Kansas City Catchers Provide Late Dramatics In Series Win Over Toronto

August 3: Kansas City 6, Toronto 5

Toronto strung together a bunch of hits to put up five runs against Kevin Appier and carried a 5-2 lead into the eighth inning. Juan Guzman was good for seven innings, but relievers Scott Downs and Tom Henke saw the lead quickly slip away in the eighth on hits by John Mayberry, George Brett, Hal McRae, and then the go-ahead runs on a two run bomb from Darrell Porter. Dan Quisenberry and Greg Holland combined for four shutout innings out of the KC ‘pen.

                  R  H BB
KC  100 000 140 - 6 10  1
TOR 300 020 000 - 5 12  2

HR: W. Wilson (3), D. Tartabull (20), D. Porter (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier   5.0  5  5  0  2  5  
J. Guzman   7.0  2  2  2  1  5 

KC 55-52, TOR 48-58

perezAugust 4: Kansas City 4, Toronto 3

Homers from Fred McGriff and Ernie Whitt buoyed a nasty Roy Halladay and had the Jays in good position with a 3-0 lead handed to Henke in the ninth inning. Henke got his first two batters and the game looked over with nobody on and two out.

But George Brett doubled, Alex Gordon walked, and Amos Otis singled the bases loaded. Then, for the second game in a row, a Royals catcher took Henke deep to cap off a dramatic late comeback. This time it was off the bat of Salvador Perez and it was a very grand slam.

                  R H BB
KC  000 000 004 - 4 7  2
TOR 100 020 000 - 3 7  2

HR: S. Perez (2), F. McGriff (17), E. Whitt (7)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  7.0  3  3  2  1  6  
R. Halladay    7.0  0  0  0  1  4 

KC 56-52, TOR 48-59

August 5: Toronto 5, Kansas City 3

Ironically, the slugging Blue Jays took the contest in which they connected for zero extra base hits. Two errors by Alcides Escobar helped their cause quite a bit.

Hal McRae homered twice to drive in all three KC runs before coming up in the ninth down by two with two outs and the bases loaded. There was no dramatic for KC in this one though, and McRae popped out to give Toronto a win after losing seven straight to the Royals.

                  R H BB
KC  000 001 020 - 3 8  3
TOR 040 000 10x - 5 6  6

HR: H. McRae-2 (10)

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

KC 56-53, TOR 49-59

August 6: Kansas City 7, Toronto 4

Doyle Alexander’s great first half slipped farther into the rear view mirror as he had his third rough game in his last four starts. The Royals strung together a walk and six hits in the third inning alone.

The Kansas City bullpen did not allow a run in the series in 9.1 innings pitched.

                  R  H BB
KC  015 001 000 - 7 13  2
TOR 000 001 300 - 4  9  3

HR: J. Mayberry (18), C. Delgado (22), S. Green (18)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Gubicza    6.2  4  4  2  3  6  
D. Alexander  5.2  7  7  1  2  3 

KC 57-53, TOR 49-60

Oakland Outdoes Boston


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managers Cronin & Mack

August 3: Oakland 8, Boston 4


The last time Boston faced Barry Zito, they got no-hit. This time, they got to Zito for seven hits and four runs, but it wasn’t enough.

With two on and two out in the third inning, Boston’s Tris Speaker made a blunder that helped Oakland open the scoring with three unearned runs. The A’s tacked on three earned against Pedro Martinez as well, including a two-run homer from Rickey Henderson. Pedro has hit a little rough patch with homers, having given up five in his last three starts.

                  R  H BB
OAK 003 030 002 - 8 14  0
BOS 000 003 100 - 4  7  3
HR: R. Henderson (5), C. Fisk (13), K. Youkilis (1)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito      6.0  4  4  2  2  4  
P. Martinez  6.0  6  3  1  0  3 

OAK 56-50, BOS 61-45

August 4: Boston 4, Oakland 3

This was a fun battle between Rube Waddell and Cy Young as they locked horns for complete games.

Oakland’s lead-off man Rickey Henderson got three singles and two stolen bases, and Boston’s lead-off man Wade Boggs got three singles and a double. Boggs’s OBP improved to .427, second only to Baltimore’s Ken Singleton.

In the bottom of the ninth, with the score tied at three, Bobby Doerr drew a one-out walk. Boggs doubled him to third, Speaker popped up for the second out, Ted Williams walked to load the sacks, and Jimmie Foxx ended the contest with a single.

                  R  H BB
OAK 001 001 100 - 3 10  1
BOS 000 020 101 - 4  9  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell  8.2  4  4  0  4  6  
C. Young    9.0  3  3  0  1  3 

OAK 56-51, BOS 62-45

August 5: Oakland 9, Boston 2

The rubber match featured some hot Lefty Grove on Lefty Grove action. The real-life Grove had his best years with the Philadelphia A’s (151 ERA+ in nine seasons) before being shipped to Boston (along with Rube Waddell), where he was still quite good (143 ERA+ in eight seasons). The two Groves are following suit in the Rhubarb, with the Oakland version carrying a 3.39 ERA compared to Boston Grove’s 4.00.

But the Oakland version was dramatically better in this one, holding the usually powerful but ice cold Red Sox to just two runs in a complete game. Boston’s Grove got eaten up by the A’s lineup. An Al Simmons three-run dinger capped off a six-run fourth inning that put the game and the series out of reach for Boston.

The Red Sox have now dropped five straight series against Original Division rivals. Their troubles have now gone beyond a mere cold snap. After starting the season with a 40-17 record, they have gone just 22-29 since.

                  R  H BB
OAK 010 610 100 - 9 12  7
BOS 000 011 000 - 2  8  1
HR: A. Simmons (14)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove   9.0  2  2  0  1  0  
L. Grove   4.2  8  7  1  6  2 

OAK 57-51, BOS 62-46

F. Thomas, S.J. Wood Named Player & Pitcher of July

THOMAS-WOODIt was a great month on the south side of Chicago as the White Sox streaked to a 15-7 record. It took a team-wide effort of course, but no player helped the cause more than 1B/DH Frank Thomas, who created more runs in the month than any other hitter. Highlights of the Big Hurt’s month included driving in the winning run in the 10th inning on a sac fly on July 9, twice reaching safely four times in a game, and capping off a big bottom of the ninth comeback on July 14 with a walk-off single. Most impressively, he reached safely in 50 of his 106 July plate appearances.

Thomas’s month in numbers:

106 87  19  31  8  0  2 .356 .472 .517  .444

It was not a great month in Boston as the first-half juggernaut Red Sox gave way to a listless month with a 9-12 record. One steady presence amidst the slide was Smoky Joe Wood, who led the way to a 3-1 record in his four starts during the month. Wood allowed zero earned runs in seven innings pitched in his first two starts in July, resulting in victories over Cleveland and Detroit. Next up was a 7.2 inning start against New York in which he allowed just one run and again led the Sox to victory. His final start was merely decent with three runs allowed in seven innings that ended in a close loss to Chicago.

Wood’s month in numbers:

28.7 6  4  0 10  9 1.26


Minnesota’s Santana & Johnson Tame New York Bats

July 31: Minnesota 9, New York 4

Minnesota took the singles train to Yankee Stadium and swatted 12 one-baggers. Harmon Killebrew nabbed five singles in five plate appearances. Kirby Puckett broke the mold with a double and a homer.

Johan Santana held the big New York bats to three runs, all on a Robinson Cano dinger.

                 R  H BB
MN 210 005 010 - 9 14  4
NY 030 000 000 - 3  6  5
HR: K. Puckett (4), R. Cano (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  7.0  3  3  1  4  5  
L. Gomez    5.2  8  5  1  2  0 

MN 57-46, NY 54-49

August 1: Minnesota 5, New York 3

After facing Santana and his #1 ERA, the Yankees got to face Walter Johnson with the second best ERA in the loop. The Big Train also held NY to three runs, but in a complete game. The Twins again placed 12 singles in this one. Tony Oliva and the streaking Joe Mauer collected three apiece.

                 R  H BB
MN 000 004 100 - 5 13  2
NY 000 100 020 - 3 10  2

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson   9.0  3  3  0  2  6  
R. Caldwell  6.1  5  2  0  2  4 

MN 58-46, NY 54-50

August 2: New York 8, Minnesota 6

After the suffocating pitching of Santana & Johnson, Inc., the Yanks teed off on Bert Blyleven with a vengeance. Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Cano all slammed homers against Bly in the first inning, earning him the hook after recording just two outs. Dutch Leonard came on in relief and was greeted with the Yankees’ fourth homer of the inning, this time courtesy of Alex Rodriguez, for the Yankees fifth run of the inning.

You’d think the game might have been over then and there, but the Twins actually stormed back to take a 6-5 lead in the fourth. Mauer was huge again and went 4-for-4 with a double and a dinger. He has 21 hits in his last nine games.

But A-Rod hit his second homer in the bottom of the sixth to tie it at 6-6, and Charlie Keller, Gehrig, and Bill Dickey put some hits together in the seventh inning to score the winning runs.

This was the fifth straight series win for Minnesota, and they now find themselves in third place and just three games out.

                 R  H BB
MN 002 211 000 - 6 15  1
NY 500 001 20x - 8 11  2
HR: H. Killebrew (6), J. Mauer (6), L. Gehrig (28),
B. Ruth (23), R. Cano (12), A. Rodriguez-2 (14)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Blyleven  0.2  4  4  3  0  1  
R. Clemens   4.1  5  5  1  1  2 

MN 58-47, NY 55-50


Cleveland Mounts Big Comeback To Win Series Against Texas

Larry_Doby_1953July 31: Cleveland 4, Texas 3

Dingers from John Romano and Larry Doby helped Cleveland stake out a 4-0 lead that they carried into the top of the eighth. In that frame, Mike Hargrove drove an extremely unlikely three-run homer against Addie Joss to get the Texans within a run, but Joss gave up no more in his complete game.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 000 030 - 3 8  0
CLE 002 200 00x - 4 6  3
HR: M. Hargrove (8), L. Doby (10),
J. Romano (8)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    7.0  4  4  2  3  5  
A. Joss    9.0  3  3  1  0  2 

TEX 45-59, CLE 49-54

August 1: Texas 7, Cleveland 5

The Rangers poured on the baserunners all afternoon in a balanced attack and beat up on Sam McDowell for all seven of their runs.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 223 000 - 7 11  7
CLE 000 001 400 - 5  7  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (23), I. Kinsler (4), M. Ramirez (17)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins   6.1  4  4  1  2  3  
S. McDowell  5.2  7  7  2  6  5 

TEX 46-59, CLE 49-55

August 2: Cleveland 10, Texas 7

The Rangers were set up beautifully to take the rubber match after snatching a 6-0 lead right out of the gate. Third baseman Al Rosen made an error in the first to go along with Texas’s seven hits. Cleveland starter Stan Coveleski got just one out before getting the hook.

CC Sabathia came on in long relief in just his third appearance of the season. CC was good good and yielded just one run in 6.2 innings.

Charlie Hough had the knuckler working for four no-hit innings, but it deserted him in a big way in the fifth inning. He got the first batter of the fifth out on a screaming line drive that Rosen caught in self-defense, and then Julio Franco erred at second base, and things completely fell apart for Hough and Texas. With the knuckler coming in straight, Hough served up some batting practice to his last seven batters faced:

Lou Boudreau singles
Al Rosen walks
John Romano strikes out
Tris Speaker singles
Nap Lajoie triples
Jim Thome homers
Larry Doby homers

And all of a sudden Cleveland had stormed from behind 0-6 to ahead 7-6. Because of Franco’s error, all seven runs went in the books as unearned against Hough.

Doby’s homer was his sixth in his last nine games.

Cleveland took four of the six games between the teams for the season.

                   R  H BB
TEX 600 000 100 -  7 12  3
CLE 000 073 00x - 10  9  6

HR: J. Thome (25), L. Doby (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough      4.2  7  0  2  2  5  
S. Coveleski  0.1  6  5  0  0  1 

TEX 46-60, CLE 50-55

Detroit Comes Out Ahead In Sloppy Series vs. Oakland

July 31: Detroit 6, Oakland 2

Detroit’s Tommy Bridges pitched his second straight start of nine innings and one earned run. He’s had plenty of rough outings too, so his declining ERA of 4.45 is still barely worse than league average (4.30). His game turned out to be the only good start any pitcher had in the series.

The Detroit batsmen did a good job of getting to Lefty Grove, especially George Kell with a two-run homer. The A’s fielders also chipped in with some helpful errors.

                  R  H BB
DET 020 002 110 - 6  8  4
OAK 001 000 001 - 2 10  4

HR: G. Kell (6) 

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  9.0  2  1  0  4  2  
L. Grove    6.0  5  3  1  4  4 

DET 49-54, OAK 54-49

August 1: Oakland 10, Detroit 9 (10 innings)

This was a crazy one. Detroit’s Bill Donovan faced each Oakland batter once in the first inning and recorded just one out before getting yanked. Home Run Baker’s home run and a Kell error at third were the lowlights of his short day. Reggie Jackson ran the Oakland score up to eight runs with a two-run homer in the second inning, and it looked like the rout was on, but Detroit’s pitching settled in from there and their hitters did an admirable job battling back to tie it up in the eighth.

Every Tigers batter had a hit, led by Charles Gehringer’s four singles and Al Kaline’s single, double, and homer. But the dramatic comeback turned out to be all for naught after Jimmie Foxx led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk, Jackson moved him over, and Baker doubled in Foxx for the walk-off.

                     R  H BB
DET 021 300 201 0 -  9 18  4
OAK 620 001 000 1 - 10 12  6
HR: A. Kaline (8), R. Jackson (18), H.R. Baker (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Donovan  0.1  6  4  1  2  1  
T. Hudson   6.0  6  4  0  1  4 

DET 49-55, OAK 55-49

August 2: Detroit 10, Oakland 9

Decent pitching and defense were hard to come by in the rubber match too. Half of Detroit’s 10 runs were unearned, though the Tigers batters also helped themselves plenty with 16 hits, led this time by Alan Trammell’s four hits that included a round-tripper. Both teams had flurries of offense that went back and forth, and Oakland looked poised to swing things back their way in the bottom of the ninth after Rickey Henderson scored and Jimmie Foxx got to second base representing the tying run with one out. But John Hiller whiffed Reggie Jackson and got Baker to fly out to clinch the series for Detroit.

The teams combined for 14 unearned runs in the series.

                   R  H BB
DET 221 000 140 - 10 16  2
OAK 005 001 201 -  9 10  5

HR: A. Trammell (10), M. Cochrane (5)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  6.0  6  6  1  4  7  
C. Bender     2.1  5  3  0  1  0 

DET 50-55, OAK 55-50

Errors Do In Chicago In Seattle

July 31: Seattle 4, Chicago 3

Chicago starter Ed Walsh relies on his fielders about as much as any pitcher in the league, and they let him down in a big way in the bottom of the first inning. Outfielders Minnie Minoso and Chet Lemon started the frame with back-to-back boners. Singles from Ken Griffey, Jr. and Kyle Seager brought those two runners home, and then Minoso made another error that allowed another two runs to score. The fielders cleaned it up from there, and Walsh never did allow an earned run, but the Seattle hurlers managed to barely make those four runs hold up.

Randy Johnson was good, but loaded the bases with just one out in the eighth. Michael Jackson moonwalked to the mound and picked up the Unit with back-to-back strikeouts. But then in the ninth, Jackson gave up a two-run homer to Robin Ventura that got the Sox within a run with no outs. In came Arthur Rhodes, who got in a pickle with runners on the corners and only one out, but he got Frank Thomas on a lineout and Lemon on a groundout to squeeze out the win for Seattle.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 002 - 3 8  7
SEA 400 000 00x - 4 9  0

HR: R. Ventura (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh    8.0  4  0  0  0  3  
R. Johnson  7.1  1  1  0  6  5 

CHI 55-48, SEA 55-49

August 1: Chicago 3, Seattle 1 (10 innings)

Jamie Moyer and Thornton Lee put on a show. Moyer allowed no earned runs in his eight innings, but an Alvin Davis error helped Chicago score one. The only mar on Lee’s day was back-to-back doubles from A-Rod and Kyle Seager that got the Mariners their only run against Lee.

J.J. Putz was on the mound for Seattle in the tenth and started things off with two walks. Luke Appling drove in both runners later in the frame to win it for Chicago.

                    R H BB
CHI 000 001 000 2 - 3 7  9
SEA 010 000 000 0 - 1 6  1

HR: none

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee    9.2  1  1  0  1  3  
J. Moyer  8.0  1  0  0  4  4 

CHI 56-48, SEA 55-50

hansonAugust 2: Seattle 3, Chicago 0

Just as in game one, the Mariners got all their runs in the bottom of the first and they were unearned. This time it was a Frank Thomas error combined with three Seattle singles that gave Seattle the game and series-winning runs.

Erik Hanson had a career day as he twirled his first shutout and held the strong Original Division lineup of Chicago to just two hits.

The teams split their six games together for the season.

Chicago was white-hot coming out of the All-Star break against other Original Division teams, but has been slowed down to just two wins in their last six games, all against Expansion Division teams.

Seattle’s Expansion Division lead grew to two games.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 000 000 - 0 2  3
SEA 300 000 00x - 3 4  5

HR: none
starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney  8.0  3  0  0  5  5  
E. Hanson  9.0  0  0  0  3  3 

CHI 56-49, SEA 56-50