TWISP Notes #48

TWISP Notes
June 22, 2003

RUTHVEN, CALDWELL FIRE NO-HITTERS ON CONSECUTIVE DAYS

It took 1,053 games for Statis Pro 1978 Replay to see its first no-hit game. Just 22 games later, it saw its second.

On July 3rd, Dick Ruthven of the Phillies hurled the first no-hitter of the season with a 5-0 gem over the Mets at Shea Stadium. Ruthven (8-6) allowed just two baserunners, a walk to Len Randle and an error by shortstop Bud Harrelson which allowed Willie Montanez to reach first. The no-hitter was the first by a Phillies pitcher since Rick Wise accomplished the feat in 1971.

The next day, before a capacity Independence Day crowd at Metropolitan Stadium, Brewers ace Mike Caldwell no-hit the Twins 11-0, recording the first no-hitter in franchise history. Caldwell walked three and struck out two, and had his only scare in the ninth, when Rod Carew lashed a shot down the left field line that landed just inches foul.

By no coincidence, both pitchers were named to the rosters of their respective All-Star teams.

The Mets have not had a player hit a home run since June 28th, a streak of seven games…

Orioles starting pitcher Denny Martinez, who earned his way onto the AL All-Star Game rotation by becoming the last player from the 1978 season to retire, has relinquished his spot to Dennis Eckersley of the Red Sox. “I don’t feel right taking what rightfully belongs to Eckey,” said Martinez. Originally, Eckersley was the last ‘78 player left in the majors, but Martinez surprised everyone by returning to the major leagues in 1998, after initially retiring midway through the 1997 season. Added Martinez, “I’m stinking up the joint this season, and Dennis is having a great year…it just makes sense.” Through the end of June, Martinez had a record of 4-11 with an ERA of 6.09; in contrast, Eckersley led the Sox with a 10-3 mark and a 2.59 ERA…

NL and AL reserves for this year’s All-Star Game, to be played July 11th, were announced July 4th; full pitching squads will be announced soon:

National League Reserves

C – Ted Simmons, St Louis Cardinals
C – Marc Hill, San Francisco Giants
1B – Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh Pirates
2B – Bill Madlock, San Francisco Giants
SS – Garry Templeton, St Louis Cardinals
3B – Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds
IF – Steve Ontiveros, Chicago Cubs
IF – Darrel Chaney, Atlanta Braves
OF – Reggie Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF – Terry Puhl, Houston Astros
OF – Lee Mazzilli, New York Mets
OF – Dave Parker, Pittsburgh Pirates

American League Reserves

C – Carlton Fisk, Boston Red Sox
C – Charlie Moore, Milwaukee Brewers
1B – Eddie Murray, Baltimore Orioles
2B – Mike Edwards, Oakland A’s
SS – Roy Smalley, Minnesota Twins
3B – Carney Lansford, California Angels
IF – Duane Kuiper, Cleveland Indians
OF – Don Baylor, California Angels
OF – Chet Lemon, Chicago White Sox
OF – Rusty Staub, Detroit Tigers
OF – Bob Bailor, Toronto Blue Jays
OF – Ken Singleton, Baltimore Orioles

Dave Kingman of the Cubs has hit 5 home runs in the past five days (July 1 to July 5)…

Silvio Martinez of the Cardinals pitched the first 1-hitter of his short career on July 6th with a 3-1 win over the Pirates at Busch Memorial Stadium. The only hit off Martinez was a third inning single by catcher Ed Ott…

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