2006 August

1stThe Tigers beat the Devil Rays, 10-4, as Carlos Guillen becomes the tenth Tiger player in history to hit for the cycle.

3rdBarry Bonds’ 715thHR ball fetches a winning auction bid of $220,100 from exotic car merchant Marc Chase.

The Indians edge the Red Sox, 7-6. Cleveland P Jake Westbrook surrenders 15 hits, but still gets the win. He becomes the first pitcher in 18 years to accomplish that feat.

The Twins top the Royals 8-2 behind Brad Radke’s 8 innings pitched. Radke (10-8) joins Jim Kaat as the only Twins pitchers to win 10 or more games in 10 seasons; Kaat won at least 10 in 12 straight from 1962 to 1973.

In his first game with the Dodgers after being traded by the Cubs, Greg Maddux (10-11) throws six hitless innings as Los Angeles beats Cincinnati, 3-0. He also gets Ken Griffey, Jr. to hit into a 3-5-1 double play in the first inning. With the DP, Maddux becomes the all-time leader for pitchers with 84 DPs, surpassing Phil Niekro. Warren Spahn had 82.

In the first game of a rescheduled doubleheader at Wrigley, Stephen Drew of the Diamondbacks homers and triples to drive in 4 runs as the visitors win, 10-2. The Cubs then win, 7-3, as Chicago rookie OF Matt Murton ties a ML record with 4 doubles in the contest. He drives in 5 runs.

4thThe Orioles trade C Javy Lopez and cash to the Red Sox for a player to be named.

The Phillies defeat the Mets, 5-3. Philadelphia 2B Chase Utley goes hitless in 5 at bats to end his 35-game hitting streak, tied for the 8th-longest on the all-time list.

5th  The Orioles down the Yankees, 5-0, as rookie Adam Loewen and 2 relievers hold New York to one hit. Bobby Abreu’s 1stinning single is the Yankees only safety.

The Rangers finally figure out how to hold Vladimr Guerrero hitless: walk him. He goes 0-for-1 but scores 3 runs on 4 walks as Anaheim wins, 10-3.  This snaps Guerrero’s 44-game hitting streak against Texas extending over the past three seasons he’s faced them.  He hit in all 18 games in each of the past two seasons, and the first eight of this year.

The Padres defeat the Nationals, 6-3. Trevor Hoffman gets the save for SD, setting a ML record with his 11th30-save season.

The Tigers edge the Indians, 4-3. Rookie P Fausto Carmona takes the loss in relief for Cleveland, becoming just the 2ndpitcher in history to lose 4 games in relief in a week. Carmona also lost on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday and loses his short-lived job as Tribe closer. He’ll finish his first year 1-10, the eighth pitcher since 1900 to finish his rookie year under .100.

6thThe Tigers win their 13thshutout of the year, edging Cleveland, 1–0. CC Sabathia’s error allows the only run of the game. Wilfredo Ledezma pitches 5 2/3 innings striking out 5 in the win.

7thAt the Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays beat up on Russ Ortiz, gouging him for 6 runs in 3 innings. Lyle Overbay has a homer and 5 RBIs, and Vernon Wells homers and drives in 3 in the 8-1 win. Ortiz, now 0-8, will pitch spot relief the rest of the year and finish winless.

8thIn Oakland’s 7-6 win over the Rangers, the A’s Jason Kendall of the Oakland A’s turns the fourth unassisted DP of his career. It happens when Mark DeRosa strikes out, then is called for interfering with Kendall’s throw to try and catch Jerry Hairston, Jr., stealing second. The play ends the game.

At Seattle, Richie Sexson hits a walkoff grand slam in the 10th, off Seth McClung, to give the Mariners a 5-1 win over the Rays.

10th  Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling (14-5) takes a pounding, going 7 1/3 innings and allowing 11 hits against the Royals. Ten of the hits are for extra bases and Schilling ties the AL mark for pitchers with it. The record is held by Dale Gear (1901) and Luis Tiant (1969). Emil Brown has a HR and double off of Schilling and Reggie Sanders has three doubles.  They are all needed as Kansas City scores 3 in the 8thto win, 5–4.

Mark Prior (1-6) is pulled after 3 innings against the Brewers, having allowed 5 earned runs and walked 4 in an eventual 8-6 Cubs loss.  It is the last ML appearance for the former phenom and SI cover player.  At 26, he loses to injuries.  Dr. James Andrews will put seven screws in his right shoulder and he will miss the 2007 season. The Cubs release him and his hometown Padres will sign him, but recurring injuries to his ACL will stop him.

11th  For the second time in three days, Texas infielder Mark DeRosa drives in 6 runs in a game. He has 6 ribbies today on 3 hits as Texas beats Seattle, 14–7. On August 9, DeRosa had 4 hits and 2 homers as Texas blanked the A’s 14-0 behind 7 shutout innings by Vincente Padilla. Acquired two weeks ago by the Rangers, pitcher Kip Wells goes on the 15 day DL.  Wells has had two foot injuries and two MRIs in two weeks, and leaves the game with a 12-4 score in the 4thinning.

12th  With their pitching staff shot after a 14-inning marathon 6-5 yesterday. the Reds summon 35-year-old Chris Michalak from Louisville and he stops the Phils on one run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 9-7 Reds win. It is Michalak’s first big league win since September 2, 2001.

At Fenway, the Red Sox trip the Orioles, 8-7. Wily Mo Pena has a double, triple and homer and Manny Ramirez runs his consecutive-game hit streak to 27.

13thHe should’ve used the force. The Indians score 11 runs in the 1stinning off Luke Hudson, who manages just one out, on their way to a 13-0 whitewashing of the Royals. It is the most runs allowed in the first inning by a pitcher since Kid Nichols on September 21, 1897. Hudson is the first pitcher in 40 years to not record an out against the first ten batters he faces. Travis Hafner hits his 6thgrand slam of the season off Hudson to tie Don Mattingly’s ML record set in 1987.

The Reds down the Phillies, 7-5, in 11 innings as Juan Castro and Ken Griffey, Jr. drive in the final runs. The Phils tied it in the 9thon a 2-out single by Ryan Howard, who earlier hit his 41sthomer. Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Dunn and Rich Aurilia hit consecutive HRs for Cincinnati in the 6thinning.

In pitching 8 shutout innings against the Giants, Greg Maddux sets a major-league becoming the first pitcher to make at least 25 starts in 20 consecutive seasons. Maddux had shared the record of 25 in 19 straight with Cy Young, Warren Spahn and Tom Glavine. The 1-0 win today goes to Takashi Saito when Russ Martin hits a walkoff homer in the 10thoff Vinny Chulk.

The Red Sox defeat the Orioles, 11-9. Manny Ramirez is held hitless, ending his 27-game hitting streak for Boston.

14thThe Braves pound the Nationals, 10-4. Matt Diaz has four hits and a walk in his first 5 plate appearances and ties an NL record by getting a hit in 10 straight ABs. His streak ends with a ground out in the 9thinning. Chipper Jones has four hits, including 3 consecutive HRs for Atlanta.

15thHuh? Trailing Oakland 9–2 in the bottom of the 6th. Seattle’s Jake Woods intentionally walks Jay Payton with one out to load the bases for Nick Swisher, who is 3-for-3 with 4 RBI. The dubious strategy pays off when Swisher swishes, but Marc Scutaro then draws a walk to drive home one of his four runs in the game. Karl Saarhoos is the winner in the 11–2 A’s victory.

In Anaheim’s 9-7 win over Texas, an argument in the 4thinning results in ejections for Texas P Vincente Padilla and manager Buck Showalter.  When the dust settles Rangers pitchers Scott Feldman (6 games), Padilla (5) Showalter (3) and Angels 2B Adam Kennedy (4), pitchers Brendan Donnelly (4) and Kevin Gregg (3) and manager Mike Scioscia (3) will all earn suspensions.

Phillies defeat the Mets, 11-4, despite 3 homers by Jose Reyes. The 7thplayer to ever perform the feat for New York, Reyes is the 8thplayer to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game for the franchise. With the Mets bullpen depleted, Orlando Hernandez stays in for 4 innings and gets cuffed around for all 11 runs, the most a Mets starter has given up since Jack Fisher gave up 11 in 1967.

The Cubs and Houston go 18 innings before Chicago, using every player on the roster, emerges an 8-6 winner. The Cubs pound starter Roger Clemens for 5 runs in 6 innings.  Cesar Izturis has 4 hits for the Cubs. The Cubs and Astros used 18 pitchers, tying a N.L. record, who throw 542 offerings. The teams combined to use 46 players with the Cubs using their entire 25-man roster.

The Diamondbacks edge the Rockies, 2-1, also in 18 innings. It is the first time in ML history that two games on the same day last 18 innings. The D’Backs and Rockies used 42 players including 15 hurlers who threw 514 pitches.

Nationals Pedro Astacio, allowing two hits, and the Cards Chris Carpenter each throw 5-0 shutouts. Washington beats Atlanta and St. Louis whips Cincinnati. Astacio, released in 2005 by the Rangers, is perfect for 4 2/3 innings, giving Washington its first complete game pitched this year.

Tigers 2B Placido Polanco suffered a separated shoulder and is expected to be out for the rest of the season.

The morning before his scheduled rehab start for Columbus (IL) Yankee pitcher Carl Pavano is injured when his Porsche collides with a truck. Pavano, out since June with various ailments, doesn’t say anything about the accident but pitches with discomfort before seeking medical help. An exam reveals two fractured ribs. Pavano is in the 2ndyear of a four-year contract.

16thIn the Red Sox 6-4 win over the Tigers, plate umpire Bruce Froemming works his 5,000thcareer game, becoming only the 2ndumpire, after Bill Klem, to reach that milestone.

Cubs rookie Ryan O’Malley makes an impressive debut throwing 8 shutout innings as Chicago downs the Astros, 1-0. Michael Barrett’s homer off Andy Pettitte is the only score.  Willy Taveras has a bunt single in his last at bat to keep his hit streak alive.

Bobby Abreau ties a ML record (Frank Thomas) with his 8thstraight season with 100 walks as the Orioles edge the Yankees, 3-2. Max Bishop (1926-33) almost had 8 straight seasons, but one year had 97.

At Chicago, Mark Grudzielanek is a double shy of the cycle as he drives in 4 runs to pace the Royals to a 10-4 win over the White Sox. Alex Cintron puts the Sox on the board with a 9thinning grand slam, off Scott Dohmann. Adam Bernero (1-0) goes 6 innings for the win.

17thThe White Sox edge the Royals, 5-4. For the first time in ML history, both teams hit leadoff HRs in each of the first 2 innings. David DeJesus hits the first pitch of the game for a homer. In the bottom of the 1st, Pablo Ozuna leads off with a homer for Chicago. Emil Brown homers for KC to start the 2ndinning, and Jermaine Dye homers to open the bottom of the 2nd.

The Blue Jays traded 3B-OF Eric Hinske to the Red Sox for a player to be named later.

The Giants use two homers to score 3 runs in the 9thas they beat the host Padres, 8-4. San Diego gets on the board when Josh Barfield clubs a grand slam in the 9th.

18thThe Yankees outlast the Red Sox, 14-11, in the 2ndgame of their day-night DH. The game lasts 4 hours and 45 minutes, setting a record for the longest 9-inning game in ML history. The doubleheader also clocks a record at 8:40.

19thSeattle trades veteran Jamie Moyer to the Phillies for a couple of Andys: Andy Baldwin and Andrew Barb.

20thToronto’s Roy Halladay (16-3) wins his 16thbeat the Orioles, 9-2, but he will fail to win another game this year.

21stJust doing my job, Skip.  Oakland starter Dan Haren gives up 9 runs but still emerges with the win as the A’s beat the host Blue Jays, 12-10.  Haran is touched for 8 runs in the 1sttwo innings but the A’s score 7 runs in the top of the 3rdand 4 more in the 6th. Haran gives up his 9thrun in the bottom of the 6thand is lifted. The bullpen allows one more run in the game. Bobby Kielty drives in 4 runs and Jason Kendall has 4 hits for the winners.

David Wells gives up 2 runs in 7 innings and it is enough for the Yankees as they tip the Red Sox, 2-1, to complete a five-game sweep of the Sox at Fenway, Cory Lidle pitches 6 shutout innings for New York. The Yanks now lead Boston by 6 1/2 games in the AL East. According to Retrosheet, since 1903 the Yankees have swept a five-game series with the Red Sox five times, while Boston has swept three.

22ndThe recently acquired Jamie Moyer makes his first start for the Phillies and allows 3 runs in 6 innings for the victory as the Phils drop the Cubs, 6-3.  Ryan O’Malley, who pitched 8 shutout innings in his first appearance six days ago, is touched for 3 runs in 4 2/3 innings in this his last ML appearance.

The Mets obtain OF Shawn Green from the Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league P Evan MacLane.

The Phillies obtain IF Jose Hernandez from the Pirates for cash.

The Orioles defeat the Twins, 6-3, as OF Nick Markakis slams 3 homers.

23rd The Royals score 10 runs in the 1stinning against the Indians, then go on to blow the lead and lose 15-13 in 10 innings.

24thThe Red Sox edge the Angels, 2-1. Jered Weaver gets the 1stloss of his career for the Angels. He had won his first 9 decisions, tying Whitey Ford for the AL record by beginning his career with 9 straight wins as a starter.

Thrown out 7-3! Really! Jon Garland (15-4) stops the Tigers as the White Sox win, 10–0. Jermaine Dye hit 2 homers and a double and LF Pablo Ozuna has 3 hits. Ozuna also makes a rare 5-7-3 putout on Sean Casey’s line drive that is tipped by the third baseman. Casey thinks it is caught and stops running.

27thAt Anaheim, the Yankees get two homers each from Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter to beat the Angels, 11-8, and avoid a three game sweep. Williams adds a double and drives in 6 runs. The Angels are the only team Joe Torre has a losing record against as the Yankee manager; the Haloes are 53-51 against the Yanks with Torre as the skipper.

The Astros bomb the Pirates, 12-1, behind 7 innings pitched by Jason Hirsch. Willy Taveras has 2 hits to run his hit streak to 30 games. He’ll go hitless in his next game on August 29. During his 30-game hit streak, Taveras went 0-for-11 at one stretch when he had a hit in his first of 9 at bats in an 18-inning game and garnered a bunt single on his 4that bat in the next game.

28thBehind Esteban Loaiza’s 7 shutout innings the A’s roll over the visiting Red Sox, 9-0.  Nick Swisher and Frank Thomas each pole their 28thhomers. For Thomas it is career #476, putting him in the 23rdspot on the all-time list ahead of Stan Musial and Willie Stargell.

29thThe White Sox defeat the Devil Rays, 12-9. Delmon Young is hit by a pitch in his first ML at bat, then hits a HR in his next at bat for the Rays, becoming just the 2ndNo. 1 overall pick from the June draft to homer in his first ML game. Bob Horner turned the trick for the Braves in 1978. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Young is the first player since Johnny Ellis of the 1969 Yankees to be hit by a pitch in his first major-league plate appearance then hit his a homer in his next.

Houston breaks a 3-3 tie with 7 runs in the bottom of the 8thto beat Milwaukee, 10-3.  Jason Lane’s 14thhomer—a pinch grand slam—is the big blow.

The Braves overcome a pair of homers by Barry Bonds and outscore the Giants, 13-8. For Barry they are homers #726 and #727 and he passes Sammy Sosa with his 69thcareer multi homer game. Babe Ruth has 72. Chipper Jones hits a 3-run homer, Andruw Jones belts a pair of homer and Dave LaRoche goes deep. Shea Hillenbrand has 4 hits, including a homer, for SF.

In the Phillies 10-6 win over the Nationals, Ryan Howard hits his 48thhomer, tying Mike Schmidt (1980) for the team record. Howard has two hits and two walks.

Leading off the bottom of the 16thinning, Ramon Martinez of the Dodgers cracks a homerun off new reliever Franklin Ryan to give LA a 6-5 win over the Reds. Jeff Kent and Brandon Phillips lead their offenses with 4 hits apiece.

30thThe Pirates edge the Cubs, 10-9, in 11 innings in a game that sees each team stroke 20 hits, but no homers. Rookie 2B Ryan Theriot gets 5 hits for Chicago, while teammate Jacque Jones has 4. For the Bucs, Jose Castillo strokes 4.  Chicago reliever Ryan Dempster (1-7) blows a 2-run lead in the 11th.

The Athletics defeat the Red Sox, 7-2. Curt Schilling takes the loss for Boston, but in the process becomes the 14thpitcher in ML history to record 3,000 career strikeouts.

Craig Wilson homers and Chien-Ming Wang throws 7.2 scoreless innings as the Yankees top the Tigers, 2-0, in the first of two. Andrew Miller debuts with a scoreless inning for Detroit, the first player from the draft of 2006 to make the majors.  Detroit rebounds in the nightcap to win, 5-3, when Craig Monroe connects for a 3-run homer in the top of the 9thoff Scott Proctor.

At Houston, Roger Clemens pitches 7 innings of shutout ball, striking out 9.  He’s matched by the Brewers David Bush who allows 2 hits and no runs in 7 innings. Brad Lidge is credited with the win when the Astros push across a run in the bottom of the 9thfor a 1-0 victory.

In a game at Cuba’s Latin American Stadium, Mexico and Puerto Rico are in the 6th inning of a crucial game affecting PR´s qualification when the City of Havana decides to fumigate the Stadium. Within minutes smoke is pouring from the dugouts and stands. The Mexican dugout empties and the players stand on the left field line. The on-deck batter is invisible and everyone in the stands is coughing. The game is delayed for one hour because of  the fumigation. (as reported by Pete Bjarkman)

31stThe Red Sox trade P David Wells to the Padres for minor league C George Kottaras, who played on the 2004 Olympic team for Greece.

The Cubs trade veteran 1B Phil Nevin to the Twins for a player to be named later.

The Nationals edge the Phillies, 6–5, in 10 innings scoring the winner on three singles and a wild pitch from Aaron Fultz (3-1). Phillies 1B Ryan Howard sets the team record for homers in a season, with 49. Howard reaches base safely 5 times on 2 hits, 2 walks and a HBP.

In his first ML at bat, Florida’s Jeremy Hermida connects for a grand slam in the 7thoff the Cards’ Al Reyes but the Marlins come up short, losing 10-5. Hermida is the first player in over 100 years and the second to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat. Albert Pujols also enters the record books by hitting a pair of doubles and an RBI triple as he drives in his 100thrun. Pujols is the first player in major league history to hit at least 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs in his first five seasons in the majors.

The Reds sign Jason Johnson, released by the Red Sox three days ago.