Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sens/Sox Split Pair

GAME ONEBad ending to a good game. Carlos May raced home from 3rd on a passed ball by Washington catcher Paul Casanova in the 13th inning, handing the White Sox a 4-3 win. May was issued a base on balls by Darold Knowles (1-3), went to second on an error, third on a bunt sacrifice.

GAME TWO – Del Unser’s (4) grand slam highlighted a 12-run, 10 hit 8th inning for the Senators as they cruised to a 15-4 victory to earn a split in the series.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bums/Cards Split Early August Tilt

GAME ONE – Steve Carlton (7-4) pitched 8 innings and banged out 3 hits and 2 RBI to lead St. Louis to a 10-2 win over Los Angeles. Lou Brock (3) and Julian Javier (7) each homered and drove in 3 apiece.

GAME TWO – St. Louis forced extra innings when Phil Gagliano came through with a 2-out PH RBI single to tie it 5-5. But 3 singles (Willie Davis, Andy Kosco, Tom Haller) and a SF (Bill Sadakis) plated a pair for LA in the T10 and the Dodgers won 7-5.

GAME THREE – Claude Osteen (16-7) fired a complete-game, 2-hitter as the Dodgers won 2-0. Ted Sizemore (3) had 2 hits, including a home run to lead the Bums offense.

GAME FOUR – Vada Pinson (11) rocked a 2-run homer in the 6th and the Redbirds split the series with a 4-2 victory. Nelson Briles (10-10) evened his season mark. Haller collected 3 hits to lead the Bums.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pilots sweep Sens with 3 late game rallies

J.Coleman vs Brabender
Pilots 6, Senators 0

John Donaldson's one out double in the bottom of the 7th broke a scoreless tie.  Tommy Davis (single) and Don Mincher (IBB) both scored easily.  The Pilots scored 4 more in the bottom of the 8th as Gene Brabender (4-9, 3.64) cruised to a 5 hit complete game shutout.

C.Cox vs Segui
Pilots 6, Senators 2

Four unanswered runs in the bottom of the 8th propelled the Pilots and Diego Segui (8-5, 5.16) to a 6-2 victory.  Steve "Orbit" Hovley and Greg Goossen each had big RBI knocks.  Del Unser's error in center helped extend the inning.  Bob Locker pitched a scoreless 9th in a non save situation.  Hovley (3-4) and Goossen (2-4, 2 RBI) had 5 of Seattle's 7 hits.

Shellenback vs Talbot
Pilots 8, Senators 3

Game 3 of this series mirrored the first 2 games.  Both teams battled to a standoff until the Pilots found out that their lumber could be useful.  Today the game was tied 1-1 until the Pilots sent 13 ment to the plate and scored 7 runs.  Tommy Davis turned the clock back to the earlier part of the decade when he was a hitting machine for the Dodgers.  Davis (3-4) had a homer and 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored.  Fred "Paternity" Talbot was solid giving up just 1 run in 7 innings, but left the game with a no decision.  Reliever John Gelnar (4-1, 2.84), who was not overly effective in 2 innings of work (2 ER) got the gift win as the Pilots pulled off the unlikely sweep at home vs Washington.

Diamond Dust:  Seattle (46-56) had a real life record of 43-59 on July 31, 1969 and is playing +3 above their real life pace.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Braves Prenez Trois de Expos

GAME ONE Hank Aaron (27), Clete Boyer (8) and Rico Carty (4) each banged out 2-run home runs as the Braves win 6-2 in the first game back from the All-Star Break. Coco Laboy (5) went yard for the Expos.

GAME TWO – Sonny Jackson’s single in the B12 plated Felix Millan to lift Atlanta to a 3-2 victory. Montreal’s backup 2B Angel Hermosa led all ballplayers with 4 safeties.

GAME THREE – Jerry Robertson (5-5) out-dueled Pat Jarvis (8-6) 2-1 as both pitchers completed the game. Rusty Staub’s RBI single and Mack Jones’ RBI triple in the 1st were all the runs Montreal would need. Tony Gonzalez (5) went deep for Atlanta’s lone tally.

GAME FOUR – The Braves battle back twice to defeat Expos 5-4 in 10 innings. Trailing 3-1 in the 9th, Atlanta gets a home from Aaron (28) and an RBI double from Gonzalez to tie it. Bobby Wine (4) cracked a HR in T10 to give the Expos a short-lived 4-3 lead. In B10, Boyer scores on a wild pitch and Bob Didier raced home with the winner on a Gil Garrido ground out. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Senators Filibuster Yankees At All-Star Break

GAME ONE – Del Unser tripled in a pair of runs in the 6th inning to power a 4-run inning and a 6-5 win for Washington in the opener of this series. Mike Epstein (17) contributed a 2-run tater in the 4th inning for the Senators.

GAME TWO – Senators out hit the Bombers 9-3, but it doesn’t translate to the scoreboard as New York wins the DH opener, 2-0. Mel Stottlemyre (13-6) blanks the visitors over 9.  

GAME THREE – Mike Epstein’s (18) 2-run blast in the T9 lifted Washington to a 5-3 win and a DH split. Epstein’s blast followed Bobby Murcer’s (19) 2-run blast in the B8 to tie the game at 3-3. Joe Coleman (8-5) notched the complete-game win for the Sens.

GAME FOUR – Roy White doubled twice and drove in 3 runs as the Yankees even the series with an 8-3 win. Bill Burbach (7-8) surrendered just 1 earned run over 7 innings for the W. 

ChiSox Nearly Sweep Royals

GAME ONE – Bobby Knoop’s 2-run double in the 6th was the difference maker as Chicago took the series opener from Kansas City, 4-1. Carlos May (20) started things for the ChiSox in the 1st with his 20th blast of the year. Tommy John (6-11), Gary “Ding Dong” Bell and Wilbur Wood (13) did the chucking.

GAME TWO – Only 4 of the White Sox 12 runs were earned, nevertheless, they rack up the 12-7 win. May (21) blasted a 3-run HR and Tommy McGraw drove in 4 more with 3 hits to power the offense. Billy Wynne (3-1) was the beneficiary on the mound.

GAME THREE – Ken Berry and Knoop almost single-handedly handled the offense for the Pale Hose in an 8-3 win. Berry (4) blasted a grand slam in the 7th. Knoop doubled in a pair and walked in another. Gary Peters (9-7) went the full 9 in the first game of this DH before the All-Star Break.

GAME FOUR – Lou Piniella drove in 3 runs with a 2-run triple and sac fly to help KC split the DH and salvage a win in the series, 5-3. Buck Martinez (1) added a long solo homer to the mix. May (22) finished a great first half for the White Sox with another round tripper.  

Friars - Braves Strike Truce

GAME ONE The first game of a DH was an impressive win for the upstart Padres. They used 5 runs in the 4th and 3 in the 5th to whitewash the Braves 8-0. Al Santorini (7-6) tossed 8.2 innings. Larry Stahl drove in three.

GAME TWO – Clete Boyer’s (7) 2-run blast in the first was enough to carry the Braves to a 2-1 win and a split in the double dipper. Jim Britton (6-2) hurled 8 innings for the W with Cecil Upshaw (17) adding the save.

GAME THREE – Not surprising, a brilliant 8 innings of shutout ball was pitched by Niekro today. However, it was Joe (7-6) who turned the trick for the Friars. Billy McCool (4) notched the save. The lone run was tallied when Jose Arcia trotted home on a wild pitch from Paul Doyle (0-1).

GAME FOUR – Pat Jarvis (7-4) and Upshaw (18) pitched the Bravos into the All-Star Break on a winning note, 2-1. Rico Carty scored both runs for the home club and broke up Clay Kirby’s (2-11) no-hitter in the 6thChris Cannizarro’s (4) 7th inning donk was the lone run for the Friars.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Pilots come from behind to take 2 of 3 from A's

Seattle pulls 2 miracle come from behind walk off wins out of thin air in games 1 and 2.  Wayne Comer hits the walk off grand slam in the opener.

Game 3 looked to be the same, but the Pilots couldn't get a run across with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Cubs Phfell Phils in Three of Four

The Cubs win three of four fairly easily from Philadelphia but run into Woodie Fryman in Game Three, who shuts down their offense for the Phillies' only win. Glenn Beckert stretches his hit streak to 14 games in the series.

Game One: Cubs 8, Phils 7
W: Selman (5-3)
L: Champion (0-7)

S: Nye (1)

The Cubs batter the Phils' struggling pitcher, Billy Champion, as Kessinger, Beckert, Banks, and Willie Smith all have three hits. Chicago is up 8-1, but their porous bullpen almost blows it late, as Philadelphia comes back to make it 8-7. Larry Hisle cracks two homers (his 14th and 15th) to key the surge. But after Chicago's Phil Regan struggles again in the 9th to close it, Rich Nye gets the final out for his first save.

Game Two: Cubs 4, Phils 1
W: Jenkins (10-11)
L: Wise (8-5)

Fergie Jenkins finally gets to double digits in wins with his usually impeccable control, striking out seven in nine innings without allowing a walk. Two RBIs apiece from Billy Williams and Jimmy Qualls off Rick Wise provide just enough offense.

Game Three: Phils 2, Cubs 0

W: Fryman (11-3)
L: Holtzman (8-11)

Woodie Fryman stymies Cubs hitters, giving up no runs and no extra base hits in a complete game win. Kenny Holtzman matches Fryman,  going the distance and giving up only five hits -- but six walks.  The only run comes from a Deron Johnson RBI single early in the game.

Game Four: Cubs 9, Phils 0
W: Colborn (1-0)
L: Palmer (2-1)

The Cubs bounce back in game two of the doubleheader, pounding young Lowell Palmer for seven runs and 10 hits in five innings. Newly called up Jim Colborn and reliever Ted Abernathy only allow one Phillies hit, a single from Don Money. Billy Williams goes four for five, hits hits 8th and 9th homers, and drives in four. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Halos and Pale Hose Split After July 4

GAME ONE Independence Day DH in ChiTown and the Angels Jim McGlothlin (8-5) celebrates with a complete game. He scatters five White Sox hits and walks away with a 5-2 win in the lid lifter. Jim Spencer (3) went to deep for California. Carlos May set off the CF scoreboard fireworks for the home club.

GAME TWO – Joel Horlen (4-7) returns the favor as the White Sox split the July 4th DH with an 8-1 victory. Horlen allowed just 2 hits over the 9 innings. Ken Berry had 3 of the ChiSox 14 hits and scored 3 runs. Walt Williams batted in 3.

GAME THREE – Catcher Don Pavletich drove in 4 runs with 3 hits. Luis Aparicio scored 4 runs with 3 hits. Carlos May (16) and Bill Melton (14) went yard as the White Sox won 8-4. Bubba Morton had 3 RBI for the Halos. Jay Johnstone had 3 safeties. Billy Wynne (2-1) notched the CG win for the Pale Hose.

GAME FOUR – California splits the series with a 4-2 win in the finale. Johnstone cracked a 2-run homer in the 1st as the Angels put 3 on the board. Spencer (4) knocked a solo shot in the 4th. Tom Murphy (9-6) earned the win on the bump with assistance from Ken Tatum (8). Tommy John (5-9) started and lost for the Pale Hose.

Friday, May 2, 2014

4 Tight Games Find Pale Hose Winning 3

GAME ONE – Ed Herrmann’s (2,3) 2nd HR of the day was a 2-run bomb to right in the B10 to lift the White Sox a 4-3 win over Minnesota. The Twins had gone ahead 3-2 in T10 when Tony Oliva’s IF ground out plated Ted Uhlaender. Rod Carew and Ken Berry also enjoyed wonderful days at the dish with 4 hits apiece.

GAME TWO – Bill Melton singled home Carlos May (5 hits) in B13 to send another extra-inning crowd at Comiskey home with smiles on their faces. The Pale Hose prevailed 9-8. This was a wild one with both teams scoring in large chunks and banging out 18 hits apiece. Chicago struck first with 4 runs in the 2nd. Buddy Bradford got things started with a 1-out double. After that, it was all 1-baggers that did the damage with Luis Aparicio’s bingo driving in 2. The Twins responded with 5 in the 5th. Johnny Roseboro and Leo Cardenas doubled in runs. The ChiSox tied the game at 5-5 when May singled in Ron Hansen. In the 12th, the Twins seemed to have the game in hand putting up a 3-spot. Charlie Manuel’s double was the highlight. But the Sox put 3 more of their own on the board in the B12. Three singles and 2 walks did most of the damage.

GAME THREE – Dave Boswell (7-8) yielded 2 runs and 2 hits in the 6th inning and that was it. His CG effort gave the Twins a 3-2 win. Tony Oliva’s (23) 8th inning solo shot was the difference.

GAME FOUR – Chicago wraps up 4-game series with a 4-3 victory. Bradford banged out 3 hits. Gary Peters (7-6) got the win. Wilbur Wood (10) recorded the save. Oliva’s (24) 2-run blast in the 6th was the games lone long ball. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Braves Sweep Redlegs off their Feet

GAME ONE – Phil Niekro (11-5) fired a complete game and Clete Boyer added 3 hits as Atlanta takes the opener 5-2.

GAME TWO – Hank Aaron homered twice, scored 3 times and drove in 3 runs as the Braves won 5-2 again.

GAME THREE – Jim Britton (4-0) and Claude Raymond combined on a 3-hit shutout. Atlanta blanks the Redlegs 5-0.