1998 August

1st  Paced by Jose Canseco’s 7th homer in 11 games, the Blue Jays edge the Twins, 10–9. Todd Walker is 3–for–4 to raise his average to .350. Pat Hentgen gives up 4 runs in 6 innings, but it is good enough to win his 11th in 12 decisions against Minnesota. The Twins nipped him, 2–1, on May 15, 1996, his only loss.

In a 5–4 loss to the Diamondbacks, Brewers RHP Bronswell Patrick hits a 5th inning HR, off Felix Rodriguez.  It’s the first homer by a Milwaukee pitcher since Skip Lockwood connected off Detroit’s Joe Niekro on August 11, 1971.

2nd Welcome to the Bigs.  The Phils Mike Welch makes his first big league start and the Giants greet him with three consecutive homers in the 2nd inning. Newly acquired Ellis Burks starts the fireworks, then Bobby Bonds—who had tripled in the first inning, goes deep, then Jeff Kent drills his 15th.  Welch takes the loss, allowing 8 runs in three innings.  Bonds is 4–for–4 with a stolen base to pace the Giants.

3rd Houston pitcher C.J. Nitkowski hits 3 consecutive Marlin batters with pitches in the 8th inning:  Dock Ellis (1974) and Wilbur Wood (1977) are the only other pitchers since 1900 to hit 3 batters in a row. The 3 plunks in an inning ties the ML record. Nitkowski gives up a hit and 4 runs in Florida’s 11–3 win.

Leading off for the Yankees, Chuck Knoblauch lines a hit off Mike Oquist’s ribs, and the Yankees continue to connect off the Oakland pitcher for 15 more hits, including 4 homers, in 5 innings. New York wins, 14–1, scoring all 14 earned runs off Oquist, the most runs allowed since Bill Travers in August 1977. Orlando Hernandez picks up the win. Oquist matches Scott Sanders who gave up 16 hits in an April game.

4th OF Darryl Strawberry’s pinch grand slam is the big blow in NY’s 9–run 9th inning, as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the A’s 10–5 in the 2nd game of a DH. It is his 2nd pinch hit slam of the season, also in the 9th, setting a new AL record, and tying the NL mark held by his former manager, Davey Johnson, and Mike Ivie, both set in 1978. New York also wins the first game of the twinbill, 10–4.

Pittsburgh 1B Kevin Young goes 4–for–4, with 4 runs scored and 4 RBIs, to lead the Pirates to a 13–5 mauling of the Rockies. Three of Young’s hits are doubles.

The Orioles Mike Mussina carries a no-hitter into the 8th before allowing a double to Frank Catallano. He ends with a 2–hit, 4–0, win at Detroit. Broadcasting the game is the long–time voice of the Tigers, Ernie Harwell. Ernie is celebrating his golden anniversary, starting as an announcer for the Dodgers on August 4, 1948. The Dodgers had to trade a player, Cliff Dapper, to the Atlanta Crackers to acquire Harwell.

5thIn Houston’s 5–3 loss to Florida,Craig Biggio sits out ending his streak of 494 consecutive games played.

6th The Blue Jays trade P Randy Myers to the Padres for C Brian Loyd and a player to be named. The Padres claimed Myers off the waiver list to block him from going to the Braves, though Atlanta, it turns out, has no intention of acquiring him. It’ll cost San Diego $14 million for Myers’ 21 appearances with the Pads.

The Red Sox obtain P Pete Schourek from the Astros for cash.

In Chicago, Jack Brickhouse, the long–time voice of the Cubs, dies at the age of 82. Brickhouse was the play–by–play announcer from 1941–81. Jack also handled the White Sox announcing from 1948–67 and was the radio voice for the Bears from 1953–76. He even did Bulls games in the 60s, signing the deal for WGN over drinks with the team’s owner.

7th Rookie OF Shane Spencer gets 5 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 home runs, while driving home 3 runs and scoring 4 in New York’s 14–2 pasting of Kansas City in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Yankees also took the 1st contest by a score of 8–2.

The Orioles pound the Twins, 16–9, as OF Brady Anderson gets 5 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 homers, drives home 4 runs and scores 3.

The Indians HR leader Matt Williams breaks his right hand when he is hit by a Wilson Alverez pitch.  Williams will not make another appearance till September 16.

Mark McGwire lines a single against the Cubs, driving in 2 runs.  For Big Mac, they are his first runs driven in without a homer since June 7.  The Cards roll over the Cubs, 16–3 as Bottenfield allows just 3 hits in 7 innings. Ray Lankford has a 3–run homer in the 1st for St. Louis off Stevens, in relief of Steve Trachsel who lasts just 1/3 of an inning.

Pete Harnisch pitches 6 innings of shutout ball, and Belinda and Williams continue the whitewash as the Reds roll 17–0 over Milwaukee. Reggie Sanders drives in 3 runs with 2 doubles and a homer. Sanders, Sean Casey and Aaron Boone all hit bases loaded doubles in the 12-run 6th inning. Taubensee and Barry Larkin also homer in the game.

The Angels obtain P Jeff Juden from the Brewers in exchange for a player to be named.

8th Behind Rafael Palmeiro’s 35th HR, the Orioles defeat the Twins, 6–3, despite 5 hits by Minnesota DH Paul Molitor. Molitor also swipes his 500th base. He’s the 6th player with 500 steals and 3000 hits.

9th Atlanta’s Dennis Martinez defeats the Giants, 7–5, for his 244th career victory to set the record for most wins by a Latin American pitcher. Juan Marichal held the old mark. 3B Chipper Jones backs Martinez pitching with 4 hits and 4 ribbies.

10th Chicago WS OF Albert Belle drives in his 100th run of the season in a 5–3 win over Oakland. He joins Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth as the only players to record at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in 7 consecutive seasons.

The Orioles trade OF Jeffrey Hammonds to the Reds in exchange for IF–OF Willie Greene.

The Athletics trade P Mike Fetters to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named and cash.

11th  The Yanks David Wells stops the Twins on a 4 hitter to win, 7–0.  In his last start the Yankee lefty pitched a perfect game against the Twins:

12th Seattle loses to Toronto, 11–5, despite a HR by SS Alex Rodriguez. It is the 100th homer of Rodriguez’s career, making his the 4th–youngest player to reach the plateau. The only players to do so at a younger age were Mel Ott, Tony Conigliaro, and Eddie Mathews.

The Royals defeat the Red Sox, 8–4, as 1B Hal Morris records 5 hits for KC.

13th Baltimore’s Harold Baines becomes the all–time leader in RBIs by a DH when he drives in his 824th in a 7–4 win over the Indians. Hal McRae was the previous record–holder.

Orlando Hernandez sets a Yankee rookie record by striking out 13 in beating Texas, 2–0.

Tom Glavine (16-4) shuts out the Padres, 5–0, on 2 hits and beats Mark Langston. Langston strikes out 8 batters to push his career Ks to 2,419, and move into 24th place on the career K list.

14th Baltimore C Chris Hoiles becomes the 9th player—and first catcher—to hit 2 grand slams in a single game, doing so in a 15–3 win over the Indians. Hoiles connects in the 3rd and 8th innings.

15th  There are seven extra inning games out of 14, matching a mark set in 1918.

Toronto’s Roger Clemens strikes out 15 but gets no decision, as the Anaheim Angels win, 6–3.

In the Reds–Expos game two pairs of brothers face each other, and three out of four go deep.  Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero homer for the Expos while Bret Boone hits a solo shot for the Reds.  Aaron Boone follows with a strikeout, but the Reds win 6–4.

16th Baltimore OF Eric Davis has his 30–game hitting streak snapped in a 5–3 loss to the Indians. Davis strikes out 3 times after hitting four straight singles yesterday.

The Padres defeat the Brewers, 4–0, in the 1st game of a doubleheader behind Kevin Brown’s 1–hitter. Brown fans 11 and allows only a single to OF Jeromy Burnitz. The Brewers bounce back to take the nightcap, 4–2.

18th Greg Maddux wins his 200th game as the Braves double up the Giants, 8–4. Maddux allows one earned run to lower his NL best ERA to 1.65. In a rarity, the Braves collect 9 hits—all doubles. Gerald Williams, Danny Bautista and Walt Weiss have 2 apiece, while Eddie Perez drives in 3 runs with another.

Detroit edges Seattle, 7–6, despite 5 hits by Mariners’ SS Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez hits 2 doubles and a pair of homers and drives in 2 runs in a losing cause. Bobby Higginson celebrates his birthday with a 6th inning grand slam off the M’s Greg McCarthy.

19th Toronto downs Seattle by a score of 16–2. The Blue Jays hit 7 homers in the contest, including 2 each by Shawn Green and Carlos Delgado.

The Expos beat Arizona, 8–2, giving Felipe Alou his 521st career win as manager of the Montreal Expos. Buck Rodgers had 520. Alou’s good luck charm is P Dustin Hermanson, who allows 3 hits in 7 innings. Hermanson was also the starting and winning pitcher in Alou’s 400th, 450th, and 500thwin.

Pitching for Wichita (Texas League), Steve Prihoda allows five homeruns in one inning against San Antonio. Prihoda enters in the 11th inning of a scoreless game, loads the bases on walks, then serves up a grand slam to Angel Pena.  Pena later hits another homer as San Antonio scores 12 runs.

The Cubs sign 40-year-old Gary Gaetti, released by the Cardinals 5 days ago.  The vet will hit .320 for the Cubs and provide a valuable spark during the Cubs stretch drive.

20th The Phillies split a doubleheader with the Diamondbacks, winning the 1st game, 11–1, and losing the 2nd, 12–9. Philadelphia 3B Scott Rolen drives in 9 runs in the twinbill.

21st Cards slugger Mark McGwire admits using the steroid supplement androstenedione, which is legal in baseball, but was banned by the NFL, and the Olympics. Adro raises testosterone levels. A reporter noticed the jar in McGwire’s locker.

23rd Giants OF Barry Bonds hits his 26th homer, and 400th career HR, off Kirt Ojala of the Marlins in the Giants’ 10–5 victory. He thus becomes the 1st player in major league history with more than 400 career HRs and 400 career steals.

Leadoff man Craig Biggio’s double, 2 home runs, and 6 RBIs pace the Astros to a 13–3 victory over the Cubs. C Brad Ausmus also contributes to the cause with 4 hits and 5 ribbies for Houston. OF Sammy Sosa hits a pair of homers for Chicago, giving him 51 on the year.

The Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 4–3, despite 5 hits, including a HR, by St. Louis 3B Fernando Tatis. Mark McGwire also hits his 53rd homer for the Cards.

25th Toronto’s Roger Clemens strikes out 18 Royals in a 3–0 victory over KC. Clemens allows only 3 hits and does not walk a batter. He becomes the first pitcher ever to record three games of 18 or more strikeouts in his career. In Clemens final 11 starts of 1998 he will strike out 14 or more batters four times. Only one other season in his career has Clemens has four games in which he’s struck out 14 or more batters (The Yankee Years, Torre & Verducci).

The Twins trade veteran pitcher Mike Morgan to the Cubs for a player to be named (In November the Twins will receive Scott Downs) and cash.

26th Florida’s Derek Lee, Kevin Orie, and Cliff Floyd hit consecutive HRs in the 9th inning of a game with St. Louis. The Marlins, who were trailing 6–0 at the time, go on to tie the game with 6 runs, then win, 7–6, with a run in the 10th. Mark McGwire hits HR #54 for the Cards.

Atlanta’s Andruw Jones steals his 20th base of the season, becoming the youngest player ever to have a 20 homer, 20 steal season. Cesar Cedeno was the previous record-holder. The Braves go on win by a score of 6–2.

The Cubs defeat the Reds, 9–2, with the aid of Sammy Sosa’s 52nd HR in the 3rd inning.

28th The Mariners clout 3 HRs in a 10–3 loss to the Yankees, making them the first team in history to reach the 200–HR mark for a season in 3 consecutive years. Shane Monahan, Russ Davis, and Rob Ducey each belts a solo round–tripper for Seattle.

Juan Gonzalez, Will Clark, and Ivan Rodriguez hit successive HRs in the 4th inning of the Rangers’ 6–5 win over the White Sox in the 1st game of a twinbill. Chicago takes the nightcap, 8–7, as the 2 teams combine to hit 14 HRs in the doubleheader to tie an AL record.

Tied with the Indians at 6–6 going into the 10th inning, the Athletics score 8 runs for a 14–6 win. 1B Jason Giambi’s 3–run homer is the big blast in the frame.

The Cubs defeat the Rockies, 10–5, as Sammy Sosa hits homer #53 for Chicago.

The Angels obtain the oft–injured Gregg Jefferies from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named.

29th The Reds defeat the Marlins, 7–5, for Florida’s 89th loss of the season. Florida thereby sets a record for the most losses by a defending world champion. The old record of 88 was held by the 1991 Reds.

The Blue Jays score in every inning but the 2nd in registering a 14–7 win over the Twins in Toronto. Veteran Dave Stieb wins his first game since 1993. Stieb, who began the year as a guest instructor in spring training, gives up 4 earned runs in 5 innings.

By virtue of an 11–6 win over the Mariners, the Yankees become the first team to qualify for the post season

The Braves, losers by one run yesterday to the Cards, clip the Birds today 4–3, behind Tom Glavine (18-5). Javy Lopez hits his 29th homer. Rookie third base ump Hunter Wendelstedt thumbs out Mark McGwire in the first inning for protesting a strike call. Hunter’s father Harry, in his last year in the ML, is umping at first base. They are the only father-son umpires to officiate in the same game, having done it in several contests this year (as noted by Bruce Fleming).

30th Sammy Sosa’s 54th homer leads the Cubs to a 4–3 win over Colorado.

Mark McGwire’s 55th HR leads the Cardinals to an 8–7 victory over the Braves.

Roger Clemens racks up his 3rd straight shutout, extending his scoreless inning streak to 29, as Toronto tops the Twins, 6–0. The Rocket is unbeaten in his last 17 starts.

Curt Schilling throws his ML-leading 13th CG, stopping the Giants, 5–4. Schilling is helped by a triple play as he raises his strikeout total  to an NL-high 258. Bonds hits homers #29 and #30, the 7th straight year he’s had 30 homers and the 8th year he’s reached 100 RBIs.

The Reds beat Florida, 14–7, finishing 9–0 against the Fish.

31stOakland OF Rickey Henderson scores the 2,000th run of his career in the Athletics’ 15–6 loss to Cleveland. He joins Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Pete Rose, and Willie Mays as the only players to reach the milestone.

Texas defeats Detroit, 13–2, as OF Juan Gonzalez gets 4 long hits, including 2 doubles, a triple and a homer, and drives home 7 runs. Gonzalez now has 143 ribbies on the year.

Cubs’ OF Sammy Sosa ties Mark McGwire by hitting his 55th HR in Chicago’s 5–4 win over Cincinnati. Sosa has hit 30 of his homers at Wrigley, 3 short of Hack Wilson’s Cub record and tying him with Ernie Banks.

Richie Sexton hit a 2–run single in Cleveland’s 10–run first inning, as the Tribe scalps Oakland, 15–6. Oakland starter Blake Stein gives up 8 runs without recording an out.  Sexton hits his 4th homer in 3 days, and Manny Ramirez hits his 34th homer and knocks in 5 runs for starter Dave Burba.  Joey Cora, acquired hours before the game from Seattle for David Bell, scores 2 runs and drives in 2.

Seattle trades second baseman Joey Cora to the Indians for INF David Bell.