2018 August

1st   The Mets fall to the Nationals, 5-3, despite a pair of HRs by Jose Reyes. Reyes becomes the first player in ML history to allow multiple HRs as a pitcher, as he did yesterday, then hit multiple homers in his team’s next game.

2nd   The Red Sox crush the Yankees, 15-7, as Steve Pearce clouts 3 HRs.

The Rangers pound the Orioles, 17-8. Rougned Odor hits a HR and also walks 5 times for Texas. He becomes the 4th player in ML history to perform the feat, joining Hank Aaron, Edgar Martinez and Mark McGwire. He is the first one to do so with none of the walks being intentional, and also the first to do so in a 9 inning game. He also is the third player in history to have 3 RBIs in a game with 5 walks, joining Aaron and Gene Hermanski.

The Dodgers belt 7 HRs in a 21-5 win over the Brewers.

3rd   Rick Porcello hurls a 1-hitter as he leads the Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Yankees. Miguel Andujar’s 3rd-inning homer is the New Yorkers’ only safety.

The suitcase award? The Twins acquire pitcher Oliver Drake from Anaheim, his fifth ML team this year. Fourteen players have playd for 4 teams in the same year.

4th   The Indians trade P George Kontos to the Yankees for cash.

The Blue Jays send 3B Gio Urshela to the Yankees.

5th   The Nationals trade P Shawn Kelley and cash to the Athletics for future considerations.

6th   The Tigers send P Mike Fiers to the Athletics for future considerations. Fiers, signed by the Tigers to a one-year contract before the season, is 7-6 this year.

Tampa Bay trades shortstop Adeiny Hechaverria to the Pirates for minor league prospect Matt Seelinger, a righthander. The slick fielding Hechaverria had been designated for assignment last week.

The Dodgers Corey Seager, alreaded shelved because of Tommy John surgery, is heading for the operating table once more, this time for hip surgery. He is expected to be ready for the 2019 season.

7th   The Rangers defeat the Mariners, 11-4, behind Bartolo Colon, It is the 246th win of Colon’s ML career, making him the all-time leader in wins among Latin-born pitchers. He had been tied at 245 with Dennis Martinez.

Two Pirate minor leaguers put up a unique stat line as both hit for the cycle, completing them three batters apart. Playing for AAA Indianapolis Indians in a 12-5 win against the visiting Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Kevin Newman completes the cycle with a homer. Three batters later Jacob Stallings legs out a triple to complete his. In April, two Giants Class A prospects, Gio Brusa and Jalen Miller, each hit for the cycle in the same game while playing for San Jose. It has never happened in the majors.

8th   The Brewers beat the Padres, 8-4. Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames hit back-to-back-to-back HRs for Milwaukee in the 1st inning.

9th   The Twins send P Fernando Rodney to the Athletics for P Dakota Chalmers.

The Blue Jays trade P Nick Tepesch to the Tigers for cash.

The Mariners defeat the Astros, 8-6. Seattle achieves a rare feat, as the first 4 batters in the game record a reverse cycle. Mitch Haniger leads off with a HR, then Denard Span follows with a triple, Jean Segura with a double, and Nelson Cruz with a single. The Mariners become the first team in the live-ball era (since 1920) to perform the feat.

The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox, 8-5. Mookie Betts becomes the first player this season to hit for the cycle.

10th   The Marlins send 1B Justin Our and cash to the Phillies for P McKenzie Mills.

The Rangers beat the Yankees, 12-7, as rookie 1B Ronald Guzman hits 3 HRs for Texas.

The Red Sox defeat the Orioles, 19-12, even though they are outhit by Baltimore, 17-16.

11th   The Pirates shut out the Giants, 4-0. Prior to the game, the Giants retire Barry Bonds’ uniform, number 25.

12th   The Pirates trade OF Christopher Bostick to the Marlins for cash.

The Cubs edge the Nationals, 4-3. Down 3-0, David Bote’s 2-outs walk-off grand slam gives Chicago the victory. Under the condition that  play-by-play data is not fully complete prior to 1974, Bote’s game-winner is the 25th known “ultimate slam”—a walk-off homer with the bases loaded and the player’s team down by 3 runs—on record. Of those 25 slams, 15 were hit with 2 outs.

13th   The Braves sweep a DH from the Marlins, winning the first game, 9-1, and the second, 6-1. Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. becomes the 4th player in ML history to begin both games of a DH with a homer. The feat was also performed by Harry Hooper in 1913, Ricky Henderson in 1993, and Brady Anderson in 1999.

The Tigers beat the White Sox, 9-5. Nicholas Castellanos goes 5-for-5 for Detroit including a pair of doubles and a HR.

14th   The Marlins trade P Odrisamer Despaigne to the Angels for cash.

Sparked by a pair of HRs by Ronald Acuna Jr., the Braves defeat the Marlins, 10-6. Acuna becomes the youngest player since at least 1908 to homer in 5 straight games. He has batted leadoff in each of those games, to tie another record. Matt Carpenter (2018), Brian Dozier (2017) and Joe Peterson (2015) also did so. He also becomes just the 2nd player since 1900 to hit a leadoff homer in at least 3 consecutive games. Brady Anderson did so in 4 straight games for the Orioles in 1996. Acuna is also the youngest player to have homered in at least 7 of 8 games in the modern era.

15th   The Royals trade OF Terrance Gore to the Cubs for cash.

The Mets score 9 runs in the 6th inning and defeat the Orioles, 16-5. Brandon Nimmo goes 5-for-5, including a pair of doubles and a triple.

The Cardinals defeat the Nationals, 6-4. Rookie P John Grant homers for St. Louis, snapping an 0-for-30 streak to start his career. He becomes the second player since 1920 to snap an 0-for-30 streak to start a career by homering.

16th   The Mets pound out 25 hits and score 10 runs in the 5th inning on their way to a 24-4 thrashing of the Phillies. The 40 runs they have scored in their 2 most recent games is the highest combined total for 2 consecutive games since the Red Sox in 1953. They also become the first NL team to score 15 or more in consecutive games since the Giants did so in 1933.

The Rangers edge the Angels, 8-6. In the process, they become the first ML team in 106 years to turn a triple play in which the batter is not retired.

17th   The Cubs defeat the Pirates, 1-0. Chicago ties a ML record by turning 7 double plays in the contest. The last team to perform the feat was Houston in 1969. The Yankees also did so in 1942.

19th   The Dodgers trounce the Mariners, 12-1. Zac Rosscup hurls an immaculate 9th inning for Seattle, striking out the side on 9 pitches.

The Marlins crush the Nationals, 12-1. Starlin Castro goes 5-for-6 for Miami, including a pair of doubles.

The Astros defeat the Athletics, 9-4, as Justin Verlander picks up his 200th career win. He is the 114th pitcher to reach the mark.

At BB&T Ball park in Williamsport, PA, the Mets down the Phillies, 8-2, in front of a crowd of Little Leaguers in town for the Little League World Series. BB&T Ball Park is the home of the Phillies minor league affiliate. Mets Jose Bautista, who loves visiting Barcelona, brought three boxes of baseball gear for the team from Spain.

The Yankees complete a three-game sweep, beating the Blue Jays, 10-2. First baseman Greg Bird homers for the second straight day, capping the scoring in a 6-run 1st with a grand slam. But the Yankees lose Didi Gregorius who collides with 1B Kendrys Morales. He is out for the season.

20th   The Braves beat the Pirates, 1-0, behind rookie Bryse Wilson. Hurling 5 scoreless innings, Wilson become the youngest P on record to win his MLB debut in a 1-0 game.

21st  Mets rookie Jeff McNeil has 4 hits for the second time this season. He also had 4 hits on August 4 and he is the first Met to have 4 hits twice in his first 27 games. The rookie singles his first three times up, then hits an RBI double in the 8th as New York beats the Giants, 6-3.

The slumping Nationals trade soon-to-be free agent Daniel Murphy to the Cubs for minor-league 2B Andrew Monasterio and a player to be named. Washington also swaps 1B Matt Adams to the Cardinals for cash.

22nd   The White Sox send P Luis Avilan to the Phillies for P Felix Paulino.

In 5-3 win over the Giants, Jeff McNeil has an RBI-double in the 2nd inning to give him hits in 8 straight at bats, a Mets rookie record.

24th   The Royals score 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to edge the Indians, 5-4. The runs come on back-to-back homers by rookies Ryan O’Hearn and Hunter Dozier. It is the first time in ML history that a pair of rookies hit back-to-back homers in the 9th inning or later to win a game.

26th   The Cardinals beat the Rockies, 12-3. Matt Carpenter ties an ML record by connecting for 4 doubles in the contest.

The Phillies defeat the Blue Jays, 8-3. Kendrys Morales hits a HR in his 7th consecutive game for Toronto.

28th The Mets trade OF Jose Bautista to the Phillies for a player to be named.

29th     The Royals send 1B Lucas Duda to the Braves for cash.

The Red Sox score 11 runs in the 7th inning on their way to a 14-6 win over the Marlins.

The Dodgers edge the Rangers, 3-1. LA’s only hits are 3 round-trippers and a triple. It is the first time in ML history that a team had 3 homers and a triple, with no doubles or singles.

The Brewers edge the Reds, 13-12, in 10 innings as Christian Yelich hits for the cycle while going 6-for-6.

Linda Goldbloom, a 79-year-old fan, dies after being struck in the head by a foul ball in an August 25th game at Dodger Stadium. Ms. Goldbloom was sitting in a loge-level seat when a 9th inning foul ball cleared the protective netting and struck her.  She was taken to a hospital where doctors discovered a brain hemorrhage and operated. Her health deteriorated. Allan Fish, a 14-year-old fan, died in 1970 after being struck by a foul ball, also at Dodger Stadium.  The only other reported death of a fan involving a baseball occurred in 1943 when a man was hit by an overthrown ball by an outfielder.

30th   The Diamondbacks sell 2B Kristopher Negron to the Mariners.

The Twins send C Bobby Wilson to the Cubs for C Chris Gimenez an a player to be named.

The Braves trade C Chris Stewart to the Diamondbacks for cash.

The Tigers score 3 runs in the 9th and edge the Yankees, 8-7. Victor Martinez hit his second homer of the game and Niko Goodrum follows with the game winner. Giancarlo Stanton hits his 300th career HR for the pinstripers. He becomes the 5th-fastest player to reach the mark. Only Ralph Kiner, Ryan Howard, Juan Gonzalez and Alex Rodriguez did so in fewer games.

The Cardinals beat the Pirates, 5-0. In the 6th, Harrison Bader homers and St. Louis starter John Gant follows with his second career HR on his second career hit. He becomes the only player in ML history to hit at least 2 homers while never reaching base by any other means. With the win, the Cards have won 17 of their last 21.

31st   The Giants trade OF Andrew McCutchen and cash to the Yankees for 2B Abiatal Avelino and P Juan De Paula.

The Royals send C Drew Butter and cash to the Rockies for P Jerry Vasto.

The Nationals trade P Ryan Madson to the Dodgers for P Andrew Istler.

The Rangers send P Cory Gearing to the Athletics for pitchers Abdiel Mendoza and Teodoro Ortega.

The White Sox trade P Xavier Cedeno to the Brewers for OF Bryan Connell and P John Dominguez.

The Pirates trade 3B David Freese to the Dodgers for SS Jesus Valdez. The Dodgers also acquire Brian Dozier from the Twins where he spent 7 seasons.

The Blue Jays send 3B Josh Donaldson to the Indians for a player to be named.

The Pirates trade SS Adeiny Hechavarria and cash to the Yankees for future considerations. The good fielding shortstop will fill in for the injured Gregorius.

The Blue Jays send OF Curtis Granderson to the Brewers for OF Demi Orimoloye.

The Nationals trade P Gio Gonzalez and future considerations to the Brewers for 3B Gilbert Lara and first sacker K.J. Harrison.