1990 August

1stDave Stewart beats the Mariners for the 14th straight time, but it takes him 11 innings to do it as the A’s win, 1–0. Stewart scatters 5 hits, 3 by Ken Griffey, Jr. Erik Hanson allows just 2 safeties through 10 innings, but the A’s collect 3 hits off reliever Schooler in the 11th to win. Stewart’s 14-game win streak started August 13, 1986. There won’t be another extra-inning shutout thrown by a pitcher in the regular season until Roy Halladay on September 2003.

In Cleveland’s 4-1 win over Kansas City, Alex Cole steals 5 bases.

The Cards spot the Phils an 8-1 lead then come to lose, 11-10, Willie McGee has a hit for the Birds to extend his hitting streak to 22 games, while Darren Daulton score 4 runs for the winners. St. Louis then lets Red Schoendienst go as interim manager and hire Joe Torre.

2nd  Yankees rookie Kevin Maas hits 2 homers, his 9th and 10th, in just 77 at bats, the fastest any player has ever reached that mark. But the Yanks lose to Detroit 6–5 in 11 innings, when Chet Lemon triples in Bergman. Lloyd Moseby adds a grand slam for Detroit.

3rd  Cleveland’s Tom Candiotti has his no-hitter spoiled in the 8th inning when New York’s Oscar Azocar singles. Candy leaves the game then and takes the loss as the Tribe drops a 6–4 decision. In just his 2nd week in the majors, Cleveland’s Alex Cole ties a ML record by stealing 7 bases in 2 games. He set the club record by swiping 5 bases against the Royals on August 1st.

The Braves trade 2-time MVP OF Dale Murphy and a player to be named to the Phillies for reliever Jeff Parrett and a pair of players to be named later. The Phillies will get Tommy Greene, a not too shabby player to be named. The Braves are not as lucky receiving Jim Vatcher and Victor Rosario.

At Arlington, Jamie Moyer (1-3) allows three hits and Steve Bueschele hits a 7th-inning grand slam as the Rangers shoot down the Blue Jays, 9-1.

Pittsburgh’s Doug Drabek is one out away from a no-hitter when he gives up a single to the Phillies Sil Campusano, who is hitting .188. Drabek finishes with an 11–0 one-hitter.

4th  At Riverfront, Joe Carter nicks Rick Mahler for an 11th inning grand slam as the Padres drop the Reds, 7-3.

In Baltimore, George Brett has a double and homer, Danny Tartabull hits a pair of homers, and Mike McFarlane adds a grand slam and 5 RBIs as the Royals clip the Orioles, 9-1. Andy McGaffigan (3-0) goes 6 innings.

The Indians go on the warpath, breaking a 3-3 tie with the last-place Yankees by scoring 14 runs in the last 4 innings to win, 17-3 at Yankee Stadium. The Tribe hit 4 homers, including a 6thinning grand slam by Cory Snyder, off Tim Leary.

Seattle scores a run in each of the last 4 innings to edge the Twins, 4-3. Catcher Brian Harper has a double for Minnesota to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 25.

5th  Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan are rained out in Cooperstown, NY. The ceremony will be conducted the following day at a local high school.

6th  Roberto Kelly, who hit a walkoff homer yesterday, hits a leadoff homer today as the Yankees down the Indians, 2-1. Kelly matches Joe Gordon, the last Yankee to accomplish the feat, in 1940. Brett Gardner, in 2017, will join the trio.

Giants outfielder Rick Leach is suspended for 60 days following a positive drug test.

7th  Dave Winfield collects his 2,500th career hit, a single off Tom Bolton, as California loses to Boston, 6–3.

8th  Pete Rose begins serving his 5-month prison sentence at Marion (IL) Federal prison camp.

The Expos send pitcher Zane Smith to the Pirates in exchange for Scott Ruskin, Willie Greene and a player to be named later (prospect Moises Alou). Alou will have just 20 at bats this year and miss all of next year because of shoulder surgery but turn into an All-star. Smith will help the Bucs into the post season by going 6-2 after the trade and 16-10 in 1991.

9th  San Diego SS Garry Templeton collects his 2,000 ML hit, exactly 14 years after getting his first. The Padres beat the Braves 7–0, with Bruce Hurst winning over Charlie Leibrandt.

Lance Dickson, a first round pick in the June draft, makes his debut for the Cubs and gives up a leadoff single to Rex Hudler. Hudler is picked off and caught stealing 2B.  The Cards score 3 in 6 innings of Dickson and win, 3-1, behind Ken Hill.

The Yankees beat Brad Radke and the Twins, 4–1, stopping Radke’s 12-game winning streak. Luis Sojo snaps a 1–1 tie in the 8th with a 2–run HR. Since 1950, only 3 pitchers have won 12 straight games.

10th  In Cleveland, Mitch Webster hits a grand slam in the Indians 5-run 4th as the Tribe tops Detroit, 5-2.

12th  After a 71⁄2hour rain delay, the White Sox-Rangers game is finally postponed.

14th  California posts a 9–5 win over the Yankees with the winning margin coming on an inside-the-park grand slam by Luis Polonia in the 2nd. Yankee RF Jesse Barfield misses a shoe string catch and his leisurely pursuit of the ball allows Polonia to score. Jim Abbott is the winner. Barfield will misplay another drive into an 4-run IPHR in 2 weeks.

Kansas City edges Texas, 1-0 on Jim Eisenreich’s 9th inning game-ending HR. Gary Mielke serves up the gopher. Steve Farr wins with 3 innings of relief.

Glenallen Hill has a triple and grand slam and Todd Stottlemyre pitches 7 shutout innings as the Blue Jays whip the host White Sox, 12-4. Kelly Gruber and George Bell each knock in 3 runs as the Jays stay 2 games in back of Boston in the AL East. Bell’s ribbies come on three sac flies, tying a ML mark.

15th  The Phillies Terry Mulholland spins the major leagues’ 8th no-hitter of the season. Mulholland faces the minimum 27 batters in blanking the Giants 6–0, as just one runner reaches base on a throwing error by Charlie Hayes. But Hayes makes the last putout by grabbing a Gary Carter line drive. John Kruk also makes a crucial play by reaching into the stands to pull back a one-out popup by Matt Williams in the 8th.

Herm Winningham of the Reds hits 3 triples in a 3-1, 12-inning win over the host Cardinals.  His 3rd triple breaks the 1-1 tie.  Herm adds a double for 4 long hits, tying the club mark.

Mark McGwire hits a game-winning grand slam, off Rob Murphy, in the bottom of the 10th to give Oakland a 6–2 win over Boston. He becomes the first player to hit 30 HRs in each of his first 4 seasons.

At Busch Stadium, Herm Winningham’s third triple of the game drives in the go-ahead run in the 12th as the Reds beat the Cardinals, 3-1. Winningham also has a double in the game.

16th  In a 7–5 loss to the Indians, the Twins Kirby Puckett starts off in RF and then moves to SS, 3B, and 2B in the 8th inning.  Newman switches from 3B to SS back to 3B in the frame. Cleveland fails to score.

17th  In Chicago’s 4–2 game 2 win over Texas, Carlton Fisk homers off Charlie Hough to become the White Sox’ all-time HR leader (with 187) and the all-time leader in HRs by a catcher (328). Texas wins the opener in the bottom of the 13th inning when Gary Pettis hits a leadoff triple, and scores on Ruben Sierra’s drive. Texas wastes a 10-inning effort from Nolan Ryan in which he strikes out 15. Hibbard goes 8 frames for the Chisox.

Oakland’s Bob Welch (20-4) wins his 20th game of the season, 8–3, over the Orioles. McGwire hits his 31st homer and drives in 3.

Bob Tewksbury retires the first 21 batters before allowing a leadoff double in the 8th to Franklin Stubbs. He then retires the next 6 batters to finish with a one hit, 5-0 win as St. Louis wins at home over the Astros.

18th  At Wrigley, Mark Lemke has 5 hits as the Braves collect 24 hits in beating the Cubs, 17-6. Tommy Gregg has 2 hits and 4 RBIs for Atlanta.

19th  Dodger SS Jose Offerman leads off the bottom of the first with a HR in his first ML at bat, but that is all the LA scoring as Montreal wins 2–1. Offerman had not homered all season in the minors.

At Candlestick, Ernest Riles hits a 6th inning pinch grand slam off Doc Gooden, but the Mets have an answer in Kevin McReynolds, who clubs 2 homers and drives in 6 runs as they win, 10-9. The Mets stay 2 games in back of Pittsburgh in the NL East.

21st  Trailing 11–1 after 7 innings, the Phillies score 2 in the 8th and 9 more in the 9th inning to beat the Dodgers 12–11.

Billy Hatcher ties a ML record with 4 doubles to pace the Reds to an 8–1 win over the Cubs. Mahler beats Harkey. The only score for Chicago in Ryne Sandberg’s 29th homer.

For the last time this century, two rookie pitchers debut against each other as Paul Abbott of the Twins squares off against Jim Campbell of the Royals. Abbott is the loser as the Royals win, 8–7. He’ll do better in his next outing, allowing 3 Texas hits in 8 innings.

23rd  Bobby Bonilla hits his 29th homer, a grand slam, to tie him for the NL lead with Ryne Sandberg, in the Pirates 9-3 lashing of the Reds.  Pittsburgh leads the NL East by 4 games.

25thRed Sox farmhand Kevin Morton pitches a 7-inning perfect game as New Britain (AA) beats Reading, 1–0.

26th  In his first game after 6 weeks on the disabled list, Bo Jackson homers in his first at bat, off Randy Johnson, to tie a ML record with 4 consecutive homers. Bo adds a single and double as KC rolls by Seattle, 8–2.

The Red Sox shut out the Blue Jays for the 3rd consecutive day to extend their lead in the AL East to 4 games. Toronto, leading the ML in runs scored, loses 2–0, 1–0, and 1–0.  Harris (7 2/3 IP) is the winner today, Clemens (CG) yesterday, and Kieker (8IP) on the 24th.

27th  Boston’s Ellis Burks homers twice in an 8-run 4th inning of a 12–4 pasting of Cleveland. It is only the 2nd time a Sox hitter has homered twice in an inning (Bill Regan, June 16, 1928). Burks has 5 RBIs to back Mike Boddicker’s win. Boddicker holds the Tribe scoreless through 6 frames.

The Brewers-Blue Jays game is delayed 35 minutes when a huge swarm of gnats descends onto the field through the open SkyDome roof. Milwaukee scratches out a 4–2 win.

For Texas, Charlie Hough allows 10 walks in 5 innings before being lifted in the 6th. California can score just 3 runs off him but scores 4 off 2 reliever to win, 7–3.

28th  Ryne Sandberg homers in the Cubs’ 5–2 win over the Astros to become the first 2B ever to post back-to-back 30-HR seasons. He will finish the year with 40 HRs to become the first 2B since Rogers Hornsby in 1925 to lead the league in that category.

29th  The defending World Champion A’s seemingly lock up another pennant by acquiring slugger Harold Baines from the Rangers for a pair of minor leaguers (P Scott Chiamparino and P Joe Bitker) and OF Willie McGee from the Cardinals for Felix Jose and 2 more minor leaguers (3B Stan Royer and P Daryle Green). McGee, who will be a free agent at the end of the year, is hitting (.335), which will lead the NL in hitting.

At Minnesota, Twins SS Greg Gagne has a homer and 3 steals, including home, in a 6–1 win over the White Sox. Mark Guthrie goes the distance for the win.

Mercy Rule? Against the Braves, the Pirates plate 4 runs in the top of the 7th before the umps call the game on account of rain. Barry Bonds drives in 5 runs and Doug Drabek (17-5) allows 2 hits. Pittsburgh’s lead is 2 games.

The Dodgers score 8 runs in the 5th in a 12-2 thrashing of the host Phillies. Chris Gwynn’s grand slam is the big blow in the frame. Fernando Valenzuela records his 12th win.

30th  Boston’s Roger Clemens reaches 20 wins for the 3rd time in 5 years by beating Cleveland, 9–2. Rocket K’s 9 and walks none.

Minnesota CF John Moses misplays a long drive by Ron Karkovice, and the White Sox catcher ends up with an inside-the-park grand slam. That’s all the scoring Jack McDowell needs as the Sox win, 4–3.

Gregg Jefferies hits a 2-run homer, Howard Johnson a 3-run homer, and Darryl Strawberry has a grand slam and 5 RBIs as the Mets thrash the Giants, 12-2.

Ron Karkovice clubs a grand slam off David West and Jack McDowell pitches 8 innings as the White Sox edge the Twins, 4-3.

31st  Ken Griffeys—Jr. in CF and Sr. in LF—become the first father-and-son combination in ML history to play as teammates, and they each go 1-for-4 in Seattle’s 5–2 win over the Royals, The Mariners had signed the elder Griffey after he was waived by the Reds last week.

Dennis Eckersley saves his 40th game of the season in Oakland’s 4–2 win over Texas to join Dan Quisenberry and Jeff Reardon as the only pitchers to save 40 games twice.

Luis Rivera has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to lead the Red Sox to a 7-3 win over the Yankees at  Fenway. Greg Harris goes 8 innings to record his 12th win as the Red Sox enter September with a 6.5 game lead over the Blue Jays in the AL East.