TWISP Notes #10

July 14, 1988

Steve Ontiveros, playing for the first time in nearly eight years, went 2-for-4 and knocked in three runs, leading Chicago to a 5-2 victory over Los Angeles May 2nd at Wrigley Field. A crowd of 3, on hand for ‘Steve Ontiveros Day’, tied a Statis Pro attendance record…

With a sharp single to left, Pete Rose became the 14th player in major league history to attain the 3,000 lifetime hits mark. The hit, Rose’s fourth of the game, came off Phillies reliever Tug McGraw with two out in the seventh inning. The SP78 commissioner, seated in the bleacher seats at Riverfront Stadium, gladly accepted the historic baseball from a jubilant Rose after the May 3rd game…

Ballots for this year’s All-Star Game, to be held in San Diego July 11th, will be available May 8th…

A total of 13 triples were hit throughout the majors May 3rd…

NL – May 3

Montreal scored four unearned runs off J.R. Richard, and Andre Dawson added a solo HR, to lead the Expos to a 7-5 win over Houston…At Wrigley Field, the Dodgers roared back from a ‘Steve Ontiveros Day’ loss the previous day and crushed the Cubs 7-0. Steve Yeager hit two HR’s, including the first inside-the-parker of his career…A Fernando Gonzalez two-run double in the eighth lifted the visiting Padres to a 4-3 victory over the Pirates. John D’Acquisto earned the win in relief of starter Gaylord Perry, who was trying for his fifth victory…The Giants handed the Cardinals their third straight defeat with a 6-5 drubbing at Busch Memorial Stadium. Ed Halicki, in his first appearance since his near-perfect game, improved his record to 3-2…Braves pitcher Mickey Mahler lost his first game after a 3-0 start as the Mets beat Atlanta 6-2 at Fulton County Stadium. Mahler allowed six runs on ten hits in just four innings, while Pat Zachry went the distance for the Mets… Cincinnati exploded for four runs in the 1st inning, three on a Johnny Bench HR, and Pete Rose went 4-for-4 as the Reds clobbered Philadelphia 8-2. Fred Norman (5-0) struck out eight and walked one. George Foster and Greg Luzinski also hit homers…

AL – May 3

 Oakland sent twelve runners to the plate in the fourth inning, good for seven runs, and Wayne Gross had three RBI as the A’s beat the Blue Jays 10-6…In a pitchers duel at Yankee Stadium, Paul Splittorff topped Catfish Hunter for a slim 2-1 Royals victory. A seventh inning single by Freddie Patek was the deciding hit…A Bobby Bonds 2-run homer helped Texas to a 3-1 win over slumping Baltimore. Jon Matlack (4-1) held on to beat Denny Martinez (2-4), with both pitching complete games…The Brewers lost two more outfielders to injuries but held on for a 3-1 victory over the White Sox at County Stadium. Ben Oglivie and Gorman Thomas collided while chasing a Wayne Nordhagen fly ball; both will be out for at least a week. Mike Caldwell won his fifth, pitching his sixth complete game…Bob Robertson’s fourth home run of the year, a 3-run shot, pushed Seattle to its second straight win over Cleveland. The Mariners used five pitchers, with Shane Rawley getting the win in relief of hard-luck starter Glenn Abbott…The streaking Tigers took over first place in the AL East by demolishing the Angels 11-0. The Tigers became the third Statis Pro team in the AL to collect 20 hits in a game, pounding out 21 off four California pitchers. Backup outfielder Johnny Wockenfuss led the Tigers attack with four hits, which included two doubles and a triple. Jack Billingham won his first after an 0-4 start…Minnesota and Boston met at Fenway Park for Game #300, with the Twins coming out on top 1-0 on a Roy Smalley HR. Roger Erickson went the distance for the Twins, improving his mark to 3-1…

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