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TWISP Notes #75

May 5, 2021

• Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker returned from his 27-year suspension in Game 2 of a Detroit-Toronto doubleheader on August 23rd, and with his squad down by one in the last of the ninth, and the tying and winning runs on base, he stroked a triple to the gap to score both runners and win it for Detroit; it was his first hit of the game, and first since June 10th.

• Don Baylor of the Angels and Roy Smalley of the Twins went into their August 23rd games tied for the American League lead in RBI, at 99. With a solo home run off Rangers starter Dock Ellis in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Metropolitan Stadium, Smalley thus became the first AL player to reach 100; it was also the first time in his career he’d reached that milestone. Dodgers outfielder Reggie Smith still leads the major leagues, with 107.

• With a hit in both games of that Rangers-Twins twinbill, Texas designated hitter Al Oliver extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest current streak in the majors.

• After each sitting out a handful of days due to minor injuries, outfielder Steve Kemp of the Tigers, pitcher Larry Sorensen of the Brewers, and outfielder Juan Beniquez of the Rangers will return to action with their respective clubs on August 24th.

• While working on adding all SP78 player names to an Excel spreadsheet, so I could begin posting league leaders for every day of games played, I noticed the Montreal Expos had only three position players on their AAA team in Denver, and all three were catchers: Ed Herrmann, Bobby Ramos, and Jerry Fry. Ramos and Fry, who played only a few games between them in ’78, have horrible cards: Ramos strikes out 11-88 and Fry strikes out 11-76, while both are ‘E’ runners and have ‘C’ arms. The rest of the team is made up of five pitchers, all with PB ratings of 2-5.

• In a match-up between the Giants and Mets on August 23rd, SF pitcher Bob Knepper tied an SP78 record—shared with hurlers Tom Seaver of the Reds and Don Sutton of the Dodgers—for sacrifices in a game, with three.

• With its 146th game played, site AZ18 in Peoria, Arizona moved past site AZ7 into third place on the all-time SP78 games hosted list.

• Phillies slugger Greg Luzinski connected for his 30th home run—and first grand slam—of the season, in Philadelphia’s 7-1 win over the Padres on August 23rd.

• Also on the 23rd, Yankees outfielder Mickey Rivers drilled his first career grand slam, off Angels starter Chris Knapp, in a 6-0 New York win over California.

• In Kansas City’s 12-1 drubbing of Chicago on August 23rd, all nine KC batters who came to the plate in the ninth scored.

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Twins Still in AL West Race Despite Mediocre July

Thanks to a dominate 29-11 won-lost mark to open the season, the Minnesota Twins were able to weather an 11-12 June and a 13-15 July to remain in solid contention in the AL West, finishing the month in third place with a record of 57-47, just 6½ games behind the division-leading Rangers and 1½ games behind the Royals. And with an upcoming schedule that pits the Twins against sub-.500 teams in 22 of their next 30 games, they might find themselves sitting in first place—for the first time since before the All-Star break—by the end of August.

Hosken Powell (.306) and Mike Cubbage (.304) were the only Twins batters to hit above .300 in July, and though Rod Carew led the team with 32 hits, his batting average for the month dipped to an uncharacteristic .271. For the season, shortstop Roy Smalley leads the squad in average (.328), runs (67), home runs (16), and runs batted in (73), while Carew once again leads in hits, with 134. On the mound, Dave Goltz returned to his early-season form with a 2.61 ERA for the month, but a lack of run support left him with a 2-2 mark in six starts. Gary Serum went 3-1 with one save as a spot starter (and is 11-4 for the season, tops on the Twins), while reliever Mike Marshall saved more than half of his team’s wins for July, with seven. And July also saw my friend Joe S play his first-ever SP78 game, piloting Minnesota to an 8-6 loss to the Yankees back in 2012.

To visit the Twins team page for stats and results through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all AL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked.