Boston Finishes Triumphant Regular Season With Sweep of Oakland

September 29: Boston 3, Oakland 0

The unstoppable Wade Boggs cracked another three hits and Roger Clemens finished his stellar regular season with seven shutout innings.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 000 000 - 0 5  6
BOS 003 000 00x - 3 7  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Bender   8.0  3  3  0  3  4  
R. Clemens  7.0  0  0  0  3  7 

OAK 87-73, BOS 94-66

September 30: Boston 6, Oakland 1

Just about any other team would be thrilled to have Jon Lester in their rotation, but with Boston’s incredible starting pitcher depth, Lester only squeezed in 73 innings all year. He made an excellent spot start in this one, giving up just two hits, and concluded his season with a tidy 3.22 ERA.

Boggs and Tris Speaker each had one hit to move into a four-way tie for the league hit lead. Boggs, Speaker, Lou Gehrig, and Cleveland’s Joe Jackson all stood at 211 knocks.

                  R H BB
OAK 010 000 000 - 1 3  2
BOS 500 000 01x - 6 9  7

HR: J. Canseco (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito     7.2  6  6  0  7  6  
J. Lester   8.0  1  1  1  2  9 

OAK 87-74, BOS 95-66

speakerOctober 1: Boston 4, Oakland 1

Cy Young went the full nine and gave up just one. He was merely good for the first two-thirds of the year before shifting into next level ish. He rampaged like a runaway train through his last 10 starts, allowing 10 earned runs in 89 innings.

Carl Yastrzemski was perfect in this game with three singles and a double. Boggs went hitless while Tris Speaker slapped two more safeties to claim the hit crown with 213 on the year. Boggs leads the league in hits + walks + HBP at 310.

The limp showing by Oakland knocked them into a third place finish (tied with Baltimore) and boosted Minnesota to a second place finish.

Boston has two days off before hosting game one of the championship series on October 4th.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 000 010 - 1 5  3
BOS 012 100 00x - 4 9  4
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell  4.0  4  4  0  4  4  
C. Young    9.0  1  1  0  3  5 

OAK 87-75, BOS 96-66

 

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Oakland Sweeps Listless Chicago

September 25: Oakland 4, Chicago 1

Rube Waddell threw the first 5.2 innings of the game without allowing a hit or a walk. The White Sox ended up collecting one run plus a few singles and one walk in the game, but Waddell was dominant from start to finish.

Jason Giambi slammed a two-run dinger in the fourth inning.

                  R H BB
CHI 000 001 000 - 1 4  1
OAK 000 210 01x - 4 9  0

HR: J. Giambi (17)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Cicotte   8.0  4  4  1  0  3  
R. Waddell   9.0  1  1  0  1  6 

CHI 81-76, OAK 85-72

 

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Grove

September 26: Oakland 7, Chicago 6 (10 innings)

 

Lefty Grove was marvy for Oakland, except for a rough third inning. Much of the blame for that inning rests on the shoulders of Rickey Henderson and Eddie Collins, who both made errors in the frame. A Frank Thomas homer put an exclamation mark on six unearned runs for Chicago in the inning, but Chicago could not capitalize.

Mickey Cochrane tied the game up with a two-run dinger in the eighth inning, and hits from Giambi and Home Run Baker in the bottom of the 10th walked it off for Oakland.

                    R  H BB
CHI 006 000 000 0 - 6  8  5
OAK 211 000 020 1 - 7 11  4

HR: F. Thomas (24), M. Cochrane (11)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Walsh   9.2  7  2  1  4  5  
L. Grove   9.2  6  0  1  5  7 

CHI 81-77, OAK 86-72

September 27: Oakland 6, Chicago 5

Chicago again shot themselves in the foot in the finale. Harold Baines did all he could by swatting two dingers and a single and driving in three, but errors by Chet Lemon, Eddie Collins, and Robin Ventura helped Oakland to three unearned runs. Jose Canseco collected a single, double, and homer for Oakland.

Chicago seems to have thrown in the towel and have dropped 13 of their last 18.

                  R  H BB
CHI 020 100 002 - 5 12  1
OAK 001 100 22x - 6  8  4
HR: H. Baines-2 (9), J. Canseco (4)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Lee     4.0  2  1  0  2  0  
T. Hudson  5.0  3  3  2  1  1 

CHI 81-78, OAK 87-72

Oakland Secures Series in Cleveland

 

cochrane
Cochrane

September 22: Oakland 6, Cleveland 0

 

Mickey Cochrane smacked four singles and Tim Hudson was dirty in seven shutout innings. Rollie Fingers followed with two shutout frames.

                  R  H BB
OAK 001 311 000 - 6 10  8
CLE 000 000 000 - 0  5  2

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson  7.0  0  0  0  1  3  
C. Kluber  3.2  4  4  0  3  2 

OAK 83-71, CLE 73-81

September 23: Cleveland 3, Oakland 1

Cleveland starter Vean Gregg gave up seven hits and four walks but somehow only gave up one run in a complete game win. It helped that he gave up no extra base hits.

Cleveland’s master hitters Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, and Joe Jackson were involved in all three Cleveland runs.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 010 000 - 1 7  4
CLE 100 002 00x - 3 6  1
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Bender   8.0  3  2  0  1  2  
V. Gregg    9.0  1  1  0  4  8 

OAK 83-72, CLE 74-81

September 24: Oakland 6, Cleveland 1

Addie Joss was dealing and Cleveland was clinging to a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth. Joss got a couple of quick groundouts but Jackson made an error in left field that seemed to unravel the whole game for Cleveland. Joss never did find that third out. Rickey Henderson and Al Simmons both doubled, two more A’s singled, and another took a walk before Joss was finally pulled. Six unearned runs paraded around the bases.

Barry Zito was splendid on the mound in a complete game.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 000 060 - 6 7  2
CLE 001 000 000 - 1 7  3

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito    9.0  1  1  0  3  6  
A. Joss    7.2  6  0  0  2  2 

OAK 84-72, CLE 74-82

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 Original 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

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 Lefty Grove shut out the best offense in the league. Grove 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