1984 August

1st  Cleveland’s Steve Farr wins his 2nd game against 7 losses, allowing 2 Tiger hits in 6 1/3 innings, as the Indians win, 4–2. George Vukovich clubs two homers for Cleveland.

2ndDivine intervention? The Cubs edge the Expos, 3–2, with the help of an “immaculate deflection” by reliever Lee Smith. With runners on 1B and 3B, pinch hitter Pete Rose laces a line drive towards CF that hits Smith’s glove, then bounces off his shoulder and hip to SS Dave Owen, who turns it into a DP. The win, coupled with the Mets loss to the Pirates, puts the Cubs 1 1/2 games ahead in the NL East.

3rd  Brewers reliever Rollie Fingers (23 saves, 1.96 ERA) undergoes back surgery to alleviate a herniated disk and will miss the remainder of the season.

      Frank White clubs a grand slam as the Royals score 7 runs in the 4th enrout to a 9-6 victory over Detroit.  Lou Whitaker has 4 hits and 3 runs for the motormen.

4th  The Yankees win their 8th straight, 4–0, over the Indians on Lou Piniella Day at Yankee Stadium. Sweet Lou played his final game less than to months ago in an 8–3 win over the Orioles. Ray Fontenot allows one hit in 5 2/3 innings for the win, and Brian Dayett has a double and 2 RBI.  Victor Mata hits his lone career homer.

5th  Toronto’s Cliff Johnson hits his 19th career pinch home run, breaking the ML record of 18 he had shared with Jerry Lynch. Johnson’s 8th-inning blast gives the Blue Jays a 4–3 win over the Orioles. Dave Collins swipes 4 bases to tie the club mark set by Damaso Garcia.

      Frank Robinson, who had led his club to a 42-64 record, is fired as manager of the last-place Giants and replaced Danny Ozark. Under the new manager, the Giants rally to defeat the host Braves, 7-4, as Jeffrey Leonard hits a 9th inning grand slam.

      The Royals sweep two from the first-place Tigers, winning 5–4 and 5–0, in the first of three straight doubleheaders for Detroit. KC takes the opener when Dane Iorg bloops a double over Ruppert Jones’s head in left. Charlie Leibrandt wins the nightcap with relief help from Quisenberry in the 9th.

      Keith Moreland’s 3rd-inning grand slam is all the scoring the Cubs need in beating the Expos, 4-3. Chicago stays a half game ahead of the Mets in the NL East.

6th  The Tigers and Red Sox split, with Detroit outslugging Boston in the opener, 9–7, and Boston replying, 10–2.  Aurelio Lopez (8–0) wins game one in relief as Chet Lemon and Lance Parrish each hit homers and drives in three runs.  Marty Barrett has four hits for the Sox in the opener and Boggs does the same in the nightcap. Two of his hits are homers to fuel Roger Clemens to his 6th win.

7th  Bill Buckner and Tony Armas each hit grand slams in the first two innings off Tigers ace Jack Morris to spark the Red Sox to a 12–7 victory in the first game. Detroit takes the 2nd game 7–5 in 11 innings, after scoring a run in the 9th to tie.  Lance Parrish’s two-run homer ends it and Aurelio Lopez goes 9–0.

      The White Sox and Yankees split a double header with Chicago’s 6–3 triumph in game 1 stopping New York’s 8-game win streak. LaMarr Hoyt is the winner.  Ron Guidry strikes out 13 to win the nightcap, 7–0.  He finishes with a flourish, striking out the side on 9 pitches in the 9th.

      The Cubs sweep a pair from the visiting Mets, winning 8–6 and 8–4. Rick Sutcliffe (9–1) beats Ron Darling (10-5) in the opener, benefiting from a 6-run 5th inning. Keith Moreland hits a 3-run HR and Cey a 2-run shot in the 5th. A 5-run 4th in game 2 propels Chicago to the win for reliever Tim Stoddard. Lee Smith notches his 25th save.

8th  The Cubs tighten their grip on first place in the NL East with a 7–6 win over the Mets at Wrigley Field, completing a 4-game series sweep. Keith Moreland leads the way with 3 hits and 4 RBIs. Hubie Brooks is 4-for-4 with 4 runs for New York.  Davey Johnson gets tossed in the 7th after Bob Dernier gets hit by a pitch, a continuation of yesterday’s beanballing. Cubs manager Jim Frey follows Johnson in the 9th when Smith throws behind George Foster.

      Veteran P Don Sutton ends Milwaukee’s 10-game losing streak with a 3–2 win over the Royals. Sutton also passed the 100-strikeout mark for the 19th straight season, a ML record.

      At Busch, Dale Berra has a grand slam and collects 5 RBI as the Pirates clip the Cardinals, 6-4.

9th  The Reds stake Jeff Russell to a 7-0 lead after 2 innings and he rolls to an 8-0 shutout of the Padres. Dave Parker clouts a 2nd-inning grand slam of Tim Lollar.

      The Yankees rough up starter Tom Seaver and trip the White Sox, 7-6. Chicago’s scoring comes from Harold Baines, with a grand slam, and Carlton Fisk, with a 2-run HR.

12th  Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, and Luis Aparicio are inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York.

      In one of the ugliest brawl-filled games in ML history, the Braves beat the Padres 5–3 in Atlanta. The trouble begins when Atlanta’s Pascual Perez hits Alan Wiggins in the back with the first pitch of the game, and escalates as the Padres pitchers retaliate by throwing at Perez all 4 times he comes to the plate. All in all, the game features 2 bench-clearing brawls, the 2nd of which includes several fans, and 17 ejections, including both managers and both replacement managers. Padres manager Dick Williams will be suspended for 10 days and fined $10,000, while Braves manager Joe Torre and 5 players will each receive 3-game suspensions. But the brawl in Atlanta, as Dave Campbell observed, “woke the Padres up out of their doldrums.”

      The Orioles score 5 runs in the 8th and beat the host Blue Jays, 5-4. Birds manager Joe Altobelli gets ejected for disputing a fair/foul call bringing today’s ejection total to 18, a ML record (according to ejection expert David Vincent).

      Bert Blyleven tosses a shutout and Joe Carter drives in all the runs as the Indians beat the Yankees, 6-0. Carter hits a 2-run homer and a grand slam, both off Ron Guidry.

      In a slugfest featuring 7 homeruns, the Angels outlast Oakland, 10-9. Gary Pettis hits a two-run triple in the Haloes 3-run comeback 8th. Dwayne Murphy has two homers and Tony Phillips and Mike Davis one apiece for Oakland. Reggie Jackson has a homer for California, and Juan Beniquez adds four hits, including 2 homers.

      The Red Sox top the Rangers, 3-2, in 11 innings as they are helped by Texas’ George Wright. Wright ties an AL record by leaving 11 runners on base as he goes 0-for-6. The last to match it was Jiggs Donahue, in 1907. David Ortiz will top it in 2009.

13th  At Cooperstown, the Tigers beat the Atlanta Braves, 7–5.

15th  After a five year absence, Pete Rose is reunited with his hometown Cincinnati Reds when the Expos trade him for infielder Tom Lawless. The Reds immediately name him player-manager, replacing Vern Rapp.

      The Tigers flush Tommy John for ten hits in 6 innings to beat the Angels, 8–3.  Dan Petry (15–5) scatters 8 hits in 8 innings, and Dave Bergman backs him with two triples and three RBIs. With Cleveland beating Toronto twice, the Tigers lead is now 9 games.

16th  Don Slaught hits a grand slam for Kansas City and Dan Quissenberry earns his 32nd save, pitching in relief of Charlie Liebrandt, as the Royals beat the Rangers, 6-3.

17th  At Detroit, the Tigers draw 36,496 to break their attendance mark of 2.031,847 set in 1968.  They also top the Mariners, 6–2, behind Milt Wilcox.  Alan Trammell returns to SS for the first time in 39 games and adds two hits.

18th  Detroit’s Juan Berenguer goes 8 1/3 innings and strikes out 12 to give the Tigers a 4–3 victory over the Mariners. Kirk Gibson drives in three runs with his 20th homer of the year, and becomes the first Tiger ever to reach 20-20 in homers and steals. Gibson’s homer is his 15th game-winning RBI this year.

      At Busch, Dale Murphy has 5 hits, including three doubles, to lead the Braves to an 8-3 win over the Cardinals.  Murphy scores 4 runs. Glenn Hubbard contributes a 3-run homer.

20th  The Giants trade veteran 1B Al Oliver, whom they acquired from Montreal in February, and pitcher Renie Martin to the Phillies for P George Riley and minor leaguer Kelly Downs.

21st  Red Sox rookie Roger Clemens strikes out 15 and walks none as Boston whips Kansas City 11–1.

      At Detroit, Lance Parrish cracks a first-inning grand slam, off Larry Sorensen, and the Tigers drive by the A’s 12-6. Milt Wilcox goes six innings for the win. Rickey Henderson has a leadoff homer and 3 runs scored, and Carney Lansford extends his hitting streak to 24 games, but the A’s have little else to show for it

22nd At Wrigley, Houston scores 7 runs in the 2nd as they beat the Cubs, 8-3. Phil Garner solos in the frame while Jose Cruz hits a grand slam.

      Mike Jorgensen hits a 3-run homer and Terry Pendleton solos as the Cardinals beat the Reds, 6-3. Ron Oester has a hit and 2 RBI for the Reds to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 22.

      The first-place Tigers use a balanced attack to whip the visiting Athletics, 11-4. Alan Trammell has a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 20 games.

24th  Despite allowing just one hit—an RBI single to Dave Parker in the 7th inning—Pittsburgh’s Jose DeLeon loses to the Reds 2–0. DeLeon walks 3 and strikes out 8 but is beaten by Jeff Russell, who tosses a 3-hitter of his own.

      The Giants sweep a pair from the Mets, 7-6 and 6-5, with reliever Frank Williams winning both games. He totals 3 innings of work. Bob Brenly has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs in game 1.

      Gary Ward has 4 hits, including a double and a HR, to pace the Rangers to a 10-3 win over the Brewers.  Ward drives in 6 runs.

25th  Orioles ace Mike Flanagan stops the Athletics, 4-2 in Oakland to go 10-0 at Oakland Coliseum. In 13 starts, he has 6 complete games and an ERA of 1.88.  A year from today he’ll lose at Oakland.

      Dave Winfield has his third 5-hit game of the year to pace the Yankees to a 14-1 sinking of the Mariners. Omar Moreno is a homer shy of the cycle. Dennis Rasmussen improves to 8-4.

26th  In Anaheim, the Tigers use the long ball to beat the Angels, 12–6. Kirk Gibson has two homers and 4 runs scored, Marty Castillo, hits a homer and scores three times, and Chet Lemon belts his first grand slam ever. Tommy John goes just 2 2/3 innings in losing to Milt Wilcox (15–7). Detroit leads the East by 12 games.

      Frank White leads off the bottom of the 16th with a single, but one out later gets picked off 2nd base.  Greg Pryor then smacks a game-ending HR as Kansas City beats Chicago, 6-5.

      At Shea, the Mets are outhit, 11 to 9, but they beat the Giants, 11-6. Kelvin Chapman has a grand slam for New York and Keith Hernandez has a homer and 4 RBI.

27th  Dave Kingman hits a double and homer to help Oakland score 7 runs in the 7th inning, but that’s all the A’s score in losing to the Yankees, 7–6. Bobby Meacham has 2 homers, including the game winner in the 8th, to back Dave Righetti’s relief win. Bill Caudill loses.

28th  Kirby Puckett cracks a leadoff triple in the bottom of the 9th, and scores on a single as the Twins edge the Red Sox, 2-1.  Umpire Bill Kunkel calls his final game; he’s the last umpire in the 20th century to also play in the major leagues, having pitched for the Yankees and KC Athletics.

      In Baltimore’s 4-2 loss to the Angels, Scott McGregor’s season ends when breaks his ring finger on a Brian Downing line drive to end the 1st inning. A 1st-inning homer by Bobby Grich pins the loss on McGregor, who loses in Anaheim for the first time in six seasons. He had beaten the Angels 10 straight times.

29th  In Seattle, Mark Langston stops the Tigers on two hits and strikes out 12 to win, 5–1.  Ken Phelps three-run homer in the 5th is the big blow.

      At Chicago, Rick Sutcliffe (13-1) wins his 11th straight as the Cubs beat the Reds, 7–2. Bull Durham drives in 3 runs to pace the Bruin offense.

      At Montreal, Bob Brenly hits an inside-the-park homer to lead off the 11th inning and gives the Giants a 4–3 win over the Expos. His line drive tips off CF Tim Raines’ glove and rolls to the wall. The Giants tie the game with 2 outs in the 9th on an error by 3B Wallach. An odd occurrence happens in the game when Youppi!, the Montreal Expos mascot, is ejected, the first ML mascot to get the thumb. He gets tossed in the 11th after Tommy LaSorda complains about his thumping on top of the Dodger dugout.

30th  In a 9–3 win over the Twins, Red Sox slugger Jim Rice grounds into his 33rd double play of the season to break the ML record set by Jackie Jensen in 1954. By season’s end, Rice will extend his new record to 36.

Bill Virdon is fired as manager of the Expos and will be replaced by Jim Fanning.

31st  Milwaukee, down 7-2 to Texas to start the bottom of the 9th, scores 6 runs capped by Buddy Bell’s game-ending grand slam off Pete Ladd togiveTexas a 7-6 victory.

      Lonnie Smith belts a 1st-inning grand slam off Nolan Ryan to pace the Cardinals to  a 7-5 win over the Astros. Ryan gives up all the runs in 4+ innings.

      Jim Presley hits a grand slam for Seattle but Baltimore hits two homers in the 9th to beat the Mariners, 11-7.  Eddie Murray has 4 hits and Cal Ripken has 4, including a 3-run homer and a solo in the 9th, and Ken Singleton adds a 3-run homer in the 9th for the O’s.  Both 9th inning dingers come off Dave Beard.

      Tony Pena belts a pair of 3-run homers, both off Joe Price, as the Pirates stop the Reds, 6-2.  John Candelaria goes 7 innings to win his 12th.

      The Cubs pick up some pennant insurance acquiring Davey Lopes from the A’s for a player to be named. Lopes is also the player to be named in the July 15 transaction with Oakland for Chuck Rainey.