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 Tigers 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
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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

Boston Keeps Pace Atop Division With Wins Over Baltimore

September 6: Baltimore 3, Boston 2

The Red Sox were clinging to a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth when Bobby Grich led off with a game-tying dong against Jonathan Papelbon. Two batters later, Manny Machado put the O’s up for good with another solo tater against Papelbon. Boston’s bullpen has been the team’s one vulnerable area. Papelbon was supposed to be their shut-down reliever, but his 3.51 ERA is far from dominant.

It wasn’t much consolation after the loss, but Boston starter Smoky Joe Wood pulled his season ERA under 3.00, joining only Johan Santana and Walter Johnson in that rarified range among qualified pitchers.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 000 012 - 3  6  3
BOS 000 001 100 - 2 10  0
HR: B. Grich (15), M. Machado (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Stewart  7.0  2  1  0  0  0  
S.J. Wood   7.1  1  1  0  3  2 

BAL 74-65, BOS 79-60

wmsSeptember 7: Boston 7, Baltimore 3

The Boston is rotation is so good that the bullpen does not get exposed all that often. Roger Clemens reeled off a complete-game job in this one, and the Sox batters swarmed the bases all afternoon. Wade Boggs, Tris Speaker, and Ted Williams each connected for three base hits.

                  R  H BB
BAL 100 010 100 - 3  8  3
BOS 001 132 00x - 7 17  1
HR: C. Ripken (9), M. Ramirez (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard   4.1  5  4  1  1  1  
R. Clemens  9.0  3  3  1  3  6 

BAL 74-66, BOS 80-60

September 8: Boston 5, Baltimore 2

Baltimore starter Jim Palmer gave up a couple of early runs and then spun out in the fourth. He walked two and gave up four singles in the frame before being lifted. Baltimore twirlers never could get Speaker out in the game. He reached on a walk, two singles, and a double. Pedro Martinez was fantastic yet again, and joined his rotation mate Wood in the small group of starting pitchers with an ERA under 3.00.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 010 010 - 2  5  4
BOS 011 300 00x - 5 12  4
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Palmer    3.1  5  5  0  3  2  
P. Martinez  7.0  1  1  0  4  3 

BAL 74-67, BOS 81-60

Baltimore Claims Series Vs Sliding Chicago

machado

September 3: Baltimore 6, Chicago 3

Recent Baltimore additions Manny Machado and Baby Doll Jacobson each collected their first dinger of the year against a struggling Chris Sale. Sale has given up 18 runs while throwing just 13 innings over his last three starts.

                  R  H BB
CHI 002 001 000 - 3 10  3
BAL 112 010 01x - 6  9  5

HR: M. Machado (1), B. Jacobson (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale     6.1  5  4  2  4  8  
J. Palmer   7.0  3  3  0  2  2 

CHI 72-64, BAL 72-64

September 4: Baltimore 11, Chicago 2

The Orioles again beat up on ineffective Chicago hurling the next day, and Ken Singleton, Frank Robinson, and Adam Jones all reached safely thrice, and Machado collected three singles plus a walk.

                   R  H BB
CHI 001 001 000 -  2  7  6
BAL 230 014 01x - 11 16  4

HR: E. Murray (16)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte   5.0  8  6  0  4  0  
J. Powell    9.0  2  2  0  6  4 

CHI 72-65, BAL 73-64

September 5: Chicago 2, Baltimore 1

Ed Walsh gave the White Sox the strong start they needed to salvage a game in Baltimore. A Minnie Minoso error contributed to the one, unearned run Baltimore managed against him. The Sox batters barely fared better against Harry Howell but managed to scratch across two runs for the victory.

Chicago’s second-half resurgence seems to be losing steam. They are now tied with Baltimore in fourth, 6.5 games out of first with just 24 games to play.

                  R H BB
CHI 100 000 100 - 2 9  4
BAL 100 000 00x - 1 7  1
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh    9.0  1  0  0  1  3  
H. Howell   9.0  2  1  0  4  3 

CHI 73-65, BAL 73-65