2002 July

2nd  The Giants scored 8 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 18–5 rout of the Rockies. OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo gets 5 hits for SF, including a 2B and 2 HRs. Damon Minor, Shinjo, and Reggie Sanders each homer twice to tie a ML record. The Giants become the 16th team to have 3 players with multiple HRs in the same game.

The White Sox batter the Tigers, 17–9. The two teams combined to hit a ML  record–tying 12 HRs, 6 apiece,  in the contest, matching the record they set together on May 28, 1995. Nine different players hit homers, which also ties the ML mark. Dmitri Young and Magglio Ordonez connect for a deuce with Magglio’s 2nda grand slam. Todd Richie gives up 5 runs in 7 innings for the win.

At Cincinnati, the Astros and Reds play the first inning with non–regulation baseballs, the result of a mix–up by an attendant in the umpires’ locker room. The attendant did not notice the word “practice” stenciled on the 144 balls he rubbed up for the game; the practice balls generally have defects such as irregular stitching or weight deviations. Astros pitcher Wade Miller notices the practice ball when warming up and informs ump Mark Hirschback, who rules that the practice balls must be used in the bottom of the 1stbefore switching. Reds starter Wade Miller served up a homer in the 1stto Lance Berkman, who hits another in his next at bat, good for 5 RBIs. He leads the NL with 74 ribbies. The Astros win in the 10th, 6–5. Austin Kerns has 4 hits, and Adam Dunn a homer for the Reds.

A combined total of 62 HRs are hit in today’s games, breaking the old ML mark set on April 7, 2000. A record 9 players have multiple HR games, breaking the previous mark of 8.

The Yankees obtain OF Raul Mondesi from the Blue Jays in exchange for minor league P Scott Wiggins.

4thThe Yankees defeat the Indians, 7–1. Jim Thome has his streak of consecutive games hitting a HR stopped at 7, one short of the ML record.

5thThe Cubs fire manager Don Baylor and hire Bruce Kimm in his place.

The Twins score 8 runs in the 7th inning to down the Mariners, 8–4.

Ted Williams passes away at age 83.

The Yankees obtain P Jeff Weaver from the Tigers in a 3–team deal. NY sends P Ted Lilly to the Oakland A’s while the Athletics send IF Carlos Pena to Detroit. The Tigers also acquire P Franklin German and a player to be named from Oakland, while the A’s get OF John–Ford Griffin and P Jason Arnold from New York.

6thThe Astros defeat the Pirates, 10–2. Houston OF Daryle Ward becomes the first player to hit a HR into the Allegheny River beyond PNC Park’s right–field wall on the fly.

The Diamondbacks bolster their bullpen by acquiring P Mike Fetters from the Pirates in exchange for minor league prospect Duaner Sanchez.

The Phillies call up 30-year–old Joe Roa, winner of 20 straight games in the minor leagues. He won his last 6 decisions with Calgary in 2001 and was 14–0 at Wilkes–Barre this year. Roa was closing in on the IL record of 20 straight wins set by Jim Parnham of Baltimore, in 1923. The last 20–game winner in the IL was in 1950.

7thCardinals 2B Placido Polanco gets 5 hits in leading St. Louis to a 12–6 win over the Dodgers.

The Indians score 8 runs in the 3rd inning on their way to a 9–3 win over the White Sox.

8thJason Giambi outhomers Sammy Sosa, 7–1, in the final round to take the 2002 All–Star Home Run Derby.

Mike Veeck’s Class A Charleston Riverdogs defeat the Columbus RedStixx, 4–2, on “Nobody Night” in Charleston. Fans were barred from Joe Riley Stadium in the team’s attempt to set an all–time record low attendance for a single game. The previous mark is believed to have been 12 set in 1881. Fans are let into the park after the 5th inning, at which time the attendance is officially recorded as 0. All the scoring occurs before the fans are let in.

9thIn a controversial finish, the All–Star Game ends in a 7–7 tie after 11 innings as both the National and American leagues run out of pitchers. Both managers discuss it with commissioner Bud Selig, who calls the game. Alfonso Soriano and Barry Bonds hit HRs in the contest.

10thClemson SS Khalil Greene is named winner of the 2002 Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

11thThe Mets score 8 runs in the 8th inning to break a 1–1 tie and defeat the Phillies, 9–1.

The Indians fire manager Charlie Manuel and replaced him on an interim basis with coach Joel Skinner.

The Marlins trade P Ryan Dempster to the Reds for OF Juan Encarnacion, IF Wilton Guerrero, and minor league P Ryan Snare. A casualty of the trade is 15,000 Dempster bobblehead dolls that the Marlins are stuck with. Florida then sends OF Cliff Floyd, IF Guerrero, minor league P Claudio Vargas and $1.5 million to the Expos in exchange for pitchers Carl Pavano and Graeme Lloyd, IF Mike Mordecai, and minor leaguer Justin Wayne.

13thThe Tigers defeat the White Sox twice, 5–3 and 3–1, to mark their first sweep of a double–header in almost 9 years. The Tigers also trade pitcher Adam Bernero (1-12) to the Rockies, where he will add 2 losses to his record for the year.

14thThe Royals defeat the Angels, 12–3, as Raul Ibanez hits a grand slam in the 1st inning and a 3–run HR in the 2nd inning to tie a club record with 7 RBIs.

The Twins beat the Rangers, 5–4, despite a pair of HRs by Alex Rodriguez. The round–trippers give Rodriguez his 6th 30–HR season, breaking Ernie Banks’ record for shortstops.

Jared Fernandez of the Cincinnati Reds wins his first major–league game, pitching 7 strong innings to beat Houston, 8–3. The game is played with Houston’s retractable roof closed because of the heat. The 30-year–old is the third knuckleballer in the majors joining Steve Sparks of the Detroit Tigers and Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox. Scott Sullivan takes over for Fernandez, retiring Jeff Bagwell, who is 0–for–22 against him.

Cleveland’s Bill Selby turns a 6-7 deficit into a 10–7 Indians win with a 9thinning ultimate walkoff grand slam. His 2-out blast comes off Yankees ace Mariano Rivera, who allows 6 runs in 2/3 inning.  The Yankees blow a 7-0 lead after cuffing around Chuck Finley for 4 innings.

Nelson “The Admiral” Barrera, the Mexican League’s all–time home run leader dies in Campeche, Mexico. He is electrocuted when he tried to free roofing that had blown into high-tension lines on his property. Barrera hit 455 home runs during a 26-year career in the Mexican Baseball League. Up to 2 months, the 4four-year–old Barrera was the player–manager of the Campeche Pirates of the Southern Division of the MBL. He also has the career record for RBIs with 1,944.

15thThe Phillies slug 3 HRs in an 8–run 9th inning to come from behind and overtake the Expos, 11–8.

Reds P Chris Reitsma hurls a 5–hitter, shutting out the Brewers, 2–0. The win ends a streak of 151 starts by Cincinnati pitchers without a complete game.

16thThe Red Sox defeat the Tigers, 9–4, as OF Manny Ramirez gets a career–high 5 hits, including a double and homer. Detroit 2B Damion Easley ties a major league record by being hit by pitches 3 times.

17thMinnesota’s Torii Hunter, angered after he is hit by a pitch, picks up the ball and fires it at Indians pitcher Danys Baez in the fifth inning of an 8–5 Twins win. Hunter’s throw hits the pitcher in the leg but he stays in the game. After the game Baez goes into the Twins clubhouse to apologize. Thome, Selby and Broussard homer for the Tribe, while David Ortiz and Dustan Mohr hit 2–run homers. Rick Reed (7–5) wins but has to shoo away a seagull that walks out to the mound: it’s the gull’s 3rdstraight appearance.

18thThe Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 5–4, as Baltimore SS Melvin Mora ties a major league record by being hit by a pitch 3 times.

Kenny Lofton hits a leadoff HR for the White Sox, who take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 9thagainst KC.  But Carlos Beltran leads off with a homer and Michael Tucker hits 2-run homer for the game ender.  Lofton will hit another leadoff HR tomorrow, also a Sox loss.

19thAnaheim OF Tim Salmons strokes 5 hits in the Angels 15–3 win over the Mariners. He drives home 5 runs in the contest, including 3 on his 15th HR of the year. The Angels score 8 runs in the 6th inning to break open the game.

Oakland defeats Texas, 10–0, behind Cory Lidle’s 1–hitter. The Rangers’ only hit is Juan Gonzalez’s leadoff 2B in the 8th inning.

The Cardinals acquire veteran P Chuck Finley from the Indians for minor league 1B Luis Garcia and outfielder Covelli “Coco” Crisp, the Cards minor league player of the year in 2001. Finley will go 7-4 but retire at the end of the season. Coco will be a good addition but Garcia, considered the key to the deal for Cleveland, will flop.

20thLeading 4–1, the Blue Jays score 7 runs in the 5th inning to take an 11–1 lead over the Devil Rays. Tampa Bay, however, comes back with 7 runs of their own in the next inning. Toronto holds on for a 12–10 win.

Pittsburgh defeats St. Louis, 15–6. Pirate OF Adam Hyzdu drives home 7 runs with 4 hits, including a pair of homers.

21stThe Royals score a run in the bottom half of the 10th inning when Raul Ibanez is HBP with the bases loaded. Heath Murray does the plunking after giving up a hit and 2 walks. KC pulls out a 13–12 win over the Indians, overcoming homers from the first two Tribe batters, Chris Magruder and Omar Visquel. Ibanez helps KC with a homer and triple and 5 RBIS, while Carlos Beltran has a grand slam.  Milton Bradley gets 5 hits and 5 RBIs for Cleveland, including 3 doubles and a HR.

Orioles’ P Scott Erickson is arrested after getting into a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. He is charged with second–degree assault.

22ndThe Twins top the White Sox, 11–6, as OF Jacque Jones gets 5 hits, including a HR.

23rdNomar Garciaparra strokes 3 HRs, including a grand slam, and drives in 8 runs on his birthday as the Red Sox pummel the Devil Rays, 22–4, in the opener of a day–night doubleheader. The round–trippers give him 5 in 2 games to tie a ML record. Boston scores 10 runs in the 3rd inning to break the game open. Tampa Bay comes back to take the second game, 5-4.

The Reds obtain P Brian Moehler and IF Matt Boone from the Tigers in exchange for IF David Espinosa and two players to be named. Moehler, 1–1 with a 2.29 ERA, will go 2-4 with a  6.02 ERA as a Red.

The Dodgers get IF Tyler Houston from the Brewers in exchange for pitchers Ben Diggins and Shane Nance.

24thDamian Moss allows only a single safety in 7 innings as the Braves hold the Marlins to that one hit in a 10–0 victory. Derrek Lee’s leadoff single in the 5th inning is Florida’s only hit.

The Tigers shut out the Royals, 3–0, in 1 hour and 41 minutes—the fastest 9–inning game in the major leagues since 1984.

Oakland defeats Anaheim, 5–1, as Miguel Tejada hits his 22nd HR of the season. It is the 117th round–tripper of his career, breaking Eddie Joost’s career record for an Athletic SS.

Blue Jays veteran catcher Darrin Fletcher retires. Tom Wilson, with 68 ML games, is now the Jays vet backstop.

25thThe Athletics obtain 2B Ray Durham from the White Sox in exchange for Triple–A P Jon Adkins.

The Dodgers sent OF Hiram Bocachica to the Tigers for minor league P Tom Farmer and a player to be named.

26thThe Rangers defeat the Athletics, 12–4, as Carl Everett becomes the first Ranger ever to homer twice in the same inning. He does so in Texas’ 9–run 7th.

27thThe Mariners defeat the Angels, 3–1, ending Jarrod Washburn’s 12–game winning streak, the longest in the majors this season.

Alex Rodriguez has a pair of homers, including a 10thinning walkoff grand slam of Billy Koch, to lift the Rangers to a 10–6 win over Oakland. A-Rod’s grand slam comes on his birthday, the second birthday grand slam in 4 days. Garciaparra celebrated on the 24th.

Jason Giambi has a homer and 5 runs scored as the Yankees double the Indians, 14-7. Nick Johnson also homers to back David Wells.

28thOakland scores 8 runs in the 9th inning to complete their 12–2 win over Texas. Dave Burba allows 7 of the runs in a third of an inning. Tejada’s 3-run triple and David Justice’s 2-run homer provide the punch in the inning.

The Indians score 5 runs in the bottom of the 9thoff Juan Acevedo to beat Detroit, 9–6. Jim Thome, who has 5 RBIs on 3 hits, caps the scoring with a walkoff grand slam.

At Tropicana, the Yankees back Andy Pettitte with two homers, a solo by Posada and a grand slam by Robin Ventura, to beat the D Rays, 9–1.

The White Sox trade OF Kenny Lofton to the Giants in exchange for minor league pitchers Felix Diaz and Ryan Meaux.

The Indians send P Paul Shuey to the Dodgers. In return, the Tribe gets P Terry Mulholland and minor league pitchers Ricardo Rodriguez and Francisco Cruceta.

Ozzie Smith is inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

29thThe Phillies send soon–to–be free agent All–Star 3B Scott Rolen to the Cardinals in exchange for 3B Placido Polanco, and pitchers Bud Smith and Mike Timlin. Rolen will re–up with the Cards. Bud Smith, a budding star last year when he went 6-3 with a no-hitter, slumped to 1-5 in his sophomore season with the Birds.  The Phillies will send him to the minors and his promising career is over.

The White Sox trade C Sandy Alomar Jr. to the Rockies. In return, Chicago gets P Enemencio Pacheco.

30thMontreal OF Cliff Floyd is traded for the second time in 3 weeks, going to the Red Sox in exchange for a song–minor league pitchers Seuny Jun Song and Sun Woo Kim.

31st  The Angels obtain OF Alex Ochoa and C Sal Fasano from the Brewers in exchange for C Jorge Fabregas and two players to be named.

The Red Sox get P Bobby Howry from the White Sox in return for pitchers Frankie Francisco and Byeong Hak An.

The Cubs and Pirates swap outfielders with Chad Hermanson going to Chicago and Darren Lewis to Pittsburgh.

The Rockies send OF Todd Hollandsworth and P Dennys Reyes to the Rangers for OF Gabe Kapler and IF Jason Romano.

The Rockies trade P John Thomson and OF Mark Little to the Mets in exchange for OFs Jay Payton and Robert Stratton, and P Mark Corey.

The Mets get pitchers Steve Reed and Jason Middlebrook from the Padres for pitchers Bobby Jones and Josh Reynolds, and minor league OF Jason Bay, obtained in March.