Saturday, April 15, 2017

ChiSox Top M's in Kiingdome

June 25, 1982
SEATTLE -- Tom Paciorek's (8) solo blast to straightaway CF off Bill Caudill (4-6) lifted the White Sox to a 3-2 win in the Kingdome.  LaMarr Hoyt (6-6) tossed 8 strong innings for the win. Salome Barojas (12) recorded the final 3 outs for the save. Steve Kemp recorded 3 hits for the Sox. Bruce Bochte and Rick Sweet did the same for the Mariners.

June 26, 1982
SEATTLE -- Mike Squires, Vance Law and Bill Almon, the bottom third of the Sox order, each banged out 3 hits as part of a 17-hit attack in a 6-3 White Sox winner. Despite racking up 11 hits through 6 innings, the Sox failed to dent the scoreboard against Gaylord Perry (3-9). For some reason when a big hit was needed, the ball just missed the bat? However, the Ancient Mariner did tire in the 7th and the Pale Hose hung up a 5-spot. Relievers Ed Vande Berg and Mike Stanton did not contain things very well. Meanwhile, Chico Escarrega (2-1) took over for an injured Britt Burns and earned the win. Barojas (13) retired the last 5 outs for the save.

June 27, 1982
SEATTLE -- Bud Bulling (1) sent a Freddie Solomon (0-1) 9th inning offering into the LF stands to give Seattle a 1-0 walk-off win in the finale. Solomon and Caudill (5-6) were the pitchers of record after marvelous mound performances from the M's Gene Nelson and Steve Trout of the ChiSox. Tony Bernanzard had 2 hits for the visitors to extend his hitting streak to 14.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ChiSox get Twin wins in series with Minnesota

June 21, 1982
CHICAGO -- Ron Washington (3 hits) and Gary Gaetti (3 hits) were wishing like Ernie Banks to "play two" on this longest day of the year. Washington drove in 3 runs and Gaetti scored 3 runs in a 6-3 Minnesota victory. Five other Twins hitters had 2 hits apiece in a 16-hit attack. Albert Williams (8-3) was the beneficiary of the offense, earning the pitching win with 6 IP. Britt Burns (7-5) took the loss for Chicago. Harold Baines (7) had 3 hits in the loss, including a solo home run.

June 22, 1982
CHICAGO -- Ron Leflore (3H, 3RBI) and Bill Almon (3H) and the rest of the Sox lineup shelled Frank Viola (1-3) for 8 runs in the first 4 innings. It could have been worse as twice they left the bases loaded. Steve Trout (5-9) was looking unbeatable on the hill for the Pale Hose, but he tired. The Twins clobbered Salome Barojas for 4 runs in the 7th, including a 3-run bomb from Ron Washington (3). In B8th, the ChiSox added 2 more on a 2-run single from Leflore to make the final 10-6. Kevin Hickey closed out the 9th.

June 23, 1982
CHICAGO -- Dennis Lamp (4-5) gave up just 4 hits and 1 run in 7.2 IP. Chico Escarrega (2) finished up a 3-1 White Sox winner. Carlton Fisk led the offense with 2 RBI.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Chicago Earns 3 A's with Road Sweep

June 15, 1982
OAKLAND -- Bill Almon's 2-run triple highlighted a 4-run 4th inning for the White Sox, leading to a 5-2 victory. Davey Lopes (3) started the game scoring in the 2nd with a 2-run clout for the Athletics. LaMarr Hoyt (5-5) got the CG win for Chicago. Pat Underwood (2-5) took the loss for Oakland after replacing starter Brian Kingman in the 1st. Kingman left with shoulder stiffness, apparently from not being warmed up completely. He is not expected to miss his next start.

June 16, 1982
OAKLAND -- Steve Kemp (3 hits) doubled twice and drove in 4 runs in a 6-1 White Sox victory. Sox hurlers Britt Burns (7-4) and Salome Barojas (9) gave up just 5 hits and struck out 10 A's batters between them. Cliff Johnson (5) nailed Oakland's only run with a solo shot in the 6th. Rick Langford (5-9) threw 144 pitches in a CG loss.

June 17, 1982
OAKLAND -- Tony Armas (13,14) homered twice and drove in 4 runs for the A's. His second tater was a 3-run shot in the 9th pulling Oakland to a 1-run deficit, 7-6. But alas, Barojas (10) was able to record the 27th  out to pick up the very shaky save for Steve Trout (4-9) and preserve the road sweep for Chicago. Tony Bernazard (5) highlighted a 5-run 2nd for the ChiSox with a 3-run bomb. Mike Norris (4-9) started and lost for Oakland, which has now lost 8 straight.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Angels Reach Unholy Levels with Sweep of ChiSox

June 10, 1982
CHICAGO -- Make it 10 in a row for the Angels as they pound the hometown White Sox 10-1 in the opener of this 4-game set. Doug DeCinces (16) drove in 4 runs with 3 hits, including a 2-run bomb. Fred Lynn also collected 3 hits and Reggie, Reggie drove in 3 with 2 hits. Steve Renko (4-1) scattered 9 hits over 7.1 IP for the win. Britt Burns (6-4) was sent to the showers after 4 IP.

June 11, 1982
CHICAGO -- The Angels are singing every note to near perfection. Bruce Kison and Doug Corbett (1-1) combined on a 5-hit shutout as California blanked Chicago 3-0. Actually, Kison allowed all 5 hits in 5.2 IP. Corbett was nearly perfect in his 3.1. A pair of Sox errors led to two runs scored in the Halos 7th with Lynn and DeCinces knocking in runs. Bobby Grich (7) blasted a solo HR in the 8th off Richard Dotson (4-6).

June 12, 1982
CHICAGO -- Don Baylor went 5-6 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored to lead the Halos to a 9-5 win, their 12th consecutive. I'm starting to wonder how this team didn't win the pennant. Ken Forsch (8-4) went the distance for the win. Bob Boone chipped in 3 hits.

June 13, 1982
CHICAGO -- The Angels are other-worldly!! They just won their 13th straight game on June 13. Geoff Zahn (7-4) pitched a CG, yielding just 1 run on 4 hits for a 4-1 win. Five different Halos hitters contributed 2 hits apiece with Lynn driving in 2. Sixty games into the season, the Angels are playing at a .650 clip. Break 'em up!

'Spos take 2 of 3 from Cubbies thanks to "Marshall Tito" !

6 for 6 to boost avg to .420
The series opener was one of the wildest games ever.  The lead changed hands 9 times.  Chicago headed into the bottom of the 9th up by 1 with Willie Hernandez on the mound looking for the save.  Cromartie led off with a cheap flyout to right.  Speier and PH Jerry White singled putting runners on 1st and 2nd.  Raines grounded back to the box for out number 2.  Up stepped Terry Francona, who was a perfect 5 for 5 (all singles) on the day.  With a 2-0 count "Tito" lined a single to center to score Speier and White for the walk off 11-10 Montreal win.

Game 2 saw the Cubbies exact some revenge via some late inning heroics.  Tied 2-2 and heading to extras the Cubs were riding the hot hand of Randy Martz, who finished 9, but was looking at a no-decision after Bob Molinaro was summoned to pinch hit for him in the top of the 10th.  Montreal had Ray Burris, who threw 2 scoreless innings to this point, on the hill.  Burris quickly got Bowa to ground out to 2nd and the aforementioned Molinaro to fly out to the Hawk in deep center.  That's when Chicago's fireworks began to go off.  Wills beat out a slow roller and Ryno singled to put runners on the corners.  Billy Buck worked out a walk to load the bases and Leon "the Bull" Durham launched a tape measure grand slam.  Bill Campbell came on board to set the 'Spos down in the bottom of the 10th for the save.  Martz, appropriately, got the "W".

The finale was over before it really got underway.  Montreal dropped a 5 spot on Tom Filer in the bottom of the first and never looked back.  The Cubbies managed to score 4 runs off of Steve Rogers in the 6th, but were still doubled up 8-4 as Rogers went the distnace to bump his record to 8-3 (2.31).

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Brewers Lead AL East with 3 of 4 Wins over Baltimore

Going into a four game home stretch against the Baltimore Orioles the Milwaukee Brewers faced some bleak odds.  An 11-11 record at home seemed a
Milwaukee fans celebrate Brewers home wins.
bit odd for the AL East leading Brewers but manager Harvey Kuenn still had an optimistic mind set that his team would make County Stadium a friendly confine yet.  And his team responded, taking 3 of 4 from their division rivals.  The Brewers outscored the Orioles 20-12 in the 4 game stint and increased their league leading batting average to .304 on the season.  The 3 wins improve Milwaukee to 34-21 on the season and continue to lead the AL East Division.  The losses drop Baltimore to 29-26 on the season.  Kuenn was asked by a reporter what he did to turn around his team at home, he responded, "All I do is write their names on the lineup card and let them play. It’s not a tough job. I haven’t misspelled one name yet."  Guess that sums it up.

A's Drop 2 of 3 in Chicago

June 7, 1982
CHICAGO -- Aurelio Rodriguez doubled twice and posted a 4-3-3-3 line to power the White Sox to a 9-5 victory over Oakland. Tom Paciorek added 3 hits to a Steve Trout (3-8) win. Fred Stanley had 3 hits for the A's. Rick Langford (5-7) started and lost.

June 8, 1972
CHICAGO -- The Athletics took advantage of 3 walks and a Sox error to plate 2 runs in the 7th to win 4-3. Davey Lopes scored on a sacrifice fly by Dwayne Murphy and Stanley scored on a bases loaded walk to Jeff Burroughs. Fernando Arroyo (1-0) got the win with Dave Beard (3) getting the save. Paciorek (6) and Steve Kemp collected 3 hits apiece for the Pale Hose. Dennis Lamp (2-4) took the loss.

June 9, 1982
CHICAGO -- LaMarr Hoyt (4-5) fired a 7-hit, CG shutout in a 7-0 White Sox winner. Jim Morrison (6) homered and drove in 2 runs. Tony Bernazard also contributed 3 hits. Wayne Gross added 3 hits in a losing effort. Matt Keough (5-7) went the distance but took the L.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Royal flush; KC Sweeps ChiSox

May 24, 1982
CHICAGO -- George Brett (5) banged out 3 hits and drove in 3 with a 3rd inning blast to power Kansas City to a 7-3 win at Comiskey. Paul Splittorff (5-1) was stellar on the mound with a 3-hitter in 6 IP. Cesar Geronimo (2) and Hal McRae (10) also went yard off LP LaMarr Hoyt (3-3). Bill Almon (2) accounted for all of the Sox runs with a sac fly and 2-run homer.

May 25, 1982
CHICAGO -- Keith Creel (1-0) and Mike Armstrong (2) combined on a 3-hit shutout in an 8-0 KC whitewashing. Geronimo (3) continued his heavy swinging with another homer and 3 RBI. Creel and Richard Dotson (3-4) were in a pretty good pitching duel until the royals erupted for 5 in the 7th.

May 26, 1982
CHICAGO -- Larry Gura (5-6) had the honors this time of hand-cuffing the Sox batters. He slow-curved his way through 8.1 IP, yielding just 4 hits in a 5-2 Royals victory. KC gets the sweep with Willie Wilson leading the offense with 2 knocks. Chicago did not score until the 9th, having been blanked for 19 consecutive innings.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"Winning Ugly" is all in the perspective

May 17, 1982
CHICAGO -- In 1983 Texas Ranger manager Doug Rader accused the White Sox of "Winning Ugly," which became their slogan for the rest of the year. Well, this game was as pretty as a one-sided game can get as the White Sox dominated in every phase of the game in an 8-0 blanking of Texas. Dennis Lamp (2-3) fired a complete-game, 4 hitter. Six different White Sox batters had 2 hits apiece in a 14-hit attack. Steve Kemp made the most of his with 3 RBI.

May 18, 1982
CHICAGO -- This was a pretty 2-1 win for Texas. Doc Medich (2-2) started and went 6 innings. Paul Mirabella had a 2-inning hold. Steve Comer (2) nailed the save with a 1-2-3 9th. Jim Sundberg led the offense with 3 hits. Larry Parrish had 2 knocks and 2 RBI. LaMarr Hoyt (3-2) started and lost for the Pale Hose, but pitched very well.

May 19, 1982
CHICAGO -- Ok. This one was ugly. The White Sox committed 4 errors, including 2 in a 4-run 9th inning for Texas to allow them to win 5-3. All 4 runs off Kevin Hickey (2-2) in the 9th were unearned, but he was atrocious, yielding 3 hits and a walk and recorded just 2 outs. Manager Bruce Thomas was also atrocious for leaving him in that long. Danny Darwin (4-1) got the win in relief for the Rangers with 3 strong IP. Bill Stein singled in a pair that proved to be the game winners in the 9th.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bruce Thomas graduates High School and Brewers Take 3 of 4 from ChiSox

May 13, 1982
CHICAGO -- Mike Caldwell (4-1) was strong for the full 9 on the bump and Milwaukee's Brew Crew took care of the rest with 12 his in a 5-1 victory. Five different Brewers rang up 2 hits each. Ted Simmons 2-run single in the B8 sealed the deal. LaMarr Hoyt (3-1) suffered his first defeat for the White Sox.

May 14, 1982
CHICAGO -- Greg Luzinski (7,8) and the rest of his South-Side Hitmen were not just baning the walls at Comiskey Park, they were bashing the ball over them. In addition to The Bull's taters, Steve Kemp (8) and Ron Leflore (2) also went yard in a 12-3 Sox romp. the beneficiary on the hill was Richard Dotson (3-3). Jim Slaton (0-1) took the loss for Milwaukee, but it was really Dwight Bernard who took the brunt of the beating. Luzinski finished with 4 hits and 4 RBI. "Wimpy" Tom Paciorek chipped in 3. Meanwhile, 18-year old Bruce Thomas was oblivious as he celebrated his high school graduation with friends.

May 15, 1982
CHICAGO -- Moose Haas (2-1) had the answers for Milwaukee on the hill today with CG scattering 7 hits in a 7-3 Brewers victory. Meanwhile Harvey's Wallbangers pounded out 10 hits, 3 from Charlie Moore. Robin Yount (6) put up a 4-3-2-2 line. Britt Burns (3-2) was pummeled early and left after giving up 6 runs in 4.2 IP.

May 16, 1982
CHICAGO -- Robin Yount's (7) double, home run, 4 hits and 4 RBI, ensured that this one was over before the halfway point. Randy Lerch (2-4) was magnificent for 8 IP before surrendering to fatigue in the 9th. The Pale Hose plated a meaningless 3 in the B9, but the Brew Crew walked away with a 10-3 game win and a series win. Reserve catcher Ned Yost also contributed 3 hits.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The 4th was with the Sox, but not the 5th

May 4, 1982
CHICAGO -- Star Wars Day was celebrated at Comiskey Park today and the force was with the home team in the B8. Trailing 2-0 to Dave Stieb (2-4) and the Blue Jays, Tony Bernazard legged out an RBI triple, which was followed by an opposite field poke by Steve Kemp (2). ChiSox win 3-2 with Britt Burns (2-1) tossing 8 IP for the win and Salome Barojas (4) adding the save. "Party On" Garth Iorg led the northern birds with 3 hits.

May 5, 1982
CHICAGO -- Luis Leal (4-1) gave up just 1 run on 1 hit in 7 IP as Toronto hung on for a 3-2 win and split in the short series. Joey McLaughlin (2) yielded another run and almost gave up the tying run in the B9, but CF Lloyd Moseby gunned down PR Rudy Law at the plate. Steve Trout pitched well, but fell to 0-5.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tigers Shred Pale Hose in 3 of 4

April 29, 1982
CHICAGO -- Two costly errors in the first 2 innings led to 7 unearned runs off Dennis Lamp (0-2) and a 9-0 Tigers lead after 2 for starter and winner Larry Pashnick (1-1). Detroit went on to win 9-3. Sweet Lou Whitaker banged out 3 hits to pace the Bengal offense.

April 30, 1982
CHICAGO -- Milt Wilcox (2-2) tossed 7.2 innings of very good baseball in another big Detroit win, 10-1. Lou Whitaker (2) went 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored and a homer. Enos Cabell contributed 3 hits and 3 RBI, including a 2-run double to highlight a 6-run Tiger 6th.

May 1, 1982
CHICAGO -- Dan Petry (3-1) pitched 7.2 innings as Detroit easily won again 6-1. Larry Herndon was the offensive star with 4 hits and 3 RBI.

May 2, 1982
CHICAGO -- LaMarr Hoyt (2-0) hurled a CG as Chicago salvaged a win in the series with another blowout, 10-2. Greg Luzinski knocked in 3 runs with a pair of singles to lead the South-siders.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Twins drowned by Brewers - Many questions.

Minneapolis.  The Twins after splitting the two game series with Detroit were feeling good and ready to tangle with the Eastern Division Harvey Wallbangers.  But instead, it went very bad!!!

April 30, 1982.  How do you lose a game where you score 9 runs?  The answer, you give up 17 runs and 20 hits.  Yount and Thomas both hit two homers and Simmons added another for the Brewers.  The ball traveled 1866 ft on those 5 homers.  Only Randy Johnson hit one for the Twins.  Erickson (0-5) took the loss, but he only gave up 4 ER and 3 UER in 6 innings.  The relievers put gasoline on the game by giving up 10 ER in 3 innings of work.  Corbett is looking to be traded.

May 1, 1982.  Can the Twins be any worse than the night before?  The answer is yes, by giving up 19 runs and only scoring 6 runs.  Another question, how do you give up 19 runs.  You let Simmons hit three homers and then let Gantner and Cooper to hit one a piece.  Simmons went 4 for 5 with 8 rbi's with a batting average of .397.  Gantner is leading the team at .457.  Vuckovich went 4.2 innings until he was tossed for arguing a pitch.  The relievers:  let's not call them that, they are giving Billy Gardner no relief.  Another 10 runs in 3 innings.  Hmmm... that's a 30 ERA for the relievers in two games.  With 24 games into the season, the Twins have pretty much pitched themselves out of contention.

May 2, 982. The end of April and the beginning of May were brutal for the Twins faithful.  Another loss and the Twins are not merely expired but are actually stinking - and we did not think Twinkies could do that.  Al Williams actually made the Twins look good until he just ran out of gas in the 8th inning.  Jim Gantner tripled scoring two runs off of Davis. Ron's ERA is ballooned to 10.57.  Williams is leading the Twins with a 2.27 ERA and a 3-2 record.  The only good thing about today is that the Brewers leave town and the new dome didn't deflate with all those Brewer Homeruns.  At least the Twins only gave up 4 runs this time, but only managed 2 runs.  Something must be unhinging the Brewers, because for the second day in a row their starting pitcher was ejected for arguing calls.  The Twins are going to Bean Town next, hopefully they can take one from the Senior Circuit.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Expos and Phils spit a pair.
Al Oliver hits a walkoff HR in the 10th of game 2 to make the hometown faithful happy.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fireworks Finale as ChiSox and Bombers split Pair

April 20, 1982
CHICAGO -- Mike Morgan (2-0) pitched 6.2 innings of shutout ball, thanks in part to 4 IF DPs, as the Yankees beat the White Sox 8-1. Willie Randolph (1) cracked a 3-run homer in the 6th. Chicago 3B Jim Morrison booted 2 more balls giving him 7 errors over the past 2 games.

April 21, 1982
CHICAGO -- Extra fireworks bursting in air as Greg Luzinski (4) sent the patrons home deliriously happy with a B10th grand slam bomb off Goose Gossage. The Bull also had a 2-run blast in the 1st and a sacrifice fly to account for 7 of the 8 ChiSox runs in an 8-4 victory. Kevin Hickey (2-0) grabbed the in in relief for Chicago. George Frazier (1-1), who began the 10th with a lead-off walk to Bill Almon, was tagged with the loss.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Athletics keep rolling, take 2 from  Struggling Twins

The Athletics are now 10-5 after taking the book end games and are within striking distance of the World Champion Angels.

April 19: Oakland
2-0 Havens versus 2-1 Langford proved to be a relatively good matchup until the As scored 2 in the 5th to clinch the game.  The Twins took the lead on a single by Hatcher that scored Eisenreich.  The inning ended when Hrbek flied deep to center and Hatcher was thrown out at third. In the 2nd, Armas launched a solo homer to knot up the game.  Newman singled scoring Lopes to take the lead.  Hrbek tied the game in the 4th with his 3rd homer of the season.  Murphy racked up 2 rbi's in the 5th that sank the Twins.  Twins 2, As 4.

April 20: Oakland
The Twins tired of losing took it out on Mike "Chuck" Norris by karate chopping him with 5 runs in the first two innings.  In the first, the Twins sent 7 batters to the plate scoring 2 runs on 2 hits. To keep the pressure on Norris, the Twins sent 8 batters to the plate and scored 3 runs on 5 hits.  Those  5 hits were consecutive started by Bomber Butera, the Faedo, a double by Eisenreich and then singles by Mitchell and Hatcher.  After the damage was done, the Twins were up 5-0.  In the 6th, Henderson singled and stole 2nd base and moved to third on an error.  Henderson eventually scored on a wild pitch.  Twins 6, As 3.

April 21: Oakland
Oakland expired the Twinkies by scoring 5 runs in the first 6 innings.  The game was not even close with the Twins scoring their only run on a single by Jesus Vega.  Joe Rudi and Jeff Newman hit homers to put this game away.  Both Joe and Jeff went 2 for 3 in the game.  Oakland might be calling these the "Bash Brothers".  Well maybe Jeff and the Old guy might be better.  Underwood pitch his first game and won it for the upstart As.  Twins 1, As 5.

Monday, February 6, 2017

ChiSox Freeze out O's in Twin Bill; Lose Getaway Game

April 17, 1982 (Game#1)
CHICAGO -- Four White Sox batters took advantage of the "Hawk" (the wind in Chicago for you foreigners) blowing out at 33 mph, including Greg Luzinski (1) in the 7th with the bases loaded. Tony Bernazard (1), Tom Paciorek (1), and Harold Baines (1) also hit big flies in a 10-4 Chicago win. Benny Ayala (1) went yard for the Orioles. Britt Burns (1-0) got the win. LaMarr Hoyt (3) hurled 3 IP for the save.

April 17, 1982 (Game #2)
CHICAGO -- The Pale Hose swept the twin bill with a 4-2 win. Paciorek went 3-3 and Luzinski (2) hit a 2-run bomb. More fascinating was watching the thermometer plunge from 30 to 13 during the course of the game as the winds continued to howl out of the west. At game's end the wind chill was an inhumane -8. Oh, the memories this brought back from my days growing up in the Windy City!! Kudos to Dave Koch for his weather accuracy as I looked back at actual weather that day in Chitown, and also for being consistent with both games of the double dip.

April 18, 1982
CHICAGO -- ChiSox third-sacker Jim Morrison committed 5 errors opening the gates for a 7-2 Orioles win in he getaway game. He was removed in the 4th inning, and it was later determined he had suffered frost bite from the night before. Meanwhile, Scott McGregor (2-1) was sold through 9 complete o the hill for Baltimore. Dan Ford (1) and Gary Roenicke (3) each provided 2-run home runs to the O's attack.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Brewers Coral Rangers 2-1

The Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers had a good ole fashioned shootout at
County Stadium that saw two of the 3 games go into extra frames before a decision was made.  Both teams traded extra inning victories (game 1 going to Milwaukee in 10 innings and game 3 to the Rangers in 10 innings)  while the odd game out went to the Brewers in a landslide.  Milwaukee improves to 6-3 on the season while Texas drops to 3-5.

Game 1 - 10 innings
Milwaukee 4  Texas 3
WP - Rollie Fingers (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
LP - Paul Mirabella (0-1, 11.25 ERA)
GWRBI - PH Robin Yount 10th inning

Game 2 
Milwaukee 11  Texas 2
WP - Bob McCLure (1-0, 7.2 IP, 2.35 ERA)
LP - Frank Tanana (0-2, 9.00 ERA)
HR - Cecil Cooper (2)
         Ted Simmons (1)
          Larry Hisle (1)
          Don Money (3)

Game 3 - 10 innings
Texas 5  Milwaukee 3
WP - Danny Darwin (1-0, 1.04 ERA)
LP - Rollie Fingers (1-1, 2.84 ERA)
HR - Ted Simmons (2)
         Don Money (4)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

April 9, 1982 (CA 1: MN 2)
Twins go into the series against the Western Division leading Angels with a one game winning streak.  Al Williams vs Angel Moreno.  The Angles get on board first with a Brian Downing Double that scored Baylor.  Baylor lead off the inning with a single and Decineces popped up to Wilfong..  Gaetti hit a two run homer down the left field line (352 feet) in the bottom of the 8th to give the Twins a 2-1 lead.  In the bottom of the 5th Hrbek singled to right and Gaetti followed with a single to right to put runners on first and second.  Vega lined to the pitcher and Hrbek was caught off 2nd and Gaetti was caught off first for a triple play.  The Twins were almost demoralized by that play.  But Gaetti came back to hit the big go ahead homer in the 8th.

MVP. Al Williams, GWRBI: Gaetti

April 10, 1982 (CA 14: MN 1)
This was all Angels.  Let's go by the numbers.
2b: Boone, Downing and Burelson
3b: Carew (2)
HR: Baylor, Clark

Enough said.

Kison: 1 ER, 2 hits, 1 BB, 6K

MVP: Kison, GWRBI: Carew

April 11, 1982 (CA 9: MN 7): 7th Heaven for the Angels
The Twins were leading 2-0 until the skies opened and the heavens sang.  The Angels scored 9 runs in the 7th, which was enough to hold onto the win, as the Twins scored 5 in the last 3 innings.

Eisenreich homered in the bottom of the third to bring the game to 2-0.  That awful 7th the Angels sent 14 batters to the plat scoring 9 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks.    Burleson singled scoring Downing.  Fred Lynn doubled scoring Boone.  Carew singled scoring 2 take the lead 4-2.  Decinces hit a 417 foot grand slam and Downing hit a solo HR to make it 9-2.

On defense, Engle had 3 poor plays to lead the Twins horrific fielding.

The rookies Hrbek and Gaetti are starting the season well.  If they continue this play, they might be in contention for rookie of the year, unless of course Cal Ripken, Jr outshines them both.  Hrbek is batting .294 with a .368 OBP, while Gaetti is hitting .286/.348/.476.

MVP: Decinces, GWRBI: Carew

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Stros Hurlers Blank Braves Twice; Take series 2 of 3

April 9, 1982
ATLANTA -- Houston's Don Sutton exited the game with a 6-2 lead. Frank Lacorte (0-1) walked 5 in the 7th  and gave up 5 of the 6 runs Atlanta tallied. The Braves added 3 more in the 8th and went on to an 11-8 win. Dale Murphy led the offense with 3 RBI. Steve Bedrosian (1-0) earned the win in relief.

April 10, 1982
ATLANTA -- Verne Ruhle (1-0) scattered 6 hits over 9 complete innings of shutout ball as Houston won 3-0. Ruhle fanned 4 and walked none. Bedrosian started and had a no hitter going through 7, but tired in the 8th and yielded a pair of runs on a Craig Reynolds hit. Terry Puhl (1) added a solo homer in the 9th.

April 11, 1982
ATLANTA -- Nolan Ryan (1-0) made it back-to-back shutouts for the Stros, fanning 8 and allowing just 2 base knocks. Phil Garner (1) and Alan Ashby (1) each went yard to lead the offense in a 5-0 whitewashing.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Defending Champ Halos Start Hot

April 6, 1982
OAKLAND -- Doug DeCinces (1) homered with one of his 2 hits and scored twice as the Angels spoiled Oakland's home opener 3-2. Ken Forsch (1-0) started and went 6 innings for the win. Don Aase (1) notched the 2-inning save.

April 7, 1982
OAKLAND -- Geoff Zahn (1-0) dazzled and frustrated Athletics hitters with his slow stuff, allowing just 6 base knocks in a 2-0 CG whitewashing. Rod Carew and Bobby Grich paced the Halos offense with a pair of hits each.

April 8, 1982
OAKLAND -- Reggie Jackson (1) victimized his old mates with a home run and double to drive in 3 in an 8-5 win. Brian Downing also had 3 RBI and Decinces added 3 hits. Mike Witt (1-0) tossed 6.1 IP for the W. Aase (1) recorded his second save. Davey Lopes had 3 hits for Oakland.