1999 July

1st The Brewers defeat the Cubs, 19-12, as SS Jose Valentin hits 2-run HRs from each side of the plate. Second baseman Ron Belliard and C Dave Nilsson each get 4 hits for Milwaukee, while Belliard drives home 5 runs. The Brewer light up Steve Trachsel for 10 runs in 3.2 innings pitched, hanging his NL high 11th loss on him. The Brew Crew collects 21 hits for the 2nd times in 3 nights. There are 8 homers in the game, including a pair by Cubs Mickey Morandini. Not homering after 4 straight games in which he went deep is Sosa, who singles twice.

In Toronto’s 8–6 win over Baltimore, Blue Jays P John Frascatore ties a major league mark with his 3rd win in 3 consecutive appearances in 3 days. He does it throwing just 2 1/3 innings. Chuck McElroy last did in the AL in 1996.

Tom Glavine wins his 13th straight decision over the Expos, 4–1, a streak that stretches back to 1994. He takes no chances with the Braves bullpen, which had blown 2 leads in the last 2 games, pitching a complete game. Curiously, before his winning streak, Glavine was 3–13 against the Expos.

2nd Houston defeats Cincinnati, 7-5, ending the Reds’ 10-game winning streak. Cincinnati’s streak consisted of an unprecedented 10 straight victories over division-leading clubs.

The Padres use back-to-back book ends for a win. John Vander Wal and Reggie Sanders hit back to back homers in the 1st inning and Phil Nevin and Carlos Baerga hit back-to-back pinch homers in the 9th inning, tying the mark for most pinch HRs (2) in a game by a team. as San Diego defeats Colorado, 15-3. Jeff Barry hits a pinch HR in the 8th for the Rockies to tie the mark (3) of pinch homers by 2 teams. San Diego has now won 14 straight games beginning on June 18th.

Hey Mom! Texas righty pitcher Jeff Zimmerman defeats his brother Jordan, a lefty for Seattle, 7–6.

In the Cards 9–5 loss to the Diamondbacks, Mark McGwire belts a pair of homers, his 56th multi-homer game, which moves him into 4th place on this list ahead of Foxx.

At the Metrodome, the Twins rough up Jeff Weaver for 7 runs in 5 innings, and are not much kinder to Willis Roberts, making his ML debut., scoring 4 runs in 1+ innings against him.  Roberts, however, inherits baserunner Dennis Hocking and picks him off in the 7th to end the frame. Dennis Mientkiewicz is a homer shy of the cycle as he drives in 3 runs.

Umpire Tom Hallion is suspended for 3 games for his actions during an argument with Colorado catcher Jeff Reed and pitching coach Milt May on June 26th. The dispute began when Rockies pitcher Mike DeJean, while walking to his dugout complained to third base umpire Terry Tata about a check-swing call, and home plate ump Hallion, told DeJean to get in the dugout. Officials couldn’t recall another suspension of an umpire for an on-field dispute. In 1990, NL president Bill White was prepared to suspend umpire Joe West for slamming Philadelphia pitcher Dennis Cook to the field, but commissioner Fay Vincent intervened and no discipline was imposed.

3rd The Phillies defeat the Cubs, 21-8, scoring 8 runs in the 1st inning and 7 more with 2 outs in the 4th. Second baseman Marlon Anderson gets 5 hits for Philadelphia, including a HR off 3B Gary Gaetti, who is forced into mound duty for Chicago.

The Rockies defeat the Padres, 12-10, in the 1st game of a DH, ending San Diego’s 14-game winning streak. The win also stops Colorado’s 9-game losing streak. The Rockies also take the 2nd game, 8-6.

After winning the first game of a DH against Kansas City by a score of 9-8, Cleveland takes the nightcap, 9-5, scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning.

Milwaukee defeats Pittsburgh, 9-4, as 3B Jeff Cirillo strokes 5 hits, including a double and HR, and drives home 3 runs.

Before the game against San Francisco, Dodgers players gather in their bullpen and burn the white caps the club adopted in spring training along with other equipment. It doesn’t work as Los Angeles loses 9-1, for their 6th straight loss.

4th The Pirates lose to the Brewers, 4-3, losing C Jason Kendall to a severely dislocated ankle in the process. Trying to break up Steve Woodard’s perfect game, Kendall drags a bunt in the 5th inning and hits the 1B bag awkwardly, ripping the ankle bone from the joint. He will be out for the rest of the season.

The Royals defeat the Indians, 10-9, as C Mike Sweeney ties an AL record by recording an RBI in his 13th straight game. Taffy Wright of the White Sox set the mark in 1941. The major league standard is 17 games, set by Oscar Grimes of the Chicago Cubs in 1922. OF Jermaine Dye brings home 6 of Kansas City’s runs with 4 hits, including a pair of homers.

The Blue Jays defeat the Devil Rays, 6-3, despite Jose Canseco’s 30th HR of the season. Canseco becomes the first player in history to reach the 30 mark with 4 different teams, having previously done so with Oakland, Texas, and Toronto. Pat Hentgen wins his 100th career game and Sean Green reaches the 100-HR mark with a pair of homers.

5th The Cardinals defeat the Diamondbacks, 1-0, as Jose Jimenez hurls a 2-hitter to defeat Randy Johnson. Jimenez no-hit the Diamondbacks in his last appearance against them. Randy Johnson loses his 3rd game in a row, during which Arizona has not scored a run and only made 3 hits. He K’s 12 Cardinals to tie Dwight Gooden’s NL mark of 43 strikeouts over 3 starts. He also reaches 200 strikeouts for the year and ends St. Louis rookie Joe McEwing’s 25-game hitting streak, the 5th longest ever for a rookie.

6th The White Sox lose to the Royals, 8-7. Chicago OF Chris Singleton hits for the cycle, becoming the first rookie to do so since Oddibe McDowell in 1985 and just the 16th since 1900. Singleton goes 5-for-6 and drives home 4 of Chicago’s runs.

9th The Royals lose to the Astros, 6-5, despite 5 hits, including a double, by 3B Joe Randa.

The Diamondbacks acquire P Matt Mantei from the Marlins in exchange for pitchers Vladimir Nunez and Brad Penny, and a player to be named.

The uniform Lou Gehrig wore when he made his famous “luckiest man on earth” speech on July 4, 1939 is sold for $451,541 at auction. Leland’s spokesman Marty Appel says the flannel pinstripe uniform worn by the Hall of Fame first baseman was purchased by a south Florida man who did not want his name made public. The winning bid was made over the phone. Yesterday Carlton Fisk’s home run ball that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series for the Boston Red Sox sold for $113,273.

10th The Tigers defeat the Brewers, 9-3, before 25,374 fans in Detroit. This enables the club to top the 1 million mark in attendance for the 35th consecutive season for the longest streak in AL history. The Dodgers hold the record of 55 consecutive years.

Matt Franco’s 2-out PH single in the bottom of the 9th drives home 2 runs and gives the Mets a 9-8 win over the Yankees in a thrilling interleague battle. By doing so, the Mets end the Yankees streak of 125 consecutive victories when leading after 8 innings.

Was it something I said, fellas? For his 4th loss in a row, the Diamondbacks fail to score for Randy Johnson, this time falling 2–0 to Tim Hudson and the Oakland A’s.

Pedro Astacio gets cuffed around in 3+ innings, giving up 8 runs as his Rockies lose to the visiting A’s, 9-3. Omar Olivares pitches 8 innings for the win and strikes out one batter, reliever Curt Leskanic. What makes it remotely noteworthy is that both Olivares and Leskanic wear the number “00” (as noted by Sean Kates).

11th The Diamondbacks defeat the A’s, 7-4, as Jay Bell hits a grand slam, which wins Gylene Hoyle $1 million. She is the fan who wins the prize for picking the player who would hit a grand slam and the inning in which it would be done.

The Cardinals score all their runs in the 1st inning and go on to defeat the Giants, 5-4, in a game in San Francisco. Prior to the contest, the Giants retire Orlando Cepeda’s uniform No. 30, making him the 9th Giant player so honored.

13th The AL defeats the NL, 4-1, to win the All-Star Game at Fenway Park in Boston. Red Sox P Pedro Martinez is named the game’s MVP as he strikes out the 1st 4 hitters to bat against him, and 5 of the 6 he faces in his 2 innings of work. The game begins 15 minutes late as Hall of Fame OF Ted Williams rides out in a cart for the first-pitch ceremony. Players from both teams surround the former Red Sox star in a spontaneous display of homage.

14th In an ill-conceived move, umpires union-chief Richie Phillips announces that 57 umpires will resign on September 2. Among other things, the umps reportedly are upset at the 3-day suspension Tom Hallion received for bumping Rockies C Jeff Reed on July 2.

In Milwaukee, 3 people die when a 480-foot crane, nicknamed Big Blue, collapses while lifting a section of Miller Park’s retractable roof. The roof of the Brewers’ new home was expected to be completed in November. Milwaukee will cancel tomorrow’s game against KC.

15th The Athletics defeat the Giants, 11-9, in a game in which San Francisco OF Barry Bonds sets an all-time major league record by receiving his 294th intentional walk. Henry Aaron held the previous mark.

The Rangers tie the major league record with walks by 3 consecutive pinch hitters (Rusty Greer, Rafael Palmeiro, Lee Stevens) in the bottom of the 9th against the Diamondbacks. The Rangers win, 3–2.

The opener at Seattle’s Safeco Field is spoiled by the Padres, who score 2 in the 9th to win, 3–2. A crowd of 44,607 is on hand.

17th The Brewers defeat the Royals, 11-3, as 1B Mark Loretta strokes 5 hits, including a double and HR, brings home 4 runs, and scores 3 himself.

18th Don Larsen, who hurled a perfect game for the New Yorkers in the 1956 WS, throws out the first pitch prior to New York’s game against the Expos. The Yankees then defeat the Expos, 6-0, as  David Cone caps an emotional day by hurling a perfect game. Cone fans 10 batters, throws just 20 balls, as not a single Montreal player reaches base. It is Cone’s only shutout as a Yankee.

In their first regular-season game ever in Cincinnati, the Tigers edge the Reds, 9-8 in 10 innings.

Oakland rookie Olmedo Saenz hits a 2-run homer, Jimmy Haynes continued his strong pitching and Billy Taylor bounced back from taking a batted ball off his head on Saturday as the hot Oakland Athletics defeated the Colorado Rockies, 3-2. A’s vet Tim Raines is 0-for-1 before leaving the game for the hospital because of dizziness. He first felt a pain 2 days ago and tests will show he has Lupus. Raines will sit out a year and make a remarkable comeback in 2001 with the Expos.

The London Werewolves beat Dubois County, 31-9.

19th The White Sox defeat the Brewers, 10-8 in 12 innings. The 18-hit Chicago attack is led by rookie OF Chris Singleton’s 5 safeties, including a 12th inning HR. It is the rookie’s 2nd 5-hit game in less than 2 weeks.

In the Tigers 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds, pitcher Jeff Weaver hits a double, the first by a Tiger pitcher in 27 years.

21st The Reds defeat the Cardinals, 1-0, behind the one-hit pitching of Ron Villone (8 innings) and Scott Williamson (1 inning) Outfielder J.D. Drew’s double is the only hit for St. Louis and Pokey Reese’s HR provides the only score.

22nd Toronto defeats Cleveland, 4-3. Indians manager Mike Hargrove accidentally hands in an incorrect lineup card, forcing Cleveland to forfeit the DH and bat P Charles Nagy in the 7th spot in the batting order. Nagy fails to get a hit in his 2 at bats.

The Rockies sweep a doubleheader from the Dodgers, winning the 1st game, 4-1, and the 2nd, 12-11. In the nightcap, Dodger SS Mark Grudzielanek collects 5 hits and scores 4 runs.

The Padres defeat the Giants, 8-7. OF Barry Bonds fans 4 times for the Giants, while SF P Jerry Spradlin strikes out 4 Padres in the 7th inning. Spradlin becomes the 1st pitcher in SF history to perform the feat, which has been turned 32 previous times.

23rd The Yankees overcome a grand slam by Robbie Alomar, off David Cone, and beat the Indians, 9-8 in 10 innings. Derek Jeter’s 2-run single in the bottom of the 10thwins it for Ross Grimsley (7-1).

The Mets obtain P Kenny Rogers from the Athletics for OF Terrence Long and P Leoner Vasquez.

The Pirates obtain C Joe Oliver and C Humberto Cota from the Devil Rays for OF Jose Guillen and P Jeff Sparks. Guillen, who drove in 154 runs in his first 2 seasons, has been sub-par this year after arriving at spring training a month late due to visa problems.

24th  The Red Sox defeat the Tigers, 11-4, as OF Trot Nixon blasts 3 HRs and drives home 5 runs. Boston collects 7 HRs, one shy of the club record.

The Yankees pound the Indians, 21-1. The Bronx Bombers are led by DH Chili Davis, who bangs out 5 hits, including a double and homer, while driving home 6 runs. Hideki Irabu wins easily.

Oakland hits 4 homeruns, including a pair of 3-run homers by Jason Giambi, to overpower the Kansas City Royals, 12-2. John Jaha scores 4 runs on no hits for the A’s: he reaches base on 3 walks and a HBP.

The Giants obtain P Livan Hernandez from the Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Jason Grilli and Nate Bump.

25th  The Orioles defeat the Angels, 8-7, behind 3 HRs and 6 RBIs from slugger Albert Belle.

The Tigers defeat the Red Sox, 9-1, as 1B Tony Clark homers from both sides of the plate for the 2nd time this season.

With every starter contributing, the Blue Jays pound 17 hits in defeating the White Sox, 11-3. Shawn Green hits a 3-run homer and sets a team record by getting an extra base hit in 9 straight games.

In their last game at Candlestick Park (3Com Park), the Reds beat the Giants, 2-1, in 14 innings when Michael Tucker homers. The Giants collect just two hits in the last 9 innings.

George Brett, Robin Yount, Nolan Ryan, Orlando Cepeda, are inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

26th  Major league umpires file suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia for the right to withdraw their mass resignations. So far, 14 of the 56 umps who “resigned” have withdrawn their resignations. Resignations from 9 of the AL umps are accepted by the league.

The Red Sox obtain OF Butch Huskey from the Mariners for minor league P Robert Ramsey.

Braves C Javy Lopez is put on the DL after injuring his right knee. He will miss the remainder of the season.

The Diamondbacks bring up Mexican star Erubiel Durazo, 25, to replace slumping 1B Travis Lee. Durazo, whose contract was purchase from the Monterrey Sultans last December after he hit .350, tore up the minors (AA El Paso, .403, 14 HR in 64 games; AAA Tucson, .407, 10 HR, 30 G). He’ll do the same in the majors hitting .329, 11 homers, in 52 games.

27th The Pirates defeat the Mets, 5-1, in the first of Major League Baseball’s “Turn Ahead the Clock Nights.” Each team wears futuristic uniforms, with the home town squad becoming the “Mercury” Mets for the night. The futuristic theme is carried out throughout the evening, with the scoreboard flashing computerized photos of the players as each comes to the plate. Rickey Henderson, for example, is given three eyes and pointy ears, and plays “left quadrant.” Al Martin hits the 1st of his 2 HRs in the 1st “sector,” and rookie Kris Benson goes the distance for the win.

The Angels’ 11-game losing streak ends as they defeat the Devil Rays, 10-5.

28th The Blue Jays obtain 1B David Segui from the Mariners in exchange for pitchers Tom Davey and Steve Sinclair. Segui’s refusal of the Mariners’ 3-year, $17 million offer prompted the trade.  Segui will settle for a one-year arbitrated contract with the Jays.

29th Thirteen NL umpires lose their jobs as the resignations they tendered on July 14 are accepted.

The Athletics obtain P Omar Olivares and IF Randy Velarde from the Angels in exchange for P Elvin Nina and outfielders Jeff DaVanon and Nathan Haynes.

30th The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 13-3, as second baseman Chuck Knoblauch raps out 5 hits, including a double and leadoff HR, and drives home 4 runs. Knoblauch’s leadoff homer is followed by Derek Jeter’s homer. Knoblach will have three hits, including another leadoff in tomorrow’s 6-5 loss to the Sox.

Seattle whips the visiting Orioles, 7-4, scoring 6 times in the 5thinning.  Reliever Arthur Rhodes serves up a  grand slam to Alex Rodriguez and, one out later, a solo shot by Jay Buhner.

31st With the wind blowing out at Wrigley the Cubs spot 7 runs to the visiting Mets before coming back to win, 17–10. Gary Gaetti hits his 11th career grand slam and Sammy Sosa clubs his 39th and 40th homers to take the ML lead. Sosa adds an RBI single and a stolen base.  Robin Ventura paces the Mets going 4-for-5 with 2 homers and 6 RBI. Both starters, Dotel (in 2 IP) and Lieber (in 4 1/3 IP) give up 9 runs each. Despite making an unassisted DP on a botched squeeze bunt, Jason Isringhausen is the losing pitcher, allowing 5 runs in 3 innings. His reward is a trade today as the Mets send him to Oakland for Greg McMichael.

For the second game in a row, Barry Bonds hits homers in his first two at-bats. Today he clubs a 3-run homer in the first and a 2-run homer in the 3rd to pace the Giants to an 11-1 victory over the Reds.

The Athletics nab sought-after ace Kevin Appier from the Royals for pitchers Brad Rigby, Blake Stein and Jeff D’Amico.

The Reds obtain P Juan Guzman and cash from the Orioles in exchange for pitchers B.J. Ryan and Jacobo Sequea.

The Yankees bring back C Jim Leyritz from the Padres for P Geraldo Padua. Padua was 25–4 in 3 seasons in Class A, including a run of 20 straight wins. Mysteriously, Padua will lose 14 straight in the minors in 2000 and earn a release from Altoona (AA) in May, 2001, after serving up 3 straight homers.

The Braves obtain well-traveled P Terry Mulholland and IF Jose Hernandez from the Cubs in exchange for pitchers Micah Bowie and Ruben Quevedo and a player to be named. Hernandez, a free agent to be, turned down a 3-year $9 million offer from the Cubs. Bowie will post a 9.96 ERA for the Cubs and an overall 10.24 ERA in 11 games, a ML record worst for 10+ appearances.

The Rockies obtain outfielders Brian McRae and Thomas Johnson and P Rigo Beltran from the Mets for OF Darryl Hamilton and P Chuck McElroy. McRae will last less than a week before moving on to Milwaukee.

The Cardinals trade vet IF-OF Shawon Dunston to the Mets for IF Craig Paquette.