1st The Rangers score 8 runs in the 3rd inning and go on to defeat the Royals, 12-5. The Texas attack is led by C Ivan Rodriguez, who strokes 5 hits, including a HR, and drives in 4 runs.
Jeff Abbott gets the win in relief of Jeff Fassero as the Mariners stop the Orioles and Mike Messina, 3-1. The M’s score 2 in the 8th, the final run coming on a straight steal of home by catcher Dan Wilson.
2nd Commissioner Bud Selig announces that Darryl Strawberry’s reinstatement has been moved up from August 11th to August 4th.
In Arlington, Texas reliever gives up a run in 1 2/3 innings but cards the win in the Rangers 5-4 victory over the Twins. Zimmerman (9-0) ties the AL mark for consecutive wins by a rookie set by Joe Pate in 1926.
3rd The major league baseball umpires union files unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations board to block the AL and NL from using minor league replacements.
4th Prior to a game with the Royals, with his team in the midst of a slump, Angels’ batting coach Rod Carew suggests the club use a single bat through the starting lineup as a way of loosening up the players. When leadoff hitter Orlando Palmeiro strikes out in bottom half of the first inning, he drops the bat for the next hitter to use. Umpire Tim Tschida sees this as an act of defiance and ejects Palmeiro from the game. Anaheim manager Terry Collins eventually convinces Tschida that Palmeiro wasn’t trying to show him up, and the umpire changes his decision and allows him to stay in the game. The Angels go on to defeat the Royals, 4-3.
The Mariners send vet Butch Huskey to Boston for AAA pitcher Roberto Ramsey. Tomorrow, the send vet 1B David Segui to Toronto for minor leaguers Tom Davey and Steve Sinclair.
5th The Padres defeat the Cardinals, 10-3, despite a pair of HRs by Mark McGwire, including the 500th of his career. McGwire becomes the first player in history to hit his 400th and 500th homers in successive seasons.
6th The Padres defeat the Expos, 12-10, as SD OF Tony Gwynn records the 3000th hit of his big league career. After his record single Gwynn is greet at first base by his former SD State teammate Kerwin Danley, who is umping. Gwynn goes 4-for-5. Quilvio Veras ties a Pads record by scoring 4 runs.
Indian OF Jacob Cruz, filling in for the hobbled Lofton, tears ligaments in his right thumb and is out for season. Tampa Bay beats the Tribe, 4–2.
In the 8that Arlington, Shawn Green greets Texas reliever Jeff Zimmerman with a leadoff homer to tie the game at 4-4, and one out later, Carlos Delgado hits his 3rdsolo homer of the game. Toronto wins, 5-4, handing the loss to the rookie Zimmerman who is now 9-1. Earlier he tied a rookie record with his 9 straight victories.
7th Just one day after Tony Gwynn reaches the historic milestone, Devil Rays’ 3B Wade Boggs also gets the 3,000th hit of his career in Tampa Bay’s 15-10 loss to Cleveland. Boggs goes 3-for-4 in the contest, reaching the 3000 mark with a 6th inning HR off Chris Haney.
The Braves infielders looks inept when they let an infield pop-up drop between them in the 9th inning of a 15-4 victory over the Giants. But SS Ozzie Guillen turned the miscue into an unusual foul ball. The towering pop by J.T. Snow falls on the pitcher’s mound when second baseman Bret Boone called off the other infielders, then can’t reach the ball. Guillen lets it bounce toward the third-base line. As soon as it is in foul territory, he grabs the ball, turning it into a foul. Snow then flies out.
8th The Diamondbacks defeat the Phillies, 7-4, despite 5 hits, including a double, by OF Bobby Abreu. Arizona P Armando Reynoso wins his 7th consecutive decision. He has not lost in 17 starts, dating back to April 27.
9th The Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 19-4, setting a team record by recording 25 hits. OF Jacob Brumfeld and second baseman Homer Bush get 4 hits apiece for Toronto while 4 other players record 3 safeties each. P Doug Davis enters the game in the 6th inning for Texas, making his major league debut. In 2 1/3 innings of work, he allows 11 hits, including 3 HRs, while surrendering 10 earned runs. He’ll return to the minors tomorrow.
A total of 5 grand slams are hit on the day, marking the first time it has happened in 129 years of major league baseball. The bases loaded pokes are hit by Fernando Tatis of St. Louis (against the Phillies), Jose Vidro of Montreal (against the Padres), Mike Lowell of Florida (against the Giants), Bernie Williams of the Yankees (against the Athletics), and Jay Buhner of Seattle (against the White Sox).
Umpires union chief Richie Powers announces that he is considering seeking an injunction from the National Labor Relations Board to stop Major League Baseball from firing 22 umpires on September 2.
The Blue Jays obtain OF Brian McRae from the Rockies for a player to be named.
10th The Orioles defeat the Devil Rays, 17-1. All 9 Baltimore starters score at least 1 run and reach base at least twice. SS Mike Bordick leads the attack with 4 hits, including 2 doubles, and 5 RBI.
The Red Sox defeat the Royals, 9-6, as Boston knuckler Tim Wakefield ties a major league record by striking out 4 batters in the 9th inning. KC C Chad Kreuter gets 2 hits in the game, his first breaking a streak of 38 consecutive at bats without a hit. It is the longest hitless streak in the majors since Dan Howitt of Oakland and Seattle went 0-for-43 in 1992
Major league umpires drop the federal lawsuit which they filed July 26.
12th Rockies P Pedro Astacio is arrested on assault and domestic violence charges after allegedly punching his estranged wife in the face.
Manager Jim Garner is fired by the Brewers and replaced by batting coach Jim Lefebvre. Garner had 7 straight losing seasons in Milwaukee.
13th In the first game of a DH, the Expos defeat the Rockies, 14-13 after the score is tied at 1 apiece after 4 innings. Each team scores 5 runs in the 5th, then Montreal scores 6 and Colorado 5 in the 6th. The Expos finally win the game by scoring a run in the 10th inning. Montreal also takes the second game by an 8-6 count.
At Fenway, the Red Sox beat the Mariners, 11-6. Brian Daubach has 2 doubles and a homer, good for 5 RBIs, and Darren Lewis scores 5 runs.
14th Oakland scores 8 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 13-5 win over Toronto.
Boston defeats Seattle, 13-2, as rookie DH Brian Daubach goes 5-for-5, including a HR, and drives home 6 runs. In yesterday’s 11-6 win, he was 3-for-5 with a HR and two doubles. Pedro Martinez (17-3) is the winner, pitching the last 4 innings and giving up one run, Alex Rodriguez’s 30th HR.
The Rockies and Expos combine to hit 10 HRs in Colorado’s 11-8 victory. Four players—Montreal’s Geoff Blum and Colorado’s Edgard Clemente, Todd Helton, and Dante Bichette—each hit a pair, while Jose Vidro and Rondell White also connect. It is only the third time in major league history that 4 players have each hit 2 HRs in the same game.
15th The Angels defeat the Tigers, 10-2, as Chuck Finley becomes the first pitcher in history to strike out 4 batters in an inning twice in his career. Finley previously fanned 4 Yankees in Anaheim’s game with the New Yorkers on May 12. Both instances occurred in the 1st inning.
The Mets defeat the Giants, 12-5, behind Kenny Rogers’ complete game victory and Robin Ventura’s third grand slam of the season. It is the first complete game of the year for the Mets, who had gone 139 consecutive games without a complete game. They fall one short of the ML record of 140 set by the Angels earlier this season.
The Braves get two homers from Brian Jordan, both of Ismael Valdez, to help them edge the Dodgers, 5-4, in 11 innings. Dodger catcher Paul Lo Duca swipes home, his first ML steal, in the front end of a double steal. He’ll do it again in 5 years. The Braves remain tied with the Mets for the lead in the NL East.
16th The Reds Juan Guzman has to leave his start in Pittsburgh after 7 innings because his shoes are too small. After he was traded to the Reds, he arrived with only his size 10 1/2 orange and black Orioles shoes. Puma sent him a size 9 1/2 in red, which he wore today until blisters developed. The Reds still win, 9–2.
Alex Rodriguez homers for the 5th straight game to pace the Mariners to a 7–5 win over Toronto. He’ll go homerless tomorrow.
The Indians obtain second baseman Carlos Baerga from the Padres in exchange for a player to be named.
17th The Expos defeat the Giants, 2-1, as Montreal P Steve Kline ties a major league mark by fanning 4 batters in the 7th inning.
The A’s score 8 runs in 7th inning on their way to a 12-1 victory over the Red Sox.
Sic transit gloria. The Cards send Jose Jimenez to AAA Memphis less than two months after his no-hitter against Phoenix. He joins Bobo Holloman as the only pitcher to go to the minors in the same year he pitched a no hitter.
18th Tampa Bay defeats Detroit, 4-0, as Wilson Alvarez (6 innings) and Albie Lopez (3 innings) combine on a 1-hitter. OF Gabe Kapler’s triple is the only Tiger hit.
1B Dale Sveum hits HRs from both sides of plate to power Pittsburgh to a 12-6 win over Cincinnati.
The A’s obtain OF Rich Becker from the Brewers in exchange for a player to be named.
19th Cincinnati defeats Pittsburgh, 1-0, as P Pete Harnisch hurls a 1-hitter. Harnisch fans 12 in his 8 innings of work (Scott Williamson pitches the hitless 9th), allowing only a 7th-inning single to SS Mike Benjamin.
20th This’ll give managers grey hairs. Houston defeats Florida, 6-4, in 16 innings, despite blowing a 4–0 lead, striking out 17 times, and stranding 20 runners. Astros 1B Jeff Bagwell walks 6 times to tie a major league mark held by Jimmie Foxx and Andre Thornton.
The Giants defeat the Brewers, 10-3 as Ramon Martinez, Barry Bonds, and Ellis Burks hit homers.
Diamondback’s P Todd Stottlemyre makes his first start since tearing the rotary cuff in his right arm on May 17. Stottlemyre, who eschewed surgery in favor of a strengthening program, gives up 7 hits to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings, including a pair of homers by Brian Giles. He will go 2–1 the rest of the year.
Colorado GM Bob Gebhard announces his resignation.
21stIn a doubleheader with the White Sox, Orioles Brady Anderson leads off each game with a homer. This is the 3rd time in ML history and the first since Rickey Henderson on July 5, 1993. It’s little help, however, as the Sox win both, 4–3 and 8–5.
The Reds use a pair of grand slams to beat the Montreal Expos, 9-2 at Cynergy Field. Aaron Boone hits one in the 6th and Eddie Taubensee goes deep in the next inning.
At Arlington, the Rangers get a pair of 2-run homers from Rafael Palmiero and pair of homers from Rusty Greer to beat the Red Sox, 9-2. Greer gets his second homer in the 8th, off reliever Bryce Florie, who then retires Juan Gonzalez on a line drive to 3B. Gonzalez had gone 8-for-8, all 8 extra-bases hits, off Florie before the out.
In their current 4-game series against the Giants, the Dodgers start pitchers from four different countries, something they have done before, but this time, the Dodgers have three continents covered. In yesterday’s 6–5 win it was Eric Gagne of Canada; In today’s 9–4 win it is Jeff Williams of Australia; In tomorrow’s 5–4 loss it will be Ismael Valdes of Mexico; and the next day it will be Chan Ho Park from Korea, in a 5–3 win.
22nd The Giants defeat the Brewers, 7-3. LF Barry Bonds, second baseman Jeff Kent, and RF Ellis Burks hit consecutive HRs for SF in the 1st inning. It is the 2nd time the Giants have performed the feat in 3 days.
The Diamondbacks defeat the Pirates, 7-5. Luis Gonzalez, Matt Williams, and Erubiel Durazo hit consecutive HRs for Arizona in the 1st inning.
At Shea, the Mets and Cardinals split a DH, with NY winning the opener, 8-7, and St. Louis taking the nightcap, 7-5. Mark McGwire hits 2 HRs in the 1st game, his 49th and 50th of the season. Number 49 breaks a light bulb in the scoreboard, 502 feet away. This gives him a major league record 50 or more HRs for 4 straight seasons.
23rd The Padres edge the Phillies, 7-6. Philadelphia 3B Scott Rolen strikes out 5 times in the game.
The Yankees score 6 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 21-3 victory over the Rangers. 3B Scott Brosius (6) and C Joe Girardi (7)—the 8th and 9th batters in the NY lineup—drive in 13 of the Yankee runs. Jeter scores his 100th run of the year, the 1st Yank to string together 4 straight seasons of 100+ runs since Mantle did it in 9 straight seasons (1953-61).
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announces that Pete Rose will be invited to the World Series if he is elected to the All-Century Team. Rose has been banned from baseball since 1989.
24th The Phillies wallop the Padres, 18-2, as CF Rob Ducey gets 5 of Philadelphia’s 22 hits. Bobby Abreu has 2 homers and 6 RBIs, and Sanders scores both runs for the Padres, one on a HR.
The Cards lose to the Expos, 8–4, despite Mark McGwire’s 508th career homer and his 51st of the year. He has hit 493 of these while playing 1B, equaling Lou Gehrig’s mark for the position.
The Braves score 4 runs in the 6th inning to rally for a 6–4 win over the Reds. John Smoltz is the victor, running his string of consecutive wins over Cincinnati to 11.
The Red Sox acquire P Kent Mercker from the Cardinals in exchange for C David Benham and P Mike Matthews.
25th The Indians defeat the Athletics, 12-4. Manny Ramirez hits a double and 3 HRs for the Tribe.
The Royals defeat the Orioles, 8-6, as KC P Jeff Montgomery becomes the 10th hurler to notch 300 saves. In doing so, he becomes the first to record all of them with the same team.
The Phillies follow yesterday’s scoring feast with another, defeating the Padres, 15-1. Rico Brogna goes 4-for-5, with 2 doubles and 2 homers, and drives home 7 runs for Philadelphia. The Pads finally turn to infielder Ed Giovanola who pitches 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Giovanola last pitched in Little League.
26th Arizona defeats host Florida, 12-2, as starter Randy Johnson wins his 14th game. Johnson fans 9 Marlin batters in 7 innings in becoming the fastest pitcher to reach 300 Ks in a season. The D’Backs put the game away with an 8-run 9thinning. The big blow is a grand slam by Damian Miller.
The Cubs put Kevin Tapani on the DL for the rest of the season. In the first year of a 2-year contract, Tapani is 0–9 in his last 10 starts. They don’t need him today as they edge the Giants, 11–10 behind Sammy Sosa’s 53rd home run.
27th The Reds defeat the Expos, 4-1. In the process, Cincinnati P Ron Villone stops OF Vladimir Guerrero’s 31-game hitting streak, the longest in the majors in 12 years. Guerrero grounds to short, is intentionally walked, and fouls out in his 3 at bats.
The Padres edge the Brewers, 8-7, despite 5 hits, including a double, by 3B Jeff Cirillo.
The Indians take out some insurance, picking up DH Harold Baines from the Orioles for P Juan Aracena and a player to be named.
Desperate for lefty pitching, the Rangers acquire Jeff Fassero from the Mariners for a player to be named later. Fassero, his mechanics shaky after off-season surgery, will win his first start, September 6, against Chicago.
Major league umpires are warned by the league presidents that they will be fired if they strike next week. There has been talk of a strike over baseball’s refusal to allow 22 umpires to withdraw their resignations, which are effective on September 2.
28th The Red Sox defeat the Angels, 7-6. With Tim Wakefield and Steve Sparks as the starting pitchers, the game is believed to be the 27th matchup of knuckleballers in major league history.
Charles Nagy (14-9) allows 4 hits as the Indians beat Tampa Bay, 3–0, pinning the loss on Bobby Witt. For Witt it is his 12th straight loss to Cleveland stretching back to 1991.
29th Albert Belle clubs 4 doubles, tying a ML and club record, to lead the Orioles to an 11–4 win at Detroit. It’s the Birds last game at Tiger Stadium.
30th The Mets roll over the Astros, 17-1, as second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo goes 6-for-6, a club record, with a double, 3 homers, 5 RBI, and another club-record 6 runs scored. The 6 runs scored ties the modern major league mark. Alfonzo is the only the 5th player ever to hit 3 HRs while going 6-for-6.
Barry Bonds belts a pair of homers, including a 2-run no out game-winner in the 10th, to give the Giants a 6–4 win over the Phillies. The win goes to Rich Rodriguez, who has won 7 straight since losing June 13, 1997. The 2nd-place Giants have now won 10 of 12.
In an article in The New York Times, former major league OF Billy Bean reveals his fears as a gay man in the world of major league baseball. Former Dodgers Glenn Burke, who died of AIDS in 1995, is the only other ex-player to have acknowledged his homosexuality.
31st Down 12-4, the Indians rally for 10 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to defeat the Angels, 14-12. 1B Richie Sexson gets 4 hits and drives home 5 runs for the Tribe. This is the third time this season that the Indians have rallied from an 8-run deficit to win, a ML record.
At Coors Field, the Pirates Kevin Young hits a 9thinning grand slam, off Dave Veres, to give Pittsburgh an 8-4 lead. But the Rockies rack Mike Williams for 6 hits and 4 runs to send the game in to overtime. The Bucs use 4 hits in the 10thto score and give Williams the win.
The Tigers break a 6-6 tie by scoring 8 runs in the 7th inning to defeat the Rangers, 14-6.
The Red Sox obtain beefy closer Rod Beck from the Cubs for P Mark Guthrie and a player to be named.
In three pennant insurance moves, the Astros obtain vet Stan Javier from the Giants for P Joe Messman; the Diamondbacks get IF-OF Lenny Harris from the Rockies in exchange for IF Belvani Martinez; and the Indians pick up the once highly touted Tyler Houston from the Cubs for P Richard Negrette. Houston will prove valuable at 3B.