Goslin Triples Boost Minnesota To Series Win in New York

September 18: New York 9, Minnesota 1

The sluggers won the series opening match-up between the strongest and weakest power hitting teams in the league. Herb Pennock held the low-power, high-average Twins to one run in a complete game, Lou Gehrig took back sole possession of the home run lead with his 39th, and Charlie Keller went yoinko twice.

                 R  H BB
MN 000 000 100 - 1 10  1
NY 100 101 33x - 9 12  4

HR: G. Goslin (6), C. Keller-2 (22), L. Gehrig (39)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Leonard  6.1  5  5  1  2  1  
H. Pennock  9.0  1  1  1  1  3 

MN 80-71, NY 79-72

September 19: Minnesota 6, New York 1

The tables turned the next day as the Twins rode eight singles and six walks to victory. Other than a Derek Jeter solo joint, Camilo Pascual kept the Yanks in the park.

                 R H BB
MN 500 100 000 - 6 8  6
NY 000 000 100 - 1 7  3
HR: D. Jeter (10)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascaul   7.1  1  1  1  2  4  
W. Hoyt      8.0  6  6  0  6  0 

MN 81-71, NY 79-73

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September 20: Minnesota 7, New York 4 (10 innings)

ERA leader Johan Santana had a rare mediocre start and got taken to the seats by Keller and A-Rod. Gehrig became the first player to 200 hits with a first-inning triple.

But Goose Goslin smacked a two-RBI triple in the sixth inning to get Minnesota within a run, and Joe Cronin singled Goslin home to tie it up.

David Robertson was hurling for New York in the top of the 10th and put Mickey Vernon and Kirby Puckett on base with walks. Goslin then hit his second two-RBI triple of the game and came around to score his third run of the day to put the series away for Minnesota.

                   R H BB
MN 010 003 000 3 - 7 9  5
NY 020 110 000 0 - 4 9  1

HR: C. Keller (23), A. Rodriguez (24)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  6.0  4  4  2  0  7  
L. Gomez    6.0  4  4  0  2  3 

MN 82-71, NY 79-74

New York’s 11th Hour Come-Back Turns Series In Their Favor Against Oakland

September 15: Oakland 10, New York 0

New York’s Lefty Gomez has been the squad’s least-terrible starter most of the year, but has now gotten pounded mercilessly in his last two starts. Last time out, he gave up seven runs in a third of an inning. This time, he at least got through an entire one inning while giving up seven runs.

Every Oakland batter knocked a base hit, and Left Gomez shut out the best offense in the league. Gomez dropped his ERA to 3.27, seventh best in the loop.

                   R  H BB
NY  000 000 000 -  0  4  1
OAK 531 001 00x - 10 11  7
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez   1.0  7  7  0  4  0  
L. Grove   9.0  0  0  0  1  2 

NY 76-72, OAK 81-67

mattinglySeptember 16: New York 7, Oakland 5 (14 innings)

Oakland was one out away from victory in the top of the ninth with Dennis Eckersley on the hill, Lou Gehrig on first, and Babe Ruth at the plate. The Babe lifted a fliner to the left field corner, and Rickey Henderson gave chase. Rickey had a bead on it, but slammed into the wall just as the pill hit his glove. The impact caused the ball to squirt away from him, and Rickey was shaken up and stayed on the ground where he fell. By the time center fielder Al Simmons raced over to throw the ball back in, Gehrig had torn a path all the way from first base to tie the game, and Ruth was standing on third base. The official scorer hit Rickey with a harsh E7.

Eck stranded the Babe to force extras. Nobody could break the tie in the 10th-13th innings, but the Yanks put together a two-out rally in the 14th. Gehrig took a walk, Ruth doubled, Bill Dickey walked the bases loaded, and Don Mattingly swatted his fourth hit of the day to drive in two.

                         R  H BB
NY  200 100 101 000 02 - 7 12  4
OAK 400 000 010 000 00 - 5  7  2

HR: D. Mattingly (3), E. Collins (3), 
J Giambi (16)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  7.1  5  5  2  2  2  
T. Hudson    6.0  3  3  1  0  4 

NY 77-72, OAK 81-68

September 17: New York 9, Oakland 8

The Yanks built up a 9-2 lead after five and a half innings before the A’s put up a spirited comeback attempt. Bert Campaneris collected a rare home run that plated three in the sixth inning, but the A’s stranded runners in the seventh, eighth, and ninth and fell a run short.

The A’s are still in second place, but the losses dropped them eight games behind Boston with just 12 games remaining.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 305 000 - 9 13  4
OAK 000 024 200 - 8 10  7

HR: A. Rodriguez (23), J. Foxx (25),
B. Campaneris (4)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
O. Hernandez  5.2  6  6  2  3  4  
C. Bender     5.1  6  6  1  3  1 

NY 78-72, OAK 81-69

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

Big Offenses & Putrid Defenses On Display As New York Out-Slugs Toronto

September 9: Toronto 6, New York 5

The Jays didn’t wait to hit Waite Hoyt for six runs right out of the gate. They didn’t score anymore once Hoyt was yanked in the third, and they held on for dear life to make the runs hold up against the big New York offense. Toronto hurlers Roy Halladay, Scott Downs, and Tom Henke gave up zero walks in the contest.

                  R  H BB
TOR 132 000 000 - 6  9  8
NY  200 002 100 - 5 11  0
HR: F. McGriff (19), J. DiMaggio (13), L. Gehrig (37)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Halladay  6.1  5  5  2  0  4  
W. Hoyt      2.0  6  6  1  3  0 

TOR 64-78, NY 73-69

September 10: New York 11, Toronto 10

The Blue Jays appeared to have a series win wrapped up after scoring EIGHT runs in the first inning (most of them against starter Lefty Gomez who only recorded one out) and carrying a 10-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth. But no lead is safe against the Bronx Bombers, and Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Derek Jeter started the bottom of the ninth with three consecutive walks issued by Scott Downs. In came Mark Eicchorn in relief, who gave up an RBI fielder’s choice to Charlie Keller to cut the score to 10-7 Toronto. Next up, Alex Rodriguez drove an RBI single. 10-8 Toronto. Then Tony Lazzeri hit a hard grounder that ate up Tony Fernandez at shortstop that allowed New York’s ninth run to score on the error and the inning to still have only one out. Yogi Berra then tied it up with a single that also moved Lazzeri to third. Toronto brought in Kelvim Escobar, and his first batter faced, Rickey Henderson, capped off the wild comeback with a deep, walk-off sac fly.

                   R  H BB
TOR 800 000 200 - 10 10  6
NY  200 003 015 - 11 15  4
HR: P. Molitor (2), S. Stewart (2),
R. Alomar (5), Y. Berra (8)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Key     5.2  5  5  1  0  6  
L. Gomez   0.1  7  7  0  3  1 

TOR 64-79, NY 74-69

mantleSeptember 11: New York 19, Toronto 9

Both of the teams feature the biggest scoring offenses and most porous defenses in their respective divisions, and those characteristics were on full display in the finale. New York’s starter Ray Caldwell had what would ordinarily be a terrible line of nine runs given up in six innings, but he was never in trouble of letting the game get away thanks to a ludicrous offensive onslaught by his Yanks teammates.

Charlie Keller reached four times, Derek Jeter collected four hits, the indefatigable Lou Gehrig knocked two singles, a triple, and a homer, and Mickey Mantle went loopiest of all with a five-hit, two-homer day. The performance boosted Mantle all the way from eighth to third most runs created in the league behind teammates Gehrig and Ruth.

Four Blue Jays smacked three hits each in the losing effort, including Fred McGriff, Jose Bautista, Shawn Green, and Ernie Whitt. McGriff’s day included a double and two homers.

                   R  H BB
TOR 040 110 300 -  9 15  7
NY  145 011 70x - 19 22  7

HR: F. McGriff-2 (21), M. Mantle-2 (27),
L. Gehrig (38), A. Rodriguez (22)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander  2.1  9  9  1  2  2  
R. Caldwell   6.0  9  8  2  6  6 

TOR 64-80, NY 75-69

New York Goes Homer Crazy To Win Series vs. Texas

September 6: Texas 4, New York 2

Lou Gehrig set the tone for the series with a solo blast in the first inning, but Nolan Ryan managed to limit the Yanks to two runs on two solo homers. The Rangers used singles, walks, and a Phil Rizzuto boner to score their four runs for the win.

                  R H BB
NY  101 000 000 - 2 5  8
TEX 200 002 00x - 4 7  2

HR: C. Keller (19), L. Gehrig (34)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  6.1  4  3  0  2  2  
N. Ryan      7.0  2  2  2  6 10 

NY 71-68, TEX 65-74


September 7: New York 12, Texas 4

The Bronx bombers dropped five bombs. Gehrig went yard again to take sole possession of the league home run lead, and New York’s version of Alex Rodriguez went ya-ya twice in the game.

                   R  H BB
NY  002 022 231 - 12 12  8
TEX 031 000 000 -  4  7  4

HR: L. Gehrig (35), B. Ruth (34), D. Jeter (9),
A. Rodriguez-NY-2 (21), J. Hamilton (19)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
O. Hernandez  7.0  4  2  1  4  3  
F. Jenkins    6.0  6  6  3  2  3 

NY 72-68, TEX 65-75

September 8: New York 7, Texas 6

Charlie Keller started the proceedings with, what else, a home run off of starter Charlie Hough. Texas manager Ron Washington immediately jogged to the mound after Keller completed his home run trot and called in new pitcher Jon Matlack. Washington revealed after the game that this bit of gamesmanship was the plan all along. The idea was to announce the righty Hough as the starter so that the Yanks would start the game with their lineup geared towards a righty, and then immediately bring in the lefty Matlack after Hough faced the first batter. Hough and Matlack confirmed they knew that was the plan going in, and Hough said, “Knowing Keller was going to be my only hitter of the day, I was concentrating on making sure I threw strikes. I did all right, but I caught way too much of the plate in the process.”

Washington’s trickery seemed to blow up in his face even worse after Mickey Mantle greeted Matlack to the mound with a solo tater of his own. Then the third batter of the game, Lou Gehrig, made it three straight homers to begin the game and Washington was having regrets: “I was thinking, oh boy, we don’t have an out yet and I’ve already pulled my starter and put in the only long man we had in the ‘pen.”

But Matlack settled down from there and gave the Rangers six innings while giving up three, and the Texas bats started to chip away at Herb Pennock. The Rangers held a 6-4 lead heading into the top of the ninth and John Wetteland was tasked with finishing off the win. Mantle started the ninth with a walk, Lou Gehrig popped out, and Babe Ruth crushed one into the atmosphere to tie the game. Two batters later, Joe DiMaggio crushed the Yankees’ 12th homer of the series to plate the winning run.

The Rangers and Yankees are the two biggest homer hitting teams in the league and were hitting them at about the same rate coming into this series, but the Yanks out-homered Texas 12-2, and collected 16 extra base-hits compared to just three for the Rangers.

Mickey Mantle reached base safely 10 times in the series.

                  R  H BB
NY  310 000 003 - 7 13  4
TEX 023 001 000 - 6 11  1
HR: C. Keller (20), M. Mantle (25), L. Gehrig (36),
B. Ruth (35), J. DiMaggio (12), T. Harrah (4)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Pennock   6.0  6  6  1  0  4  
C. Hough     0.0  1  1  1  0  0 

NY 73-68, TEX 65-76

Detroit Takes 2 of 3 v New York

September 3: New York 7, Detroit 2

The Yanks crushed three solo homers against Justin Verlander, including Babe Ruth’s 33rd that brought him into a three-way tie with Lou Gehrig and Alex Rodriguez for the league lead.

                  R  H BB
NY  002 110 012 - 7 10  3
DET 100 000 010 - 2  5  5
HR: C. Keller (18), B. Ruth (33), R. Cano (14)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Pennock    7.1  2  2  0  5  4  
J. Verlander  7.0  4  4  3  1 10 

NY 71-65, DET 64-72

September 4: Detroit 10, New York 9

Ty Cobb punched three singles plus took a walk. It looked like Detroit was going to punt their lead in a sloppy top of the ninth that included a lead-off walk, three singles allowed, and an Al Kaline error. Mike Henneman induced a Rickey Henderson fly-out to end the game with Detroit still clinging to a lead.

                   R  H BB
NY  004 000 023 -  9 12  7
DET 320 100 22x - 10 13  5

HR: A. Kaline (10), A. Trammell (12)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt       4.0  5  5  0  3  0  
H. Newhouser  6.2  4  4  0  5  2 

NY 71-66, DET 65-72

miggy.jpgSeptember 5: Detroit 5, New York 3

Both teams scored two quick runs in the first inning before the starters settled in and traded zeroes for the next five innings. In the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers staged a two-out rally with a Harry Heilmann triple, Miguel Cabrera double, and Hank Greenberg single that plated the game and series-winning runs.

                  R  H BB
NY  200 000 010 - 3  8  4
DET 200 000 21x - 5 10  3

HR: B. Veach (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez   6.2  4  4  0  3  2  
G. Uhle    7.1  3  2  0  2  2 

NY 71-67, DET 66-72

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.