The San Francisco Giants got good relief work from slow-ball Pitcher Stu Miller (he won two successive games) and clutch hitting from Willie Kirkland (he won both those games with ninth-and 10th-inning hits). Willie McCovey continued to hit well (.386) and was joined by a revived Willie Mays. The Los Angeles Dodgers' bright young pitchers were jolted hard last week. Both Don Drysdale and Johnny Podres were knocked out of the box twice and Sandy Koufax once. With Roger Craig unable to finish his last three games, the Dodgers appeared a bit shaky (but see page 16). The Milwaukee Braves got bad pitching one day and bad hitting the next and fell farther behind. With no trades or promising farm hands in sight, GM John McHale commented: "It's strictly up to the men we've got now to pull this thing out. A championship club shouldn't make the mistakes that this club has been making." Manager Haney was even more to the point. "They're taking their defeats too lightly," he barked. "I don't see how they can laugh and joke and clown around when they've got so much at stake. A few of them show they mind losing. But all of them should." The Pittsburgh Pirates seemed to relax, now that they seem to be out of the pennant race, and won three in a row, six out of seven. The Chicago Cubs" long-silent hitters finally came to life in windy Wrigley Field. They piled up 59 hits, 17 home runs, 48 runs in five winning games against the Dodgers and Giants. "The wind blowing out makes all the difference in the world," admitted Manager Scheffing. "We just now are getting the hitting we figured to get all season." The Cincinnati Reds pounded their way to five wins in seven games. Since Fred Hutchinson took over at All-Star Game time, the Reds have played the best ball, except for the Giants, in the league. Pinson, Bell and Robinson—two, three and four in the batting order—hit .437 for the week, knocked in 31 of the Reds' 53 runs. But luckless Roy McMillan broke his collarbone and will be out the rest of the year; he had played only 13 games since coming back from a seven-week layoff with a broken hand. The St. Louis Cardinals called it quits for the year and announced: "In an effort to use more of our younger players, Sum Musial will not sec much action for the remainder of the season." The Cards lost four one-run games out of five and settled into seventh place. The Philadelphia Phillies had another mediocre week and lost four out of seven. Gene Conley, strong man of the staff, faltered. He blew an eight-run lead, and the Phils lost an incredible ball game 15-13.
Standings: SF 66-50, LA 64-53, Mil 62-53, Pitt 58-59, Chi 57-58, Cin 56-62, StL 55-64, Phil 49-68.
The Chicago White Sox, looking more and more like a sure thing, varied the act a bit and ran up some big scores. In one game they got 11 runs, in another nine. Sherm Lollar, out to prove that the Sox do have a big RBI man after all, batted .381, hit four home runs and drove in nine runs. Previous to that, he had been given a four-day vacation by Manager Lopez because his run production had been so poor (42 ABs without an RBI). The Cleveland Indians' situation in the pennant race has become critical. "We need some topnotch pitching to get us going," said Manager Gordon. With his two aces, Cal McLish and Jim Perry, bothered by arm trouble, Gordon turned once again to the fading Herb Score. Herb tried a no-windup delivery, but it wasn't much help. He gave up four hits, five walks and five runs in 2‚Öì innings. The Baltimore Orioles would be in trouble if it weren't for the superb pitching of 20-year-old Milt Pappas. Five of his last six decisions have been low-hit, complete-game victories. When the New York Yankees won six in a row, there was some talk that the Yanks might come back, like the Giants in 1951. The talk stopped abruptly when the Yanks lost their next five games. As if to emphasize their ineptness, they blew two of the games in the eighth inning when Ryne Duren gave up game-losing home runs. The Detroit Tigers passed the million mark in attendance for the 14th time in 15 years, despite another mediocre season. "These people must be crazy," remarked one player when several hundred fans turned up at the airport to welcome the team home from a road trip. "Don't they know we're in the second division?" The Kansas City Athletics' slump (13 defeats in 16 games) ended when Bud Daley and Ned Garver turned in back-to-back complete-game wins over the White Sox. The Boston Bed Sox got more timely hitting from young Gary Geiger. His ninth-inning home run beat the Orioles, and an eighth-inning homer against the Yankees was the deciding run. After the Washington Senators lost their 22nd game out of 23 played, Manager Lavagetto said to the team: "You're running scared and there's no sense in it. What have you guys got to be tight about? We've had a reputation as spoilers here in Washington, but you guys aren't spoiling anything but your future. I think the Washington fans have been extremely patient. A lot of you would have been run out of other towns." The Senators immediately won three straight.
Standings: Chi 69-45, Clev 67-49, NY 58-59, Balt 57-58, Det 57-60, KC 55-62, Bost 54-63, Wash 48-69.
Boxed statistics through Saturday, August 15
OLD FOLKS Gene Woodling (37) and Early Wynn (39) are kicking up their heels. Gene is batting .323. Wynn has won 16.