1970 August

1st  Pittsburgh’s Willie Stargell smashes 3 doubles and 2 homers, which ties the ML mark for extra-base hits in a game, and scores 5 runs while driving in 6. Teammate Bob Robertson also collects 5 hits as the Pirates outslug the Braves 20–10. In the 7th, Robertson and Stargell combine with Jose Pagan for three consecutive homers. Atlanta answers with a pair to tie the record for most homers by 2 teams in one inning.

Rusty Staub has 4 homers—2 in each game—to pace the Expos to a doubleheader sweep over the Dodgers, 11-6 and 6-5. Ron Fairly also homers in game 2.

The Orioles beat the Royals, 9-1, for a ML record 22nd straight win. The victory goes to Jim Palmer, wearing #22.  The 22 consecutive wins tops the record of the 1883-84 Boston team over the Phils. Kansas City won the first game in 1969, then dropped 11 in a row that year. They lost the first 11 this year.

The Cardinals beat the Houston Astros, 14-7, with the help of 9 unearned runs. Richie Allen has a grand slam for the Birds.

After trailing 4–2, the Reds score 4 in the 8th to defeat the Cubs, 6–4. Johnny Bench and Ty Cline each drive in 2 runs in the 8th.

2nd  Bobby Tolan celebrates his new son, born just before today’s game, by driving in the winning run in the 11th inning to beat the visiting Cubs, 4–3.

Oakland splits a pair with Washington, losing the opener, 6-2, but winning game 2, 1-0, in the 9th when Don Mincher hits a game-ending HR off Horacio Pena.  Mudcat Grant, with one inning of relief, is the victor.

Tony Taylor hits an ultimate grand slam, a 9th inning walkoff blast with his Phils down by 3 runs, as the Quakers win, 7-6. The homer comes off Mike Davison as Taylor drives in 5 runs in the game.

3rd In their last meeting of the year, Baltimore defeats Kansas City 10–8. It is the Orioles 23rd straight win over the Royals over a 2-year span, a ML mark.

4th  In San Diego, the Reds stomp the Padres, 12–1, as winning pitcher Jim Merritt clubs one of the 4 Reds homers. The Reds lead the NL West by 13 games.

5th  Ed Herrmann’s 1st-inning grand slam jumpstarts the White Sox to a 9-3 win over the visiting Brewers.

Willie Davis hits a grand slam and Bill Russell has 3 hits, including a pair of triples, as the Dodgers scalp the Braves, 12-2.

6th For the second and last time in his career, Lou Brock steals home, teaming up with Joe Hague in a double steal in the 1st inning against the Mets in St. Louis. Nels Briles wins 3–0, stopping Tom Seaver’s 9-game win streak.

At Minnesota, George Mitterwald leads off the bottom of the 14th with a HR to beat California, 2–1. Stan Williams (7-0) wins with 2 innings; Williams will be 10–1, all in relief.

8th Milwaukee reliever Dave Baldwin intentionally walks Boog Powell to load the bases and pitch to Don Buford. The Baltimore infielder promptly smacks a grand slam to give the O’s a 7–4 victory over Milwaukee.

In LA, Tony Perez collects 6 RBIs on 2 homers and a single to lead the Reds to a 10–6 win over the Dodgers.

The Giants edge the Astros, 6–5, with the win going to reliever Don McMahon. Giants starter Skip Pitlock has his 1st and only ML homer (half his career hits), an inside-the-park liner off Wade Blasingame.

9th  At Three Rivers Stadium, Willie Stargell hits an 8th inning homer into the 70-foot high right field upper deck, the first player to hit one up there.  The pitch is served up by Mets reliever Ron Taylor. The next two hit up there will be by Stargell, who will hit four of the first 7; Bob Robertson, Phillie Greg Luzinski, and Bobby Bonilla, in 1987, will also reach the seats. The Pirates win, 8–3. Nolan Ryan is the loser, allowing 4 runs in 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 7 and striking out 10.

11th  Jim Bunning notches his 100th NL victory, a 6–5 Phillies win over the Astros. Bunning is the first pitcher since Cy Young to win 100 games in each league.

Carl Taylor ends a slugfest by belting a game-ending grand slam in the 9th off Ron Herbel to give the Cards an 11-10 win over the Padres.

Gary Nolan (15-4) allows a homer to Cleon Jones as the Big Red Machine rolls to an 8-1 win over the visiting Mets. Tony Perez hits his 35th homer, a grand slam, and Johnny Bench presses his 39th homer. The Dodgers are 12 games back of the Reds, with the Giants 21 back.

12th  Curt Flood loses his $4.1 million antitrust suit against baseball, as Federal Judge Irving Ben Cooper upholds the legality of the sport’s reserve clause. Cooper does recommend changes in the reserve system, to be achieved through negotiation between players and owners. Less than 6 years later, this recommendation would become a reality.

13th  The Reds Jim Merritt strikes out 13 Mets en route to a 5–1 win in Cincinnati.

Cesar Tovar’s singles to lead off the first inning, the only one off Dick Bosman as Washington beats Minnesota, 1–0. Jim Kaat is the loser. For Tovar, it is the 4th time he has had his team’s only hit; He’ll do it one more time to set a ML record.

Ed Kirkpatrick hits an 8th inning grand slam to seal the 11-3 victory for Kansas City over the Red Sox.

14th  At Wrigley, the Dodgers and Cubs combine for 7 homers as LA wins, 13-9. Billy Grabarkewitz has a pair for the Dodgers plus a triple, while Joe Pepitone hits a grand slam for Chicago. Maury Wills is 5-for-5 for LA.

The Braves and Mets split a pair, 10-2 to Atlanta, and 4-2 to New York. Orlando Cepeda has a 3-run homer and Hal King hits a grand slam in game 1.

15th  In a 5–4 Reds win over the Phillies, Lee May drives in all the runs for Cincinnati. His 2nd homer in the bottom of the 9th ties the game and his single in the 14th wins it. Rose is 0-for-7 with 5 straight K’s. The Phils Billy Champion is the losing pitcher, but all is not lost. Champion picks up a PCL win today as Eugene completes a suspended game in which he is the victor.

16th  Down 3–0 in the 8th, the Brewers score 4 runs, three of the runs on a Danny Walton bases loaded double, to beat the Indians 4–3 win. Gus Gil’s single drives in the last run The biggest crowd of the season, 44,387, is on hand for bat day, allowing Bernie Brewer to leave his perch in right field after 40 days. Bernie had vowed to stay there until the crowd topped 40,000, and when the attendance was announced, Bernie slid down his slide.

In a 5–3 Montreal win over the Astros, Bob Bailey hits one of the longest HR in Astrodome history.

18th  For the second time in 3 days, Ed Spiezio drives in 4 runs, this time hitting a grand slam beat the Cubs, 11-3 at Wrigley. Chicago is now 5 games behind Pittsburgh.

19th  The White Sox erupt for 11 runs on 10 hits in the 9th inning to defeat the Red Sox, 13–5. Pinchhitter Luis Aparicio ties a league mark with 2 hits in the frame, good for 3 RBIs. Reliever Wilbur Wood is the winning pitcher.

Fergie Jenkins (15-14) homers and his teammates add another 6 as Chicago coasts over San Diego, 12–2.  Jim Hickman (2), Glenn Beckert, John Callison, Joe Pepitone, and Billy Williams also round trip for Chicago.  Six of the Cub homers are solo shots and San Diego adds a solo homer: the 7 solo homers by 2 teams sets a NL record and ties the ML mark set on April 29, 1962.

22nd  In a 16-inning game, the Pirates edge the Dodgers 2–1. Roberto Clemente goes 5-for-7 with an RBI and run scored.

Lanier’s 8th inning single is the only hit Ken Holtzman allows in the Cubs, 15–0 mauling of the Giants. Gaylord Perry gives up 8 runs in 1 1/3 inning to seal the outcome for the Giants. Joe Pepitone and Billy Williams each have a double, homer, and score three runs.

Defensive replacement Chuck Hinton drives in the Indians winning run in  the 10th as the Tribe tops the A’s, 6–5. The Indians hit 4 homers—one by Pinson in the 1st and three consecutive homers by Sims, Nettles, and Leon in the 6th.

Johnny Bench has a 2-out, 2-run double in the 9th to give the Reds a 3–2 win over the Mets at Shea Stadium.

At San Diego, Bob Gibson (18-5) stops the Padres on 2 hits as the Cardinals win, 7–0. Dal Maxvil and Gibson hit back-to-back triples in the 4th to help the 14-hit attack. For Maxvil, it is one of 7 extra base hits he’ll pick up this year as he will total the lowest slugging average ever for anyone in 150 games. He hits .201 in 399 at bats.

23rd  Roberto Clemente compiles his 2nd straight 5-hit game during an 11–0 pasting of Los Angeles. He is the first major leaguer this century to collect 10 hits in 2 consecutive games.

How do you spell relief? Don Gullett strikes out 6 straight batters and pitches 4 innings with no runners reaching base in beating the host Mets, 7–5. Gullett strikes out 8 in the last 4 innings. The Reds win on Jimmy Stewart’s 3-run pinch homer off Tom Seaver.

25th  In Minnesota, a bomb scare delays the game with Boston for 43 minutes in the 4th, but the only bomb is an 8th inning homer by Tony Conigliaro to give the Sox a 1–0 win.  The Sox end the game with a double play, a 1–6 force at 2B, then a throw home to nab Oliva trying to score. Ken Brett is the winner in relief over Hall.

Dave McNally wins his 20th as the Orioles down the Athletics, 5-1. He is the first AL pitcher since Bob Lemon 1952-54 to win 20 in three straight seasons.

Jay Johnstone scores the go-ahead run in the 12th as California beats the Tigers, 6-4 in Detroit. Johnstone then bangs a grand slam in the 9th of game 2 as the Angels shock Detroit with 9 runs in the 8th and 9th innings for a 10-6 win. The Angels are now 3.5 games in back of the Twins in the AL West.

26thIn the Reds, 6–5 win over the visiting Phillies, Jim Merritt notches his 20th win of the year. Jim Bunning takes the loss. Merritt is the first Reds lefty to win 20 since 1925, but will be 6–26 the rest of his career.

27th  Mike Cuellar wins his 20th game for Baltimore, defeating the A’s, 6–4. Dobson is the loser, giving up 4 runs in 2+ innings.

28th  The Giants Juan Marichal beats the Pirates 5–1 for his 200th ML win. Marichal joins Bunning as the only active pitchers with 200 wins.

Jerry Reuss allows 2 hits and the Cards beat the host Dodgers, 1–0, when Joe Torre belts a 9th inning HR off Don Sutton. It is Reuss’ 2nd 2 hitter this month, having beaten the Expos 4–0 on August 9.

Houston’s Wade Blasingame continues his mastery of the Mets, winning 2–1, his 2nd victory over New York since being recalled from the minors. His record against the Mets is 9–0.  Tom Seaver takes the loss.

Cleveland and California split a pair, with the Angels taking the opener, 3–2 and the Tribe the nightcap, 5–1. Cleveland’s Tony Horton plays his last professional game. The 25-year-old budding star, despondent over a batting slump and fans’ booing, will be hospitalized for depression.

The 1st-place Orioles split a pair with Milwaukee, losing 2-1 in the opener and winning, 8-4, in game 2. Don Buford’s grand slam is the margin of victory.

29th  The Reds trip the Expos, 4–3, as Pete Rose collects his 1,500th career hit. Lee May’s 2-run homer in the 11th snaps a 2-2 tie.

Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankees as first base coach as his Yankees lose 3-1 to the Twins.

Ed Herrmann hits a grand slam in an 8-run 6th inning as the White Sox outslug the Red Sox, 13-9. It is Herrmann’s second grand slam this month.

Dave McNally wins his 21st game and his 9th straight win as Baltimore beats the Brewers, 6-1. McNally helps the cause with 3 RBIs on a single and two doubles.

30thIn the first of 2 at Chicago, the Red Sox roll to a 22–11 win over the White Sox. This is the 10th time in history that the Red Sox have score 20 or more runs. Mike Andrews, Reggie Smith and George Scott each have 4 hits and 4 RBIs, while Billy Conigliaro has 2 homers. Ken Brett is the victor. Boston takes the second game, 4-1.

At Cleveland, the Indians and Angels combine for 9 homers, all by different players, as California wins, 10-9. The nine different players hitting homers ties the AL mark.

At New York, Jake Gibbs’ solo homer and Roy White’s grand slam provide the Yankees with a 5-2 win over the Twins.