2016 July

1stThe Indians edge the Blue Jays, 2-1, in 19 innings for their franchise-record 14th straight victory. Carlos Santana connects for a homer in the top of the 19th, off Darwin Barney, the Jays tenth pitcher who had just switched from second base to the mound. The Tribe uses nine hurlers as the two teams combine to run out 19 pitchers, two off the ML record.

But, Skip, wasn’t that a pretty hit! For the second time in a week Bryce Harper stays home to watch a deep drive, but the ball hits the top of the CF wall and bounces back for a single.  The Nats don’t score in the 4thinning, but they do in the 14thto beat the visiting Reds, 3-2.

The Tigers trounce the Rays, 10-2, as rookie P Michael Fulmer improves his record to 8-2. He has not been charged with more than one run in any of his last 8 starts, tying him with Christy Mathewson (1901) for the longest such streak by a rookie pitcher. Victor Martinez provides the offense with a pair of 3-run homers.

The Dodgers shut out the Rockies, 5-0. Bud Norris becomes the first pitcher since Chappie McFarland in 1906 to produce scoreless starts for two different teams in back-to-back games in one season. Norris threw 7 shutout innings in a June 26 Atlanta loss to the Mets.

2ndThe Angels crush the Red Sox, 21-2. C.J. Cron goes 6-for-6 with a double, 2 homeruns and 5 RBIs, and Carlos Perez goes 5-for-6 with a double, homer and 6 RBIs. They are the first teammates since 1920 to combine for at least 11 hits and 11 or more ribbies in the same game.

At Target Field, Max Kepler has a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 7 runs to pace the Twins to a 17-5 win over the Rangers.

The Braves explode for 7 runs (4 earned) in the 6thto whip the Marlins, 9-2. The unlikely victim is Jose Fernandez who surrenders all 9 scores, more runs than he has allowed in his previous 9 starts combined.

The Blue Jays defeat the Indians, 9-6, to end Cleveland’s 14-game winning streak. Raja Davis hits for the cycle for the Tribe.

The Mets edge the Cubs, 4-3, to end Jake Arrieta’s ML-record 19 game regular-season road winning streak.

3rdThe Mets pound out 22 hits as they crush the Cubs, 14-3. Wilmer Flores goes 6-for-6 for the Mets, including a pair of homeruns, ending an 0-14 skid.  With the Cubs down, 13-1, Chicago manager Joe Maddon brings in catcher Miguel Montero to pitch. He gives up the 6thhit to Flores.

Stephen Strasburg (11-0) is lifted in the 7thinning after allowing no hits against the Reds as the Nationals win, 12-1.  Strasburg is pitching after coming off the DL. Ramon Cabrera breaks up the no-hit bid with a single in the 8th. Danny Espinoza homers twice, including his second grand slam in 4 games.

Troy Tulowitzki hits a 3-run homer an Russell Martin homers and drives in 5 runs as the Blue Jays pound the Indians in Cleveland, 17-1.

Seth Smith hits his first grand slam and Seattle beats the visiting Orioles, 9-4.

The Marlins defeat the Braves, 5-2, in a game played at Fort Bragg. NC. It is the first regular-season professional contest of any major sport to be played on an active military base.

The White Sox thump CC Sabathia and beat the Yankees, 8-2. New York is 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Jason Ellsbury reaches base on a catcher’s interference for the 8thtime this season, equaling the ML record set by Roberto Kelly in 1992.  Sox catcher Dioner Navarro gets charged with the infraction, the second time in his career that Ellsbury has caught him.

6thThe Mets defeat the Marlins, 4-2. Giancarlo Stanton hits homers in his first 2 at bats for Miami to give him homers in 4 consecutive at bats, tying a ML record.

The Orioles beat the Dodgers, 6-4, in 14 innings. Chase Utley goes 6-for-7 for LA, including a pair of doubles. Utley joins C.J. Cron and Wilmer Flores as the third Dodger player to have six hits in a five-game span, a first in history.

7thThe Brewers send IF Aaron Hill to the Red Sox for minor leaguers Wendell Rijho (IF) and Aaron Wilkerson (P).

The Mets edge the Nationals, 9-7, in a game highlighted by 8 homers. Five of the homers—3 by Washington, 2 by New York) come in the 4th inning, to tie the ML record for most homers in an inning for both teams combined.

8thThe Dodgers defeat the Padres, 10-6. Yasmani Grandal goes 5-for-5, with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs for LA. Melvin Upton has 4 hits, including 2 homers, for the Padres.

The Braves beat the White Sox, 11-8. Chicago turns its third triple play of the season in the contest, becoming the first team since 1979 to turn three in the same season.

The Red Sox obtain P Brad Ziegler from the Diamondbacks in exchange for minor leaguers Jose Almonte (P) and Luis Alejandro Basabe (2B).

The Red Sox get 2B Michael Martinez from the Indians in exchange for cash considerations.

10th    The Giants defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-0, behind Madison Bumgarner’s one hitter. Arizona 3B Jake Lamb’s one-out single in the 8th inning is the Diamondbacks’ only hit.

Whoops. Houston edges the A’s, 2-1, scoring an unearned run in the 10thon an error. It is the fourth error of the game for the A’s, after they played 15 straight errorless games, a franchise record.

11th    Giancarlo Stanton wins the All-Star Game Home Run Derby by defeating defending champion Todd Frazier. Stanton hits a record 61 homers in the 3-round competition.

12th    The AL edges the NL, 4-2, in the annual All-Star Game, as Eric Hosmer wins MVP honors. Hosmer and his Royals’ teammate Salvador Perez homer for the AL, while Kris Bryant connects for the NL. Mets manager Terry Collins declines to insert any of the four Mets players on the NL squad.

14th    The Red Sox continue dealing, obtaining former All-star Drew Pomeranz from the Padres in exchange for 18-year-old minor leaguer Anderson Espinoza, widely considered to be the best prospect traded this summer.  Pomeranz is 8-7 with a 2.47 ER in 17 starts.

15thRecently acquired Chris Taylor drives in 6 runs as the Dodger beat the host Diamondbacks, 13-7.  Taylor hits a grand slam, his first homer in the majors. He will total just 7 ribbies for LA this year.

16thThe Astros sign long-time Cuban star Yulieski Gurriel to a four-year $47.5 million contract. The star infielder, 31, defected in February in the Dominican Republic along with his brother Lourdes, Jr., who will sign with Toronto. Yulieski spent 15 years on the Cuban National team.

 17th   The Mets defeat the Phillies, 5-0, on Jacob deGrom’s one hitter. Opposing pitcher Zach Eflin’s 3rd-inning single is Philadelphia’s only safety.

The Tigers edge the Royals, 4-2, behind Michael Fulmer. Fulmer becomes the first rookie pitcher since the ML began keeping track of earned runs (over 100 years ago) to compile an ERA as low as his 0.83 over a span of 10 successive starts in his rookie season.

Billy Hamilton scores the lone run of the game on a passed ball in the 9thinning as the Reds trip the Brewers, 1-0.  The wild pitch by Tony Cingrani follows a steal of 3B by Hamilton. It is the first time since 1986 that a 1-0 game ends on a wild pitch.

The Pirates beat the Nationals, 2-1, in 18 innings, on Sterling Marte’s roundtripper. Daniel Murphy had tied the game with a 2-out, pinch homer in the bottom of the 9th for Washington.

The Indians send P Ross Detwiler to the Athletics for cash.

19thStarlin Castro has a double and homer and drives in 4 runs in the Yankees 7-1 win over the Orioles, despite New York’s  failing to score in the 1stfor their 23rdstraight game.

20th    The Cubs obtain pitchers Mike Montgomery and Jordan Pries from the Mariners in exchange for 1B Dan Vogelnach and P Paul Blackburn.

The Red Sox defeat the Giants, 11-7, as Hanley Ramirez clouts 3 homers for Boston and drives in 6 runs. Struggling starter Matt Cain is the loser.

The division-leading Indians hit 5 homers, including 2 by Tyler Naquin, to beat the host Royals, 11-4. Naquin drives in 6 runs.

Kelsie Whitmore makes history by stroking a single for the independent Sonoma Stompers in a game against the San Rafael Pacifics. She becomes the first woman to get a hit for a professional team since the 1950s.

21st     The Red Sox crush the Twins by a score of 13-2. Dustin Pedroia goes 5-for-5 for Boston, including a pair of doubles.

23rd At Rogers Centre, Nelson Cruz starts the scoring with the first of his two homers, a 3rd-inning grand slam off R.A. Dickey, to lead the Mariners to a 14-5 win over the Blue Jays. Cruz drives in 7.

At Fenway, the Twins and Red Sox combine for 34 hits as Minnesota wins the slugfest, 11-9. Sox TV analyst is knocked out when television monitor falls on his head.

24th    Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

The Dodgers score 6 runs in the 1st inning and go on to defeat the Cardinals, 9-6. St. Louis rookie Mike Mayers allows 9 earned runs while recording just 4 outs in his ML debut, becoming the first pitcher to allow that many earned runs while hurling less than 2 innings in his first ML game since earned runs became an official statistic in 1912.

At Minute Maid Field, Jose Altuve hits 2 homers and drives in 6 runs as Houston whips the Angels, 13-3. The Angels are in last place in the AL West.

At Coors Field, Tyler Chatwood (9-6) pitches 5 scoreless innings, walking 8 as he wins over Atlanta, 7-2. He is the first NL pitcher to pitch 5 innings and walk 8 and not allow a run.

25thThe Yankees trade fireballer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in exchange for P Adam Warren, a former Yankee, and blue chip prospect Gleyber Torres (SS), along with Billy McKinney (OF)) and Rashad Crawford (OF).

26th    The Padres send OF Melvin Upton Jr. to the Blue Jays for P Hansel Rodriguez.

The Blue Jays obtain P Joaquin Benoit from the Mariners for P Drew Storen.

The Angels drub the Royals, 13-0. Yunel Escobar goes 5-for-5, including a double.

27th    The Rangers obtain pitchers Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez from the Braves in exchange for minor league IF Travis Demerritte.

At Miller Park, Yasmany Tomas has a double and 2 homers to lead the Diamondbacks to an 8-1 win over the Brewers. Milwaukee outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis commits his only 3 errors of the year, all in 2 innings.

28th    At Citi Field, the Rockies beat the Mets, 2-1, as Jeurys familia blows his second save in less than 24 hours. He had a streak of converting 52 in a row stretching back nearly a year.

The Twins send SS Eduardo Nunez to the Giants for minor league P Adalberto Mejia.

29th    The Padres trade pitchers Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea, Tyron Guerrero and cash to the Marlins for pitchers Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps and Luis Castillo, and 1B Josh Naylor.

30th    The Athletics trade OF Billy Burns to the Royals for OF Brett Eibner.

The Nationals obtain ace reliever Mark Melancon from the Pirates in exchange for pitchers Felipe Rivero and Taylor Hearn. With the acquisition of Melancon, Jonathon Papelbon, who blew a save four days ago, will be cut on August 14.

At Miller Park, Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon allows 2 runs in 6 innings but loses to Milwaukee, 5-3. He also loses his first ML hit, an apparent single to RF, when he is thrown out at 1B.

The Padres trade OF Matt Kemp and cash to the Braves for OF Hector Olivera.

31st     The Cardinals obtain P Zach Duke from the White Sox for OF Charlie Tilson, a product of nearby New Trier high school.

Days after trading cornerstone reliever Chapman, the Yankees send another bullpen ace Andrew Miller to the Indians for OF Clint Frazier and pitchers Ben Heller, J.P. Feyersisen and Justus Sheffield.

The Mariners trade P Wade Miley to the Orioles for P Ariel Miranda.

The Yankees obtain pitcher Tyler Clippard from the Diamondbacks for P Vicente Campos.