Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Games of Friday, Aug. 8

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

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

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

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

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

Player of the Day: Ed Spiezio, San Diego

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Games of Thursday, Aug. 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Player of the Day: Greg Goossen, Seattle

Monday, June 19, 2017

Games of Wednesday, Aug. 6

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

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

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

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

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

Player of the Day: Mike Hedlund, Kansas City.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Games of Tuesday, Aug. 5

Chicago             56     45      .554      ---
Seattle               57     46       .553      ---
Kansas City       56     46      .549      0.5
California          51     54       .486      7
Montreal           51     54       .486      7
Cleveland          48     55      .466      9
Philadelphia      48     56       .462     9.5
San Diego         46     56       .451    11

Wednesday's games
Kansas City (Drago) at Cleveland (Hargan)
Montreal (Robertson) at San Diego (Niekro)
California (Messersmith) at Seattle (Meyer)

Cleveland 9, Kansas City 1:  Sam McDowell allowed just four hits and Ken Harrelson doubled, tripled and homered for the Indians. The Hawk scored three runs and drove in three. The Royals have lost seven in a row. Max Alvis also homered for Cleveland.

Chicago 4, Philadelphia 3 (11 innings): Buddy Bradford singled home the game winner after Wilbur Wood worked around a leadoff triple in the previous half-inning. Don Pavleitch hit a two-run homer for the White Sox in the fourth. Bill Melton was injured and has to miss the second game of the doubleheader.

Philadelphia 6, Chicago 2: Grant Jackson allowed one run in eight innings while Tony Taylor and Johnny Callison each scored twice. Gary Peters struck out nine men in six innings for the Sox, but the two runs he allowed still made him the loser. The Phillies broke the game open in the top of the ninth, scoring three runs off Jerry Nyman. Carlos May was injured for the White Sox (eigth days); he will be replaced on the roster by Bob Christian and is eligible to return Aug 16.

Montreal 3, San Diego 1: Rusty Staub homered and doubled to power the Expos. Howie Reed went seven innings for the win, allowing one run on five hits, and Claude Raymond, Don Shaw and Roy Face combined to get the final six outs. Al Santorini took the loss.

Montreal 5, San Diego 4: Bob Bailey homered and Rusty Staub drove in a pair of runs as the Expos swept the Padres. Steve Renko went eight innings for the win; he allowed four runs on six hits. Roy Face got his second save of the day with a scoreless ninth. Cito Gaston tripled and doubled for San Diego, scoring two runs.

California 9, Seattle 6: The Angels cracked three homers off Steve Barber, highlighted by a three-run first inning shot by Rick Reichardt, and held on to the early lead. Aurelio Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a pair of runs scored. Jay Johnstone also homered for the Angels, as did Steve Whitaker for Seattle. For the Angels, Joe Azcue was injured and will miss the Wednesday game; Steve Kealey, who started and won this game, will be demoted and Tom Tischinski activated from the emergency squad. Kealey is eligible to return Aug. 16. For the Pilots, Don Mincher was injured (seven days); he will be replaced by Bob Meyer and is eligible to return Aug 16.

Player of the day: Roy Face, Montreal

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Games of Monday, Aug. 4

Seattle               57     45       .558     ---
Chicago             55     44      .556      0.5
Kansas City       56     45      .554      0.5
California          50     54       .481      8
Montreal           49     54       .476      8.5
Cleveland          47     55      .461     10
Philadelphia      47     55       .461    10
San Diego         46     54       .460    10.5

Tuesday's games
Kansas City (Bunker) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Philadelphia (Jackson and Fryman) at Chicago (Wynn and Peters), 2
Montreal (Reed and Renko) at San Diego (Kirby and Santorini),2
California (Wright) at Seattle (Barber)

Cleveland 4, Kansas City 3: Ken Suarez dropped a pinch-hit single in front of left fielder Bob Oliver to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth and give the Royals their sixth straight loss. Luis Tiant allowed eight hits for Cleveland in the complete-game win; one of the three runs he allowed was unearned. Lou Klimchock hit a two-run homer for the Tribe. Steve Jones took the loss in relief. Tony Horton will miss the Indians' next game.

San Diego 3, Montreal 0: Dick Kelley threw a two-hit shutout and Ollie Brown doubled twice, walked twice, stole two bases and scored one run and drove in another for the Padres. Loser Bill Stoneman allowed six hits and three runs in 7.1 innings. Kelley walked four and struck out five. Before the game, the Expos reactivated Adolpho Phillips and deactivated Jim Fairey; Fairey is eligible to return Aug. 14.

Seattle 6, California 4: The Pilots scored five runs in the first and held on in a chaotic ninth to move into first place. The Pilots used five walks, an error, two steals, a wild pitch and a pair of singles to plate five runs off Tom Murphy in the opening frame; only two of the runs were earned. Mike Marshall threw eight shutout innings but was pulled after allowing two hits, a walk and a run to open the ninth. John O'Donoughue walked three men himself and surrendered a double before finally getting the final out on a deep fly by Jim Fregosi.

Player of the Day: Dick Kelley, San Diego

Monday, June 5, 2017

Games of Sunday, Aug. 3

Kansas City       56     44      .560     ---
Chicago             55     44      .556      0.5
Seattle               56     45       .554     0.5
California          50     54       .481      8
Montreal           49     53       .480      8
Philadelphia      47     55       .461    10
Cleveland          46     55      .455     10.5
San Diego         45     54       .455    10.5

Monday's games
Kansas City (Nelson) at Cleveland (Tiant)
Montreal (Stoneman) at San Diego (Kelley)
California (Murphy) at Seattle (Marshall)

Cleveland 6, Kansas City 3:  The Indians peppered Bill Butler for eight hits and six runs in six innings, with Ken Suarez and Russ Snyder each driving in a pair of runs. Stan Williams allowed three runs in 6-plus innings for the win while striking out six, and Horacio Pina threw a perfect ninth for the save. The Royals have now lost five straight.

Chicago 2, Philadelphia 0: Joel Horlen spun a seven-hit shutout, striking out 11 with one walk. Jerry Johnson allowed six hits in seven innings for the loss. Larry Hisle fanned four times for the Phillies, and Rick Joseph three times.

Montreal 2, San Diego 1: Gary Waselewski allowed just two hits, while Bob Bailey doubled, singled and walked in four trips to the plate and scored both Expos runs. The sole Padres run was unearned as Waslewski faced just four men over the minimum. He walked three and struck out four. John Podres (six innings, seven hits, two runs) took the loss.

California 5, Seattle 1: Sandy Alomar had two hits, two runs, two RBIs and two steals and Jay Johnstone went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Angels. Jim McGlothlin allowed one run on six hits in eight innings for the win.

Player of the Day: Joel Horlen, Chicago