1998 July

1st Trailing the Mets, 8–7, in the bottom of the 8th inning, Toronto comes up with 8 runs. New York fights back with 2 in their half of the 9th, but the Blue Jays hold on for a 15–10 triumph.

During Houston’s 10-4 win over the White Sox, a wild pitch bounces into the pocket of home plate umpire Gerry Davis, allowing Chicago’s Ray Durham to score while Astros catcher Brad Ausmus scurries around the plate trying to find the ball. Says Ausmus: “I asked (Davis) if I was supposed to pick him up and throw him in front of the runner.”(San Angelo Standard). Shaun Berry is 4-for-4 including a homer, while teammate Jeff Bagwell has a HR and scores 3 times.

2nd  The Red Sox and Pedro Martinez pile on the Expos, defeating them 15–0 at Fenway. The Sox collect 20 hits for Pedro.

3rd Manny Ramirez’s 2 home runs are Cleveland’s only hits against KC pitcher Jose Rosado, but they’re enough to give the Tribe a 2–1 win over the Royals.

The Mets trade P John Hudek to the Reds in exchange for OF Lenny Harris.

4th  Three White Sox pitchers combine to shut out the Red Sox, 3-0, on 5 hits. Snyder gets the win with 7 1/3 innings.Nomar Garciaparra has 2 walks but his 24-game hit streak ends.

Dodger interim GM Tommy Lasorda sends blue chippers Dennis Reyes and Paul Konerko to the Reds for closer Jeff Shaw. Lasorda later admits he was unaware that Shaw, under terms of the Basic Agreement, has the right to demand a trade at the end of the season.

5th The White Sox plate 14 runs—including 8 in the 6th inning—on 12 hits against Red Sox pitching, but it’s not enough for a win. Boston strokes 20 hits and pushes 15 runners across for a 15–14 victory.

Toronto defeats Tampa Bay, 2–1, with the help of 7 1/3 strong innings by Roger Clemens. In the game, Clemens fanned Devil Ray LF Randy Winn for his 3,000th career K. Only 10 other pitchers have reached that mark in major league annals.

Hot-hitting Manny Ramirez hits 2 more homers, one a grand slam, in the Indians 12–3 win over KC. Manny had 2 homers on July 3.

7th The AL defeats the NL, 13–8, in the 69th All–Star Game. Baltimore’s Roberto Alomar is named the game’s MVP, going 3–for–4 with a HR, RBI, a stolen base and 2 runs scored. His brother Sandy won the award last year. Walt Weiss makes his All-star debut as a starter and, at age 34, is the oldest to do so.

8th At the Triple A All-star game in Norfolk, Benny Agbayani is married  on the field to Niela Naali Guigui in a Hawaiian-style wedding. The groom wears a blue Hawaiian shirt, the bride a matching blue muumuu as they walk through an archway of bats as all his former Tides teammates sport leis. The IL whips the PCL, 8-4. Agbayani made his ML debut with the Mets three weeks ago and will be back with them tomorrow pinch–running in the 9th of an 8–8 game. He will slip trying to steal and get run down. Another Met runner is doubled off 2B in the 10th and the Expos will win, 9–8. Benny will play 11 games in New York before returning to the Tides.

9th Bud Selig is elected as the 9th Commissioner of Baseball by a vote of club owners.

Ila Borders becomes the first female pitcher in history to start a minor league baseball game, as she hurls the first 5 innings, surrendering 5 hits and 3 runs, while registering 2 walks and 2 strikeouts, for the Duluth–Superior Dukes in their 8–3 loss to the Sioux Falls Canaries in the Northern League. Borders was tagged with the loss.

10th The Mets trade P Brian Bohannon to the Dodgers bringing back P Greg McMichael.

11th  At the Kingdome, Randy Johnson evens his record at 8-8 by striking out 15 batters as the Mariners top the Angels, 2-0.  Johnson allows 4 hits.

12th  At Dodger Stadium, Ken Caminiti drives in 5 runs on 3 homers to lead the NL West leading Padres to a 6-3 victory over the Dodgers.

15th  The Reds top the host Cardinals, 4-2, using 2 singles, a walk and an error to score a pair in the 10th. Cincinnati has now won 10 in a row and 15 out of 16, but they will lose their next 8 in a row.

16th Randy Johnson tosses a 1–hitter as he leads Seattle to a 3–0 win over Minnesota. Johnson fans 11 and gives up only a single to 3B Brent Gates.

Red Sox SS Nomar Garciaparra goes 4–for–4, with 2 doubles and a HR, driving in 5 runs and scoring 3 as he leads Boston to a 15–5 win over the Indians. The Sox ice the game with 7 runs in the 8th inning.

17th Both Rafael Palmeiro and Albert Belle hit their 300th homers tonight. Palmeiro is 3–for–4 as his Orioles win, 4–1 over the Angels, and improve their record since the All–Star break to 9–0.  Belle’s homer—his 10th in 10 games since the break—and Robin Ventura’s 9th–inning homer give the White Sox a 4–3 victory over the visiting Indians.

The Mariners sink the Royals, 18–5, for their 5th straight win. Bill Swift gives up 5 runs in 5+ innings, but it is good enough to win.  Dan Wilson is 3–for–4 and drives in 6 runs for the M’s. Wilson, Alex Rodriguez, and Jay Buhner clout homers.

The Rangers trade P Todd Van Poppel and promising minor leaguer Warren Morris to the Pirates in exchange for P Esteban Loaiza.

18th The Red Sox set an AL record by hitting 4 two-out homers in one inning as they beat host Detroit, 9–4. They hit the 4 dingers in the 7-run 4th inning. Mo Vaughn, Donnie Sadler, Darren Lewis, and Nomar Garciaparra all homer in the stanza, a first for Boston.

19th In Montreal, the Pirates whip the Expos, 6-1. Kevin Young and Jason Kendall each have two steals and for the second time this season they combine on a double steal with Kendall swiping home. Kendall is the third NL catcher (John Roseboro; Tim McCarver) since 1922 to steal home twice in a season.

20th The Dodgers shutout the Reds, 2–0, on a combined 1–hitter by Darren Dreifort (8 innings) and Jeff Shaw (1 inning). A Willie Greene double is the only hit for Cincinnati.

The Tigers take the 1st game of a doubleheader against the Yankees by a 4–3 score in 17 innings. The New Yorkers bounce back to take the nightcap by the identical score. The 26 innings take nearly 9 hours to play.

Mark McGwire hits his 43rd homer in the Cards 13–1 drubbing of the Padres. His homer ties the club record set by Johnny Mize in 1940.

Atlanta’s Denny Neagle surrenders a 3-run homer to former Brave Jeff Blauser and also serves up a grand slam to opposing pitcher Kevin Tapani, as the Braves lose to the Cubs, 11-4.

At Qualcomm Stadium, the Cardinals crush the Padres, 13-1. Mark McGwire has 4 hits, including a homer, and drives in 3 runs, while Ray Lankford has 5 RBIs and a 9th inning grand slam.  Matt Morris, after being on the DL from April 1 to July 10, goes 6.1 innings to win his first game of the year.

21st In Houston, Rockies pitcher Mark Brownson (6–8 at Colorado Springs) makes a spectacular major league debut firing a 4–hit 5–0 shutout. Houston’s first hit is in the 6th inning. The win snaps the Rock’s 9–game road losing streak. Brownson’s next outing will not go well and he will go back to Triple-A. He’ll notch another win, for the Phils, in relief in 2000.

Kerry Wood outduels Greg Maddux as the Cubs defeat the Braves before a sellout crowd.  Wood strikes out 11 in 7 2/3 innings, the 6th time in 18 starts he’s reached double figures. For Maddux (13–4), it is his first loss to his former team after 7 wins.

22ndThe Yanks deflate the Tigers, 13–2, to run their record to 71–25, a ML record percentage for that number of games.

The Pirates send Darnell Coles to the Mariners for Glenn Wilson.

23rd Baltimore C Lenny Webster’s 4 hits—including a double and homer—and 6 ribbies power the Orioles to a 9–7 win over Oakland.

Following the Giants 2–11 mark since the All–Star break, San Francisco picks up Joe Carter from Baltimore and Jose Mesa, Al Morman, and Shawon Dunston from the Indians.  The Giants send 33-year-old (he’ll later reveal he’s 34) Steve Reed (1.48 ERA in 50 appearances) and minor leaguer Jacob Cruz to Cleveland, and Darin Blood to Baltimore.  The Giants receive cash in both swaps.

24th Like a heavyweight fight.Trailing Florida, 3–1 in the bottom half of the 9th of game 2, the Phillies get a 2–out, 2–run, pinch–hit HR from Mark Lewis to send the game into extra innings. Each team scores a single run in the 10th, then again in the 11th. The Marlins plate another in the top of the 12th to take a 6–5 lead, but the Phils get 2 in their half to finally win, 7–6. The Quakers trailed going into the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.  The Phils also take the first game in 12 innings, 7-5, when Scott Rolen clubs a walkoff homer served up by Antonio Alfonseca.

The Indians trade P Eric Plunk to the Brewers in exchange for P Doug Jones.

25th The Padres top Houston, 6–5, as Mark Langston gets the win with 5+ innings of work.  Trevor Hoffman picks up his 41st consecutive save—33rd this year, tying a ML record. He’ll blow his first save opportunity tomorrow in San Diego’s 5–4 win, ending his streak.

Former Yankee P Jim Bouton makes his 1st appearance at Yankee Stadium since 1970 at Oldtimers Day and is greeted with cheers all around. Bouton had been persona non grata in New York since writing “Ball Four,” which broke a long–standing taboo in sports by taking readers into the locker room and revealing players’ extracurricular escapades. The Yanks invited the Bulldog back after his son wrote a Father’s Day article in the New York Timessuggesting it.

26th Boston defeats Toronto by a score of 6–3. Jose Canseco’s 8th–inning HR accounts for the Blue Jays’ 1st run. It is the 380th HR of Canseco’s career, making him the all–time leader among players born outside of the US. Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez had been the co–leaders with 379.

After 41 straight saves, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman try for a ML record fails, as he gives up a 9th inning homer to Houston’s Moises Alou, which ties the game. He earns the win when the Padres score in the 10th to win 5–4.

27th Colorado defeats Pittsburgh in 13 innings, 8–7. When Pirates’ second baseman Tony Womack bounces out in the 11th inning, it gives him a major league record 888 consecutive at bats without grounding into a double play. The old record of 887 had been set by Brooklyn’s Pete Reiser (July 20, 1941 to June 24, 1946). Womack last bounced into a DP on May 27, 1997.

Sammy Sosa hits his 248th career homer—and his first grand slam—as the Cubs beat the Diamondbacks, 6–2. Sosa went to bat 4,428 before drilling the sacks–full homer. His 247 homers without a slam is a ML record: the previous mark was 210 homers by Bob Horner. Sosa also tops the 100 RBI mark with his 4 ribbies, to back Steve Trachsel’s (10–5) pitching.

LF Tyrone Horne of the Arkansas Traveler hits 4 homers and drives home 10 runs, in a 13–4 win over San Antonio. The last player to hit four in a Texas League game was Tom Brunansky. ”Honestly, there’s no explanation for this,” Horne said after hitting for the unique home run cycle—a two-run homer in the first inning, a grand slam in the second, a solo homer in the fifth (all three off Pete Zamora) and a three-run homer in the sixth, off Miguel Garcia.  He strikes out his last at bat. Horne will lead the Texas League in homers with 37.

28th  I like, it so much, I’ll do it again. Sammy Sosa hits his second grand slam in 4 at bats in the Cubs 7–5 loss to the Diamondbacks.  Sosa is the first Cub to hit grand slams in consecutive games, and just the 18th in history.

In a barn burner in St. Louis, Brewers reliever Mike Myers faces 2 batters in the 8th and gives up a grand slam to Ray Lankford–his 2nd in 8 days–and a homer to Mark McGwire.  With the outburst the Cards take a 10-8 lead, then watch as the Brewers drop 5 runs in the top of the 9th to regain it. Darrin Jackson, who entered the game as a pinch runner, connects for a grand slam off Rich Croushore.

Twins second baseman Todd Walker ties a club record with his 9th consecutive hit, in a 3–0 victory over KC. He also matches a club record by reaching base safely 11 straight times. Walker’s batting average is now up to .352.

29th  After 16 straight starts without a win, Devil Rays’ pitcher Tony Saunders gives up just 5 hits in 6 2/3 inning in a 6–0 win over Oakland. He’ll end the year at 6–15.

The White Sox swap P Matt Karchner to the Cubs for P Jon Gardner, the Cubs 1st round pick (10th) in 1997.

30th The Indians score 3 runs in the top of the 17th inning against Seattle, then hold on as the Mariners fight back with 2 of their own in the bottom of the stanza. Cleveland gets 16 hits in the contest while Seattle accounts for 19 in a losing cause. Alex Rodriguez steals his 30th base in the game, to go along with his 31 homers. He’s the 6th 30-30 player in AL history.

The Red Sox bring back OF–1B Mike Stanley from the Blue Jays trading minor league pitchers Peter Munro and Jay Yennaco.

The Braves obtain IF Greg Colbrunn from the Rockies in exchange for minor league pitchers David Cortes and Mike Porzio.

The Ladies Professional Baseball League suspends the remainder of the season due to low attendance. In the last game played, the Long Beach Aces lose to the San Jose Spitfires, 7–0.

31st Chicago’s Albert Belle hits his 16th HR of the month to set a new major league mark for July. His HR helped the White Sox to a 10–2 win over the Rangers. Frank Thomas hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs for Chicago.

defeats Cleveland, 12–2. Down by 9 runs in the 8th inning, the Indians bring OF Mark Whiten in to pitch. The strong-armed Whiten allows 1 run on a double, HBP (Spiezio), and 2 walks, but also strikes out 3 batters (Blowers, Tejada, Neill) He becomes the only player in major league history, with at least 1 inning pitched, to get every out with a strikeout.

Kevin Brown wins his 10th straight for the Padres, beating the Expos, 5–4.  He strikes out 10 for the 2nd straight game. Greg Vaughn adds his 39th homer and Trevor Hoffman saves his 35th.

a flurry of transactions at the trading deadline, many involving free agents-to-be, the Mets trade OF Bernard Gilkey, P Nelson Figueroa and cash to the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Willie Blair, C Jorge Fabregas and a player to be named. New York then obtains IF–OF Tony Phillips from the Blue Jays for P Leoncio Estrella, and sends the Brewers P Bill Pulsipher for IF Mike Kinkade.

The Rangers trade P Darren Oliver and 3B Fernando Tatis to the Cardinals in exchange for P Todd Stottlemyre and SS Royce Clayton. The Rangers get 3B Todd Zeile from the Marlins in exchange for 3B Jose Santo and P Daniel De Young. Tatis will hit .287 with 11 homers this year in St. Louis, but Zeile will help by reaching base 11 straight times during a critical three-game stretch in September. Zeile completes the broom cleaning of the Marlins vets for rookies.

The Blue Jays trade P Juan Guzman to the Orioles for P Nerio Rodriguez and OF Shannon Carter.

The Expos trade P Carlos Perez, SS Mark Grudzielanek, OF Hiram Bocachica to the Dodgers in exchange for second baseman Wilton Guerrero, P Ted Lilly, OF Peter Bergeron and 1B Jonathan Tucker.

The Rockies trade OF Ellis Burks to the Giants for OF Darryl Hamilton, P James Sloops and a player to be named.

After the talks indicate the Yankees or Cleveland, the Mariners trade flame thrower Randy Johnson to the Astros in exchange for IF Carlos Guillen, P Freddy Garcia and a player to be named (John Halama). The Big Unit (9-10., 4.33 ERA) will blossom in Houston (10-1, 1.28 ERA) and join Hank Borowy (1945) as the only pitcher to win 9 or more games in each league in a season. Borowy won 10/11.

The Cubs trade 3B Kevin Orie, P Todd Noel and P Justin Speier to the Marlins for pitchers Felix Heredia and Steve Hoff.

The Blue Jays trade vet 3B Ed Sprague to the A’s for P Scott Rivette.

The Twins trade P Greg Swindell and 1B-OF Orlando Merced to the Red Sox in exchange for P Matt Kinney, Joe Thomas and John Barnes.