Oakland Wins Series Vs. Baltimore

reggieSeptember 12: Oakland 3, Baltimore 2

The pitching was great on both sides. Baltimore swatted 11 hits but couldn’t do much once they got on base. Oakland knocked just four hits, but an error by Baltimore leftfielder Ken Williams in the seventh inning was sandwiched around hits by Home Run Baker and Reggie Jackson that gave Oakland the deciding runs. Jackson knocked in all three Oakland tallies.

                  R  H BB
BAL 010 100 000 - 2 11  0
OAK 000 010 20x - 3  4  2
HR: R. Jackson (22)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard   6.0  1  1  1  2  7  
C. Bender   7.0  2  2  0  0  4 

BAL 76-69, OAK 79-66

September 13: Oakland 7, Baltimore 4

Jackson went pachinko again and the A’s knocked around Jim Palmer. Rickey Henderson was a homer short of the cycle.

                  R  H BB
BAL 001 000 021 - 4  7  5
OAK 200 310 10x - 7 11  4

HR: R. Jackson (23), M. Cochrane (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Palmer   5.0  6  6  2  3  2  
B. Zito     7.2  3  2  0  4  4 

BAL 76-70, OAK 80-66

September 14: Baltimore 7, Oakland 2

Oakland starter Rube Waddell looked fine through two innings, but suddenly couldn’t get anyone out in the third and six straight Orioles either walked or singled and Rube hit the showers. Jack Powell pitched a complete game dandy to salvage a game for Baltimore.

                  R H BB
BAL 105 000 010 - 7 8  9
OAK 000 200 000 - 2 8  3
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell   9.0  2  2  0  3  1  
R. Waddell  2.0  6  6  0  5  2 

BAL 77-70, OAK 80-67
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Big Offenses & Putrid Defenses On Display As New York Out-Slugs Toronto

September 9: Toronto 6, New York 5

The Jays didn’t wait to hit Waite Hoyt for six runs right out of the gate. They didn’t score anymore once Hoyt was yanked in the third, and they held on for dear life to make the runs hold up against the big New York offense. Toronto hurlers Roy Halladay, Scott Downs, and Tom Henke gave up zero walks in the contest.

                  R  H BB
TOR 132 000 000 - 6  9  8
NY  200 002 100 - 5 11  0
HR: F. McGriff (19), J. DiMaggio (13), L. Gehrig (37)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Halladay  6.1  5  5  2  0  4  
W. Hoyt      2.0  6  6  1  3  0 

TOR 64-78, NY 73-69

September 10: New York 11, Toronto 10

The Blue Jays appeared to have a series win wrapped up after scoring EIGHT runs in the first inning (most of them against starter Lefty Gomez who only recorded one out) and carrying a 10-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth. But no lead is safe against the Bronx Bombers, and Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Derek Jeter started the bottom of the ninth with three consecutive walks issued by Scott Downs. In came Mark Eicchorn in relief, who gave up an RBI fielder’s choice to Charlie Keller to cut the score to 10-7 Toronto. Next up, Alex Rodriguez drove an RBI single. 10-8 Toronto. Then Tony Lazzeri hit a hard grounder that ate up Tony Fernandez at shortstop that allowed New York’s ninth run to score on the error and the inning to still have only one out. Yogi Berra then tied it up with a single that also moved Lazzeri to third. Toronto brought in Kelvim Escobar, and his first batter faced, Rickey Henderson, capped off the wild comeback with a deep, walk-off sac fly.

                   R  H BB
TOR 800 000 200 - 10 10  6
NY  200 003 015 - 11 15  4
HR: P. Molitor (2), S. Stewart (2),
R. Alomar (5), Y. Berra (8)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Key     5.2  5  5  1  0  6  
L. Gomez   0.1  7  7  0  3  1 

TOR 64-79, NY 74-69

mantleSeptember 11: New York 19, Toronto 9

Both of the teams feature the biggest scoring offenses and most porous defenses in their respective divisions, and those characteristics were on full display in the finale. New York’s starter Ray Caldwell had what would ordinarily be a terrible line of nine runs given up in six innings, but he was never in trouble of letting the game get away thanks to a ludicrous offensive onslaught by his Yanks teammates.

Charlie Keller reached four times, Derek Jeter collected four hits, the indefatigable Lou Gehrig knocked two singles, a triple, and a homer, and Mickey Mantle went loopiest of all with a five-hit, two-homer day. The performance boosted Mantle all the way from eighth to third most runs created in the league behind teammates Gehrig and Ruth.

Four Blue Jays smacked three hits each in the losing effort, including Fred McGriff, Jose Bautista, Shawn Green, and Ernie Whitt. McGriff’s day included a double and two homers.

                   R  H BB
TOR 040 110 300 -  9 15  7
NY  145 011 70x - 19 22  7

HR: F. McGriff-2 (21), M. Mantle-2 (27),
L. Gehrig (38), A. Rodriguez (22)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander  2.1  9  9  1  2  2  
R. Caldwell   6.0  9  8  2  6  6 

TOR 64-80, NY 75-69

Kansas City Claims Big Series Win Against Seattle to Stay Within Striking Distance

September 9: Kansas City 6, Seattle 4

The Royals jumped on Freddy Garcia for three runs in the second inning. Willie Aikens, Danny Tartabull, Hal McRae, and Jose Offerman started the inning with four straight hits. KC tagged on two more against Garcia in the third that ended Garcia’s day.

Kevin Appier took care of most of the Mariners. Alvin Davis got to Appier for two home runs that drove in all four of Seattle’s runs.

                  R  H BB
SEA 000 020 200 - 4  5  1
KC  032 100 00x - 6 12  2
HR: A. Davis-2 (16), J. Mayberry (21)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia    3.0  5  5  0  2  1 
K. Appier    7.0  4  4  2  1  5 

SEA 76-66, KC 74-68

sabesSeptember 10: Kansas City 4, Seattle 3

The Royals hung on to win a nail-biter in the second game despite knocking just five hits. They bunched up three of those hits along with a couple of walks in the sixth innings to plate three runs. All three of Seattle’s runs came on an Edgar Martinez dinger.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 300 - 3 8  2
KC  000 013 00x - 4 5  4

HR: E. Martinez (13)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez   5.2  4  3  0  4  5  
B. Saberhagen  7.1  3  2  1  2  6 

SEA 76-67, KC 75-68

September 11: Seattle 5, Kansas City 1 (12 innings)

The Royals were in a position to catch Seattle in first place with another win, and the massively important game brought plenty of drama as the score remained locked at one through 11 innings. Lefties Jamie Moyer and Danny Jackson were superb. The low-scoring tension was broken in the top of the 12th when the Mariners opened up a lead against Jeff Montgomery. A Robinson Cano homer drove in three runs that went a long way to helping Seattle keep sole possession of first place, though KC is now just two games behind them. The two teams still have three games together coming up at the end of the month.

                      R  H BB
SEA 100 000 000 004 - 5 13  7
KC  001 000 000 000 - 1 11  2
HR: R. Cano (13), F. White (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Moyer    6.0  1  1  1  1  3  
D. Jackson  8.0  1  1  0  4  8 

SEA 77-67, KC 75-69

Minnesota Comes Out Ahead in Chicago as Both Teams Try To Hang In Pennant Race

September 9: Minnesota 9, Chicago 2

Ever since Eddie Cicotte tossed a shutout 13 starts ago, he has hit a rough patch. In his 12 most recent starts, he’s carrying a 4.79 ERA that was weighted down by five Minnesota runs in this one. Cecil Travis, Sam Rice, Joe Cronin, and Rod Carew all reached safely in succession against Cicotte in the fifth inning to push across three. Meanwhile, Camilo Pascual went the distance for Minnesota while giving up two runs on solo dingers.

                  R  H BB
MN  000 131 040 - 9 12  2
CHI 000 000 200 - 2  4  2
HR: J. Abreu (4), R. Ventura (8)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascual   9.0  2  2  2  2  4  
E. Cicotte   6.0  5  5  0  0  0 

MN 76-66, CHI 76-66

September 10: Chicago 4, Minnesota 1

Johan Santana had a merely OK start that was also his worst outing of the year. Joe Jackson and Frank Thomas both took Santana yard, but with 26 starts under his belt, and only two or three left in his season, Santana is still yet to have a truly bad game.

But OK wasn’t good enough in this start against a locked-in Ed Walsh, who allowed only the first Minnesota batter of the game to score in a complete game.

                  R  H BB
MN  100 000 000 - 1  5  1
CHI 101 010 10x - 4 10  2

HR: J. Jackson (10), F. Thomas (21)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana   5.0  3  2  2  1  5  
E. Walsh     9.0  1  1  0  1  4 

MN 76-67, CHI 77-66

Minnesota Twins v New York YankeesSeptember 11: Minnesota 4, Chicago 1

Walter Johnson appeared to be cruising towards another shutout through seven innings, but the bottom of Chicago’s order surprised everyone by loading the bases in the bottom of the eighth before Johnson had recorded an out. Out came the Big Train and in came Joe Nathan, who retired all three of his batters while allowing just one of Johnson’s inherited runners to tally. Joe Mauer knocked three singles in the leadoff spot for Minnesota that contributed to two of the team’s four runs.

The teams’ records stand tied at 77-66, seven games back from front-runner Boston with 18 games to play. Chicago and Minnesota both have three games remaining against the Red Sox.

                  R  H BB
MN  012 010 000 - 4 10  2
CHI 000 000 010 - 1  4  5
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson   7.0  1  1  0  5  6  
T. Lee       6.0  4  4  0  1  0 

MN 77-67, CHI 77-67

Oakland Slips Badly in Costly Losses To Anaheim

September 9: Oakland 5, Anaheim 0

Rube Waddell started the series on the right foot for the A’s with a suffocating one-hit shutout of the Halos.

                  R H BB
OAK 030 000 020 - 5 8  1
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 1  4
HR: R. Jackson (21), M. Cochrane (9)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell   9.0  0  0  0  4  9  
J. Weaver    6.0  3  3  1  1  5 

OAK 78-64, ANA 61-83

September 10: Anaheim 3, Oakland 2

Lefty Grove was also on top of his game for Oakland the next day, and carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Torii Hunter started it with his third single of the game, and Troy Glaus followed with a fly-out. Left fielder Rickey Henderson then made a brutal error on a Jim Fregosi drive that sent Hunter to third and Fregosi to second. Next, shortstop Bert Campaneris added to the misery with an error of his own that allowed Hunter to tie the game. After a Rod Carew strikeout for the second out, Tim Salmon drove a single to plate Fregosi for a walk-off winner.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 200 000 - 2 7  5
ANA 010 000 002 - 3 8  2
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    8.2  3  1  0  2  5  
K. Escobar  6.0  2  2  0  4  6 

OAK 78-65, ANA 62-83

parrishSeptember 11: Anaheim 6, Oakland 5 (14 innings)

Oakland again took a lead into the bottom of the ninth in the rubber match, and again suffered a lapse that ended with another major blow to their pennant chances. Dennis Eckersley had mound duties in the ninth. Chili Davis started it with a solo tater to get Anaheim within a run, and Bobby Grich tied it up in the very next plate appearance with another circuit smash.

It stayed even for four and a half more innings as the bullpens refused to give in. Finally in the bottom of the 14th, Lance Parrish ripped a two-out double, and Rod Carew slashed a single to send him home and win the series for Anaheim.

Parrish had managed just two hits total in his first nine games, but drilled three in this contest that included a double and a homer.

Anaheim starter Frank Tanana was yanked after just three innings, after which the Angels bullpen had a red letter day. Brendan Donnelly, Jarrod Washburn, Troy Percival, Bryan Harvey, and Francisco Rodriguez combined for 11 shutout innings.

Oakland’s two losses were especially painful since they can’t afford to keep losing ground to Boston. They now sit six games back.

                         R  H BB
OAK 131 000 000 000 00 - 5 15  4
ANA 100 020 002 000 01 - 6 10  4

HR: C. Davis (1), B. Grich (12), L. Parrish (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson   6.0  3  2  1  3  5  
F. Tanana   3.0  5  4  0  1  1 

OAK 78-66, ANA 63-83

Boston Threatening To Suck the Drama Out of Pennant Race, Pads Lead With Sweep of Detroit

youngSeptember 9: Boston 2, Detroit 1 (10 innings)

Cy Young and Hal Newhouser locked horns for all 10 innings. The only run Young gave up was unearned thanks to a Nomar Garciaparra error, which meant Young’s first shutout of the season again just barely eluded him. Shutouts or not though, Young is on some kind of a tear lately. He has pitched at least nine innings in his last six starts, during which time he has a 0.98 ERA. With the other four Boston starters having been strong all year, Young putting it all together now is not a welcome development for the rest of the league.

Garciaparra atoned for his error by singling in the top of the 10th, stealing second, and scoring on a bingle by Bobby Doerr.

                    R H BB
BOS 001 000 000 1 - 2 8  3
DET 000 000 010 0 - 1 4  1
HR: none

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Young      10.0  1  0  0  1  6  
H. Newhouser  10.0  2  2  0  3  7 

BOS 82-60, DET 68-74

September 10: Boston 10, Detroit 4

Wade Boggs and Carl Yastrzemski both collected three hits as the Sox waltzed to another win.

                   R  H BB
BOS 003 040 030 - 10 14  1
DET 000 100 030 -  4  7  2

HR: J. Foxx (17)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove   6.0  1  0  0  1  3  
G. Uhle    4.2  7  7  1  0  2 

BOS 83-60, DET 68-75

September 11: Boston 9, Detroit 0

The Tigers were listless in the finale and Boston improved their lead over second-place Oakland to 5.5 games.

                  R  H BB
BOS 220 002 030 - 9 10  5
DET 000 000 000 - 0  4  4

HR: N. Garciaparra (12)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
S.J. Wood   5.0  0  0  0  3  2  
T. Bridges  6.0  6  4  1  2  4 

BOS 84-60, DET 68-76

Texas Completes Season-Long Domination of Houston With Sweep

September 9: Texas 5, Houston 3

The dingers were a-flyin’ in the opening game. Texas drilled four of them, including two from A-Rod that pulled him back into a tie for the league lead with Lou Gehrig.

                  R H BB
TEX 102 101 000 - 5 6  1
HOU 000 201 000 - 3 5  2

HR: J. Franco (13), F. Howard (15), A. Rodriguez-2 (36),
J. Bagwell (28), C. Correa (4)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish   7.0  3  3  2  2  5  
M. Cuellar   3.0  4  4  3  0  2 

TEX 66-76, HOU 59-83

September 10: Texas 5, Houston 1

The ball mostly stayed in the yard in this one, but it still resulted in a win for the visiting Rangers. They got a lot of their offense from their eight and nine hitters Toby Harrah (3-for-4 with a double) and Marlon Byrd (2-for-4 with the game’s only dinger).

Gaylord Perry followed up his first shutout of the year with a complete game, one-run allowed, zero walks, nine strikeout gem.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 400 100 - 5 9  5
HOU 000 100 000 - 1 7  0

HR: M. Byrd (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry    9.0  1  1  0  0  9  
N. Ryan     6.0  5  5  0  4  5 

TEX 67-76, HOU 59-84

hamilton

September 11: Texas 4, Houston 3 (14 innings)

The two Texan teams finished off their season series with a marathon doozy that ended in the usual Rangers victory. The Astros will be happy not to see the Rangers again this season–the Rangers were 18-5 in their games together.

All of Houston’s runs came on a three-run blast from Lance Berkman that put the ‘Stros up 3-2. Adrian Beltre tied it up with a dong in the seventh, after which the teams played seven scoreless innings. Rangers relievers Alexi Ogando, Francisco Cordero, Neftali Feliz, and Jeff Zimmerman combined for nine shutout innings out of the Texas ‘pen.

The Houston relievers were sharp too, but Josh Hamilton led off the top of the 14th with a tater off Larry Anderson. Hamilton is quietly putting together a nice season and has a .354 wOBA.

The Astros have fallen apart, losing 15 of their last 17, and are close to becoming the first team officially eliminated from the pennant chase.

The Rangers are still on the fringes of the chase. They are 9.5 games out of first, but they do have seven games remaining against first place Seattle. Unfortunately for Texas, Nolan Ryan and Yu Darvish don’t have a lot of innings left in the tank for the team’s remaining 18 games.

                         R  H BB
TEX 010 100 100 000 01 - 4 10  2
HOU 000 003 000 000 00 - 3  9  5
HR: J. Hamilton (20), A. Beltre (19),
L. Berkman (32)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan     5.0  3  2  1  4  5  
R. Oswalt   6.2  3  2  1  1  2 

TEX 68-76, HOU 59-85