Minnesota Sweeps Oakland in Pitcher Dominated Series

pascualJuly 8: Minnesota 2, Oakland 1 (10 innings)

Rube Waddell and Camilo Pascual had a brilliant pitchers duel for nine full innings. Pascual gave up one run on a solo Jimmie Foxx dong, and the Twins got one run on a Mickey Vernon single. Joe Cronin walk, and Goose Goslin single.

Eddie Guardado came on to pitch the top of the 10th for the Twins, and made his 17th straight appearance without allowing an earned run and lowered his ERA to 0.78.

Waddell stayed on the hill for Oakland in the bottom of the 10th and immediately ran into a Harmon Killebrew smash that walked it off for the Twins. It was a needed bright spot for Killebrew in what has been a frustrating year (.263 wOBA in limited action).

Pascual started the year terribly with a 7.02 ERA in his first six starts. He seems to have made some crucial adjustments ever since, and has a 2.48 ERA in his last 11 games. He has been a superb number three starter in that time, even if he’s overshadowed by rotation-mates Johan Santana & Walter Johnson.

                    R H BB
OAK 000 001 000 0 - 1 5  1
MN  000 100 000 1 - 2 9  1

HR: J. Foxx (14), H. Killebrew (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell  9.0  2  2  1  1  7  
C. Pascual  9.0  1  1  1  1  8 

OAK 44-38, MN 44-38

July 9: Minnesota 2, Oakland 0

Speaking of Santana…he continued his run as the most dominating starter in the league with 7.1 shutout innings in this one. A Mickey Cochrane single and Rickey Henderson walk were all the A’s could muster against Santana’s savage stuff. Firpo Marberry and Joe Nathan finished the game without allowing a hit to combine with Santana on a one-hit shutout.

Santana’s league-best ERA dipped to 1.98. And he hasn’t allowed an unearned run all year. He can’t throw nearly as many innings as some pitchers, but he’s been so good that he still might be the hurler of the year so far.

Lefty Grove allowed a lot more base runners than Santana, but he still kept the game scoreless for the first seven innings. Oakland shortstop Bert Campaneris committed an error to allow Stan Spence to reach first base leading off the eighth inning. Chuck Knoblauch pinch ran and swiped second base, and Mickey Vernon laced his second triple of the game to drive in Knoblauch. Tony Oliva doubled in Vernon for an insurance run.

                  R  H BB
OAK 000 000 000 - 0  1  3
MN  000 000 02x - 2 10  1

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    7.1  2  1  0  1  3  
J. Santana  7.1  0  0  0  1  4 

OAK 44-39, MN 45-38

July 10: Minnesota 3, Oakland 2

After scoring one total run in the first two games, the A’s got to face Walter Johnson! They did get to the Big Train for 10 hits and four walks, but Johnson almost seemed to be toying with them. Nearly every time a runner got on, Johnson bore down and stranded them. The A’s stranded 11, including two innings in which they left the bases full. Terry Steinbach and Eddie Collins each hit a triple and came around to score for the extent of Oakland’s scoring for the day. (They’ve now scored four total runs in their last four games.)

Tim Hudson was mostly excellent for Oakland, but the Twins bunched up four safeties to start the third to score all three of their runs. Rod Carew walked, Tony Oliva singled, Vernon doubled, and Sam Rice singled to get all the offense Johnson needed.

Don’t know for sure, but I would bet this was the first series of the year in which neither team scored four runs in a game.

                  R  H BB
OAK 001 000 001 - 2 10  4
MN  003 000 00x - 3  8  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson   7.0  3  3  0  3  3  
W. Johnson  9.0  2  2  0  4  7 

OAK 44-40, MN 46-38

Ball Jumps Out of the Yard, Seattle Takes 3 of 4 in Texas

Seattle MarinersJuly 8: Seattle 4, Texas 1

Four of the five runs in the game were scored on homers. Seattle’s starter Freddy Garcia gave up only a solo dong to Texas Alex Rodriguez in eight excellent innings. Garcia walked none and struck out nine, and has a sparkly 2.77 ERA over his last seven starts.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 121 - 4 6  3
TEX 010 000 000 - 1 5  1

HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (14), K. Johjima (5), A. Rodriguez-TEX (17)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia   8.0  1  1  1  0  9  
Y. Darvish  7.1  3  3  2  2  7 

SEA 38-44, TEX 37-45

July 9: Seattle 5, Texas 3

Both teams got all of their runs in a single inning. Seattle’s third was their money inning against Gerald Perry. Dan Wilson got hit by a pitch, Edgar Martinez and Alvin Davis singled, Ichiro Suzuki and Alex Rodriguez doubled, and Ken Griffey, Jr. went yard for the second straight game.

Ivan Rodriguez knocked in all three Texas runs on a bomb in the eighth inning.

                  R  H BB
SEA 005 000 000 - 5 11  3
TEX 000 000 030 - 3  4  3

HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (15), I. Rodriguez (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  7.0  3  3  1  2  8  
G. Perry      8.0  5  3  1  3  4 

SEA 39-44, TEX 37-46

July 10: Seattle 5, Texas 4

Six homers flew out of the ballpark in Arlington in this one. For what I believe was the first time, the same dude homered for both teams in the same game. A-Rod didn’t just homer once for each team though–he knocked two dingers for each team. Griffey, Jr. spanked a homer for the third straight game.

The Texas A-Rod is having an odd year – he’s now tied for third most homers in the league, but is hitting just .221/.294/.418.

                  R H BB
SEA 300 000 011 - 5 9  4
TEX 000 201 010 - 4 4  6

HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (16), A. Rodriguez-SEA 2 (16),
A. Rodriguez-TEX 2 (19), R. Palmeiro (15)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson  7.0  3  3  2  6  9  
N. Ryan     7.0  3  3  2  4  6 

SEA 40-44, TEX 37-47

July 11: Texas 5, Seattle 0

Fergie Jenkins turned out to be what Texas needed to manage a win over Seattle. Jenkins was just filthy. Coming off his first start of the year in which he allowed no earned runs, he one-upped himself by tossing his first shutout in impressive fashion. He issued no walks, and was just two singles and an A-Rod error short of perfection.

With seven round-trippers in the series, the Rangers passed the Yankees for most dongs in the league.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 000 - 0 2  0
TEX 010 200 20x - 5 7  0

HR: R. Palmeiro (16), J. Hamilton (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Moyer    7.0  5  3  2  0  3  
F. Jenkins  9.0  0  0  0  0  4 

SEA 40-45, TEX 38-47

Kaline Drills Come-From-Behind, Walk-Off Slam, Detroit Takes Series v. New York

July 8: Detroit 8, New York 4

It was low-scoring affair five innings, after which the score stood at 1-1. But the Tigers exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth behind of a Lou Gehrig error, four walks, two singles, and an Al Kaline round-tripper.

Gehrig and Babe Ruth continued their almost comically tit-for-tat game at the top of the league’s home run leader board. Gehrig became the first to 21 dingers in the sixth inning, but Ruth tied him right back in the eighth inning.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 001 020 - 4  9  6
DET 000 016 01x - 8 10  8

HR: L. Gehrig (21), B. Ruth (21), A. Kaline (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt    5.1  5  4  1  3  0  
G. Uhle    6.2  2  2  1  4  2 

NY 45-37, DET 39-43

kalineJuly 9: Detroit 8, New York 6

Robinson Cano blasted the Yanks to a 4-1 lead with a three-run homer in the third, but the Tigers had battled back to tie it in the fifth. It stayed knotted at four until the top of the ninth when Mickey Mantle drilled a two-run bomb against Mike Henneman that seemed to be the difference in the game, especially considering Mariano Rivera was on the mound for the bottom of the ninth.

But Rivera had nothing this day. Harry Heilmann and Miguel Cabrera started the inning off with singles, and Hank Greenberg walked to load the bases with nobody out. Alkaline came to the plate, and things went from bad to worse for Rivera when Kaline connected for a walk-off grand salami.

                  R  H BB
NY  013 000 002 - 6  8  5
DET 101 020 004 - 8 14  6

HR: M. Mantle (14), R. Cano (8), A. Kaline (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez    4.0  4  4  0  3  2  
T. Bridges  6.2  4  4  1  4  1 

NY 45-38, DET 40-43

July 10: New York 9, Detroit 6

The Yankees salvaged the last game on the strength of a bonkers second inning in which they plated seven. Tigers starter Bill Donovan gave up six of those runs while only getting one out in the inning. A Babe Ruth double and A-Rod triple were the extra base hits in the inning, and were accompanied by a Ty Cobb error, three walks, and three singles. A-Rod also hit a single and a triple in the game.

                  R  H BB
NY  072 000 000 - 9 11  6
DET 220 010 001 - 6 13  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (10), N. Cash (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  7.0  5  4  1  3  1  
B. Donovan   1.1  6  6  0  2  1 

NY 46-38, DET 40-44

Tied For First Going In, KC Comes Up Huge With 4-Game Sweep of Toronto

July 8: Kansas City 7, Toronto 6

The Royals and Blue Jays split their 12 matches in the first half and also finished with identical 39-42 records atop the Expansion Division. Their second halves began with a four-game set in Kansas City.

Toronto jumped on Kevin Appier for four runs in the first two innings. Appier has a tough time with lefties to begin with, and the Toronto lineup stacks a ton of intimidating lefty bats whenever they face a right-handed starter. It all added up to a short, rough outing for Appier, but the KC bats started getting to Roy Halladay in the third inning. Willie Wilson, John Mayberry, Mike Sweeney, and Hal McRae all rapped hits in the inning to get within a run of Toronto.

Lefty Bud Black, KC’s longman, was stellar for five shutout innings, allowing the Royals to scratch their way to a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning. In the eighth, Frank White put them up by a run with his third homer of the year, and Greg Holland came in to slam the door in the top of the ninth. But pinch-hitting Shannon Stewart led off with a single, Tony Fernandez singled him to third, and Stewart came home to tie the game on a double play grounder.

The Royals wasted no time responding. Mayberry led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, Sweeney singled him over, and McRae singled Mayberry in for the walk-off win.

                  R  H BB
TOR 130 100 001 - 6 12  1
KC  003 100 111 - 7 14  2

HR: F. White (3)

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

TOR 39-43, KC 40-42

July 9: Kansas City 11, Toronto 4

Danny Tartabull crushed a three-run job in the first inning, and then all hell broke loose for Toronto in the bottom of the third. The Blue Jays fielders made THREE errors in the inning as six Royals batters paraded around the bases.

                   R  H BB
TOR 000 200 020 -  4  6  4
KC  316 000 10x - 11 14  3

HR: C. Delgado (17), S. Green (15), D. Tartabull (15)

starters        IP   R ER HR BB SO
J. Key         2.0  10  4  1  0  0  
B. Saberhagen  6.0   2  2  1  3  5 

TOR 39-44, KC 41-42

July 10: Kansas City 6, Toronto 5 (11 innings)

Like game one, the teams played a close, back-and-forth affair in game three. Tartabull hit a three-run bomb in the first inning for the second straight game, but Toronto came back to take the lead in the fourth inning by singling Danny Jackson in to submission.

A Willie Wilson double and George Brett triple tied it back up in the fifth, and then KC took a one-run lead in the seventh on a Brett double and Tartabull single.

Wade Davis came on to close the door in the ninth this time, but just like Holland in game one, couldn’t quite do it. Roberto Alomar singled, Stewart singled him to third, and Alomar came home to tie it on a Jose Bautista sac fly.

It stayed dead-locked until the bottom of the 11th. Wilson singled and stole second, and Brett knocked his third extra-base hit of the day with a game-ending RBI double. Wilson, Brett, and Tartabull each collected three hits in the game.

                     R  H BB
TOR 000 400 001 00 - 6 12  2
KC  300 010 100 01 - 7 13  2

HR: D. Tartabull (16)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander  6.2  5  2  1  2  6  
D. Jackson    6.0  4  4  0  2  4 

TOR 39-45, KC 42-42

July 11: Kansas City 11, Toronto 6


Toronto rang up a 4-0 lead in the top of the third, but the tenacious Royals stormed right back to tie it in the bottom of the inning. Kevin Seitzer slapped an RBI single and Alex Gordon crushed a three-run bomb. The Royals took a two-run lead in the fifth, but an Edward Encarnacion homer tied it right back up in the top of the sixth.

The Royals ran away with it in the seventh and eighth though as Dave Stieb and Duane Ward struggled for Toronto. Gordon had a perfect day at the plate with a walk, two singles, a double, and a homer, and he collected seven RBI to lead the Royals to an impressive sweep that created a little separation for them at the top spot in the division.

Willie Wilson extended his streak of multi-hit games to eight.

                   R  H BB
TOR 103 002 000 -  6  9  3
KC  004 020 23x - 11 14  6

HR: E. Encarnacion (8), A. Gordon (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb    6.1  8  8  1  3  1  
M. Gubicza  5.0  6  4  1  2  1 

TOR 39-46, KC 43-42

Boston Gets Back To Dominating, Rolls Over Cleveland

July 8: Boston 7, Cleveland 1

The Red Sox got back in the beat-down business after losing their last four games before the break (and scoring no runs in three of those games). The impossibly hot Carlton Fisk drilled his 11th circuit clout and Nomar Garciaparra collected a single, double, and triple.

Cy Young had his finest line of the season. Cleveland starter Vean Gregg got no help from his fielders, who committed four errors in the game.

                  R  H BB
CLE 010 000 000 - 1  6  1
BOS 402 001 00x - 7 10  4

HR: C. Fisk (11)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg  5.0  7  3  1  2  2  
C. Young  9.0  1  1  0  1  4 

CLE 41-41, BOS 51-31

July 9: Boston 13, Cleveland 3

Yikes. Addie Joss has not been dominant for Cleveland this year, but he’s been one of the most reliably steady starters in the league. Over his previous 10 starts, Joss averaged 8.2 innings pitched and 2.4 runs allowed.

That streak got blowed up real good in the bottom of the first inning as he faced each Boston batter one time, gave up seven earned runs, and only got one out before being lifted. Nomar Garciaparra doubled, and seven other batters reached on either a single or HBP. Cleveland’s long reliever Sam McDowell was almost as bad in the second inning while the Red Sox piled on five more runs, three of which on a Manny Ramirez dinger. Boston’s Manny was 3-for-4 with a walk in the game.

Lefty Grove cruised through seven scoreless innings and probably would have been left in to go for his first shutout had the score been at all close.

                   R  H BB
CLE 000 000 003 -  3  6  4
BOS 750 001 00x - 13 14  6

HR: J. Thome (19), M. Ramirez-BOS (6)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss   0.1  7  7  0  1  0  
L. Grove  7.0  0  0  0  1  3 

CLE 41-42, BOS 52-31

foxx feller

July 10: Boston 6, Cleveland 2

The Naps took a lead for the first time in the series in the fourth inning, but Boston came right back to tie it up in the sixth. Cleveland’s Bob Feller walked the first three batters in the sixth, and was fortunate to escape the jam having given up only one run and with the score tied.

Feller was still going in the seventh when Jim Thome made an error to let Tris Speaker reach and Carl Yastrzemski followed with a double to push Speaker to third. In came Cleveland pitcher Cody Allen, who walked the bases loaded and then served up a grand slam to Jimmie Foxx.

The three Boston starters in the series hurled 23 innings and gave up one earned run– and their best two starters (Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens) didn’t throw a single pitch.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 200 000 - 2 10  3
BOS 000 011 40x - 6  9  7

HR: J. Foxx (11)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Feller  6.1  4  3  0  6  4  
S.J. Wood  7.0  2  0  0  2  3 

CLE 41-43, BOS 53-31

Houston Killer B’s Blast Way to Series Win in Anaheim

bsjJuly 8: Houston 7, Anaheim 2

Two of Houston’s Killer B’s wasted no time getting back to bashing in the second half. Craig Biggio began the game with a single, and Jeff Bagwell followed it up with a boom boom. The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the sixth when Anaheim tied it up on three consecutive bingles.

With two outs and nobody on base in the top of the seventh, Biggio and Bagwell both took a base on balls, Moises Alou singled in Biggio, and Lance Berkman doubled in Bagwell to boost the ‘Stros to victory.

                  R  H BB
HOU 200 000 212 - 7 11  7
ANA 000 002 000 - 2  7  2

HR: J. Bagwell (16), C. Cedeno (8)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Cuellar      6.0  2  2  0  1  5  
A. Messersmith  6.2  4  4  1  5  4 

HOU 37-45, ANA 30-52

July 9: Houston 4, Anaheim 3 (11 innings)

A Berkman blunder helped the Angels score two in the first. Berkman absolved that sin with a go-ahead solo blast in the eighth. The Angels came right back to tie it in the bottom of the eighth on a Mike Trout single and stolen base and a Jim Edmonds RBI single, and the score stayed knotted at three until Bob Watson took Bryan Harvey to the bleachers in the 11th.

Anaheim had zero extra base hits in the first two games of the series.

                     R H BB
HOU 000 001 110 01 - 4 9  6
ANA 200 000 010 00 - 3 8  5

HR: L. Berkman (17), B. Watson (12)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    7.0  2  0  0  2  7  
D. Chance  7.0  2  2  0  5  2 

HOU 38-45, ANA 30-53

July 10: Anaheim 7, Houston 1

Roy Oswalt looked beauteous through four efficient shutout innings, but things went bad in the bottom of the fifth. Troy Glaus began it with a homer, and Torii Hunter, Rod Carew, and Jim Fregosi hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to end Oswalt’s day. An Art Howe boner in the same inning helped the Angels to a 4-0 lead, which was more than enough for their ace Jered Weaver, who beat up the Houston batters for seven innings.

                  R H BB
HOU 000 000 100 - 1 4  3
ANA 000 040 30x - 7 8  5

HR: C. Cedeno (9), T. Glaus (13)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Oswalt   4.0  4  2  1  1  4  
J. Weaver   7.0  1  1  1  2  4 

HOU 38-46, ANA 31-53

Chicago Launches Into Second Half With Sweep Over Groggy Baltimore

lemonJuly 8: Chicago 8, Baltimore 0

The Orioles seemed to still be on the All-Star Break as they weakly offered at the bedeviling pitches of Eddie Cicotte, who picked up his second shutout of the season. A Baltimore batter only made it to second base once in the game. Meanwhile, the Chicagoans swatted 17 knocks all over the field, including a double and a homer each by Chet Lemon and Harold Baines. Lemon added two singles for a four-hit day.

                  R  H BB
CHI 100 300 301 - 8 17  0
BAL 000 000 000 - 0  3  2

HR: C. Lemon (6), H. Baines (1)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte   9.0  0  0  0  2  2  
J. Powell    4.1  4  4  0  0  2 

CHI 41-41, BAL 48-34

July 9: Chicago 4, Baltimore 3 (10 innings)

The Orioles showed a little more life the next day against Ed Walsh. They pushed just one run across in the first five frames, but after the first three hitters of Baltimore’s sixth got hits and scored one, Walsh got the quick hook in exchange for Terry Forster. Forster retired all three he faced, but a third run was charged to Walsh on a sac fly to give Baltimore a 3-1 lead.

The White Sox showed their mettle and battled back against Harry Howell and Darren O’Day in the top of the eighth to tie it up, and then Eddie Collins led off the top of the 10th with a triple and came home to score the winning run on a Frank Thomas sac fly.

                    R  H BB
CHI 000 001 020 1 - 4  7  5
BAL 010 002 000 0 - 3 10  2

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh   5.0  3  3  0  0  3 
H. Howell  7.2  3  3  0  4  2 

CHI 42-41, BAL 48-35

July 10: Chicago 6, Baltimore 4

The White Sox put the finishing touches on an impressive sweep on the strength of Thornton Lee’s hurling and a balanced offensive attack. The Orioles got the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with just one out, but Keith Foulke got George Sisler to roll into a double play.

                  R H BB
CHI 120 200 010 - 6 9  7
BAL 010 010 101 - 4 9  2

HR: M. Minoso (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee      8.0  4  2  0  1  4 
U. Shocker  3.2  5  5  1  4  0 

CHI 43-41, BAL 48-36