Yanks rule in New York, White Sox tops in Chicago _ at least until next year
Jun. 19, 1997
This first round of interleague play belonged to the American League _ and the fans.
Helped by wins by the Yankees over the Mets in New York and the White Sox over the Cubs in Chicago, AL teams emerged with a 48-36 edge over their NL counterparts.
A sellout crowd of 56,278 at Yankee Stadium saw the home team win 3-2 in 10 innings Wednesday. The Yankees won the Subway Series against the Mets, two games to one.
``We can at least brag for 11 months or 12 months,'' Yankees catcher Joe Girardi said.
A sellout crowd of 44,204 at Comiskey Park saw the White Sox win the deciding game of their Windy City rivalry with the Cubs, 3-0.
``Bragging rights are not high on my list. But I know to Sox fans it's extremely important, and that made it important to us,'' White Sox manager Terry Bevington said.
Interleague play resumes on June 30, highlighted by a World Series rematch between the Yankees and Atlanta and a meeting of Canadian clubs Toronto and Montreal.
In other games Wednesday, sellout crowds saw Montreal edge Baltimore 1-0, Cincinnati beat Cleveland 5-2 and Colorado rally past Texas 10-9.
Also, Los Angeles defeated Anaheim 7-5, Oakland stopped San Diego 11-9, San Francisco beat Seattle 4-2, Toronto top Atlanta 5-3, Detroit down Florida 6-2, Minnesota beat Pittsburgh 8-2, Boston defeat Philadelphia 4-2, Milwaukee top St. Louis 8-4 and Kansas City beat Houston 6-2.
Montreal, San Francisco and Boston have fared the best in interleague play, with each team going 5-1. Not that everyone enjoyed it.
``I'm glad to see the American League get out of here. I don't like the pace or the way they do things. That's why I wanted to come back to the National League,'' Giants second baseman Jeff Kent.
While most teams reported sharp increases in attendance, the Twins drew a total of 46,589 for three games against Pittsburgh at the Metrodome.
``That's maybe a little disappointing, the attendance,'' Twins pitcher Brad Radke said. ``But (interleague play) is a lot of fun. It's different.''
Yankees 3, Mets 2
Tino Martinez broke an 0-for-21 slump with a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Yankees starter David Cone took a no-hitter into the seventh against his former team. But the Mets rallied, tying it at 2 on Cone's balk in the eighth.
Cecil Fielder and Chad Curtis homered for the Yankees. In the 10th, Paul O'Neill drew a one-out walk from Greg McMichael (3-6) and took third on Fielder's single. Mets relief ace John Franco entered, and Martinez won the lefty vs. lefty matchup by slicing a single to left.
White Sox 3, Cubs 0
Wilson Alvarez won the deciding game for the White Sox, pitching his first shutout in more than three years.
Alvarez (5-6) walked one and struck out four. Lyle Mouton hit a two-run double in the first inning, and Dave Martinez later homered for the second straight day while subbing for injured Frank Thomas.
Terry Mulholland (5-7) gave up six hits in his first complete game of the year. The Cubs have been shut out seven times, three of them with Mulholland on the mound.
Dodgers 7, Angels 5
Billy Ashley, Raul Mondesi and Todd Zeile each hit two-run homers, and Los Angeles beat the visiting Angels. The Dodgers swept the two-game series _ the teams will play two more games in two weeks at Anaheim.
Hideo Nomo of the Dodgers and Shigetoshi Hasegawa of the Angels became the first pair of pitchers from Japan to face each other in a major league game. Neither got a decision, though Nomo struck out 11 in 6 1-3 innings.
Expos 1, Orioles 0
Carlos Perez shut out Baltimore on eight hits, and Sherman Obando broke up Jimmy Key's perfect game with a home run in the sixth inning.
Montreal won for the 11th time in 12 games. The Expos became just the third team to win a series from the Orioles this season.
Perez (8-4) pitched his third shutout in his last four starts. Rookie first baseman Ryan McGuire stopped Baltimore's best threat, throwing out Roberto Alomar at the plate in the sixth.
Key (11-2) retired the first 16 batters before Obando homered. Obando was traded by the Orioles to Montreal for Tony Tarasco before the 1996 season.
Athletics 11, Padres 9
Jose Canseco connected twice as Oakland won a game of home run derby at San Diego.
Mark McGwire hit his 26th homer and Jason McDonald broke an 8-8 tie in the eighth with his first in the major leagues.
Rickey Henderson and Ken Caminiti homered for the Padres. Steve Finley had three hits and scored three runs, but flied out with the bases loaded to end the game.
Rockies 10, Rangers 9
John Wetteland was hit hard by Colorado for the second straight day at Coors Field, and this time it cost Texas.
The Rockies trailed 9-6 in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Andres Galarraga hit a three-run homer and Walt Weiss later drew a bases-loaded walk that won it.
On Tuesday, Colorado scored three times in the ninth off Wetteland, yet lost 10-8 in 11 innings. On Wednesday, Wetteland faced seven batters and did not retire any of them.
Blue Jays 5, Braves 3
Carlos Delgado hit a high fly into the fog at SkyDome, and when the ball came down, it was in the right-field seats for a three-run homer.
Delgado connected for the second straight day as Toronto avoided a three-game sweep by Atlanta. The home run came in the third inning, and the game was delayed for 14 minutes because of fog in the fourth while the retractable roof was closing.
John Smoltz (6-6), who won at Toronto in Game 5 of the 1992 World Series, gave up five runs in seven innings.
Reds 5, Indians 2
Making his first start of the season, Cincinnati's Mike Remlinger stopped Cleveland on two hits for six innings.
Pete Schourek was scheduled to pitch for the Reds, but was scratched because of a sore left triceps. Remlinger (2-3) had made 35 relief appearances this year.
Willie Greene hit a solo home run, Lenny Harris had a two-run single and Deion Sanders hit an RBI single for Cincinnati.
Royals 6, Astros 2
Jeff King enjoyed another big game against NL competition, hitting a grand slam in the first inning at Kansas City.
King, who played the previous eight years in Pittsburgh, was 10-for-21 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in the Royals' six interleague games.
Luis Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 22 games, one shy of the Houston record held by Art Howe.
Giants 4, Mariners 2
Stan Javier hit his third interleague home run as Mark Gardner and San Francisco complete a two-game sweep at home. Seattle had been the only team in the majors not to be swept in a two-game series this season.
Javier had not homered until interleague play started last week. The Giants won their fourth in a row.
Gardner (8-2) pitched 7 2-3 innings and gave up three hits, including home runs by Jay Buhner and Russ Davis.
Ken Griffey Jr. of the Mariners and Barry Bonds of the Giants both went 2-for-8 in the series.
Brewers 8, Cardinals 4
Jeromy Burnitz again picked on the Benes brothers as Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep of St. Louis.
Burnitz hit a bases-loaded triple off Andy Benes in the second inning that put the Brewers ahead to stay. On Monday night, his ninth-inning homer off Alan Benes gave Milwaukee a 1-0 win.
The Brewers drew 83,842 for the Cardinals' visit, the largest total for a midweek series at County Stadium since September 1992.
Red Sox 4, Phillies 2
Shane Mack hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning as Boston beat Philadelphia at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox are 5-1 in interleague play while the Phillies fell to 1-5 against AL competition. The start of the game was delayed by rain for one hour, 45 minutes.
Jeff Suppan (2-0) was the winner. His other victory came last week against the Mets. Curt Schilling (8-6) was a Double-A pitcher for Boston when the Red Sox traded him and Brady Anderson to Baltimore for Mike Boddicker on July 30, 1988.
Tigers 6, Marlins 2
Detroit became the last team in the majors to win an interleague game, beating Florida on Omar Olivares' four-hitter at Tiger Stadium.
Olivares (5-5) lost last week at Montreal despite going 2-for-3 at the plate. Joe Hall, making his first start in the big leagues in almost two years, drove in two runs for Detroit.
Bobby Bonilla homered for the fourth time in seven games for the Marlins.
Twins 8, Pirates 2
Ron Coomer hit a three-run double and Minnesota won its second straight interleague series.
The Twins, who took two of three at Houston last weekend, dropped Pittsburgh three games below .500 for the first time this year.