"What do we do now?" wondered Philadelphia Manager Danny Ozark after beginning the week with a 1-0 loss to Ray Burris of Chicago. What his Phillies did from there on was to win five of six. They swept three games from St. Louis, thanks largely to a flock of onetime Cardinals. Ex-Card Dick Allen hammered out two doubles and a homer as the Phillies took the opener 5-1. A pinch single by Bobby Tolan, also a former Cardinal, touched off an eight-run eighth the next day and led to a 9-4 verdict. And then Steve Carlton boosted his record against his old teammates to 14-4 by gaining his 19th victory, 7-3, with the aid of a homer by Tim McCarver, yet another ex-St. Louisan. Mike Schmidt socked his 37th homer in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Expos. And on Sunday the Phillies locked up first place as Jim Lonborg beat Montreal 4-1.
Pittsburgh (3-6) agonized while playing six straight one-run games, four of them losses. First the Pirates blew a 6-2 lead to the Mets (5-1) and lost 7-6 as Dave Kingman bopped his 36th and 37th homers and Skip Lockwood gained his 17th save. A day later, the Bucs lost 5-4 when Met newcomer Lee Mazzilli hit a two-run, two-out homer in the ninth. In Chicago (3-4), the Pirates lost 2-1 in 13 innings when Manny Trillo singled, and 4-3 when Joe Wallis singled in the ninth.
When not being haunted by former teammates, the Cardinals won three of five. They overcame the Expos 9-7 with a five-run ninth, and trounced the Pirates 10-6 and 3-0, taking the second game when Lynn McGlothen outdueled former Cardinal Jerry Reuss.
Woodie Fryman of Montreal (3-4) beat St. Louis 1-0, Dan Warthen zapped New York 4-0 and Don Stanhouse downed Philly 3-2.
PHIL 94-60 PITT 88-68 NY 83-71 CHI 71-85 ST. L 70-85 MONT 53-100
Add this one to the legend of Pete Rose. Batting against San Francisco righthander John Montefusco, the switch-hitting Rose had doubles his first two times up, the second coming on a misplayed pop fly to left field. When Rose stepped into the box for his next at bat. Giant Catcher Gary Alexander said, "That last one was a gift." To which Rose replied. "I'll tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to hit a double to right field this time." Alexander didn't buy it, saying, "You can't pull The Count." Moments later Rose had his third hit—as promised, a double to right—as Cincinnati went on to win 5-2. By week's end Rose had 40 doubles, the most in the league. If he stays on top, he will lead the league in this category for the third straight year. There was, indeed, a spate of statistical accomplishments as the Reds (4-1) clinched their fifth title in seven years. Reliever Rawly Eastwick, who has a 1.34 ERA, 16 saves and a 5-2 record in his last 47 innings spanning 32 games, notched his 25th save. When Don Gullett won his 10th game, the Reds became the first club in the league ever to have seven pitchers with 10 or more victories in a single season. Tony Perez' 18th homer was the first in 10 games by the Reds, the major league leaders in that category. But Manager Sparky Anderson was intrigued by yet another statistic. "It's been 54 years since a National League team has won consecutive world championships," he said. "That's our goal."
"Finally. Finally. Finally." That was Don Sutton's reaction after becoming a 20-game winner for the first time in his 11 years with Los Angeles (5-1).
Randy Jones of San Diego (1-5), who had lost 10 of his past 13 decisions, held off Atlanta 6-4 for his 22nd win. A couple of other fine pitchers on dreary teams also improved their records by defeating Houston (4-2). Jim Barr of the Giants (1-5), backed up by Gary Matthews' three homers, shut out the Astros 10-0 for his 15th win. And Phil Niekro of Atlanta (2-3) earned his 16th triumph, 6-2.