1985 July

2nd  Houston’s Joe Niekro wins his 200th career game 3–2 over the Padres. Joe and Phil Niekro join Jim and Gaylord Perry as the only pitching brother combinations to win at least 200 games per pitcher.

      In Baltimore, Darrell Evans hits a 1st-inning grand slam but that is all the scoring the Tigers can muster as the Orioles win, 5-4, in 10 innings. The Orioles hit 4 homers, including Mike Young’s leadoff homer in the 10th.

      George Brett blasts a pair of homers and drives in 6 runs to lead Kansas City to a 10-1 drubbing of the A’s.

      At Chicago, the White Sox win 12-4 over the Mariners.  Harold Baines drives in 5 runs on three hits, including an 8th inning grand slam.

3rd  Mike Smithson allows 5 hits and goes the distance as the Twins beat the Indians, 7-0.  Batterymate Tim Laudner has 3 hits and drives in 6 runs.

4th  In a marathon game that borders on the surreal, the Mets endure 2 rain delays and 6:10 of playing time to beat the Braves 16–13 in 19 innings on Fireworks Night in Atlanta. Tied at 8 apiece after 9 innings, the Mets take a 10–8 lead in the top of the 13th inning, only to watch the Braves tie it up. The Mets score again in the 18th, but relief hurler Rick Camp (a .060 hitter who was batting because Atlanta had no more position players available to pinch-hit) ties the score with his first ML home run on a 2-out 2-strike pitch in the bottom of the inning. No pitcher ever homered that late in a game before. Finally the Mets erupt for 5 runs in the 19th off Camp and Atlanta can respond only with 2. The 5 runs is an ML record for one team in the 19th, and the 7 combined runs is also an ML record. Keith Hernandez hits for the cycle for the Mets. New York pounds out 28 hits, a Mets team record (Atlanta has 18, as the two teams fall 6 hits short of the NL record) Gary Carter has 5 hits as does Terry Harper. The game ends at 3:55 a.m.on July 5th, the latest finish in ML history. At 4:01 a.m.the post-game fireworks display begins, causing local residents to think the city is under attack.

5thAt Wrigley Field, the first three hitters in the Cubs’ announced batting order are Billy Hatcher, Davey Lopes, and Ryne Sandberg. After Hatcher walks, Lopes takes a strike before someone in the Cubs’ dugout sees that the lineup card submitted to the umpire has Sandberg listed second and Lopes third. Sandberg then finishes the at-bat (during which Hatcher is picked off) and singles. Lopes, hitting in his proper turn, doubles Sandberg home. All for naught as the Giants beat them, 12-6.

      At Three Rivers, the Padres plate a pair of runs in the 12th to take a 4-2 lead over the Pirates, but the Bucs storm back with 3 runs to win, 5-4. Garry Templeton is given 4 intentional walks in the game.

6thAt Pittsburgh, a 2-out single by Wynne plates the winning run as the Pirates sink the Padres, 8–7. Steve Kemp homers for Pittsburgh, and would’ve added a single but is thrown out at 1B in the 7th by RF Tony Gwynn in a 9–3 putout.

      In Kansas City, the Orioles score 7 runs in the 5th and beat the Royals, 8-3.  Fred Lynn has a single, triple and grand slam for the O’s. Scott McGregor pitches 8.2 innings for his 7th win.

      At the Astrodome, the Expos Tim Wallach hits a grand slam off Nolan Ryan as Montreal scores 6 runs in 4 innings to drive him from the mound.  The Astros rally to win, 8-7.

7th  Floyd Youmans, ticketed for the minors after the game to make way for Gullickson coming off the DL, pitches the last 3 innings to get his first ML win as the Expos outlast the Astros, 6–3 in 19 innings. A 2-out error by Enos Cabell and a 2-run single by Fitzgerald do it for the Expos.

      In an 8-3 loss to the Angels, Boston second baseman Marty Barrett nabs Bobby Grich with a hidden ball trick in the second inning. He’ll pull off another in two weeks. The Haloes Ruppert Jones paces the offense today with 3 hits, including a pair of homers, 3 runs and 3 RBIs.

      At Yankee Stadium, Dave Winfield’s 11th inning homer gives the Yankees a 3-2 win over the Twins in the game 1 drama.  The Yankees then pound out 14 hits to win the nightcap, 14-2.  Ken Griffey has a pair of 3-run homers and Don Baylor drives in 4 runs. 

8th  Joaquin Andujar scatters 12 singles to register his 15th win as the Cards down the Giants, 6–1.

      Marge Schott becomes president and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds.

      Carlton Fisk has a double and two homers, including a grand slam, as the White Sox roll by the Tigers, 9-4.

      Houston rookie Mark Knudsen has a rocky debut as he goes 7 innings and gives up 14 hits against the Phillies.  Philadelphia totals 20 hits as they hang of for a 7-4 win.

9th  Catcher Buck Martinez makes two outs on the same play. In the bottom of the third inning of a game between the Blue Jays and the Mariners, Phil Bradley is on second with one out when Gorman Thomas singles to right. Jesse Barfield’s throw home to Buck Martinez nails Bradley, though Martinez breaks his ankle in the collision. When Thomas tries to take 3B on the play, Martinez’ throw sails into LF. Thomas tries to score but George Bell’s throw to Martinez beats him. Buck makes the catch and tag while sitting on the ground. But Martinez is through for the season. Whitt takes over catching and the Jays win in 13 innings, 9–4. The big blow is a grand slam homer by George Bell in the 13th—the first extra inning slam in club history—to break a 4–4 tie and give Toronto a 9-4 win. Gene Upshaw completes the scoring with his 4th hit of the game, a run-scoring triple.

      New York’s Ron Guidry works 8 2/3 innings to win his 10th straight, beating the Royals, 6–4. Guidry allows 9 hits and strikes out 1.

      Eddie Murray hits a grand slam and the Orioles beat the visiting Twins, 13-6.

      The Blue Jays trade 1B-OF Len Matuszek to the Dodgers for veteran Al Oliver, who joins his 5th club in the last 3 seasons.

10th  The Royals Frank White bangs a 1st-inning grand slam at Yankee Stadium, but the Yankees come back to win 6-5.  Rickey Henderson singles in the 9th, steals 2B and comes around to score his fourth run of the game on Dave Winfield’s single. Rickey, the AL leader with 41, has 3 steals on the day.

11th  Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher to record 4,000 strikeouts, fanning Danny Heep in the 6th inning of Houston’s 4–3 win over the Mets. Ryan finishes with 11 strikeouts in 7 innings but gets no decision. Bill Doran’s 5th hit drives home Dickie Thon in the 12th with the winning run.

      Don Baylor hits a pinch grand slam as the Yankees score 8 runs in the 4th inning in beating the Rangers, 11-7. 

      Fred Lynn cracks a 3-run homer with two outs in the 9th as the Orioles score 4 times to beat the White Sox, 7-6. It is Lynn’s sixth 9th-inning homer of the year, and his third walkoff.

12th  At Yankee Stadium, Ed Whitson scatters 4 hits as the Yankees shut out Texas, 6-0.  Dan Pasqua has a pair of homers and Don Mattingly has 3 hits, including a double and homer, to drive in 3 runs. He also runs his consecutive game hitting streak to 20 games. New York is tied for 2nd in the AL East, 4.5 games behind the Jays.

13th  The Angels get three pinch hits in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Blue Jays, 4–3. Miller, Brown and Boone all deliver singles to give Witt the CG win.

      The White Sox take a 9–0 lead over the Orioles and hang on for a 10–8 win. Gary Roenicke drives in 6 runs for the O’s on a 2-run HR and a grand slam off Britt Burns, who goes all the way. Dennis Martinez takes to loss.

14th  Walt Terrell and Hernandez combine on a one-hitter as the Tigers blank the Twins, 8–0.  Tom Brunansky’s double in the 7th is the only hit. Herndon and Evans hit back-to-back homers in the 4th.

16th  The NL beats the AL 6–1 at Minnesota’s Metrodome for its 13th win in the last 14 All-Star Games. San Diego’s LaMarr Hoyt allows one unearned run in 3 innings and is named MVP.

18th  Kent Hrbek breaks a tie with a 7th inning grand slam to give the Twins an 8-4 win over the visiting Yankees. Frank Eufemia (3-0) wins with 3 shutout innings of relief.

20thLaMarr Hoyt gives up 5 hits in 8 innings to record his 11th straight win as the Padres beat the Pirates, 4–2.

      Scattering 7 hits, Ron Guidry wins his 12th straight, beating the Twins 8–3. Don Mattingly has a 2-run homer and a 2-run double for the Yanks.

      At Memorial Stadium, George Brett has a homer and double to drive in 4 runs as the Royals trip the Orioles, 7-5. For the O’s, Lee Lacy is 1-for-3 to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 20.

      Driving in 7 runs on 2 homers, Darryl Strawberry leads the Mets to a 16–5 drubbing of the visiting Braves. Straw’s first HR, in the 1st off Steve Bedrosian, is a grand slam, and his next is a 3-run HR in the 3rd.

21stRich Gedman has 4 hits, including a homer, to lead the Red Sox to an 8-4 win over the Angels.  Doug DeCinces has 4 hits for California, but is picked off 2B with a hidden ball trick, the second time in two weeks an Angle baserunner has been fooled by the Sox.  This time Marty Barrett hides the ball but is no where near the bag.  When DeCinces takes his leadoff, Barrett flips the ball to SS Glen Hoffman for the tag.

22nd Minnesota does all its scoring in he 2nd as the beat the Orioles, 5-4. Kent Hrbek hits his second grand slam in 5 days for the Twins.

      John Russell belts a 1st-inning grand slam off Joe Niekro, but it takes a 9th inning walkoff homer by Mike Schmidt to give the Phils a 7-6 victory over Houston. Schmidt gets a second chance at bat when Phil Garner drops his foul fly for an error.

23rd  Oddibe McDowell becomes the first Texas Ranger to hit for the cycle, going 5-for-5 in an 8–4 win over Cleveland. George Vukovich’s grand slam accounts for the Tribe’s tallies.

      At Dodger Stadium, Orel Hirshiser one-hits the Pirates as the Dodgers win, 6-0. Jason Thompson’s leadoff single in the 2nd is the lone Buc safety.

24th  Bob Welch scatters 5 hits as the Dodgers pounce on the Pirates, 9-1.  Greg Brock hits a 6th inning grand slam and adds an RBI-single as the Dodgers score another 5 in the 8th.

25th  Eddie Murray hits his second grand slam of the month in the 8th inning to break a 1-1 tie and give the Orioles the 5-1 win over the host White Sox.  Mike Flanagan (1-1) makes his second start of the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon.

26th  Wade Boggs goes 0-for-3 in Boston’s 6–2 win over Seattle to halt his hitting streak at 28 games, the longest in the major leagues since 1980.

      In a 10–0 blanking of the Cubs, LA’s Pedro Guerrero is 2-for-2 to complete an on-base streak of 14 straight, setting a NL record (Barry Bonds will break it). The streak, which began on the 23rd includes 2 singles, 3 doubles, 2 homers, 6 walks, and a hit by pitch. He’ll be 1-for-3 tomorrow. Jerry Reuss scatters 7 hits in the shutout and is backed by 3 homers, including a grand slam by Mike Marshall, a 3-run shot by Brock and a 2-run homer by Guerrero.

      Tommy John, making his first appearance since being released by California on June 5, scatters 4 hits over 6 innings as the A’s defeat the Brewers, 7–3. John is now 3–4.

27th  For the second time in a week, the Mets win, 16–4, this time pounding the Astros in the opener of a twinbill sweep. They break a 4–4 tie in the 7th with a fielder’s choice by Hernandez, 2-run double by Carter and a 3-run HR by Ray Knight.  All 16 runs are unearned as relievers DiPino and Medden each give up 6, and starter Bob Knepper allows 4 runs. Orosco is the winner in game 1 and earns a save for Latham first ML win in game 2, a 7–3 victory.

28th  Lou Brock, Enos Slaughter, Arky Vaughan, and Hoyt Wilhelm are inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Cooperstown, New York.

Darrell Evans hits his 300th career home run, off Ken Schrom, to lead Detroit to a 3–2 win over the Twins.

      The Rangers use 3 hits and 3 errors to score 5 runs in the 1st inning en route to an 8-2 victory over the Yankees.  Oddibe McDowell hits a leadoff homer for Texas—his second in two games.

      Porter drives in 3 runs with a double and homer to lead the Cards to a 4–2 win over the Padres.  LaMarr Hoyt loses after winning 11 straight.

31st  The Indians end Ron Guidry’s win streak at 12 games, beating the Yankees, 6–5. Guidry and Waddell, the winner, each go 6+ innings.

      At Boston, the White Sox–Red Sox game is called at the end of 7 innings (11:34 p.m.) with the score tied 1–1. Since an 11-inning, 4–4 tie with the Angels on June 8, 1961, Boston had played 3,868 regular season games without a tie, a ML record.