2018 July

1st The Yankees slug 6 HRs on their way to an 11-1 win over the Red Sox. Aaron Hicks hits 3 of the homers for New York.

The Cubs score 8 runs in the 2nd inning and hold on to defeat the Twins, 11-10.

The Indians score 8 runs in the 8th inning and defeat the Athletics, 15-3. Cleveland smashes 11 doubles among its 20 hits. It is the most two-baggers by a team in a game since the Royals against the Yankees in 2003.

2nd The Dodgers crush the Pirates, 17-1. Matt Kemp goes 5-for-5, including a double and a HR to lead LA’s 21-hit attack.

4thThe Red trade pitchers Dylan Floro, Zach Neal and future considerations to the Dodgers for pitchers James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala.

5thThe Nationals bounce back from a 9-0 deficit to score 14 runs and defeat the Marlins, 14-12. Trea Turner hits a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 8 runs, tying the ML record for most RBIs by a leadoff hitter.

6th The Astros send P James Hoyt to the Indians for P Tommy DeJuneas.

7th The Nationals crush the Marlins, 18-4. Mark Reynolds goes 5-for-5, including a double and 2 HRs. He drives in 10 runs for Washington. He and Trea Turner become the first teammates to record 8 or more RBIs in a game in the same week, Turner having driven in 8 against Miami 2 days ago.

The Diamondbacks trounce the Padres, 20-5. David Peralta goes 5-for-6 for Arizona, including a double.

8th The Giants trade OF Austin Jackson and pitchers Cory Gearing and Jason Bahr to the Rangers for a player to be named.

11th    The Indians plate 9 runs in the 3rd inning and go on to crush the Reds, 19-4.

The Rockies pound the Diamondbacks, 19-2. IF Daniel Descalso and C Alex Avila each take the mound for Arizona in the blowout. Descalso enters the game in the 4th inning, the earliest a position player has taken the mound in nearly 40 years. He becomes the first position player to hurl at least 2 2/3 innings in a game since Jose Oquendo in 1988.

The Yankees shut out the Orioles, 9-0. New York hits 3 homers, to give them 154 for the season. The total breaks the ML record for round-trippers hit prior to the All-Star Game, set by the Mariners in 1999.

12th    The Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 6-4, for their 10th win in a row. With 66 wins, Boston sets a record for the most victories prior to the All-Star break.

14th    The Cardinals fire manager Mike Matheny, replacing him with interim manager Mike Shildt.

The Rays score 5 runs in each of the last 3 innings on their way to a 19-6 pasting of the Twins.

15th    The Phillies trade P Hoby Milner to the Rays for cash.

16th    Before his hometown fans, Bryce Harper wins the All-Star Game Home Run Derby, edging out the Cubs Kyle Schwarber in the final round.

17th    The AL defeats the NL, 8-6 in 10 innings in the 89th All-Star Game, a contest marked by a record 10 HRs. Alex Bregman wins the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award.

18th    The Orioles trade SS Manny Machado to the Dodgers for 2B Breyvic Valera, OF Yusniel Diaz, 3B Rylan Bannon, and pitchers Zach Pop and Dean Kremer.

19th    The Padres send Ps Brad Hand and Adam Cimber to the Indians for C Francisco Mejia.

The Rays trade OF Jeremy Hazelbaker to the Twins for cash.

20th    The Cardinals crush the Cubs, 16-4. Matt Carpenter becomes the second player in ML history to have 3 homers and 2 doubles in a game. The Cubs Kris Bryant is the only other to accomplish the feat. Carpenter becomes the 11th MLer to have 5 extra-base hits in a game.

21st     The Mets trade P Jeurys Familia to the Athletics for P Bobby Wahl, 3B William Toffey, and future considerations.

The Cardinals split a DH with the Cubs, winning the first game, 6-3, and losing the second, 7-2. Matt Carpenter homers in both games for St. Louis, becoming the 28th player in ML history to homer in 6 straight games. He also becomes the second player to have 8 HRs and 3 doubles over a 6-game span. Ralph Kiner accomplished the feat in 1947.

22nd   The Nationals send OF Brian Goodwin to the Royals in exchange for P Jacob Condra-Bogan.

The Padres edge the Mets, 3-2. New York’s Jacob deGrom becomes the first hurler since ERA became an official stat to win fewer than 7 games in 20 starts, with an ERA below 2.00.

The Reds score twice in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Cardinals, 2-1. Daniel Poncedeleon hurls 7 innings without surrendering a hit in his ML debut for St. Louis.

24th    The Orioles trade P Zach Britton to the Yankees for Ps Cody Carroll, Dillon Tate and Josh Rogers.

Trailing 10-2 in the 7th inning, the Athletics score 11 unanswered runs to defeat the Rangers, 13-11 in 10 innings.

The Phillies defeat the Dodgers, 7-4 in 16 innings, on Trevor Plouffe’s walk-off HR. The homer comes off utilityman Enrique Hernandez who was pitching for LA. Hernandez becomes the first player to play the IF, OF and allow 3 runs in the same game since Bae Ruth did so in 1921. He also becomes the first full-time position player to allow a walk-off homer.

25th    The Rays trade P Nathan Eovaldi to the Red Sox for P Jalen Beeks.

The Rays send P Matt Andriese to the Diamondbacks for C Michael Perez and P Brian Shaffer.

The Rockies edge the Astros, 3-2, on Charlie Blackmon’s walk-off HR in the 9th inning. Jon Gray, Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis limit Houston to one hit. Jose Altuve’s 4th inning double is the Astros’ only safety.

26th    At Yankee Stadium, the Yanks beat the Royals, 7-2, but lose slugger Aaron Judge when he is hit on the wrist by a pitched ball. He will be out six weeks. Didi Gregorius hits a 3-run homer for all the runs that Sonny Grey needs.

The Blue Jays trade P Seunghwan Oh to the Rockies for 1B Chad Spanberger and 2B Forrest Wall.

The Angels send C Martin Maldonado to the Astros for P Patrick Sandoval and future considerations.

The White Sox trade P Joakim Soria to the Brewers for Ps Kodi Medeiros and Wilber Perez.

The Blue Jays send veteran pitcher J.A. Happ to the Yankees for IF Brandon Drury and OF Billy McKinney.

The Rays send P Jonny Venters to the Braves for future considerations.

The Phillies clout 7 HRs on their way to a 9-4 win over the Reds.

27th    The Rangers trade P Cole Hamels and cash to the Cubs for minor-league pitchers Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy, and a player to be named.

The Cardinals send P Sam Tuivailala to the Mariners for P Seth Elledge.

The Royals trade 3B Mike Moustakas to the Brewers for OF Brett Phillips and P Jorge Lopez.

The Twins send SS Eduardo Escobar to the Diamondbacks for P Jhoan Duran and OFs Ernie De La Trinidad and Gabriel Maciel.

The Twins trade P Ryan Pressly to the Astros in exchange for OF Gilberto Celestino and P Jorge Alcala.

The Mets send 2B Asdrubal Cabrera to the Phillies for P Franklyn Kilome.

The Dodgers defeat the Braves,4-1, behind Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw also gets a 1B and draws 3 walks, while fanning 8 Atlanta players. He becomes the third pitcher in the live-ball era to pull off that combination, following Robin Roberts in 1950 and Whitey Ford in 1959.

28th    The Rangers beat the Astros, 7-3, as Rougned Odor goes 5-for-5, including a double and a pair of homers.

Babe Ruth? The Angels defeat the Mariners, 11-5. Francisco Arcia hits a HR and drives in 6 runs for LA. He sets a ML record by driving in 10 runs in his first 2 ML games. The previous record of 9 was set by Joe Cunningham in 1954.

29th    The Yankees trade pitchers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos to the Cardinals for 1B Luke Volt and future considerations.

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

The Braves beat the Dodgers, 4-1, as Atlanta hurler Sean Newcomb comes within a strike of tossing a no-hitter. Chris Taylor’s 2-out, 2-strike single breaks up Newcomb’s gem. He is replaced by Dan Winkler who gives up an RBI single to Manny Machado.

30th    A sweet deal as the Orioles trade P Brad Brach to the Braves for future considerations.

31st The Nationals pour it on the visiting Mets, taking an 18-0 lead after five innings. Daniel Murphy has a pair of homers and drives in 6 runs, and this is all before infielder. Jose Reyes takes the mound in the 8th inning. Reyes gives up 6 runs and 2 homers in his first ever pitching appearance. It is the worst loss in Mets history.