After the Mariners (3-3) celebrated Gaylord Perry's 300th victory with traditional locker-room high jinks (page 26), they took out their frustrations over a 9-4 loss to New York on the ballpark and its furnishings. Jim Beattie, who gave up eight hits and seven walks that night, slammed a broom handle through a wall in the walkway next to the dugout. Richie Zisk pounded a garbage can with his bat the way he wished he'd hit balls in the clutch. And Mike Stanton, who was tagged for four hits in the ninth inning, reduced his clubhouse stool to kindling. Seattle scored three runs in the last two innings to topple Baltimore 4-3; it was the 10th time this season that the Mariners had come from behind to win.
"I'm tired of it," said Reliever Dan Quisenberry of the Royals (2-4), referring to the way the Brewers had pounded him for 27 hits in 13? innings over the last three seasons. Last week Quiz had the answers, and during 6? innings in two outings against Milwaukee he yielded only three hits while gaining his eighth save and first victory. Jamie Quirk went 4 for 4 in one game against the Brewers, making him a .448 hitter against Milwaukee since it traded him in 1978. Fourteen Kansas City players have missed a game or more because of injuries. The latest casualties were U.L. Washington (on the disabled list with a back injury), Amos Otis (pulled leg muscle), Larry Gura (sprained ankle) and George Brett (12 stitches in his left knee).
CHI 17-9 CAL 19-11 OAK 16-14 KC 14-13 SEA 14-17 MINN 10-21 TEX 7-18
At the start of the week, Dusty Baker of Los Angeles (5-1) couldn't take it anymore; by the end of the week, opposing pitchers couldn't take Baker anymore. After he went 0 for 6 on Monday, Baker stormed into the clubhouse, ripped the nameplate off his locker and smashed his director's-type chair to smithereens. The next night, Baker broke out of his 0-for-14 slump with two hits, including a single in the last of the ninth that made Fernando Valenzuela a 2-1 victor over New York. Then it was on to Olympic Stadium in Montreal, where Baker had never hit a home run. In two games there he homered three times and drove in nine runs.
In a showdown between division leaders, a three-run double in the 10th carried the Braves (3-3) past the Cardinals 6-3. Although he lasted only 5? innings against the Pirates, that stint was long enough for Phil Niekro to get a single, a double, two RBIs and his first victory of the season. Bob Horner spiced his .524 hitting with three home runs.
"I'm going to get this next guy [Kiko Garcia of the Astros] out and then have a beer. Does that sound all right?" That's what Tom Seaver of the Reds (2-3) asked Pitching Coach Bill Fischer, who had come to the mound in the seventh after Seaver's lead had been pared to 3-1 by two hits. Fischer gave the go-ahead to Seaver, who got Garcia on a groundout to end the inning. Seaver then had his brew and savored his first triumph of the season. Tom Hume sewed up that 5-2 win by working the final two innings. Mario Soto needed no assistance; he fanned 11 Pirates, yielded only five hits and won 5-0.
Chili Davis and Jack Clark twice helped the Giants (2-4) overcome 3-0 Met leads and go on to win 5-3 and 8-3. Both had two RBIs in each outing, Davis a two-run double in the ninth to settle the 5-3 game.
"We're starting to press a little," said Manager Dick Williams of the Padres (2-4), who were starting to lose a lot. Since an 11-game winning streak was broken on April 28, San Diego has dropped seven of 11.
There were also furrowed brows in Houston (1-4). Nolan Ryan, who had an 8-1 career record against the Cubs, was battered for nine runs in 2? innings. That left Ryan 2-5 for the season, with a 6.92 ERA. Further concern was caused by opposing base stealers, who have been safe on 24 of their last 26 tries and on 35 of 45 overall. Not even Phil Garner's .474 hitting could lift the Astros.