April 13, 2017
In the top of the first Lonnie Smith walked, stole second base, went to third on an Ozzie Smith sacrifice, and then scored on a sac fly by Willie McGee. Cardinals baseball!! But in the bottom of the first Gerald Perry and Glenn Hubbard drew back to back walks and, two batters later, Dale Murphy went big-fly to give the Braves a 3-1 lead.
Atlanta got three more runs in the fourth thanks in part to RBI singles from Rafael Ramirez and Alex Trevino. Rick Camp lasted six innings and scattered five walks along with two hits to get the victory for the Braves.
Winning Pitcher - Rick Camp
Losing Pitcher - Danny Cox
Player of the Game - Dale Murphy, 2-4, HR, 3RBI, SB
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith
April 9, 2017
|Dan Driessen is in the top five for NL OPS|
The Phenomenal Phive:
- Houston Astros, 32-12, .727 win% Just about everything is going the right way for the Astros. Their starting pitching delivers, the bullpen is the best in the National League, and their platoons on offense are clicking. I need to start playing Ray Knight more in anticipation of his trade later in the season to the Mets, so that could dampen the run scoring.
- Toronto Blue Jays, 31-13, .705 win % There isn't a better outfield in the league right now than the Blue Jays. Dave Collins, Jorge Bell, and Lloyd Moseby are murdering the ball, and Jesse Barfield is coming off the DL this coming week. That's bad news for the AL East.
- St. Louis Cardinals, 32-14, .696 win% The Cardinals continue to distance themselves from the rest of the NL East. Bruce Sutter now leads the league in saves (10) and has been nearly unhittable.
- Detroit Tigers, 28-14, .667 win% Detroit Rock City continues to keep the pressure on Toronto. Kirk Gibson leads the multi-pronged offensive attack as Howard Johnson has enjoyed increased playing time with Tom Brookens' injury.
- New York Yankees, 27-16, .628 win% The Bronx Bombers are still performing above their true talent level. They got a nice pick-me-up when Willie Randolph came off the DL, and Dave Winfield's bat is sizzling right now.
- Brett Butler leads the AL in caught stealing with eight, twice as many as the runner in second place. Tim Raines leads the NL with six, though he's successfully nabbed 22 bags.
- Lloyd Moseby has been plunked seven times so far this season, good for tops in the AL. Dave Anderson of the Dodgers leads the senior circuit with four.
- Kent Hrbek has grounded into 15 double plays. Mike Marshall leads the NL with 11.
- Ricky Horton is the only pitcher in the National League with a save and at least one game started.
- Dave Stieb and Doyle Alexander of the Blue Jays lead the American League with four complete games pitched.
April 7, 2017
Rick Sutcliffe and Luis Leal were in a race for worst pitching performance in the last game of the week. In the bottom of the first Cliff Johnson launched a three run homer as the Blue Jays totaled four in the inning. In the top of the second Indians catcher Jerry Willard deposited a Leal pitch over the right field wall for three RBI of his own, bringing the Indians within a run of tying it up.
In the third, though, Willie Upshaw took the game over. With Jorge Bell and Cliff Johnson on base, he ripped a bases-clearing triple. In the seventh he added a three-run homer off George Frazier and Toronto ended the game with one in the win column.
Winning Pitcher - Luis Leal
Losing Pitcher - Rick Sutcliffe
Player of the Game - Willie Upshaw, 2-3, BB, 3B, HR, 5RBI
April 1, 2017
Glen Abbott started for Detroit, and even though he wasn't much of a pitcher in the real 1984, he held the Mariners scoreless through five innings. That's when Willie Hernandez came on for three innings of relief brilliance.
Kirk Gibson, Darrell Evans, and Howard Johnson all homered for Detroit.
Winning Pitcher - Glen Abbott
Losing Pitcher - Jim Beattie
Player of the Game - Hernandez, 3IP, 0R, 4K's
Game #570 - Chicago White Sox, 8 @ Texas Rangers, 5
The Pale Hose had a huge inning in the first. Harold Baines and Tom Paciorek both launched two-run homers. They were up to an 8-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth when Hall of Famer starter Tom Seaver allowed a three-run pinch hit homer to Tracy Jones to end his bid for a complete game.
Winning Pitcher - Tom Seaver
Losing Pitcher - Mike Mason
Save - Juan Agosto
Player of the Game - Paciorek, 3-3, HR, 3RBI
Hall of Famers in the Game - Tom Seaver