THIS DAY IN SP78 HISTORY
January 28, 1996

In a game played at my girlfriend Julie’s RB11 condo in Rancho Bernardo, California (as of now the last site in RB to see SP78 action), Indians first baseman Andre Thornton broke a 6-6 tie in the ninth with his 12th home run of the year, a solo shot with one out off Twins ace reliever Mike Marshall, to send the Tribe to a 7-6 win at Metropolitan Stadium. Cleveland had been down 6-0 after six, but erupted for five runs in the seventh off Minnesota starter Gary Serum, who finished the inning clinging to that one-run lead. But in the eighth he gave way to Marshall (5-3), who coughed up the game-tying run with two out: after hitting Gary Alexander with an inside pitch, he surrendered a single to Rick Manning – which was mishandled by Hosken Powell in left for an error, allowing the runner to score – before serving up the game-winning HR to Thornton one inning later. Jim Kern earned his second win in relief for the Indians.  (Game #820,  6/16/78)

TWISP Notes #72

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TWISP Notes

January 11, 2020

• In the August 20th game against the Yankees at the Kingdome in Seattle, M’s second baseman Julio Cruz stole his 91st base of the season, a sixth-inning theft of second off NY pitcher Bob Kammeyer, leaving him just five short of tying Ty Cobb’s AL record of 96.

• Steve Garvey and Reggie Smith of the Dodgers connected for two home runs apiece in LA’s 11-2 win over the Mets at Los Angeles. The four round-trippers came at the expense of four different New York pitchers: Nino Espinosa, Paul Siebert, Dwight Bernard, and Dale Murray. It was the first time this season two NL players on the same team had connected for two HR’s in the same game; Ben Oglivie and Gorman Thomas of the Brewers accomplished the feat in the AL on July 1st at Seattle.

• The Blue Jays have lost six games in a row, while the Mariners and Red Sox have lost five.

• A new location was added to the long list of SP78 games-hosted sites, as two games were played in November at the newly-christened NM5, my friend Steve P’s apartment in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In the first game, the visiting Reds defeated the Steve-led Cubs 6-4, while Steve took Game 2 the next day with a 13-2 Cardinals win over the Braves.

• With first place in the NL East now in their sights, the Pirates called up starter Odell Jones and reliever Clay Carroll from their AAA affiliate in Columbus, hoping to bolster their pitching staff for the stretch run. To make room for the pair, the Bucs sent utility infielder Mario Mendoza and pitcher Dave Hamilton to the Columbus.

• Detroit second baseman Lou Whitaker, who’s been practicing with members of the University of Michigan baseball team in Ann Arbor, is set to return to the major leagues from his two-month suspension on August 23rd, when the Tigers travel home after a five-game road trip to meet the Blue Jays in a twi-night doubleheader at Tiger Stadium. Whitaker, who last played on June 10th, is slated to make his comeback in the second game of the Wednesday night twinbill.

• A’s outfielder Glenn Burke was injured when he crashed into the center field wall at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Sunday, while chasing a long drive off the bat of Red Sox designated hitter Jack Brohamer, which dropped for a triple. Burke left the game with a serious shoulder injury, and will likely be placed on the disabled list on August 21st.

• In New York’s 9-7 win over Seattle on August 20th, the teams combined for six home runs, with Yankees outfielder Gary Thomasson connecting for his second career grand slam, off M’s starter Paul Mitchell in the fourth.

• In need of left-handed relief pitching, the Blue Jays recalled Mike Willis from Syracuse of the International League yesterday; also recalled was outfielder Willie Upshaw, currently batting .328 for the Chiefs. On the same day, Jays pitcher Dave Wallace and outfielder Sam Ewing were both sent down to Syracuse.

• Against the Blue Jays on August 20th, Twins reliever Mike Marshall earned his 20th save of the season in a 5-3 Minnesota win; it was the first time he’d collected twenty saves since 1974, when he played for the Dodgers and won the NL Cy Young Award.

Fans! Be there for the SP78 40th Anniversary celebration on August 22nd,
when the Cardinals take on the Reds at Riverfront Stadium!

 

Tensions Run High as Cards Crush Braves 13-2

With the Cardinals putting the game away in the seventh with an eight-run explosion, an already tension-filled match-up between two last-place teams became even more strained when a teenage baserunner took matters into his own hands, hammering a final unapologetic nail into the Braves coffin and helping the Cards to a 13-2 rout at Busch Memorial Stadium in St Louis.

Things were quiet enough throughout the first few innings, with Atlanta building a 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI double from Biff Pocoroba in the second and a solo home run from Gary Matthews in the fourth. But St Louis countered in the bottom of the fourth, thanks in part to a pair of errors—by starting pitcher Eddie Solomon and second baseman Jerry Royster—and a passed ball by catcher Pocoroba, which helped three runners to cross the plate. Two harmless innings followed, with the Cards still holding a 3-2 advantage…and then everything went horrifically south for the Braves.

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Happy Birthday, Johnny B!

August Injury Report – Week 2

The following is a list of injuries to players which occurred between August 8th and August 15th of the the SP78 season, with injuries noted by date, team, player, and number of days or weeks missed.

August 8th

LA:  While sitting in the dugout talking with pitching coach Red Adams, relief pitcher Charlie Hough was struck on the arm by a foul line drive off the bat of Padres shortstop Ozzie Smith, the second batter of the game. Hough was not hurt, but for precautionary reasons, he was not used in the game, and would be cleared to play the following day.

CLE: In the first inning of their game against the Red Sox, Indians batter Jim Norris was struck on his right elbow by a pitch from Luis Tiant; he was replaced by a pinch-runner and left the game. X-rays showed no breaks or fractures, but Norris would miss four more games due to numbness in the elbow and arm.

August 9th

SF: During pre-game warm-ups, outfielder Larry Herndon pulled a thigh muscle while running wind sprints and would not participate in that afternoon’s contest. He would return to action the following day.

August 10th

OAK: In the second inning of their game against the Angels at Anaheim, A’s rookie Dell Alston ran into first baseman Ron Jackson while rounding the bag after his base hit, and left the game with an unspecified injury. He would miss seven games with what would later be classified as ‘lower body trauma’.

CAL: In the same game, Angels outfielder Lyman Bostock was injured chasing a shallow fly ball off the bat of A’s slugger Rico Carty, a violent collision that again involved first baseman Ron Jackson. Bostock would be lost for a week due to minor head injuries and dizziness, while Jackson was unhurt and remained in the game. It was Bostock’s fourth injury of the SP78 season, good for 22 games missed.

August 13th

NY-N: Another collision between a team’s first baseman and right fielder occurred in a match-up between the Cardinals and Mets at Shea Stadium; in the seventh, a routine fly to right by Dane Iorg fell for a double when Mets outfielder Elliott Maddox slammed into first baseman Willie Montanez, knocking both men to the ground. Montanez was not injured, but Maddox had to be helped off the field, and would be placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day due to a severe neck sprain.

SF: In the sixth inning of a Giants-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium, Giants reliever Charlie Williams faced just one batter, walking Lee Lacy on four pitches, before signaling to manager Joe Altobelli that he needed to be taken out. He’d go on the 15-DL the next day, suffering from back spasms.

August 14th

CHI-N: Once again, a first baseman and a right fielder collided while chasing a fly ball, sending one man to the disabled list: Bill Buckner, who had settled under a pop-up from Braves batter Darrel Chaney, but never made the play when outfielder Jerry White crashed into him from behind, allowing the ball to drop as both fielders crumbled to the grass. Only Buckner left the game; he was placed on the 15-day DL with what the Cubs team physician described as ‘slight damage and contusions to the back and neck’.

MIN: In one of the more unlikely injuries of the season, Twins starter Gary Serum left the game against the Indians after just 1.1 innings pitched, due to the after-affects of food poisoning. He’d been stricken a few days earlier, and had felt well enough to make the start, but the exertion of pitching just one inning drained him of all energy, and he quickly became both exhausted and nauseated. He would miss one more start before feeling ready to pitch again.

August 15th

HOU: In his first day back after coming off the disabled list, outfielder Denny Walling pulled a calf muscle while taking his cuts during pre-game batting practice, and sat out that day’s game against the Cardinals. He returned to action—albeit as a pinch-hitter—the following day.

MON: Lance Parrish joined the growing list of players running into first basemen after base hits, doing so in the fourth inning of Montreal’s game against the Giants at Olympic Stadium. Parrish would depart for a pinch-runner and would miss the next three games with a knee injury, the result of falling to the stadium’s hard artificial turf after the collision. Mike Ivie, the recipient of Parrish’s wayward impact, remained in the game.

NY-N:  First baseman Willie Montanez was out for three games after chasing a foul off the bat of Padres batter Jerry Turner at Shea Stadium and stumbling into the home dugout, where he twisted his left ankle. X-rays were negative.

SEA: M’s shortstop Craig Reynolds collided with left fielder Tom Paciorek during their game against the Orioles at the Kingdome in Seattle; Reynolds was the only player hurt, and left the game with a strained shoulder. The injury was severe enough to land him on the 15-day disabled list.