Detroit Takes Series In Houston

August 25: Detroit 10, Houston 5

Lance Berkman, singled, launched two dingers, drove in three, and scored three, but Tigers starter George Uhle tamed the rest of the Houston lineup. Every Detroit hitter reached safely at least twice in the game. Norm Cash walked thrice and homered.

                   R  H BB
DET 102 112 210 - 10 13 12
HOU 202 000 001 -  5 10  3
HR: C. Gehringer (7), N. Cash (17),
A. Trammell (11), L. Berkman-2 (28)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle       9.0  5  3  2  3  4  
J.R. Richard  5.1  7  5  2  8  1 

DET 61-66, HOU 56-70

August 26: Houston 11, Detroit 3

The Astros launched six rockets in this one, three of them off the bat of Jim Wynn.

                   R  H BB
DET 012 000 000 -  3 12  3
HOU 012 101 33x - 11 14  2

HR: J. Morgan (2), L. Berkman (29), 
J. Wynn-3 (10), D. Thon (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  5.0  5  5  4  1  1  
M. Cuellar  7.0  3  3  0  3  7 

DET 61-67, HOU 57-70

August 27: Detroit 7, Houston 5heilimann

The Tigers took the rubber match in part thanks to Harry Heilmann’s RBI triple in the first inning and solo jack in the ninth.

Lance Berkman had a bonkers series that launched him up to second most runs created in the league.

Detroit claimed four of the six meetings with Houston for the year.

                  R H BB
DET 100 301 011 - 7 9  5
HOU 000 031 001 - 5 9  5

HR: H. Heilmann (13)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Donovan   6.0  4  4  0  4  0  
N. Ryan      6.0  5  4  0  3  6 

DET 62-67, HOU 57-71
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Seattle Keeps The Wins Coming Against Toronto

August 22: Seattle 4, Toronto 3

Starters Jimmy Key and Felix Hernandez both had better than usual days and kept it close. Alvin Davis drilled a three-run bomb for Seattle, and then Edgar Martinez drove in Kenji Johjima on a double-play ground ball for the winner.

                  R H BB
TOR 000 201 000 - 3 4  3
SEA 003 000 10x - 4 9  1
HR: C. Delgado (26), A. Davis (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Key        6.0  4  4  1  1  7  
F. Hernandez  7.0  3  3  2  3  5 

TOR 52-71, SEA 67-56

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August 23: Seattle 10, Toronto 2

Doyle Alexander could not keep it close for Toronto the next day and got pounded for seven runs. Ichiro Suzuki slapped three singles, Martinez and Alex Rodriguez both reached safely four times, and Kyle Seager dropped two bombs on Alexander. Seager racked up seven RBI. Mark Langston was sharp in a spot start.

                   R  H BB
TOR 100 000 100 -  2  4  8
SEA 000 253 00x - 10 10  8

HR: K. Gruber (6), K. Seager-2 (16)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander  4.2  7  7  2  4  3  
M. Langston   7.0  2  2  1  6  6 

TOR 52-72, SEA 68-56

August 24: Toronto 6, Seattle 2

Seattle liked their chances for a sweep with Randy Johnson, coming into the game with a 3.36 ERA, facing Dave Stieb and his 5.62 ERA, but the pitchers regressed in opposite directions and Stieb ended up leading the birds to a victory. Devon White, Tony Fernandez, Kelly Gruber, and Ernie Whitt made up the last four hitters in Toronto’s lineup but provided most of the offense.

The victory kept the Blue Jays from falling into last place. It’s been a dramatic fall for the team that was tied for first at the All-Star break. They are 13-31 since then as their lack of pitching and defense has caught up with them. Seattle has the exact opposite record since the break, 31-13, to grab control of the Expansion Division.

                  R H BB
TOR 000 130 200 - 6 9  5
SEA 000 000 020 - 2 8  2

HR: A. Rodriguez (24)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb    7.2  2  2  1  2  0  
R. Johnson  6.0  4  4  0  3  5 

TOR 53-72, SEA 68-57

New York Tries To Keep Hope Alive With Victories in Cleveland

Lou_and_Babe_Better_Days.0August 22: New York 4, Cleveland 1

Ruth & Gehrig both hit dingers and Ray Caldwell gave New York the type of start that the club is desperate for as they try to keep their slim hopes for the division title alive.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 001 002 - 4 11  6
CLE 000 000 010 - 1  5  1
HR: L. Gehrig (32), B. Ruth (29), J. Romano (12)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  7.2  1  1  1  1  3  
S. McDowell  7.1  2  1  1  6  7 

NY 64-60, CLE 59-65

August 23: Cleveland 15, New York 1

Orlando Hernandez made his debut in a start for the Yankees, and it did not go well. He had a perfect first inning, but Jim Thome led off the second by mashing a tater. The Naps batted around, and Thome mashed a second tater against Hernandez in the inning, ending Hernandez’s rough day. Thome added a third spud to his pile of mashed taters later in the game to become the third player to 30 home runs. Manny Ramirez and Joe Jackson also had three-hit games for Cleveland. Stan Coveleski hypnotized the New York bats in a complete game gem.

                   R  H BB
NY  000 001 000 -  1  6  4
CLE 080 202 03x - 15 15  5

HR: J. Thome-3 (30)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
O. Hernandez  1.2  8  8  2  1  1  
S. Coveleski  9.0  1  1  0  4  3 

NY 64-61, CLE 60-65

August 24: New York 7, Cleveland 3

Charlie Keller led the way for New York in the rubber match with a single, double, homer, two RBI, and three runs scored.

                  R  H BB
NY  212 000 200 - 7  8  2
CLE 101 000 100 - 3 12  2
HR: C. Keller (16), R. Cano (13)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Pennock   6.0  3  3  0  2  1  
C. Kluber    6.0  5  4  1  2  6 

NY 65-61, CLE 60-66

New-Look Kansas City Wins Series v. Texas

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August 22: Kansas City 10, Texas 5

KC entered the series in second place in the Expansion Division, but Seattle has been widening their lead lately. Manager Ned Yost decided it was time to make a couple of changes to try to jolt a little more life into the Royals’ pursuit of the division title, and made the tough decision to replace Frank White at second base with Jose Offerman. “Frank is such a big part of this team, I hate to take him off the field. But we’ve got to find a way to score some more runs, and we think Jose can help us do that,” explained Yost before the game.

White has been a defensive whiz at second as expected, but he’s also been by far the worst every-day hitter in the league. His wOBA sits at .223. The second worst wOBA in the league by a qualified hitter is Sherm Lollar of Chicago’s .261. Offerman should provide more offense than White, but has poor range in the field.

Yost also made a change in the rotation and installed Bud Black in what had been a struggling Mark Gubicza’s spot. Both moves looked brilliant in the series opener. Black allowed just one earned run in 5.2 innings, and Offerman drilled an RBI single in his first plate appearance of the season. Offerman added a double and another single later in the game and handled several chances at second with no problems.

The Royals put on a rare display of power, crushing six doubles and three homers. George Brett had his best day of the season with a single, two doubles, and a dinger.

                   R  H BB
TEX 100 001 021 -  5 10  4
KC  400 120 21x - 10 17  3
HR: M. Hargrove (9), R. Palmeiro (21),
J. Mayberry (20), G. Brett (6), D. Tartabull (22)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  4.0  6  6  1  2  1  
B. Black    5.2  2  1  0  4  2 

TEX 57-68, KC 63-62

August 23: Texas 4, Kansas City 3

Runs were harder to come by in the second game for both teams. KC starter Jose Rosado handed a 3-2 lead to the bullpen. The flip-side of the Royals new second baseman reared its head in the top of the eighth when a Josh Hamilton groundball that White would have scooped scooted past Offerman for a single. Darrell Porter compounded the fielding problems with an error two batters later that allowed Julio Franco to reach. A-Rod and Rafael Palmeiro drove in Hamilton and Franco to take the lead for good.

George Brett tripled in his first plate appearance of the game, giving him the meaningless but rare distinction of hitting for the cycle over five consecutive plate appearances bridging two games.

                  R  H BB
TEX 010 001 020 - 4  6  3
KC  100 200 000 - 3 10  1

HR: A. Oliver (5), J. Hamilton (16)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough   7.0  3  3  0  1  1  
J. Rosado  6.0  2  2  2  1  4 

TEX 58-68, KC 63-63

August 24: Kansas City 2, Texas 1

Then the runs really dried up in the finale as Yu Darvish and Kevin Appier dueled. The Royals managed just three hits in the game, but in the bottom of the second, Danny Tartabull led off with a walk, Alex Gordon followed with a double, and Willie Wilson drove them both in with his 128th single.

                  R H BB
TEX 010 000 000 - 1 6  3
KC  020 000 00x - 2 3  2

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish   7.0  2  2  0  2  6  
K. Appier    7.0  1  1  0  3  5 

TEX 58-69, KC 64-63

Anaheim Gets Better of Detroit In Meeting of Last-Place Clubs

August 22: Anaheim 3, Detroit 2

The Angels only managed four hits in the game, but three of them came in a row in the sixth inning and were followed by a bases loaded walk to tie the game at two. And the other hit was a Bobby Grich triple in the seventh that drove in the game winner in the person of Rod Carew, who had reached on a walk.

Kelvim Escobar was impressive holding down the Detroit offense for six innings, Francisco Rodriguez followed with a perfect seventh, and Troy Percival nailed down quick innings in the eighth and ninth. Percival lowered his ERA to 0.94.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 002 100 - 3 4  5
DET 011 000 000 - 2 6  5
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar   6.0  2  2  0  5  6  
B. Donovan   6.2  3  3  0  4  6 

ANA 52-73, DET 59-65

tananaAugust 23: Anaheim 10, Detroit 4

The Tigers couldn’t even make it close the next day as the Angels pounded Justin Verlander and Al Benton for 10 runs. Brian Downing, Toriiiiiiiiiiiii Hunter, and Bob Boone all knocked three hits. Frank Tanana continues to be a revelation in the Anaheim rotation and has a 1.70 ERA over his last 53 innings.

Ty Cobb went 5-for-5 with five singles for the losers. It was his first five hit game of the year, but his 18th multi-hit game in his last 25. He has vaulted into the top 10 lists for wOBA and runs created, and, despite a disappointing first half, even into serious MVP contention considering his improved hitting and that he plays a premium position and plays it well.

                   R  H BB
ANA 000 050 140 - 10 13  6
DET 000 000 103 -  4 10  6
HR: T. Salmon (9)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Tanana     6.1  1  1  0  4  3  
J. Verlander  4.0  5  5  0  4  3 

ANA 53-73, DET 59-66

August 24: Detroit 9, Anaheim 7

The Tiger bats finally roared to life to salvage the finale. They needed to be loud, because Hal Newhouser was not sharp on the mound. Both teams drilled double-digit hits. Bobby Veach had the most with four.

  • Troy Glaus has smashed six homers in his last eight games.
  • Detroit took four of six from Anaheim for the year.
  • Anaheim won their first inter-division series at the beginning of the season, but had lost nine straight since then until this series win in Detroit.
                  R  H BB
ANA 020 202 010 - 7 10  1
DET 440 100 00x - 9 14  3
HR: T. Glaus (24), W. Joyner (6)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  7.0  9  7  0  3  4  
H. Newhouser    6.0  6  6  2  1  3 

ANA 53-74, DET 60-66

Boston Gains Small Cushion in First With Sweep of Chicago

August 22: Boston 6, Chicago 3

The league seems to be adjusting to Chicago starter Thornton Lee. He was promoted to a spot in the rotation shortly before the All-Star break and reeled off an impressive run of starts that helped Chicago get in the thick of the race atop the Original Division, but this was his third straight lackluster start. John Valentin did the most damage against Lee with a two-run triple and a run scored in the second.

                  R  H BB
CHI 012 000 000 - 3 10  6
BOS 130 020 00x - 6  8  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee      4.2  6  5  0  2  5  
S.J. Wood   7.0  3  3  0  6  1 

CHI 68-56, BOS 70-54

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August 23: Boston 5, Chicago 4 (11 innings)

Chicago snatched defeat from the jaws of victory multiple times in this game. A Carlton Fisk bomb highlighted Chicago’s charge to a 3-2 lead that they took into the bottom of the ninth. Keith Foulke promptly got his first two men out in that frame. Boston Fisk then singled, and Nomar Garciaparra rolled a grounder to second that looked like game over. Except Eddie Collins couldn’t find the handle on the ball and both runners were safe. Foulke still just needed one more out, and again it looked like he had it when Jim Rice lifted a fly ball to left. But Minnie Minoso saw the ball brush the outside of his glove and roll all the way to the monster while Fisk came around to tie the game on back-to-back Chicago errors.

Fittingly, the two guilty White Sox fielders led off the top of the 10th, and they grabbed the chance to atone for their fielding sins. Collins led off with a walk and stole second base, and Minoso drove him in with a double.

Matt Thornton tried to close out the game in the bottom of the 10th, and got his first two men out quickly. But…Ted Williams took his third walk of the game. Thornton hit Tris Speaker to push Williams to second. And Fred Lynn smacked a double to again tie it up.

Boston put Chicago out of their misery in the bottom of the 11th with three quick hits from Rice, Bobby Doerr, and Kevin Youkilis.

                     R  H BB
CHI 100 020 000 10 - 4  9  5
BOS 001 001 001 11 - 5 13  9
HR: C. Fisk-CHI (6)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney    5.1  2  2  0  4  1  
R. Clemens   9.0  3  3  1  3  8 

CHI 68-57, BOS 71-54

August 24: Boston 9, Chicago 3

It looked like an excellent pitching match-up with Chris Sale facing Pedro Martinez, who came into the game with the seventh and fifth best ERAs in the league respectively. But Sale got slammed out of the gate and allowed the first seven Boston batters to reach safely on two walks and five hits that included a Jimmie Foxx jam. Skipper Jimmy Dykes had seen enough, and yanked Sale before he was able to record an out.

Ted Williams had a perfect day at the plate with three walks and two singles.

Three days ago, Chicago, Baltimore, and Minnesota were all tied for second and one game out of first. Amazingly, all three of those teams were swept over the last three days and are suddenly tied for third and five games back. Oakland jumped from fifth to second and is three games back from Boston, which counts as the biggest lead anyone has had in the Original Division lately.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 110 010 - 3  8  6
BOS 610 000 20x - 9 14  6

HR: J. Foxx (15)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale      0.0  6  6  1  2  0  
P. Martinez  5.0  2  2  0  5  4 

CHI 68-58, BOS 72-54

Houston Shocks Minnesota With Sweep

August 22: Houston 6, Minnesota 2

Houston did not let Walter Johnson intimidate them and they put up six runs against him. Lance Berkman tagged one that was just the Big Train’s second home run given up all season.

Meanwhile, Nolan Ryan handled the Minnesotan offense. He pitched around seven walks by striking out eight and running into some good fortune when Harmon Killebrew lined into a triple play in the seventh.

                  R H BB
MN  000 020 000 - 2 5  7
HOU 020 010 03x - 6 9  3

HR: J. Cronin (4), L. Berkman (25)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson   7.0  6  4  1  3  6  
N. Ryan      8.0  2  2  1  7  8 

MN 68-56, HOU 54-69

August 23: Houston 9, Minnesota 0

Houston won even more handily the next day as the Houston bombers assaulted Bert Blyleven. Jeff Bagwell took him deep in the first, then the bottom of the third started with four straight hits for the ‘Stros and out came Blyleven. Moises Alou, Berkman, Bob Watson, Cesar Cedeno, Morgan Ensberg, and Johnny Edwards all had multi-hit games. Edwards was perfect with a walk and three hits in his four plate appearances.

Roy Oswalt painted the black and did not walk a soul in his seven innings.

                  R  H BB
MN  000 000 000 - 0  8  0
HOU 114 111 00x - 9 18  3
HR: J. Bagwell (24), M. Alou (25), L. Berkman (26)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Blyleven  2.0  6  6  1  1  1  
R. Oswalt    7.0  0  0  0  0  4 

MN 68-57, HOU 55-69

scottAugust 24: Houston 6, Minnesota 2

It was more of the same in the finale. Craig Biggio had a three-hit day at the top of Houston’s lineup. Mike Scott walked zippo and went the distance on the hill in one of his finest performances of the year.

Houston took four of six from Minny this year.

                  R H BB
MN  000 020 000 - 2 7  0
HOU 003 102 00x - 6 8  5
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Shaw    6.0  6  6  0  5  3  
M. Scott   9.0  2  2  0  0  4 

MN 68-58, HOU 56-69