2017 August

1stThe Marlins edge the Nationals, 7-6. Howie Kendrick goes-5-for-5 including a HR.

The Rays defeat the Astros, 6-4. Evan Longoria becomes the second player in Rays history to hit for the cycle.

After Craig Kimbel surrenders the go ahead run in the 9thinning, the Red Sox rally for 3 runs to beat the visiting Indians, 12-10. Christian Vazquez hits a 2-run walkoff homer and Eduardo Nunez adds 4 RBI on 3 hits.

2ndThe Braves defeat the Dodgers, 5-3, to end Los Angeles’s ML-record streak of 53 consecutive wins in games in which they had a lead at any time. The previous mark of 43 games in a row was held by the 1906 Cubs.

3rdThe Diamondbacks defeat the Cubs, 10-8, as Paul Goldschmidt clouts 3 HRs and drives in 6 runs. Willson Contreras drives in 6 for Chicago, making this the first time since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920 that each team’s cleanup hitter drove in 6 or more runs in the same game.

The Pirates sell Eury Perez to the Marlins.

4thJaime Garcia is the losing pitcher in the Yankees 7-2 loss to the Indians. In the process, he becomes the first pitcher in ML history to start a game for 3 different teams over a span of 15 days. The previous shortest span was 23 days set by Ed Daily back in 1890 and tied by Ron Darling in 1991.

5thThe Braves send 1B Sean Rodriguez to the Pirates for 3B Connor Joe.

The Mets hit three homers in the first inning, but the Dodgers respond 5 roundtrippers on their way to a 7-4 victory over the Mets. The win gives LA 43 wins over its last 50 games. Only three other teams in ML history won 43 or more games over a 50-game span within one season: St. Louis of the UA in 1884 (44-6), the Cubs in 1906 (45-5), and the Giants in 1912 (43-7).

The Orioles defeat the Tigers, 5-2, as newly-acquired Tim Beckham gets 3 hits. He becomes the first player in modern ML history to record 13 hits and 3 HRs in his first 5 games with a team.

6thThe Dodgers shut out the Mets by a score of 8-0. New York is held to one hit, a 3rd-inning single by Travis D’Arnaud, off starter Hyun-jin Ryu (4-6).

Matt Wieters hits a tiebreaking grand slam off Carl Edwards Jr. in a 5-run 8thas the Nationals beat the host Cubs, 9-4.

Jose Martinez hits his first grand slam during a 9-run 4thas the Cardinals crush the Reds, 13-4, at Great American Ball Park.

The Mariners obtain All-star first baseman Yonder Alonso from Oakland for minor leaguer Boog Powell. Alonso, 30, is hitting .266.

7thTrevor Williams and 2 relievers hold the Tigers to one hit in Pittsburgh’s 3-0 victory. James McCann’s 3rd-inning single is Detroit’s only safety.

9thThe Mets trade OF Jay Bruce to the Indians for P Ryder Ryan.

The Orioles send P Steve Johnson to the White Sox for cash.

At Tropicana Field, the Red Sox beat the Rays, 8-2, behind Rick Porcello (6-14). Porcello goes 6 innings including an “immaculate” 5thinning when he strikes out 3 batters on 9 pitches.

11thThe Padres edge the Dodgers, 4-3, ending LA’s modern NL single-season record streak of 37 home games in a row in which they held a lead of any kind.

12thThe Mets keep trading veterans, sending second sacker Neil Walker and cash to the Brewers for a player to be named.

In a rainy game, the Nationals beat the Giants, 3-1, but lose Bryce Harper who trips awkwardly over 1B. He will be out 42 games.

Boston’s star rookie Andrew Benintendi hits a pair of 3-run homers to pace the Red Sox to a 10-5 win over the Yankees. It is his second game in which he has driven in 6 runs.

13thThe White Sox trade P Tyler Clippard to the Astros for a player to be named.

14thIn the Jays 2-1 victory over the Rays, Steve Pearce has a triple for Toronto. It is the club’s fifth of the year and they will have no more. The 5 is a record low for a team, breaking the Orioles low mark of 6 set last year.

15thThe Dodgers send P Chris Hatcher to the Athletics for future considerations.

The Rangers sell OF Travis Snider to the Mets.

16thAt Citi Field Aaron Judge demolishes a hanging curve ball from Robert Gsellman and parks a homer 457 feet away in the third deck in left. The Yankees win, 5-3. In the 8thJudge sets a new single season record for position players by striking out in his 33rdconsecutive game. The old mark was set by Aaron Dunn in 2012.

17thThe Reds blow a 9-1 lead, but bounce back to defeat the Cubs, 13-10. Chicago hits 6 HRs in the loss, including back-to-back-to-back round-trippers by Alex Avila, Ian Happ and Javier Baez. Cincinnati scores 9 of its runs in the 2nd inning off of Jon Lester. Lester becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to allow 9 or more runs in appearances of less than 2 innings twice in the same season.

In Detroit, Tigers pitcher Mathew Boyd loses a no-hitter in the 9thwhen Tim Anderson of the White Sox lines a 2-out double. Boyd retires the next batter for a 12-0 win over Chicago.  This is the sixth time this season that a no-hitter has been broken up in the 9th, the most since 1989.

18thAfter hitting two homers in the game, Manny Machado tacks on a walkoff grand slam in the 9thinning tog vie the Orioles a 9-7 win over the Angels. Machado drives home 7.

19thManny Machado’s walkout grand slam leads the Orioles to a 9-7 victory over the Angels. It is Machado’s third homer of the game.

The Mets trade popular veteran Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers for a player to be named.

The Marlins sent P Tom Koehler and cash to the Blue Jays for P Osman Gutierrez.

20thJosh Bell homers and drives in 4 runs to lead the Pirates to a 6-3 win over the Cardinals in the first Little League Classic in Williamsport, PA.  The game is played at renovated Bowman Field, a minor league ball park five miles from where the Little League World Series is taking place. The two teams conclude with a lineup at home plate where they all shake hands.  The game is MLB’s celebration of youth baseball.

Justin Verlander and Kenta Maeda match no-hitters for 6 innings before the Tiger ace gives up a homer to Curtis Granderson. Detroit then scores 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th and beat the Dodgers, 6-1, to end their 6-game losing streak. The loss ends LA’s 6-game win streak.

Eddie Rosario hits a grand slam in Minnesota’s 9-run 1stinning and the host Twins rout the Diamondbacks, 12-5.

21stThe Dodgers edge the Pirates, 6-5, in 12 innings as newly acquired Curtis Granderson hits a grand slam for LA. Granderson also hit a slam in his last at bat for the Mets on August 17, and he becomes the first player in ML history to hit a grand slam for 2 different teams over a span of 5-or-fewer days. Don Lenhardt performed the feat for the Red Sox and Tigers over an 8-day span in 1952.

Jorge Polanco hits his second 3-run homer of the day as the Twins score 6 runs in the 2ndinning to beat the White Sox, 10-2.  The Twins bounce back from a 7-6 loss in game 1.

22ndThe Red Sox defeat the Indians 9-1, as Doug Fister allows just 1 hit—a leadoff HR to Francisco Lindor in the 1st inning. Fister becomes the first pitcher to throw a complete game 1-hitter after allowing a leadoff HR since Jack McDowell did so in 1991.

The Cubs beat the host Reds, 13-9. Ben Zobrist arrives an hour before game time, having been shut out trying to rent a car in his home of Nashville. All cars are gone because of people renting them to see the eclipse. He pinch hits in 7thand drives in three runs. When Bryant is hit on the hand with a pitch in the 9th,Anthony Rizzo plays 3B for Chicago, becoming the first left-handed thrower to play the position since Don Mattingly did so in 1986. The last lefty Cub to play third base was Jimmy Ryan in 1886. Joey Votto has 5 walks for the Reds, coming on 48 pitches.

At Busch Stadium, the Padres whip the Cardinals, 12-4, as Yangervis Solarte has 3 hits and drives in 6 runs.

The Marlins sweep a DH from the Phillies by scores of 12-8 and 7-4. The 2 teams combine to slug 14 homers in the DH, tying for 2nd most HRs in a DH in ML history. The Cubs and Braves hit 15 round-trippers in a DH on May 30, 1956. At age 43, Ichiro Suzuki hits a PH homer in the first game, becoming the second-oldest player to ever hit a pinch HR. Julio Franco hit 4 of them after turning 44 years old.

The Angels crush the Rangers, 10-1, as Albert Pujols hits the 610th homer of his career for LA, to become MLB’s all-time HR leader among foreign-born players. He had been tied with Sammy Sosa.

The Yankees defeat the Tigers, 9-1. Aaron Judge goes 1-for-1 with 3 walks, ending his ML-record streak of 37 consecutive games with a strikeout.

23rdThe Pirates defeat the Dodgers, 1-0, in 10 innings on Josh Harrison’s walkoff HR. The homer is Pittsburgh’s only hit, as the Bucs are no-hit for 9 innings by Rich Hill, whose bid for a perfect game ends with a leadoff error in the 9th. Harrison becomes the first player in ML history to end a pitcher’s no-hit bid with a walkoff homer. Joe Adcock almost achieved the feat in Harvey Haddix’s near-perfect 13-inning game in 1959, but he was credited with a double when he passed Hank Aaron on the basepaths after hitting a ball into the seats. Hill throws just 99 pitches in the gem.

The Orioles edge the Athletics, 8-7, in 12 innings. Zach Britton blows a save opportunity in the 9th for Baltimore, ending his streak of 60 consecutive successful save conversions. It is the 2nd-longest streak of its kind in ML history, trailing only Eric Gagne’s streak of 84 saves in a row from 2002 to 2004.

Eric Hosmer connects for a 3-run walkoff homer with 2 outs in the 9thlifting host Kansas City to a 6-4 win over the Rockies.

Kevin Pillar hits the Jays 6thhomer of the game in the 8thinning to lift Toronto to a 7-6 win over the host Rays.

The Athletics trade speedy CF Rajai Davis to the Red Sox for OF Rafael Rincones.  Hours later the Sox put CF Jackie Bradley, Jr. on the 10 day DL with a sprained thumb.

24thAt Citi Field, the Mets lose to the Diamondbakcs, 3-2, and also lose their young slugger Michael Conforto when he dislocates his left shoulder swinging a bat. The Mets lone all-star, he is out for the season, finishing with 27 homers and a .279 average.

25thThe Dodgers defeat the Brewers, 3-1, as Kenta Maeda and 3 relievers allow Milwaukee batters only one hit. Domingo Santana’s 2nd-inning HR is the Brewers’ only safety.

26thThe Brewers trade P Paolo Espino to the Rangers for cash.

The Cubs trounce the Phillies, 17-2. Rookie OF Rhys Hoskins hits his 10th HR in his 17th ML game for Philadelphia. It is the fewest games needed to reach 10 homers in ML history. He also becomes the first rookie to hit at least one HR 7 times in a span of 8 games.

Mike Clevenger strikes out 9 in 6 innings in the Indians 4-0 win over the Royals. Edward Encarnacion hits his 30thhomer, his sixth season in a row that he has reached 30 homers (his least was 34).

27thThe Twins defeat the Blue Jays, 7-2, as Byron Buxton launches 3 homeruns.

Japan beats Texas, 12-2, to win the Little League WS title. It is the 5th championship for Japan since 2010.

The Phillies defeat the Cubs, 6-3. Rhys Hoskins homers for Philadelphia, tying the record for the longest HR streak—5 games—by a rookie. He also starts a triple play in the 5thinning.

The Mariners make five 1st-inning errors to help the Yankees to a 10-1 win. The 5 errors in one inning has not been done since the 1977 Cubs flubbed that many. Three of the errors are by SS Jean Segura.

Yan Gomes has a grand slam in the Indians 9-run 2ndinning as Cleveland beats the  Royals, 12-0.

The Brewers edge the Dodgers, 3-2, ending LA’s streak of 22 consecutive series without losing one. The modern ML record is 24.

The Rays beat the Cardinals, 3-2, in 10 innings, with all 5 runs scoring on bases-empty HRs. It is the 10th game in ML history in which at least 5 runs were scored, all produced by solo homers.

28thThe Royals suffer their 4th straight shutout loss, losing to the Indians, 12-0. They become the second team in ML history to get shutout while allowing 12 or more runs in consecutive games, having previously lost to the Rays by the same score. The Browns did so in 1936. The Royals have not scored in their last 43 innings, which is the longest such streak since the Cubs failed to score in 48 straight innings in 1968. The last AL team to go that far was the Browns, with 43 consecutive scoreless frames back in 1913.

29thThe Marlins lose to the Nationals, 8-3, despite Giancarlo Stanton’s 51st HR of the season. The homer gives Stanton a lead of 14 in that category, ahead of Aaron Judge’s 37 which ranks second. Only two other players in ML history led the majors by as many as 14 HRs at any point in a season. Babe Ruth accomplished the feat 7 different times and Jimmie Foxx twice. Stanton’s homer also ties him with Rudy York for the second-most round-trippers in a month with 18. Sammy Sosa holds the record with 20 in June 1998.

The Red Sox shut out the Blue Jays, 3-0, as Chris Sale strikes out the 1500th batter of his ML career. He reaches the milestone in 1290 innings, fewest for any pitcher in ML history to reach that mark. Kerry Wood accomplished the feat in 1303 innings for the previous lowest number of innings.

Scott Schebler’s 1st-inning grand slam, off starter Chris Flexen, jump starts the Reds to a 14-4 victory over the visiting Mets. It is the Mets first loss to the Reds after 14 wins in a row, eight of which were in Cincinnati.

The Royals beat the Rays, 6-2. In the process, they end their streak of 45 consecutive innings without scoring a run, falling 3 short of the ML record shared by the 1968 Cubs and the 1906 A’s. KC was outscored 35-0 over the course of the streak, matching the modern ML record for most unanswered runs allowed. The Brooklyn Superbas set the mark over a 4-game span in 1906.

The Orioles shut out the Mariners, 4-0, on Dylan Bundy’s 1-hitter. Kyle Seager’s bunt single in the 4th inning is Seattle’s only safety.

The Rangers crush the Astros, 12-2, as Joey Gallo hits the 43rd homer of his ML career. With only 95 hits to his credit, Gallo is the first player in ML history to hit as many as 40 homers within his first 100 hits.

The Angels whip the A’s, 8-2, as C.J. Cron hits a pair of homers and drives in 4 runs.  He also wins season tickets to the Phoenix Suns games from teammate Mike Trout, who told him if he hit two homers against Oakland he’d get him the tickets to his favorite team. Cron had gone 10 games without a homer.

30thThe Cardinals trade P Mike Leake and future considerations to the Mariners in exchange for SS Rayder Ascanio.

The Braves defeat the Phillies, 9-1, in the opener of their DH. Ender Inciarte goes 5-for-5, with 4 RBIs, his third 5-for-5 game of the year. He becomes the fourth player since 1920 to have 2 games in a season in which he went 5-for-5 or better with at least 4 RBIs. The feat was previously accomplished by Joe Carter (1986), Jeff Kent (1999) and Kris Bryant (2016).

Chicago rookie Ian Happ hits his 20th homer of the season in the Cubs’ 17-3 win over the Pirates. He is the eighth rookie this season to reach the 20-HR mark, the most in any season in ML history. The previous record of 6 was reached four times. The Cubs will have six hitters this year each with 20 homers.

The Mets score 2 in the 1stand make the runs hold up as they beat the Reds, 2-0. Rafael Montero’s bid for a shutout falls short when he is lifted with the bases loaded in the 9th. The win is New York’s 12th in their last 15 games at Great American Ball Park; they had won 14 straight versus the Reds but that streak was stopped by Cincy’s 14-4 win.

The rampaging Indians take a pair from the Yankees, winning 2-1 and 9-4. Jose Ramirez is 4-for-4 in game 1, but is 0-for-5 in game 2.  Chad Greene of the Yankees relieves in the first game and strikes out 7 of the 8 batters he faces, a ML record (while facing 8 batters).

31stThe Indians sell C Erik Kratz to the Yankees.

The Braves send 2B Brandon Phillips and cash to the Angels for C Tony Sanchez.

The Tigers officially close up shop as they trade P Justin Verlander, cash and a player to be named to the Astros for OF Das Cameron, P Franklin Perez and C Jake Rogers. They also trade OF Justin Upton and cash to the Angels for P Grayson Long and future considerations.

The Mariners send OF Leonys Martin and cash to the Cubs for a player to be named and cash.

The White Sox trade P Miguel Gonzalez to the Rangers for third baseman Ti’Quan Forbes.

The Blue Jays defeat the Orioles, 11-8, as Kendrys Morales hits 3 HRs and drives in 7 runs. He becomes the 37th player in ML history to have a 3-homer game for two or more different teams. He performed the feat in 2015 against the Tigers.