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.