2004 August

1stIn Nomar Garciaparra’s first appearance in a Cubs uniform, he has an RBI single and makes several fine fielding plays in the Cubs 6-3 win over the Phils.

3rd  At Yankee Stadium, Jorge Posada gives the Yanks a lead with a 3-run homer off Mark Mulder in the 1st, but Oakland roars back to win, 13-4. Mulder goes to 15-3. Scott Hatteberg hits a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs and Eric Byrnes triples and drives in 3 runs.

At Busch, Tony Bautista hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to pull the Expos into a tie with the Cardinals, then pounds a grand slam off Dan Haren in the 12th as Montreal wins, 10-6.  Jim Edmonds hits his 29th and Albert  Pujols his 30th for the Cards.

4thThe Cardinals defeat the Expos, 5-4. St. Louis C Mike Matheny commits a throwing error to end his ML-record streak of 252 consecutive errorless games.

6thThe Cardinals obtain OF Larry Walker from the Rockies in a trade for P Jason Burch and 2 players to be named.

The Red Sox acquire P Mike Myers from the Mariners for a player to be named or cash.

The Blue Jays send DH-1B Josh Phelps to the Indians in exchange for 1B Eric Crozier.

7thAt SBC Park, Greg Maddux leads the Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the Giants for the 300th win of his career. He becomes the 22nd hurler to reach the magic number.

The Angels beat the Royals 7-5 as Troy Percival becomes the 6th pitcher in history with 9 straight seasons of 20 or more saves.

The Mariners defeat the Devil Rays, 6-2. Seattle manager Bob Melvin is ejected before the game begins for arguing with crew chief Joe West about a controversial interference call in Friday night’s game.

8thThe Blue Jays lose their 5th straight game, 8-2, to the Yankees. Shortly after the game, Toronto fires Carlos Tosca as its manager and replaces him on an interim basis with coach John Gibbons.

The Red Sox defeat the Tigers, 11-9, despite 7 Detroit home runs. Tim Wakefield records the win for Boston despite tying a ML record by allowing 6 of the homers. Wakefield is the 6th modern pitcher to yield 6 round-trippers, but the first since Philadelphia’s George Caster did so 64 years ago against the Red Sox. The last pitcher to give up 6 homers and still win the game was Brooklyn’s Hollis Thurston in 1932.

The Athletics beat the Twins, 6-5, in 18 innings. It is the 2nd-longest game in the 23-year history of the Metrodome.

The Cardinals defeat the Mets, 6-2, as Edgar Renteria gets 5 hits for St. Louis.

10thThe White Sox down the Royals, 9-3, as Willie Harris goes 5-for-5.

The Pirates defeat the Giants, 8-7, but Barry Bonds sets a ML record by reaching 30 HRs for the 13th straight season.

The Dodgers beat the host Reds, 5-2, in spite of a mammoth HR by Adam Dunn. Believed to be one of the longest homers in ML history, it will be measured at 535 feet. The ball carries over the batter’s eye beyond the centerfield fence, bounces on Mehring Way 20 feet beyond the stadium, and lands on a piece of driftwood in the Ohio River. Since the river is actually claimed by Kentucky, the homer is probably the first in ML history to carry into another state.

12thThe Phillies drub the Rockies, 15-4, as Randy Wolf becomes the first pitcher to homer twice in a game since Robert Person on June 2, 2002.

The Indians trounce the Blue Jays, 6-2. Ben Broussard hits his 2nd pinch grand slam of the season for Cleveland and becomes only the 4th player in ML history to ever do so.

It is all Pedro as the Red Sox down Tampa Bay, 6-0. Martinez (13-4) goes the distance with 10 strikeouts and no walks as he allows 6 hits.  The Sox might’ve had more except for TB centerfielder Rocco Baldelli, who throws out two consecutive runners (Millar and Varitek) at home in the 5th. Baldelli threw out a runner against the Sox last week as well.

13th   The Giants rout the Phillies by a score of 16-6. JT Snow hits 3 HRs for SF, drives in 4 runs, and scores 5 himself. Barry Bonds is walked 3 times, twice intentionally. The 2 intentional walks give him a ML record 86 on the season, helping the Giants break their two-year-old ML record of intentional walks in a season with 104.

The Royals hit a ML-record tying 2 grand slams in a 10-3 romp over Oakland. Rookies Abraham Nunez and John Buck both connect with the bags full for KC. Nunez’s salami breaks up Mark  Mulder’s 1-0 shutout in the 6thand is the first grand slam allowed by Mulder.

Starting pitcher Jon Rauch of the Expos homers off Houston’s Roger Clemens (Shawn Estes is the only other pitcher to do so) but leaves with a bad back and a 4-0 lead. The Astros tie it up and then score a run in the 12thon a homer by Morgan Ensberg. Alex Gonzalez matches that in the bottom of the frame and Terrmel Sledge drives in the winner with a single as the Expos win, 6-5.

14th  At Miller Park, Jeff Coninehits a 9thinning grand slam off Luis Vizcaino as Florida scores 7 times to beat the Brewers, 11-1.

17th   The Rangers crush the Indians, 16-4, as Mark Teixeira becomes the 2nd player in Texas history to hit for the cycle. Teixeira drives in 7 runs with a 2-run double in the 3rd, a 3-run HR in the 4th, a 2-run triple in the 5th, and a leadoff single in the 7th. Oddibe McDowell is the only other Ranger to accomplish the feat, doing so on July 23, 1985.

The Mariners crush the Royals, 16-3, as Raul Ibanez strokes a career-high 5 hits and scores 4 runs. Ichiro Suzuki has 4 hits and 5 RBIs and hits a leadoff HR for the 2ndstraight game. Bret Boone chips in with a pair of homers.

Jason Jennings goes 7 innings and is credited with the win in the Rockies 6-4 victory over the visiting Mets. Matt Holliday has a homer and scores 3 runs. New York loses recently acquired pitcher Victor Zambrano for the season when he runs off the mound after walking a batter in the 3rd.  They will lose him exactly the same way in May 2006.

The Devil Rays down the Angels, 8-3, as Tampa Bay shortstop BJ Upton becomes the first teenager in more than 6 years to homer in a ML game. The last to do so was Aramis Ramirez on June 16, 1998.

19th  In an unusual occurance, all 9 home teams playing today lose (as noted by Rod Nelson and John Rickert). At the Metrodome, Gary Sheffield has a double, a pair of homers and 5 RBI, with his second homer, off reliever Joe Nathan, coming in the Yankees’ 4-run 9th. New York wins, 13-10, over the central-leading Twins. Nathan coughs up all 4 runs. The first place Yankees, which had lost 3 in a row, will lose another 3 in a row.

20th   Randy Johnson fans 14 as the Diamondbacks lose to the Reds, 2-0. It is the 200th time in his career that he fans 10 or more in a game.

At Camden Yards, the Blue Jays bomb the Orioles, 14-4. Eric Hinske hits a 3-run homer in the 7th and Chris Woodward piles on with a grand slam off Eddy Rodriguez in the 9th. Toronto wins, 14-4.

ML baseball owners vote to extend Bud Selig’s term as commissioner three more years, through 2009.

21stThe Dodgers down the Braves, 7-4. LA P Jeff Weaver ties a ML record in the first inning when he hits 3 consecutive batters with pitches.

The Mets down the Giants, 11-9, scoring two unearned runs in the 12thfor the victory.  The two combine to tie the NL record for double plays in an extra inning game with 10 (SF-6). Cliff Floyd has a 3-run HR for the Mets while Barry Bonds is 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, and two walks.

It doesn’t seem fair. Carlos Guillen has a pair of 3-run doubles, connecting in the 5thand 6thinnings as Detroit edges the Mariners, 11-10 in 11 innings. No American Leaguer has had two 3-run doubles in a regulation game—four NLers have—and only one had a pair of 3-run doubles in an extra-inning game. Dan Wilson of Seattle did it in the 6thand 13thinnings of a game this May against the Yankees.

25th   The Angels crush the Royals, 21-6, as Jeff DaVanon became the first Angels player in 13 years to hit for the cycle. The last to do so was Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.

Cuba defeats Australia, 6-2, to take the gold medal in baseball at the Athens Olympics.

26th   The Mariners fall to the Royals, 7-3, despite Ichiro Suzuki’s 200th hit of the season. With the HR, Suzuki becomes the first player to reach 200 hits in each of his first 4 ML seasons.

27thThe Astros jump on Cubs starter Kerry Wood, who lasts 4+ innings, and continue against Kyle Farnsworth. The Astros Roy Oswalt wins 15-7, surviving a confrontation with Cubs C Michael Barrett when he steps in the batter’s box; he plunked Barrett five days ago and he and Wood were ejected. Kent Mercker later hits Oswalt.  Carlos Beltran hits 2 homers, and has now homered in each of his last 5 games. He also steals two bases, matching Howard Johnson who hit 2 HRs and stole twice on July 11, 1987. Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman hit back-to-back homers, and Jeff Kent also goes deep. Nomar Garciaparra and Derrek Lee homer for the Cubs. Farnsworth, after giving up 6 runs in the 9th,kicks an electric fan and sprains his right knee; tomorrow he goes on the 15-day disabled list.

Despite combining for 9 homers, Seattle beats Kansas City by on a  7-5 score. The Mariners have 9 hits, 8 for extra bases, including 3 homers in the 5thoff rookie starter Zack Greinke. The Royals have 2 homers in the same inning to tie a ML record.

Maybe for Dr. Seuss.  To make room on their 40-man roster for RH Alay Soler, the Mets trade reliever Dan Wheeler to Houston for minor league OF Adam Seuss. Seuss will play two games in class A for the Mets before failing a drug test.

28th   The Dodgers defeat the Mets, 4-2, as Adrian Beltre goes 5-for-5, including his league-leading 42nd HR.

The Yankees pound the Blue Jays, 18-6, as Tony Clark slugs 3 HRs. Clark and Ruben Sierra each drive in 5 runs.

29th   The Cardinals shut out the Pirates, 4-0. Albert Pujols becomes the 4th player in history to start his ML career with 4 straight seasons with at least 100 RBIs. The others are Hall of Famers Al Simmons, Joe DiMaggio, and Ted Williams.

30th   The Cubs defeat the Expos, 5-2, to give Dusty Baker his 1,000th win as a manager.

The Astros down the Reds, 11-3. Jeff Bagwell steals a base for Houston, thus becoming the 11th player in ML history to have 400 HRs and 200 stolen bases.

31st    The Indians bomb the Yankees, 22-0, to tie a record for the most lopsided shutout in history. Omar Vizquel ties an AL mark with 6 hits for Cleveland.

The Cubs acquire OF Ben Grieve from the Brewers for a player to be named and cash. Chicago also obtains C Mike DiFelice from Detroit for a player to be named.