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”


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

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

Whiffs-A-Plenty as Texas Ends Anaheim Streaks


August 19: Texas 2, Anaheim 0

Yu Darvish didn’t always know just where the ball was going, and walked seven, but the Angels were helpless against him when he did find the strike zone. They managed just two singles in the hit department, and Darvish whiffed 11 in his first shutout of the year. The final out of the game came right back to Darvish on a gb (p) X error chance, but there wasn’t much drama since Darvish has an e0 rating, and is thereby incapable of erring. (Which is because the real Yu committed zero errors between 2012-14, the years used for his card stats and ratings. He did commit his first ever MLB error this 2017 season.)

Andy Messersmith was sharp for Anaheim and gave up just three hits. Unfortunately for him, two of them came back-to-back, and the second hit was a Josh Hamilton bazinga.

The loss ended Anaheim’s win streak at seven games.

                  R H BB
TEX 002 000 000 - 2 3  2
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 2  7
HR: J. Hamilton (14)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish      9.0  0  0  0  7 11  
A. Messersmith  8.0  2  2  1  2  8 

TEX 56-66, ANA 50-72

August 20: Anaheim 4, Texas 3

Dean Chance had the swing-and-miss mojo working against the big-swinging Rangers and struck out a season-high 10 in his first nine-inning complete game. He did give up a three-run yak on another shot by Hamilton, and the game was knotted at threes going in to the bottom of the ninth. Backup catcher Mike Napoli led it off against C.J. Wilson, and bashed his second walk-off dinger of the season–pretty good for a guy who has only gotten into 30 games and knocked four homers all year.

Alex Rodriguez was perfect for the Rangers with a walk and three singles, plus three stolen bases, but scored zero and drove in zero since his mates weren’t offering any help around him.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 030 000 - 3 5  3
ANA 000 210 001 - 4 9  5

HR: J. Hamilton (15), M. Napoli (4)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry   6.2  3  3  0  5  3  
D. Chance  9.0  3  3  1  3 10 

TEX 56-67, ANA 51-72

August 21: Texas 8, Anaheim 3

The rubber match featured a premier pitching match-up in Nolan Ryan and Jered Weaver.

Weaver had a great first half but has been a little less dominant of late, and this was his third straight start with just OK results. Errors by infielders Bobby Grich, Jim Fregosi, and Rod Carew didn’t help.

Rafael Palmeiro, Julio Franco, and Al Oliver each bashed three hits apiece.

Ryan had a decent first half but has stepped it up a notch lately and rocked the Angels with nine strikeouts in seven innings while walking just one. His ERA in his last eight starts is under two, and he has laid claim to the 10th best season ERA in the league at 3.40.

28 of the 54 outs in this game came by strikeout, and 62 of 159 outs (39%) in the series came on third strikes.

Anaheim’s streak of series wins ended at four.

                  R  H BB
TEX 012 000 230 - 8 15  4
ANA 020 000 100 - 3  8  2

HR: A. Oliver (4), T. Glaus (23)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    7.0  3  2  1  1  9  
J. Weaver  6.2  5  3  1  4  9 

TEX 57-67, ANA 51-73

Glaus Drops Bombs, Anaheim Win Streak Hits 7 With Sweep In Kansas City


August 16: Anaheim 9, Kansas City 5

Jered Weaver wasn’t in top form, but he didn’t need to be thanks to the support he got from his offense. Tim Salmon led the charge with three singles and a walk, and Brian Downing, Rod Carew, and Jim Fregosi all reached safely thrice. John Mayberry did what he could for KC with two walks, a single, and a double, but his ‘mates didn’t make much noise outside of a Danny Tartabull solo job.

                  R  H BB
ANA 002 010 150 - 9 14  6
KC  010 001 300 - 5  9  3
HR: T. Glaus (19), D. Tartabull (21)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver   6.1  4  4  1  3  2  
D. Jackson  7.0  4  1  0  6  4 

ANA 48-71, KC 61-58

August 17: Anaheim 5, Kansas City 4

KC starter Mark Gubicza had a bad fourth inning that started with back-to-back walks, a single, and a wild pitch. Troy Glaus knocked him out of the game in the fifth inning with a homer that gave Anaheim a one-run lead. The Royals couldn’t answer as Kelvim Escobar, Bryan Harvey, and Troy Percival shut them down from there.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 320 000 - 5 9  5
KC  030 100 000 - 4 8  3

HR: T. Glaus (20)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  7.0  4  4  0  3  1  
M. Gubicza  4.1  5  5  1  4  2 

ANA 49-71, KC 61-59

August 18: Anaheim 7, Kansas City 1

The Angels made it seven straight wins and 10 victories in their last 12 games with a no-drama finale. Frank Tanana followed up a shutout last time out with a complete game, one-run performance. Tanana has yielded two runs in his last 30.2 innings pitched.

Troy Glaus made it four homers and seven hits for the series with a two-dong, one single day. The third baseman is third in the league and leads the Expansion Division with a Ruthian .242 ISO. (It is literally similar to Ruth’s .245.)

The Angels surge has come too late for them to dream about competing for the division title, but they are suddenly in a tight group of teams between third and sixth places after they had looked like a mortal lock to finish a distant last for most of the season. Anaheim has now won nine of their last 10 games against KC, and actually has a slightly better run differential for the season despite somehow being 11 games behind the Royals.

                  R  H BB
ANA 010 210 210 - 7 11  2
KC  000 000 010 - 1  7  2

HR: T. Hunter (10), T. Glaus-2 (22),
J. Fregosi (11), F. White (4)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Tanana  9.0  1  1  1  2  4  
B. Black   4.0  4  4  3  0  0 

ANA 50-71, KC 61-60


Anaheim On Little Roll With Sweep of Toronto

tananaAugust 13: Anaheim 8, Toronto 0

Frank Tanana had his finest day of the year and collected his first shutout. Tanana was back and forth from the rotation to bullpen for much of the year but has locked down a spot in the rotation for now on the strength of a 3.84 ERA in 80 innings. Brian Downing was the biggest bat for Anaheim with a walk, double, and dinger.

                  R  H BB
TOR 000 000 000 - 0  5  1
ANA 502 001 00x - 8 11  2

HR: B. Downing (11), V. Guerrero (9)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb   2.2  7  7  1  2  2  
F. Tanana  9.0  0  0  0  1  2 

TOR 50-65, ANA 45-71

August 14: Anaheim 8, Toronto 6

Andy Messersmith was nearly as good for the Angels the next day and enjoyed an 8-1 lead after eight innings. Toronto starter Juan Guzman was wild, and Angels hitters Troy Glaus and Tim Salmon drew three walks each, Mike Trout knocked four singles, and Jim Fregosi singled, doubled, and homered.

Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia threw Nolan Ryan a bone and asked him to finish off the game in the top of the ninth, but the wildest pitcher in the league just about coughed up the huge lead. He faced eight, struck out two, walked three, allowed three hits, and yielded five runs. Ryan got pulled for Bryan Harvey who gave up a single to bring the go-ahead run to the plate in the person of Roberto Alomar. Alomar drove a deep flyball to rightfield that Tim Salmon reached to put an end to the game.

Anaheim’s Ryan now rates as the worst pitcher of the season with -29 runs saved above average and might not find himself on a big league mound for the remainder of the schedule.

                  R  H BB
TOR 010 000 005 - 6  9  6
ANA 020 200 13x - 8 11  9
HR: J. Fregosi (10)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Guzman       6.0  5  4  1  7  6  
A. Messersmith  8.0  1  1  0  3  8 

TOR 50-66, ANA 46-71

August 15: Anaheim 5, Toronto 3

The Angels got to Roy Halladay early with Chone Figgins, Downing, and Trout all getting hits in the first inning ahead of a Jim Edmonds three-run yak. Halladay settled in after giving up another run in the second inning, but Angels hurlers Dean Chance, Francisco Rodriguez, and Troy Percival made the early lead hold up with strong pitching against a usually heavy-hitting Toronto lineup.

The Angels matched their season-high win streak of four games and have won three consecutive series for the first time all year. The Blue Jays continue their free-fall towards the cellar and are 11-25 since being tied for first place at the all-star break.

                  R H BB
TOR 003 000 000 - 3 8  4
ANA 410 000 00x - 5 9  2
HR: J. Edmonds (10)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Halladay  7.0  5  5  1  2  7  
D. Chance    7.0  3  3  0  3  5 

TOR 50-67, ANA 47-71


A-Rod Catches Gehrig In HR Race, but Texas Drops Series to Anaheim

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas RangersAugust 10: Anaheim 5, Texas 2

Mike Trout tripled twice, based on ball twice, and scored thrice. Trout has recovered from an early season power outage to the extent that he is #13 on the league runs created list and fifth in the Expansion Division.

                  R  H BB
ANA 201 010 001 - 5 11  6
TEX 000 200 000 - 2  6  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (26)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   6.2  2  2  1  4  8  
G. Perry    7.0  4  4  0  4  3 

ANA 43-70, TEX 50-63

August 11: Texas 11, Anaheim 0

This could have been a premier pitching match-up as Jered Weaver and Nolan Ryan were due to face off, but both pitchers required a rest to conserve innings. So instead fans were subjected treated to a Mike Witt/Jon Matlack duel. The Rangers beat up on Witt, but Matlack reeled off an out-of-nowhere shutout with 10 strikeouts. A-Rod swatted three hits, including his 27th dong to pull within one of the league-lead.

                   R  H BB
ANA 000 000 000 -  0  7  2
TEX 012 002 60x - 11 12  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (27), T. Harrah (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Witt     5.2  5  5  2  2  5  
J. Matlack  9.0  0  0  0  2 10 

ANA 43-71, TEX 51-63

August 12: Anaheim 8, Texas 2

Brian Downing crushed two long balls, one a grand salami, and drove in six. Kelvim Escobar held the Rangers bats down for seven innings.

In the ninth, A-Rod launched a Troy Percival fastball for his 28th homer to tie Lou Gehrig for most in the league. It also ended an 18 appearance/24 inning scoreless streak for Percival, whose ERA swelled all the way up to 1.02.

                  R  H BB
ANA 003 000 500 - 8 11  4
TEX 100 000 001 - 2  6  4

HR: B. Downing-2 (10), A. Rodriguez (28)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  7.0  1  1  0  2  4  
F. Jenkins  6.1  6  6  1  3  5 

ANA 44-71, TEX 51-64