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THE WEEK (Sept. 6-12)
Herm Weiskopf
September 20, 1982
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September 20, 1982

The Week (sept. 6-12)

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BALL PARK FIGURES

The major league leaders in slugging percentage (total bases divided by at bats):

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Robin Yount, Brewers

.5604

2. Dave Winfield, Yankees

.5600

3. Eddie Murray, Orioles

.550

4. Doug DeCinces, Angels

.544

5. George Brett, Royals

.541

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Mike Schmidt, Phillies

.598

2. Pedro Guerrero, Dodgers

.545

3. Gary Carter, Expos

.535

4. Al Oliver, Expos

.533

5. Jason Thompson, Pirates

.532

NL WEST

As barn burners go, this one was a blazer: After seven innings of a battle for first place in Atlanta, the Dodgers had 17 hits, four of them homers, but didn't have the lead. The Braves (4-3), who had three round-trippers, got three innings of one-hit pitching from Gene Garber down the stretch and won 12-11. Atlanta did it with three singles in the 10th—by Claudell Washington (his fifth hit of the game), Rafael Ramirez and Dale Murphy. Three more homers, one a grand slam by Bruce Benedict, carried Atlanta past L.A. 10-3 the next day. The loser was Fernando Valenzuela, who during his two seasons in the bigs has been shelled for 21 earned runs in 25? innings in Atlanta. For the week, the Dodgers (5-2) batted .315, with Dusty Baker hitting .484 and driving across eight runs and Steve Garvey getting 14 ribbies.

San Francisco (5-1) bumped San Diego out of third. Along the way, the Giants beat the Braves for the sixth and seventh times in a row, Greg Minton locking up 8-2 and 3-2 decisions with his 25th and 26th saves. Minton picked up No. 27 in relief of Renie Martin in a 5-1 win over Houston. Al Holland's four hitless innings of relief sealed an 8-3 victory in San Diego. That left the San Francisco bullpen with an 0.76 ERA for 35? innings of work during the last 11 games, nine of them wins. Furthermore, a longtime reliever, Fred Breining, went the route for his second straight triumph since being put in the rotation, this time beating the Padres 5-1. A four-hitter by Chris Welsh enabled San Diego (3-3) to defeat Houston 4-2.

Newcomers were given a shot by the Astros (2-5) and Reds (1-6). The most impressive was Frank DiPino, one of three players Houston got when Don Sutton was traded to Milwaukee on Aug. 30. DiPino whiffed the first four Padres he faced and 10 in all during his five innings as the Astros won 4-3. Outfielder Gary Redus, who fittingly plays for the Reds, swiped four bases in his first six big league games, two as Mario Soto sidetracked the Braves 4-3.

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NL EAST

St. Louis (3-3) clung to first as Joaquin Andujar and Bob Forsch were 1-0 winners over Montreal. But Ozzie Smith, who's suffering from a hemorrhage in his right thigh, may be out for the rest of the season.

The Phillies (3-3) batted .327 and got three homers from Mike Schmidt and two game-winning hits from Bill Robinson and one from Garry Maddox. Two saves by Jeff Reardon kept Montreal (4-2) rolling.

"Get out there and play ball. You're not retired yet." After hearing those words from President Reagan during a phone call on Willie Stargell Day, Stargell went 2 for 4 last week as a pinch hitter for the Pirates (4-2). His two-run pinch double helped defeat Philadelphia 10-9.

With his latest homer, Leon Durham of Chicago (1-5) became the first Cub since Frank (Wildfire) Schulte in 1911 to reach the 20s in both homers and steals in one season. The Mets (3-3) began a drive to escape the cellar as Dave Kingman had 10 RBIs and, with three homers, took over the major league lead with 36. No. 35 was the first inside-the-park home run of Kingman's career.

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