2003 August

1st      The Angels shut out the Blue Jays, 5-0, ending Roy Halladay’s 15-game winning streak.

2ndThe Mariners down the White Sox, 10-0, behind John Olerud’s 2 HRs and 7 RBIs.

3rdThe Rockies pound out 24 hits in a 16-4 win over the Pirates. Jay Payton hits a pair of HRs and drives in 7 runs for Colorado.

Eddie Murray and Gary Carter are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, along with announcer Bob Uecker and sportswriter Hal McCoy.

5thMajor League Baseball announces plans to build its first owned and operated Youth Baseball Academy on the campus of Compton Community College as part of its Urban Youth Initiative.

6thThe Yankees send relief P Armando Benitez to the Mariners in exchange for fellow reliever Jeff Nelson. It’s Nelson’s second tour of duty with the Yanks.

8thThe Dodgers defeat the Cubs, 3-1, as Eric Gagne sets an ML record for most consecutive saves from the beginning of the season with 39. It is Gagne’s 48th straight save overall, 2nd on the all-time list to Tom Gordon’s 54.

9thThe Red Sox defeat the Orioles, 6-4, as Kevin Millar hits a 2-run HR in the 8th inning. Millar’s blast is the 10,000th in Fenway Park history.

The Indians sweep a doubleheader from the Angels by identical scores of 3-2. In the 2nd contest, Cleveland’s P Jason Boyd turns an unassisted DP.

10thSammy Sosa clubs 2 home runs good for 3 RBI, as the Cubs down Kevin Brown and the Dodgers, 3–1.

Rafael Furcal of Atlanta turns a rare unassisted triple play, the 12thin history, against the Cardinals to keep the Braves in the game.  But St. Louis ties the score with a run in the 8thoff starter Ramirez and Albert Pujols then clubs a solo homer off John Smoltz to give the host Redbirds a 3-2 win. Gary Sheffield, Perez, and Metheny also hit home runs.

Bronson Arroyo of Pawtucket hurls just the 4th 9-inning perfect game in the International League’s 120-year history, downing Buffalo by a score of 7-0.

11thThe Royals beat the Yankees, 12-9, as the teams set an AL record by stroking 19 doubles. KC strokes 11 of the 2-baggers, just 1 shy of the AL mark.

The Astros down the Cubs, 3-1. Chicago’s Kerry Wood becomes the youngest pitcher in history to reach the 1,000 strikeout mark, doing so in 134 games. Roger Clemens achieved the feat in 143 contests. Wood will lead the NL in K’s this year with teammate Mark Prior second.

 

12thThe Braves obtain P Kent Mercker from the Reds for a player to be named. Atlanta also unveils a statue of Hall of Fame great Warren Spahn outside Turner Field.

Pat Gillick of the Seattle Mariners resigns after a four-year run. He becomes the third GM to leave his position, voluntarily or not, in 2003. The first GM to leave this year was the Mets Steve Phillips who was fired in mid-June and replaced by his assistant Jim Duquette on an interim basis. Jim Bowden of the Reds was the next GM handed his walking papers. He was fired in late July and replaced by assistants Brad Kullman and Leland Maddux as interim co-GM’s.

13thMike Mordecai hits his 2ndhomer of the year and his second extra-inning homer to give Florida a 2-1 win over the Dodgers. Mordecai hit a game winning extra inning HR on July 23, his first homer in two years. His last homer before that, for Montreal on August 8, 2001, was also an extra-inning game winner. The winning pitcher today is rookie Nate Bump (4-0) who also was the winner on Mordecai’s last homer.

14thIn an 8–3 win over the Twins, Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians became the 22nd major-leaguer to hit for the cycle as a rookie. He barely legs out a triple in his final at bat becoming the first Indian to cycle since Andre Thornton in 1978. The first rookie to hit for a cycle was Bill Van Dyke in 1890 while playing for the American Association’s Toledo Maumees. Brian Anderson is the winner with 8 1/3 IP. The Twins, who were shutout in 14 innings yesterday, score 3 meaningless runs in the bottom of the 9th.

A major blackout in the Northeast causes the cancellation of the Mets-Giants game at Shea Stadium.

15thThe Mets defeat the Rockies, 5-0, as Tom Glavine wins the 250th game of his ML career. Home plate umpire Justin Kelmm is forced to leave the game in the 8th inning after being hit in the head by a broken bat.

Yanks manager Joe Torre and staff fail to catch two Orioles (Tony Batista and Jay Gibbons) batting out of order in the first inning.  New York rallies after the bullpen fails to win, 6–4, on Aaron Boone’s 3-run HR inside the RF foul pole.

16thIn a 5–4 loss to the host Phillies, Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes just the 38th major-leaguer to produce a hit streak of 30 games or more when he singles in the 7th inning. The feat has been accomplished 40 times overall with George Sisler and Ty Cobb the only big-leaguers who produced multiple streaks of 30 or more. Pujols has batted .390 (46-for-118) during the streak and has kept it alive six times by getting a hit in his final at bat.

Boston’s Pedro Martinez stops the Mariners, 5–1, to run his record against the M’s to a perfect 11–0.  He now matches Randy Johnson for the best current record against one team: Big Unit is 11–0 against the Cubs.

The Pirates send 1B Randall Simon to the Cubs for minor league OF Ray Sadler.

17thThe Angels down the Tigers, 11-6, as Garret Anderson becomes the Angels’ career hits leader. His 3 hits move him ahead of Brian Downing’s club mark.

Up 2-0 in the 9th. Giants starter Sidney Ponson exits with the bases loaded and one out. Todd Worrell strikes out the next batter but then serves up a walkoff grand slam to Brad Wilkerson. The Expos win, 4-2.

18thThe Expos knock off the suddenly slumping Giants, 4–0, behind a 3-hitter by  Javier Vazquez.  Without Bonds, the Giants lose all 4 games to Montreal and finish the season series, 0–7, the first time in their 128-year history they have been swept in a season series (they were 0-3 vs. Texas in 1999).  Montreal also took all 6 games this year with Milwaukee and swept the Padres, 12–0, in 1994. Despite the loss, the Giants are still 8.5 games ahead of the Diamondbacks in the NL West.

The Mets shut out the Rockies, 8-0, as Steve Trachsel hurls his 2nd one-hitter of the season. Colorado pitcher Chin-hui Tsao’s double in the 6th inning is the Rockies’ only hit.

19thThe Giants pick up 2B Eric Young from the Brewers in a trade for minor league P Greg Bruso.

The Rockies send IF Tony Womack to the Cubs for minor league P Enmanuel Ramirez and cash considerations.

20thThe Pirates rout the Cardinals, 14-0, scoring 10 runs in the 5th inning. OF Reggie Sanders hits a pair of homers in the frame, including a grand slam, to tie the ML record.

In the Giants 2-1 win over the visiting Braves, starter Josh Foppert is lifted in the 4thinning when his right hand becomes numb. It turns out to be a torn ulnar collateral ligament and the phenom undergoes Tommy John  surgery. He won’t return until the 2005 season.

22ndSammy Sosa hits a home run off Curt Schilling, his 500thHR as a Cub.  Only 10 players in history have hit that many for one team. It is also Sammy’s 30thof the season, the 9thstraight season he’s reached that level.

The White Sox shore up their bullpen by acquiring P Scott Sullivan from the Reds for a player to be named.

23rdThe Phillies beat the Cardinals, 9-4, in the process ending Albert Pujols’ hitting streak at 30 games. It is the longest streak in the ML this season, and ties him with Stan Musial for the second-longest in St. Louis history. Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby hit in 33 straight games for the Cardinals’ record. Pujols will go hitless in his next 13 at bats.

Baltimore beats Mike Mussina and the Yankees, 7–2, behind Rodrigo Lopez’s complete game. Jay Gibbon has a homer and a double. Before the game, the Yankees retire number 49 in honor of Ron Guidry. The Yanks showered their former captain with gifts including an SUV, a tractor, golf clubs, a ring and even throw in some mountain bikes for Guidry’s kids. Guidry, who hates to fly, is given five round trip train tickets from his home in Louisiana to New York City.

24thThe A’s ride grand slams by Ramon Hernandez and Miguel Tejada to a 17-2 triumph over the Blue Jays. It is the first time in the franchise’s 10three-year history that two players connected for slams in the same game. Prior to today, Oakland had not hit one this season. Mike Neu earns the first save of his career when he pitches the final three innings.

Professional golfer Phil Mickelson tries his hand at baseball in a tryout with the Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Mickelson, who golfs left but throws right, offers a bounty of $300 to any player who can hit a home run off him. Unfortunately for the golfer, his pitching prowess did not impress Mud Hens or Tigers management. Most of the 10 batters he faces are pitchers and former major-leaguer Gene Kingsale was his only strikeout victim. But, he gives up no homers.

25thThe Royals acquire P Brian Anderson from the Indians in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers—1B/OF Trey Dyson and P Kieran Mattison—and cash considerations.

The Yankees claim Reds lefty reliever Felix Heredia off waivers to keep Cincinnati from trading him to an AL East team.

Yuutaro Tanaka dominates the championship game of the 57th Little League WS, leading Tokyo, Japan, to a 10-1 victory over Boynton Beach, Florida.

The lowly Tigers release Steve Sparks, who will sign a minor-league contract with the Oakland A’s. The A’s will recall him on September 3. It is a win swing of 110 games for the knuckler.

26thThe Royals get OF Rondell White from the Padres for minor league pitchers Chris Tierney and Brian Sanches.

The Pirates trade slugger Brian Giles to the Padres. Giles is one of 5 players with 35 or more homers in each of the last 4 seasons. In return, Pittsburgh gets P Oliver Perez, much-traveled minor league OF Jason Bay, and a player to be named (Corey Stewart). Bay will win Rookie of the Year honors in 2004, while Perez will win 12 and strike out 239 in his first season.

27thAt Wrigley, Hideo Nomo fires 6 shutout innings, striking out 3, as the Dodgers whitewash the Cubs, 3-0. The three K’s give Nomo 150 for the 9thstraight season to start his career. He joins Don Sutton and Tom Seaver as the only pitchers in the past 50 years to accomplish the feat.

28thThe Dodgers defeat the Astros, 6-3, as Eric Gagne sets a ML record with his 44th straight save of the season. Former record-holder Tom Gordon began the 1998 season with 43 in a row.

Marlins’ backup C Ramon Castro is arrested and charged with rape in Pittsburgh following Florida’s game with the Pirates.

Pay up!  The Brewers top the host Cincinnati Reds, 4–3, for their 10thstraight win.  Brewers manager Ned Yost fulfills on a vow he  made to his team that, if they won 10 straight, he and his coaches would dress up as Hooters waitresses. They wear the outfits, including the chain’s trademark orange hot pants, on the team’s charter to Chicago and on the bus to their hotel. The Cubs will beat them tomorrow, 4–2, but the  Brewers will take the next 2 from Chicago.

30thThe Phillies down the Mets, 4-2. NY’s runs come on a HR by Jason Phillips, the 5,000th round-tripper in franchise history.

The Mariners score 10 runs with 2 outs in the 5th inning and go on to defeat the Orioles, 13-1.

The White Sox down the Tigers, 5-2, handing Detroit its 100th loss of the season. Detroit becomes the 3rd team in modern times to reach the century mark in losses before September.

The Yanks knock Pedro Martinez out of the box, scoring 5 runs in 4 innings en route to a 10–7 win. Nick Johnson has 4 hits and 4 RBI, while Jorge Posada has a pair of homers to back Pettitte’s pitching. On one of Posada’s homers Sox fan Marty Martin throws the ball back on the field. He is then tossed out of Fenway for throwing an object onto the field.

A storm forces the cancellation of the Royals-Angels game in Kansas City. It drops 7.3 inches of rain in the area around Kauffman Stadium in a 23-hour period beginning at 9 a.m.

31stThe Rangers edge the Twins, 11-10, as Alex Rodriguez becomes just the 2nd player in ML history with 6 straight seasons of 40 or more HRs. Babe Ruth is the only other player to accomplish the feat.

Roger Clemens of the Yankees became the first pitcher to win 100 games at Fenway Park when he defeats the Red Sox, 8-4. In his last regular-season start there. Rocket finishes his career at Fenway with a 100-55 record in 199 appearances; no other pitcher has recorded more than 71 victories at the stadium.

Minutes before the start of the game, Barry Bonds is removed from the lineup and hospitalized for exhaustion. Jason Schmidt then pitches into the 9thinning to give the Giants a 3–1 win over the Diamondbacks.  Bonds homered off Randy Johnson yesterday and then was removed from the game because he had an accelerated heartbeat. It was his first game back following the death of his father.