KANSAS CITY WINS IN ANAHEIM, TAKES EXPANSION DIVISION CROWN

September 29: Kansas City 3, Anaheim 1

The Royals needed just one win in their three-game series against last-place Anaheim to claim the Expansion Division, and they took care of business in the opening game. Starter Jose Rosado was sterling for seven innings, allowing just five baserunners and one run on a Lance Parrish solo jack.

Both catchers went ya-ya in the game. Darrell Porter’s second inning dinger plated two runs thanks to Hal McRae’s single ahead of it. The Royals tacked on an insurance run in the seventh inning on consecutive singles by Willie Wilson, John Mayberry, and George Brett.

Wade Davis and Greg Holland followed Rosado with one shutout inning apiece. Holland closed it with a strikeout of Jim Fregosi, and the Royals stormed the field for a jubilant celebration before moving into the visiting clubhouse to revel some more. They will face Boston in the league championship series beginning October 4th.

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                  R H BB
KC  020 000 100 - 3 9  2
ANA 001 000 000 - 1 6  1

HR: D. Porter (13), L. Parrish (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rosado   7.0  1  1  1  1  9  
J. Lackey   6.1  3  3  1  2  7 

KC 85-75, ANA 65-95

September 30: Anaheim 4, Kansas City 2

Ned Yost gave a lot of his regulars a well-deserved day off in this one. Kevin Appier still made a short tune-up start, and is line to start championship game two with a normal four days of rest.

Danny Tartabull was one of the regulars to see action, and walked, singled, and donged to push his team-leading homer total to 26.

Troy Glaus belted his 28th dinger of the year, a three-run job against Appier that provided the winning margin.

                  R H BB
KC  000 010 010 - 2 7  4
ANA 000 301 00x - 4 6  3

HR: D. Tartabull (26), T. Glaus (28)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier   4.0  3  3  1  2  4  
F. Tanana   7.0  2  2  1  4  4 

KC 85-76, ANA 66-95

October 1: Kansas City 2, Anaheim 1

The regular KC lineup was back at it for the regular season finale and clawed their way to two runs.

Starting pitcher Mark Gubicza has mostly gotten roughed up this season and doesn’t figure to make a start in the championship series since KC can cut their rotation down to four (likely Bret Saberhagen, Appier, Rosado, and Danny Jackson). In this game, Gubicza looked like a guy that wanted to impress team brass enough to at least be on the post-season roster. He shoved in a complete game. A George Brett error helped Anaheim to an unearned run that was the only thing keeping Gubicza from a shutout.

Bizarrely, first-place Kansas City finished 20 games ahead of last-place Anaheim despite the teams having nearly identical runs scored and allowed for the season: KC scored 688 and allowed 764 while Anaheim scored 675 and allowed 761. (The Pythagorean expected record for KC is 73-89, just two games better than Anaheim’s 71-91.)

                  R H BB
KC  010 000 010 - 2 8  5
ANA 000 000 010 - 1 5  3

HR: none

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Gubicza      9.0  1  0  0  3  9  
A. Messersmith  6.0  1  1  0  3  3

KC 86-76, ANA 66-96

 

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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

Toronto Smacks Down Anaheim in Two Game Series

September 22: Toronto 7, Anaheim 4

It was almost like old times for Doyle Alexander, who surprised the league with his first-half success and All-Star start but has since unraveled. He couldn’t quite complete the game and got pulled after Troy Glaus hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, but he put together 8.1 strong innings.

The Toronto bats punished Frank Tanana and some bad Anaheim fielding.

                  R  H BB
TOR 010 204 000 - 7 12  2
ANA 000 030 001 - 4  8  2

HR: J. Bautista (22), T. Glaus (27)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander  8.1  4  4  1  2  1  
F. Tanana     5.1  7  4  1  1  4 

TOR 69-85, ANA 65-91

stieb

September 23: Toronto 7, Anaheim 0

In his penultimate start, Dave Stieb added a rare bright spot to a bad season by recording his first shutout.

Jose Bautista went yard for a second straight game, and seven Toronto hitters reached safely multiple times in the game. Lloyd Moseby led the way a walk, two singles, and a double.

                  R  H BB
TOR 021 000 220 - 7 14  4
ANA 000 000 000 - 0  4  6

HR: J. Bautista (23), E. Whitt (11)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb       9.0  0  0  0  6  8  
A. Messersmith 6.2  5  4  1  4  4 

TOR 70-85, ANA 65-92

 

Boston Sweeps Anaheim, Has Original Division Title All But Locked Up

September 18: Boston 11, Anaheim 5

With his command AWOL and bad defense, Dean shot never had a Chance. Er, Dean Chance never had a shot. The Red Sox stung him for 10 runs in 4.1 pitched. Chance himself committed two of Anaheim’s three costly errors.

Boston’s on-base machines at the top of the lineup Wade Boggs, Tris Speaker, and Ted Williams reached safely a combined 10 times in the game.

                   R  H BB
BOS 420 050 000 - 11  9  9
ANA 100 020 011 -  5 10  3
HR: W. Joyner (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Lester   7.0  3  3  0  3  6  
D. Chance   4.1 10  7  0  5  3 

BOS 90-61, ANA 65-88

fiskSeptember 19: Boston 2, Anaheim 1

An incredibly hot Cy Young pitched nine innings, his eighth straight start going at least nine innings. He’s shaved nearly an entire run off his season ERA in just those eight starts (from 4.34 to 3.38). Incredibly, all five Red Sox starters have one of the top 15 ERAs in the league among qualified throwers:

3. Smoky Joe Wood 2.88
4. Pedro Martinez 2.89
11. Cy Young 3.38
12. Roger Clemens 3.39
15. Lefty Grove 3.68

Young had a worthy opponent in this one. Jered Weaver took the bump for Anaheim with the eighth best ERA in the league at 3.35 and put on a great duel with Young.

The Angels offense struck first when Troy Glaus drew a walk in the bottom of the third and lead-footed catcher Lance Parrish shocked the house with an RBI triple. But Carlton Fisk’s dream season kept rolling and he slammed a solo shot to tie it up in the fifth. Then after Ted Williams drew a walk in the top of the sixth, Yaz and Pete Runnels followed it up with singles to drive in the winner.

Fisk now owns the second best wOBA in the league at .408.

                  R H BB
BOS 000 011 000 - 2 9  3
ANA 001 000 000 - 1 4  1

HR: C. Fisk (22)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Young   9.0  1  1  0  1  7  
J. Weaver  8.0  2  2  1  3  4 

BOS 91-61, ANA 65-89

September 20: Boston 6, Anaheim 4

The Red Sox are bulldozing their way to locking up the Original Division and made it 13 wins in their last 14. They officially eliminated Baltimore, Chicago, and New York with this sweep of the Angels, and the mathematic eliminations of Oakland and Minnesota look to be mere formalities to be taken care of in the near future.

The Angels announced after the game that they are shutting down starter Kelvim Escobar for the year. Escobar got roughed up in this one, but he put together a respectable season: 31 games, 197 IP, 4.20 ERA, 0.8 HR/9, 4.2 BB/9, and 6.5 SO/9.

                  R  H BB
BOS 001 010 400 - 6 10  7
ANA 001 000 210 - 4  8  3

HR: T. Williams (3), T. Hunter (12)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    7.0  4  4  1  3  7  
K. Escobar  6.1  6  6  1  5  2 

BOS 92-61, ANA 65-90

Chicago Ekes Out Tight Series With Anaheim

September 15: Chicago 3, Anaheim 2

Eddie Collins led the Chicago charge with three knocks while Ed Walsh handled a complete game on the mound. The loss officially eliminated the Angels from winning the division.

                  R  H BB
ANA 000 101 000 - 2  7  3
CHI 100 200 00x - 3 10  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  7.0  3  3  0  2  4  
E. Walsh    9.0  2  2  0  3  8 

ANA 64-86, CHI 78-70

September 16: Anaheim 6, Chicago 4

Thornton Lee’s bizarrely divided season continued its not-so-good stretch. Over his last eight starts, his ERA is 7.86. In his eight starts before that, it was 2.20.

Chili Davis knocked three singles for the winners.

                  R  H BB
ANA 303 000 000 - 6 10  1
CHI 000 021 001 - 4  9  4
HR: R. Carew (3), M. Minoso (9)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Tanana  4.2  2  2  0  2  2  
T. Lee     2.2  6  4  1  1  3 

ANA 65-86, CHI 78-71

rigneySeptember 17: Chicago 1, Anaheim 0

Starters Johnny Rigney and Andy Messersmith made it a delightfully tight rubber match. The only Angels batter to solve Rigney at all was Davis, who collected three of his team’s four hits, and Rigney picked up his first nine inning shutout of the year.

The only stain on Messersmith’s day came on back-to-back doubles by Robin Ventura and Chet Lemon in the bottom of the seventh that plated the game’s only run.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 4  3
CHI 000 000 10x - 1 6  3
HR: none

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  8.0  1  1  0  3  3  
J. Rigney       9.0  0  0  0  3  9 

ANA 65-87, CHI 79-71

Houston is First Team Officially Eliminated From Pennant Race Despite Taking Series Vs. Anaheim

September 12: Houston 7, Anaheim 6

Five dingers went a’flyin’ in the contest, including shots by Lance Berkman and Craig Biggio, the two most productive bats in the Expansion Division this season.

                  R  H BB
ANA 000 202 020 - 6  6  4
HOU 002 104 00x - 7 11  4

HR: M. Trout (13), C. Davis (2), J. Edwards (3)
L. Berkman (33), C. Biggio (11)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  5.0  7  7  3  5  5  
M. Scott        7.0  4  4  2  2  8 

ANA 63-84, HOU 60-85

September 13: Anaheim 10, Houston 4

Tim Salmon is having a brutal year for Anaheim (.286 wOBA) but had a day to remember in this one with two walks, a dinger, and three runs scored. Chili Davis added three singles, and the Angels clogged up the bases all game on their way to victory.

The loss mathematically eliminated the Astros from winning the Expansion Division.

                   R  H BB
ANA 200 130 202 - 10 11  8
HOU 000 020 101 -  4  5  5
HR: T. Salmon (13), C. Cedeno (13)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance     9.0  4  4  1  5  5  
J.R. Richard  4.0  6  4  0  4  2 

ANA 64-84, HOU 60-86

cuellarSeptember 14: Houston 3, Anaheim 0

Houston’s Mike Cuellar made his 30th and finest appearance of the season and dished up a shutout to the Angels. Brian Downing slapped three singles against Cuellar, but the rest of the Angels lineup mustered just one hit against him.

John Lackey was good in a spot start for Anaheim but got tagged by Moises Alou for a three-run homer in the first inning that ended up being the extent of scoring in the game.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 4  3
HOU 300 000 00x - 3 6  0
HR: M. Alou (28)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Lackey   8.0  3  3  1  0  2  
M. Cuellar  9.0  0  0  0  0  0 

ANA 64-85, HOU 61-86

Oakland Slips Badly in Costly Losses To Anaheim

September 9: Oakland 5, Anaheim 0

Rube Waddell started the series on the right foot for the A’s with a suffocating one-hit shutout of the Halos.

                  R H BB
OAK 030 000 020 - 5 8  1
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 1  4
HR: R. Jackson (21), M. Cochrane (9)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell   9.0  0  0  0  4  9  
J. Weaver    6.0  3  3  1  1  5 

OAK 78-64, ANA 61-83

September 10: Anaheim 3, Oakland 2

Lefty Grove was also on top of his game for Oakland the next day, and carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Torii Hunter started it with his third single of the game, and Troy Glaus followed with a fly-out. Left fielder Rickey Henderson then made a brutal error on a Jim Fregosi drive that sent Hunter to third and Fregosi to second. Next, shortstop Bert Campaneris added to the misery with an error of his own that allowed Hunter to tie the game. After a Rod Carew strikeout for the second out, Tim Salmon drove a single to plate Fregosi for a walk-off winner.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 200 000 - 2 7  5
ANA 010 000 002 - 3 8  2
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    8.2  3  1  0  2  5  
K. Escobar  6.0  2  2  0  4  6 

OAK 78-65, ANA 62-83

parrishSeptember 11: Anaheim 6, Oakland 5 (14 innings)

Oakland again took a lead into the bottom of the ninth in the rubber match, and again suffered a lapse that ended with another major blow to their pennant chances. Dennis Eckersley had mound duties in the ninth. Chili Davis started it with a solo tater to get Anaheim within a run, and Bobby Grich tied it up in the very next plate appearance with another circuit smash.

It stayed even for four and a half more innings as the bullpens refused to give in. Finally in the bottom of the 14th, Lance Parrish ripped a two-out double, and Rod Carew slashed a single to send him home and win the series for Anaheim.

Parrish had managed just two hits total in his first nine games, but drilled three in this contest that included a double and a homer.

Anaheim starter Frank Tanana was yanked after just three innings, after which the Angels bullpen had a red letter day. Brendan Donnelly, Jarrod Washburn, Troy Percival, Bryan Harvey, and Francisco Rodriguez combined for 11 shutout innings.

Oakland’s two losses were especially painful since they can’t afford to keep losing ground to Boston. They now sit six games back.

                         R  H BB
OAK 131 000 000 000 00 - 5 15  4
ANA 100 020 002 000 01 - 6 10  4

HR: C. Davis (1), B. Grich (12), L. Parrish (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson   6.0  3  2  1  3  5  
F. Tanana   3.0  5  4  0  1  1 

OAK 78-66, ANA 63-83