Seattle Wins Battle For First In Kansas City

July 25: Seattle 5, Kansas City 3

The two teams tied for first in the Expansion met for a three-game series that would end with the tie broken one way or another. Seattle took the first game by bunching up their hits against Bret Saberhagen, who had been scorching hot in his prior six starts. Edgar Martinez and Alvin Davis each had a single and a double.

                  R  H BB
SEA 000 012 020 - 5 10  1
KC  000 102 00x - 3  6  4
HR: M. Sweeney (9), H. McRae (7)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez   7.0  3  3  2  2  3  
B. Saberhagen  7.0  5  5  0  1  4 

SEA 51-47, KC 50-48

US PRESSWIRE Sports ArchiveJuly 26: Seattle 7, Kansas City 1

Seattle sucked the drama out of the series pretty quick as they claimed the set in a not-so-close second game. Davis reached base safely four times to lead a parade of Seattle runners against Danny Jackson.

Hal McRae swatted a single and two doubles hitting second for the Royals, but the next five batters in the order combined for zilch hits against a wicked Randy Johnson. The Big Unit pitched his fourth nine inning start and lowered his ERA to 3.60, 13th best in the league.

                  R  H BB
SEA 210 040 000 - 7 12  5
KC  100 000 000 - 1  7  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson  9.0  1  1  0  2  5  
D. Jackson  4.0  6  5  0  3  3 

SEA 52-47, KC 50-49

July 27: Kansas City 1, Seattle 0

The pitching was fierce for both sides in the finale. Mark Gubicza, Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, and Greg Holland combined to blank the Mariners. Holland put the first two batters on in the top of the ninth but then struck out the next three. Jamie Moyer lowered his ERA to 3.37, eighth in the league.

Ken Griffey had three of Seattle’s six hits, all singles. The Royals as a team collected only three hits, but Kevin Seitzer’s lead-off double in the fourth preceded a Mike Sweeney single later in the inning to plate the only run of the game.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 000 - 0 6  2
KC  000 100 00x - 1 3  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Moyer    6.0  1  1  0  2  1  
M. Gubicza  5.2  0  0  0  1  1 

SEA 52-48, KC 51-49

Invigorated Chicago Whites Out Boston

July 25: Chicago 7, Boston 6

The Red Sox took advantage of a walk, three singles, and a Robin Ventura error to grab an early 4-0 lead. Cy Young cruised through five shutout innings before Chicago figured him out in a big way in the sixth and seventh innings. Minnie Minoso went ya-ya and Eddie Collins tripled amid a flurry of hits in those two frames.

Boston got the tying run to third base with one out in the ninth inning, but Eddie Cicotte finished off a complete game win with two groundouts.

                  R  H BB
BOS 040 000 101 - 6 10  3
CHI 000 003 40x - 7 11  2

HR: M. Minoso (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Young    6.1  7  7  1  1  1  
E. Cicotte  9.0  6  4  0  3  4 

BOS 59-38, CHI 52-45

July 26: Chicago 7, Boston 5

Lefty Grove and Ed Walsh, a couple of elite pitchers, matched up well only in the sense that they both had off days. It was 5-5 when the bullpens took over. Chicago hitters got to Boston’s Derek Lowe with two walks and a Frank Thomas single.

Thomas and Magglio Ordonez crushed back-to-back homers against Grove in the fifth.

                  R  H BB
BOS 031 000 100 - 5 10  6
CHI 201 020 20x - 7 11  5
HR: F. Thomas (15), M. Ordonez (5)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove   6.0  5  5  2  3  1  
E. Walsh   7.0  5  5  0  6  2 

BOS 59-39, CHI 53-45

venturaJuly 27: Chicago 5, Boston 4

Boston was clinging to a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning as they did all they could to salvage a game against the relentless White Sox. Jonathan Papelbon was tasked with shutting down both the eighth and ninth innings, but Joe Jackson poked a game-tying homer in the eighth. It was just the third homer Papelbon had allowed all year, but Robin Ventura handed him his fourth jack allowed in the bottom of the ninth to walk off an astounding sweep for the White Sox.

Chicago has been a juggernaut for almost a month now, winning 22 of 27. Just three weeks ago at the All-Star break, they were mired in seventh place with a 40-41 record but have sprinted up the standings to third place and just five games out of first.

Skipper Jimmy Dykes did make a couple of moves that roughly coincide with Chicago’s turnaround, most notably sending an underperforming Paul Konerko to the bench, making Harold Baines a regular, and putting Thornton Lee in the rotation in place of Red Faber. But Dykes was quick to deflect any credit back to his players:

“The coaches and me aren’t doing anything different. We knew our guys had it in them and we just had to be patient. The pitching has been there all along, and now that guys like Minnie (Minoso), Shoeless (Joe Jackson), and Big Frank (Thomas) are all looking comfortable at the plate, everything is clicking. Then you add in clutch hits like Robbie (Ventura) gave us today, and we can win some ballgames.”

Despite rapping 31 hits in the series, the Red Sox have now lost five straight for the first time all season.

                  R  H BB
BOS 000 012 010 - 4 11  0
CHI 010 002 011 - 5  8  1
HR: C. Fisk-BOS (12), N. Garciaparra (11),
J. Jackson (7), R. Ventura (5)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
S.J. Wood  7.0  3  3  0  1  2  
T. Lee     6.0  3  3  2  0  1

BOS 59-40, CHI 54-45

Anaheim Scores Series In Houston

July 25: Anaheim 7, Houston 3

Five different Angels rung up multi-hit games, led by Rod Carew’s four and Mike Trout’s three.

Houston’s Moises Alou homered in his fourth straight game, and his five homers in that stretch have propelled him to a tie for fourth most in the league at 21.

                  R  H BB
ANA 210 010 111 - 7 14  2
HOU 003 000 000 - 3  9  3

HR: M. Alou (21)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   8.0  3  3  1  3  2  
M. Cuellar  7.0  5  5  0  2  6 

ANA 37-61, HOU 44-53

weaverJuly 26: Anaheim 5, Houston 2

Anaheim was still hitterish the next day, and Houston’s Nolan Ryan was his usual generous self when it came to handing out free passes to first base. And Anaheim had Jered Weaver, top pitcher in the Expansion Division, in fine form on the mound, giving up just two hits and one walk in his seven frames. It all added up to a quickly claimed series win for los angeles.

                  R  H BB
ANA 003 002 000 - 5 10  9
HOU 020 000 000 - 2  3  3

HR: A. Howe (3)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver  7.0  2  2  1  2  4  
N. Ryan    5.0  5  5  0  6  6 

ANA 38-61, HOU 44-54

July 27: Houston 4, Anaheim 0

Roy Oswalt was bound and determined to not be swept by the lowly Angels, and he bulldozed through a complete game and claimed his first shutout of the year.

Houston’s Killer B’s were unusually quiet in the series, but Craig Biggio made a little noise in this one with two doubles, a run, and a RBI.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 5  3
HOU 300 100 00x - 4 5  6

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar   7.0  4  4  0  5  4  
R. Oswalt    9.0  0  0  0  3  8 

ANA 38-62, HOU 45-54

Baltimore Comes Out On Top In Oakland

Rickey_Henderson_and_Eddie_Murray,_1983 (from Dell Inspiron 15)

July 25: Baltimore 4, Oakland 3

Starters Jack Powell and Rube Waddell both went nine innings and gave up three earned runs. But Cal Ripken reached second base on a Rickey Henderson error to lead off the top of the eighth and came around to score the winning, unearned run for Baltimore.

                  R  H BB
BAL 001 001 110 - 4 12  3
OAK 100 100 010 - 3  9  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell   9.0  3  3  0  3  4  
R. Waddell  9.0  4  3  0  3  4 

BAL 54-43, OAK 51-46

July 26: Oakland 8, Baltimore 2

Oakland put on a hit parade against Harry Howell, including six doubles, a triple, and at least one hit from each batsman.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 000 020 - 2  8  2
OAK 130 200 20x - 8 12  4

HR: E. Murray (12)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell  6.2  8  8  0  3  1  
L. Grove   8.0  2  2  1  2  6 

BAL 54-44, OAK 52-46

July 27: Baltimore 8, Oakland 7

It’s maybe not time for A’s fans to panic about Tim Hudson, but after starting the year so strong, he followed up his first bad start of the year with another stinker in this one. After not allowing six or more earned runs in his first 17 starts, he’s now done it in back-to-back games. He dropped from the fifth best ERA in the league to 15th best over his last two games.

George Sisler smacked three extra-base hits, two doubles and a dong.

                  R  H BB
BAL 025 001 000 - 8 10  3
OAK 000 130 300 - 7 14  3

HR: G. Sisler (6), A. Jones (10), B. Robinson (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
U. Shocker  4.0  4  4  0  2  2  
T. Hudson   3.0  7  6  2  2  2 

BAL 55-44, OAK 52-47

Detroit Betters Cleveland In Battle At Bottom of Standings

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July 22: Detroit 14, Cleveland 6

Bob Feller had a great first half in Cleveland’s bullpen, and got promoted to the rotation after the All-Star break. Things have fallen apart quickly as he’s tried to stretch out his innings. Feller walked seven in less than three innings of work before Sam McDowell, the man Feller had replaced in the rotation, came on in long relief. Player-manager Lou Boudreau said after the game that Feller would go back to the ‘pen and McDowell take back his spot in the rotation.

McDowell was also far from sharp and handed out six free passes. Every single Tiger in the lineup took at least one walk, and the team added 15 hits to their 13 walks. Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, Harry Heilmann, Charles Gehringer, and Alan Trammell all reached safely four times apiece.

                   R  H BB
CLE 003 110 010 -  6  8  7
DET 304 100 06x - 14 15 13

HR: L. Doby (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Feller   2.2  7  3  0  7  2  
B. Donovan  5.0  5  5  1  5  2 

CLE 44-50, DET 44-50

July 23: Cleveland 10, Detroit 4

The Naps offense took a turn having a big day, and four different Clevelanders went ya-ya.

                   R  H BB
CLE 020 031 022 - 10 12  6
DET 000 000 031 -  4 10  3

HR: L. Doby (7), M. Ramirez (16),
T. Hafner (12), A. Belle (5), H. Heilmann (10)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  8.1  4  4  1  2  0  
J. Verlander  5.0  5  5  2  5  4 

CLE 45-50, DET 44-51

July 24: Detroit 12, Cleveland 3

The double-digit runs pendulum swung back to Detroit’s side in the finale as they abused Cleveland starter Corey Kluber. Detroit’s leading hitter Harry Heilmann knocked four singles and Norm Cash took a walk and smacked a single, double, and homer. Hal Newhouser went the distance for the Tigers and the teams finished the series tied in the cellar.

                   R  H BB
CLE 200 000 100 -  3 10  1
DET 403 003 20x - 12 15  2

HR: N. Cash (12), A. Kaline (6)

starters       IP   R  ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber     5.2  10  10  2  1  5  
H. Newhouser  9.0   3   3  0  1  5 

CLE 45-51, DET 45-51

Seattle & Toronto Split, Mariners Tied With KC For 1st

July 22: Seattle 4, Toronto 2

Seattle pounded 13 hits, including three from Robinson Cano and a dinger from Edgar Martinez, and Erik Hanson reeled off his third straight solid start.

                  R  H BB
SEA 201 001 000 - 4 13  1
TOR 000 100 100 - 2  9  5

HR: E. Martinez (10)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson  7.0  2  1  0  2  5  
D. Stieb   7.0  4  4  1  0  3 

SEA 50-46, TOR 42-53

delgadowtfJuly 23: Toronto 17, Seattle 1

Seattle needed a spot start from Mark Langston, and it looked like a good game to have their sixth starter going since his opponent, Juan Guzman, has pitched more like a seventh or eighth man most of the year. But Guzman had it all working and cruised through eight innings, while Langston saw the first five Blue Jays batters in the third inning reach against him, at which point he was pulled. Mike Moore then came on and let the next six batters reach as well. Twelve Jays had traipsed around the bases before Moore finally got out of the inning.

Roberto Alomar reached safely five times and had two doubles, and Carlos Delgado, Jose Bautista, and Devon White all reached four times. Delgado swatted two jacks and moved up to 10th in the league in wOBA and runs created.

                      R  H BB
SEA 001    000 000 -  1  8  1
TOR 20(12) 100 02x - 17 19 10

HR: P. Bradley (2), C. Delgado-2 (20)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Langston  2.0  7  7  1  4  2  
J. Guzman    8.0  1  1  1  1  7 

SEA 50-47, TOR 43-53

Oakland Stops Chicago’s Streak of Series Wins at 7

July 22: Chicago 14, Oakland 6

Tim Hudson finally ran into a tough day on the mound after getting 17 starts into the season without a truly bad game. Chicago made all kinds of contact and dropped in 19 hits against Hudson and an ineffective Oakland bullpen. The first six Sox hitters all had multi-hit games.

Hudson’s ERA is still sparkly at 3.28, but he dropped out of the exclusive sub-3.00 ERA club for now.

Eddie Collins scored three runs for both teams.

                   R  H BB
CHI 103 010 225 - 14 19  4
OAK 103 001 001 -  6  9  5

HR: M. Minoso (4), H. Baines (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee     8.0  5  4  0  4  5  
T. Hudson  6.2  7  7  1  2  4 

CHI 51-43, OAK 49-45

July 23: Oakland 7, Chicago 1

Things continue to be rough at the back end of Chicago’s rotation, and Johnny Rigney got slapped around pretty good for six innings, including a three run Reggie Jackson bomb. Chief Bender and Rollie Fingers quieted what has of late been an electric Chicago offense.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 000 - 1 6  3
OAK 203 101 00x - 7 8  4

HR: R. Jackson (16)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney  6.0  7  7  1  4  0  
C. Bender  7.0  1  1  0  1  5 

CHI 51-44, OAK 50-45

zitoJuly 24: Oakland 4, Chicago 0

Barry Zito’s astonishing turn-around continues. After 13 starts, he held a weighty 6.51 ERA. Over his subsequent five starts he’s allowed 0.94 earned runs per nine innings, tossed a no-hit shutout, a one-run complete game, and a two-hit shutout of the Sox in this game.

The teams are now tied for fifth in the Original, but just two games out of second place.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 000 000 - 0  2  3
OAK 200 001 10x - 4 12  1

HR: J. Foxx (19)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale   7.0  4  4  1  1 11  
B. Zito   9.0  0  0  0  2  2 

CHI 51-45, OAK 51-45