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 second time this season two NL players on the same team had connected for two HR’s in the same game; Ellis Valentine and Larry Parrish each hit two against the Reds on July 18th, while 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!