May Day A day to remember in Milwaukee, the day the Brewers beat the A's 4-3 and moved into first place with an improbable 10-9 record. Bill Parsons walked the first three A's he faced and was replaced by Jim Colborn, who pitched nine innings of five-hit relief and won when Johnny Briggs homered in the ninth. Thereafter, it was May Day of another kind as the Brewers looked everywhere for help, found none, blew a five-run lead and lost three straight.
East teams were 12-18 against the West, with Baltimore being the No. 1 victim. The Orioles dropped three one-run decisions, were 0-5 overall and plummeted from first place to fourth. Mike Cuellar was giving up homers at a record pace, four last week and 11 in all. Brooks Robinson's 2,417th hit moved him past Pie Traynor as the third baseman with the most hits ever.
Resting atop the East was Detroit, the only club with so much as a .500 record. "We're not mean enough on the field," said Manager Billy Martin. "We have to battle, battle, battle." Among those who were mean enough were Joe Coleman, winner of two games, and John Hiller, saver of two.
After Sparky Lyle finally notched his first save, the Yankee Stadium organist played It Seems Like Old Times. And the way New York started off they seemed like the old Yankees as they produced 23 runs and 32 hits in three quick wins. But after that they played like the more recent editions, scoring only three runs in three losses.
Three times the Indians came from behind to jump from last place to second. George Hendrick homered in the ninth to put down the Angels 3-2, and Chris Chambliss had a two-run double in the eighth to beat the A's 6-5. Against the Twins they got six innings of scoreless relief from Ray Lamb and a two-run, 10th-inning hit from Leo Cardenas to turn a 4-0 deficit into an 8-4 victory.
Orlando Cepeda of Boston socked a grand slam to take care of Texas 6-2, and Bill Lee switched from the bullpen to pick up his first win of the year as a starter when he defeated the Twins 5-1. In their three other tries the Red Sox came up losers and took up residence in the basement.
DET 12-12 CLEV 11-13 MIL 10-12 BALT 10-13 NY 10-13 BOST 9-12
There was almost nothing to Chicago's rise to the top of the West—as far as opposing batters were concerned, anyway. Only once did opponents produce runs—five of them by the Orioles. But the White Sox countered with six, two on homers by Dick Allen, who became only the 15th man in 62 years to loft a ball over the 71�-foot-high left-field grandstand in Chicago. White Sox pitchers took care of the rest of the work as the team ran its winning streak to eight games, the club's longest since 1967. In the process they hurled four shutouts, three in succession. Terry Forster pitched 6? innings of two-hit relief to wrap up wins over the Yankees for Stan Bahnsen and Eddie Fisher. Earlier, Wilbur Wood blanked the Red Sox and Orioles, giving him three shutouts in a row. Asked what he did in the locker room during a rain delay in the Oriole contest, Wood replied: "I did what I always do. I had a cigar.