1978 August

1st   The Braves trounce the Reds 16–4 and stop Pete Rose’s record hitting streak at 44 games. Larry McWilliams and Gene Garber are the Atlanta pitchers. Rose goes 0-for-4. Rose’s streak is the 2nd longest in ML history. He goes 70-for-182 during the skein, an average of .385. Rose grumbles about using a relief ace with an 11-run lead, “You would have thought it was the seventh game of the World Series,” after Garber uses his best stuff to strike him out to end the game.

At the Kingdome, Bob Stimson hits his second grand slam of the year, and drives in 5 runs, as the Mariners outpoint the Twins, 13-6. Dan Meyer has 4 hits and Leon Roberts has 4 RBI. On the Twins side, Roy Smalley is 4-for-4, with 2 homers.

2nd  The Yankees take a 5–0 lead over the Red Sox, but Boston ties it in the 8th on 3 wild pitches, two bases-loaded walks, and a collection of bloop hits. The game ends in a 14-inning tie at 5 apiece.

A day after his streak ends, Pete Rose collects 2 singles, a double and home run in the Reds 6–2 win over Atlanta.

3rd  Boston and New York pick up where they left off last night, and the Red Sox score 2 runs in the 17th to win, 7–5, on RBIs by Rick Burleson and Jim Rice.  Ex-Yankee Mike Torrez then stops New York, 8–1, in a rain-shortened game.  Jim Rice, with only one homer in his last 33 games, hits a 3-run shot off Jim Beattie.  Fred Lynn cracks a 3-run homer in the 7th and Bob Bailey follows with a shot off the upper deck facade in LF.  Boston now leads Milwaukee by 6 games and the Yankees by 8 1/2 games.

4thBaltimore and Mike Flanagan hand Ron Guidry his second loss of the year, stopping the Yankees, 2–1.

6th  With a 3–1 win over the visiting Padres, the Reds move into first place.

Catfish Hunter outduels Jim Palmer to give the Yankees a 3-0 win over the Orioles, and New York moves into 3rd place ahead of Baltimore. Just after the game, Yankee announcer Phil Rizzuto is still on the air when he hears the news that Pope Paul VI has died. The Scooter reflects, “Well, that kind of puts the damper on even a Yankee win.” Esquiremagazine will call the remark the “Holiest Cow of 1978.”

Hal McRae has 3 hits and 3 RBI and Al Cowens adds a grand slam as Kansas City rolls to a 12-5 win over the visiting Blue Jays.

7th  Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, and Larry MacPhail are inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.

8th  A pinch grand slam by Mike Cubbage features a 7-run 6th for Minnesota as the Twins power to a 10-2 win over Seattle. Rod Carew has 4 hits.

At Wrigley Field, Dave Parker strokes a 2-run homer and John Milner adds a 5th inning grand slam, off Guillermo Hernandez, as the Pirate whip the Cubs, 9-5.

9th  Kip Young (4-1) scatters 6 hits and Tim Corcoran hits a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th as Detroit outguns the Rangers, 5-2. Jim Umbarger, in relief of Fergie Jenkins, serves up the grand slam.

10th  The Angels whip the A’s 16-5 behind Frank Tanana’s 7 innings of work. A’s 2B Mike Edwards ties the ML record with 2 unassisted DPs; Claude Richey of Louisville was the first to accomplish it on July 9, 1899. The Angels’ Willie Horton has an eventful 4 innings, when he replaces Wallis in LF in the 5th. The veteran homers in the bottom of the 5th, hits a 2-run double in the 6th, then makes an error in the 7th and 8th innings. He leaves after his E in the 8th, his last appearance as an outfielder.

The Yankees Ron Guidry (16-2) tosses a 3-hitter to beat the Brewers, 9–0.

In just his 2nd start, Dodger P Bob Welch beats the Giants and Vida Blue, 12–2, to put Los Angeles into a tie for first place.

The Red Sox trip the Indians, 6–5, in 13 innings as Butch Hobson scores the tying run on a bizarre play: He lofts a pop fly behind second base and races around to second as 2B Duane Kuiper loses the ball in the sun. Kuiper picks up the ball but bumps into 1B Andre Thornton and the ball rolls towards first base and C Bo Diaz. With Hobson motoring towards third, Diaz overthrows the base. Hobson, having slid into the third, picks himself up and races home.  The throw from the outfield is in time to Diaz, but he can’t get the ball out of his glove and a sliding Hobson is home free. A George Scott double and Rick Burleson single then wins the game.  Mike Stanley (8–1) picks up the victory.

12th  Peninsula’s Marty Bystrom hurls a perfect game over Winston-Salem 3–0 in a Carolina League contest.

The Mariners and the Angels split a pair, with California winning the opener in 10 innings, 7-5. Danny Goodwin has 3 hits including a game-tying homer in the 9th.  The M’s rebound in the second game behind a grand slam by Leon Roberts and win 5-3.

13th  The Yankees erupt for 5 runs in the 7th inning to take a 5–3 lead over the Orioles before heavy rains force a delay of the game. Thanks to stalling tactics of Earl Weaver and some slow-moving Baltimore groundskeepers, the game is called, and the score reverts to the last complete inning. The Orioles win, 3–0, with Scott McGregor the winner.

15th  The Blue Jays trade DH Rico Carty to the A’s for DH Willie Horton and a minor league pitcher.

The Phils drop their 4th in a row, losing to the Dodgers, 5–2. The loss cuts the Phil’s lead to 2 games as the Cubs beat the Reds and Tom Seaver in an afternoon contest. After Reggie Smith had driven in the game-winner the previous two nights, it is Steve Garvey’s turn. His triple in the 8th off Tug McGraw, with the bases loaded breaks a 2–2 tie.

16thBoston’s Luis Tiant wins his 200th ML game, beating Nolan Ryan and the Angels, 4–2. Jim Rice’s 2-run HR is the difference.

17thSteve Kemp clubs a 1st-inning grand slam and adds a run-scoring double to drive in 6 runs in the Tigers 9-5 win over Cleveland.

20th Los Angeles beats New York 5–4 at Shea Stadium, but the real hitting occurs before the game when Dodgers Don Sutton and Steve Garvey engage in a club house wrestling match. The two had been feuding for a long time, but newspaper remarks by Sutton about Garvey’s All-American image sparked the brawl.

California and Baltimore battle for 14 innings before the Angels push over the game’s first score to win, 1-0. Don Baylor’s pop up falls in front of CF Carlos Lopez and gets by him for a run-scoring double. Dennis Martinez pitches 11 scoreless innings while Nolan Ryan throws 7. Dave LaRoche has 5 scoreless innings and Tom Griffin is the winner with 2 innings.

Dennis Eckersley (14-5) pitches the Red Sox to a 4-2 win over the A’s Marty Keough. Carlton Fisk has a solo homer and Jerry Remy a 3-run homer, the last of his career. He’ll go to the plate another 2,321 times without a four-bagger.

21stKen Griffey drives in 6 runs, on 2 homers and a single, but it is not enough as his Reds lose, 14–9 to St. Louis.

The Twins score in each of the last 4 innings, but the Tigers hold on to win, 9-6. Lance Parrish hits a 7th inning grand slam and drives in 6 runs.

22nd  Ron LeFlore swipes his 27th consecutive base as Detroit beats the Twins, 7–3. He began the streak on July 16th.

24th  Sixto Lezcano has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs for Milwaukee, but the Brewers come up short, losing to Cleveland, 9-8. Garry Alexander has a 3-run homer and 5 ribbies for the Tribe.

25th  ML umpires stage a one-day strike in defiance of their union contract. Semipro and amateur umps are pressed into service until a restraining order forces the strikers to return.

At Toronto, the Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twin, 7–3, with 2 amateur umpires and 2 coaches officiating: Toronto coach Don Leppert and Twins coach Jerry Zimmerman umpire. As noted by historian Wayne McElreavy, since 1910 this is just the 5th time this century, and the first time since 1941, that active players or coaches have umpired.

With 4 amateur umps officiating, Ron Guidry posts his 18th win, beating the A’s 7–1. Reggie Jackson’s grand slam drives in his 1,001st career RBI. The win keeps the Yankees 7 1⁄2 games behind the Red Sox.

George Hendrick has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer and a 4-run homer, to lead the Cardinals to an 11-10 win over the Braves. Larry McWilliams serves up the McHamburger to Hendrick in the 3rd. Garry Templeton also has 4 hits as the Birds outhit the Braves 17-10.

Dennis Eckersley (15–5) shuts out the Angels, 6–0, on 4 hits to run his Fenway record to 8–0.  Jim Rice belts his 32nd homer, off former teammate Don Aase, one of 3 hits he garners.

Richie Zisk hits a grand slam as Texas scores 6 runs in the 6th en route to a 7-2 win over Detroit. Rich Gale serves up the slam.

27th  The Reds Joe Morgan belts his 200th homer and becomes the first player in history to have 200 homers and 500 stolen bases.

28th  The Mariners and Red Sox combine for 16 extra base hits in the Red Sox, 10-9 victory.  The Sox, down 9–7 in the 9th, start a rally when Fred Lynn lines his 5th hit of the game. Lynn scores on an error and Butch Hobson drives home the winner with a 2-run double.  Jim Rice hits his 34th homer, Jack Brohamer adds 4 hits, and Bob Stanley wins his 12th against one loss.  The Sox lose Dwight Evans in the 7th when he is beaned by a Mike Parrott pitch, but X-Rays show no fracture however.

In Toronto, the Blue Jays beat the Twins, 7-3, as five substitute umpires officiate because of a one-day strike by the staff umpires. Making their debuts as umpires are Toronto coach Don Leppert and Twins coach Jerry Zimmerman, as well as Joe Sawchuk, Rich Panas and Alan Contant.

29th  Behind the pitching of Dennis Martinez, the Orioles beat the A’s, 6-2, to complete an 11-0 season against Oakland.  In 1970, Baltimore went 12-0 against Kansas City.

In a 10-5 Boston win over Seattle, Boomer Scott connects for a grand slam in the 5th off Glenn Abbott. Boston leads the Yankees in the AL East by 7.5 games.

30th  The Reds are rained out at Riverfront Stadium for the first time since the Stadium opened in 1970. The 2nd half of a twinbill was rained out on July 18, 1971, but no rain checks were issued.

      Sadaharu Oh hits his 34th season HR and the 800th of his career. The ball lands in the shoe of a fan who had removed it to feel more comfortable.