1987 August

1st  Andre Dawson hits 3 home runs, his 29th, 30th and 31st, and drives in all 5 Chicago runs as the Cubs beat the Phillies, 5–3.

      Terry Leach goes to 9-0 as he allows 4 hits in 7 innings in the Mets 12-4 victory over Montreal. Howard Johnson hits a grand slam in the Mets’ 6-run 6th.

2nd  Eric Davis becomes the 7th player in ML history to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in one season by drilling his 30th homer in the bottom of the 11th to give the Reds a 5–4 win over the Giants.

      Royals rookie 3B Kevin Seitzer goes 6-for-6 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs in a 13–5 rout of the Red Sox, tying the AL record for hits in a 9-inning game. Seitzer will add 2 hits tomorrow, and 4 on the 4th: his total of 12 in 3 games is the 3rd highest in AL history.

      Rangers pitcher Bobby Witt ties the ML record by striking out 4 consecutive Orioles in the 2nd inning of a 5–2 win. Witt finishes the game with 11 strikeouts.

      Mike Kingery belts a grand slam in the 1st inning and Seattle scores another run in the 9th to beat the Angels, 5-4.

3rd  Twins Joe Niekro is caught with a file on the mound and is ejected during the 4th inning of Minnesota’s 11–3 win over California. He will be suspended for 10 games by AL president Bobby Brown, who doesn’t buy Niekro’s story that he had been filing his nails on the bench and stuck the file in his back pocket when the inning started.

      Jack Morris ties the AL record with 5 wild pitches in a 4–2, 10-inning loss to the Royals. Morris will scatter 24 wild pitches this season to set a new ML record, the fourth year in the last five that he has led the league. Juan Guzman will top it with 26, in 1993. Morris’ mark of 5 wild pitches ties the mark of Charles Wheatley, another Tiger, who appeared in 5 games in September 1912.

      At Riverfront, Mike Marshall has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs as the Dodgers stop the Reds, 7-2.

      Tom Candiotti tosses a one hitter as the Indians beat the Yankees, 2–0. Mike Easler’s leadoff single in the 8th is the only hit.

4th  Little-used Steve Kiefer hits a 3rd-inning grand slam and B.J. Surhoff drives in a run in the bottom of the 12th and Milwaukee trips the Orioles, 9-8.

      At County Stadium, John Kruk has a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 7 runs, but that’s it for the Padre offense as they lose, 12-7, to the Braves. Ken Oberkfell has a homer and 4 ribbies for the Braves.

5th  Darryl Strawberry has a 3-run homer and Gary Carter hits a pair of four baggers as the Mets batter the visiting Phillies, 13-3. Kevin Gross gives up 10 of the runs. In the bottom on the 8th inning the Phils put Glenn Wilson on the mound and the strong-armed outfielder pitches a scoreless frame and strikes out Howard Johnson.

6th  Rich Gossage earns his 287th career save in San Diego’s 7–4 win over Atlanta to move past Bruce Sutter into 2nd place on the all-time list.

      The Indians collect 16 hits, including three homers, in clubbing the Blue Jays, 4-5. Journeyman Casey Parsons has one of the homers, a pinch grand slam in the 6th.

8th  Tom Candiotti goes the distance as the Indians top the Blue Jays, 3-1. Toronto’s only run is George Bell’s 35th homer and extends Bell’s hitting streak versus Cleveland to 34 games (as noted by Retrosheet: streak started June 1, 1985). Bell sits out tomorrow’s game and will go hitless in the first encounter with Cleveland in 1988.

      The White Sox and Brewers split a doubleheader with the Brewers taking the opener, 5-3, and Sox winning the second contest 8-6. Rob Deer strikes out 5 times in game 1 on his way to an AL record 186 K’s in just 134 games.

9th  With help from Lee Smith, Scott Sanderson beats the Mets, 6–3, at Shea Stadium. The loser is Doc Gooden, who snaps his 10-game winning streak against the Cubs. He’ll start another streak of 12 wins.

      In a 15–4 Tiger mauling of the Yankees, New York catcher Rick Cerone takes the mound. Again, he walks one batter and allows no runs, the second time in 3 weeks he’s caught and pitched in the same game.

10th  Phillies pitcher Kevin Gross becomes the 2nd pitcher in 8 days to be ejected for scuffing the baseball when umpires discover sandpaper in his glove during the 5th inning of a 4–2 win over the Cubs. Like Joe Niekro, Gross will be suspended for 10 games, and won’t get his glove returned until August 1991.

      Cardinals 1B Jack Clark sets an NL record by drawing a walk in his 16th consecutive game, a 6–0 win over Pittsburgh. He draws a pair of walks for the 6th game in a row.  Clark will finish the year with 136 walks in 131 games, the last major leaguer this century with more walks in a season than games played. The Chill’s mark of 16 straight games with a walk will be tied by Chipper Jones and topped Barry Bonds.

      Paul Molitor singles in the 3rd inning against the Rangers to run his hit streak to 25 games.  The Brewers win in the 12th, 4–3.

      Roger Clemens allows a homerun to Dane Iorg as the Red Sox down the AL East leading Blue Jays, 9-1. Sam Horn drives in 5 runs putting the game out of reach with an 8th inning grand slam.

11th  At County Stadium, the Texas Rangers beat Milwaukee, 7-1. In the 9th the umps check Ranger reliever Dale Mohorcic but can find no evidence of sandpaper that he is using to scuff balls. Tomorrow Mohorcic will go on the 15 day DL with gastrointestinal bleeding caused by the item he swallowed before the umps’ inspection.

      Terry Leach runs his record to 10-0 as the Mets beat the Expos, 6-2, at Shea. The second-place Mets are now a game and a half ahead of Montreal.

      Maybe we shoulda walked him 4 times, like yesterday. At Seattle, Oakland’s super rookie Mark McGwire belts his 38th homer, a solo shot off Mike Moore, to tie the ML rookie record for homers in a season. The A’s win, 8-2.

12th  The Braves send veteran pitcher Doyle Alexander to the Tigers in exchange for minor leaguer John Smoltz. Alexander will help lead the Tigers to the AL East title by posting a perfect 9-0 record, while Smoltz will anchor the Braves for the 1990s.

      At Candlestick, the Giants score 6 in the 7th to beat the Astros, 8-1. Bob Brenly’s grand slam is the big blow in the frame.

      At the Vet, the Phillies end a see saw battle with the Cubs by scoring 6 in the bottom of the 8th to win, 13-7. Juan Samuel has a triple and grand slam to drive in 5 runs and Von Hayes almost matches him with a triple and 3-run homer and 5 ribbies.

13th  The Cardinals outfield sets a ML record by failing to record a single putout in a 4–2, 13-inning win over the Phillies. The previous mark was held by the 1905 St. Louis Browns, who played an 11-inning game with no outfield putouts.

      Paul Molitor keeps his hit streak alive at 28 games when he homers with 2 out in the 9th inning against the O’s.  Baltimore still wins 5–4.

      Barry Bonds hits a leadoff HR in Pittsburgh’s 5-run first inning, but Montreal rallies to win, 9-7. Tim Raines has a homer and scores 5 runs.

14th  Oakland’s Mark McGwire slugs his 39th home run of the season, off  Don Sutton in the 6th inning, in a 12-inning 7–6 win over California, breaking the ML record for rookies shared by Wally Berger and Frank Robinson. McGwire will finish the season with a whopping 49 homers.

13th  Fred Lynn belts a 4th inning grand slam off Chris Bosio and the Orioles hang on to beat the Brewers, 5-4.  Paul Molitor connects for a 2-out homer in the 9th to run his consecutive hit streak to 30 games.

15th  At the Pan American games in Indianapolis, the U.S.A. and Cuba are tied with 2 outs in the 9th when Ty Griffin hits a 2-run HR to win it. For Cuba it is their first loss in 20 years of Pan Am competition.

      The Expos move into 2nd place in the NL East when Vance Law belts a walkoff grand slam in the 9th off Pirates starter Brian Fisher. Montreal wins, 6-3.

16th  Tim Raines goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle to lead the Expos to a 10–7 win over Pittsburgh.

      The wind is blowing out at Wrigley as the Mets pound the Cubs 23–10 at Wrigley Field, setting a club record for runs scored in a game. They score 3 runs in each of 5 innings and 7 in another. Darryl Strawberry leads the way with a triple, a pair of doubles and a homer, off Greg Maddux, scores 5 runs and drives in 5. Len Dykstra hits safely in 4 consecutive innings, one short of the ML mark. Reliever Drew Hall surrenders 10 runs for Chicago, while Ron Darling lasts 6 innings to register the win. Jody Davis has a grand slam for Chicago.

      At Fenway, the Red Sox beat up on the Texas Rangers winning, 12-2.  John Marzano has a pair of 2-run homers off Greg Harris (5-9), and Ellis Burks and Spike Owen add homers against relievers. Wade Boggs has 4 hits as Bob Stanley (4-12) goes the distance. Harris will miss his next two starts for Texas when he injures his elbow flicking sunflower seeds at a friend in the stands.

17th A 3rd inning bunt single gives Paul Molitor the longest hit streak of the 1980s at 32 games. Milwaukee defeats Cleveland, 5–3.

      Devon White hits a 7th inning grand slam to put the Angels in the lead as they defeat the A’s, 6-4.

19th Molitor collects 4 hits to extend his hit streak to 34 games and tie Dom DiMaggio for 11th spot on the all-time list. The Brewers beat Cleveland 13–2. Rob Deer has a grand slam for the Brewers, and tomorrow will hit another—just the 11th player in history to hit grand slams in consecutive games.

20th  Pittsburgh unloads another veteran pitcher, trading Rick Reuschel to the Giants for pitchers Jeff Robinson and Scott Medvin.

      Paul Molitor continues his hot hitting collecting 3 hits while Rob Deer belts his second grand slam in two days as the Brewers crunch the Indians, 14-2. Molitor has now hit safely in 35 straight games.

      Barry Lyons hits a grand slam in the 6th to give the Mets the lead and they hold on to beat the Giants, 7-4.

21st  Dale Murphy hits his 300th career home run as Atlanta beats Pittsburgh, 5–4. He stroked his 1500th hit on August 5th.

Andre Dawson belts his 39th and 40th home runs of the season and Lee Smith picks up his 30th save in Chicago’s 7–5 win over the Astros.

22nd  At County Stadium, Jamie Quirk has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 5 runs to pace the Royals to an 8-7 win over the Brewers. Paul Molitor has a pair of hits and is now hitting .373, though he is short of plate appearances to qualify for the batting title.

23rd  Don Baylor connects for a 6th inning grand slam off Steve Carlton (6-13) and the Red Sox down the visiting Twins, 6-4. Lefty is making his 5th start for the Twins since being acquired from Cleveland.

25th  In a slugfest at Royals Stadium, Ruben Sierra and Pete Incaviglia each score 4 runs as the Rangers blast the Royals, 15-8.  Sierra has a pair of homers, Incaviglia hits one, and Larry Parrish adds a 3-run homer—all off Buddy Black–and scores 3.  Frank White clubs a 6th inning grand slam for the Royals.

26th  Paul Molitor goes 0-for-4 in Milwaukee’s 1–0, 10-inning win over the Indians, ending his hitting streak at 39 consecutive games. His streak is the 7th longest in ML history and the longest in the AL since Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game streak in 1941. Molitor faces rookie John Farrell all 4 times, and is on deck when Rick Manning ends the game with a run-scoring pinch single in the bottom of the 10th.

      The Yankees and Reds exchange starting pitchers, with Dennis Rasmussen going to Cincinnati for Bill Gullickson.

27th  The Royals fire manager Billy Gardner, who replaced Dick Howser in spring training, and replace him with John Wathan, the former Kansas City catcher who was managing the club’s Triple A Omaha affiliate. In Wathan’s ML managerial debut, the Royals win 3–2 on George Brett’s 10th-inning home run to move within 3 games of first-place Minnesota.

      At Exhibition Stadium, the Blue Jays spot the A’s 4 runs in the 1st inning, including a 3-run homer by Carney Lansford off Jimmy Key, then win, 9-4. George Bell leads the way with a double, grand slam and 5 RBIs.

28th  Mike Schmidt continues to climb baseball’s all-time home run list, passing both Ted Williams and Willie McCovey with the 522nd of his career in an 8–1 win over San Diego.

      At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Brantley has a homer and 4 RBIs, and Alvin Davis adds a grand slam, as the Mariners sink the Yankees, 10-4. Charles Hudson serves up both homers.

29th  Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for a ML-record 11th time, fanning 7 Pirates in 6 innings of an 8–2 Astros loss.

      Two AL West contenders attempt to bolster their rosters for the stretch run. The Angels trade 2 minor leaguers for Pittsburgh 2B Johnny Ray, and the A’s send minor leaguer P Tim Belcher to the Dodgers for P Rick Honeycutt. Honeycutt (2–12), loser of his last 11 games with the Dodgers, will drop 2 more with the A’s before beating the Indians on September 22.

      Atlee Hammaker tosses 7 shutout innings and the Giants down the Mets, 9-1. Candy Maldonado ties a ML record with three sacrifice flies.

      Andy Van Slyke hits a grand slam and Bobby Bonilla drives in 3 runs to lead the Pirates to an 8-2 win over Houston.

30th  Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with 2 home runs in Minnesota’s 10–6 win over Milwaukee, tying the AL record for hits in a 9-inning game. Combined with yesterday’s 4-for-5, two-HR performance, Puckett has a ML-record-tying 10 hits in 2 games.

      With knuckleballer Charlie Hough on the mound, Rangers catcher Geno Petralli ties the ML record by allowing 6 passed balls in a 7–0 loss to Detroit. The 6 passed balls is an AL record for one team (the record was set by teammate Mike Stanley with 5 last month), and combined with Detroit’s zero passed balls, is a record for 2 teams. Eight days earlier Petralli had 5 passed balls in an 8–6 win over Chicago, also with Hough pitching. As noted by historian Tom Ruane, Hough’s catchers will allow an incredible 65 passed ball this season.

      At Candlestick, Gary Carter hits a grand slam, off Rick Reuschel, in the Mets’ 5-run 1st inning and they hang on for a 5-3 win over the Giants.

      At Comiskey, Jamie Quirk belts a 3-run homer in the Royals’ 5-run 6th, and Kevin Seitzer tacks on a grand slam in the 8th as the Royals slide past the White Sox, 11-7.

The A’s get P Storm Davis from the Padres for 2 players to be named later (1B Rob Nelson and P Dave Leiper).

31st  The Blue Jays trade minor leaguer Oswaldo Peraza and a player to be named later to the Orioles for veteran lefthander Mike Flanagan, then release Phil Niekro to make room for Flanagan on the roster.

      At Candlestick, Dave Dravecky allows 5 hits as the Giants shut out the Expos, 5-0. In the 5th inning, SF’s Robby Thompson steals 2B, then gets nabbed by a hidden ball trick pulled off by SS Tom Foley (as noted by Bill Deane).