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THE WEEK (June 21-27)
Herm Weiskopf
July 05, 1982
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July 05, 1982

The Week (june 21-27)

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BALL PARK FIGURES

The major league leaders in runs produced—that is, runs plus RBIs minus homers—are:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Hal McRae, KC

39+66-12=93

2. Andre Thornton, Clev

49+60-18=91

3. Greg Luzinski, Chi

43+57-10=90

4. R. Henderson, Oak

64 +30-6=88

5. Amos Otis, KC

44+49-7=86

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Dale Murphy, Atl

55+58-21=92

2. Lonnie Smith, St.L

59+37-5=91

3. Andre Dawson, Mont

55+39-10=84

4. Al Oliver, Mont

41+52-12=81

5. Sixto Lezcano, SD

43+44-7=80

5. Ruppert Jones, SD

48+41-9=80

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Every other Park in the league is bigger than ours, and I think our pitchers are more concerned about pitching here," Manager Joe Torre of Atlanta (4-3) said. "Here, sometimes pitchers give hitters too much credit, try to be too fine and aren't aggressive enough." Whatever, the Braves split four games at home, where they were 17-17. On the road they were 26-11. Opposing pitchers also had hard times in Atlanta. For example, the Braves scored three times in the last of the ninth to upend the Giants 7-6. On Sunday, Atlanta tied a big-league mark by making seven double plays and beat Cincinnati 2-0 when Chris Chambliss singled in the 14th.

With Burt Hooton out for surgery to remove a bone spur on his right knee, the Dodgers (4-3) gave Vicente Romo his first start since 1974. But Romo aggravated his sore knee while running out a single in the top of the second, and Dave Stewart replaced him. He pitched five innings of one-run ball and won 4-1. Steve Howe's 7? innings of shutout relief gave him three saves and a 0.23 ERA for his last 39 innings. Ron Cey hit .434 and Steve Sax stole eight bases.

"I don't play that way very often, but Ike had all those people in the stands," explained Manager Dick Williams of the Padres (5-2). What Williams did was let Pitcher Juan Eichelberger bat against San Francisco with two out, a runner on third and the score 2-2 in the seventh. Ike had asked to bat rather than give way to pinch-hitter Ruppert Jones, a .309 hitter who was being rested that day. Eichelberger doubled, to win the game 3-2, much to the delight of his 106 relatives and friends at the game. Eric Show picked up three wins with nine innings of runless relief.

A gutsy move by Manager Frank Robinson helped the Giants (2-5) defeat the Astros 9-8. With Houston ahead 8-7 in the eighth and a San Francisco runner on third, Robinson ordered Johnnie LeMaster, who had two strikes on him, to bunt. LeMaster dropped down a beaut, beat it out, reached third on a double by Tom O'Malley and scored on a single by Max Venable. In another game, Jack Clark's homer in the 10th made Atlee Hammaker, who went the distance, a 4-3 winner over the Astros. Catcher Luis Pujols of Houston (2-5) was charged with four passed balls in that game, in which knuckleballer Joe Niekro went the route. L.A. stole five bases against another Astro catcher, Alan Ashby, while winning 4-1. Dave Smith came out of the bullpen to make his first start in three years and committed three balks in two innings. But Houston took that game from the Dodgers 7-5 as Bert Roberge pitched three scoreless innings to gain the first save by an Astro reliever in 23 games. Vern Ruhle allowed only three singles as he beat the Giants 2-0.

Tom Hume of the Reds (4-3) picked up two saves and a win, and Dan Driessen batted .417. Both helped Tom Seaver defeat Atlanta 2-1, Hume pitching the ninth and Driessen scoring the decisive run on a wild play which several Braves flubbed up. Catcher Biff Pocoroba, trying to nail Driessen at second, made a low throw that skipped into center. Brett Butler, the centerfielder, then made a three-bounce throw trying to get Driessen at third. When the throw bounced off Third Baseman Bob Horner's glove, Driessen motored home.

ATL 43-28 SD 40-30 LA 39-35 SF 32-42 CIN 31-41 HOUS 30-42

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"We just needed that final touch," said Bo Diaz of the Phillies (7-2) about a team meeting called by Mike Schmidt after two losses to the Cardinals. "We said, 'Let's try to get something going, play tough, make something happen.' " Diaz made things happen all week by batting .440, while Ivan DeJesus hit .406. After the meeting, Mike Krukow won 7-1 in St. Louis and Steve Carlton held the Cards to three hits while breezing 10-2. Then came a five-game sweep of the Mets. Dick Ruthven got the first of those victories 1-0, giving up only three singles. Schmidt settled the fourth game with a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth and the Phils went on to win 7-4. Pete Rose banged out 13 safeties and moved past Henry Aaron into the No. 2 spot on the alltime hit list with 3,782 and to within 409 of equaling Ty Cobb's record.

A meeting also gave the Cardinals (4-4) a boost. This session involved only two men—Reliever Bruce Sutter and Mike Roarke, a Rhode Island insurance man who was the Cub pitching coach when Sutter first rose to prominence a few years ago with Chicago. Roarke, who in the past has helped Sutter when his split-fingered fastball has gone awry, conveniently happened to be in Chicago on business when the St. Louis team was there last week. Sutter, who had been cuffed around recently, got together with Roarke and immediately went out and saved both ends of a 4-1, 2-1 twin-bill sweep of the Cubs. "I was choking the ball, trying to throw it too hard," Sutter explained. "If I'm relaxed, my pitch will break more."

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