1968 July

1st A first inning wild pitch that eludes backup catcher Johnny Edwards allows a run to break Bob Gibson’s streak of 4723innings of scoreless pitching (in which he allows just 21 hits) The Cards beat the Don Drysdale and the Dodgers in Los Angeles 8–1. Gibson will pitch 23 innings before giving up another run.

3rd  Luis Tiant registers 19 K’s in 10 innings, as Cleveland beats Minnesota 1–0. Tiant sets two modern ML records—most strikeouts in a 10-inning game; 32 strikeouts in consecutive games—and ties the modern ML record of 41 strikeouts in 3 successive appearances. He will top the AL in ERA with 1.60.

4th Ed Stroud pounds two doubles and two triples and his fellow Senators add 2 singles to beat the Yankees, 4–2. Jim Hannan is the winning pitcher.

      In Detroit, it is home run derby as the Tigers score 9 runs in the 2nd and hold on for a 13-10 victory over the California Angels. Andy Messersmith makes his ML debut to stop the Tigers in the third, but Norm Cash Willie Horton and Bill Freehan all homer in the frame. Jim Northrup, who triples in the 3rd, adds 2 homers and 5 RBIs, while Cash hits a 2nd homer. Don Mincher, with 2, and Jim Fregosi, homer for the Angels.

5th Bill Freehan has 2 homers and 6 RBI to lead Detroit to an 8-5 victory over Oakland.  Catfish Hunter is driven out in the 4th inning and take the loss.

6th The Cubs sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates, sinking the Bucs, 6-1 and 10-2. Fergie Jenkins is the complete game winner in game 1 as Ron Santo homers. Jenkins strikes out 6 to tie for the NL with Marichal (128). In game 2, rookie Gary Ross goes 9 innings for his only win in a Cubs uniform.

7th  Denny McLain, the major leagues’ winningest pitcher with 16, helps Detroit take a 9 1⁄2 game lead in the A.L. at the All-Star break, as the Tigers sweep the A’s 5–4 and 7–6. McLain wins the opener when Willie Horton clubs a 3-run homer, and Al Kaline matches that in the nightcap.

     The Indians and Angels split a pair, with Cleveland taking the opener,  behind Luis Tiant (14-5) and Vincente Romo (sv).  California takes the nightcap 9-7, holding on as the Indians score 3 in the 9th. Jose Cardenal triples in two runs, then ends the game trying to score on a passed ball. He is thrown out, 2-1.

      Phil Regan picks up two wins in relief for the second time this season as the Cubs sweep the Pirates, 5–4 and 4–3, edging Bob Veale and Elroy Face.  Regan won a pair on April 21st for the Dodgers, and no reliever has ever won a pair twice in a season.  The Vulture will the top the NL with 12 relief wins and 25 saves. Ernie Banks hits a grand slam in game 1 while Jose Arcia adds his lone ML homer.

      Completing a 7-game West Coast winning streak, the Cardinals take a 10-game lead into the All-Star break, as they beat the Giants, 2-0, behind Larry Jaster and Ron Willis.  Lou Brock scores both runs as he collects a triple and 3 steals.

9th  Fittingly, pitching dominates the All-Star Game. Willie Mays, playing in place of injured Pete Rose, tallies an unearned run in the first inning against AL starter Luis Tiant to complete the scoring for the day—the first All-Star effort to end 1–0. Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Ron Reed, and Jerry Koosman hold the AL to 3 hits.

10th  Hank Bauer is fired as manager of the Orioles, but the Birds win today, beating the Detroit, 5–3. Pitcher Dave McNally has his 1st hit in 42 at bats, a 2-run homer that is the difference in the 5–3 win.

      The NL breaks down its 2 divisions for 1969 thus: Eastern: New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Chicago, St. Louis; Western: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Cincinnati, San Diego, Atlanta.

11th  Groundbreaking takes place for Kansas City’s $43 million Jackson County Sports Complex.

      Earl Weaver, who never played in the majors, replaces Hank Bauer as manager of the Orioles. The O’s will win 11 of the first 15 games under Weaver.

      Minnesota rookie Rick Renick is the 16th AL player to hit a HR in his first ML at bat. The Twins beat the Tigers 5–4.

      Chicago Cubs P Bill Hands strikes out for the 14th straight at bat in the 2–0 Cubs win in the nightcap at New York. The 14 strikeouts in consecutive at bats (as opposed to plate appearances) are a ML record. The Mets win the first game, 1-0, as Dick Selma beats Fergie Jenkins.

12th  Eddie Stanky is fired as manager of the White Sox and replaced by Al Lopez.

      The Giants trade P Lindy McDaniel to the Yankees for P Bill Monbouquette.

      The Cardinals beat the Astros, 8–1, but Houston scores a run on Bob Gibson, who wins his 9th straight. Denis Menke’s bloop double, fair by inches, drives home the lone run. Houston reliever Tom Dukes ties the ML record with his 9th straight relief appearance for the Astros. Curt Flood has 4 hits for the Birds.

13th At Pittsburgh, the Phils take their 4th straight from the Bucs, winning 3–2 in 16 innings. It’s the 8th straight loss the Pirates.

      The Cubs win, 2–1, over the Mets when Glenn Beckert, stretching his hit streak to 18 games, singles in the 11th.  Santo homers in the 4th for the Cubs other run. Koonce takes the loss, relieving Seaver who throws 10 innings. Phil Regan (7–2) is the winner.

      At Comiskey, Mel Stottlemyre and the Yankees top the White Sox, 4-2. Catcher Jake Gibbs steals home on the front end of a double steal, the second time he has done this and the only Yankee catcher to do it. He stole home in 1966 while catching Stottlemyre.

14th  Houston’s Don Wilson fans 18 batters in a 6-1 win at Cincinnati, tying the ML record set by Bob Feller. Wilson (6-11) fans Johnny Bench to end the game. He also ties the ML record with 8 strikeouts in a row, striking out the side in the first three innings. A one-out walk to Alex Johnson in the 1st is the only interruption. Wilson also fans the side in the 5th.  The Astros win the opener, 5–4.

      In front of 57,011 at bat day at Shea, the Phils take 2 to stretch their win streak to 6. Rick Wise wins, 5–3, and then Grant Jackson fans 13 to win, 9–2, in his first complete game ever. Richie Allen knocks in 3 runs in each game with a pair of homers.  John Briggs belts a pair in the nightcap.

      The 2nd-place Braves win 4–2 behind Hank Aaron’s 500th career homer, off the Giants’ Moose McCormick. Aaron is the 8th player to reach 500.  Reed (9-4) is the winner.

      Backed by Billy Williams’’ grand slam, Joe Niekro wins his 8th of the year as the Cubs trip the Pirates, 6-2.

15th  The Yankees sign veteran Rocky Colavito, just released by the Dodgers.

16th  Cleveland CF Jose Cardenal becomes the 4th OF in ML history with 2 unassisted DPs in one season as he helps the Tribe to a 2–1 win over the Angels. He also pulled one off on June 8th versus the Tigers.

      Glenn Beckert runs his hit streak to 21 games when he hits a 12th inning double to drive in the winning run in a 4–3 victory over the Phils. Regan (8-2) is the winner in relief of Holtzman.

      Tom Haller has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, and drives in 4 runs, while Ron Fairly belts a grand slam and drives home 5 in the Dodgers 9-5 victory over the Reds. Don Drysdale bests Jim Maloney.

17th  Led by Ernie Banks, who drives in 6 runs on 2 homers and a single, the Cubs take the opener from Philadelphia, 8–4. White hits his 200th homer for Philley in game 1.The Phils come back in the nightcap to win, 8–0, behind James’ 1st ML shutout. Beckert hits in both games to run his streak to 23 games. Bill Hands is the winning pitcher in the opener, and is 1-for-3 at the plate.

      At Comiskey Park, the Orioles edge the White Sox, 1-0, when Tom Phoebus balks in Tom McCraw with the game’s only run. Joel Horlen is the winning pitcher.

      The Cards win their 13th in 14 games behind Briles and Brock, beating the Giants, 6–1. Briles allows 3 hits while Brock has 3 hits and 3 stolen bases.

20thAt San Francisco, aging speedster Willie Mays scores from 1B on a Jim Ray Hart single. It’s the only tally as the Giants beat Houston, 1–0.

22nd  At St. Louis, the Mets and the league-leading Cardinals exchange shutouts, with St. Louis winning the opener 2–0, behind Bob Gibson’s 7th whitewash of the year.  It is Gibson’s 32nd, tying the franchise mark set by Spittin’ Bill Doak. Gibson (13–5) strikes out 13 in recording his 10th straight win. He has allowed 2 runs in 88 innings. Koosman (13–5) bests Nels Briles in the nightcap, 1–0, on Martin’s RBI single.

23rd  Al Lopez undergoes an emergency appendectomy. Les Moss will serve as White Sox manager during his 36-game absence.

24th  Hoyt Wilhelm’s 907th game breaks Cy Young’s record for ML pitching appearances, but he loses a 2–1 decision to Oakland.

      Don Drysdale walks 2 batters in the 5th, hits Brand with a pitch and then plunks opposing pitcher Don Wilson with an offspeed pitch to force in a run.  Houston wins, 1–0.

25th  Reds pitchers George Culver and Clay Carroll allow 13 hits between them but still shut out the Pirates, 2–0. Culver allows 8 hits in 6 innings and Carroll gives up 5 hits in 3 innings.

26th  Leaving with a strained knee after  5 innings of pitching Earl Wilson of the Tigers earns a 4–1 win in the opener of three games with the Orioles. Rookie Daryl Patterson provides spectacular relief coming in with the bases loaded in the 6th and striking out the side. Powell’s homer in the 8th is the only tally for the O’s. The win increases the Tigers lead over the O’s to 6 1/2 games.

27th In Baltimore, Denny McLain (20–3) shuts out the Orioles 9–0 for his 20th win of the season for the first-place Tigers. McLain is only the 3rd pitcher in history to win his 20th this early: Rube Marquard on July 19, 1912 and Lefty Grove on July 25, 1931 were the others. The Tigers club 5 homers, two by Willie Horton.

      Tom Tresh’s 1st-inning grand slam is the difference as the visiting Yankees top the Indians, 6-3.

28th  Dave McNally outduels Mickey Lolich to give Baltimore a much-needed win over the Tigers, 5–1.

      Ken Holtzman and the Cubs beat the Dodgers Don Sutton, 1–0. It is Sutton’s 2nd straight 1–0 loss to Chicago; he is now 0-10 against the Cubs, and Holtzman will top him the next three times they face each other.

      At Shea Stadium, Reds pitchers Jim Maloney and Clay Carroll combine on a one hit, 5–3, victory.  Maloney gives up a run-scoring double to Cleon Jones in the first inning and then is lifted in the 6th after walking 3 batters. Carroll gives up two run-scoring grounders, but pitches 4 hitless frames.

      Pitcher Al McBean scatters 13 hits and belts a grand slam to pace the Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the first-place Cardinals.

29th  The Reds George Culver overcomes an upset stomach and an ingrown toenail to pitch a no-hitter against the Phillies, winning 6–1. A 2-base error, ground out and sac fly give the Phils a run in the 2nd.

30th  In the first inning, Washington SS Ron Hansen turns the 8th unassisted triple play in ML history and the first in 41 years. Cleveland’s Joe Azcue hits a liner to Hansen, who steps on 2B to double Dave Nelson, and tags Russ Snyder sliding into 2B for the 3rd out. Hansen’s effort is not enough, as Washington loses, 10–1.

31st  Chicago’s Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Jim Hickman hit 4th-inning HRs as Fergie Jenkins (12-10) beats the Astros 6–1 at Wrigley Field.

      The first-place Tigers keep rolling as Denny McLain (21-3) shuts out the Senators on 4 hits to win, 4-0.  Dick McAuliffe scores all 4 runs on 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a homer. It is the last time this century that a player scores all 4 runs in a victory; Matt Kemp will do it for the Dodgers in 2010.