1978 July

1st  The Astros trade C Joe Ferguson to the Dodgers for 2 players to be named later (IF Rafael Landestoy and OF Jeff Leonard).

2nd  Ron Guidry wins his 13th consecutive game, the best start in Yankee history, in beating Detroit, 3–2.  With the Yankees down 2–0, Mickey Rivers long drive to right is caught by a fan reaching down to take it away from Detroit’s Mickey Stanley.  The fan drops the ball and Stanley, waiting for an interference call, fails to retrieve.  River motors for an inside-the-park homer and New York ties the game 2–2, eventually winning it.

Dale Murphy connects for a grand slam, off Vida Blue, and drives in 6 runs to pace the Braves to a 9-7 win over the visiting Giants.

3rd  At Fenway, Carl Yastrzemski strokes a run-scoring double in the 3rd, his 2,800th career hit, as the Sox pummel the Yankees, 9–5.  Yaz adds two singles in Boston’s 12-hit attack, as Dennis Eckersley (9-2) tops Ed Figueroa.  The win moves Boston ahead of 2nd place Milwaukee by 7 1/2 games with New York now trailing by 8 games.

4th  Dave Winfield belts a 1st-inning grand slam off John Montefusco, and the Padres ride it to a 7-5 victory over the Giants.

In the 1st of two at New York, Lee Mazzilli breaks a scoreless tie with an 8th inning grand slam off Larry Christenson and the Mets beat the Phillies, 4-0. Pat Zachary twirls the shutout. Mazzilli also homers in game 2, but the Phils win, 3-2, Craig Swan allows 5 hits in the loss.

6th  Carl Yastrzemski’s 3-run homer in the first gives Boston a lead at Comiskey Park, but the White Sox eventually tie at 6–6.  In the 10th inning, former Bosox Jim Willoughby serves up a home run to Fred Lynn, his 13th, and Boston wins, 7–6. Bill Campbell picks up the victory.

Joe Rudi hits a 1st inning grand slam, his second in 10 days, and drives in 5 runs to pace the Angels to a 9-2 win over the Royals.

Davey Lopes hits a walkoff grand slam in the 11th, off Craig Skok, to give the Dodgers a 5-1 win over the Dodgers.

7th  The Brewers Mike Caldwell beats the Yankees Ron Guidry, 6–0. For Guidry (13-1), it is his first loss of the season. Larry Hisle helps Caldwell by belting 2 homers off Guidry, good for 4 runs. Caldwell shut out the Yankees 9 days earlier, and will shut them out again on September 19th.

8th  Omar Moreno’s first-inning single is the Pirates’ only hit as the Cardinals Silvio Martinez hurls a 4–0 shutout.

In Oakland, Willie Norwood’s 4th hit of the game drives in the go-ahead run in the 11th as the Twins beat the A’s, 9-8. Minnesota tallies 23 hits in the squeaker.

The Phillies and Expos split a pair with Montreal losing the opener, 6-3, before winning, 8-1. Bake McBride has a grand slam in the opener, off Rudy May.

9th  Buddy Bell belts a grand slam off Allen Ripley in the 4th and Cleveland beats the first-place Red Sox, 7-1.

11th  At San Diego, the NL wins another All-Star Game 7–3. Steve Garvey singles and triples to earn the game’s MVP trophy. Vida Blue starts for the NL, the first pitcher to start for both leagues. Blue also started in 1971 and 1975 for the AL.

14th  Umpire Doug Harvey ejects a shocked Dodger P Don Sutton in the 7th after discovering 3 scuffed balls. Sutton takes the loss, 4–1, against the Cardinals with John Vuckovich getting the win.

Houston’s Ken Forsch defeats the Expos twice in extra innings. He pitches 2 innings in the first game, winning 4–3 in the 13th, and comes back for 2 in the second, winning 5–4 in the 10th.

Texas P Fergie Jenkins allows 3 solo homers—one to Lynn and 2 to Evans—in beating Boston, 4–3.  Campaneris homers off Mike Torrez (11-5).

15th  Pete Rose collects a hit in his 28th straight game, setting a Reds club record (post-1900) as the Reds beat the Mets, 7–5.  His hit comes off Craig Swann. On the 18th, he’ll hit in his 31st straight game to top the Reds record set by Elmer Smith in 1898.

Seattle’s Larry Milbourne homers from both sides of the plate—one a grand slam–in a 7–6 win over Cleveland. These will be Milbourne’s only HRs all season, spanning 93 games and 234 at bats.

16th  After the Mariners tie the game at 3 apiece in top of the 8th, Fred Lynn hits a 2-out double to drive in 2 runs and the Red Sox hold on for a 6–3 win, their 8th in a row at Fenway and 27-4 in their last 31 games. The M’s lose their 9th in a row with the loss going to former Hubman Dick Pole.

Tulsa’s Dave Righetti strikes out 21 Midland batters in 9 innings to set a Texas League record. A Tulsa reliever loses the game 4–2 in extra innings.

17th  In the latest incident in his feud with manager Billy Martin, the Yankees Reggie Jackson ignores instructions and attempts to bunt in the 10th inning of a tie game with the Royals. Jackson pops up, the Yanks lose, 9–7, in the 11th, and Martin serves Jackson with a 5-day suspension without pay.  The Royals’ 3-game sweep at  Yankee Stadium leaves New York in 4th place, 14 games behind the Red Sox.

19th  The Red Sox beat the Brewers 8–2, scoring 4 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th, to increase their lead in the AL Eastern Division to 9 games over Milwaukee, 12 1⁄2 over Baltimore, and 14 games over the 4th-place Yankees. In the 7th, the Sox have George Scott on 2B and Butch Hobson, playing his first game in weeks because of muscle spasms, on 1B. On a Frank Duffy single, Scott scores on a close play, prompting an argument by Brews’ catcher Charlie Moore.  No time is called, however, and Hobson strolls around the bases to score from first, while Duffy is finally thrown out trying for 3B. Fisk accounts for the other 3 runs in the inning with his 13th homer of the year.

     In the first of two at Montreal, Warren Cromartie belts a walkoff grand slam, off Gene Garber, to feature an 8-6 Expo win over Atlanta. Montreal scores 5 in the 9th off Garber. Atlanta takes game 2 by a 3-1 score.

At the Vet, the Reds rally from a 2-0 deficit in the 7th to win, 7-2. Ken Henderson hits a 3-run homer in the 7th for the lead, and George Foster adds a grand slam in the 8th, off Ron Reed, for the icer. Rose has a 2-out bunt single in the 9th to extend his consecutive game hit streak to 32 games.

20thAfter coming upon Expos GM Charlie Fox arguing with the slumping Chris Speier, pitcher Steve Rogers, a player rep, intervenes and gets punched in the mouth for his troubles.  Fox will get fired at the end of the year but the fireworks seems to punch up Speier’s efforts today. He hits for the cycle and drives in 6 runs to lead Montreal to a 7–3 win over Atlanta.

Yankee ace Ron Guidry, who lost his first game July 7, goes to 14-1 with a 4-hit shutout over the Twins.  New York wins, 4-0.

The Giants edge the Cubs, 9–8, in a game suspended with 2 outs in the top of the 8th. Jack Clark drills his 17th homer. The game will be completed July 28.

21st The Indians Mike Paxton strikes out 4 batters in the 5th inning of an 11–0 win over the Mariners. Paxton (3-4) allows just two hits in the win.

At Royals Stadium, Clint Hurdle drives in 6 runs and Paul Splittorff shuts out the Red Sox, 9-0. Starter Dennis Eckersley (11-3) takes the loss.

23rd  Reggie Jackson returns to the team and the Yankees win their 5th straight, 3–1, over the White Sox. At the Chicago airport, Billy Martin, reacting to reporters’ questions about Jackson and Steinbrenner, replies, “The two deserve each other. One’s a born liar; the other’s convicted.” The remarks will cost Billy his job.

24th  Pete Rose singles twice, the first time off Pat Zachry, during the Reds’ 5–3 win over the Mets, extending his hitting streak to 37 games to tie the modern NL record held by Tommy Holmes. When lifted, Zachry kicks the dugout steps in anger, breaking his toe and ending his season.

Out on a force play. In Kansas City, a sobbing Billy Martin preempts a firing by reading a prepared statement in which he resigns as the Yankee manager. Martin’s resignation comes shortly after he was quoted about Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner saying, “one’s a born liar; the other’s convicted.” Bob Lemon, a good friend of Yankee president Al Rosen, is named as manager.

25th  The Reds lose to the Mets 9–2, but Rose collects 3 hits to break Tommy Holmes’ record. Holmes is in attendance at Shea and shakes Rose’s hand after his 3rd inning single off Craig Swann.

The Lodi Dodgers (California League) pull off 2 triple plays during an 11–6 win over Fresno. Bob Brenly is a victimized base runner each time. It is the first time a pro team has had 2 triple plays in one game since 1904.

Doug DeCinces hits a pair of homers, including a 5th inning grand slam, and the Orioles hold on for 7-6 win over the Rangers.

At Candlestick, Vida Blue (14-4) beats the Cardinals, 3-2. The Giants Jack Clark has a double and two walks to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 26 games.

26th  Johnny Bench hits his 300th career HR, off Nino Espinoza, and Rose hits in his 39th straight game, but the Reds bow to the Mets, 12–3.

The Giants Jack Clark has his hitting streak stopped at 26 games during a 2–1 loss to the Cardinals.

Dave Roberts serves up a grand slam to Steve Garvey in the 3rd and a 3-run homer to Davey Lopes an inning later in the Cubs’ 8-2 loss to the visiting Dodgers. Burt Hooton wins his 11th.

Joe Rudi belts his 3rd grand slam of the year, a 1st-inning drive off Bill Travers, and the Angels hold on to beat the Brewers, 11-9. Frank Tanana gives up 3 homers, 2 to Gorman Thomas, in 7+ innings, but wins his 14th. He gives way to Tom Griffin who serves up a 3-run homer to Sal Bando.

27th  The Yankees win the first game of a doubleheader 11–0, but the Indians rebound to win the 2nd, 17–5. Duane Kuiper ties the ML record with 2 bases-loaded triples in the nightcap, only the 3rd player (after Bill Bruton and Elmer Valo) to do so in the 20th century.  He hits one in the 1st and another in the 5th inning.

Mike Cubbage is 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle, to lead the Twins to a 6–3 win over Toronto.

28th  The Orioles Rich Dauer drives in the tying and go-ahead runs in the 8thinning as Baltimore edges the Angels, 5-4. For Dauer, it is his 10th straight game with at least two hits in each.  In his multi-hit streak, which began on July 18, Dauer hit .583 (28-for-48). Dauer’s mark is a club record.

29th  Dave Garcia, interim manager of the Indians, runs his record to 7-0 with the help of Rick Mannings’s grand slam. The Tribe beat the White Sox, 9-6.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees pummel the Twins, 7-3 before 46,711 fans on hand for Oldtimers Day. Announcer Bob Sheppard tells the crowd that Bob Lemon will be the manager through 1979, then become GM. “The manager in 1980 and hopefully for many seasons to come after that will be number one. . . Billy Martin.”  It won’t take that long.

30th  The Expos crush the Braves 19–0, collecting 28 hits and an NL-record-tying 8 HRs. Andre Dawson, Larry Parrish, Dave Cash, and Dawson again homer in the 4th inning; Parrish has a single and 3 consecutive HRs in the game, only the 4th major leaguer to do it. Pat Seerey, in 1948, was the last: Not till Andres Galarraga in 1995 will a hitter bang homers in 3 consecutive innings. The 58 bases breaks an 85-year-old record held by the Reds.  Woodie Fryman conducts the win over Mickey Mahler.

31st  Pete Rose singles off Phil Niekro to extend his streak to 44 games, as the Reds edge the Braves 3–2. Rose ties Willie Keeler’s 81-year-old NL record, achieved when foul balls didn’t count as strikes.

After scoring just 5 runs in their last 6 games, the Red Sox break out with a 9–2 win over the visiting White Sox. It is just the 3rd win for Boston in its last 13 games. Dennis Eckersley (12-4) earns the win, scattering 6 hits, while Rick Burleson has 3 hits including a bases loaded double.

The Yankees stop Texas, 6–1, to move to 7 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East.

In Toronto, the Blue Jays start and end their scoring with homers, as Rico Carty hits a 1st-inning grand slam and Otto Velez pinch hits a walkoff homer in the 14th as the Jays edge the Tigers, 8-7.