Joe McIntosh Dave Freisleben. Sonny Siebert. Randy Jones. They are not even household names in San Diego. But all were winners as the Padres took four of six games. Against the Braves, who drubbed the Padres 17 limes in 18 tries last season, McIntosh won 3-1 and Freisleben 8-2. Siebert, at age 38, outfoxed the Giants 3-1. And Jones, a 22-game loser last year when his teammates were shut out in seven of his starts, beat the Giants 2-1. RBI singles in the eighth inning by Bobby Tolan and Willie McCovey gave Jones more runs than he is accustomed to. With Danny Frisella and Dave Tomlin contributing sparkling relief, and with Dave Winfield, Tito Fuentes and Mike Ivie cracking out vital hits, the Padres clung to first place.
After promising a Giant booster club he would shut out Atlanta, John (The Count) Montefusco did just that, 5-0. Then, after telling a TV interviewer the Dodgers "won't get more than one run." he stymied L.A. 3-1. Lefty Pete Falcone, 21, earned a 4-2 victory over the Braves. Hitting with gusto, the Giants collected seven homers, three by Gary Matthews.
Los Angeles swept four games from Cincinnati (page 18), but lost Leftfielder Bill Buckner for two weeks with a badly sprained ankle. Buckner's replacement, Tom Paciorek, bruised his right hip and the seemingly indestructible Mike Marshal! separated cartilage in his left side. Don Gullett of the Reds gave up just seven hits as he downed the Padres 10-0 and the Astros 5-2. Cincinnati also bopped Houston 9-8 after being down 7-1 in the fourth inning. Tony Perez started the game-winning ninth-inning rally with his third home run of the week, Pete Rose drove in the tying run and Dave Concepcion singled across the deciding run. It was all part of an 0-6 week for the Astros, whose struggling pitching staff has given up 46 walks in 11 games.
Atlanta, 3-4, got all its wins over Houston. Phil Niekro won 6-1, Buzz Capra 5-2 and Carl Morton came out on top 2-1 after he singled in the 10th inning and scored on a hit by Mike Lum.
SD 6-3 LA 7-5 ATL 6-6
CIN 6-6 SF 5-5 HOUS 3-8
It was not Rick Monday alone who enabled first-place Chicago to win five straight during the week. Jerry Morales hit .450 and Bill Madlock .375, and between them they had 11 RBIs. Steve Stone, starting because Rick Reuschel was ill, won twice. And Darold Knowles saved 4-2 wins over Pittsburgh and New York.
Knowles was joined by other former AL pitchers in fine performances. Woodie Fryman of the Expos, a onetime Tiger, throttled the Pirates 5-0 on five singles. And Philadelphia's Jim Lonborg, late of the Red Sox, beat Montreal 3-0 with the support of former White Sox Outfielder Jay Johnstone. When Johnstone, a left-handed batter and the team comic, was told he was going to play because of strong winds blowing to right field, he was caught by surprise, for he had weighted padding and a dozen baseballs stuffed in his uniform, and his glove dangled from a rope attached to his belt. Pulling himself together, Johnstone knocked the stuffing out of the ball for a three-run homer. Rookie Tom Underwood, 21, won twice, 2-0 over St. Louis and 6-3 over Montreal.
St. Louis, 2-3 for the week, overcame Pittsburgh 5-4 when its Lively Latins got busy in the 13th inning. Keith Hernandez singled, was sacrificed along by Teddy Martinez and scored on a pinch hit by Luis Melendez.