1st The Reds win the 4th extra inning game in 5 days, beating the Astros 8–7 in 15 innings. The Reds score 3 in the 9th to tie it at 7 apiece. Pat Darcy is the winner. It is the second consecutive game that the Reds trail by 4 runs and comeback to win; no NL team will match that the rest of the century.
In Los Angeles, the Padres use an 8-run 5th inning to beat the Dodgers, 10-1. Mike Ivie has a grand slam and drives in 5 runs.
An out shy of a complete game, Fergie Jenkins and the Rangers top the Royals, 5-4. Fergie serves up three solo homers to John Mayberry.
2nd In a 13–5 win over Detroit, Baltimore’s Don Baylor homers his first 3 times up, giving him 4 consecutive HRs over 2 games to tie the ML record.
Jim Rice, installed today as the Red Sox regular LF, belts 2 homers in the first game, including one that is the longest ever hit at County Stadium. In game 2, Fred Lynn is kept off the bases, ending his streak of 38 straight games. Boston’s Rick Wise wins the opener, 6–3, not giving up a hit until 2 are out in the 9th. George Scott then clouts a 2-run homer, and Danny Darwin follows with another dinger.
3rd Fred Lynn’s 2nd error of the game allows the Brewers to score in the 10th. The 3–2 win lifts the Brewers into a tie with Boston in the AL East. But Milwaukee will fall flat in August and slide to a 5th place finish.
5thBuddy Bell collects a double and two homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as Cleveland downs the visiting Red Sox, 12-2. Roric Harrison goes the distance for the win.
6thFor the 2nd time this season against the Braves, a team uses 3 sacs (no flies) in an inning. Houston does it in the 9th in a 6–2 win behind J.R. Richard.
7th In an 8–6 loss to the Cardinals, Giants catcher Marc Hill—as well as the Cards—ties a mark last accomplished in 1905 when he tags out three Cards runners at home on throws from the outfield. The three Cards dealt out are: Ken Reitz, in the first inning. on a throw from LF Gary Thomasson. Reitz tries scoring from 2B on a Mike Tyson single; Ron Fairly in the 6th inning thrown out by RF Bobby Murcer on a Tyson fly ball; Bake McBride in the 7th thrown out by LF Chris Arnold when he tries to score on a Willie Davis fly.
8th The Royals jump on Milwaukee starter Bill Travers for 5 runs in a third of an inning and flatten the Brewers, 9–1. The Brewers lone run is George Scott’s 16th homer of the year. Mike Hegan pinch hits for Hank Aaron, the 6th time in Aaron’s career that’s occurred. All the pinch hitters have been lefties.
The Giants overcome a grand slam by the Cards Ron Fairly and beat the Cardinals, 6-4. The loss goes to Bob Gibson, now 2-8.
9th Oakland beats the Indians, 3-1, but the Tribe push across their run against reliever Paul Lindblad, ending his consecutive scoreless innings at 33.1.
10thThe last place Tigers win their ninth straight, beat Kansas City, 3-2. The streak hasn’t taken them out of the bottom spot.
11thAt Anaheim, Rick Manning makes his first ML hit a good one as he clouts a 2-run homer in Cleveland’s 5-3 win over the Angels.
12thin a 10–4 win against Texas, Luis Tiant hits and flies out. He is the first Boston pitcher to hit since the DH was put into effect. Yaz is hitting however, and drives in 3 runs.
The second place (AL East) Brewers edge the White Sox, 5-4, as catcher Charlie Moore has a pair of hits, 2 RBIs, and a steal of home on the front of a double steal.
13th The Reds score 4 runs in the 8th inning to defeat Tom Seaver and the Mets, 5–3. The Reds have won 41 of their last 50 games.
At Fenway, Fred Lynn has 2 doubles and 4 RBIs and Carl Yastrzemski has 5 hits as the Red Sox beat the Rangers, 7-5.
15th The NL rallies for 3 runs in the 9th inning to win the All-Star Game at Milwaukee, 6–3. The Cubs Bill Madlock and the Mets Jon Matlack share the game’s MVP award.
16th Commissioner Bowie Kuhn is reelected for a 7-year term.
17th For the second consecutive White Sox game, Wilbur Wood is the starter, and he tosses his 2nd straight shutout, beating Detroit, 5–0. The two starts were broken up by the All-Star game.
In San Francisco, the Cards edge the Giants, 1-0, with the win going to Al Hrabowsky in relief of John Denny. For the Mad Hungarian, it is the 3rd consecutive Cards game that he’s been the winning pitcher: he also won on July 12, 13. He is the second NL pitcher this year to tie Mike Marshall’s record for consecutive wins.
18th In a 9–3 win over the Kansas City Royals, Boston’s Jim Rice clouts a tremendous homer over the CF wall at Fenway, to the right of the flag pole, just the 6th player to accomplish this feat. Owner Tom Yawkey calls it the longest shot he’s ever seen at Fenway. The others: Detroit’s Hank Greenberg, May 22, 1937; Boston’s Jimmie Foxx, August 12, 1937; Yankees Bill Skowron, April 20, 1957; Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski, May 16, 1970; Brewers Bob Mitchell, September 29, 1973.
In Baltimore, Lee May has a pair of homers to drive in 4 runs, and Ellie Hendricks hits a grand slam as the Orioles beat the Twins, 9-6.
At Parc Jarry, Tony Perez hits a 3rd inning grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Reds roll to a 10-3 victory. The Reds lead the Dodgers in the NL West by 12.5 games.
19th Yankee C Thurman Munson’s first-inning single and RBI against the Twins are nullified because the tar on his bat handle exceeds the 18-inch limit. Catcher Glenn Borgmann gets the putout. The Yankees lose, 2–1.
The Red Sox win their 10th straight, defeating the Rangers, 8–0. Rick Wise is the winning pitcher and Denny Doyle contributes a 3-run homer. The Sox are 6.5 games ahead of the Brewers.
Pat Kelly’s 2nd-inning grand slam provides Chicago with all its runs as the White Sox top the Brewers, 4-2.
John Montefusco stops the Cardinals, 5-2, for the Giants. Derrel Thomas and Bobby Murcer each have three hits as they score all 5 runs for SF. Dave Radar has no at bats as he walks 4 times, three intentionally.
Aurelio Rodriguez has 2 hits, including a grand slam, to pace the Tigers to a 10-8 victory over the Royals. Billy Cowens has a 3-run homer for KC.
At Comiskey, the White Sox sweep a pair from the stumbling Brewers, winning 9-2 and 10-5. Bill Stein has a grand slam and 5 RBI in game 2, while Bill Melton has 3 runs, 3 RBI and 3 hits.
Dave Kingman hits 2 homers and drives in 6 runs, and the Mets need all of them as they edge the Astros, 10-9.
21st The Mets Felix Millan has 4 straight singles but is wiped out each time when Joe Torre grounds into 4 straight DPs, setting a NL record. New York loses 6–2 to the Astros.
Ted Simmons has a 4th-inning HR erased because his grooved bat is illegal. The Cardinals play the game under protest but beat the Padres anyway as rookie Eric Rasmussen wins his ML debut, 4–0.
23rd Willie Crawford and Lee Lacy connect for 9th-inning back-to-back pinch HRs off Bob Forsch, but the Dodgers lose anyway 5–4 to the Cardinals. They are the 2nd pair of Dodgers to pinch hit back-to-back homers.
24th The Royals fire manager Jack McKeon, hiring Whitey Herzog to replace him.
25th The Cards trade OF Jim Dwyer to Montreal for INF Larry Lintz.
26th Bill Madlock goes 6-for-6 during the Cubs 10-inning 9–8 loss to the Mets.
27th The Mets release OF Cleon Jones, following a suspension for insubordination. He will not be picked up by another team this year, but will play for the White Sox in 1976.
In the first of a twinbill at Shea Stadium, Red Sox CF Fred Lynn makes a great running catch to save the game for pitcher Bill Lee. Lynn also scores the winning run in the top of the 9th, reaching on an error and stealing 2B before scoring on a single. Lee wins, 1–0, and then Roger Moret completes the whitewash with a 6–0 nightcap win. The losses seem to finish the Yanks pennant hopes and Bill Virdon’s managing job.
At Milwaukee, the Orioles win game 1 by a 7-4 score, then roar back in game 2, scoring 6 in the 9th to tie and 5 in the 10th to win, 11-6. Al Bumbry hits a 2-run homer in the 9th and Tommy Davis applies the coup de gras in the 10th with a grand slam. The O’s sweep the 4-game series.
29thMilwaukee’s first two hitters—Don Money and Darrell Porter—crack homers off Red Sox pitcher Diego Segui. That’s enough for Jim Colborn, who wins, 4–0.
Toby Harrah hits a grand slam and collects 5 RBI as Texas beats the A’s, 6-1.
30th Pitcher Jose Sosa homers in his first ML at bat as the Astros beat the Padres 8–4. It will be Sosa’s only HR in the majors.
Pat Darcy pitches a complete game win, 6–1, over the visiting Giants. It’s the first CG by a Reds pitcher in 45 games.
Manny Sanguillen has 5 hits to pace the Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Phillies. Jerry Reuss (12-6) goes the distance.
31stGiants pitcher John Montefusco predicts he’ll shut out the Reds and strike out Johnny Bench 4 times. The Count’s a little off as the Reds score 7 runs in 1 1/3 innings off Montefusco, 3 of the runs coming as Bench presses a homer. The Reds win, 11–6.