Babe Hits For Cycle – Again!, Oakland Amazes, and Full Action From Around The League For Aug. 28-30

New York Wins 2 of 3 in Minnesota
August 28: New York 8, Minnesota 4
August 29: New Yor 20, Minnesota 3
August 30: Minnesota 2, New York 1

The Yanks won the first two games of the set on the strength of mammoth hitting. In game one, Minnesota starter George Mogridge made his Rhubarb debut and performed admirably for his seven innings of work and handed the bullpen a 4-3 lead. Joe Nathan quickly coughed up the lead in the top of the eighth on a two-run Derek Jeter jack, and Joe DiMaggio added a three-run dagger to the seats in the ninth. Lou Gehrig tacked on three more hits and a walk to his ludicrous season totals. Dellin Betances made an appearance from the New York bullpen to become the first player in the Rhubarb to take the field with 2017 stats factored into his card.

In game two, the biggest offense in the league had their biggest offensive game of the season as a string of Minnesota hurlers got bashed. Gehrig reached four times again and knocked his 33rd dong, and Babe Ruth collected his and the league’s second cycle of the season. The Babe first pulled the trick on May 13th in Seattle. Ruth singled in the first against Dutch Leonard, flew out in the third against Leonard, launched a three-run homer in the fourth against Firpo Marberry, drove in two with a double in the fifth against Marberry, drew a walk in the seventh off Al Worthington, and collected his sixth RBI of the game with a triple off Rick Aguilera in the eighth.

The finale could not have been much different. Minny starter Camilo Pascual managed to hold the NY bats to one run in seven innings, and Eddie Guardado nailed down two shutout innings to make the Twins’ two runs hold up.

Oakland’s Amazing Run Gains Momentum With Suffocating Sweep of Detroit
August 28: Oakland 3, Detroit 2 (16 inn.)
August 29: Oakland 3, Detroit 0
August 30: Oakland 7, Detroit 0

The Swingin’ A’s won their fifth straight series and are on a 17-4 roll that has them within two games of the division-leading Red Sox.

Detroit started the series in good shape, taking a 2-0 lead into the top of the eighth inning in game one. Starter Schoolboy Rowe made his season debut for the Tigers and did not allow an earned run in seven innings. But center gardener Al Kaline erred on a Bert Campaneris fliner to start the eighth, and the Tigers were doomed for the rest of the series. The two runs Detroit plated in the second inning of game one were the first and last they would score in the whole three-game, 34-inning series.

But game one was far from over after Campaneris reached in the eighth. Campy came around to score, and the A’s tied it up in the top of the ninth on the strength of a Jason Giambi walk and singles by Home Run Baker and Mickey Cochrane. The two bullpens dug in from there and it took seven extra innings to decide the competition. Oakland starter Chief Bender was strong for eight innings, and then Huston StreetDennis Eckersley, Rube Walberg, and Eddie Rommel came out of the Oakland pen for eight shut-down frames.

Dizzy Trout mowed down Oakland in the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th and was still going in the 16th when Cochrane started it off with a single and Campaneris frozen-roped a triple to finally break the stalemate. In the bottom of the 16th, the Tigers got runners on the corners with just one out against Walberg, who was pulled in favor of Rommel. Rommel whiffed Hank Greenberg and grounded out Travis Fryman to end the saga.

Detroit looked dejected and done with their disappointing season in the next two games. Barry Zito twirled a shutout for the A’s in the middle game and Rube Waddell turned the same trick in game three. Jimmie Foxx provided fireworks on offense for Oakland with a homer in game two and three hits that included two doubles in game three.  Continue reading “Babe Hits For Cycle – Again!, Oakland Amazes, and Full Action From Around The League For Aug. 28-30”


Perry & Ryan Lead Way For Texas Wins in Chicago

perryAugust 25: Texas 3, Chicago 2

Gaylord Perry had a day on the mound for Texas and allowed just three hits and one walk in a complete game. That one walk preceded a Frank Thomas bomb in the first inning that scored two for Chicago, but Perry was nearly perfect over the next eight innings. The Rangers offense slowly scratched their way to three runs against Eddie Cicotte. Julio Franco slapped three singles and each of them figured into Texas’ runs.

                  R H BB
TEX 010 100 001 - 3 9  2
CHI 200 000 000 - 2 3  1
HR: F. Thomas (18)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry    9.0  2  2  1  1  1  
E. Cicotte  9.0  3  3  0  2  3 

TEX 59-69, CHI 68-59

August 26: Texas 6, Chicago 2

Nolan Ryan picked up where Perry left off and gave up just two hits in seven innings. Both hits belonged to Chet Lemon, and one of them was a two-run shot in the first inning. But just like the day before, Texas shut down the Chicago offense from there and the Texas bats mounted a comeback. Adrian Beltre paced the attack with a double, homer, and three RBI.

                  R  H BB
TEX 002 000 202 - 6 10  0
CHI 200 000 000 - 2  2  5
HR: A. Beltre (13), C. Lemon (9)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    7.0  2  2  1  5  4  
E. Walsh   8.1  6  6  1  0  6 

TEX 60-69, CHI 68-60

August 27: Chicago 8, Texas 4

The Chicago offense finally found some life in the finale. Frank Thomas homered in both of his first two plate appearances, one a three-run job and one a grand slam. Mike Hargrove had a perfect day at the top of the Rangers lineup with two walks and three singles but only managed to score one run.

The teams split their six contests this year.

Chicago, Baltimore, and Minnesota have been matching each other game-for-game lately, all of them losing five of their last six, and are tied for third place, six games back from Boston.

                  R  H BB
TEX 210 000 010 - 4 12  3
CHI 440 000 00x - 8  8  5
HR: J. Hamilton (17), F. Thomas-2 (20),
H. Baines (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  1.2  8  8  3  2  0  
T. Lee      7.1  4  4  1  2  4 

TEX 60-70, CHI 69-60

Boston Gains Small Cushion in First With Sweep of Chicago

August 22: Boston 6, Chicago 3

The league seems to be adjusting to Chicago starter Thornton Lee. He was promoted to a spot in the rotation shortly before the All-Star break and reeled off an impressive run of starts that helped Chicago get in the thick of the race atop the Original Division, but this was his third straight lackluster start. John Valentin did the most damage against Lee with a two-run triple and a run scored in the second.

                  R  H BB
CHI 012 000 000 - 3 10  6
BOS 130 020 00x - 6  8  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee      4.2  6  5  0  2  5  
S.J. Wood   7.0  3  3  0  6  1 

CHI 68-56, BOS 70-54


August 23: Boston 5, Chicago 4 (11 innings)

Chicago snatched defeat from the jaws of victory multiple times in this game. A Carlton Fisk bomb highlighted Chicago’s charge to a 3-2 lead that they took into the bottom of the ninth. Keith Foulke promptly got his first two men out in that frame. Boston Fisk then singled, and Nomar Garciaparra rolled a grounder to second that looked like game over. Except Eddie Collins couldn’t find the handle on the ball and both runners were safe. Foulke still just needed one more out, and again it looked like he had it when Jim Rice lifted a fly ball to left. But Minnie Minoso saw the ball brush the outside of his glove and roll all the way to the monster while Fisk came around to tie the game on back-to-back Chicago errors.

Fittingly, the two guilty White Sox fielders led off the top of the 10th, and they grabbed the chance to atone for their fielding sins. Collins led off with a walk and stole second base, and Minoso drove him in with a double.

Matt Thornton tried to close out the game in the bottom of the 10th, and got his first two men out quickly. But…Ted Williams took his third walk of the game. Thornton hit Tris Speaker to push Williams to second. And Fred Lynn smacked a double to again tie it up.

Boston put Chicago out of their misery in the bottom of the 11th with three quick hits from Rice, Bobby Doerr, and Kevin Youkilis.

                     R  H BB
CHI 100 020 000 10 - 4  9  5
BOS 001 001 001 11 - 5 13  9
HR: C. Fisk-CHI (6)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney    5.1  2  2  0  4  1  
R. Clemens   9.0  3  3  1  3  8 

CHI 68-57, BOS 71-54

August 24: Boston 9, Chicago 3

It looked like an excellent pitching match-up with Chris Sale facing Pedro Martinez, who came into the game with the seventh and fifth best ERAs in the league respectively. But Sale got slammed out of the gate and allowed the first seven Boston batters to reach safely on two walks and five hits that included a Jimmie Foxx jam. Skipper Jimmy Dykes had seen enough, and yanked Sale before he was able to record an out.

Ted Williams had a perfect day at the plate with three walks and two singles.

Three days ago, Chicago, Baltimore, and Minnesota were all tied for second and one game out of first. Amazingly, all three of those teams were swept over the last three days and are suddenly tied for third and five games back. Oakland jumped from fifth to second and is three games back from Boston, which counts as the biggest lead anyone has had in the Original Division lately.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 110 010 - 3  8  6
BOS 610 000 20x - 9 14  6

HR: J. Foxx (15)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale      0.0  6  6  1  2  0  
P. Martinez  5.0  2  2  0  5  4 

CHI 68-58, BOS 72-54

Oakland Series Win Over Chicago Keeps Original Division Standings Cramped

bakerAugust 19: Oakland 5, Chicago 4 (10 innings)

Chet Lemon opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the bottom of the third, and Chicago extended their lead to 4-0 after five innings.

In the top of the sixth, Oakland’s Home Run Baker drove in two with his 21st triple (five more than anyone else in the league). Singles and walks against Hoyt Wilhelm in the top of the eighth tied the game up at four.

Jimmie Foxx led off the top of the 10th against Keith Foulke with yet another triple, the third of the game, and Baker brought him home with a sac fly.

                    R H BB
OAK 000 002 020 1 - 5 9  4
CHI 000 220 000 0 - 4 8  5
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito    7.0  4  4  0  3  0  
C. Sale    5.1  2  2  0  2  6 

OAK 65-56, CHI 67-54

August 20: Oakland 6, Chicago 5

It was another one-run victory for the A’s the next day. Both starters went the full nine innings, and winning pitcher Rube Waddell walked eight while losing pitcher Ed Ciccotte walked none.

                  R  H BB
OAK 023 000 001 - 6 12  0
CHI 300 010 010 - 5  9  8
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell   9.0  5  5  0  8  4  
E. Ciccotte  9.0  6  5  0  0  6 

OAK 66-56, CHI 67-55

August 21: Chicago 6, Oakland 2

A sweep for Oakland would have brought the teams into a tie for fourth, but Chicago pulled out the finale to be two games ahead of Oakland and in a three-way tie for second place with Minnesota and Baltimore.

Ed Walsh had pin-point control, and, like Cicotte the day before, walked zero A’s in nine innings. His ERA dipped just under 3.00 and he joined Johan Santana and Walter Johnson as the only pitchers with sub-3.00 ERAs.

The A’s fielders looked like they’d had too much to drink before the game and committed four errors that helped the Sox to four unearned runs.

Minnie Minoso was 3-for-3 with a double and a walk in the game, and was 6-for-11 with three walks and four doubles in the series.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 010 100 - 2 8  0
CHI 001 302 00x - 6 8  3
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove   8.0  6  2  0  3  5  
E. Walsh   9.0  2  2  0  0  6 

OAK 66-57, CHI 68-55

Chicago Takes Series From Fading New York

walshAugust 16: Chicago 1, New York 0

Lefty Gomez and Ed Walsh were both filthy and took turns trading zeroes for six and a half innings without ever getting into trouble.

Chet Lemon drew a walk off Gomez with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Lemon moved to second base on the second out, and Miguel Ordonez rolled a medium-speed grounder a few feet from third baseman Alex Rodriguez. The lack of range on the Yankees infield has been an issue all year, and A-Rod waved helplessly at the grounder as it rolled into left field and Lemon tore around third and scored. It didn’t go down as an error since Rodriguez didn’t get to it, but it was a bad play that lost the game for NY.

Ed Walsh was beastly and put together one of the best starts of the year, walking two and giving up two singles to the most fearsome offense in the league. The shutout dropped his ERA to 3.03, fourth best in the loop.

                  R H BB
NY  000 000 000 - 0 2  2
CHI 000 000 10x - 1 3  4
HR: none

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez  8.0  1  1  0  4  2  
E. Walsh  9.0  0  0  0  2  5 

NY 61-57, CHI 66-52

August 17: New York 8, Chicago 3

It was another well-pitched, tight affair the next day for the first seven innings. Then in the top of the eighth, the Yankees offense exploded on Thornton Lee for four runs. Mickey Mantle added another tally in the inning with a homer against Terry Forster. Every Yankee had a hit, seven of which went for extra bases, and Joe DiMaggio and Don Mattingly led the way with three hits each.

                  R  H BB
NY  100 010 051 - 8 15  3
CHI 100 100 100 - 3  9  3

HR: M. Mantle (20)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  7.0  3  3  0  3  1  
T. Lee       7.2  6  6  0  2  2 

NY 62-57, CHI 66-53

August 18: Chicago 9, New York 5

New York has skipped the beleaguered Roger Clemens’s spot in the rotation the last couple of times through in favor of Herb Pennock, who has been much better than the Rocket. But the Yanks recently received a strongly worded reminder from the commissioner’s office that each team is required to have a starter in the rotation who amassed most of their value to the team after 1972. So the Yankees reluctantly put Clemens on the mound again, and things went worse than ever for the Rocket. He faced just five batters, all of whom reached safely and two of whom took him to the cheap seats, and the Sox were up 5-0 and Pennock was on the mound before Clemens recorded an out.

Chicago’s first two hitters in the lineup were Eddie Collins and Minnie Minoso and they were both perfect in five plate appearances. Collins knocked four singles and a double, and Minoso walked, singled twice, doubled, and homered. Chet Lemon was a double short of the cycle.

The White Sox are tied for second place with Boston and just one game behind first-place Minnesota.

Clemens’ ERA rose to 6.73 and the Yanks are expected to look for other options for the rest of the season, though none of the other post-1972 starting pitchers available to the Yankees are especially enticing. The eligible pitchers are Mike Mussina (the only one besides Clemens for whom I’ve made a card), Orlando Hernandez, David Cone, Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia, and David Wells.

                  R  H BB
NY  000 001 220 - 5 10  3
CHI 510 000 21x - 9 15  3

HR: B. Ruth (27), A. Rodriguez (18),
M. Minoso (7), C. Lemon (8)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Clemens  0.0  5  5  2  2  0  
J. Rigney   7.1  5  5  2  3  4 

NY 62-58, CHI 67-53

Chicago Wins 2 of 3 in Minnesota, Keeping Things Tight In Original Division

fiskAugust 13: Chicago 5, Minnesota 1

Boston’s young Carlton Fisk is currently in the mix to win MVP honors, but Chicago’s old Fisk has mostly spent the year on the bench as Sherm Lollar’s back-up. But Chicago Fisk got the start in this game, and brought a little of that Pudge magic with two homers. Chicago’s Johnny Rigney was spot on in a complete game start.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 400 - 5 8  1
MN  000 000 010 - 1 8  1

HR: C. Fisk-2 (5)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney    9.0  1  1  0  1  3  
B. Blyleven  6.1  4  4  1  0  3 

CHI 64-51, MN 65-50

August 14: Chicago 7, Minnesota 2

The White Sox pulled into a tie with Minnesota with another W the next day. Chris Sale was nearly perfect for his seven innings of work. He actually was perfect against everyone except for Harmon Killebrew, who drew two walks and doubled in his three PAs against Sale.

Minnesota’s starter Jim Shaw was quite good also, and gave up just one in six innings of work. He seemed to fade a bit in the sixth, so manager Bucky Harris went to the bullpen beginning in the seventh inning. Rick Aguilera turned in a scoreless seventh, but got plowed in the eighth inning when he gave up dongs to Lollar and Chet Lemon.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 001 051 - 7 15  4
MN  000 000 002 - 2  4  3
HR: C. Lemon (7), S. Lollar (7), G. Goslin (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale     7.0  0  0  0  2  4  
J. Shaw     6.0  1  1  0  3  3 

CHI 65-51, MN 65-51

August 15: Minnesota 2, Chicago 1

The winner of this game would finish the series tied for first with Boston. Starters Eddie Cicotte and Camilo Pascual rose to the occasion with a nice duel.

Joe Mauer scored in the bottom of the second after doubling, and Sam Rice scored in the sixth after tripling. That was all that Cicotte gave up, but Pascual gave up just one in his seven innings and Joe Nathan came on and pitched two scoreless frames to take a squeaker for Minnesota. Chicago was in good shape in the top of the ninth with runners on the corner and no outs, but Nathan wriggled his way out of it with a fly-out and a double play.

The top of the Original Division stays delightfully crammed:

MN 66-51
BOS 66-51
CHI 65-52
BAL 64-53

                  R H BB
CHI 010 000 000 - 1 6  1
MN  010 001 00x - 2 7  5

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte  9.0  2  2  0  5  1  
C. Pascual  7.0  1  1  0  0  5 

CHI 65-52, MN 66-51


Cleveland Slows Chicago’s Roll a Bit

August 10: Chicago 7, Cleveland 4

Chicago loaded up on baserunners all afternoon. Eddie Collins, Minnie Minoso, Frank Thomas, Magglio Ordonez, and Luke Appling all reached safely thrice for Chicago.

                  R  H BB
CHI 101 000 401 - 7 13  7
CLE 000 000 130 - 4 11  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte  7.1  4  3  0  3  4  
V. Gregg    6.1  5  5  0  5  2 

CHI 63-49, CLE 52-60


August 11: Cleveland 6, Chicago 3

Minnie Minoso and Paul Konerko made errors that aided Cleveland in scoring three unearned runs. Cleveland’s Joe Jackson led the way with three hits, a run, and three ribbies, and Addie Joss flung a complete game.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 000 030 - 3 10  3
CLE 130 000 20x - 6  9  1
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh   8.0  6  3  0  1  4  
A. Joss    9.0  3  3  0  3  1 

CHI 63-50, CLE 53-60

August 12: Cleveland 5, Chicago 2

Chicago starter Thornton Lee was due for a mediocre day after heaving a 2.42 ERA over his previous eight starts. Naps catcher Jon Romano drove a three-run dinger against Lee in the bottom of the second.

Starter Sam McDowell was excellent for Cleveland, but couldn’t quite complete the game. The tying run made it to the plate in the top of the ninth, but Johnny Allen came on in relief and got Chicago’s Joe Jackson on a fly-out to ice the game and the series.

Chicago now finds themselves tied for third with Baltimore, and will be two to five games behind first depending on Minnesota’s upcoming series in Detroit. Cleveland is languishing in seventh place with a 54-60 record despite having outscored their opponents 583-568.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 001 - 2 7  5
CLE 130 100 00x - 5 7  4
HR: J. Jackson-CHI (8), J. Romano (10)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee       7.0  5  5  1  4  3  
S. McDowell  8.2  2  2  1  5  6 

CHI 63-51, CLE 54-60