Monday, June 30, 2014

Chicago Whitewashes Red Sox in 2

GAME ONE – Ken Kravec (12-13) and Ed Farmer (8) combined on a 5-hitter as the White Sox whitewashed the Red Sox 2-0.


GAME TWO – Ross Baumgarten (7-14) blanked the BoSox again 1-0. The Carmines again were limited to 5 knocks. Mike Squires and Greg Pryor had 3 hits apiece for the Pale Hose.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hooton Tosses 1-Hitter; Bums Claim 2 of 3 from Cards

GAME ONE – Keith Hernandez doubled twice and drove in 4 runs to lead St. Louis to a 6-4 win at Los Angeles. It was the 10th consecutive loss for the Dodgers. Pete Vukovich (8-10) tossed 8 innings of shutout ball. Steve Garvey went 4-for-4, including a 3-run blast for LA.

GAME TWO – Burt Hooton (11-10) figured out how to get the Bums in the win column again and Garry Templeton finally figured out how to solve Hooton’s knuckle-curve. The surly St. Lou SS broke up Hooton’s no-hit bid with 1 out in the 9th.  LA won 7-0.


GAME THREE – Dave Lopes single in the B10 led to a 7-6 walk-off winner for LA. This game got wild in the final innings with the Cardinals plating 4 in the 8th and 9th. The Dodgers scored 5 in the 8th and 9th with Garvey’s (21,22) 2-run blast in B9 sending the game into extras. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

O's Pound 6 HRs to Sweep ChiSox

GAME ONE – Mike Flanigan (23-4) continued his Cy Young type season with an 8-4 win over the White Sox in the first game of a DH in Chicago. He owes thanks to his offense as Rick Dempsey (6), Gary Roenicke (23) and Brant Ayala (5) all went yard. Dempsey’s was a 3-run blast in the 8th after Chicago had closed the gap to 5-4.


GAME TWO – O’s again use the long ball to complete the sweep of the ChiSox. This time 7-2 as Lee May (20), Ken Singleton (36) and Roenicke (24) again went deep.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bombers - ChiSox Lift Curtain on August

GAME ONE – Craig Nettles (17) homered and drove in 4 runs to lead the Yankees to a 7-2 opening game win. Lou Piniella (8) had one of his 4 hits leave the yard. Tommy John (14-8) pitched the full nine for the win.

GAME TWO – Bill Naharodny’s (3 hits) 8th inning single plated two as the White Sox came from behind to beat the Yanks 5-4. Jim Spencer (17) had put the Bombers ahead in T8 with a 3-run bomb.


GAME THREE – White Sox threaten with 3 in the B9, but lose 4-3 when Goose Gossage (6) enters and records the 27th out. Don Hood (4-0) was very strong for 6 innings. “Chicken” Fred Stanley (1) hit his first round tripper of the year.

ChiSox Sweep Jays Twice

GAME ONEThe White Sox won 6-4 in the opener of back-to-back double dippers. Lamar Johnson (8) homered among his 3 hits. He also scored 3 runs. Ken Kravec (11-11) pitched 8 1/3 innings to even his record.

GAME TWO – The ChiSox swept the first of the DHs with a 11-3 whuppin’ on the Blue Jays. Mike “Spanky” Squires banged out 4 hits. All 9 Sox in the lineup had at least one base knock in an 18-hit team attack.

GAME THREE – New day, new double header, but same result. Chicago wins 10-3. Junior Moore led the way with 4 hits. Greg Pryor added 3. Ross Baumgarten (5-13) went nine for the W. The Jays got all their runs on a 3-run blast from Roy Howell (16).

GAME FOUR – Call Stats, Inc. to figure up the records! Chicago closed out their second consecutive DH sweep with a 21-3 thrashing of the Blue Jays. The Pale Hose had 22 hits total with Alan Bannister going 5-for-6 with 4 runs scored and 4 RBI. Chet Lemon drove in 5 with just two hits.

Interesting Notes

** – the major league record for most team runs scored in a DH is 43 by Boston in 1894. Texas holds the modern mark with 39 against Baltimore in 2007.

** - I could not find MLB info on sweeping DHs on consecutive days

** - In real life, both clubs split each day's DH

**  - DH notes of interest from Wikipedia
The home-and-home doubleheader, where each team hosts one game, is extremely rare, as it requires the teams' home ballparks to be in close geographical proximity. During the 20th century and before the advent of interleague play in 1997, only one instance was recorded in Major League Baseball—a Labor Day special event involving the New York Giants and Brooklyn Superbas.
·         September 7, 1903
·         Game 1: Washington Park (II): Giants 6, Superbas 4
·         Game 2: Polo Grounds (III): Superbas 3, Giants 0
This is the only home-and-home doubleheader known to have been part of the original major league season schedule.[8][1]
Since interleague play began, the New York Mets and the New York Yankees have on three occasions played home-and-home doubleheaders. Each occasion was due to a rainout during the first series of the season. During the second series of the season, a makeup game was scheduled at the ballpark of the opposing team as part of a day-night doubleheader.
·         July 8, 2000[8]
·         Game 1: Shea Stadium: Yankees 4, Mets 2
·         Game 2: Yankee Stadium (I): Yankees 4, Mets 2 (June 11 makeup)
·         June 28, 2003
·         Game 1: Yankee Stadium (I): Yankees 7, Mets 1
·         Game 2: Shea Stadium: Yankees 9, Mets 8 (June 21 makeup)
·         June 27, 2008
·         Game 1: Yankee Stadium (I): Mets 15, Yankees 6 (May 16 makeup)
·         Game 2: Shea Stadium: Yankees 9, Mets 0
On September 13, 1951, the St. Louis Cardinals hosted a double header against two different teams. The first game was a 6-4 win against the New York Giants. The second game resulted in a 2-0 loss to the Boston Braves.[9]
On September 25, 2000, the Cleveland Indians also hosted a doubleheader against two different teams. The September 10 game against the Chicago White Sox in Cleveland had been rained out. With no common days off for the remainder of the season and both teams in a post-season race, the teams agreed to play a day game in Cleveland on the same day that the Indians were to host the Minnesota Twins for a night game. The Indians defeated the White Sox 9-2 in the first game while the Twins defeated the Indians 4-3 in the second.[10]
On July 23, 2013, the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants played a unique doubleheader in which the Reds were the designated home team for Game 2 even though the game was held at AT&T Park, the Giants ballpark. Since the last game of a 4 game series in Cincinnati got rained out earlier in the year and both the Giants and the Reds had a game the next day, it was not possible to reschedule the game the day after, so the game spilled over into what should have been a 3 game series in San Francisco. MLB decided to preserve what should have been the Reds' home field advantage by making them the designated home team for that game. San Francisco prevailed in an ugly 5-3 victory.


** - Finally, the only triple header in the modern era was between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds on October 2, 1920[7] (Cincinnati won two of the three).

Midwest Rivals Battle for Five

GAME ONE – Bill Caudill (1-7) notched his first win of the year by tossing 7 innings of 1-hit ball, yielding just one unearned run in a 2-1 Cubs victory to open a five game set in St. Louis. Dick “Dirt” Tidrow (5) pitched the final 2 frames for the save. Dave Kingman’s (33) solo shot in the 4th tied the game. Bill Buckner extended his hitting streak to 19 with a 6th inning GWRBI.

GAME TWO – Ken Reitz 10th inning double off the wall sent PR Tony Scott flying around the bases from 1st and eluding the tag of Cubs catcher Barry Foote for the game winner in a 2-1 Cardinals victory. Buckner extended to 20.

GAME THREE – RBI singles by Garry Templeton and Lou Brock in the B7 overcame Foote’s (19) solo shot in the T7 for another 2-1 Cardinals win. Buckner’s streak ended at 20 with an 0-4.

GAME FOUR – Lou Brock led a 20-hit Redbird attack with 4 of his own as St. Louis topped Chicago 8-2. Templeton, Reitz, Ken Oberkfell and Keith Hernandez added 3 knocks apiece. John Fulgham (7-4) went the distance on the bump.


GAME FIVE – St. Louis battled back with 5 runs in the B9 to tie the game at 6-6 and send it into overtime. Cubs win however in 11 when Larry Biittner hit a sac fly scoring PR Miguel Dilone.