1st Orioles 1B/OF Rafael Palmeiro is suspended 10 days for violating MLB’s steroids policy. Tomorrow Mariners P Ryan Franklin is also suspended 10 days for the same reason.
4thThe Brewers defeat the Mets, 12-9. Geoff Jenkins accounts for 5 of Milwaukee’s 21 hits with 4 singles and a 2B.
The Orioles fire manager Lee Mazzilli, and name bench coach Sam Perlozzo the interim manager for the remainder of the season. It won’t help. The Orioles will join the 1978 A’s as the only teams since 1900 to be 14 games over .500 then fall at least 14 games under .500 in the course of a season.
5thThe Cardinals trounce the Braves, 11-3. Albert Pujols becomes the first player in ML history to hit 30 homers in each of his first 5 seasons.
7thIn a battle of Zambranos, the Mets’ Victor defeats the Cubs’ Carlos, 6-1. It is the 4thtime in ML history that starting pitchers with the same last name face each other, and the 2ndtime that each had the same number of career wins going into the contest.
The Diamondbacks defeat the Rockies, 9-4. Craig Counsell leads the Arizona attack with 5 hits.
Manny Ramirez is 4-for-4 with a HR and 3 RBI to back Tim Wakefield in the Red Sox 11-7 victory over the Twins. Manny doubles in the 5-run 1stinning when the Sox bat around against Joe Mays. Wakefield (11-9) goes 8 innings to join Cy Young and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers to pitch 2,000 innings in a Boston uniform.
David Eckstein powers a 9thinning game-ending grand slam, off Chris Reitsma, to give the Cardinals a 5-3 win over the Braves. Eckstein also hit a walkoff grand slam in 2002. The last Card to hit a game-winning grand slam was Tommy Herr on April 18, 1987.
Dontrelle Willis tosses a shutout in Cincinnati, winning, 2-0, over the Reds. Willis has yet to be scored on in 16 innings at the Great American Ball Park. Both runs are unearned and come on three throwing errors in the first 5 innings by Reds P Ramon Ortiz. Each one is a pickoff attempt on Juan Pierre. When Ortiz walks Pierre in the 7th, a loud voice shouts, “Don’t throw to first base.” It could have been Reds manager Jerry Narron who said later, “I probably should have told him before the game only try it if you can make a good throw.”
8thThe Tigers defeat the Blue Jays, 9-8, in 12 innings. Alex Rios gets 5 hits for Toronto in a losing cause, including a HR.
The Rockies and Marlins play a doubleheader, necessitated by a snowout on April 27 and 28. The Rockies start two Kims, Sunny and Byung-Hyun Kim and win 4-3 and 5-3. Sunny Kim was picked up on waivers August 5 from the Nationals. Game 1 is won in the 11thon Dustan Mohr’s walk off homer with two out. In the second game Byung-Hyun pitches 7 strong innings for the win. Danny Ardoin hits a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 6thfor the lead. The last time two pitchers with the same name started in a doubleheader was in 1974, when the Cleveland Indians started brothers Gaylord and Jim Perry against the Boston Red Sox.
9thThe Indians score 11 runs in the 9thinning to come from behind and record a 13-7 win over the Royals. The loss is KC’s 11thin a row.
10thMarlins 3B Mike Lowell pulls to hidden ball trick to nab Luis Terrero at 3B in the 8thinning and prevent the potential tying run from scoring. Reliever Todd Jones sells the trick by walking around the mound to help Lowell pull the ruse off for the second time in a year. Florida beats the Diamondbacks, 10-5.
Ryan Howard drives in 5 runs for Philadelphia, including 4 in the 9thon a tie-breaking grand slam, off Yhency Brazoban, as the Phillies beat the Dodgers, 9-5.
11thJason Kendall and the A’s steal a win from the Angels, 5-4, and moves into first place in first place in the AL west. When reliever Francisco Rodriguez muffs a routine throw from the catcher, Kendall alertly sprints from 3B to score the winning run in the 9th. It is the 2ndone-run win for the streaking A’s over the Angels. The A’s trailed LA by 8 1/2 games on July 18 and have now won 20 of 23.
In Kansas City, Jeff Lieter hits a 7thinning grand slam, off D.J. Carrasco, to propel the Indians to a 4-2 win over the Royals. For the Royals it is their 13thconsecutive loss.
Greg Maddux (9-9) stops the Cubs’ eight-game losing streak with an 11-4 complete game victory over St. Louis. It is his 314thcareer win, tying him for 16thon the all-time list.
12thDontrell Willis gives up a 6thinning HR to Randy Winn and that spells a loss as San Francisco edges Florida, 1-0. Noah Lowry is the winning pitcher and raises his BA to .289 with 2 hits.
Josh Towers, backed by 4 homers, pitches a CG shutout as Toronto whips the Orioles, 12-0.
13thThe Braves down the Diamondbacks, 9-5 as ancient Julio Franco has a 3-run HR and 4 RBIs. Hot hitting rookie Jeff Francouer (.388) is just 1-for-4 but does throw out a runner. He will notch 9 outfield assists in his first 35 games.
14thTampa Bay’s Travis Lee cracks a pinch hit homerun off Bob Wickman for the game’s only score and TB beats Cleveland, 1-0. This is just the 3rdtime a solo pinch homer has accounted for the only score (Bill Taylor in 1954 and Candy Maldonado in 1985).
15thThe Giants down the Reds, 7-3, as Randy Winn hits for the cycle. It is Winn’s first appearance at SF’s Great American Ball Park since being obtained in a trade with the Mariners on July 30.
16thThe Giants edge the Reds, 10-8. Both Pedro Feliz and Deivi Cruz get 5 hits for SF. Feliz’s hits include a 2B and 3B, while Cruz’s include a 2B and HR.
The Tigers Craig Monroe hits a 10thinning grand slam in 10-7 loss, just the 4thtime in ML history a player has hit a grand slam in extra innings in a loss. David Ortiz hits a game-tying HR in the 9th, then hits a 3-run homer in the Red Sox 7-run 10th. Jason Varitek adds a 2-run homer in the 10th, his second of the game.
At age 87, Bobby Bragan makes a historic appearance as the oldest manager of a pro baseball team. Bragan takes over at the helm of the Fort Worth Cats to surpass Connie Mack’s record by 8 days. True to form he gets tossed in the 3rdinning when he asks why the ump ejected one of his players. When told that the player had said the ump was calling a lousy game, Bragan said he agreed with the player.
20thThe Royals defeat the A’s, 2-1, to stop their club-record 19-game losing streak. It is the longest such streak in the ML in 17 years. The A’s leave 11 on base.
The Tigers edge the Blue Jays, 3-2, when Magglio Ordonez hits an RBI double in the bottom of the 13th. Franklyn German (4-0) earns the win. Craig Monroe and Ivan Rodriguez hit solo HRs for the Bengals. Detroit turns 3 DPS including a rare double play in the 6thon a sacrifice fly, just the third time this century that two outfield assists are recorded on the same play. On Frank Catalanotto’s sac fly to CF, Frank Menachino, on 2B, attempts to reach 3B and is caught (8-2-5-6-7-4).
Four Red Sox–Ramirez, Ortiz, Varitek and Nixon–collect 4 hits apiece to pace Boston to a 15-2 shellacking of Tampa Bay. Manny Ramirez has 2 homers and 3 RBI, and David Ortiz hits HRs #45 and #46, while Trot Nixon has a triple and homer. The 4 hitters with 4 hits ties the AL record held by five clubs and last accomplished by the Twins on June 2, 2002.
At Turner Field, the Padres score 5 runs in the 13thto beat the Braves, 7-2.Xavier Nady hits a grand slam, off Joey Devine, making his ML debut. In Joey’s next appearance, on the 23rd, he’ll serve up another grand slam, a ML first.
Richie Sexson, connects on a solo homer and a 10th-inning grand slam to lead the Mariners to an 8-3 win over the Twins. Seattle scores 6 times in the 10th. Following Sexson’s homer in the 7th. Adrian Beltre homers.
21stThe Nationals down the Mets, 7-4. as NY rookie Mike Jacobs hits a 3-run HR as a PH in his first ML at bat.
The White Sox beat the Yankees, 6-2, scoring all its runs in the 4thinning, clocking Randy Johnson for 4 HRs in the frame, including 3 in a row. The Big Unit had never given up 4 homers in an inning.
22ndChipper Jones drills a 2-run HR in the 4thagainst Carlos Zambrano, then does the same in the 9thagainst reliever Kerry Wood, and the Braves win, 4-2. Tim Hudson is the CG winner.
23rdThe Twins edge the White Sox, 1-0, despite getting only one hit. Jacque Jones’ leadoff HR in the 8thinning accounts for Chicago’s only hit off of Freddy Garcia.
At Wrigley, the Cubs thrash the Braves, 10-1, as Jeremy Burnitz drives in 5 runs. Four come on a grand slam, off Joey Devine, in the 4th. In Devine’s first ML appearance, on the 20th, he also gave up a grnnd slam, the only pitcher in history to do that in his first 2 appearances.
The Dodgers Oscar Robles knocks in 4 runs and Jeff Weaver has 3 hits and 3 RBI to pace LA to an 8-3 win over Colorado. Weaver extends his record to 12-8 while Robles extends his attempted steals streak to 0-for-7. Robles won’t try it again the rest of the year and it will stand as a rookie record (Dave Meier of the Twins was 0-for-6 in 1985). The Dodgers ignore the pre-game clubhouse tumult when Milton Bradley lashes back at Jeff Kent saying, “The problem is he doesn’t know how to deal with African American people. I think that’s the cause of everything.” Kent had criticized Bradley regarding his base running in a game against Florida.
After Anaheim scores 2 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 7-2 lead, Miguel Tejada, makes it close with his second homer of the day, a grand slam off Francisco Rodriguez. But the O’s fall short, 7-6.
24thThe Mets crush the Diamondbacks, 18-4, behind a 20-hit barrage. Rookie Mike Jacobs gets 4 hits, including a 2B and pair of HRs, and scores 5 runs in his 4thML game. With the homers, Jacobs becomes the first player in ML history to hit 4 HRs in his first 4 days since his ML debut. David Wright also gets 4 hits, including a 2B and a pair of HRs. David Wright ties a NL record by scoring 8 runs in two consecutive games.
The Padres down the Astros, 7-4, as Trevor Hoffman gets his 425thsave to move past John Franco into 2ndplace behind Lee Smith on the all-time saves list.
25thWith 3 hits and a homer from Travis Hafner, 4 hits from Victor Martinez, and a grand slam from Rafael Belliard, the Indians roll over Tampa Bay, 12-4. Martinez had 7 straight hits before making an out in his last at bat. Travis Lee drives in all 4 TB runs.
Ichiro Suzuki’s lone hit of the day is a 9thinning grand slam, off Justin Thompson, as Seattle beats host Texas, 8-2.
26thVictor Martinez has his 2ndstraight 4-hit game and Travis Hafner has 2 homers as Cleveland beats the Blue Jays, 9-3. Grady Sizemore has a clean steal of home in the 1st.
27thThe Cubs trounce the Marlins, 14-3. Prior to the game, Chicago holds a ceremony to retire Ryne Sandberg’s uniform number.
The Yankees obtain OF Matt Lawton from the Cubs in exchange for minor league P Justin Berg.
28thHawaii defeats Curacao, 7-6, on a walkoff HR by Michael Memea to win the Little League World Series.
29thTwo days before Kerry Wood undergoes season-ending arthroscopic surgery, the Cubs continue to write off the season by trading OF Todd Hollandsworth to the Braves for minor league pitchers Todd Blackford and Angelo Burrows.
Dmitri Young hits his second grand slam in three days, connecting off Scott Elarton in the 1stinning. Scott Elarton also homers as Detroit scores 5 runs, only to see Cleveland score 6 in the bottom of the frame. The Indians win, 10-8.
30thThe Angels obtain P Jason Christiansen from the Giants in exchange for minor league pitchers Dusty Bergman and Ronnie Ray.
31stThe Rangers defeat the White Sox, 9-2. SS Michael Young hits his 20thHR of the year for Texas, joining the other 3 members of the Rangers infield in performing the feat. The quartet of Young, 1B Mark Teixeira, 2B Alfonso Soriano, 3B Hank Blalock, and SS Young also accomplished the deed last season. Prior to that, the 1940 Red Sox were the only other club to perform the feat. [The 1986 Tigers had all four infielders, plus the catcher, hit 20+ homers, but two of the players hit homers at the DH position.]
The Angels cool off the A’s, winning, 2-1, behind John Lackey’s 7 scoreless innings. The Haloes score both runs in the 4th, ending the scoring when Maicer Izturis singles to center, scoring a run, but is out trying to stretch when Jay Payton runs the ball in and tags Izturis at second for the 3rdout.
The Dodgers shut out the Cubs, 7-0, behind Derek Lowe’s 1-hitter. Jerry Hairston’s leadoff single is Chicago’s only safety. Lowe retires 27 straight batters.
The Cardinals down the Marlins, 10-5. Florida’s only bright spot is a pinch hit grand slam by rookie Jeremy Hermida in his first ML at bat. He becomes the first player ever to accomplish the feat in a pinch-hitting appearance. Pitcher Bill Duggleby is the only other player ever to hit a slam in his first AB, doing so for the Phillies in 1898. Albert Pujols drives in his 100thrun of the year for St. Louis. In doing so, he joins Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, and Al Simmons as the only players in history to reach the mark in each of their first 5 ML seasons.