Seattle Nabs Series In Arlington in Battle of Top Expansion Teams

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Alvin Davis

May 5: Seattle 14, Texas 2

The going was rough for Texas starter Charlie Hough, who barely knew what hit him as he was pulled in the third already down 9-1. Seattle’s version of Alex Rodriguez took Hough deep for a grand slam while the Texas version of A-Rod watched from shortstop. Seattle first baseman Alvin Davis went cuckoo with five singles and a walk.

                   R  H BB
SEA 027 100 400 - 14 16  9
TEX 010 010 000 -  2  7  7

HR: A Rodriguez-SEA (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia   7.0  2  2  0  6  5  
C. Hough    2.2  9  7  1  6  1 

SEA 17-12, TEX 14-14

May 6: Texas 13, Seattle 3

The blow-out tables were turned the next day with Seattle starter Erik Hanson getting beat up for seven runs in under six innings. Seattle relievers Tom Wilhelmsen and J.J. Putz were even worse in the seventh as six Texas runs crossed the plate on a walk, four singles, and a Julio Franco bomb. Every Ranger had a hit and Al Oliver had the most, with two singles and a dingle.

Gerald Perry was solid in his first nine-inning start of the year.

                   R  H BB
SEA 001 011 000 -  3  9  1
TEX 112 012 60x - 13 17  4

HR: I. Suzuki (2), J. Franco (4), A. Oliver (1), I. Rodriguez (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson   5.2  7  7  2  2  7  
G. Perry    9.0  3  3  1  1  6 

SEA 17-13, TEX 15-14

May 7: Seattle 8, Texas 6

It was looking like another blowout when Seattle took an 8-2 lead in the sixth, but Texas tried to make it a little interesting and pulled within 8-6 in the ninth. That was as close as it got. Randy Johnson had his roughest start of the year while extending his strikeout lead by seven. Frank Howard homered off Johnson in the third, and then Franco, Howard, and Juan Gonzalez went back-to-back-to-back in the fifth, knocking Johnson out of the game. But the Mariners bats were even busier against Rangers starter Fergie Jenkins, pounding 13 hits and eight runs in five innings. Frank Howard hit a third homer in the ninth, for what I believe was the first three-homer game by anyone this season.

                  R  H BB
SEA 312 020 000 - 8 15  2
TEX 002 030 001 - 6 12  4

HR: R. Cano (3), D. Wilson (1), J. Franco (5), 
F. Howard-3 (6), J. Gonzalez (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson  4.1  5  5  4  2  7  
F. Jenkins  5.0  8  8  2  0  3 

SEA 18-13, TEX 15-15
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Cleveland Takes 2 of 3 Close Games in Boston

May 5: Cleveland 5, Boston 3 (10 innings)

This was a great series, starting off with this extra-inning affair. The two teams scratched out single runs back and forth that had them tied 3-3 after nine. Starter Cy Young was still twirling in the 10th, but put Cleveland’s version of Tris Speaker on with a walk. Speaker stole second, and Nap Lajoie singled him home. Boston second baseman Bobby Doerr booted one later in the inning that allowed Lajoie to come around and score an insurance run. Doug Jones pitched the ninth and 10th for Cleveland, allowing a harmless single in each inning and nothing more. Boston’s Tris Speaker spanked five singles in five plate appearances but only managed to come around to score once.

                   R   H BB
CLE 110 000 010 2 - 5 12  2
BOS 100 010 100 0 - 3 12  3

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber  6.1  3  3  0  3  4  
C. Young   9.1  5  4  0  2  3 

CLE 15-13, BOS 19-9

May 6: Cleveland 6, Boston 5

Another tight one that had the Red Sox feeling they’d given it away with some sloppy fielding. Errors by Doerr, Smoky Joe Wood, and Wade Boggs assisted Cleveland in crossing home in the second and third innings.

Cleveland relievers were clutch late in the game. Don Mossi took over from starter Stan Coveleski with a two run lead and runners on second and third and two outs. He induced a groundout from Carl Yastrzemski. Mossi faced the first two batters in the eighth, getting Ted Williams to pop out and then walking Fred Lynn. Bob Feller relieved Mossi, and singles from Jimmie Foxx and Carlton Fisk scored Lynn, getting Boston to within a run with runners on the corners and just one out. Bobby Doerr hit a mid-distance fly to center for the second out, and Jimmie Foxx took a chance on scoring the tying run on the tag-up. Cleveland CF Speaker threw a bullet home to Victor Martinez and Foxx was dead meat at the plate for the inning-ending double play.

In the bottom of the ninth, Wade Boggs reached on a single and Kevin Youkilis came in to pinch run. Youkilis is average to slightly below stealing bases, but tested Victor Martinez’s weak arm and took off for second. V-Mart’s arm looked OK this time and he nailed Youk.

                  R  H BB
CLE 112 000 200 - 6  9  6
BOS 002 002 100 - 5 12  2

HR: J. Foxx (2)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  6.2  4  4  1  1  1  
S. Wood       7.0  6  4  0  5  2 

CLE 16-13, BOS 19-10

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Grove

May 7: Boston 2, Cleveland 1

 

The Fenway faithful wanted to at least avoid a sweep, and the arm of Lefty Grove delivered with an efficient one-run complete game. Vean Gregg was nearly as good for Cleveland, but couldn’t stop the bleeding after his Tris Speaker muffed what should have been the third out in the bottom of the sixth. It didn’t look too bad since there were two out and only a runner on first, but Boston made the Naps pay with a Manny Ramirez single, Jimmie Foxx walk, and Nomar Garciaparra RBI single that ended up being the difference.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 100 000 - 1 5  2
BOS 010 001 00x - 2 6  2

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg     8  2  1  0  2  3  
L. Grove     9  1  1  0  2  2 

CLE 16-14, BOS 20-10

Houston Takes 2 of 3 in Toronto

May 5: Houston 8, Toronto 4

Jimmy Key had gotten off to an excellent start for Toronto and was probably due for a less-than great outing. It was far from a disaster, but the Astros built up a 5-3 lead against him in seven innings. Reliever Kelvim Escobar allowed another three to Houston in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Houston manager Bill Virdon eschewed by-the-book closer usage when he called on Billy Wagner, his strongest reliever, for a high-leverage situation in the bottom of the seventh. Toronto had already gotten within a run of Houston in the inning, and starter Roy Oswalt had runners on the corners with two outs. Virdon brought in Wagner, who made his manager look good by quickly retiring Tony Fernandez on a groundout.

Bob Watson drove two homers for Houston.

                  R H BB
HOU 301 000 130 - 8 5  5
TOR 000 030 100 - 4 7  6

HR: B. Watson-2 (4), L. Berkman (6), C. Delgado (6)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Oswalt  6.2  4  4  1  5  9  
J. Key     7.0  5  5  2  3  4 

HOU 11-17, TOR 12-16

May 6: Houston 6, Toronto 0

Juan Guzman’s horrible, no good, very bad start to the season continued. His 10.93 ERA remains the worst among qualified pitchers. Cito Gaston gave no indication after the game whether or not Guzman’s spot in the rotation is in jeopardy. Gaston doesn’t have any super attractive options to replace him with, but could be forced to give someone else a shot if Guzman’s struggles continue.

Nolan Ryan, on the other hand, has been off to a good start for Houston and it got even better as he tossed his first shutout. Ryan walked just one while stacking up 13 Ks.

                  R H BB
HOU 020 300 010 - 6 8  3
TOR 000 000 000 - 0 7  1

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    9.0  0  0  0  1 13  
J. Guzman  7.1  6  6  0  3  7 

HOU 12-17, TOR 12-17

May 7: Toronto 7, Houston 4

Toronto managed to avoid a sweep thanks to the shocking continued success of their fifth starter, Doyle Alexander (2.93 ERA), and a five run outburst in the second inning that featured doubles by Carlos Delgado and Rance Mulliniks and a triple by Tony Fernandez.

                  R  H BB
HOU 020 000 200 - 4  9  0
TOR 050 200 00x - 7 10  8

HR: E. Whitt (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott      3  7  6  1  1  1  
D. Alexander  7  4  2  0  0  1 

HOU 12-18, TOR 13-17

Chicago Escapes Baltimore With Series Win

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Ken Singleton

May 5: Baltimore 4, Chicago 3 (10 innings)

 

The White Sox arrived at Camden Yards and kicked the series off with a tight one. Baltimore’s first two batters of the game came around to score, but Chicago pushed three runs over in the fourth and fifth to take the lead. Ken Singleton was a one-man wrecking crew in this game and drilled a Johnny Rigney pitch into the next dimension to tie the game in the seventh. It remained knotted until the bottom of the 10th. With Terry Forster pitching for the Sox, Matt Wieters reached on his third single of the day. Bobby Wallace pinch ran and stole second, and Ken Singleton knocked him in. Singleton finished 5-for-5 with a walk, two doubles, and a ding.

                    R  H BB
CHI 000 210 000 0 - 3  9  3
BAL 200 000 100 1 - 4 16  5

HR: K. Singleton (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney  6.2  3  3  1  4  3  
J. Powell  8.2  3  2  0  2  1 

CHI 11-17, BAL 16-12

May 6: Chicago 11, Baltimore 4

Not quite as much drama the next day, though the game remained close up until the eighth when Baltimore relievers were ineffectual. Chicago’s third, fourth, and fifth hitters did the kind of damage managers dream about when filling out lineup cards:

3. Frank Thomas: 4-for-5, HR
4. Chet Lemon: 3-for-4, 2B, BB
5. Magglio Ordonez: 2-for-5, HR

Frank Robinson was the lone bright spot for the Baltimore faithful and drilled two homers, scored three, and drove in three.

                   R  H BB
CHI 001 003 034 - 11 11  8
BAL 200 000 101 -  4  7  1

HR: F. Thomas (6), M. Ordonez (4), F. Robinson-2 (7)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte   8  3  3  1  1  1  
U. Shocker   7  4  4  1  3  2 

CHI 11-18, BAL 17-12

May 7: Chicago 5, Baltimore 1

Chris Sale was impressive again and lowered his ERA to 2.79, ninth best among qualified pitchers. The Orioles needed some help from a Luke Appling error to score their lone run of the day. Clinging to a 2-1 lead in the eighth, Chicago opened up some breathing room with a Joe Jackson double and Baltimore reliever Stu Miller’s inability to find the strike zone.

Ken Singleton was 9-for-12 with two walks, three doubles, and a homer in the series, placing himself in the rarefied air of fourth most weighted runs created in the league.

                  R H BB
CHI 100 100 030 - 5 9  7
BAL 000 010 000 - 1 6  1

HR: P. Konerko (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale       7  1  0  0  1  6  
J. Niggeling  7  2  2  1  2  1 

CHI 12-18, BAL 17-13

KC Bats Bust Out in First 3 v. Anaheim, Saberhagen & Ryan Duel In Finale

May 5: Kansas City 7, Anaheim 0

Two of the weakest offenses in the league met for a four-game set in Anaheim. The Angels’ woes continued, but the KC bats finally made some noise. In the first game, Mark Gubicza hurled his first shutout while KC bats were busy popping 11 hits and seven runs against Jered Weaver and Jarrod Washburn. John Mayberry and Darrell Porter each swatted a double and a homer.

                  R  H BB
KC  100 020 013 - 7 11  3
ANA 000 000 000 - 0  5  1

HR: J. Mayberry (4), D. Porter (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Gubicza   9  0  0  0  1  4  
J. Weaver    7  4  4  2  1  3 

KC 14-15, ANA 10-18

May 6: Kansas City 10, Anaheim 8

KC runs were even more plentiful the next day as the Royals reached double digits for the first time. The wildness of Angels pitchers Kelvim Escobar and Brendan Donnelly assisted with eight walks. Hal McRae cleared loaded bases with a triple in the seventh. Danny Jackson wasn’t sharp for KC, yielding eight walks, but he received what has been a rare gift for KC pitchers: big run support.

                   R H BB
KC  020 021 401 - 10 9  8
ANA 100 301 201 -  8 8 10

HR: T. Salmon (4), V. Guerrero (5), B. Grich (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  6.1  7  5  2  8  4  
K. Escobar  6.0  5  3  0  4  1 

KC 15-15, ANA 10-19

May 7: Kansas City 12, Anaheim 6

How to celebrate your first game scoring double digits? How about scoring two more runs the next day. Every Royals batter had a hit, seven of which for extra bases. Hal McRae doubled and homered. The Angels mustered seven hits, all of them singles. Kevin Appier continued his strong start and dropped his ERA to 3.23 (league average is 4.56).

                   R  H BB
KC  006 000 024 - 12 17  4
ANA 010 000 203 -  6  7  7

HR: H. McRae (3)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier  6.2  3  2  0  5  4  
D. Chance  2.1  6  6  0  3  1 

KC 16-15, ANA 10-20

May 8: Anaheim 1, Kansas City 0

After KC’s 29-run outburst in the first three, Nolan Ryan was the bat whisperer in a great pitcher’s duel against Bret Saberhagen. Sabes allowed just three baserunners to Anaheim. Jim Fregosi led off the third with a triple, but Saberhagen retired the next three without allowing Fregosi to score. Jim Edmonds connected for a round-tripper in the fourth, which proved to be the only run of the day. Ryan has battled extreme control issues this season, but limited the Royals to three walks this time out. The Royals threatened a few times, such as a lead off double by Porter in the fifth, getting runners on the corners with two outs in the eighth, and then runners on the corners with one out in the ninth. Troy Percival relieved Ryan when that situation arose in the ninth and whiffed pinch-hitter Amos Otis and induced a Frank White ground out to short to end the game.

                  R  H BB
KC  000 000 000 - 0  8  3
ANA 000 100 00x - 1  3  0

HR: J. Edmonds (4)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  8.0  1  1  1  0  6  
N. Ryan        8.1  0  0  0  3  6 

KC 16-16, ANA 11-20

The Big Train & Minnesota Win 2 of 3 in Cleveland

May 2: Cleveland 8, Minnesota 6

The Naps got off on the right foot, thanks in large part to Joe Jackson’s 3-for-4 day with a walk and a triple. Manny Ramirez and Lou Boudreau hit back-to-back triples in the fifth. The Twins threatened to make up a four run deficit in the ninth – Vean Gregg had recorded one out, but the Twins had scored two and put a runner on first when Cleveland manager/shortstop Boudreau called on reliever Doug Jones to finish things off. Stan Spence, the first batter Jones faced, doubled, putting runners on second and third with still just one out. Jones managed to get the next two batters to roll harmless grounders and closed out the game.

                  R  H BB
MN  002 010 102 - 6 12  6
CLE 200 050 10x - 8 15  3

HR: none

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Shaw   4.2  7  7  0  2  0  
V. Gregg  8.1  6  6  0  6  3 

MN 13-12, CLE 14-11

walt-johnsonMay 3: Minnesota 11, Cleveland 0

Walter Johnson was absolutely filthy yet again and hurled his second shutout. It was the fourth straight game he’s pitched a full nine innings, and he took over the league ERA lead as it fell way down to 1.73. Tris Speaker was the only Clevelander to manage a hit (a single and a double), and Joe Jackson made it to first on a hit by pitch. Speaker’s double was the only time a Nap visited second base, and Speaker went no further. Meanwhile, every Minnesotan rang out at least one hit. Cecil Travis led the way with three knocks and a walk.

                   R  H BB
MN  220 600 100 - 11 15  5 
CLE 000 000 000 -  0  2  1

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  9.0 0  0  0  1  6  
A. Joss     3.1 8  8  0  1  0 

MN 14-12, CLE 14-12

May 3: Minnesota 4, Cleveland 2

The rubber match was a beauty. Joe Mauer homered in the first inning, after which starters Johan Santana and Sam McDowell were masterful. The Twins were still clinging to their 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Cleveland’s Al Rosen doubled, and Larry Doby knocked a go-ahead ding dong on a rare mistake pitch by Santana. But the Twins were able to answer against McDowell quickly in the top of the eighth. Mauer led off with a walk, Kirby Puckett singled, Stan Spence singled in Mauer to tie it up, and Mickey Vernon hit a sac-fly and the Twins were back in front by a run again. Mauer drove in Joe Cronin for an insurance run in the ninth, and Al Worthington and Joe Nathan each threw a perfect inning to secure the game and series win. Mauer had a monster game with a walk, single, double, and homer.

                  R H BB
MN  100 000 021 - 4 7  5
CLE 000 000 200 - 2 4  1

HR: J. Mauer (2), L. Doby (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana   7  2  2  1  1  6  
S. McDowell  8  3  3  1  5  7 

MN 15-12, CLE 14-13

Unit Ks 16, Seattle Takes Series v. Anaheim

randy-johnson_3_2May 1: Seattle 4, Anaheim 0

Randy Johnson had one of the most impressive starts by anyone this season despite issuing eight walks. Other than that, he gave up two singles and a double, and struck out a Rhubarb-record 16. He went into the game tied for the league lead in strikeouts and left with a big cushion over second placers Yu Darvish and Nolan Ryan of the Rangers. Johnson’s 2.59 ERA landed him as eighth best in the league.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 3  8
SEA 100 200 01x - 4 8  5

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB  SO
D. Chance   7.1  4  4  0  5   6 
R. Johnson  9.0  0  0  0  8  16 

ANA 9-16, SEA 15-11

May 2: Seattle 6, Anaheim 3

Felix Hernandez was almost as good the next day and struck out 10 Angels. He couldn’t quite close out a complete game. After plunking Mike Trout to lead off the ninth, Vladimir Guerrero went yard and Jeff Nelson came in to secure the final two outs. Anaheim’s Nolan Ryan again had extreme control issues, walking nine, and now “leading” the league with 43 walks and 9.4 per nine innings.

                  R H BB
ANA 001 000 002 - 3 7  2
SEA 030 300 00x - 6 6  9

HR: V. Guerrero (4), K. Johjima (2)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB  SO
N. Ryan       7.0  6  6  1  9   6  
F. Hernandez  8.1  3  3  1  2  10 

ANA 9-17, SEA 16-11

May 3: Anaheim 12, Seattle 2

Anaheim unloaded some frustrations from the previous two days on Jamie Moyer.  Moyer had his first bad game of the season after starting off with five surprisingly excellent starts. Mike Trout had what Angels fans hope will be a break-out game after a strangely OK but frustrating season for Trout so far. He had a perfect day at the plate with a walk, three singles, and a triple, which was just his fifth extra-base hit of the year. Trout is amazingly still waiting to knock his first homer. He has an excellent OBP, .393, but is slugging just .363. It all adds up to a still very good but un-Trout-like wOBA of .355.

                   R  H BB
ANA 031 404 000 - 12 13  6
SEA 000 000 101 -  2  5  2

HR: T. Hunter (5), B. Grich (2), K. Griffey (8)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  8.1  2  2  1  2 12  
J. Moyer        3.2  8  8  1  2  1 

ANA 10-17, SEA 16-12