Detroit Hands Oakland Series Loss & Elimination From Division Title

cabSeptember 18: Detroit 4, Oakland 3

Justin Verlander and Barry Zito tussled to a 1-1 tie through seven and a half innings. Alan Trammel made an error in the bottom of the eighth that aided an Oakland rally and put the A’s up 3-1 with Houston Street taking the mound for the top of the ninth. Trammel started it off with a double, Bill Freehan grounded out, Harry Heilmann singled Trammel home to make it 3-2, Ty Cobb flew out for the second out, and Miguel Cabrera silenced the Oakland crowd with a two-run mama jabba to put the Tigers up 4-3.

In the bottom of the ninth, the A’s loaded the bases with just one out on consecutive walks by Mark McGwire, Eddie Collins, and Rickey Henderson. Doug Brocail came in and whiffed Jimmie Foxx and got Al Simmons on a lineout to finish the win for Detroit.

                  R H BB
DET 001 000 003 - 4 8  6
OAK 010 000 020 - 3 8  5

HR: M. Cabrera (9), B. Freehan (8)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  7.0  3  2  0  2  4  
B. Zito       6.1  1  1  1  5  4 

DET 71-80, OAK 81-70

September 19: Detroit 5, Oakland 4

The Tigers hit Rube Waddell hard, led by three singles from George Kell, and a single, double, and triple by Hank Greenberg.

The loss officially eliminated Oakland from the Expansion Division title. The next Minnesota loss or Boston win will clinch it for the Red Sox.

                  R  H BB
DET 100 030 010 - 5 14  2
OAK 020 000 020 - 4  9  4

HR: none

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Newhouser  7.1  4  4  0  3  4 
R. Waddell    7.0  5  5  0  2  2 

DET 72-80, OAK 81-71

September 20: Oakland 5, Detroit 4

Both teams sprayed plenty of hits around the field. Heilmann reached safely in all five of his plate appearances, including one triple. Collins collected seven total bases on two doubles and a three-bagger.

With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, Reggie Jackson drew a walk courtesy of Dizzy Trout. Foxx singled him to third, and Simmons singled Reggie in for the win.

                  R  H BB
DET 100 300 000 - 4 11  1
OAK 001 003 001 - 5 12  5
HR: A. Kaline (12)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Uhle    5.2  4  4  0  2  3  
L. Grove   7.0  4  4  1  1  2 

DET 72-81, OAK 82-71
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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

Oakland Wins Series Vs. Baltimore

reggieSeptember 12: Oakland 3, Baltimore 2

The pitching was great on both sides. Baltimore swatted 11 hits but couldn’t do much once they got on base. Oakland knocked just four hits, but an error by Baltimore leftfielder Ken Williams in the seventh inning was sandwiched around hits by Home Run Baker and Reggie Jackson that gave Oakland the deciding runs. Jackson knocked in all three Oakland tallies.

                  R  H BB
BAL 010 100 000 - 2 11  0
OAK 000 010 20x - 3  4  2
HR: R. Jackson (22)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard   6.0  1  1  1  2  7  
C. Bender   7.0  2  2  0  0  4 

BAL 76-69, OAK 79-66

September 13: Oakland 7, Baltimore 4

Jackson went pachinko again and the A’s knocked around Jim Palmer. Rickey Henderson was a homer short of the cycle.

                  R  H BB
BAL 001 000 021 - 4  7  5
OAK 200 310 10x - 7 11  4

HR: R. Jackson (23), M. Cochrane (10)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Palmer   5.0  6  6  2  3  2  
B. Zito     7.2  3  2  0  4  4 

BAL 76-70, OAK 80-66

September 14: Baltimore 7, Oakland 2

Oakland starter Rube Waddell looked fine through two innings, but suddenly couldn’t get anyone out in the third and six straight Orioles either walked or singled and Rube hit the showers. Jack Powell pitched a complete game dandy to salvage a game for Baltimore.

                  R H BB
BAL 105 000 010 - 7 8  9
OAK 000 200 000 - 2 8  3
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell   9.0  2  2  0  3  1  
R. Waddell  2.0  6  6  0  5  2 

BAL 77-70, OAK 80-67

Oakland Slips Badly in Costly Losses To Anaheim

September 9: Oakland 5, Anaheim 0

Rube Waddell started the series on the right foot for the A’s with a suffocating one-hit shutout of the Halos.

                  R H BB
OAK 030 000 020 - 5 8  1
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 1  4
HR: R. Jackson (21), M. Cochrane (9)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell   9.0  0  0  0  4  9  
J. Weaver    6.0  3  3  1  1  5 

OAK 78-64, ANA 61-83

September 10: Anaheim 3, Oakland 2

Lefty Grove was also on top of his game for Oakland the next day, and carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Torii Hunter started it with his third single of the game, and Troy Glaus followed with a fly-out. Left fielder Rickey Henderson then made a brutal error on a Jim Fregosi drive that sent Hunter to third and Fregosi to second. Next, shortstop Bert Campaneris added to the misery with an error of his own that allowed Hunter to tie the game. After a Rod Carew strikeout for the second out, Tim Salmon drove a single to plate Fregosi for a walk-off winner.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 200 000 - 2 7  5
ANA 010 000 002 - 3 8  2
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    8.2  3  1  0  2  5  
K. Escobar  6.0  2  2  0  4  6 

OAK 78-65, ANA 62-83

parrishSeptember 11: Anaheim 6, Oakland 5 (14 innings)

Oakland again took a lead into the bottom of the ninth in the rubber match, and again suffered a lapse that ended with another major blow to their pennant chances. Dennis Eckersley had mound duties in the ninth. Chili Davis started it with a solo tater to get Anaheim within a run, and Bobby Grich tied it up in the very next plate appearance with another circuit smash.

It stayed even for four and a half more innings as the bullpens refused to give in. Finally in the bottom of the 14th, Lance Parrish ripped a two-out double, and Rod Carew slashed a single to send him home and win the series for Anaheim.

Parrish had managed just two hits total in his first nine games, but drilled three in this contest that included a double and a homer.

Anaheim starter Frank Tanana was yanked after just three innings, after which the Angels bullpen had a red letter day. Brendan Donnelly, Jarrod Washburn, Troy Percival, Bryan Harvey, and Francisco Rodriguez combined for 11 shutout innings.

Oakland’s two losses were especially painful since they can’t afford to keep losing ground to Boston. They now sit six games back.

                         R  H BB
OAK 131 000 000 000 00 - 5 15  4
ANA 100 020 002 000 01 - 6 10  4

HR: C. Davis (1), B. Grich (12), L. Parrish (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson   6.0  3  2  1  3  5  
F. Tanana   3.0  5  4  0  1  1 

OAK 78-66, ANA 63-83

Toronto’s Success Against Originals Continues With Wins Over Oakland

September 6: Toronto 5, Oakland 4

Every time the A’s score scored, the Blue Jays had an answer in the bottom of the same inning. Jose Bautista put the birds ahead for good with a solo shot in the seventh.

                  R  H BB
OAK 200 010 100 - 4 11  2
TOR 210 010 10x - 5 10  2

HR: J. Bautista (21)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson     6.0  5  4  1  2  5  
D. Alexander  7.0  4  4  0  2  2 

OAK 76-63, TOR 62-77

September 7: Oakland 6, Toronto 2

Chief Bender sliced and diced the Toronto lineup in his six innings. Eddie Collins added another strong game to his impressive season with four singles and four stolen bases. Collins is a top notch defender at second base, an elite base-runner, and has a slash line of .306/.397/.412, which all adds up to one of the most valuable players in the league.

                  R  H BB
OAK 103 200 000 - 6 10  3
TOR 000 000 020 - 2 10  2

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Bender  6.0  0  0  0  1  1  
D. Stieb   4.0  6  4  0  3  2 

OAK 77-63, TOR 62-78

marcumSeptember 8: Toronto 4, Oakland 2

Shaun Marcum’s stuff was as good as it’s been all year as he held Oakland to two runs in seven innings pitched. Roberto Alomar smacked three singles for the victors.

The Jays improved to 20-19 against the Original Division, by the far the best inter-division record among the expansion teams.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 100 010 - 2 7  0
TOR 100 110 01x - 4 9  3

HR: D. White (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito     6.0  3  2  1  2  3  
S. Marcum   7.0  2  2  0  0  5 

OAK 77-64, TOR 63-78

Minnesota Claims Series Against Oakland

September 3: Oakland 10, Minnesota 3

Lots of A’s were hitterish in this one. Rickey Henderson led the pack with four hits that included a double and a triple, plus two swipes of second base and four runs scored.

                   R  H BB
OAK 301 001 203 - 10 16  3
MN  001 010 001 -  3  7  5

HR: J. Foxx (24), J. Mauer (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito     7.2  2  2  1  5  3  
D. Leonard  6.0  5  4  1  1  1 

OAK 76-60, MN 72-64

pascualSeptember 4: Minnesota 4, Oakland 1

Camilo Pascual held the A’s bats in check much better the next day. Joe Mauer was perfect at the plate with three walks and one triple, but collected no RBI nor runs scored. Sam Rice started the bottom of the fifth with a walk that was followed by doubles by Stan Spence and Rod Carew.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 000 100 - 1 6  5
MN  001 020 01x - 4 7  6
HR: M. Cochrane (8)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell  4.0  3  3  0  5  2  
C. Pascual  7.0  1  1  1  3  4 

OAK 76-61, MN 73-64

September 5: Minnesota 3, Oakland 2

Minnesota boarded the singles train to take the rubber match. All 13 of their hits were of the one-base variety.

Both teams are still holding on to pennant hopes. The A’s are three games back and the Twins five.

                  R  H BB
OAK 000 010 010 - 2  8  2
MN  000 200 10x - 3 13  0

HR: M. McGwire (8)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    7.0  3  3  0  0  4  
J. Santana  5.1  1  1  1  0  3 

OAK 76-62, MN 74-64

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.

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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.