1989 August

1st  Behind the pitching of Sid Fernandez, the Mets blank the Cardinals, 11–0. Kevin McReynolds paces the offense by hitting for the cycle, driving in 6 runs and scoring 4.

      The Mets trade popular OF Mookie Wilson to the Blue Jays for P Jeff Musselman and minor leaguer Mike Brady.

3rd  The Reds score 14 runs in the first inning of an 18–2 demolition of the Astros. ML records set during the onslaught include most hits in an inning (16), most players with 2 hits in an inning (7), and most singles in an inning (12). Mariano Duncan and Luis Quinones each tie the ML record by batting 3 times and the team ties the NL and ML mark with most players scoring twice (6). Tom Browning is the easy complete game winner while Jim Clancy, who gives up 7 runs while recording no outs, is the loser. Reliever Bob Forsch, who gives up 9 straight hits in the 1st, allows 10 runs on 18 hits in 7 innings, and Juan Agosto, one run in one inning.

4th  Hard-luck pitcher Dave Stieb loses a perfect game when New York’s Roberto Kelly doubles with 2 out in the 9th inning, and Stieb finishes with a 2–1 two-hitter. Steve Sax singles in Kelly. It is the 3rd time that Stieb has lost a no-hitter with 2 out in the 9th.

5th  Darnell Coles powers two home runs, one a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs to lead Seattle to an 11-5 victory over Oakland.

6th  After 5 hours and 49 minutes of play in Pittsburgh, the Pirates Jeff King mercifully ends the game with a 18th inning leadoff HR off the Cubs’ Scott Sanderson. Sanderson had pitched 8 innings of shutout relief. The Pirates win 5–4.

      It is Carl Yastrzemski day at Fenway and the Sox retire his uniform #8. Roger Clemens then retires just one batter before leaving, giving up 3 earned runs. But Boston scores 4 in the 3rd and 2 in the 8th to beat Cleveland, 6–4.

8th  Mauro Gozzo pitches 8 shutout innings in his ML debut as Toronto beats Texas 7–0 to go over .500 for the first time since Opening Day. The Blue Jays will eventually overtake the surprising Orioles and win the AL East.

      The Royals Flash Gordon stops the visiting Red Sox, 8–1. Sox C Rick Cerone starts the game behind the plate, then moves to RF for the first time in his career.

      Orel Hershiser scatters 7 hits in winning his 14th, and batterymate Mike Scioscia hits his second grand slam of the year, off John Smoltz, in the Dodgers 10-2 win over Atlanta.

10th  Nolan Ryan falls short in yet another no-hit bid, giving up a one-out single to Dave Bergman in the 9th inning and eventually needing relief in a 4–1 win over the Tigers. It is the 5th time that Ryan has lost a no hitter in the 9th.

      At Chicago, Jeff Parrett throws 3 scoreless innings for the win as the Phillies outslug the Cubs, 16-13. The Phils hit 4 homers, including one by John Kruk, who scores 5 runs.  The Cubs get 4 RBIs each from Ryne Sandberg and Shawon Dunston. Sandberg has a pair of homers.

      Dave Dravecky pitches 7 shutout innings and beats the Reds, 4–3, for his first win of the year.  The Giants pitcher, recovering from arm surgery, has been in extensive rehab.

11th  Led by Matt Williams pair of homers, the first-place Giants down the Dodgers, 10-2.  Williams hits a grand slam in the 1st and a 2-run homer in the 3rd, both off Tim Belcher. 

12thWrigley, Shawon Dunston hits a single, double and homer to drive in 6 runs as the Cubs are victorious over the Phils, 9-7. The Cubs are in first place in the NL-East by 2.5 games.  A loss tomorrow gives them a split of the 4-game series with the Phillies.

15th  In his second start since returning to the major leagues after cancer treatment, the Giants Dave Dravecky breaks his pitching arm while throwing to Tim Raines in the 6th inning of a 3–2 San Francisco win. The bone will heal but Dravecky will break it again during the Giants on-field celebration when the Giants clinch the pennant. Dravecky will not pitch again in the major leagues.

      Rangers Charlie Hough pitches his 2nd career one-hitter and gets his 2nd career one-hit loss, as he loses 2–0 to Seattle. Hough walks 5, balks, and throws a wild pitch, while the Rangers collect 13 hits but no runs, one hit shy of the ML record while being shut out. Harold Reynolds has the only hit for the M’s; it is the third time he’s done it.

16th  Yankees OF Luis Polonia is arrested in his hotel room for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. He will be sentenced to 60 days in jail after the season.

      Lefty Tom Drees, 26, pitches his 3rd no-hitter of the season for Vancouver (AAA), beating Las Vegas 5–0 in the 7-inning opener of doubleheader. He fired consecutive 1–0 no-hitters, beating Calgary in 9 innings (May 23rd) and Edmonton in 7 (May 28th). Drees, now 12–11, will pitch 7+ innings for the White Sox in 1991.

17th  Orioles SS Cal Ripken plays in his 1,208th consecutive game to move past Steve Garvey into 3rd place on the all–time list. He goes 3-for-5 with a home run to help Baltimore to an 11–6 win over Toronto.

18th  Andre Dawson gets his 2,000th career hit in the Cubs’ 6–5 loss to Houston. Houston scores twice in the 9th against 4 Cub relievers. After the game, the Astros trade Billy Hatcher, who had a pinch single in the 9th today, to the Pirates for Glenn Wilson. They almost got Wilson three months earlier for Alan Ashby the vet Ashby vetoed the trade.

      Dallas Green is fired as manager of the Yankees and replaced by former SS Bucky Dent. It is the 17th time the Yankees have changed managers since George Steinbrenner took over the club in 1973. The job was first offered to announcer Lou Piniella, who turned it down.  Piniella had criticized Green on the air for not batting Roberto Kelly leadoff, to which Green groused, “when he’s manager he can bat Kelly anywhere he wants.”

      In a 9–2 Toronto win, Baltimore SS Cal Ripken plays in his 1,208th consecutive game, passing Steve Garvey for the 3rd longest streak in ML history, George Bell leads Toronto with 2 singles, a double and a HR.

      Todd Benzinger hits his second grand slam of the year as the Reds break a 3-3 tie with 5 runs in the 8th. Cincy wins, 8-3, in game 2 against the Cardinals. Benzinger has a 3-run homer, a single and double in game 1 to lead the Reds to a 6-2 win.

 19th  Gregg Harris pitches 4 innings in relief of Mike Boddiker as the Red Sox take a 14-inning road victory, 3-1 over the Brewers. The two pitchers combine to allow 4 hits. Ellis Burks drives in 2 runs in the 14th.

      Jim Eisenreich has a grand slam and 5 RBIs and Bo Jackson adds a homer and 4 RBIs in Kansas City’s 13-5 win over the Mariners.

20th  Howard Johnson hits his 30th home run of the season in the Mets 5–4 loss to the Dodgers and joins Barry Bonds and Willie Mays as the only players to achieve 30 HRs and 30 stolen bases in 2 different seasons.

      For the 3rd time in his career, Kevin Bass homers from each side of the plate in a game, as the Astros double the Cubs, 8–4, winning again in the 9th. Bass’s second homer of the game is a grand slam with one out in the 9th off Mitch Williams, with the loss going to Lancaster. Darwin (11–3) is the winner.

      At Veterans Stadium, Ernest Riles hits a 9th inning grand slam, off Roger McDowell, and the Giants come back to beat the Phillies, 5-2.

      Mike Greenwell extends his hitting streak to 21 consecutive games in Boston’s 6-3 loss to  Milwaukee. Charlie O’Brien has a double and homer to drive in 3 runs.

21st  Cubs rookie OF Jerome Walton goes 0-for-4 in a 6–5, 10-inning loss to the Reds, ending his hitting streak at 30 consecutive games, a post-1900 club record. Walton hit .338 during his streak, the lowest batting average since 1960 for a player with a 30-game or more streak. Chicago’s lead has slipped to 1.5 games ahead of the Mets, who have moved into 2nd place ahead of Montreal.

22nd  Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson in the 5th inning of a 2–0 loss to Oakland to become the only pitcher in ML history to strike out 5,000 batters. Ryan (13–7) strikes out 13 but loses to Welch (14-7), who K’s 9 in 8 innings.

      Cleveland’s Felix Fermin ties the ML record with 4 sacrifice bunts in a 3–2, 10-inning win over Seattle. He is the first player to accomplish the feat since Ray Chapman in 1919.

      In his only inning of work, Braves reliever Paul Assenmacher strikes out 4 batters in the 5th inning of a 10–5 loss to St. Louis.

23rd  Rick Dempsey homers off Dennis Martinez in the top of the 22nd inning to break up a scoreless tie and give the Dodgers a 1–0 win over the Expos. The game features one thumbing—the umps toss the Expos mascot Youppi in the 11th for annoying Tommie Lasorda—and he then returns in the 13th wearing pajamas. He carries a pillow and sleeps on the home dugout roof, where the umps have restricted him. In the 16th, Larry Walker apparently scores the game-winner, but the Dodgers appeal—with 2 umps in the tunnel—and get it. Eddie Murray in the 18th moves the 2B ump and slams a drive that Walker makes a phantom catch off the padding in RF. Fans stand for three “seventh-inning stretches” during the ML record (in time, and for a 1–0 game) 6 hours: 14 minute game. Other club records are set and several ML records are noted: most innings (22) without a walk by the Expos tops the Pirates (who used one pitcher) against the Giants, July 17, 1914.

24th  After weeks of legal wrangling, Commissioner Bart Giamatti permanently bans Pete Rose from baseball for his alleged gambling on ML games. Although the 5-page document signed by both parties includes no formal findings, Giamatti says that he considers Rose’s acceptance of the ban to be a no-contest plea to the charges. Coach Tommy Helms is named Rose’s interim replacement as Cincinnati manager. In his 2004 book, Rose accuses Giamatti of betraying him and reneging on the agreement.

25th  Pittsburgh’s Gary Redus hits for the cycle in a 12–3 win over the Reds.

Boston’s Dennis Lamp beats the last-place Tigers, 11–3, for his 11th consecutive win over Detroit going back to 1982. Mike Greenwell drives in 4 runs for Boston.

26th  Toronto’s Dave Stieb pitches his 5th career one-hitter, 7–0, over Milwaukee. The spoiler is Robin Yount’s 6th-inning single.

27th  At Fenway, Nick Essasky hits a 3-run homer and Ellis Burks adds a grand slam as Boston tops the Tigers, 7-1.

      Ron Karkovice hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the White Sox top the host Indians, 9-3.

      The Expos stop the first-place Giants, 6-3, as Andres Galarraga drives in 5 runs with a double and a grand slam.

28th  Frank Viola and the Mets outduel Orel Hershiser and the Dodgers 1–0 in the first-ever regular-season matchup of defending Cy Young Award winners.

Jim Dwyer changes uniforms again as the Twins trade him to Montreal for Alonzo Powell. Dwyer will come back to the Twins in January for a minor leaguer.

      Jack Clark hits a pair of 3-run homers, off Kevin Gross, as the Padres whip the Expos, 9-4.

29th  Trailing 9–0 after 5 innings, the Cubs rally to beat Houston 10–9 in 10 innings at Wrigley. Rafael Ramirez has a grand slam and drives in 7 runs for the Astros, but the winning margin is provided by defensive replacement Dwight Smith. Smith comes in to play RF for Chicago and singles home a run in the 7th, throws out a runner at the plate in the 8th, ties the game with a sac fly in the 8th, and singles in the game-winner in the 10th. Chicago leads by 2.5 games.

      At Candlestick, Von Hayes is the offense as he hits three homers and drives in 6 runs in the Phillies’ 6-1 win over the Giants.

30th  St. Louis leaves 16 runners on base in a 2–0, 13-inning loss to the Reds, setting a ML record for runners left on base in a shutout. Jose DeLeon allows one hit in 11 scoreless innings, while Rick Mahler gives up 9 hits in 10 innings, but no runs. The Reds push across 2 runs in the 13thon two hits and a double steal.

      Kevin McReynolds hits a 7thinning grand slam for the Mets as they beat the host Dodgers, 9-3.

      The Yankees send veteran slugger Ken Phelps, hitting .249, to Oakland for minor league P Scott Holcomb.

31st  Arbitrator Thomas Roberts orders the ML owners to pay $10.5 million in damages as a result of their collusion against free agents after the 1985 season.

      Minutes before the postseason rosters must be filed, the first-place Cubs obtain 3B Luis Salazar and OF Marvelle Wynne from San Diego in exchange for P Calvin Schiraldi, OF Darin Jackson and 1B Phil Stephenson.  Salazar will play a key role in the Cubs’ title run, while of the three new Pad people, only Jackson will perform decently.

      Dave Stieb (14-8) pitches a solid 7 innings as the Blue Jays trip Steve Rosenberg (4-10) and the White Sox, 5-1. George Bell hits a homer and drives in 3 runs to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 22 games.