1988 August

2nd  At Candlestick, Houston outslugs the Giants to win, 13-10. Houston scores 4 in the 1st before SF roars back with 2 in the bottom of the frame and 6 in the 2nd. Bill Doran has a grand slam in the 4th, to put the Astros ahead for good, and Buddy Bell adds a 3-run homer in the 8th.  Doran has 4 hits.

      Wes Gardner (5-1) allows 3 hits and a run in 7 innings as the Red Sox beat the visiting Rangers, 7-2. Mike Greenwell busts a grand slam for Boston.

      At St. Louis, the Phillies David Palmer pitches a 2-0 one-hitter to beat the Cardinals. Tim Jones hits a 6th-inning single—his first ML hit—to spoil the no-hit bid.

4th  Seattle John Rabb is suspended indefinitely for “failing to comply with the ML drug testing program.”

6th  Pirates reliever Jim Gott balks 3 times in the 8th inning to force in the winning run in a 5–3 loss to the Mets.

      Rich Gossage becomes the 2nd pitcher in ML history to record 300 saves by retiring one batter in the Cubs 7–4 win over Philadelphia. Reliever Pat Perry, in his only plate appearance for the Cubs this year, belts his only ML HR, a 2-run HR off Mike Maddux. Perry was traded for Bull Durham and in one at bat matches Durham’s output for the Reds.

      Jay Buhner’s 3rd-inning single is the only hit given up by Dave Stewart as the A’s stop the Mariners, 2-0.

7th  Darnell Coles, Alvin Davis, Jim Presley, Jay Buhner, and Rey Quinones all hit sacrifice flies in a 12–7 win over Oakland, giving the Mariners an AL record with the 5 sac flies.

8th  The Cubs and Phillies attempt to play the first night game ever at Wrigley Field, but are rained out in the 4th inning with Chicago leading 3–1. Sandberg’s HR off Kevin Gross is erased and the first Cub homer in a night game at home won’t occur till Damon Berryhill hits one on August 22.

      Tit for tat.  At Nashville’s Greer Stadium, Sounds pitcher Jack Armstrong fires a no-hitter to beat the Indianapolis Indians, 4-0.  This follows yesterday’s no-hitter when Indianapolis pitchers Randy Johnson and Pat Pacillo combined on a no-hitter to beat Nashville, 1-0.

9th  The Cubs and Mets play the first official night game at Wrigley Field, a 6–4 Chicago victory. New York’s Lenny Dykstra hits the first night home run, supplanting Phil Bradley, whose leadoff home run last night was washed out. Reliever Frank DiPino is the winner over Mets’ starter Sid Fernandez.

10th  At Atlanta, the Padres score two runs in the 16th inning, one on a homer by Benito Santiago, to beat the Braves, 5-4. Dale Murphy drives in all the Braves runs, 3 on a homer in the 3rd inning.

      The Dodgers release Don Sutton, the 12th-winningest pitcher in ML history and the club’s all-time victory leader.

      Willie Fraser fires a one-hitter as the Angels beat the Mariners, 2-1. Alvin Davis hits a homer in the 7th for the lone hit for the M’s.

      At Houston, the Giants whip the Astros, 5-0, on Don Robinson’s one-hitter. Terry Puhl’s infield single in the 2nd is the lone hit for the Astros.  Robinson then picks him off.

11th  After going 225 at bats, Gary Carter finally hits his 300th career home run as the Mets beat the Cubs 9–6. Kevin McReynolds has 5 RBIs,  4 on a grand slam off Goose Gossage. It is his second slam of the year. Rafael Palmeiro has a single for the Cubs to run his hitting streak to 20 games.

      Rickey Henderson reaches base 5 times and, for the third time this season, steals 4 bases, but the Yankees come up short, losing to the Blue Jays, 6-5. The Yanks lost all 3 games in which Rickey swiped 4.

      Danny Tartabull belts a 1st-inning grand slam for Kansas City but it takes a sac fly in the 12th to beat the Orioles, 6-5.

      Oakland scores 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th—four on a grand slam by Mark McGwire—to beat the Angels, 7-2.

12th  The Red Sox beat the Tigers, 9–4, for their 23rd consecutive win at home, breaking the AL record held by the 1931 A’s. Boston has not lost at Fenway Park since June 24th.

      At Wrigley, Joe Magrane pitches a one-hitter against the Cubs as St. Louis wins, 4-0. Vance Law’s single in the 2nd is the lone safety for Chicago.

13thBehind Dewey Evans 7 RBIs, the Red Sox defeat the Tigers, 16–4. The Sox collect 19 hits in winning their 24th straight at home, an AL record. Evans has 4 hits, including 2 homers.

14th  Detroit pounds Boston 18–6 at Fenway Park to end the Red Sox’ AL-record home winning streak at 24 games, 2 shy of the ML record held by the 1916 Giants. Roger Clemens gives up 8 runs in 113innings as the temperature hits 97 degrees. The Sox last lost at home on June 24 when Clemens was again the loser.

16th  The Dodgers trade Pedro Guerrero to the Cardinals for pitcher John Tudor, whose 2.29 ERA is leading the NL.

      Three Cardinals pitchers combine to shut out the Astros, 3-0. Houston threatens in the 8th inning but PH Don Pankovits grounds into a 5-4-3 triple play. 

19th  Carlton Fisk, 39, is 5-for-5 with a triple but his White Sox come up short, losing to the first place (AL East) Tigers, 5-4.

20th  Forty-year-old Dave Concepcion steals home to help the Reds defeat the Cardinals 6–2.

24thThe last-place Orioles come from behind in their last at bat in both games to sweep a pair from the Mariners by 4-3 scores.  The second game is 12 innings. Larry Sheets hits a 2-out 2-run homer in game 1.

      Tom Candiotti picks up the win as he and 2 relievers combine to strike out 8 batters in a Indians 7-2 win over the Brewers. Jeffrey Leonard contributes 5 of the strikeouts.

27th  Tommy Lasorda wins his 1,000th game as a manager as Los Angeles tops Philadelphia, 4–2.

29th  David Cone allows one hit—a 4th inning double by Tony Gwynn—as the Mets beat the Padres, 5-0. It is the second no-hit bid that Gwynn has broken up this season.

30th  Kent Tekulve becomes the 2nd pitcher in ML history to appear in 1,000 games by pitching 2 innings in Philadelphia’s 7–5 win over San Francisco.

      At Chicago, the Pirates nip the Cubs, 10–9, in 10 innings. Scott Medvin is the winner over Rich Gossage.

31st  Frank Tanana wins his 20th of the year as the Twins blast the Rangers, 10-1. Kirby Puckett hits a pair of homers and drives in 4.  Jack of all trades Jeff Kunkel plays 2B, 3B and SS for the Rangers, then pitches a scoreless 9th.

     Arbitrator George Nicolau rules against the ML owners in the “Collusion II” case, agreeing with the players’ contention that the owners had conspired to fix the free-agent market after the 1986 season. Twelve players will be granted no-risk free agency after the season.

      The first-place Tigers try for pennant insurance: Ted Power from Kansas City and Fred Lynn from Baltimore for players to be named later.