PITCHING PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
San Diego outfielder-first baseman Dane Iorg pitched the last inning of an 18-1 loss to the Giants on June 23, giving up four runs, including the first career homers by infielder Mike Woodard and pitcher Mike LaCoss. "They had me clocked in the 80s," he told reporters. "No, that's your ERA," said catcher Bruce Bochy. "My ERA is 36," countered Iorg. "No," replied Bochy, "that was your reading on the radar gun."
HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER
After Jim Slaton of the Angels made his sixth straight winless start on June 14, his 260-pound brother Frank decided to go on a hunger strike until Jim's next win. Slaton, removed from the rotation, hasn't pitched since then, and his brother has lost 16 pounds.
PROMOTION OF THE WEEK
An airplane passed over Toronto's Exhibition Stadium on June 25 carrying the following message: JIMY—GIVE CAUDILL THE BALL. The hint to Blue Jays manager Jimy Williams was paid for by Bill Caudill's agent, Scott Boras.
?When Phil Niekro and Don Sutton faced each other in Anaheim on June 28, it was the first matchup of 300-game winners since Pud Galvin and Tim Keefe met in 1892.
?The Pirates' 37-year-old, 230-pound pitcher, Rick Reuschel, pinch-ran for Mike Diaz twice last week.
? Bob Boone is the only man ever to catch both a perfect game ( Mike Witt) and a 300th victory ( Sutton).
?Brewers outfielder Rick Manning was so tired of the team's lack of support for Danny Darwin that he offered $20 an RBI when Darwin pitched on June 23. Darwin and the Brewers won 5-3, and Manning shelled out $100, including $40 to Cecil Cooper.
?Through last weekend, Giants outfielder Chili Davis had driven in 21 of 24 runners from third base with less than two out.