2001 July

1st The Orioles defeat the White Sox, 11–3, on Cal Ripken Day. Ripken gets 3 hits in the Baltimore cause.

The Giants clip the Cardinals, 5–4, on Barry Bonds Day. Barry has a double and 3 walks as Calvin Murray provides the scoring with a 3-run HR. McGwire is 0-for-4 and is now 0-for his last 22 at bats.

2ndAt the SkyDome, Manny Ramirez belts a 3-run homer in the 1st and the Red Sox roll to a 16-4 clipping of the Blue Jays. Manny’s blast travels 491 feet, the longest homer in Dome history; it is his 7th of the year against the Jays, the most an opponent has hit in a season; and his 5th at the Dome, which also ties an opponents record. Stynes has 3 hits, 3 runs, and 3 errors in the hitfest.  Nomo is the winner.

3rd The Indians trounce the Red Sox, 9–1, as 2B Roberto Alomar gets 5 hits, including a double.

The Braves score 8 runs in the 7th inning on their way to a 14–7 victory over the Phillies. Chipper Jones goes 4–for–4 in the contest and scores 5 runs.

Rockies OF Ron Gant is traded to A’s in exchange for OF Robin Jennings.

Arizona’s Randy Johnson strikes out 13, including 7 batters in a row, to earn a 3-2 win over the Astros.  It is the second of three games in 2001 where Johnson strikes out 7 in a row.

Pawtucket’s Izzy Alcantara makes every sport show in the country when he reacts to an inside pitch by drop-kicking Wilkes Barre/Scranton C Jeremy Salazer and then charging the mound. Izzy’s Bruce Lee impression will earn him a 7-game suspension and get him dropped from the IL All-star game. The Sox will call up the slugger on September 1.

5th Atlanta’s Greg Maddux notches the 250th win of his career with a 9–5 decision over Philadelphia. Maddux will finish the season with 15 or more wins for the 14th year in a row, one ahead of Gaylord Perry and one behind Cy Young.

The Rangers score 9 runs in the 4th inning and go on to defeat the Mariners, 14–2.

The Expos beat the Marlins, 9–6. Montreal 3B Geoff Blum homers from both sides of the plate in the contest.

6th Braves SS Rafael Furcal dislocates his shoulder in Atlanta’s 6–5, 10–inning win over Boston. He will be out for the rest of the year.

The Tigers score 7 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning in their game against the Cubs, but Chicago bounces back to score 7 in their next turn at bat and go on to a 15–9 victory. Cubs DH Roosevelt Brown gets 5 hits in the game, including a double and HR.

Oakland ace Mark Mulder hurls a near–perfect game against the Diamondbacks, surrendering only a single to OF Danny Bautista in the A’s 3–0 win.

The Indians defeat the Cardinals, 14–2. 1B Jim Thome hits 3 HRs and drives home 6 runs for Cleveland.

Delino DeShields is signed by the Cubs after being waived by Baltimore.

7th Houston 1B Jeff Bagwell drives home 7 runs to tie a team record in the Astros 10–8 win over Kansas City.

Lefty John Halama pitches the first 9-inning perfect game in PCL history as Tacoma tops Calgary, 6–0. Halama, who won 14 games for Seattle last year, was demoted June 28, but the perfecto will earn him a recall. Seattle and Tacoma teammate Brett Tomko tossed a 7-inning no hitter over Oklahoma 5 days ago.  Blake Barthol is the catcher in both no no’s.

8th In Toronto’s 9–3 win over Montreal, Jays’ rookie Cesar Izturis hits his 1st ML homer inside the park, thanks to Expo LF Mark Smith losing the ball in the lights. He gets a glove on it, but Izturis beats the relay throw from Orlando Cabrera, who also hit his first homer inside-the-park. The win goes to 30-year-old rookie Chris Michalak (6-6), who will be waived next month and picked up by Texas.

Lance Berkman has 3 hits to extend his streak to 21 games. It’ll end here, but Moises Alou reaches 16 straight game today on his way to a 23-game streak. Bagwell and Mendy Lopez collect 3 RBIs for Houston as they outslug the Royals, 10–8. Scott Elerton is tossed in the first after plunking leadoff hitter Rey Sanchez in retaliation for Biggio being hit.

     A librarian finds an 1823 reference to “base ball” marking the earliest known reference to the game.

9th Arizona OF Luis Gonzalez beats Chicago OF Sammy Sosa in the HR Derby during the All–Star festivities.

10th The AL defeats the NL, 4–1, in the All–Star Game. Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr. thrills the crowd by hitting a HR and winning the MVP award at the affair. Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordonez also homer for the Junior Circuit.

11th  The Pirates trade OF Emil Brown to the Padres for minor leaguers P Shawn Camp and OF Shawn Garrett.

Dodgers P Darren Dreifort has reconstructive arm surgery. He last pitched on June 29.

12th Three Minnesota players homer twice in the Twins 13–5 defeat of Milwaukee. Jacque Jones, Torii Hunter, and Corey Koskie each hit a pair of four–baggers to tie a ML record.

13th Pittsburgh P Todd Ritchie has a no hitter against the Royals, until Luis Alicea bounces a one-out 9thinning single in the Pirates 1–0 win. After Chad Durbin throws 8 scoreless innings for KC, Jason Grimsley gives up an RBI single to Aramis Ramirez in the bottom of the 9th.  Ramirez won a 1-0 game for Ritchie on June 17thwith a 9thinning RBI.

Mets C Mike Piazza hits his 300th career HR in New York’s 3–1 loss to Boston.

Ichiro Suzuki and Kazuhiro Sasaki announce a boycott of members of the Japanese press, who have been hounding them all season.

14th Mets manager Bobby Valentine wins his 1,000th career game as pitchers Glendon Rusch and Armando Benitez combine to defeat Boston on a 1–hitter. When Rusch is unable to cover 1B, Trot Nixon’s 1st inning bunt single is Boston’s only hit in the 2–0 game.

At Enron Field, Padres SS Damian Jackson shatters a bat on a Wade Miller pitch, but still reaches the LF seats for a grand slam. The Pads win, 8–6.

15thThe battle of 2 first place teams draws 59,470 at Philadelphia as the Yanks lose a sloppy game to the Phils, 9–3. In the 5th, Rollins takes 2B on a passed ball, then swipes 3rd for his 26th straight successful steal. Posada has 3 passed balls and should have been charged with a 4th, while Derek Jeter makes a critical error. Posada will lead the majors in passed balls this year with 18.

Behind Piazza’s 3 hits and 3 RBIs, the Mets win, 5–2, over Toronto as both teams celebrate Negro League Tribute Day by wearing old NL uniforms. The Mets wear the uniforms of the NY Cubans, 1947 NL Negro League champs.

Brian Lawrence pitches a complete game 5–1 win over the Angels, and the Padres reward him after the game by sending him down to Portland (PCL). The move is to make room for Brian Tolberg, out since May 6th when he broke a finger on a comebacker from Sean Casey. Lawrence will be back in two weeks.

     Umpires file a grievance against ML baseball, saying the commissioner’s office is pressuring them to call more strikes by keeping track of total pitch counts. As part of the ML’s efforts, cameras were installed over the weekend, July 13 and 14, at Shea to track each pitch. Fenway and Shea are the only parks with the tracking system, which is similar to that used on Fox’s broadcasts, but ML officials hope to have 4 more by September.

16th Ichiro Suzuki and Kazuhiro Sasaki call off their boycott of the Japanese press.

17th Braves 1B Rico Brogna announces his retirement, effective immediately, opening a spot for Bernard Gilkey. The injury-plagued Broca will coach high school football. Without him, the Braves win, 4–0, behind Greg Maddux’s 34th career shutout. Maddux K’s 9 and walks none.

Indians P Bartolo Colon is ejected from Cleveland’s 10–4 win over Houston after throwing a pitch near the head of Astros C Scott Servais, which actually hits his bat. Colon will be suspended 6 games for his actions.

Expos coach Ozzie Guillen is thrown out before first pitch is thrown out, continuing an argument from last nite with ump Greg Gibson. The Expos then pound Boston’s Tim Wakefield to beat the visiting Red Sox, 117. Five homers are hit in the game, including a 457-foot shot by Vladimir Guerrero.

18th A train carrying toxic substances derails in Baltimore, causing the postponement of the second game of the Orioles day-night doubleheader against the Rangers. Texas takes the first game, 6–4, behind Frank Catalanatto’s 4-for-4, battering Sean Douglass (0-1) in his ML debut.

ML umpires drop their grievance over pitch counts against major league baseball.

The Mets down Florida, 4–3, in 11 innings and see Marlins manager Tony Perez ejected for arguing a call. It is his first ejection in 31 seasons and more than 3,800 games as a player and manager.

Houston batters St. Louis, 17–11, as 3B Jeff Bagwell hits for the cycle. He is the 212th major-league player since 1901 to cycle, 106 in the NL. The Cardinals score 6 runs in the 5th inning, but the Astros answer with 8 in their next at bat. Batting notables include Moises Alou, who has a 3-run HR to stretch his hit streak to 23 games, and Bobby Bonilla, with his 2,000th career hit. McGwire, with his 564th, and Pujols also homer for the Birds.

Jeremy Giambi is 4-for-4 with 6 RBIs to lead the A’s to a 7–2 won over the Twins.  It is their 15th win in 19 games.

The Padres–Diamondbacks game is suspended after 2 innings because of an explosion in a LF light tower.  Curt Schilling throws 2 perfect innings allowing no hits.

Quack. Carlos Baerga, who was playing with the Long Island Ducks, in the independent Atlantic League, has his contract sold to the Samsung Ducks, in the Korean Baseball League.

19th Arizona defeats San Diego, 3–0, in the completion of a game that was suspended after 2 innings on July 18. Randy Johnson strikes out 16 batters in his 7 innings of relief of Schilling to break the ML mark set by Walter Johnson on July 25, 1913. He allows just 1 hit—Wiki Gonzalez’ 8th–inning single—for the Padres only hit in the contest. In addition to setting the record for strikeouts in a game by a reliever, Johnson also sets the NL reliever record with 7 consecutive strikeouts. Johnson was one shy of the major league mark, set by Ron Davis, on May 4, 1981.

The Rockies obtain IF Alex Ochoa from the Reds for 2B Todd Walker and minor league OF Robin Jennings. The Reds also call up top OF prospect Adam Dunn, who hit 32 homers in the minors this year, 12 in 39 games for Chattanooga, and 20 in 55 games for Louisville Dunn will clout 19 homers for the Reds including 12 in August, setting the NL rookie record for most HR in any month. The old mark of 11 was set by Frank Robinson, in August 1956. The only other rookies to hit more HR in a month were Rudy York (18, August 1937), Mark McGwire (May, 1987) and Jimmie Hall (13, August 1963). With 50 homers in OB in a season, Dunn is the 3rdyoungest to do it; Tony Lazzeri (1925) and Calvin Felix (4 days younger) in 1947 were younger. Erubial Durazo, in 1999, was the first player to reach double figures in HRs with 2minor league teams and a ML team in one year.

Moises Alou’s 23–game hitting streak is ended in St. Louis’ 4–1 victory over Houston.

20th The Cincinnati Reds send OF Michael Tucker to the Cubs. In return, they get minor league pitchers Chris Booker and Ben Shafer. The Reds also recalled 1B D.T. Cromer.

The train fire of 2 days ago forces another postponement of Anaheim’s game at Baltimore.

21st The Dodgers set a LA team record as they trounce the Rockies, 22–7, the most runs scored by a Dodgers team since July 10, 1943, when they beat the Pirates. LA breaks open the game with 9 runs in the 8th inning. The Dodgers last scored 20 runs at home in 1957, beating the Braves, 20–4. For the Rocks, it is the 5th time they have had a team run up 20 runs on them; they’ve yet to do it themselves. The franchise record for the Blue is 25, done on May 20, 1896 and September 23, 1901.

The Angels defeat the Orioles, 6–5, in 10 innings. 3B Troy Glaus hits a pair of HRs, making him the fastest Angel ever to the 100 career-HR mark.

22nd The Phillies pull out a 3–2 win over the Mets on Bobby Abreu’s 8th inning HR off John Franco. It is the first HR hit by a lefty off Franco since September 22, 1993.

Shane Reynolds, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner become the first Astro pitchers to throw a shutout at Enron Field as they combined to blank the Cubs, 3-0. It took 132 games before the home team calcimined an opponent at Enron, which opened on April 7, 2000. That shutout drought at a new facility tops the old record of 103 games set by the Colorado Rockies after moving into Coors Field in 1995. Last season, Astro hurlers threw only 2 shutouts, both on the road.

Greg Maddux wins his 9th straight, 8–2, over the Expos. Maddux strikes out 7 in 8 innings, and has now pitched 51 innings without a walk. John Smoltz, in his first-ever relief appearance, throws the 9th.

In the Marlins 11–7 win over the Reds, Cincy P Frankie Rodriguez strikes out 4 batters in one inning, the 7th.  He’s the 4th Reds hurler to do it. Earlier this season, Eric Hiljus of the Oakland A’s turned the trick.

At Cleveland, Bartolo Colon pitches the Tribe to a 6–3 win over the Tigers and pulls Cleveland within a game of Minnesota in the AL Central.  Thome adds his AL-high 31st homer. Before the game, the Indians honor their Century 100, with 38 of their all-time greats in attendance. Receiving the biggest applause is Rocky Colavito. Bob Feller, as well as 91-year-old great Mel Harder, also receive huge hands.

23rd The Indians defeat the White Sox, 2–0, as C.C. Sabathia becomes the youngest pitcher to win 10 games in the majors since Edwin Correa did so for the 1986 Texas Rangers.

24th The Yankees edge the Tigers, 6–5, despite an 8th inning moon shot by Detroit’s Juan Encarnacion, off Ramiro Mendoza, that lands in the 2nd row of the empty blue bleacher seats in left CF. It is believed to be the first ball hit into that area since Yankee Stadium was remodeled in 1976.

David Cone runs his record to 6–1 as the Red Sox get past the visiting Blue Jays, 6–4.  The Sox have won the last 10 games that Cone has started.

The Brewers lose their 11th in a row as the Dodgers whip them, 7–2. Green and Sheffield homer in the 6-run 5th inning.

In a three–way deal, the A’s obtain OF Jermaine Dye from the Royals, the Royals get SS Neifi Perez from the Rockies, and the Rockies get 2B Jose Ortiz, OF Mario Encarnacion, and P Todd Belitz from the A’s.

The Rangers send 1B Andres Galarraga to the Giants for minor leaguer OF Chris Magruder, P Erasmo Ramirez, and P Todd Ozias.

25th The Mets leave a club-record 16 runners on base, but still beat the Marlins, 5–2, pinning the loss on Ryan Dempster. Rusch is the winner. Lenny Harris ties Smoky Burgess for 2nd place on the all-time pinch hit list when he doubles.

The Diamondbacks get P Albie Lopez and Mike Difelice from the Devil Rays in exchange for P Nick Bierbrodt (2-2) and OF Jason Conti.

26th Rookie P Chris George, 21, becomes the first lefthander to start for Kansas City in 239 games as he loses to the Mariners, 4–0. The winner is Joel Piniero, who allows one hit in 6 innings to win his first ML decision.

At Bank One Ball Park, Barry Bonds hits a pair of homers off Curt Schilling (14-5), one a grand slam, as the Giants trim the Diamondbacks, 11-3.

The White Sox send P James Baldwin to the Dodgers for 3 minor leaguers—pitchers Onan Masaoka and Gary Majewski, and OF Jeff Barry.

27th The Giants get P Wayne Gomes from the Phillies in exchange for OF Felipe Crespo.

Nearly two weeks after invoking a no-trade clause so he could stay near his family in Tampa, 1B Fred McGriff relents and agrees to a trade with the Cubs. The Devil Rays receive P Manny Aybar and a player to be named. McGriff’s first game will be a night contest at Wrigley on the 29th, a 7-5 Cubs win.

The Mets trade experience for youth, sending pitchers Turk Wendell and Dennis Cook to the Phillies in exchange for pitchers Bruce Chen and Adam Walker. The 2 vets will struggle with the Phils.

28th In a day-night doubleheader, Vinny Castilla of the Houston Astros became the 13th player this season to hit three home runs in a game when he does it against Pittsburgh, but the Pirates still edge the Astros, 9–8, with an amazing comeback. Pittsburgh becomes only the second team in NL history (Cubs, June 29, 1952) to win a game by scoring 7 runs with 2 outs and nobody on base in the 9th inning. Down by 3 runs, Brian Giles caps the scoring with a walk-off “ultimate” grand slam off Astros ace Billy Wagner to win it. Omar Olivares, who allows 4 runs in 2 innings, is the happy winner.  Houston is a 12-3 winner in game 2.

The Twins trade P Mark Redman to the Tigers for P Todd Jones.

30th The Cubs receive P David Weathers and P Roberto Miniel in a trade with the Brewers for P Ruben Quevedo and OF Peter Zoccolillo.

The Yankees reacquire P Sterling Hitchcock from the Padres, sending to San Diego P Brett Jodie and OF Darren Blakely. New York will pluck Jodie off the waiver list in January.

The Giants obtain P Jason Schmidt and OF John Vander Wal from the Pirates for OF Armando Rios and P Ryan Vogelsong. Schmidt will go 7–1 the rest of the year for the Giants and then sign a four-year contract. Vogelsong will undergo Tommy John surgery on September 20.

The Mets send All–Star P Rick Reed to the Twins for OF Matt Lawton.

31st Oakland scores 8 runs in the 3rd inning against Cleveland and go on to defeat the Indians, 11–2.

Troy Glaus hits a 2-run homer in the 8thoff Rich Garces and the Angels edge the Red Sox, 4-3 at Fenway Park.  It is the 7023rdgame played at Fenway, the most ever played in one park. The previous high was Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis with 7022 games.

Brewers manager Davey Lopes is suspended for 2 games and fined by the commissioner’s office for threatening to have his pitchers hit Rickey Henderson. Lopes became upset when Henderson took off for 2nd base in the 7th inning of the Padres 12–5 win on Sunday.

The July 31st trading deadline produces a frenzy of deal-making as 31 players change teams in a total of 12 deals on the last 2 days. A total of 68 players were involved in 24 deals in all of July.

The Indians get OF Milton Bradley from the Expos for P Zach Day.

The Pirates trade P Terry Mulholland to the Dodgers for pitchers Mike Fetters and Adrian Burnside.

The Orioles send P Mike Trombley to the Dodgers for pitchers Kris Foster and Geronimo Gil.

The Red Sox obtain P Ugueth Urbina from the Expos for pitchers Toma Ohka and Rich Rundles. Urbina’s name was one of the most widely mentioned in the trade rumors.

The Royals ship SS Rey Sanchez to the Braves for P Brad Voyles and 2B Alejandro Machado.

The Pirates trade P Mike Williams to the Astros for P Tony McKnight.

The Astros trade P Scott Elarton and a player to be named to the Rockies for P Pedro Astacio.

The Cardinals trade lefty Jason Christianson and cash to the Giants for P Kevin Joseph.  Joseph will go 0-1 in 11 relief appearances next year for St. Louis, while Christianson will make 187 relief appearances for the Giants.