Saturday, May 21 Baseball Today
Undated (AP) _ New York Mets at Los Angeles (10:05 p.m. EDT). Dwight Gooden (7-0) pitches against Tim Belcher (3-1). Gooden has allowed 64 hits in 65 innings. The Mets are 9-0 in Gooden’s nine starts and are averaging eight runs per game when he pitches. STATS
The San Diego Padres have been held to three runs or less in 29 of their 39 games. ... The Baltimore Orioles have scored only 21 runs in Mike Boddicker’s last 14 starts. Boddicker has lost 13 straight and has not won since last Sept. 4. STREAKS
Kansas City shortstop Kurt Stillwell homered in his third straight game Thursday as the Royals beat Minnesota 14-1 at the Metrodome. ... The Royals’ Charlie Leibrandt was the winning pitcher, snapping a personal five-game losing streak. ... Kirby Puckett went 0-for-3 in Thursday’s loss to Kansas City, ending his 13-game hitting streak. SWINGS
The San Diego Padres won their 13th game on May 15. Last year, they didn’t win No. 13 until June 5. SLUMPS
Kenny Williams of the Chicago White Sox hit a line drive single to left with one out in the seventh inning Thursday, breaking up a no-hit bid by Cleveland’s Greg Swindell. Cleveland beat the White Sox 1-0. Williams had been hitless in his previous 23 at-bats, was in a 3-for-42 slump and had a batting average of .140 before his hit. SEEING DOUBLE
California made five double plays and Baltimore four in the first game of their doubleheader Thursday, matching the American League record for two teams in a game. It had been accomplished seven times previously, the last by Kansas City and Oakland on May 14, 1971. There were three double plays in the second game, tying the AL record of 12 for double plays by both clubs in a doubleheader. SPRING SWEEPS
The New York Mets completed a four-game sweep over San Diego Thursday, the first time they have swept four games from the Padres since Aug. 16-17, 1969. It was the Mets’ first four-game sweep since July 1986, against Atlanta. It was the first time since July 14-17, 1973, that San Diego was swept in a four- game series at home. ... California’s 2-1, 9-6 victories over Baltimore Thursday was the Angels’ first doubleheader sweep since they beat Detroit twice on Aug. 14, 1984. SURVEYS
In a survey of top professions in the United States by The Jobs Rated Almanac, major league baseball players were ranked 222nd, trailing, among others, astrologers, accountants, librarians, florists, secretaries, correction officers, barbers, piano tuners and meter readers. Major league umpires ranked 157th. In other sports, NCAA basketball coaches ranked 159th, NBA players were 214th and NFL players 241st. STARTS
Cris Carpenter pitched a four-hitter for his first major league victory as the St. Louis Cardinals won their fourth straight game Thursday, 5-1 over the Chicago Cubs. Carpenter, 1-0, struck out five and walked two in his second big league start. He was the Cardinals’ No. 1 pick in last June’s draft. SIDELINED
Pittsburgh placed shortstop Rafael Belliard on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a strained right hamstring. Belliard suffered the injury during Wednesday’s game at Houston. SCOUTING
Dave Hostetler’s two-run single in the seventh gave Buffalo (Pirates) a 5-4 victory over Rochester (Orioles) Thursday. Wade Rowden had three hits for Rochester. Rochester starter Mark Thurmond took the loss in his first outing for the Red Wings after being sent down by Baltimore. SPEAKING
″They’re just waiting around to get beat. I don’t know what’s going on in their minds. You would think they’d be angry about the way things are going. If they’re not, then there’s something wrong with them.″ - San Diego manager Larry Bowa, after the Padres were swept in a four-game series by the New York Mets Thursday. SEASONS May 21
1930 - Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees hit three straight homers in the first game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics. Philadelphia swept the doubleheader, 15-7 and 4-1.
1943 - In the fastest nine-inning game in American League history, the Chicago White Sox beat the Washington Senators in 1 hour, 29 minutes.
1948 - Joe DiMaggio had two home runs, a triple, a double and a single, leading the New York Yankees to a 13-2 rout over the Chicago White Sox.
1952 - Duke Snider’s home run highlighted a 15-run first inning in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 19-1 romp over the Cincinnati Reds. Snider, Pee Wee Reese and Billy Cox each make three plate appearances in the first inning.
1969 - Atlanta’s Hank Aaron was lifted for a pinch hitter after 9,015 at- bats in a 15-3 victory over the New York Mets. Mike Lum batted for Aaron in the seventh inning and doubled.
1986 - Rafael Ramirez of Atlanta had four doubles in seven at-bats as the Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 9-8 in 13 innings.
Today’s Birthdays: Kent Hrbek 28, Paul Runge 30.