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Lara Recap: Game Five


Batting stars:  None.  Lara had just four hits, all singles.

Pitching stars:  Maximo Castillo pitched three innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and a walk and striking out one.  Leonel Aponte retired all seven men he faced, striking out three.  Leonel Campos struck out two in 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit.  Jesus Sanchez pitched a perfect inning.

Opposition stars:  Anderson Munoz pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk and striking out two.  Will Changarotty pitched three shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.

The game:  The game's lone run scored in the first inning.  An error, a bunt, and an Olmo Rosario single made it 1-0 Zulia, and the run held up.

WP:  Changarotty (1-0).  LP:  Castillo (0-1).  S:  Silvino Bracho (2).

Notes:  Jose Tabata was 1-for-4 and is batting .400.  Gabriel Moreno was 1-for-3 and is batting .333.

Castillo has an ERA of 2.25.  Aponte and Campos each has an ERA of zero.  Sanchez' ERA is 2.08.

There were only seven hits in the game, all singles.  There were four walks.

Despite that, the game still took nearly three hours, coming in at 2:57.

Record:  Lara is 3-2, tied for first with Margarita in the West Division.

Next game:  Lara is at Magallanes tonight.

Mazatlan Recap: Game Thirty-one


Batting stars:  Carlos Munoz was 3-for-4.  Anthony Giansanti was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Pitching stars:  Tomas Solis pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up two hits.  Juan Ramon Noriega pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk.

Opposition stars:  Manny Barreda pitched 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on ten hits and one walk and striking out two.  Jose Guadalupe Chavez was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs.  Alexis Wilson was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Alan Sanchez was 2-for-3.  Michael Wing was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his fourth.  Ramiro Pena was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his third.

The game:  Mazatlan scored in the first when Isaac Paredes doubled and scored on a Munoz single.  Culiacan tied it in the second when Eric Meza doubled and scored on an Alan Sanchez single.  Mazatlan took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Munoz singled, went to third on a Giansanti double, and scored on a sacrifice fly.

It was all Culiacan from there.  In the fifth Chavez doubled and Pena homered to put Culiacan up 3-2.  It stayed 3-2 until the ninth, when Chavez singled and Wing homered, bringing it to the total of 5-2.

WP:  Barreda (4-2).  LP:  Carlos Morales (2-1).  S:  Alberto Baldonado (9).

Notes:  Paredes was 1-for-4 and is batting .339.  Munoz raised his average to .328.  Jose Augusto Figueroa was 1-for-4 and is batting .314.

Morales started and pitched 4.1 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and one walk and striking out four.

Noriega's ERA remains zero.  Gabino Avalos retired the only man he faced and also has an ERA of zero.

Mazatlan had eleven hits and two walks, but scored just two runs.  They had only two extra-base hits, both doubles.

Record:  Mazatlan is 15-18, in eighth place, seven games behind Obregon.  They are only one game out of sixth.

Next game:  Mazatlan again hosts Culiacan tonight.

Random Rewind: 1966, Game One Hundred Thirty


Date:  Saturday, August 27.

Batting stars:  Rich Rollins was 3-for-4.  Ted Uhlaender was 2-for-3.

Pitching star:  Jim Kaat pitched a complete game shutout, giving up three hits and two walks and striking out seven.

Opposition star:  Gary Peters pitched eight innings, giving up one run on eight hits and three walks and striking out five.

The game:  Rollins hit a one-out single in the second.  With two down, Bob Allison and Uhlaender hit back-to-back singles to bring home a run and put the Twins up 1-0.

And that was the only run there was.  The only real White Sox threat came in the second, when Jerry Adair and John Romano hit consecutive one-out singles.  Jim Hicks struck out and Lee Elia popped up, and Chicago did not get another hit the rest of the game.  They did get a pair of two-out walks in the seventh, but Hicks grounded out to end the inning.  The Twins got two on in the seventh and again in the eighth, but they did not score and Kaat made sure they didn't need to.

WP:  Kaat (20-9).  LP:  Peters (11-10).  S:  None.

Notes:  Cesar Tovar was at second base.  Bernie Allen is listed as the starting second baseman, but he only played eighty-nine games there compared to Tovar's seventy-four, so it looks like the two basically shared the position.  Of course, Tovar could play pretty much anywhere on the field.

Rollins was at third base with Harmon Killebrew at first.  The normal lineup was for Don Mincher to be at first and Killebrew at third.  It looks like the Twins essentially used a platoon, with Rollins at third and Killebrew at first against left-handers and Mincher at first and Killebrew at third against right-handers.

Tony Oliva was leading the team in batting at .314.  He would end the season at .307.

Kaat would finish the season 25-13, 2.75, 1.07 WHIP.  He led the league in wins, starts (41), complete games (19), and innings (304.2).  Had there been separate AL and NL Cy Young Awards back then, he surely would've been in the running.  As it was, though, there was only one Cy Young Award, and it went to Sandy Koufax, who was 27-9, 1.73, 0.99 WHIP and had 27 complete games.

Remarkably, Kaat had only three no-decisions all year.

I wonder when the last time was someone had twenty wins before September.  Bob Welch in 1990 comes to mind, but there certainly may have been someone since then.

The Twins stranded ten men and went 1-for-9 with men in scoring position.

The Twins had nine hits and Chicago had three.  All the hits were singles.

Record:  The Twins were 69-61, in third place in the American League, fourteen games behind Baltimore.  They would finish 89-73, in second place, nine games behind Baltimore.

The White Sox were 66-64, in sixth place in the American League, seventeen games behind Baltimore.  They would finish 83-79, in fourth place, fifteen games behind Baltimore.