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BASEBALL'S WEEK
Mark Mulvoy
August 23, 1965
NATIONAL LEAGUE
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August 23, 1965

Baseball's Week

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POWER PITCHING*

NATIONAL LEAGUE

 

Strikeouts

Walks

Difference

Koufax, LA (21-4)

279

46

233

Marichal, SF (18-9)

181

33

148

Bunning, Phil (15-7)

181

46

135

Gibson, StL (14-9)

190

72

118

Veale, Pitt (12-9)

192

77

115

Drysdale, LA (16-10)

153

53

100

Maloney, Cin (13-6)

167

72

95

Short, Phil (13-8)

154

64

90

Perry, SF (8-10)

142

52

90

Bruce, Hou (7-15)

114

28

86

AMERICAN LEAGUE

McDowell, Clev (13-8)

227

87

140

Lolich, Det (11-6)

162

52

110

McLain, Det (10-5)

147

43

104

Siebert, Clev (13-6)

131

36

95

Ford, NY (13-8)

110

35

75

Aguirre, Det (11-8)

103

39

64

Grant, Minn (14-4)

96

35

61

Horlen, Chi (10-10)

88

27

61

Stottlemyre, NY (14-6)

114

55

59

Wilson, Bos (9-9)

114

55

59

*Through August 14

NATIONAL LEAGUE

"I think our pennant chances are tremendous, because we don't rely on any one player," said MILWAUKEE (5-1) Captain Eddie Mathews after the Braves climbed over the Giants into second place. During the week Mathews, Gene Oliver and Hank Aaron all won games with home runs, while Tony Cloninger, Ken Johnson and Denny Lemaster all pitched complete game victories. Cloninger, who won twice, was 7-1 since the All-Star break and 17-8 for the year. Making his third start since missing a month with a bad shoulder, Lemaster struck out 13 Cubs, prompting Manager Bobby Bragan to say: " Denny's the key to our stretch drive. He gives us a fourth starter—and that could give us the pennant." But the player who sparked the Braves last week, as he has all season, was Third Baseman Mathews, now in his 14th season with the team. Despite the second lowest batting average (.253) of any Milwaukee regular, Mathews tied for the club lead in home runs (26), led in RBIs (76) and walks (58). Coming off a 1964 season that was his worst in the majors, Mathews set no goals this spring. "Every time I do set goals I don't reach them," he said. "But right now I'm real confident, and a fast-ball hitter with the confidence knows he's going to hit the ball." Jim Bunning won twice and Richie Allen and Dick Stuart each had game-winning hits as PHILADELPHIA (5-2) took five straight, LOS ANGELES (4-1) extended its first-place lead to one and a half games with four straight complete-game victories, two by Sandy Koufax and one each by Don Drysdale and Claude Osteen. Koufax, now 21 and 4, and Drysdale, who won for the first time in 23 days, both pitched 1-0 shutouts. They had to, for the team scored only 11 runs all week and had not hit a home run in eight games. Barney Schultz, the bullpen hero of ST LOUIS' (3-3) pennant rush last year, was sent back to the minors. Another 1964 star, Outfielder Mike Shannon, who was benched for weak hitting, had to catch when both Tim McCarver and Bob Uecker were hurt. Shannon suddenly started to hit and also did a good job behind the plate. Outfielder Len Gabrielson (9 for 23) took up the slack for SAN FRANCISCO (3-3) as Willie Mays (4 for 20) and Willie McCovey (5 for 19) went into slumps. Starter Vern Law won a game, and Reliever Al McBean saved another for PITTSBURGH (2-4), but Roberto Clemente lost one when he dropped a line drive. Larry Jackson's complete-game victory over the Reds was the first for a CHICAGO (1-4) pitcher in 8 starts. CINCINNATI'S (2-3) power hitters fizzled (only 6 homers) and the bullpen was bombed (14 hits given up in 11? innings). Robin Roberts returned to the National League after a 3�-year absence and pitched a four-hit shutout for HOUSTON (2-5) against his old team, the Phillies, NEW YORK (2-3) ended an 11-game losing streak when Galen Cisco and Darrell Sutherland combined to shut out the Astros 1-0, then made it two in a row when Al Jackson shut them out again the next day.

Standings: LA 69-49, Mil 66-49, SF 64-49, Cin 64-52, Phil 63-54, Pitt 61-59, StL 58-59, Chi 56-64, Hou 48-69, NY 36-81

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit (7-1) prospered despite a week of injuries, hit batsmen and a military loss. Al Kaline missed three games because of a recurring foot ailment, then was rushed back into action when Don Demeter (9 for 16, with seven RBIs in one game) was beaned by Dean Chance. Ten other Tiger batters also were hit by pitches, including five one night in Kansas City. "The Tigers aren't trying to get out of the way," complained Athletics Manager Haywood Sullivan. Denny McLain, his sore right arm swathed in bandages, could not throw his fast ball, so he relied on a curve to beat the Angels. And Mickey Lolich, training with the Air National Guard in upstate Michigan, flew down to Detroit one night and pitched six shutout innings before being knocked out. Harmon Killebrew's absence started to be felt by MINNESOTA (3-4) when Bob Allison, batting in Killebrew's No. 4 spot, went 0 for 17. Still, the Twins held a seasonal edge over every team except the Angels and CLEVELAND (4-4), which took three of four from them last week. "The way we're playing, things get a little darker every day," said BALTIMORE (2-5) Manager Hank Bauer after the Orioles completed an 11-game stretch against the league's three worst teams and won only three times. Juan Pizarro, a 19-game winner for CHICAGO (4-2) last year, finally gained his second victory this season when he beat WASHINGTON (4-2) on one hit. Pete Richert, who won twice, and Phil Ortega had combined for 23 of the Senators' first 52 victories, NEW YORK (4-3) reached the .500 level for the first time since May 1, then lost its next game to 19-year-old Catfish Hunter of KANSAS CITY (1-7). The Athletics' slump was led by Ken Harrelson (2 for 28), Mike Hershberger (4 for 31) and Dick Green (2 for 17). Said A's Coach Luke Appling: " Harrelson and Green got a taste of home runs on our last trip and have been taking wild swings ever since." Dean Chance two-hit the Indians for his eighth victory and rookie Marcelino Lopez won twice for LOS ANGELES (4-4) to boost his record to 13-9. BOSTON (3-4) had a night to remember when Manager Billy Herman left a half-filled lineup card on his desk and rushed to a hospital to have his appendix removed, Coach Len Okrie suffered a broken jaw when he was hit by a line drive in batting practice and the Red Sox scored 12 runs in one inning. On other days Pitchers Dave Morehead, Bill Monbouquette and Jim Lonborg all lost their 14th games.

Standings: Minn 75-43, Clev 66-50, Det 66-50, Balt 65-51, Chi 63-51, NY 60-60, LA 53-64, Wash 52-66, Bos 43-72, KC 39-75

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