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

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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

Boston In Unfamiliar Territory After Dropping Series in Cleveland

August 7: Cleveland 4, Boston 3

Wade Boggs did his usual getting on-base sorcery, reaching safely four out of five times up, Smoky Joe Wood kept up a great string of starts, and the incredible Carlton Fisk bashed his 15th homer to help the Red Sox to a 3-0 lead after six innings.

But a Ted Williams error in the seventh got Cleveland their first run, and then in the eighth Nap Lajoie sliced a two-RBI triple to tie it up and knock out Wood. In the bottom of the eighth, Larry Doby tripled and Manny Ramirez singled him home for the game-winning run.

                  R  H BB
BOS 100 110 000 - 3  8  4
CLE 000 001 21x - 4 10  0

HR: C. Fisk (15)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
S.J. Wood    6.2  3  2  0  0  5  
S. McDowell  8.0  3  3  1  4  9 

BOS 62-47, CLE 51-58

speakerAugust 8: Cleveland 6, Boston 0

It looked like a great pitching match-up for Boston with Roger Clemens going against Stan Coveleski, but Coveleski flipped the script by shutting out the Sox. The Cleveland batters jumped Clemens for six runs despite getting just three walks and four hits against him. All three of the walks Clemens issued came in in the fifth inning, and they set the table for a Tris Speaker grand slam. Jim Thome mashed a two-run tater in the sixth to knock out the Rocket and send him tumbling down the ERA leader board from third to ninth.

The loss meant that Boston, having spent almost all season comfortably in first, would trail Minnesota in the standings regardless of the outcome of game three.

                  R H BB
BOS 000 000 000 - 0 5  3
CLE 000 042 00x - 6 4  4

HR: T. Speaker-CLE (2), J. Thome (27)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Clemens    5.0  6  6  2  3  6  
S. Coveleski  9.0  0  0  0  3  2 

BOS 62-48, CLE 52-58

August 9: Boston 10, Cleveland 2

Pedro Martinez got Boston back on track at least momentarily with a typically dominant six innings. The Boston bats likewise finally showed up in a big way to salvage the finale. The amazing Fisk walked, hit two doubles, and homered.

Carlton is slugging with the best of them. Here is the league top 10 in isolated power:

 1. Lou Gehrig-NY     .271
 2. Babe Ruth-NY      .249
 3. Jim Thome-CLE     .236
 4. Shawn Green-TOR   .215
 5. F. Robinson-BAL   .212
 6. Fred McGriff-TOR  .208
 7. Carlton Fisk-BOS  .206
 8. C. Delgado-TOR    .204
 9. Robinson Cano-NY  .200
10. Moises Alou-HOU   .199

Fisk is also seventh in wOBA at .393.

                   R  H BB
BOS 400 400 020 - 10 11  7
CLE 001 000 100 -  2  4  5

HR: C. Fisk (16), T. Speaker-BOS (5), A. Rosen (12)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
P. Martinez  6.0  1  1  1  2  4  
C. Kluber    3.1  8  8  3  4  5 

BOS 63-48, CLE 52-59

Minnesota Sweeps Cleveland, Now Just 1 Game Out of First

travisAugust 3: Minnesota 7, Cleveland 3

It was a tight 3-3 affair heading into the bottom of the eighth when the Twins got hitterish against new pitcher Doug Jones. Mickey Vernon, Sam Rice, Kirby Puckett, and Goose Goslin all hit safely in a row, and Cecil Travis added a triple later in the frame to put the game away.

                  R  H BB
CLE 200 000 100 - 3  8  4
MN  011 100 04X - 7 12  1

HR: E. Battey (1)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber  7.0  3  3  1  1  8  
J. Shaw    6.2  3  3  0  2  2 

CLE 50-56, MN 59-47

August 4: Minnesota 4, Cleveland 3

Cleveland’s Joe Jackson smacked his first homer of the year to tie the game at three in the seventh. Minnesota had an immediate answer in the bottom of the inning with a Joe Mauer double and Rod Carew RBI single.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 010 200 - 3 4  1
MN  003 000 10x - 4 6  4

HR: J. Jackson (1), J. Thome (26)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg    7.0  4  4  0  3  1  
C. Pascual  7.0  3  3  2  1  5 

CLE 50-57, MN 60-47

August 5: Minnesota 3, Cleveland 2

ERA leader Johan Santana gave up just one earned run, which came on a John Romano dinger. The Naps also scored an unearned run thanks to back-to-back errors by Gary Gaetti and Goose Goslin. Those two runs were still standing up in the bottom of the seventh before Cecil Travis started things with a triple and came home to tie it up. In the bottom of the ninth, Minnesota boarded their faithful singles train and Goslin, Travis, and Rice all singled to plate the walk-off winner and sweep the series.

Minnesota is on an 18-9 roll since the season’s half-way point and suddenly find themselves just one game behind first-place Boston & Baltimore.

                  R H BB
CLE 002 000 000 - 2 7  3
MN  100 000 101 - 3 8  3

HR: J. Romano (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss     8.2  3  3  0  3  1  
J. Santana  6.0  2  1  1  1  3 

CLE 50-58, MN 61-47

Cleveland Mounts Big Comeback To Win Series Against Texas

Larry_Doby_1953July 31: Cleveland 4, Texas 3

Dingers from John Romano and Larry Doby helped Cleveland stake out a 4-0 lead that they carried into the top of the eighth. In that frame, Mike Hargrove drove an extremely unlikely three-run homer against Addie Joss to get the Texans within a run, but Joss gave up no more in his complete game.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 000 030 - 3 8  0
CLE 002 200 00x - 4 6  3
HR: M. Hargrove (8), L. Doby (10),
J. Romano (8)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    7.0  4  4  2  3  5  
A. Joss    9.0  3  3  1  0  2 

TEX 45-59, CLE 49-54

August 1: Texas 7, Cleveland 5

The Rangers poured on the baserunners all afternoon in a balanced attack and beat up on Sam McDowell for all seven of their runs.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 223 000 - 7 11  7
CLE 000 001 400 - 5  7  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (23), I. Kinsler (4), M. Ramirez (17)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins   6.1  4  4  1  2  3  
S. McDowell  5.2  7  7  2  6  5 

TEX 46-59, CLE 49-55

August 2: Cleveland 10, Texas 7

The Rangers were set up beautifully to take the rubber match after snatching a 6-0 lead right out of the gate. Third baseman Al Rosen made an error in the first to go along with Texas’s seven hits. Cleveland starter Stan Coveleski got just one out before getting the hook.

CC Sabathia came on in long relief in just his third appearance of the season. CC was good good and yielded just one run in 6.2 innings.

Charlie Hough had the knuckler working for four no-hit innings, but it deserted him in a big way in the fifth inning. He got the first batter of the fifth out on a screaming line drive that Rosen caught in self-defense, and then Julio Franco erred at second base, and things completely fell apart for Hough and Texas. With the knuckler coming in straight, Hough served up some batting practice to his last seven batters faced:

Lou Boudreau singles
Al Rosen walks
John Romano strikes out
Tris Speaker singles
Nap Lajoie triples
Jim Thome homers
Larry Doby homers

And all of a sudden Cleveland had stormed from behind 0-6 to ahead 7-6. Because of Franco’s error, all seven runs went in the books as unearned against Hough.

Doby’s homer was his sixth in his last nine games.

Cleveland took four of the six games between the teams for the season.

                   R  H BB
TEX 600 000 100 -  7 12  3
CLE 000 073 00x - 10  9  6

HR: J. Thome (25), L. Doby (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough      4.2  7  0  2  2  5  
S. Coveleski  0.1  6  5  0  0  1 

TEX 46-60, CLE 50-55

Seattle Stays Atop Expansion Division With Series Win in Cleveland

Ichiro SuzukiJuly 28: Seattle 7, Cleveland 5

Each team smacked a dozen hits and two homers. Cleveland errors by Lou Boudreau and Joe Jackson helped Seattle score two unearned runs that tilted things Seattle’s way.

                  R  H BB
SEA 022 001 011 - 7 12  3
CLE 000 013 010 - 5 12  2

HR: I. Suzuki (7), K. Seager (14),
L. Doby (9), A. Rosen (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson     6.0  4  4  2  1  5  
S. Coveleski  6.0  5  4  1  3  2 

SEA 53-48, CLE 47-53

July 29: Seattle 4, Cleveland 3

Freddy Garcia continues to surprise in the Mariners rotation and has a 3.09 ERA in his last 11 starts. After twirling five shutout innings, Garcia faltered and the first four Naps batters reached in the sixth inning. Mark Langston came in and nicely limited the damage.

Edgar Martinez and Alvin Davis each clubbed a solo homer in the eighth to help the Mariners claim the game and the series.

                  R H BB
SEA 020 000 020 - 4 9  2
CLE 000 002 010 - 3 4  4

HR: E. Martinez (11), A. Davis (9)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia  5.0  2  2  0  4  2  
C. Kluber  7.1  4  4  2  1  8 

SEA 54-48, CLE 47-54

July 30: Cleveland 7, Seattle 1

Felix Hernandez continues to fight it for Seattle and saw his ERA swell to 5.32. He’s yielded nine homers in his last six starts.

The Seattle batsmen swatted nine singles and took seven walks from Vean Gregg, but no extra base hits, and they stranded 16. The Naps lined two homers and six doubles.

Vean Gregg’s excellent season rolled on with a one-run complete game. His ERA in his last seven starts is under two, and he moved into the top 10 ERAs in the league at 3.41.

The teams split their six games for the year.

                  R  H BB
SEA 010 000 000 - 1  9  7
CLE 300 002 02x - 7 13  4

HR: T. Hafner (13), J. Romano (7)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  6.0  5  5  2  3  9 
V. Gregg      9.0  1  1  0  7  8 

SEA 54-49, CLE 48-54

Cleveland Narrowly Wins Series in New York

napJuly 25: Cleveland 8, New York 7

Cleveland jumped Waite Hoyt for a quick 6-0 lead. Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, Albert Belle, Larry Doby, and Terry Turner each chipped in two hits to a balanced attack for Cleveland.

The Naps’ bullpen almost let the game slip away after starter Vean Gregg passed along an 8-3 lead heading into the eighth. Doug Jones got just one out before giving up back-to-back ding-dongs to Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle that cut the score to 8-6. Then Cody Allen walked the first three Yank batters to start the bottom of the ninth. Johnny Allen came in and induced three groundouts while only allowing one inherited runner to score to clean up Cody’s mess and escape with a narrow win for Cleveland.

                  R  H BB
CLE 310 200 200 - 8 12  6
NY  000 102 031 - 7 11  9

HR: N. Lajoie (2), L. Doby (8),
M. Mantle (16), Y. Berra (7)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg   7.0  3  3  0  6  3  
W. Hoyt    4.0  6  4  1  2  1 

CLE 46-51, NY 52-45

July 26: Cleveland 7, New York 6

This time it was New York grabbing an early lead and they sent Addie Joss to the showers down five runs after four innings. Bob Feller took over the final five frames and was quite good, and the Cleveland offense got on the board after Yogi Berra started the top of the fifth with an error.

New York handed a 5-3 lead to David Robertson in the eighth. Albert Belle and Jim Thome welcomed him to the game with back-to-back bombs to tie it up and Robertson was out of the game before he knew what hit him. In came Mariano Rivera, who allowed Cleveland’s go-ahead run in the same frame on doubles by Lou Boudreau and Speaker. Rivera then gave up a dong to Belle in the ninth that went down as the winning run after the Yanks scratched across a run in the bottom of the ninth.

Belle had a career day with two doubles and two dingers. In the one plate appearance he didn’t get a hit, he still drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.

New York wasted four-hit games by Charlie Keller and recent call-up Don Mattingly.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 030 031 - 7 11  5
NY  021 200 001 - 6 15  2

HR: A. Belle-2 (7), J. Thome (24),
D. Mattingly (1)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss   4.0  5  5  1  0  2  
L. Gomez  7.0  3  0  0  4  5 

CLE 47-51, NY 52-46

July 27: New York 5, Cleveland 2

The Yankee pitchers put together a rare decent game in the finale as Ray Caldwell, Sparky Lyle, and Rivera combined to allow one earned run to Cleveland.

Lou Gehrig had a quiet series for a change. Two singles were all the offense he generated, and his wOBA dropped from .446 to .435, still best in the league by a wide margin.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 001 001 - 2 12  3
NY  010 301 00x - 5  7  8

HR: C. Keller (13)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. McDowell  7.0  5  5  1  7  7  
R. Caldwell  6.1  1  1  0  1  2 

CLE 47-52, NY 53-46

Detroit Betters Cleveland In Battle At Bottom of Standings

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July 22: Detroit 14, Cleveland 6

Bob Feller had a great first half in Cleveland’s bullpen, and got promoted to the rotation after the All-Star break. Things have fallen apart quickly as he’s tried to stretch out his innings. Feller walked seven in less than three innings of work before Sam McDowell, the man Feller had replaced in the rotation, came on in long relief. Player-manager Lou Boudreau said after the game that Feller would go back to the ‘pen and McDowell take back his spot in the rotation.

McDowell was also far from sharp and handed out six free passes. Every single Tiger in the lineup took at least one walk, and the team added 15 hits to their 13 walks. Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, Harry Heilmann, Charles Gehringer, and Alan Trammell all reached safely four times apiece.

                   R  H BB
CLE 003 110 010 -  6  8  7
DET 304 100 06x - 14 15 13

HR: L. Doby (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Feller   2.2  7  3  0  7  2  
B. Donovan  5.0  5  5  1  5  2 

CLE 44-50, DET 44-50

July 23: Cleveland 10, Detroit 4

The Naps offense took a turn having a big day, and four different Clevelanders went ya-ya.

                   R  H BB
CLE 020 031 022 - 10 12  6
DET 000 000 031 -  4 10  3

HR: L. Doby (7), M. Ramirez (16),
T. Hafner (12), A. Belle (5), H. Heilmann (10)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  8.1  4  4  1  2  0  
J. Verlander  5.0  5  5  2  5  4 

CLE 45-50, DET 44-51

July 24: Detroit 12, Cleveland 3

The double-digit runs pendulum swung back to Detroit’s side in the finale as they abused Cleveland starter Corey Kluber. Detroit’s leading hitter Harry Heilmann knocked four singles and Norm Cash took a walk and smacked a single, double, and homer. Hal Newhouser went the distance for the Tigers and the teams finished the series tied in the cellar.

                   R  H BB
CLE 200 000 100 -  3 10  1
DET 403 003 20x - 12 15  2

HR: N. Cash (12), A. Kaline (6)

starters       IP   R  ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber     5.2  10  10  2  1  5  
H. Newhouser  9.0   3   3  0  1  5 

CLE 45-51, DET 45-51