2001 August

1st The Mets defeat the Astros, 8–2 in 10 innings. New York scores 6 runs in the 10th, the most ever in that frame for a Mets club, with Edgardo Alfonso’s 3–run HR the big blow. It is the first 3–run homer for New York since June 21.

2nd The A’s make it easy for Mark Muldur, giving him an 11–0 lead after 4 innings. With Dye, Tejada and Saenz homering, they roll to a 17–4 pasting of Cleveland.

     The Padres send P Woody Williams to the Cardinals for OF Ray Lankford, who had recently been benched. Williams will prove to be the real deal for the Cards, going 7–1 in 11 starts, with a 2.28 ERA during the regular season and 45-22 over 4 seasons.

3rd  Oakland edges the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, on Jason Giambi’s 9th inning solo homer. The win goes to Tim Hudson who outduels Tiger ace Jeff Weaver. The A’s collect only 4 hits, with Giambi’s blast completing a team cycle—Terrence Long has a triple, Johnny Damon a double, Jeremy Giambi a single, and Jason Giambi the HR.

White Sox P Mark Buehrle tosses a 1–hitter in defeating Tampa Bay 4–0. Damian Rolls’ leadoff single in the 7th is the Devil Rays’ only hit. Buehrle walks one and faces just 28 batters.

The Blue Jays defeat the Orioles, 10–1, despite an infestation of aphids in the 3rd inning. Although the game is not delayed, home plate ump Tim Welke asks that the roof of the SkyDome be closed. Because of the insects, Toronto’s Jeff Frye wears a dust mask in the dugout.

The Brewers edge the visiting Atlanta Braves, 3–2, winning on a wild pitch by Cabrera in the 11th. The Brewers break the two million mark in attendance for just the second time in their franchise history, the first being in 1983; however, the Brewers predecessor in Milwaukee, the Braves, broke two mil each season from 1954 to 1957.

The Blue Jays release P Joey Hamilton ending a three-year struggling relationship between the club and the pitcher. The Jays had originally signed Hamilton to a three-year $16.5 million contract.

A jury orders Anheuser–Busch to pay the family of the late Roger Maris $50 million for improperly taking away a beer distributorship. Both sides plan to appeal the ruling, as attorneys for the Maris family said the panel meant to award the family $139 million, but were confused by the judge’s instructions to the jury.

4th Braves’ 1B Wes Helms drives home a career–high 7 runs with a triple and a pair of HRs as Atlanta defeats Milwaukee, 14–2. Helms had been hitless in his previous 18 at bats coming in to the game.

In a 4–2 Mets win at Arizona, Arizona’s Mark Grace ends the game with a ground single, which hits pinch runner David Dellucci for the last out. It’s the D’backs 7th loss in 9 games.

5th The Indians tie a major league record (the Tigers, June 18, 1911 and the Athletics June 15, 1925)  by overcoming a 12–run deficit to shock the Mariners, 15–14 in 11 innings. Cleveland, which trailed 12–0 and 14–2, scores 3 runs in the 7th inning, 4 in the 8th, and 5 in the 9th to become the first team in 76 years to come back from a 12–run hole.  With one out in the bottom of the 11th, Kenny Lofton singles, goes to 2nd when Omar Vizquel singles and Jolbert Cabrera’s RBI single completes the comeback. Vizquel had tripled with the sacks full in the 9th off All-star reliever Sasaki.

Detroit falls to Oakland by a score of 5–1. In doing so, the Tigers tie a major league record by scoring only one run in their 5th consecutive game. The last of the 7 teams to do so was the 1968 Dodgers.

Dave Winfield, Kirby Puckett, Bill Mazeroski, and Negro League star Hilton Smith are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

6th The Red Sox defeat the Rangers, 10–7, as Boston C Scott Hatteberg performs the ultimate baseball opposite in consecutive at bats. With 2 men the 4th inning and the Sox ahead 4–2, he lines into a triple play. Two innings later, after the Rangers score 5 to go ahead, he hits a grand slam to put Boston in the lead to stay.

Baseball’s Hall of Fame announces changes in its voting procedure as it eliminates the closed–door Veterans Committee meetings held since 1953. It also gives new hope to 1,700 players who had failed to receive at least 5 percent of the votes cast by the writers. The new rules will likely make it more difficult for Negro League and pre–1900 players to be enshrined, and also will make it tougher for players not elected by the writers to be enshrined.

In a Vanity Fair magazine interview, Tommy Gioiosa, a former friend of Pete Rose, alleges that Rose bet on baseball, used a corked bat, and participated in drug dealings.

7th The Braves defeat the Astros, 6–5, as Greg Maddux sets a NL record for consecutive innings without a walk. Maddux hurls 6 innings in the game to extend his streak to 70 1/3 frames without a free pass. The old mark of 68 innings was held by Christy Mathewson, in 1913, and Randy Jones, in 1976. Maddux leaves the game with the streak intact and is 14 IP away from the major league record, set by Bill Fischer in 1962.

During the 7th inning stretch of the Cubs 5–4 win over the Rockies, former Chicago Bears player Steve McMichael leads the crowd in the singing of Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Prior to singing, however, McMichael, upset at a call that went against the Cubs in the previous inning, tells the crowd, “Don’t worry, I’ll have some speaks with that home plate umpire after the game.” Umpire Angel Hernandez throws McMichael out of the game, as the umps fear his remarks could incite the crowd. The Cubs win in 9th when Ricky Gutierrez slides under a tag at home.

8th Tigers P Nate Cornejo makes his ML debut against Rangers P Joaquin Benoit. It is the first time since August 21, 1990, that both starting pitchers are making their big league debuts: it won’t happen again until 2014. The Tigers tie a modern ML record by scoring 13 runs in the 9th inning to snap a 6–6 tie and roll, 19–6. [The all time record for the 9th frame is 14, by the Baltimore Orioles (NL version), against Boston, on April 24, 1894.] Damion Easley gets 6 hits, including 2 in the 9th, to tie an AL and team record, last done by Ty Cobb.  Detroit clubs 3 homers in the 9th, including a grand slam by Shane Halter. Randall Simon has a bases-loaded triple in the frame after homering in the 5th. The winning pitcher is former Ranger Danny Patterson, who faces one batter in the 8th.

With 50,863 on hand at Oakland, the A’s down the Red Sox, 6–1 behind the pitching of Tim Hudson. Carl Everett’s HR accounts for the only Bosox score, while Jason Giambi homers for Oakland. Johnny Damon hits a double the hard way when his drive down the RF line lands in a beer cup. Trot Nixon is the right fielder.

Rob Mitchell of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, agrees to pay $577,610 for “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s famous bat, “Black Betsy.” It is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a bat.

9th The Rockies defeated the Cubs, 14–5, despite 3 successive HRs by Sammy Sosa. Winning pitcher Mike Hampton ties the NL record for HRs in a season by a pitcher by hitting his 7th. The ML record is 9.

The Giants score a 6–4 victory over the Reds in a game marked by two milestone HRs. Ken Griffey Jr. hits the 450th of his career, becoming the youngest player (by 15 days, over Jimmie Foxx) in history to reach that mark. He was also the youngest to hit 350 and 400. Barry Bonds hits his 49th of the season, becoming the fastest to ever reach that number.

On the hottest August 9th (103 degrees temperature) in New York history, the Mets edge the Brewers, 4-3. Joe McEwing’s HR off reliever DeJean gives the win to Al Leiter.

Yankees P Ted Lilly is suspended for 6 games for hitting Anaheim’s Scott Speizio in the head with a pitch in a game last Sunday. NY manager Joe Torre rips into baseball’s dean of discipline Frank Robinson for the decision. Lilly was not thrown out of the game by the umpires when the incident occurred.

10th Colorado slams Cincinnati, 16–7, as newly–acquired rookie 2B Jose Ortiz strokes 5 hits—including a double and HR—and drives in 4 runs.

The Royals defeat the Tigers, 7–3, in a game marked by a 6th inning brawl set off when KC 1B Mike Sweeney charges Detroit P Jeff Weaver after Weaver calls him a profane name. Numerous punches are thrown as both benches and bullpens clear. After a 12–minute delay, the game resumes with Sweeney, KC coach Al Nipper, and Detroit coach Doug Mansolino ejected from the contest. Sweeney will be suspended 10 games for his actions, and Detroit catcher Robert Fick 8 games. Five other players and four coaches will also be disciplined.

The Cubs claim Miguel Cairo off waivers from St. Louis and waive Gary Matthews Jr. to Pittsburgh.

11th  Chuck Borowski serves up home run No. 50 to Barry Bonds and the Giants roll to a 9–4 win over the Cubs. Winning pitcher Livan Hernandez is 4–for-4 with 3 runs and 3 RBIs, including his first ML homer. He now has NL –record 8 straight hits and is 12-for-13.

Led by the 2 Giambi brothers, Oakland beats the visiting New York Yankees, 8–6, for their 10th straight win. Jason and Jeremy each club 2-run homers, the 2nd time they’ve both gone deep in the same game. They did it twice last year as well. Oakland will win tomorrow to run their win streak to 11.

In the Twins 4–3 loss to Tampa Bay, Minnesota 1B Doug Mientkiewicz makes all 3 outs in the bottom of the 2nd without touching first base. The Devil Rays have Toby Hall on 3B and Randy Winn on 1B with no outs in the inning when Aubrey Huff hits a weak grounder to Mientkiewicz. The first sacker crosses the diamond to chase Hall back to third then tags out Winn who had run all the way around from first. Mientkiewicz then catches Hall wandering off the base to complete an unassisted double play. The next Rays’ batter, Jared Sandberg, hits a towering foul pop-up that Mientkiewicz catches for the third out.

Travis Lee hits a 1stinning grand slam and the Phils beat the host Dodgers, 7-3. With Atlanta losing, the Phillies are now tied for first place in the NL East.

12th The Braves fall to the Diamondbacks, 9–1, as Greg Maddux’s NL record streak for innings without allowing a walk is ended at 72–and–one–third. Maddux intentionally walks Steve Finley in the 3rd inning to end the streak. Arizona 2B Junior Spivey gets 5 singles in the contest, becoming the 5th rookie in 50 years to have a pair of 5–hit games in his first season. His other 5–hit contest was on June 21.

13thCraig Biggio hits his 26th leadoff HR on the first pitch from Jason Bere and the Astros never look back, beating the Cubs, 9–5. Shane Reynolds is the winner, now 7–0 against Chicago. The Cubs fall out of first place as the Astros take over.

14th Craig Biggio hits a leadoff homer for the second straight game—a feat he did earlier in the year—but that is all the scoring for the Astros as 5 Cubs pitchers shut them down to win, 3-1.

Maybe it should have been four walks. At Pac Bell, Barry Bonds is walked three times but clubs #51, a grand slam in the 6thoff Ricky Bones. The Giants outpoint the Marlins, 13-7.

15th The Tigers defeat the Angels, 5–1, as Detroit OF Roger Cedeno leads the team with 5 hits.

The Cardinals defeat the Reds, 8–4, for their 7th straight win. St. Louis 1B Mark McGwire singles in the 5th inning, marking his first hit other than a HR in 72 at bats. McGwire’s last 11 hits have been homers, a run unprecedented in ML history. Cleveland’s Albert Belle had 8 straight hits for homers in 1995.

At Denver, the Braves cuff around Mike Hampton for 6 runs in 4 innings as they beat the Rockies, 7-2. Chipper Jones has a grand slam.

The Mets lose their 5th straight game, falling to the Padres by a score of 2–1. SD’s Trevor Hoffman gets the save, becoming the 14th pitcher in history to reach the milestone. He also ties John Wetteland as the second–fastest to reach the mark.

OF Shawn Green hits 3 homers and drives home 7 runs to pace the Dodgers to a 13–1 victory over the Expos.

16th OF Barry Bonds strokes 2 HRs and drives in 4 runs to lead the Giants to a 5–3 win over the Marlins. The homers give Bonds 53 for the year, setting a new league record for HRs in a season by a lefthanded hitter. Johnny Mize of the Giants held the previous mark with 52 in 1947.

The Padres defeat the Mets, 6–5. SD rookie P Jeremy Fikac gets the win in his major league debut as he strikes out the side in his only inning.

David Justice hits a 3-run homer in the 1st, off Ryan Rupe, and Paul O’Neill does him one better in the 2nd, clubbing a grand slam. The Yankees roll to a 12-5 win over the Blue Jays.

The Red Sox fire manager Jimy Williams and hire pitching coach Joe Kerrigan as his replacement.

17th The Brewers defeat the Reds, 5–1. Cincinnati P Jose Rijo hurls the last 2 scoreless innings in relief, his first major league action in 6 years.

Mike Mussina throws 7 shutout innings and the Yankees club 3 homers to beat the Mariners, 4-0.  Derek Jeter hits a leadoff HR and will do it again tomorrow.

Toronto beats Texas, 11–3, as Jeff Frye becomes the second Blue Jay ever to hit for the cycle. Frye’s final hit of the evening is a liner to deep right-center that, in other circumstances, might have gone for a double. But with his team safely in the lead, Frye stops at first to record a single and give himself a cycle. After the game, Frye finds a bicycle leaning against his locker, the traditional reward for the feat. Kelly Gruber is the only other Toronto player to accomplish the feat.

Atlanta’s Greg Maddux pitches the Braves to a 2–1 win over the Giants and Livan Hernandez. Hernandez came into the game with 8 straight hits and in his first at bat reaches on an error. He goes 1–for-3. John Smoltz racks up his first regular season save, striking out 4 batters.

18th The Rangers pound the Blue Jays, 12–5, scoring 8 runs in the 9th inning. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez’s grand slam is the big blow for Texas.

Randy Johnson is not sharp, but he’s good enough to give Arizona a 5–3 win over the Cubs. It is Big Unit’s 10th straight win over the Cubs going back to September 20, 1988. The loss leaves the Cubs a game ahead of Houston in the NL Central and puts the Diamondbacks 2 1/2 games ahead of the Giants in the West.

Danny Almonte, pitching for the Bronx Little League entry, the Rolando Paulino all-stars, hurls the first perfect game since 1957 in the Little League WS, beating the eventual winner, Apopka, FL, 2–0. The Bronx team will win next week, but all the victories will be stripped from them when an investigation proves a number of rules infractions, not the least of which is that Almonte is too old. His brother, who pitched last year, will also be shown to be too old.

19th The Mariners rout the Yankees, 10–2, as OF Mike Cameron gets 4 hits—including 2 HRs, one a grand slam—and drives home 8 runs. OF Ichiro Suzuki stretches his hitting streak to 16 games, giving him 3 streaks of 15 or more games this year. He’s the first major leaguer with three 15–game streaks in the same season since Milwaukee’s Cecil Cooper in 1980.

The Orioles bounce back from a 6–1 deficit to defeat the Red Sox, 13–7. Jeff Conine has 5 hits for Baltimore. The Birds steal 5 bases on slow Nomo. Manny Ramirez belts a grand slam for the Sox.

Greg Colbrunn hits a pinch HR in the Diamondbacks’ 13–6 win over the Cubs. Colbrunn’s round tripper is the 13th pinch hit round–tripper of the year for Arizona, breaking the NL mark set by the 1957 Reds.

Jake Elmore catches and pitches in the same game, a 16-5 Houston loss to the Rangers. Trailing 16-5, going into the bottom of the 8th, Astros manager Bo Porter moves Elmore from catcher to pitcher and moves Jason Castro from DH to catcher. Elmore retires all 3 batters he faces.  This is the third time in the past two seasons that a player caught and pitched in the same game. Last year, Jeff Mathis and Rob Johnson did it.

20th The Reds defeat the Cardinals, 5–4, on Ken Griffey Jr.’s 11th–inning inside–the–park home run. The run-off HR breaks the Cardinals 11-game winning streak. The Cards, who also won 10 in a row in May, are the first team since the 1978 Pirates to post a pair of double–digit win streaks in the same season.

Kerry Wood has an MRI that comes out clean, but the Cubs ace will miss a month with tendonitis in his shoulder.

21st  In what is believed to be an OB first, Tim Raines, Jr. and Tim Raines face each other in a double header between Ottawa and Rochester (IL).  Each is 1-for-3 in the opener, while Jr. tops his dad in the nightcap, going 1-for-4.

In Anaheim, the Red Sox do all their scoring in the 3rdas they beat the Angels, 8-5. Doug Mirabelli has a grand slam for Boston and David Eckstein hits a 3-run homer in the 9th.

22nd Cubs OF Sammy Sosa hits 3 HRs in a game for the second time in 2 weeks as he leads Chicago to a 16–3 win over the Brewers. Sosa is removed from the game following his HR in the 6th inning, missing a chance to tie the ML single–game mark of 4.

The Mariners score 6 runs in the 1st inning and 7 in the 3rd on their way to a 16–1 victory over the Tigers. Third sacker David Bell gets 5 hits for Seattle, including a double and HR.

KC scores 7 runs in the 1st inning, but the White Sox bounce back with an 8–run 6th frame on their way to a 13–12 win over the Royals. Carlos Beltran hits a grand slam for the Royals in the 7th.

23rd The Pirates defeated the Diamondbacks, 5–1, despite a 16–strikeout performance in 7 innings of work by Randy Johnson. In doing so, Johnson becomes the first pitcher in history to fan 300 in 4 straight seasons. Johnson strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 6thinning

Barry Bonds and Shawon Dunston of the San Francisco Giants became just the 12th pair of teammates to hit back-to-back homers as pinch hitters when they go deep in the top of the ninth. Bonds pinch homer is his first since 1989 and snaps a 5–5 tie. It is also his 549th HR, moving him ahead of Mike Schmidt into 8th place. The Giants win, 10-5.

a 6–2 loss to the Blue Jays, it is a busy night for Twins CF Torii Hunter. Hunter throws out consecutive runners at Darren Fletcher and Homer Bush, both trying to stretch singles. Later in the inning he bobbles a ball for an error. Roy Halladay is the winning pitcher.

In his ML debut, Rockies rookie Jason Jennings is near perfect, shutting out the Mets, 10–0, and going 3-for-5 including a 9th inning HR. The former Golden Spikes award winner becomes the first pitcher since 1900 to hurl a shutout and hit a HR in his first big league game.

24thAt Arlington, Trot Nixon of the Red Sox breaks a 3-3 tie with an 8thinning grand slam off Danny Kolb. The Sox beat the Rangers, 7-4.

25th The Mariners edge the Indians, 3–2 in 11 innings, in a game marked by a bench–clearing incident in the 9th inning. When Seattle’s Arthur Rhodes comes on to pitch in relief, Cleveland batter Omar Vizquel complains that sunlight is reflecting off the reliever’s right earring. Rhodes begins yelling at Vizquel and is eventually ejected by 3rd–base umpire Tim McClelland.

With Aramis Ramirez hitting a grand slam, the Pirates score 6 runs in the 1stinning and beat the Astros, 8-2.

Hey, Ricky, I’m home. At Pro Player Stadium, the Padres whip the Marlins, 7-1. Bubba Trammell ices the game with a 9th inning grand slam, off Ricky Bones.

The Yankees defeat the Angels, 7–5, as Roger Clemens becomes the first AL hurler to go 17–1 to begin a season. Paul O’Neill hits his 20th HR of the year, making him the oldest player in history—at age 38—to reach the 20 HR–20 SB mark in a season.

The Rangers defeat the Red Sox, 8–7 in 18 innings, in 6 hours, 35 minutes—the longest game of the season. The teams combined to use 17 pitchers, one away from the ML record for an extra–inning contest. Boston makes an error and a wild pitch in the last frame, and Chad Curtis scores on a grounder after stealing 3B. Chris Michalak is the winning pitcher: he was the loser yesterday.

26th The Cubs defeat the Cardinals, 6–1, as Sammy Sosa hits 2 more HRs, his 50th and 51st of the season. In doing so, he joins Mark McGwire and Babe Ruth as the only players with four 50–homer seasons.

The Indians edge the Mariners, 4–3, ending Ichiro Suzuki’s 21–game hitting streak.

Led by hot-hitting Adam Dunn’s 4 hits and Ken Griffey Jr.’s 4 RBIs, the Reds roll by Montreal, 17–4. Robin Jennings, in his ML debut, collects 4 hits, a Reds club record and tying the ML record.

The Diamondbacks score in the 10th inning to defeat the Phillies, 4–3. Philadelphia rookie SS Jimmy Rollins is caught stealing in the 3rd inning, the first time in his career after a streak of 35 consecutive steals. Luis Gonzalez receives the ultimate compliment when the Phils give him an intentional walk with the bases empty. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gonzalez joins Manny Ramirez, Jason Giambi, Mike Piazza, and Jim Thome as the only players to receive an intentional pass with the bases empty this season. Ramirez is the only one of the group to have been walked intentionally twice this year with no ducks on the pond.

28th Thanks to Cubs miscues, the Marlins defeat the Cubs, 4–3, in 14 innings, despite Sammy Sosa’s 52nd HR. The blast gives Sosa a share of the NL record for HRs in August (17), tying the mark set by Willie Mays in 1965. He also ties Babe Ruth for the most homers in 7 consecutive seasons: the Babe hit 343 between 1926-32. Mark McGwire has hit 338 homers from 1995 through this year. Cliff Floyd, playing RF, pulls off an unassisted double play in the 10thinning with Cubs on 1B and 3B and no outs. LF Delino DeShields drops Dave Berg’s fly to open the 14thand he will come around to score on a hit.

Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki reaches 200 hits for the season as the Mariners fall to the Devil Rays, 6–0. By going 2–for–3, Suzuki becomes only the third AL rookie to reach 200 hits since 1964. KC’s Kevin Seitzer reached the mark in 1987 and Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra ten years later.

29th The Cardinals down the Padres, 16–14, in the highest scoring game of the season. St. Louis scores 9 runs off Bobby Jones in the 2nd inning, while Ryan Klesko goes 5–for–6 for San Diego, with 2 HRs, 2 doubles, and 5 RBIs. One of the homers travels an estimated 472 feet, the longest by an opposing player at Busch Stadium since figures were recorded in 1988.

The Diamondbacks whitewash the Giants, 2–0, as OF Luis Gonzalez becomes the 19th player in history to hit 50 HRs in a season.

30th Bill Mueller’s walk–off HR gives the Cubs a 5–4 victory over the Marlins. Fred McGriff hits a 3–run HR as he reaches 80 RBIs for the 14th straight season, becoming only the second player in ML history to do so. Hank Aaron holds the record with 17 straight years.

The Mariners defeat the Devil Rays, 4–0, giving them a ML record 27 consecutive regular–season road series without losing a series. The old record of 26 road series without a loss was set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs.

Led by Eric Chavez, who has a grand slam and drives home 8 runs, the A’s defeat the Orioles, 15–0. He’ll knock in 3 more tomorrow in the A’s 9–5 win over Tampa Bay.

The Little League forfeits all games won by the Bronx WS entry after it is discovered that star pitcher Danny Almonte is 14. Sports Illustrated first broke the story with evidence of two birth registrations, the 2nd, which took 2 years off, made just weeks before the boy entered the United States. Continued protests of racism against Dominicans prompts further investigations which will show that Almonte and others did not even attend school in the Bronx, did not play the requisite number of games with their Bronx team, that their coach had been banned from Caribbean Little League play in 1988 for using overage players, and that Danny’s older brother was 14 when he played in 2000.

31stThe Reds route the Pirates, 11–3, behind the slugging of rookie Robin Jennings. Jennings hits his first ML homer, a grand slam, in the 7-run 4th and adds a bases-loaded triple for 7 RBIs. His homer and triple, both with the sacks full, matches the feat of Adam Kennedy in the AL last year: Luis Olmo in 1945, was the last to do it in the NL.

At Kansas City, Ruben Sierra belts a first inning grand slam, off Paul Byrd, and the Rangers go on to beat the Royals, 7-2.

The Braves acquire vet Julio Franco from the Mexico City Tigers. Franco, 40, who led the Mexican League with a .437 average, has been out of the majors since 1997.  In a separate deal, the Braves pick up P Rudy Seanez from the Padres for a player to be named later.