2011 August

1stRick Ankiel hits a pair of homers, one leading off, to pace the Nationals to a 5-3 win over the visiting Braves. Ankiel joins Wes Ferrell as the only major-leaguers to hit two or more homers in a game five times and give up two or more five times; Ferrell posted five multi-homer games as a batter and allowed 22 as a pitcher.

At Citi Field, Florida’s Mike Stanton connects for a grand slam in the 10thoff Jason Isringhausen as the Marlins top the Mets, 7-3.  It is his 25thhomer of the year. Lucas Duda had tied the game with a 2-out 2-run homer in the 9th. It is the second game in a row that the Mets tie a game with a 2-out homer in the 9th, only to lose it in the 10th.

2ndBehind Phil Hughes, the Yankees shut out the White Sox, 6-0, in a rain-shortened contest. Mark Teixeira homers from both sides of the plate for an ML record 12thtime, breaking a tie with Eddie Murray and Chili Davis.

In an 11-6 win over Pittsburgh, the Cubs club six homers in the first four innings.  The last time they accomplished that feat was in 1954. Alfonso Soriano has a pair of four baggers in the power outage.

Rick Ankiel belts a grand slam to pace the Nationals to a 9-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. The Braves (63-48) are 9 in back of the Phillies.

3rdThe Red Sox edge the Indians, 4-3. Cleveland rookie Jason Kipnis homers for the fourth consecutive game and becomes the first player in ML history to hit homers in 4 consecutive games within 2 weeks of his debut.

The Yankees clobber the White Sox, 18-7. Derek Jeter goes 5-for-6, including a double. He becomes the 2ndplayer in modern ML history to have a pair of 5-hit games in the same season at age 37 or older. Dave Winfield accomplished the feat at age 39 in 1991. Curtis Granderson has 4 hits and drives in 5 runs, and Robinson Cano and Eric Chavez each have 4 RBIs on 3 hits.

The Brewers defeat the Cardinals, 10-5, as Casey McGhee clouts 3 HRs and drives in 5 runs. Rafael Furcal has a 3-run homer and sac fly for the Birds. The Brewers now lead the Cardinals by 3.5 games in the NL Central.

At PNC Park, Matt Garza and Charlie Morton throw 7 inning shutouts before Starling Castro homers in the 8thoff Chris Resopp as the Cubs beat the Pirates, 1-0.

4thThe Yankees beat the White Sox, 7-2, to sweep their 4-game series. NY pitchers did not walk a single batter in the series, becoming just the third team in modern ML history to sweep a 4-game series and not issue a free pass.

The Rays edge the Blue Jays, 7-6, in 12 innings, scoring in the 10th, 11thand 12thto win. The game is only the third in ML history in which a team scored runs in the 10th, 11thand 12thinnings.

Justin Masterson strikes out 9 in 6 innings—including 4 in the 2nd—as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 7-3 at Fenway. The game draws a crowd of 38,477, the 687thsellout at Fenway.

The Nationals release pinch-hitting specialist Matt Stairs, who will announce his retirement. Stairs played for 12 different teams.

5thThe Brewers trounce the Astros, 8-1. Craig Counsell’s pinch single in the 9thends his streak of 45 consecutive ABs without a hit. It tied him with Bill Bergen (1909) and Dave Campbell (1973) for the longest such streak by a position player. The Brewers have now won 9 of 10.

In a 4-3 win over the Reds, Cubs speedster Tony Campana lines a standup inside-the-park 2-run homer, his first pro four bagger, down the left field line. Ryan Dempster pitches 6 innings to earn his 9th win.

In a 5-3 loss to the Nationals, rookie pitcher Juan Nicasio has his neck broken when he is hit by a line drive in the 2ndoff the bat of Ian Desmond. He is on the ground for 5 minutes before being placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. Tomorrow he will have surgery to stabilize the fractured vertebra in his neck. Nicasio will return to win his first two starts in 2012 before finishing out the second half of the season on the DL.

6thAt Citi Field, the Mets belt four homers off Tommy Hanson—two by Justin Turner—to beat the Braves, 11-7. This will turn out to be Hanson’s last appearance of the year as he suffers a small tear in his rotator cuff. Dan Uggla has 3 hits and 3 runs and Freddie Freeman has a single to run his consecutive hits streak to 20 games. He and Uggla are the first teammates in 31 years to each have a hit streak of 20 games or more. Mickey Rivers and Al Oliver did it for the 1980 Rangers.

Brandon McCarthy throws 8 shutout innings as Oakland trims the Rays, 8-0.  David DeJesus has a pair of homers and Coco Crisp steals 4 bases.

Kyle Blanks hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Padres whip the Pirates, 13-2, sending Pittsburgh to its 9thstraight loss.

Carlos Zambrano hits his second HR of the year as the Cubs beat the Reds, 11-4.  It is Chicago’s seventh win in a row, their longest win streak in three years.

7thTexas spots the Indians 3 runs before scoring 5 times in the bottom of the 8thto win, 5-3. In the 7thMichael Young records his 2,000thhit. He does it in 1,621 games, the third fewest for a right-handed hitter since 1900: Al Simmons needed 1,390 and Rogers Hornsby 1,462.

At Citi Field, the Mets lose the game to the Braves, 6-5, and lose two star players as well.  Jose Reyes tweaks a hamstring for the second time this season; the injury caused him to miss 12 games in July and he will be out three weeks this time. Daniel Murphy injures his knee in the 7thand will miss the rest of the season.

The Pirates drop their 10thin a row at home, finishing up their worst home stand in 125 years, losing to the Padres, 7-3.  They are the first team since the 1885 Buffalo Bisons to lose at least 7 home games in a row, each to teams with losing records.

The Royals edge the Tigers, 4-3, as rookie Johnny Giavotella hits a double and his first ML homer. He is 5-for-11 after being promoted from AA Omaha, where he hit .338 in 110 games.

8thCharlie Morton (9-6) and Jose Veras (one inning) combine to shut out the Giants, 5-0, and hand Ryan Vogelsong (9-2) his second loss of the year.

At Target Field, David Ortiz and Jerrod Saltalamachia each have a double and homer as the Red Sox edge the Twins, 8-6, with 2 runs in the top of the 9th.  The win goes to Alfredo Aceves (8-1) in relief of Tim Wakefield. Scott Baker gets a no-decision as he goes 5 innings in what will be his last start for the next two years. Tommy John surgery will sideline him for 2012.

The Rangers release lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes, 41, and keep veteran lefty reliever Darren Oliver. The Cards will sign Rhodes.

9thSan Francisco stops the Pirates, 6-0, behind Madison Bumgarner and two relievers. Chris Stewart hits his first ML homer and Aubrey Huff adds a solo shot.  Since July 7, the Giants have hit 18 homers—all solo. The record is 19, held by the 1914 Phillies, a mark the Giants will tie tomorrow when Pablo Sandoval solos in a loss to the Bucs.  Giants reliever Sergio Romo gives up a leadoff double in the 8th, stopping his streak of 31 straight outs over 10 1/3 innings.

Chien-Ming Wang wins for the first time in more than two years, allowing one hit in 6 scoreless innings as the Nationals beat the Cubs, 3-1.

In LA, the Phillies beat the Dodgers, 2-1, as Cliff Lee fires 8 scoreless innings. He strikes out 10 as the Phils win for the 11thtime in 12 games.

The Braves edge the Marlins, 4-3, in 11 innings on Martin Prado’s go-ahead single, his 4thhit of the game. Dan Uggla has an infield single in the 5thto extend his hitting streak to 30 games.

10thAt Dodger Stadium, the Phillies spot the Dodgers a 6-run lead, then score all their runs in the middle three innings to win, 9-8. The Phillies go 9-1 on their 10-game road trip, the first time the club has gone 9-1 on a 10-game road trip in its 129-year history.

11thThe Yankees hold on to defeat the Angels, 6-5. Despite surrendering a 3-run HR to Russell Branyan, Mariano Duncan gets credit for the save. In doing so, he sets a new ML mark for consecutive 30-save seasons with 9.

12thIn a 10-4 loss to the Braves, the Cubs Carlos Zambrano (9-7) serves up five homers—two by Dan Uggla–and is ejected after firing two pitches in close to Chipper Jones.  Zambrano cleans out his locker and talks about retiring, then says he will be at the ball park the next day.  His agent Barry Praver says not to “because we are in the middle of discussions with the union and the Cubs.” The Cubs will place Zambrano on the disqualified list and say he will receive no pay and would have no part of team activities for 30 days.

In a 2-1 loss to Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins, Pablo Sandoval homers for the Giants—the 20thsolo homer in a row for SF. This breaks the record held by the 1914 Phillies for solo shots.

13thThe Cubs get 4 hits apiece from their first two hitters, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney, and defeat the Braves, 8-4. Dan Uggla has a single and his 27thHR to extend his hitting streak to 33 games. In doing so, he ties the ML record for most homers for a player during a hitting streak of any length with 15. Joe DiMaggio (56 games), Willie McCovey (24 games), and Alex Rodriguez (23 games) also hit 15 round-trippers in their streaks.

At the Great American Ball Park, the Reds clout 7 home runs to rout the Padres, 13-1.  The lone Padre tally is a four-bagger by Kyle Blanks off, appropriately, Homer Bailey. Tim Stauffer serves up 5 homers and 9 runs in 3 innings for the loss. Of the seven Cincy homers, Miguel Cairo has 2 for 4 RBIs and Ryan Hanigan has 2 for 5 RBIs.

Milwaukee wins its 15thin 17 games as Marco Estrada and four relievers combine on a 1-0 win over the Pirates. Yuniesky Bentancourt hits a solo homer for the lone score.

Toronto’s Adam Lind clubs a grand slam for his 100thhomer as Toronto chases Jered Weaver with a 5-run 5th. The Jays beat the Angels, 11-2.

14thThe Cubs edge the Braves, 6-5, ending Dan Uggla’s hitting streak at 33 games. Despite the streak he is hitting .231. Carlos Pena has a homer and 3 RBIs and John Grabow (3-0) wins in relief.

At Camden Yards, Jo-Jo Reyes allows a run in 6 innings and Nick Markakis drives in 4 runs as the Orioles beat the Tigers, 8-5. Detroit scores 4 in the 9th.  O’s Mark Reynolds makes two errors at third to set the team’s season record at third. Previous holder? Brooks Robinson, who had 22 his rookie year. With the mark in hand, Reynolds will play first base the rest of the year where he can concentrate on leading the AL in strikeouts (196). Reynolds led the NL in striking out the past three seasons.

After a ML-record string of 21 straight solo homers, the Giants get a 2-run homer in the 3rdfrom Cody Ross as San Francisco beats the Marlins, 5-2. the other three runs come on—yes–solo homers. Ryan Vogelsong (10-2) strikes out 8.

15thThe Twins down the Tigers, 9-6, as Jim Thome hits a pair of opposite field HRs for Minnesota, the 599th and 600thof his career. He becomes the 8thplayer in ML history to reach that number. Of the 8, only Babe Ruth reached 600 in fewer ABs. Ruth did so in 6,920 and Thome in 8,167. The Twins trade OF Delmon Young to the Tigers for minor league P Cole Nelson and a player to be named. Young homers in his first at bat against his old team.

With the help of five double plays and a triple play, the Brewers shut out the Dodgers, 3-0. Milwaukee hits 3 solo homers to back Randy Wolf’s 8 shutout innings.

The Mets edge the Padres, 5-4, in 10 innings. Jason Isringhausen gets his 300thsave of his career. He becomes the 23rdpitcher to reach that mark, and the fourth oldest.

16thAt Fenway, division rivals Tampa Bay and Boston split a pair, with the Red Sox taking the opener, 3-1. John Lester allows 3 hits and a run in 7 innings. Jeff Niemann follows suit with a complete game 3-hitter in game 2, as the Rays win, 6-2.  Boston pulls off a triple play in the 4thto keep the game at 2-1, but then the Rays score 3 in the 8th. Ben Zobrist steals 3B, then steals home on the front end of a double steal. The split leaves the Red Sox a half game behind the Yankees in the AL East, with Tampa Bay a distant 9.5 games back.

At Citizens Bank Park, Roy Halladay strikes out 14 but his Phillies lose to Arizona, 3-2. Lyle Overbay has 3 hits and drives in all the D-back runs. The last pitcher to whiff 14 in a complete game defeat was Pedro Martinez, in 2000.

At Houston, the Astros Brian Bogusevic belts an ultimate grand slam—a walkoff four bagger with the sacks full, a term coined by Herm Krabbenhoft—as he takes Carlos Marmol deep for a 6-5 Houston win over the Cubs.

17th David Price pitches 8 solid innings and the Devil Rays hold the Red Sox to three hits for the third straight game, winning, 4-0, in Boston. It is the first time in the 99-year history of Fenway that the Sox have been hold to 3 hits in three straight games. The Yankees lead the Sox by a half game and the Rays by 8.5 games.

18thThe Yankees defeat the Twins, 8-4. Curtis Granderson hits his 10thtriple of the season to become just the 10th player in ML history to record at least 30 homers, 20 steals and 10 triples in a season.

19thThe Nationals score 6 runs in the bottom of the 9thto defeat the Phillies, 8-4. Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off grand slam caps Washington’s rally. Zimmerman becomes the first player in ML history to have 8 walk-off HRs in his first seven seasons.

The Mets lose to the Brewers, 6-1. In doing so, they tied their own ML record for consecutive losses in home stand openers during a season with 10.

20thThe Rockies edge the Dodgers, 7-6, in 13 innings, overcoming a pair of homers by Los Angeles in the 11th. One is an inside-the-park shot by Trent Oeltjen. Todd Helton hits a HR off Ted Lilly in the 2ndinning. It is the 5thbirthday HR of his career tying him for most such homers in ML history. Al Simmons and Derrek Lee also did so 5 times.

At Target Field, the Twins take aim at A.J. Burnett, who surrenders 7 runs in less than two innings. The Twins beat the Yankees, 9-4. Russell Martin catches and plays second base in the game, joining Rick Cerrone and Aleck Smith as the only Yankees to do so, (According to Trent McCotter).

At Minute Maid Park, the Astros beat the Giants, 7-5. J.D. Martinez drives in 4 runs with a double and a homer, both off starter Madison Bumgarner. Jose Altuve, listed generously at 5’7”, leads off the game with his first ML dinger, an inside-the-park homer.

The Nashville Sounds (PCL) turn an odd triple play against the Omaha Storm Chasers when outfielder Logan Schafer catches a ball that tipped off his glove and bounced off his head. He then fires a strike to 2B Eric Farris who relays to 1B Mat Gamel to nab two base runners.

21st  The Padres defeat the Marlins, 4-3, when Nick Hundley leads off the 9thwith his second triple of the game and scores on a Venable single. He is the first catcher since Fred Kendall in 1973 to collect two triples in a game. It is also his fourth in six games; according to Retrosheet, the only other catcher to do that was Bubbles Hargrave. Prior to the game, SD retires all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman’s uniform, #51.

The Blue Jays shut out the Athletics, 1-0. Toronto pitcher Luis Perez allows just 1 hit in 6 innings in his first ML start. Casey Janssen hurls 3 hitless innings in relief to complete the 1-hitter. Jemile Weeks’ 6th-inning single is Oakland’s only hit.

At Coors, Seth Smith cracks a 2-run homer in the 7th, off Dodger starter Chad Billingsley, to give the Rockies the lead as the beat Los Angeles, 5-3. The win snaps a streak of 17 losses in a row on Sunday, a ML record.

At Tropicana, Johnny Damon belts a walkoff homer in the 9thto give the Devil Rays an 8-7 win over the Mariners. Damon was deprived in the 7thof a grand slam when his long fly hits the top of the wall on the yellow line and bounces back onto the field. It is initially ruled a grand slam although Damon completes his homerun trot only after stopping at second base. After viewing the play, crew chief Mike Winters overturned the call giving Damon a double and allowing all three runners to score. Damon is stranded at 2B. The M’s Mike Carp has a double to extend his consecutive game hit streak to 20 games.

22nd  In the 8thinning of a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers, Matt Holliday gets kayoed by a moth and has to leave the field with LA batting. Corey Patterson replaces Holliday as the Birds medical staff works to remove the moth lodged deep in his ear, which they do. When asked to describe the moth’s final moments, Holliday replies, “He died from the overflow of wisdom inside my head” (Rick Hummel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

Jair Jurrjens (13-5) combines with 4 relievers to shut out the Cubs, 3-0, for the Phillies. Second baseman Dan Uggla hits his 30thhomer, the 5thyear in a rown he’s reached that mark

Cliff Lee allows 3 hits in 7 innings and the Phillies cuff around Dillon Gee to beat the Mets, 10-0. Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey echoes his teammates’ opinions when he admires the Phils: “I would want to see us in it (World Series) but if we can’t be there, I think that (Phils-Boston) would be a really neat matchup, because Philly has enough offense and Boston has enough pitching. It’s a real even matchup.”

23rd  In the Rockies 8-6 win over Houston at Coors Field, Houston rookie pitcher Wesley Wright enters in the 8thinning and retires a batter, then moves to RF and David Carpenter takes his place. Carpenter retires Troy Tulowitzki and leaves and Wright returns to the mound to strike out Todd Helton. It is the first time the Astros have ever used this switch.

Ian Kennedy pitches 7 innings in a 2-0 Arizona win over Washington. Kennedy is now 16-4. Sean Burroughs, out of the majors for 5 years, hits a 2-run homer to supply the runs. It is his first homer since April 30, 2005, and it will prove to be his last ML homer.

24thThe Mets defeat the Phillies, 7-4. The game is the 1,000thof Phillie 1B Ryan Howard’s career. His total of 279 HRs is the most in ML history through 1,000 games. Ralph Kiner held the old record with 277. Howard’s 1,179 strikeouts are 2nd-most at the 1,000-game mark, trailing only Rob Deer’s 1,206.

At Cleveland, the Mariners sink the Indians, 9-2, pinning the loss on Josh Tomlin (12-7). Felix Hernandez (12-11) strikes out 10 and walks none in 7 innings. Tomlin (12-7) is touched for 11 hits, including 3 doubles by Kyle Seager, and 6 runs and leaves with two outs in the 4th, the first game in his ML career when he hasn’t pitched at least 5 innings. He had made 37 starts before today of 5 innings or more, which ties George Winter of the Red Sox who did it in 1901-02. Oscar “Flip Flop” Jones went 5 or more innings in his first 51 games for the 1903-04 Brooklyn team. The Indians shut down Tomlin for the rest of the year.  He finishes with 165.1 innings pitched with no steals, the first pitcher since 1969 to qualify for the ERA title and not allow a base stealer.

You guys look familiar. In a 4-2 win against the Nationals, Arizona uses the same starting infield that started for Toronto on May 27, 2007: Lyle Overbay (1B), Aaron Hill (2B), John MacDonald (SS), Ryan Roberts (3B). (as noted by SABR’s Record Committee).

25thThe Yankees crush the Athletics, 22-9, as the Bronx Bombers become the first team in ML history to clout three grand slams in a game. Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson all connect with the bags full. Martin goes 5-for-5, with a pair of homers, a double and two singles. He also drives home 6 runs. The Yankees go the plate 16 times with the bases loaded, tying a post-1950 mark set by the Red Sox on April 7, 2006. Setting records, the Yankees also tie a ML mark by posting a winning margin of 13 runs after trailing by 6 runs in the game. They also become just the 4thteam in history to score at least 4 runs in each of 4 consecutive innings.  The Orioles finish the game with a record: the two teams combine for three grand slams to tie the AL and ML mark.

The Twins send Jim Thome to the Indians for $20,000 and a player to be named. Thome wants to finish out his career with the team he started with.  In two days, he homer for the Tribe, his first for them since 2002.

Brian McCann hits a pair of homers and Michael Bourn has 4 hits to back Brendon Beechy’s (7-2) pitching as the Braves win, 7-2, over the Cubs at Wrigley. The Cardinals stay 10.5 games behind the Braves in the wild card race with an 8-4 win over the Pirates. St. Louis is 7 in back of Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Doug Fister allows 5 hits in 7 scoreless innings and Austin Jackson homers as the Tigers top the Rays, 2-0. Jeremy Hellickson strikes out 4 batters in the 3rd, the first Rays pitcher to do that.

26thAt Progressive Field, the Indians edge the Royals, 2-1, behind Ubaldo Jimenez (2-1). The Tribe’s Kosuke Fukudome scores one of the runs and is thrown out at home by Alex Gordon. For Gordon, who will win a Gold Glove, it is his 20thoutfield assist of the year; ten of those caught runners at the plate.

27thThe Indians edge the Royals, 8-7. Jim Thome hits a homer for Cleveland on his 41stbirthday. He ties Darrell Evans as the oldest player to homer on his birthday.

The Red Sox blanks the Athletics, 4-0, with Alfredo Aceves earning the win. Aceves boosts his career mark to 23-2, thereby setting an ML record for most wins by a pitcher in his first 25 decisions. The old record of 22-3 was set by Larry Corcoran back in 1880.

28thCalifornia’s Ocean View Little League (Huntington Beach) edges Japan, 2-1, to win the Little League WS.

29thAt AT&T Park, the Cubs jump on Tim Lincecum, who gives up three homers and 5 runs in 6 innings. The Cubs win, 7-0, as Randy Wells allows 2 hits in the shutout. For Lincecum, it is his first 3-dinger game.

30thWith a little help from Tim Stauffer, the Dodgers defeat the Padres, 8-5. The SD pitcher walks 6 batters in the 2ndinning, including three with the bases loaded.

On the verge of losing a fourth game to Boston, CC Sabathia bends but doesn’t break as the host Red Sox total 10 hits off him in 6 innings, but score just twice in a 5-2 Yankee victory. The only Yankee pitchers to lose four to Boston in a season were Joe Bush (1922), Johnny Murphy (1942), Spud Chandler (1946), Vic Raschi (1951), Sparky Lyle (1973), Jim Bouton (1965), Mel Stottlemyre (1967) and Pat Dobson (1975).

The Nationals pound Jairs Jurrjens for 6 runs in 6 innings and beat the Braves, 9-2. Jurrjens (13-6) suffers a knee injury and is done for the year, joining Tommy Hanson on the DL. The injuries portend a difficult September for the Braves (71-55).

31stThe AL West-leading Rangers acquire reliever Mike Gonzalez from the Orioles for a player to be named. Gonzalez has made 13 straight scoreless appearances since July 22. They also re-acquire C Matt Treanor from the Royals for cash.

The Phillies get OF John Bowker from the Pirates for a player to be named or cash.

The Braves re-acquire right–handed hitting OF Matt Diaz from the Pirates for a player to be named and cash considerations. Diaz played five years for the Braves but left after the 2010 season to sign a two-year deal with the Bucs. Atlanta also obtains IF Jack Wilson from the Mariners for a player to be named.

The Red Sox get 1B/OF Conor Jackson from the Athletics for minor league P Jason Rice.