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Philadelphia (3-3) had another lackluster week, and Manager Danny Ozark was hopping mad. "Sometimes the hitters just remind me of a popcorn machine," said Ozark, referring to a Phillies lineup that has scored almost 80 fewer runs than the team did last year by this time. Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski showed no signs of coming out of their batting slumps (both are hitting below .260). Garry Maddox is in the midst of a 10-for-54 slump, but at least he got his hits at the right time. Maddox' three-run homer helped the Phillies beat New York 8-6, and his run-scoring triple was all Larry Christenson (8-10) needed to defeat Pittsburgh 2-0.
Chicago (4-3) went through a hitting drought, too, but stayed 3� games behind Philadelphia. Of the Cubs' last 233 hits, 199 have been singles. But Bill Buckner (.323) made his count: he had a pair of run-scoring singles in a 4-2 win over St. Louis, a tie-breaking single to beat the Cardinals 3-2 and a seventh-inning single that capped a two-run rally as the Cubs beat the Expos 6-4. Dave Kingman provided the Cubs with their only home run; it was his 17th, and it followed his 16th by five weeks. Bruce Sutter saved two games, increasing his total to 20 and lowering his ERA to 1.67.
Montreal (4-2) had no hitting woes, but Manager Dick Williams had some unkind things to say about his relievers. On Sunday the explosive Expos set nine and tied seven club records in a 19-0 wipeout of Atlanta. Third Baseman Larry Parrish had three consecutive home runs in that game, and Warren Cromartie batted .565 for the week, hitting safely in all six games. The bullpen, aroused by the manager's discontent, contributed a win, a loss and two saves. But those saves still left the Expos with only 23 for the season—or three less than Rollie Fingers. Steve Rogers won his 12th game, beating the Pirates 4-3, and then signed a six-year contract for an estimated $1.75 million.
New York (2-4) lost its winningest pitcher, Pat Zachry (10-6), for at least three weeks. Zachry, disgusted over a poor pitching performance, had kicked at a helmet, missed and cracked his foot against a dugout step.
St. Louis (1-5) lost to Chicago three more times, making it 12 straight to the Cubs this season. Said Cardinal General Manager Bing Devine, "When teams have a winning season, it's often the case of all their players having good years at the same time. I often wondered what it would be like the other way around. Now I know."
PHIL 57-47 CHI 55-52 PITT 50-54 MONT 52-59 NY 47-64 ST.L 41-68