1996 August

1st  The Red Sox put Jose Canseco on the DL for back surgery. With Mitchell and Canseco gone from the outfield, the Sox defense will improve and so will their record. But they lose today, 9–4, to the Royals, as Clemens (4-11) is tagged for 7 runs in 6 innings.

The Mets make a team-record 7 errors in handing a 13–9 win to the Pirates. The Bucs get 7 unearned runs.

In the Olympics, Japan stuns the U.S. team, 11–2 to qualify to play Cuba for the gold.  Japan pounds Kris Benson for 8 hits and 5 runs in 4 innings. Starter Masanori Sugiera scatters 6 hits in 5 2/3 innings for the win. Takeo Kawamura allows no hits in finishing.

3rd The Braves defeat the Dodgers, 5-3, in 18 innings. Rookie P Brad Woodall picks up his 1st victory with 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief.

4th Jim Bunning, Earl Weaver, Bill Foster, and Ned Hanlon are inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

The Braves end their 17-game 20-day road trip, with the 6–4 win over the Dodgers. The extended road stay is caused by the Atlanta-based Olympics.

5th The Orioles score 6 runs in the 8th inning to take a 13-3 lead over the Indians. After scoring 1 run in their half of the inning, Cleveland comes back with 6 of their own in the 9th, but falls 3 short and loses, 13-10. Chris Hoiles drives home 4 runs for the Orioles.

6th Darryl Strawberry strokes 3 HRs off Kevin Tapani in the Yankees 9-2 victory over the White Sox. In doing so, he becomes just the 8th player to hit 3 in a game in both leagues. The others to do it were Babe Ruth, Johnny Mize, Dave Kingman, Cory Snyder, Darnell Coles, Claudell Washington, and Larry Parrish.

Marcel Lachemann of the stumbling Angels quits as manager. John McNamara will take over for the rest of the season.

7th   Gary Gaetti hits a game-ending homer in the 9th to give the Cards a 1-0 win over the Padres.  Doug Bochtler is the losing pitcher.

The Indians score 3 in the 9th—one on a homer by Omar Vizquel—to beat the host Mariners, 5-4. Ken Griffey makes the last out for Seattle and goes 0-for-4 to snap a 35-game hitting streak against the Indians (from May 24, 1992, as noted by Retrosheet).

8th Eddie Murray’s 494th homer moves him ahead of Lou Gehrig to 15th place on the all time list.  The 2-run homer in the 6th inning breaks a tie as Baltimore beats the Brewers, 6–4.

Darryl Strawberry powers a pair of homers to lead the Yankees to an 8–4 win over the White Sox. Strawberry now has 5 homers in his last 9 at bats.

The Rangers acquire P John Burkett (6–10) from the Marlins in exchange for P Ryan Dempster and a player to be named.

9th The Tigers defeat the Yankees, 5–3, as DH Ruben Sierra, traded 9 days ago from the Yankees,  drives home all 5 Detroit runs with a double and 3-run homer.

Fernando Valenzuela limits Pittsburgh to 3 hits in 7 2/3 innings and Greg Vaughn hits the 100-RBI mark with a solo homer to lead the Padres to a 4–1 win. Vaughn, who had 95 RBIs with Milwaukee before being traded, is the first player to hit 100 ribbies in a season while playing in both leagues.

Cold hands?  In a 5-3 Kansas City victory, rookie reliever Jaime Bluma has a bad debut, giving up a 425 foot homer to California’s Rex Hudler, the first batter he faces. Bluma also loses a pre-game cow milking contest.

10th  Eddie Murray blasts his 18th career grand slam, highliting an 8-run 9th inning, as Baltimore beats the White Sox, 13–4. Murray’s slam, off Jeff Darwin, ties him for 2nd place with Willie McCovey.

The Rockies jump to a 7–0 lead over the Braves, then need back to back homers in the 10th to win, 9–7. Galarraga, with his 2nd homer, and Castilla homer off Mark Wohlers for the victory. Galarraga now leads the NL in RBIs with 107.

The Royals roll to an 18–3 win over California as Johnny Damon hits a grand slam and drives in 7 runs.  Jim Abbott loses his 11th straight decision.

Playing for Pawtucket (International L) Dwayne Hosey connects for two homers in the third inning against Ottawa in the first game of a doubleheader, hitting one from each side of the plate.  One homer is a grand slam, the other a two-run homer. He adds a third homer in the game.

11th  At Riverfront, the Dodgers snap a 5-5 tie with 5 runs in the top of the 9thto beat the Reds, 10-5. Tim Wallach clubs a grand slam in the frame.

     Clemson University P Kris Benson becomes the highest paid draft choice ever. He logs on with the Pirates for a $2 million signing bonus.

12th Geronimo Berroa hits 3 HRs in the Athletics’ 11-1 win over Minnesota. He becomes the 10th player in history to have a pair of 3-homer games in the same season. Berroa accounts for 5 of Oakland’s runs and Mark McGwire accounts for 4 with a pair of homers himself. McGwire, who missed 30 games, now has 41 homers.

The Expos defeat the Astros, 8-1, in a game marked by a 3rd-inning 10-minute brawl which will result in 4-game suspensions being handed down to Henry Rodriguez, Moises Alou, David Segui, Jeff Juden, and John Cangelosi. Danny Darwin gets 6 games.  Houston manager Terry Collins receives a gash that will require four stitches to close when he’s hit by a thrown batting helmet. The fight starts when Henry Rodriguez is plunked by a pitch, the apparent result of his stopping and admiring a homer, his 30th, he hit his last time up. Al Leiter pitches a 3-hitter to win, although he gives up a leadoff homer to Brian Hunter.

13th After failing to score in the first 3 innings, the Giants proceed to plate runs in each of their next 6 at bats, going on to defeat the Pirates, 12-10. Rick Wilkins’ PH grand slam in the 8th leads the Jints on to victory.

Robin Ventura belts his team-record 9th grand slam to pace the White Sox to an 8–4 win over the Yankees.  David Weathers serves up the gopher.

The Braves obtain 3B Terry Pendleton from the Marlins in exchange for minor league OF Roosevelt Brown.

Oklahoma City’s Rick Helling pitches a perfect game, winning 4–0 over Nashville.

14th The Red Sox clip the Blue Jays, 8–6, on a 3-run 9th inning.Jacob Brumfield has a pair of homers for the Jays and Otis Nixon swipes 4 bases.

Marlins’ OF Andre Dawson, in his 21st major league season, announces he will retire at the end of the year.

Giants infielder Shawon Dunston is operated on and will miss the remainder of the season.  Dunston suffered a head injury on August 4 in a collision with Astro SS Ricky Gutierrez.

The Braves bring up Andruw Jones. He is believed to be the first player since Phils pitcher Pat Combs in 1989 to start a season in A ball, play in AA, triple A, and the majors in the same season.

15th The Orioles score 15 runs over the final 3 innings on the way to an 18-5 win over the Athletics. Baltimore slugs 5 homers, including a pair by Chris Hoiles.

The 1st-place Braves top Curt Schilling and the Phils, 85. Terrel Wade wins his 4th against no losses and collects his 1st ML hit. Marquis Grissom extends his hit streak to 20 games with a single and double.

Larry Walker, out 2 months with a broken collarbone, makes his first start for the Rockies, but it doesn’t help as they lose for the 10th straight time at Joe Robbie Stadium, 7–6. The Marlins score 3 in the 8th to win.  Gary Sheffield belts his 34th homer for the Fish.

Frank Thomas hits 3 homers for the White Sox, becoming the Sox career HR leader, but Boston wins, 9–8. Thomas hits his 1st 2 off Tim Wakefield to pass Carlton Fisk (214).

Bobby Seay, the top pick of the Chicago White Sox in the June draft, is declared a free agent after the team fails to tender him a formal contract within 15 days of the draft, a violation of major league rules. Seay is the first player in the 32-year history of the draft to be declared a free agent in the summer he was selected.

16th San Diego OF Steve Finley homers in the Padres game against the Mets in Monterrey, Mexico. By doing so, he becomes the 1st major league player to have homered in 3 different countries, having previously hit four-baggers in the US and Canada. The Padres win the 1st regular season game to be played outside of the US or Canada, 15–10, belting 4 homers. Leadoff batter Tony Gwynn is 3-for-5 and will repeat it tomorrow in the 7–3 loss to the Mets.

Trailing 2-0, the Orioles score 14 runs over the final 3 innings to defeat the Athletics, 14-3, in the 1st game of a double-header. Rafael Palmeiro drives home 6 runs for Baltimore, and each member of the starting lineup, with the exception of leadoff man Roberto Alomar, gets at least 2 hits. The Orioles stroke 19 hits for the 2nd day in a row off Oakland pitching. Baltimore also takes the nightcap, 5–4 in 10 innings.

Playing for his 7th team in 6 years. Mark Whiten hits a pinch homer in his first at bat for Seattle to help beat the Yanks. In his last at for the Braves before being traded or farmhand Roger Blanco, Whiten belted a 3-run pinch homer to beat the Phils, 5–2. Whiten is the 45th player used by Seattle this season.

17th  Boston’s Roger Clemens (6-11) stops the Angels, 6–0, collecting his first shutout since April 20, 1994. It is the Rocket’s 37th shutout, leaving him one behind Cy Young. for the most in Sox history.

Thomas Howard had his 4th consecutive 3-hit game to lead the Reds to a 5–3 win over the Rockies.  Howard has 2 doubles and a run scoring triple and scores 3 runs.

18th Cleveland 3B Jim Thome strokes 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and drives home 6 runs to lead the Indians to an 11–3 victory over the Tigers.

Before 22,810 at Estadio Monterrey in Mexico, the San Diego Padres shut out the Mets, 8-0. Joey Hamilton pitches 7 shutout innings, and scores 2 runs on 2 hits, including his first ML homer, off Paul Wilson. He is the first player to hit his first homer outside the US (according to homerun expert Dave Vincent). Ken Caminiti hits two homeruns and drives in 4.

In Chicago, the Cubs spot the Astros a 5-0 advantage, then roar back to win, 10-8. Leo Gomez has a pinch 3-run double and drives in 4 runs as the Cubs collect 17 hits. Jaimie Navarro allows 6 runs in 6 innings, but emerges with the win.  He also ties a 98-year-old NL record when he commits 3 errors in the 4th.

In a wild contest in New York, the Mariners jump out to an 8-0 lead over the Yankees. The New Yorkers strike back with 7 runs in their half of the 4th inning to edge within 1. Seattle scores twice in the 6th, but the Yankees ties the score in the bottom half of the inning with 3 runs of their own. The score remains tied at 10-10 going into the 12th inning. Seattle scores 3 in the top half of the inning, 2 on 1B Paul Sorrento’s 2nd homer of the game. New York fights back with 2 in the bottom of the inning, but falls 1 shy, losing, 13-12. The Yankees remain 5 1/2 games ahead of Baltimore in the AL East, while Seattle stays 6 games behind Texas in 2nd place in the AL West.

19th  Unlikely slugger Rondell White hits a 2nd inning grand slam off a Tom Candiotti curve ball, to give the Expos a 7–3 win over the Dodgers.  The Expos have a 1-game lead over the Cards for the wild-card spot.

The Phils release Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams, was 1–2 with Scranton-Wilkes-Barre.

20th  Ken Caminiti has a grand slam and six RBIs to lead the Padres to a 7–4 win over the Expos. Starter Scott Sanders (6-4) pitches 6 2/3 innings of no hit ball before Darrel Fletcher singles.

In the Cubs 8–1 win over Florida, Sammy Sosa picks up his 100th RBI the hard way when he is hit by a Mark Hutton pitch with the bases loaded in the first inning. The pitch breaks Sosa’s wrist and the slugger will miss 4-6 weeks, stopping his consecutive games played of 304. Hutton records no outs, no hits, 5 earned runs, 4 walks and the one HBP.

Proving that the Mark Hutton for David Weathers trade three weeks ago was an even one, Weathers pitches 2/3 of an inning, allowing 5 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks against the Angels. The Yankees shrug off the 5-spot and whip the Angels, 17-6. Jim Leyritz has one of 3 homers for New York and drives in 5 runs.

Rangers SS Kevin Elster drops a throw, ending Texas’s errorless streak at an AL-record-tying 15 games. The Indians defeat the Rangers, 10-4, behind their powerful middle lineup: Ramirez hits a grand slam, Belle has a homer and 2 triples, and Thome homers.

21stPhils ace Curt Schilling faces 28 batters in a 2-hit, 6–0 win over the Dodgers. Schilling strikes out 12. Rookie Scott Rolen hits his 1st two ML homers, both off Hideo Nomo.

Welcome to the Bigs. Derek Jeter hits a home run off Jason Dickson’s first ML pitch, but that’s all the scoring for the slumping Yankees as the Angels’ rookie wins, 7–1. Chili Davis has a pair of homers, the first off loser Jimmy Key (9–10). Dickson wins his ML debut, just the 7th pitcher to make his ML debut and win at Yankee Stadium.

Cal Ripken is 4-for-5 including a homer to lead the surging Orioles to a 10–5 win over the Mariners.  The O’s overcome a pair of homers by Alex Rodriguez to win their 16th in 22 games.

The Rockies end Andy Benes’ 10-game win streak, beating the Cardinals, 10–2. The Rocks also claim Giants C Steve Decker, while the Giants claim the Rocks Trenidad Hubbard, essentially trading both waived players.

22nd  The Yankees claim Luis Sojo off waivers.

23rd The Yankees obtain P Graeme Lloyd and former Rookie of the Year Pat Listach from the Brewers in exchange for OF Gerald Williams and knuckler Bob Wickman. Lloyd is put to work and provides late inning relief as the first-place Yankees beat the A’s, 5–3. The Yanks will officially complain to the AL that the Brewers sent damaged goods in the 2 players, but the complaint is ignored. However, the Brewers will take back Listach and send Ricky Bones to the Yanks on the 29th. The Yanks will file a second grievance over Lloyd’s injury next month, and the Brewers will send minor leaguer Danny Perez as compensation.

24th Atlanta defeats Chicago, 6-5, led by 1B Fred McGriff, who for the second time this year strokes 5 hits, including a double and 2 homers, and drives in 4 runs.

Cubs’ minor leaguer Kerry Wood of Daytona combines on his 2nd no-hitter, a 3–0 win over Vero Beach. Wood goes 8 innings He pitched 7 innings of no-hit ball on July 28 against Tampa.

25th The Red Sox defeat the Mariners by a score of 8-5. Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers for Seattle in the 8th inning, marking the 17th time this season Mariner players have hit consecutive homers, for a major league record.

The Rockies defeat the Pirates, 13-9, despite 5 hits, including a HR, by Pittsburgh second baseman Jeff King. Larry Walker and Vinny Castilla each drive home 4 runs for Colorado.

The Yankees dedicate their 1st new monument in 47 years, to Mickey Mantle, in Monument Park in center field at Yankee Stadium. Miller Huggins, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig are also honored with monuments, while 15 men are honored on plaques.

The Cubs defeat the Braves, 3–2, stopping Marquis Grissom’s hitting streak at 28 games.

The Giants defeat the visiting Expos 7–2 and Barry Bonds sits, ending his consecutive game streak at 357, a Giants record.  Bonds had pinch hit in the previous 2 games.

The Cards Allen Benes, 1–7 in his first 8 decisions, loses 4–1 to the Astros. It is Benes’ 1st loss after reeling off 10 straight wins. Jeff Bagwell hits his 28th HR and drives in his 100th run for Houston, now up by 1 1/2 over the Cards. Donne Wall is the winner.

26th The Mets fire manager Dallas Green and replace him with Bobby Valentine.

The Giants William Van Landingham allows 2 hits over 8 innings and defeats the visiting Phils, 1–0. At one point, Van Landingham retires 17 straight hitters. Curt Schilling allows a run in the 1st, and strikes out 11, in taking the loss. Seven of the strikeouts are consecutive.

27th The Twins defeat the Blue Jays, 6-4 in 11 innings, with the help of 5 hits from DH Paul Molitor.

Roger Clemens (8-11) wins his 4th in a row, beating the Angels, 2–1. Sox reliever Heath Slocumb gives up the one run in the 9th.

28th The Braves acquire P Denny Neagle, who passes waivers, from the Pirates in exchange for minor leaguers Ron Wright and Corey Pointer, and a player to be named (Jason Schmidt) The Bucs will save some more bucks in 2 days, dealing vet Charlie Hayes.

Seattle’s 10-2 win over the visiting Yankees is delayed 10 minutes by a bench clearing brawl in the 8th inning following a close pitch by M’s rookie Tim Davis. The M’s John Marzano and Yanks Paul O’Neill and Jeff Nelson all receive 2-game suspensions, with the New Yorkers each getting fined $1,000. Nelson opened the 8th by plunking Joey Cora.

Vinny Castilla reaches the 100-RBI plateau, joining teammates Galarraga, Burks, and Bichette. Not since the Cubs and Phillies of 1929, has a team had 4 players reach the mark.

29th The last-place Angels defeat the Yankees, 14-3, behind OF Garret Anderson’s 7 runs batted in. Anderson has 2 doubles and a HR.

OF Mark Whiten hits a grand slam with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, off Randy Myers, to give Seattle a 9-6 win over Baltimore. Alex Rodriguez gets 5 hits for the Mariners, including a double and 2 home runs. Bobby Bonilla has two homers for the O’s, his 20th  and 21st of the year, and Brady Anderson hits his 39th and 40th homers of the season. The Orioles have seven players with 20 or more homers, a new major league record: Anderson, Palmeiro, Bonilla, Ripken, Alomar, Surhoff, Hoiles.

Catcher Joe Oliver drives home 7 runs to lead Cincinnati to an 18-7 pounding of Colorado. Oliver hits a grand slam and a 3-run double.

The Orioles obtain two right hand sluggers, 3B Todd Zeile and OF Pete Incaviglia from the Phillies for 2 players to be named. Free agents at the end of the season, both will sign elsewhere.

Seattle obtains Dave Hollins from the Twins for David Ortiz, and releases Jeff Manto, who signs with the Red Sox. Manto had been swapped on July 22 by the Red Sox.

In the battle of brothers, the Dodgers Ramon Martinez beats his brother Pedro of the Expos, 2–1. Mike Piazza and Eric Karros hit consecutive HRs in the 4th for all the scoring off Pedro, while the Expos manage just 3 hits. Pedro strikes out 12 and goes the distance, while Ramon allows 3 hits in 8+ innings. The two had never faced each other before, and they are the 6th pair of brothers to face each other.

30th Mark McGwire pounds his 45th homer and drives in 3 runs as the A’s beat the Red Sox, 7–0.  The loss snaps the Sox’ 5-game win streak. The 3rd-place Sox have the AL’s hottest team since the All-Star break, going 33–17; on August 1 Boston was 17 games out of 1st place, and since then have gained 11 games. A’s pitchers will record shutouts in their next 2 games as well.

Adding their 8th new player this month, the Yankees reacquire 3B Charlie Hayes from the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named.  This makes Wade Boggs a platoon player and he angrily states, “I’ll get my 3,000 hits somewhere.”

The Padres Scott Sanderson pitches one-hit ball over 8 innings and strikes out 10 to beat the Expos, 6–0.  David Segui has the only hit for Montreal.

Eddie Murray clouts his 499th homer and newly acquired Pete Incaviglia adds a grand slam as the Orioles beat the Mariners, 5–2. The O’s are 4 back of the Yankees, down from 12 games on July 29.

31st Florida scores 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning to jump out to a quick lead over Cincinnati, but the Reds bounce back with 7 runs in the 2nd, and don’t look back. They score 4 more in the 5th, 2 in the 6th, 6 in the 7th, and 3 in the 8th to defeat the Marlins, 22-8. Kevin Mitchell leads the way with 6 runs batted in for the Reds.

The Indians obtain veteran IF Kevin Seitzer from the Brewers in exchange for OF Jeremy Burnitz. Burnitz will hit .287 with 27 homers in his first full season.