Last-Place Detroit Knocks Off First-Place Minnesota

August 10: Detroit 5, Minnesota 4

Detroit’s top three hitters in the lineup Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, and Harry Heilmann provided tons of offense, combining for eight hits, half of which went for extra bases. The Twins tied it up in the top of the seventh on a Cecil Travis two-RBI triple, but Cobb, Veach, and Heilmann all singled in a row to take the lead back for the Tigers in the bottom of the same inning.

Joe Mauer and Travis were on second and third in the top of the ninth with two outs hoping to tie the game with high-average Rod Carew at bat, but Doug Brocail whiffed Carew.

                  R  H BB
MN  020 000 200 - 4 11  1
DET 200 110 10x - 5 12  1
HR: H. Heilmann (12)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascual  7.0  5  4  1  1  1  
G. Uhle     7.0  4  4  0  1  0 

MN 64-48, DET 53-39

August 11: Minnesota 8, Detroit 7 (10 innings)

This started out as a lopsided affair with ERA leader Johan Santana weaving his magic for Minnesota and Detroit starter Tommy Bridges getting beat up. With a 6-1 lead, Minnesota manager Bucky Harris took out Santana after the sixth to conserve Santana’s precious innings. The worm turned once Santana was out though, and Detroit battled back against ineffectual relief pitching by Rick Aguilerea and Joe Nathan.

Hank Greenberg belted a two-out, two-RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Nathan to send the game to extras. In the top of the 10th, Cecil Travis smacked a lead-off double that was his fifth extra-base hit of the series. Carew then punched one of his vintage singles into shallow right field that drove in Travis for the game winner.

                    R  H BB
MN  210 210 001 1 - 8 15  5
DET 001 000 042 0 - 7 12  3
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  6.0  1  1  0  1  8  
T. Bridges  3.1  5  5  0  3  2 

MN 65-48, DET 53-60

donovanAugust 12: Detroit 2, Minnesota 0

It looked like a terrible starting pitcher match-up for Detroit as their Bill Donovan drug his 5.95 ERA to the mound against the great Walter Johnson, but Donovan seemed to draw inspiration from the imposing match-up.  He was sharper than he’d been all year and plowed through the Twins lineup, facing just 33 and recording his first shutout of the year.

Johnson was excellent too, but in the bottom of the fifth, Alan Trammell, Cobb, and Heilmann each managed a base-hit to plate the only two runs of the game.

Minnesota dropped into a tie for first with Boston while Detroit moved up into a tie for last with Cleveland.

                  R H BB
MN  000 000 000 - 0 5  4
DET 000 020 00x - 2 8  0
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  8.0  2  2  0  0  2  
B. Donovan  9.0  0  0  0  4  3 

MN 65-49, DET 54-60

New York Wins First Two, Kansas City Pulls Out Incredible Finale

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August 10: New York 9, Kansas City 2

Waite Hoyt matched his best line of the season in a strong complete game. Things really blew up in the top of the eighth when Bernie Williams crushed a grand slam against Kelvin Herrera.

                 R  H BB
NY 210 000 060 - 9 10  2
KC 000 001 001 - 2  7  1

HR: J. DiMaggio (9), B. Williams (8), A. Rodriguez (16)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt     9.0  2  2  0  1  1  
D. Jackson  7.0  3  3  1  0  4 

NY 58-54, KC 58-56

August 11: New York 6, Kansas City 1

Lefty Gomez then matched his best line of the year with a strong complete game and the Yanks bats found the going fairly easy against Mark Gubicza.

                 R H BB
NY 130 002 000 - 6 8  3
KC 000 000 010 - 1 5  1

HR: D. Jeter (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez    9.0  1  1  0  1  4  
M. Gubicza  5.0  6  5  1  3  2 

NY 59-54, KC 58-57

August 12: Kansas City 4, New York 3 (15 innings)

After those two yawners, the teams played an instant classic in the finale. A Tony Lazzeri error in the third helped KC to a 1-0 lead, and Jose Rosado had a no-hitter going after five innings. Lou Gehrig led off the top of the sixth by reaching on a Frank White error, and Babe Ruth followed it up with a dinger to give New York a 2-1 lead on their first hit of the day.

Pitching for both sides was great, and the score was still tied 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth with starter Ray Caldwell still going when Hal McRae led it off with a walk. Kevin Seitzer followed that with a single that pushed McRae to third, and Caldwell got yanked for Mariano Rivera, who got the first out with a strikeout of Alex Gordon. Then Darrell Porter came up huge with a slow fielder’s choice that allowed McRae to race home to tie the game.

The bullpens were both filthy as the game went on and on. The KC bullpen never did allow an earned run in their 7.2 innings. The stalemate finally broke in the top of the 15th in a supremely disappointing way–Willie Wilson and McRae both made errors to help Lou Gehrig come around to put the Yanks up 3-2.

Sparky Lyle had pitched scoreless frames in the 13th and 14th, and came back out to try to end things in the bottom of the 15th. Alcides Escobar led off with a single, and then came up huge with a gutsy steal of second against Yogi Berra on a 1-15 chance. Freddie Patek then rolled into what would have been a double-play ball had Escobar not stolen but instead was just the first out of the inning. Wilson followed with a walk, and John Mayberry followed with a flyout to make it two on and two out, Yanks still up 3-2. Luckily for KC, George Brett stood in the batter’s box, and he brought the house down by slashing an RBI single to tie it up. McRae then atoned for his error in the top of the inning with a walk-off single.

Lou Gehrig was awfully quiet in the series, including an 0-for-7 in the finale, and shaved eight points off his wOBA. Chicago’s Joe Jackson is now just .008 behind Gehrig’s league-leading .420 wOBA. (Thanks to the Iron Horse’s durability, his lead in total runs created is still massive.)

                         R  H BB
NY 000 002 000 000 001 - 3  7  6
KC 001 000 001 000 002 - 4 11  5
HR: B. Ruth (26)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  8.0  2  1  0  4  3  
J. Rosado    7.1  2  1  1  3  2 

NY 59-55, KC 59-57

Cleveland Slows Chicago’s Roll a Bit

August 10: Chicago 7, Cleveland 4

Chicago loaded up on baserunners all afternoon. Eddie Collins, Minnie Minoso, Frank Thomas, Magglio Ordonez, and Luke Appling all reached safely thrice for Chicago.

                  R  H BB
CHI 101 000 401 - 7 13  7
CLE 000 000 130 - 4 11  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte  7.1  4  3  0  3  4  
V. Gregg    6.1  5  5  0  5  2 

CHI 63-49, CLE 52-60

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August 11: Cleveland 6, Chicago 3

Minnie Minoso and Paul Konerko made errors that aided Cleveland in scoring three unearned runs. Cleveland’s Joe Jackson led the way with three hits, a run, and three ribbies, and Addie Joss flung a complete game.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 000 030 - 3 10  3
CLE 130 000 20x - 6  9  1
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh   8.0  6  3  0  1  4  
A. Joss    9.0  3  3  0  3  1 

CHI 63-50, CLE 53-60

August 12: Cleveland 5, Chicago 2

Chicago starter Thornton Lee was due for a mediocre day after heaving a 2.42 ERA over his previous eight starts. Naps catcher Jon Romano drove a three-run dinger against Lee in the bottom of the second.

Starter Sam McDowell was excellent for Cleveland, but couldn’t quite complete the game. The tying run made it to the plate in the top of the ninth, but Johnny Allen came on in relief and got Chicago’s Joe Jackson on a fly-out to ice the game and the series.

Chicago now finds themselves tied for third with Baltimore, and will be two to five games behind first depending on Minnesota’s upcoming series in Detroit. Cleveland is languishing in seventh place with a 54-60 record despite having outscored their opponents 583-568.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 001 - 2 7  5
CLE 130 100 00x - 5 7  4
HR: J. Jackson-CHI (8), J. Romano (10)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee       7.0  5  5  1  4  3  
S. McDowell  8.2  2  2  1  5  6 

CHI 63-51, CLE 54-60

Houston Wins Toronto Series With A Blowout and a Squeaker

thonAugust 10: Houston 13, Toronto 0

The opener was a laugher with Houston’s starter Mike Cuellar walking just one, allowing no extra base hits, and no runs in eight innings. The Houston batters were also on point. Alan Ashby reached safely thrice and the other eight Astros reached twice each. Lance Berkman homered for a third straight game.

                   R  H BB
HOU 220 230 130 - 13 16  3
TOR 000 000 000 -  0  7  1
HR: M. Alou (23), L. Berkman (24),
D. Thon (5)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Cuellar   8.0  0  0  0  1  7  
R. Halladay  3.1  6  6  1  1  1 

HOU 51-61, TOR 49-63

August 11: Toronto 6, Houston 5

After that blowout, the teams went back-and-forth in this one. Jeff Bagwell tied it up with a solo dong in the top of the ninth before Shawn Green ended things with a solo dong in the bottom of the inning.

                  R  H BB
HOU 000 021 101 - 5 12  5
TOR 001 031 001 - 6  8  8

HR: J. Bagwell (23), C. Cedeno (12), S. Green (19)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan   6.0  5  5  0  8  8  
J. Key    6.0  4  4  1  3  1 

HOU 51-62, TOR 50-63

August 12: Houston 5, Toronto 4

In another tight contest, Toronto left-fielder Shannon Stewart’s error on what could have been the third out in the fourth inning loomed large when Cesar Cedeno followed it with a two-RBI double.

Edwin Encarnacion slammed a pinch-hit dinger in the bottom of the ninth to get Toronto within a run, but Octavio Dotel pitched around it to complete the series win for Houston.

Houston’s glove-first shortstop Lil’ Dickie Thon has the ninth-lowest wOBA among qualified batters but busted out with the bat in this series, taking one walk and going 7-for-12 with three doubles and a homerun.

                  R H BB
HOU 000 230 000 - 5 9  4
TOR 030 000 001 - 4 8  4

HR: R. Mulliniks (6), E. Encarnacion (9)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Oswalt     7.0  3  3  1  3  6  
D. Alexander  8.0  5  3  0  4  6 

HOU 52-62, TOR 50-64

Boston Pulls Out Tight, Significant Series Win in Baltimore

August 10: Baltimore 4, Boston 3

Cy Young and Jack Powell, a couple of dead-ball era stars having surprisingly pedestrian seasons, squared off in the opener and got pedestrian results. A Ken Williams double followed by an Eddie Murray RBI single in the eighth drove in the winner for Baltimore and gave the teams identical 63-49 records.

                  R  H BB
BOS 020 000 010 - 3 10  3
BAL 200 100 01x - 4  9  3

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Young   7.0  4  4  0  2  3  
J. Powell  7.0  3  3  0  2  1 

BOS 63-49, BAL 63-49

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August 11: Boston 7, Baltimore 6

The Birds jumped out to a 5-1 lead after five innings, thanks in large part to dingers from Robinsons Frank and Brooks. But the Red Sox rallied big in the sixth inning. Ted Williams started it off with a triple, and five runs scored to tie it up.

But Murray drove another Baltimore blast in the bottom of the sixth to tie it right back up. Boston answered in the eighth when Yaz hit his second triple of the game to drive home Wade Boggs for the winner.

                  R  H BB
BOS 100 005 010 - 7 13  5
BAL 220 101 000 - 6  8  2

HR: F. Robinson (24), E. Murray (14), B. Robinson (6)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove   4.0  5  4  2  1  1  
H. Howell  5.2  6  6  0  4  1 

BOS 64-49, BAL 63-50

August 12: Boston 7, Baltimore 6 (11 innings)

The rubber match was a dandy and fittingly tense for a game with big implications for each team in the standings. Mel Parnell made a spot start for Boston to spell Smoky Joe Wood, and had a terrible time finding the strike zone. He handed out nine free passes in his 5.2 innings and gave up six runs, but the Sox bats also beat up on Urban Shocker so that the game was tied after six. Once each team got a long reliever in, the offense disappeared. Derek Lowe tossed 3.1 scoreless for Boston and Hoyt Wilhelm worked three shutout innings for the Marylanders. Koji Uehara and Jonathan Papelbon took over one scoreless inning each for Boston.

Carlton Fisk continued his ludicrously hot hitting by leading off the top of the 11th with a dinger against Darren O’Day. It was Fisk’s 17th of the season, easily tops among catchers. His .533 slugging percentage is third in the league, behind only Ruth & Gehrig.

Ted Williams is finally heating up a bit and reached safely nine times in the series, including three extra base hits. His OBP has been great all year, but his pop has been AWOL until recently.

                     R  H BB
BOS 000 220 200 01 - 7 14  9
BAL 012 021 000 00 - 6  8 10

HR: C. Fisk (17)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Parnell  5.2  6  6  0  9  1  
U. Shocker  6.0  6  6  0  5  1 

BOS 65-49, BAL 63-51

A-Rod Catches Gehrig In HR Race, but Texas Drops Series to Anaheim

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas RangersAugust 10: Anaheim 5, Texas 2

Mike Trout tripled twice, based on ball twice, and scored thrice. Trout has recovered from an early season power outage to the extent that he is #13 on the league runs created list and fifth in the Expansion Division.

                  R  H BB
ANA 201 010 001 - 5 11  6
TEX 000 200 000 - 2  6  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (26)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   6.2  2  2  1  4  8  
G. Perry    7.0  4  4  0  4  3 

ANA 43-70, TEX 50-63

August 11: Texas 11, Anaheim 0

This could have been a premier pitching match-up as Jered Weaver and Nolan Ryan were due to face off, but both pitchers required a rest to conserve innings. So instead fans were subjected treated to a Mike Witt/Jon Matlack duel. The Rangers beat up on Witt, but Matlack reeled off an out-of-nowhere shutout with 10 strikeouts. A-Rod swatted three hits, including his 27th dong to pull within one of the league-lead.

                   R  H BB
ANA 000 000 000 -  0  7  2
TEX 012 002 60x - 11 12  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (27), T. Harrah (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Witt     5.2  5  5  2  2  5  
J. Matlack  9.0  0  0  0  2 10 

ANA 43-71, TEX 51-63

August 12: Anaheim 8, Texas 2

Brian Downing crushed two long balls, one a grand salami, and drove in six. Kelvim Escobar held the Rangers bats down for seven innings.

In the ninth, A-Rod launched a Troy Percival fastball for his 28th homer to tie Lou Gehrig for most in the league. It also ended an 18 appearance/24 inning scoreless streak for Percival, whose ERA swelled all the way up to 1.02.

                  R  H BB
ANA 003 000 500 - 8 11  4
TEX 100 000 001 - 2  6  4

HR: B. Downing-2 (10), A. Rodriguez (28)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  7.0  1  1  0  2  4  
F. Jenkins  6.1  6  6  1  3  5 

ANA 44-71, TEX 51-64

Everyone Forgets How To Pitch and Play Defense, Detroit Takes Series in New York

August 7: Detroit 9, New York 7

This one was going well for the home team as their starter Ray Caldwell took a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning. Then all hell broke loose as the Tigers went double, single, walk, fly out, single, and single before Caldwell was pulled in favor of Sparky Lyle. Things went just as bad for Lyle: single, single, error, groundout, double, and single before David Robertson came on to take a stab at maybe getting out of the inning at some point. Robertson gave up a double and a single before finally getting the third out after the Tigers had rung up eight hits and nine runs in the inning.

                  R  H BB
DET 000 000 900 - 9 15  1
NY  301 200 100 - 7 13  6

HR: B. Ruth (25)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Donovan   5.0  6  5  1  3  0  
R. Caldwell  6.1  3  3  0  1  1 

DET 51-58, NY 56-53

veachAugust 8: Detroit 11, New York 8

It was another typical disgusting display at little league stadium. Mike Mussina made a rare appearance to see if he could do better than the beleaguered Roger Clemens. The answer was no, no he could not. The Tigers put together another ridiculous inning, this time in the second, when they pounded Mussina and Whitey Ford for eight runs. Travis Fryman and Harry Heilmann both left the yard in the inning.

Bobby Veach had a monster day with a walk, single, two doubles, and a triple. Bill Dickey was also massive for New York with two singles and two dingers.

                   R  H BB
DET 280 000 010 - 11 14  7
NY  100 301 03x -  8 14  4
HR: H. Heilmann (11), N. Cash (15), T. Fryman (3),
Bill Dickey-2 (4), D. Jeter (5)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  7.0  7  7  3  3  5  
M. Mussina    1.1  7  7  2  1  1 

DET 52-58, NY 56-54

August 9: New York 8, Detroit 6

Bob Shawkey delivered what counts as a miracle start for the rancid Yankees pitching staff and defense, giving up only four runs in seven innings. That, along with errors by Hal Newhouser and George Kell and the usual New York slugging, was good enough to pull out a win for the slipping Yanks.

Veach added two triples to have five extra-base hits and three singles in the series. His .385 wOBA would be 10th best in the league if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.

                  R  H BB
DET 002 002 020 - 6 10  5
NY  000 033 02X - 8  6  8
HR: M. Mantle (17), J. DiMaggio (8)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  5.1  6  3  0  6  3  
B. Shawkey    7.0  4  4  0  4  2 

DET 52-59, NY 57-54