"It's unbelievable. No tricks, just good old-fashioned smoke. Three men who can hum in the bullpen." That was Carl Yastrzemski's terse appraisal of the revitalized relief corps that helped Boston pad its lead to four games with a 5-3 week. Diego Segui sealed both ends of a doubleheader sweep against Milwaukee with 4? innings of scoreless relief. Then Dick Drago and Bob Veale preserved a 1-0, two-hit victory over the Brewers for Roger Moret, who went 7? innings before yielding a hit.
Bobby Grich of Baltimore often feels physically drained and needs sweets for quick energy. In an effort to stay away from candy bars, he makes a beeline for the honey and feels it has "been good for me in many ways." It certainly was the sweet pick-me-up he needed to combine with Paul Blair for seven hits, 10 runs scored and six RBIs as the Orioles stung the Tigers 7-4 and 6-3 in a doubleheader. Still, that was not enough to send the Birds off on one of their typical late-season flights to the top. Very untypical fielding troubles kept Baltimore grounded in third place. During one Keystone Kops misadventure, Centerfielder Blair threw the ball to the wrong base, Third Baseman Brooks Robinson relayed it back to the outfield and Rich Coggins fired it into the Oriole dugout.
More inept play by Baltimore enabled New York to gain a 4-3 win as the Yankees scored one run on a botched grounder, another when Robinson missed a tag during a rundown and the game-clincher when Thurman Munson dashed home from second on an infield hit.
Floundering Detroit came through with late-inning rallies to beat Cleveland 3-2 and 4-3, but dropped six of its last eight outings. That enabled Milwaukee to leave last place for a day before losing 1-0 and 13-3 and becoming the cellar-dweller again.
Misery, it is said, loves company, which is certainly true in Cleveland, where a whole tribe of Indians suddenly have become chummy with adversity. Jack Brohamer, John Ellis and George Hendrick all had hamstring problems, Buddy Bell reinjured his trick knee, and Gaylord Perry's pride—and ERA—were damaged in two more losses.
BOS 62-51 CLEV 57-54 BALT 57-56 NY 55-57 DET 54-60 MIL 53-61