1988 July

2nd  Behind John Candelaria’s 2-hitter the Yankees shut out the White Sox, 4-0. The candy man strikes out 10.

      Rick Schu has a grand slam in the Orioles’ 6-run 3rd as the O’s outgun the Rangers, 7-4.

      Dave Henderson has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs but Terry Steinbach matches him with a grand slam and the A’s beat the Blue Jays, 11-3.

3rd  Oakland’s P Gene Nelson steals a base while pinch running for Don Baylor in a 9–8, 16-inning win over Toronto, becoming the first AL pitcher to steal a base since John “Blue Moon” Odom in 1973. Jose Canseco’s 3 HRs and 6 RBIs are not quite enough, and the game is not decided until Mark McGwire connects in the 16th inning to end it. McGwire will hit another 16th-inning HR tomorrow.

      Leadoff hitter Bob Brower belts a double and grand slam to drive in 6 runs as Texas tops the Orioles, 13-1.

4th  Kansas City releases pitcher Dan Quisenberry, whose 238 saves are the 4th most in ML history. He will sign with St. Louis next week.

     For the second time in three days, the Red Sox collect an inside-the-park home run against Kansas City, winning 9-2 behind Roger Clemens. Dwight Evans hits a liner to right field in the first inning on a checked swing and legs out the only IPHR of his career.  He adds a single and triple in the win.

      Rangers P Charlie Hough strikes out 4 batters in the first inning of a 13–2 loss to the Yankees.

      Deja vu all over again.  As he did yesterday, Mark McGwire belts a 16th inning homer. He’s joined two outs later by Stan Javier, who also connects off Brad Havens, to give the A’s a 4–2 win over Cleveland. Doug Jones pitches 3 shutout innings for Cleveland, but gets no decision, ending his ML-record streak of 15 consecutive saves.

      NL umpire Lee Weyer, 51, dies of a heart attack after working the Cubs 3–2 win over San Francisco.  In a 1987 Sports Illustratedpoll of NL catchers, the 6’6” Weyer was rated the best.

6th  Donell Nixon gets caught stealing twice in the 6th inning in the Giants 2-0 win over the Cubs. Nixon is caught at 2B but Ryne Sandberg drops the ball, then again at home during a suicide squeeze when Will Clark misses a bunt. Rick Reuschel pitches 8 shutout innings for the win, while Jamie Moyer allows a run in 7 innings.

8th  In game with the Angels, Cleveland’s Bud Black hits Jack Howell, Devon White, and Johnny Ray with pitches in the 4th inning of a 10–6 loss, tying the ML record. Bert Blyleven will match him in September.

9th  Chris Speier hits for the cycle and Ernest Riles hits the 10,000th home run in Giants history to lead San Francisco to a 21–2 rout of the Cardinals. The 21 runs are a San Francisco record. Speier also cycled as an Expo in 1978, just the 4th major leaguer to do so for two teams. He joins Joe Cronin (Washington, 1929; Red Sox, 1940), Babe Herman (Dodgers, 1931; Cubs, 1933), and Bob Watson (Astros, 1977; Boston, 1979). Kevin Mitchell has 4 hits, 4 runs and 4 RBIs and the battery of Kelly Downs and Bob Melvin adds 4 runs, 4 hits and 5 RBIs.

      Nolan Ryan wins his 100th game as an Astro 6–3 over the Mets, and becomes the 7th pitcher in ML history to win 100 for 2 different clubs. Ryan won 138 games for the Angels in the 1970s.          

      The White Sox hit 3 homers in the 4th inning as they edge the White Sox, 8-7, at Comiskey in the first of two games.  Roger Clemens strikes out 15 in 8 innings of the second contest, while Todd Benzinger hits a solo shot in the 9th to tie it at 2 apiece.  Boston then plates 6 runs in the 10th to win, 8-2.

10th  First place Oakland takes an 8-0 lead after 3 innings at Detroit, and coasts to an 8-2 victory over the Tigers. Walt Weiss has a grand slam in the 7-run 2nd.

12th  After being maligned by the press as an unworthy All-Star starter, A’s catcher Terry Steinbach hits a solo home run and a sacrifice fly to lead the AL to a 2–1 victory at Riverfront Stadium. He is named the game’s MVP.

13th  The Red Sox fire manager John McNamara and replace him with 3B coach Joe Morgan. Boston was 43-42 under McNamara.

      The Reds trade Tracy Jones and Pat Pacillo to the Expos for Jeff Reed, Herm Winningham, and Randy St. Claire.

14th  Ken Griffey singles for his 2,000th career hit in Atlanta’s 9–8 loss to the Mets. He also makes an error in the 11th on Kevin McReynolds fifth hit of the game, which drives in the winning run.  McReynolds has a 3-run homer, two doubles and two singles.

      Mike Schmidt hits his 537th career home run in Philadelphia’s 7–5 loss to Houston, moving past Mickey Mantle into 7th place all-time.

      Pittsburgh beats the Giants, 9–2.  Pirate INF Rafael Belliard goes 8-for-16 since July 8, and all 8 hits are infield singles.

15th  Roger Clemens strikes out 16 Royals for the 2nd time this season, sparking the Red Sox to a doubleheader sweep, 3–1 and 7–4, in Joe Morgan’s managerial debut.

California’s Bob Boone catches his 2,000th ML game as the Angels beat Detroit 6–4.

      Brook Jacoby hits a grand slam for Cleveland, but Seattle is the winner, 8-5.

16th  The White Sox beat the Yankees, 7-4, with all of New York’s scoring coming on a grand slam by Jose Cruz.

      At Baltimore, Jeff Ballard evens his record at 7-7 as the Orioles double the Red Sox, 8-4. Marty Barrett’s straight steal of home is the first in 15 years for Boston.

17th  Philadelphia’s Ricky Jordan homers in his first ML at bat and the Phillies go on to beat Houston 10–4.

      The Giants beat the Pirates, 5–4 with Robby Thompson hitting the 10,000th home run in Giants franchise history.

18th  Seattle’s Gene Walter balks 4 times in 2 1⁄3 innings in a 12–3 loss to Detroit. He is the 3rd AL pitcher to tie the ML record this season.

19th  In the top of the 9th at Wrigley Field, Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe picks Brett Butler off 1B unassisted.  With Jose Uribe at 2B, Butler wanders too far off the bag and the Cubs pitcher nabs him for the out.  But Sutcliffe loses, 3–1, to Rick Reuschel.

21st  Where’s Seinfeld. In a pair of trades, Seattle sends DH Ken Phelps to the Yankees for OF Jay Buhner and 1B-DH Steve Balboni, and deals OF Glenn Wilson to the Pirates for IF-OF Darnell Coles.

      Red Sox veteran Jim Rice is suspended for 3 games by the club for shoving manager Joe Morgan. Rice was angered when Morgan replaced him with pinch hitter Spike Owen, who bunted in the 8th inning of Boston’s eventual 9–7 win over Minnesota. The Twins score single runs in the 8th and 9th and 2 runs in the 10th.  Todd Benzinger’s 3-run homer finishes the scoring.

23rd  Dave Winfield drives in all of the Yankees runs with a double and two homers, one a grand slam, but the Yankees fall to the Royals, 6-5. George Brett has a pair of homers for KC and Bo Jackson adds a 2-run homer. The Yanks stay a game behind the Tigers in the AL East.

25th  The Cubs hold practice under the lights for the first time. On hand are 5,000 fans, each of whom paid $100 to attend.

      In a contrast of styles, Roger Clemens bests Charlie Hough as the Red Sox take the Rangers, 2-0. The Rocket strikes out 14 and allows just 3 hits, including a pair of doubles by  Pete O’Brien. Pete Incavilgia K’s 4 times.

26th  In Montreal, Mike Fitzgerald hits a pinch grand slam off the Cubs Jeff Pico to give Montreal an 8-4 victory over Chicago.

      Jim Rice homers to give the Red Sox an 8-7 lead over Texas, but Ruben Sierra answers with a 2-run homer in the 7th and Texas emerges with a 9-8 victory. The loss snaps the Red Sox 12-game winning streak.

27th  Tommy John achieves what is believed to be a ML first by committing 3 errors on one play in the Yankees’ 16–3 rout of the Brewers. The feat ties the ML record for errors in one inning by a pitcher.

      Julio Franco has 3 doubles and 5 RBIs to pace the Indians to a 12-2 win over the Orioles.  Franco extends his hitting streak to 22 games, surpassing his 21-game hitting streak he rang up in June.

      At Texas, Boston scores 5 runs in the last 2 innings to beat the Rangers, 10-7. Ellis Burks contributes a 6th inning grand slam for the Bosox.  It is his second slam of the year.

      Brian Downing’s 12th inning triple drives in Wally Joyner with the winning run as California beats Oakland, 9-8.  Joyner, who reached base on a walk, has 3 hits in the game, including 2 homers, and 6 RBIs.

28th  The Tigers move back into first place with a 7-1 win over the Royals.  Jeff Robinson (12-4) fires a one-hitter, allowing just a 4th inning single to Frank White. Robinson will notch just one more win this year.

29th  Not bad. Baltimore trades veteran pitcher Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for minor leaguers Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling.

      In the Cubs’ 8–3 win over the Kevin Gross and the host Phillies, Rick Sutcliffe swipes home, the first pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1984 to steal home. It comes on the front end of a double steal with Mitch Webster when the pitcher fakes a throw to 3B and throws to first, where Jordan makes an error.  Sutcliffe is the first Cubs pitcher to steal home since Hippo Vaughn in 1919.

30th  John Franco saves his 13th game of July in Cincinnati’s 2–0 win over San Diego, setting a ML record for saves in one month.

31st  Jose Canseco belts 2 home runs in the A’s 6–2 win over Seattle to become the first player to hit 30 or more home runs in each of his first 3 ML seasons.

      The Maddux brothers face each, with Greg (15-5) losing to Mike (3-1) to even their record against each at one apiece. The Phillies score 6 runs in 6 innings off Mike, while Mike Maddux allows 3 Cubs runs in 7 innings. Mike also adds an RBI single.