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”


Toronto Continues Success Against Original Division With Wins v. Cleveland

August 25: Cleveland 15, Toronto 5

The Naps bats were explosive in the opener, led by Joe Jackson’s three singles, Al Rosen’s four hits that included a double and a triple, and Tris Speaker’s walk and four hits that included a double and a triple.

                   R  H BB
CLE 004 051 041 - 15 19  9
TOR 000 000 401 -  5  9  2

HR: J. Romano (13)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg    9.0  5  1  0  2  2  
S. Marcum   4.1  8  8  0  6  7 

CLE 61-66, TOR 53-73

August 26: Toronto 6, Cleveland 4

Nap Lajoie got to Roy Halladay for a single, double, and homer, but the rest of the Cleveland lineup was held mostly in check. The Naps were clinging to a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh but started it off with back-to-back errors by Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez. Both runners came around to score the tying and winning runs. Toronto catcher Ernie Whitt had a reach on error, two singles, and a homer.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 021 100 - 4  8  3
TOR 110 001 21x - 6 10  1

HR: N. Lajoie (4), E. Whitt (8)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss      7.1  6  4  1  1  1  
R. Halladay  7.0  4  4  1  3  4 

CLE 61-67, TOR 54-73

August 27: Toronto 8, Cleveland 6

Cleveland starter Sam McDowell was cruising along through five shutout innings when Toronto ambushed him. The Jays loaded the bases on a Roberto Alomar hit and two walks, and Shawn Green followed them up with a grand slam. The Jays weren’t done in the sixth either – Kelly Gruber added a two-run shot a few batters later and McDowell got the hook.

The Naps stormed back to get within a run, and in the top of the ninth Lajoie led off with a single and stolen base, and Joe Jackson knocked him in with a single to tie it up. Jackson then got nailed on a steal attempt by usually weak-armed catcher Gregg Zaun and Henke got out of the inning with the game still tied.

Cleveland’s sloppy fielding came back to bite them again in the bottom of the ninth when Tris Speaker misplayed a ball in center field that allowed Shannon Stewart to get all the way to second base. Carlos Delgado walked-off the series winner with a double.

The teams split their six games together. The Blue Jays are a remarkable 17-16 against Original Division opponents, compared to 38-57 in their own division.

                  R  H BB
CLE 001 001 301 - 6 12  4
TOR 000 006 002 - 8  9  4

HR: S. Green (20), K. Gruber (7)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. McDowell  5.2  6  6  2  3  7  
J. Key       6.0  4  4  0  1  3 

CLE 61-68, TOR 55-73

New York Tries To Keep Hope Alive With Victories in Cleveland

Lou_and_Babe_Better_Days.0August 22: New York 4, Cleveland 1

Ruth & Gehrig both hit dingers and Ray Caldwell gave New York the type of start that the club is desperate for as they try to keep their slim hopes for the division title alive.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 001 002 - 4 11  6
CLE 000 000 010 - 1  5  1
HR: L. Gehrig (32), B. Ruth (29), J. Romano (12)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  7.2  1  1  1  1  3  
S. McDowell  7.1  2  1  1  6  7 

NY 64-60, CLE 59-65

August 23: Cleveland 15, New York 1

Orlando Hernandez made his debut in a start for the Yankees, and it did not go well. He had a perfect first inning, but Jim Thome led off the second by mashing a tater. The Naps batted around, and Thome mashed a second tater against Hernandez in the inning, ending Hernandez’s rough day. Thome added a third spud to his pile of mashed taters later in the game to become the third player to 30 home runs. Manny Ramirez and Joe Jackson also had three-hit games for Cleveland. Stan Coveleski hypnotized the New York bats in a complete game gem.

                   R  H BB
NY  000 001 000 -  1  6  4
CLE 080 202 03x - 15 15  5

HR: J. Thome-3 (30)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
O. Hernandez  1.2  8  8  2  1  1  
S. Coveleski  9.0  1  1  0  4  3 

NY 64-61, CLE 60-65

August 24: New York 7, Cleveland 3

Charlie Keller led the way for New York in the rubber match with a single, double, homer, two RBI, and three runs scored.

                  R  H BB
NY  212 000 200 - 7  8  2
CLE 101 000 100 - 3 12  2
HR: C. Keller (16), R. Cano (13)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Pennock   6.0  3  3  0  2  1  
C. Kluber    6.0  5  4  1  2  6 

NY 65-61, CLE 60-66

Detroit & Cleveland Play Ugly Series & End Up Tied For Last

romanoAugust 19: Cleveland 7, Detroit 2

Corey Kluber nearly threw a second consecutive shutout. Through eight innings, he’d allowed no runs and just three hits and two walks. The ninth inning got a little rough though, starting with two singles, a Jim Thome error at first, and a hit batter. Out came Kluber, and in came Bob Feller to finish off the win for Cleveland.

Catcher John Romano paced the Cleveland offense from the nine hole, singling and homering, driving in two, and scoring thrice.

                  R H BB
DET 000 000 002 - 2 5  3
CLE 030 301 00x - 7 8  7

HR: J. Romano (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  3.1  6  6  0  5  1  
C. Kluber     8.0  2  0  0  3 10 

DET 58-63, CLE 58-63

August 20: Detroit 16, Cleveland 8

It was not a good day to be a pitcher, and Detroit’s George Uhle and Mike Henneman and Cleveland’s Vean Gregg, Doug Jones, and Cody Allen all got smacked around and roughed up. The game entered the top of the ninth tied at eight, but the Tigers went wild against Jones and Allen and racked up eight runs on nine hits. Hank Greenberg doubled twice and scored twice in the inning. Sam Crawford had a beast of a day for Detroit with a walk, four singles, four stolen bases, and four runs scored.

Detroit’s Doug Brocail was the only pitcher to get out of the game unscathed and finished the game with 1.2 scoreless innings.

                   R  H BB
DET 042 010 018 - 16 18  5
CLE 211 020 200 -  8 13  3
HR: N. Lajoie (3)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle    7.0  6  6  1  0  2  
V. Gregg   7.0  7  6  0  5  2 

DET 59-63, CLE 58-64

August 21: Cleveland 10, Detroit 7

There was more sloppy pitching and run hemorrhaging the next day. Seemingly every batter on both teams had a good day, but Lou Boudreau led in the hit column with four.

Addie Joss’s struggles for Cleveland have been hard to understand. He has what should be a great card, but he’s sporting a hefty 5.14 ERA.

It’s too late to matter for Detroit’s pennant chances, but Ty Cobb is finally playing like himself. He’s reached safely in 22 straight games and has 42 hits in that stretch. He’s risen to 11th in the league in wOBA and runs created.

                   R  H BB
DET 301 201 000 -  7 16  1
CLE 310 420 00x - 10 13  5
HR: C. Gehringer (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  4.2  8  4  0  4  3  
A. Joss     6.0  7  7  1  0  1 

DET 59-64, CLE 59-64

Rickey is Good at Baseball, Oakland Wins 2 of 3 From Cleveland


August 16: Oakland 11, Cleveland 8

Cleveland went in to the season relying on Addie Joss to lead their rotation, but Joss has had a miserable time trying to adjust to non-deadball era hitters. This was game was his lowest low yet as the A’s attacked him for seven hits and eight runs and knocked him out of the game before the first inning was over. Rickey Henderson and Eddie Collins each collected two hits off Joss in the inning.

Lefty Grove and his Oakland fielders weren’t their sharpest, but the A’s offense tacked on  a few more runs after the Joss onslaught to pull out the win.

Both teams saw their low-power shortstop knock out a rare home run, which ended up being the only two homers of the series.

                   R  H BB
CLE 015 000 020 -  8 13  3
OAK 802 000 10x - 11 12  5

HR: L. Boudreau (2), B. Campaneris (3)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss    0.2  8  8  0  2  1  
L. Grove   7.0  8  5  1  1  4 

CLE 56-62, OAK 63-55

August 17: Oakland 3, Cleveland 1

Starters Sam McDowell and Tim Hudson made it a tighter affair the next day. McDowell matched his season-high with 11 strikeouts, but Hudson was even more effective and allowed just three baserunners in seven shutout innings.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 000 001 - 1 8  2
OAK 000 100 20x - 3 6  3
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. McDowell  6.1  3  2  0  3 11  
T. Hudson    7.0  0  0  0  1  5 

CLE 56-63, OAK 64-55

August 18: Cleveland 6, Oakland 5

Both teams made some bad errors throughout the series. A Bert Campaneris boner accompanied a Cleveland hit barrage in the top of the fourth that got the Naps five runs. Cleveland right fielder Manny Ramirez erred in the bottom of the inning to help Oakland get back in the game. The defenses cleaned it up a bit from there, and the game stayed tight throughout, but Cleveland never relinquished their original lead.

Jim Thome, Joe Jackson, and Ramirez all had three hit days for Cleveland, as did Home Run Baker for Oakland.

Rickey Henderson had been in a minor cold spell for awhile but is heating up again. He spanked nine hits in this series, four of them doubles, and was 3-for-3 on steal attempts. His big series propelled him back into the top 10 run creators in the league.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 501 000 - 6 15  3
OAK 000 310 010 - 5 14  x

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  7.2  5  4  0  2  2  
C. Bender     7.0  6  4  0  2  3 

CLE 57-63, OAK 64-56

Cleveland Beats Baltimore, Kluber Tosses Gem

August 13: Baltimore 4, Cleveland 2

Cal Ripken put the O’s up for good with an RBI double in the sixth.

                  R H BB
CLE 100 100 000 - 2 8  5
BAL 200 002 00x - 4 7  5
HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  8.0  4  3  0  5  0  
J. Niggeling  7.1  2  2  0  3  1 

CLE 54-61, BAL 64-51


August 14: Cleveland 1, Baltimore 0

A couple of modern day hurlers were in peak form to the point that one unearned run was the extent of the scoring in the game. Cleveland’s winning run came on a Brooks Robinson error of all things.

Cleveland’s Corey Kluber had an exceptional start, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out 12 on the way to his second shutout of the year.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 000 100 - 1 6  4
BAL 000 000 000 - 0 2  1

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber  9.0  0  0  0  1 12  
E. Bedard  7.0  1  0  0  4  6 

CLE 55-61, BAL 64-52

August 15: Cleveland 7, Baltimore 4

Nap Lajoie smoked a bases-loaded triple in the second inning and Cleveland had a big lead before Baltimore knew what hit ’em. The Orioles did not get Jim Thome out a single time and he collected two walks, two singles, and a double.

The Naps are getting into the role of spoiler, having beaten contenders Boston, Chicago, and Baltimore in their last three series. Baltimore fell to fourth for the time being.

                  R  H BB
CLE 140 002 000 - 7 10  8
BAL 001 000 030 - 4  7  4
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg   7.0  4  2  0  3  3  
J. Powell  4.2  5  4  0  6  2 

CLE 56-61, BAL 64-53

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