1991 July

2nd After grounding out in a 4-1 loss to the Dodgers, Padres C Benito Santiago throws his batting helmet in disgust. The helmet bounces into the dugout, where it strikes pitching coach Mike Roarke in the head before ricocheting over to bean coach Greg Riddoch, giving him a concussion. Santiago is fined $300.

Max Venable has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and Dave Parker has 3 hits and 3 runs as California flushes the Royals, 10-3. The Angels are in 2nd place by a game in the AL West.

Luis Rivera, Mike Greenwell and Jody Reed each have 4 hits as the Red Sox total 22 in thrashing the Brewers, 14-4. Milwaukee catcher Rick Dempsey takes the mound in the 9th inning, allowing 3 hits and a run. He’s the 6th pitcher this century to both catch and pitch in the same game. In two days, SF catcher Greg Litton will pinch hit and pitch the 9th inning.

4th At Wrigley, the Cubs take an 8-2 lead after 7 innings against the Pirates, only to see the Bucs score 6 runs to tie it at 8 apiece.  Orlando Merced’s grand slam off Dave Smith in the 8th is the big blow. Pittsburgh ties in the 9th on back-to-back doubles by Barry Bonilla and Barry Bonds. Mark Grace hits his second homer of the game in the 11th for a walkoff 10-9 win over the first-place Pirates. Chuck McElroy (5-0) is the winner.

Kevin Reimer socks a 2-out 10th inning walkoff homer to give the Rangers a 5-4 win over the A’s. All of Oakland’s scoring comes on a grand slam by Rickey Henderson.

5th Denver and Miami are approved by NL owners as expansion franchises scheduled to begin play in 1993.

Jose Canseco hits his league-leading 21st HR, a grand slam off Tom Gordon in the 4th, as Oakland pounds the Royals, 9-3.

6th In a 9-7 loss to Oakland at Royals Stadium, Danny Tartabull of the Royals becomes the 1st Royal to hit 3 HRs in a game.

Manager John McNamara is fired by the Indians and replaced by 1B coach Mike Hargrove.

7th Umpire Steve Palermo and former pro football player Terence Mann are shot while coming to the aid of two women during an attempted robbery in a restaurant parking lot in Dallas. Palermo is listed in stable condition after being shot in the stomach.

Nolan Ryan strikes out 14 batters, including 7 batters in a row, in 8 1/3 innings against California.  Texas wins, 7-0, beating Chuck Finley (12-4).

9th Cal Ripken Jr.’s 3-run HR lifts the AL to a 4-2 win over the NL in the annual All-Star Game. Andre Dawson homers for the NLers who lose for the 4th straight year. Ripken, who also won the pre-All-Star Game Home Run Derby, is named the game’s MVP.

11th At Tiger Stadium, Mike MacFarlane’s grand slam highlites an 8-run 2nd inning as Kansas City beats Detroit, 9-5.

The Reds trade 1B Todd Benzinger to the Royals in exchange for OF-1B Carmelo Martinez.

Recently released by the Angels, Fernando Valenzuela signs a minor league contract with them and will report to Midland, Texas.

13th The Orioles defeat the A’s 2-0 on a combined no-hitter by pitchers Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson. It is only the second time in history that 4 pitchers have combined to throw a no-hitter. On September 28, 1975, Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad, and Rollie Fingers turned the trick for Oakland against the California Angels. Starter Bob Milacki is lifted in the 6th after Willie Wilson smashes a ball off the pitcher’s index finger.

The only rainout in Astrodome history is caused by major flooding in Houston. The seven inches of rain prevents players and no more than 20 fans from getting to the ball park.

14th Pitcher Kip Gross loses 2 games, in 2 different leagues, 1,100 miles apart. The Cincinnati hurler takes the loss in the Reds 10-6 defeat by the Pirates, and also becomes the loser of a game played by the Triple A Nashville club. It was the completion of a game in Denver, which had been suspended by rain back on May 15.

At the Vet, the Giants unleash a 22-hit attack to subdue the Phillies, 17-5. Will Clark has 5 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 7 runs, Matt Williams hits a pair of homers and drives home 4, and Kevin Mitchell adds a 3-run homer. Kelly Downs has 2 hits and 2 RBIs and wins in relief.

Hal McRae hits two homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Royals pound the Tigers, 18-4. Mike McFarlane adds a pair of homers and 5 ribbies, Todd Benzinger has 4 hits, including a homer, Jim Eisenreich has 4 hits, and George Brett hits a 2-run homer in the 1st in the 21-hit barrage.

15th Seattle’s Edgar Martinez just misses hitting for the cycle for the second game in a row. He strokes a single, double, and triple in a 5-1 win over the Yankees. On the 14th, he had 2 singles, a triple, and a HR against the Indians.

Mets trade P Ron Darling and minor league P Mike Thomas to the Expos in exchange for P Tim Burke.

At the Vet Darren Daulton hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Phillies hold off the Dodgers, 9-8. Greg Gagne hits a 3-run homer as the Twins score in each of the first 4 innings in an 11-7 win over the Brewers. Franklin Stubbs has a grand slam for Milwaukee.

17th Two naked Braves fans run onto the field at Fulton County Stadium then slide into home plate. The duo are apprehended by security guards. Not distracted, the Braves defeat the Cubs, 12-2.

In a 15-inning, 9-8 loss to the Royals, Sam Horn of the Orioles becomes the first non-pitcher to strike out 6 consecutive times in a single game. Pitcher Carl Weilman of the Browns was the only other player to have the dubious distinction, performing the feat on August 25, 1913. Striking out six times labels a batter a “Horn,” a term Mike Flanagan will coin in the July 29 Sports Illustrated.

Cleveland defeats Oakland, 2-1, as Indians hurler Rod Nichols gets the victory and breaks a personal 13-game losing streak dating back to September of 1989.

Randy Johnson takes just 4 innings to rack up 10 walks. He fans 4, tosses a wild pitch and allows one hit and 4 runs in his stint, a 6–1 loss to the Brewers.  Bill Wegman takes the complete game win.

19th Detroit pounds Kansas City, 17–0 to give Bill Gullickson an easy win over Tom Gordon, who strikes out 10 in 6 innings.  Tony Phillips has 3 hits and 5 RBIs.  It is the worst loss in franchise history for KC, and a reversal of the matchup on July 14th between the same two starters. The Royals routed the Bengals, 18–4.

Cal Ripken Jr. strokes his 20th HR of the season in Baltimore’s 4-1 victory over Seattle. He becomes just the 8th player in history to reach that number in each of his first 10 big league seasons and it comes in Ripken’s 1,500th consecutive game played. Roy Smith is the winner over Rich DeLucia.

Robin Ventura drives in 6 runs on 2 homers and 2 doubles to lead Chicago to a 14–3 win over Milwaukee. Jack McDowell (12-4) is the winner.

At Jack Murphy, homers provide all the scoring as the Phillies whip the Padres, 4-1. Gerald Clark’s solo off Jose de Jesus does it for the Pads, and Dave Hollins grand slam off Dennis Rasmussen does it for the Phils.

20thAt Boston, Twins ace Scott Erickson stops the Red Sox, 5–0. Kirby Puckett hits his first ever homer at Fenway.

21st The Expos trade P Oil Can Boyd to the Rangers for pitchers Jonathan Hurst and Joey Eischen, and a player to be named later. Boyd last pitched on the 19th, shutting out the Giants, 6–0, on 5 hits.

Losing 14–1 to the Twins, the Red Sox put OF Steve Lyons on the mound. Lyons, who pitched once last year for Chicago, toils one inning giving up 2 hits and recording a strikeout. Kevin Tapani is the winner as the first-place Twins complete a 4-game sweep.

At Shea, the Mets jump on Bob Ojeda for 8 runs in 3 innings and coast to a 9–4 win over the Dodgers. Dwight Gooden notches his 11th consecutive win over the Dodgers stretching back to 1985. It is the second straight day of 100+ temperature in New York.

23rd Texas’s Nolan Ryan notches his 308th career win in a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox and Rich Gossage garners his 308th career save in relief. The game marked Ryan’s 545th consecutive start, surpassing Steve Carlton’s major league record.

During an 8-5 Chicago win, Cincinnati P Rob Dibble throws a ball at Cubs OF Doug Dascenzo as Dascenzo runs to 1B. Dibble is fined by the league office, but not suspended. Cubs OF Andre Dawson bumps umpire Joe West and will be suspended for one game and fined $1,000.

Gary Redus has a grand slam and Bobby Bonilla hits a 2-run homer to pace the Pirates to a 12-3 win over Atlanta. Doug Drabek gets the win for the NL-East leaders.

Todd Benzinger’s grand slam in the 6th gives KC an 8-1 lead and they hold on to beat the Brewers, 8-7. Franklin Stubbs has a pair of triples for the Royals, his only triples of the year, and B.J. Surhoff has 4 ribbies for Milwaukee.

At Yankee Stadium, Ken Griffey, Jr. completes the scoring with a 9th inning grand slam as Seattle is victorious over the Yankees, 6-1.

Luis Sojo has 4 of the Angels 15 hits in a 5-4 win over the Orioles. Randy Milligan has a grand slam for the Birds.

24th In a game against the Mariners, the Yankees score 3 runs on a ground ball hit back to the pitcher. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out in the 4th, Pat Kelly hits a comebacker to Erik Hanson. The Seattle hurler traps Kevin Maas in a rundown between 3rd and home, but Maas scores when 3B Edgar Martinez’s throw hits him in the back. The ball rolls up the first base line in foul territory where it is recovered by C Dave Cochrane. Cochrane throws home to head off Alvaro Espinoza who is also attempting to score. The throw goes into the Mariners’ dugout allowing Espinoza and Kelly to cross the plate with the 2nd and 3rd runs.

Recently recalled 1B Brian Hunter of the Braves hits a HR in Atlanta’s 7-4 loss to Pittsburgh while his former minor league team, the Richmond Braves, is finishing a suspended game against Pawtucket. Hunter had homered in that game before it was called, giving him round-trippers in the major and minor leagues on the same day.

25th A jersey once worn by Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle is sold for $71,500 at an auction in Manhattan. A Ty Cobb tobacco card brings in $62,700.

26th Against the Dodgers, Montreal’s Mark Gardner pitches a no-hitter for 9 innings before Lenny Harris beats out an infield single in the 10th. The Dodgers get 2 more hits, including an RBI single by Darryl Strawberry, to plate the only run of the contest. After a 2-out walk in the 1st to Eddie Murray, Gardner retires 19 in a row. The Expos manage only 2 hits themselves against the combined efforts of Orel Hershiser, Kevin Gross, and Jay Howell. Gardner is the 11th pitcher to lose a no-hitter after 9 innings; the last being Jim Maloney, on June 14, 1965, and the first pitcher to hurl 9 no-hit innings against the Dodgers since Johnny Vander Meer, in 1938.

The Indians trade IF Brook Jacoby to the A’s for OF Lee Tinsley and P Apolinar Garcia.

Cincinnati 3B Chris Sabo pushes an autograph seeker into a window in Busch Stadium following a 5–1 loss to the Cardinals.

Dwight Evans for Baltimore and Ernest Riles for the A’s hit grand slams in Oakland’s 12-9 win over the Orioles. Joe Klink (7-2) pitches a scoreless inning for the win.

27th  Dan Gladden’s 3-run homer in the 9th enables the host Twins to beat Milwaukee, 7–4.  Gladden’s hit follows a bunt single by Shane Mack and a dribbler by Randy Bush. He has now driven in the winner in three straight games.

28th  Dennis Martinez of the Expos tosses the 13th (excluding Haddix and Shore) perfect game in major league history, setting down all 27 Dodgers to face him in a 2-0 win. Martinez strikes out 5 in the contest. Catcher Ron Hassey becomes the 1st receiver to catch 2 perfectos, having been behind the plate for Len Barker’s masterpiece in 1981. Dodger IF Alfredo Griffin goes 0-for-3 against Martinez, to go along with his 0-for-3 in Tom Browning’s perfect game in 1988, and 0-for-2 in Len Barker’s perfecto in 1981.

29th During a game at Yankee Stadium, Oakland OF Jose Canseco is bombarded with assorted objects by unruly fans. Included among the objects are an inflatable doll, a transistor radio, and a head of cabbage. Oakland escapes with a 10–8 victory, and Canseco  strokes a double in 4 at bats.

The Mariners hit 4 consecutive doubles in a 7-run 7th inning of their 11-4 victory over the Orioles, falling one shy of the major league record.

Ken Caminiti bangs a grand slam and Craig Biggio has 4 hits and 2 runs as Houston clips the Cardinals, 6-2.

30th Boston relief pitcher Jeff Gray collapses in the clubhouse prior to the Red Sox game with Texas. He becomes lightheaded, his speech slurs, and he suffers weakness in the right side of his body. Diagnosed as suffering from a stroke, Gray will undergo two years of rehab and, in 1994, become a minor league pitching coach.  Gray’s stroke comes on the 11th anniversary of J.R. Richards stroke. In the game which follows, the Red Sox Carlos Quintana ties a major league record by driving in 6 runs in one inning in Boston’s 11-6 victory. He clubs a double and a grand slam, off Oil Can Boyd.

     Ken Griffey, Jr. strokes his second grand slam in a week as the Mariners top the Orioles, 8-2.

The Angels trade 3B Jack Howell to the Padres for OF Shawn Abner.

31st   Rickey Henderson hits a leadoff HR for the 47th time to start the scoring and Boston’s Jack Clark finishes the scoring with a 14th inning walkoff HR as Boston beats Oakland 11-10. It is Clark’s 3rd homer of the game; the first is a grand slam in the 3rd off Dave Stewart. Wade Boggs is 5-for-7 including 3 doubles. Greg Harris (7-11) is the winning pitcher throwing 4 hitless innings.

     Robin Ventura belts two homers, including a 2-out walkoff grand slam in the 9th off Goose Gossage, to give the White Sox a 10-8 win over Texas.

Chili Davis and Shane Mack hit solo homers, and Kent Hrbek belts a grand slam in the Twins 8-run 2nd inning against Scott Sanderson as Minnesota whips the Yankees, 12-3.  Mack adds a second homer in the 6th.

     The Astros trade P Jim Clancy to the Braves for P Matt Turner and a player to be named later.

The Expos trade recently acquired P Ron Darling to the A’s for 2 minor league pitchers.

The Phillies trade P Roger McDowell to the Dodgers for P Mike Hartley and OF Braulio Castillo.