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TWISP Notes #67

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TWISP Notes

August 7, 2017

• National League statistics for July have been finalized, and are in the process of being uploaded to the SP78 site; the Mets are the most recent team to have their stats posted. Stats for the American League are still being calculated and waiting to be added to the site; the Orioles, Red Sox, and Angels are complete, while the White Sox are currently in-progress, with ten AL teams still on the docket to be completed.

• Catcher Johnny Oates made his first appearance of the season for the Dodgers on August 15th against the Phillies, after his recent call-up from AAA Albuquerque. He grounded out in a pinch-hitting appearance, then took over for Steve Yeager behind the plate, where in the next inning he threw out the first baserunner he faced, Larry Bowa, who was trying to steal second.

• The Brewers snapped their 6-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays, in the second game of their Tuesday twinbill at County Stadium. Mike Caldwell will go for his 19th win of the season when he faces the Jays the following night.

• Tribe first baseman Andre Thornton hit his first grand slam of the SP78 season—and the first of his career—to help the Indians to a 9-4 win over the Twins at Municipal Stadium. The shot came off Minnesota reliever Darrell Jackson, and gave Cleveland a 9-0 lead after just two innings. For Thornton, it was his 22nd HR of the season.

• The Red Sox have won five games in a row, while the Astros have lost five in a row.

• In his second game after converting from shortstop to left field, Cardinals phenom Todd Benefiel went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored to help the resurgent Cards to a 6-4 win over the Astros. Benefiel is now batting an even .400 since his August 1st call-up from Springfield of the American Association.

• The White Sox set an SP78 record by committing six errors in their game against the Rangers at Arlington Stadium on August 15th. The errors—by Francisco Barrios, Eric Soderholm, Lamar Johnson, Claudell Washington, and two by Ralph Garr—led to four unearned runs, and helped Texas coast to a 10-1 win. The six gaffes broke the mark of 5 held by four other teams.

• The Mariners lost shortstop Craig Reynolds to injury on August 15th when he collided with left fielder Tom Paciorek during the eighth inning of a game against the Orioles at the Kingdome. Reynolds was placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day; with utility infielder Larry Milbourne available to cover short, the M’s bolstered their pitching staff by calling up Mike Parrott from the San Jose Missions of the Pacific Coast League.

• And an SP78 goodbye to Angels slugger and potential AL MVP Don Baylor, who passed away today at the age of 68.

Fans! Be sure to catch Baseball Night on C-SPAN when 16-game winner
Rick Waits and the Indians square off against Mark Fidrych and the Tigers
at Tiger Stadium in Detroit
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Mets’ Zachry Stymies Padres With 1-Hit Gem

A Senior Citizens Day crowd was on hand at Shea Stadium on Wednesday afternoon to witness Pat Zachry pitch the 13th one-hitter in Mets history, a sparkling 4-0 shutout win over the Padres at a windswept Shea Stadium in New York. The victory improved Zachry’s season record to 14-9, and it was the first one-hit gem thrown by a Mets pitcher since former staff ace Tom Seaver blanked the Cubs 6-0 on April 17th of last year.

The only hit allowed by Zachry was a solid single by Gene Richards with two out in the sixth; Richards then stole second, but was left stranded when Ozzie Smith popped out to Zachry to end the frame. Beyond that, only two other Padres batters were able to reach base: lead-off hitter Richards opened the game with a walk, and pinch-hitter Derrel Thomas coaxed another walk from Zachry to lead off the eighth.

To read more about the game, and to find out why I included a photo of Mets pitcher Jerry Koosman on the recap page, click here.

TWISP Notes #66

TWISP Notes
December 8, 2016

• June stats have finally been calculated and finalized, and teams are currently being updated on the SP78 site. All National League teams are complete, and American League teams have been updated through the Kansas City Royals, with seven AL teams left to fill out. After that, work will begin on July stats.

• Giants veteran Willie McCovey drilled his 499th home run in a game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 12th. McCovey connected off LA reliever Rick Sutcliffe, a solo shot in the eighth inning that gave the Giants some insurance in an eventual 4-2 win. McCovey also had two singles in the game to complete a 3-for-4 night.

• The Brewers have lost five in a row, and have dropped to five games back of the first-place Yankees in the AL East. Continue reading

August Injury Report – Week 1

The following is a list of injuries to players which occurred between August 1st and August 7th of the the SP78 season, with injuries noted by date, team, player, and number of days or weeks missed.

August 3rd

HOU: Outfielder Jose Cruz was injured diving for a fly ball during an exhibition game at Watt Powell Park in Charleston, West Virginia, and missed the remainder of the exhibition contest, as well as three regular season games. Medical reports indicated a ligament strain in the right ankle area, but a tear wasn’t ruled out, and Cruz returned to Houston ahead of the team for more examinations. It will be the third time this season Cruz has been out of action due to injury.

LA: Outfielders Dusty Baker and Billy North collided while chasing a deep fly ball off the bat of SF first baseman Willie McCovey, in the second game of a twinbill at Candlestick Park; Baker was put on the 15-day disabled list, while North was placed on the 30-day DL.

August 4th

MON: Starting pitcher Ross Grimsley pulled a muscle in his pitching arm on the first pitch of the game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and left the game immediately. He will be out for 1-2 weeks.

August 5th

SF: Third baseman Darrell Evans and catcher Marc Hill were both hurt after they collided in foul territory while chasing a Bill Russell pop-up during the seventh inning of their game against the Dodgers at Candlestick. Evans was lost for six games; Hill was placed on the 15-day DL the following day.

August 6th

CHI-N: In Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Expos, Cubs outfielder Greg Gross crashed into the ivy-covered right field wall of Wrigley Field while tracking a long fly hit by Ellis Valentine, suffering a shoulder injury that placed him on the 21-day disabled list.

DET: Tigers starting pitcher Dave Rozema will be out 1-2 weeks with a pulled hamstring, suffered while pitching in the fourth inning of Detroit’s 9-1 win over the White Sox at Tiger Stadium. Rozema left after the fourth, replaced by Jim Slaton, and did not qualify for the win.

OAK: In a bizarre incident at Oakland, Game 2 starter Steve Renko was stung on his pitching hand by a wasp while standing on the mound during the game’s first out, and was forced to depart after facing just two batters. It’s likely he’ll miss 1-2 starts while the hand heals.

CLE: Tribe backstop Gary Alexander will miss an estimated one week’s worth of games after a jarring collision with third baseman Buddy Bell strained a tendon in his neck, after both chased a foul off the bat of Rangers batter Jim Sundberg that neither caught. Bell was not injured.

TEX: Rangers speedster Bump Wills was hit on the hand by an inside pitch from Indians pitcher Rick Wise, in the seventh inning of their meeting at Arlington Stadium, and was forced to leave the game to seek medical attention. X-rays proved negative, and Wills returned to action two days later.

August 7th

MIN: In a match-up against the Mariners, pitcher Geoff Zahn began to experience swollen fingers on his pitching hand after six innings of work, and was pulled from the game as a precautionary measure by manager Gene Mauch. Zahn will make his next start on August 13th, in a doubleheader against the A’s.

CHI-A: Rookie catcher Mike Colbern was injured in the eighth inning of a game against the Royals when he collided with third baseman Eric Soderholm, while both were chasing a foul pop-up off the bat of Frank White. Soderholm was not hurt, but Colbern suffered two broken bones in his right hand and was placed on the 30-day disabled list.