2007 August

and post a 3.33 ERA.

6thThe Cardinals beat the Padres, 10-5. St. Louis ties a ML record with 10 straight hits in a 10-run 5thinning, all with no outs. Scott Rolen and Ryan Ludwick hit back-to-back homers in the frame and winning pitcher Brandon Looper has two singles in the outburst. The Cards are just the 11th team in major-league history to get 10 consecutive hits in an inning.

7thThe Nationals defeat the Giants, 8-6, overcoming Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 756thcareer HR. Bonds connects off Mike Bacsik in the 5thinning to break his tie with Hank Aaron and take sole possession of baseball’s most hallowed mark.

8thTwo days after taking a pounding pitcher David Wells is designated for assignment by the Padres. He’ll get his release on the 16thand sign with the Dodgers on the 24th. SD activates pitcher Chris Young from the DL.

9thFormer pitcher Rick Ankiel makes a remarkable comeback as an outfielder when the Cards call him up after he slugs 32 homers and drives in 89 runs in 102 games at AAA Memphis.  Ankiel celebrates by slugging a three-run homer as the Cards top the visiting Padres, 5-0.  He’ll hit two more on August 11thagainst the Dodgers.

The Giants trade pinchhitter deluxe Mark Sweeney to the Dodgers for a player to be named. The player will be Travis Denker. It is the 1stdeal between the two teams in nearly 22 years.

10thGot that out of the system. The Phillies Cole Hamels gives up 4 runs in the 1st inning, and the Braves Chuck James does the same in the bottom of the 1st.  Neither allows another hit as James departs after 6 innings and Hamels after 7. Hamels gets the win in the 5-4 game. Atlanta’s Tyler Yates strikes out the side in the 9th.

In Detroit, Oakland wins a slugfest with the Tigers, 16-10, plating 8 runs in the 6thinning. Jack Cust has a homer and double, each with the bases loaded, for the A’s.  Travis Buck has 4 hits, knocks in 3 and scores 3. Donnie Murphy has a homer and drives in 3 runs. Marcus Thames leads the Bengals with a grand slam.

11thThe Yankees trounce the Indians, 11-2, behind Mike Mussina. Mussina becomes the 9thpitcher in ML history to win 100 games for two teams. He previously reached the mark with the Orioles.

In a battle of long balls, Raul Ibanez connects on a 3-run homer and teammate Yuniesky Bentancourt hits a 4thinning grand slam in Seattle’s 7-6 victory over the White Sox.  Josh Field belts a 9thinning grand slam off J.J. Putz for the final score.

12thThe Tigers defeat the Athletics, 11-6. Magglio Ordonez becomes the second Tiger ever to hit 2 HRs in one inning as he connects twice in Detroit’s 8-run 2nd. Al Kaline is the only other Tiger to accomplish the feat.

The Mariners shut out the White Sox, 6-0. Bobby Jenks pitches a perfect 9thinning for Chicago, breaking David Wells’ AL record and tying the ML record of 41 straight batters retired. Jim Barr turned the trick for the Giants in 1972.

13thThe Athletics down the Tigers, 7-2. Detroit’s Placido Polanco sets a ML record for second basemen by playing his 144thstraight game without an error, breaking the mark set by Luis Castillo earlier this year.

Former MLer Jose Offerman, now of the Long Island Ducks, attacks opposing pitcher Matt Beech of the Bridgewater Blue Fish with his bat after Beech hits him in the leg with a pitch. Offerman, who played for the Bluefish in 2003, strikes Beech in the hands and hits catcher John Nathans in the head with the bat. Beech suffers a broken finger while Nathans sustains a concussion in the incident. Offerman is arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree assault. Nathans never plays baseball again.

14thThe Braves edge the Giants, 5-4. With his Braves down, 3-0 in the 5thinning, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox is ejected for arguing a strike call in the 5thinning, breaking John McGraw’s record for career ejections. He has been tossed 132 times in his career. Ted Barrett, a minister in the offseason, tosses Cox for arguing balls and strikes. Cox’s first thumbing happened on May 1, 1978 when Nick Colosi ejected him for bench jockeying. With Cox gone, the Braves rally to beat the Giants, 5-4. Yunel Escobar is 4-for-4 with 2 RBIs.

Utility man Augie Ojeda joins Steve Finley and Mark Grace as the only Diamondback position players to pitch as he tosses a perfect 9th inning during the team’s 14-5 loss to the Marlins. Dontrell Willis goes 7 innings for the win. Losing pitcher Byun-Hyun Kim retires just batter in the first as he allows 4 runs.  Joe Kennedy is even worse, allowing 6 runs and retiring one batter: he also hits three batters in the 3rdinning to tie the ML mark.

15thThe Twins beat the Mariners, 6-1, as Torii Hunter provides a cushion with a 9thinning grand slam, off Sean Green.

The Rockies obtain P Ramon Ortiz in a trade with the Twins. Minnesota receives Matt Macri.

The Yankees release Miguel Cairo who will sign with the Cardinals.

16thThe Cubs defeat the Reds, 12-4. Mark DeRosa gets 5 hits for Chicago, including a double, while Jacque Jones has 4 hits, including two doubles.

17thThe Nationals acquire OF Wily Mo Pena from the Red Sox for a player to be named.

18thThe Diamondbacks trounce the Braves, 12-6, behind Micah Owings. In addition to getting credit for the victory, Owings scores 4 times, gets 4 hits, including a pair of homers and a double, and drives in 6 runs. His 11 total bases are the most for a pitcher since Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves had 12 on May 13, 1942. Owings will finish the year hitting .333. Jeff Francoeur has a pair of homers for the Braves and Chipper Jones adds his 20thhomer of the year. Chipper joins Eddie Mathews and Billy Williams as the only major-leaguers to begin their careers with at least 13 consecutive seasons of 20 homers.

Daryl Ward’s 3rdinning grand slam paces the Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals.

19thThe Twins shut out the Rangers, 1-0. Johan Santana strikes out 17, the high for the season, in 8 innings, and allows just 2 hits.

20thBobby Jenks picks up a save in the White Sox 4-3 win over the Royals, but he ends his streak of consecutive batters retired at 41. Jenks allows a single to Joey Gathright, his 3rdhit of the game, in the 9th. The Sox closer equals Jim Barr’s major-league record set in 1972. Barr retired 41 straight for the San Francisco Giants.  In the game at the Sox park, umpire Darryl Cousins fills in for Alfonso Marquez, whose plane to Chicago was delayed. Cousins umped the afternoon Cubs game at Wrigley.

      The Reds send OF Jeff Conine to the Mets for a pair of minor leaguers.

21stThe Tigers edge the Indiana, 2-1, as rookie Jair Jurrjens and 3 relievers held the Tribe to one hit—Jhonny Peralta’s 1-out HR in the 6thinning. It is the 1sttime in franchise history that Cleveland’s only hit in a game is a homer.

Cliff Floyd’s 2-out single in the 9thinning ignites a Cubs 5-run rally in a 5-1 win at San Francisco.

The Nationals pound the Astros, 11-6, as OF Nook Logan gets 5 hits, including a double.

The Angels crush the Yankees, 18-9. Garret Anderson gets 10 RBIs for LA, becoming the 12thplayer in ML history to reach the mark. His 4 hits include a pair of HRs, including a grand slam, and a pair of doubles.

The Brewers defeat the Diamondbacks, 7-4, as Gabe Gross snaps a tie with a 7th-inning grand slam. Arizona 3B Mark Reynolds strikes out in his first two at bats to match the ML record of 9 consecutive strikeouts by a non-pitcher. The ignominious feat has been done 5 times before. Reynolds string is stopped when he is hit by a pitch.

22ndThe Diamondbacks edge the Brewers, 3-2, behind Brandon Webb. Webb allows a run in the 1stinning to end his streak of 42 consecutive shutout innings, 17 shy of Orel Hershiser’s ML mark.

In a records-setting game, the Rangers come to bat in the 4thinning trailing 3–0, then become the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game as they pound out 29 hits and crush the Orioles, 30-3, in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Rookie OF David Murphy gets 5 hits for Texas while another rookie Travis Metcalf, just called back up, hits a pinch grand slam. The 8thand 9thhitters, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez each homer twice and drive home 7 runs each. It is the first time since 1962 that a pair of teammates have as many as 7 RBIs in a game. Frank Catalanatto and Ian Kinsler each have 8 plate appearances.  Four O’s pitchers give up 6, 7, 8 and 9 runs respectively; having 4 pitchers give up 6+ runs in a game is also a new record. The Rangers take the 2ndgame, 9-7, to set a new AL mark for runs in a DH. The 30-run total is an A.L. record eclipsing the former mark of 29 set by the Boston Red Sox in 1950 and equaled by the Chicago White Sox in 1955. The last 30-something game occurred in June 29, 1897 when the Chicago Cubs eked out 36 runs against the Louisville Colonels. The Rangers new A.L. record for most runs in a doubleheader with 39 breaks the previous mark of 37 set by the 1937 Detroit Tigers. Dave Trembley, named the O’s permanent skipper today, watches as four pitchers all allow no fewer than six runs apiece.

The Cardinals down the Marlins, 6-4, as Albert Pujols hits 30thHR of the season. Pujols becomes the 1stplayer in ML history to hit 30 HRs in each of his first 7 seasons.

On the 50thanniversary of the first Gold Glove awards, Rawlings announces the All-time Gold Glove team. Players chosen in a vote by fans include C Johnny Bench, 1B Wes Parker, 2B Joe Morgan, SS Ozzie Smith, 3B Brooks Robinson, OFs Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Ken Griffey Jr., and P Greg Maddux.

23rdThe Tigers trade OF Craig Monroe and cash to the Cubs for a player to be named. After the season the Cubs will send Monroe to the Twins for that same unnamed player.

24thThe Padres defeat the Phillies, 14-3. Greg Maddux gets the win, becoming the first pitcher to win 10 games in 20 consecutive seasons.

The Tigers beat the Yankees, 9-6. Alex Miller, who won the Clemens Award last year as the best pitcher in college baseball, bests Clemens, becoming the first to face Clemens after winning the award honoring the Rocket. Curtis Granderson has 4 hits, including a double and his second two-triple game this year. Magglio Ordonez also has 4 safeties, including a homer. Carlos Guillen and Alex Rodriguez also homer.

25thThe Reds defeat the Marlins, 11-7. Prior to the game, they retire former SS Davey Concepcion’s uniform number 13.

26thThe Astros edge the Pirates, 5-4. Prior to the game, the Astros retire Jeff Bagwell’s uniform #5.

The Phillies rout the Padres, 14-2. OF Jayson Werth gets 5 hits for Philadelphia and drives home 4 runs.

The Devil Rays beat the Athletics, 7-4. Al Reyes saves the game for Tampa Bay, becoming the 3rd-oldest pitcher in history—behind Hoyt Wilhelm and Ellis Kinder—to record his first 20-save season.

The Red Sox down the White Sox, 11-1. Boston outscores Chicago, 46-7, in the 4–game series, scoring at least 10 runs in each game. It is only the 4thtimes that has happened in a 4-game series since 1900, and the 1sttime it has happened in the AL in 85 years.

30-year-old rookie Tom Shearn makes his first ML appearance and goes 7 innings in a 9-3 Reds win over Florida.  He’ll win 2 more decisions and finish his career in a month. Cincinnati makes it easy scoring all 9 runs in the first three innings. Ryan Jorgensen shrugs off his misspelled jersey (Jorgenson) and hits a first inning grand slam. It will be a career high point for Jorgensen who on September 7, will be suspended for 50 games for a violation of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. On October 19, he’ll be outrighted to the minor leagues, refuse the assignment and become a free agent.

Warner Robins, Georgia, defeats Japan, 3-2, to win the Little League World Series.

27thThe White Sox defeat the Devil Rays, 5-4. AJ Pierzynski, Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe hit consecutive homers for the Sox in the 7thinning as the Pale Hose score 5 times to erase a 4-0 deficit. Josh Fields adds a 4thhomer later in the inning.

The Tigers clobber the Yankees, 16-0, handing NY the most one-sided road shutout loss in the franchise’s history. Jason Verlander (14-5) goes an easy 7 innings as the Tigers tally 20 hits. Brandon Inge has 3 doubles and 4 RBIs. Starter Mike Mussina allows 6 runs in 3 innings while Sean Henn tops that allowing 9 runs in 2 2/3 frames.

The Indians, leaders in the AL Central, down the Twins, 7-3. Tribe starter Paul Byrd is lifted in the 7thafter the first two batters get on and Rafael Perez then gets Mark Redmond to hit into a triple play.

The Phillies beat the Mets, 9-2. Jayson Werth goes 4-for-4 for Philadelphia, giving him 9 consecutive hits, one short of the NL record.

The Astros fire manager Phil Garner and GM Tim Purpura. Cecil Cooper takes over the reins on an interim basis.

28thThe Devil Rays score 11 runs in the 8thinning and go on to trounce the Orioles, 15-8. TB P Jason Hammel extends his run of starts without a win to 17, the longest such streak to begin a career since Oakland’s Mike Mohler went winless in all 20 of his career starts from 1993-97.

In Pittsburgh, the Pirates sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 6-4 and 3-2. Freddy Sanchez has a homer and 5 RBIs in game 1, his second 5-RBI game this month, and Jason Bay hits his 20thhomer.

At Yankee Stadium, Nutty the lucky squirrel makes his first appearance since June and watches the game from atop the RF foul pole.  Johnny Damon, who says he fed the rodent sunflower seeds, hits a two-run upper deck homer in the 7thto break a 3-3 tie and give the Yankees a 5-3 victory over Boston. Andy Pettitte  (12-7) is the winner with help from Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera. The Sox still lead the Yankees by 7 games in the AL East.

31stCubs re-acquire P Steve Trachsel, known as the “Human rain delay”, from the Orioles for P Rocky Cherry and IF Scott Moore. After the season, Trachsel will sign a minor league contract with Baltimore, but it won’t go far.

The Phillies sink the Marlins as Fish pitcher Sergio Mitre allows 6 runs in 3+ innings. Mitre also hits three batters in the 2ndinning, tying the ML mark.  One of the HBPs is opposing pitcher Kyle Kendrick (8-3), who picks up the win.

After the Royals win game 1 of a twinbill, 9-4, the Twins rebound to shut out the Royals, 5-0, on Scott Baker’s 1-hitter. Baker takes a perfect game into the 9thinning, then walks the leadoff batter, gets a force out for an out, then gives up a single to PH Mike Sweeney.