TWISP Notes #7

 TWISP Notes
April 12, 1988

Pete Rose is now just six hits shy of the 3,000th of his career…

Don Gullett of the Yankees has been announced as the starting pitcher for the second game of the New York-Minnesota three-game set. This will be Gullett’s first appearance of the season…

Padres catcher Rick Sweet was put on the 30-day disabled list on April 29th after suffering a mild concussion in the Padres-Phillies game. Sweet hit the home plate area retaining wall while chasing a foul off the bat of Greg Luzinski, and had to be taken off the field by stretcher…

Standing-room-only tickets are now on sale for the May 2nd ‘Steve Ontiveros Day’ game at Wrigley Field between the Dodgers and Cubs…

NL – April 28

The Chicago Cubs became the latest team to trounce the Braves with a 9-2 victory at Atlanta. Mike Krukow (3-0) pitched the complete game victory, while Dave Kingman slugged two home runs to back the Cub 18-hit attack…In a wild one at Busch Memorial Stadium, the Cardinals—down 7-6 in the eighth inning—erupted for three runs and held on for a thrilling 9-8 win. A Steve Garvey homer brought LA to within one in the ninth, but with two out and two men on, a Dusty Baker line drive over the third base bag was snared by Ken Reitz to end the game. Mark Littell earned the win in relief…Fred Norman pitched a two-hitter and drove in two runs as the front-running Reds defeated the Mets 3-0. Norman struck out two and walked only one en route to his fourth straight win…At Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Bill Madlock nearly equaled Jack Clark’s 6-for-6 feat of the day before, going 5-for-5 with two home runs, two doubles, and a single as the Giants easily defeated the Pirates 9-3…After starting the season with four straight losses, Houston’s Floyd Bannister took an extra day off, then beat Montreal 6-1, striking out nine and increasing his season total to 35, second best in the league…In Philadelphia, Dick Ruthven threw a complete game shutout, and Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski socked tape-measure home runs to lead the Phillies to a 5-0 win over the Padres…

AL – April 28

California remained hot, shutting out the Blue Jays 2-0. Dave Frost, making his first start of the year, allowed only three hits in winning his first decision of the season. Loser Jim Clancy (2-2) pitched a complete game, but allowed the winning run to cross the plate on a wild pitch…After Paul Dade’s grand slam had given the Indians a 5-3 lead in the sixth, Rob Picciolo of the A’s drilled a grand slam of his own to give Oakland the lead and an 8-5 win. John Johnson, winless in four starts, went the distance and earned his first victory. Jim Kern (0-2) suffered the loss. Taylor Duncan also homered for Oakland, his first…Mariners pitcher Glenn Abbott became the third pitcher in the majors today to improve his record to 1-4, defeating the first-place Tigers 2-0. Abbott allowed just four hits, walked four, and struck out two. Tigers starter Jack Billingham took the loss and saw his record drop to 0-4…Ben Oglivie and Sixto Lezcano each powered HR’s to back the 6-hit pitching of Jerry Augustine as Milwaukee downed host Kansas City 5-1…At Comiskey Park, Oriole Ken Singleton’s ninth inning, 3-run homer gave Baltimore a 4-3 lead, but that soon evaporated as the White Sox were able to conjure up two runs in their half of the ninth to win 5-4. Pinch-hitter Mike Squires opened the inning with a walk; pinch-runner Alan Bannister was sacrificed to second, then scored the tying run when Don Kessinger’s infield chopper was thrown away by shortstop Kiko Garcia. Kessinger advanced to second on the play, moved to third on Thad Bosley’s bloop single to left, then scored the winning run on Jorge Orta’s hard single past a diving Doug DeCinces. Mike Proly (2-0) pitched just 1/3 of an inning, but picked up the win in relief of Steve Stone…At Metropolitan Stadium, heavy rains delayed the start of the game for over an hour; after the Twins had built a commanding 9-1 lead over six innings, the game was finally called. Gary Serum improved his record to 3-0 with the win, while loser Jim Beattie (1-3) was knocked out of the game midway through the second inning. Rod Carew clubbed a pair of triples, and Roy Smalley added his 5th HR of the year. The Twins have now won nineteen, and lead the AL West by six games…

April 29, 1978

Cincinnati (Moskau 2-0) vs New York (Zachry 2-3)
Chicago (RReuschel 2-2) vs Atlanta (Mahler 3-0)
Los Angeles (DSutton 3-0) vs St Louis (SMartinez 2-2)
San Francisco (Halicki 1-2) vs Pittsburgh (Candelaria 1-2)
Montreal (RMay 1-1) vs Houston (JNiekro 1-2)
San Diego (Perry 3-1) vs Philadelphia (Carlton 2-1)

Baltimore (DMartinez 1-3) vs Chicago (Wood 1-1)
Boston (BLee 1-3) vs Texas (DAlexander 2-2)
Toronto (Jefferson 1-3) vs California (Knapp 0-3)
Cleveland (Wise 2-2) vs Oakland (Wirth 3-2)
Detroit (Slaton 2-1) vs Seattle (Mitchell 2-1)
Milwaukee (Sorensen 1-2) vs Kansas City (Splittorff 2-2)
New York (Gullett 0-0) vs Minnesota (Goltz 5-0)

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