Baltimore Takes Series in Anaheim, Angels Enjoy One Big Upset

July 28: Baltimore 7, Anaheim 3

Ken Williams walked twice and doubled twice to pace Baltimore’s expected win.

                  R  H BB
BAL 011 000 320 - 7 10  7
ANA 010 001 100 - 3  7  2

HR: K. Singleton (9), A. Jones (11), B. Boone (1)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Niggeling  6.2  3  3  1  1  3  
N. Ryan       6.1  4  4  0  5  7 

BAL 56-44, ANA 38-63

July 29: Anaheim 12, Baltimore 0

It was Bizarro Day as Andy Messersmith broke off his first complete game and first shutout against the strong Orioles lineup and the Angel offense mashed against Erik Bedard, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Jim Palmer. Anaheim’s Bobby Grich, Brian Downing, Rod Carew, and Jim Fregosi all reached safely thrice to boost Anaheim to one of the most lopsided upsets of the season.

                   R  H BB
BAL 000 000 000 -  0  3  5
ANA 220 120 41x - 12 10 10

HR: B. Grich-ANA (10), M. Trout (10), R. Carew (2)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard       5.0  7  6  2  6  4  
A. Messersmith  9.0  0  0  0  5  6 

BAL 56-45, ANA 39-63

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July 30: Baltimore 3, Anaheim 0

 

Jack Powell turned the world right-side-up again and made mincemeat of the Angels lineup in a quick shutout. Dean Chance was good against the Baltimore lineup, but a walk preceded three straight singles in the third to score all the runs of the game.

Baltimore took five of six in the season series.

                  R H BB
BAL 003 000 000 - 3 8  5
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 6  1

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell  9.0  0  0  0  1  5  
D. Chance  7.0  3  3  0  5  6

BAL 57-45, ANA 39-64

Baltimore Comes Out On Top In Oakland

Rickey_Henderson_and_Eddie_Murray,_1983 (from Dell Inspiron 15)

July 25: Baltimore 4, Oakland 3

Starters Jack Powell and Rube Waddell both went nine innings and gave up three earned runs. But Cal Ripken reached second base on a Rickey Henderson error to lead off the top of the eighth and came around to score the winning, unearned run for Baltimore.

                  R  H BB
BAL 001 001 110 - 4 12  3
OAK 100 100 010 - 3  9  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell   9.0  3  3  0  3  4  
R. Waddell  9.0  4  3  0  3  4 

BAL 54-43, OAK 51-46

July 26: Oakland 8, Baltimore 2

Oakland put on a hit parade against Harry Howell, including six doubles, a triple, and at least one hit from each batsman.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 000 020 - 2  8  2
OAK 130 200 20x - 8 12  4

HR: E. Murray (12)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell  6.2  8  8  0  3  1  
L. Grove   8.0  2  2  1  2  6 

BAL 54-44, OAK 52-46

July 27: Baltimore 8, Oakland 7

It’s maybe not time for A’s fans to panic about Tim Hudson, but after starting the year so strong, he followed up his first bad start of the year with another stinker in this one. After not allowing six or more earned runs in his first 17 starts, he’s now done it in back-to-back games. He dropped from the fifth best ERA in the league to 15th best over his last two games.

George Sisler smacked three extra-base hits, two doubles and a dong.

                  R  H BB
BAL 025 001 000 - 8 10  3
OAK 000 130 300 - 7 14  3

HR: G. Sisler (6), A. Jones (10), B. Robinson (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
U. Shocker  4.0  4  4  0  2  2  
T. Hudson   3.0  7  6  2  2  2 

BAL 55-44, OAK 52-47

Minnesota Storms Back Late In Rubber Match To Take Series In Baltimore

walterJuly 22: Minnesota 7, Baltimore 0

Lest anyone was worried about Walter Johnson after he made his shortest outing of the year last time out, he got back to being Walter Johnson and shut out the strong Baltimore offense. All the Orioles not named Ken Singleton went 1-for-28 with zero walks. Singleton was scorching hot all series, and was perfect against Johnson with two walks, a single, and a double, but never could get around to score since his mates were all getting shut down.

Joe Cronin slapped two triples, and Mickey Vernon walked twice, singled, and homered.

                  R  H BB
MN  002 300 200 - 7 14  3
BAL 000 000 000 - 0  3  2

HR: M. Vernon (8)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  9.0  0  0  0  2  5  
U. Shocker  6.2  7  4  1  3  1 

MN 51-43, BAL 52-42

July 23: Baltimore 6, Minnesota 4

The Twins’ first five batters of the fourth inning all reached safely, which brought an end to starter Johnny Niggeling’s day and gave Minnesota a 4-1 lead. After Niggeling’s short day, a string of four Orioles relievers (Hoyt Wilhelm, Stu Miller, Darren O’Day, and Zach Britton) were aces and kept the Twins off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

The Orioles drilled solo homers against Bert Blyleven in the third, fourth, and fifth to get within a run of Minnesota. Eddie Guardado, the Twins shutdown southpaw reliever, was on in the sixth and did not have his good stuff. Ken Williams made it four straight innings with a home run for Baltimore, but this time it was a three run jobbie to give Baltimore the winning runs.

                  R  H BB
MN  000 400 000 - 4  8  5
BAL 001 113 00x - 6 11  5

HR: K. Singleton (8), F. Robinson (19),
K. Williams (7), C. Ripken (7)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Blyleven   5.1  3  3  3  2  4  
J. Niggeling  3.0  4  3  0  3  2 

MN 51-44, BAL 53-42

July 24: Minnesota 7, Baltimore 5

Minnesota’s Dutch Leonard got another start in what had been Jim Shaw’s spot in the rotation most of the year and it was rough going for Leonard this time out. The Orioles jumped him for five quick runs and Leonard was out after recording only six outs. Frank Robinson drove in four of the five against Leonard on two home runs.

Shaw himself came on in long relief and, wouldn’t you know it, was aces. Sort of. He somehow didn’t allow any runs in six innings of work, despite placing birds on bases with abandon. Shaw stranded 11 Orioles in his six innings, including leaving the bases loaded in three frames.

Jim Palmer was dandy for eight innings and handed over a 5-3 lead to Darren O’Day in the top of the ninth, but O’Day ran into a bunch of Minnesota hits and coughed up the lead. Mickey Vernon, Kirby Puckett, Joe Cronin, Joe Mauer, and Cecil Travis all roughed up O’Day with base hits and all of a sudden the Twins had won the series. Kirby Puckett had a big day with three doubles.

It wasn’t a good series for Baltimore, but it certainly wasn’t Ken Williams’ fault. He reached safely 11 times in 14 plate appearances, including two doubles a dinger. He rocketed up the leader boards to second in wOBA and runs created.

                  R  H BB
MN  011 000 104 - 7 11  0
BAL 212 000 000 - 5 13  6

HR: G. Goslin (2), F. Robinson-2 (21)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Leonard  2.0  5  5  2  0  0  
J. Palmer   8.0  3  3  1  0  3 

MN 52-44, BAL 53-43

Detroit Upsets Baltimore Despite Singleton’s Amazing Series

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Singleton

July 19: Detroit 7, Baltimore 4 (10 innings)

The Tigers built up a 4-0 lead through five and a half innings before Bobby Grich cut that lead in half with a two-run bomb in the bottom of the sixth. Those were the only two runs yielded by Hal Newhouser in his eight inning start, and Detroit reliever Doug Brocail came on in the ninth to try to maintain Detroit’s 4-2 lead. Adam Jones led it off with a double, Boog Powell grounded out, and Cal Ripken drove in Jones with a single to make it a 4-3 game. Brooks Robinson grounded into the second out, but managed to move Ripken over to second, and Ken Singleton drove in Ripken to tie the game with a single. Singleton had a perfect day at the plate with four walks in addition to the single.

But Baltimore hurler Stu Miller quickly coughed up the lead right back to Detroit in the top of the 10th as Harry Heilmann, Miguel Cabrera, Hank Greenberg, Charles Gehringer, and George Kell all reached safely to plate three runs.

                    R  H BB
DET 020 002 000 3 - 7 11  6
BAL 000 002 002 0 - 4  9  4

HR: B. Grich (14)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  8.0  2  2  1  4  7  
E. Bedard     7.0  4  4  0  4  4 

DET 42-49, BAL 51-40

July 20: Detroit 6, Baltimore 2

Tigers starter George Uhle put together another fine start in what has been a quietly good season. His ERA now stands at 3.71, 16th best in the league.

Ken Singleton had another perfect day at the plate in this one with four singles and a triple. He reached safely all 10 times up between the two days.

But Singleton was the only big bat for Baltimore in the game, whereas the Tigers bats were smoldering all through the lineup and smacked 16 base hits. Norm Cash had the best day with two singles, a double, and a triple.

                  R  H BB
DET 001 400 010 - 6 16  2
BAL 100 001 000 - 2 10  4

HR: A. Kaline (5)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle    8.0  2  1  0  4  1  
J. Powell  8.0  6  6  1  2  1 

DET 43-49, BAL 51-41

July 21: Baltimore 2, Detroit 1

Starters Tommy Bridges and Harry Howell locked horns in the finale. Singles by Cabrera and Bobby Veach in the third gave Detroit a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth when Baltimore finally pushed across their first run of the game. They had stranded 12 runners in the first seven innings without scoring. Bridges was wild and walked nine, but, amazingly, none of those walks came back to bite him. It was a triple by Cal Ripken that set the table for the tying run in the eighth, and then it was another triple by George Sisler to start the bottom of the ninth that did the Tigers in once Frank Robinson brought Sisler home on a sac fly to salvage a game for the birds.

Singleton reached just once in this game in his five plate appearances, but his 11-for-15 on-base performance in the series exploded his wOBA to .403 and runs created to 69, both fourth best in the league.

                  R H BB
DET 001 000 000 - 1 9  3
BAL 000 000 011 - 2 5  9

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  8.0  2  2  0  9  2  
H. Howell   9.0  1  1  0  3  0 

DET 43-50, BAL 52-41

Thome Unlocks Ludicrous Mode In Cleveland Series Win Over Baltimore

July 15: Baltimore 9, Cleveland 4

Cal Ripken and Brooks Robinson have not been hitting a lot at the bottom of Baltimore’s lineup this season, but they made a lot of noise in this one. Ripken was 3-for-4 with a double, and Robinson 2-for-4 with two triples.

Jim Thome became the third player to reach 20 homers.

                  R  H BB
BAL 004 003 002 - 9 11  4
CLE 000 201 100 - 4  9  5

HR: J. Thome (20)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell  7.0  4  4  1  2  1  
A. Joss    5.2  7  5  0  2  0 

BAL 51-37, CLE 42-46

thomeJuly 16: Cleveland 10, Baltimore 8

It seemed a little strange for Bob Feller to be in Cleveland’s bullpen instead of the starting rotation for most of the year, but he was thriving in the ‘pen and made the All-Star team as a reliever. Cleveland elected to move him into the rotation after the break, and Feller traded places with Sam McDowell.

This was Feller’s second start since the break, and it went bad in a hurry. It was Feller’s questionable control that kept him out of the rotation to start with, and he had no idea where it was going in this game. He walked nine Orioles while recording just nine outs, and Baltimore built an 8-0 lead by the middle of the fourth.

McDowell relieved Feller, and was as good as Feller had been bad. McDowell threw six shutout innings that allowed his team to mount a huge comeback.

Thome led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo dong, the Naps batted around in part thanks to a Bobby Grich error, and Thome added a two-run single to his homer in the same inning. Cleveland had pulled within a run by the time Baltimore finally got out of the inning, and Cleveland tied it up in the fifth in part thanks to an Adam Jones error.

It was still tied in the bottom of the ninth with Hoyt Wilhelm on the mound, runner on first, and two outs when Thome mashed his 22nd tater in fashionable walk-off style. Thome tied Lou Gehrig for the league-lead in dingers, butting in on the monopoly Gehrig and Babe Ruth have had atop that list seemingly all season.

                   R  H BB
BAL 022 400 000 -  8  7 13
CLE 000 710 002 - 10 13  1

HR: J. Thome-2 (22)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
U. Shocker  6.0  8  3  1  0  1  
B. Feller   3.0  8  8  0  9  1 

BAL 51-38, CLE 43-46

July 17: Cleveland 4, Baltimore 3

Thome wasn’t done bashing Cleveland pitching. He took the league homer lead in the bottom of the first to open a lead the Naps held the rest of the way. It got pretty shaky in the top of the ninth as Stan Coveleski tried to finish a complete game win but let Baltimore get within a run with runners on the corners and two outs. Doug Jones came in and whiffed Grich to seal the series win for Cleveland.

Thome was 8-for-12 in the series with a walk and four dong shots. No one else homered in the series. In just three games, Thome raised his wOBA from .383 to .400, seventh best in the league.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 002 001 - 3 11  5
CLE 201 000 10x - 4 10  2

HR: J. Thome (23)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Niggeling  6.0  4  4  1  2  3  
S. Coveleski  8.2  3  3  0  5  1 

BAL 51-39, CLE 44-46

Baltimore Gains Ground On Boston in Meeting of Top Clubs

ripken2July 12: Baltimore 6, Boston 4

On-base machines Wade Boggs and Tris Speaker each got three hits atop the Boston lineup, but only combined to score two runs. Meanwhile, the Baltimore bats found success where few teams have all season: vs. Boston’s Roger Clemens. The top of the fourth started with hits by Frank Robinson, Ken Williams, and Bobby Grich, and later in the inning Cal Ripken drove a three-run dinger against Clemens. Singles by Williams, Adam Jones, and Matt Wieters in the sixth racked up two more runs against the Rocket.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 402 000 - 6 12  2
BOS 001 010 020 - 4 12  1

HR: C. Ripken (6), F. Lynn (2),
N. Garciaparra (10)

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

BAL 49-36, BOS 53-32

July 13: Boston 4, Baltimore 2

Boston evened the series next day behind another fantastic outing by Pedro.

                  R H BB
BAL 000 001 100 - 2 5  3
BOS 011 101 00x - 4 7  7

HR: B. Grich (13), D. Evans (2)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard    7.0  4  3  1  6  4  
P. Martinez  7.0  2  2  1  2  6 

BAL 49-37, BOS 54-32

July 14: Baltimore 8, Boston 3

The big Baltimore offense, now in a virtual tie with the Yankees for most runs per game, got to Cy Young in game three to take the series. Ken Singleton swatted five singles from the lead-off spot, and Adam Jones collected three singles and a double as part of the Orioles’ 17 hit barrage.

Wade Boggs reached base 10 times in the series to rocket up to second most runs created in the league.

                  R  H BB
BAL 030 002 300 - 8 17  2
BOS 000 010 110 - 3  7  8

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell  9.0  3  3  0  8  1  
C. Young   6.1  8  7  0  2  2 

BAL 50-37, BOS 54-33

Chicago Launches Into Second Half With Sweep Over Groggy Baltimore

lemonJuly 8: Chicago 8, Baltimore 0

The Orioles seemed to still be on the All-Star Break as they weakly offered at the bedeviling pitches of Eddie Cicotte, who picked up his second shutout of the season. A Baltimore batter only made it to second base once in the game. Meanwhile, the Chicagoans swatted 17 knocks all over the field, including a double and a homer each by Chet Lemon and Harold Baines. Lemon added two singles for a four-hit day.

                  R  H BB
CHI 100 300 301 - 8 17  0
BAL 000 000 000 - 0  3  2

HR: C. Lemon (6), H. Baines (1)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte   9.0  0  0  0  2  2  
J. Powell    4.1  4  4  0  0  2 

CHI 41-41, BAL 48-34

July 9: Chicago 4, Baltimore 3 (10 innings)

The Orioles showed a little more life the next day against Ed Walsh. They pushed just one run across in the first five frames, but after the first three hitters of Baltimore’s sixth got hits and scored one, Walsh got the quick hook in exchange for Terry Forster. Forster retired all three he faced, but a third run was charged to Walsh on a sac fly to give Baltimore a 3-1 lead.

The White Sox showed their mettle and battled back against Harry Howell and Darren O’Day in the top of the eighth to tie it up, and then Eddie Collins led off the top of the 10th with a triple and came home to score the winning run on a Frank Thomas sac fly.

                    R  H BB
CHI 000 001 020 1 - 4  7  5
BAL 010 002 000 0 - 3 10  2

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh   5.0  3  3  0  0  3 
H. Howell  7.2  3  3  0  4  2 

CHI 42-41, BAL 48-35

July 10: Chicago 6, Baltimore 4

The White Sox put the finishing touches on an impressive sweep on the strength of Thornton Lee’s hurling and a balanced offensive attack. The Orioles got the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with just one out, but Keith Foulke got George Sisler to roll into a double play.

                  R H BB
CHI 120 200 010 - 6 9  7
BAL 010 010 101 - 4 9  2

HR: M. Minoso (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee      8.0  4  2  0  1  4 
U. Shocker  3.2  5  5  1  4  0 

CHI 43-41, BAL 48-36