2002 August

1st  The Rangers clobber the Red Sox, 19–7, as Texas OF Carl Everett hits a pair of HRs, including a grand slam, and drives home 7 runs against his former teammates. Newly acquired Todd Hollandsworth chips in with a 3 run homer and drives in 4 runs.  It is the second game in a row that the Rangers have reached 20 hits: they beat the Yankees yesterday with 21 hits.

A.J. Burnett (11–7) fires his 4thshutout of the year, beating the Cardinals, 4–0, on 4 hits. The high point for St. Louis is a 6thinning triple play (9–6–3), just the 11thin history started by a right fielder. With runners on 1stand 2B, J.D. Drew snags Eric Owen’s line drive and throws to SS Edgar Renteria who steps on 2B and relays to first baseman Tino Martinez. Jay Buhner was the last right fielder to start a triple play, accomplishing the feat for the 1992 Mariners.

Ken Griffey, Jr. ends a 4-4 tie with the Dodgers by belting a 13thinning 2-run HR off the Dodgers Omar Daal.

Next time, walk him.  For the second time in 3 days, Vlad Guerrero hits a walk-off HR to beat the Diamondbacks. He hit a 10-inning HR on July 30 off Kim, and today breaks a 1–1 tie by hitting a solo homer off Curt Schilling in a 2–1 win.

.3rdThe Giants defeat the Pirates, 11–6, as Barry Bonds hits his 30th HR of the season. In doing so, he extends his NL record streak to 11 consecutive seasons with 30 or more homers.

The Mariners wallop the Indians, 12–4. Seattle’s Edgar Martinez ties a ML record with 3 sacrifice flies, becoming the 11th player in history to do so. The last was Juan Gonzalez for Texas in 1999. Cleveland’s Ellis Burks homers for the Tribe, extending his ML record of hitting a homer in 41 different parks.

4th Cincinnati defeats San Diego, 15–10, as LF Russell Branyan slugs 3 HRs and drives home 5 runs for the Reds.

The Braves edge the Cardinals, 2–1, as Damian Moss and John Smoltz combine on a 1–hitter. Mike Matheny’s single is the only St. Louis hit.

The Athletics defeat Detroit, 4–0, as Cory Lidle, Ricardo Rincon, Chad Bradford, and Billy Koch combine on the 1–hit shutout. Tiger OF Wendell Magee’s single is the only Detroit safety.

6thThe Athletics down the Red Sox, 9–1, but SS Miguel Tejada’s 24–game hitting streak comes to an end. The streak began the day after the All–Star break, July 11, and is the second–longest in the majors this year behind Luis Castillo’s

The Blue Jays nearly blow a 13–2 lead, but hold on to defeat the Mariners, 14–12. P Mark Hendrickson makes his ML debut for Toronto. Hendrickson also played pro basketball with four teams, thus becoming the 10th major leaguer to have also played in the NBA.

In the 13thinning of an AA game, Tom Nevers, a first baseman for Chattanooga, takes the mound and pitches 5 innings. He gets the victory as the Lookouts beat the Huntsville Stars, 8–7 in 18 innings. He also goes 3–for–8 with a homer and two RBIs at the plate.

7thThe Mariners upend the Blue Jays, 5–4, despite Toronto SS Chris Woodward’s 3 HRs.

In a historic move, ML baseball players end their long–held opposition to mandatory drug testing by agreeing to be tested for illegal steroids beginning in 2003.

8thAtlanta defeats Arizona, 4–1, as Braves RP John Smoltz reaches 40 saves in a season faster than any pitcher in history.

9thBarry Bonds hits the 600th HR of his career, but the Giants still fall to the Pirates by a score of 4–3. Bonds joins Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays (his godfather) in the exclusive club.

The Reds defeat the Padres, 12–10, as Cincinnati 3B Aaron Boone hits 3 HRs. Two of the blasts come in Cincinnati’s 9–run 1st inning. Brother Brett Boone has also homered twice in one inning.

The Expos trounce the Brewers, 11–4, as OF Vladimir Guerrero ties Ken Griffey Jr. as the 2nd–youngest player ever to reach 200 HRs (However, Guerrero will admit in March 2009 that he is a year older than the records say).

Erubial Durazo accounts for all of Arizona’s runs with a pair of homers in the D’back’s 2–1 win over Florida. His 2ndhomer, off Braden Looper, snaps a 1–1 tie in the 9th.

10thThe Diamondbacks beat the Marlins, 9–2, as Randy Johnson fans 14 Florida batters to move past Tom Seaver into 5th place on the all–time list.

The Giants beat the Pirates, 8–3, as Barry Bonds draws 3 intentional walks to give him an ML–record 46 for the season. The 3 intentional passes also tie a record for a 9–inning game. Bonds will receive 68 intentional walks this year, 23 more than the old record, set by the Giants’ Willie McCovey in 1969.

The Cubs wallop the Rockies, 15–1, as Sammy Sosa clouts 3 HRs and drives home 9 runs. His three homers come in three consecutive innings, just the 6thto do that. Andres Galarraga did it in 1995.

11thThe Cubs defeat Colorado, 12–9, as Sammy Sosa hits a grand slam and drives home 5 runs. The RBIs give him an NL–record 14 in 2 consecutive games.

The Phillies beat the Dodgers, 5–3, as Philadelphia SS Jimmy Rollins strokes 5 hits and steals 2 bases.

Chipper Jones strokes 5 hits, including a pair of doubles, as the Braves rout the Astros, 13–3.

12thThe Astros down the Cubs, 9–6, despite Sammy Sosa’s 5th HR in the last 3 games. Sosa’s blast makes him only the 3rd player in NL history with 5 straight 40–HR seasons.

13thWarring Mets co–owners Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday finally complete their deal to transfer full ownership of the team to Wilpon within the next 30 days. But Nelson will question the valuation of the team by the independent arbitrator, and the transaction will not be resolved until the fall.

14th  Reds C Jason LaRue has a bad first inning with knuckleballer Jared Fernandez on the mound, and allows 3 consecutive passed balls and a run scoring wild pitch. LaRue will lead the majors this year with 20 passed balls. The Diamondbacks break a tie in the 6thas Womack singles off reliever John Riedling to win, 7–2, their 18thout of 22 games. Luis Gonzales misses the game because of a strained rib cage, and breaks his ML high streak of 446 consecutive games played.

Two contests in the AL go 14 innings. Geronimo Gil hits a 2-out 14thinning homer to give Baltimore a 6–5 victory over Minnesota, while the Yankees overcome a straight steal of home by Mike Sweeney to beat the Royals, 3–2. Bernie Williams hits an RBI single to give Ramiro Mendoza (8-3) the win.

15thThe Yankees top the Royals, 7–5, as Bernie Williams gets 5 hits, including a double.

Mark Prior strikes out 12 batters in 6 innings, including 7 in a row, but gets no decision as the Cubs trip Houston, 6–4. Chicago goes long ball with homers from Moises Alou, Fred McGriff, Corey Patterson, Mark Bellhorn, and Sammy Sosa. Jeff Bagwell homers for Houston.

The Mets trade P Shawn Estes to the Reds for minor leaguers Pedro Feliciano and Elvin Andujar, and two players to be named.

16thThe Twins down the Red Sox, 5–0, in the process ending Pedro Martinez’s scoreless inning streak at 35. It is the longest such streak in the majors since 2000.

Major league players announce a tentative strike date of August 30 if an agreement cannot be reached with the club owners,

17thThe Yankees defeat the Mariners, 8–3, as Alfonso Soriano homers to become the first 2B ever to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases in a season. NY OF Bernie Williams singles in his 1st at bat to give him 11 consecutive hits. He makes out his next time up to fall one short of the ML record.  His 5-for-5 and 4-for-4 in back-to-back games, the first in 45 years, won’t be duplicated until the Phils’ Jayson Werth matches him in 2007.

The Rangers pound the Blue Jays, 9–5, as Alex Rodriguez clouts 3 HRs. By doing so, he becomes the 6th player ever with 5 straight 40–HR seasons.

The Padres down the Expos, 6–5. In doing so, they set a new ML record for pitchers used in a season.

Houston scores 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat Cincinnati, 6–1. SS Jose Vizcaino gets 5 hits, including a leadoff HR.

18th     The Rangers stop the Blue Jays, 10–7, as SS Alex Rodriguez ties an ML record by becoming the 4th player to hit 6 HRs in a 3–game span. His 2 round–trippers give him the AL lead with 44.

19th  Chipper Jones hits consecutive homers in the 8thand 9thto lift Atlanta to a 7–6 win over the Rockies.  Jones 2ndhomer follows a homer by Gary Sheffield, both off Jose Jimenez. Jose tosses just 7 pitches in the 9th.

20thThe Pirates shut out the Cardinals, 8–0, on a combined one–hitter hurled by Kris Benson (7 innings), Brian Boehringer (1), and Al Reyes (1). Kerry Robinson’s one–out single in the 1st inning is St. Louis’ only safety.

Jacques Jones hits a leadoff HR for the Twins, and that is all the runs Kyle Lohse needs as he shuts out the White Sox, 5-0, striking out 8.  For Jones, it is his 2ndleadoff HR in 2 games.

21stThe Cardinals defeat the Pirates, 4–1, for Tony La Russa’s 1,887th career win as a manager, moving him into 10th place on the all–time list.

The Athletics win their 8th straight game behind Cory Lidle’s 1–hitter, beating Cleveland by a score of 6–0. Lidle gives up a 2–out single to Ellis Burks in the 1st inning, walks the next batter, then retires the last 25 batters.  It is the 4thstraight start for Lidle in which he’s been part of a shutout, but it is the only one he’s completed.

The Astros obtain RP Tom Gordon from the Cubs in exchange for minor league P Russ Rohlicek and two players to be named.

23rdCleveland’s rookie C Josh Bard hits a game–winning 2–run HR in the bottom of the 9th inning against Seattle in his 1st ML appearance. He joins Billy Parker (1971) as the only rookies to hit walkoff homers in their first game. The Tribe wins, 4–2.

Padres score 9 runs in the 5th inning on their way to an 18–2 win over the Marlins. Bubba Trammell, who has 2 homers in the game, starts the scoring in the 5thwith a homer.7 players have RBIs in the 5th, and the last 11 hitters come up with the bases loaded. Jake Peavy is the easy winner.

Bobby Abreau hits a solo homer in the 14thto give the Phillies a 5–4 win over the Cards in 5 hrs: 13 minutes. Scott Rolen is 4–for–5 in his 1stappearance against his old team.

The Orioles spot the Blue Jays 6 runs and then roar back with 4 homers to win, 11–7.  The win puts Baltimore (63–63) at .500. From here on it’ll downhill.

24thThe Angels defeat the Red Sox, 2–0. Manny Ramirez’s streak of reaching base in 14 straight plate appearances is stopped 2 short of the ML mark.

The Orioles drop a pair to the Blue Jays, losing 4–1 and 8–3. This is the start of a miserable 4–31 year–end slide. In game 1, a makeup of a July 23 rainout, Vernon Wells has 4 hits, including a homer, and scores 3 runs. Pete Walker pitches 7 innings for the win.  The bright spot for Baltimore is Mike Bordick, who fields 4 chances flawlessly to set a ML record with 428 straight chances without an error. It breaks the mark that Cal Ripken set in 1990.  Wells and Chris Woodward hit homers in game 2.

25thArizona’s Randy Johnson (19-4) strikes out 16 Cubs as the Diamondbacks defeat Chicago, 7–0. Johnson complete game win gives him an 11-0 record against the Cubs, the best lifetime mark of any current pitchers.

26thThe Red Sox score a 10–9, 10–inning victory over the Angels as Manny Ramirez gets 5 hits, including a pair of HRs.

27th  Barry Bonds slugs 3 HRs and a double to lead the Giants to a 7–4 win over the Rockies. It is the 4th three–homer game of Bonds’ career.

The Angels defeat the Devil Rays, 7–3. as OF Darin Erstad gets 5 hits, including a pair of doubles, for Anaheim.

The Players Union and the ML owners agree for the first time to test players for steroids. If more than 5% of the anonymous tests next year are positive, mandatory testing will go into effect and the players will face a scale of penalties. First time offenders will remain anonymous but will be placed in treatment. At the end of next year, 5–7% will test positive.

The Twins top the Mariners, 5–2. Minnesota SS Cristian Guzman is held hitless, ending his 23–game hitting streak.

The White Sox down the Blue Jays, 8–4. Rookie 3B Joe Crede’s 9th inning 2–run homer ties the score and his 10th inning grand slam wins it. Crede drives home 7 runs in the game.

28thOdalis Perez of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo homer, off Arizona’s Rick Helling, for the only run of the game. He is the first pitcher (and the 12thever) since Bob Welch in 1983 to hit a solo homer for the only run.

The Cardinals obtain P Jamey Wright from the Brewers in exchange for minor league OF Chris Morris and cash.

29th  1B Mark Bellhorn becomes the 1st player in NL history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning, doing so in the Cubs’ 10–run 4th inning in Chicago’s 13–10 win over the Brewers. He also ties a team record with 5 RBIs in the inning.

The IOC votes to drop baseball from the Olympics and replace it with golf.  The reason is that the competition does not draw the best players, since MLB does not release their players to play.

30thMajor league baseball players and owners agree to a historic contract that prevents the players from going out on strike. Included is an agreement on a drug-testing program.

31st  The Mets are shut out by the Phillies, 1–0, to mark their 13th consecutive home defeat. In doing so, they become the first NL team to lose all their home games over the course of a month.

The Astros acquire free–agent–to–be Mark Loretta from the Brewers for cash and a player to be named. In 2 days, the player turns out to be Keith Ginter, hitting .264 at New Orleans.