1992 July

1st White Sox SS Craig Grebeck gets 5 hits in Chicago’s 8–5 win over the Indians. Bobby Thigpen saves it for Kirk McCaskill, the winner over Jack Armstrong (2–10).

3rd  Dodgers P Pedro Astacio makes an impressive major league debut with a 3–hit, 2–0 shutout over the Phillies in the 2nd game of a DH. Astacio fans 10 Phils while walking 4. The Dodgers also take the opener, 5–1, with Bob Ojeda topping Curt Schilling.

Cleveland sends washout speedster Alex Cole (.206 with 9 stolen bases) to the Pirates for Tony Mitchell and John Carter. For Cole, it is his 4th team in 3 years. He’ll vacate Pittsburgh for the Rockies after the season.

Walt Terrell outpitches Randy Johnson in the opener, a 6-4 Tiger win over the Mariners, he’ll pick up another win in two days. Seattle answers in game 2 with an 11-0 swamping of Detroit in game 2 behind Erik Hanson’s 6-hitter. Jay Buhner backs him with a double and grand slam.

Mike Devereaux has 5 hits and scores twice as the Orioles top the Twins, 6-1. Mike Mussina (9-3) gives up 12 hits in 8+ innings.

4th In Atlanta’s 4–2 win over the Cubs, Brave SS Jeff Blauser hits a 2–run HR in the first inning to start the scoring. It is the 1,776th big league homer hit on the holiday.  Brian Hunter adds a solo shot to back Charlie Leibrandt (7–3).

Montreal OF Larry Walker throws out Padre SS Tony Fernandez at 1B on a 1-hopper to right in the 1st inning of the Expos 3–2 win over SD. Fred McGriff has a solo HR off starter Chris Nabholtz, with John Wetteland picking up his first win of the year.

5th  Umpire Bill Hohn ejects a Atlanta Braves fan from the Braves-Cubs game for making obscene gestures. The gestures might have been meant for the Braves, who are shut out 8–0.  Greg Maddux goes 7 innings for the win over John Smoltz, giving up 3 runs. The other 5 come off Juan Berenguer, who lasts 1/3 of an inning.  Chicago gets homers from Kal Daniels (grand slam), Dawson, Sandberg, and Grace.

At Comiskey, George Bell provides Chicago’s scoring with a grand slam off Mike Gardiner and the White Sox stop the Red Sox, 4-2. Greg Hibbard is the winner.

6th The Cardinals-Padres game at Jack Murphy Stadium is held up for 4 minutes when a wild skunk wanders out onto the field. The Cardinals eventually win the game by a score of 4–0 on Mark Clark’s 4-hitter.

Houston manages just 5 hits—including 2 singles, a double and triple by Jeff Bagwell—in losing to Pittsburgh’s Zane Smith, 1-0. Orlando Merced’s homer is the lone score.

Commissioner Fay Vincent orders realignment of the NL for the 1993 season, forcing the Cubs and Cardinals into the Western Division.

7th  For the second time in his career,Pittsburgh’s Andy Van Slyke records an unassisted double play, in the Pirates 5–3 win over the Astros. Van Slyke races in from center field to catch a fly ball, then continues in to double up Ken Caminiti, who was running from 2B on the play. Van Slyke pulled off another in 1987.

8th  Down 4-3 in the 8th the Indians respond with a 5 run inning, 4 coming home on Albert Belle’s grand slam. Charles Nagy goes to 11-4 for the cellar-dwelling Tribe.

9th  Baltimore’s Brady Anderson and Mike Devereaux lead off the game against the Twins Scott Erickson with back-to-back homers. The Orioles go on to a 4–2 victory.

The Red Sox trade P Tom Bolton to the Reds in exchange for OF Billy Hatcher.

At Yankee Stadium, Edgar Martinez blasts a 1st-inning 3-run homer, but the Yankees plate 6 in their bottom of the frame. Mike Stanley belts a grand slam off Randy Johnson. New York score once more and holds on for a 7-6 win.

Bobby Valentine is fired as manager of the Texas Rangers. At the time, he had managed the team for 1,186 games, the most in major league history with one club without winning a division or league title. Toby Harrah replaces Valentine on an interim basis and watches as Texas hits three homers in the 1st inning, the first a 3-run homer by Ruben Sierra. Dean Palmer adds a grand slam in the 5th to make it easy for Nolan Ryan who strikes out 8 in 7 innings. Texas tops Cleveland, 14-4.

10th  The Pirates trade 3B Steve Buechele to the Cubs in exchange for P Danny Jackson. The swap opens up the Bucs 3B spot for Jeff King.

Light-hitting Bob Zupcic belts his second homer of the year—and his second grand slam in 10 days—in Boston’s 5-run 8th, but starter Roger Clemens allows 3 runs in the 9th as Chicago ties it 5-5. Mo Vaughn then triples in the 9th and scores the winner on Billy Hatcher’s single.

11th  Atlanta 2B Jeff Blauser hits 3 HRs in a 7–4 win over the Cubs. Blauser had hit only 39 round-trippers in the previous 6 seasons. He becomes only the 4th SS ever to hit 3 homers in a game, joining Ernie Banks, Barry Larkin, and Fred Patek.

Mo Vaughn hits a 3-run homer in the 5th and Tom Brunansky follows an inning later with a grand slam and Boston wrings the White Sox, 11-2.

12th  Jeff Blauser hits 3 homers and drives in 5 runs as the Braves stop the Cubs, 7-4. His third homer is a 3-run blast in the 10th, off Paul Assenmacher.

Mark Whiten hits a 3-run homer in the 8th to give the Indians a 6-3 win over Texas. Rafael Palmeiro has 5 hits for Texas.

14th  The AL pounds out a record 19 hits in defeating the NL by a score of 13–6 in the All-Star Game. It’s the AL’s 5th straight win. Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr., who stroked a single, double, and HR is named the game’s MVP, 12 years after his dad wins the same honor.

16th  At a press conference in Pittsburgh, Greg Maddux announces that he has broken off negotiations with the Cubs management and would become a free agent after the season. Maddux is playing on a one–year contract. “I’ve given them two opportunities to sign me. I really think it should have been taken care of.”  Tomorrow, Maddux will beat the first–place Pirates.

17th  Baltimore P Mike Mussina tosses a one-hitter against the Texas Rangers, striking out 10 as the Orioles win by a score of 8–0. Reimer has the lone hit, a double. Kevin Brown (14–5) takes the loss.

David Cone throws 166 pitches (tied for 3rd highest in the 1990s) as the Mets edge the Giants, 1-0. Bill Swift is the loser. Cone walks 4 and strikes out 13 in shutting out San Francisco for the 2nd time this year. He beat them on May 24th, striking out 10.

Behind Greg Maddux, the Cubs beat first-place Pittsburgh, 2–1. Buc CF Andy Van Slyke has 2 hits and makes an unassisted DP.

19th  At Shea, Dick Schofield hits a 3-run double and a 3-run homer to pace the Mets to an 8-4 victory over the Giants.

21st  Royals rookie P Hipolito Pichardo hurls a one-hitter against the Red Sox, defeating Boston by a score of 8–0. Luis Rivera’s double in the 6th inning is the only safety.

The Mariners Randy Johnson (5–11) strikes out 13 batters in 6 innings, but gives up 6 runs—3 earned—in losing to Detroit, 6–2. Frank Tanana is the winner. It is Johnson’s 8th loss in a row, the longest losing streak for an AL starter this year.

Former NL Cy Young Award winner Mark Davis is traded by the Royals to the Braves in exchange for P Juan Berenguer.

23rd  White Sox C Carlton Fisk hits a triple in Chicago’s 6–2 win over the  Brewers. He becomes the oldest player to hit a triple, at age 44, since Pete Rose hit 2 in 1986 at age 45.

24th  Minnesota P Scott Erickson hurls a 1–hit, 5-0 victory over the Red Sox in the first game of a DH. Tom Brunansky’s single is the only hit as Clemens takes the loss.  Boston wins the nightcap, 5–4, scoring a run with one out in the 9th.

Commissioner Fay Vincent announces that George Steinbrenner can resume active control of the Yankees on March 1, 1993.

25th  Angels’ rookie P Scott Fortugno defeats the Tigers, 3–0, becoming, at age 30, the oldest pitcher to win his first major league game since Tony Fossas of the Brewers did so at age 31 in 1989.

The Braves defeat the Pirates, 1–0, despite getting only one hit. The one safety is a 2nd-inning homer by OF David Justice off Jackson.  Charlie Leibrandt goes 8 innings for the win.

26th  Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter, reaching that mark for a record 23rd year in a row. He subdues the Orioles 6–2 and passes Phil Niekro as number 12 on the all-time win list with 319.  Juan Gonzalez helps with a 450 foot homer to CF—the longest yet at Camden Yards.

California’s Von Hayes collects 3 ribbies on bases-loaded single. Rene Gonzales from 1B on the 2-out single as the Angels beat the Tigers, 4–3. Hayes’ is the 3rd 3-run single this year (Cianfrocco on April 24 and Belle on May 1).

Hal Morris has 3-hits, including a 10th-inning homer, as the Reds edge the Cardinals, 7-6. Darnell Coles has 5 hits for the Reds.

27th  Sammy Sosa, disabled since June 13 after being hit on the right hand by Dennis Martinez and breaking a bone, bats leadoff and has 3 hits.  He homers on the first pitch from Doug Drabek. In his first start at Wrigley since his announcement that he’s leaving, Greg Maddux beats the Pirates, 3–2. In the 8th inning the Wrigley faithful give the ace pitcher a standing ovation.

Houston starts its club record 26-game road trip with a grand slam by Eric Anthony in the 11th to beat Atlanta, 5-1.  The Astros marathon journey is necessitated by the Republican Convention taking over the Astrodome.

Tom Brunansky hits a 1st-inning grand slam, his second in two weeks, and the Red Sox go on to beat Texas, 7-5.

Terry Steinbach starts Oakland’s scoring with a 3-run homer in the 1st and Randy Ready caps the scoring with a 9th inning grand slam. Oakland beats Minnesota 9-1 as Bob Welch (8-5) allows 2 hits in 7 innings.

28thIn the Mets 8–6 win over the Phils, Howard Johnson suffers a hairline fracture of his wrist.  He’ll go on the DL August 3 and miss the rest of the season. Eddie Murray has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, for the Mets, while Darren Daulton bangs a 1st-inning grand slam for the Phils, off David Cone.

29thTrailing in the 8th, Dave Hollins belts the Phils second grand slam in two days, and Philadelphia tops New York, 6-3.

30th  The Blue Jays trade C Greg Myers and OF Rob Ducey to the Angels for P Mark Eichhorn.

31st  Cecil Fielder belts a pair of 3-run homers to lead the Tigers to a 9-6 win over the Indians. His second homer comes in the 9th inning.  It is Cecil’s second 6-RBI game this year.

At Three Rivers, knuckler Tim Wakefield strikes out 10, walks 5 and tosses 3 wild pitches in his ML debut as Pittsburgh beats the Cardinals, 3-2.  The 3 wild pitches matches the debut mark of Nap Rucker (1906) and Bill Hoffman (1939) for post-1900 play. Steve Hargan owns the record with 4 wild pitches in his debut in 1965.