Milwaukee Brewers ace Mike Caldwell became the first pitcher of the SP78 Replay season to reach the 20-win mark, allowing just one run on eight hits and going the distance in a convincing 9-1 victory over the Indians, in the first game of a ‘Ladies Night’ doubleheader at Milwaukee.
Caldwell (20-4) found himself involved in a pitching duel early on with Tribe starter Sid Monge (0-5), with Monge allowing just two hits to Caldwell’s four over the first four innings. But while Caldwell stayed strong into the eighth, Monge fell apart in the fifth, coughing up four earned runs thanks to Gorman Thomas’ 22nd home run of the season, a grand slam that just cleared the short County Stadium wall in left. It was his first slam of the SP78 season, and the third of his five-year career.
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It began innocently enough for Brewers catcher Charlie Moore: a two-out single in the last of the eighth off Detroit reliever Ed Glynn, the final hit of the night in Milwaukee’s 6-0 win over the Tigers at County Stadium on May 17th. The boxscore would show that designated hitter Larry Hisle led all batters with a double, a home run, and two RBI, and that Brewers starter Bill Travers shut down the Tigers on four hits, earning his first win. But for Moore’s late-inning base hit, which had no affect on the outcome, it mostly went unnoticed.
The next day, Moore connected for a single in an 8-1 Brewers win, and in the two games he’d start against the Angels in the three-game series that followed, he’d collect two more hits, including one in the infamous ‘Sixto Lezcano Game’ of May 19th. Four straight games, with one hit in each…at the time it wasn’t worthy of mention, but 16 games and 22 hits later, the 24-year-old from Birmingham, Alabama would possess the longest hitting streak of the young season at 20 games, and along the way would become an SP78 legend.
“I’d just come off a seven-game streak, and I was more than happy with that one,” said Moore, when asked about his accomplishment. “I never thought I’d even make it to ten, much less twenty.” Continue reading
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Tagged 1978, 20, catcher, Charlie Moore, Detroit Tigers, Flashback, hitting streak, Jim Slaton, June, May, Milwaukee Brewers, Sixto Lezcano, SP78, SP78 Replay, Statis Pro Baseball
The Milwaukee Brewers ended the month of June in second place in the AL East, just one game behind the first-place Yankees; one month later, they were still in second, but had dropped to five games back, after a disappointing 13-14 July. With the Yanks still going strong in July, the Brewers really needed to keep pace, but instead they now find themselves not only in danger of slipping further away from first, but also losing their hold on second place to the resurgent Tigers, now nipping at their heels in third place, just 3½ games back.
Helping to keep the Brewers afloat was the stellar pitching of starting ace Mike Caldwell, playing in his first full season with Milwaukee, who went 4-0 for the month with a 0.68 earned run average and four complete games in five starts. His season record stands at 16-4, and with two full months left to play, he should be a shoo-in for his first career 20-win season, and possibly his first Cy Young Award. Also making an impact was reliever Ed Farmer, called up from AAA in early July, who finished the month with a 1-0 record, three saves, and an ERA of 1.29. At the plate, utility player Don Money led struggling Milwaukee batters with a .329 average, while starting in nearly every game at either first, third, or DH. Paul Molitor had 33 hits to add to his team-leading total of 111, and Gorman Thomas powered eight HRs to boost his season tally to 19.
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Tagged 1978, AL East, American League, Ed Farmer, July, Mike Caldwell, Milwaukee Brewers, Paul Molitor, Statis Pro 1978 Replay, Statis Pro Baseball, stats
March 6, 2018
• Milwaukee ace Mike Caldwell became the first SP78 pitcher to win 19 games this season when the Brewers topped the Blue Jays 4-2 at County Stadium on August 16th. Caldwell (19-4) was one out away from securing his 17th complete game, but a walk and a pair of base hits by the Jays prompted a relief appearance from Ed Farmer, who coaxed a fly out from Dave McKay to end the threat. Caldwell will go for his 20th on August 22nd, when he faces the Indians in the first game of a twinbill at Milwaukee.
• Tribe southpaw Rick Waits, going for his 17th win of the year, settled for a no-decision after departing in the eighth of a 2-2 game between the Indians and Tigers at Detroit. It took 14 innings, but the Tribe ultimately came out on top by an 11-3 count.
• With a theft of second base off Orioles starter Mike Flanagan in the sixth inning of their game at the Kingdome, Julio Cruz of the Mariners recorded his 90th steal of the season, helping the M’s top the O’s 3-2. Cruz is now just six steals shy of the AL season record of 96, held by Tiger great Ty Cobb, and barring injury has a good chance of breaking Cardinals speedster Lou Brock’s major league record of 118, set in 1974. Continue reading
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Tagged 1978, August, Bo Diaz, board game, Busch Memorial Stadium, Julio Cruz, Mariners, Mike Caldwell, Milwaukee Brewers, Ron Luciano, Statis Pro 1978 Replay, TWISP Notes