Chicago and Detroit Finish Seasons With Tigers Series Win

gbergSeptember 29: Detroit 6, Chicago 5

The game started out as a strong duel between Johnny Rigney and Schoolboy Rowe, and ended with some offensive fireworks and multiple lead changes. The Sox tied the game at two in the top of the seventh with a Robin Ventura double and Eddie Collins triple. A Norm Cash double in the bottom of the inning drove in two and gave Detroit a 4-2 lead. Then in the top of the eighth, Ventura capped off a brilliant day at the plate with a three run homer to put the Sox in front 5-4.

Keith Foulke took the mound in the bottom of the ninth trying to protect that lead, but Charles Gehringer and Miguel Cabrera started it with back-to-back walks. Sam Crawford then GIDP’d, leaving Gehringer on third with two outs. Cash then capped off his brilliant day at the plate with a game-tying RBI single. Hoyt Wilhelm relieved Foulke, and promptly gave up a single to Ty Cobb and a walk-off double to Harry Heilmann.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 100 130 - 5 10  2
DET 001 001 202 - 6 12  3

HR: R. Ventura (9), N. Cash (20), B. Veach (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney   6.1  4  4  2  0  2  
S. Rowe     7.2  4  4  0  2  4 

CHI 81-79, DET 76-84

September 30: Detroit 4, Chicago 3

Chris Sale couldn’t keep the ball in the park in the second half of the season. Hank Greenberg and Alan Trammell both took him deep in the fifth inning of this one.

                  R H BB
CHI 010 010 100 - 3 8  5
DET 000 030 01x - 4 8  3

HR: H. Greenberg (5), A. Trammell (13)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale       7.0  4  4  2  3  7  
J. Verlander  9.0  3  3  0  5  6 

CHI 81-80, DET 77-84

October 1: Chicago 5, Detroit 4

Jose Abreu went bonkers in the final game of his team’s season and almost single-handedly won it for Chicago. He drew a walk in the first inning, hit a solo dong in the fourth, doubled and a scored a run in the sixth, and tripled and drove in two in the seventh. (He came up again in the ninth needing a single for the cycle but flew out.)

The Sox tasted first place in mid-August but fell hard from there to a sixth place finish. They won just six of their final 21 games. The Tigers, who spent most of the year alone in last, end up tied for last with Cleveland.

                  R H BB
CHI 100 101 200 - 5 9  7
DET 100 000 030 - 4 9  2
HR: J. Abreu (6)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte    7.1  4  3  0  2  2  
H. Newhouser  6.0  3  3  1  3  3 

CHI 82-80, DET 77-85

 

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Oakland Sweeps Listless Chicago

September 25: Oakland 4, Chicago 1

Rube Waddell threw the first 5.2 innings of the game without allowing a hit or a walk. The White Sox ended up collecting one run plus a few singles and one walk in the game, but Waddell was dominant from start to finish.

Jason Giambi slammed a two-run dinger in the fourth inning.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 000 - 1 4  1
OAK 000 210 01x - 4 9  0

HR: J. Giambi (17)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte   8.0  4  4  1  0  3  
R. Waddell   9.0  1  1  0  1  6 

CHI 81-76, OAK 85-72

 

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Grove

September 26: Oakland 7, Chicago 6 (10 innings)

 

Lefty Grove was marvy for Oakland, except for a rough third inning. Much of the blame for that inning rests on the shoulders of Rickey Henderson and Eddie Collins, who both made errors in the frame. A Frank Thomas homer put an exclamation mark on six unearned runs for Chicago in the inning, but Chicago could not capitalize.

Mickey Cochrane tied the game up with a two-run dinger in the eighth inning, and hits from Giambi and Home Run Baker in the bottom of the 10th walked it off for Oakland.

                    R  H BB
CHI 006 000 000 0 - 6  8  5
OAK 211 000 020 1 - 7 11  4

HR: F. Thomas (24), M. Cochrane (11)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh   9.2  7  2  1  4  5  
L. Grove   9.2  6  0  1  5  7 

CHI 81-77, OAK 86-72

September 27: Oakland 6, Chicago 5

Chicago again shot themselves in the foot in the finale. Harold Baines did all he could by swatting two dingers and a single and driving in three, but errors by Chet Lemon, Eddie Collins, and Robin Ventura helped Oakland to three unearned runs. Jose Canseco collected a single, double, and homer for Oakland.

Chicago seems to have thrown in the towel and have dropped 13 of their last 18.

                  R  H BB
CHI 020 100 002 - 5 12  1
OAK 001 100 22x - 6  8  4
HR: H. Baines-2 (9), J. Canseco (4)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee     4.0  2  1  0  2  0  
T. Hudson  5.0  3  3  2  1  1 

CHI 81-78, OAK 87-72

New York Slips By Chicago, Gehrig Launches 40th Homer in Grand Style

gehrigSeptember 22: New York 7, Chicago 1

The unrelenting Lou Gehrig became the first player to 40 home runs with a grand slam in the third inning. Ray Caldwell was strong in a complete game.

                  R H BB
CHI 001 000 000 - 1 4  4
NY  004 102 00x - 7 7  5
HR: L. Gehrig (40)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee       4.0  5  5  1  4  0  
R. Caldwell  9.0  1  1  0  4  2 

CHI 80-74, 80-74

September 23: Chicago 7, New York 3 (10 innings)

I believe Mariano Rivera has the best pitcher’s card in the league, but the results have not been there for much of the season. He took the mound in the top of the ninth to protect a 3-2 lead, and Frank Thomas sent his first pitch to la-la land.

David Robertson has struggled for New York too, and the White Sox pounded him for four runs in the top of the 10th. Jose Abreu launched a three-run dinger to cap off the winning rally.

Johnny Rigney threw all 10 innings for Chicago.

                    R H BB
CHI 000 010 101 4 - 7 9  5
NY  000 210 000 0 - 3 9  3

HR: F. Thomas (22), J. Abreu (5), 
M. Minoso (10), B. Ruth (36)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney    10.0  2  2  1  3  3  
O. Hernandez  6.0  2  2  1  3  3 

CHI 81-74, NY 80-75

September 24: New York 2, Chicago 1

The White Sox hit four extra-base knocks while giving up none to the Yankees. That is usually a rock-solid path to victory in the Bronx, but Chicago somehow messed it up. A Thomas solo homer scored their only run of the game. That run could have been enough but for a Chris Sale wild pitch that allowed Mickey Mantle to score in the first inning and a Johnny Mostil error that contributed to NY’s run in the seventh.

Chicago’s flirtation with first place was not so long ago but seems like a distant memory. They now stand 11 games back and are tied with New York in fifth.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 000 100 - 1 6  1
NY  100 000 10x - 2 7  3

HR: F. Thomas (23)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale     7.0  2  1  0  3  5  
H. Pennock  8.0  1  1  1  1  1 

CHI 81-75, NY 81-75

Houston Takes Series From Dispirited Chicago

ashbySeptember 18: Houston 13, Chicago 1

Chicago’s surge from last in late June to first in early August has been one of the top stories of the season. But by late August, the White Sox cooled off just as the Red Sox took off again, and Chicago was eliminated before this series opener in Houston. They looked like a team that knew they weren’t playing for anything anymore.

Chris Sale’s rough second half hit another low as the Astros pounded him for three home runs in the first inning and he only recorded one out. Sale has given up 10 ya-yas in his last 27 innings.

Houston drilled 20 hits, and six ‘Stros homered. Bob Watson and Moises Alou both had three hits with a dong, and the seven, eight, and nine hitters Art Howe, Dickie Thon, and Alan Ashby combined for nine hits and two dongs. J.R. Richard pitched a complete game.

                   R  H BB
CHI 000 100 000 -  1  4  6
HOU 401 001 43x - 13 20  2
HR: B. Watson (15), J. Altuve (1), M. Alou (29),
C. Cedeno (14), A. Howe (4), D. Thon (7)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale       0.1  4  4  3  0  0  
J.R. Richard  9.0  1  1  0  6  5 

CHI 79-72, HOU 64-87

September 19: Houston 5, Chicago 3

This was also a baseball game.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 012 000 - 3  8  4
HOU 210 010 10x - 5 10  3

HR: C. Lemon (11), J. Bagwell (30)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte   6.1  5  5  1  3  3  
M. Cuellar   5.2  3  3  1  1  4 

CHI 79-73, HOU 65-87

September 20: Chicago 5, Houston 1

Nolan Ryan handed out walks like candy, and four of Chicago’s five run scorers reached on a free pass. Chicago’s Ed Walsh was stingy in a complete game. Walsh has the third highest runs saved above average in the league.

                  R H BB
CHI 001 020 101 - 5 6  8
HOU 100 000 000 - 1 6  1
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh   9.0  1  1  0  1  4  
N. Ryan    8.0  5  5  0  8  4 

CHI 80-73, HOU 65-88

Chicago Ekes Out Tight Series With Anaheim

September 15: Chicago 3, Anaheim 2

Eddie Collins led the Chicago charge with three knocks while Ed Walsh handled a complete game on the mound. The loss officially eliminated the Angels from winning the division.

                  R  H BB
ANA 000 101 000 - 2  7  3
CHI 100 200 00x - 3 10  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  7.0  3  3  0  2  4  
E. Walsh    9.0  2  2  0  3  8 

ANA 64-86, CHI 78-70

September 16: Anaheim 6, Chicago 4

Thornton Lee’s bizarrely divided season continued its not-so-good stretch. Over his last eight starts, his ERA is 7.86. In his eight starts before that, it was 2.20.

Chili Davis knocked three singles for the winners.

                  R  H BB
ANA 303 000 000 - 6 10  1
CHI 000 021 001 - 4  9  4
HR: R. Carew (3), M. Minoso (9)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Tanana  4.2  2  2  0  2  2  
T. Lee     2.2  6  4  1  1  3 

ANA 65-86, CHI 78-71

rigneySeptember 17: Chicago 1, Anaheim 0

Starters Johnny Rigney and Andy Messersmith made it a delightfully tight rubber match. The only Angels batter to solve Rigney at all was Davis, who collected three of his team’s four hits, and Rigney picked up his first nine inning shutout of the year.

The only stain on Messersmith’s day came on back-to-back doubles by Robin Ventura and Chet Lemon in the bottom of the seventh that plated the game’s only run.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 4  3
CHI 000 000 10x - 1 6  3
HR: none

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  8.0  1  1  0  3  3  
J. Rigney       9.0  0  0  0  3  9 

ANA 65-87, CHI 79-71

Sweep By Boston Leaves Chicago’s Chances in Critical Condition

September 12: Boston 6, Chicago 5

The series started with host Chicago trailing the first-place Red Sox by seven games, so it was of massive importance for the home team to win at least two of the three games. The first game was going well for them as they tagged Roger Clemens for five runs in his seven innings and were clinging to a 5-4 lead after those seven frames.

But Chicago reliever Terry Forster couldn’t hold the fortser against Boston’s relentless on-base machines in the eighth inning. Ted Williams singled, Pete Runnels walked, Fred Lynn singled home Williams to tie it up, and Carlton Fisk grounded out but drove in Runnels for the winning run.

                  R  H BB
BOS 000 022 020 - 6 11  3
CHI 010 030 10x - 5  7  5

HR: D. Evans (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Clemens  7.0  5  5  0  3  3  
J. Rigney   6.0  4  4  1  2  7 

BOS 85-60, CHI 77-68

fiskSeptember 13: Boston 2, Chicago 1

Pedro Martinez and Chris Sale kept the scoreboard empty for a lot of the game. Pedro came out after five shutout innings because he’s getting close to his innings max. Sale kept the score goose-egged for six innings, but a Bobby Doerr double and Ted Williams single in the seventh opened up a 1-0 lead for Boston. The amazin’ Boston Fisk creamed his 21st homer in the eighth inning against Hoyt Wilhelm, and Chicago’s needed series win slipped their grasp.

                  R H BB
BOS 000 000 110 - 2 9  2
CHI 000 000 010 - 1 7  1

HR: C. Fisk-BOS (21)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
P. Martinez  5.0  0  0  0  0  7  
C. Sale      6.2  1  1  0  2  6 

BOS 86-60, CHI 77-69

September 14: Boston 7, Chicago 1

Chicago had the difficult task of facing Cy Young, the hottest pitcher in the league, in a must-win finale. Frank Thomas, Jose Abreu, and Minnie Minoso hit consecutive singles in the first inning to grant the White Sox a 1-0 lead, after which Young went in total shut-down mode, giving up just one hit, two walks, and no runs over the final eight innings of the game.

Eddie Cicotte and Chicago made the one run stand up through six innings, but it went to pot in the seventh when an Eddie Collins error helped Boston tie the game at one and then Wade Boggs lined a rare homer for three runs.

The sweep left Chicago 10 games out with just 15 games to play. Never say never, but the White Sox season is on life support.

                  R  H BB
BOS 000 000 412 - 7 10  6
CHI 100 000 000 - 1  4  2
HR: W. Boggs (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Young    9.0  1  1  0  2  5  
E. Cicotte  7.1  5  4  1  5  0 

BOS 87-60, CHI 77-70

Minnesota Comes Out Ahead in Chicago as Both Teams Try To Hang In Pennant Race

September 9: Minnesota 9, Chicago 2

Ever since Eddie Cicotte tossed a shutout 13 starts ago, he has hit a rough patch. In his 12 most recent starts, he’s carrying a 4.79 ERA that was weighted down by five Minnesota runs in this one. Cecil Travis, Sam Rice, Joe Cronin, and Rod Carew all reached safely in succession against Cicotte in the fifth inning to push across three. Meanwhile, Camilo Pascual went the distance for Minnesota while giving up two runs on solo dingers.

                  R  H BB
MN  000 131 040 - 9 12  2
CHI 000 000 200 - 2  4  2
HR: J. Abreu (4), R. Ventura (8)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascual   9.0  2  2  2  2  4  
E. Cicotte   6.0  5  5  0  0  0 

MN 76-66, CHI 76-66

September 10: Chicago 4, Minnesota 1

Johan Santana had a merely OK start that was also his worst outing of the year. Joe Jackson and Frank Thomas both took Santana yard, but with 26 starts under his belt, and only two or three left in his season, Santana is still yet to have a truly bad game.

But OK wasn’t good enough in this start against a locked-in Ed Walsh, who allowed only the first Minnesota batter of the game to score in a complete game.

                  R  H BB
MN  100 000 000 - 1  5  1
CHI 101 010 10x - 4 10  2

HR: J. Jackson (10), F. Thomas (21)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana   5.0  3  2  2  1  5  
E. Walsh     9.0  1  1  0  1  4 

MN 76-67, CHI 77-66

Minnesota Twins v New York YankeesSeptember 11: Minnesota 4, Chicago 1

Walter Johnson appeared to be cruising towards another shutout through seven innings, but the bottom of Chicago’s order surprised everyone by loading the bases in the bottom of the eighth before Johnson had recorded an out. Out came the Big Train and in came Joe Nathan, who retired all three of his batters while allowing just one of Johnson’s inherited runners to tally. Joe Mauer knocked three singles in the leadoff spot for Minnesota that contributed to two of the team’s four runs.

The teams’ records stand tied at 77-66, seven games back from front-runner Boston with 18 games to play. Chicago and Minnesota both have three games remaining against the Red Sox.

                  R  H BB
MN  012 010 000 - 4 10  2
CHI 000 000 010 - 1  4  5
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson   7.0  1  1  0  5  6  
T. Lee       6.0  4  4  0  1  0 

MN 77-67, CHI 77-67