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

Oakland Sweeps Cleveland, Gets Complete Games From Southpaws Zito, Waddell, & Grove

July 19: Oakland 4, Cleveland 1

Less than three weeks ago, A’s starter Barry Zito was struggling along with a 6.27 ERA before he shocked the league with the only no-hitter thrown so far. He’s now made two starts since the no-hitter, and they’ve both gone extremely well, including this one run complete game against the Naps. His ERA has nose-dived to a much more palatable 4.87.

                  R H BB
OAK 030 100 000 - 4 6  4
CLE 000 100 000 - 1 6  5

HR: A. Simmons (14), J. Giambi (12)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito    9.0  1  1  0  5  4  
C. Kluber  7.0  4  4  2  4  7 

OAK 47-44, CLE 45-46

rubeJuly 20: Oakland 3, Cleveland 1

Rube Waddell has been solid as a rock all year in the Oakland rotation and made his fourth straight nine-inning start in this one. Vean Gregg also went the distance for Cleveland.

                  R H BB
OAK 011 000 001 - 3 7  2
CLE 000 000 010 - 1 5  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell  9.0  1  1  0  2  7  
V. Gregg    9.0  3  3  0  2  6 

OAK 48-44, CLE 45-47

July 21: Oakland 6, Cleveland 2

Lefty Grove closed out the sweep with yet another complete game to keep the shaky Oakland bullpen completely out of the series. Jason Giambi clubbed just the third home run given up by Addie Joss all year.

Cleveland sputtered their way to only four runs in the three games and find themselves just a game out of the cellar.

                  R H BB
OAK 001 102 200 - 6 7  6
CLE 000 200 000 - 2 5  5

HR: J. Giambi (13)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove  9.0  2  2  0  5  3  
A. Joss   7.0  6  4  1  6  1 

OAK 49-44, CLE 45-48

Thome Unlocks Ludicrous Mode In Cleveland Series Win Over Baltimore

July 15: Baltimore 9, Cleveland 4

Cal Ripken and Brooks Robinson have not been hitting a lot at the bottom of Baltimore’s lineup this season, but they made a lot of noise in this one. Ripken was 3-for-4 with a double, and Robinson 2-for-4 with two triples.

Jim Thome became the third player to reach 20 homers.

                  R  H BB
BAL 004 003 002 - 9 11  4
CLE 000 201 100 - 4  9  5

HR: J. Thome (20)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell  7.0  4  4  1  2  1  
A. Joss    5.2  7  5  0  2  0 

BAL 51-37, CLE 42-46

thomeJuly 16: Cleveland 10, Baltimore 8

It seemed a little strange for Bob Feller to be in Cleveland’s bullpen instead of the starting rotation for most of the year, but he was thriving in the ‘pen and made the All-Star team as a reliever. Cleveland elected to move him into the rotation after the break, and Feller traded places with Sam McDowell.

This was Feller’s second start since the break, and it went bad in a hurry. It was Feller’s questionable control that kept him out of the rotation to start with, and he had no idea where it was going in this game. He walked nine Orioles while recording just nine outs, and Baltimore built an 8-0 lead by the middle of the fourth.

McDowell relieved Feller, and was as good as Feller had been bad. McDowell threw six shutout innings that allowed his team to mount a huge comeback.

Thome led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo dong, the Naps batted around in part thanks to a Bobby Grich error, and Thome added a two-run single to his homer in the same inning. Cleveland had pulled within a run by the time Baltimore finally got out of the inning, and Cleveland tied it up in the fifth in part thanks to an Adam Jones error.

It was still tied in the bottom of the ninth with Hoyt Wilhelm on the mound, runner on first, and two outs when Thome mashed his 22nd tater in fashionable walk-off style. Thome tied Lou Gehrig for the league-lead in dingers, butting in on the monopoly Gehrig and Babe Ruth have had atop that list seemingly all season.

                   R  H BB
BAL 022 400 000 -  8  7 13
CLE 000 710 002 - 10 13  1

HR: J. Thome-2 (22)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
U. Shocker  6.0  8  3  1  0  1  
B. Feller   3.0  8  8  0  9  1 

BAL 51-38, CLE 43-46

July 17: Cleveland 4, Baltimore 3

Thome wasn’t done bashing Cleveland pitching. He took the league homer lead in the bottom of the first to open a lead the Naps held the rest of the way. It got pretty shaky in the top of the ninth as Stan Coveleski tried to finish a complete game win but let Baltimore get within a run with runners on the corners and two outs. Doug Jones came in and whiffed Grich to seal the series win for Cleveland.

Thome was 8-for-12 in the series with a walk and four dong shots. No one else homered in the series. In just three games, Thome raised his wOBA from .383 to .400, seventh best in the league.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 002 001 - 3 11  5
CLE 201 000 10x - 4 10  2

HR: J. Thome (23)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Niggeling  6.0  4  4  1  2  3  
S. Coveleski  8.2  3  3  0  5  1 

BAL 51-39, CLE 44-46

Chicago Mounts 9th Inning Comeback To Claim Series Against Cleveland

July 12: Cleveland 12, Chicago 3

The Cleveland offense has been the fourth most potent in the league (after Boston, Baltimore, and New York), and they showed off what they’re capable of in this one. Sox starter Johnny Rigney was wild and got knocked around for six runs in 3.1 innings before getting the hook in favor of Ted Lyons. Lyons didn’t have the answers either, and gave up six more runs, including a three-run bomb by Larry Doby.

Cleveland’s Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, and Joe Jackson each reached base safely four times in the game. Speaker swatted his first ya-ya of the season, and Stan Coveleski tamed the Chicago bats in a complete game.

                   R  H BB
CLE 201 330 030 - 12 15  6
CHI 110 001 000 -  3  8  1

HR: T. Speaker (1), L. Doby (5), 

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  9.0  3  2  0  1  0  
J. Rigney     3.1  6  6  0  5  3 

CLE 42-43, CHI 43-42

July 13: Chicago 7, Cleveland 6

Corey Kluber and Chris Sale, a couple of contemporary starters, faced off in the second game of the series. Surprisingly, it looks like the real Kluber and Sale have only faced each other in a game once, May 18, 2015 in Chicago. Kluber allowed one run in nine innings, Sale allowed one run in eight innings, and the Sox won it 2-1 in the 10th.

But the Strat versions of both pitchers had a rough outing in this one, both getting touched for five earned in seven innings’ work. Sale managed to give up just six homers in the season’s first half, but regressed hard in this one when he gave up three solo jobs.

Two errors by Manny Ramirez in right field figured into two crucial unearned runs for Chicago.

                  R  H BB
CLE 100 013 010 - 6  8  3
CHI 012 020 110 - 7 10  6

HR: M. Ramirez (15), A. Belle-2 (4),
T. Hafner (11), R. Ventura (4)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Kluber  7.0  6  5  1  5  6  
C. Sale    7.0  5  5  3  1  6 

CLE 42-44, CHI 44-42

July 14: Chicago 5, Cleveland 4

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The Naps mounted one heckuva two-out rally in the sixth inning. With no one on base, Cleveland strung together five straight safeties that were capped off by a Lou Boudreau triple to score all four of their runs for the game. They carried a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth with Cody Allen on the hill to close it out.

But Luke Appling started with a single, Allen plunked Sherm Lollar, and then walked Robin Ventura to load the bases with no outs. Doug Jones relieved Allen, and his first batter, Eddie Collins, slapped a single to drive in one and cut Cleveland’s lead to one. Up next, Minnie Minoso drove in the tying run with a sac fly. A Joe Jackson fielder’s choice pushed Ventura to third, and Frank Thomas cranked a single to walk off a great comeback victory for the Sox.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 004 000 - 4  6  3
CHI 001 001 003 - 5 10  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg    7.1  2  1  0  1  7  
E. Cicotte  9.0  4  4  0  3  4 

CLE 42-45, CHI 45-42

Boston Gets Back To Dominating, Rolls Over Cleveland

July 8: Boston 7, Cleveland 1

The Red Sox got back in the beat-down business after losing their last four games before the break (and scoring no runs in three of those games). The impossibly hot Carlton Fisk drilled his 11th circuit clout and Nomar Garciaparra collected a single, double, and triple.

Cy Young had his finest line of the season. Cleveland starter Vean Gregg got no help from his fielders, who committed four errors in the game.

                  R  H BB
CLE 010 000 000 - 1  6  1
BOS 402 001 00x - 7 10  4

HR: C. Fisk (11)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg  5.0  7  3  1  2  2  
C. Young  9.0  1  1  0  1  4 

CLE 41-41, BOS 51-31

July 9: Boston 13, Cleveland 3

Yikes. Addie Joss has not been dominant for Cleveland this year, but he’s been one of the most reliably steady starters in the league. Over his previous 10 starts, Joss averaged 8.2 innings pitched and 2.4 runs allowed.

That streak got blowed up real good in the bottom of the first inning as he faced each Boston batter one time, gave up seven earned runs, and only got one out before being lifted. Nomar Garciaparra doubled, and seven other batters reached on either a single or HBP. Cleveland’s long reliever Sam McDowell was almost as bad in the second inning while the Red Sox piled on five more runs, three of which on a Manny Ramirez dinger. Boston’s Manny was 3-for-4 with a walk in the game.

Lefty Grove cruised through seven scoreless innings and probably would have been left in to go for his first shutout had the score been at all close.

                   R  H BB
CLE 000 000 003 -  3  6  4
BOS 750 001 00x - 13 14  6

HR: J. Thome (19), M. Ramirez-BOS (6)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss   0.1  7  7  0  1  0  
L. Grove  7.0  0  0  0  1  3 

CLE 41-42, BOS 52-31

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July 10: Boston 6, Cleveland 2

The Naps took a lead for the first time in the series in the fourth inning, but Boston came right back to tie it up in the sixth. Cleveland’s Bob Feller walked the first three batters in the sixth, and was fortunate to escape the jam having given up only one run and with the score tied.

Feller was still going in the seventh when Jim Thome made an error to let Tris Speaker reach and Carl Yastrzemski followed with a double to push Speaker to third. In came Cleveland pitcher Cody Allen, who walked the bases loaded and then served up a grand slam to Jimmie Foxx.

The three Boston starters in the series hurled 23 innings and gave up one earned run– and their best two starters (Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens) didn’t throw a single pitch.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 200 000 - 2 10  3
BOS 000 011 40x - 6  9  7

HR: J. Foxx (11)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Feller  6.1  4  3  0  6  4  
S.J. Wood  7.0  2  0  0  2  3 

CLE 41-43, BOS 53-31