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ATL 20-9 SD 16-11 LA 16-13 SF 13-16 CIN 12-16 HOUS 12-18
In what amounted to a semi-historic week for him, George Hendrick of the Cardinals (4-2) hit three home runs (nothing unusual) and spoke up (very unusual) at a dinner given for the team by a group of St. Louis sportsmen known as The Knights of the Cauliflower Ear. Hendrick, who rarely talks when the media are around, surprised the Knights, teammates and the press when he spoke up after being teased by teammate Gene Tenace. "It takes 25 guys to make a winner," was one of his more scintillating remarks. That was his polite way of downplaying the team's 2-7 record when he has been out with a bum right elbow and its 17-4 record when he has been able to play. As Hendrick indicated, others have helped put the Cardinals in first place. Doug Bair won twice in relief, Bruce Sutter picked up his ninth and 10th saves, and Lonnie Smith batted .500.
Keith Moreland of the Cubs (3-3), who like Smith was traded by the Phils during the off-season, batted .435 and had 10 RBIs. That left Moreland leading the league with a .382 average and second with 27 RBIs. During a 12-6 drubbing of Houston, he singled, slugged his seventh and eighth homers and drove across seven runs. Pitcher Dickie Noles, another Philly castoff, won his fourth, defeating the Astros 3-2.
Philadelphia (5-1) hasn't been left destitute, however. Mike Schmidt walloped a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to finish off San Diego 5-2. Steve Carlton also hit a three-run drive, helping himself defeat the Giants 9-4. And George Vukovich, who recalled that he had a beard when he was hitting well late last season, started growing a new one. Vukovich then went 8 for 15 and drove in nine runs.
The Pirates (4-2) were becoming Bowie Kuhn fans. Pittsburgh Third Baseman Bill Madlock even suggested that the commissioner should get thank-you cards from the Bucs for having shot down a trade late last season that would have sent Jason Thompson to the Yankees. Thompson's .550 week and six RBIs put him second in the league with a .381 average and first with 28 runs batted in.
A two-run single in the 12th by Hubie Brooks enabled the Mets (3-3) to defeat the Dodgers 6-3. Then it was on to San Francisco, where Dave Kingman's 10th home run and Neil Allen's seventh save contributed to a 3-2 triumph.
In an effort to perk up the offense, the Expos (1-5) moved Tim Raines from leftfield to second base and put Terry Francona in left. (The odd man out was Rodney Scott, who was hitting .200 when given his release.) In the first game they both started, Raines had three hits and Francona two, but Montreal still lost to Los Angeles 10-8. Another loser was Pitcher Bill Lee, who was fined and put on waivers after he protested Scott's dismissal and left the park during a game.
ST.L 19-11 MONT 12-13 NY 14-15 PHIL 12-15 PITT 12-14 CHI 11-18
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