1976 August

1stAt Shea, the Phillies sweep a pair from New York, winning, 7-6, in 11 innings, and 2-0. Greg Luzinski hits a grand slam in the opener, and reliever Wayne Twitchell (1-0) makes his first start of the season and pitches 7 innings. The Phils lead is back to 13 games.

The Cubs go hitless until the 8th inning against John Denny but beat the Cardinals, 2-1, in 10 innings. Pete LaCock drives home the winner against Denny. Ray Burris is the complete game victor, allowing 5 hits.

3rd  At Candlestick, Jack Billingham’s 3-hitter gives the Reds a 9–0 win over the Giants.

In the first of two at Wrigley, Rick Reuschel shits out the 1st-place Phillies, 4-0. The league leaders bounce back in game 2, riding a 4th-inning grand slam by Garry Maddox to an 8-5 win.

5th  Bud Harrelson is 4-for-4 and Roy Staiger has 3 hits including a homer, as the Mets beat the host Pirates, 7-4. All the Buc scoring comes on a grand slam by Willie Stargell.

6th  At Montreal, the Cubs take a pair with last inning go-ahead homers, winning 6-5 and 1-0. Rick Monday homers in the 13th of game 1, and Jerry Morales has a 9th inning solo in game 2.  Joe Kerrigan, in relief of Woodie Fryman in the 9th, serves up the solo. Steve Stone is the winner.  Monday will hit an extra-inning homer tomorrow as well, but the Cubs will lose a pair to the Expos.

7th  At Yankee Stadium, Rudy May evens his record (8-8) as the Orioles whip the 1st-place Yankees, 7-4. May gives up a grand slam to Chris Chambliss in the 9th.

8th  Padres rookie Butch Metzger (10-0) is credited with a 4–3 victory over the Astros, his 10th win without a defeat.  With a victory in each of the past 2 seasons, Metzger’s mark of 12–0 to start a career matches Hooks Wiltse, in 1904. Metzger will lose his last 4 decisions this year.

The White Sox suit up in shorts for the first game of a doubleheader with the Royals—the idea of maverick owner Bill Veeck. The shorts split, the Sox taking the opener 5–2 and losing the nightcap 7–1.

9th  Twenty-two-year-old John Candelaria survives a bases-loaded situation in the 3rd inning to hurl a no-hit game to beat the Dodgers 2–0. Candelaria improves his record to 11-4 for the 2nd-place Pirates.

In Houston’s 13–4 win over the Cardinals, Cesar Cedeno hits for the cycle.

In the Hall of Fame game following the inductions of Roberts, Lemon and others, the Brewers beat the Mets, 9–3.

10th  Jim Palmer one-hits the Twins, as the O’s win, 2–0. Mike Cubbage’s single in the 2nd is the only hit.

11thAt Wrigley, the Cubs take a 10–1 lead after 3 innings, only to lose to the Reds, 13–10. Cincy scores 2 runs in the 6th, 4 in the 7th helped by a Johnny Bench 3-run homer, one in the 8th and 2 runs in the 9th. Ken Griffey’s 2-run homer in the 9th ties the game. The Reds continue scoring with 3 in the 10th off Bill Bonham to hand the win to Pat Zachry.

12th  At Philadelphia, the Braves edge the Phils, 4–3, pinning the loss on Jim Lonborg.  Atlanta pitcher Frank LaCorte wins his first ML game after 9 losses.

The Reds go long at Wrigley Field, scoring 7 runs in the 8th and 9th to beat the Cubs, 8-3. George Foster hits back-to-back homers with Joe Morgan in the 8th and repeats it with Johnny Bench in the 9th.

13th  Lou Piniella and Graig Nettles lead the Yankees to a 9-3 win over the host Twins.  Piniella has 4 hits and 4 RBI, and Nettles hits a pair of homers to drive in 5 runs. It is his third 5-RBI game this season. Ed Figueroa wins his 15th.

14th  The Orioles sweep two from the White Sox, 8–6 and 6–5.  The O’s are paced by grand slams off the bats of Reggie Jackson and Lee May.

The Pirates score a run in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to beat the Astros, 5-4. Bob Watson belts a grand slam for the Astro scoring.

15th  On Buddy Harrelson’s wedding day, he scores the only run as the Mets nip the Reds 1–0.  He gets married a few hours after the game.

16th  With the help of three picked-off Oakland runners at 1B, the first such occurrence in the AL since 1910, the Brewers beat Oakland 4–3. Another oddity happens when Oakland’s Billy Williams is called out on strikes after refusing to enter the batter’s box. He is then thrown out of the game.

Lou Brock collects 5 hits in a losing cause as the Cardinals fall to the Padres, 11–7.

17th  With two outs, George Brett steals home in the 10th to give the Royals a dramatic 4–3 win over the Indians. Brett had singled with one out, swiped 2B and continued to 3B on a wild throw by rookie Rick Cerrone (as noted by Jan Larson). Brett is the sixth KC player to swipe home this year.

18th  The Angels nip the Tigers 5–4 in 11 innings. Nolan Ryan works the first 10, fanning 17.

In the Yankees 8–6 win over the Rangers, Roy White homers from each side of the plate.

20th  Winning 8–1 over the Pirates, the Dodgers reach two million in attendance. The Phils will match that tomorrow and the Reds will hit the mark on the 22nd.

22nd  Bert Campaneris collects 5 hits in leading the A’s to a 7–6 11-inning win over the Red Sox.

At Comiskey, the Orioles split a pair with the White Sox. Jim Palmer wins his 17th in the opener, 6-2, when Reggie Jackson clubs a 9th inning grand slam. For Reggie, it is his second grand slam in 8 days. The Sox prevail in game 2, winning, 7-3.

25th  The Yankees edge the Twins 5–4 in a 19-inning marathon. Grant Jackson is the winner over Pete Redfern.

28th  Davey Concepcion hits a 2-run single in the bottom of the 9th and the Reds tip the Phillies, 8–7.

29th  In 15 innings, the Reds beat the Phillies, 6–5. Cincy ties the game in the 9th when Pete Rose scores from 2B on a Bob Boone passed ball.  Both teams score in the 13th before Ken Griffey drives home the winner in the 15th.

30thAt Fenway, Jim Rice clouts a 5th inning home run against Texas, the 100th homer this year for the Sox.  They now have hit 100 homers or more for 31 straight years.

The A’s purchase veteran Willie McCovey  from the Padres.