Fritz Peterson of Cleveland (6-3) cut his hand on a lawn mower in mid-June. Since returning to action on July 21 he has not lost. Last week Peterson muffled Detroit 9-0, needed a mere 79 pitches to subdue New York 7-1 and ran his winning streak to nine games, the longest in the league this year.
"It's humiliating, embarrassing, humbling. It cuts a hole in you." That was Jim Colborn's evaluation of how it felt to be pitching for downtrodden Milwaukee (2-6). But George Scott cut through the gloom with his 28th and 29th homers as the Brewers trounced the Red Sox 7-3 and 9-6.
Detroit was shut out three times, was out-scored 55-22 and lost eight of nine games. Fernando Arroyo defeated Boston 5-3 in his first big-league start, thanks to a two-run homer by Willie Horton, his 25th.
BOS 87-61 BALT 83-65 NY 76-72 CLEV 71-73 MIL 63-86 DET 55-93
Rejuvenated pitchers gave Pittsburgh (4-3) and Philadelphia (4-2) cause for hope, but wasted hits defeated St. Louis (2-5) and New York (2-6). Bob Moose, who missed much of last season after the removal of a blood clot from his pitching shoulder and who recently had been recalled from the minors, earned his first victory for Pittsburgh in 17 months. He accomplished this with 7? innings of scoreless relief as the Pirates overcame the Expos 6-3. For the Phillies the come-back hurler was Wayne Simpson, whose last win was for Kansas City 28 months ago. His victory came during a stretch in which Phillie pitchers seemed to follow a mathematical progression, giving up one fewer run each day as Tom Underwood and Steve Carlton beat St. Louis 6-3 and 6-2, and Simpson and Larry Christenson stopped Montreal 5-1 and 5-0. Lynn McGlothen of the Cardinals crippled the Mets with 12-4 and 5-1 setbacks, the former the ninth win for St. Louis in its last 10 Sunday games. But the Cardinals squandered much of Ted Simmons' .448 hitting. Also hitting in vain was Dave Kingman, who had three homers in Met losses. His 34th of the season, though, came in a 7-0 shutout of Pittsburgh by Jerry Koosman and tied him for the major league lead with Mike Schmidt of Philadelphia, who had two home runs during the week.
Chicago (5-1) came up with a new sensation: Centerfielder Joe (Tarzan) Wallis, so called because he dives off cliffs and hotel roofs into assorted bodies of water. Right at home among the Wrigley Field vines, Tarzan homered in a 6-5 surprise of the Pirates, then hammered two triples and threw out a runner at home as the Cubs shook up the Cardinals 7-5.
Another brand-new centerfielder, Jerry White, went 11 for 26 for Montreal (4-4) and, like Wallis, homered in a 6-5 win, this one over New York.
PITT 83-63 PHIL 78-69 ST. L 76-71 NY 75-73 CHI 71-77 MONT 65-82