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
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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 87-70, 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

Chicago Keeps Hope Alive With Dramatic Sweep of Cleveland

September 6: Chicago 6, Cleveland 5

Cleveland looked to have the first game wrapped up as they took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Chicago’s Joe Jackson started it with a flyout, but then Frank Thomas took a walk and Jose Abreu singled. Out came Rafael Betancourt and in came Doug Jones, who promptly gave up a double to Harold Baines to cut the score to 5-3 in favor of the Naps with two men on. Chet Lemon squashed a Jones offering into oblivion to walk off the big comeback.

Corey Kluber had an excellent start for the Naps that was wasted. Kluber has a 1.15 ERA over his last six starts. A big day from Albert Belle that included a single, double, and homer was also for naught.

                  R  H BB
CLE 201 110 000 - 5 13  1
CHI 100 000 014 - 6  8  2

HR: A. Belle (9), C. Lemon (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber   7.0  1  1  0  1  5  
T. Lee      4.0  4  4  0  0  0 

CLE 67-72, CHI 74-65

abreu

September 7: Chicago 8, Cleveland 3

New arrival Jose Abreu has been a boon for Chicago and is hitting .324/.342/.622 in his first nine games. He hit two home run ding dongs in this game. Johnny Rigney went the distance on the bump.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 030 000 - 3 6  3
CHI 000 302 21x - 8 6  3
HR: J. Abreu-2 (3)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg   6.2  7  3  1  2  2  
J. Rigney  9.0  3  3  0  3  1 

CLE 67-73, CHI 75-65

September 8: Chicago 5, Cleveland 4 (13 innings)

The finale was a beauty. Chris Sale coughed up four early runs, but a Joe Jackson home run for Chicago in the bottom of the fifth tied the game up and the pitching got stingy all around. Addie Joss just kept pitching and pitching and pitching, and gave up nothing between the sixth and twelfth innings. On the Chicago hill, Sale, Keith Foulke, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Terry Forster combined for 11 straight shutout innings from the third to the 13th.

Robin Ventura started the winning rally in the bottom of the 13th with a walk, just the second one issued by Joss in his marathon start. Chet Lemon then singled Ventura to third, and Harold Baines came in as a pinch-hitter for Carlton Fisk. Baines lifted a long fly to center that allowed Ventura to tag up and tally the winning run. “Best 0-for-1 of my life,” cracked Baines after the game.

The White Sox still have some life sitting five games back from the division lead.

                        R  H BB
CLE 130 000 000 000 0 - 4 11  4
CHI 200 020 000 000 1 - 5 14  2

HR: A. Rosen (13), J. Jackson (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss    12.2  5  5  1  2  3  
C. Sale     7.0  4  4  1  3  9 

CLE 67-74, CHI 76-65

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

KC Edges Into First, Boston Pads Their Narrow Lead, and All the Action From Aug. 31-Sep. 2

August 31: Kansas City 6, Texas 3 (13 inn.)
September 1: Kansas City 5, Texas 2
September 2: Kansas City 6, Texas 5

The Royals pulled off their second straight series sweep, after which they found themselves with a half-game lead atop the Expansion Division. Game one was a doozy. DH Willie Aikens crushed a home run in his first plate appearance of the season, and then added another dinger in the sixth to boost KC to a 3-2 lead. Jeff Montgomery got two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth for KC, but a pinch-hitting Al Oliver doubled and Julio Franco knocked him in to send the game to extras. In the top of the 13th, Kevin Seitzer and Willie Wilson started things with back-to-back walks, and later in the inning Danny Tartabull, Hal McRae, and Jose Offerman knocked three hits in a row. Aikens added a double and another homer later in the series. The Royals are streaking, having won 11 of their last 13, and it looks like a two-horse race in the Expansion Division between KC and Seattle. Third-place Texas is 10 games out of first.

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August 31: Boston 7, Oakland 4
September 1: Boston 4, Oakland 1
September 2: Oakland 2, Boston 0

It was a big series in Oakland as the top two teams in the Original Division met with just two games separating number one Boston from the A’s. Oakland got out to a 4-2 lead in the first game (Jimmie Foxx homered for both teams), but Ted Williams slammed a three-run dinger in the top of the eighth to put Boston up for good. Boston ensured they would be remaining alone in first after the series by taking game two as well. Smoky Joe Wood was wicked for Boston, holding Oakland to one run, which was Wood’s 11th straight start without allowing more than three runs. Oakland’s Chief Bender and Rube Walberg handled most of the mound duties in the finale as the A’s kept the Sox off the scoreboard. Boston flew out of Oakland with a three-game lead.


August 31: Minnesota 8, Cleveland 4
September 1: Minnesota 2, Cleveland 1 (11 inn.)_
September 2: Cleveland 10, Minnesota 1

The Twins had their aces Johan Santana and Walter Johnson going in the first two games and took advantage with wins. The Minnesota bats backed Santana with 14 hits in the first game. Johnson and Corey Kluber dueled magnificently in the second game. Both pitchers had allowed one run through nine innings, which was the end of the line for Kluber. In the top of the 11th, Stan Spence doubled against Doug Jones and Mickey Vernon knocked him home with a single. Johnson went the full 11 innings for Minnesota and lowered his ERA to 2.65.


August 31: Anaheim 1, Seattle 0
September 1: Seattle 7, Anaheim 4
September 1: Anaheim 6, Seattle 5
September 2: Anaheim 4, Seattle 2

The first-place Mariners visited last-place Anaheim for four games, a golden opportunity to stave off the hot Royals, but the Angels have been a much-improved team of late and Seattle dropped three of four.

Anaheim’s Rod Carew led off the bottom of the first with a walk and came around to score the game’s only run. Starters Freddy Garcia and Jered Weaver battled tooth and nail.

The Mariners claimed game two in large part thanks to multi-run homers by Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano in the fifth.

Cruz homered again in the third game, which was knotted at five runs apiece after eight and a half innings. Brian Downing ended the contest with a solo jobby in the bottom of the ninth off Michael Jackson. Game four was tied through seven and a half innings until Tim Salmon drove a two run bomb.


August 31: New York 5, Baltimore 3
September 1:  Baltimore 5, New York 3
September 2: New York 8, Baltimore 5


August 31: Detroit 9, Chicago 3
September 1: Detroit 10, Chicago 3
September 2: Chicago 4, Detroit 3


August 31: Houston 2, Toronto 1
August 31: Toronto 4, Houston 3
September 1: Toronto 6, Houston 3
September 2: Toronto 7, Houston 2

Ray Halladay and Mike Cuellar dueled in the opener. Josh Donaldson collected three hits that included a triple in his debut.

In the second game, Carlos Correa knocked a two-run homer in his debut Rhubarb plate appearance. For Toronto, Carlos Delgado walked in his first four plate appearances and then homered in his fifth and final PA, which came in the ninth and put the Jays up by a run. Shawn Green later homered in the ninth to give the Jays a two-run cushion that they ended up needing after Craig Biggio led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo jack of his own. Morgan Ensberg made it to third base as the tying run, but Tom Henke closed out a two-inning save for Toronto.