1990 July

1st  Yankees Andy Hawkins throws the season’s 6th no-hitter, but still loses 4–0 to the White Sox. With 2 out in the bottom of the 8th, New York’s Mike Blowers misplays Sosa’s routine grounder for an error, and Hawkins walks 2 to load the bases. Outfielders Jim Leyritz and Jesse Barfield drop back-to-back fly balls to allow all 4 runs to score. Barfield loses Ivan Calderon’s fly ball in the sun and the ball bounces off his mitt. Ken Johnson in 1964 was the last pitcher to lose a no-hitter.

2nd  Nolan Ryan strikes out 7 batters in a 3–2 loss to the Red Sox. This gives him a record 22 seasons with at least 100 strikeouts. He had shared the record of 21 with Don Sutton.

The Braves send Dion James to the Indians for CF Oddibe McDowell.  The Braves will move Dale Murphy back to RF.

4th  Vince Coleman picks up a 7-game suspension when the bill of his cap butts ump Ed Montague during a argument in a 9-2 loss to the Giants. SF scores 4 in both the 7th and 8th innings to put it away.

6th  In his first start since losing a no-hitter, Andy Hawkins pitches 112⁄3innings of shutout ball only to lose in the 12th 2–0 to the Twins. Hawkins is now 1-6 for the Yankees.

Disgusted with the team’s performance, Whitey Herzog resigns as manager of the Cardinals after 10 years. Red Schoendienst will replace him temporarily and Joe Torre will be named permanent manager on August 1st.

After Greg Swindell tops Scott Sanderson, 6-1, in the opener, Oakland bangs out 7 homers in the first 5 innings in game 2 to swamp the host Indians, 12-1. Rickey Henderson and Mark McGwire each hit two, while Jose Canseco, Jamie Quirk and Carney Lansford have one apiece.

8th  Losing 7–0 to California in the 3rd, the Brewers score 20 unanswered runs, including 13 in the 5th, to win. This is the biggest swing of runs since 1980 and will not be topped in the 90s. Looking for his 279th win, Bert Blyleven starts for the Angels but never makes it out of the 4th. He’ll win only once more the rest of the year. Darryl Hamilton has a grand slam and 6 RBIs, Jim Gantner has 3 hits and 5 RBIs, and Dave Parker has a homer to drive in 2.

10th  Six AL pitchers combine for a 2-hitter and a 2–0 victory over the NL in a rain-delayed All Star game at Wrigley Field. Rangers 2B Julio Franco drives in both runs in the 7th inning and is named MVP.

At the halfway mark in the season, the Reds are leading the NL West by 8 games, while Pittsburgh is a half game ahead in the East. In the AL, Boston leads by a halfgame and Oakland by one game.

11th  At Comiskey Park, the White Sox honor their 1917 World Championship team by donning old-fashioned uniforms and scaling concessions back to WWI prices. Chicago then loses 12–9 to Milwaukee in 13 innings.

Jack McKeon resigns as manager of the Padres but keeps his position as San Diego’s vice president of baseball operations. He is replaced in the dugout by Greg Riddoch. Later in the season, McKeon will lose his front-office job as well.

12th  The White Sox Melido Perez pitches a rain-shortened 6-inning no-hitter over the Yankees, as Chicago wins, 8–0. This is the 7th no-hitter this season, the most since 1917. Lance Johnson makes a diving over-the-shoulder catch in the 5th to save a hit and also bangs a 3-run HR.

13th  Randy Milligan has a pair of homers for the Orioles and Phil Bradley hits a pinch grand slam in the 8th, off John Candelaria, as the Birds pull ahead to beat the Twins, 8-5 in a game 1 opener in Baltimore. Kent Hrbek has a homer in the game and adds another in game 2, a 3-1 victory behind David West and Terry Leach.  Light hitting John Moses adds a 2-run homer for the difference.

14th  Dante Bichette, Dave Winfield, and Brian Downing each homer twice in California’s 8–7 win over Toronto. This is the 8th time 3 teammates have done this in the ML.

Mike Morgan allows just 3 hits as the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 7-0. Greg Maddux gives up all the Dodger runs in 8 innings. Doing the most damage for LA is Kal Daniels, who hits a pair of 3-run homers.

15th  Gerald Perry again paces the Royals to a victory by collecting a single, double, triple and 3 steals in the 13-4 win over the Red Sox. Yesterday, Perry set a club record by going 7-for-9 in a doubleheader.

At Atlanta, the Braves out-homer the Expos, 5-3, but lose 16-14 as the two teams collect 34 hits. Treadway, Presley and Justice all homer in the 7th off Dale Mohoric, but Tim Wallace’s grand slam and Galarraga’s 3-run HR offset them. Kremer and Murphy for Atlanta, and Fitzgerald for Montreal also homer.

RF Felix Jose robs Robin Yount of a HR in the top of the 1st, then hits a grand slam in the bottom of the frame as the A’s beat the Brewers, 4-1. Jose also throws out Parker at the plate. Chris Bosio and Jamie Navarro combine on a 2-hitter.

The White Sox sweep the 4-game series with the host Yankees, winning 8-5, and sending the last place Bombers to their 14th loss in 19 games.

16th  At Riverfront, the Reds hit four homers, including a grand slam by Eric Davis, in subduing the Expos, 8-3. Cincy maintains its 7.5 game lead in the NL West.

17th  The Twins pull off a ML first—2 triple plays in the same game, in the 4th and 8th innings. Both are started on grounders to 3B Gary Gaetti, who has started five of the Twins’ last 6 triple killings. Despite the ML record, the Red Sox win anyway, 1–0.

At Yankee Stadium, Bo Jackson slugs 3 straight HRs, the third homer his career 100th, then separates his shoulder in the 6th inning diving for a line drive off the bat of Yankee Deion Sanders. Sanders ends up with an inside-the-park HR, but Kansas City takes home a 10–7 win. Jackson will be out for 6 weeks. Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. makes his ML debut, pitching an inning of relief inning against the Bronx Bombers.

At the Kingdome, Alvin Davis hits a grand slam to pace the Mariners to a 7-5 win over Toronto. Fred McGriff has a homer and 4 RBIs for the Jays.

Don Robinson (6-1) goes 8 innings and Matt Williams socks a grand slam as the Giants beat the NL East leading Pirates, 6-3.

18th  A day after setting a ML record for triple plays, the Twins and Red Sox tie one for DPs. The Red Sox ground into 6 double plays, while the Twins ground into 3 to tie the ML record, as the Red Sox win again, 5–4. In addition, Hrbek lines into a DP in the 1st. The mark of 9 ground out DPs in regulation was last accomplished on May 1, 1966 by Boston and California. Boston will finish the year having grounded into a ML record 174 double plays.

Arbitrator George Nicolau rules in favor of the players association saying that the 26 ML owners colluded and were aware of a databank that detailed 1987 salary offers. In September he will decide the damage amounted to $102.5 million.

In Cincinnati, Andres Gallaraga’s second homer of the game, a 2-out 9th inning grand slam, ties the game, but the Reds plate a run in the bottom of the 11th to win, 8-7. Barry Larkin triples and Paul O’Neill singles him home with the winning run.

At Three Rivers, Jeff King caps the Pirates scoring with an 8th-ining grand slam, as the Bucs beat the Giants, 11-2. King has 5 RBI.

20th  Kevin Appier fires a shutout for the last-place Royals, beating Roger Clemens and the Red Sox, 5–0.  The Sox take the nightcap, 3–1, scoring a pair on Mike Greenwell’s 2-run homer off starter Aquino (4–1).

Sid Fernandez strikes out 10 batters in 7 1/3 innings as the Mets beat Atlanta, 6-1. El Sid strikes out 7 batters in a row.

The Orioles pick up Ron Kittle from the White Sox, and send Chicago OF Phil Bradley.

21st  In his first ML start, Baltimore’s Big Ben McDonald shuts out Chicago 2–0. McDonald was the first pick in the 1989 June draft. It is the first shut out in a AL debut in 15 years.

22nd  At Three Rivers, Gary Redus hits a grand slam and Jay Bell has a homer and 3 RBIs as the Pirates top the Dodgers, 11-6. Pittsburgh leads the Mets by a game and a half.

23rd  Dickie Thon’s 6th inning grand slam, off Frank Viola, gives the Phillies a 7-4 win over the Mets.

At Tigers Stadium, the Orioles score 7 in the 3rd then add on 6 in the 9th to beat the Tigers, 13-3.  Mike Devereaux drives in 6 runs on a triple and grand slam.

24th  Who needs a pickoff motion? Atlanta pitcher Charlie Leibrandt picks off Craig Biggio by beating him back to 1B. Hough wins the game, 9–3.  Atlanta takes the nightcap from Houston scoring in the 8th and 9th to win, 9–8.

Vince Coleman paces the Cards to a 9-4 win over the visiting Cubs. Coleman is 4-for-4, including a triple and homer, scores 4 runs, and steal 4 bases. His last theft is a 2-out straight steal of home in the 8th with Mike Bielecki on the mound and McGee hitting.

25th  For the 2nd time in his career, George Brett hits for the cycle, as Kansas City beats Toronto, 6–1.

Before the start of the Padres-Reds game in San Diego, comedienne Roseanne Barr screeches out a rendition of the National Anthem, finishing with a crotch grab that causes a crescendo of boos. Ed Whitson then wins, 2-1 for the Pads.

Danny Darwin of the Astros strikes out 10 batters as he beats the Braves, 5-1.  First baseman Franklin Stubbs has no hits at bat and no putouts at first base. He records 2 assists.

Jose Canseco leads the A’s to a 13-3 pasting of the Angels as he hits a pair of homers off Bert Blyleven and drives in 6 runs. Ron Hassey also homers off the big Dutchman as he drives in 3 runs.

Twenty-five-year veteran umpire Bob Engel resigns after pleading no contest to charges of shoplifting baseball cards in California. He allegedly stole 4,180 Score baseball cards, worth $143.98, from a Target store in Bakersfield and attempted to steal another 50 packs from a Costco. This follows an incident a few weeks ago when a card dealer was found bludgeoned to death behind the display case in his shop in San Luis Obispo.

26th  With a bit of assistance from Royals catcher Mike Macfarlane, the Blue Jays top KC, 7-5. The Jays load the bases with two outs in the second, when Mookie Wilson swings at a 3-2 pitch that bounces in the dirt and rolls just a few feet away. Macfarlane picks up the ball and, rather than step on the plate for a force play, fires wildly to first, allowing three runs to score.

27th  The Braves drop 10 runs on the Giants in the 6th inning to win, 10–1. The big inning features two home runs and six RBIs by Dale Murphy, just the 3rd player in history to pull off the feat.

28th  Cal Ripken’s errorless streak ends at 95 consecutive games, as Baltimore loses to Kansas City 10–9. The streak is a new ML record for a SS, eclipsing Kevin Elster’s 89-game mark.

Cubs SS Shawon Dunston ties a ML record with 3 triples in a 10–7 win over the Expos. Shawon also drives in 5 runs.

With one out to go, the Giants Scott Garrelts loses a no-hitter when the Reds Paul O’Neill singles. Garrelts finishes with a 4–0 one-hit win.

29th  At Detroit, the Red Sox bang out 12 doubles, tying an AL record, in a 13–3 win over the Tigers. Boggs has 3, while Naehring, Jody Reed, and Burks each have 2. Harris wins easily. The previous AL record was 11, set on July 14, 1934 by Detroit against New York. The 12 two-baggers will be tied in 1996 by Cleveland.

At Minnesota, the Twins edge the A’s, 6-5, when C Brian Harper hits a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning. Earlier, Harper had a swipe of home on the front end of a double steal.

Dwight Gooden (7 IP) and Bob Ojeda combine to stop the Cardinals, 6-0, as the NL East leading Mets maintain a one-game lead over the Pirates. Gooden goes to 11-5 and is helped by batterymate Mackay Sasser’s grand slam.

30th  In a surprisingly harsh ruling, Commissioner Fay Vincent orders Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to resign as the club’s general partner by August 20th and bans him from day-to-day operation of the team for life. The ruling is a result of Steinbrenner’s $40,000 payment to confessed gambler Howie Spira for damaging information about since-traded Yankee star Dave Winfield.

Jack Clark hits his 300th career HR in San Diego’s 4–3 eleven-inning loss to the Braves. His homer in the 10th ties the game and is his 17th homer in extra innings. He’s now in 2nd place in overtime homers to Mays’ 22.

Nolan Ryan becomes the 20th 300-game winner in history, in an 11–3 Texas win over Milwaukee. Ryan is not around to finish, joining Steve Carlton and Early Wynn as the only pitchers not to hurl a complete game for their 300th win.

31stAt County Stadium, the Rangers seal the outcome with a 6-run 9th inning power display as Pete Incavilgia solos and Julio Franco clubs a grand slam.  Texas wins, 11-3, over Milwaukee, behind Nolan Ryan’s 7+ innings.