TWISP Notes #31

May 26, 1993

The commissioner’s office this week announced the NL and AL Players of the Month for May. Dave Winfield of the San Diego Padres took top honors in the National League, batting .336 with nine home runs and 27 RBI, and a 3-HR game on May 9th. Taking the award in the American League was Craig Reynolds of the Seattle Mariners, whose .406 average, 43 hits, and 16 runs scored led the team and helped the M’s to a 16-game winning streak and a second-place May finish in the AL West…

Also announced were the May Pitchers of the Month, with Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies and Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees claiming the award for their respective leagues. Carlton kept the Phillies perched atop the NL East with a 4-0 mark and a 1.69 ERA. Guidry was no surprise in the AL, posting a 6-0 won-lost mark with six complete games and a 1.15 ERA…

Infielder Billy Smith of the Orioles was suspended for three games by the AL office this week for his use of an illegal bat in a 4-3 Baltimore win over Cleveland May 26th at Memorial Stadium. The suspension went into effect May 31st. A disbelieving Smith responded, “Heck, John Milner spoiled a perfect game, and he didn’t get suspended…”

Fans! Join C-SPAN in opening the month of June with a pair of televised American League matchups, beginning at 2:00 Eastern. First, the Orioles conclude their two-game set with the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, followed by a meeting of East powerhouses Milwaukee and Detroit at Tiger Stadium. Don’t miss it!

NL – May 31

After a lengthy hibernation, Cincinnati’s maligned hitting attack came alive and pounded Atlanta for twelve hits and eight runs in an 8-2 dismemberment at Fulton County Stadium. Tom Seaver (6-3) went eight strong innings, and George Foster belted his 11th homer of the year…Gene Clines’ 11th-inning double scored two and gave the Cubs a 5-3 win over the Expos at Montreal…Los Angeles moved to 3½ games out of first in the West with a decisive 7-2 win over division-leading San Diego. LA’s Doug Rau, Joe Ferguson, and Steve Garvey were ejected for arguing a safe call on the first play of the game…At the Astrodome, home runs from Willie McCovey and Marc Hill helped the Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Astros…Buc hurlers Bert Blyleven and Kent Tekulve held front-running Philadelphia to one unearned run, and three 1st-inning singles gave the Pirates all the offense they needed in a 2-1 win over the Phillies…The Mets clubbed the Cardinals 9-2…

AL – May 31

At Comiskey Park, a 6-run eighth inning vaulted Chicago to a stunning 7-5 comeback win over California. Lamar Johnson’s 4th home run, good for two RBI, broke a two-out tie…The Yankees ripped the Orioles 8-3 on home runs by Willie Randolph, Chris Chambliss, and Cliff Johnson, who was making a rare start at catcher. O’s starter Mike Flanagan saw his record drop to 3-7…The Mariners moved a half-game closer to first with a 4-0 shutout over Kansas City at Royals Stadium. Seattle is now just 1½ games behind the rampaging Twins in the AL West…Sixto Lezcano’s leadoff home run in the top of the ninth lifted the Brewers over the Tigers 3-2. Bob McClure (1-1) pitched 2/3 of an inning to pick up the win…The punchless Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays 2-0 and felt the fury of their manager, Don Zimmer, who benched 7 regulars in the eighth inning for what he called “an obvious lack of drive and guts.” Boston had lost the first two of a 3-game Toronto set, and were on their way to losing the third when Zimmer exploded, going as far as to put pitcher Bill Lee in as DH. “He may be a nutcake,” said Zimmer, “but at least he wants to win…”

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