Manager Frank Quilici objected when the Minnesota organist played Roll out the Barrel as portly Harmon Killebrew came to bat. Deadpanned the organist: "I just thought the Twins were going to have a barrel of fun with Harmon coming up." There was little fun for the Twins, however, as they lost big (14-4) and small (2-0). It was the A's who enjoyed themselves. Their 6-0 record included two wins for Ken Holtzman. Bert Campaneris hit .500 and DH Deron Johnson smashed three homers.
Rich Hand of Texas got tangled up on the mound and fell on his face, but he came up smiling with a 7-2 win over Detroit. After losing a game to Oakland by 15 runs Manager Whitey Herzog said: "The only nice thing is that it counts as only one defeat." And that is all first-place Chicago had as Wilbur Wood won twice to become 8-2, Terry Forster had three saves and the Sox won four without benefit of a homer.
CHI 18-7 KC 20-11 OAK 17-14 CAL 14-13 MINN 11-14 TEX 9-17
Home run production in the National League is up, largely because the Pirates have already hit 39 of them, nearly twice as many as a year ago. Last week they had 11, three by Willie Stargell, who bopped a 480-footer out of Dodger Stadium. "I've never set goals, but I believe if I stay healthy this year I'll hit 60 home runs," he said. The Pirates needed more than homers, however. Pittsburgh hit into 12 double plays, made eight errors, lost five of six and tumbled to fourth.
Chicago hammered out 13 doubles and 11 home runs, took four of seven games and clung to first place. Rick Reuschel, the only Cub starter with an ERA under 4.00, lowered his mark to 1.59 by stopping the Phillies 3-1. When Manager Whitey Lockman was ejected from a game in San Diego he manipulated the Cubs by peeking through a gap in the wall behind the dugout and relaying messages.
Jerry Koosman of the Mets beat the Braves 8-1 with a five-hitter and Tom Seaver notched two wins, one a two-hit shutout of the Pirates. Overcoming numerous injuries, the most serious being Jerry Grote's broken wrist, New York advanced into second place.
Jacket Day in Philadelphia attracted 60,120 fans, one of the largest crowds in league history. But the Phillies lost three games (including that one) by two runs and one by one. Their lone triumph came when Mike Ryan drew a bases-loaded walk in the 14th inning to beat the Reds 3-2.
Montreal struggled to win two of five: 4-3 over Houston with the aid of a bases-full wild throw in the ninth and 3-1 over St. Louis when Ron Woods scored from first on a single. Previously the Cardinals' hapless Alan Foster won his first game in almost two years, blanking the Expos 12-0. Ken Reitz, who used to sneak into Candlestick Park by climbing the fence, arrived there in style with the Cardinals last week and hit a double and his first major league homer in a 3-1 victory.
CHI 18-13 NY 16-14 MONT 13-14 PITT 12-13 PHIL 11-17 ST. L 7-22