Kansas City Wins Pivotal Series in Seattle, Magic # is 1 Heading into Final 3 Days of Season

DANNY-TARTABULL-Kansas-City-Royals-1989-Majestic-Cooperstown-_1September 25: Kansas City 8, Seattle 4

The Royals opened the scoring in this colossally important series between the two expansion teams who are fighting for the division crown right down to the wire. Alcides Escobar and Frank White, two of the weakest hitters in the league, cracked back-to-back singles against Felix Hernandez in the third inning to plate the initial run.

Ken Griffey, Jr. drilled a game-tying solo homer against Kevin Appier in the fourth, and Robinson Cano put Seattle ahead with a solo jack in the fifth.

Hernandez was keen for six innings, but KC got to him in the seventh. Danny Tartabull and Darrell Porter both doubled to tie the game, and White, Willie Wilson, and John Mayberry all singled in the inning to put the Royals ahead 4-2.

Another solo homer for Seattle, this time off the bat of Alvin Davis, got the Mariners within a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Royals ran up their lead in the top of the ninth against Shigetoshi Hasegawa. Porter doubled again, Davis made an error at first base, Wilson singled, and Mayberry and George Brett popped doubles.

Griffey hit yet another solo homer for Seattle in the bottom of the ninth, but the Royals claimed the game and a 2.5 game lead in the Expansion Division.

                  R  H BB
KC  001 000 304 - 8 13  1
SEA 000 110 101 - 4  8  0

HR: K. Griffey, Jr.-2 (27), A. Davis (18), R. Cano (16)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier     6.2  3  3  3  0  8  
F. Hernandez  6.2  4  4  0  1  4 

KC 83-74, SEA 81-77

September 26: Seattle 4, Kansas City 3

Jamie Moyer showed why he is one of the front-runners to win Expansion Division pitcher of the year honors. He went eight innings and allowed three runs while walking nobody.

Bret Saberhagen was just about as good for Kansas City and only allowed three earned runs, but Darrell Porter, who had crushed a two-run homer in the top of the fifth, allowed a passed ball in the bottom of the inning that allowed Seattle an extra, unearned tally.

Alex Rodriguez tagged Saberhagen for two homers and three RBI, and Seattle shrank Kansas City’s lead to 1.5 games.

                  R H BB
KC  000 021 000 - 3 7  0
SEA 200 011 00x - 4 8  0

HR: D. Porter (12), A. Rodriguez-2 (30)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  7.0  4  3  2  0  4  
J. Moyer       8.0  3  3  1  0  6 

83-75, SEA 82-77

September 27: Kansas City 4, Seattle 3

It was a lefty-lefty matchup in the ridonkulously important rubber match. Seattle had the more intimidating hurler in strikeout king Randy Johnson, but Danny Jackson rose to the occasion for the Royals and started the game with five shutout innings.

Danny Tartabull got to the Unit early with a two-run mamma-jamma in the first inning, and the Royals added two more runs in the second inning on a Kevin Seitzer double. That was all the scoring KC managed in the game, and they hung on for dear life to make those four runs stand up.

Jackson’s effectiveness slipped in the sixth inning. Nelson Cruz led off with a walk, Griffey struck out, and Davis and Cano crushed back-to-back doubles to score two runs for Seattle. Out came Jackson and in came Wade Davis. Kyle Seager greeted Davis with an RBI single and the Mariners were within a run. Davis put an end to the rally with a double play grounder from Dan Wilson.

Davis then threw a hairy but scoreless seventh inning, and Greg Holland slammed the door with shutout innings in the eighth and ninth.

The Royals haven’t quite finished off the division, but the two wins have put them in great shape. If they win one of their final three games or Seattle loses one of their two remaining games, the Royals are division champions. And if KC gets swept in Anaheim and Seattle wins both of their games against Houston, the teams will meet in Kansas City on October 2nd for a deciding game 163.

                  R  H BB
KC  220 000 000 - 4  6  3
SEA 000 003 000 - 3 10  5

HR: D. Tartabull (25)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  5.1  3  3  0  3  4  
R. Johnson  9.0  4  3  1  3 10 

KC 84-75, SEA 82-78
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Oakland Sweeps Listless Chicago

September 25: Oakland 4, Chicago 1

Rube Waddell threw the first 5.2 innings of the game without allowing a hit or a walk. The White Sox ended up collecting one run plus a few singles and one walk in the game, but Waddell was dominant from start to finish.

Jason Giambi slammed a two-run dinger in the fourth inning.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 000 - 1 4  1
OAK 000 210 01x - 4 9  0

HR: J. Giambi (17)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte   8.0  4  4  1  0  3  
R. Waddell   9.0  1  1  0  1  6 

CHI 81-76, OAK 85-72

 

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Grove

September 26: Oakland 7, Chicago 6 (10 innings)

 

Lefty Grove was marvy for Oakland, except for a rough third inning. Much of the blame for that inning rests on the shoulders of Rickey Henderson and Eddie Collins, who both made errors in the frame. A Frank Thomas homer put an exclamation mark on six unearned runs for Chicago in the inning, but Chicago could not capitalize.

Mickey Cochrane tied the game up with a two-run dinger in the eighth inning, and hits from Giambi and Home Run Baker in the bottom of the 10th walked it off for Oakland.

                    R  H BB
CHI 006 000 000 0 - 6  8  5
OAK 211 000 020 1 - 7 11  4

HR: F. Thomas (24), M. Cochrane (11)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh   9.2  7  2  1  4  5  
L. Grove   9.2  6  0  1  5  7 

CHI 81-77, OAK 86-72

September 27: Oakland 6, Chicago 5

Chicago again shot themselves in the foot in the finale. Harold Baines did all he could by swatting two dingers and a single and driving in three, but errors by Chet Lemon, Eddie Collins, and Robin Ventura helped Oakland to three unearned runs. Jose Canseco collected a single, double, and homer for Oakland.

Chicago seems to have thrown in the towel and have dropped 13 of their last 18.

                  R  H BB
CHI 020 100 002 - 5 12  1
OAK 001 100 22x - 6  8  4
HR: H. Baines-2 (9), J. Canseco (4)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee     4.0  2  1  0  2  0  
T. Hudson  5.0  3  3  2  1  1 

CHI 81-78, OAK 87-72

New York Takes Series in Boston

September 25: Boston 8, New York 2

Cy Young continued his shockingly good finish to the season and now has a 1.01 ERA over his last nine starts. Young has snuck into the league’s top ten with a 3.33 mark for the year.

The outlandishly good top of Boston’s lineup went koo-koo, Wade Boggs and Tris Speaker each reaching four times and Ted Williams thrice. The trio started the bottom of the first with three consecutive doubles.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 000 001 - 2  7  5
BOS 200 041 01x - 8 12  4

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt    4.1  6  6  0  2  0  
C. Young   7.0  1  1  0  2  3 

NY 81-76, BOS 93-64

September 26: New York 15, Boston 10

This one went wild. The Yanks jumped Lefty Grove for eight runs in the first three innings. Alex Rodriguez hit two homers in that stretch and New York held a 9-2 lead after three and a half innings, but they coughed it up. The top of Boston’s lineup again proved almost impossible to get out. Boggs knocked three hits including a rare dinger, Speaker hit four safeties and drew a walk, Williams walked twice and singled, and Jimmie Foxx walked and smacked three singles from cleanup.

Boston tied the game at 10 in the seventh inning and seemed to have all the momentum after deflating New York’s huge lead. But Williams and Speaker both made errors in the top of the ninth to go along with four New York singles, which let the Yankees run away with five runs and the victory.

                   R  H BB
NY  134 101 005 - 15 15  3
BOS 101 212 300 - 10 16  6

HR: A. Rodriguez-2 (26), Y. Berra (9), W. Boggs (4)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez   5.1  7  7  0  6  1  
L. Grove   2.2  8  6  3  1  3 

NY 82-76, BOS 93-65

caldwellSeptember 27: New York 6, Boston 1

Ray Caldwell was unusually good in a complete game for New York and Smoky Joe Wood was unusually ineffective while giving up five runs. A Wade Boggs error in the fifth inning helped New York to the winning run. Then in the eighth, Bill Dickey tripled, Derek Jeter doubled, and Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig singled to run up the Yankees lead.

New York couldn’t keep up with Boston in the standings this year, but they played respectably in their head-to-head contests. Boston claimed 10 of the 18 meetings between the rivals.

                  R H BB
NY  000 020 040 - 6 8  8
BOS 000 010 000 - 1 8  4

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  9.0  1  1  0  4  2  
S.J. Wood    7.1  5  4  0  8  9 

NY 83-76, BOS 93-66


			

Houston & Toronto Split 4 Games, Launch 19 Homers

September 25: Houston 10, Toronto 2

Mike Cuellar made the only strong start of the series for either team and went the distance. The Astros offense went silly, Jim Wynn the silliest of all with a walk, double, and two homers.

                   R  H BB
HOU 030 030 202 - 10 17  6
TOR 110 000 000 -  2  7  6
HR: L. Berkman (34), J. Wynn-2 (12),
M. Ensberg (9), E. Encarnacion (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Cuellar  9.0  2  2  1  6  7  
S. Marcum   4.1  6  6  2  3  6 

HOU 68-89, TOR 70-86

September 26: Toronto 5, Houston 3

The teams drilled two homers each, but this was the only game in which neither team scored double digits. Josh Donaldson’s first inning homer was a three-run job, whereas both Houston dingers were solo.

                  R H BB
HOU 200 001 000 - 3 6  2
TOR 300 100 10x - 5 6  4
HR: M. Alou (31), C. Biggio (13),
J. Donaldson (2), L. Moseby (12)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan      6.1  5  5  2  4  7  
R. Halladay  7.0  3  3  2  2  3 

HOU 68-90, TOR 71-86

mcgriffSeptember 27: Toronto 14, Houston 4

With Roy Oswalt’s season over, Wade Miller made a start for Houston but soon wished he hadn’t. The bottom of the first was at least reasonable, with just a two-run jack by Fred McGriff. But the second inning went bonkers with seven Jays reaching safely against Miller, and Shawn Green nailing a three-run homer. Green later swatted a second homer in the game, his 28th of the season. That puts Green in the league’s top 10 home run hitters despite only amassing 477 plate appearances (compared to the 492 he would need to be a “qualified” hitter).

                   R  H BB
HOU 000 010 210 -  4 12  1
TOR 281 201 00x - 14 14  6
HR: C. Correa (5), M. Ensberg (10),
F. McGriff (23), S. Green-2 (28)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Miller  1.2  9  9  2  2  2  
J. Key     6.2  3  3  1  1  6 

HOU 68-91, TOR 72-86

September 28: Houston 13, Toronto 3

Doyle Alexander’s weird season came to a close with a disaster start, a fitting end to his miserable second half. (His splendid first half had ended with a start in front of his home fans in the third All-Star Game.) Alexander and the following Jays hurlers could not get Houston’s first two batsmen Jeff Bagwell and Jose Cruz out. Bagwell drew a walk, swatted two singles, and knocked a homer, while Cruz collected two singles, a double and a dong. Morgan Ensberg hit his third homer of the series.

Fred McGriff raised his wOBA to .381 with a walk, single, double, and homer. He owns the 11th best wOBA in the league and third best in the Expansion Division.

                   R  H BB
HOU 210 630 000 - 13 16  5
TOR 000 101 100 -  3  9  5
HR: J. Bagwell (32), J. Cruz (4), M. Ensberg (11),
F. McGriff (24), J. Donaldson (3)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott      6.2  3  3  2  5  4  
D. Alexander  3.2  9  8  3  3  1 

HOU 69-91, TOR 72-87

Tied For Last Going In, Jackson & Kluber Lead Cleveland to Wins Over Detroit

cobb-jacksonSeptember 25: Detroit 4, Cleveland 3

In his fifth and penultimate start of the year, Carlos Carrasco finally struggled a little bit. Two Tigers took him deep, and his team fell behind 0-4. Cleveland rallied in the top of the eighth for three runs, but the comeback effort fell short. Both teams managed just four hits each. Three of those for Cleveland came off the bat of Joe Jackson, now with a league-best average of .347 and league-best hit total of 208.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 000 030 - 3 4  8
DET 001 102 00x - 4 4  2

HR: C. Gehringer (9), N. Cash (18)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Carrasco   5.2  4  4  2  2  4  
H. Newhouser  7.1  3  2  0  6  2 

CLE 74-83, DET 75-82

September 26: Cleveland 6, Detroit 4

The hits were much more plentiful the next day. Ty Cobb led everyone with three knocks, and eight other players in the game collected two hits. Detroit errors by Cobb, George Uhle, and Alan Trammell were killers, helping Cleveland score three unearned runs.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 321 000 - 6 11  4
DET 000 110 002 - 4 13  2
HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  8.2  4  4  0  2  0  
G. Uhle       4.2  5  3  0  0  1 

CLE 75-83, DET 75-83

September 27: Cleveland 5, Detroit 2

Corey Kluber was wicked in his final start of the year. He was one out away from a shutout with nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth, but then Miguel Cabrera singled and Norm Cash spoiled it with a homer. Kluber still completed the game. He issued nary a walk and struck out 12.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 000 320 - 5 11  5
DET 000 000 002 - 2  7  0

HR: L. Doby (14), N. Cash (19)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber   9.0  2  2  1  0 12  
T. Bridges  6.2  3  1  0  5  2
 
CLE 76-83, DET 75-84

Texas Win Streak and Anaheim Loss Streak Both Continue in Two Game Set

September 25: Texas 1, Anaheim 0

Dean Chance and Gerald Perry took control of the game and didn’t allow either offense to make much noise. Josh Hamilton singled in the bottom of the fourth, stole second, and was driven in by Rafael Palmeiro to score the one run.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 3  1
TEX 000 100 00x - 1 8  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   8.0  1  1  0  2  3  
G. Perry    9.0  0  0  0  1  5 

ANA 65-93, TEX 75-83

howardSeptember 27: Texas 8, Anaheim 7

Then the offenses took over the next day in a back-and-forth affair. Jered Weaver closed out an excellent season with a terrible start.

But Mike Trout and Jim Fregosi powered Anaheim to stick with Texas. Trout collected a single, double, and homer, and Fregosi went 4-for-4 with two dingers. Fregosi’s two-run shot in the eighth put the Halos up by a run.

Troy Percival has been mostly untouchable all year, and he got two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth still holding that one-run lead for Anaheim. But Josh Hamilton took a walk and Frank Howard followed with a walk-off tater to claim Texas’s sixth straight victory and hand Anaheim their eighth straight loss.

                  R  H BB
ANA 010 201 120 - 7 10  4
TEX 030 020 102 - 8  8  6
HR: M. Trout (14), J. Fregosi-2 (14), F. Howard (18)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver    7.0  6  6  1  5  2  
J. Matlack   6.0  4  4  1  3  4 

ANA 65-94, TEX 76-83

Baltimore Winners of 2 of 3 v. Minnesota As Season Enters Final Week

powell

September 25: Baltimore 3, Minnesota 2 (10 innings)

Starters Camilo Pascual and Jack Powell had a nice duel. In the bottom of the 10th, Matt Wieters took a one-out walk against Pascual, and in came lefty Eddie Guardado to face the top of Baltimore’s lineup. Guardado did not record a single out as Ken Singleton quickly singled Wieters to third, and Bobby Grich singled him home.

Powell has been quietly excellent all season and now has the sixth best ERA in the league at 3.29. He’s slated to make one more start.

                    R  H BB
MN  100 000 010 0 - 2 10  1
BAL 100 010 000 1 - 3  8  4
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascual  9.1  3  3  0  4  6  
J. Powell  10.0  2  2  0  1  3 

MN 85-72, BAL 84-73

September 26: Minnesota 11, Baltimore 6

Johan Santana was named pitcher of the month in April, the first month of the season, and never really slowed down. If he ever lost his perch at the top of the ERA leaders after mid-May or so, I don’t remember it. This was his 29th and final start of the year, and it went merely OK, with four runs allowed in six innings. The most amazing thing about his amazing season is that he never had a truly bad start. He never allowed even five runs in a single game. His teammate Walter Johnson, owner of the second best ERA in the league, allowed five or more runs in 11 of his 33 starts. (A not entirely fair comparison since Walter can go much deeper into games, but still.)

Fortunately for Santana the Minnesota bats were smoking right out of the gates, plus Eddie Murray and Frank Robinson made errors in the early going. Rod Carew reached safely all five times up (two walks, two singles, and a triple).

                   R  H BB
MN  330 004 001 - 11 13  4
BAL 020 002 110 -  6 10  4
HR: H. Killebrew (9), F. Robinson (30)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  6.0  4  4  1  2  6  
H. Howell   1.1  6  3  0  0  1 

MN 86-72, BAL 84-74

September 27: Baltimore 6, Minnesota 3

Speaking of Johnson, he closed out his season in the next game, and was not at his best. His speed ball might have been losing a little zip at the end of the year. After giving up two homers in his first 30 starts, he yielded four in his last three games.

Eddie Murray collected three RBI and two runs scored on a double and a homer against Johnson.

                  R H BB
MN  000 003 000 - 3 8  1
BAL 104 000 01x - 6 6  4

HR: E. Murray (18)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  8.0  6  6  1  4  3  
L. Stewart  9.0  3  3  0  1  1 

MN 86-73, BAL 85-74