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The Mariners pounded out 18 hits while overhauling the Brewers 11-4. Four of the hits were by Ray Fosse, who was recently obtained from Cleveland. Dan Meyer was credited with a novel home run after his King-dome smash was snatched from the glove of Chicago Left Fielder Ralph Garr by a fan with a mitt of his own. The ball would not have cleared the fence, but no umpire was close enough to ascertain that. Thus Meyer got his 22nd home run. (Justice of a sort prevailed when Garr tripled and scored the winning run in the ninth as Chicago won 5-4.) Another one-run game between these teams went to Seattle 3-2 as Lee Santon hit his 26th homer of the season.
While watching the A's commit seven errors during an 8-2 loss to the White Sox, Chicago Broadcaster Jimmy Piersall dubbed them the " Oakland Apathetics" and the "Oakland Triple A's." After an 8-0 loss in Chicago, losing Pitcher Vida Blue was asked by another White Sox announcer if the season has been a disappointment to him. Replied Blue, who has a 14-17 record, "Have you ever seen a mechanic work on a car without tools?" Manny Sanguillen, for one, had the right equipment, delivering two game-winning hits, a single in the eighth inning as the A's trimmed the Brewers 3-1 and a two-run homer in the ninth that finished off the White Sox 8-6.
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"He's like a scalpel to a surgeon. He makes the operation possible." That was Philadelphia Manager Danny Ozark's assessment of Tim McCarver, the designated catcher whenever Steve Carlton goes to the mound. The Scalpel and the Surgeon combined for a pair of victories that reduced the magic number to two for the Phillies (3-3). McCarver homered and drove in three runs, while Carlton picked his 21st runner off base, slammed his 25th hit and held the Cubs to four hits during a 4-2 win. With McCarver again behind the plate, Carlton sewed up his 23rd victory with another four-hitter as he defeated Montreal 1-0. The only run of the game was driven in by Garry Maddox in the second inning. All of which left McCarver-Carlton with a 42-15 record for games they have worked together during the past two seasons. Assisting Larry Christenson (17-6) during a 6-1 verdict in Montreal were Mike Schmidt, who blasted his 37th home run, and Gene Garber, who earned his 17th save.
The fielding of Pittsburgh's Dave Parker ranged from A (for acrobatic) to Z (for zany). During a 4-2 victory in New York, Parker dropped two fly balls in right field and fell on his back while pursuing another, much to the delight of Met fans, who were delirious to finally have something to cheer about. But when Centerfielder Omar Moreno fell down in the ninth inning of that game, it was Parker who snagged the ball just before it hit the ground. John Candelaria picked up the victory, his 18th. Later, in Chicago, Parker robbed Bobby Murcer of a bases-full hit by crashing into the wall to haul down his drive. Parker also threw a runner out at the plate in that game, which the Pirates (5-0) won 2-0 as Ed Ott hit a two-run homer in the eighth and four pitchers combined on a six-hitter. Rich Gossage, who is unsigned, picked up his 24th and 25th saves. One was a wrap-up of a 4-0 victory in New York for Bruce Kison. During his 11 most recent outings, Gossage has been unscored upon, enabling him to lower his ERA to 1.70.
St. Louis' usually tepid offense heated up. Especially grateful for the sudden outburst was Bob Forsch. He beat Philadelphia 12-5 as Lou Brock had five hits and Keith Hernandez tied a league record by slugging his second grand slam of the month. Forsch (19-6) then joined the attack, driving in two runs as the Cardinals (3-2) beat the Mets 10-6 with 13 base hits in between Shea Stadium raindrops.
Bruce Sutter raised his total saves to 30 by sealing all three wins for Chicago (3-4). In the process, he yielded only three hits and struck out seven batters in 4? innings of relief. One of his saves came during a 6-3 victory in New York that made Rick Reuschel a 20-game winner. Sutter also preserved Ray Burris' 14th win, a 2-0 decision in Philadelphia.
Dan Schatzeder, a 22-year-old lefty for Montreal (2-4), did it all as he beat St. Louis 2-0 on six hits, made the defensive play of the game and singled to drive in the first run. Tony Perez drove in his 90th run for the 11th consecutive year. Two home runs by Gary Carter brought his total up to 29, one shy of Rusty Staub's club record.
Craig Swan and Bob Myrick of the Mets (1-4) collaborated on a four-hit, 6-0 shutout of the Cubs. Jerry Koosman, a 21-game winner last season, hit 20 again, this time in the loss column, when he was beaten by Pittsburgh 4-0.