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)