1986 August

1st  Minnesota’s Bert Blyleven fires a 2-hitter and strikes out a club-record 15 batters to become the 10th pitcher with 3,000 career strikeouts. Kirby Puckett hits for the cycle to lead the Twins to a romp, 10–1, over the A’s.

      Greg Brock belts a 1st-inning grand slam and the Dodgers jump to a 9-2 lead after 3 innings. LA wins 9-5.

      Texas wins a pair from the host Brewers, winning 7-2 and 8-6.  Steve Buechele has a triple and homer to drive in 5 runs in game 1.  Pete O’Brien has a homer in each game and Pete Incaviglia clubs a grand slam in game 2.  Texas moves to 3 games behind the Angels in the AL West.

2nd  Dodgers Alejandro Pena and Tom Niedenfuer combine to one-hit the Reds 7–1, allowing only Eddie Milner’s leadoff home run off Pena in the 6th inning. It is the 5th time Milner has collected the only hit in a one-hitter, tying Cesar Tovar’s ML record. Enos Cabell belts a grand slam as the Dodgers break the game open with a 6-run 8th.  Reliever Tom Niedenfuer (6-4) drives in the other 2 runs.

3rd  Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr, and Ernie Lombardi are inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

      At Comiskey Park, Russ Morman homers and singles in the 4th inning in his first ML game as the Sox beat the Tigers, 10–1. He ties Billy Martin’s ML record debut with his 2 hits in one inning. Gibson homer is the only score for Detroit, while Baines and Fisk add homers for Chicago.

      At Cleveland, the Yankees set a ML record by scoring 10 runs in the 5th inning. They have 5 walks, a HBP, and 6 hits including 2 homers to score. Cleveland counters with 6 runs in the frame, but New York wins, 12-8. Rickey Henderson has a single, double and 3-run homer for the Bombers.

4th  White Sox pitcher Jose DeLeon (2-0) beats Boston’s Roger Clemens (17-4) for the 2nd time in 5 days 1–0 at Fenway Park. DeLeon and the White Sox also won 7–2 on July 30th.

5th  The Reds pound the Giants’ new pitcher Steve Carlton for 7 runs in 313innings to win 11–6. Carlton records his 4,000th strikeout to join Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to reach that plateau. The Giants will release Carlton on the 7th and he will join the White Sox.

      After Detroit wins the opener, 6–5, game 2 starts off with Detroit’s first two hitters—Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell—belting homers off Cleveland’s Jose Roman.  It is the 3rd time in a month this has occurred. Whitaker hits another as Detroit wins the shootout, 11–9.

      At Dodger Stadium, Houston breaks open a close contest with 4 runs in the 8th and 5 in the 9th to beat the Dodgers, 10-2. Bill Hatcher hits a grand slam and Denny Walling has 4 hits, including two homers.

      The Orioles stake Storm Davis to a 8–0 lead after 4 innings and he coasts home, 9–2, for his 10th straight win over the Rangers.

6th  In a wild game that features a ML-record three grand slams, Texas scores 7 runs in the final 2 innings to beat Baltimore 13–11. Toby Harrah’s grand slam in the 2nd gives the Rangers a 5–0 lead, but Baltimore rallies for 9 runs in the 4th, thanks to grand slams by Larry Sheets and Jim Dwyer, the 5th time in ML history a team has hit 2 grand slams in one inning. Bobby Witt and Jeff Russell serve up the gopher balls.

      The Red Sox jump on Floyd Bannister for 7 runs in the 1st two innings and coast to a 9–0 whitewash of the White Sox. Bruce Hurst allows 3 hits in the win.  It is the 11th consecutive loss for Bannister against the Bosox, a streak stretching back to 1982.

      The Mets release outfielder George Foster, the last NL player to hit 50 HRs in a season. Foster was hitting .216, a falloff from the previous year’s .229. He will play 15 games for the White Sox before retiring for good.

      In a 6-5 Cardinals win, RF Curt Ford makes a 4-base error in the 1st inning to allow the Phils Juan Samuel to circle the bases.

10th  Pitcher Bob Forsch hits a grand slam to lead the Cardinals to a 5–4 win over the Pirates, and reliever Todd Worrell records his 24th save to break the ML rookie record set by Doug Corbett in 1980. For the second time in a week, Vince Coleman steals 4 bases.

      In a Boston 9-6 win at Detroit, Darrell Evans belts a grand slam for Detroit in the 7th and Rich Gedman matches it with a pinch slam in the 8th. It’s the second game in 4 days in the AL where multiple grand slams are hit. Don Baylor has a pair of solo shots for Boston, while Roger Clemens goes 6 innings in  a no-decision.

      At Yankee Stadium, the Royals club three Yankee pitchers to win, 13-3,  Dennis Rasmussen (12-3) takes the loss. Steve Balboni has 4 hits, including a homer, to drive in 5 runs, Jim Sundberg collects 2 homers and 4 RBIs, and Darryl Motley hits a grand slam.  The Yanks drop to 6 games behind the Red Sox and a game ahead of Baltimore.

11thThe Cubs parade a record 10 pitchers in a 17-inning 10–8 loss to the Pirates. Pittsburgh uses 7 hurlers. The game is a continuation of a contest started on April 20, but was postponed because of darkness. Barry Jones, the winning pitcher who strikes out the side, and Barry Bonds, who hit the game winning RBI, were in the minors when the game started. Loser Frank DiPino started the season with  Houston.

      Pete Rose singles 4 times and doubles to set a NL-record with his 10th 5-hit game, breaking Max Carey’s mark.  Rose has 3 runs batted in as his Reds lose to the Giants, 13–4.

      Danny Tartabull hits a grand slam in the 7th and the Mariners add 2 in the 9th to beat the host A’s, 6-4.

12thBoston’s Don Baylor sets an AL record when he is hit by a pitch for the 25th time, breaking the season record he held with Bill Freehan (1968) and Kid Elberfeld (1911). The Royals Bud Black does the plunking in a 5–1 win. Baylor will end the season being hit 35 times: the ML record is 50 by Ron Hunt.

      At Oakland, the Mariners stop the A’s in the 9th when Carney Lansford grounds into a triple play, but they don’t stop Mike Davis who hits a walkoff homer in the 10th for a 3-2 A’s win.

13th  The Reds shrug off two homers by Candy Maldonado, one a grand slam, and beat the Giants, 8-6.  Kurt Stillwell drives in 3 runs and Bo Diaz hits a 3-run homer.

      Kevin Bass has a hit and 2 RBIs to extend his hitting streak to 20 games, but Houston falls, 5-3 to the Dodgers. Orel Hershiser (12-8) is the winner, needing relief help for the last out.

14th  Against the Giants, Reds player-manager Pete Rose is 3-for-4 as the Reds win, 2–0.

      At County Stadium, Ken Griffey belts an 8th inning grand slam, off Craig Lefferts, as the Braves snap a 3-3 tie and win, 7-3, over the Padres.

15thAlvin Davis hits a game-ending homer in the 9th off reliever Keith Atherton to give Seattle a 1-0 win over the Twins.

16thAt Boston, the Tigers amass 21 hits to beat the Red Sox, 12-6. Larry Herndon hits a grand slam in the 8th to seal it for Jack Morris. Tony Armas is a homer shy of the cycle to drive in 4 runs for Boston.

      Dale Holman, of the Richmond Braves (International L) becomes the first professional player to ever play for two teams in one game. The game was suspended because of rain on June 16 when he was in the lineup for Syracuse. By the time the game is completed today, Holman had been traded to Richmond and is in the lineup (as noted by Doug Lyons).

17th  The Red Sox trade highly touted SS Rey Quinones, Mike Brown, and P Mike Trujillo to the Mariners for SS Spike Owen, OF Dave Henderson and John Christenson.

      Steve Carlton wins his first AL game and the 320th of his career as the White Sox beat the Brewers, 7–4.

      Pete Rose makes his final ML appearance, striking out as a pinch hitter against Goose Gossage. The Reds lose 9–5 to the visiting Padres. A bright spot is Barry Larkin hitting his first ML homer, off LaMar Hoyt.

19th  At Royals Stadium, Frank White belts a walkoff homer in the 11th to give Kansas City a hard fought 9-8 win over Texas. White drives in 7 runs with 2 homers, a single and double.

20th  Tigers pitcher Walt Terrell is one out away from a no-hitter when Wally Joyner doubles. Terrell settles for a one-hit 3–0 win over the Angels. Trammell has a double and homer for Detroit.

      Philadelphia’s Don Carman pitches a perfect game until Bob Brenly doubles leading off the 9th, and Carman ends up combining with Steve Bedrosian for a 10-inning 1–0 win over the Giants. Juan Samuel’s home run in the top of the 10th provides the game’s only run, the 2nd time in Phils’ history that an extra inning homer has won a 1–0 game (Ron Northey, 1944).

      Dave Winfield hits his 300th homer in a losing cause as the Yanks fall to Seattle, 5–2. Mike Trujillo wins his first game for Seattle.

      At Kansas City, Texas is victorious, 7–1. Rookie reliever Dale Mohorcic gets the last out to preserve the win for Charlie Hough. It is Mohorcic’s 13th straight appearance (beginning on August 6) tying the modern ML record set by Mike Marshall.

21st  Newly acquired SS Spike Owen ties the 20th century ML record by scoring 6 runs in Boston’s 24–5 thrashing of Cleveland. It is the most runs ever allowed by Cleveland. Rookie blue chipper Greg Swindell takes the loss in his ML debut, pitching after just three appearances in the minors. Tony Armas has a grand slam, the first of two homers, in the 12-run 6th, and Bill Buckner collects 5 hits.

24th  At Riverfront, the Reds and Expos complete a game suspended on July 13 in Montreal with the Reds leading 3-2 with the bases loaded in the 6th. The Reds, playing as visitors, win, 10-2, with Dave Parker belting a grand slam in the 8th inning. In the regularly scheduled game, the Reds lose, 6-5, in 14 innings.  Bo Diaz has a homer in the 11th to tie it up, and Eric Davis has 4 stolen bases.

      In Boston, Phil Niekro goes 7 innings to win his 10th game, a 5-2 Cleveland win over the Red Sox. At 47, Niekro is the oldest pitcher to win 10.

25th  A’s 3B Mark McGwire hits his first ML home run—a 450-foot blast to center field off Walt Terrell—as Oakland beats Detroit 8–4 at Tiger Stadium.

27th  Nolan Ryan posts his 250th career victory, allowing one hit in 6 innings as the Astros beat the Cubs 7–1.

      In Seattle’s 4–1 win over Baltimore, the M’s Harold Reynolds ties the ML mark with 12 assists at 2B. He’s the second second sacker to do it this season.

      Eric Davis connects for a tie-breaking grand slam in the 9th inning, off Don Robinson, in Pittsburgh as the Reds down the Pirates, 9-5. Dave Parker has 4 RBIs, three coming on a 3rd inning 3-run homer.

29th  Cleveland’s Joe Carter belts 3 home runs and singles twice as the Indians beat the Red Sox 7–3 at Fenway Park. It is his second 5-hit game this year.

      California scores 8 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning, the final 4 coming on Dick Schofield’s 2-out walkoff grand slam off Willie Hernandez, to beat Detroit, 13–12.

30th  Roger Clemens becomes the major leagues’ first 20-game winner this season, striking out 11 Indians in a 7–3 victory to raise his record to 20-4.

31st  In Toronto, Lloyd Moseby hits a 3rd-inning grand slam as the Jays top the Twins, 7-5.