June 10, 2014
• The SP78 month of July has ended, with the Angels defeating the A’s 6-3 in front of a packed house at Anaheim Stadium, and now preparations are being made for the start of August. A long list of items are on my agenda: updating stats, revamping rosters and lineups, creating new 4-man pitching rotations, getting more photos uploaded to the site, and about a dozen other tasks I’d like to have completed before I start play again. Look for these additions throughout the coming weeks.
• The Cardinals are prepping rookie sensation Todd Benefiel for an August 1st call-up, following his last game with the AAA Springfield Redbirds on July 31st, where he went 0-for-1 with three walks, two runs scored, and a stolen base against the Oklahoma City 89ers. In 19 games with the Redbirds, Benefiel batted .345 with 19 walks and 30 stolen bases.
• Angels rookie Dave Machemer continues to tear apart AL pitching, connecting for his second grand slam in just seven major league games as the Angels clipped the A’s 6-3 in SP78’s final meeting of July. Machemer had an opportunity for his third slammer a few innings later, when he batted with the bases jammed in the seventh, but he instead coaxed a walk from reliever Bob Lacey, collecting his fifth RBI of the game. In his 19 at-bats for July, Machemer batted .368 with four HR’s and 14 RBI, and will battle Bobby Grich for the starting second base job in August.
• After being swept by the Rangers in the first of two back-to-back doubleheaders, the White Sox bounced back and took two from the Red Sox the following day, dominating Boston by scores of 11-2 and 6-3. For the Chisox, it was their fifth doubleheader of the month, and their first twinbill sweep of the season. Hot-hitting Mike Squires had six doubles on the day for Chicago.
• During a week-long visit here in San Diego in April, Steve P managed his first SP78 games against me since 2002, taking two of three NL contests at a Hampton Inn near Del Mar. The two victories improved his lifetime W-L record to 23-19.
• The Astros lost two outfielders to injuries on July 30th when Terry Puhl and Dennis Walling collided while chasing a sinking line drive off the bat of Mets outfielder Elliott Maddox, who circled the bases on the play and was credited with the first inside-the-park HR of his career. Both Puhl and Walling were helped off the field, and were placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day.
• Tigers relief ace John Hiller is 6-0 with 12 saves and an ERA of 0.67 through July.
• Braves infielder Darrel Chaney played third base for the first time this season, against the Reds on July 31st, after handling 90 games at short; regular third- sacker Bob Horner is still on the DL.
• With the activation of outfielder Joe Wallis—who last played in 1999—from the 30-day disabled list, the A’s have sent Tony Armas to their AAA affiliate in Vancouver. They next day, they sent Pete Broberg (0-4 with a 7.78 ERA for July) to Vancouver and recalled pitcher Steve McCatty to the parent club.
• After an attempt to move SP78 headquarters to the San Diego area was derailed, a new site has been secured in Gilbert, Arizona, and will host its first match-up when the season resumes with the August 1st slate of games. The new location will carry the designation AZ14.