1987 July

1st   Roger Clemens has no strikeouts in his complete game 6-hitter, but the Red Sox beat the Orioles, 6-2 at Fenway. Todd Benzinger has a double and homer to back up the Rocket, and, along with Ellis Burks and Mike Greenwell, is part of an all-rookie outfield for Boston. They won’t do that again till September 2010.

2nd  Houston’s Glenn Davis ends Steve Bedrosian’s record-setting streak of 13 consecutive saves by belting a 3-run home run in the top of the 9th inning to give the Astros a 7–6 win over the Phillies.

      Jim Eisenreich, making a comeback after being forced out of the major leagues by a nervous disorder in 1984, hits his first ML home run since 1982 to lead the Royals to a 10–3 win over his former club, the Twins.

3rdDespite striking out 7 straight batters, the Cubs Jamie Moyer loses to the Giants, 3-1. He strikes out 8 altogether.

      Hitting just .212 Astros SS Dickie Thon bolts from the team. Thon has never recovered from a 1984 beaning that left him with blurred vision. An angry Astros GM Dick Wagner will put Thon on the “disqualified” list and he will not play for the rest of the year. Thon will become a free agent in November.

      In the first game of a twinbill at Yankee Stadium, Mike Witt and two relievers shut out the Yankees, 9-0. Larry Parrish hits a 2-run homer and Mike Stanley belts his second grand slam in a week. New York manages just 3 hits in game 2 off Jose Guzman, but one is a 2-run homer by Mike Pagliarulo, as New York wins, 3-1. Rick Rhoden wins his 10th.

4th  In a 7-player swap, the Padres trade pitchers Dave Dravecky and Craig Lefferts and OF Kevin Mitchell to the Giants for 3B Chris Brown and pitchers Keith Comstock, Mark Davis, and Mark Grant. In 1989, Mitchell will win the MVP Award for the Giants, and Davis will win the Cy Young for the Padres.

5th  The knuck is not knuckling and Chicago hands Cleveland’s Phil Niekro (3 IP, 8 runs) a 17–0 pasting as 8 Sox players have 2 or more hits. Scott Nielsen is the complete-game winner.

6th  Cleveland starts three days of contentious baseball with Kansas City by beating the Royals, 9–7. Cory Snyder drives in 6 runs with 2 homers, the 2nd a grand slam off Farr, in relief of Saberhagen (14–3) in the 8th. Winning pitcher Sammy Stewart hits Jamie Quirk with a pitch, breaking his hand, and Frank White is also decked. Tomorrow, Willie Wilson will be decked by Ken Schrom and will lead a benches-clearing brawl with a charge to the mound. The Tribe will come back to win that one as well, as Joe Carter hits a 2-run HR off Quissenberry in the 9th.

7th  At Chicago, the Cubs outhit the Padres to win 7-5. Andre Dawson hits a first inning HR off Eric Show and then pays the price when Show hits him with a pitch in the 3rd, knocking both players out of the game. Dawson chases Show, cornering him in the San Diego dugout before the two are separated. Show gets the loss, while Dawson will need 22 stitches and will miss three games. When Cubs starter Greg Maddux hits Benito Santiago in the 4th, he gets tossed.

      At Riverfront, Bo Diaz hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs as the Reds race to a 7-0 lead over the Phils after two innings. But Philadelphia rallies to win, 10-8, in 10 innings.

8th  Floyd Youmans pitches a one-hitter to beat the Astros and Nolan Ryan 1–0. Houston’s lone hit is an 8th-inning single by Kevin Bass. Youmans will throw a 3-hit shutout in his next outing.

      Facing Tribe leadoff hitter Brett Butler in the bottom of the 1st, Kansas City P Danny Jackson fires the first pitch behind the batter, then the next one over his head, prompting Butler to charge the mound. Both players are tossed and will receive 3-game suspensions, and Mel Hall replaces Butler, drawing a walk from Bob Stoddard. Carter hits another 2-run HR, in the 7th, and Snyder hits a 2-run double in the 9th, off Quissenberry, to give the Indians their 3rd straight win, 9–8. Sammy Stewart is the winner.

      Chili Davis’s 3-run pinch homer in the 14th is the chiller as the Giants beat the Pirates, 8-4, in Pittsburgh. 

      At Wrigley, Jim Sundberg hits a pinch grand slam as the Cubs score 8 times in the 8th to beat the Padres, 12-8. All five Padre hurlers allow an earned run.

9th  Mike Schmidt hits his 513th career home run off Atlanta’s Zane Smith to move past Eddie Mathews and Ernie Banks into 10th place on the all-time list, but the Phillies lose to the Braves 11–6. Dale Murphy has a grand slam and 5 RBIs and Ken Griffey belts a homer and drives in 3.

10th  At Yankee Stadium, Don Mattingly greets White Sox reliever Joel McKeon with a grand slam to pace the Yankees to a 9-5 win over Chicago. It is Mattingly’s third slam of the year.

      In a wild one at Memorial Stadium, the Orioles score the winning run in the 9th on a sac fly by Larry Sheets to defeat the Twins, 13-12. the O’s Fred Lynn belts a pair of 3-run homers off starter Bert Blyleven, while Tom Brunansky drives in 4 runs for the Twins.

11th  Billy Ripken, 22, joins his brother Cal in the Orioles starting lineup in Baltimore’s 2–1 loss to the Twins. Orioles manager Cal Ripken, Sr. is the first to manage 2 sons in the majors.

      At Yankee Stadium, Carlton Fisk hits a 2-run homer in the 15th and the White Sox beat the Yankees, 5-2.  Ron Guidry starts for the Yankees and goes 6.2 innings, striking out 14. 

12th  The Yankees trade P Bob Tewksbury and 2 minor league pitchers to the Cubs for Steve Trout, who has just pitched back-to-back shutouts.

14th  Tim Raines caps a 3-for-3 performance in the All-Star Game with a 2-run triple in the top of the 13th inning, giving the NL a 2–0 victory.

      The BBWAA votes to rename the Rookie of the Year Award in honor of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier on the way to winning the first Rookie of the Year Award in 1947.

15th  The Indians fire manager Pat Corrales, replacing him with bullpen coach Doc Edwards. Cleveland is in last place in the AL East, 23 games behind, after finishing 84-78 in 1986.

16th  Cory Snyder hits his 6th homer in 8 games to help give Indians manager Doc Edwards a win over the White Sox, 4-3.

      Don Mattingly bangs two homers, one a second inning grand slam, to pace the Yankees to a 12-3 win over host Texas. Mattingly now has 7 homers in 6 games. His 2nd inning grand slam, his 4th of the year, comes off Charlie Hough, and follows a bases-loaded walk to Mike Pagliarulo. Hough has 8 strikeouts but his knuckleball is too much for little-used catch Mike Stanley, who ties an AL record with 5 passed balls. His teammate Geno Petralli will tie, then break the record next month with 6 passed balls.

      Houston rookie Ken Caminiti, recalled yesterday from Columbus, debuts with a bang. He hits a triple in the 5th inning and a homer in the 7th, the only two hits allowed by Kevin Gross. Caminiti scores the winning run in the 9th following a walk as the Astros beat the Phillies, 2-1, behind Danny Darwin. Caminiti is just the 4th major leaguer to debut with a homer and triple.

17th  Dale Sveum hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs to lead the Brewers to a 12-2 win over the Angels. The first two come off starter Mike Witt. Bill Wegman evens his record at 8-8.

18th  Don Mattingly hits a home run in his 8th consecutive game (10 homers) tying the ML record set by Dale Long in 1956, but the Yankees lose to Texas 7–2. His streak will end tomorrow when he goes 2-for-4 but no homers.

19th  Texas wins a 20–3 laugher over the Yankees. Steve Buechele has 2 homers to pace the offense. In the 9th inning, catcher Rick Cerone takes the mound and walks one but allows no runs. He’s just the fifth player this century to pitch and catch in the same game.  He’ll do it again next month.

20th  Don Mattingly ties another ML record, this time in the field, as he makes 22 putouts in the Yankees 7–1 win over the Twins. The feat was last accomplished in the AL by Hal Chase in 1906.

      Phil Niekro gives up 5 runs in 5 innings but it is enough for a win as his Indians down the Royals, 9-5. Niekro also participates in a double play, the 83rd of his career. He passes Warren Spahn as the all-time leader for pitchers. Brook Jacoby is 4-for-4 to lead a 17-hit attack. Bret Saberhagen (15-4) gives up 10 of the hits.

21st  Ruben Sierra’s second homer of the game, a walkoff shot in the 9th, wins it for Texas, 6-4, over Toronto.  His 4th inning homer, off Jimmy Key, starts the scoring.  Key retires the side on three pitches in the 2nd.

      The Indians lose, 3-2, to Kansas City and also lose catcher Rick Dempster when he is flattened by Bo Jackson trying to score from 3B on a grounder.  Bo is out and Dempster will be out until September.

23rd  The Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last season’s World Series, and promote slugger Sam Horn from Pawtucket. The Angels will sign Buckner and he will hit .306 in 57 games, while Horn will homer in his first two games, just the second Sox player to do so. Dave Stapleton is the other.

      In Montreal, Dave Parker drives in 6 runs on a single, double and homer to lead the Reds to an 8-4 win over the Expos.

26th  Catfish Hunter, Billy Williams, and Ray Dandridge are inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

      Paul Molitor ties a ML record by stealing 2B, 3B, and home in the first inning of Milwaukee’s 7–4 win over the A’s. Molitor is hitting .348 and is in the middle of a 39-game hit streak.

27th  In Cleveland, Mark McGwire hits 3 homeruns, scores 5 runs, and drives in 5 as the A’s trim the Indians, 13-3.

      The Salt Lake City Trappers lose 7–5 to the Billings Mustangs, ending their professional-record winning streak at 29 consecutive games. The Trappers, who hadn’t lost since June 24th, broke the old record of 27 straight wins with a 13–3 rout of the Pocatello Giants on July 25th.

28th  Montreal’s Jeff Reed makes 3 errors in the 7th inning of an 8–3 loss to the Cubs, tying the ML record for catchers.

29th  For the second time in a week, Dave Parker has 6 RBIs in a game as the Reds down the visiting Padres, 15-5.  The Reds lead the NL west by 2.5 games.

      The Royals trade SS Buddy Biancalana to the Astros for pitching prospect Mel Stottlemyre, Jr.

30th  The Pirates trade P Don Robinson to the Giants for minor league catcher Mackey Sasser and cash. The Indians trade fading veteran Steve Carlton to the Twins for a player to be named later.

31st  Eddie Murray hits his 299th and 300th career home runs to lead Baltimore to an 8–4 win over Texas.

      Mitch Webster collects 4 hits, including a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to pace the Expos to a 13-3 win over the visiting Mets. Tim Wallach has a double and homer and 4 RBIs as Montreal stays 4 games in back of the leading Cardinals and 2.5 ahead of New York.