hold the Expos to one run on seven hits. Joe Niekro went 7.1 innings for the win, and Gary Ross retired all five men he faced for the save. The Expos left men in scoring position in the, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, including the bases loaded with no outs in the fifth. Gary Waslewski allowed both San Diego runs in five innings; Howie Reed, Larry Jaster and Don Shaw combined for four perfect innings of relief.

Kansas City 4, Seattle 3: Pinch-hitter Joe Keough drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Marty Pattin to  bring home the winner. This followed a top of the ninth in which the Pilots evened the score but failed to fully capitalize on a bases-loaded, no-out situation. Moe Drabowski got the win for the Royals and Pattin took the loss.For the Pilots, Mike Hegan (seven days) and Steve Hovley (one day) were injured. Hovley will remain on the active roster, but Hegan will be replaced by Ron Clark. Hegan is eligible to return for games of July 30.

Kansas City 2, Seattle 1: Bob Oliver's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the first-place Royals a second walk-off win on the day. Until that homer, Kansas City hadn't gotten a runner past second base against John Gelnar. The only run Seattle got off Wally Bunker was unearned. Tom Burgmeier got the win with one inning of relief.

Cleveland 3, California 0: Dick Ellsworth threw a 10-hit shutout, getting three double plays. Larry Brown homered for the Tribe, and Ken Harrelson went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Both teams made roster moves before the game; Cleveland reactivated Russ Snyder and deactivated Chuck Hinton, while the Angels reactivated Bubba Morton and deactivated Vern Geishert. Hinton and Geishert are eligible to return July 29. Harrelson was injured (two days) and will remain on the active roster.

Player of the Day: Bob Oliver, Kansas City

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Games of Friday, July 18

Kansas City       50     36      .581     ---
Seattle               49     37       .570     1
Chicago             43     40      .518      5.5
Montreal           43     42       .506     6.5
California          42     45       .483     8.5
Philadelphia      41     45       .477     9
San Diego         37     47       .440   12
Cleveland          36     49      .424    13.5

Saturday's games
San Diego (Niekro) at Montreal (Waslewski)
Chicago (Horlen and Wynne) at Philadelphia (Wise and Palmer), 2
Seattle (Barber and Gelnar) at Kansas City (Nelson and Bunker), 2
Cleveland (Ellsworth) at California (McGlothlin)

California 8, Cleveland 4: The Angels put together a five-run second inning off Luis Tiant with four singles, a double and a pair of walks, and Vern Geishert allowed just one run on seven hits in seven innings. The Indians totaled four solo homers for the game, two by Ken Harrelson and one each for Vern Fuller and Eddie Leon. Harrelson also doubled.

California 8, Cleveland 2: Bill Voss and Rick Reichardt each hit two-run homers off Steve Hargan, and Rudy May allowed six hits in eight innings as the Angels swept the doubleheader. May walked three and struck out seven; one of the runs he allowed was unearned.

Montreal 6, San Diego 3: Ty Cline and Ron Fairly each scored three times as Montreal beat the Padres. Fairly went 3-for-3, all singles, with a walk; Cline was 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple. Rusty Staub, Mack Jones and Coco Laboy each had sac flies. Bill Stoneman pitched into the eighth for the win, and Claude Raymond got six outs from five hitters to earn the save.

Philadelphia 5, Chicago 3: Mike Ryan and Larry Hisle homered for the Phillies, and reliever Bill Wilson muted a bases-loaded, no-out jam created by starter and winner Grant Jackson in the eighth by getting Walt Williams to ground into a double play and retiring Bill Melton. Ryan went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Ken Berry (one day) and Bobby Knoop (seven days) were injured for the White Sox; Berry remains on the active roster,but Knoop is deactivated and replaced by Billy Wynne. Knoop is eligible to return for games of July 29.

Kansas City 2, Seattle 1: The Royals moved back ahead of the Pilots on a strong outing by Bill Butler (eight innings, one run, five hits, one walk, five strikeouts). Ellie Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Kansas City. Jim Pagliaroni homered in the eighth for the Pilots. Bob Meyer allowed two runs in four innings for the loss. Moe Drabowski pitched around a two-out double and walk in the ninth for the save. Jerry McNertney was injured (four days) for the Pilots; he will remain on the roster, but Meyer is demoted and Merritt Ranew activated. Meyer is eligible to return for games of July 29.

Player of the Day: Ron Fairly, Montreal

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 17

Kansas City       49     36      .577     ---
Seattle               49     36       .577     ---
Chicago             43     39      .525      4.5
Montreal           42     42       .500     6.5
Philadelphia      40     45       .471     9
California          40     45       .471     9
San Diego         37     46       .445   11
Cleveland          36     47      .434    12

Friday's games
Cleveland (Tiant and Hargan) at California (Geishert and May), 2
San Diego (Kirby) at Montreal (Stoneman)
Chicago (Peters) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Seattle (Meyer) at Kansas City (Butler)

Montreal 4, San Diego 3: Adolpho Phillips hit a three-run homer in the third inning, and Mark Wegener allowed two earned runs in 8.2 innings. Wegener scattered seven hits and induced five double plays. Dan McGinn entered with the tying run on third to get the final out and the save. Ollie Brown homered for San Diego, and Johnny Podres took the loss. Before the game, the Padres reactivated Van Kelly and deactivated Jerry Morales; Morales is eligible to return for games of July 27.

Montreal 5, San Diego 0: Steve Renko fired a one-hitter and struck out seven for the Expos, who got home runs from Ron Fairly and Rusty Staub and swept the doubleheader. Fairly went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Ty Cline scored twice for the Expos. Larry Stahl had the only safety for the Padres, a single leading off the fourth inning. Renko walked two and hit one. Tommy Sisk allowd four runs in five innings for the loss.

Chicago 5, Philadelphia 2: The White Sox stung Bill Champion for five runs and 11 hits in five innings, while Tommy John scattered five hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Bill Melton went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Walt Williams led of the game with a home run. Jerry Nyman and Wilbur Wood each threw a hitless inning of relief, with Wood getting the save.

Player of the Day: Bill Melton, Chicago

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Games of Wednesday, July 16

Kansas City       49     36      .577     ---
Seattle               49     36       .577     ---
Chicago             42     39      .519      5
Montreal           40     42       .487     7.5
Philadelphia      40     44       .476     8.5
California          40     45       .471     9
San Diego         37     44       .457   10
Cleveland          36     47      .434    12

Thursday's games
San Diego (Sisk and Podres) at Montreal (Wegener and Renko), 2
Chicago (John) at Philadelphia (Champion)

Philadelphia 4, Chicago 3: Larry Hisle gunned down Ken Berry at the plate in the ninth inning to preserve the tie, then started the game-winning rally in the bottom of the inning with a lead off single. Al Raffo was credited with the win with one scoreless inning of relief, and Sammy Ellis took the loss. Woody Fryman threw eight innings for the Phillies, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Chicago 3, Philadelphia 2 (10 innings): Phillies reliever Bill Wilson wild-pitched the go-ahead run in in the 10th inning as the White Sox got a split of the double header. Paul Edmondson allowed four hits and two runs in nine innings for the win, and Wilbur Wood had a perfect 10th for the save. Johnny Callison homered for the Phillies. Jerry Johnson went 8.1 innings for the no-decision for the Phillies. Deron Johnson was injured (eight days). Tom Tischinski is returned to the emergency list, Deron Johnson is deactivated and eligible to return for games of July 27, and both Rich Barry andJeff James are activated.

Seattle 4, Kansas City 3: Greg Goossen and Ray Oyler homered as the Pilots won despite getting just five hits. Jim Bouton got the win with 1.1 hitless innings of relief, and John O'Donoghue got the last two outs for the save. Jim Rooker allowed all four runs in 7.1 innings, but retired 19 hitters in a row starting one batter into the second inning.  Before the game, the Royals reactivated Lou Piniella and deactivated Dave Morehead; Morehead is eligible to return for games of July 26. Pinella went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

Seattle 5, Kansas City 1: Diego Segui allowed five hits in 8.2 innings as the Pilots swept the doubleheader and moved into a flat-footed tie for first place with the Royals.  Wayne Comer doubled twice and drove in two runs, Steve Hovley drove in a pair and Mike Hegan scored twice. The Pilots turned three double plays behind Segui, who left after loading the bases with two outs in the ninth. Bob Locker entered to get the final out and the save. Lou Piniella went 3-for-4 with a run scored for Kansas City. Hegan was injured (two days) and will remain on the roster.

Cleveland 6, California 3: Sam McDowell struck out 10 and allowed four hits in eight innings, and Lou Klimchock, Ken Harrelson and Tony Horton each hit solo homers for the Tribe. Frank Baker went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple; he scored one run and drove in a pair. Horacio Pina got the final three outs after McDowell loaded the bases to open the ninth inning.

Player of the Day: Frank Baker, Cleveland

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Games of Tuesday, July 15

Kansas City       49     34      .590     ---
Seattle               47     36       .566     2
Chicago             41     38      .519      6
Montreal           40     42       .487     8.5
California          40     44       .476     9.5
Philadelphia      39     43       .476     9.5
San Diego         37     44       .457   11
Cleveland          35     47      .427    13.5

Wednesday's games
Chicago (Bell and Edmondson) at Philadelphia (Fryman and Johnson), 2
Seattle (Brunet and Meyer?) at Kansas City (Rooker and Hedlund), 2
Cleveland (McDowell) at California (Murphy)

Cleveland 8, Montreal 5: Ken Harrelson homered twice, drove in four runs and was 4-for-4 with a walk to power the Indians to the comeback win. Tony Horton also homered for the Tribe. Stan Williams allowed five runs in five innings for the cheap win, while Ron Law allowed one hit over the last three innings for the long save. Ron Fairly and John Bateman both homered for Montreal. Jerry Robertson took the loss.

Philadelphia 8, Seattle 2: The Phillies battered Gene Brabender and two relievers for 14 hits, including a homer by Dick Allen and four doubles, to rout the Pilots. Rick Wise went the distance for the Phillies, scattering seven hits without a walk.He struck out four. Larry Hisle was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Kansas City 3, Chicago 2: Wally Bunker allowed just two hits in 7.2 innings to outduel Joel Horlen. The White Sox didn't have an RBI in the game; their first run, in the eighth, scored on a two-out error by Jackie Hernandez, and their second, in the ninth, scored on a GIDP. Buck Martinez tripled home a run and scored himself in the seventh. Horlen allowed three runs, all earned, on seven hits in seven innings. Moe Drabowsky got the save.

San Diego 3, California 0: Joe Niekro threw a five-hit shutout, and Al Ferrara hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the visiting Padres. Ollie Brown tripled home the other San Diego run. Niekro walked one and struck out two, inducing 17 ground ball outs, including two double plays. Tom Murphy went eight innings for the Angels, allowing three runs on seven hits.

Player of the Day: Ken Harrelson, Cleveland

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Games of Monday, July 14

Kansas City       48     34      .585     ---
Seattle               47     35       .573     1
Chicago             41     37      .526      5
Montreal           40     41       .494     7.5
California          40     43       .482     8.5
Philadelphia      38     43       .469     9.5
San Diego         36     44       .450   11
Cleveland          34     47      .420    13.5

Tuesday's games
Cleveland (Williams) at Montreal (Robertson)
Seattle (Brabender) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Chicago (Horlen) at Kansas City (Bunker)
San Diego (Niekro) at California (Messersmith)

San Diego 3, California 1: The Padres put up three runs in the fifth inning, and that was all Al Santorini and a pair of relievers needed. Santorini went 6.1 innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out five. Tom Egan reached him for a solo homer. Bill McCool (1.2 innings) and Frank Reberger (one inning) allowed no hits in their time. Al Ferrara doubled home two runners in the fifth for the Padres, who had three runners nailed at the plate in the contest.

San Diego 4, California 1: Ollie Brown drove in a pair of runs with three hits and Clay Kirby scattered four singles in eight innings as the Padres secured the doubleheader sweep. The Angels scored an unearned run in the first, but the Padres tied it in the third with their own unearned run and got three runs in the top of the eighth with a pair of bloop hits. Jim McGlothlin (7-plus innings) took the loss, and Gary Ross got the save. Jay Johnstone of the Angels was injured (2 days) and will remain on the roster.

Cleveland 4, Montreal 3 (10 innings): Larry Brown homered to lead off the top of the 10th for the Tribe, which had led 3-0 and frittered that lead away. Starters Dick Ellsworth (nine hits) and Bill Stoneman (six hits) each went nine innings; Ellsworth got the win. One of the three runs allwed by Stoneman was unearned. Rusty Staub homered in the eighth to tie the game for the Expos. Lou Klimchock homered for Cleveland. Horacio Pina threw a perfect inning for the save.

Seattle 8, Philadelphia 3: Jim Pagliaroni's pinch-hit three-run homer in the sixth broke a 3-3 tie, and Greg Goossen added a two-run shot in the seventh for the Pilots' final margin. Marty Pattin struck out seven in six innings for the win; he allowed three runs on six hits and four walks. Dick Allen went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI for the Phillies. Grant Jackson took the loss. Mike Ryan of the Phillies was injured (two days); he remains on the roster, but Jeff James was removed from the roster and Tom Tischinski activated from the emergency list. James is eligible to return after July 24.

Kansas City 1, Chicago 0: Dick Drago allowed five hits in eight innings to outduel Gary Peters. The Royals scored the only run in the fourth; Bob Oliver singled, took second on a passed ball and scored on Scott Northey's single. Drage walked one, hit one and struck out three. Moe Drabowsky worked a perfect ninth for the save. Luis Aparicio was injured (three days) and will remain on the White Sox active roster. The White Sox have returned Walt Williams to the active roster and demoted Danny Murphy; Murphy is eligible to return after July 24.

Player of the Day: Larry Brown, Cleveland

Monday, March 6, 2017

Games of Sunday, July 13

Kansas City       47     34      .580     ---
Seattle               46     35       .567     1
Chicago             41     36      .532      4
Montreal           40     40       .500     6.5
California          40     41       .494     7
Philadelphia      38     42       .475     8.5
San Diego         34     44       .436   11.5
Cleveland          33     47      .413    13.5

Monday's games
San Diego (Santorini and Kirby) at California (McGlothlin and Wright)
Cleveland (Ellsworth) at Montreal (Stoneman)
Seattle (Pattin?) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Chicago (Peters) at Kansas City (Drago)

Montreal 10, Cleveland 8: Kevin Collins hit a grand slam in a six-run first inning for the Expos, who survived four long balls by the Indians off starter and winner Larry Jaster. Adolpho Phillips and John Bateman also homered for Montreal, while loser Luis Tiant, Eddie Leon, Vern Fuller and Tony Horton all homered for Cleveland. Horton also had three doubles and totaled four RBIs and two runs scored. Dan McGinn worked the final two innings for the save.

San Diego 3, California 1: Dick Kelley took a no-hitter into the sixth. He allowed three hits and one unearned run in 8.2 innings for the Padres; he walked five and stuck out six. He retired the first two Angels in the ninth but an error was followed by two singles, and Bill McCool entered to get Jay Johnstone for the final out. Ed Spezio homered for the Padres. Rudy May, who went only three innings because of a minor injury, took the loss; he will not miss a start. 

Player of the Day: Dick Kelley, San Diego

Monday, February 27, 2017

Games of Saturday, July 12

Kansas City       47     34      .580     ---
Seattle               46     35       .567     1
Chicago             41     36      .532      4
California          40     40       .500     6.5
Montreal           39     40       .494     7
Philadelphia      38     42       .475     8.5
San Diego         33     44       .429   12
Cleveland          33     46      .418    13

Sunday's games
Cleveland (Tiant) at Montreal (Jaster)
San Diego (Kelley) at California (May)

Cleveland 6, Montreal 0: Sam McDowell threw a one-hit shutout, striking out 13 and walking none. He hit a batter and another Expo reached on an error. Jose Cardenal and Lon Klimchock each homered for Cleveland, and Larry Brown went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. Howie Reed took the loss.

Cleveland 11, Montreal 2: Tony Horton hit two homers and drove in seven runs, and Mike Paul allowed seven hits in the complete game as the Indians swept the doubleheader. Horton also singled, walked and scored three runs. Ray Fosse went 3-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored. Gary Waslewski surrendered 10 runs in 3.1 innings.

Philadelphia 6, Seattle 4: Dick Allen hit three-run homer in the first inning and doubled and scored in the seventh as the Phillies held on for the win. Starter and winner Lowell Palmer didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the fourth but allowed three runs in five innings. Al Raffo (two innings), Turk Farrell (one) and Bill Wilson (one) combined for four innings of one-run relief. Mike Hegan homered for the Pilots.

Chicago 6, Kansas City 0: Tommy John allowed four hits in seven innings, Bill Melton hit a two-run homer and Carlos May scored twice as the White Sox throttled the Royals. John walked three and fanned one before coming out for a pinch-hitter, and relievers Jerry Nyman and Jack Hamilton completed the shutout. Roger Nelson took the loss.

California 6, San Diego 5: The Angels erupted for three runs in the bottom of the ninth against a pair of Padres relievers to pull out the win. Billy Cowan hit a one-out homer off Jack Baldschun, and after singles by Sandy Alomar and Jim Fregosi, Jim Spencer doubled them both home. Bill McCool took the loss; Pedro Borbon was the winner. Roberto Pena was 5-for-5 for San Diego with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Rich Reichardt hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Padres starter Johnny Podres.

Player of the Day: Sam McDowell, Cleveland

Games of Friday, July 11

Kansas City       47     33      .588     ---
Seattle               46     34       .575     1
Chicago             40     36      .526      5
Montreal           39     38       .506     6.5
California          39     40       .494     7.5
Philadelphia      37     42       .468     9.5
San Diego         33     43       .434   12
Cleveland          31     46      .402    14.5

Saturday's games
Seattle (Marshall) at Philadelphia (Palmer)
Cleveland (McDowell and Paul) at Montreal (Reed and Waslewski), 2
Chicago (John) at Kansas City (Nelson)
San Diego (Podres) at California (Kealey)


Philadelphia 6, Cleveland 3: Don Money hit a three-run homer and Cookie Rojas went 4-for-4 for the Phillies. Woodie Fryman went eight innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, and John Boozer pitched around a pair of walks in the ninth for the save. The Phillies turned three double plays, including a nifty 3-6-3 started by Deron Johnson, who shifted to first base for the inning. Steve Hargan took the loss for the Tribe.

Seattle 4, Montreal 2: Steve Barber threw eight scoreless innings for the win. Steve Hovley went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Loser Steve Renko allowed two earned runs in 7.1 innings for the Expos. Montreal scored twice in the ninth off Bob Locker.

San Diego 4, Kansas City 2: Nate Colbert hit a two-run homer and both he and Ollie Brown scored twice. Joe Niekro went seven-plus innings for the win, and Billy McCool got the final out on a long fly by Pat Kelly for the save. Steve Jones took the loss. Ed Kirkpatrick was injured (15 days) and is replaced on the active roster by Joe Keough. Kirkpatrick is eligible to return July 27.

San Diego 11, Kansas City 4: Larry Stahl and Ollie Brown hit back-to-back homers as the Padres romped to the doubleheader sweep. Stahl also tripled for three RBIs and two runs. Nate Colbert was 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Tommy Sisk allowed four runs in the first two innings but steadied for five shutout frames after that; he allowed eight hits in his seven innings. Walt Hriniak went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk for San Diego. Jerry Adair went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a double for the Royals.

Chicago 17, California 7: Bobby Knoop hit a grand slam and a three-run homer for the White Sox. He also had two singles and a walk, scored three times and drove in seven. The Sox batted around twice, totalling 20 hits and six walks, and the Angels committed a pair of errors that resulted in five unearned runs. Gary Bell allowed five runs, three earned in six innings for the win, and Sammy Ellis worked the final three innings for a long save. After the game, the Angels returned Gary Kolb to the emergency list and activated Lou Johnson.

Player of the Day: Bobby Knoop, Chicago

Friday, February 24, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 10

Kansas City       47     31      .603     ---
Seattle               45     34       .570     2.5
Chicago             39     36      .520      6.5
Montreal           39     37       .513     7
California          39     39       .500     8
Philadelphia      36     42       .462   11
San Diego         31     43       .419   14
Cleveland          31     45      .408    15

Friday's games
Cleveland (Hargan) at Philadelphia (Fryman)
Seattle (Barber) at Montreal (Renko)
San Diego (Niekro and Sisk) at Kansas City (Jones and Morehead)
Chicago (Bell) at California (Geishert)

California 3, Chicago 2: Bill Voss scored the tying run in the fourth and drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth to give Tom Murphy enough backing. Eddie Fisher retired pinch-hitter Tom McCraw with two on in the ninth to end it. Bill Melton hit a two-run homer in the first for all the Chicago runs. Murphy went 8.2 innings, allowing seven hits. Paul Edmondson went seven innings, allowing one earned run on eight hits and taking the loss. Tom Egan of the Angels was injured and must sit the second game of the doublehead and Friday as well.

Chicago 7, California 3: Gail Hopkins drove in four runs with a homer and a double, and four other White Sox hit solo homers as Chicago overpowered Angels ace Andy Messersmith. Ken Berry and Carlos May homered off Messersmith, and Buddy Bradford and Bill Melton connected off reliever Bob Priddy. Joel Horlen allowed a first-inning homer to Jim Fregosi, but allowed just one more run, unearned, in seven innings for the win. After the game, the Angels returned Dave Campbell to the emergency list and added Gary Kolb from the emergency list for Friday's game.

Philadelphia 6, Cleveland 5 (10 innings): Larry Hisle singled in Rick Joseph in the bottom of the 10th as the Phillies recovered from blowing a 5-2 lead in the ninth. Mike Ryan hit a pair of homers off Cleveland starter Stan Williams. Turk Farrell vultured the win in relief, and Ron Law took the loss. Williams allowed two earned runs in eight innings, allowing six hits, and Rick Wise also went eight innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits.

Montreal 6, Seattle 3: Mack Jones hit a three-run homer in the first inning and later scored another run for the Expos. Bill Stoneman went the distance, allowing five hits but walking six; he struck out eight. Gene Brabender allowed five runs in three innings for Seattle and took the loss.

San Diego 4, Kansas City 3: Nate Colbert scored three times for the Padres and Al Ferrara doubled in a pair of runs to help Clay Kirby down the first-place Royals. Kirby allowed just five hits in eight innings but walked five. Frank Reberger and Bill McCool combined for a scoreless ninth. Wally Bunker went the distance for the loss, allowed three earned runs on nine hits; Kansas City's fielders were charged with three errors. Cito Gaston was injured and will miss the Friday doubleheader.

Player of the Day: Mike Ryan, Philadelphia

Monday, February 20, 2017

Games of Wednesday, July 9

Kansas City       47     30      .610     ---
Seattle               45     33       .577     2.5
Chicago             38     35      .521      7
Montreal           38     37       .507     8
California          38     38       .500     8.5
Philadelphia      35     42       .455   12
Cleveland          31     44      .413    15
San Diego         30     43       .411   15

Thursday's games
Chicago (Edmondson and Horlen) at California (Murphy and Messersmith), 2
Cleveland (Williams) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Seattle (Brabender) at Montreal (Stoneman)
San Diego (Kirby) at Kansas City (Bunker)

Cleveland 8, Philadelphia 7: The Indians blew a six run lead but came back to win anyway. Cleveland scored five unearned runs in the second off Grant Jackson, benefiting from a pair of Phillie errors and a passed ball. Luis Tiant hit a solo homer in the fourth to make it 6-0, but Tiant walked three in a seven-run Philadelphia sixth. He finished the inning and wound up with the win. Horacio Pina faced just six hitters for a two-inning save. Bill Wilson took the loss.

Cleveland 3, Philadelphia 2 (11 innings): Duke Sims tied the game with a solo homer in the top of the ninth, then hit a two-run shot in the 11th to give Cleveland the doubleheader sweep. Phillies starter Bill Champion went 10 innings, allowing one run on seven hits for the no-decision; Turk Farrell took the loss in relief. Larry Burchart worked 3.2 innings of relief for the win; Ron Law got the final out for the save.

Seattle 10, Montreal 3: Don Mincher homered and scored three times as the Pilots took advantage of four Expos errors. Tommy Harper also homered for Seattle, and Steve Hovley tripled home two runs. Bob Meyer allowed three runs in seven-plus innings for the win. Mike Wegener allowed nine runs, six earned, in five innings for the loss. Ron Fairly homered for the Expos.

Montreal 6, Seattle 4: The Pilots bullpen -- and fielding malfeasance -- allowed five runs in the seventh and eighth innings as the Expos salvaged a split of the doubleheader. Dan McGinn got the win with two hitless innings of relief; John O'Donoghue took the loss after allowing three runs, one unearned, in one inning. Mike Hegan hit a two-run homer for Seattle in the first inning.

Kansas City 3, San Diego 2: Joe Foy hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to put the Royals ahead. Dick Drago got the win with 8.1 innings of two-hit ball, allowing one earned run. Moe Drabowsky entered after Drago walked Walt Hriniak to get the final two outs. Al Santorini worked all eight innings for the Padres for the loss. Ed Kirkpatrick went 4-for-4.

Kansas City 12, San Diego 2: Jim Rooker allowed four hits in the complete game and doubed home a pair of runs himself as part of a 10-run fifth inning for the Royals. Fifteen Royals batted in that inning, and six hit doubles, including four in a row from Joe Foy, Paul Schall, Juan Rios and Buck Martinez. One of the runs the Padres scored off Rooker was unearned. Rios went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, runs and RBIs.

California 5, Chicago 2: Jim Spencer hit a three-run homer in the seventh as the Angels overtook the White Sox. Jim McGlothlin allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings, and Hoyt Wilhelm and Ken Tatum each threw a scoress inning. Jim Fregosi tripled and score a run; he also drove in a run on a sac fly. Gary Peters took the loss.

Player of the Day: Duke Sims, Cleveland

Monday, February 13, 2017

Games of Tuesday, July 8

Kansas City       45     30      .600     ---
Seattle               44     32       .579     1.5
Chicago             38     34      .528      5.5
Montreal           37     36       .507     7
California          37     38       .493     8
Philadelphia      35     40       .467   10
San Diego         30     41       .423   13
Cleveland          29     44      .397    15

Wednesday's games
Cleveland (Tiant and Ellsworth) at Philadelphia (Jackson and Champion),2
Seattle (Meyer and Pattin) at Montreal (Robertson and Wegener), 2
San Diego (Santorini and Ross) at Kansas City (Rooker and Drago), 2
Chicago (Peters) at California (McGlothlin)

Cleveland 6, Philadelphia 2: Sam McDowell threw a four-hitter while striking out nine, and Vern Fuller drove in three runs for Cleveland. The Phillies didn't get a hit until the fifth inning and didn't score until Dick Allen's two-run homer in the ninth. Fuller went 3-for-4 with a homer.

California 5, Chicago 4: Billy Cowan tripled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Angels rallied from a 4-1 deficit. Eddie Fisher got the win with two scoreless innings of relief, and Ken Tatum worked a perfect ninth for the save. Tommy John threw all eight innings for Chicago, allowing nine hits; at the plate, John had three hits and three RBIs.

Chicago 2, California 0: Carlos May's two-out homer in the eighth -- which followed an error by Roger Repoz -- gave the White Sox a split of the double header. Billy Wynne went seven innings, allowing five hits, for the win, and Wilbur Wood worked two hitless innings for the save. Hoyt Wilhelm took the loss in relief of Clyde Wright, who threw seven innings of four-hit ball. Wynne was injured (10 games) and is replaced on the roster by Sammy Ellis; Wynne is eligible to return July 19. Angels infielder Aurelio Rodriguez and Sandy Alomar are out for two days; they remain on the roster. Vic Davalillo is deactivated and Dave Campbell selected from the emergency list as the Angels have just one player to cover two infield spots without him. Davalillo may return for games of July 19.

Kansas City 3, San Diego 2: Mike Hedlund  threw a complete game four-hitter for the Royals. Hedlund retired 10 straight Padres in the second through fifth innings and 12 straight in the fifth through ninth. Chuck Harrison went 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a double for Kansas City, Dick Kelley threw an eight-inning complete game for the Padres, allowing six hits. After the game, Kansas City reactivated Ed Kirkpatrick and deactived Joe Keough, who may return for games of July 19.

Player of the Day: Mike Hedlund, Kansas City

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The emergency players

It's almost exactly the midpoint of this season, and I have belatedly had an idea that promises to solve one of the problems of this league -- specifically, the lack of depth on some rosters.

The Phillies have only 26 players. The Indians have only nine pitchers. The Angels have one player as the backup at three infield positions, and he almost never played. And perhaps most significant, several teams have just two catchers. I'm using the injury rules; this creates possibilities of players being put in uncoded positions for several games, which is unrealistic.

I have created an "emergency player pool" of 15 cards -- players from other 1969 teams who had limited playing time (less than 100 at-bats for position players, less than 40 innings for pitchers) and little production. I don't want players who are clearly better than the rostered players they might be replacing.

They can be used if:

  • A team falls to eight pitchers (pitchers only)
  • A team falls to one catcher (catchers only)
  • A team is without a player coded for one of the other seven positions (that position only)
  • A team falls to 23 eligible players (any position)

Emergency players may not be active if there is a roster player who can fill the role. They cannot remain on the active roster once the emergency is over. The 10-day demotion rule will not apply to the emergency players. They are not eligible for September callups. Until September, the 25-man roster still applies; add an e-player, somebody has to come off the roster. The 10-day rule for inactivations apply still to rostered players

The list:

Pitchers: Bo Belinsky (Pittsburgh), Ken Brett (Boston), Jerry Crider (Minnesota), Al Jackson (Cincinnati)

Catchers: Gary Kolb (Pittsburgh), Tom Tischinski (Minnesota)

Infielders: Ken Boyer, 1B (Los Angeles); Dave Campbell, 1B, 2, 3B (Detroit); Jerry DaVanon, SS, 2B (St. Louis); Cesar Gutierrez, SS (Detroit); John Miller, 1B, LF, 3B, 2B (Los Angeles); Nate Oliver, 2B (ChicagoNL)

Outfielders: Gates Brown, LF (Detroit); Ralph Garr, LF, (Atlanta); Leon McFadden, RF, SS, LF (Houston).

I wish I'd thought of this idea before the season, but better late than never. The emergency list will be available for use after the games of July 8.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Games of Monday, July 7

Kansas City       44     30      .595     ---
Seattle               44     32       .579     1
Chicago             37     33      .529      5
Montreal           37     36       .507     6.5
California          36     37       .493    7.5
Philadelphia      35     39       .473    9
San Diego         30     40       .429   12
Cleveland          28     44      .389    15

Tuesday's games
Chicago (John and Wynne) at California (May and Wright), 2
Cleveland (McDowell) at Philadelphia (Johnson)
San Diego (Kelley) at Kansas City (Hedlund)

Kansas City 9, Philadelphia 4: Bob Oliver drove in five runs, four of them with a homer in the seventh, as the Royals steamrolled the Phillies. Bill Butler allowed just one hit in the first four innings, but Johnny Callison hit a two-run homer in the fifth and Butler only went six innings, allowing four runs -- which was good enough for the win. Dave Morehead threw three hitless innings to get credit for a save. Joe Foy drove in three runs for the Royals, and Scott Northey scored three times.

Kansas City 6, Philadelphia 1: Roger Nelson threw a four-hitter and the Royals got runs from six different hitters as they swept the doubleheader. Bob Oliver, Jackie Hernandez, Ellie Rodriguez and Nelson himself each drove in a run and scored a run. Nelson walked one and struck out six.

Player of the Day; Bob Oliver, Kansas City

Monday, February 6, 2017

Games of Sunday, July 6

Kansas City       42     30      .583     ---
Seattle               44     32       .579     ---
Chicago             37     33      .529     4
Montreal           37     36       .507     5.5
California          36     37       .493    6.5
Philadelphia      35     37       .486    7
San Diego         30     40       .429   11
Cleveland          28     44      .389    14

Monday's games
Kansas City (Butler and Nelson) at Philadelphia (Fryman and Palmer), 2

Montreal 2, California 0: Bill Stoneman threw a four-hit shutout, and his teammates turned their three hits (and an Angels error) into two runs. Stoneman stuck out five and walked three; he also threw two wild pitches. Loser Andy Messersmith allowed one earned run in six innings.

Cleveland 10, Chicago 6: Max Alvis' grand slam in the top of the ninth capped a seven-run ambush of White Sox relief ace Wilbur Wood as the Indians overcame a 6-0 deficit after the third inning. Tony Horton also homered for the Tribe. The White Sox "drove in" three of their runs on GIDP. Ron Law got the win with two innings of scoreless relief.

Seattle 5, San Diego 1: John Gelnar struck out 10 in eight innings of five-hit ball, and the Pilots hit three solo homers off Joe Niekro to pull into a virtual tie for first place. Tommy Harper led of for Seattle with a homer, and Don Mincher and Wayne Comer also homered. Gelnar retired 15 Padres in a row in the second through sixth innings. Steve Hovley and Jerry McNertney each went 3-for-4 for Seattle.

Player of the Day; Max Alvis, Cleveland

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Games of Saturday, July 5

Kansas City       42     30      .583     ---
Seattle               43     32       .573     0.5
Chicago             37     32      .536     3.5
California          36     36       .500    6
Montreal           36     36       .500     6
Philadelphia      35     37       .486    7
San Diego         30     39       .435   10.5
Cleveland          27     44      .380    14.5

Sunday's games
California (Messersmith) at Montreal (Stoneman)
Cleveland (Hargan) at Chicago (Horlen)
San Diego (Niekro) at Seattle (Gelnar)

Philadelphia 12, Kansas City 11: Deron Johnson's three-run homer with two out capped a stunning five-run ninth-inning rally as the Phillies overtook the Royals.  All five of the Phillies' final inning tallies came with two outs. Johnson also singled twice and walked; he scored twice and drove in four. Mike Fiore and Bob Oliver each had two-run homers for the Royals. Turk Farrell got the win in relief; Dave Wickersham was the loser.

Philadelphia 4, Kansas City 2: Rick Wise threw a five-hitter as the Phillies swept the doubleheader. One of the two Royals runs was unearned. The Phillies had three sac flies for the game off Wally Bunker, who worked all eight innings for Kansas City, allowing eight hits and four earned runs.

California 7, Montreal 6 (11 innings): The Angels survived a five-run ninth inning from the Expos. Jay Johnstone, whose error in center started the ninth inning meltdown, drove home the game winner with a base hit off Dan McGinn. Ken Tatum vultured the win, with Hoyt Wilhelm striking out two in the bottom of the 11th for the save. Rick Reichardt hit a two-run homer in the sixth for the Angels, while Rusty Staub went 3-for-4 with two walks, a run and an RBI for Montreal.

California 5, Montreal 3: Vern Geishert allowed four hits in seven innings and the Angels stole three bases off the Howie Reed-John Boccabella battery to complete the doubleheader sweep. Two of the Angels' runs were unearned as the Expos were charged with three errors. Dick Radatz took the loss. Mack Jones hit a three-run homer off Geishert in the seventh.

Chicago 6, Cleveland 3: Bobby Knoop hit a three-run homer and Carlos May a solo shot in the White Sox' six-run seventh. The Indians helped fuel the fire with a pair of errors. Winner Paul Edmondson went seven innings, allowing three Cleveland runs on four hits, one a homer by Duke Sims. Luis Tiant had a two-hit shutout through six innings but didn't retire a man in the seventh. Dan Osinski retired all four men he faced for the save.

Seattle 9, San Diego 4: Wayne Comer hit a three-run homer and Don Mincher a two-run homer as the Pilots overpowered the Padres.  Mincher also doubled and walked with three runs scored, and Steve Hovley had three hits and a pair of runs. Gene Brabender worked eight inning for the win, allowing two runs on five hits, four walks and 10 strikeouts.

Player of the Day:  Deron Johnson, Philadelphia.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Games of Friday, July 4

Kansas City       42     28      .600     ---
Seattle               42     32       .568     2
Chicago             36     32      .529     5
Montreal           36     34       .514     6
California          34     36       .486    8
Philadelphia      33     37       .471     9
San Diego         30     38       .441   11
Cleveland          27     43      .385    15

Saturday's games
Kansas City (Bunker and Jones) at Philadelphia (James and Wise), 2
California (Murphy and Geishert) at Montreal (Waslewski and Reed), 2
Cleveland (Tiant) at Chicago (Edmondson)
San Diego (Kirby) at Seattle (Brabender)

Montreal 11, California 2: Mack Jones drove in four runs with a homer, triple and two singles, and Larry Jaster retired the final 16 Angels in his complete game four-hitter.  Jim Fregosi and Bubba Morton hit solo homers for California's runs. Jim McGlothlin surrendered all 11 runs in five innings on 12 hits, including a homer by Rusty Staub. Jones scored three runs. Morton was injured (15 games) and will be replaced on the roster by Bob Priddy; Morton is eligible to return for games of July 20.

Montreal 7, California 3: Kevin Collins scored three runs and Gary Sutherland and John Boccabella each drove in two runs as the bottom of the Expo lineup had a big game. Steve Renko went 7.2 innings for the win, allowing three runs on eight hits; Dan McGinn got the final four outs, with three strikeouts, for the save. Steve Kealey took the loss.

Kansas City 2, Philadelphia 1: The Royals had two runs after three men hit, and Jim Rooker and Moe Drabowsky made those runs stand up. Chuck Harrison had a crucial triple in Kansas City's first inning, driving in a run and setting up a following sac fly. Rooker went eight innings, allowing four hits, one a homer by Dick Allen, and Drabowsky worked the ninth for the save.

Kansas City 11, Philadelphia 6: Joe Foy homered and drove in four runs, and Pat Kelly doubled twice, walked twice, scored twice and drove in two as the Royals completed the doubleheader sweep. Loser Bill Champion allowed just one hit through the first four innings but was stung for five runs in the fifth, two of them unearned. Dick Drago allowed three runs in eight innings for the win, allowing a homer to Larry Hisle among the four safeties he permitted. After the game, the Phillies demoted Rich Barry and activated Jeff James.

Cleveland 4, Chicago 2: The Indians scored all four runs in the first inning, rattling Joel Horlen for five singles and a double. Eddie Leon's base-loaded single with two out drove in two and capped the inning. Stan Williams allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings for the win, and Horacio Pina survived an eighth-inning scare (Bobby Knoop just missed a three-run homer) for the save. After the game, Sammy Ellis was demoted by the Sox, with Jack Hamilton activated. Ellis is eligible for recall after July 14.

Cleveland 8, Chicago 3: Mike Paul threw a four-hitter (two of those hits homers) and Jose Cardenal scored three times as the Indians completed the sweep. Ray Fosse homered and doubled for Cleveland. Don Pavletich homered in the second for Chicago and Carlos May hit a two-run homer in the ninth. Gary Bell (seven-plus innings, five earned runs) took the loss. Cleveland has won five straight.

Seattle 4, San Diego 3 (10 innings): Jerry McNertney homered with one out in the bottom of the 10th to give the Pilots the walk-off win. The Pilots committed four errors and allowed two unearned runs. Marty Pattin struck out 13 Padres in seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits. Steve Barber got the win with an inning of scoreless relief.

San Diego 2, Seattle 1: Gary Ross allowed one unearned run in six innings of four-hit ball, and Jack Baldschun and Frank Reberger allowed no hits in three innings of relief as the Padres split the twin bill. Tommy Dean was 2-for-3 for the Padres with a double and a sac fly. Mike Marshall went the distance for the Pilots, allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked two, hit one and struck out nine. Larry Stahl was injured (two days) and will remain on the roster.

Player of the Day: Mack Jones, Montreal

Monday, January 23, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 3

Kansas City       40     28      .588     ---
Seattle               41     31       .563     1
Chicago             36     30      .545     3
California          34     34       .500    6
Montreal           34     34       .500     6
Philadelphia      33     35       .485     7
San Diego         29     37       .439   10
Cleveland          25     43      .368    15

Friday's games
Kansas City (Rooker and Drago) at Philadelphia (Jackson and Champion), 2
California (McGlothlin and Kealey) at Montreal (Jaster and Renko), 2
Cleveland (Paul and Williams) at Chicago (Horlen and Bell), 2
San Diego (Santorini and Ross) at Seattle (Marshall and Pattin), 2

Cleveland 2, San Diego 0: Sam McDowell struck out 14 in a three-hit shutout. The first two Padres hitters, Ivan Murrell and Ollie Brown, singled, but McDowell fanned the next three and allowed just one more single the rest of the way. He walked one batter and hit another. Max Alvis doubled twice for Cleveland and scored a run. Dick Kelley allowed both runs; he worked 6.1 innings. giving up five hits.

Philadelphia 5, California 3: Larry Hisle scored twice and Jerry Johnson threw seven innings for the win. Rick Joseph singled home a pair of runs in the Phillies' three-run first. Bill Wilson allowed a single and double to the first two hitters in the top of the ninth, but then retired Sandy Alomar, Jay Johnstone and Jim Fregosi for the save. Clyde Wright took the loss.

Chicago 4, Seattle 3: Gail Hopkins hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to put the White Sox ahead, and Wilbur Wood struck out all three Pilots he faced to nail it down. Ed Herrmann also hit a two-run homer; his came in the seventh inning off Seattle starter Diego Segui, who didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning and ended with three hits in seven innings. Tommy Harper homered to lead off the game for the Pilots, and Mike Hegan hit a solo homer in the eighth. Dan Osinski is credited with the win, Bob Locker with the loss. Rich Rollins (six days) and Harper (two days) were injured for the Pilots; Harper will remain on the roster, but Rollins will be replaced by John Kennedy. Rollins is eligible to return July 14.

Player of the Day; Sam McDowell, Cleveland

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Games of Wednesday, July 2

Kansas City       40     28      .588     ---
Seattle               41     30       .577     0.5
Chicago             35     30      .538     3.5
California          34     33       .508    5.5
Montreal           34     34       .500     6
Philadelphia      32     35       .477     7.5
San Diego         29     36       .446     9.5
Cleveland          24     43      .358    15.5

Thursday's games
San Diego (Kelley) at Cleveland (McDowell)
California (Wright) at Philadelphia (Johnson)
Chicago (Peters) at Seattle (Barber)

California 7, Philadelphia 4: A pair of ill-timed Philly errors -- the first by Dick Allen, the second by Larry Hisle -- resulted in five unearned runs for the Angels. Sandy Alomar and Jay Johnstone each scored twice for the Angels. Winning pitcher Rudy May allowed a pair of homers, to Hisle and Cookie Rojas, in the first two innings but went 7.1 innings, allowing six hits. Hoyt Wilhelm got the final five outs for the save. Lowell Palmer -- six innings, seven hits, two earned runs -- took the loss. Dave Watkins was injured and will sit out the second game of the doubleheader and the game of July 3.

California 3, Philadelphia 2: Aurelio Rodriguez doubled home two runs in the eighth inning after a Terry Harmon error gave him the at-bat. and Ken Tatum entered in the bottom of the frame to strike out Dick Allen with the tying run on third. Andy Messersmith allowed two runs in 7.2 innings for the win; he allowed seven hits and struck out four. Loser Woodie Fryman allowed one earned run in eight innings. He allowed seven hits. California has won seven of its last eight games.

Cleveland 7, San Diego 4: Jose Cardenal led off the game with a home run and was one of three Indians to score a pair of runs. The others were Lou Klimchock and Ken Harrelson. Dick Ellsworth allowed four runs on nine hits in eight innings for the win, and Ron Law worked a scoreless ninth for the save. Ed Spiezo homered, doubled and scored twice for the Padres. Russ Snyder was injured (four games); he will be replaced on the roster by Cap Peterson and is eligible to return July 13.

Kansas City 2, Montreal 1: Mike Hedlund struck out 10 in his complete-game five-hitter, and Bob Oliver and Buck Martinez hit solo homers off hard-luck loser Bill Stoneman. Hedlund walked four, three of them in the third inning, when the Expos scored their only run. Ron Brand (Montreal) was injured for 8 days; he will be replaced on the roster by John Boccabella and is eligible to return July 13.

Seattle 2, Chicago 1: Don Mincher's pinch hit homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth gave the Pilots the win. Tommy John and George Brunet dueled into the eighth, but neither got the decision; John allowed four hits and one unearned run in 7.1 innings, and Brunet three hits, including a homer by Bill Melton, in the same number of outs. Jim Bouton got the win, Danny Murphy the loss.

Player of the Day; Don Mincher, Seattle

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Games of Tuesday, July 1

Kansas City       39     28      .582     ---
Seattle               40     30       .571     0.5
Chicago             35     29      .547     2.5
Montreal           34     33       .500     5
California          32     33       .492    6
Philadelphia      32     33       .492     6
San Diego         29     35       .453     8.5
Cleveland          23     43      .348    15.5

Wednesday's games
Kansas City (Hedlund) at Montreal (Stoneman)
San Diego (Niekro) at Cleveland (Ellsworth)
California (May and Messersmith) at Philadelphia (Palmer and Fryman), 2
Chicago (John) at Seattle (Brunet)

Cleveland 7, San Diego 6: Tommy Dean threw one away with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to allow Tony Horton to score the winning run. The last three runs for Cleveland -- two in the eighth, one in the ninth -- were all unearned. Ollie Brown and Al Ferrara each homered in the fifth for the Padres. Ken Harrelson and Horton each scored twice for Cleveland. Mike Paul got the win in relief and Jack Baldschun took the loss.

San Diego 12, Cleveland 3: Nate Colbert drove in four runs and Clay Kirby held Cleveland to five hits in eight innings as the Padres split the doubleheader, San Diego drew eight walks in the final four innings. The Indians committed three errors for the game. Kirby allowed two runs.  Van Kelly (Padres) was injured (six days) and will be replaced on the roster by Jerry Morales; Kelly is eligible to return July 11.

Montreal 5, Kansas City 3: Gary Sutherland scored three runs and Rusty Staub belted a two-run homer as the Expos topped the Royals. Winner Mike Wegener went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. Roy Face induced a double-play grounder from Pat Kelly, the only man he faced, to end the game and get the save. Losing pitcher Billy Butler walked four men in the first two innings; he made it though five innings, allowing all five Montreal runs.

Montreal 3, Kansas City 2: Ty Cline singled home Bobby Wine in the bottom of the ninth for the double header sweep. Jerry Robertson went the distance for the win, scattering 11 hits but allowing just two runs. Dave Wickersham took the loss; he pitched three innings and allowed the one, unearned run (Wine reached on a two-base error by Paul Schaal). Rusty Staub homered, doubled, singled and walked for the Expos. Lou Piniella was injured (15 days) and will be replaced on the roster by Joe Keough. Piniella is eligible to return July 16.

Philadelphia 2, California 0: Rick Wise threw a three-hitter for the Phillies, and Dick Allen and Deron Johnson each contributed two-out RBI singles in the sixth inning. Wise walked three and struck out five, retiring 12 Angels in a row at one point. Tom Murphy allowed two runs on five hits in six innings for the loss.

Chicago 7, Seattle 3: Don Pavletich doubled twice to drive in three runs, and Tom McCraw homered as the White Sox kept the Pilots from moving into first place. Billy Wynne went seven innings for the win, allowing three runs on five hits.  The Pilots scored all three of their runs with two outs in the fourth, and the inning ended when Ken Berry gunned down Jerry McNertney at the plate. Wayne Comer homered for the Pilots.

Player of the Day: Gary Sutherland, Montreal


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Games of Monday, June 30

Kansas City       39     26      .600     ---
Seattle               40     29       .580     1
Chicago             34     29      .540     4
California          32     32       .500     6.5
Montreal           32     33       .492     7
Philadelphia      31     33       .484     7.5
San Diego         28     34       .451     9.5
Cleveland          22     42      .346    16.5

Tuesday's games
Kansas City (Butler and Nelson) at Montreal (Wegener and Robertson), 2
San Diego (Kirby and Sisk) at Cleveland (Tiant and Hargan), 2
California (Murphy) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Chicago (Wynn) at Seattle (Meyer)

Kansas City 4, Montreal 1: Mike Fiore's three-run homer in the eighth off Gary Waslewski propelled the Royals to the win.  Wally Bunker allowed four hits in eight innings, but three of them came in the second and resulted in the one Montreal run. Moe Drabowsky worked a perfect ninth for the save. Four Royals were thrown out attempting to steal bases.

Montreal 9, Kansas City 4: Howie Reed threw a four-hitter and retired 14 straight hitters at one point as the Expos salvaged a split of the doubleheader. Rusty Staub hit a two-run homer, and Remy Hermoso and Gary Sutherland each scored twice for Montreal. Steve Jones was the loser. Kansas City got all four of its runs in the fourth, when Reed walked three batters and was victimized by an error.

California 8, Philadelphia 0: Only one Phillie reached second base as the Angels' Jim McGlothlin spun a four-hit shutout. Jim Spencer hit a pair of RBI doubles, singled and scored three runs. Both  Jim Fregosi  and Ruben Amaro were injured, and Billy Cowan played the final four innings at shortstop for Anaheim; he had no chances afield. Fregosi is eligible to play in the second game of the doubleheader, and Amaro is out until July 4.

California 10, Philadelphia 4: The Angels knocked Bill Champion out of the box in the third inning  and never trailed in the doubleheader. Jim Spencer went 4-for-5 with two runs, a double and an RBI. Jay Johnstone homered and singled, scored twice and drove in a pair. The Angels totaled 13 hits and five walks off four Philadelphia hurlers. Dick Allen hit a two-run homer off winner Vern Geishert.

Seattle 8, Chicago 6: Steve Whitaker tied the game with a pinch hit homer and later singled home a run as the Pilots overtook the White Sox. Ron Hansen drove in three runs for Chicago with a pinch-hit double, and Carlos May had a two-run homer. The White Sox committed three errors, resulting in two unearned runs. John Gelnar got the win in relief with two scoreless innings, and Diego Segui got the save; Gary Bell took the loss, also in relief. Walt Williams (Chicago) was injured and must sit the next five days; he will be replaced on the roster by Sammy Ellis.

Player of the Day: Jim Spencer, California

Monday, January 9, 2017

Games of Sunday, June 29

Kansas City       38     25      .603     ---
Seattle               39     29       .574     1.5
Chicago             34     28      .548     3.5
Philadelphia      31     31       .500     6.5
Montreal           31     32       .492     7
California          30     32       .484     7.5
San Diego         28     34       .451     9.5
Cleveland          22     42      .346    16.5

Monday's games
Kansas City (Bunker and Jones) at Montreal (Waslewski and Reed), 2
California (McGlothlin and Geishert) at Philadelphia (Jackson and Champion), 2
Chicago (Edmondson) at Seattle (Brabender)

Kansas City 10, Montreal 9 (10 innings): The Royals snapped a short losing streak with a extra-innings slugfest. Kansas City got three-run homers from Joe Foy and Mike Fiore and a solo homer (in the 10th) from Lou Piniella. Montreal got a pair of three-run homers from Kevin Collins, who totaled seven RBIs.  Mack Jones scored three times for the Expos. Dave Wickersham got the win; Dan McGinn the loss. Bob Oliver (Royals) was injured for one day.

Seattle 8, Cleveland 7 (10 innings): Jim Bouton threw four hitless innings of relief, and the Pilots plated three unearned runs to overcome Sam McDowell and the Tribe. Russ Snyder drove in three runs for Cleveland, which led 7-3 after four innings. Ron Law took the loss. Bouton was the winner, and John O'Donoghue worked a scoreless ninth for the save.

San Diego 8, Chicago 3: Nate Colbert homered twice and Tommy Dean went 4-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs for the Padres. Billy McCool and Gary Ross combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings of relief for winner Al Santorini. Ivan Murrell and Walt Hriniak each scored twice for San Diego. Carlos May homered for Chicago. Joel Horlen took the loss.

Player of the Day: Kevin Collins, Montreal


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Games of Saturday, June 28

Kansas City       37     25      .597     ---
Seattle               38     29       .567     1.5
Chicago             34     27      .557     2.5
Montreal           31     31       .500     6
Philadelphia      31     31       .500     6
California          30     32       .484     7
San Diego         27     34       .443     9.5
Cleveland          22     41      .349    15.5

Sunday's games
Kansas City (Drago) at Montreal (Renko)
Seattle (Pattin) at Cleveland (McDowell)
San Diego (Santorini) at Chicago (Horlen)

Seattle 9, Cleveland 8: Steve Whitaker's three-run homer in the ninth inning lifted the Pilots to a stunning comeback win. The Indians, riding a Ken Harrelson grand slam and a three-run homer by Vern Fuller, scored seven runs off Steve Barber in the first four innings and led 8-0 after five. But the Pilots got six runs on eight hits in the sixth inning, and an Eddie Leon error with two outs in the ninth gave Whitaker his chance to hit. Jim Bouton got the win, Diego Segui the save, and Larry Burchart took the loss.

Montreal 10, Philadelphia 5: Don Shaw threw six scoreless innings of relief and Adolpho Phillips and Coco Laboy each hit go-ahead homers for the Expos. Phillips' two-run shot off Jerry Johnson in the first inning keyed a three-run outburst, and after Jerry Robertson allowed five runs in the second, Laboy's three-run homer put the Expos back in front in the third. Shaw allowed four hits and walked one while striking out six. Rusty Staub went 3-for-3 with two walks, two runs and an RBI for Montreal.

Philadelphia 7, Montreal 1: Deron Johnson and Johnny Callison homered and Woodie Fryman went the distance as the Phillies split the doubleheader in Montreal. Fryman scattered six hits while walking three and striking out eight. Larry Hisle scored three runs for the Phillies. Bill Stoneman took the loss. After the game, the Expos demoted Don Shaw; Ron Fairly will take his place on the roster but remain ineligible until July 1. Shaw is eligible to return July 9.

Chicago 4, San Diego 3: Don Pavletich's two-run triple highlighted a three-run first for the White Sox, and the Padres never quite caught up. Gary Peters went eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. Dan Osinski got the final three outs for the save after Gary Bell loaded the bases with no outs. Jose Arcia scored a pair of runs for San Diego.

California 9, Kansas City 2: Aurelio Rodriguez hit a grand slam and Joe Azcue a three-run homer as the Angels pounded the Royals. Jim Spencer also homered for California. Five of the the runs were unearned. Clyde Wright went seven innings, allowing one run on seven hits, for the win. Scott Northey (Royals) was injured and must sit the next day. He remains on the roster.

Player of the Day: Steve Whitaker, Seattle

Monday, January 2, 2017

Games of Friday, June 27

Kansas City       37     24      .607     ---
Seattle               37     29       .561    2.5
Chicago             33     27      .550     3.5
Montreal           30     30       .500     6.5
Philadelphia      30     30       .500    6.5
California          29     32       .475     8
San Diego         27     33       .450     9.5
Cleveland          22     40       .355   15.5

Saturday's games
Philadelphia (Johnson and Fryman) at Montreal (Robertson and Stoneman)
Seattle (Barber) at Cleveland (Williams) 
San Diego (Kelley) at Chicago (Peters)
California (Wright) at Kansas City (Rooker)

California 8, Kansas City 3: The Royals' seven-game winning streak ended early in this one, as the Angels scored five runs in the first inning, taking advantage of  the lack of range in the Kansas City outfield. California got six consecutive hits in the inning off Roger Nelson, who nevertheless managed to get through six innings. Bill Voss had a two-run double in the inning. Rudy May went seven innings, allowing three runs (all in the third) on five hits, for the win. Jim Spencer homered in the ninth off Dave Morehead.

California 2, Kansas City 0: Andy Messersmith threw a five-hitter and Jay Johnstone drove in Sandy Alomar twice as the Angels completed the doubleheader sweep of the first-place Royals. In the first inning, Alomar singled off Mike Hedlund and stole second ahead of Johnstone's triple; in the eighth, Alomar hit a two-out double and scored on Johnstone's single. Hedlund went the distance for Kansas City, allowing eight hits, for the loss. The Royals' Ed Kirkpatrick was injured (seven games) and will be replaced on the roster by Juan Rios. Kirkpatrick is eligible to return July 8.

Seattle 9, Cleveland 8 (10 innings): Steve Whitaker's homer in the top of the 10th put the Pilots back in front of a game they had led most of the way. Seattle scored six runs in the first two innings off Dick Ellsworth, who walked four and allowed four singles in the second, but Cleveland had a pair of three-run outbursts against George Brunet  and scored solo runs in the seventh and ninth, both charged against Diego Segui, to force extras. Bob Locker was credited with the win, and John O'Donoghue got the save. Horacio Pina took the loss. Tony Horton had three RBIs for Cleveland.

Chicago 9, San Diego 6: The White Sox took advantage of four Padres errors to score four unearned runs. Luis Aparicio scored three times for Chicago and had an RBI; he went 3-for-5 with a triple and double. Bill Melton had three RBIs for the White Sox, including a two-run homer off loser Joe Niekro. Dan Osinski allowed one run in two innings of relief for the win, and Wilbur Wood threw a perfect ninth for the save. After the game, the White Sox demoted Angel Bravo and reinstated Don Pavelitch.

Player of the Day: Sandy Alomar, California