2008 July

1st  Guess we’ll make our plane.  At Coors Field, Aaron Cook (11-5) needs just 79 pitches to shut out the Padres as the Rockies win, 4-0. Cook allows 5 singles.

2ndThe Rays edge the Red Sox, 7-6, to sweep the defending WS champions for the second time this year. It’s the first time in ML history that a team with the worst record in the ML the previous season has two series sweeps against the defending World Series champion.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks enjoy a 9 run 7thinning as they pummel the Rangers, 18-7. Alex Rodriguez has a 3-run homer in the 7thand Jason Giambi has a 2-run double in the frame against Warner Madrigal, making his ML debut.  Madrigal records an out but gives up 6 runs and leaves with a loss. Giambi registers a grand slam in the 4th.

The San Diego Padres go south to spend money, as they sign three talented Venezuelan players to seven-figure contracts: right Adys Portillo ($2 million), OF Luis Domoromo ($.125 million) and SS Alvaro Aristy ($1 million). Earlier, the Pads signed Aussie rules footballer, Corey Adamson for $500,000. The bonus to Portillo is the highest ever to a Venezuelan, surpassing the $1.8 million paid to Miguel Cabrera in 1999.  The Reds will top the record next month when they sign Yorman Rodriguez.

3rdMinor league pitcher Pat Venditte’s rare ambidextrous abilities prompts the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation (PBUC) to issue a new rule for dealing with ambidextrous pitchers, limiting the number of times that a switch-pitcher and switch-hitter can change sides during one at-bat. The “Venditte rule”  says that the pitcher must start with one hand or the other and is not permitted to change hands until the batter is retired. The batter must then choose which side of the plate he will bat from. There will be no warm-up pitches during a change.

4thThe Cubs edge the Cardinals, 2-1. Albert Pujols hits the 300th HR of his ML career for St. Louis’ only run. He becomes the fifth-youngest player to reach the milestone.

The Rockies bounce back from a 9-run deficit to edge the Marlins, 18-17. Garrett Atkins gets 5 hits for Colorado, including a double and one of the Rockies’ 6 homers. Matt Holliday drives in 5 runs for the Rox, while Cody Ross matches him as the teams combine for 43 hits. Taylor Buchholz earns the win with a hitless 9th.

Behind 4 RBIs by Mike Lowell, 3 on a 3-run homer in the 6th, and an odd 2-run triple by Kevin Youkilis, the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 6-4, at Yankee Stadium. In the 3rd, Youk hits a long fly to the wall in LF that Johnny Damon leaps and briefly snags. But his mitt hits the top of the wall and the ball pops out. Damon, injured on the play, is slow to retrieve the ball and Youkilis slow foots it around the 3B. Damon will be out of action for two weeks.

5thIn a black and blue game, the Yankees edge the Red Sox, 2-1. Manny Ramirez is hit by a pitch 3 times to tie the ML record, and the 2 teams combined for 7 batsmen hit by pitches to match the modern big league mark. Since 2000, the two teams have combined to hit each other 155 times.

6thRosters for this year’s All-Star Game are announced. The Red Sox and Cubs each place 7 players on the team. Alex Rodriguez—the top overall vote-getter for the 2nd straight year—and Manny Ramirez will make their 12th appearances in the mid-season classic. Chase Utley leads the NL voting. A total of 25 players were named to the teams for the first time, while the Rangers’ Milton Bradley is the first player chosen to start an AS Game after playing for at least six different teams.

The Braves edge the Astros, 7-6, in 17 innings in the longest game in time and innings (5 hours, 35 minutes) in Turner Field history. The pitchers combine to throw 561 pitches including 343 strikes. Mark Teixeira’s bases loaded single wins it.  Chipper Jones has a single, triple and homer in 5 at bats and is walked 4 times. Ty Wiggenton has a grand slam for Houston.

The Tigers defeat the Mariners, 2-1, in 15 innings. Mariners manager Jim Riggleman uses catcher Jamie Burke to pitch the 15th inning. Burke serves up a double and a game-winning sacrifice fly to take the loss. He joins Granny Hammer (1956), Jose Oquendo (1988) and Jeff Hamilton (1989) as the only position players to record pitching losses in the majors since 1954.

7thThe Dodgers shut out the Braves, 3-0, on Hiroki Kuroda’s 1-hitter. Kuroda retires the first 21 batters he faces before Mark Teixeira lines a 2B to lead off the 8th inning.

The Indians trade Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia to the Brewers for prospects, Matt LaPorta, Rob Bryson, Zach Jackson, and a player to be named (1B/OF Michael Brantley). Sabathia, who will be a free agent at the end of the year, joins David Cone (1992) and Randy Johnson (1998) as the only pitchers traded while leading the majors in strikeouts; he has 123 K’s.  CC (6-8) will roll to an 11-2 mark as a Brewer.

8thThe NL Central-leading Cubs obtain pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin from the Athletics in exchange for P Sean Gallagher, outfielders Matt Murton and Eric Patterson, and minor leaguer, but will be finished in a year and a half. The throw-in Donaldson will prove to be the gem. Harden, 5-1 with the A’s, will match that in Chicago this year. Gauden will go 4-2 in his half season in Chicago, but his 6.26 ERA and a poor spring will earn him his release in early April next year.

The Rangers edge the Angels, 3-2, as Texas 2B Ian Kinsler extends his hitting streak to 20 games. It will end on July 13 at 25 games, tops in the ML this year. SS Michael Young had a 23-game streak earlier in the season, making the pair the first DP combo since 1900 to each have hitting streaks of 20 or more games in the same season.

10thThe Twins edge the Tigers, 7-6, in 11 innings. Justin Morneau goes 5-for-5 for Minnesota, including a pair of doubles and the game-winning HR.

At Dodger Stadium, Henley Ramirez has 5 hits, including an 11thinning homer, to pace the Marlins to a 5-4 win over the Dodgers.

John Lackey gives up 15 hits in 5+ innings but his Angels beat Texas, 11-10, in 11 innings. Howie Kendrick has a double and a pair of homers for the Haloes. Texas has 20 hits in the loss.

In a barn burner at Nationals Park, Washington scores 2 runs in the 9thagainst starter Dan Haren to tie the Diamondbacks at 2 apiece. They then score 3 in 10thto tie at 5 apiece, then wilt as the Snakes score a pair in the 11thto win, 7-5. Arizona now leads the Dodgers by a game.

11thThe Indians beat the Rays, 5-0. Cleveland becomes the first team in ML history to snap a double-digit losing streak with a pair of wins by 5 or more runs over the team with the best record in the league. The Tribe defeated the Rays, 13-2, on Thursday, ending a 10-game losing streak.

The Mets edge the Rockies, 2-1, and become the first NL team in history to hold opponents to 3 or fewer hits in 4 consecutive games. Three AL teams have accomplished the feat.

The Marlins defeat the Dodgers, 3-1, as rookie P Chris Volstad wins his first ML start. Volstad also won his ML debut with 2 innings of relief last Sunday, making him just the third pitcher in the last 20 years to win his first 2 appearances, one as a starter and one in relief.

12thThe Mets defeat the Rockies, 3-0, as Pedro Martinez, Carlos Muniz, Aaron Heilman, Scott Schoeneweis and Billy Wagner combine on a 1-hitter. Brian Hawpe’s 4th-inning single against Martinez is Colorado’s only hit. New York becomes the first team in modern ML history to hold their opponents to 3 or fewer hits in 5 consecutive games.

Brent Lillibridge has a double and homer off Greg Maddux, as the Braves beat the Padres, 4-1. Maddux gives up 3 runs in 7 innings. He also has a single and stolen base, the only steal the Padres will register in July.

13thRed Sox prospect Che-Shuan Lin hits a 2-run homer to lead the World team to a 3-0 victory over the US team in the Futures Game. Lin is named the game’s MVP for his heroics.

The Brewers edge the Reds, 3-2, as CC Sabathia hurls a complete game and also homers. He becomes the first pitcher to hit homers in both leagues in one season since Earl Wilson did it in 1970.

14thJustin Morneau wins the Home Run Derby, edging Josh Hamilton, 5-3, in the final round. Hamilton, however, steals the show, hitting a record 28 homers in the 1st round.

In the Texas League, Springfield sweeps two games at Tulsa, with the 2nd game going 13 innings. When the game goes into extra innings, each team brings in a catcher to pitch. Tulsa uses Brian Esposito, who pitches 4 innings, allowing 4 runs in the 13th to take the 7-3 loss. The winning pitcher/catcher is Matt Pagnozzi, nephew of former Cardinal catcher Tom Pagnozzi. He goes 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win, a rare instance of two position players getting a decision in the same game.

15thThe AL wins the longest All-Star Game in its 79-year history, defeating the NL, 4-3, in 15 innings. JD Drew is named the game’s MVP for hitting a 2-run HR to tie the contest in the 7th. Matt Holliday homers for the NL, as Scott Kazmir picks up the win. Michael Young’s sacrifice fly drives home the winning run. He becomes the only player in ML history to have two game-winning RBIs in the 9th inning or later in All-Star Game history. His 2-run 9th-inning triple won the game for the AL in 2006. Dan Uggla has a bad day making three errors, striking out three times and hitting into a double play. Brett Myers takes the loss, his only loss in 2008. Evan Longoria is the first rookie to drive in an All-star run since Tom Tresh in 1962. All 63 available All-Stars are used topping the previous record set in 2002 of 60 players used. There were 109 at bats (breaking the record of 101 set in 1950), 34 strikeouts and 453 pitches thrown by 23 pitchers. The 4-hour, 50-minute affair is the longest All-star game ever.

16thFlorida State C Buster Posey wins USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top amateur player. Posey was picked by the Giants with the 5th overall selection in the June draft and he will sign August 15 with the largest upfront bonus in draft history: $6.5 million.

17thO Solo Mio.  Troy Glaus hits two homers and Rick Ankiel and Joe Mather add one each —all off San Diego’s Jake Peavy—and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Padres 4-3. Kyle Lohse goes to 12-2 with 7 innings of pitching.

In the 47th annual Congressional baseball game, the GOP rallies for three runs in the bottom of the 7th to win, 11-10. The Donkeys scored 6 runs in the top of the 7th to come back. Five of the runs come off Nevada Senator John Ensign, who “apparently is worse at pitching than he is at fundraising (The Plank)”. He walks four and gives up a hit before being replaced. With the score 11-9 with one out in the bottom of the 7th, Rep. Connie Mack, wearing a Philadelphia A’s uniform, hits a bases loaded comebacker to the pitcher Baca.  He gets the second out on a throw to catcher Chris Murphy,” a notorious fielding liability,” but the Connecticut congressman overthrows first base for a two-run error and the game.  The Democrats have not won since 2000.

The Oakland Athletics trade pitcher Joe Blanton (5-12) to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor leaguers Josh Outman, Adrian Cardenas and Matt Spencer. Blanton will go 4-0 for the Phils.

18thAt the Metrodome, Glen Perkins (6-2) pitches 6 innings and three Twins relievers finish up as Minnesota hands the Rangers their first shutout of the year, 6-0. Texas garners 3 hits. Texas is the last ML team to be shut out.

19thThe Tigers score 6 runs in the top of the 1st inning, but lose to the Orioles, 11-10 in 10 innings. The Tigers are the first team since 1919 to lose a pair of games in the same season in which they score 6 runs in the top of the 1st.

20thBehind Vicente Padilla’s 7 innings, the Rangers edge the Twins, 1-0, on rookie Taylor Teagarden’s first ML hit, a 6th-inning homer off Scott Baker. He is only the 4th player in the last 75 years to homer in a 1-0 win on their first ML hit. Don Lock (1962), Jim Fridley (1952), and Phil Cavarretta (1934) are the others to accomplish the feat.

High fives. Willie Harris has a homer and 5 RBIs, Austin Kearns homers and scores 5 runs and Jesus Flores has 5 hits as the Nationals stomp the Braves, 15-6.  Mark Teixeira has a pair of homers for Atlanta.

At Busch, Troy Glaus hits a 3-run homer in the 8thto give the Cardinals a 5-3 lead over the Padres, only to see the Pads tie it with 2 in the 9th. Aaron Miles ends it with a walkoff grand slam, off Bryan Corey, to give St. Louis a 9-5 win. The Cards stay 2 in back of the Cubs in the NL Central.

21stThe Tigers score 10 runs in the 8th inning and go on to trounce the Royals, 19-4. Miguel Cabrera get 5 hits for Detroit, including a pair of doubles, and drives in 6 runs. Carlos Guillen has 3 hits and score 5 runs.

Arizona’s Randy Johnson beats Cubs, 2-0. The Big Unit is now is 13-0 against the Cubs, one of two teams that have never beaten him. Alex Romero hits his first career homer, in the 6th, which breaks up Rich Harden’s no-hit bid. Arizona remains in a tie for first place with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers score 8 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 16-10 win over the Rockies. Troy Tulowitzki goes 5-for-5 for Colorado, including a double.

22ndThe Astros acquire P Randy Wolf from the Padres in exchange for minor leaguer Chad Reineke.

The Diamondbacks obtain P Jon Rauch from the Nationals for IF prospect Emilio Bonifacio.

Rick VandenHurk and 3 relievers combine on a one-hitter as the Marlins shut out the Braves, 4-0. Chipper Jones’ leadoff single in the 6th inning is Atlanta’s only hit.

The Brewers edge the Cardinals, 4-3, on Bill Hall’s 9th-inning HR. Hall becomes the first player in almost 13 years to hit game-winning homers in the 9th inning or later in consecutive games. His 10th-inning blast provided the winning run in the Brewers 6-3 win yesterday.

23rdBrett Myers (3-10), former Phils closer, returns from his three-week stint in the minors and starts against the Mets, giving up 3 runs in 5 innings. He walks 5 and hits a batter. Jose Reyes hits a 3-run homer in the 6th, off Ryan Madsen as the Mets win, 6-3.  The two teams are tied for 1st in the NL East.

Jeff Mathis has 4 hits, including a double and homer, and 6 RBIs to lead the Angels to a 14-11 win over Cleveland.  Casey Kotchman has 5 hits and Howie Kendrick has 4, including 3 doubles: it is the first time three Angel batters have collected 4 hits in the same game.

The Brewers top the Cardinals, 3-0, as CC Sabathia throws his 3rd straight complete game for his new team.

At AT&T Park, the Giants down the Nationals, 7-5. The Nats Willie Harris has a pair of hits, the 7thstraight multi-hit game for him as a starter.  In one game sandwiched in Harris came in as a pinch runner and went 0-for-2 with 2 runs scored.

25thOn a solo by Brian McCann in the 4th, the Braves take a 1-0 lead into the 9thagainst the Phillies, then plate 7 runs. The big blow is a grand slam by McCann, off Brad Lidge. The final is 8-2.

The Yankees acquire OF Xavier Nady and P Damaso Marte from the Pirates in exchange for minor leaguer OF Jose Tabata and pitchers Dan McCutchen, Jeff Karstens, and Ross Ohlendorf.

26thThe Indians obtain P Anthony Reyes from the Cardinals for minor league P Luis Perdomo.

The Indians send 3B Casey Blake to the Dodgers for minor league C Carlos Santana and P Jonathan Meloan.

The Marlins edge the Cubs, 3-2, in 12 innings. Chicago starter Rich Harden strikes out 10 batters in 5 innings, becoming the first pitcher in modern history to fan 10 or more in each of his first three career starts for a team.

With Mark Teixeira hitting a single and 3-run homer, the Braves score 9 runs in the 4th inning, but still lose to the Phillies, 10-9. Chris Coste has 3 hits and 3 RBIs, and Greg Dobbs drills a 3-run pinch homer.

In Cincinnati, Ken Griffey, Jr. has a homer, one of two Reds hits, as the Reds lose to the Rockies, 5-1.  Homer Bailey gives up 15 hits in 4+ innings to take the loss.

The Cardinals defeat the Mets, 10-8, in 14 innings. Skip Schumaker gets 6 hits for St. Louis, and Albert Pujols cards 5, including the game-winning HR in the 14th inning. For the Mets, Jose Reyes has a single, 2 doubles and a homer, and Carlos Delgado clubs 2 homers.

27thGoose Gossage, Dick Williams, Walter O’Malley, Barney Dreyfuss, Billy Southworth, and Bowie Kuhn are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Also honored are Larry Whiteside with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award and Dave Niehaus for the Ford C. Frick Award.

The Mets defeat the Cardinals, 9-1, behind Johan Santana’s 6-hit complete game. It ends a streak of 290 consecutive games for the Mets without a complete game of at least 9 innings, the 2nd-longest such streak in ML history. The Nationals have gone 309 straight games.

At AT&T Park, Randy Johnson (8-7) goes 7 scoreless innings as the Diamondbacks beat the Giants, 7-2.  The Big Unit scatters 9 hits, four by lefty hitter Fred Lewis. Lewis is the first to make 4 hits off of Johnson in his 21 years.

Thank the Lord. The Orioles best the Angels, 5-2, to snap a 15-game losing streak on Sundays. It is the longest such streak since the Phillies lost 16 in a row in 1960. The longest losing streak for a single day of the week is shared by the 1890 Pirates who lost 21 straight on Fridays and the 1939 Browns who lost 21 straight on Tuesdays.

28thThe Athletics edge the Rangers, 6-5. Oakland rookie pitcher Brad Ziegler hurls 2 scoreless innings to set a ML record with 27 scoreless innings to begin his career. The previous mark of 25 innings was set by Phillies P George McQuillan in 1907. Ziegler, who was called up May 21, broke the AL record set by Boo Ferriss.

The Astros defeat the Reds, 5-3. Roy Oswalt gets the win for Houston, raising his lifetime mark against Cincinnati to 20-1. He is just the fourth pitcher in ML history to win 20 of their first 21 decisions against one team. Juan Marichal and Larry Jackson each began 20-1 against the Mets in the 1960s, and Hoss Radbourn started out the same against Philadelphia in the 1880s.

29thThe Braves send 1B Mark Teixeira, soon to be a free agent, to the Angels in exchange for 3B Casey Kotchman and P Steve Marek.

30thThe Tigers edge the Indians, 14-12, in 13 innings. Cleveland C Kelly Shoppach ties a ML record with 5 extra-base hits in the contest—3 doubles and two homers, while Detroit’s Curtis Granderson has 5 hits, including a double. The only other ALer to accomplish the feat was Lou Boudreau in 1945.

Jose Guillen drives in the go ahead run in the 10thinning as the visiting Royals edge the A’s, 4-3. His hit follows an IBB to Alex Gordon, who has no at bats in the game but walks 5 times.

31stThe Marlins acquire P Arthur Rhodes from the Mariners in exchange for minor league P Gaby Hernandez.

The Dodgers acquire OF Manny Ramirez from the Red Sox in a 3-team trade. Boston obtains OF Jason Bay from the Pirates, who receive P Craig Hansen and OF Brandon Moss from Boston and 3B Andy LaRoche and P Bryan Morris from LA.

The Reds send OF Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox for P Nick Masset and 2B Danny Richar.

The Yankees get C Ivan Rodriguez from the Tigers for pitcher Kyle Farnsworth. They also send IF Alberto Gonzalez to the Nationals for P Jhonny Nunez. The Yankees become the first team in ML history to have 7 teammates with at least 200 ML homers (Ivan Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi, Richie Sexson, Bobby Abreu, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter).