1977 August

1st  Willie McCovey hits 2 HRs, including his 18th career grand slam, as the Giants beat Montreal, 9–2.

3rd  Baltimore rookie 1B Eddie Murray homers from both sides of the plate in a 10-inning 8–6 win over Oakland.

The Cubs place Bruce Sutter and his injured arm on the 21-day disabled list.

At the Kingdome, the Red Sox use five homers to sink the Mariners, 12-4, as Mike Paxton (8-5) goes 5 innings for the victory. Jim Rice hits a pair and scores 4 times, Boomer Scott belts a 2-run homer, Butch Hobson adds a 3-run homer and Bernie Carbo hits a grand slam.

5th  The visiting Pirates swamp the Reds in a doubleheader before 50,000, winning 12–1 and 10–6. In game 1, Cincinnati native Dave Parker becomes the first player to reach the RF red seats at Riverfront with a home run, off Fred Norman. Veteran Joe Hoerner ends his career with a bang. The 40-year-old, a player-coach in the minors, mops up for the Reds by retiring 2 batters and then hits Frank Tavaras. Tavaras flings his bat and charges the mound, where the waiting Hoerner punches him in the mouth. In the second game, Tavaras hits an inside-the-park grand slam in the 2nd inning and Bill Robinson adds a 3-run homer in the 6th for Pittsburgh.  The Reds get a pair of homers from George Foster and a solo from Johnny Bench. Tavaras’ slam is the last inside the par for the Bucs this century.

Dennis Leonard pitches the Royals to a 12–2 win over the White Sox. John Mayberry leads the offense by hitting for the cycle.

Down 6 runs going into the bottom of the 4th, the Twins score 11 runs, then hang on for a 14-10 win over the Indians.  Glenn Adams starts the scoring in the 4th with a leadoff homer and Mike Cubbage finishes it with a grand slam. Cubbage drives in 5.

At Wrigley, the Padres and Dave Kingman outslug the Cubs to win, 11-8. Kingman has a 3-run homer and a grand slam, and the Pads get solo homers from Winfield and Hendrick as well. Steve Ontiveros has a 3-run homer and 4 ribbies for Chicago. The loss is costly for Chicago, putting them into 2nd place in the NL East behind the Phillies.

6th  The Phils nip the Dodgers, 1–0, as Gene Garber picks up his 2nd win in 2 days over the Dodgers.

Baltimore’s Rudy May gives up 3 homers to the Angels as California collects 14 hits in beating the Orioles, 9-5.  Ken Singleton connects for a grand slam for the Birds.

7th  Mike Torrez snaps a 3-game Yankee losing streak with his 3rd straight victory. The Yankees will win 20 of their next 23 games over Western Division opponents.

At Oakland, the Red Sox win their 9th straight on the road, beating the A’s, 5–2. It is Boston’s 10th win in a row.

9th  The White Sox hit 6 HRs against the Mariners to tie the club mark at Comiskey Park. Eric Soderholm has 2, with Chet Lemon, Oscar Gamble, Jim Essian, and Royle Stillman contributing.

Reds pitchers Doug Capilla and Pedro Borbon combine on a one-hitter, stopping the Dodgers, 4–0.  The only LA hit is Ron Cey’s infield single to SS with 2 out in the 7th. Cey is called safe on a close and disputed play at 1B. Capilla is lifted with 2 on in the 8th.

10th  Billy Martin installs Reggie Jackson as the Yankees’ regular clean-up hitter. The Yanks beat the A’s 6–3, as Guidry outpitches Vida Blue. Graig Nettles belts his 26th homer of the season. New York will win 40 of final 53 games, with Jackson contributing 13 HRs and 49 RBIs.

For the 2nd times in two years a doubleheader at the Vet goes past 3 a.m. The Phils top the Expos in game one, 6–1, in a game that starts an hour late because of the rain.  A 2:27 delay in the 3rd takes its toll on the 46,664 fans in attendance. The 2nd game gets underway at 11:50 p.m. and lasts until 3:23 a.m. with the same results as game one.  Lonborg and Christianson are the winners.

The Red Sox score 3 in the 8th—two on a pinch homer by Bernie Carbo—in beating the Angels, 11–10 at home.  It is Boston’s 11th win in a row, their longest streak since 1950. Jim Willoughby (4-0), recovering from a broken ankle, is the winner.

The Pirates edge the Cubs, 2–1, in 18 innings as Ed Ott drives in the winning run with a sac fly. The Cubs only score is a homer by Jerry Morales in the 6th as they strand 15.  Pirates 2B Phil Garner sets a ML record for second basemen for the longest game with no putouts, but he does make 2 errors.

The Dodgers Rick Rhoden allows 2 hits—both by Dave Concepcion—in beating the Reds, 1–0. Fred Norman is the loser, though he gives up no earned runs.

11thTwo losses at Fenway today. The Red Sox lose to the Angels, 7–3, snapping their 11-game win streak, and the Bristol Red Sox lose, 5–3, to the Eastern League All-Stars.

Odell Jones (3-4) goes the distance as the Pirates wallop the host Mets, 9-1. Bill Robinson homers and drives in 4 runs and Phil Garner has 3 doubles and scores 3 times.  Dave Parker scores 3 and extends his hitting streak to 22 games.  It is his second consecutive game hitting streak of 22 games this year.

12th  For the 2nd straight day, Oakland’s Manny Sanguillen foils a no-hit bid. Today’s single is off the Orioles Jim Palmer, who settles for a 2-hit 6–0 victory. Yesterday’s hit was off the Yankees Mike Torrez, who finished with a 3–0 two-hitter.

The Pirates win twice over the Mets 3–2 and 6–5. In the 2nd game, Mets 2B Felix Millan suffers a broken collarbone in a brawl with catcher Ed Ott, ending Millan’s 12-year ML career.

At Cleveland, the Indians take two games from the Brewers, winning 2-0 and 5-4.  Dennis Eckersley tosses a one-hitter in the opener, giving up a 1st-inning triple to Cecil Cooper before settling down. Rico Carty hits a game-winning double in the 9th in game 2 after the Brewers had tied the score in the top of the 9th with 2 runs.

At Detroit, Minnesota takes a 12-3 lead into the bottom of the 3rd against the Tigers, then hang on to win, 12-11. Rod Carew has a grand slam, one of six homers hit today. The Tigers connect for two solo homers in the 9th.

At Dodger Stadium, Rod Gilbreath drives in all of Atlanta’s runs with a ground out and a 9th inning grand slam, off starter Don Sutton, as the Braves beat the Dodgers, 5-2.

13th  Against visiting Seattle, the Red Sox have two outs in the 6th inning, and then unload back-to-back-to-back homers by George Scott, Butch Hobson and Dwight Evans.  The Red Sox win, 13–6.

14th  The Yankees collect 15 hits, including homers by Rivers and Nettles, to swamp the Angels. 15–3. Dick Tidrow allows just 2 hits in 6 innings for the win.

Texas spots the White Sox 6 runs in the first inning and then rallies for a 12-9 victory. The Rangers get a leadoff HR from Mike Hargrove—his 2nd in two games—in scoring 3 in the first, then match that with a 3-run HR in the 2nd by Claudell Washington.

Yaz leads the Red Sox to an 11–1 pasting of Seattle by collecting his 506th career double. This moves Yaz past Babe Ruth on the all time list. Boston has now defeated Seattle 10 straight times.

After taking the opener, 12–5, the Indians light up Milwaukee’s Bill Travers for 18 hits and 14 runs to win, 14–5.  It will be 21 years before another pitcher—Mike Oquist on August 3, 1998 versus the Yankees—allows 14 runs.

The Phillies complete a 4-game sweep at Wrigley to dash the pennant hopes of the Cubs. Philadelphia wins the first game, 10-2, behind Larry Christenson’s 4-hitter.  Mike Schmidt belts a pair of homers, scores 4 times, and drives in 6 runs. Greg Luzinski hits his 31st in the nightcap, as the Phils win, 4-2. Chicago is now tied for 3rd with the Cardinals.

The Giants beat the Reds, 6-1, in the first of two, but Joe Morgan leads Cincinnati to a second-game win, 9-3, with a grand slam and solo homer.

15th  Mike Torrez throws his 5th straight complete game, a 6–2 win over the White Sox.  New York is now just 4 1/2 games in back of Boston.

In a 2–1 win over Kansas City, Boston’s Jim Rice hits a 3rd inning double and becomes the first Boston player since Ted Williams in 1939 to hit 20 homers, 20 doubles and 10 triples in a season. Between Williams and Rice, only Charlie Keller (1946), DiMaggio (1948, ’50), Mantle (1955) and Minoso (1956) had reached those levels.

At Atlanta, the Astros unload for a 15-3 win over the Braves, as J.R. Richard pitches 5 innings for the win.  Rob Sperring has 4 hits, including a HR, and Art Howe belts a grand slam. J.R. Richard homers before being lifted.

Milt May hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Tigers trounce the Mariners, 13-1. Ben Oglivie and Ron LeFlore add 2-run homers.

16th  At Yankee Stadium, New York blows a 9–4 lead in the top of the 9th when Chicago scores six runs, but a two-run homer by Chris Chambliss in the bottom of the inning gives the Yankees an 11–10 win.

At Montreal, the Phillies win their 13th straight a 20th century club record, beating the Expos, 7–5. Warren Brusstar is the winner over Kerrigan.

17th  Records fall as the Mexican League concludes its season. Ironman hurler Aurelio Lopez of the Mexico City Reds racks up his 30th save to go with a record 19 victories in relief. Veteran Tampico 1B Hector Espino hits only 14 HRs, but raises his career total to 435, a new minor league record. Thirty-eight-year-old Vic Davalillo, the league’s top hitter at .384, is purchased by the Dodgers.

Montreal ends the Phillies’ 13-game win streak with a bang, winning 13–0. Stan Bahnsen is the winner over Steve Carlton. The 13 games is a club record for this century: three times in the 19th C the club won 16 straight.

18th  Dodger P Don Sutton throws his 5th one-hitter, tying the NL record, as he blanks the Giants, 7–0. The lone hit is Marc Hill’s two-out single in the 8th.

Behind Jim Lonborg’s 5 hitter and Richie Hebner’s grand slam, the Phillies return to their winning ways with an 8-3 victory over the Expos.

19thBacked by homers from Reggie Jackson and Bucky Dent, Mike Torrez hurls his 6th complete game in a row and New York beats Texas, 8–1.  The Yanks are now 2 1/2 games in back of Boston.

At Busch, the Cardinals plate 5 runs in the 1st and roll to a 12-4 defrocking of the Padres. Mike Tyson supplies the knockout punch, knocking in 6 runs on 3 hits, including a homer.

The Brewers knock the White Sox out of first place with a 6-2 win.  The Sox also announce a trade with the Cardinals, sending Steve Staniland to the Birds for veteran SS Don Kessinger. He’ll become the regular shortstop tomorrow.

21st  Pittsburgh’s Rennie Stennett, batting .336 for the season, breaks his right leg sliding into 2B during a 5–4 loss to San Francisco. He will be out for the year, falling 12 plate appearances short of qualifying for the batting title, won by teammate Dave Parker at .338. His leg problems will flare up again next season and Stennett will never again hit higher than .244.

Graig Nettles’ HR and double account for both Yankee runs in a 2–1 win over Texas. Ron Guidry picks up his 10th win of the year and Yankees cut the Red Sox lead to one-half game.

Dave Kingman belts his second grand slam this month and Bob Owchinko throws his first career shutout as San Diego beats the Cardinals, 8-0.

Tom Seaver makes his first appearance in Shea Stadium as a member of the Reds, and pitches a 6-hitter to beat the Mets, 5–1. Tom Terrific strikes out 11, has a double at the plate and scores twice.

Rick Dempsey returns to active duty after breaking his finger, and Brooks Robinson goes on the voluntary retired list.

22nd  Both the Red Sox and Yankees lose today. The White Sox top the Yankees, 5–3, and snap the pinstripers’ 8-game win skein, while Minnesota beats the Sox, 5–4.

The Cardinals overcome a grand slam by Steve Yeager and score 7 runs in the 9th to beat the Dodgers, 8-6. Roger Freed hits a 2-out pinch 3-run walkoff homer in the 9th for the Birds.

In game 1 at the Kingdome, Rico Carty clubs a 3-run homer and drives in 5 runs, and Buddy Bell connects for a grand slam, as the Indians down the Mariners, 12-1. Jim Bibby (10-10) allows 2 hits. The M’s rebound in game 2 to win, 4-3.

23rd  Behind Mickey Rivers’ 5-for-5 and Torrez’s 7th straight CG contributing to an 8–3 whipping of the White Sox, the Yanks take over first place in the AL East. With the Red Sox losing, the Yankees go ahead by a half game and will stay in first place to the end.

Dave Goltz one-hits the Red Sox to give the Twins a 7–0 win.  Jim Rice hits a single in the 4th for the only safety.

24th  Catfish Hunter notches his final win of the year, an 11–1 four-hit victory over the Twins. New York supports Hunter with homers outages by Roy White, Mickey Rivers, Chambliss and Dent.

25th  The Twins blow a 4–2 lead over the Yankees when Mickey Rivers hits a 2-run single in the 7th inning and Reggie Jackson drives home a run in the next inning.

Junior Moore hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Bill Bonham, as the Braves take a 7-1 lead after 2 innings, then hang on to beat the Cubs, 8-6.

26th  New York wins its 12th in 13 games when Graig Nettles triples home two runs in the 9th inning to give the Bombers a 6–5 win over Texas.  With the Red Sox losing, the Yankees move in front by 2 games.

27th  Rangers Toby Harrah and Bump Wills hit back-to-back inside-the-park HRs on consecutive pitches off Ken Clay, highlighting an 8–2 win over the Yankees, only the 2nd loss for New York in 14 games.  It ties the ML mark and it is the first time since 1946 that two batters have connected consecutively on IPHRs.

Dan Driessen and Johnny Bench hit back-to-back homers in the 9th inning to give the Reds a 5–4 win over the Phils. Tug McGraw serves up both. Driessen’s homer is a line drive that hits the CF wall at Riverfront and rebounds back over Jerry Martin’s head all the way to the infield for an IPHR.  Bench follows with one over the LF wall.

Continuing the theme of the day, Boston DH Tommy Helms and 3B Butch Hobson hit back-to-back HRs in a 7–5 win over the Twins. It is the 15th time this year that Sox hitters have homered consecutively, tying a ML record. Montgomery and Scott also homer for the Hubmen.

28th  Steve Garvey has a career game with 5 extra-base hits, 5 runs scored, and 5 RBI, as the Dodgers blast the Cardinals 11–0. Garvey’s barrage includes 3 doubles and 2 HRs, one a grand slam, and all are consecutive.

Ron Guidry fires his 3rd shut out of the year, a 1–0 whitewash of the Rangers.  Guidry faces just 28 batters, allowing 2 hits.  Graig Nettles scores the winning run after belting as triple.

29th  The Cardinals Lou Brock steals two bases in a 4–3 loss to the Padres. It is career steal 893 for Brock, breaking Ty Cobb’s modern record. With his second steal, in the 7th,  Brock picks up second base and then his teammates storm the field.  The Padres supply a microphone so the theft king can address the crowd.  When Brock takes the field in the 7th, the Padre bullpen asks for autographs, and he is lifted to the cheers of the fans.

In the 9-2 victory over the White Sox, the Indians hit 4 homers, two by Andre Thornton. After going to bat 1381 times without a homer, SS Duane Kuiper clubs a Steve Stone pitch into the RF stands in the first inning. Kuiper will hang his glove and his .271 average up in 1985, and will have gone to bat 3379 times with just this one HR.  When the Indians trade Kuiper they will give him the seat where his homer landed.

The Yankees top the Royals 5–3 on a 3-run pinch homer in the 8th inning by Chris Chambliss.

Pat Kelly connects for a grand slam off Nolan Ryan in the 7th and the Orioles beat the Angels, 6-2.

At Fenway, Jim Rice clubs 3 homers—in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th inning—but Boston loses to the Oakland A’s, 8–7. Rice added a single in the 4th. He is the first Bosox player to hit the hat trick since Norm Zauchin on May 27, 1955.

30th  Against the Yankees, the Mariners tie the score, 5–5, in the 8th inning, then lose in the 11th, 6–5, when Mickey Rivers leads off the inning with a home run.

31st  Hank Aaron’s mark of 755 career HRs is tied by Sadaharu Oh.

Yankee reliever Sparky Lyle records his 3rd win in three games, all won on late-inning homers by New York. He ties the AL record for wins in 3 consecutive games. Graig Nettles’ 2nd homer of the game gives New York a 5–4 win over Seattle.

The Cardinals trade Clay Carroll back to the White Sox for three players to be named later: Silvio Martinez, Dave Hamilton and Nels Nyman. The Sox had traded Carroll in March for Lerrin LaGrow. Carroll will appear in a few games for Chicago, then get released in spring training next year. Martinez will win 24 games in two seasons before succumbing to arm problems.