Minnesota In Good Position After Abusing Shaky Oakland Bullpen

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August 7: Minnesota 5, Oakland 3

Tim Hudson got shellacked for five runs in the first inning before settling in and not allowing a run over his next six frames. Goose Goslin tripled and Kirby Puckett homered in that first inning, and the five runs were enough for Walter Johnson, who twirled a complete game.

                  R  H BB
MN  500 000 000 - 5 12  1
OAK 001 002 000 - 3  7  1
HR: K. Puckett (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  9.0  3  2  0  1  7  
T. Hudson   7.0  5  5  1  1  3 

MN 62-47, OAK 57-52

August 8: Minnesota 5, Oakland 3 (11 innings)

Chief Bender was far better than Bert Blyleven and pitched the A’s to a 3-1 lead after eight innings. Rickey Henderson and Al Simmons both took Blyleven yard.

Dennis Eckersley came on to close out the ninth, but couldn’t do it. Goslin led off with a walk, Joe Cronin flew out, Joe Mauer singled, pinch-hitting Stan Spence singled to get Minnesota within a run, and Rod Carew drove in the tying run on a groundout.

The Twins completed the comeback in the top of the 11th when Harmon Killebrew followed a Mauer double with a dong.

                     R  H BB
MN  000 001 002 02 - 5 10  3
OAK 101 000 100 00 - 3  7  3
HR: H. Killebrew (7), R. Henderson (7), A. Simmons (16)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Blyleven  6.0  3  3  2  1  6  
C. Bender    8.0  1  1  0  2  1 

MN 63-47, OAK 57-53

August 9: Minnesota 6, Oakland 5 (10 innings)

Again the A’s built up a late lead, this time a 5-3 lead after seven and a 5-4 lead after eight. Oakland manager Connie Mack can’t have confidence calling on anyone from his bullpen right now. Rollie Fingers gave up a run in the eighth. Eckersley just about kept the lead after retiring the first two batters of the ninth inning to get one out away with the one-run lead intact, but Puckett crushed a game-tying homer. The A’s tried Justin Duchscherer on the mound in the tenth, but hits from Goslin and Cecil Travis set up an RBI sac-fly by Earl Battey to demoralize the Oakland bullpen further.

Here are the ERAs of the relievers Oakland was counting on the most this season:

Eckersley 3.75
Duchscherer 5.92
Fingers 4.11
Rommel 3.48

Meanwhile, the Twins are on a 16-5 stretch and have slid into first place (pending results from Baltimore and Boston).

                    R  H BB
MN  001 020 011 1 - 6 15  1
OAK 103 010 000 0 - 5  9  4
HR: K. Puckett (6)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Shaw    3.0  4  4  0  4  4  
B. Zito    7.0  3  3  0  1  7 

MN 64-47, OAK 57-54

Oakland Outdoes Boston

 

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managers Cronin & Mack

August 3: Oakland 8, Boston 4

 

The last time Boston faced Barry Zito, they got no-hit. This time, they got to Zito for seven hits and four runs, but it wasn’t enough.

With two on and two out in the third inning, Boston’s Tris Speaker made a blunder that helped Oakland open the scoring with three unearned runs. The A’s tacked on three earned against Pedro Martinez as well, including a two-run homer from Rickey Henderson. Pedro has hit a little rough patch with homers, having given up five in his last three starts.

                  R  H BB
OAK 003 030 002 - 8 14  0
BOS 000 003 100 - 4  7  3
HR: R. Henderson (5), C. Fisk (13), K. Youkilis (1)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito      6.0  4  4  2  2  4  
P. Martinez  6.0  6  3  1  0  3 

OAK 56-50, BOS 61-45

August 4: Boston 4, Oakland 3

This was a fun battle between Rube Waddell and Cy Young as they locked horns for complete games.

Oakland’s lead-off man Rickey Henderson got three singles and two stolen bases, and Boston’s lead-off man Wade Boggs got three singles and a double. Boggs’s OBP improved to .427, second only to Baltimore’s Ken Singleton.

In the bottom of the ninth, with the score tied at three, Bobby Doerr drew a one-out walk. Boggs doubled him to third, Speaker popped up for the second out, Ted Williams walked to load the sacks, and Jimmie Foxx ended the contest with a single.

                  R  H BB
OAK 001 001 100 - 3 10  1
BOS 000 020 101 - 4  9  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell  8.2  4  4  0  4  6  
C. Young    9.0  3  3  0  1  3 

OAK 56-51, BOS 62-45

August 5: Oakland 9, Boston 2

The rubber match featured some hot Lefty Grove on Lefty Grove action. The real-life Grove had his best years with the Philadelphia A’s (151 ERA+ in nine seasons) before being shipped to Boston (along with Rube Waddell), where he was still quite good (143 ERA+ in eight seasons). The two Groves are following suit in the Rhubarb, with the Oakland version carrying a 3.39 ERA compared to Boston Grove’s 4.00.

But the Oakland version was dramatically better in this one, holding the usually powerful but ice cold Red Sox to just two runs in a complete game. Boston’s Grove got eaten up by the A’s lineup. An Al Simmons three-run dinger capped off a six-run fourth inning that put the game and the series out of reach for Boston.

The Red Sox have now dropped five straight series against Original Division rivals. Their troubles have now gone beyond a mere cold snap. After starting the season with a 40-17 record, they have gone just 22-29 since.

                  R  H BB
OAK 010 610 100 - 9 12  7
BOS 000 011 000 - 2  8  1
HR: A. Simmons (14)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove   9.0  2  2  0  1  0  
L. Grove   4.2  8  7  1  6  2 

OAK 57-51, BOS 62-46

Detroit Comes Out Ahead In Sloppy Series vs. Oakland

July 31: Detroit 6, Oakland 2

Detroit’s Tommy Bridges pitched his second straight start of nine innings and one earned run. He’s had plenty of rough outings too, so his declining ERA of 4.45 is still barely worse than league average (4.30). His game turned out to be the only good start any pitcher had in the series.

The Detroit batsmen did a good job of getting to Lefty Grove, especially George Kell with a two-run homer. The A’s fielders also chipped in with some helpful errors.

                  R  H BB
DET 020 002 110 - 6  8  4
OAK 001 000 001 - 2 10  4

HR: G. Kell (6) 

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  9.0  2  1  0  4  2  
L. Grove    6.0  5  3  1  4  4 

DET 49-54, OAK 54-49

August 1: Oakland 10, Detroit 9 (10 innings)

This was a crazy one. Detroit’s Bill Donovan faced each Oakland batter once in the first inning and recorded just one out before getting yanked. Home Run Baker’s home run and a Kell error at third were the lowlights of his short day. Reggie Jackson ran the Oakland score up to eight runs with a two-run homer in the second inning, and it looked like the rout was on, but Detroit’s pitching settled in from there and their hitters did an admirable job battling back to tie it up in the eighth.

Every Tigers batter had a hit, led by Charles Gehringer’s four singles and Al Kaline’s single, double, and homer. But the dramatic comeback turned out to be all for naught after Jimmie Foxx led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk, Jackson moved him over, and Baker doubled in Foxx for the walk-off.

                     R  H BB
DET 021 300 201 0 -  9 18  4
OAK 620 001 000 1 - 10 12  6
HR: A. Kaline (8), R. Jackson (18), H.R. Baker (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Donovan  0.1  6  4  1  2  1  
T. Hudson   6.0  6  4  0  1  4 

DET 49-55, OAK 55-49

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August 2: Detroit 10, Oakland 9

Decent pitching and defense were hard to come by in the rubber match too. Half of Detroit’s 10 runs were unearned, though the Tigers batters also helped themselves plenty with 16 hits, led this time by Alan Trammell’s four hits that included a round-tripper. Both teams had flurries of offense that went back and forth, and Oakland looked poised to swing things back their way in the bottom of the ninth after Rickey Henderson scored and Jimmie Foxx got to second base representing the tying run with one out. But John Hiller whiffed Reggie Jackson and got Baker to fly out to clinch the series for Detroit.

The teams combined for 14 unearned runs in the series.

                   R  H BB
DET 221 000 140 - 10 16  2
OAK 005 001 201 -  9 10  5

HR: A. Trammell (10), M. Cochrane (5)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  6.0  6  6  1  4  7  
C. Bender     2.1  5  3  0  1  0 

DET 50-55, OAK 55-50

Oakland Takes Series From New York to Catch Yanks in Standings

July 28: Oakland 5, New York 2

Oakland’s offense laid a balanced attack against New York’s Roger Clemens. Bert Campaneris scored two and drove in one.

Robinson Cano connected for three hits and scored both NY runs.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 000 100 - 2  6  2
OAK 001 021 01x - 5 11  5

HR: J. Canseco (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Clemens  6.0  4  4  0  3  3  
C. Bender   8.0  2  2  0  2  1 

NY 53-47, OAK 53-47

July 29: New York 5, Oakland 2

The score reversed the next day as the Yankees got a rare good start from their struggling rotation in the form of Bob Shawkey’s two runs allowed in seven innings.

Lou Gehrig increased his homer lead with his 27th blast, and recent call-up Don Mattingly went bonkers with a walk, two singles, two doubles, and three runs. After playing six games, Mattingly is hitting .520/.556/.800. He has already created more runs in 27 plate appearances than Kansas City’s Frank White has created in 346.

Phil Rizzuto also had a nice day with two walks, a double, and a triple.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 102 001 - 5 13  6
OAK 002 000 000 - 2  8  4

HR: L. Gehrig (27), R. Jackson (17)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Shawkey  7.0  2  2  1  4  3  
B. Zito     5.0  4  4  1  6  2 

NY 54-47, OAK 53-48

Rube-Waddell-Portrait-1July 30: Oakland 2, New York 1

A fantastic duel between Waite Hoyt and Rube Waddell closed out the series. The Yanks got out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Mattingly drove in A-Rod with a double.

Mickey Mantle made a rare error in in sixth that put Reggie Jackson on, and Al Simmons drove Jackson in for the tying run.

It was still locked at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth with two outs and nobody on when Home Run Baker laced his league-leading 17th triple. Hoyt was lifted in favor of Herb Pennock to get a lefty-lefty matchup against Mickey Cochrane, but Cochrane fisted a single to drive in the winning run.

Rube Waddell pitched his sixth consecutive nine-inning start, during which time his ERA is a microscopic 1.50. His season ERA is down to 3.15, seventh best in the loop. When you factor in Rube’s tremendous workload (only Walter Johnson has pitched more innings) Rube has saved the third most runs in the league. He struck out a season-high nine in this contest.

                  R H BB
NY  010 000 000 - 1 3  3
OAK 000 001 01x - 2 9  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt     7.2  2  1  0  4  2  
R. Waddell  9.0  1  1  0  3  9 

NY 54-48, OAK 54-48

Baltimore Comes Out On Top In Oakland

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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