2003 July

1st      The Marlins pound the Braves, 20-1, knocking 25 hits in the process. Both runs and hits are new team marks for Florida.

The Rockies end the Diamondbacks’ franchise-record 12-game winning streak with a 7-4 win over Arizona.

The Mets send 2B Roberto Alomar to the White Sox for pitchers Royce Ring and Edwin Almonte, and IF Andrew Salvo.

The White Sox acquire OF Carl Everett from the Rangers in exchange for 2 or 3 minor leaguers to be named.

2ndMark Clement combines with 3 relief pitchers to hurl a 1-hit shutout over the Phillies, as the Cubs win by a score of 1-0. Sammy Sosa’s leadoff HR in the 9th off Turk Wendell is the game’s only run. David Bell’s single, off the glove of Eric Karros, is the only hit for Philadelphia.

The Royals obtain P Curtis Leskanic and cash from the Brewers. Milwaukee receives minor league P Wes Obermueller and IF Alejandro Machado.

4thThe Red Sox slug 7 HRs in downing the Yankees, 10-3. It is the most homers ever given up in a game by the New Yorkers in their 100-year history.

Trailing 5-0 going into the 8th inning, the Orioles strike for 8 runs and go on to beat the Blue Jays, 8-5.

The Cardinals defeat the Cubs, 11-8, despite 3 HRs by Moises Alou.

5thThe Indians trounce the Twins, 13-2, as Casey Blake stroke 5 hits—including a 2B and 2 HRs—and drives in 7 runs.

6thIn a duel between All-star bound pitchers, Woody Williams of the Cardinals beats the Cubs Mark Prior, 4–1 in Chicago.  The Cubs also lose CF Corey Patterson who tears his ACL trying to beat out a grounder in the 8thinning. Patterson is hitting .298 and leading the team in hits and steals, but he is out for the season.

7thThe Diamondbacks down the Rockies, 14-6. Colorado’s Shea Hillenbrand becomes the seventh player in history to hit HRs in 3 consecutive innings, doing so in the 4th, 5th, and 6th. He has 5 hits for the day—adding a single and double—and drives home 7 runs. Sammy Sosa hit three in three last year.

Matt Clement drives in two runs in the Cubs three-run third as they gaff the visiting Marlins, 6-3. It is the 7023rdgame played at Wrigley Field, surpassing the 7022 games played at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Fenway Park, which surpassed Sportsman’s in 2001 (as noted by historian John Richert), is the leader.

8thThe Indians down the Yankees behind Billy Traber’s 1-hitter, 4-0. It is Traber’s first complete game in his brief career. John Flaherty’s leadoff single in the 3rd inning is New York’s only hit.

9thAdam Everett hits a grand slam off Danny Graves in Houston’s 6-run 1stinning and the Astros add 3 more homers in a 12-2 thrashing of the Reds.

10thThe Republicans defeat the Democrats in the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, 5-3. The Republican victory is a mild upset since the GOP is without their star pitcher from past years, former Oklahoma Congressman Steve Largent. Roll Call began sponsoring the game annually in 1962 and, since then, the Republicans lead the Democrats, 28-14. The game was originally organized in 1909 by former major-leaguer John Tener, a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, but was played only intermittently until Roll Call stepped in.

11thPittsburgh 1B Randall Simon is suspended for 3 games and fined $2,000 for poking one of the Milwaukee sausage mascots with his bat during the sausage race held between innings of the July 9 game between the Pirates and Brewers.  The whacking caused a collision of sausages, prompting manager Ned Yost to say, “I just looked over and saw our weiners in a wad.”

The Marlins obtain P Ugueth Urbina from the Rangers in exchange for 3 minor leaguers: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, OF Will Smith, and P Ryan Snare.

The Cubs young ace Mark Prior injures his shoulder in a collision with Atlanta’s Marcus Giles in the second inning, but pitches till the 6th. Giles leaves the game with a mild concussion. Prior will be out till August 5, when he returns with a 3-hit shutout over the Padres. Bruised today in the collision, he is further roughed up by Vinny Castilla and Andruw Jones, who hit 2-run homers off him. Mike Hampton is the winner, despite giving up a solo HR to Sammy Sosa, number 516.

12thThe White Sox defeat the Indians, 7-4 in 10 innings, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Paul Konerko’s 3-run HR is the winning blow. Tom Gordon gets the save for Chicago, becoming the 14th pitcher in history to notch at least 100 career wins and 100 saves.

The Giants beat the Diamondbacks, 8-1. Barry Bonds hits his 30th HR of the year to join Jimmie Foxx as the only players with 12 straight 30-HR seasons.

13thThe Rockies trade C Ben Petrick to the Tigers for P Adam Bernero.

The Giants get P Matt Herges from the Padres. In return, SD gets minor league P Clay Hensley and a player to be named.

14thAnaheim OF Garret Anderson defeats St. Louis’ Luis Pujols in the finals of the All-Star Home Run Derby.

The Mets send OF Jeromy Burnitz to the Dodgers in exchange for minor leaguers Victor Diaz, Joselo Diaz, and Kole Strayhorn.

The Dodgers sign OF Rickey Henderson to a contract.

15thThe American League defeats the National League in the All-Star Game, 7-6, on Hank Blalock’s 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning. Anaheim’s Garret Anderson gets a double and a HR for the AL and is named the game’s MVP, while his Angels teammate Brendan Donnelly is the winning pitcher. Donnelly has now won a WS game and an All-star game, and yet has only one regular season career victory. His 2ndcareer win will come on July 28.

16thMinnie Minoso becomes the first player to play professional baseball in 7 decades when he walks in the 1st inning as DH for the St. Paul Saints in their Northern League game against Gary. Minoso currently works in the Chicago White Sox community relations department.

The Mets send P Armando Benitez to the Yankees for pitcher Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia, and Ryan Bicondoa. Benitez will compile a 1.93 ERA in 3 weeks in pinstripes before the Yanks trade him to Seattle for Jeff Nelson.

The Blue Jays trade OF Shannon Stewart to the Twins in exchange for OF Bobby Kielty.

17thKansas City beats Seattle, 7-1. Royals’ SS Angel Berroa hits his 10th HR of the year, just the 16th rookie shortstop in history to reach double figures in fourbaggers.

18thThe Braves beat the Mets, 11-4. Gary Sheffield goes 5-for-5 for Atlanta, with a pair of homers.

At Kauffman Stadium, Ichiro Suzuki hits a grand slam in the top of the 9th as the Mariners sink the Royals, 6-3. Mike MacDougal serves up the salami.

The Indians trade OF Shane Spencer and P Ricardo Rodriguez to the Rangers for promising OF Ryan Ludwick.

The Diamondbacks send SS Tony Womack to the Rockies in exchange for P Mike Watson.

19thLance Berkman, Richard Hidalgo, and Morgan Ensberg hit consecutive homers for Houston in the 1st inning and the Astros go on to defeat the Reds, 9-8. Ryan Wagner, the Reds’ number one draft pick this season, became the first member of the 2003 draft class to make the majors; Wagner played a total of nine games in the minors prior to his call up.

The Braves beat the Mets, 7-4, as John Smoltz collects his 100th career save. He becomes the 15th pitcher in history to record both 100 career saves and victories.

The Rangers take advantage of Victor Zambrano’s wildness to defeat the Devil Rays, 7-3. Zambrano hits 4 batters with pitches to tie the major league mark.

20thThe Braves score 8 runs in the 8th inning and go on to beat the Mets, 11-8.

The Astros down the Reds, 6-3, as Jeff Bagwell hits a pair of HRs to give him 400 for his career. He is the 35th player in history to reach that mark.

The Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 10-7, as Luis Pujols hits the 100th HR of his career. He becomes the 4th player to reach that number in his first 3 ML seasons, and the 7th youngest to get 100.

The Pirates trade P Mike Williams to the Phillies for minor league P Frank Brooks.

21stThe Cubs trounce the Braves, 15-6. Tom Goodwin gets 5 of Chicago’s 21 hits in the rout, with Matty Alou going 4-for-6 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI. Mark Grudzielanek has 4 hits and 4 runs, and Sosa has a homer and 4 RBI.  This is the second straight game that the Cubs have amassed 20 hits, just the sixth time its been accomplished since 1957. The Rangers did it last year.

In a 5–3 win over the visiting Astros, Matt Stairs of the Pirates becomes the first player to hit two home runs into the Allegheny River at PNC Park; Stairs hit his first river ball while playing for the Cubs two years ago. Josh Fogg (6-4) is the winning pitcher.

22ndBecause of salary cap concerns, the Pirates trade OF Kenny Lofton and 3B Aramis Ramirez to the Cubs in exchange for IF Jose Hernandez, P Matt Brulack, and a player to be named (Bobby Hill). Pittsburgh also sends pitchers Scott Sauerbeck and Mike Gonzalez to the Red Sox for pitchers Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez.

The Yankees acquire vet P Jesse Orosco from the Padres for a player to be named.

23rdThe Yankees top the Orioles, 4-2, as Andy Pettitte wins his 7th straight game. Pettitte becomes the first pitcher to win 12 games in each of his first 9 seasons since Stan Coveleski turned the trick (1916-26).

Well, this is easy.  Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu fills in as manager and Texas responds with a 12-9 win over the Angels.  Texas jumps on starter Jarrod Washburn for 10 runs in 3+ innings. Doug Glanville has 4 hits and Shane Spencer drives in 4 runs. Wakamatsu will lose tomorrow but the two games are good training for him when he takes over the helm of the Mariners in 2009.

24thThe Phillies trounce the Cubs, 14-6, scoring 9 runs in the 6th inning. Bobby Abreu ties a team record by driving home 5 runs in the frame.

25thThe White Sox ride Frank Thomas’ 400th career HR to a 7-2 win over the Devil Rays. Thomas becomes the 36th player to reach the milestone.

The Rockies defeat the Brewers, 7-3, as Chin-Hui Tsao, the first Taiwanese pitcher in ML history gets the victory.

26thThe Indians score 8 runs in the 2nd inning and go on to defeat the Mariners, 9-2.

27thThe Expos club the Braves, 13-10. Atlanta’s Marcus Giles ties a ML record with 4 consecutive doubles in the game.

The Blue Jays upend the Orioles, 10-1, as Roy Halladay wins his 15th consecutive decision.

Gary Carter and Eddie Murray are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Former Metrodome superintendent Dick Ericson tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he tried to manipulate the outcome of Twins games by the use of electric fans in the late innings. The power of the electric fans needed to be increased near the end of games to keep the roof inflated as doors were opened for spectators to leave. Ericson said he would increase the number of fans blowing from between first and third bases, starting in the last of the eighth if the Twins were behind, thus giving the Twins the chance at two innings of batting in these conditions and with only one inning at bat for the visiting team.  Despite Ericson’s admission, which was backed up by another Metrodome employee, it remains unclear how much effect the added fans had on the distance of fly balls.  Ericson also made clear that he manipulated the air flow on his own, not at the request of the Twins nor the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. Bobby Valentine, when he was managing the Texas Rangers, was the most vociferous in suggesting that electric fans behind the plate were turned on to blow air toward the outfield when the Twins were at bat.  The Twins scoffed at the charges.

28thThe Rangers rout the Mariners, 10-1, behind Rafael Palmeiro’s 2 HRs and 7 RBIs.

The Reds fire manager Bob Boone and replace him on an interim basis with Dave Miley. General manager Jim Bowden is also fired, as are coaches Tim Foli and Tom Robson.

29thThe Red Sox down the Rangers, 14-7, as Bill Mueller becomes the first player in history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in the same game. Mueller hits one from the right side in the 7th inning and from the left side an inning later. He also hits a solo HR in the 3rd to give him 3 HRs and 9 RBIs on the day. He is the 12thplayer with two slams in a game.

The Braves beat the Astros, 6-3, behind the hot hitting of Marcus Giles. Giles goes 5-for-5 to give him 9 consecutive hits, just one off the NL record. He is the first Nler since Brett Butler to have three straight four-hit games.

The Diamondbacks get OF Raul Mondesi from the Yankees for OF David Dellucci, P Bret Prinz, and C Jon-Mark Sprowl.

The White Sox obtain pitchers Scott Schoeneweis and Doug Nickle from the Angels for pitchers Gary Glover, Scott Dunn, and Tim Bittner.

The Reds send P Scott Williamson to the Red Sox for minor league P Phil Dumatrait, a player to be named, and cash in excess of $1 million, which is more than the amount allowable. The Yankees protest to Selig in vain.

The Yankees send veteran pitcher Dan Miceli to Houston for future considerations.  For Miceli, it is his fourth ML team this year. Dave Martinez in 2000 was the last player to play for four teams in a season.

The Mariners get vet SS Rey Sanchez from the Mets for minor league OF Kenny Kelly.

30thThe White Sox pound the Royals, 15-4, behind 3 HRs and 6 RBIs from Jose Valentin.

The Mariners score 9 runs in the 1st inning and go on to defeat the Tigers, 13-3.

The A’s send pitchers Aaron Harang, Jeff Bruksch, and Joe Valentin to the Reds. In return, Oakland receives OF Jose Guillen.

The Cubs obtain OF Doug Glanville from the Rangers in exchange for OF Jason Fransz and cash.

31stOakland wins its 9thstraight, edging Tampa Bay, 4–3.  Rookie Rich Harden earns the win with 10 K’s in 7 innings. Devil Ray coaches Lee Elia and John McLaren are tossed in the 5thfor protesting a call, and TB starter Jermi Gonzalez, who goes 8 innings in the loss, is also tossed, one of the few times in memory that a pitcher throws a CG and earns an ejection. After pitching the 8th, Gonzalez, who had complained about ump Joe Brinkman’s calls, continued his grumbling and finally fired a bucket of sunflower seeds onto the field, earning him an ejection (which does not appear in the box score).

In Arlington, the Red Sox get solo homers from David Ortiz and Trot Nixon but Alex Rodriguez breaks a 3-3 tie with a walkoff grand slam in the 9th. Texas wins, 7-3.

The Reds acquire pitchers Brandon Claussen and Charlie Manning and cash from the Yankees for 3B Aaron Boone. They also send P Gabe White to the Yanks for a player to be named.  The deal had been for the 2 Reds players for the Yankee players and about $1.4 million, but Selig vetoed the deal because it exceeded the $1 million limit, forcing the teams to make it 2 transactions.

The Devil Rays send P Al Levine to the Royals for cash.

The Dodgers get 3B Robin Ventura from the Yankees for OF Bubba Crosby and P Scott Procter. Ventura became available when the Yanks obtained Boone from the Reds.

The Giants, vulnerable with Rueter going on the DL, obtain P Sidney Ponson from the Orioles for a hefty package including pitchers Kurt Ainsworth, Damian Moss, and blue chipper Ryan Hannaman. It is more of a rental as Ponson will resign with the Orioles in January saying. “I love Baltimore.”

Did you guys even unpack? The Pittsburgh Pirates trade pitchers Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez to the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Mike Gonzalez. Just a week ago, the Red Sox had swapped Lyon and Martinez to the Pirates for Gonzalez, but Lyon had a sore arm and the deal was rescinded. Whoops. On the mulligan, the Pirates add pitcher Jeff Suppan while Boston throws in minor league infielder Freddy Sanchez. Suppan will start just 10 games for the Sox, while Sanchez and Gonzalez will star for the Bucs.