1st Glenallen Hill and Brook Jacoby each have 3 hits, including a homer, to pace the Indians to an 8-5 victory over the visiting Tigers. Thomas Howard adds 4 hits, while Cecil Fielder hits a grand slam for the Bengals, off Ted Power.
Brian Harper belts a grand slam in the 8th as the Twins take a 9-2 lead, then cough up 4 runs in the 9th before winning, 9-6, over the Brewers.
Wes Chamberlain connects for a 1st-inning grand slam, off Ken Hill, and the Phils top the Expos, 4-2. Montreal now trails Pittsburgh by 2 games in the NL East.
2nd Rollie Fingers, Bill McGowan, Hal Newhouser and Tom Seaver are inducted in baseball’s Hall of Fame.
3rd Tigers president Bo Schembechler and team chairman Jim Campbell are both fired.
4th Dave Stewart goes 6 innings in Oakland’s 9-0 whitewash of Texas. Jose Canseco walks 5 times and has no official at bats.
An unidentified buyer purchases a toothpick once used by Mets Hall of Fame P Tom Seaver at a memorabilia auction in New York for $400. At the same auction, actor Charlie Sheen pays $85,000 for the ball hit by Mookie Wilson which went through Bill Buckner’s legs to end Game Six of the 1986 WS.
5th Oakland OF Jose Canseco ties an AL record (Billy Rogell, Detroit, in 1938) as he walks in 7 consecutive at bats after receiving free passes his first 2 times up against the Rangers in Oakland’s 4–3 victory. He walked 5 times in yesterday’s game.
6th Padres Gary Sheffield and Fred McGriff become the first Padre teammates to swat back–to–back HRs twice in the same game. The Padres beat the Astros, 7–5.
Texas P Nolan Ryan is ejected from a game for the first time in his 26–year career, getting tossed after engaging in a shouting match with Oakland’s Willie Wilson with 2 outs in the 9th inning. The Athletics win, 2–0.
7th The A’s top the Royals, 8-6, as Carney Lansford belts a grand slam and Mark McGwire hits a pair of homers. Bob Welsh (10-5) takes the win, allowing a run in 5 innings.
The Giants announce that the team has been sold to a group of Tampa Bay investors for a reported $110 million an the team will move to St. Petersburg for 1993. The move will be blocked by other investors.
Boston slugger Jack Clark files for bankruptcy, listing debts of $11,459,305.97 and assets of $4,781,780. Clark is in the middle of a 3-year contract worth $8.7 million. Among other things, Clark owns 18 automobiles.
As of today, the No. 1 hitters in the AL and NL, Edgar Martinez and John Kruk, are both hitting .341. The No. 2 hitters in each league, Kirby Puckett and Andy Van Slyke, are each hitting .331. The No. 3 hitters in each league, Shane Mack and Gary Sheffield, are both hitting .329.
The Mets obtain OF Kevin Bass from the Giants for a player to be named (Rob Katzeroff).
8th Cleveland P Charles Nagy hurls a one-hitter against the Orioles, defeating Baltimore by a score of 6–0. Glenn Davis gets the only Baltimore safety.
The Braves knock Tom Candiotti out with 4 runs in the 1st, and then plate 6 runs in the 7th to beat the Dodgers, 12-2. Terry Pendleton has a grand slam and Sid Bream collects 4 hits, including a homer, to drive in 4 runs.
Michael Jackson moonwalks in the winning run in the 16th, handing Billy Doran the third walk of the frame (+ an HPB) as the Reds outlast the Giants, 4-3, at Candlestick.
At Wrigley, the season ends for the Mets Dave Magadan as he is hit on wrist by relay throw from Cubs Rey Sanchez in New York’s 3-run 5th. Chicago wins, 4-3, with a run in the 9th.
9th Yankees rookie P Sam Militello allows just 1 hit in 7 innings as he defeats the Red Sox, 6–0, in his major league debut.
10th The Mets Vince Coleman will end the season with just 27 walks, but he picks up 5 today (3 intentional) against the Pirates to tie the 20th century mark. Pittsburgh breaks a 1-1 tie against the host Mets, scoring 3 runs in the 16th inning to win, 4–2. Reliever Dennis Cooke wins as the Bucs Andy Van Slyke and the Mets Bill Pecota homer. Franco pitches his second of 4 straight games, a season-high effort that puts him back on the disabled list.
11th Tim Raines has 4 hits, scores 2 and drives in 2 as the White Sox beat the A’s, 10-6. Lance Johnson has a hit and scores a pair to extend his hitting streak to 25 consecutive games.
14th Atlanta OF Lonnie Smith gets 5 hits, including a grand slam, and drives home 6 runs, in the Braves’ 15–0 whitewashing of the Pirates. Brian Hunter and Otis Nixon each have 4 hits. Tommy Glavine coasts to his 18th win and his league leading 5th shutout. Starter Zane Smith allows 4 runs in a third of an inning to lose.
Kirby Puckett has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Twins top the Mariners, 9-6. The M’s are mired in last place while the Twins are 3 games behind the A’s in the AL West.
Gary Sheffield hits a grand slam in the Padres 5-run 2nd inning, as San Diego whips the Reds, 5-1. Jim Deshais (3-2) is relieved in the 9th but wins.
15th Expos P Mark Gardner becomes the first NL pitcher since 1954 to hit 3 batters in a single inning, as he hits the Cardinals’ Ray Lankford, Andres Galarraga and Luis Alicea. The Cardinals win, 6–4, as Andres Gallaraga hits a grand slam in the 8thoff John Wetteland.
Texas P Bobby Witt walks 10 Tigers in 4 2/3 innings, as Detroit strolls past the Rangers, 10–3. No one has walked this many in this few innings: Randy Johnson walked 10 on May 1 of this year and Witt passed 10 on September 1, 1990.
16thGreg Maddux allows 4 hits as the Cubs beat Houston, 1–0. Maddux goes the route, winning his 15th, beating Brian Williams.
17th Dodgers P Kevin Gross tosses a no–hitter in defeating the Giants by a score of 2–0. It is the 8th no–hitter in LA Dodgers history. Gross throws 99 pitches, 71 for strikes. The only threat is an 8th inning liner by Robby Thompson that SS Jose Offerman snares. Eric Karros hits his 17 homer to provide the margin.
18th In a 7-6 loss to the Astros, the Cardinals make 2 errors, by Lankford and Woodson (1st inning), the first St. Louis errors in 17 games. The 16 straight errorless games (7/30 – 8/16) sets a ML record.
In Cleveland, the Indians beat the Twins, 8-1. Minnesota’s Shane Mack has a hit to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 22.
19th Mariners 2B Bret Boone makes his major league debut against the Orioles. By doing so, he becomes the first 3rd–generation player in the major leagues, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Ray, and his father Bob. Boone goes 1–for–4 and drives in a run in Seattle’s 10–8 victory. Edgar Martinez hits a 4th-inning grand slam for the M’s, off Todd Frohwirth.
Tommy Glavine (19–3) wins his 13th in a row, stopping the Expos, 4–2. Mike Stanton gets the last 2 outs. Jeff Blauser’s 2–run homer of starter Chris Nabholtz is the big blow.
20th At Milwaukee, Blue Jays P David Wells allows 13 runs, all earned, in 4 1/3 innings in Toronto’s 16–3 loss to the Brewers. Boomer allows 11 hits, walks 4 and hits 2.
Chicago’s Charlie Hough allows 5 runs in losing to Ron Darling and the A’s, 5–3. For Hough it is his 20th appearance, the 20th year he’s been in that many games. The only other pitchers to make 20 appearances in 20 years were Eppa Rixey and Cy Young. The knuckleballer will make 20+ appearances in each of the next two seasons to set a ML record.
At Yankee Stadium, the Bombers score 5 runs in the 1st inning, but Oakland comes back as Jose Canseco clubs a grand slam in the 7th, off John Habyan, and Carney Lansford hits a 3-run homer in the 9th, off Steve Farr. Oakland wins, 8-6.
22ndLed by rookie John Valentin’s first ML homer—a grand slam off Mike Schooler—the Red Sox gaff the visiting Marlins, 10–8. The Sox score 7 runs in their last 3 innings to win, with Tom Brunansky’s 2-run homer in the 8thproviding the dagger.
Montreal wins at home, beating the Reds, 3-1. Marquis Grissom has 3 hits and 2 runs and has two stolen bases, one of 3B and one at home on a straight steal. Grissom will be successful stealing third on 24 out of 26 attempts.
23rd In his last outing as a Met, David Cone (13–7) gives up 4 runs in 7 innings in losing to the Padres, 4–3. Cone gives up just 3 hits. Mets Bobby Bonilla homers in his 4th consecutive game, tying the club mark.
Despite an unassisted DP by CF Brian McRae, the Royals lose to the White Sox, 3–1. Jack McDowell pitches the complete game for his 17th win as Brett and Ventura match homers.
With the help of Jose Canseco’s 4 ribbies, Mike Moore wins his 13th, 7–3, over Baltimore. Dennis Eckersley gets the last out for his 40th save: he is the first closer to notch 40 saves in 4 different seasons.
In a Class A Florida State League game, Andy Carter of the Clearwater Phillies defeats Scott Bakkum of the Winter Haven Red Sox, 1–0. Neither team gets a hit in what is believed to be the first double no–hitter in the minors in 40 years.
24th Dave Stewart (9-8) goes 5+ innings to earn his 10th straight win over the Red Sox as the A’s beat Boston, 9-3. Oakland leads Minnesota in the AL West by 7 games.
25th Recalled earlier in the day from Tucson (AAA), Houston’s Andujar Cedeno hits for the cycle against the Cards, the first Astro to cycle since Bob Watson in 1977. The Cards win, though, 5–3, in 13 innings.
Chicago P Mike Harkey makes it into the box score of the Cubs’ game against the Padres, but doesn’t throw a pitch. While warming up, he strains a groin muscle and has to be replaced by Jeff Robinson. The Padres defeat the Cubs, 7–4.
The Expos score 5 runs—3 earned—off Tommy Glavine in 4 2/3 inning and win 6–0, stopping Glavine’s win streak at 13 games. Chris Nabholtz, who lost his last outing to Glavine, goes 7 1/3 inning for the win. Glavine will start another wining streak of 13 games—all against the Expos—and will not lose again to Montreal until June 27, 2000.
26th Pittsburgh rookie P Tim Wakefield defeats Tom Candiotti of the Dodgers, 2–0, in the first matchup of knuckleballers in the NL since 1982. Candiotti gives up 9 hits in 6 innings, while Wakefield (4–1) allows 6 hits in 9 frames.
Brian Harper hits a game-ending homerun in the 9th to give the Twins a 1-0 win over the Tigers. John Kiely is the losing pitcher.
At Comiskey, the Blue Jays swamp the White Sox, 9-0 on Todd Stottlemyre’s one-hitter. Dan Pasqua’s 8th inning double is the lone hit. It is the third time in his career he’s had his team’s only hit.
Danny Tartabull’s grand slam off Bruce Ruffin provides all the Yankee scoring as they edge the Brewers, 4-3. The Yankees are a game ahead of the Red Sox, who are in last place in the AL East.
27th The Mets trade P David Cone to the front runner Blue Jays in exchange for IF Jeff Kent and OF Ryan Thompson. Cone will miss leading the NL in strikeouts by one as John Smoltz registers a K on the final day of the season. Cone, who led the NL in strikeouts the past two seasons, would have been the first NL pitcher in 50 years to lead in strikeouts for three consecutive years.
28th The 3rd place Brewers set an AL record with 31 hits in their 22–2 rout of the Blue Jays at the SkyDome. It is the most hits in a game by a major league team in 91 years, and this time there were no fans on the field to add to help the hit total. The 26 singles sets a new AL mark. Kevin Seitzer and Scott Fletcher each get 5 hits, combine for 8 RBIs and 7 runs. Darryl Hamilton has 8 at bats and collects 4 hits and 5 RBIs. The Brewers also tie the AL mark of 4 players with 4 or more hits. Last accomplished by Boston on June 8, 1950 against the Browns. Milwaukee fails to score in just one inning as they record their first win on the road in 11 games.
The Padres outslug the Pirates, 11–6, with Fred McGriff collecting 3 hits and providing the longest HR in the majors this season at 473 feet. It is Fred’s 30th. Gary Sheffield adds his 28th.
29th After striking out his 1,000th career batter in Atlanta’s 7–6 win over Philadelphia, Braves P Charlie Leibrandt rolls the ball into the Atlanta dugout to keep as a souvenir. Unfortunately, he forgets to call time, and the runner Ricky Jordan on base is allowed to advance on the error.
The Tigers club 4 homers, including a grand slam by Lou Whitaker, as they drive by Kansas City, 12-1. Bill Gullickson (14-8) is the winner going 7 innings.
30th Cubs rookie P Jim Bullinger tosses a one-hitter against the Giants in his third big league start, defeating SF, 3–1. The only hit he allows is Kirk Manwaring’s HR in the 8th inning.
Boston 1B Scott Cooper records 5 hits, including a 3-run double in the 10th, in the Red Sox 4–2, 10–inning win over the Angels.
Trailing 3–1 to the Reds in the 9th, Bobby Bonilla hits a dramatic 3-run homer off Ron Dibble to give the Mets a 4–3 win.
The Red Sox send P Jeff Reardon to the Braves in exchange for minor leaguers Nate Minchey and Sean Ross.
31st The A’s trade OF Jose Canseco to the Rangers in exchange for OF Ruben Sierra and P Jeff Russell and Bobby Witt.
The Padres trade P Craig Lefferts to the Orioles in exchange for minor league P Erik Schullstrom and a player to be named.
Minnesota sends pitcher Bill Krueger to Montreal for Darren Reid. It is the 3rd season that Krueger has split between the AL and the NL: only Sal Maglie has done it more often.
Eric Anthony hits his second grand slam of the season and the Astros roll to a 9-2 victory over the Phillies.