First Place Texas Sweeps Last Place Anaheim

rafaMay 19: Texas 5, Anaheim 3 (12 innings)

Finally a starting pitcher faced himself! Nolan Ryan squared off against Nolan Ryan. Both Ryans were good, the Texas version a bit better, but this one was decided after both were out of the game.

Poor Anaheim. Jim Fregosi brought the drama with a two-out, two-run, game tying homer in the ninth to force extras. But it only delayed the pain, because Rafael Palmeiro hit a two-out, two-run, game winning homer in the 12th.

                      R H BB
ANA 010 000 002 000 - 3 6  3
TEX 000 002 010 002 - 5 6  7

HR: V. Guerrero (7), J. Fregosi (6),
M. Hargrove (2), R. Palmeiro (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan     8.0  3  2  1  6  7  
N. Ryan     7.0  1  1  1  3  9 

ANA 14-27, TEX 23-18

May 20: Texas 19, Anaheim 13

This was just a gross one. Every pitcher that came in looked like they were throwing batting practice. Juan Gonzalez led the hit parade with two dong pieces.

                   R  H BB
ANA 101 050 060 - 13 16  7
TEX 006 034 60x - 19 16  8

HR: T. Hunter (6), T. Glaus (6),
J. Gonzalez-2 (9), A. Beltre (7)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  2.0  6  6  1  3  3  
J. Matlack      5.0  7  6  1  2  4 

ANA 14-28, TEX 24-18

May 21: Texas 5, Anaheim 3

After that ugly display, Frank Tanana and Charlie Hough engaged in an excellent duel that remained scoreless after six and a half innings. A-Rod blasted a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh, and then Texas widened the lead after Tanana exited on another A-Rod shot in the eighth.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 002 - 2 5  8
TEX 000 000 14x - 5 6  3

HR: T. Hunter (7), A. Rodriguez-2 (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Tanana   7.0  1  1  1  2  8  
C. Hough    8.1  2  2  1  7  2 

ANA 14-29, TEX 25-18
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Boston Sweeps Away NY Hot Streak

May 19: Boston 5, New York 1

The Yanks were riding high coming into Boston, winners of 14 of their last 17, and just two games back of the Red Sox. Boston wasted no time letting New York know who was still in charge in the Original Division. Lefty Grove was aces, allowing only one run on an A-Rod blast. The Boston Machine singled Waite Hoyt into submission.

                  R  H BB
NY  000 000 100 - 1  6  4
BOS 120 020 00x - 5 11  2

HR: A. Rodriguez (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt     5.0  5  5  0  1  0  
L. Grove    6.1  1  1  1  2  3 

NY 24-16, BOS 27-13

May 20: Boston 7, New York 4

Jon Lester made a spot start for the Sox and acquitted himself nicely. Bob Shawkey continued his painfully bad season, and never could record the third out in the third inning as the Sox paraded around the bases. Carl Yastrzemski bonked two singles and a triple. Joe DiMaggio singled and doubled twice in a losing effort.

                  R  H BB
NY  000 010 201 - 4 12  5
BOS 006 100 00x - 7 13  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Shawkey  2.2  6  6  0  2  0  
J. Lester   6.1  3  3  0  5  1 

NY 24-17, BOS 28-13


clemensMay 20: Boston 5, New York 3 Boston made it a clean sweep behind another excellent Roger Clemens outing. Clemens took over the top spot for lowest ERA among qualified pitchers (2.13). The incredible Sox are scoring an average 1.7 runs per game more than they allow. The Yanks exited Boston five games back.

                  R H BB
NY  000 100 020 - 3 8  2
BOS 030 020 00x - 5 8  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez    4.0  5  5  0  4  1  
R. Clemens  7.0  1  1  1  2  5 

NY 24-18, BOS 29-13

Toronto Victorious in 2 of 3 in KC

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Alexander

May 19: Toronto 3, Kansas City 1

Doyle Alexander continued his dream season for Toronto. Bret Saberhagen also continued a strong start, albeit in a losing effort. Alexander finds himself with the fourth best ERA in the league at 2.61 and Saberhagen owns the ninth best at 3.09.

                  R H BB
TOR 020 000 010 - 3 7  2
KC  100 000 000 - 1 5  0

HR: F. McGriff (11), L. Moseby (6), J. Mayberry (6)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander   7.2  1  1  1  0  3  
B. Saberhagen  7.0  2  2  1  2  2 

TOR 18-22, KC 19-23

May 20: Kansas City 5, Toronto 3 (11 innings)

The Royals needed Bud Black to make a spot start in Jose Rosado’s spot, and Black came up yuge, not allowing an earned run in six innings toil. With the score knotted at two in the eighth, George Brett knocked a one-out triple, and Danny Tartabull singled him home. Greg Holland came in to protect the one-run lead in the top of the ninth, but an Ernie Whitt double and two sac flies tied up the contest. It remained that way until the bottom of the 11th when Tartabull and Hal McRae both reached on singles. Alcides Escobar came through with a two-out single and got mobbed by his teammates.

                     R  H BB
TOR 000 200 001 00 - 3  7  7
KC  010 100 010 02 - 5 12  2

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Halladay  7.1  3  3  0  0  0  
B. Black     6.0  2  0  0  3  6 

TOR 18-23, KC 20-23

May 21: Toronto 8, Kansas City 2

Dave Stieb quieted down the KC bats the next day while Toronto roughed up Mark Gubicza in his short outing.

The two teams have become well acquainted this season, already having met 12 times. Each team has claimed six wins in the meetings.

                  R  H BB
TOR 012 400 010 - 8 12  6
KC  000 000 110 - 2  7  3

HR: L. Moseby (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb    8.1  2  2  0  2  3  
M. Gubicza  3.1  6  6  1  2  2 

TOR 19-23, KC 20-24

Baltimore Takes Series Against Minnesota

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Singleton

May 19: Baltimore 7, Minnesota 4

Ken Singleton continued his brilliant season with a 5-for-5 day and a ding dong. Bobby Grich walked his first three times up and scored all three times.

                  R  H BB
MN  000 010 300 - 4 13  3
BAL 020 221 00x - 7  8  9

HR: K. Singleton (3)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Shaw       4.1  6  6  0  7  1  
J. Niggeling  6.1  3  3  0  2  0 

MN 19-21, BAL 22-18

May 20: Baltimore 7, Minnesota 0

Walter Johnson had his first bad start of the year. Johnson claimed he was not fatigued after throwing over 11 innings in his previous start, and that “it just wasn’t my day today.” Adam Jones became the first player to manage a home run against Johnson. Walter went 76.2 innings without allowing a round-tripper. Eddie Murray contributed three hits and a triple while Erik Bedard, Darren O’Day, and Gregg Olson combined for the shutout.

                  R  H BB
MN  000 000 000 - 0  5  5
BAL 100 021 03x - 7 11  1

HR: A. Jones (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  7.0  7  6  1  1  3  
E. Bedard   5.1  0  0  0  5  2 

MN 19-22, BAL 23-18

May 21: Minnesota 4, Baltimore 1

It was Johan Santana’s turn in the Minnesota rotation, but Santana was scratched with elbow soreness. Dutch Leonard got the call for his first start of the season, and did much more than anyone expected of him against a strong Orioles lineup. Leonard kept Baltimore completely scoreless for eight strong innings, and it was only an unearned run in the ninth that prevented Leonard’s day from being completely untarnished. Sam Rice hustled out two triples and a single for Minnesota.

                  R  H BB
MN  010 030 000 - 4 10  6
BAL 000 000 001 - 1  6  5

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Leonard  8.0  1  0  0  4  2  
H. Howell   8.0  4  4  0  5  1 

MN 20-22, BAL 23-19

Rangers Again Take 3 of 4 v. Astros In Battle of Texas: Part Deux

The Rangers & Astros played a four game set in Arlington at the beginning of May, and the Rangers were winners of three. It was Houston’s turn to host a four game series:

May 15: Texas 4, Houston 1

Lance Berkman homered for the FIFTH straight game, but his solo ding dong was the only run Houston could get off Yu Darvish in his six-plus innings of work. A trio of Texas relievers threw three shutout innings in relief. J.R. Richard was good for Houston and traded zeroes with Darvish for six innings before Texas was able to get him for two in the seventh.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 000 202 - 4 7  5
HOU 000 000 100 - 1 4  0

HR: L. Berkman (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish   6.0  1  1  1  0  5  
J.R. Richard 7.0  2  2  0  3  2 

TEX 20-17, HOU 17-20

May 16: Houston 8, Texas 4

All Berkman could manage in this game was a triple. “I’m slipping,” he joked after the game. Rangers starter Charlie Hough had an odd day. If you take out the third inning, he threw six nearly perfect innings. But he couldn’t get anybody out in the third when the Astros hit two singles, one double, two triples, and a homer to put up a five spot. Roy Oswalt was nails for Houston on the mound.

R  H BB
TEX 010 000 003 - 4  6  3
HOU 005 000 03x - 8 11  4

HR: I. Rodriguez (5), C. Biggio (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough    7.0  7  6  1  2  5  
R. Oswalt   8.0  1  1  1  3  9 

TEX 20-18, HOU 18-20

Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles
Perry

May 17: Texas 3, Houston 0

Gaylord Perry was in fine form for the Rangers as he kept Houston off the board. After Houston loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, Neftali Feliz came in and escaped the jam and finished a four out save. A walk to Adrian Beltre followed by a Rafael Palmeiro blast was the only mar on Nolan Ryan’s day for Houston.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 002 001 - 3 4  5
HOU 000 000 000 - 0 4  4

HR: R. Palmeiro (9), F. Howard (8)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB  SO
G. Perry    7.2  0  0  0  3   5  
N. Ryan     8.0  2  2  1  5  12 

TEX 21-18, HOU 18-21

May 18: Texas 6, Houston 2

The Rangers kept the good times rolling with four dingers in the finale, and captured the sixth of eight meetings between the Texas clubs. When they’re not playing each other, the teams have an identical 16-16 record, but their head-to-head games have been the difference between the Rangers landing in first place and the Astros in fourth.

Pudge Rodriguez hit his second and third homers of the series, and the Rangers continued getting better than expected pitching and defense to go along with their slugging lineup.

                  R  H BB
TEX 001 200 003 - 6 10  3
HOU 000 101 000 - 2  7  1

HR: J. Franco (6), J. Gonzalez (7), I. Rodriguez-2 (7),
M. Alou (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  6.0  2  2  1  0  3  
M. Scott    7.0  3  3  2  3  7 

TEX 22-18, HOU 18-22

Oakland Takes Tight Series In Cleveland

simmons
Simmons

May 15: Oakland 6, Cleveland 4

Al Simmons of Oakland is always happy when the opposing team starts a lefty, and he took advantage in his four plate appearances against Cleveland’s Sam McDowell, punching two singles and his sixth homer. Lefty Eddie Collins also popped a homer against McDowell in one of the unlikeliest homers of the season. Collins’s chance of homering against a lefty is one in 540.

                  R  H BB
OAK 100 001 301 - 6 11  3
CLE 000 003 010 - 4  6  3

HR: E. Collins (1), A. Simmons (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    8.0  4  3  0  2  4  
S. McDowell 7.0  5  4  2  2  6 

OAK 24-13, CLE 18-19

May 16: Cleveland 5, Oakland 2

A’s starter Tim Hudson came into the game with the second best ERA in the league, but it was Cleveland’s Corey Kluber that stole the show in this one, allowing just two runs in his first complete game.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 002 000 - 2 6  2
CLE 010 220 00x - 5 6  5

HR: T. Hafner (4), A. Rosen (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson   4.2  5  5  2  3  3  
C. Kluber   9.0  2  2  0  2  6 

OAK 24-14, CLE 19-19

May 17: Oakland 2, Cleveland 1 (12 innings)

A fantastic rubber match closed out the series. In the bottom of the first, Tris Speaker led off with a triple, which Joe Jackson followed with a RBI double. There were 42 more Cleveland plate appearances after Speaker’s triple, but no more Clevelanders came around to score.

Starters Chief Bender and Stan Coveleski were both filthy. Coveleski took a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings, but things went south in the eighth inning after Reggie Jackson and Terry Steinbach started the inning with back-to-back singles. Coveleski’s day was done after he walked Rickey Henderson. Doug Jones came in to try to strand Reggie at third, but Eddie Collins hit a sac fly to tie the game at one.

Bender went nine innings, and relievers Justin Duchscherer, Rube Walberg, and Dennis Eckersley kept Cleveland scoreless in extras. Those four hurlers issued no walks to the Naps in the extended game.

In the 12th, Home Run Baker worked a walk against Bob Feller, then safely made a crucial steal of second base. Terry Steinbach, making a rare start to give Mickey Cochrane a day off, came up huge with a single to drive in Baker for the winner.

The swingin’ A’s are hanging right in there with Boston and the streaking Yankees as the season reaches the quarter mark.

                      R H BB
OAK 000 000 010 001 - 2 4  5
CLE 100 000 000 000 - 1 6  0

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Bender     9.0  1  1  0  0  4  
S. Coveleski  7.1  1  1  0  3  1 

OAK 25-14, CLE 19-20

Seattle Continues Their Good Start, Anaheim Their Bad One

May 16: Seattle 3, Anaheim 2 (11 innings)

Jamie Moyer and Jered Weaver traded zeros for seven and a half innings before Anaheim finally broke the stalemate with a Rod Carew double and a Tim Salmon homer. Weaver kept his slate perfectly clean for eight innings, and Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia turned to Troy Percival, one of the better relievers in the league, to close out the win in the ninth. The Mariners had other ideas, and Robinson Cano took a walk ahead of an Ichiro Suzuki homer to tie it up. It stayed that way until the top of the 11th when Cano blasted a go-ahead solo tater off Brendan Donnelly. Arthur Rhodes made the lead hold up with a quick bottom of the 11th, and Anaheim’s painful start to the year keeps rolling on.

                     R H BB
SEA 000 000 002 01 - 3 6  5
ANA 000 000 020 00 - 2 5  4

HR: R. Cano (4), I. Suzuki (3), T. Salmon (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Moyer    7.2  2  2  1  3  6  
J. Weaver   8.0  0  0  0  3  4 

SEA 19-19, ANA 13-25

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Napoli

May 17: Anaheim 5, Seattle 4

Anaheim fans got a break from the misery the next day. It didn’t look good after their Angels blew a 3-0 lead and then a 4-3 lead. It was deadlocked at four as the Angels faced Jeff Nelson in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Napoli gave them something to cheer about with a walk-off smash.

Mike Trout, trying to catch up after a power outage for much of the season, homered for the fourth time in his last six games.

                  R  H BB
SEA 000 030 100 - 4 10  5
ANA 120 001 001 - 5  9  2

HR: M. Trout (4), W. Joyner (3), M. Napoli (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia   6.1  4  4  2  2  4  
K. Escobar  6.1  4  4  0  1  5 

SEA 19-20, ANA 14-25

May 18: Seattle 3, Anaheim 1

Trout kept up the slugging with three doubles in this game, but his team could only scrounge up one run. Jim Edmonds followed one of Trout’s doubles with a double of his own to score their lone run. The Mariners kept the bases busy during the game, but managed to score just three. Ichiro scored their first run after singling, then drove in their last run with another single.

The Angels won their first four games of the season, but have spun out ever since and have probably already buried themselves too far back to have a shot at the division title. Offense has been their Achilles’s heel, and their 4.15 runs/game is worst in the league. They’re preventing runs better than most teams, but it’s not mattering much since they can’t score any runs. Scioscia might have to consider shaking up the lineup to see if any runs fall out.

On the other hand, Seattle continues their better than expected play and are hanging in at second in the division.

                  R  H BB
SEA 021 000 000 - 3 12  4
ANA 000 100 000 - 1  7  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson   7.2  1  1  0  3  4  
D. Chance   6.1  3  3  0  3  8 

SEA 20-20, ANA 14-26