Cleveland's pitchers were impressive as the Indians won eight of 10. Dick Tidrow hurled 1-0 victories over Milwaukee and Detroit and Tom Hilgendorf and Mike Kilkenny also won two games apiece for the revived Indians.
DET 56-44 BALT 53-47 BOST 51-48 NY 50-48 CLEV 46-54 MIL 41-59
"I'm surprised I'm not in a hospital somewhere," joked Outfielder Clarence Gaston of the San Diego Padres after watching teammate Nate Colbert hit five home runs, including a grand slam, and drive in 13 runs as the Padres swept a doubleheader from Atlanta. Gaston bats behind Colbert, who leads the major leagues with 31 home runs and 84 RBIs, and spends a considerable amount of time ducking knockdown pitches following Colbert home runs. In one week Colbert tied Stan Musial's record for most homers in a doubleheader (5) and broke the records for most RBIs in a doubleheader (13), most RBIs in two successive games (13) and most total bases in a doubleheader (22). He also tied the National League record for most homers from a Sunday through a Saturday (8).
Houston Manager Harry Walker asked Pitcher George Culver to warm up in the second game of a doubleheader after Culver had worked three innings in the opener. Culver balked, claiming his arm was stiff, and Walker replied, "How can you hurt your arm with that———you throw?" Incensed at the insult, Culver talked back to Walker and later was fined $199 for his comments. The pitcher then filed a grievance claim with Marvin Miller, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Juan Marichal 4-12 for the season, lost two more games for San Francisco; Los Angeles made 11 errors and lost five of eight games; and Atlanta lost seven straight games to cost Manager Luman Harris his job. Coach Eddie Mathews replaced him. Meanwhile, Cincinnati (page 22) won five of eight to maintain a five-game lead.
CIN 61-38 HOUS 57-45 LA 51-48 ATL 46-57 SF 45-58 SD 41-59
Not even gamma globulin could stop the surging Philadelphia Phillies. When an examination showed that Pitcher Barry Lersch was suffering from hepatitis, all the Phillies were inoculated—but they still won five straight games, including two by Pitcher Steve (The Franchise) Carlton. "Wait 'til they really get to feeling their oats," gloated new Manager Paul Owens. Carlton extended his winning streak to 12 games with five-hit victories over both New York and St. Louis. Owens, who also is the general manager, is certain that Carlton will not have any salary problems at contract time. "He can have anything he wants within reason," Owens said. "I told him I'm willing to bet I'll have him signed by Christmas."
Owens managed boldly. In one game he removed Outfielder Willie Montanez at the start of the second inning because Montanez had failed to hustle after a ball in the outfield. In another he called on Deron Johnson to pinch hit for his No. 1 power hitter, Greg Luzinski, in the ninth inning. Johnson responded with a home run to beat Tom Seaver and the Mets. New York lost another player to the disabled list when Shortstop Bud Harrelson's sore back rendered him useless afield.