Seattle Has No Trouble Taking Care of Toronto in 2 Game Set

johnsonAugust 8: Seattle 7, Toronto 2

Randy Johnson already holds the Rhubarb record for strikeouts in a game with 16, and he nearly matched it with an overpowering 15 strikeout performance against the big swinging Blue Jays. He has a rather ridiculous 37 more strikeouts than any other pitcher. The Big Unit lowered his ERA to 3.40, third best in the Expansion Division.

                  R  H BB
SEA 000 200 032 - 7 13  2
TOR 000 200 000 - 2  5  5

HR: A. Davis (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson  8.0  2  2  0  5 15  
D. Stieb    7.0  4  4  1  2  3 

SEA 60-50, TOR 49-61

August 9: Seattle 10, Toronto 5

Juan Guzman had a nightmarish inning in the second as his shortstop made an error and the Mariners pounded eight hits and eight runs, including dingers by Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey, Jr.

Seattle stretched their division lead to four games as they won their 10th consecutive series (not including a two-game set that they split). Toronto has tumbled down to fifth place after being in first at the season’s mid-point.

                   R  H BB
SEA 080 000 200 - 10 12  0
TOR 310 010 000 -  5  9  5
HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (20), A. Rodriguez (22),
R. Alomar (2), K. Gruber (5)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson  7.0  6  4  2  5  3  
J. Guzman  1.1  8  7  2  0  1 

SEA 61-51, TOR 49-62


			

Scalding Hot Chicago Sweeps Baltimore, Top of Original Division Getting Crowded

lee

August 7: Chicago 1, Baltimore 0

Thornton Lee added another chapter to his superlative stretch since joining the White Sox rotation in late June. His season ERA is a shiny 2.87. This shutout was his finest game yet, and it came at the perfect time because his opponent Urban Shocker was also locked in. Shocker has had a bad year, but put together his second straight start allowing one run in nine innings.

Frank Thomas touched Shocker for a double to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and Harold Baines poked a single to drive in Thomas for the only run of the well-pitched game.

                  R H BB
BAL 000 000 000 - 0 6  2
CHI 000 001 00x - 1 7  1

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
U. Shocker  9.0  1  1  0  1  1  
T. Lee      9.0  0  0  0  2  4 

BAL 62-47, CHI 60-49

August 8: Chicago 7, Baltimore 2

Johnny Niggeling followed Shocker in the Baltimore rotation with his worst game of the year, and Johnny Rigney put together his third straight good start for Chicago after a mostly bad year.

The top three Chicago hitters, Eddie Collins, Minnie Minoso, and Joe Jackson, had a field day, going a combined 7-for-10 with two walks and five runs.

                  R  H BB
BAL 001 010 000 - 2 10  3
CHI 103 000 30x - 7 10  2
HR: B. Robinson (5), C. Fisk (3)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Niggeling  6.2  7  7  1  2  3  
J. Rigney     9.0  2  2  1  3  3 

BAL 62-48, CHI 61-49

August 9: Chicago 8, Baltimore 5

Chicago put this one away almost immediately as they bashed Erik Bedard into submission to the tune of seven runs before Bedard hit the showers having recorded just one out.

With the sweep complete, the incredible Sox are now 22-8 since the all-star break. They’ve pulled into a tie with Baltimore for third place, and the top of the Original Division is deliciously crammed with these two teams plus Boston and Minnesota all within two games of each other.

                  R  H BB
BAL 010 210 001 - 5 10  3
CHI 701 000 00x - 8 10  9

HR: B. Powell (1)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard  0.1  7  7  0  3  0  
C. Sale    6.0  4  3  0  1  7 

BAL 62-49, CHI 62-49

Anaheim Takes Series In Kansas City

August 7: Anaheim 6, Kansas City 1

Neither team managed a hit in the first four innings nor scored in the first five as Kelvim Escobar and Jose Rosado started off with an unexpected pitchers duel. Rosado suddenly lost it in the sixth though when he hit Mike Napoli with a pitch and then gave up three consecutive singles and was pulled. The Angels added three unearned runs in the eighth.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 003 030 - 6 7  4
KC  000 001 000 - 1 4  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  6.0  1  1  0  2  5  
J. Rosado   5.1  3  3  0  3  6 

ANA 41-69, KC 57-54

August 8: Kansas City 3, Anaheim 2 (11 innings)

Mike Trout homered in the first and the Angels scratched a second run across in the second before Kevin Appier dug in and gave up no more runs in his nine innings, which was his longest outing of the year.

Frank Tanana took a turn in what has been Nolan Ryan’s spot in the rotation and was sharp, giving up nada for seven innings before Amost Otis tagged him for a solo shot leading off the eighth. Later in that inning, Danny Tartabull doubled and Mike Sweeney drove him in to tie it up.

Joakim Soria kept the Angels off the board in the 10th and 11th, and Darrell Porter sent the fans home happy with a walk-off dinger in the bottom of the 11th.

                     R  H BB
ANA 110 000 000 00 - 2 10  1
KC  000 000 020 01 - 3 11  1

HR: M. Trout (11), A. Otis (3), D. Porter (11)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Tanana  7.0  1  1  1  1  3  
K. Appier  9.0  2  2  1  1  8 

ANA 41-70, KC 58-54

messAugust 9: Anaheim 6, Kansas City 1

The Royals lost more ground to first-place Seattle as they scuffled against an impressive Andy Messersmith. The Angels hurler was helped by three double plays to face just 29 batters in a complete game.

Bret Saberhagen got blasted in a short disaster start. Bud Black followed him up with seven shutout innings.

                  R  H BB
ANA 042 000 000 - 6 12  3
KC  000 100 000 - 1  4  1

HR: J. Edmonds (9), T. Glaus (18)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  9.0  1  1  0  1  5  
B. Saberhagen   2.0  6  6  2  1  2 

ANA 42-70, KC 58-55

Boston In Unfamiliar Territory After Dropping Series in Cleveland

August 7: Cleveland 4, Boston 3

Wade Boggs did his usual getting on-base sorcery, reaching safely four out of five times up, Smoky Joe Wood kept up a great string of starts, and the incredible Carlton Fisk bashed his 15th homer to help the Red Sox to a 3-0 lead after six innings.

But a Ted Williams error in the seventh got Cleveland their first run, and then in the eighth Nap Lajoie sliced a two-RBI triple to tie it up and knock out Wood. In the bottom of the eighth, Larry Doby tripled and Manny Ramirez singled him home for the game-winning run.

                  R  H BB
BOS 100 110 000 - 3  8  4
CLE 000 001 21x - 4 10  0

HR: C. Fisk (15)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
S.J. Wood    6.2  3  2  0  0  5  
S. McDowell  8.0  3  3  1  4  9 

BOS 62-47, CLE 51-58

speakerAugust 8: Cleveland 6, Boston 0

It looked like a great pitching match-up for Boston with Roger Clemens going against Stan Coveleski, but Coveleski flipped the script by shutting out the Sox. The Cleveland batters jumped Clemens for six runs despite getting just three walks and four hits against him. All three of the walks Clemens issued came in in the fifth inning, and they set the table for a Tris Speaker grand slam. Jim Thome mashed a two-run tater in the sixth to knock out the Rocket and send him tumbling down the ERA leader board from third to ninth.

The loss meant that Boston, having spent almost all season comfortably in first, would trail Minnesota in the standings regardless of the outcome of game three.

                  R H BB
BOS 000 000 000 - 0 5  3
CLE 000 042 00x - 6 4  4

HR: T. Speaker-CLE (2), J. Thome (27)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Clemens    5.0  6  6  2  3  6  
S. Coveleski  9.0  0  0  0  3  2 

BOS 62-48, CLE 52-58

August 9: Boston 10, Cleveland 2

Pedro Martinez got Boston back on track at least momentarily with a typically dominant six innings. The Boston bats likewise finally showed up in a big way to salvage the finale. The amazing Fisk walked, hit two doubles, and homered.

Carlton is slugging with the best of them. Here is the league top 10 in isolated power:

 1. Lou Gehrig-NY     .271
 2. Babe Ruth-NY      .249
 3. Jim Thome-CLE     .236
 4. Shawn Green-TOR   .215
 5. F. Robinson-BAL   .212
 6. Fred McGriff-TOR  .208
 7. Carlton Fisk-BOS  .206
 8. C. Delgado-TOR    .204
 9. Robinson Cano-NY  .200
10. Moises Alou-HOU   .199

Fisk is also seventh in wOBA at .393.

                   R  H BB
BOS 400 400 020 - 10 11  7
CLE 001 000 100 -  2  4  5

HR: C. Fisk (16), T. Speaker-BOS (5), A. Rosen (12)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
P. Martinez  6.0  1  1  1  2  4  
C. Kluber    3.1  8  8  3  4  5 

BOS 63-48, CLE 52-59

Houston Finally Takes A Series Against Texas in Fifth Try

August 7: Texas 2, Houston 0

The two teams traveled to Arlington for the back-end of a home-and-home series. Texas swept the previous three games, and made it four in a row on the strength of a filthy Ferguson Jenkins. Jenkins whirled his third shutout of the year, all of which have occured in his last six starts. The shutout looked like it was over when the ‘Stros loaded the bases with no outs to start the seventh, but Jenkins whiffed Morgan Ensberg and got Dickie Thon to roll into a double play.

Houston dropped their seventh straight.

                  R H BB
HOU 000 000 000 - 0 5  3
TEX 000 010 10x - 2 8  1
HR: A. Rodriguez (25)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Oswalt   6.2  2  2  1  0  6  
F. Jenkins  9.0  0  0  0  3  4 

HOU 48-61, TEX 50-60

August 8: Houston 11, Texas 6

Houston had gone 25 straight innings without scoring a run before Lance Berkman busted them out of the slump with a three-run jobbie in the first. Bob Watson added a three-run triple in the third, and the Astros bats stayed hot all game.

Mike Scott backed them up with a strong game on the mound.

Josh Hamilton had a four-hit day for the losers.

                   R  H BB
HOU 303 000 113 - 11 14  6
TEX 000 000 024 -  6 12  2
HR: M. Alou (22), L. Berkman (22), J. Hamilton (13)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott   7.0  2  2  0  1  5  
C. Hough   6.0  6  5  1  5  4 

HOU 49-61, TEX 50-61

richard cruz
August 9: Houston 3, Texas 0

J.R. Richard overpowered the Rangers hitters, allowing just three hits on the way to his first shutout of the year. All the runs in the game came on another Berkman blast, and the slugging Astro raised his season wOBA to a cool .400.

                  R H BB
HOU 003 000 000 - 3 4  7
TEX 000 000 000 - 0 3  2
HR: L. Berkman (23)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J.R. Richard  9.0  0  0  0  2  6 
Y. Darvish    7.0  3  3  1  6  8 

HOU 50-61, TEX 50-62

Minnesota In Good Position After Abusing Shaky Oakland Bullpen

puckett
August 7: Minnesota 5, Oakland 3

Tim Hudson got shellacked for five runs in the first inning before settling in and not allowing a run over his next six frames. Goose Goslin tripled and Kirby Puckett homered in that first inning, and the five runs were enough for Walter Johnson, who twirled a complete game.

                  R  H BB
MN  500 000 000 - 5 12  1
OAK 001 002 000 - 3  7  1
HR: K. Puckett (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  9.0  3  2  0  1  7  
T. Hudson   7.0  5  5  1  1  3 

MN 62-47, OAK 57-52

August 8: Minnesota 5, Oakland 3 (11 innings)

Chief Bender was far better than Bert Blyleven and pitched the A’s to a 3-1 lead after eight innings. Rickey Henderson and Al Simmons both took Blyleven yard.

Dennis Eckersley came on to close out the ninth, but couldn’t do it. Goslin led off with a walk, Joe Cronin flew out, Joe Mauer singled, pinch-hitting Stan Spence singled to get Minnesota within a run, and Rod Carew drove in the tying run on a groundout.

The Twins completed the comeback in the top of the 11th when Harmon Killebrew followed a Mauer double with a dong.

                     R  H BB
MN  000 001 002 02 - 5 10  3
OAK 101 000 100 00 - 3  7  3
HR: H. Killebrew (7), R. Henderson (7), A. Simmons (16)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Blyleven  6.0  3  3  2  1  6  
C. Bender    8.0  1  1  0  2  1 

MN 63-47, OAK 57-53

August 9: Minnesota 6, Oakland 5 (10 innings)

Again the A’s built up a late lead, this time a 5-3 lead after seven and a 5-4 lead after eight. Oakland manager Connie Mack can’t have confidence calling on anyone from his bullpen right now. Rollie Fingers gave up a run in the eighth. Eckersley just about kept the lead after retiring the first two batters of the ninth inning to get one out away with the one-run lead intact, but Puckett crushed a game-tying homer. The A’s tried Justin Duchscherer on the mound in the tenth, but hits from Goslin and Cecil Travis set up an RBI sac-fly by Earl Battey to demoralize the Oakland bullpen further.

Here are the ERAs of the relievers Oakland was counting on the most this season:

Eckersley 3.75
Duchscherer 5.92
Fingers 4.11
Rommel 3.48

Meanwhile, the Twins are on a 16-5 stretch and have slid into first place (pending results from Baltimore and Boston).

                    R  H BB
MN  001 020 011 1 - 6 15  1
OAK 103 010 000 0 - 5  9  4
HR: K. Puckett (6)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Shaw    3.0  4  4  0  4  4  
B. Zito    7.0  3  3  0  1  7 

MN 64-47, OAK 57-54

Surging ChiSox Sweep Detroit

August 3: Chicago 4, Detroit 2 (11 innings)

Chris Sale and Hal Newhouser had an excellent southpaw duel, and Newhouser took the mound in top of the ninth holding on to a 2-1 lead. A Robin Ventura error had allowed Detroit to score the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, but Ventura made up for it in a big way by leading off the top of the ninth with a tater to tie it up and knock out Newhouser.

Minnie Minoso made the comeback complete with a two-run dinger in the 11th. Chicago reliever Terry Forster threw three scoreless frames in the ninth, 10th, and 11th.

                     R  H BB
CHI 100 000 001 02 - 4 10  7
DET 100 010 000 00 - 2  7  5

HR: M. Minoso (6), R. Ventura (7)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale       7.0  2  1  0  5  7  
H. Newhouser  8.0  2  2  1  3  6 

CHI 57-49, DET 50-56

jackson.jpgAugust 4: Chicago 6, Detroit 2

The teams combined for 10 doubles in the game, two apiece for Chicago’s Minoso and Joe Jackson. Jackson also added a single and a triple to his two dubs. In the second, third, and fourth spots, Chicago’s big swatters Minoso, Jackson, and Frank Thomas cranked nine hits, six for extra bases.

                  R  H BB
CHI 103 002 000 - 6 14  3
DET 100 000 100 - 2 10  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte  7.0  2  2  0  2  0  
G. Uhle     6.0  6  4  0  3  1 

CHI 58-49, DET 50-57

August 5: Chicago 9, Detroit 2

The Chicago offense continues to amaze after a sluggish start to the year. July player of the month Frank Thomas kept it going in August with a perfect day at the plate that included two walks, two singles, and a dong. Harold Baines swatted two singles plus two homers.

Ed Walsh’s two runs allowed, complete game lowered his ERA to 3.17, seventh best in the league.

Not so long ago, it looked like the Red Sox would be running away with the Original Division, but now Boston, Baltimore, Minnesota, and Chicago are all with three games of each other at the top. Looks like a good set-up for a thrilling race to the finish.

                  R  H BB
CHI 210 200 310 - 9 14  6
DET 000 000 002 - 2  6  1

HR: F. Thomas (17), H. Baines-2 (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh    9.0  2  2  0  1  7  
T. Bridges  6.2  8  4  3  4  0 

CHI 59-49, DET 50-58