Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Games of Saturday, Aug. 2

Kansas City       56     43      .566     ---
Seattle               56     44       .560     0.5
Chicago             54     44      .551      1.5
California          49     54       .476      9
Montreal           48     53       .475      9
Philadelphia      47     54       .465    10
San Diego         45     53       .459    10.5
Cleveland          46     55      .455     11.5

Sunday's games
Philadelphia (Johnson) at Chicago (Horlen)
Kansas City (Butler) at Cleveland (Williams)
Montreal (Waslewski) at San Diego (Podres)
California (McGlothlin) at Seattle (Segui)

Cleveland 3, Philadelphia 2 (10 innings): Bill Wilson's wild pitch with one out in the 10th plated Vern Fuller with the winning run. Phillies starter Lowell Palmer allowed two runs in the first inning but just one more hit in the rest of his eight innings. He retired the last 17 men he faced. Mike Paul kept the Phillies scoreless through seven innings before Johnny Callison's triple keyed a two-run rally that tied the game. Larry Burchart went two innings for the win.

Chicago 9, Kansas City 8: The White Sox swept the three-game series with the front-running Royals, and had to come back from a 7-1 deficit to do so. Luis Aparicio capped a two-run bottom of the ninth with a base hit to win it. Gary Peters allowed five runs in the first inning to the Royals and left after that frame, and Sammy Ellis allowed three runs in five innings, but Dan Osinski and Gary Bell combined for three scoreless frames while the Sox put together four two-run innings. Jim Rooker went 5.1 for the Royals, allowing six earned runs (and one unearned) on six hits and six walks. Moe Drabowsky took the loss; Bell got the win. Rooker and Bob Oliver homered for Kansas City. The Royals' Buck Martinez was injured (10 days) and will be replaced on the roster by Jim Campanis; Martinez is eligible to return Aug. 12.  The White Sox demoted Ellis and activated Don Secrist; Ellis is eligible to return Aug. 12.

California 9, San Diego 6: A four-run top of the ninth lifted the Angels to the win. Jim Fregosi singled home a pair of runs and Rick Reichardt homered in the decisive frame, with Gary Ross aborbing the damage. Reichardt went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. The Padres got two-run homers from Al Ferrara and Roberto Pena. Eddie Fisher, who allowed two runs in one inning, vultured the win, and Ken Tatum got the save.

Seattle 5, Montreal 3: Gene Brabender took a shutout into the eighth inning and Don Mincher hit a three-run homer for the Pilots. Brabender went 7.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Mark Wegener allowed all five runs in six innings for the Expos. Ron Fairly homered for Montreal.

Player of the Day: Luis Aparicio, Chicago.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Games of Friday, Aug. 1

Kansas City       56     42      .571     ---
Seattle               55     44       .556     1.5
Chicago             53     44      .546      2.5
Montreal           48     52       .480      9
California          48     54       .470    10
Philadelphia      47     53       .470    10
San Diego         45     52       .464    10.5
Cleveland          45     55      .450     12

Saturday's games
Philadelphia (Palmer) at Cleveland (Paul)
Kansas City (Rooker) at Chicago (Peters)
Montreal (Wegener) at Seattle (Brabender)
California (May) at San Diego (Niekro)

Cleveland 5, Philadelphia 0: Sam McDowell threw a three-hitter and struck out nine Phillies. He did walk four and commit a pair of errors himself, but still got the shutout. Jose Cardenal tripled and doubled twice; he scored two runs and drove in one. Tony Horton was injured (two days) and will remain on the roster.

Chicago 6, Kansas City 3: Carlos May hit a grand slam off Dick Drago in the fifth inning and Jack Hamilton threw three scoreless innings in relief of Tommy John as the White Sox tightened the race. The Royals held a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, but the Sox strung together three singles and a walk before May's two-out blast. John was the winner, Drago the loser, and Wilbur Wood got the save.

Seattle 14, Montreal 4: The Pilots scored nine runs in the third inning on seven hits, one walk and a pair of error by Expos shortstop Bobby Wine. Mike Hegan doubled home a pair of runs and Tommy Harper capped the inning with a bases-loaded triple. Garry Roggenburk allowed four runs in five innings, including back-to-back homers from Rusty Staub and Bob Bailey, but got the win, Mrty Pattin threw four shutout innings for the save. Jerry Robertson took the loss. John Kennedy homered for Seattle in the seventh. After the game, the Pilots deactivated Roggenburk and reactived Dick Simpson. Roggenburk is eligible to return Aug 11.

San Diego 3, California 1: Nate Colbert and Ollie Brown hit RBI doubles and four Padre relievers combined for 3.2 innings of three hit relief. The Angels were 0-8 with runners in scoring position agains starter and winner Clay Kirby, who allowed four hits and four walks in 5.1 innings.

Player of the Day: Carlos May, Chicago

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 31

Kansas City       56     41      .577     ---
Seattle               54     44       .551     2.5
Chicago             52     44      .542      3.5
Montreal           48     51       .484      9.5
California          48     53       .475   10
Philadelphia      47     52       .475   10
San Diego         44     52       .458   11.5
Cleveland          44     55      .444    13

Friday's games
Philadelphia (Wise) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Kansas City (Drago) at Chicago (John)
Montreal (Robertson) at Seattle (Roggenburk)
California (Messersmith) at San Diego (Kirby)

Philadelphia 5, Cleveland 3: The Phillies got back-to-back homers from Rick Joseph and Don Money in the fourth inning, and Turk Farrell entered to get three outs with the tying run on third base in the seventh. Woodie Fryman went six-plus innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, for the win, and Bill Wilson threw a hitless ninth for the save. Luis Tiant took the loss. Jose Cardenal homered to lead off the game for Cleveland.

Philadelphia 15, Cleveland 4: The Phillies racked up 23 hits, including three homers, three doubles and a triple, to secure the sweep. Dick Allen hit two homers and a triple for four runs scored and four RBIs. Mike Ryan also homered; he scored twice and drove in three. Tony Taylor and Larry Hisle each went 4-for-6.

San Diego 11, California 6: The Padres pummelled three Angels pitchers for 16 hits, and every San Diego starter either scored or drove in at least one run. Al Santorini went 8.2 innings, allowing just two earned runs on 10 hits. Larry Stahl homered for the Padres, and Ollie Brown and Nate Colbert each scored three times.

California 9, San Diego 5: The Angels salvaged a split of the doubleheader, taking advantage of a series of misplays by Padres centerfielder Cito Gaston, who played two fly balls into doubles and committed a two-base error. Offically three California runs were unearned, but shoddy defense by the Padres resulted in at least three more tallies. Jay Johnstone scored three times for the Angels. For the Padres, Al Ferrera hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs. Tom Murphy sent 8.1 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, for the win. Tommy Sisk was the loser.

Chicago 8, Kansas City 5: Bobby Knoop's three-run homer in the fourth put the White Sox ahead for good, and teammate Carlos May both scored and drove in two runs. Bill Wynne went seven innings for the win; he allowed two earned runs on eight hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Wally Bunker took the loss.

Seattle 7, Montreal 1: Tommy Harper hit a grand slam off Bill Stoneman in the fourth inning, and Steve Barber held the Expos to six hits and one run in six innings. Don Mincher also homered for the Pilots.

Player of the Day: Dick Allen, Philadelphia

Monday, May 15, 2017

Games of Wednesday, July 30

Kansas City       56     40      .583     ---
Seattle               53     44       .546     3.5
Chicago             51     44      .536      4.5
Montreal           47     51       .480   10
California          47     52       .475   10.5
Philadelphia      45     52       .464   11.5
San Diego         43     51       .457   12
Cleveland          44     53      .454    12.5

Thursday's games
Philadelphia (Fryman and Jackson) at Cleveland (Tiant and Ellsworth)
California (Murphy and Kealey) at San Diego (Santorini and Sisk)
Kansas City (Bunker) at Chicago (Wynne)
Montreal (Stoneman) at Seattle (Barber)

Cleveland 8, Philadelphia 7: Russ Synder's two-out single brought home Ken Suarez with the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth. John Boozer, who pitched the final 2.2 innings for the Phillies and gave up two runs, took the loss; Larry Burchart, who allowed two runs in two innings, was credited with the win. Larry Hisle scored three times for the Phillies; Frank Baker had a pinch-hit homer for the Indians. Cleveland's Tony Horton was called out in the sixth inning for leaving third base early on an apparent sacrifice fly.

San Diego 5, Kansas City 1: Nate Colbert homered in the sixth to break a scoreless tie and singled home another run in the Podres' four-run seventh. Dick Kelley allowed one run on eight hits in seven innings for the win. Colbert was 3-for-4 with a double. Ollie Brown also had a pair of RBIs for the Padres.

Montreal 5, Seattle 1: Steve Renko threw a five-hit complete game for Montreal. The Expos hit three homers off loser Bob Meyer, solo shots by Don Bosch and Bob Bailey and a two-run homer by Ron Fairly. Steve Whitaker homered for Seattle's run. After the game, the Pilots demoted Meyer and activated Garry Roggenburk.

Player of the Day: Nate Colbert, San Diego

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Games of Tuesday, July 29

Kansas City       56     39      .589     ---
Seattle               53     43       .552     3.5
Chicago             51     44      .536      5
California          47     52       .475   11
Montreal           46     51       .474   11
Philadelphia      45     51       .469   11.5
San Diego         42     51       .451   13
Cleveland          43     53      .447    13.5

Wednesday's games
Philadelphia (Champion) at Cleveland (Hargan)
Montreal (Renko) at Seattle (Meyer)
Kansas City (Nelson) at San Diego (Kelley)

Cleveland 7, Montreal 3: Max Alvis bopped a pair of RBI doubles and played a sparkling game afield, and Jose Cardenal stole three bases as the Tribe pulled away from the Expos. Cleveland peppered three Montreal pitchers for 13 hits and three walks. Stan Williams (6.1 innings, six hits, three runs) was the winner, Howie Reed the loser. Rusty Staub was injured; he is eligible to play Aug. 1 and  will remain on the roster.

Chicago 2, California 1: Joel Horlen went the distance, allowing five hits, and set up the winning run with a bunt single. Loser Jim McGlothlin allowed 12 hits in seven innings but struck out nine, Tommy McCraw had three singles in four at-bats for the White Sox.

Kansas City 10, San Diego 1: Bill Butler fired a six-hitter and carried a shutout into the eighth inning. The Royals collected 13 hits and benefited from three Padres errors. Joe Niekro allowed two earned runs and four in all in six innings for the loss. Pat Kelly, Bob Oliver and Ed Kirkpatrick each scored twice; Oliver and Joe Foy each had a pair of RBIs. Jerry Adair was injured and must sit the next two days.

Seattle 2, Philadelphia 2: The Pilots got four innings of one-hit, shutout relief from Jim Bouton and Diego Segui to overtake the Phillies. Ron Stone scored both of Philadelphia runs on outs after reaching third on hit-and-run singles by Cookie Rojas. Segui gets the win, Turk Farrell the loss.

Player of the Day: Max Alvis, Cleveland

Monday, May 8, 2017

Games of Monday, July 28

Kansas City       55     39      .585     ---
Seattle               52     43       .547     3.5
Chicago             50     44      .532      5
California          47     51       .480   10
Montreal           46     50       .479   10
Philadelphia      45     50       .473   10.5
San Diego         42     50       .457   12
Cleveland          42     53      .442    13.5

Tuesday's games
Montreal (Reed) at Cleveland (Williams)
California (McGlothlin) at Chicago (Horlen)
Philadelphia (Johnson) at Seattle (Gelnar)
Kansas City (Butler) at San Diego (Niekro)

Chicago 5, California 4 (11 innings): Bill Melton's two-out homer in the bottom of the 11th won it for the White Sox. Chicago tied it in the eighth without a hit on a pair of errors and a sac fly. Jim Fregosi and Sandy Alomar each went 4-for-5 for California. Alomar scored a pair of runs and Fregosi drove in three, but each also had one of the crucial errors in the eight. Jerry Nyman got the win, Bob Priddy the loss.

Chicago 4, California 2: Paul Edmondson allowed three hits in eight-plus innings, retiring 13 straight at one point and carrying a shutout into the ninth. His teammates scored three times in the first two innings off loser Rudy May, with Ron Hansen going 4-for-4. Wilbur Wood got three outs from two hitters for the save. After the game, the Whites reactivated Bobby Knoop and deactivated Paul Edmondson.

Montreal 3, Cleveland 2:  Mark Wegener allowed one (unearned) run in 6.1 innings to outduel Cleveland ace Sam McDowell. Gary Sutherland went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and and RBI for the Expos. Roy Face allowed a solo homer to Ken Harrelson in the ninth but got the save.

Philadelphia 4, Seattle 3 (10 innings): Cookie Rojas' hit-and-run double scored Don Money from first base in the top of the 10 to give the Phillies the lead. Rojas also started a triple play, the first of the season for any team, in the seventh, snagging a line off the bat of Merritt Ranew and catching both Steve Whitaker and John Donaldson off base. Rick Wise allow six hits and three runs in nine innings for the win, and Bill Wilson worked the bottom of the 10th for the save. Diego Segui took the loss. After the game, the Pilots reactivated Bob Meyer and Mike Hegan and deactivated George Brunet and Merritt Ranew.

Player of the Day: Bill Melton, Chicago

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Games of Sunday, July 27

Kansas City       55     39      .585     ---
Seattle               52     42       .553     3
Chicago             48     44      .522      6
California          47     49       .490     9
Montreal           45     50       .474   10.5
Philadelphia      44     50       .468   11
San Diego         42     50       .457   12
Cleveland          42     52      .447    13

Monday's games
California (Wright and May) at Chicago (Peters and Edmondson), 2
Montreal (Wegener) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Philadelphia (Wise) at Seattle (Brunet)

Cleveland 7, Montreal 2: Luis Tiant threw a six-hit complete game and hit a three-run homer to lead the Tribe past the Expos. Ken Harrelson and Tony Horton hit back-to-back homers in the third off loser Bill Stoneman. The Expos have won just two of their past eight games.

Chicago 2, California 1: Luis Aparicio scored from first base on a double by Gail Hopkins in the eighth inning to break the tie. On similar attempt in the first inning, Aparicio was thrown out at the plate by Jay Johnstone. Tommy John allowed one run on five hits in eight innings for the win, and Wilbur Wood got the save. Eddie Fisher took the loss in relief of Andy Messersmith.

Kansas City 3, San Diego 1: Dick Drago and a pair of relievers held the Padres to five hits. Jackie Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a double and a run for the Royals. Nate Colbert doubled twice for San Diego and scored the Padres' sole run.

Seattle 9, Philadelphia 5: Wayne Comer homered and scored three times as the Pilots got to Grant Jackson for five runs in five innings. Jackson walked five and allowed seven hits, including two homers (the other to John Kennedy, who went 4-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs). Marty Pattin allowed three runs in six innings for the win.

Player of the Day: Luis Tiant, Cleveland

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Games of Saturday, July 26

Kansas City       54     39      .581     ---
Seattle               51     42       .548     3
Chicago             47     44      .516      6
California          47     48       .495     8
Montreal           45     49       .479     9.5
Philadelphia      44     49       .478   10
San Diego         42     49       .462   11
Cleveland          41     52      .441    13

Sunday's games
Montreal (Stoneman) at Cleveland (Tiant)
California (Messersmith) at Chicago (John)
Kansas City (Drago) at San Diego (Kirby)
Philadelphia (Jackson) at Seattle (Pattin)

Cleveland 3, Montreal 2: Dick Ellsworth held the Expos to six hits and two runs over 7.2 innings, and Lou Klimchock and Ken Suarez had three singles apiece for the Tribe. Ron Law got the final out of the eighth inning to strand three runners, and Stan Williams threw a perfect ninth for the save. Jerry Robertson (10 hits and three earned runs in seven innings) took the loss.

California 8, Chicago 4: The Angels scored early and late -- four runs in the first and three in the ninth -- and got 2.2 innings of clutch relief work from Hoyt Wilhelm in between. Jim Spencer hit a three-run homer in the first off loser Bill Wynne, and Rick Reichardt followed with a solo shot. Tom Murphy went 5.1 innings and left the bases loaded for Wilhelm in the sixth, but he escaped with a 5-4 lead and then got double plays in the seventh and eighth innings. Spencer and Reichardt each had RBIs in the ninth as the Angels widened the gap again.

San Diego 6, Kansas City 3: Van Kelly homered, drove in three runs and scored twice as the Padres beat the first-place Royals. Ivan Murrell doubled and tripled for San Diego, scoring two runs and driving in one. Winning pitcher Al Santorini homered off loser Wally Bunker. San Diego cycled through four relievers in the final two innings, with Frank Reberger getting the final out and the save. After the game Kansas City reactivated Ed Kirkpatrick and deactivated Scott Northey. Northey is eligible to return Aug 5.

Seattle 7, Philadelphia 6: Seattle first basemen and cleanup hitters Greg Goossen and Don Mincher combined for three doubles, one triple, three runs and four RBIs in the contest. Johnny Callison hit a pair of homers for the Phillies, including a two-run blow off Jim Bouton in the ninth that made the final score closer. Gene Brabender (5.2 innings, four hits, three runs) got the win, John O'Donoghue the save, Woodie Fryman (five innings, eight hits, four runs) the loss. After the game the Phillies reactivated Deron Johnson and demoted Rick Barry, who is eligible to return Aug.5.

Player of the Day: Hoyt Wilhelm, California

Monday, May 1, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 24

Kansas City       54     38      .587     ---
Seattle               50     42       .543     4
Chicago             47     43      .522      6
California          46     48       .489     9 
Montreal           45     48       .484      9.5
Philadelphia      44     48       .478   10
San Diego         41     49       .455   12
Cleveland          40     52      .435    14

Friday's games

Saturday's games
Montreal (Robertson) at Cleveland (Ellsworth)
California (Murphy) at Chicago (Wynne)
Kansas City (Bunker) at San Diego (Santorini)
Philadelphia (Fryman) at Seattle (Brabender)

San Diego 10, Philadelphia 1: Joe Niekro threw a five-hitter and Nate Colbert drove in four runs for the Padres. Colbert hit a three-run homer in the sixth, and Ed Spiezio a two-run homer in the fourth, both off lower Rick Wise. Cito Gaston (3-for-5) scored three runs. Niekro twice loaded the bases with no outs, but allowed just one run and faced no further threats from the Phillies.

Chicago 4, Montreal 2: Carlos May went 4-for-4 with a homer and three runs. Joel Horlen went seven innings for the win, never retiring the Expos in order but allowing just one unearned run on seven hits. John Bateman homered in the eighth off Sammy Ellis, and Wilbur Wood got the final five outs for the save.

Cleveland 6, Kansas City 0: Sam McDowell overpowered the Royals with a two-hitter. He walked one, struck out seven and at one point retired 17 straight hitters. Ellie Rodriguez had both singles for Kansas City. Lou Klimchcok had three doubles for Cleveland and drove in two runners. Duke Sims of Cleveland was injured (6 days); he will remain on the roster and is eligible to play again on July 31.

California 1, Seattle 0: Lou Johnson drew a base-loaded walk in the first inning to push the only run of the game home. Winner Jim McGlothlin allowed four singles and four walks in eight innings, and Ken Tatum threw a scoreless ninth for the save. Steve Barber allowed five hits in his eight-inning complete game loss.

Player of the Day: Sam McDowell, Cleveland