Toronto Flies Out of Detroit With Series Win

July 28: Detroit 11, Toronto 2

It was close until the fifth inning, when Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, Harry Heilmann, and Miguel Cabrera all reached safely in a row, capped off by a Cabrera three-run blast.

Backup infielder Travis Fryman tripled and homered. Justin Verlander threw his first nine-inning start since his first game of the year.

                   R  H BB
TOR 000 002 000 -  2  7  6
DET 000 241 03x - 11 13  4

HR: M. Cabrera (6), T. Fryman (2)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb      4.1  6  6  1  3  1  
J. Verlander  9.0  2  2  0  6  9 

TOR 44-56, DET 48-52

July 29: Toronto 3, Detroit 1

Juan Guzman is sometimes about the worst starting pitcher in the league, and sometimes strings together back-to-back games of eight innings and one run allowed. He did the latter in this one, giving up just one walk and five singles.

Hal Newhouser was mostly good for Detroit and struck out a season high 11. But he got wild in the second inning when he walked three. Carlos Delgado collected the game-winning RBI on a bases loaded base on balls in the frame.

                  R H BB
TOR 020 000 001 - 3 9  3
DET 000 100 000 - 1 5  1

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Guzman     8.0  1  1  0  1  5  
H. Newhouser  9.0  3  3  0  3 11 

TOR 45-56, DET 48-53

roberto-alomar-ap2July 30: Toronto 9, Detroit 1

The Blue Jays knocked George Uhle around for 2.2 innings to ice the series. Toronto hit for the cycle in the third inning on singles by Roberto Alomar and Ernie Whitt, a double by Delgado, triple by Edwin Encarnacion, and three-run homer by Rance Mulliniks. Alomar walked once, singled thrice, and stole three bags.

Toronto took four of six from Detroit this year, and improved to an impressive 15-15 in inter-division play, which is oddly quite a bit better than their intra-division record. The Expansion Division is on a bit of a roll, having won the last four inter-division series played.

                  R  H BB
TOR 015 003 000 - 9 12  5
DET 000 100 000 - 1  8  1

HR: R. Mulliniks (5)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Halladay  7.0  1  1  0  1  2  
G. Uhle      2.2  6  6  1  2  1 

TOR 46-56, DET 48-54

Seattle Stays Atop Expansion Division With Series Win in Cleveland

Ichiro SuzukiJuly 28: Seattle 7, Cleveland 5

Each team smacked a dozen hits and two homers. Cleveland errors by Lou Boudreau and Joe Jackson helped Seattle score two unearned runs that tilted things Seattle’s way.

                  R  H BB
SEA 022 001 011 - 7 12  3
CLE 000 013 010 - 5 12  2

HR: I. Suzuki (7), K. Seager (14),
L. Doby (9), A. Rosen (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson     6.0  4  4  2  1  5  
S. Coveleski  6.0  5  4  1  3  2 

SEA 53-48, CLE 47-53

July 29: Seattle 4, Cleveland 3

Freddy Garcia continues to surprise in the Mariners rotation and has a 3.09 ERA in his last 11 starts. After twirling five shutout innings, Garcia faltered and the first four Naps batters reached in the sixth inning. Mark Langston came in and nicely limited the damage.

Edgar Martinez and Alvin Davis each clubbed a solo homer in the eighth to help the Mariners claim the game and the series.

                  R H BB
SEA 020 000 020 - 4 9  2
CLE 000 002 010 - 3 4  4

HR: E. Martinez (11), A. Davis (9)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia  5.0  2  2  0  4  2  
C. Kluber  7.1  4  4  2  1  8 

SEA 54-48, CLE 47-54

July 30: Cleveland 7, Seattle 1

Felix Hernandez continues to fight it for Seattle and saw his ERA swell to 5.32. He’s yielded nine homers in his last six starts.

The Seattle batsmen swatted nine singles and took seven walks from Vean Gregg, but no extra base hits, and they stranded 16. The Naps lined two homers and six doubles.

Vean Gregg’s excellent season rolled on with a one-run complete game. His ERA in his last seven starts is under two, and he moved into the top 10 ERAs in the league at 3.41.

The teams split their six games for the year.

                  R  H BB
SEA 010 000 000 - 1  9  7
CLE 300 002 02x - 7 13  4

HR: T. Hafner (13), J. Romano (7)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  6.0  5  5  2  3  9 
V. Gregg      9.0  1  1  0  7  8 

SEA 54-49, CLE 48-54

Kansas City Socks Chicago

escoJuly 28: Kansas City 6, Chicago 4

Joe Jackson, Frank Thomas, and Chet Lemon strung together singles in the fifth inning and Magglio Ordonez followed them up with a three-run mama-jabba to give Chicago a 4-1 lead.

In the seventh, John Mayberry launched a two-run jobbie to cut the Chi lead to 4-3.

Terry Forster was twirling for Chicago in the eighth, and KC had two on and two out when Alcides Escobar laced a triple to put the finishing touches on an excellent late comeback.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 040 000 - 4 8  5
KC  001 000 23x - 6 8  3

HR: M. Ordonez (6), J. Mayberry (17)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney  6.2  3  3  1  2  6  
J. Rosado  6.0  4  4  1  4  1 

CHI 54-46, KC 52-49

July 29: Chicago 7, Kansas City 1

Kevin Appier’s rollercoaster season dipped to another valley as the White Sox hit him hard and often and his ERA (4.58) rose to the wrong side of league-average. Every Chicago batsman had a hit, led by Minnie Minoso’s three.

Chris Sale had hit a rough patch over his previous four starts, but got back to nasty with an efficient seven innings allowing just one run. He poked back into the league top 10 ERAs at 3.43.

                  R  H BB
CHI 001 320 010 - 7 13  2
KC  010 000 000 - 1  4  1

HR: W. Wilson (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale    7.0  1  1  1  1  5  
K. Appier  5.0  6  6  0  2  4 

CHI 55-46, KC 52-50

July 30: Kansas City 9, Chicago 5

Chicago ended the series feeling like they’d handed it on a silver platter to the Royals. Minoso, Luke Appling, and Eddie Collins all made boners in the game that contributed to six unearned runs piling up against starter Eddie Cicotte. Cicotte didn’t exactly help the cause with his eight walks.

The White Sox dropped in plenty of singles plus one homer against Bret Saberhagen, but the Sabes walked just one and his defense made the makable plays behind him. Willie Wilson and Escobar smacked three hits each, including Escobar’s second triple of the series and team-leading sixth of the season.

KC took four of six from Chicago on the year.

                  R  H BB
CHI 010 101 200 - 5 13  1
KC  020 140 20x - 9 11  8

HR: F. Thomas (16)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte     6.2  9  3  0  8  1  
B. Saberhagen  7.0  5  5  1  1  4 

CHI 55-47, KC 53-50

Houston Pulls Off Stunning Sweep Facing Clemens, Martinez, & Young In Boston

Lance-Berkman-001235589July 28: Houston 8, Boston 3

Lance Berkman went bananas and crushed three home runs, two against Roger Clemens and one against Koji Uehara. Berkman’s dingers drove in six runs. Clemens allowed five earned runs in a second straight start, and his ERA swelled to just over 3.00.

Mike Scott tipped on the tightrope for five shutout innings while stranding 11 Bostonians in just those first five frames. Boston finally got some baserunners all the way around the diamond in the sixth and knocked out a wild Scott, but Larry Anderson and Billy Wagner slammed the door from there.

                  R  H BB
HOU 004 020 101 - 8 10  4
BOS 000 003 000 - 3 10  8

HR: L. Berkman-3 (20)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott    5.2  3  3  0  8  3  
R. Clemens  6.0  6  5  2  3  7 

HOU 46-54, BOS 59-41

July 29: Houston 5, Boston 4

No way Houston could follow up an upset of Clemens with an upset of Pedro Martinez, right? Wrong. Like Scott the day before, J.R. Richard was wild but limited the damage.

Jeff Bagwell and Jim Wynn both knocked solo dongs against Clemens, but the Red Sox carried a 4-2 lead into the top of the seventh. When the first three Astros to bat in the seventh loaded the bases, Clemens got the hook in favor of Jonathan Papelbon. All three inherited runners came home on a Jeff Bagwell single and Moises Alou sac fly, and Houston edged into a one-run lead. Houston relievers Octavio Dotel, Hal Woodeschick, and Larry Anderson combined for three shutout innings to close out a shocker of a series win for the Astros.

Tris Speaker slapped four hits and swiped two bags for Boston but the team didn’t get much else out of their lineup except for a lot of walks and stranded runners.

It was the third straight sub-par start by Pedro, and his ERA also grew to just over 3.00.

                  R H BB
HOU 100 010 300 - 5 7  6
BOS 210 100 000 - 4 9 10

HR: J. Bagwell (21), J. Wynn (6)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J.R. Richard  6.0  4  3  0  8  2  
P. Martinez   6.0  5  5  2  4  9 

HOU 47-54, BOS 59-42

July 30: Houston 5, Boston 4

The Astros jumped Cy Young in the first inning for a quick 4-0 lead. Craig Biggio, Berkman, Cesar Cedeno, and Art Howe all had hits in the inning. Young settled into a groove for the next seven innings, during which he never really got in trouble.

That allowed the Boston offense some time to mount a comeback, and Moises Alou gave them a helping hand with a bad error in the fourth inning. Carlton Fisk drove in two with a bomb, one of three hits for Pudge. The Sox added a third run later in the frame to get within a run, and then tied it up in the bottom of the eighth on hits by Manny Ramirez and Fisk.

The way Young was cruising, it seemed more than likely that Boston would pull out the win. But the last three Houston batters, Howe, Dickie Thon, and John Edwards, all singled in the top of the ninth to push across the go-ahead run, and Billy Wagner threw a perfect bottom of the ninth to cap off perhaps the most surprising sweep of the season.

Houston took four of six from Boston on the year. The Red Sox have had an inexplicably hard time against the Expansion Division, going just 11-10 so far when the rest of the Original teams are 97-50 in inter-division play. The Sox have now dropped eight straight after never dropping more than three in a row before this skid. Their once mammoth lead in the Original Division is down to just two games.

                  R  H BB
HOU 400 000 001 - 5  8  4
BOS 000 300 010 - 4 10  1

HR: C. Fisk (13)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Cuellar  7.0  3  1  1  1  3  
C. Young    9.0  5  5  0  4  2 

HOU 48-54, BOS 59-43

Baltimore Takes Series in Anaheim, Angels Enjoy One Big Upset

July 28: Baltimore 7, Anaheim 3

Ken Williams walked twice and doubled twice to pace Baltimore’s expected win.

                  R  H BB
BAL 011 000 320 - 7 10  7
ANA 010 001 100 - 3  7  2

HR: K. Singleton (9), A. Jones (11), B. Boone (1)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Niggeling  6.2  3  3  1  1  3  
N. Ryan       6.1  4  4  0  5  7 

BAL 56-44, ANA 38-63

July 29: Anaheim 12, Baltimore 0

It was Bizarro Day as Andy Messersmith broke off his first complete game and first shutout against the strong Orioles lineup and the Angel offense mashed against Erik Bedard, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Jim Palmer. Anaheim’s Bobby Grich, Brian Downing, Rod Carew, and Jim Fregosi all reached safely thrice to boost Anaheim to one of the most lopsided upsets of the season.

                   R  H BB
BAL 000 000 000 -  0  3  5
ANA 220 120 41x - 12 10 10

HR: B. Grich-ANA (10), M. Trout (10), R. Carew (2)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard       5.0  7  6  2  6  4  
A. Messersmith  9.0  0  0  0  5  6 

BAL 56-45, ANA 39-63

PowellJack

July 30: Baltimore 3, Anaheim 0

 

Jack Powell turned the world right-side-up again and made mincemeat of the Angels lineup in a quick shutout. Dean Chance was good against the Baltimore lineup, but a walk preceded three straight singles in the third to score all the runs of the game.

Baltimore took five of six in the season series.

                  R H BB
BAL 003 000 000 - 3 8  5
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 6  1

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell  9.0  0  0  0  1  5  
D. Chance  7.0  3  3  0  5  6

BAL 57-45, ANA 39-64

Minnesota Secures Series in Toronto

July 25: Toronto 3, Minnesota 2

Roy Halladay nicely kept the Minnesota offense in check, but Kirby Puckett scored two with Joe Cronin driving him in both times. That was enough for a 2-0 Twins lead after seven and a half innings because Camilo Pascual was doing even better holding down the Blue Jay bats.

Rod Carew made an error to start the bottom of the eighth that allowed Gregg Zaun to reach. Tony Fernandez followed that up with a triple to cut the score to 2-1. Joe Nathan came in and struck out his first two men before Carlos Delgado unleashed his 21st bomb for the winning runs.

                  R H BB
MN  101 000 000 - 2 8  2
TOR 000 000 03x - 3 4  4

HR: C. Delgado (21)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascual   7.0  2  0  0  4  7  
R. Halladay  7.0  2  2  0  1  3 

MN 52-45, TOR 44-53

July 26: Minnesota 6, Toronto 3

This time it was Toronto carrying a 2-0 lead late into the game. Jimmy Key was shocking the house for the first six innings by outdueling Johan Santana, who gave up two solo dingers. But a Roberto Alomar error in the top of the seventh seemed to unravel everything for Toronto and they watched Minnesota put up six runs in the final three innings

                  R H BB
MN  000 000 231 - 6 9  3
TOR 001 100 001 - 3 7  3
HR: J. Bautista (16), G. Zaun (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  6.0  2  2  2  1  5  
J. Key      7.0  4  3  0  0  1 

MN 53-45, TOR 44-54

mauerJuly 27: Minnesota 6, Toronto 0

The Doyle Alexander magic seems to be slipping away in his last two starts, which have been the shortest outings of his season. He could have used plenty of magic in this one since he was going up against Walter Johnson, who tossed his second straight shut-out and allowed just three hits.

Joe Mauer has struggled with the bat this season (.304 wOBA), but is getting hot of late and bashed four hits and a homer. Sam Rice collected three hits, and four other Twins had two-hit games. Mauer and Kirby Puckett both have four straight multi-hit games.

Minnesota took four of six from Toronto this season.

                  R  H BB
MN  023 000 100 - 6 17  0
TOR 000 000 000 - 0  3  5

HR: J. Mauer (4)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson    9.0  0  0  0  5  6  
D. Alexander  3.0  5  5  1  0  0 

MN 54-45, TOR 44-55

Detroit Takes Bite Out Of Texas

cash2July 25: Detroit 11, Texas 5

The Tigers put a quick beat-down on Gaylord Perry. Norm Cash knocked him out of the box with a three run shot in the fifth inning. Al Kaline swatted four hits with a dinger.

                   R  H BB
TEX 000 030 200 -  5 12  1
DET 201 330 02x - 11 16  3

HR: J. Hamilton (10), N. Cash (13),
C. Gehringer (5), A. Kaline (7)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry  4.1  9  6  1  2  1  
G. Uhle   7.0  5  5  1  1  4 

TEX 43-55, DET 46-51

July 26: Detroit 6, Texas 1

It was all Detroit in game two as well. Alan Trammell had a rare noisy day at bat with a walk, single, and two doubles. Tommy Bridges was on point in a complete game.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 001 000 - 1  8  2
DET 200 200 11x - 6 14  5

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Matlack  7.0  5  5  0  4  1  
T. Bridges  9.0  1  1  0  2  2 

TEX 43-56, DET 47-51

July 27: Texas 10, Detroit 6

The Rangers broke out the lumber to salvage the finale. Six different Texans had multiple hits, led by Al Oliver with four. Ferguson Jenkins’ final line wasn’t overly impressive, but he had allowed just one earned run through 8.1 innings before Cash drilled a three-run bomb against him. Cash also collected a walk, single, and triple in the contest. Cash has homered in three straight and beefed up his wOBA to .402.

The teams split their six contests for the season.

                   R  H BB
TEX 122 000 212 - 10 17  2
DET 120 000 003 -  6 12  3

HR: M. Hargrove (6), A. Oliver (3),
A. Rodriguez (21), N. Cash (14)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  8.1  6  4  1  3  2  
B. Donovan  3.0  5  5  2  0  1 

TEX 44-56, DET 47-52