1st At Yankee Stadium, Roger Clemens and New York overpower the Indians, 11-5. Derek Jeter has 2 hits, 3 runs, and has now reached base in all 50 Yankee games (a record going back to 1961). Reliever Steve Reed plunks Jeter in the 8th, then Paul O’Neill hits 2-run HR.
Montreal’s Shane Andrews has 2 HRs and a double to drive in 5 runs in Montreal’s 10-8 win over 1st-place Arizona. The D’Backs Steve Finley tops him with 6 RBIs on 2 homeruns.
AL President Gene Budig interviews Jaret Wright regarding the Cleveland starter’s proclivity for hitting batters. Wright has hit batters in the head twice this season precipitating a brawl each time and a fine and suspension for himself. The right-hander maintains that he’s not aiming to hit batters but only to move them off the plate.
2nd AL president Gene Budig meets with Indians P Jaret Wright to discuss head-hunting accusations, due to pitches he has thrown near the heads of Boston’s Darren Lewis and Detroit’s Tony Clark, which have precipitated fights this season.
The Devil Rays make Josh Hamilton the first HS player in 6 years to be selected No. 1 in major league baseball’s amateur draft. He’ll sign for $3.96 million, but won’t blossom until the Reds take in the ML rule 5 draft after the 2000 season. The Rays don’t do badly with their next pick, taking Carl Crawford in the 2nd round. The Marlins take another Josh—Beckett—with the 2nd pick and sign him for $3.625 million, while C Eric Munson, a Braves 2nd round pick in ’96, goes to Detroit at number 3 and signs for $3.65 million. In a spending glut that will have scouts brushing up on their Latin American geography, 34 players, including all but one first rounder, will sign for $1 million or more; 76 players in the first ten rounds get $500,000 or more; 127 players sign for $200,000+. The Pirates ink 39th round pick Patrick O’Brien for $500,000. The Baltimore Orioles are the first team in the 35-year history of Baseball’s amateur draft to have four first round picks. Only 2 pitchers will make it as far as AAA this year—A’s Barry Zito, a first rounder, and Diamondbacks Jeremy Ward, a 2nd round pick. Other first rounders include Jason Jennings (Rockies), Kurt Ainsworth (Giants), Ben Sheets (Marlins), and Matt Ginter (Chicago). The Cardinals take Albert Pujols from Maple Wood CC in Kansas City on the 13th round (402nd overall). He will finally sign on August 17 for $30,000 plus another $30,000 for college. It will be too late for minor league ball this year but he will tear up the pea patch in 2000 winning the PCL MVP while at Memphis. By the way, the 401stplayer selected is SS Alfredo Amezega by the Angels. Amezega will play 9 years in the majors.
Arizona sets a team record with 20 hits in beating the Expos, 15–2.
3rd Tampa Bay OF Quinton McCracken undergoes surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee and will be out the rest of the season. McCracken caught his cleats in the wall trying to catch what turned out to be a HR by Juan Gonzalez.
4th In a battle of East Division leaders, the Red Sox defeat the Braves, 5-1, behind the 3-hit pitching of Pedro Martinez. The Boston righthander fans 16 batters in notching his 11th victory of the year.
Johnson (7-2) wins his 3rd start in a row, beating Texas, 11–3. Johnson allows 3 hits and K’s 11 in 8 innings.
The KC-Cincinnati game at Kauffman Stadium is postponed when an electrical outage knocks out the lights on the 3rd base side. Workers attempt to fix the situation, but a switch gear explodes, causing a small fire. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.
Astros owner Drayton McLane Jr. sparks a controversy after allegedly making derogatory comments regarding Hispanics to the general manager of television station KTMD. McLane denies the story, saying remarks he made were taken out of context.
5th Dodger P Chan Ho Park, tagged out after a bunt, aims a kick at Angels P Tim Belcher during a scuffle in LA’s 7-4 victory. Park will be fined $3,000 for his actions and suspended for 7 games. An inning after the kick boxing, Devon White hits a grand slam off Belcher.
The Braves score 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat the Red Sox, 6-5. Boston P Tom Gordon blows the save opportunity, ending his major league record consecutive save streak at 54 games.
The Rockies defeat the Brewers, 12-11, as 3B Vinny Castilla hits 3 HRs and drives home 5. Castilla will also include a single in his 5 trips to the plate.
Mets manager Valentine reads in a newspaper report that pitching coach Bob Apodaca is out, and, arriving at the park, discovers that, along with Apodaca, GM Phillips has fired coaches Tom Robson and Randy Niemann. Phillips names replacement coaches Dave Wallace, Al Jackson, and Mickey Brantley.
6th The Reds defeat the Royals, 14-3, as 1B Sean Casey strokes 5 of Cincinnati’s 22 hits, including a double.
The Rockies hit a team-record 4 HRs in an 8-run 7th inning in rallying to defeat the Brewers, 10-5. Henry Blanco, Neifi Perez, Dante Bichette and Angel Echevarria all connect in the inning.
The Mets defeat the Yankees, 7-2, to end Roger Clemens’ 20-game winning streak. The Mets also end SS Derek Jeter’s streak of reaching base in 53 consecutive games as they snap an 8-game losing streak of their own.
The Twins defeat the Astros, 13-6, as every member of Minnesota’s starting lineup gets at least 2 hits. The Twins pound out a total of 21 safeties.
7th The Braves defeat the Devil Rays, 9-5, as P John Smoltz records his 2000th strikeout. He becomes the 53rd pitcher—and 3rd Brave—to reach that level.
The hot Cubs pound the White Sox, 13–7, as Sammy Sosa and Jose Hernandez each hit 3-run homers and collect 5 RBIs. The Cubs sweep their South Side rivals completing their 3rd consecutive 3-game sweep, something the Cubs have not done since 1918.
8th The Phillies score 9 runs in the 7th inning in defeating the Yankees, 11-5.
The Expos defeat the Red Sox, 5-1, as P Dan Smith wins his major league debut. After allowing 3 hits to the first 4 batters he faces, Smith retires his last 20 batters in a row before being replaced after 7 innings.
The Padres defeat the Athletics, 5-3, spoiling the major league debut of Oakland hurler, Tim Hudson. Hudson fans 11 batters in only 5 innings of work, as he falls 1 shy of the AL record for most strikeouts in a pitcher’s 1st game. The rookie surrenders 3 runs on 7 hits and leaves the game with a no decision.
Kansas City overcomes Mark McGwire’s 475th career homer and beat the Cards, 11–10. Big Mac ties for 17th place on the HR list with Stargell and Musial.
9th The Pirates defeat the Tigers, 15-3, as OF Brant Brown strokes 5 hits, including a double and HR. Brown scores 4 runs and drives home 5 for Pittsburgh.
The Mets lose to the Red Sox, 3-2, in 12 innings. NY manager Bobby Valentine is ejected in the 12th inning for arguing a call. He later returns to the dugout wearing dark glasses and a lampblack mustache. For his indiscretion, he will be suspended for 2 games and fined $5,000.
In a game featuring 10 HRs, the Rockies defeat the Mariners by a score of 16-11. Butch Huskey, Ken Griffey Jr., David Bell, and David Segui homer for Seattle. Angel Echevarria homers twice for the Rockies, who also get round-trippers from Edgard Clemente, Kurt Abbott, Dante Bichette, and P Curtis Leskanic.
The Dodgers defeat the Rangers, 7-2. Prior to the game, the national anthem is sung by 3-year-old Rex Spjute of Meridian, Idaho, who becomes the youngest person ever to perform the song before a game.
The Expos pound the Red Sox, 13-1, handing Pedro Martinez (11–2) his first loss in 2 months. Pedro still fans 10. Mike Thurman gets win pitching into the 8th inning. Montreal scores 8 in the 8th, including a 3-run HR by rookie relief P Guillermo Mota in his first major league at bat. He’ll have a sac in his only other plate appearance this year.
In the finale of the I-70 series, Kansas City defeats the Cardinals, 17-13, scoring 8 runs in the 8th inning. 3B Joe Randa strokes 5 hits, including a pair of doubles, for the Royals, while Beltran, Sweeney and Febles each have 3 RBIs. The loss goes to Scott Radinsky, the middle of 5 pitchers, who allows just 2 runs.
Arizona defeats the Cubs, 8-7, as 1B Travis Lee gets 5 hits, including a double and triple. Diamondbacks P Byung-Hyun Kim is ejected from the game after a bandage containing heat balm flies out of his shirt sleeve. Kim claims he used such a bandage during games in Korea, but forgot to take it off when he entered the contest.
Houston defeats the White Sox, 13-4, as 1B Jeff Bagwell hits 3 HRs and drives home 6 runs for the Astros. In doing so, Bagwell joins Johnny Mize and Ralph Kiner as the only players in history to hit 3 homers in a game twice in the same city in the same season. Bagwell is the 1st to perform the feat in a city on the road.
Jerrod Wong of Atlanta’s Myrtle Beach farm team, hits for the cycle while going 5-for-6 in Class A game. Tomorrow, Jerrod’s younger brother, Travis, drafted earlier this month by the Cincinnati Reds, will hit for a HR cycle in an American Legion game. Travis strokes a solo, 2-run, 3-run, and grand slam HR in a contest for the Boise Gems.
10th San Diego defeats Oakland, 2-1, as P Trevor Hoffman records his 200th career save. Hoffman, who strikes out the side in order in the 9th, becomes the 25th pitcher in history to reach the mark.
It sounds like football. At Denver, the Rockies and Mariners combine for 10 HRs in a 16–11 Rockies win.
11th The Brewers retire Paul Molitor’s uniform before taking the field to lose to the Twins, 9-7.
Oakland defeats the Dodgers, 12-6, as SS Miguel Tejada strokes 3 HRs and drives home 5 runs. He becomes just the 10th player to have a 3-homer game while playing shortstop throughout.
At St. Louis, the Tigers score 5 in the 9thto beat the Cardinals, 8-2. Juan Encarnacion belts a rand slam, Detroit’s second 9thinning grand slam in three weeks.
The Orioles defeat the Braves, 6-2, as Albert Belle’s streak of 392 consecutive games (the longest active streak) is ended. Belle is benched by Baltimore manager Ray Miller for failing to run out a ground ball.
12th The Pirates defeat the Royals, 9-8, as KC 3B Joe Randa has his consecutive hit streak stopped at 10–two short of the ML record.
The Giants win a slugfest against the Mariners, topping Seattle by a score of 15-11. second baseman Jeff Kent has 5 hits for the Giants, including a HR, and brings home 4 runs. The Giants stroke 22 hits in the contest.
Brady Anderson and Mike Bordick, the first two Oriole batters, homer off Kevin Millwood. Will Clark also homers in the 1st off Millwood and that is enough for Jose Guzman who shuts out the Braves, 5-0.
The Diamondbacks obtain veteran lefty Dan Plesac from the Blue Jays in exchange for SS Tony Batista and P John Frascatore.
13th Astros manager Larry Dierker is taken to the hospital after suffering a grand mal seizure during the 8th inning of Houston’s game against the Padres. The contest is suspended with the Astros leading, 4-1. Dierker will undergo surgery on the 15th to remove two masses of tangled blood vessels in his brain that caused the seizure. Coach Matt Galante takes over as temporary manager in Dierker’s absence. Dierker later tells GM Gerry Hunsicker he doesn’t remember anything after the second inning.
The Orioles set a franchise record for runs scored, defeating the Braves, 22-1. 3B Cal Ripken Jr. goes 6-for-6 for Baltimore, hitting 2 homers, driving home 6 runs and scoring 5 runs. His 6 hits in a 9-inning game ties the AL record. 1B Will Clark goes 4-for-4 with 5 RBIs. Mike Mussina earns the win as he allows 1 run on 5 hits in 7 innings. He also joins in with 2 hits and 3 RBI. John Smoltz takes the loss as he allows 7 runs on 7 hits in 2 1/3 IP. The Baltimore scoring record was 19, set in August 28, 1967, and the franchise record was the Browns 20 runs on August 18, 1950.
14thWith a 3-run double in the bottom of the 8th, Todd Helton leads the Rockies to a 5-4 win over the Giants. In the 5th, the Giants turned a 5-4-3 triple play—the 1st triple play in Coors Field history.
15th The Cubs defeat the Brewers, 7-4. During the game, Losing P Jim Abbott, born without a right hand, records his 1st major league hit for Milwaukee.
The Blue Jays score 9 runs in the 6th inning on the way to a 13-2 win over the Angels.
The Marlins trade second baseman Craig Counsell to the Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named.
17thCalling it “a bad biorhythm day,” Chili Davis lines into a triple play and a double play as the Yanks go down to the Rangers, 4–2. New York wastes a 12-strikeout performance by Roger Clemens.
18th Yankees OF Darryl Strawberry is suspended for 120 days, retroactive to April 14, for violating baseball’s drug policy and aftercare program. He will be eligible to return on August 11.
The Mets trade P Allen Watson to the Mariners in exchange for P Mac Suzuki.
19th Colorado defeats Florida, 10-2, as 1B Todd Helton hits for the cycle.
The Padres defeat the Pirates, 5-4, as San Diego P Trevor Hoffman records the save. He becomes just the 2nd pitcher in NL history to post 200 saves with one team (John Franco has done so with the Mets).
Miami wins the college WS by defeating Florida St., 6-5, in the final game. It is the school’s first championship since 1985 and it’s third overall.
Kissimmee Cobras SS David Matranga walks in 8 consecutive plate appearances in a doubleheader against the Port St. Lucie Mets. He only gets credit for 5 in a row, however, since the first game of the twinbill was the completion of a suspended game played on May 7. Matranga drew the first 2 walks before the contest was suspended, but was given credit for 5 in a row since the records for the game are considered to have occurred on the original date on which the game was played.
20th The Mariners trade OF Matt Mieske to the Astros for P Kevin Hodges.
22nd Cincinnati defeats Arizona, 8-7, as second baseman Pokey Reese goes 5-for-6, including a double and triple.
In Atlanta’s 2–1 loss to Montreal, Brian Jordan is hit on the right wrist by a pitch from Mike Thurman, and his batting will be hampered for the remainder of the season.
At Denver, the Cubs overcome an 8-run deficit to trip the Rockies, 13–12. The two teams combine for 8 homeruns.
24th The Angels defeat the Mariners, 12-7, as second baseman Randy Velarde and DH Mo Vaughn both go 5-for-6. Velarde homers and drives home 4 runs, while Vaughn homers twice and brings home 6.
The Reds defeat the Astros, 3-0, as Ron Villone and Danny Graves combine to toss a 1-hitter. A single by C Tony Eusebio is Houston’s only safety.
25th Ivan Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez each hit 2 homers and drive home 5 runs. to lead Texas to a 14–4 win over Seattle.
St. Louis edges Arizona, 1-0, as rookie P Jose Jimenez hurls the first no-hitter of the season. The Cards score the lone run on a broken bat single with 2 outs in the 9th. Jimenez strikes out 8 in the contest, while losing P Randy Johnson fans 14, including the 2500th of his career. Jimenez walks 2 and hits a batter in becoming the first rookie to toss a no-no since Wilson Alvarez in 1991.
The Devil Rays beat Toronto, 11–4 and stop their streak of allowing 7 or more runs. They tied the AL record (the 1930 White Sox and 1938 Browns) by allowing 7+ runs in 9 consecutive home games.
In Baltimore’s 9–8 loss to the Yankees, O’s Jesse Orosco makes his 1,051th relief appearance to break Kent Tekulve’s major league record. He’s succeeded by Mike Tomlin, who takes the loss when he serves up a 9th inning HR to Shane Spencer. Baines has a pair of homers for the O’s, while Tino Martinez has 4 hits for NY.
The Dodgers lose Cuban prospects—Juan Carlos Diaz and Josue Perez—to free agency when Major League Baseball decides they were signed in violation of MLB rules.
26thShortstop Pat Meares of the Pittsburgh Pirates, on the disabled list recovering from surgery on his left hand, participates in a sausage race at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Meares, dressed as a 10-foot bratwurst, wins the race defeating a giant hot dog and a polish sausage. Two days ago, Meares was caught on videotape sunbathing in the upper deck of Philadelphia’s Veteran Stadium for the first six innings of game. The Brewers win the game, 7–4, over the Bucs, as Jeremy Burnitz has a HR drives in 3 runs.
KC scores 10 runs in the 8th inning to defeat the Indians, 11-7. The Royals total 8 hits in the game and their only HR is a 2-out solo shot by Johnny Damon in the big frame.
Boston scores 11 runs in the 1st inning on the way to a 17-1 victory over the White Sox. Pedro Martinez (14-2) goes 5 innings with Wasdin pitching the last 4. Daubach and Garciaparra homer in the 1st with Nomar adding another in the 3rd. Stanley and Varitek also homer in the game for Boston.
In San Francisco, Todd Hundley has a pair of homers, including a 9th inning 3-run HR off Robb Nen, to lift the Dodgers to a 7–6 win over the Giants. Hundley’s HR in the 9th offsets a 3-run HR by Ellis Burks in the 8th. 1B J.T. Snow nabs pitcher Carlos Perez with a hidden ball trick, the last successful hidden ball trick this century, according to historian Bill Deane.
27th Minnesota defeats Detroit, 12-7, as Denny Hocking gets 5 hits, including 3 doubles, for the Twins.
The Mariners defeat the Rangers, 5-2, in the last game played at the Kingdome as Ken Griffey, Jr. fittingly clouts the last homer. Griffey hit 198 of his 377 homers at the Dome. The Mariners will open their new home—Safeco Field—on July 15th.
28thHack Wilson ups his RBI total for the 1930 season to 191. 69 years after the season, an RBI is added by the commissioner’s office, which also gives Babe Ruth six additional walks, raising his career-record total to 2,062. “There is no doubt that Hack Wilson’s RBI total should be 191,” commissioner Bud Selig said. “I am sensitive to the historical significance that accompanies the correction of such a prestigious record, especially after so many years have passed, but it is important to get it right.” The missing RBI came from the 2nd game of a doubleheader between Wilson’s Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds on July 28, 1930 where Charlie Grimm was credited with 2 RBIs in the game and Wilson with none. Ruth’s walks total is now 2,062. Ted Williams is second, trailing by 43, and Rickey Henderson of the New York Mets is third, 134 behind Ruth.
The Padres edge the visiting Rockies, 8-7, as shortstop Damien Jackson steals five bases including home.
29th Texas defeats Anaheim, 5-0, as John Burkett, Jeff Zimmerman, and John Wetteland combine on a 1-hitter. A double by Matt Walbeck off Burkett is the Angels’ only hit.
The Giants defeat the Rockies, 10-1, as OF Ellis Burks drives home 7 runs against his old teammates on a double and 2 HRs.
30th The Athletics defeat the Mariners, 14-5. Seattle P Damaso Marta makes his major league debut in the 8th inning, and surrenders a HR to DH John Jaha on his 1st big league pitch.
The Blue Jays defeat the Orioles, 10-9 in 10 innings, as Willie Greene ties an AL record by hitting a PH HR in 2 consecutive at bats. His previous pinch HR came against the Royals on June 20th. Greene’s HR in the bottom of the 9th ties the score at 7-7. The Orioles score 2 in the top half of the 10th, but the Blue Jays come back with 3 runs in their half of the inning to win.
Texas defeats Anaheim, 18-4, as both DH Rafael Palmeiro and 3B Todd Zeile get 4 hits and drive home 4 runs.
Cincinnati defeats Arizona, 2-0, as Ron Villone and Scott Williamson combine on a 1-hitter. The Diamondbacks only his is a single by OF Tony Womack. Randy Johnson strikes out 17 in a magnificent but losing effort; in his last start he struck out 14 in losing to a no-hitter by Jimenez.
President Bill Clinton shows up in time to see Sammy Sosa blast his NL-leading 30th homer as the Cubs edge the Brewers, 5–4. Sosa has 9 homers in his last 13 hits.
The Pirates score 8 runs in the 4th inning on their way to a 9-1 victory over Philadelphia.
San Diego whips the Dodgers, 11-2, scoring 9 runs in 6 innings off Kevin Brown, the most for the Dodger ace since he allowed 10 in 1994. Reggie Sanders belts a 3-run homer in the 7th to send Brown to the showers. Sanders adds a 2-run homer in the 8th.