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”


Kansas City Hands Baltimore Their First Inter-Division Series Loss

sabesAugust 25: Kansas City 3, Baltimore 2 (10 innings)

Starters Bret Saberhagen and Jack Powell both gave up two runs in the first inning and then settled into eight straight innings of swapping zeroes. With Powell still pitching, the Royals finally broke the stalemate in the top of the 10th on singles by Willie Wilson, John Mayberry, and Mike Sweeney. Greg Holland took over for Saberhagen in the bottom of the 10th and had runners on the corners with just one out but struck out the next two batters.

                    R  H BB
KC  200 000 000 1 - 3 11  2
BAL 200 000 000 0 - 2  8  6

HR: G. Sisler (7)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  9.0  2  2  1  5  3  
J. Powell     10.0  3  3  0  2  4 

KC 65-63, BAL 68-59

August 26: Kansas City 9, Baltimore 8

The next day’s starters both got walloped for six runs apiece, and both bullpens coughed up some more runs. A Brooks Robinson error in the top of the ninth helped the Royals go up by two runs, and Wade Davis was barely able to make it hold up in the bottom of the frame. George Brett led the way for the victors with a single, double, and triple. It was his third straight game with a three-bagger.

This was Baltimore’s ninth inter-division series, and the first one that they didn’t win.

                  R  H BB
KC  000 301 302 - 9 11  7
BAL 000 420 011 - 8 14  5
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  4.2  6  6  0  2  0  
H. Howell   6.1  6  6  0  3  1 

KC 66-63, BAL 68-60

August 27: Baltimore 10, Kansas City 6

A couple of lefty starters got blasted in the finale. Bud Black gave up five runs right out of the gate, three of which came on an Adam Jones dinger. Lefty Stewart made his Rhubarb debut as the Orioles try to find a starter to take over for Urban Shocker, who has had a miserable season. Stewart’s fielders made it tough and wildly threw and punted the ball around the field on the way to five unearned runs scoring against him. But those same position players also backed Stewart with a 10-run offensive barrage to make up for it.

Baltimore claimed four of six from KC this season.

                   R  H BB
KC  002 301 000 -  6 10  7
BAL 500 221 00x - 10 12  6
HR: A. Jones (13)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Black    3.0  7  7  1  5  0  
L. Stewart  5.2  6  1  0  4  1 

KC 66-64, BAL 69-60

Oakland On A Roll, Sweeps Baltimore


August 22: Oakland 8, Baltimore 4

The series got off to a good start for Baltimore as they grabbed a 4-0 lead after three innings, but things fell apart from there. Baltimore starter Mike Cuellar and reliever Darren O’Day got drilled as Oakland stormed back with eight unanswered runs. Rickey Henderson, Eddie Collins, and Mickey Cochrane all reached safely thrice for the A’s. Bobby Grich went 0-for-0 with four walks for Baltimore.

                  R  H BB
OAK 000 112 400 - 8 15  6
BAL 202 000 000 - 4  8  6

HR: M. McGwire (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson   7.0  4  3  0  6  6  
M. Cuellar  5.2  4  4  1  4  1 

OAK 67-57, BAL 68-56

August 23: Oakland 5, Baltimore 3

O’Day had another rough outing the next day. After being handed a 3-2 lead to start the eighth inning, Cochrane jacked a three-run dinger against him.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 011 030 - 5 8  4
BAL 000 200 100 - 3 5  1

HR: M. Cochrane (6)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Bender     9.0  3  3  0  1  3  
J. Niggeling  5.0  2  2  0  3  0 

OAK 68-57, BAL 68-57

August 24: Oakland 4, Baltimore 3

Homers from Jimmie Foxx and Mark McGwire helped Oakland to a 4-0 lead that they carried into the bottom of the eighth. Starter Barry Zito seemed to tire in that frame, and Baltimore loaded the bases against him while recording one out. Dennis Eckersley came in and did allow all three inherited runners to score, but closed down the Baltimore offense from there to finish off a significant sweep for Oakland. The A’s have won 13 of their last 15 games, putting them right back in the mix of the crowded top of the Original Division.

                  R H BB
OAK 021 100 000 - 4 6  2
BAL 000 000 030 - 3 9  5
HR: J. Foxx (21), M. McGwire (6)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito    7.1  3  3  0  4  5  
E. Bedard  4.1  4  4  2  2  3 

OAK 69-57, BAL 68-58

Baltimore Invades Minnesota and Comes Up With Huge Sweep

brobMinnesota entered the series in first place, three games ahead of fourth-place Baltimore.

August 19: Baltimore 7, Minnesota 3

Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett, and Tony Oliva all got hits in the bottom of the third to open a 3-0 lead for Minnesota, but Brooks Robinson tied it right back up in the top of the fourth with a three-run pachinko. The Twins bats were quiet from there, while the Orioles rang out a bunch more hits, including a Cal Ripken triple, and tacked on four more runs for the victory.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 301 102 - 7 11  5
MN  003 000 000 - 3  8  3

HR: B. Robinson (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard   7.0  3  3  0  3  2  
J. Shaw     8.0  5  4  1  5  3 

BAL 66-55, MN 68-53

August 20: Baltimore 6, Minnesota 3

It was all Baltimore for the first seven innings, after which they held a 5-0 lead. The Minnesota bats finally woke up a bit in the eighth and ninth. Starter Jack Powell ran out of gas at the end, and the Twins got the tying run to the plate with two outs in the ninth, but Zach Britton saved the day for the birds by relieving Powell and whiffing Stan Spence.

Joe Cronin did what he could to spur on the Twins by swatting two doubles and a triple. Cronin’s wOBA raised to .343, second best among qualified shortstops to Texas’s Alex Rodriguez.

                  R  H BB
BAL 200 012 001 - 6  9  4
MN  000 000 012 - 3 10  2
HR: F. Robinson (25)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell   8.2  3  3  0  2  1  
C. Pascual  5.2  5  5  0  3  4 

BAL 67-55, MN 68-54

August 21: Baltimore 6, Minnesota 3

The Twins had the right man on the mound to avoid a sweep in Johan Santana, but it looked like Santana might finally have his first truly bad day of the year after four of the first five Baltimore batters in the top of the first slapped hits and three of them came around to score. But Santana got back in his groove from there and allowed no more runs in six total innings. Minnesota relievers Firpo Marberry and Eddie Guardado did not hold the fort from there though, giving up three more to Baltimore.

Just like Powell the day before, Harry Howell was trying to complete a complete game win but sputtered in the bottom of the ninth. Minnesota again got the tying run to the plate, and this time Darren O’Day relieved and induced a ground-out from Mickey Vernon to put the finishing touches on a monumental sweep for Baltimore.

The two teams are now in a virtual tie for first with the Soxes Red and White (whose results for August 19-21 are yet to come in.)

                  R  H BB
BAL 300 000 111 - 6 12  2
MN  010 100 001 - 3  9  3
HR: E. Murray (15)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell   8.2  3  3  0  3  3  
J. Santana  6.0  3  3  0  2  4 

BAL 68-55, MN 68-55

Cobb & Detroit Stay Hot Against Baltimore

Detroit Tigers, Ty CobbAugust 16: Detroit 7, Baltimore 0

Tigers starter Tommy Bridges sliced and diced through the Baltimore lineup en route to his second shutout. Orioles starter Harry Howell went the opposite route and was jumped for six runs in less than four innings. Every Detroit batsman got a hit. Ty Cobb and Bobby Veach each reached thrice and scored twice.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 000 000 - 0  4  3
DET 005 110 00x - 7 13  5
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell   3.1  6  6  0  2  1  
T. Bridges  9.0  0  0  0  3  5 

BAL 64-54, DET 57-61

August 17: Detroit 8, Baltimore 4

The Tigers bats stayed molten and all nine hitters knocked a safety again. Veach again reached thrice, as did Charles Gehringer and Bill Freehan. Baltimore’s Urban Shocker can’t find any answers and his ERA soared over 6.00.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 003 100 - 4  9  7
DET 024 100 01x - 8 14  4

HR: A. Kaline (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
U. Shocker  2.1  6  6  2  0  0  
B. Donovan  7.2  4  4  0  7  1 

BAL 64-55, DET 58-61

August 18: Baltimore 9, Detroit 4

The Tigers were tasting a sweep with a 4-0 lead after three, but O’s catcher Matt Wieters put his team on his back from there and drove in six runs on a single and two dingers.

Ty Cobb is finally starting to play like Ty Cobb and reached eight times in the series. He’s hitting .433/.485/.544 over his last 19 games and has claimed the 10th spot on the runs created leader board. In related news, the Tigers are on a roll and have prevailed in four straight series, all of which against contending Original Division opponents.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 300 420 - 9 10  8
DET 040 000 00x - 4 10  5
HR: M. Wieters-2 (9)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Niggeling  7.0  4  4  0  5  2  
J. Verlander  6.0  6  6  1  4  5

BAL 65-55, DET 58-62

Cleveland Beats Baltimore, Kluber Tosses Gem

August 13: Baltimore 4, Cleveland 2

Cal Ripken put the O’s up for good with an RBI double in the sixth.

                  R H BB
CLE 100 100 000 - 2 8  5
BAL 200 002 00x - 4 7  5
HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  8.0  4  3  0  5  0  
J. Niggeling  7.1  2  2  0  3  1 

CLE 54-61, BAL 64-51


August 14: Cleveland 1, Baltimore 0

A couple of modern day hurlers were in peak form to the point that one unearned run was the extent of the scoring in the game. Cleveland’s winning run came on a Brooks Robinson error of all things.

Cleveland’s Corey Kluber had an exceptional start, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out 12 on the way to his second shutout of the year.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 000 100 - 1 6  4
BAL 000 000 000 - 0 2  1

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber  9.0  0  0  0  1 12  
E. Bedard  7.0  1  0  0  4  6 

CLE 55-61, BAL 64-52

August 15: Cleveland 7, Baltimore 4

Nap Lajoie smoked a bases-loaded triple in the second inning and Cleveland had a big lead before Baltimore knew what hit ’em. The Orioles did not get Jim Thome out a single time and he collected two walks, two singles, and a double.

The Naps are getting into the role of spoiler, having beaten contenders Boston, Chicago, and Baltimore in their last three series. Baltimore fell to fourth for the time being.

                  R  H BB
CLE 140 002 000 - 7 10  8
BAL 001 000 030 - 4  7  4
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg   7.0  4  2  0  3  3  
J. Powell  4.2  5  4  0  6  2 

CLE 56-61, BAL 64-53

Boston Pulls Out Tight, Significant Series Win in Baltimore

August 10: Baltimore 4, Boston 3

Cy Young and Jack Powell, a couple of dead-ball era stars having surprisingly pedestrian seasons, squared off in the opener and got pedestrian results. A Ken Williams double followed by an Eddie Murray RBI single in the eighth drove in the winner for Baltimore and gave the teams identical 63-49 records.

                  R  H BB
BOS 020 000 010 - 3 10  3
BAL 200 100 01x - 4  9  3

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Young   7.0  4  4  0  2  3  
J. Powell  7.0  3  3  0  2  1 

BOS 63-49, BAL 63-49


August 11: Boston 7, Baltimore 6

The Birds jumped out to a 5-1 lead after five innings, thanks in large part to dingers from Robinsons Frank and Brooks. But the Red Sox rallied big in the sixth inning. Ted Williams started it off with a triple, and five runs scored to tie it up.

But Murray drove another Baltimore blast in the bottom of the sixth to tie it right back up. Boston answered in the eighth when Yaz hit his second triple of the game to drive home Wade Boggs for the winner.

                  R  H BB
BOS 100 005 010 - 7 13  5
BAL 220 101 000 - 6  8  2

HR: F. Robinson (24), E. Murray (14), B. Robinson (6)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove   4.0  5  4  2  1  1  
H. Howell  5.2  6  6  0  4  1 

BOS 64-49, BAL 63-50

August 12: Boston 7, Baltimore 6 (11 innings)

The rubber match was a dandy and fittingly tense for a game with big implications for each team in the standings. Mel Parnell made a spot start for Boston to spell Smoky Joe Wood, and had a terrible time finding the strike zone. He handed out nine free passes in his 5.2 innings and gave up six runs, but the Sox bats also beat up on Urban Shocker so that the game was tied after six. Once each team got a long reliever in, the offense disappeared. Derek Lowe tossed 3.1 scoreless for Boston and Hoyt Wilhelm worked three shutout innings for the Marylanders. Koji Uehara and Jonathan Papelbon took over one scoreless inning each for Boston.

Carlton Fisk continued his ludicrously hot hitting by leading off the top of the 11th with a dinger against Darren O’Day. It was Fisk’s 17th of the season, easily tops among catchers. His .533 slugging percentage is third in the league, behind only Ruth & Gehrig.

Ted Williams is finally heating up a bit and reached safely nine times in the series, including three extra base hits. His OBP has been great all year, but his pop has been AWOL until recently.

                     R  H BB
BOS 000 220 200 01 - 7 14  9
BAL 012 021 000 00 - 6  8 10

HR: C. Fisk (17)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Parnell  5.2  6  6  0  9  1  
U. Shocker  6.0  6  6  0  5  1 

BOS 65-49, BAL 63-51