1991 August

2nd Mike Jeffcoat of the Rangers gets an RBI double in the 9th inning of a 15-1 win over the Brewers. He becomes the first AL pitcher to drive in a run in a game since the DH rule went into effect in 1973, and the first AL pitcher to get a hit since Ferguson Jenkins did so on October 2, 1974. Rafael Palmeiro has 4 hits and 4 RBIs and Kevin Reimer contributes a 3-run homer.

Following the Reds’ 7–3 loss to the Giants, Cincinnati manager Lou Piniella accuses umpire Gary Darling of being biased against the Reds. The eruption occurs when Darling overrules Dutch Rennert, who had called Bill Doran’s ball a home run. The Major League Umpires Association will file a $5 million defamation suit against Piniella on the 4th.

In Atlanta, the Padres collect 20 hits, including a grand slam by Tim Tuefel, to down the Braves, 13-3.  Bruce Hurst (13-5) has 2 RBIs to help in the win.

3rd Oakland OF Dave Henderson blasts 3 HRs in his first 3 at bats in an 8-6 loss to Minnesota.

6th  The Blue Jays edge the booming bats of the Tigers, 2-1, and increase their lead to 5 1/2 games over Detroit. Toronto’s Tom Henke saves his 24th game in 24 opportunities breaking the record set by John Franco in 1988, and tied by Rob Dibble two years later. Guillermo Hernandez of Detroit saved 32 consecutive games in 1984, but blown saves were not an official stat at the time.

After John Kruk is walked intentionally, Dale Murphy cracks a walkoff grand slam in the 11th to give the Phils a 6-2 win over the Cubs.

7th  The Giants Darren Lewis hits a leadoff home run for the only score of the game against Atlanta, as Bud Black (9-9) wins, 1–0.  Lewis’s homer off Charlie Liebrandt is his first ML homer.

Schotzie (the second ‘t’ is silent), the St. Bernard mascot of the Cincinnati Reds, is put to sleep. The dog is buried with a Reds’ cap on his head at team owner Marge Schott’s home.

In Philadelphia, the Phils edge the Cubs, 5-4, in 11 innings when Wes Chamberlain drives in the winning run with his 3rd hit of the game.  Mitch Williams is the winning pitcher with one inning of relief. It is the 3rd game in the last three that the Wild Thing is the winning pitcher, tying the NL record last matched by Kent Tekulve in 1980.

Deion Sanders makes the conversion from baseball to football, practicing with the Atlanta Falcons for the first time. Neon Deion hits .304 in 97 games with the Braves, and his 14 triples will lead the majors.

8th The Detroit Tigers fan a team record 21 times in a 14-inning, 4-0 win over the Blue Jays. Mark Salas hits a 3-run pinch homer of Tom Henke in the top of the 14th. Mickey Tettleton follows one out later with another HR. Starters Gullickson and Candiotti match zeroes for 7 innings, with Candy striking out 12.

9th In a solid pickup for the Blue Jays, they acquire veteran outfielder Candy Maldonado from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Rob Wishnevski and a player to be named later (William Suero). Candy, who signed with Milwaukee in April, will help the Jays to two Playoffs and a World Series.

10th  The game between the Astros and Braves was delayed for 5 minutes when a moth became lodged in the ear of Houston OF Mike Simms. Astros trainer Dave Labossiere removed the insect with a pair of tweezers. The Braves record a 4-0 victory when the game is finally completed.

11th White Sox hurler Wilson Alvarez becomes the first rookie to throw a no-hitter since 1983 when he defeats the Orioles, 7-0, in his 2nd big league start. In his first start, on July 24, 1989, he did not retire any of the 5 batters he faced, giving up 2 hits and 3 walks.

Bernie Williams scores 4 runs as the Yankees defeat the visiting Tigers, 12-6, in the first of two. Mickey Tettleton hits a grand slam and Dave Bergman a pair for Detroit in game 2, but the Yankees win 10-8 in 10 innings. Mel Hall’s 2-run homer ends it.

13th At Jack Murphy Stadium, the Padres get a 3rd-inning grand slam from Fred McGriff and score 3 more in the 4th to take a 9-2 lead over the Astros. But Luis Gonzalez belts a 3-run homer in the 6th to start a comeback and the Astros rally for a 12-9 victory.

14th California’s Dave Winfield slugs the 400th HR of his career, becoming the 23rd player in history to reach the milestone, in a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. The blow comes off Minnesota southpaw Dave West.

Jeff Reardon of the Red Sox and Lee Smith of the Cardinals both reach the 30-save level for the 6th season. Reardon notches his in a 2-1 win over Cleveland, while Smith saves St. Louis’ 5-4 victory over the Mets.

San Diego’s Fred McGriff hits a grand slam for the 2nd game in a row, tying a major league mark. He is the 12th player—but just the 3rd National Leaguer—to perform the feat, with Babe Ruth the only one to do so twice. His blast brings home all San Diego’s runs in a 4-1 win over the Astros.

Seattle’s Randy Johnson tosses a 1-hitter against the Oakland A’s, losing the no-hitter in the 9th inning when Mike Gallego singles. He records his 11th win of the year with the 4-0 victory.

Atlanta’s Tom Glavine (18–3) leaves after 7 innings and Randy St. Claire and Mike Stanton mop up a 15–0 whitewash over Pittsburgh. Lonnie Smith has 5 hits and Hunter and Nixon 4 apiece for the Braves. St. Claire, in his second year with Atlanta, along with his father Ebba, is the first father-son pair to play for the Braves.

At Yankee Stadium, the Royals top the Yankees, 5-1, on Danny Tartabull’s 11th inning grand slam off Steve Farr.  Tom Gordon (9-10) is the winner with 3 innings of relief.

15thYankees 1B Don Mattingly is benched and fined $250 for refusing to cut his shoulder-length hair, but the Yankees still beat Kansas City, 5–1. He will get one two days later, and the hair will eventually be auctioned off for $3,000 to benefit a children’s charity. Mattingly is not alone; Steve Farr, Matt Nokes, and Pascual Perez have all been told their hair length violates club policy.  Mel Hall, who wears his hair in a small ponytail before and after games, is warned his appearance is “borderline.”

16th  The Red Sox obtain P Dan Petry from the Braves in exchange for a player to be named later.

18th  Toronto’s first two hitters—Devon White and Roberto Alomar—hit home runs off Detroit’s Bill Gullickson in the Blue Jays’ 4-2 win. Gullickson teed up leadoff homers once before, in the NL.

Rafael Palmiero hits a 2-run homer in the 1st and Juan Gonzalez adds a grand slam in the 6th as Texas deflates the Indians, 9-4.

20th  Dickie Thon’s 2-out, two-run homer in the 9th gives the Phils a  6–5 win over the Pirates. The Phillies had gone 346 games since winning in the 9th: tomorrow, they’ll win again in the 9th, and on the following nite, win in the 10th.

Will Clark drives in 5 runs on 3 hits, including a grand slam, as the Giants win 9-3 over the Astros.

21st  Yankees OF Bernie Williams fans 5 consecutive times in a 7-4 loss to the Royals to tie the major league mark for a 9-inning game. He’s consoled by Yankee hitting coach Frank Howard, one of the 28 batters who share the mark. Bernie’s 5 Ks sets a franchise record for position players.

It is all Strawberry for the first-place Dodgers, as Darryl Strawberry bangs a grand slam in the 5th and follows with a 3-run homer in the 7th in the Dodgers 9-5 win over the Padres. LA leads the NL West by 2.5 games over the Braves.

At Riverfront, Francisco Cabrera hits his second homer of the game with 2 outs in the 9th inning, a 3-run shot that gives the Braves a 9-9 tie with the Reds. David Justice drives in the game winner in the 13th with his fourth hit of the game.

Toronto manager Cito Gaston is hospitalized with a herniated disk and Gene Tenace takes over on an interim basis. He’ll be 13-6 in his first 19 games to keep Toronto on top.

In Helena, Montana, the Helena Brewers beat Idaho Falls, 28–0 in the Pioneer League. Helena has 27 hits, including six homers, but sets no records. The good news for Idaho Falls is no errors, and their last pitcher is 1B Loren Gress. He outpitches the real pitchers, giving up no runs and a hit in 1 1/3 innings.

At the Little League World Series, Jason Marquis celebrates his 13th birthday by leading his South Shore team to a victory in the first round over Chad Pennington and his Ohio team. Marquis throws a three-hitter, strikes out 11, not allowing a walk, and has three hits and three RBIs. After playing shortstop in a loss, he then leads his team to a win over Canada in the third-place game, throwing a no-hitter.

22nd  Forget about taking one for the team; in the Phils 10-inning victory, John Kruk gets hit by a pitch for the first time in 2,682 at bats when the Pirates Randy Tomlin plunks him. “It didn’t feel good,” grouses Kruk. Herm Winningham had held the record for active players (1,799 appearances).

Bob Welch allows 4 hits, one a 9th inning HR by Wally Joyner, as Oakland edges the Angels, 2-1. It is Welch’s 10th straight win over the Haloes.

23rd The Rangers 6-1 win over the Royals is marked by an unusual play in the 8th inning. KC’s 2B Terry Shumpert is charged with a 4-base error when he collides with RF Danny Tartabull while going back on a short fly hit by Juan Gonzalez. Gonzalez and the 2 runners in front of him score as the ball rolls all the way to the warning track.

24th  Mariners hurler Rob Murphy sets what is believed to be a major league record by appearing in his 121st straight game without a win, a 7-2 loss to Detroit. Tom Henke had pitched in 120 consecutive winless games from 1986 to 1988.

25th Darrin Jackson hits a grand slam and solo homer to pace San Diego to a 12-9 win over the Cubs. Tim Tuefel adds a 3-run homer. Cubs OF Doug Dascenzo commits an error in ending his NL-record streak of 242 consecutive games without a miscue (442 chances). The streak, which began in 1988, is 2 games short of the AL record.

Manager Doug Rader is fired by the Angels and replaced by former Expos manager Buck Rodgers.

26th Number 1 draft pick Brien Taylor is signed to a guaranteed $1.55 million contract by the Yankees. It is the largest deal ever given to an amateur player, surpassing the $1.2 million paid to Todd Van Poppel by Oakland in 1990. Taylor will be injured in a bar fight and never make it to the Majors.

Bret Saberhagen of the Royals hurls a no-hitter against the White Sox, winning by a 7-0 count. He strikes out 5 while walking only 2. Charlie Hough takes the loss for Chicago, becoming the 7th pitcher in history to wind up on the losing side of more than one no-hitter. Saberhagen also becomes the 3rd pitcher in history to throw a no-hitter, win a Cy Young Award, and be named World Series MVP, joining Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson.

Jeff Blauser is 3-for-3, including a grand slam, and David Justice has a homer and 3 RBIs as the Braves outslug the Expos to win, 14-9. Montreal hits four homers.

28th Cincinnati’s Tom Browning defeats Montreal’s Dennis Martinez, 11-3, in the first matchup of perfect game hurlers in 25 years. Sandy Koufax and Jim Bunning performed the feat on October 2, 1966. Mariano Duncan has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, to drive in 4 runs and score 3.

Jim Eppard of the Salinas Spurs of the California League plays all 9 positions as the Spurs defeat the San Bernardino Spirit, 2-1. Eppard gets credit for the win by pitching a scoreless 5th inning. The former California Angels OF becomes one of the few left-handers to play every position in a single game.

The Mets trade P Alejandro Pena to the Braves for P Tony Castillo and a player to be named later.

Chico Walker has 3 hits, including a 4th inning grand slam, as the Cubs down the host Giants, 8-6. Mike Bielecki allows all the Giants scoring but picks up his 12th win.

The Orioles knuckle under to Tom Candiotti, losing 3-0 to the Jays pitcher who allows one hit. A 1st-inning infield single by Joe Orsulak is the lone hit.

At Veterans Stadium, Charlie Hayes hits a 1st-inning grand slam and then drives in the winning run in the Phillies 3-run 10th as Philadelphia wins, 11-10, over Houston. Ken Caminiti has 5 RBIs for the Expos.

29th  The White Sox Carlton Fisk crashes two homers to become the oldest player in the 20th century to accomplish the mark.  He’ll top this by hitting two homers on October 3rd. Jack McDowell (15–8) goes the distance to beat Cleveland, 7–2.

30th The Rangers trade 3B Steve Buechele to the Pirates in exchange prospect Kurt Miller and a player to be named later. The “Later named” is another pitching prospect, Hector Fajardo.

31st  The Twins Chuck Knoblauch hits his first ML homer, off the Orioles Mike Mussina, and it puts the Twins ahead in the 6th. It is Knoblach’s only homer this year. The Twins win, 5–2, with the W going to Kevin Tapani.