Pssst. Don't tell anyone—especially not the Royals—but Rich Gale's missing fastball has been found. It was seen blurring its way past flailing Cincinnati batters as Gale pitched the Giants (3-2) to a three-hit, 6-1 victory. Gale, a 14-game winner as a Kansas City rookie in 1978, struck out seven and then agreed with the Reds' Clint Hurdle, his former K.C. teammate, that his fastball had as much zip as ever. Joe Morgan, 38, and Reggie Smith, 37, aren't as frisky as they used to be, but they had enough pep to knock off the Padres 3-2, Morgan stealing two bases and Smith driving in a pair of runs. Smith then connected for his first four-bagger of the season, a two-run drive off Tom Seaver, as San Francisco defeated Cincinnati 4-2.
"Beat me, but don't embarrass me," said Dusty Baker of Los Angeles following a 4-3 setback in San Diego (5-1). Baker was irked that the Padres cavorted at home plate, following their fourth win in their last five games with L.A. "They were giving high fives, low fives, kicking each other in the rear," Baker said. "I would understand it if they were going for a pennant, but this is the second week of the season." San Diego Catcher Terry Kennedy had a simple explanation. "We're not trying to show anybody up," he said. "We're just happy because we're one game over .500. That doesn't happen here very often." The San Diego fans' slogan this season is "Get Mad WITH the Padres," a spinoff from new Manager Dick Williams' attempt to get his players so riled up about their doormat image that they'll wipe their feet on other teams for a change. Juan Eichelberger, with relief assistance from Gary Lucas, defeated Fernando Valenzuela and the Dodgers 2-0, John Curtis beat Los Angeles 8-3, and then Eric Show came out of the bullpen to work four innings of scoreless relief during a 4-3 defeat of L.A. before a home crowd of 47,117. Lucas followed Show to the mound and picked up his third save of the week. The Padres were at it again on Sunday, overcoming a 3-2 deficit in the eighth inning by scoring seven runs and thereby completing a four-game sweep of the world champion Dodgers, 9-3.
After losing to the Padres, Valenzuela found he had lost something else—personal valuables that had been taken from the safe-deposit trunk in the locker room. Further examination revealed that Valenzuela's semi-weekly paycheck of some $20,000 wasn't gone, having been snagged on the lid of Fernando's hideaway. The costliest loss of all for the Dodgers (1-6) was the disappearance of their offense, which produced only 11 runs during six defeats.
Two Dodger setbacks were by 2-1 scores to the Astros (2-4), the first coming when Phil Garner singled across the decisive run in the bottom of the 11th and the other when Don Sutton and Joe Sambito combined on a five-hitter. Nolan Ryan, whose 1.69 ERA was the best of any starter in the majors last season, was cuffed by the Braves for five runs in 5‚Öî innings during a 5-3 loss that left him with an 0-3 record and a 7.90 ERA.
Cincinnati (1-5) pitchers needed a map to find home plate; in 53 innings they allowed 35 bases on balls. Eight walks in 6‚Öî innings, however, didn't prevent Bruce Berenyi from beating the Giants 8-2 and breaking a six-game losing streak for the Reds, who were mired in the basement. Three of those losses came against front-running Atlanta (page 14).
ATL 11-0 SD 6-4 SF 5-5 LA 4-7 HOUS 4-8 CIN 3-8
By putting the past behind them, the Cardinals (7-0) left nobody in front of them as they moved into first place. Last season the Cardinals voted not to cut Andy Rincon in on the team's playoff money because they felt that his absence during the Cards' vain stretch drive was his own fault, that he hadn't taken care of himself after being injured. Rincon was clearly ready last week when he held Chicago to three singles while winning 3-1. Pitcher Steve Mura, whose 14 defeats with the Padres tied him for the most losses in the majors in 1981, beat the Cubs 6-1. Ozzie Smith, also late of San Diego, hit his first home run since 1978 to help Joaquin Andujar defeat Chicago 4-3. St. Louis also won 6-0 against Steve Carlton, who had been 30-9 against his former team since being traded to Philadelphia in 1972. Even though Carlton has the best pickoff move in the game, the Cardinals stole four bases in the first inning. One of those steals was by former Phillie Lonnie Smith, who already has 10. St. Louis also got two hits from Andujar, who was 0 for 23 last year. Lonnie Smith had four more hits on Sunday as the Cardinals made it three in a row over the last-place Phillies by defeating them 6-5 in 11 innings. The biggest hits in that contest, though, were delivered by David Green, who knotted the score at 5-5 when he singled in the bottom of the ninth and then ended the game with another run-producing single in the 11th inning.
Philadelphia (1-5) and Carlton had other troubles. Two-time MVP Mike Schmidt went on the disabled list with a cracked rib, and Carlton was beaten by Randy Jones of New York (3-4) for the second time this year, 5-3. The Mets' new $4 million scoreboard-TV screen lit up when Dave Kingman walloped the three-run homer that sank Carlton.
Many hitters feel that the best way to break out of a slump is to keep swinging away. That, sort of, is what Larry Bowa of Chicago (3-4) did. After swinging away angrily in the clubhouse and shattering his bat when it finally hit something solidly, Bowa went out the next day and emerged from his 1-for-25 tailspin with a double, triple and three runs batted in during a 10-2 drubbing of the Pirates.
Montreal (3-2) played five one-run games. In the first four, Andre Dawson was only 2 for 15, Gary Carter 4 for 16 and Al Oliver 2 for 16. One of Oliver's hits was a ninth-inning homer that beat New York 4-3. Then in a week-ending 7-6 defeat of the Mets, Dawson had a homer and a game-saving catch in center, and Carter belted a round-tripper. Dawson and Carter had three RBIs apiece in that contest. Onetime Met Jeff Reardon came out of the bullpen to stave off New York's late surge and pick up his first save.
Dave Parker, who has been on the outs with Pirate fans, responded to a standing ovation during the Pittsburgh (2-4) home opener by slugging a drive into the centerfield seats that helped beat Montreal 4-3. Omar Moreno, who singled in the tiebreaking run in the ninth that day, beat the Expos 7-6 the next with a single in the 12th. Tony Pena, who spiced up his .542 hitting with five doubles, had four hits in that game. But the best news for the Bucs was that John Candelaria and Don Robinson, who both had arm troubles last season, pitched effectively. Candelaria, who underwent off-season shoulder surgery, went five innings and allowed only two hits in the 7-6 victory over Montreal. Robinson worked five innings during a 5-1 loss to Chicago, didn't allow a run and struck out six Cubs.
ST.L 9-3 MONT 5-3 NY 6-5 CHI 5-7 PITT 3-5 PHIL 2-8
What's new? Well, how about Greg Luzinski of the White Sox (6-0) beating out a two-out infield hit? (Tom Paciorek followed with a three-run homer that upended Boston 5-4.) Or how about Comiskey Park's refurbished exploding scoreboard? (Luzinski inaugurated it with a two-run homer that knocked off Baltimore 3-1.)
There was nothing new in Seattle (2-4), though. By failing to get a hit in 24 of 27 at bats with men on base, the Mariners dropped three games to the Angels. Seattle then beat Oakland twice, 5-0 behind Floyd Bannister and 4-3 with a two-run bottom of the ninth in which Richie Zisk knotted the score at 3-3 with a homer and Todd Cruz settled matters with a run-scoring single.
Although California (6-0) swept Seattle, it wasn't easy. Win No. 1 took 20 innings—17 one night before a I a.m. curfew and three the next evening—before the Angels came out on top 4-3 when Don Baylor got his fifth hit of the game and came home on Bob Boone's single. Later that night the Angels had to go 10 innings to win 2-1 on a double by Bobby Grich. The next day's 3-2 triumph was a more routine nine-inning game in which the aptly named Angel Moreno pitched a six-hitter. A pair of home runs by Baylor and the six-hit pitching of Geoff Zahn polished off the Twins 5-2. California's supposedly suspect pitching staff held opponents to .202 hitting and went through one stretch of 40 innings without yielding an earned run. The fielders did their part, too. Rick Burleson set a big league record for a shortstop in an extra-inning contest when he had 15 assists in the 20-inning marathon, and the Angels pulled off 13 double plays during the week. The Angels learned on Sunday, however, that they will have to get along for most or the rest of the season without Burleson, whose nagging right shoulder was found to be caused by a torn rotator cuff.
Kansas City (4-1) helped the West build a 14-3 record for the week against the East by beating Baltimore and Cleveland twice each. Reliever Dave Frost won a pair of games, and Dan Quisenberry got three saves, the middle one sealing Vida Blue's 3-1 victory over the Indians. Amos Otis batted .350 and had nine RBIs and three game-winning hits. His single in the ninth finished off the Orioles 4-3, and his two-run double in the eighth took care of the Indians 12-10.
Dan Meyer, who hit only three home runs in '81, and Tony Armas, who tied for the league lead with 22, each had two-homer games as Oakland (3-3) twice beat Minnesota. The A's also got eight stolen bases from Rickey Henderson and five more from Davey Lopes.
Bill Stein of the Rangers (4-2), who had an American League-record seven consecutive pinch hits last season, didn't get a swing this year until he faced Rollie Fingers of the Brewers with two on in the top of the 10th of a 1-1 game. In came Fingers' first pitch. Out went Stein's first hit—a double that carried Texas to a 4-1 triumph. The starting pitcher for Texas was Dave Schmidt, who didn't find out until he got to the park that he would be filling in for Doc Medich, who was ill. Schmidt hurled five innings of one-hit, one-run ball before giving way to Danny Darwin, who allowed only three singles over the final five innings. A three-run homer by rookie George Wright capped a four-run eighth-inning uprising that overhauled the Brewers and made the Rangers 9-6 winners.
Rookies Kent Hrbek, Randy Johnson and Dave Eisenreich homered as the Twins (1-5) defeated the A's 11-5. Until Sunday, no starting pitcher, however, lasted more than seven innings—one went 1‚Öî innings, another got just one out. Altogether, the five starters in the losses went 20‚Öì innings, gave up 22 walks, 21 hits and 14 runs.
CHI 8-0 CAL 9-3 KC 6-3 TEX 5-3 OAK 6-6 MINN 5-7 SEA 4-8
"I yell when Pm at bat. I grunt, you know, like they do in kung fu. I think I get more power that way." So said Enos Cabell of the Tigers (4-3), who yelled, grunted and powered his way to a productive week in which he came through with the team's first two homers of the season. Several other Tigers were more quietly efficient. One was Larry Herndon, who like Cabell was obtained by Detroit from San Francisco during the off-season. During a 4-2 triumph over the Blue Jays, Herndon scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning by racing all the way home from first base on a two-out single to right center by Lou Whitaker. John Wockenfuss poked out four hits during another 4-2 defeat of Toronto. That game was won on a four-hitter by Jack Morris, who later defeated New York 5-3.
For Toronto (3-4), Luis Leal and Roy Lee Jackson combined for a 2-0 defeat of Boston, the first time the Red Sox had been shut out at home since July 1980. The Blue Jays had to pinch themselves after a 5-4 triumph over Detroit in which Wayne Nordhagen opened the last of the ninth with a pinch single, pinch runner Anthony Johnson stole second base and Buck Martinez got the game-clinching pinch hit.
A three-run homer by Glenn Hoffman and three hits by Carney Lansford enabled Boston (2-4) to defeat Toronto 5-4 and break a four-game losing streak. The Red Sox then beat the Blue Jays 4-3 on Sunday when Hoffman, who had tripled, scored the tiebreaking run in the last of the ninth on a wild pitch.
Bert Blyleven of the Indians (3-3), who went seven innings, fanned seven and yielded just two hits and one run while beating the Brewers, appeared to be recovered from tendinitis. And Andre Thornton found his stroke after two injury-plagued years, slamming three home runs and batting .480. Three hits by Toby Harrah, including his fourth home run of the season, helped Cleveland knock off Kansas City on Sunday. Ed Whitson's two innings of hitless relief locked up the five-hit victory for John Denny. All of which enabled the Indians to join the Tigers as the East's only teams that don't have losing records.
Milwaukee (1-5) pitchers were tagged for 40 runs. But Rollie Fingers tossed 3‚Öì innings of scoreless relief and won 9-8 in Cleveland when Paul Molitor tripled in the 10th and scored on Charlie Moore's single.
Lou Piniella had three hits and Willie Randolph three RBIs as New York (3-3) came out ahead 10-7 in Texas. They switched roles during a 10-2 victory in Detroit, Piniella, who batted .636, getting the three RBIs and Randolph the three hits.
Baltimore (0-5) tumbled despite Eddie Murray's .600 hitting. Not even his 5-for-5 performance could avert a 10-6 loss to the White Sox.
DET 5-5 CLEV 4-4 BOS 4-5 TOR 4-6 NY 3-5 MIL 3-6 BALT 2-7
BALL PARK FIGURES
The Plod Squad is composed of the 10 active non-pitchers, who have appeared in at least 200 games, with the lowest ratios of stolen bases to games played, according to the Elias Sports Bureau:
1. Jose Morales, C, Bait (0 SB/627 G)
2. Terry Kennedy, C, SD (0/235)
3. Benny Ayala, OF, Balt (0/210)
4. Marc Hill, C, W Sox (1/489)
5. Milt May, C, SF (2/965)
6. Wayne Nordhagen, OF, Tor (1/417)
7. Clint Hurdle, OF, Cin (1/367)
8. Terry Crowley, 1B, Bait (3/755)
9. Rick Cerone, C, Yanks (2/493)
10. Dave Revering, 1B, Yanks (2/465)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ENOS CABELL: The first baseman-third baseman obtained by the Tigers from the Giants shortly before the season began, batted .483, had nine RBIs, walloped a pair of home runs and scored four runs.