Babe Hits For Cycle – Again!, Oakland Amazes, and Full Action From Around The League For Aug. 28-30

New York Wins 2 of 3 in Minnesota
August 28: New York 8, Minnesota 4
August 29: New Yor 20, Minnesota 3
August 30: Minnesota 2, New York 1

The Yanks won the first two games of the set on the strength of mammoth hitting. In game one, Minnesota starter George Mogridge made his Rhubarb debut and performed admirably for his seven innings of work and handed the bullpen a 4-3 lead. Joe Nathan quickly coughed up the lead in the top of the eighth on a two-run Derek Jeter jack, and Joe DiMaggio added a three-run dagger to the seats in the ninth. Lou Gehrig tacked on three more hits and a walk to his ludicrous season totals. Dellin Betances made an appearance from the New York bullpen to become the first player in the Rhubarb to take the field with 2017 stats factored into his card.

In game two, the biggest offense in the league had their biggest offensive game of the season as a string of Minnesota hurlers got bashed. Gehrig reached four times again and knocked his 33rd dong, and Babe Ruth collected his and the league’s second cycle of the season. The Babe first pulled the trick on May 13th in Seattle. Ruth singled in the first against Dutch Leonard, flew out in the third against Leonard, launched a three-run homer in the fourth against Firpo Marberry, drove in two with a double in the fifth against Marberry, drew a walk in the seventh off Al Worthington, and collected his sixth RBI of the game with a triple off Rick Aguilera in the eighth.

The finale could not have been much different. Minny starter Camilo Pascual managed to hold the NY bats to one run in seven innings, and Eddie Guardado nailed down two shutout innings to make the Twins’ two runs hold up.

Oakland’s Amazing Run Gains Momentum With Suffocating Sweep of Detroit
August 28: Oakland 3, Detroit 2 (16 inn.)
August 29: Oakland 3, Detroit 0
August 30: Oakland 7, Detroit 0

The Swingin’ A’s won their fifth straight series and are on a 17-4 roll that has them within two games of the division-leading Red Sox.

Detroit started the series in good shape, taking a 2-0 lead into the top of the eighth inning in game one. Starter Schoolboy Rowe made his season debut for the Tigers and did not allow an earned run in seven innings. But center gardener Al Kaline erred on a Bert Campaneris fliner to start the eighth, and the Tigers were doomed for the rest of the series. The two runs Detroit plated in the second inning of game one were the first and last they would score in the whole three-game, 34-inning series.

But game one was far from over after Campaneris reached in the eighth. Campy came around to score, and the A’s tied it up in the top of the ninth on the strength of a Jason Giambi walk and singles by Home Run Baker and Mickey Cochrane. The two bullpens dug in from there and it took seven extra innings to decide the competition. Oakland starter Chief Bender was strong for eight innings, and then Huston StreetDennis Eckersley, Rube Walberg, and Eddie Rommel came out of the Oakland pen for eight shut-down frames.

Dizzy Trout mowed down Oakland in the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th and was still going in the 16th when Cochrane started it off with a single and Campaneris frozen-roped a triple to finally break the stalemate. In the bottom of the 16th, the Tigers got runners on the corners with just one out against Walberg, who was pulled in favor of Rommel. Rommel whiffed Hank Greenberg and grounded out Travis Fryman to end the saga.

Detroit looked dejected and done with their disappointing season in the next two games. Barry Zito twirled a shutout for the A’s in the middle game and Rube Waddell turned the same trick in game three. Jimmie Foxx provided fireworks on offense for Oakland with a homer in game two and three hits that included two doubles in game three.  Continue reading “Babe Hits For Cycle – Again!, Oakland Amazes, and Full Action From Around The League For Aug. 28-30”


Oakland Rolls To 4th Straight Series Win, New York Slips Further Back

bakerAugust 25: Oakland 8, New York 7

Rube Waddel twirled a complete game for Oakland and was excellent in eight of his nine innings. He lost it completely for a while in the fifth inning when nine Yanks reached and seven scored, and the A’s fell behind 1-7. But the Oakland offense stormed back against the pitiful NY pitching and defense and scored seven unanswered runs of their own to squeak out the win. Home Run Baker walked, smacked two singles, and homered. Reggie Jackson, Jason Giambi, and Jose Canseco also dropped bombs for Oakland

August 26: Oakland 10, New York 3

Lefty Gomez deftly maneuvered through the Yankees lineup against everyone not named Derek Jeter (who was 3-for-3 with a walk and three stolen bases), while the Oakland offense detonated with seven walks and 17 hits. Eddie Collins walked four times and added a single. Home Run Baker hit another dinger, his sixth homer of the season but second in the last two days.

August 27: New York 16, Oakland 7

The Yankee bats exploded the way they have to to make up for their run-prevention woes in the finale. Eight of the nine Yanks reached safely more than once, and all Alex Rodriguez, the one who didn’t reach more than once, could muster was a three-run dinger. Mickey Mantle, Charlie Keller, and Babe Ruth also added circuit clouts. NY racked up nine walks and 17 hits, most of them against starter Tim Hudson and reliever Eddie Rommel.

Still, time is running short for the Yankees to make a turnaround, who find themselves nine games back with five teams ahead of them. The A’s on the other hand won their fourth straight series and have catapulted into second place, four games back

Toronto Continues Success Against Original Division With Wins v. Cleveland

August 25: Cleveland 15, Toronto 5

The Naps bats were explosive in the opener, led by Joe Jackson’s three singles, Al Rosen’s four hits that included a double and a triple, and Tris Speaker’s walk and four hits that included a double and a triple.

                   R  H BB
CLE 004 051 041 - 15 19  9
TOR 000 000 401 -  5  9  2

HR: J. Romano (13)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg    9.0  5  1  0  2  2  
S. Marcum   4.1  8  8  0  6  7 

CLE 61-66, TOR 53-73

August 26: Toronto 6, Cleveland 4

Nap Lajoie got to Roy Halladay for a single, double, and homer, but the rest of the Cleveland lineup was held mostly in check. The Naps were clinging to a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh but started it off with back-to-back errors by Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez. Both runners came around to score the tying and winning runs. Toronto catcher Ernie Whitt had a reach on error, two singles, and a homer.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 021 100 - 4  8  3
TOR 110 001 21x - 6 10  1

HR: N. Lajoie (4), E. Whitt (8)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss      7.1  6  4  1  1  1  
R. Halladay  7.0  4  4  1  3  4 

CLE 61-67, TOR 54-73

August 27: Toronto 8, Cleveland 6

Cleveland starter Sam McDowell was cruising along through five shutout innings when Toronto ambushed him. The Jays loaded the bases on a Roberto Alomar hit and two walks, and Shawn Green followed them up with a grand slam. The Jays weren’t done in the sixth either – Kelly Gruber added a two-run shot a few batters later and McDowell got the hook.

The Naps stormed back to get within a run, and in the top of the ninth Lajoie led off with a single and stolen base, and Joe Jackson knocked him in with a single to tie it up. Jackson then got nailed on a steal attempt by usually weak-armed catcher Gregg Zaun and Henke got out of the inning with the game still tied.

Cleveland’s sloppy fielding came back to bite them again in the bottom of the ninth when Tris Speaker misplayed a ball in center field that allowed Shannon Stewart to get all the way to second base. Carlos Delgado walked-off the series winner with a double.

The teams split their six games together. The Blue Jays are a remarkable 17-16 against Original Division opponents, compared to 38-57 in their own division.

                  R  H BB
CLE 001 001 301 - 6 12  4
TOR 000 006 002 - 8  9  4

HR: S. Green (20), K. Gruber (7)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. McDowell  5.2  6  6  2  3  7  
J. Key       6.0  4  4  0  1  3 

CLE 61-68, TOR 55-73

Perry & Ryan Lead Way For Texas Wins in Chicago

perryAugust 25: Texas 3, Chicago 2

Gaylord Perry had a day on the mound for Texas and allowed just three hits and one walk in a complete game. That one walk preceded a Frank Thomas bomb in the first inning that scored two for Chicago, but Perry was nearly perfect over the next eight innings. The Rangers offense slowly scratched their way to three runs against Eddie Cicotte. Julio Franco slapped three singles and each of them figured into Texas’ runs.

                  R H BB
TEX 010 100 001 - 3 9  2
CHI 200 000 000 - 2 3  1
HR: F. Thomas (18)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry    9.0  2  2  1  1  1  
E. Cicotte  9.0  3  3  0  2  3 

TEX 59-69, CHI 68-59

August 26: Texas 6, Chicago 2

Nolan Ryan picked up where Perry left off and gave up just two hits in seven innings. Both hits belonged to Chet Lemon, and one of them was a two-run shot in the first inning. But just like the day before, Texas shut down the Chicago offense from there and the Texas bats mounted a comeback. Adrian Beltre paced the attack with a double, homer, and three RBI.

                  R  H BB
TEX 002 000 202 - 6 10  0
CHI 200 000 000 - 2  2  5
HR: A. Beltre (13), C. Lemon (9)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    7.0  2  2  1  5  4  
E. Walsh   8.1  6  6  1  0  6 

TEX 60-69, CHI 68-60

August 27: Chicago 8, Texas 4

The Chicago offense finally found some life in the finale. Frank Thomas homered in both of his first two plate appearances, one a three-run job and one a grand slam. Mike Hargrove had a perfect day at the top of the Rangers lineup with two walks and three singles but only managed to score one run.

The teams split their six contests this year.

Chicago, Baltimore, and Minnesota have been matching each other game-for-game lately, all of them losing five of their last six, and are tied for third place, six games back from Boston.

                  R  H BB
TEX 210 000 010 - 4 12  3
CHI 440 000 00x - 8  8  5
HR: J. Hamilton (17), F. Thomas-2 (20),
H. Baines (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  1.2  8  8  3  2  0  
T. Lee      7.1  4  4  1  2  4 

TEX 60-70, CHI 69-60

Boston Stomps Seattle in Meeting of First-Place Teams

August 25: Boston 2, Seattle 1

Erik Hanson valiantly dueled Cy Young, but a couple of Boston second-stringers at the bottom of the order were his undoing. Second baseman John Valentin homered for the Sox’s first run, then doubled in the seventh and was driven in by catcher Rick Ferrell.

Meanwhile Young continued his recent stretch of excellence after having had a merely decent season up until recently. He’s allowed just two earned runs combined over his last three starts, each of which nine innings in length.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 010 000 - 1 5  2
BOS 000 010 10x - 2 8  4

HR: J. Valentin (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson   7.0  2  2  1  4  8  
C. Young    9.0  1  1  0  2  4 

SEA 68-58, BOS 73-54

August 26: Boston 11, Seattle 5

The next two games were old-fashioned beat-downs by Boston. Freddy Garcia pitched a scoreless first and got his first two men in the second inning before Boston went ballistic on him. Eight straight Sox reached and seven runs had scored before Garcia finally found the third out. Bobby Doerr donged, and Nomar Garciaparra, Carl Yasztremski, Ted Williams, and Jimmie Foxx all doubled in the inning. The Sox drilled nine doubles in the game. Incredible on-base machine Wade Boggs reached five times, including two doubles

                   R  H BB
SEA 010 000 112 -  5 11  4
BOS 072 011 00x - 11 16  7
HR: A. Davis (12), B. Doerr (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia   2.1  9  9  1  4  1  
L. Grove    6.0  1  1  0  2  3 

SEA 68-59, BOS 74-54



August 27: Boston 11, Seattle 3


Felix Hernandez suffered a similar fate in the finale, getting slammed early and often in a short outing. Yaz reached safely four times, and Tris Speaker, Jimmie Foxx, and Fred Lynn all collected three hits. Speaker leads the league in hits with 169.

It was a miserable set for Seattle, who were unfortunate to miss their top two starters, Randy Johnson and Jamie Moyer, in the series. Boston took five of six from Seattle this year. Despite still being in first place, Seattle has the worst inter-division record in the league at 10-29.

                   R  H BB
SEA 000 120 000 -  3  7  8
BOS 115 310 00x - 11 17  5

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  2.2  7  7  0  0  3  
S.J. Wood     5.0  3  3  0  5  2 

SEA 68-60, BOS 75-54

Kansas City Hands Baltimore Their First Inter-Division Series Loss

sabesAugust 25: Kansas City 3, Baltimore 2 (10 innings)

Starters Bret Saberhagen and Jack Powell both gave up two runs in the first inning and then settled into eight straight innings of swapping zeroes. With Powell still pitching, the Royals finally broke the stalemate in the top of the 10th on singles by Willie Wilson, John Mayberry, and Mike Sweeney. Greg Holland took over for Saberhagen in the bottom of the 10th and had runners on the corners with just one out but struck out the next two batters.

                    R  H BB
KC  200 000 000 1 - 3 11  2
BAL 200 000 000 0 - 2  8  6

HR: G. Sisler (7)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  9.0  2  2  1  5  3  
J. Powell     10.0  3  3  0  2  4 

KC 65-63, BAL 68-59

August 26: Kansas City 9, Baltimore 8

The next day’s starters both got walloped for six runs apiece, and both bullpens coughed up some more runs. A Brooks Robinson error in the top of the ninth helped the Royals go up by two runs, and Wade Davis was barely able to make it hold up in the bottom of the frame. George Brett led the way for the victors with a single, double, and triple. It was his third straight game with a three-bagger.

This was Baltimore’s ninth inter-division series, and the first one that they didn’t win.

                  R  H BB
KC  000 301 302 - 9 11  7
BAL 000 420 011 - 8 14  5
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  4.2  6  6  0  2  0  
H. Howell   6.1  6  6  0  3  1 

KC 66-63, BAL 68-60

August 27: Baltimore 10, Kansas City 6

A couple of lefty starters got blasted in the finale. Bud Black gave up five runs right out of the gate, three of which came on an Adam Jones dinger. Lefty Stewart made his Rhubarb debut as the Orioles try to find a starter to take over for Urban Shocker, who has had a miserable season. Stewart’s fielders made it tough and wildly threw and punted the ball around the field on the way to five unearned runs scoring against him. But those same position players also backed Stewart with a 10-run offensive barrage to make up for it.

Baltimore claimed four of six from KC this season.

                   R  H BB
KC  002 301 000 -  6 10  7
BAL 500 221 00x - 10 12  6
HR: A. Jones (13)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Black    3.0  7  7  1  5  0  
L. Stewart  5.2  6  1  0  4  1 

KC 66-64, BAL 69-60

Suddenly Good Anaheim Upsets Sliding Minnesota

August 25: Anaheim 6, Minnesota 3

Jim Edmonds smashed a three-run bomb in the first inning and the Angels held the lead the rest of the way. It was the Twins’ seventh straight loss.

                  R H BB
MN  010 000 020 - 3 8  1
ANA 301 002 00x - 5 8  3
HR: B. Grich (11), J. Edmonds (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascual   6.0  6  6  2  3  2  
D. Chance    7.2  3  2  0  1  3 

MN 68-59, ANA 54-74

August 26: Minnesota 3, Anaheim 1

‘Twas a great pitching match-up in the middle game as Johan Santana and Jered Weaver both powered through excellent starts. The first seven outs that Santana recorded were all by way of strikeouts. The only mar on Weaver’s day was a two-run bomb by Mickey Vernon that provided the winning runs for Minnesota.

                  R H BB
MN  000 002 001 - 3 7  0
ANA 010 000 000 - 1 5  1
HR: T. Oliva (12), M. Vernon (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  7.0  1  1  0  1 11  
J. Weaver   8.0  2  2  1  0  4 

MN 69-59, ANA 54-75

escobarAugust 27: Anaheim 5, Minnesota 2

Angels starter Kelvim Escobar had a day he won’t soon forget as he out-pitched Walter Johnson. Escobar gave up no earned runs in a complete game, the second time he’s pulled that trick this season.

Bobby Grich led off the bottom of the first with a single against Johnson, and Brian Downing followed it up with a triple to take a quick lead against the Big Train. Johnson did not have his usual command and walked a season-high seven.

The teams split their six games this season.

The Angels are on a 15-6 run and are close to clawing their way out of the cellar in the Expansion Division. The Twins on the other hand are on a bit of a skid with a 5-13 stretch that has seen them lose ground in the Original Division chase.

                  R H BB
MN  000 020 000 - 2 6  1
ANA 201 101 00x - 5 7  7
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  8.0  5  4  0  7  8  
K. Escobar  9.0  2  0  0  1  5 

MN 69-60, ANA 55-75