1985 August

1st  Vince Coleman steals 2 bases—on the same play–in the first inning of the Cardinals’ 9–8 loss to the Cubs to run his season total to 74, breaking the ML rookie record of 72 set last season by Juan Samuel. Coleman steals 3B and Willie McGee steals 2B. Coleman overslides 3B, jumps up, and heads for home, escaping a rundown when the plate is left uncovered as McGee takes 3B.  Both players are credited with two stolen bases on the play. A squeeze bunt by Larry Bowa with the bases full in the 14th scores the winning run. Bowa had earlier tripled with the sacks full. The game takes 5 hours and 3 minutes to end.

      The Indians trade veteran P Bert Blyleven to the Twins for OF Jim Weaver, P Curt Wardle, and SS Jay Bell.

2nd  Frank Tanana of the Tigers allows one hit—a HR by Ben Oglivie in the 5th—in beating the Brewers, 4–1. Tanana (6-10) K’s 8 while walking 1.

      Ozzie Guillen scores from second base on an infield hit in the 11th to give the White Sox a 6–5 victory over the Yankees. Salazar’s slow roller down the 1B line is fielded by pitcher Mike Bordi, and with no play at 1B, Guillen keeps running. In the 7th the Yankees have 2 runners thrown out at home on the same play (8-6-2-2) when Carlton Fisk tags out Rickey Henderson and Dale Berra.

      At Exhibition Stadium, George Bell’s 4th inning grand slam gives the Blue Jays the lead as they beat the Rangers, 5-3. It is Bell’s second slam of the year.

      The last-place Pirates unload 3 of their veteran players, trading pitchers John Candelaria and Al Holland and OF George Hendrick to the Angels for OF Mike Brown and pitchers Pat Clements and Bob Kipper.

3rd  Chris Brown hits a 3rd-inning grand slam to propel the Giants to a 7-5 win over the host Braves.

4th  In a day of milestones, Tom Seaver becomes the 17th pitcher to win 300 games and Rod Carew becomes the 16th player ever to collect 3,000 career hits. Seaver pitches the White Sox to a 4–1 six-hit victory on Phil Rizzuto Day at Yankee Stadium as 54,032 New Yorkers cheer him on, while Carew bloops a single to left off Frank Viola in the 3rd inning of the Angels 6–5 win over the Twins.

      At Chicago, Doc Gooden wins his 11th straight, a club record, as the Mets beat the Cubs, 4–1. Doc triggers a 3-run 3rd with a double.

      In the first of 2 games at Detroit, Darrell Evans’ grand slam is the margin of victory as Detroit beats the Brewers, 7-4. Milwaukee rebounds in game 2, winning, 14-4, scoring all their runs in the first 4 innings. Ted Simmons has 4 hits and 3 RBI and Ben Oglivie adds a 3-run homer.

5th  Darryl Strawberry belts 3 home runs to lead the Mets to a 7–2 win over the Cubs and vault the Mets into first place in the NL East. In the 9th, Straw singles in his 4th at bat as he drives in 5 runs.

6th  For the 2nd time in 5 years the Players’ Association stages a mid season strike. But unlike the 50-day strike that interrupted the 1981 season, this one will be settled by the following day and all 25 canceled games will be made up. The new collective bargaining agreement, which runs through 1989, raises the ML minimum salary to $60,000, extends the time of service required to be eligible for salary arbitration from 2 years to 3, and eliminates the free-agent compensation pool that resulted from the 1981 strike settlement.

8th  Cardinals pitcher John Tudor one-hits the Cubs 8–0 for his 6th shutout of the season, allowing only Leon Durham’s 5th-inning single. Tudor started the season 1–7 but will win 20 of his last 21 decisions to finish 21–8.

      Keith Hernandez has 5 hits in the Mets 20-hit attack as they beat the Expos, 14–7. Rick Aguilera is the winner.

      In game 1 against the Indians, Dave Winfield hits a pair of homers off starter Curt Wardle and drives in 6 runs as the Yankees win, 8-1.  Singles hitter Brett Butler hits a pair of homers in game 2, both off Phil Niekro, and adds a double but the Tribe comes up short, 7-6.  Don Mattingly has a pair of homers for New York.

      In a nice swap for Cincinnati, the Reds trade Tom Foley, Alan Knicely, and Fred Toliver to the Phillies for Bo Diaz, Greg Simpson and cash.

10th  Oakland’s Dave Kingman becomes the 21st player to hit 400 career home runs, belting a 2-run shot off Matt Young in the first inning of the A’s 11–5 win at Seattle.

Willie McGee goes 7-for-10 in the Cardinals’ doubleheader sweep of the Phillies, 5–4 and 13–4, to raise his batting average to .351. McGee will lead the NL with a .353 mark this season.

12th  Baltimore’s Wayne Gross and Larry Sheets connect for back-to-back solo pinch homers in the 9th inning, off Cleveland’s Jerry Reed, but it is not enough to overcome the Indians 5-run 1st inning.  The Tribe wins, 8–5.  It’s the 2nd time that a pair of Orioles have pinch hit back to back homers, and just the 3rd time in AL history.

      At Wrigley, Thad Bosley drives in 5 runs on two homers as the Cubs beat the Expos, 8-7. The first Bosley homer is pinch hit, the first time a Cub has accomplished the feat.  Tim Wallach has a pair of homers for Montreal.

      At Chicago, Phil Niekro goes the route to pick up his 295th win as the Yankees beat the White Sox, 10–4.  New York has a 7-run 7th to break the game open with Ron Hassey belting a 2-run homer and RBI single to lead the scoring in the frame.

13th  In the Mariners’ 11–4 win, Seattle’s infield again ties the ML record for assists with 21 against California.  Mark Langston goes all the way for the win.

14th  At Fenway, the Red Sox pound out 21 hits in whipping the Royals, 16-3. Wade Boggs has 4 hits and Bill Buckner hits a 4th inning grand slam.

      The wind is blowing out at Wrigley as the Cubs and Expos each hit three homers in the 8-7 Montreal win.  Bryn Smith (14-4) hits his first ML homer—as does his catcher Sal Butera–and allows one earned run in 6 innings. He also allows 5 unearned runs and serves up a grand slam to Ron Cey.

15th  Gary Gaetti hits a 3-run homer and Kent Hrbek bangs his third grand slam in four weeks as the Twins sink the Mariners, 14-5.

      Robin Yount hits a 2-run homer and Cecil Cooper has a grand slam in Milwaukee’s 7-5 win over the White Sox.

17th  In a 9-5 win, the Angels Reggie Jackson hits his 522nd career home run off Oakland’s Bill Krueger to move past Ted Williams and Willie McCovey into 8th place on the all-time list. Dave Collins has a grand slam for the A’s.

      The Phils use a barrage of 6 homers to overwhelm the Cubs at Chicago, 10–4.  Daulton and Schu go back-to back in the 4th and Samuel, Wilson, and Schmidt hit consecutive homers in the 7th. One out later, Daulton hits his 2nd of the game.

      Dave Concepcion bangs a 1st-inning grand slam off Joe Niekro and the Reds roll to an 8-0 whitewash of Houston. Tom Browning scatters 6 hits in the shutout.

19th  The Mets move into 1st place in the NL East with a 1–0 win over the Expos. Ron Darling with relief help from McDowell, is the winner.

      At Milwaukee, Roy Smalley’s homer in the 5th is the Twins only hit off Danny Darwin. The Brewers win, 2–1.

20th  Dwight Gooden fans 16 batters on the way to his 13th consecutive victory 5–0 over the Giants, raising his season strikeout total to 208. Gooden (19-3) joins Herb Score as the only pitchers this century to strike out 200 batters in each of their first 2 seasons.

      The Mets sign veteran Larry Bowa, who was released by the Cubs a week ago. One of his first moves is to tell Dwight Gooden that he tipped off his pitches when he faced the Cubs. “Every time you throw a fastball you lift your finger off your glove, and every time you throw a curve you keep your index finger on your glove.” (as noted in Sports Illustrated, August 2015). Still, the 20-year-old phenom was 5-0 in five starts against the Cubs, throwing a complete game each time.

      Mark Bailey has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and scores 4 runs as Houston rolls to a 17-2 win over the Cardinals. Dickie Thon has a triple and homer to drive in 4 runs to help Mike Scott win his 13th.

21st  Manager Stan Wasiak of Vero Beach (Florida State League) becomes the first minor league manager to record 2500 wins as Vero Beach wins 3-2 over Miami. The win comes less then a week after Wasiak set the record for most wins. He has managed for 36 consecutive seasons.

      Ryne Sandberg drives in 6 runs on 4 hits, including a pair of homers, to lead the Cubs to a 9-5 win over the host Braves. Rick Cerone has a 3-run homer for Atlanta.

      The Dodgers collect 22 hits as they beat the Phillies, 15-6. Candy Maldonado has 5 hits and Mike Marshall has 4 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5.  Winning pitcher Fernando Valenzuela has 2 hits as he notches his 15th.

23rd  Joaquin Andujar becomes baseball’s first 20-game winner this season, beating Atlanta 6–2 for the Cardinals. Andujar is the first NL pitcher to post consecutive 20-win seasons since Joe Niekro in 1979-80.

      At Montreal, Dodger teammates Pedro Guerrero and Mariano Duncan hit grand slams as Los Angeles beats Montreal, 8-4.  Orel Hirshiser (13-3) is the winner. Guerrero’s homer comes in the 6th off Tim Burke (8-2) and Duncan’s comes an inning later off Gary Lucas.  It is the first time in LA Dodger history that teammates have hit 4-run homers in the same game, and just the second time in franchise history (1901).

24th  Three outs away from a no-hitter against the White Sox, Toronto’s Dave Stieb surrenders consecutive home runs to Rudy Law and Bryan Little and is driven from the game. His replacement, Gary Lavelle, gives up a 3rd-straight home run, to Harold Baines, before Tom Henke comes in to save the 6–3 win.

25th  At Oakland, the A’s reach Mike Flanagan for 5 runs in 4+ innings and beat the Orioles, 10-4.  It is Flanagan’s first loss in Oakland after 10 straight wins.

26th  Eddie Murray belts 3 home runs, including a grand slam in the 5th, and drives in 9 runs as the Orioles crush the Angels, 17–3. Dennis Martinez goes 8 innings for the win, while John Candelaria is lit up for 7 runs in 1 2/3 inning. The Birds total 7 homers in the game to tie a team record set May 17, 1967 and Murray’s 9 ribbies ties a team mark set by Jim Gentile.

25th  Dwight Gooden wins his 14th consecutive game and his 20th of the season 9–3 over the Padres. Gooden will finish the season 24-4. Gooden, at 20 years, 9 months of age, is the youngest pitcher ever to win 20 games. Bob Feller was a month older when he first won 20 in 1939.

26th  The Braves fire manager Eddie Haas, who led the club to a 50-71 record and 12 losses in its last 13 games. Bobby Wine will serve as interim manager.

      Led by Eddie Murray’s 9 RBIs, the Orioles bury the Angels, 17-3. Murray has 3 homers, including a grand slam, as the Orioles connect on 7 roundtrippers.

      The Reds beat the Cardinals 7–6 and use a record five players with over 2,000 hits apiece—Buddy Bell, Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, and Cesar Cedeno.

27th  Toronto uses 4 pitchers in shutting out the Twins, 8–0, with the win going to Steve Davis, who takes over in the 2nd inning. Jesse Barfield hits a double, off Frank Viola, to set an AL record with  extra base hits in 11 straight games. He’ll go hitless in tomorrow’s loss to the Twins. Paul Waner holds the NL record with 14 games in 1927. Toronto maintains a 5-game edge over 2nd place New York in the AL East.

      Jack Howell belts a grand slam in the 2nd and adds a solo shot in the 5th as the Angels beat the Orioles, 7-3.

28th  In Cleveland’s 7-4 win over the visiting Red Sox, Julio Franco hits a 7th inning grand slam for the Tribe.

29th  In the Yankees 4–0 win over the Angels, Don Baylor is hit by a pitch (from Kirk McCaskill) for the 190th time, breaking the AL record of 189 set by Minnie Minoso.

      The Rangers trade veteran slugger Cliff Johnson to Toronto for 3 minor leaguers. Johnson had left the Blue Jays after last season to sign with Texas as a free agent.

      At Cleveland, the Red Sox pound the Indians, 17-2, scoring 11 runs off reliever Rich Thompson.  Tony Armas has a triple and 5 RBIs and Rich Gedman chips in with a HR and 4 RBIs.

      The Reds trade veteran OF Cesar Cedeno to the Cardinals for minor leaguer Mark Jackson. Cedeno will help St. Louis to the NL East title by batting .434 in 28 games.

31st  The Pirates trade former batting champion Bill Madlock to the Dodgers for prospects R. J. Reynolds, Cecil Espy, and Sid Bream.

      San Francisco’s Jim Gott and Mark Davis combine to beat the Mets, 3–2, ending Dwight Gooden’s personal 14-game winning streak. Gooden, lifted for a pinch hitter in the 6th, will go 18-1 in his final 19 decisions. The Mets trail the Cards by 2 games, as St. Louis loses today.

      In the first of two in Minnesota, the Twins push across a pair of runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Red Sox, 6-5. Veteran Bert Blyleven goes the distance for the win. Mike Easler has a grand slam for Boston. The Twins complete the sweep with a 5-4 win in the nightcap.