Babe Hits For Cycle – Again!, Oakland Amazes, and Full Action From Around The League For Aug. 28-30

New York Wins 2 of 3 in Minnesota
August 28: New York 8, Minnesota 4
August 29: New Yor 20, Minnesota 3
August 30: Minnesota 2, New York 1

The Yanks won the first two games of the set on the strength of mammoth hitting. In game one, Minnesota starter George Mogridge made his Rhubarb debut and performed admirably for his seven innings of work and handed the bullpen a 4-3 lead. Joe Nathan quickly coughed up the lead in the top of the eighth on a two-run Derek Jeter jack, and Joe DiMaggio added a three-run dagger to the seats in the ninth. Lou Gehrig tacked on three more hits and a walk to his ludicrous season totals. Dellin Betances made an appearance from the New York bullpen to become the first player in the Rhubarb to take the field with 2017 stats factored into his card.

In game two, the biggest offense in the league had their biggest offensive game of the season as a string of Minnesota hurlers got bashed. Gehrig reached four times again and knocked his 33rd dong, and Babe Ruth collected his and the league’s second cycle of the season. The Babe first pulled the trick on May 13th in Seattle. Ruth singled in the first against Dutch Leonard, flew out in the third against Leonard, launched a three-run homer in the fourth against Firpo Marberry, drove in two with a double in the fifth against Marberry, drew a walk in the seventh off Al Worthington, and collected his sixth RBI of the game with a triple off Rick Aguilera in the eighth.

The finale could not have been much different. Minny starter Camilo Pascual managed to hold the NY bats to one run in seven innings, and Eddie Guardado nailed down two shutout innings to make the Twins’ two runs hold up.

Oakland’s Amazing Run Gains Momentum With Suffocating Sweep of Detroit
August 28: Oakland 3, Detroit 2 (16 inn.)
August 29: Oakland 3, Detroit 0
August 30: Oakland 7, Detroit 0

The Swingin’ A’s won their fifth straight series and are on a 17-4 roll that has them within two games of the division-leading Red Sox.

Detroit started the series in good shape, taking a 2-0 lead into the top of the eighth inning in game one. Starter Schoolboy Rowe made his season debut for the Tigers and did not allow an earned run in seven innings. But center gardener Al Kaline erred on a Bert Campaneris fliner to start the eighth, and the Tigers were doomed for the rest of the series. The two runs Detroit plated in the second inning of game one were the first and last they would score in the whole three-game, 34-inning series.

But game one was far from over after Campaneris reached in the eighth. Campy came around to score, and the A’s tied it up in the top of the ninth on the strength of a Jason Giambi walk and singles by Home Run Baker and Mickey Cochrane. The two bullpens dug in from there and it took seven extra innings to decide the competition. Oakland starter Chief Bender was strong for eight innings, and then Huston StreetDennis Eckersley, Rube Walberg, and Eddie Rommel came out of the Oakland pen for eight shut-down frames.

Dizzy Trout mowed down Oakland in the 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th and was still going in the 16th when Cochrane started it off with a single and Campaneris frozen-roped a triple to finally break the stalemate. In the bottom of the 16th, the Tigers got runners on the corners with just one out against Walberg, who was pulled in favor of Rommel. Rommel whiffed Hank Greenberg and grounded out Travis Fryman to end the saga.

Detroit looked dejected and done with their disappointing season in the next two games. Barry Zito twirled a shutout for the A’s in the middle game and Rube Waddell turned the same trick in game three. Jimmie Foxx provided fireworks on offense for Oakland with a homer in game two and three hits that included two doubles in game three.  Continue reading “Babe Hits For Cycle – Again!, Oakland Amazes, and Full Action From Around The League For Aug. 28-30”


Oakland Rolls To 4th Straight Series Win, New York Slips Further Back

bakerAugust 25: Oakland 8, New York 7

Rube Waddel twirled a complete game for Oakland and was excellent in eight of his nine innings. He lost it completely for a while in the fifth inning when nine Yanks reached and seven scored, and the A’s fell behind 1-7. But the Oakland offense stormed back against the pitiful NY pitching and defense and scored seven unanswered runs of their own to squeak out the win. Home Run Baker walked, smacked two singles, and homered. Reggie Jackson, Jason Giambi, and Jose Canseco also dropped bombs for Oakland

August 26: Oakland 10, New York 3

Lefty Gomez deftly maneuvered through the Yankees lineup against everyone not named Derek Jeter (who was 3-for-3 with a walk and three stolen bases), while the Oakland offense detonated with seven walks and 17 hits. Eddie Collins walked four times and added a single. Home Run Baker hit another dinger, his sixth homer of the season but second in the last two days.

August 27: New York 16, Oakland 7

The Yankee bats exploded the way they have to to make up for their run-prevention woes in the finale. Eight of the nine Yanks reached safely more than once, and all Alex Rodriguez, the one who didn’t reach more than once, could muster was a three-run dinger. Mickey Mantle, Charlie Keller, and Babe Ruth also added circuit clouts. NY racked up nine walks and 17 hits, most of them against starter Tim Hudson and reliever Eddie Rommel.

Still, time is running short for the Yankees to make a turnaround, who find themselves nine games back with five teams ahead of them. The A’s on the other hand won their fourth straight series and have catapulted into second place, four games back

Oakland On A Roll, Sweeps Baltimore


August 22: Oakland 8, Baltimore 4

The series got off to a good start for Baltimore as they grabbed a 4-0 lead after three innings, but things fell apart from there. Baltimore starter Mike Cuellar and reliever Darren O’Day got drilled as Oakland stormed back with eight unanswered runs. Rickey Henderson, Eddie Collins, and Mickey Cochrane all reached safely thrice for the A’s. Bobby Grich went 0-for-0 with four walks for Baltimore.

                  R  H BB
OAK 000 112 400 - 8 15  6
BAL 202 000 000 - 4  8  6

HR: M. McGwire (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson   7.0  4  3  0  6  6  
M. Cuellar  5.2  4  4  1  4  1 

OAK 67-57, BAL 68-56

August 23: Oakland 5, Baltimore 3

O’Day had another rough outing the next day. After being handed a 3-2 lead to start the eighth inning, Cochrane jacked a three-run dinger against him.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 011 030 - 5 8  4
BAL 000 200 100 - 3 5  1

HR: M. Cochrane (6)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Bender     9.0  3  3  0  1  3  
J. Niggeling  5.0  2  2  0  3  0 

OAK 68-57, BAL 68-57

August 24: Oakland 4, Baltimore 3

Homers from Jimmie Foxx and Mark McGwire helped Oakland to a 4-0 lead that they carried into the bottom of the eighth. Starter Barry Zito seemed to tire in that frame, and Baltimore loaded the bases against him while recording one out. Dennis Eckersley came in and did allow all three inherited runners to score, but closed down the Baltimore offense from there to finish off a significant sweep for Oakland. The A’s have won 13 of their last 15 games, putting them right back in the mix of the crowded top of the Original Division.

                  R H BB
OAK 021 100 000 - 4 6  2
BAL 000 000 030 - 3 9  5
HR: J. Foxx (21), M. McGwire (6)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito    7.1  3  3  0  4  5  
E. Bedard  4.1  4  4  2  2  3 

OAK 69-57, BAL 68-58

Oakland Series Win Over Chicago Keeps Original Division Standings Cramped

bakerAugust 19: Oakland 5, Chicago 4 (10 innings)

Chet Lemon opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the bottom of the third, and Chicago extended their lead to 4-0 after five innings.

In the top of the sixth, Oakland’s Home Run Baker drove in two with his 21st triple (five more than anyone else in the league). Singles and walks against Hoyt Wilhelm in the top of the eighth tied the game up at four.

Jimmie Foxx led off the top of the 10th against Keith Foulke with yet another triple, the third of the game, and Baker brought him home with a sac fly.

                    R H BB
OAK 000 002 020 1 - 5 9  4
CHI 000 220 000 0 - 4 8  5
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito    7.0  4  4  0  3  0  
C. Sale    5.1  2  2  0  2  6 

OAK 65-56, CHI 67-54

August 20: Oakland 6, Chicago 5

It was another one-run victory for the A’s the next day. Both starters went the full nine innings, and winning pitcher Rube Waddell walked eight while losing pitcher Ed Ciccotte walked none.

                  R  H BB
OAK 023 000 001 - 6 12  0
CHI 300 010 010 - 5  9  8
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell   9.0  5  5  0  8  4  
E. Ciccotte  9.0  6  5  0  0  6 

OAK 66-56, CHI 67-55

August 21: Chicago 6, Oakland 2

A sweep for Oakland would have brought the teams into a tie for fourth, but Chicago pulled out the finale to be two games ahead of Oakland and in a three-way tie for second place with Minnesota and Baltimore.

Ed Walsh had pin-point control, and, like Cicotte the day before, walked zero A’s in nine innings. His ERA dipped just under 3.00 and he joined Johan Santana and Walter Johnson as the only pitchers with sub-3.00 ERAs.

The A’s fielders looked like they’d had too much to drink before the game and committed four errors that helped the Sox to four unearned runs.

Minnie Minoso was 3-for-3 with a double and a walk in the game, and was 6-for-11 with three walks and four doubles in the series.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 010 100 - 2 8  0
CHI 001 302 00x - 6 8  3
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove   8.0  6  2  0  3  5  
E. Walsh   9.0  2  2  0  0  6 

OAK 66-57, CHI 68-55

Rickey is Good at Baseball, Oakland Wins 2 of 3 From Cleveland


August 16: Oakland 11, Cleveland 8

Cleveland went in to the season relying on Addie Joss to lead their rotation, but Joss has had a miserable time trying to adjust to non-deadball era hitters. This was game was his lowest low yet as the A’s attacked him for seven hits and eight runs and knocked him out of the game before the first inning was over. Rickey Henderson and Eddie Collins each collected two hits off Joss in the inning.

Lefty Grove and his Oakland fielders weren’t their sharpest, but the A’s offense tacked on  a few more runs after the Joss onslaught to pull out the win.

Both teams saw their low-power shortstop knock out a rare home run, which ended up being the only two homers of the series.

                   R  H BB
CLE 015 000 020 -  8 13  3
OAK 802 000 10x - 11 12  5

HR: L. Boudreau (2), B. Campaneris (3)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss    0.2  8  8  0  2  1  
L. Grove   7.0  8  5  1  1  4 

CLE 56-62, OAK 63-55

August 17: Oakland 3, Cleveland 1

Starters Sam McDowell and Tim Hudson made it a tighter affair the next day. McDowell matched his season-high with 11 strikeouts, but Hudson was even more effective and allowed just three baserunners in seven shutout innings.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 000 001 - 1 8  2
OAK 000 100 20x - 3 6  3
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. McDowell  6.1  3  2  0  3 11  
T. Hudson    7.0  0  0  0  1  5 

CLE 56-63, OAK 64-55

August 18: Cleveland 6, Oakland 5

Both teams made some bad errors throughout the series. A Bert Campaneris boner accompanied a Cleveland hit barrage in the top of the fourth that got the Naps five runs. Cleveland right fielder Manny Ramirez erred in the bottom of the inning to help Oakland get back in the game. The defenses cleaned it up a bit from there, and the game stayed tight throughout, but Cleveland never relinquished their original lead.

Jim Thome, Joe Jackson, and Ramirez all had three hit days for Cleveland, as did Home Run Baker for Oakland.

Rickey Henderson had been in a minor cold spell for awhile but is heating up again. He spanked nine hits in this series, four of them doubles, and was 3-for-3 on steal attempts. His big series propelled him back into the top 10 run creators in the league.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 501 000 - 6 15  3
OAK 000 310 010 - 5 14  x

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Coveleski  7.2  5  4  0  2  2  
C. Bender     7.0  6  4  0  2  3 

CLE 57-63, OAK 64-56

Oakland Comes Out On Top In Series With Texas

August 13: Oakland 8, Texas 5

Seven different Oakland hitters combined to crush eight extra-base hits.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 000 410 - 5  9  0
OAK 110 204 00x - 8 13  6

HR: J. Gonzalez (17), J. Foxx (20)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough   5.2  8  8  1  4  2  
C. Bender  6.0  4  2  0  0  6 

TEX 51-65, OAK 61-54

August 14: Texas 6, Oakland 4

Toby Harrah led off the game with a homer, and Yu Darvish was proficient for the first seven innings. Oakland started getting to Darvish a bit in the eighth, so Neftali Feliz came on and recorded the last four outs for Texas without allowing a run.

                  R  H BB
TEX 101 000 400 - 6 10  3
OAK 020 000 020 - 4 10  6
HR: T. Harrah (4), J. Gonzalez (18)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish  7.2  4  4  0  5  9  
B. Zito     6.1  5  5  2  3  4 

TEX 52-65, OAK 61-55


Al Simmons

August 15: Oakland 9, Texas 7


Rube Waddell will be glad to not have to face the Rangers again. They slammed him for eight runs in less than two innings on May 14, and they touched him for six runs in eight innings in this game. Texas made it count for a win in May, but their defense couldn’t contain the Oakland offense enough for it to matter in this one.

Al Simmons slammed a three-run dong against Gerald Perry in the bottom of the first and Oakland never trailed in the game, though Texas kept scoring to make it close. A-Rod and Rafael Palmeiro both knocked three hits for Texas but Oakland got contributions from up and down their lineup.

The teams split their six games for the year.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 300 211 - 7 13  4
OAK 400 022 10X - 9 12  7
HR: R. Palmeiro (19), A. Simmons (17)
starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry    5.0  6  6  1  2  4  
R. Waddell  8.0  6  6  1  3  3 

TEX 52-66, OAK 62-55

Oakland Overpowers Seattle


August 10: Oakland 12, Seattle 4

The Mariners entered the series on a six game win streak, and the opener started well for them as Freddy Garcia took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning. He got two outs pretty quickly in the seventh with just a runner on first, but the game blew up for him as Rickey Henderson doubled, Eddie Collins took a HBP, Home Run Baker singled in two, and Jimmie Foxx tripled in two more.

The final score got really ugly after the A’s abused M’s reliever Michael Jackson for six runs in the ninth.

                   R  H BB
OAK 010 001 406 - 12 13  5
SEA 040 000 000 -  4  8  6

HR: E. Collins (2), M. McGwire-2 (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell  9.0  4  4  0  6  9  
F. Garcia   6.2  6  6  2  3  4

OAK 58-54, SEA 61-51

August 11: Oakland 11, Seattle 3

Felix Hernandez could not build on the shutout he hurled last time out and the A’s pounded him. Home Run Baker collected his league-leading 19th triple and a homer, and Dwayne Murphy drove a double and a dinger.

                   R  H BB
OAK 005 033 000 - 11 15  7
SEA 100 100 010 -  3 10  1

HR: H.R. Baker (4), D. Murphy (4)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove      9.0  3  3  0  1  6  
F. Hernandez  4.0  8  8  1  4  1 

OAK 59-54, SEA 61-52

August 12: Oakland 3, Seattle 1

Jamie Moyer managed to contain the Oakland bats much better than the previous two Seattle starters, and he dueled with Tim Hudson to a 1-1 tie after eight innings. But after Collins was hit by a pitch in the ninth, Jose Canseco crushed a Moyer offering over the fence for Oakland’s winning runs.

Seattle has had a terrible time against the Original Division, going 9-24 in inter-divisional play, but are holding a 3.5 game lead in the Expansion Division even after getting swept.

                  R H BB
OAK 001 000 002 - 3 5  5
SEA 100 000 000 - 0 6  4
HR: J. Canseco (2)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson  8.0  1  1  0  4  4  
J. Moyer   8.1  3  3  1  4  2 

OAK 60-54, SEA 61-53