New York and Baltimore Conclude Their Seasons With O’s Series Win

ripkenmurraySeptember 29: Baltimore 7, New York 5

Baltimore manager Earl Weaver struggled all year to wedge George Sisler, Eddie Murray, Ken Williams, and Ken Singleton into one lineup. Sisler and Singleton just got on base and hit too much to sit, which left a logjam between Murray and Williams. Weaver thought Williams had a slight edge when it came to hitting righties, and Williams was good, with a .343 wOBA in 123 games. But the Orioles missed having Murray’s bat in there everyday–he got into just 105 games but smashed his way to a .391 wOBA. “Hell of a thing leaving a hitter like Eddie on the bench as much as I have this year,” reflected Weaver after the game. “I’ll have to find a way to get him in there more next season.”

Murray was very much in this game, and got the Orioles on the board with a solo homer in the fourth. He took walks in his next two plate appearances, and then drilled a two-out walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth.

                  R  H BB
NY  000 400 100 - 5 10  9
BAL 000 103 102 - 7  8  5
HR: E. Murray-2 (20)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
O. Hernandez  5.1  4  4  1  3  5  
E. Bedard     3.1  4  4  0  5  5 

NY 83-77, BAL 86-74

September 30: New York 12, Baltimore 9

In their penultimate game, the Yankees played one of the most Yankees games of the season. Starter Herb Pennock was ineffective from the start, and his pitching and the team’s defense really fell to shambles in the fifth inning when the first eight Baltimore batters reached safely and the Orioles ran up a 9-1 lead.

But no matter how far they fell behind, the Yankees were never out of a game all season. After that disastrous bottom of the fifth, they responded with a nine-run top of the sixth. 11 Yanks reached safely in the inning, punctuated with a Robinson Cano dong shot.

                   R  H BB
NY  000 019 020 - 12 12  6
BAL 013 050 000 -  9 15  4
HR: R. Cano (15)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Pennock   4.0  8  7  0  2  1  
J. Palmer    5.2  6  1  1  3  1 

NY 84-77, BAL 86-75

October 1: Baltimore 11, New York 5

Singleton, Murray, and Sisler made up the top of Baltimore’s batting order and each collected three hits. They combined for five singles, two doubles, and two triples. Cleanup hitter Frank Robinson collected only one-hit, but he made it count with a three-run dinger in the first inning.

Sisler became the fifth player to reach 200 hits on the season.

Lou Gehrig had a relatively quiet final series, though in his case that meant reaching safely five times in the three games but not hitting a homer. He was by far the most dominant hitter all season and still holds the home run lead at 40, though Texas’s Alex Rodriguez still has three games to play and is sitting at 39. Asked after the game if his individual success was a silver lining to the Yankees disappointing finish, Gehrig offered, “Not really. Doesn’t mean much if we’re not the champs.”

                   R  H BB
NY  000 002 300 -  5 12  0
BAL 310 052 00x - 11 13  3
HR: F. Robinson (31), C. Ripken (12)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt     4.2  8  8  1  1  0  
J. Powell   6.1  5  5  0  0  0 

NY 84-78, BAL 87-75

 

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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

Back-and-Forth Series in Baltimore Ends In Detroit’s Favor

September 22: Baltimore 4, Detroit 1

Lefty Stewart’s shockingly good entrance to the Rhubarb continued in his sixth start, after which his ERA sits at 1.91. He wasn’t exactly dominant on his way to a one-run complete game, but he put on a clinic on how to bend without breaking. In the top of the fifth, the Tigers loaded the bases without an out. Stewart calmly popped out Miguel Cabrera and Hank Greenberg before getting Bobby Veach on a groundout to get out of the jam scott-free. Stewart stranded nine Tigers overall.

Manny Machado and Cal Ripken went back-to-back yackin’ in the sixth to knock out Tommy Bridges.

                  R  H BB
DET 001 000 000 - 1 11  1
BAL 020 002 00x - 4 10  3

HR: M. Cabrera (10), M. Machado (6), C. Ripken (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges   5.2  4  4  2  3  3  
L. Stewart   9.0  1  1  1  1  2 

DET 72-82, BAL 83-71

September 23: Detroit 7, Baltimore 6

The pitching turned ugly for both teams in the next two games. Schoolboy Rowe had made a grand entrance to the league that paralleled Stewart’s, but Rowe got his first dose of trouble in this one and gave up four earned in four innings. Frank Robinson spanked Rowe for a triple and a homer.

But Erik Bedard also struggled for Baltimore. A fifth-inning rally featured doubles by Cabrera and Al Kaline to put Detroit up by a run. Baltimore took a one-run lead right back in the bottom of the fifth, but Detroit immediately answered with three straight singles by Charles Gehringer, Bill Freehan, and Travis Fryman to tie it up, and George Sisler made an error at first that allowed the winning run to score for Detroit.

                  R  H BB
DET 110 032 000 - 7 18  0
BAL 012 120 000 - 6 10  6
HR: F. Robinson (29)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Rowe    4.0  5  4  1  2  2  
E. Bedard  4.2  5  5  0  0  3 

DET 73-82, BAL 83-72

cab2September 24: Detroit 11, Baltimore 9

It was another case of fast and furious lead exchanges in the rubber match. Detroit was in great shape through five innings with a 6-0 lead and Justin Verlander seemingly locked in. But the Orioles suddenly slammed Verlander for three homers in the sixth inning to get within two runs.

The Tigers responded with two runs in the top of the seventh to open up a four-run lead…and the Orioles responded with a five-run seventh to take a one-run lead. Ken Williams slammed his second dinger of the game, and six straight Orioles reached safely against John Hiller before he was finally yanked.

Baltimore’s Darren O’Day was on the hill to close out the game in the top of the ninth and had two outs with two on. Though Alan Trammell was 3-for-4 in the game, Sparky Anderson elected to send the hot-hitting Miguel Cabrera up as a pinch-hitter in Trammell’s spot. Cabrera rose to the occasion and slammed a three-run dong to give the Tigers a lead they actually held on to. Mike Henneman threw a quick perfect bottom of the ninth.

                   R  H BB
DET 200 220 203 - 11 17  3
BAL 000 004 500 -  9 11  2
HR: B. Veach (3), A. Kaline (13), M. Cabrera (11),
E. Murray (18), K. Williams-2 (10), B.D. Jacobson (2)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  5.2  4  4  3  1  4  
J. Palmer     4.0  6  6  2  2  0 

DET 74-82, BAL 83-73

Baltimore Completes Expansion Division Dominance With Wins in Toronto

Baltimore OriolesSeptember 18: Baltimore 8, Toronto 7 (12 innings)

The Jays ran up a 7-1 lead in the sixth inning but then frittered it away over the next three frames. The Orioles creamed three home runs in the game, including Frank Robinson’s 28th of the year that tied the game up in the top of the ninth.

But it was walks that got Baltimore the winning run in extras. Manny Machado and Matt Wieters drew free passes around a Cal Ripken hit, and Ken Singleton drew an RBI walk off Scott Downs.

                      R  H BB
BAL 001 000 312 001 - 8 14  9
TOR 020 005 000 000 - 7 10  4

HR: F. Robinson (28), M. Machado (5), C. Ripken (10),
E. Whitt (10), T. Fernandez (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Palmer   5.2  7  2  2  3  3  
S. Marcum   6.2  4  4  1  4  4 

BAL 81-70, TOR 67-84

September 19: Toronto 5, Baltimore 1

Roy Halladay followed up his first shutout of the year with another dandy, this time giving up one run in eight innings.

The teams each had 10 combined walks + hits, but Toronto slugged out six extra-base hits compared to just one double by the Orioles.

                  R  H BB
BAL 100 000 000 - 1  9  1
TOR 020 000 12x - 5 10  0

HR: S. Green (26)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell    8.0  5  5  1  0  7  
R. Halladay  8.0  1  1  0  1  7 

BAL 81-71, TOR 68-84

September 20: Baltimore 3, Toronto 1

The next day the Blue Jays couldn’t muster a single extra-base hit, while Baltimore slashed three triples (one each by George Sisler, Frank Robinson, and Cal Ripken).

Both teams wrapped up their inter-division schedules for the season. Baltimore dominated the Expansion Division, 28-8, and Toronto had relative success against the Original Division at 23-25. (That’s the best among Expansion teams except for Kansas City, who are 22-23 with three more games to go.)

                  R H BB
BAL 000 020 001 - 3 9  0
TOR 000 001 000 - 1 6  2
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell  8.0  1  0  0  1  2  
J. Key     8.0  3  3  0  0  6 

BAL 82-71, TOR 68-85

Baltimore Weathers Late Texas Rallies To Earn Sweep

george-sislerSeptember 15: Baltimore 6, Texas 4

Ken Singleton began the series with a lead-off homer. George Sisler added another dinger in the second inning, and finished the game a double short of the cycle. The Rangers got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th, but Mike Hargrove flied out.

                  R  H BB
BAL 230 000 100 - 6 12  1
TEX 000 000 202 - 4  8  2

HR: K. Singleton (10), G. Sisler (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell   8.2  4  4  0  2  4  
G. Perry    7.0  6  6  2  1  4 

BAL 78-70, TEX 69-79

September 16: Baltimore 5, Texas 3

Sisler came up huge again in this one. He thumped two triples, scored two, and drove in two. Baby Doll Jacobson was another star of the game for Baltimore with two singles, a triple, and two steaks.

Frank Howard came up in the bottom of the ninth representing the go-ahead run, but grounded out.

Texas’s Nolan Ryan became the second (and possibly last) pitcher to reach 200 strikeouts for the season.

                  R  H BB
BAL 001 020 002 - 5  9  6
TEX 001 000 002 - 3 10  1
HR: E. Murray (17)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Stewart  8.2  3  3  0  1  6  
N. Ryan     6.0  3  3  1  5  6 

BAL 79-70, TEX 69-80

September 17: Baltimore 4, Texas 3

Manny Machado was the hitting hero for the Birds in the finale and collected two singles and a homer on his way to scoring three runs.

For the third straight game, Texas rallied, threatened, and fell short in the bottom of the ninth. Juan Gonzalez was up and could have walked off a win for Texas but Darren O’Day struck him out.

Baltimore has demolished the Expansion Division all season to the tune of a 26-7 record. But their 54-63 record inside their own division has severely hampered their chances at the division crown. They sit 8.5 games back with only 12 left to play.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 010 102 - 4 11  3
TEX 000 002 001 - 3 10  4

HR: M. Machado (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard   5.2  2  1  0  4  6  
F. Jenkins  6.2  2  2  1  3  5 

BAL 80-70, TEX 69-81

Oakland Wins Series Vs. Baltimore

reggieSeptember 12: Oakland 3, Baltimore 2

The pitching was great on both sides. Baltimore swatted 11 hits but couldn’t do much once they got on base. Oakland knocked just four hits, but an error by Baltimore leftfielder Ken Williams in the seventh inning was sandwiched around hits by Home Run Baker and Reggie Jackson that gave Oakland the deciding runs. Jackson knocked in all three Oakland tallies.

                  R  H BB
BAL 010 100 000 - 2 11  0
OAK 000 010 20x - 3  4  2
HR: R. Jackson (22)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard   6.0  1  1  1  2  7  
C. Bender   7.0  2  2  0  0  4 

BAL 76-69, OAK 79-66

September 13: Oakland 7, Baltimore 4

Jackson went pachinko again and the A’s knocked around Jim Palmer. Rickey Henderson was a homer short of the cycle.

                  R  H BB
BAL 001 000 021 - 4  7  5
OAK 200 310 10x - 7 11  4

HR: R. Jackson (23), M. Cochrane (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Palmer   5.0  6  6  2  3  2  
B. Zito     7.2  3  2  0  4  4 

BAL 76-70, OAK 80-66

September 14: Baltimore 7, Oakland 2

Oakland starter Rube Waddell looked fine through two innings, but suddenly couldn’t get anyone out in the third and six straight Orioles either walked or singled and Rube hit the showers. Jack Powell pitched a complete game dandy to salvage a game for Baltimore.

                  R H BB
BAL 105 000 010 - 7 8  9
OAK 000 200 000 - 2 8  3
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell   9.0  2  2  0  3  1  
R. Waddell  2.0  6  6  0  5  2 

BAL 77-70, OAK 80-67

Baltimore Wins Series in Cleveland

September 9: Baltimore 1, Cleveland 0 (11 innings)

Starters Jack Powell and Carlos Carrasco kept the game scoreless with adroit hurling. Powell threw 7.2 innings before giving way to Zach Britton after the bases were loaded with Naps in the eighth. Britton induced a ground-out from Larry Doby to end the threat. Britton and Gregg Olson finished off the long shutout for the birds.

Carrasco hung nine zeroes on the scoreboard before being replaced by Doug Jones. Jones Threw a scoreless 10th, but in the 11th gave up a George Sisler double and a Manny Machado RBI single.

                     R H BB
BAL 000 000 000 01 - 1 8  2
CLE 000 000 000 00 - 0 5  2
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell    7.2  0  0  0  2  0  
C. Carrasco  9.0  0  0  0  2  6 

BAL 75-67, CLE 67-75

September 10: Cleveland 5, Baltimore 0

Stan Coveleski dominated the Baltimore batters for eight innings, and the Cleveland offense exploded in the bottom of the eighth with a walk and five singles to hand Coveleski a 5-0 lead as he took the hill in the top of the ninth to try to finish off the shutout. Instead, the first three Orioles in the ninth loaded the bases with nobody out. Out came Coveleski in favor of Johnny Allen, who Houdinied out of the jam with a strikeout and a double-play.

Cleveland back-up infielder Terry Turner was 4-for-4 from the ninth spot in the order

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 000 000 - 0  7  3
CLE 000 010 04x - 5 14  1

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell     7.0  3  3  0  0  1  
S. Coveleski  8.0  0  0  0  3  2 

BAL 75-68, CLE 68-75

LeftyStewartGoudeycardSeptember 11: Baltimore 6, Cleveland 1

A stretch of great starts came to an abrupt end for Corey Kluber, who couldn’t hit his spots in a short outing. He walked six in just 3.1 innings, and when he did find the zone, he got punished with taters by Frank Robinson and Manny Machado.

Recent Baltimore addition Lefty Stewart had another impressive showing and boasts a 1.84 ERA after four starts.

                  R H BB
BAL 300 300 000 - 6 7  8
CLE 000 100 000 - 1 5  3

HR: F. Robinson (27), M. Machado (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Stewart  9.0  1  1  0  3  1  
C. Kluber   3.1  6  6  2  6  5 

BAL 76-68, CLE 68-76