- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
For the Dodgers (2-5) the week was a bummer. Mike Marshall was no relief: an errant pick-off throw enabled Montreal to score the decisive run in a 5-4 game and he unloosed a wild pitch that led to a 2-1 loss against New York. Offensively, the Dodgers batted a paltry .179 and had just six extra-base hits. Pitcher Al Downing may have been correct when he blamed the batting slump on the East's "super pitching." Against Western teams the Dodgers are 19-10, against the East, 16-18.
Infielder Ed Goodson of the Giants came up with a resounding smash of sorts when he used his bat to splatter a kumquat in the clubhouse. Ostensibly, he was angry because his request to be traded had not been honored. Soon thereafter it was, Goodson going to the Braves for Shortstop Craig Robinson. Amid such goings-on, and rumors that the team might be sold to a group from Japan, the Giants were 4-4.
Houston attendance seems likely to dip below one million for the first time since the club moved into the Astrodome in 1965. But at least Houston snapped a nine-game losing streak and had a 3-4 week. And the Astros finished with a flourish, getting a three-hitter from Tom Griffin in a 9-0 romp past the Cardinals.
CIN 37-24 LA 35-28 SF 29-30 SD 29-31 ATL 26-34 HOUS 23-42
Henry Aaron of the Brewers had insisted all season that he was not going through a slump, merely a "learning process." Last week he gave evidence he had learned well, rapping out seven hits in his last 11 at bats. One hit was a homer—Aaron's first in a regulation game in Milwaukee since 1965—that helped beat Vida Blue and the A's 9-7. Another was homer No. 740 and it came off Nolan Ryan in a 6-4 win. Darrell Porter drove in all four runs in a 4-3 win over the Angels and beat the White Sox 1-0 with a homer during the Brewers' 5-2 week.
Boston's Bernie Carbo hit home runs nine through 12, but the pitching was erratic as the Red Sox lost five of eight. However, Fred Lynn extended his hitting streak to 19 games and hit his 10th and 11th homers. And Carl Yastrzemski, despite cutting his thumb with a knife while scraping tar off his bat, slugged a two-run homer in the 14th to put down the White Sox 9-7.
New York temporarily lost its entire frontline outfield of Roy White, Elliott Maddox and Bobby Bonds because of leg injuries but won four of six anyway. Rudy May stopped the Twins 5-1 for his fifth straight triumph, which caused Manager Bill Virdon, who seldom uses superlatives, to say, "His stuff is better than any lefthander I've seen."
Baltimore (4-3) fought its way out of last place on some fine pitching. Jim Palmer beat the Royals 1-0 with a one-hitter and subdued the Rangers 7-1. Minnesota was the only club in the majors not to have been shut out until the Orioles' Ross Grimsley turned the trick 7-0.