1995 August

2nd Despite tossing a one-hitter, Toronto rookie P Paul Menhart loses to Baltimore and Mike Mussina, 1-0. The Orioles’ only hit is a 2nd inning homer by DH Harold Baines.

The Padres score all 11 of their runs in the 8th inning of their 11-3 win over SF. It is the most runs scored in an inning in the NL this year. San Diego also had the highest-scoring inning in the league in 1994 and 1993.

At Anaheim, the Angels (56-33) edge the Mariners, 5-4, behind Mike Harkey’s 6 innings pitched. Garret Anderson has a double and homer for California, now ahead of 3rd place Seattle (43-46) by 13 games.

3rd The Senate Judiciary Committee sends a bill calling for the partial repeal of baseball’s antitrust exemption to the full Senate. The vote is just 9-8.

The Red Sox reach a settlement with fired hitting coach Mike Easler on his wrongful dismissal lawsuit (as noted by Red Sox historian Bill Nowlin). Easler had refused to coach replacement players unless his salary was raised to the minimum of $109,000 that the players were receiving. The Sox fired him, replacing him with Jim Rice.  The NLR ruled that Easler had a case, which rested on the fact that he paid dues to the union and, therefore, was not part of management. Easler will later coach with the Cardinals and Dodgers.

4th The Giants roll over the Dodgers, 15-1 as winning pitcher Bill VanLandingham hits his only career homer, off Tom Candiotti. Candy plunks him his next time at bat. Mark Carreon has 5 RBI and Barry Bonds goes hitless but scores 4 runs.

At Colorado, the Rockies score 7 in the 1st inning, then hang on to beat the Padres, 14-12. The Pads outhit the Rocks, 20-12, with Livingstone and Finley collecting 4 hits apiece, and Phil Plantier hitting 2 homers and scoring 4 times.  Bichette has 4 hits for Colorado and Joe Girardi adds a 3-run HR.

5th The Dodgers beat the Giants, 3-0, behind the 1-hit pitching of Hideo Nomo. Royce Clayton’s single is the only SF hit, as LA keeps pace with division-leading Colorado, 3 1/2 games behind the Rockies in the NL West.

Atlanta’s newly acquired OF Marquis Grissom gets 5 singles to lead the Braves to a 9-6 triumph over the Expos, increasing their lead over 2nd-place Philadelphia to 1 1/2 games in the NL East.

7thIn a South Atlantic League game at Fayetteville, 4 Fayetteville pitchers combine to strike out 19 batters but still lose to Savannah, 6–1. Scott Gardner strikes out 5 batters in the 7th inning.

8th Yankees’ DH Ruben Sierra drives home 7 runs to lead NY to an 11-4 win over Baltimore. Sierra’s 3 hits include a single, double and HR.

Pittsburgh’s Jeff King connects for 2 homers in the 9-run 2nd inning, and Pittsburgh rides it to a 9-5 win over the Giants. King is the first Pittsburgh player to homer twice in an inning since Jake Stenzel in 1894.

The Rangers acquire P Bobby Witt from the Marlins in exchange for 2 players to be named.

9th The Giants defeat the Pirates, 4-3. The winning pitcher is William VanLandingham and the loser, Jason Christiansen. The 25 letters in the surnames of the 2 pitchers of record is the most ever in a major league game.

George Nicolau, baseball’s impartial arbitrator since 1986, is fired by major league owners.

10th The Cardinals are awarded a 2-1 victory by forfeit over the Dodgers at “Ball Day” at Dodger Stadium. In the bottom of the 9th, Raul Mondesi strikes out and is then ejected for arguing the call. Tommy Lasorda gets thumbed as well when he joins the discussion. With that, the fans bombard the field with more than 200 balls they had received as souvenirs and the umps order the Cardinals into the dugout. It is the 1st forfeit in the major leagues since July 12, 1979.

Yankees’ C Mike Stanley hits 3 HRs and drives home 7 runs, but it’s not enough to prevent New York from losing to Cleveland, 10-9.

The Tigers trade P Mike Henneman to the Astros in exchange for a player to be named.

11th Kirk Gibson and Steve Bedrosian announce their retirements.

The Yankees trade OF Luis Polonia to the Braves for minor league OF Troy Hughes. Polonia became expendable when the Yanks signed Strawberry.

Royals trade C Pat Borders to the Astros in exchange for a player to be named.

12th Thanks to an odd play, the Dodgers defeat the Pirates, 11-10, in 11 innings. With the potential winning run at 3rd base, Mitch Webster of the Dodgers swings at a pitch in the dirt. When Pittsburgh rookie C Angelo Encarnacion casually picks up the ball with his mask, Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda appeals, citing the rule which awards a runner 2 bases if a fielder uses his mask to touch a thrown ball. The umpires agree and allow the winning run to score. Encarnacion is given and error.

13th The Dodgers take sole possession of first place in the NL West with a 4–1 win over the Pirates. Eric Karros hits a 2-run homer and Todd Worrell ices the win by striking out the side on 9 pitches in the 9th.

Ten weeks after receiving a liver transplant baseball legend Mickey Mantle dies at age 63 from liver cancer in Dallas.

14th The Red Sox trade OF Wes Chamberlain to the Royals in exchange for OF Chris James.

15th Cincinnati OF Reggie Sanders hits 3 HRs to lead the Reds to an 11-3 victory over the Rockies. He drives home 4 runs with his blasts which help the Reds increase their lead in the NL Central division to 7 games over Houston.

18th In a slugfest at new Coors Field, the Cubs defeat the Rockies by a score of 26-7. A 2 1/2 hour rain delay interrupted the contest which takes more than 6 hours to play. OF Luis Gonzalez drives home 6 runs for Chicago while Sammy Sosa goes 4-for-4, with 4 RBIs and 4 runs scored. Several ML records are tied by the Cubs: 9 teammates each score 2 or more runs (Scott Servais and Sosa score 4, while Mark Grace plates 3); 14 Cubs hit safely, and 26 RBIs (ties the NL mark) are collected. The Cubs now have scored 20 or more runs 39 times, extending their ML record. Kevin Foster pitches the first 3 innings for Chicago, allowing only an Andres Galarraga homer before departing to rest with the Cubs up 9–1.  Andrew Young picks up an easy win with 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Mariners’ 3B Mike Blowers hits a grand slam and a 3-run homer in his first 2 at bats to plate 7 runs, in Seattle’s 9-3 win over Boston. Blowers earlier in the year drove in 8 runs in a game.

Cards reliever Tom Henke earns a save in a 4–3 win over the Braves.  It is his 300th save, making him just the 6th pitcher to reach that mark.

Yankees announcer, and former SS, Phil Rizzuto retires as team broadcaster after 39 years at the mike, reportedly because WPIX-TV refused to allow him to miss a game to attend teammate Mickey Mantle’s funeral. Rizzuto eventually will return for the 1996 season.

20th Cleveland P Jose Mesa records his 37th save in 37 opportunities to set a major league mark. The Tribe defeats the Brewers, 8-5. Mesa’s streak will be stopped at 38 on August 25.

25th Rounding 2B in a 17–4 blowout over the Dodgers, the Phils Darren Daulton tears the ACL in his right knee and will be out the remaining season. He’ll play just 5 games in 1996. Gregg Jefferies becomes the first Phillie in 32 years to hit for the cycle, and hurler Jeff Juden goes the distance for the win, and also hits a grand slam. It is the third grand slam hit by a pitcher in the NL this season, setting a league record. Florida’s Chris Hammond and Pittsburgh’s Denny Neagle hit the others.

St. Louis defeats Colorado, 8-3. Both leadoff hitters—Bernard Gilkey for the Cardinals and Trenidad Hubbard for the Rockies—homer in the 1st inning, marking the first time this has happened in the NL since 1986. One near tragedy occurs when 6-year-old Cameron Wilson suffers a skull fracture when hit by a foul ball off the bat of Eric Young. He will be okay.

Jose Canseco hits a homer in his 5th straight game to account for Boston’s only score in a 6–1 loss to Oakland. Canseco is the 5th Red Sox player to homer in 5 straight games. Scott Brosius clouts a pair of homers and Doug Johns hands Boston just its 3rd loss in 23 games.

26th Atlanta P Greg Maddux ties a major league record by notching his 16th consecutive road win, a 7-2 victory over his former team, the Cubs. Maddux now shares the record with Denny McLain, Cal McLish, and Rich Dotson.

The Athletics defeat the Red Sox by a score of 11-4. All of Boston’s runs score on C Mike Macfarlane’s grand slam. It is the 101st grand slam hit in the majors this season, breaking the record set in 1987.

At Shea, Mets pitcher Bill Pulsipher rolls into the 9thinning with a 7-0 lead over the Padres, then watches as the Padres score 6 runs to make it close. Melvin Nieves connects for a grand slam, off Doug Henry, but the Pads fall short.

At Coors Field, the Cardinals Danny Schaeffer belts a pinch grand slam in the 9th, off Bruce Ruffin, as St. Louis scores 5 runs to win, 5-4, over the Rockies.

27th Montreal P Kirk Reuter hurls a 1-hit, 1-0 shutout over the Giants. SF’s only hit is a single by C Kirt Manwaring.

Catcher Mike Piazza collects 4 long hits—2 doubles and 2 HRs, including a grand slam—good for 7 ribbies, to lead the Dodgers to a 9-1 victory over Philadelphia. Piazza is now hitting .367, tied for the lead in the ML.

29th Pittsburgh’s Paul Wagner hurls a 1-hitter in defeating Colorado, 4-0. He fans 11 and walks 3, and allows just a 2-out 9th inning single to Andres Galarraga in raising his record to 3-13.

The Mets score a pair in the 9th to defeat the Dodgers, 4-3. With the Rockies loss, LA remains in first place by a game.  The Dodgers call up of replacement player Mike Busch prompts a pre-game meeting of the rest of the players.  They unanimously vow to give Busch the silent treatment, treat his wife the same, and if they make the playoffs, not vote him a share. Their petition of GM Fred Clair falls on deaf ears. Busch will pinch hit tomorrow in an 8-1 loss to the Mets.

30th Tiger teammates Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell tie an AL record by playing in their 1,914th game together, a 10–7 loss to the White Sox. The record was set by KC’s George Brett and second baseman Frank White.

Angels’ power prospect Todd Greene hits his 40th HR as Vancouver (PCL) beats Salt Lake City 14–5. Greene is the first minor leaguer to reach 40 dingers since Jose Tartabull for Calgary in 1985.

31st Yankees’ OF Paul O’Neill homers in his first 3 at bats and drives home 8 runs in leading the New Yorkers to an 11-6 win over California.

The Blue Jays trade OF Candy Maldonado to the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named.