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Loser League: August

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With a month left in the season the '79 Blue Jays have an outside chance of losing more games in the Loser League than they did back in 1979. That would truly be an astonishing feat of futility. We finally had a "lead" change in the West as the '80 Mariners eeked by the '79 A's by one game setting up what should be a thrilling finish. The '03 Tigers still cling to the Loser Card by two games over the '88 Orioles.

 

TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN
1990 NYA  79  58    R.Kelly   NYA .339  A.Belle   CLA   36  A.Belle   CLA  109
2002 TBA  75  61    E.Brown   KCA .339  E.Murray  BAA   33  E.Brown   KCA  109
1992 BOA  74  63    R.Carew   LAA .337  K.Maas    NYA   32  J.Barfiel NYA  100
1988 BAA  61  76    A.Huff    TBA .334  K.Hrbek   MNA   31  B.Grich   LAA   92
1979 TOA  47  90    J.Orsulak BAA .329  A.Huff    TBA   27  K.Hrbek   MNA   92

1989 CHA  74  62    WINS                SAVES               ERA
2005 KCA  69  68    F.Tanana  LAA   16  T.Niedenf BAA   30  C.Hough   TEA 2.16
1991 CLA  68  68    R.Clemens BOA   15  E.Yan     TBA   25  R.Clemens BOA 2.27
2003 DEA  59  78    F.Martine LAA   13  G.Harris  TEA   24  F.Martine LAA 2.64
1982 MNA  54  83    C.Hough   TEA   13  B.Thigpen CHA   24  F.Viola   BOA 2.87
                    G.Swindel CLA   13  M.Macdoug KCA   22  D.Aase    LAA 2.88
1980 LAA  86  50
1985 TEA  70  68    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS
1979 OAA  63  74    A.Sanchez DEA   18  A.Sanchez DEA   53  R.Clemens BOA  197
1980 SEA  62  74    M.Lewis   CLA   13  R.Kelly   NYA   48  T.Underwo TOA  172
                    C.Baerga  CLA   12  A.Cole    CLA   45  F.Bannist SEA  160
                    B.Higgins DEA   12  S.Sax     NYA   36  D.Darwin  BOA  146
                    A.Berroa  KCA   11  OTHERS TIED W   33  M.Perez   CHA  144

YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS
CHA  4  at  BOA  5  BAA-Bautist(8-6, 3.24) at BOA-Hesketh(7-5, 3.83)
SEA  3  at  CLA  6  CHA-King(9-8, 3.66) at CLA-Nagy(10-13, 5.22)
KCA  3  at  DEA  8  SEA-Honeycu(9-12, 4.11) at TEA-Hooton(7-5, 5.32)
TEA  2  at  LAA  8
TOA  3  at  NYA 12
MNA  3  at  OAA  4
BAA  1  at  TBA  8

YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES
BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB
B.Higginson   DEA KCA  3  2  1  2  2  1  1  1
W.Morris      DEA KCA  5  2  3  3  0  0  1  0
J.Barfield    NYA TOA  5  1  3  3  0  2  1  0
O.Velez       TOA NYA  3  1  2  1  1  0  1  0
B.Grich       LAA TEA  5  2  2  2  0  2  1  0

PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS
D.Heaverlo    OAA MNA  4.0  1  0  0  0  2  0   S
P.Quantrill   BOA CHA  3.1  1  0  0  0  2  0 W  
T.Felton      MNA OAA  3.0  0  0  0  0  1  0    
T.Phelps      TBA BAA  2.2  1  0  0  1  3  0   S
D.Pall        CHA BOA  4.0  2  2  0  3  3  0    

WHO'S HOT - BEST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
C.Pena        DEA .344 32 11  7  8  4  D.Schmidt     TEA  5  1  0  1  4  0 100
K.Maas        NYA .321 28  9  6  5  4  J.Bautista    BAA  9  3  0  1  4  0 100
G.Ward        MNA .462 39 18  7  3  4  B.Milacki     BAA  9  3  0  3 10  0 100
B.Higginson   DEA .371 35 13 10  8  2  D.Heaverlo    OAA 11  5  0  2  7  0 102
E.Brown       KCA .400 35 14 11  2  3  R.Langford    OAA 23 22  4  1 12  1 200

WHO'S NOT - WORST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
R.Velarde     NYA .148 27  4  1  0  0  M.Mason       TEA  6 11 12  7  1  1 010
M.Mendoza     SEA .143 35  5  1  1  0  Z.Greinke     KCA 12 25 15  3  4  5 010
S.Sax         NYA .160 25  4  0  1  0  R.Dressler    SEA 10 20  8  1  3  2 020
R.Washington  MNA .211 38  8  0  0  0  C.Knapp       LAA  7  9  7  4  5  1 010
L.Sheets      BAA .179 28  5  0  1  0  M.Norris      OAA  6  9  7  5  4  2 000

INJURY REPORT
P.Stanicek, Baltimore - 4 more games
D.Pasqua, Chicago (AL) - 3 more games
J.Browne, Cleveland - 11 more games
S.Sax, New York (AL) - 1 more games
E.Munson, Detroit - 6 more games

 

We have a three dead horse race in the N.L. Central as the '91 Astros pulled ahead of the '85 Pirates but a half game with the '81 Cubs making a late season charge, sitting three games back. Surprising development in the East as the '88 Braves and '98 Marlins haven't complete sucked ass in the last couple of months where there's now a chance the Loser Card might not come out of the division. Could this be a major choke job? And in the West the '93 Rockies are chipping away at the '81 Padres lead, now within three games going into the final month.

 

TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN
2000 PHN  79  58    A.Galarra CON .386  R.Lankfor SLN   36  S.Rolen   PHN  116
1993 NYN  77  60    J.Mabry   SLN .356  B.Bonilla NYN   30  R.Lankfor SLN  111
2008 WAN  71  66    B.Gilkey  SLN .340  S.Rolen   PHN   30  A.Galarra CON   96
1998 FLN  57  81    B.Buckner CHN .339  E.Karros  LAN   28  D.Bichett CON   96
1988 ATN  55  82    S.Rolen   PHN .329  E.Murray  NYN   27  E.Karros  LAN   94

1995 SLN  80  57    WINS                SAVES               ERA
1982 CIN  75  63    M.Krukow  SFN   18  G.Olson   ARN   36  M.Krukow  SFN 1.86
2002 MLN  70  66    R.Reusche PIN   16  M.Dejean  MLN   36  R.Reusche PIN 2.50
1981 CHN  63  74    M.Soto    CIN   15  T.Henke   SLN   33  R.Person  PHN 2.65
1985 PIN  60  76    O.Daal    PHN   14  S.Garrelt SFN   29  D.Gooden  NYN 2.67
1991 HON  60  77    B.Sheets  MLN   14  D.Holmes  CON   28  T.Candiot LAN 2.73

1985 SFN  81  55    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS
1998 ARN  74  62    E.Karros  LAN   20  B.Butler  LAN   53  M.Soto    CIN  236
1992 LAN  73  64    S.Rolen   PHN   10  E.Young   MLN   51  P.Harnisc HON  178
1993 CON  70  68    B.Jordan  SLN    9  V.Coleman NYN   49  B.Sheets  MLN  173
1981 SDN  66  70    A.Cedeno  HON    8  S.Finley  HON   47  D.Gooden  NYN  168
                    OTHERS TIED W    7  A.Sanchez MLN   43  OTHERS TIED W  160

YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS
LAN  2  at  ARN  3  SLN-Morgan(10-5, 3.66) at ARN-Sodowsk(7-3, 4.43)
SFN  4  at  CIN  9  HON-Deshaie(6-12, 5.55) at CHN-Krukow(12-13, 3.55)
NYN  2  at  FLN  3  SFN-Krukow(18-3, 1.86) at CON-Harris(11-11, 4.87)
SLN  6  at  HON  0  ATN-Mahler(9-14, 4.56) at FLN-Larkin(3-6, 5.75)
MLN  5  at  PIN  6  SDN-Wise(6-7, 3.11) at LAN-Hershis(10-9, 4.37)
CON  3  at  SDN  2  NYN-Tanana(8-8, 4.68) at MLN-Quevedo(9-9, 5.43)
ATN  4  at  WAN  3  PHN-Wolf(13-9, 4.04) at WAN-Perez(7-9, 3.79)
PHN  5  at  CHN  4

YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES
BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB
T.Pena        PIN MLN  5  2  4  4  0  1  1  1
A.Trevino     CIN SFN  4  2  2  4  0  0  1  0
L.Smith       ATN WAN  3  2  1  1  1  1  1  1
T.Kennedy     SDN CON  3  1  2  1  0  0  1  0
B.Brenly      SFN CIN  4  1  1  3  0  0  1  0

PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS
M.Petkovsek   SLN HON  9.0  3  0  0  0  5  0 W  
T.Glavine     ATN WAN  7.0  3  1  0  2  4  0 W  
L.Hernandez   FLN NYN  8.0  5  2  1  3  7  0 W  
A.Holland     PIN MLN  3.0  2  0  0  0  2  0 W  
D.Capilla     CHN PHN  2.0  0  0  0  1  2  0    

WHO'S HOT - BEST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
T.Pena        PIN .375 32 12 11  3  4  M.Petkovsek   SLN 11  5  0  0  7  0 300
B.Jordan      SLN .300 30  9 10  3  4  R.Delucia     SLN  5  1  0  1  5  0 000
E.Karros      LAN .400 35 14 10  5  3  P.Byrd        PHN  8  4  0  1  8  0 100
D.Strawberry  LAN .500 24 12 10  2  1  V.Padilla     PHN  6  2  0  0  2  0 000
B.Gilkey      SLN .370 27 10  6  6  2  B.Anderson    ARN 13  8  1  0  2  0 100

WHO'S NOT - WORST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
K.Orie        FLN .057 35  2  0  0  0  B.Caudill     CHN  8 21 15  7  9  1 020
J.Clark       CON .214 28  6  0  0  0  J.Sanchez     FLN  8 13 11  7  5  1 020
L.Gonzalez    HON .143 35  5  2  2  0  J.Alvarez     ATN  8 14 12  3  7  2 010
O.Smith       SDN .222 36  8  2  0  0  J.Cabrera     MLN  5 11  7  1  2  2 011
D.Hansen      LAN .179 28  5  2  1  0  C.Puleo       ATN  7 14  9  3  5  0 000

INJURY REPORT
T.Blackwell, Chicago (NL) - 3 more games
R.Jones, San Diego - 3 more games
B.Evans, San Diego - 1 more games
E.Davis, Los Angeles - 1 more games
C.Hayes, Colorado - 2 more games
D.Sheaffer, St. Louis - 8 more games
T.Pagnozzi, St. Louis - 5 more games
G.Zaun, Florida - 3 more games
M.Lieberthal, Philadelphia - 2 more games
A.Sanchez, Milwaukee - 1 more games
A.Kearns, Washington - 14 more games

 

Now granted the '88 Braves have scraped together some wins lately but they still are the Braves and they are featured in our boxscore of the month for August. They were drubbed by that juggernaut that was the '08 Nationals 18-2 on August 29th as the Nats banged out 24 hits.

 

BOXSCORE: 1988 Atlanta Braves At 2008 Washington Nationals          8/29/2008

  Braves             AB  R  H RBI AVG     Nationals          AB  R  H RBI AVG
  J.Morrison 3B       4  0  1  0 .138     W.Harris 2B         6  4  3  2 .260  
  D.James LF          4  0  1  0 .263     C.Guzman SS         6  4  5  1 .319  
  G.Perry 1B          4  1  0  0 .331     D.Young 1B          4  2  2  2 .270  
  D.Murphy RF         3  1  1  0 .241     L.Milledge CF       5  0  5  5 .286  
  A.Thomas SS         4  0  2  0 .261     A.Gonzalez 3B       6  0  0  1 .183  
  O.Virgil C          4  0  2  2 .294     J.Flores C          4  2  2  1 .275  
  A.Hall CF           3  0  0  0 .238     E.Bonifacio RF      4  3  3  0 .305  
  J.Blauser 2B        4  0  1  0 .243     R.Bernadina LF      5  1  2  2 .381  
  K.Coffman P         0  0  0  0 .143     T.Redding P         5  2  2  2 .107  
  C.Puleo P           1  0  0  0 .118     M.Estrada P         0  0  0  0 .000  
A-P.Runge PH          1  0  0  0 .136                                          
  J.Alvarez P         0  0  0  0 .273                                          
B-L.Smith PH          1  0  0  0 .248                                          
  R.Mahler P          0  0  0  0 .045                                          
C-T.Simmons PH        1  0  0  0 .203                                          
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      34  2  8  2                 Totals      45 18 24 16

A-Pinch Hit For Puleo In 5th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Alvarez In 7th Inning
C-Pinch Hit For Mahler In 9th Inning

Braves.......... 0 0 0  1 0 0  0 0 1  -  2  8  0
Nationals....... 1 5 4  0 5 2  0 1    - 18 24  0

Braves (54-81)           IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
K.Coffman LOSS(5-4)       1 1/3   5   6   6   2   0   0  45   6.00
C.Puleo                   2 2/3   8   4   4   0   3   0  64   5.60
J.Alvarez                 2       9   7   7   1   2   1  71   4.52
R.Mahler                  2       2   1   1   1   1   0  38   4.56
Totals                    8      24  18  18   4   6   1

Nationals (70-65)        IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
T.Redding WIN(10-7)       8       8   2   2   1   2   0 122   2.88
M.Estrada                 1       0   0   0   0   0   0   5   3.12
Totals                    9       8   2   2   1   2   0

ATTENDANCE- 33,441 DATE- Friday, August 29th 2008 TIME- Night WEATHER- Bad
T- 3:18
LEFT ON BASE- Braves: 7  Nationals: 8
DOUBLE PLAYS- Braves: 2  Nationals: 1
DOUBLES- D.Murphy(41st), C.Guzman(36th), L.Milledge(22nd), J.Flores(17th),
         R.Bernadina(4th)
HOME RUNS- W.Harris(17th)
STOLEN BASES- W.Harris(17th)
SACRIFICE FLIES- L.Milledge
WALKS- A.Hall, D.Young-2, J.Flores, E.Bonifacio
HIT BY PITCH- D.Murphy
STRIKE OUTS- J.Morrison-2, J.Flores-2, R.Bernadina-2, T.Redding-2
GIDP- D.James, A.Gonzalez-2
WILD PITCHES- K.Coffman-2, J.Alvarez
PASSED BALLS- O.Virgil, J.Flores
WEB GEMS- Bot 4th: Jeff Blauser robbed Tim Redding of a base hit.

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