Cleveland Beats Kansas City in Final Inter-Division Series of the Regular Season

belle1CHI-420x215September 18: Cleveland 5, Kansas City 2

Addie Joss and Jose Rosado had a scoreless duel going through six innings. Rosado’s remaining innings for the season are getting short though, so the KC bullpen took over. The Naps jumped on Jeff Montgomery and Joakim Soria for the first runs of the game in the eighth inning. Albert Belle blasted a Soria offering to the Kauffman Stadium fountains for a three-run dinger.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 000 041 - 5 8  5
KC  000 000 011 - 2 8  2
HR: A. Belle (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss     9.0  2  2  0  2  3  
J. Rosado   6.1  0  0  0  2  5 

CLE 72-79, KC 80-71

September 19: Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1

The next day’s starters were similarly sublime. In the bottom of the second, Danny Tartabull doubled ahead of an Jose Offerman single to score the only earned run of the game. In the top of the third, a John Mayberry error helped Cleveland score their lone run during Kevin Appier’s complete game.

Carlos Carrasco was still battling in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at one. Willie Aikens led off the frame with a fly to center that Tris Speaker bungled, and the slow-footed Aikens huffed into second base on the error. After a Danny Tartabull strikeout, Hal McRae singled Aikens over to third, and Offerman singled in the walk-off winner.

                  R H BB
CLE 001 000 000 - 1 8  3
KC  010 000 001 - 2 8  0
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Carrasco  8.1  2  1  0  0  7  
K. Appier    9.0  1  0  0  3  7 

CLE 72-80, KC 81-71

September 20: Cleveland 6, Kansas City 0

Bret Saberhagen has been the Royals’ best starter this season, but he didn’t get the memo about the great starts pitchers were supposed to make in this series. Belle launched another dinger, and Joe Jackson took a walk and smacked three singles as the Cleveland offense overwhelmed KC pitching. Stan Coveleski dominated the KC bats for a shutout.

Every game is crucial for KC since they’re in a dog fight with Seattle for the division title. Dropping two of three to Cleveland brought KC’s record down to 81-72 as they await the results of the 79-71 Mariners’ series against Texas.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 202 101 - 6 15  1
KC  000 000 000 - 0  4  2
HR: A. Belle (12)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski   9.0  0  0  0  2  3  
B. Saberhagen  5.2  4  4  1  1  0 

CLE 73-80, KC 81-72

Houston Beats Cleveland in Battle of Last Placers


September 15: Houston 5, Cleveland 3


Jim Thome mashed a tater in the first inning and Cleveland starter Stan Coveleski was looking good with a 3-2 lead going into the seventh. But Jose Cruz started the inning with a triple, and Coveleski handed out walks to Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman to load the bases with no outs. After whiffing Carlos Correa, Coveleski saw his lead vanish on a bases-loaded walk to Craig Biggio. Out came Coveleski and in came Rafael Betancourt, who allowed two inherited runners to score.

Nolan Ryan was excellent for 8.2 innings except against Thome, who walked twice and doubled in addition to his dinger. With dangerous lefties Joe Jackson and Jim Thome coming up with one on and two outs, Astros skipper Bill Virdon pulled Ryan in favor of lefty Billy Wagner. Wagner walked Jackson, bringing Thome to the plate representing the go-ahead run, but there was no joy in Cleveville. The mighty Thome did strike out.

                  R  H BB
HOU 011 000 300 - 5 11  6
CLE 200 001 000 - 3  6  7
HR: J. Thome (32)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan       8.2  3  3  1  6  9  
S. Coveleski  6.1  5  5  0  4  8 

HOU 62-86, CLE 70-78

September 16: Houston 5, Cleveland 4 (10 innings)

The Naps built up a 4-0 lead on homers by Manny Ramirez and Al Rosen, but the ‘Stros stormed back late to tie it up and send it to extras. In the top of the 10th, Cruz led off with a single, and walks from Moises Alou and Lance Berkman pushed him to third. A Carlos Correa grounder drove Cruz home for the winning run.

                    R  H BB
HOU 000 002 020 1 - 5 10  4
CLE 003 100 000 0 - 4 11  4
HR: J. Bagwell (29), M. Ramirez (18), A. Rosen (14)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Oswalt   7.0  4  4  2  3  5  
C. Kluber   7.1  4  4  1  1  4 

HOU 63-86, CLE 70-79

September 17: Cleveland 5, Houston 3

Cleveland salvaged the finale in part by by slugging two doubles and a home run against Mike Scott in the second inning. On the mound, Vean Gregg laid down six shutout innings before wavering the in the seventh. Johnny Allen and Bob Feller closed out the win for Cleveland with no trouble.

                  R  H BB
HOU 000 000 300 - 3  7  5
CLE 030 020 00x - 5 11  4
HR: H. Trosky (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott   4.1  5  5  1  3  2  
V. Gregg   6.2  3  3  0  5  2 

HOU 63-87, CLE 71-79


Cleveland Raps 43 Hits, Takes Series in the Bronx

September 12: New York 6, Cleveland 3

The Naps piled up 14 hits, including four apiece from Nap Lajoie and Joe Jackson, but only managed to plate three runs. Meanwhile, the Yanks only got six hits, but they added on nine walks on their way to six runs. Vean Gregg had his most disastrous start of the year that featured just one out recorded, four walks issued, and five runs against. Johnny Allen came in and reeled off seven innings without giving up an earned run, but it was too late.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 110 100 - 3 14  2
NY  500 000 01x - 6  6  9
HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg      0.1  5  5  0  5  0  
F. Hernandez  7.0  3  3  0  1  3 

CLE 68-77, NY 76-69

LajoieNapSeptember 13: Cleveland 10, New York 2

The Naps were even more hitterish the next day. Jackson had a second straight four-hit game, and Lajoie one-upped him with five safeties. Addie Joss was wicked sharp on the mound, giving up no walks and two runs to the best offense around.

                   R  H BB
CLE 002 201 050 - 10 19  3
NY  000 001 100 -  2  9  0

HR: A. Belle (10), M. Mantle (28)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss     9.0  2  1  1  0  3  
H. Pennock  6.0  5  5  1  2  2 

CLE 69-77, NY 76-70

September 14: Cleveland 5, New York 1

Cleveland could “only” manage 10 hits in the finale, and that was plenty on top of their seven walks. They bunched up seven of their hits between the sixth and seventh innings. Lajoie only smacked two hits in this one, bringing his total for the series to 11. He raised his wOBA by ten points (to .366), a pretty mean feat this late in the season.

Carlos Carrasco made his third start in the Rhubarb. He’s found the going pretty easy so far. In his debut, he gave up two in 6.2 innings, then threw a complete game shutout, and authored another complete game in this one while yielding just one run on four hits and a walk.

In the always exciting race to avoid last place, the win kept Cleveland out of the cellar by a game.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 012 200 - 5 10  7
NY  010 000 000 - 1  4  1

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Carrasco  9.0  1  1  0  1 11  
W. Hoyt      6.1  5  4  0  3  2 

CLE 70-77, NY 76-71

Baltimore Wins Series in Cleveland

September 9: Baltimore 1, Cleveland 0 (11 innings)

Starters Jack Powell and Carlos Carrasco kept the game scoreless with adroit hurling. Powell threw 7.2 innings before giving way to Zach Britton after the bases were loaded with Naps in the eighth. Britton induced a ground-out from Larry Doby to end the threat. Britton and Gregg Olson finished off the long shutout for the birds.

Carrasco hung nine zeroes on the scoreboard before being replaced by Doug Jones. Jones Threw a scoreless 10th, but in the 11th gave up a George Sisler double and a Manny Machado RBI single.

                     R H BB
BAL 000 000 000 01 - 1 8  2
CLE 000 000 000 00 - 0 5  2
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell    7.2  0  0  0  2  0  
C. Carrasco  9.0  0  0  0  2  6 

BAL 75-67, CLE 67-75

September 10: Cleveland 5, Baltimore 0

Stan Coveleski dominated the Baltimore batters for eight innings, and the Cleveland offense exploded in the bottom of the eighth with a walk and five singles to hand Coveleski a 5-0 lead as he took the hill in the top of the ninth to try to finish off the shutout. Instead, the first three Orioles in the ninth loaded the bases with nobody out. Out came Coveleski in favor of Johnny Allen, who Houdinied out of the jam with a strikeout and a double-play.

Cleveland back-up infielder Terry Turner was 4-for-4 from the ninth spot in the order

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 000 000 - 0  7  3
CLE 000 010 04x - 5 14  1

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell     7.0  3  3  0  0  1  
S. Coveleski  8.0  0  0  0  3  2 

BAL 75-68, CLE 68-75

LeftyStewartGoudeycardSeptember 11: Baltimore 6, Cleveland 1

A stretch of great starts came to an abrupt end for Corey Kluber, who couldn’t hit his spots in a short outing. He walked six in just 3.1 innings, and when he did find the zone, he got punished with taters by Frank Robinson and Manny Machado.

Recent Baltimore addition Lefty Stewart had another impressive showing and boasts a 1.84 ERA after four starts.

                  R H BB
BAL 300 300 000 - 6 7  8
CLE 000 100 000 - 1 5  3

HR: F. Robinson (27), M. Machado (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Stewart  9.0  1  1  0  3  1  
C. Kluber   3.1  6  6  2  6  5 

BAL 76-68, CLE 68-76

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


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

Cleveland Outdoes Boston in 2 of 3

Addie_Joss_five_frames,_1911September 3: Cleveland 3, Boston 2

The opener hinged on the fifth inning when Cleveland managed to get to Pedro Martinez for a John Romano triple, Tris Speaker double, and singles from Nap Lajoie and Joe Jackson. Addie Joss was strong in a complete game.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 030 000 - 3 10  1
BOS 101 000 000 - 2  5  3
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss      9.0  2  1  0  3  2  
P. Martinez  7.0  3  3  0  0 10 

CLE 66-70, BOS 78-58

September 4: Cleveland 3, Boston 2

The Naps took game two by an identical score. Recently named pitcher of the month Cy Young looked to be continuing his August dominance into September as he took the hill in the top of the ninth with a 2-1 lead, but Hal Trosky, Lou Boudreau, and Victor Martinez all punched hits against him to make the score 3-2 in Cleveland’s favor.

Carlos Carrasco was impressive in his Rhubarb debut.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 100 002 - 3 10  0
BOS 000 000 200 - 2  7  3

HR: L. Doby (13), B. Doerr (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Carrasco  6.2  2  2  1  1  8  
C. Young     9.0  3  3  1  0  4 

CLE 67-70, BOS 78-59

September 5: Boston 5, Cleveland 3

Boston’s Lefty Grove did not allow a hit or a walk through the first six innings, but after Jackson singled in the top of the seventh things unraveled a bit for Grove. Derek Lowe came in and limited the damage nicely to hold Cleveland to two runs in the frame and Boston held on to avoid getting swept.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 000 210 - 3  6  3
BOS 010 220 00x - 5 11  2
HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  4.2  5  3  0  2  0  
L. Grove      6.2  2  2  0  2  1 

CLE 67-71, BOS 79-59

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.


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.