"The Padres will draw 30,000 when they get home," said a San Diego writer while viewing a game in New York's Shea Stadium. This was in the ninth inning as the Padres were on the verge of sweeping a doubleheader from the Mets. Alas, New York's Ken Boswell singled home a run to send the game into extra innings and John Milner won it for the Mets, 6-4, with a two-run homer in the 11th. Nevertheless 18,486 were on hand in San Diego stadium to witness a homecoming shutout by the Dodgers.
LA 22-9 HOUS 20-13 SF 18-14 CIN 13-14 ATL 13-18 SD 14-20
The Orioles were not making sense. There was Brooks Robinson, no terror at the plate the last couple of years, batting .327. There was Brooks Robinson the Golden Glove—with seven errors. There was Ross Grimsley, survivor of a bleak spring training, beating Oakland 9-3 in his third complete game. And there was Mike Cuellar, who warms up with the weather, defeating the A's 6-3. " Cuellar is our stopper," said Manager Earl Weaver in wonderment. "In Oakland. In May." The Orioles gratefully accepted four victories and moved into second.
In Milwaukee there was little to be thankful for. The Brewers went head to head with Buck telecasts three times, played in miserable weather and suffered with 20-game winner Jim Colborn in his agonizing slump. A 1-3 record, 7.29 ERA and a diminishing fastball have reduced him to talking about "mental toughness." The Brewers fell into last place 11 days after they were in first.
New York supposedly traded away its pitching in that April 26 deal with Cleveland. Still, the Yanks clung to first because Dick Tidrow, the one pitcher they got in return, won twice. Three of the four mound men New York parted with excelled for the Indians. Tom Buskey and Fred Beene pitched sound relief and Fritz Peterson won as Cleveland took four of seven.
Boston television viewers complained to station WBZ that the last-place Red Sox were pre-empting better shows, e.g., The Little House on the Prairie. There wasn't much the Red Sox could do about that but win—four of six to rise to fifth. Bill Lee maintained his stainless (6-0) record against New York with a 4-0 win, first shutout of the season for the vaunted Boston pitching staff.
When Detroit Pitcher Lerrin LaGrow lost to Minnesota on April 23, he grouched, "That's not the last 1-0 game I'm going to lose this season." On May 7 he lost to the White Sox by the same score on Ed Herrmann's 11th-inning homer.
NY 18-15 BALT 15-13 CLEV 15-15 DET 14-14 BOS 14-16 MIL 11-13