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

Ted-Yaz

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

Scalding Hot Chicago Sweeps Baltimore, Top of Original Division Getting Crowded

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August 7: Chicago 1, Baltimore 0

Thornton Lee added another chapter to his superlative stretch since joining the White Sox rotation in late June. His season ERA is a shiny 2.87. This shutout was his finest game yet, and it came at the perfect time because his opponent Urban Shocker was also locked in. Shocker has had a bad year, but put together his second straight start allowing one run in nine innings.

Frank Thomas touched Shocker for a double to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and Harold Baines poked a single to drive in Thomas for the only run of the well-pitched game.

                  R H BB
BAL 000 000 000 - 0 6  2
CHI 000 001 00x - 1 7  1

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
U. Shocker  9.0  1  1  0  1  1  
T. Lee      9.0  0  0  0  2  4 

BAL 62-47, CHI 60-49

August 8: Chicago 7, Baltimore 2

Johnny Niggeling followed Shocker in the Baltimore rotation with his worst game of the year, and Johnny Rigney put together his third straight good start for Chicago after a mostly bad year.

The top three Chicago hitters, Eddie Collins, Minnie Minoso, and Joe Jackson, had a field day, going a combined 7-for-10 with two walks and five runs.

                  R  H BB
BAL 001 010 000 - 2 10  3
CHI 103 000 30x - 7 10  2
HR: B. Robinson (5), C. Fisk (3)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Niggeling  6.2  7  7  1  2  3  
J. Rigney     9.0  2  2  1  3  3 

BAL 62-48, CHI 61-49

August 9: Chicago 8, Baltimore 5

Chicago put this one away almost immediately as they bashed Erik Bedard into submission to the tune of seven runs before Bedard hit the showers having recorded just one out.

With the sweep complete, the incredible Sox are now 22-8 since the all-star break. They’ve pulled into a tie with Baltimore for third place, and the top of the Original Division is deliciously crammed with these two teams plus Boston and Minnesota all within two games of each other.

                  R  H BB
BAL 010 210 001 - 5 10  3
CHI 701 000 00x - 8 10  9

HR: B. Powell (1)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard  0.1  7  7  0  3  0  
C. Sale    6.0  4  3  0  1  7 

BAL 62-49, CHI 62-49

Baltimore Takes Series From New York To Move Into Share of First Place

Robinson Frank batting 2487.85 NBLAugust 3: Baltimore 11, New York 6

New York starter Bob Shawkey’s miserable season trudged on in a brief two-inning, four runs allowed day. Baltimore’s top three hitters, Ken Singleton, George Sisler, and Frank Robinson, were a combined 6-for-6 against Shawkey and drilled 10 hits in the game. Robinson swatted two singles and two doubles.

Babe Ruth had four hits with a double and homer for the losers.

                   R  H BB
NY  010 003 002 -  6  7  6
BAL 221 006 00x - 11 18  5
HR: B. Ruth (24), D. Jeter (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Shawkey  2.0  4  4  0  1  0  
E. Bedard   7.0  4  3  2  4  3 

NY 55-51, BAL 61-45

August 4: Baltimore 4, New York 2

Waite Hoyt had a respectable start going for New York through five innings, after which his Yankees trailed 1-2. Then Adam Jones led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo mamma-jabba, Matt Wieters doubled, Cal Ripken singled, and Hoyt was gone.

Rubber-armed Jack Powell hurled his eighth start of nine innings and the Orioles won their sixth straight. A win the next day would propel them into first place all by their lonesome. A loss would still leave them in first, but tied with Boston.

                  R  H BB
NY  000 010 001 - 2  9  3
BAL 011 002 00x - 4 11  2

HR: A. Rodriguez (15), A. Jones (12)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt    5.0  4  4  1  2  2  
J. Powell  9.0  2  2  1  3  1 

NY 55-52, BAL 62-45

August 5: New York 3, Baltimore 2

Lefty Gomez finally gave New York a strong start, allowing just one run in 7.1 innings. But Harry Howell was strong for Baltimore as well, allowing only two earned runs in a complete game.

In the third, Baltimore backup second baseman Bobby Wallace allowed Charlie Keller to reach on an error. It was a play first-stringer Bobby Grich could have made in his sleep, and it came back to bite the O’s when Keller came around to score what ended up being the winning run.

Eddie Murray launched a homer in the bottom of the ninth to get Baltimore within a run, but Mariano Rivera closed it out with a Ken Williams fly out and Cal Ripken strikeout.

                  R H BB
NY  021 000 000 - 3 6  3
BAL 000 000 011 - 2 5  4
HR: E. Murray (13)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez   7.1  1  1  0  4  4  
H. Howell  9.0  3  2  0  3  4 

NY 56-52, BAL 62-46

After Sweeping Houston, Baltimore Putting Pressure on BoSox

July 31: Baltimore 6, Houston 2

Houston arrived in Baltimore fresh off their stunning sweep of Boston that helped the Orioles’ cause of catching the Red Sox for the Original Division lead.

The big Baltimore bats belted Nolan Ryan for six runs in less than three innings and sucked any drama out of the first game pretty quick. George Sisler spanked four hits and Harry Howell went the distance for Baltimore.

                  R  H BB
HOU 110 000 000 - 2  8  6
BAL 231 000 00x - 6 13  4

HR: F. Robinson (22)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    2.2  6  6  1  2  3  
H. Howell  9.0  2  2  0  6  5 

HOU 48-55, BAL 58-45

August 1: Baltimore 9, Houston 1

The Orioles again jumped out to a big lead right from the get-go, aided this time by a Jeff Bagwell error, an Andy Ashby passed ball, and a Matt Wieters home run.

Urban Shocker was one inning away from his first shutout, but Houston pushed across a single run in the ninth to spoil it. Shocker was wild and walked eight, but none of the walks figured into Houston’s run. It was Shocker’s finest day in what has been a bad season, and the third straight complete game by a Baltimore starter.

                  R  H BB
HOU 000 000 001 - 1  6  8
BAL 520 000 20x - 9 13  3

HR: M. Wieters (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Oswalt   6.0  7  2  1  1  6  
U. Shocker  9.0  1  1  0  8  4 

HOU 48-56, BAL 59-45

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August 2: Baltimore 8, Houston 7 (10 innings)

The Orioles again jumped out to an immediate big lead. Ken Williams and Cal Ripken both homered in a six-run first inning.

But Houston managed to inject some drama into this one. Starter Johnny Niggeling handed a 7-2 lead to the rusty Baltimore bullpen, and the relievers nearly choked it away. Hoyt Wilhelm faced three batters, all of whom came around to score on a Jeff Bagwell blast. Lance Berkman added a solo dong later in the inning to make it 7-6 Baltimore.

Baltimore’s seventh run came unearned on a passed ball in the third inning when it seemed fairly meaningless but loomed large after Houston’s rally.

Darren O’Day then coughed up the tying run to Houston in the ninth after walking two and giving up a Cesar Cedeno double. It stayed dead-locked until Frank Robinson led off the bottom of the 10th against Billy Wagner and launched a rocket into the Camden seats to walk off the sweep.

Baltimore took all six of their games against Houston for the season and improved to a dominant 21-3 against the Expansion Division. They are breathing down the neck of the suddenly vulnerable Red Sox.

                    R  H BB
HOU 000 002 401 0 - 7  9  8
BAL 601 000 000 1 - 8 10  2

HR: J. Bagwell (22), L. Berkman (21),
F. Robinson (23), K. Williams (8), C. Ripken (8)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott      8.0  7  6  2  2  5  
J. Niggeling  6.0  2  2  0  5  3 

HOU 48-57, BAL 60-45

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