1986 July

2nd  After 14 wins, Roger Clemens suffer his first loss as Toronto scores 3 times in the 8th inning to down Boston 4–2. Clemens was one game short of the AL record for consecutive wins at the start of a season.

      Andre Thornton hits a no-out grand slam, off rookie Bill Mooneyham, in the 1st inning as the visiting Indians top the A’s, 7-3.

      Denny Walling has a pair of homer and a pair of singles to drive in 6 runs as the Astros beat the visiting Padres, 8-1. Mike Scott strikes out 3 for his 8th win.

4th  At Comiskey Park, with the score 1–1 in the bottom of the 8th, Sox OF John Cangelosi leads off with a drive to the RF corner. A fans leans out of the stands and appears to touch the ball as he tumbles onto the field. Anticipating an interference call, Yankee OF Claudell Washington slows down, while the speedy Cangelosi easily makes 3B. The umps don’t see any interference and Cangelosi remains on 3B, and scores on a sac fly. The Sox win 2–1.

      The Indians draw 73,303 and they reward the crowd with a 10-3 victory over the Royals. Phil Niekro goes the distance for the win.

5thAt the Metrodome, Frank Viola bends but doesn’t break, giving up 11 hits, including two homers, but beat the Orioles, 7-6. Gary Gaetti hits a 1st inning grand slam and Kirby Puckett solos in the 2nd.

6thBob Horner becomes the 11th player to hit 4 home runs in a game, but it isn’t enough as the Braves fall to the Expos 11–8. Horner is the 2nd to hit his 4 home runs in a losing cause. Ed Delahanty of the Fighting Phillies on July 13, 1896 was the first. On the winning side, Al Newman cracks his first ML HR, off Zane Smith; it’ll be his only homer, as Newman will go to the AL next year and set the junior circuit record by going to bat 1,893 times without a 4-bagger.

      In the A’s 6–3 win over Milwaukee, Tony Phillips of the A’s, ties the ML mark with 12 assists at 2B. It’ll be matched again next month.

7thThe first two Phillies hitters in the game—Gary Redus and Juan Samuel—hit home runs off Atlanta’s David Palmer. Redus adds another in the game, as does Russell, to give Shane Rawley (11–4) a 7–3 win.

      Rookie Wally Joyner hits a 3-run homer in the top of the 16th to give California a 3–1 win over the Brewers. Dan Plesac takes the loss with Terry Forster winning.

      In Montreal, the Astros roll over the Expos, 12-1, as Glenn Davis belts a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs and Kevin Bass adds a grand slam. Mike Scott is the winner, pitching 7 innings, and striking out 7. He leads the NL in strikeouts with 158.

8thLed by George Hendrick’s grand slam, the Angels belts 4 homers at County Stadium to beat the Brewers, 14-3. The win goes to John Candelaria in his first appearance in three months. He pitched two innings in the second game of the season before going on the DL April 11 till today.

9th  Atlanta’s Dale Murphy does not play in the Braves 7–3 win over the Phillies, ending his consecutive-game streak at 740. Murphy hadn’t missed a game since September 1981.

      The Padres trade P Tim Stoddard to the Yankees for P Ed Whitson, who had become the target of such fan abuse in New York that manager Lou Piniella would no longer pitch him in Yankee Stadium.

      The Mets fall to the Reds, 11-1, as Cincy collects 17 hits, 5 by little-used infielder Wade Rowden, a career .217 hitter.

10th  Oil Can Boyd (11-6) flies into a rage after learning that he has been left off the AL All-Star team and storms out of Fenway Park prior to Boston’s game against the Angels. He will be suspended indefinitely by the Red Sox and eventually scuffle with local police before checking into a hospital for psychiatric testing.  The weirdness continues as the Angels score 3 in the 12th to take a 7–4 lead. Boston then scores 3 to tie and when Fischer replaces Cook, he balks in Dwight Evans with the winning run.

11th  Behind Sid Fernandez (12-2) and Gary Carter, who hits a 3-run homer and a grand slam, the Mets slam the Braves, 11-0.  El Sid strikes out 9 and allows 2 hits.  The Mets have a comfortable 11.5 game lead in the NL East.

      The Royals and Tigers split a pair, with Kansas City taking the opener, 4-3. Steve Farr (6-1) wins in relief of Saberhagen. The Tigers rebound in game 2 to win, 8-7, overcoming a grand slam by the Royals’ Jim Sundberg.

12th  John Denny (6 IP) and Ron Robinson combine on a two-hit shutout as the Reds down the Expos, 2-0. Both hits are by Tim Raines.

13th  Behind Juan Nieves, the Brewers snap a 7-game losing streak with a 5–0 win over the Mariners. Nieves strikes out 12 en route to his 3rd shutout, tops in the AL.

15th  At the Houston Astrodome, the AL wins the All-Star Game 3–2 for its 2nd triumph in the last 15 years. AL starter Roger Clemens pitches 3 perfect innings to win the game’s MVP Award.           

17th  At the Kingdome, Jim Presley hits a walkoff Grand slam in the 11th, against Bob Stanley, as the Mariners whip the Red Sox, 5-1.

18th  The Royals announce that 50-year-old manager Dick Howser, who led the club to a World Championship last season, will miss the rest of the season to undergo treatment for a brain tumor that is later revealed to be malignant. 3B coach Mike Ferraro will manage the club in Howser’s absence.

      Against Baltimore’s Scott McGregor, the Twins first two batters—Kirby Puckett and Gary Gaetti—hit homers Puckett adds another to help the Twins to a 7–3 win. Bert Blyleven is the winner.

      Joaquin Andujar (5–2) pitches Oakland to a 6–1 win over Juan Nieves (8-4) and the Brewers. Nieves pitched and won Milwaukee’s last game, before the break, to give him two consecutive starts in 2 games.

19th  Mets players Ron Darling, Tim Teufel, Bob Ojeda, and Rick Aguilera are arrested following an early-morning fight with off-duty police officers working as security guards outside a Houston bar, but are all released in time for their Astros game that evening. On January 26th Darling and Teufel will be fined $200 while charges against Ojeda and Aguilera will be dropped.

21st  Jose Canseco cranks a Walt Terrell pitch into the upper deck of the CF bleachers at Tiger Stadium.  The A’s slugger has now hit a HR in every AL Park.

22nd  Ken Griffey hits 3 solo home runs but Atlanta falls to Philadelphia 5–4 in 11 innings. Griffey is the 2nd Brave this month to hit 3 or more home runs in a losing cause.

      The Cubs fire their ball girl Marla Collins when it is revealed that she posed nude for Playboymagazine. The photos will appear in the October issue and accompany shots of Marla in her Cubs uniform and one of Harry Caray pointing to a tattoo on her right thigh. The Cubs win today, 6–4, behind Ed Lynch, who ties a NL record in the 1st inning by making 3 putouts. The record was set in 1975 by another Cub, Rick Reuschel.

      Glenn Davis hits a game-ending homer in the 10th off Floyd Youmans to give Houston a 1-0 victory over Montreal.

      The Mets win a crazy five-hour marathon with the Reds in 14 innings, winning 6–3. Setting the tone, Darryl Strawberry is ejected after arguing a called 3rd strike in the 5th. In the 9th, Howard Johnson inadvertently kicks the ball after Reds C Bo Diaz drops a third strike. Johnson runs out of the baseline and is hit in the back with the throw from pitcher Ron Robinson. Reds coach Billy DeMars is ejected for arguing the safe call. The Mets, down 3–1, with 2 out, tie the game when Dave Parker drops a routine fly ball. In the 10th, Davey Johnson sends in pitcher Rick Aguilera to hit for pitcher Doug Sisk.  Aguilera walks, but is stranded. In the Reds 10th, pinch-runner Eric Davis steals 2B and 3B, bumping into Ray Knight.  Knight decks Davis and both benches empty. Knight, Davis, Kevin Mitchell and Mario Soto are ejected. Gary Carter moves to 3B, McDowell comes in to pitch, and Orosco moves from the mound to RF. With two out and a runner on 2B in the 11th, Orosco returns to pitch, McDowell moves to LF, and Mookie Wilson shifts to right. Rose protests when Orosco is permitted eight warm-up pitches. Orosco whiffs Max Venable to end the inning. In the 12th, the Mets are forced to lead off the inning with Orosco and McDowell, and go down in order. McDowell returns to pitch in the 13th and gets Tony Perez to fly to Orosco in right. Howard Johnson belts a three-run homer in the 14th, scoring Hearn and Orosco, and the latter won’t score another run until 2002. McDowell retires the side in order. For the scorekeeper Orosco (O) and McDowell (Mc) pitch to these batters in the last 5 innings: 10th: O – 3, Mc – 1; 11th: O –1, Mc – 3; 12th: O – 4; 13th: Mc – 3; 14th: Mc – 3.

23rdIn Toronto’s 6–2 win at Seattle, Tony Fernandez hits a single in the 7th with the play ending up five players touched the ball a total of eight times with the catcher getting the put out at second. Retrosheet’s John Jarvis calls this the longest putout string he’s recorded.

      California’s Brian Downing leads off the bottom of the 10th with a home run off Milwaukee’s Danny Darwin to make Kirk McCaskill a 3-2 winner. This is the last time this century that both starters complete an extra-inning game.

      In a 12-2 win at Tiger Stadium, Johnny Grubb belts a 6th-inning pinch grand slam and Kirk Gibson adds a 3-run homer in the 8th as the Tigers trip the Twins, 12-2.  Jack Morris (11-6) goes 8 innings for the win.

25thRich Gedman hits a grand slam and Roger Clemens (17-2) fires a 2-hitter as the Red Sox win over the host Angels, 8-1. The Sox lead by 4 games in the AL East.

27thJim Traber has a grand slam in the Orioles’ 16-hit attack as they pound the White Sox, 11-3.

      Stan Clarke walks in the winning run with the bases loaded in the 15th as the A’s outlast the Blue Jays, 1-0.  Jimmy Key pitched 10 innings and Curt Young goes 8+.

29thThe Phillies use the long ball to subdue the visiting Cardinals, 12-7. Von Hayes hits a grand slam and collects 5 RBIs, Juan Samuel has a 3-run homer and Glenn Wilson adds a 2-run homer. Vince Coleman steals three bases for St. Louis to give him 68 on the year.

30th  With the trading deadline moved to July 31stfrom last year’s June 15th, Ron Hassey is traded for the 3rd time in 8 months, this time going to Chicago in a deal that brings OF-DH Ron Kittle, SS Wayne Tolleson, and C Joel Skinner to New York.

      An arbitrator rules against the ML owners for including clauses in the contracts of several hundred players that allow random drug testing without negotiating with the players union.

31st  Brian Downing and Bob Boone each hit grand slams off Oakland’s Eric Plunk to lead the Angels to an 8–5 victory.

      In the only transaction today, the Blue Jays sell Joe Beckwith to the Dodgers.