Toronto Smacks Down Anaheim in Two Game Series

September 22: Toronto 7, Anaheim 4

It was almost like old times for Doyle Alexander, who surprised the league with his first-half success and All-Star start but has since unraveled. He couldn’t quite complete the game and got pulled after Troy Glaus hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, but he put together 8.1 strong innings.

The Toronto bats punished Frank Tanana and some bad Anaheim fielding.

                  R  H BB
TOR 010 204 000 - 7 12  2
ANA 000 030 001 - 4  8  2

HR: J. Bautista (22), T. Glaus (27)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander  8.1  4  4  1  2  1  
F. Tanana     5.1  7  4  1  1  4 

TOR 69-85, ANA 65-91

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September 23: Toronto 7, Anaheim 0

In his penultimate start, Dave Stieb added a rare bright spot to a bad season by recording his first shutout.

Jose Bautista went yard for a second straight game, and seven Toronto hitters reached safely multiple times in the game. Lloyd Moseby led the way a walk, two singles, and a double.

                  R  H BB
TOR 021 000 220 - 7 14  4
ANA 000 000 000 - 0  4  6

HR: J. Bautista (23), E. Whitt (11)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb       9.0  0  0  0  6  8  
A. Messersmith 6.2  5  4  1  4  4 

TOR 70-85, ANA 65-92

 

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Back-and-Forth Series in Baltimore Ends In Detroit’s Favor

September 22: Baltimore 4, Detroit 1

Lefty Stewart’s shockingly good entrance to the Rhubarb continued in his sixth start, after which his ERA sits at 1.91. He wasn’t exactly dominant on his way to a one-run complete game, but he put on a clinic on how to bend without breaking. In the top of the fifth, the Tigers loaded the bases without an out. Stewart calmly popped out Miguel Cabrera and Hank Greenberg before getting Bobby Veach on a groundout to get out of the jam scott-free. Stewart stranded nine Tigers overall.

Manny Machado and Cal Ripken went back-to-back yackin’ in the sixth to knock out Tommy Bridges.

                  R  H BB
DET 001 000 000 - 1 11  1
BAL 020 002 00x - 4 10  3

HR: M. Cabrera (10), M. Machado (6), C. Ripken (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges   5.2  4  4  2  3  3  
L. Stewart   9.0  1  1  1  1  2 

DET 72-82, BAL 83-71

September 23: Detroit 7, Baltimore 6

The pitching turned ugly for both teams in the next two games. Schoolboy Rowe had made a grand entrance to the league that paralleled Stewart’s, but Rowe got his first dose of trouble in this one and gave up four earned in four innings. Frank Robinson spanked Rowe for a triple and a homer.

But Erik Bedard also struggled for Baltimore. A fifth-inning rally featured doubles by Cabrera and Al Kaline to put Detroit up by a run. Baltimore took a one-run lead right back in the bottom of the fifth, but Detroit immediately answered with three straight singles by Charles Gehringer, Bill Freehan, and Travis Fryman to tie it up, and George Sisler made an error at first that allowed the winning run to score for Detroit.

                  R  H BB
DET 110 032 000 - 7 18  0
BAL 012 120 000 - 6 10  6
HR: F. Robinson (29)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Rowe    4.0  5  4  1  2  2  
E. Bedard  4.2  5  5  0  0  3 

DET 73-82, BAL 83-72

cab2September 24: Detroit 11, Baltimore 9

It was another case of fast and furious lead exchanges in the rubber match. Detroit was in great shape through five innings with a 6-0 lead and Justin Verlander seemingly locked in. But the Orioles suddenly slammed Verlander for three homers in the sixth inning to get within two runs.

The Tigers responded with two runs in the top of the seventh to open up a four-run lead…and the Orioles responded with a five-run seventh to take a one-run lead. Ken Williams slammed his second dinger of the game, and six straight Tigers reached safely against John Hiller before he was finally yanked.

Baltimore’s Darren O’Day was on the hill to close out the game in the top of the ninth and had two outs with two on. Though Alan Trammell was 3-for-4 in the game, Sparky Anderson elected to send the hot-hitting Miguel Cabrera up as a pinch-hitter in Trammell’s spot. Cabrera rose to the occasion and slammed a three-run dong to give the Tigers a lead they actually held on to. Mike Henneman threw a quick perfect bottom of the ninth.

                   R  H BB
DET 200 220 203 - 11 17  3
BAL 000 004 500 -  9 11  2
HR: B. Veach (3), A. Kaline (13), M. Cabrera (11),
E. Murray (18), K. Williams-2 (10), B.D. Jacobson (2)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  5.2  4  4  3  1  4  
J. Palmer     4.0  6  6  2  2  0 

DET 74-82, BAL 83-73

BOSTON CLINCHES ORIGINAL DIVISION

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September 18, Anaheim–Thanks to a Minnesota loss in New York, the Boston Red Sox are officially your Original Division champions in the Grand American League Rhubarb. The Sox had already won their game against the Angels earlier in the day, but their celebration had to wait for the Twins and Yankees evening game to conclude. The Boston players and coaches all stayed huddled in the locker room listening to the play-by-play from New York. It was not a tense game, with the Yankees leading from the get-go and  winning 9-1. But the Boston players stayed subdued until the last out, at which point a raucous celebration erupted. Carl Yastrzemski jumped into the showers and emerged still half-dressed, lathered in soap, and with a stogie hanging out of his wide grin.

The Sox are also guaranteed to finish with the best record in the league, meaning they will host either Kansas City or Seattle for games one and two of the Rhubarb Championship Series on October 4th and 5th, and if necessary, games six and seven on the 11th and 12th.

Boston began the season dominating the league, shooting out to a 40-17 record and huge division lead in early June. But surprisingly, they sputtered a bit through June, July, and early August. Their superbly talented offense was inconsistent, their bullpen unreliable, and they saw what had looked like an unsurmountable division lead crumble and they spent several days in mid-August in second place thanks to surges by Chicago and Minnesota. That seemed to wake the club up, particularly their top hitter Ted Williams, who was not having a season that was living up to his lofty standards. Ever since, the Ted and the Sox have gotten back to dominating, and are on a 23-7 stretch to claim the division.

Boston will have the luxury of resting players and setting up their superb rotation however they like for the championship series while the Royals and Mariners engage in what promises to be a fight to the finish.

Goslin Triples Boost Minnesota To Series Win in New York

September 18: New York 9, Minnesota 1

The sluggers won the series opening match-up between the strongest and weakest power hitting teams in the league. Herb Pennock held the low-power, high-average Twins to one run in a complete game, Lou Gehrig took back sole possession of the home run lead with his 39th, and Charlie Keller went yoinko twice.

                 R  H BB
MN 000 000 100 - 1 10  1
NY 100 101 33x - 9 12  4

HR: G. Goslin (6), C. Keller-2 (22), L. Gehrig (39)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Leonard  6.1  5  5  1  2  1  
H. Pennock  9.0  1  1  1  1  3 

MN 80-71, NY 79-72

September 19: Minnesota 6, New York 1

The tables turned the next day as the Twins rode eight singles and six walks to victory. Other than a Derek Jeter solo joint, Camilo Pascual kept the Yanks in the park.

                 R H BB
MN 500 100 000 - 6 8  6
NY 000 000 100 - 1 7  3
HR: D. Jeter (10)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascaul   7.1  1  1  1  2  4  
W. Hoyt      8.0  6  6  0  6  0 

MN 81-71, NY 79-73

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September 20: Minnesota 7, New York 4 (10 innings)

ERA leader Johan Santana had a rare mediocre start and got taken to the seats by Keller and A-Rod. Gehrig became the first player to 200 hits with a first-inning triple.

But Goose Goslin smacked a two-RBI triple in the sixth inning to get Minnesota within a run, and Joe Cronin singled Goslin home to tie it up.

David Robertson was hurling for New York in the top of the 10th and put Mickey Vernon and Kirby Puckett on base with walks. Goslin then hit his second two-RBI triple of the game and came around to score his third run of the day to put the series away for Minnesota.

                   R H BB
MN 010 003 000 3 - 7 9  5
NY 020 110 000 0 - 4 9  1

HR: C. Keller (23), A. Rodriguez (24)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  6.0  4  4  2  0  7  
L. Gomez    6.0  4  4  0  2  3 

MN 82-71, NY 79-74

Seattle Splits 4 Game Set With Texas, Is 1/2 Game Out of First

a-rodSeptember 18: Seattle 1, Texas 0 (11 innings)

It didn’t look to be a marquee pitching match-up with Charlie Hough and Erik Hanson toeing the rubber, but they turned in a marquee duel. Hanson tossed eight shutout frames while giving up three hits. Hough pitched the whole shebang for Texas, and gave up just three hits in his 10.1 innings. It was still scoreless in the bottom of the 11th when Seattle’s Alex Rodriguez sent a rocket to the seats to walk off a thriller.

The loss officially ended Texas’s chance for the division title.

                     R H BB
TEX 000 000 000 00 - 0 5  2
SEA 000 000 000 01 - 1 3  4

HR: A. Rodriguez-SEA (27)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough   10.1  1  1  1  4  8  
E. Hanson   8.0  0  0  0  2  8 

TEX 69-82, SEA 80-71

September 19: Texas 6, Seattle 0

Yu Darvish was filthy for Texas and whiffed 12 while throwing eight shutout innings. Every Ranger got a hit, and Julio Franco and Toby Harrah both reached safely four times.

                  R  H BB
TEX 020 001 120 - 6 13  5
SEA 000 000 000 - 0  7  3

HR: R. Greer (8), F. Howard (16)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish  8.0  0  0  0  3 12  
F. Garcia   6.0  3  3  1  2  3 

TEX 70-82, SEA 80-72

September 20: Seattle 5, Texas 3

Felix Hernandez made his fifth straight decent or better start, a supremely encouraging development for Seattle as they wrestle with Kansas City to the season’s conclusion. After this victory, Seattle and Kansas City held identical 81-72 records.

Nelson Cruz played his 22nd game of the season and drilled his eighth and ninth home runs.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 000 201 - 3  6  3
SEA 300 002 00x - 5 10  2

HR: A. Rodriguez-TEX (38), N. Cruz-2 (9),
A. Davis (17)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry      5.0  5  5  3  2  1  
F. Hernandez  8.0  3  3  1  3  5 

TEX 70-83, SEA 81-72

September 21: Texas 8, Seattle 4

About the only way the Rangers will hurt you is with the home run, and Frank Howard, Adrian Beltre, and Mike Hargrove all went pachinko in this one.

This one did look to be a marquee pitching matchup between Nolan Ryan and Jamie Moyer, pitchers with two of the best ERAs in the Expansion Division, but only Ryan lived up to the promise. In his last start of the year, Ryan gave up zero earned runs and whiffed eight. His final season line is rather good: 28 games, 194 innings, 3.29 ERA, 1.3 HR/9, 4.9 BB/9, and 9.9 SO/9.

Moyer got bonked for six runs in five innings, and Ryan took over Moyer’s spot for the best ERA in the Expansion at 3.29 compared to Moyer’s 3.30.

The teams now head to Arlington for a three-game series.

                  R  H BB
TEX 302 010 020 - 8 12  3
SEA 000 030 001 - 4  4  3

HR: F. Howard (17), A. Beltre (20),
M. Hargrove (10), R. Cano (15)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    4.2  3  0  0  3  8  
J. Moyer   5.0  6  5  2  0  2 

TEX 71-83, SEA 81-73

Detroit Hands Oakland Series Loss & Elimination From Division Title

cabSeptember 18: Detroit 4, Oakland 3

Justin Verlander and Barry Zito tussled to a 1-1 tie through seven and a half innings. Alan Trammel made an error in the bottom of the eighth that aided an Oakland rally and put the A’s up 3-1 with Houston Street taking the mound for the top of the ninth. Trammel started it off with a double, Bill Freehan grounded out, Harry Heilmann singled Trammel home to make it 3-2, Ty Cobb flew out for the second out, and Miguel Cabrera silenced the Oakland crowd with a two-run mama jabba to put the Tigers up 4-3.

In the bottom of the ninth, the A’s loaded the bases with just one out on consecutive walks by Mark McGwire, Eddie Collins, and Rickey Henderson. Doug Brocail came in and whiffed Jimmie Foxx and got Al Simmons on a lineout to finish the win for Detroit.

                  R H BB
DET 001 000 003 - 4 8  6
OAK 010 000 020 - 3 8  5

HR: M. Cabrera (9), B. Freehan (8)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  7.0  3  2  0  2  4  
B. Zito       6.1  1  1  1  5  4 

DET 71-80, OAK 81-70

September 19: Detroit 5, Oakland 4

The Tigers hit Rube Waddell hard, led by three singles from George Kell, and a single, double, and triple by Hank Greenberg.

The loss officially eliminated Oakland from the Expansion Division title. The next Minnesota loss or Boston win will clinch it for the Red Sox.

                  R  H BB
DET 100 030 010 - 5 14  2
OAK 020 000 020 - 4  9  4

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  7.1  4  4  0  3  4 
R. Waddell    7.0  5  5  0  2  2 

DET 72-80, OAK 81-71

September 20: Oakland 5, Detroit 4

Both teams sprayed plenty of hits around the field. Heilmann reached safely in all five of his plate appearances, including one triple. Collins collected seven total bases on two doubles and a three-bagger.

With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, Reggie Jackson drew a walk courtesy of Dizzy Trout. Foxx singled him to third, and Simmons singled Reggie in for the win.

                  R  H BB
DET 100 300 000 - 4 11  1
OAK 001 003 001 - 5 12  5
HR: A. Kaline (12)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle    5.2  4  4  0  2  3  
L. Grove   7.0  4  4  1  1  2 

DET 72-81, OAK 82-71

Cleveland Beats Kansas City in Final Inter-Division Series of the Regular Season

belle1CHI-420x215September 18: Cleveland 5, Kansas City 2

Addie Joss and Jose Rosado had a scoreless duel going through six innings. Rosado’s remaining innings for the season are getting short though, so the KC bullpen took over. The Naps jumped on Jeff Montgomery and Joakim Soria for the first runs of the game in the eighth inning. Albert Belle blasted a Soria offering to the Kauffman Stadium fountains for a three-run dinger.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 000 041 - 5 8  5
KC  000 000 011 - 2 8  2
HR: A. Belle (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss     9.0  2  2  0  2  3  
J. Rosado   6.1  0  0  0  2  5 

CLE 72-79, KC 80-71

September 19: Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1

The next day’s starters were similarly sublime. In the bottom of the second, Danny Tartabull doubled ahead of an Jose Offerman single to score the only earned run of the game. In the top of the third, a John Mayberry error helped Cleveland score their lone run during Kevin Appier’s complete game.

Carlos Carrasco was still battling in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at one. Willie Aikens led off the frame with a fly to center that Tris Speaker bungled, and the slow-footed Aikens huffed into second base on the error. After a Danny Tartabull strikeout, Hal McRae singled Aikens over to third, and Offerman singled in the walk-off winner.

                  R H BB
CLE 001 000 000 - 1 8  3
KC  010 000 001 - 2 8  0
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Carrasco  8.1  2  1  0  0  7  
K. Appier    9.0  1  0  0  3  7 

CLE 72-80, KC 81-71

September 20: Cleveland 6, Kansas City 0

Bret Saberhagen has been the Royals’ best starter this season, but he didn’t get the memo about the great starts pitchers were supposed to make in this series. Belle launched another dinger, and Joe Jackson took a walk and smacked three singles as the Cleveland offense overwhelmed KC pitching. Stan Coveleski dominated the KC bats for a shutout.

Every game is crucial for KC since they’re in a dog fight with Seattle for the division title. Dropping two of three to Cleveland brought KC’s record down to 81-72 as they await the results of the 79-71 Mariners’ series against Texas.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 202 101 - 6 15  1
KC  000 000 000 - 0  4  2
HR: A. Belle (12)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski   9.0  0  0  0  2  3  
B. Saberhagen  5.2  4  4  1  1  0 

CLE 73-80, KC 81-72