stBaltimore continues to beat up on the Brewers, downing them, 6-4 and 3-1. In the opener, Tommy Davis hits his second grand slam in a week, both against the Brewers.
Ron Cey hits a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 10th as the Dodgers beat the Reds, 5-3. Pete Rose is 5-for-5 for Cincinnati.
2nd Billy Martin becomes the new Yankee manager, replacing Bill Virdon, named by TSNas last year’s Manager of the Year. He won’t be out of a job for long.
In Los Angeles, George Foster’s HR off Andy Messersmith is the only score as the Reds win, 1–0. The unrelated Carrolls—Tom and Clay—combine for the Reds.
At game time at Fenway, the temperature is 103 degrees. The Red Sox then cook the Tigers, 7–2, behind Rick Wise.
4thAt Fenway, 35,866 are on hand to watch the Orioles topple the Red Sox, 12–8. Alexander is the winner over Willoughby. Brooks Robinson has a homer and 4 RBIs, Don Baylor has 5 hits for the Birds, and Boston’s Denny Doyle extends his hitting streak to 22 games.
At Candlestick, George Foster blasts an 8th inning grand slam and the Reds plate 2 more in the 9th to win, 7-5, over the Giants.
5th The first 7 Phillies hit safely—good for 15 bases—against Bill Bonham (10–8) and the Cubs, in setting a ML record. No pitcher has ever started a game by allowing 7 straight hits. Dave Cash leads off with a single, and Bowa matches it. Garry Maddox homers over the LF fence. Luzinski singles, and Jay Johnstone and Tommy Hutton follow with doubles to make it 5–0. Mike Schmidt then hits his 22nd homer to finally drive Bonham out of the game. His replacement, Ken Crosby making his ML debut, gives up a single to Johnny Oates for the 8th straight hit. Dick Ruthven lays down a sac bunt for the first out, but 3 walks, 2 hits and a balk make it 10–0. As historian Lyle Spatz notes, the Phils last scored 10 runs in a frame on August 13, 1948. Schmidt adds a 2nd homer to help push the final to 135.
Red Sox pitcher Roger Moret, scheduled to pitch today, crashes his car in Connecticut at 4:30 a.m. He’s okay and starts, but his Red Sox lose to the Orioles and Jim Palmer, 3–0.
At Shea, the Mets are twice shut out by 7-0 scores, collecting 5 hits in each game. Montreal pitchers Don Carrithers and Dennis Blair apply the whitewash.
After losing 3-2 to the A’s in the first game, Texas roars back to win the second game, 15-2. Roy Howell has a grand slam in the 8-run 6th, then adds a solo shot in the 8th. Clyde Wright is the easy winner.
6th The Mets fire manager Yogi Berra, promoting coach Roy McMillan as interim skipper.
The Reds amass 20 hits to beat the Giants, 12–5 at Candlestick. The Giants collect 14 hits.
7th Billy Williams has a pair of homers and Joe Rudi adds a grand slam as Oakland rolls to a 10-1 win over Texas. Visa Blue wins his 15th.
9th Davey Lopes steals his 32nd consecutive base for the Dodgers without being caught in a 2–0 win over the Mets. This breaks the ML record set by Max Carey in 1922.
At Comiskey, the Orioles double the White Sox, winning 12-6. Bobby Grich has no at bats as he walks 5 times and scores 3 runs.
11th George Foster has 5 hits to lead the Reds to a 9–3 win over the visiting Cubs.
Sombrero looks good, Jose. Jose Mangual of the Expos strikes out 5 times in a 9-2 loss to the Giants. Ed Halicki (7 IP) and Randy Moffitt are the moundsmen for the Giants.
12thRed Sox pitcher Rick Wise beats California, 8–2, for his 9th straight win.
At Yankee Stadium, the Twins score 4 in the 9th to take a 6-3 lead, only to see the Yankees tie it up. The game is suspended after 14 innings and completed a week from now in Minnesota where New York will win, 8-7 with 2 runs in the bottom of the 16th. The Yanks make all 3 outs in the 4th inning on the basepaths; it’ll happen only once more this century, when the Yankees do it on July 2, 1984.
13th The A’s release P Jim Perry and purchase OF Tommy Harper from the Angels. Or Perry it is the end of his 17 year ML career.
14th The Reds George Foster continues his hot hitting, collecting 5 RBIs in a 6–1 win over the visiting Pirates.
15th Frank Tanana pitches an 8–0 shutout as the Angels hand the Tigers their 19th straight loss.
16thIn a 9–1 win over Cleveland, the Twins set a ML mark with 9 batters getting 2+ hits. Jim Hughes is the recipient of the largesse.
17th During the Reds’ 3–1 win over the Pirates, Pete Rose singles off Bruce Kison for career hit number 2,500.
19th The Astros hire Bill Virdon to replace Preston Gomez as manager.
The Cardinals Lynn McGlothen strikes out 3 Reds on 9 pitches in the 2nd inning of a 2–1 victory. The loss snaps the Reds 9-game win streak.
21st Pitching brothers Rick and Paul Reuschel combine to hurl the Cubs to a 7–0 victory over the Dodgers—the first time brothers have collaborated on a shutout. Paul takes over when Rick is forced to leave in the 7th because of a blister on his finger.
22nd The Twins Dave McKay homers in his first ML at bat during an 8–4 win over the Tigers.
23rd Champ Summers and Rick Monday hit pinch HRs for the Cubs, but the Astros win the game, 14–12. Champ’s is a grand slam.
The Reds score 8 times in the 5th inning to wipe out a 4–0 deficit and whip the Pirates, 12–7. Richie Zisk has 4 hits and drives in 6 runs for the Bucs.
24th After New York rides a Dave Kingman grand slam to win the first game, 9–5, in San Francisco, the Giants Ed Halicki records a somewhat controversial no-hitter in beating the Mets 6–0 in the 2nd game. The 6’7″ righthander strikes out 10 Mets to improve his record to 8–10. Craig Swan takes the loss. The controversy arise when Rusty Staub hits a ball off Halecki’s leg, which caroms to the 2B Derrel Thomas, who picks it then drops it. Official scorer Joe Sargis rules it an E-4. NY columnist Dick Young, watching the game on TV, writes that it should be a hit and accuses Sargis of subscribing to the theory that the first hit of a starter should be a ‘good one.’ The no-hitter stands but UPI’s Sargis loses his job as a sometime scorer.
Lou Brock steals the 800th base of his career as the Cardinals beat the visiting Braves 6–2. Carl Morton is on the mound and Biff Pocaroba behind the plate when Lou swipes 2B.
Before the Dodgers,-Expos game, the team honors the 1955 World Championship Dodgers team. On hand are many from that team including Reese, Campanella, Snider, Newcombe, as well as Koufax and Drysdale. Also on hand, in his last public appearance, is Casey Stengel. After the ceremony Casey changes into street clothes and sits in the stands with Gregory Peck and USC coach Rod Dedeaux. Not feeling well, Casey leaves after a couple of innings. He will die of cancer in five weeks, his death announced by Dedeaux (as noted in Marty Appel’s biography of Stengel). The regular game goes almost 4 hours. After stealing 2B in the 7th, his third of the game, to add to his ML-record of 38 consecutive steals, Davey Lopes is nabbed in the 12th by Montreal C Gary Carter. The Expos then score 3 in the 14th off Mike Marshall to beat the Dodgers, 5–2. Bill Buckner has an RBI single to tie the game, but is declared out by ump Doug Harvey: Buckner’s bat has grooves carved into it.
25th Astro Cliff Johnson hits a 2-out HR in the top of the 11th off the Cards Bob Gibson for his 6th in 6 consecutive games, pushing his team to a 4–3 lead. Unfortunately, with 2 outs the game is called due to rain in the bottom half of the inning, and the score reverts to what it was in the 10th, thus erasing Johnson’s HR. It deprives Johnson of becoming only the 2nd NL player to hit 6 HRs in 6 consecutive games (he also had one in an exhibition game). For Bob Gibson, who pitches the 11th, his last career homer served up reverts to LaCock’s grand slam 11 days ago.
26th The first 8 Pirates hit safely against the Braves, tying the ML record set just 3 weeks earlier by the Phillies. Pittsburgh wins, 8–2.
27th The Twins Craig Kusick ties the ML record by being hit with pitches 3 times in a game, an 11-inning 1–0 win over the Brewers. He also got hit once yesterday; though records for consecutive games are not kept, this mark of 4 in 2 games will be tied by Craig Biggio in 2000. Bert Blyleven goes the distance for the win.
29th Chicago’s Ken Henderson homers from both sides of the plate during a 4–2 win over Baltimore.
Rick Manning connects for a grand slam in the 8th and Cleveland beats the Twins, 9-6.
30th The Braves fire Clyde King, naming Connie Ryan as interim manager.