Baltimore Comes Out On Top In Oakland

Rickey_Henderson_and_Eddie_Murray,_1983 (from Dell Inspiron 15)

July 25: Baltimore 4, Oakland 3

Starters Jack Powell and Rube Waddell both went nine innings and gave up three earned runs. But Cal Ripken reached second base on a Rickey Henderson error to lead off the top of the eighth and came around to score the winning, unearned run for Baltimore.

                  R  H BB
BAL 001 001 110 - 4 12  3
OAK 100 100 010 - 3  9  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell   9.0  3  3  0  3  4  
R. Waddell  9.0  4  3  0  3  4 

BAL 54-43, OAK 51-46

July 26: Oakland 8, Baltimore 2

Oakland put on a hit parade against Harry Howell, including six doubles, a triple, and at least one hit from each batsman.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 000 020 - 2  8  2
OAK 130 200 20x - 8 12  4

HR: E. Murray (12)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell  6.2  8  8  0  3  1  
L. Grove   8.0  2  2  1  2  6 

BAL 54-44, OAK 52-46

July 27: Baltimore 8, Oakland 7

It’s maybe not time for A’s fans to panic about Tim Hudson, but after starting the year so strong, he followed up his first bad start of the year with another stinker in this one. After not allowing six or more earned runs in his first 17 starts, he’s now done it in back-to-back games. He dropped from the fifth best ERA in the league to 15th best over his last two games.

George Sisler smacked three extra-base hits, two doubles and a dong.

                  R  H BB
BAL 025 001 000 - 8 10  3
OAK 000 130 300 - 7 14  3

HR: G. Sisler (6), A. Jones (10), B. Robinson (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
U. Shocker  4.0  4  4  0  2  2  
T. Hudson   3.0  7  6  2  2  2 

BAL 55-44, OAK 52-47

Oakland Stops Chicago’s Streak of Series Wins at 7

July 22: Chicago 14, Oakland 6

Tim Hudson finally ran into a tough day on the mound after getting 17 starts into the season without a truly bad game. Chicago made all kinds of contact and dropped in 19 hits against Hudson and an ineffective Oakland bullpen. The first six Sox hitters all had multi-hit games.

Hudson’s ERA is still sparkly at 3.28, but he dropped out of the exclusive sub-3.00 ERA club for now.

Eddie Collins scored three runs for both teams.

                   R  H BB
CHI 103 010 225 - 14 19  4
OAK 103 001 001 -  6  9  5

HR: M. Minoso (4), H. Baines (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee     8.0  5  4  0  4  5  
T. Hudson  6.2  7  7  1  2  4 

CHI 51-43, OAK 49-45

July 23: Oakland 7, Chicago 1

Things continue to be rough at the back end of Chicago’s rotation, and Johnny Rigney got slapped around pretty good for six innings, including a three run Reggie Jackson bomb. Chief Bender and Rollie Fingers quieted what has of late been an electric Chicago offense.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 000 - 1 6  3
OAK 203 101 00x - 7 8  4

HR: R. Jackson (16)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rigney  6.0  7  7  1  4  0  
C. Bender  7.0  1  1  0  1  5 

CHI 51-44, OAK 50-45

zitoJuly 24: Oakland 4, Chicago 0

Barry Zito’s astonishing turn-around continues. After 13 starts, he held a weighty 6.51 ERA. Over his subsequent five starts he’s allowed 0.94 earned runs per nine innings, tossed a no-hit shutout, a one-run complete game, and a two-hit shutout of the Sox in this game.

The teams are now tied for fifth in the Original, but just two games out of second place.

                  R  H BB
CHI 000 000 000 - 0  2  3
OAK 200 001 10x - 4 12  1

HR: J. Foxx (19)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Sale   7.0  4  4  1  1 11  
B. Zito   9.0  0  0  0  2  2 

CHI 51-45, OAK 51-45

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

KC’s Second Half Roll Continues With Series Win In Oakland

July 15: Oakland 7, Kansas City 4

Danny Jackson and the Royals were humming right along with a 4-0 lead after six innings, but Oakland started getting to them in the seventh. Al Simmons, Home Run Baker, Jose Canseco, and Jason Giambi all reached safely in a row to cut KC’s lead to 4-2, and Kelvin Herrera came on in relief of Jackson. Alcides Escobar made a costly error at short that prolonged the inning and Rickey Henderson doubled in the tying runs. Jimmie Foxx and Giambi both homered in the eighth to give Oakland the victory and hand KC their first loss of the second half after winning seven straight.

                  R  H BB
KC  002 002 000 - 4 11  0
OAK 000 000 43x - 7  8  4

HR: J. Foxx (17), J. Giambi (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  6.1  4  2  0  3  2  
L. Grove    7.0  4  4  0  0  2 

KC 46-43, OAK 46-42

bullJuly 16: Kansas City 5, Oakland 3 (15 innings)

It had been a while since I’d had a good marathon in the Rhubarb until the teams faced off for 15 innings in this one. John Mayberry led off the game with a reach on error and came around to score, and the hot-hitting Danny Tartabull slammed his 19th homer to give KC a 3-0 lead in the third.

Singles and walks led to Oakland tying the score in the fourth, and then the runs dried up. A’s pitchers held Kansas City scoreless for 11 consecutive innings. Starter Tim Hudson threw nine and allowed just two earned runs, which lowered his ERA to 2.94. That puts him in an exclusive group of five hurlers with sub-3.00 ERAs.

Royals pitchers also held Oakland scoreless for 11 straight innings. A string of KC relievers–Wade Davis, Greg Holland, Joakim Soria, Jeff Montgomery, and Dan Quisenberry–threw 8.1 shutout innings.

Rollie Fingers was on the bump in the top of the 15th when Amos Otis led off with a double. Escobar followed that up with a single, but Otis held up at third since there were still no outs and it would have been a close play at the plate. Freddie Patek flew out, but it was too shallow for Otis to try to tag up. Mayberry came up big with the go-ahead RBI on a single, and Mike Sweeney brought in an insurance run on a sac fly.

                          R  H BB
KC  102 000 000 000 002 - 5  8  4
OAK 001 200 000 000 000 - 3 10  6

HR: D. Tartabull (19)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Gubicza  6.2  3  3  0  4  4  
T. Hudson   9.0  3  2  1  4  3 

KC 47-43, OAK 46-43

July 17: Kansas City 6, Oakland 4

Escobar had perhaps his finest series of the season and was in the middle of KC’s scoring in all three games. He collected four RBI on two singles in the finale to help KC claim the series. Tartabull continued to be white hot and laced three singles. He has 17 hits in his last 10 games, including five homers, and has upped his season wOBA to .344 after it stood at just .292 at the end of May.

Each Oakland batter had exactly one hit, including a bomb from another scorching hot hitter, Jimmie Foxx. It was Foxx’s seventh homer in 15 games, and helped boost him up to fourth most runs created in the league.

                  R  H BB
KC  100 203 000 - 6 10  5
OAK 010 100 200 - 4  9  3

HR: J. Foxx (18), M. Cochrane (4)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rosado  7.0  4  4  2  2  6  
C. Bender  5.0  6  6  0  3  2 

KC 48-43, OAK 46-44

Houston Squeaks By To Upset Oakland

July 12: Houston 3, Oakland 2

Mike Scott was marvy for Houston, giving up only a two-run bomb to Jason Giambi in seven innings. Octavio Dotel followed that up with two perfect innings. The Houston bats managed to get to Chief Bender for just enough offense on four walks, six singles, and a triple from Cesar Cedeno.

                  R H BB
HOU 010 010 100 - 3 7  4
OAK 000 020 000 - 2 5  1

HR: J. Giambi (10)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott   7.0  2  2  1  1  4  
C. Bender  8.0  3  3  0  4  6 

HOU 39-46, OAK 44-41

reggieJuly 13: Oakland 7, Houston 1

J.R. Richard got through the first six innings giving up only two runs to Oakland, but got into a two-out, bases loaded jam in the seventh. Brad Lidge came on to try to bail Richard out, but instead Lidge walked in a run and then served up a grand salami to Reggie Jackson. It was Reggie’s second dinger of the game.

                  R H BB
HOU 000 000 100 - 1 5  7
OAK 100 001 50x - 7 8  6

HR: M. Ensberg (6), J. Foxx (15), R. Jackson-2 (15)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J.R. Richard  6.2  5  5  2  4  5  
B. Zito       6.0  1  1  1  6  2 

HOU 39-47, OAK 45-41

July 14: Houston 4, Oakland 3

Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Mark McGwire all went yard for Oakland, but they were all solo homers and were the only runs Oakland managed against Mike Cuellar and Billy Wagner. It could have been enough if not for three errors committed by A’s shortstop Bert Campaneris. Two of those errors contributed directly to two unearned runs for Houston, and the Astros scraped by with a narrow series win in Oakland.

The teams shan’t meet again and split their six games of the season.

A couple of key A’s players have gone into bad slumps at the plate. Rickey Henderson is 2-for-32 over his last eight games, and Home Run Baker 1-for-24 in his last six. Foxx, on the other hand, has been hot, crushing five homers in his last 12 games and jumping to the ninth spot in runs created in the league.

                  R  H BB
HOU 001 001 110 - 4 10  2
OAK 000 001 02x - 3  9  4

HR: J. Foxx (16), A. Simmons (13), M. McGwire (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Cuellar  7.1  2  2  2  4  1  
R. Waddell  9.0  4  2  0  2  5 

HOU 40-47, OAK 45-42

Minnesota Sweeps Oakland in Pitcher Dominated Series

pascualJuly 8: Minnesota 2, Oakland 1 (10 innings)

Rube Waddell and Camilo Pascual had a brilliant pitchers duel for nine full innings. Pascual gave up one run on a solo Jimmie Foxx dong, and the Twins got one run on a Mickey Vernon single. Joe Cronin walk, and Goose Goslin single.

Eddie Guardado came on to pitch the top of the 10th for the Twins, and made his 17th straight appearance without allowing an earned run and lowered his ERA to 0.78.

Waddell stayed on the hill for Oakland in the bottom of the 10th and immediately ran into a Harmon Killebrew smash that walked it off for the Twins. It was a needed bright spot for Killebrew in what has been a frustrating year (.263 wOBA in limited action).

Pascual started the year terribly with a 7.02 ERA in his first six starts. He seems to have made some crucial adjustments ever since, and has a 2.48 ERA in his last 11 games. He has been a superb number three starter in that time, even if he’s overshadowed by rotation-mates Johan Santana & Walter Johnson.

                    R H BB
OAK 000 001 000 0 - 1 5  1
MN  000 100 000 1 - 2 9  1

HR: J. Foxx (14), H. Killebrew (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell  9.0  2  2  1  1  7  
C. Pascual  9.0  1  1  1  1  8 

OAK 44-38, MN 44-38

July 9: Minnesota 2, Oakland 0

Speaking of Santana…he continued his run as the most dominating starter in the league with 7.1 shutout innings in this one. A Mickey Cochrane single and Rickey Henderson walk were all the A’s could muster against Santana’s savage stuff. Firpo Marberry and Joe Nathan finished the game without allowing a hit to combine with Santana on a one-hit shutout.

Santana’s league-best ERA dipped to 1.98. And he hasn’t allowed an unearned run all year. He can’t throw nearly as many innings as some pitchers, but he’s been so good that he still might be the hurler of the year so far.

Lefty Grove allowed a lot more base runners than Santana, but he still kept the game scoreless for the first seven innings. Oakland shortstop Bert Campaneris committed an error to allow Stan Spence to reach first base leading off the eighth inning. Chuck Knoblauch pinch ran and swiped second base, and Mickey Vernon laced his second triple of the game to drive in Knoblauch. Tony Oliva doubled in Vernon for an insurance run.


                  R  H BB
OAK 000 000 000 - 0  1  3
MN  000 000 02x - 2 10  1

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    7.1  2  1  0  1  3  
J. Santana  7.1  0  0  0  1  4 

OAK 44-39, MN 45-38

July 10: Minnesota 3, Oakland 2

After scoring one total run in the first two games, the A’s got to face Walter Johnson! They did get to the Big Train for 10 hits and four walks, but Johnson almost seemed to be toying with them. Nearly every time a runner got on, Johnson bore down and stranded them. The A’s stranded 11, including two innings in which they left the bases full. Terry Steinbach and Eddie Collins each hit a triple and came around to score for the extent of Oakland’s scoring for the day. (They’ve now scored four total runs in their last four games.)

Tim Hudson was mostly excellent for Oakland, but the Twins bunched up four safeties to start the third to score all three of their runs. Rod Carew walked, Tony Oliva singled, Vernon doubled, and Sam Rice singled to get all the offense Johnson needed.

Don’t know for sure, but I would bet this was the first series of the year in which neither team scored four runs in a game.

                  R  H BB
OAK 001 000 001 - 2 10  4
MN  003 000 00x - 3  8  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson   7.0  3  3  0  3  3  
W. Johnson  9.0  2  2  0  4  7 

OAK 44-40, MN 46-38

Barry Zito Hurls My First Strat No-Hitter! Oakland Takes Series v. Boston

June 30: Boston 4, Oakland 3

Oakland’s Chief Bender was absolutely rolling and took a 1-0 lead into the top of the eighth when things went south for him. The incredibly hot Carlton Fisk led the inning off with a single, Bender got the next two batters, and then Tris Speaker singled in Fisk to tie the game, Yaz walked, and Ted Williams doubled in Speaker for the go-ahead run.

In the ninth, Fisk homered—his fifth in his last four games—to add a couple of insurance runs. Those runs looked big after Oakland mounted a rally in the ninth that fell just one run short.

                  R H BB
BOS 000 000 022 - 4 6  4
OAK 010 000 002 - 3 9  3

HR: C. Fisk (10)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
S.J. Wood  8.0  3  3  0  3  5  
C. Bender  7.2  2  2  0  4  1 

BOS 50-29, OAK 42-37

zitoJuly 1: Oakland 4, Boston 0

After seven years and approximately 900 games of Strat-O-Matic, this was my first no-hitter! It was an unlikely combination of pitcher and opponent. Oakland’s Barry Zito has scuffled all year and hadn’t thrown a nine inning start or made a start without allowing at least one run, and usually plenty more than that. His ERA stood at 6.27 as he took on Boston and their second-best team batting average in the league.

I noticed Boston didn’t have a hit yet after six innings, but had no expectations Oakland could get nine more outs without giving one up. But Zito kept flying and using his defense through the final out. Zito struck out only four all day. Jose Canseco corralled a lazy fly ball to right field off the bat of Wade Boggs to finish the no-hitter.

Dwight Evans reached on a Home Run Baker error in the third but never advanced past first. Then Fisk led the sixth off with Boston’s lone walk of the game. Boston, by now seeing how locked in Zito was, decided to risk sending Fisk on a steal attempt against catcher Mickey Cochrane’s weak arm, but Cochrane nailed Fisk. Zito only needed to face 28 to complete the gem (and without Baker’s error, it could have been 27).

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July 2: Oakland 1, Boston 0

The Boston hitters were still on their heels the next day against a rock solid Rube Waddell. Not even Pedro Martinez’s brilliance could save the day in this one. Pedro and Rube traded zeroes for six and a half innings before Mickey Cochrane started the bottom of the seventh with a double and Eddie Joost singled him home. It was the only run of the game as Waddell followed up Zito’s masterpiece with a shutout of his own. Waddell issued two walks and four singles, but nothing else.

It was the third shutout of Boston’s offense in their last four games. Boston tripped and fell flat on their face on their way into the All-Star break, but an otherwise brilliant first half has them on a 100 win pace.

                  R H BB
BOS 000 000 000 - 0 4  2
OAK 000 000 10x - 1 6  2

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
P. Martinez  7.0  1  1  0  1  5 
R. Waddell   9.0  0  0  0  2  5

BOS 50-31, OAK 44-37