1977 July

1st  Richie Zisk has a 3-run homer and 2-run shot to account for the White Sox scoring as Chicago beats the Twins to move ahead of Minnesota into 1st place in the division.

2nd  The White Sox Jim Spencer clubs 2 HRs—one a grand slam—against the Twins and ties his club record of 8 RBI. Spencer also had 8 RBI on May 14th to tie the mark held by Carl Reynolds and Tommy McCraw. Chicago wins, 13–8.

At Cleveland, Andy Hassler outduels Dennis Eckersley to give the Royals a 1-0 win over the Indians.  Hassler allows just one hit, a 6th inning single by Duane Kuiper.

At Anaheim, the A’s break a 4-4 tie with 5 run in the 8th inning to beat the Angels, 9-4. Mike Jorgensen’s grand slam in the 8th is the big hit.

1st  Richie Zisk has a 3-run homer and 2-run shot to account for the White Sox scoring as Chicago beats the Twins to move ahead of Minnesota into 1st place in the division.

3rd  On his 24th birthday, Angel Frank Tanana records his 14th straight complete game in beating the A’s 6–4, and raising his record to 12-5. His overworked arm would plague him for the rest of the season, and he would wind up 15-9.

Ron Guidry scatters 6 hits and tosses his 2nd consecutive shutout, a 2–0 Yankee win over Detroit. Roy White breaks the scoreless game with a double in the 8th inning.

In an 11–7 win over the Padres, Phillies 3B Mike Schmidt hits an inside-the-park homer, the second of his career. He’ll hit one more, in 1982.

Don Money belts a pinch grand slam in the 9th for the Brewers as they pull away to beat the Mariners, 10-3.  Jerry Augustine evens his record at 9-9.

4th  The Boston Red Sox end their 9 game losing streak by walloping a ML-record-tying and since topped, 8 HRs, in beating Toronto 9–6 at Fenway. Seven of the homers are solo shots, another ML record. Four HRs (Lynn, Rice, Yaz, Scott) come in the 8th inning. Only Scott’s is not consecutive. Lynn and Scott each have 2, while Rice, Yaz, Hobson and Carbo have one apiece. The Sox previous high for homers was 6 and they won’t top that number until 1999.

After 8 straight hits, Ron Cey is called out on strikes in the 9th in a 4–0 Dodger win over San Francisco. Cey had 5 hits the day before and 3 straight today.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Chicago outfielder Larry Biittner pitches the last 1 1/3 innings for the Cubs, striking out 3. That’s the good news. The bad news is he allows 6 earned runs on 5 hits and a walk as the Expos crush the Cubs, 19–3. Two of the three K’s are of the opposing pitcher, Jackie Brown, and the last is Larry Parrish, who had homered on a 1–2 pitch from Biittner. Biittner also serves up homers to Valentine and Dawson, each of whom have five ribbies. Biittner is later fined $50 by the NL for throwing a “brush-back” pitch after surrendering the three home runs, but a collection is taken up to pay for his shave. Further bad news for the Cubs is that Bruce Sutter is knocked out for the first time this year, and a massive knot beneath his right shoulder will keep him out of the All-star game. The Cubs lose game 2, 7–6.

New York stays a game ahead of the Red Sox by edging Cleveland, 7–5. The Yankees get home runs from Chambliss, Roy White, Lou Piniella, and Nettles.

5th  Ted Simmons hits a 2-run homer and Mike Tyson applies the knockout punch with a 4th inning grand slam off John Candelaria (8-3) as the Cardinals beat Pittsburgh, 7-3.

Steve Carlton (11-4) goes 7 innings as the Phillies play long ball to beat the Mets. 12-1. Tim McCarver drives in 5 runs, and hits a grand slam, Jay Johnstone hits 2 homers and Mike Schmidt adds a 3-run homer. The Phils trail the Cubs by 3 games in the NL East.

At Baltimore, the Orioles edge the Tigers, winning 2-1 and 6-5 in 12 innings. Lee May hits a grand slam in game 2 for the O’s, now a game behind the Yankees and a half game up on the Red Sox.

6th  In Atlanta, the Reds outlast the Braves, winning 15–13. The Braves spot the Reds 6 runs, then tie it up with a 6-run 4th inning. The Braves tie in the 7th at 9 apiece, but the Reds score 6 in the 8th inning, 4 on a grand slam by Dave Concepcion. Atlanta scores 1 in the 8th and 3 in the 9th to complete a wild game.

The Cubs top the visiting Expos, 8–6, overcoming a grand slam by Expos starter Don Stanhouse, off Bill Bonham. It is Stanhouse’s only ML homer. Stanhouse gives up 7 runs, 4 earned, and takes the loss.

7th  New York completes a 3-game sweep of Cleveland behind the 4 hit pitching of Catfish Hunter. New York wins, 8–2.

Chicago’ Rick Reuschel shuts out the Cardinals to run his record to 12–2.  Reuschel has not given up an earned run, except a homer, since June 1.

8th  The Yankees, led by home runs off the bats of Munson and Nettles. beat the Orioles, 7–5.  Don Gullett wins his 7th of the year.

Dennis Eckersley tires and allows 3 runs in the 9th, but wins his 8th as the Indians beat the visiting Blue Jays, 11-5. Larvell Blanks has 2 homers and 5 RBIs and rookie Jim Norris is 0-for-0 with 5 walks and a ribbie.

9th  Lenny Randle cracks a 2-out 2-run homer in the bottom of the 17th to give the Mets a 7-5 win over the Expos.

Rafael Garcia of Juarez (Mexican League) hurls his 2nd no-hitter of the season in beating Durango, 3–1. He throttled Nuevo Laredo without a hit on April 16th.

10th  The Orioles stop the Yankees, 5–0, to drop New York into 2nd place behind the Red Sox.

In the first of a twinbill with the Brewers, the Red Sox strand a ML-record tying 20 runners, but still win, 8–5.

11th  The Angels fire manager Norm Sherry. Dave Garcia takes over.

12th  Willie Randolph hits the game-winning homer and Don Gullett pitches the Yankees to a 5–2 win over the Brewers. The win stops the Yanks loss streak at 3 games.

Steve Henderson hits a game-winning HR, off Bruce Sutter, to give the Mets a 4–2 victory over the Cubs.  After the game the Cubs relief ace admits his arm is bothering him, and asks to be excused from the All-Star game.  Bleeding will be found in Sutter’s arm and he will get the week off after the All-Star break to rest it.

13thAt Shea Stadium, Lenny Randle comes to bat in the 6th against the Cubs Paul Burris, when New York City is hit by a power blackout at 9:34. A generator keeps some lights on but not enough to continue the game. Randle will finally ground out, but it won’t be until the game is completed on September 16. The Cubs win, 5–1.

14thThe Red Sox beat Cleveland 7–4. Carl Yastrzemski’s 5th inning single gives him a career total of 2,655 hits, moving him ahead of Williams as Boston’s all-time hit leader.

In Cincinnati, George Foster cracks 3 home runs to drive in 5 runs against the Reds 7–1 whipping of the Braves.  Tom Seaver pitches a 2 hitter for the win, and doesn’t give up a hit until the 7th inning when Willie Montanez doubles.

17th  The Yankees lose, 8–4, for their 3rd straight loss to the Royals.  New York has now lost 7 of their last 9 games and are 3 games in back of the leading Orioles.

At Shea, John Candelaria (10-3) wins the opener, 3-1, for Pittsburgh, but the Mets come back in the second game, 10-3. Steve Henderson connects for a grand slam as the Mets snap a 3-3 tie with a 6-run 7th.

19th  At Yankee Stadium, the NL scores 4 times in the opening inning off Jim Palmer, en route to a 7–5 All-Star Game victory. Don Sutton, hurling 3 scoreless innings, is named the game’s MVP. It is 100 degrees in New York today.

While pursuing Hank Aaron’s HR record, Sadaharu Oh breaks one held by Babe Ruth when he draws his 2,057th base on balls.

21st It’s a great day in New York City as the temperature hits a record 104 degrees and the Yankees play two. Catfish Hunter tosses a 7–0 shutout against the Brewers to snap the Yankees 3-game loss streak.  Milwaukee comes back in the nightcap to win, 5–4, in 10 innings.

In San Francisco, Gary Thomasson smacks a 4th inning grand slam off Jim Lonborg and Marc Hill follows an inning later with a 2-run shot to give the Giants a 6-0 lead over the Phillies. But Lonborg emerges a winner as the Phils plate 8 in the 6th to win, 9-6. Jerry Martin’s pinch triple with the bases loaded is the big blow in the frame.

22ndRick Reuschel allows just 4 hits as the Cubs beat the Braves, 1–0.

23rd  Paul Blair hits a 9th inning 3-run homer to give the Yankees Ron Guidry a 3–1 victory over the Brewers.

24th  Seattle’s John Montague pitches 6 2⁄3 innings of perfect relief against California, giving him 33 consecutive batsmen retired over 2 games to tie the AL record. But California wins, 3–1.

25th  Pete Rose singles in the 4th inning of the Reds 9–8 loss to the Cardinals. It is Rose’s 2,881st career hit, enabling him to surpass Frankie Frisch as the all-time leader among switch-hitters. His hit comes off Pete Falcone.

26th  Padres rookie Gene Richards ties the NL record with 6 hits in an extra-inning contest.

The Yankees open their final series with Baltimore by tying the O’s at 4-4 on a Cliff Johnson two-run pinch homer in the 9th. Reggie Jackson then leads off the 10th with a solo HR to win.

27th  The Cubs Rick Reuschel tosses his 2nd shutout in a row, beating the Reds, 3–0 on a 5-hitter.

Don Baylor cracks a 1st-inning grand slam and the Angels tack on 2 more homers to  beat the A’s, 9-3.

28th  In a wild one at Wrigley, the first-place Cubs (6) and Reds (5) combine for 11 HRs to tie the ML record. The first-place Cubs come back 4 times to win 16–15 in 13 innings in a contest that goes 4 hours and 50 minutes. Dave Rosello’s RBI single wins it. The Reds lead 6–0 to start, beginning with Rose’s leadoff HR as the 2 teams combine for 5 homers in the first inning, tying a ML mark. The Reds lead 15–14 near the finish, but Dave Rosello’s RBI single off Jack Billingham wins the game. Going deep are Buckner (2), Murcer, Mitterwald (2, including one in the 12th inning), and Morales for Chicago: Rose, Bench, Griffey, Lum and Geronimo homer for the Reds. Rick Reuschel (15–3), who shut out the Reds 2 days earlier, is the winner with 2/3 of an inning.

In New York, a Thursday crowd of 40,918 cheer as New York unleashes a 15 hit attack to down the Orioles, 14–2.  The Yankee barrage includes homers by Nettles, Munson and Roy White.

Bill Robinson’s 6th-inning grand slam, off starter Dan Larson (0-4), powers the Pirates to a 9-4 win over the visiting Astros.

Toronto peppers Gaylord Perry for 11 hits, but the Texas hurler still shuts them out, 3–0.

29th  Phil Niekro picks up his 10th win of the year, beating the Pirates 5–3 for the Braves.  But he has to strike out 4 Bucs in the 6th inning to do it.  He strikes out Dave Parker and Bill Robinson, but after Al Oliver doubles, Rennie Stennett whiffs and reaches 1B when the ball eludes the catcher. Omar Moreno then makes the 4th K in the inning.

In Cincinnati, the Reds and Cardinals split a twinbill, with the Reds edging the Birds, 6-5, in the opener.  Keith Hernandez belts a grand slam in game 2 when the Cardinals score 9 in the 2nd. St Louis wins, 10-3.

30th  Yankee pitcher Don Gullett picks up his 10th win, a 9–3 victory over the A’s.  But it will prove to be his final win of the year when he injures his shoulder in the 7th inning and leaves the game.

Behind Bill Robinson’s second grand slam in three days, the Pirates score 5 in the 8th to beat the Braves, 10-6.

Behind Steve Carlton (14-6), who goes 6 innings, the Phils trounce the Giants, 9-3. Greg Luzinski connects for a grand slam, Richie Hebner hits a 2 run homer, and Garry Maddox has a pair of triples.

31st  Graig Nettles scores 3 runs to lead the Yankees to a 9–2 win over the A’s, the 8th win in 9 games for New York.  The Yankees are a half game out of first.

The White Sox beat the Royals, 5-4, in 10 innings in the first of two at Comiskey. Kansas City scores 2 in the top of the 10th and the Sox plate 3 to win. Chet Lemon has a 2-run homer in the frame. Kansas City wins the nightcap, 8-4, but the Sox enter August with a 5.5 lead in the AL West.  With the Cubs also in first place, it is the first time that both Chicago teams are in first place in August since 1907. (as noted by John Snyder).