1st The Orioles and Angels combine to hit a major league record-tying 11 HRs in a contest won by Baltimore, 14-7. The Orioles smash 6 of the round-trippers and the Angels hit 5. It is the 8th 11-HR game in history. Surprisingly, none of the homers go as far as 400 feet.
2nd Seattle OF Ken Griffey Jr. leads the Mariners to a 12-6 win over the Yankees by getting 5 singles.
3rd The Mets’ Rico Brogna breaks up Andy Benes’ no-hit bid with a double in the 8th inning. The Padres win, 7–0, as Benes fans 13 and walks only 1 in his 1-hitter. He also drives home 3 runs with a double of his own.
Athletics P Bobby Witt hurls his 3rd consecutive shutout, defeating the Red Sox, 10-0 on a 6-hitter.
The Indians retire Larry Doby’s uniform number 47 years after he broke the AL color line.
4thAt Wrigley Field, Dante Bichette hits a 2-run double in the 15th, off Randy Myers, to give the Rockies a 4–2 win over the Cubs. Bichette has another RBI in the 11th while the first score comes on Eric Young’s leadoff HR. Bruce Walton wins his first and last NL decision and finishes his career 2–0.
5th Toronto 3B Darnell Coles leads the Blue Jays to a 14-3 win over Minnesota by stroking 3 homers and driving home 4 runs.
California C Chris Turner leads the Angels to a 10-3 win over Boston. Entering the game batting only .138, Turner strokes 5 hits, including a pair of doubles, and gets 2 RBIs. With a 2nd-inning theft, he also becomes the first Angel catcher ever to steal home.
7th Pittsburgh C Don Slaught gets 5 hits, but it’s not enough to keep the Pirates from losing to the Reds, 8-7. His 5 safeties include a pair of doubles.
8th In Seattle’s 7-4 win over Boston, Red Sox SS John Valentin turns the 10th unassisted triple play in major league history. In the 2nd inning, he catches a line drive off the bat of Marc Newfield, steps on 2nd base to retire Mike Blowers, then tags runner Keith Mitchell who is heading for 2nd. Valentin then homers in the bottom of the 2nd. Blue chipper Alex Rodriguez, 18, is 0-for-3 in his ML debut, but makes a long throw to start a DP.
9th Alex Rodriguez, the first draft pick in 1993, has his first 2 ML hits in Seattle’s 7–4 win over Boston. Rodriguez is the youngest player to start in the majors since C Brian Milner for Toronto, June 23, 1978.
11th The Pirates unveil a statue of Roberto Clemente outside Three Rivers Stadium.
12th Moises Alou’s double in the 10th inning gives the NL an 8-7 victory over the AL in the All-Star Game. The NL is now a perfect 9-0 in extra-inning contests. Houston P John Hudek becomes the first P in history to appear in an All-Star Game before recording a major league victory. Fred McGriff, whose 2-run homer in the 9th inning tied the score, takes MVP honors.
14th Chicago’s Alex Fernandez strikes out 12 innings to win his 8th straight game, defeating Cleveland, 6–3. The White Sox move ahead of the Tribe by 1/2 game in the AL Central.
The Twins lose to the Brewers, 6-4, in the Metrodome. During the course of the game, 2 balls hit off the ceiling of the stadium—a Kent Hrbek fly ball which drops for a double, and a Pedro Munoz popup, caught by Milwaukee 1B Kevin Seitzer.
St. Louis SS Ozzie Smith records 4 assists in the Cardinals’ 8-1 loss to Colorado, moving him past Luis Aparicio and into first place on the all-time list.
Whoops. Blue Jay outfielder Joe Carter appears with his uniform spelling “Torotno”. The uniform maker Wilson is to blame.
15th In game 2 against the Padres, the Mets Bret Saberhagen goes 10 innings, striking out 11, giving up 5 hits and allowing no runs. Consistent with his record-setting season, he walks none. He’ll end up with more wins than walks, 14 to 13.
In the first inning at Comiskey Park, Sox manager Gene Lamont accuses Indian slugger Albert Belle of using a corked bat, and umpire Dave Phillips confiscates the bat and stores it in the ump’s dressing room. In a Mission Impossible caper revealed in 1999, the Indians Jason Grimsley crawls 100 feet along a ceiling, drops down into the dressing room, and exchanges Belle’s bat for one of Paul Sorrento’s. After the 3–2 Indian’s win, the switch is discovered to the consternation of the umps and the White Sox. The Indians subsequently turn over one of Belle’s bats and Belle is given a 10-day suspension, later reduced to 7 games.
16th At Comiskey Park, the Indians win their 2nd straight game, 2-0, behind Dennis Martinez. Tomorrow, Chicago will hammer Jack Morris, 5–2, to move back into first place by two percentage points.
Detroit defeats KC, 13-7, despite 5 hits, all singles, by Royals’ 1B Wally Joyner. Travis Fryman’s grand slam powers the Tigers.
17th Colorado draws 61,972 fans to its 10-6 win over St. Louis, establishing a major league record for attendance for a 4-game set with 259,113. Dante Bichette hits his second grand slam in the past month, a 3rd-inning shot off Rick Sutcliffe.
The Richmond Braves defeat the Norfolk Tides, 3-2 in 12 innings, in a Class AAA International League game. The contest is marked by a brawl in the 8th inning in which both dugouts empty and 1 player is ejected. A new anti-fighting policy in the minors mandates fines and suspensions for any player who leaves his position, the dugout, or the bullpen during a fight. IL president suspends and fines 35 players for their actions.
18th The Houston Astros spot the visiting St. Louis Cardinals an 11-run lead after 3 innings, but rally to win 15–12. The Astros score 11 runs in the 6th on the way to matching the largest comeback in NL history. Jeff Bagwell has a double and homer and Andujar Cedeno is 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs. Mike Hampton gets the win with two shutout innings.
At Shea, the Dodgers go 10 innings to edge the Mets, 7-6. Tim Wallach drives in 6 runs for the Dodgers on 2 hits, one his 20th homer of the year. Tom Candiotti, the 2nd of 4 pitchers, goes 7 innings and tosses 127 pitches in his only relief appearance of the year. It is the most pitches thrown by a reliever since 1990 and will not be topped through 2009.
Cleveland OF Albert Belle is suspended for 10 days for using a corked bat in a July 14 game against the White Sox. The suspension will be reduced to 7 days plus a $7,000 fine when Belle agrees to drop his appeal.
The Major League Baseball Players Association rejects the owners’ salary cap proposal as baseball moves a step closer to a strike.
19th Cardinals’ P Vicente Palacios hurls a 1-hit shutout against Houston, defeating the Astros, 10-0. Palacios allows only a 3rd-inning single to Andujar Cedeno and a walk, while striking out 8 batters.
Two hours before the Mariners are scheduled to play the Orioles in the Kingdome, four 15-pound wood-fiber tiles fall from the ceiling of the stadium, landing in the empty seats. The game is postponed indefinitely as an inspection finds that many water-damaged tiles will have to be replaced before baseball can be played there again this season. The M’s would’ve played the final two months on the road if the strike had not occurred.
20th Mark Grace collects 4 hits, including 3 doubles, as the Cubs beat the Rockies, 9–8. His 3rd double, in the 8th, drives home the game winner.
21st The Phillies trade P Shawn Boskie to the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named (Fred McNair).
22nd Cleveland defeats Chicago, 9-8, as Indians’ third baseman Jim Thome clouts 3 solo HRs. The victory moves the Tribe to within 2 games of the division-leading Chisox.
Mets P Dwight Gooden is admitted to the Betty Ford Center in California for treatment of substance abuse.
24th The Expos defeat the Dodgers, 7-4, as OF Rondell White drives home all 7 runs for Montreal. White strokes 2 singles, a double, and a HR in 5 ABs, as the Expos maintain their 1 1/2 game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.
At the Astrodome, Craig Biggio has a grand slam and 4 RBIs and Jeff Bagwell has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs as the Astros down the Pirates, 13-1. With 4 RBIs yesterday, Bagwell now leads the league with 98.
27th Florida P Charlie Hough is placed on the disabled list due to a degenerative hip condition, ending his 25-year major league career.
28th Texas P Kenny Rogers hurls a perfect game, defeating the Angels, 4-0. Rogers fans 8 in the 11th regular season perfect game in major league history. He becomes the first left-hander in AL history to toss a perfecto and the 14th pitcher in history.
The Players Association executive board approves of August 12 as the date for a strike.
30th Detroit defeats Oakland, 14-2, as Tiger C Chad Kreuter ties a major league record with 3 sacrifice flies. He is the 9th player in history to perform the feat.
The Giants defeat the Rockies by a score of 6-4, as Giants pitcher Rod Beck sets a major league record by converting his 25th save in 25 opportunities. Beck held the previous record of 24 which he set last season.
31st The Giants beat the Rockies, 9-4, as 3B Matt Williams hits his 39th and 40th HRs of the year. This gives him a new NL mark for homers through July. The previous standard was 36. The all-time record of 41 was set by Babe Ruth in 1928, and tied by Jimmie Foxx 4 years later.
Jeff Bagwell’s 36th homer is the only Astro score in their 7–1 loss, but he ties a club record with 29 RBIs for the month. His 105 ribbies through July is the 4th best in NL history.
Steve Carlton, Leo Durocher, and Phil Rizzuto are inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.
The Phillies trade OF Milt Thompson to the Astrosin exchange for P Tom Edens.