1996 July

1stAt Yankee Stadium, the Key outguns the Rocket, as Jimmy Key beats Roger Clemens, 2–0. Mike Aldrete’s solo HR in the 7th is the first score.

In San Francisco, Barry Bonds and Mark Carreon homer to lead the Giants to a 9–6 win over the Rockies.  The win snaps a 10-game losing streak, the longest for the Giants since a 10-game skein in 1985 and a 13-game losing streak in 1944.

In a 4–1 win over Chicago, Pirate RF Orlando Merced pulls off an unassisted DP, catching Mark Grace’s liner and loping to 1B.

2nd Oakland breaks a 6-6 tie by scoring 5 runs in the 9th inning to defeat Seattle 11-6. 1B Jason Giambi leads the way with 5 hits.

The Reds put P Pete Schourek on the 15-day DL, but he’ll undergo elbow surgery on July 17th and miss the rest of the season. The Reds other ace, Jose Rijo, recovering from surgery last August, has yet to pitch off the mound for Birmingham.

The Marlins sign Domingo Aramboles, 16-year-old Dominican pitcher, to a contract, giving him a $5,500 signing bonus. Aramboles produces a birth certificate showing he’s 16, but later on it is discovered that he is only 14, and the Commissioner’s office will nullify the contract. His 1.71 minor league ERA will earn him a big bonus when he signs in 1998. Josephang Bernhardt, another Latin ball player who will produce a phony birth certificate, will be taken away from Tampa Bay and sign with Toronto for $750,000.

An MRI on Tony Gwynn shows fraying of the tendon in his right heel. The Padres star will be out for at least 4 weeks and miss the All-star game.

3rd The Mets defeat the Phillies, 10-6, as rookie OF Alex Ochoa leads the way by going 5-for-5 and hitting for the cycle.

In Atlanta’s 3–1 win over the Expos, Montreal first baseman David Segui fractures his left thumb when pitcher Ugueth Urbina fires over to 1B and hits his teammate. Henry Rodriguez takes over at 1B.

The Yankees sign Venezuelan Jackson Melian, just turned 16, to a contract for $1.6 million. His bonus is a record for Latino ball players.

4th  In the 9th inning at Arlington, Texas reliever Dennis Cook hits a batter with the bases loaded, then serves up a grand slam to Paul Sorrento, in a 9-5 loss to the Mariners.

The Yankees provide the fireworks, signing Darryl Strawberry. On June 24th, Yankee GM Bob Watson said five times that Strawberry “doesn’t fit.”

5th After the California Angels score 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning, the Oakland Athletics respond with 13 of their own in the bottom half to mark the highest scoring 1st inning by 2 teams in major league history. The 13 runs is one short of the record. DH Matt Stairs ties a major league mark with a grand slam and 6 RBIs in the frame. The Athletics go on to post a 16-8 victory.

Behind Wilson Alvarez, the White Sox hand the Indians their first shutout of the year, beating them, 7–0. The Sox now trail the Tribe by just 2 games.

At the Metrodome, the Twins score 5 in the 9th to edge the Royals, 9-8. Chip Hale drives home the last two runs on a double. KC runners swipe 4 bases, including home by catcher Sal Fasano, on the front end of a double steal.

6th The Seattle Mariners ride 3 solo home runs by Edgar Martinez to a 9-5 win over the Texas Rangers.

During the Yankees 2–0 win over the Brewers, the team announces the purchase of Darryl Strawberry’s contract from Columbus. John Wetteland preserves Jimmy Key’s win with a save in his 20th consecutive appearance, breaking Lee Smith’s record.

7th The Marlins fire manager Rene Lachemann. Florida vice president John Boles replaces Lachemann, although he has not managed at any level in 10 years; except for Ted Turner’s one-game stint in the 1970s, Boles is the first manager since Emil Fuchs in 1929 with no professional playing experience at any level. He wins his first game today, 7–4, in 10 innings over the Phils.

9th The NL defeats the AL, 6-0, in the All-Star Game. Ken Caminiti and Mike Piazza homer for the winners. The game is the first All-Star contest in which no walks are issued by either team. Cal Ripken Jr. starts the game, despite suffering a broken nose when he accidentally catches a forearm from Chicago P Roberto Hernandez. Hernandez slipped on the tarp during the AL team photo shoot.

The Giants trade 1B Mark Carreon to the Indians for P Jim Poole.

At the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Cuba’s top pitcher Rolando Arrojo defects to the U.S.

11thAfter 14 straight road losses—a club record—the Phils finally win, beating the Expos, 3–2, behind Curt Schilling.

In the Twins 11–7 loss to the Indians, Chuck Knoblauch completes his 10th multi-hit game in a row—the longest such streak in the ML since Rich Dauer in 1978. Manny Ramirez and Albert Belle drive in 9 runs between them for the Tribe, and Jack McDowell picks up the win.

12th Down 9-2 as they bat in the last half of the 7th inning in Colorado, the Rockies score 11 times and hold on for a 13-12 win over the Padres. 3B Vinny Castilla’s grand slam—his 2nd homer of the game—is the big blow of the inning.

Minnesota star Kirby Puckett announces he is retiring, effective immediately, because of glaucoma in his right eye. He leaves with a .314 average for the season and a career mark of .318. Puckett was an All-star in ten of his 12 seasons with the Twins.

13th The Indians score 4 runs in the 4th, 5 runs in the 5th, and 6 runs in the 6th as they defeat the Twins, 19-11. The Tribe counts 12 doubles and 3 HRs among its 22 hits. The 12 doubles ties an AL record set in 1990, and the two teams combine for 18 doubles, a new AL record (the NL mark is 23). Of Rich Becker gets 4 hits, including a double and 2 homers, and drives home 6 runs for Minnesota.

Tim Naehring scores 5 runs on two hits, one a HR, as the Red Sox double the Tigers, 10-5.

The Giants top prospect Shawn Estes, throws his first game of the season, pitching 7 scoreless innings and striking out 11 Dodgers for his first win. The Giants win, 7–0.

14thIn Seattle, Ken Griffey returns to the M’s lineup after missing 20 games and drives in  3 runs with a homer and double. Bob Wells (8–2) pitches a 4-hitter to beat the Angels, 8–0.

In Cincinnati, Reggie Sanders hits 2 homers and P Dave Burba launches his first ML HR as the Reds beat the Pirates, 7–6. The Reds get the deciding runs in the 7th with Sanders 2nd HR and Eduardo Perez, son of Reds star Tony Perez, hits his first ML HR, off Steve Parris.

In Atlanta, Ryan Klesko belts 2 homers and drives in 6 runs to lead the Braves to a 15-10 drubbing of the Marlins. Jeff Conine has a pair of HRs for the Fish.

15th Cal Ripken is shifted to 3B after playing 2,216 consecutive games at SS for the Orioles but his consecutive game streak remains intact at 2,243 games. Baltimore defeats the Blue Jays, 8–6. Ripken’s replacement at short, Manny Alexander, will manage just a broken bat single in 18 at bats and after 6 games at 3B, Cal will return to shortstop.

16th After failing to score in their first 2 at bats, the Brewers proceed to score in each of their remaining turns at the plate to punch out Detroit by a score of 20-7. Greg Vaughn drives home 5 runs for Milwaukee, and now leads the AL with 88, while Jose Valentin knocks out 4 hits.

17th The Red Sox take a 9–2 lead over the Yankees into the 7th inning in Boston. New York scores 3 in the 7th, 2 in the 8th, and 4 in the 9th to move ahead, 11-9. The Red Sox bounce back with 3 of their own in their last at bat to defeat NY by a score of 12-11 and end John Wetteland’s record save streak.

Lead-off hitter Kurt Abbott pounds a single, triple, and home run and drives in 6 runs to lead the Marlins to an 11-2 victory over the Astros.

Five Padre relievers help the Rockies set a club record of 11 runs in the 7th inning en route to a 13–12 Rock win.  Colorado overcomes a 7-run deficit.

Cards pitcher Andy Benes, who started the year going 1–7, evens his record at 8–8, beating the Reds 6–4.

19th For the second time in a week, a Red Sox player scores 5 runs: Jeff Frye is the scorer today as the Sox down the O’s, 13-2. Mo Vaughn and Mike Stanley provide 3-run homers to make it easy for Jamie Moyer (6-1).

20th The Indians defeat the Twins, 6–5, on Alvaro Espinoza’s 11th-inning homer. OF Kenny Lofton leads the way for the Tribe with 5 hits. Albert Belle rings his 226th homer as an Indian to tie Earl Averill’s club mark.

In the opening game at the Olympics, the U.S. team tops Nicaragua, 4–1, behind pitcher Kris Benson.

21st Oakland defeats Texas, 11–8, despite 5 hits—including a double and homer—by Rangers’ OF Rusty Greer. Terry Steinbach solo twice to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, and the A’s Scott Brosius collects a homer and 4 RBIs.  The two teams have 16 hits apiece and total 9 homers.

At Joe Robbie Stadium, the Phillies score 6 runs in the top of the 9th to beat the Marlins, 12-3. Benito Santiago connects for a grand slam, off Jay Powell, to complete the scoring.  It is his second 9th inning grand slam this year.

Hello, Eddie. The Orioles trade P Kent Mercker to the Indians for DH Eddie Murray. Murray returns to the Flock needing just 8 homers to reach 500.

22ndToronto’s Erik Hanson walks Cleveland’s Jim Thome without throwing a 4th ball. With the count 2-2 the pitch is wide and Thome jogs to 1B. Ump Mike Everett, a fill-in from the PCL, had incorrectly called the count 3–2 before the pitch, and Thome, who knew better, didn’t correct him.  The next batter Albert Belle hits a 3-run double for a 4-2 win.

Javy Lopez hits a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th to break a tie and give the visiting Braves an 8-6 win over the Cardinals. Mark Whitten also hits a pinch homer for the Braves to tie an oft-tied ML mark.

23rd The Reds defeat the Phillies, 5–3, as SS Barry Larkin drives in all Cincinnati runs on 2 HRs.

The Pirates trade P Danny Darwin to the Astros in exchange for minor league P Rich Loiselle.

At the Astrodome, San Diego’s Rob Deer launches one of the highest balls ever hit, striking a cable holding up a loud speaker. It’s declared a dead ball. The Pads don’t need it as they win, 7–4.

In the pitchers’ hell known as Coors Field, the Rockies take a pair from the Mets, outslugging them 10–7 and 11–10.  The two games feature 59 hits, including 8 HRs, off 17 pitchers. In the first inning of the nightcap, Dante Bichette, Andres Galarraga, and Vinny Castilla hit consecutive homers off Pete Harnisch. Galarraga hits another in the 3rd, one of his 6 hits for the day.

25thRoyals rookie Jose Rosado wins his first ML game, 7–0, shutting down the Yankees on 4 hits at Yankee Stadium.

Mark McGwire clouts his 37th homer into the 5th deck at Toronto’s SkyDome, just the 2nd player to reach there. The 488-foot drive off Huck Flener lands 4 rows up from where Jose Canseco hit one in the 1989 playoff.  The A’s still lose the game to the Jays, 4–3 when Joe Carter hits a dramatic 2-run 2-out homer in the bottom of the 9th. McGwire will hit his 38th tomorrow in an A’s win.

In San Francisco, the Giants edge the Braves, 4-3, as Barry Bonds hits a triple and homer. Chipper Jones makes it close with a 3-run homer in the 9th. Prior to the game, the Giants unveil their new mascot Lou Seal, a play on the song “Lucille.” Todd Schwenk, an Oakland Athletics fan, named the mascot in a KNBR phone-in contest.

26th The Cubs defeat the Rockies, 17–4, as C Tyler Houston leads the way with a single, double, homer, and 6 RBIs. Sammy Sosa has his NL-leading 34th homer.

The Yankees unload a 21 hit barrage and bat around twice to whip the Royals, 15–1. This is the most hits New York has collected in 9 innings since August 25, 1984, when they had 23 against Seattle. Jimmy Key is the easy winner, giving up 3 hits in 7 innings. Pat Kelly, who had been out the season with surgery, makes his debut and promptly injures a hamstring.

In a trade of catchers, the Astros trade Rick Wilkins to the Giants in exchange for popular Kirt Manwaring and cash.

Following a 2-homer, 5-RBI game on the 25th, Albert Belle goes 4-for-5 with a 3-run homer to lead the Indians to a 14–9 drubbing of the Orioles.  There are 7 homers in the game.

In a battle of aces, the Twins Brad Radke tops Roger Clemens, 5–1. The Red Sox ace is now 4–10.

27th The Padres pound the Marlins, 20-12, scoring 6 runs in the 6th inning, and 9 in the 8th. Wally Joyner leads the way with 5 ribbies, while John Flaherty hits a grand slam.

The Orioles score 10 runs off Orel Hershiser, including a grand slam by Palmeiro, to whip the Indians 14–2 at Camden Yards. Hershiser gives up 11 hits and 4 walks in 5 1/3 innings.

In Toronto, Joe Carter becomes the 3rd player to hit a homer into the upper level at the SkyDome, a 3-run shot that carries 483 feet. Berroa and Stairs homer for the A’s, the 23rd straight game the A’s have collected a homer run. But the Jays beat the A’s, 6–4.

The U.S. Olympic team connects for 5 homers in the first inning en route to a 15–5 win over Japan.

The White Sox pick up vet catcher Pat Borders from the Angels for minor leaguer Robert Ellis. Borders will replace Chad Kreuter, out with a season-ending shoulder injury.

28th Padres’ C John Flaherty has his 27-game hitting streak stopped by the Marlins in the Padres’ 8-2 win. The streak is the 2nd-longest ever by a catcher behind Benito Santiago’s Padres’ record.

Darryl Strawberry’s 300th career HR, a 2-run shot in the 9th, lifts the Yankees to a 3–2 win over the visiting Royals.  The Yankees now lead by 12 games.

Boston’s Arquimedez Pozo drives in 5 runs, 4 on a 9thinning grand slam, off Eddie Guardado, but Minnesota prevails, 9-8. The slam is Pozo’s only career homer.

29th Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda announces his retirement. Lasorda, who underwent an angioplasty earlier this year after suffering a heart attack, will become a team vice president. Bill Russell is named manager.

In the Reds 2–1 loss to the Astros, Reds IF Chris Sabo shatters his bat in the 2nd inning strewing pieces of cork over the field. He’ll be suspended for 7 games for using a corked bat.

The Indians trade second baseman Carlos Baerga and IF Alvaro Espinoza to the Mets in exchange for 3B Jeff Kent and SS Jose Vizcaino. Baerga, a former All-Star, is last in hitting and fielding among AL second basemen.

30th The Reds acquire OF Kevin Mitchell from the Red Sox for minor leaguers Brad Tweedlie and Roberto Mejia. Cincy also sells OF Eric Anthony to the Rockies.

Boston gets a leadoff hitter when the Mariners trade OF Darren Bragg to the Red Sox in exchange for P Jamie Moyer. Moyer, in a portent of his success with the M’s, is 7-1.

The Giants trade P Mark Leiter (4–10) to the Expos for pitchers Tim Scott and Kirk Rueter.

31st The Mariners club the Brewers, 9–3, hitting 7 homers in the game. Buhner, Griffey, and Rodriguez each have a pair, with Brian Hunter adding one. Sterling Hitchcock (11–4) is the winner.

Down by 2 runs going into the bottom of the 9th, Albert Belle connects off Bill Risley for a walkoff grand slam and a 4-2 Cleveland win over Toronto.

At the trading deadline, Detroit trades 1B-DH Cecil Fielder, 32, to the Yankees for OF-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league P Matt Drews. The Yankees also obtain P David Weathers from the Marlins for P Mark Hutton, but will send him to the minors in 3 weeks after the Angels light him up.

The Padres acquire OF Greg Vaughn, with 31 homers at Milwaukee, and a player to be named in exchange for P Bryce Florie, P Ron Villone, and OF Marc Newfield. Vaughn will end the season with 117 RBI, the first player to top 100 while playing in 2 leagues in a season.

The Angels trade IF Damion Easley to the Tigers for P Greg Gohr.

The Phillies trade P Terry Mulholland, 33, to the Mariners in exchange for struggling blue chipper Desi Relaford.

The Dodgers obtain OF Chad Curtis from the Tigers in exchange for pitchers Joey Eischen and John Cummings. Curtis will lead off in place of the cancer-stricken Brett Butler.

The Reds Sox send vet Mike Stanton to the Rangers for two young relievers, Mark Brandenburg and Kerry Lacy. The deal is made at 11:55 p.m.