1983 September

1st At Tiger Stadium, Jack Morris (18-8) scatters 6 hits and strikes out 5 in shutting out Texas, 5-0. It is the 10th win in a row for the Detroit ace and he is the first Detroit pitcher since Hal Newhouser in 1945 to win 10 straight. With Baltimore losing, the Tigers are 3 back in the AL East.

      In the first of two at Fenway, the Twins score 7 runs off Sox starter Dennis Eckersley as they roll to an 11-0 win. Tom Brunansky has a pair of homers, including a grand slam off Eck, to drive in 6. Albert Williams goes the distance for his 10th win.  Tony Armas drives in 4 runs in game 2 as the Red Sox rebound with a 9-3 win.

2ndMike Flanagan of the Orioles wins his 13th straight over the Twins, but it is not easy. Ken Singleton’s solo HR in the 9th breaks up a pitching duel with Frank Viola and gives the Orioles a 1–0 win. The streak goes back to August 5, 1978.

      Ozzie Virgil belts a walkoff grand slam, off Gary Lavelle, as the Phillies beat the Giants, 5-3, and stay tied for 1st place in the NL East with the Pirates. Ron Reed (6-1) wins in relief.

3rd  Trailing 5–3, the Indians erupt for 10 runs in the top of the 9th inning and go on to defeat Oakland, 13–6. The A’s set a ML record by using 6 pitchers in the inning. Pinch hitter Sal Bando has 2 hits in the frame and Gorman Thomas connects for a double and homer in the inning for the second time in 3 years. He is the only man to do it twice.

      At Atlanta, the Pirates erupt for 6 runs in the 7th to come from behind to beat the Braves, 6-2. The big blow is a pinch grand slam by Mike Easler off Steve Bedrosian. With the Phillies losing, the Pirates are in sole possession of 1st place.

      Baltimore misses an extra point but still shuts out the Twins, 13-0, behind Scott McGregor’s 17th win. Cal Ripken has a 5 hits, including two doubles and two homers, Ken Singleton hits a grand slam, Rich Dauer has 4 hits including a homer, and Dan Ford and Joe Nolan go deep. Baltimore leads Detroit by 3.5 games.

      At Oakland, the Indians score 10 runs in the top of the 9th to stun the A’s, 13-6. Pinchitter Sal Bando has 2 hits in the frame as does Andre Thornton. Toby Harrah drives in 5 runs for the Tribe. Dwayne Murphy belts a grand slam for Oakland.

4th  At the Kingdome, the Yankees edge the Mariners, 4-3. Ron Guidry earns the win, with Gossage getting a save by striking out the last batter. Steve Henderson drives in 3 runs on 2 homers off Guidry.  The non-complete game interrupts a skein of 15 straight complete games that Guidry throws. He will finish the year with an AL-high 21 complete games.

5th  Reds rookie Jeff Russell loses his no-hitter in the 8th inning at Candlestick before losing, 3–2, on Youngblood’s double and Dave Bergman’s HR.

      Al Oliver’s second grand slam in a week paces the Expos to a 7-3 win at Wrigley over the Cubs. Montreal is tied for first place in the NL East with Pittsburgh and the Phils and Cards are a half game in back.

6th  Welcome to the Bigs. Cincinnati native Skeeter Barnes is twice hit by pitches in his ML debut, but his Reds beat the Giants, 11–1.

7th  The A’s take a 7-2 lead over the White Sox but Chicago roars back to win, 8-7. Rickey Henderson has 3 steals for the A’s, giving him 96, while catcher Mike Heath steals home on the front end of a double steal with Davey Lopes. Three A’s are caught stealing. Julio Cruz’s RBI-single in the 10th wins it for the pale hose after Greg Luzinski ties it with a 2-out homer in the 9th.

      In LA, Mike Marshall ends the game with a grand slam in the 10th off Ben Hayes as the first-place Dodgers trip the Reds, 7-3.

8th  Yankees OF Steve Kemp will miss the rest of the season with a fractured cheekbone after being struck in the face by an Omar Moreno line drive during batting practice in Milwaukee. Kemp hit just .242 with 12 HR and 49 RBI in the first year of his 5-year, $5.45 million contract. New York wins today, 6–5.

9th  White Sox Britt Burns pitches a one-hit 11–0 win over the Angels. California’s sole hit is Mike Brown’s single with 2 out in the 7th.  Sox teammates Carlton Fisk, Tom Paciorek, and Greg Luzinski make it easy for Britt by clouting consecutive homers in the first inning.

      Oakland’s first two batters, Rickey Henderson and Mike Davis, line homers off Toronto’s Jim Clancy. It turns out to be the margin of difference in a 7–5 win.

10th  In a wild one in Montreal, 7 homers are hit as the Expos outlast the Mets to win, 10-9. Gary Carter has 2 of the homers, one a grand slam.

      In the first of two at Yankee Stadium, John Lowenstein hits a grand slam in Baltimore’s 6-run 9th, as the O’s win, 8-4. In game 2, the Orioles complete the sweep, winning, 3-1, and move to a 5.5 game lead in the AL East.

11th  LaMarr Hoyt (20-10) becomes the major leagues’ first 20-game winner this season by beating California 5–4 in 10 innings.

      Los Angeles scores 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat Atlanta 7–6 and widen their NL West lead over the 2nd-place Braves to 3 games.

      Willie Upshaw belts a grand slam and Jesse Barfield is a single short of the cycle as Toronto whips the A’s, 16-6.

13th  Dan Quisenberry breaks John Hiller’s all-time single-season save record, recording the final 2 outs of the Royals’ 4–3 win over the Angels for his 39th save of the season.

      Oakland’s Rickey Henderson steals 3 bases in a 6–5 win over Texas to give him 101 for the season and a ML-record 3 consecutive seasons with 100 or more.

      Mets C Mike Fitzgerald becomes the 48th player in ML history to hit a home run in his first at bat, connecting for a solo shot off Tony Ghelfi in the 2nd inning of New York’s 5–1 win over Philadelphia.

      The red hot Orioles win a pair at Fenway, 7-4 in 12 innings and 7-1. Gary Roenicke hits an 8th inning grand slam in game 2 to ice it for Bill Swaggerty, who wins his first ML decision in relief..

14th  Nick Esasky’s first inning grand slam, off Phil Niekro, propels the Reds to a 6–4 win over the visiting Braves.

      Behind Marty Bystrom’s 5-hit shutout in game 2 the Phils whip the Expos, 9–5 and 5-0. Mike Schmidt homers in both games and Len Matuszek (his first in the majors) homers to back Steve Carlton’s 298th career win.

15th  Mercy rule? In a game delayed by rain, the White Sox roll over the visiting Mariners, 12-0, in a game called in the 7th inning. Led by a grand slam by Harold Baines, the Sox plate 11 in the 6th. LaMarr Hoyt wins his 21st.

      At Three Rivers, Richie Hebner’s 8th inning homer with the bases loaded ices it for the Pirates as they beat the Cubs, 8-4. Ron Cey has a pair of solo homers for Chicago, both off Larry McWilliams (14-6).

16th  Minnesota’s Tim Teufel goes 5-for-5 with a triple and the first 2 home runs of his ML career in an 11–4 win over the Blue Jays. He also scores 5 runs.

      For the second day in a row, a Pirates belts an 8th inning grand slam, as Marvell Wynne hits on in a 9-0 victory over Montreal. Jose DeLeon goes the distance for the win.  Pittsburgh remains tied for the lead in the NL East with the Phillies, winners today over the Cardinals in 13 innings.

17th  The Chicago White Sox clinch their first-ever AL West championship, beating Seattle 4–3 on Harold Baines’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th.

      A record regular-season crowd of 53,790 packs Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium on Johnny Bench Night, and the retiring superstar responds with a 2–run home run and a single. But the Reds lose to Houston, 4–3.

18th  With Tony Gwynn on base with his 3rd hit of the game, Ruppert Jones homers in the top of the 13th, as the Padres beat the Braves, 4-2.  Gwynn’s consecutive-game batting streak is 25 games, the longest in the majors this year.

      The Orioles spot the Brewers 7 runs, all off starter Jim Palmer, in the 2nd inning and come back to edge them, 10-9.  Eddie Murray cracks a grand slam in Baltimore’s 6-run 8th.

19th  Phillies 2B Joe Morgan celebrates his 40th birthday by going 4-for-5 with 2 home runs in a 7–6 win over the Cubs. He will go 4-for-5 again tomorrow in an 8–5 win over the Cubs. He’s the 2nd player to celebrate his 40th birthday with a dinger: Bob Thurman was the first, in 1957.

      Denver (AA) beats Portland (PCL) 5–4 to give the Tidewater Tides (IL) the championship in the first AAA World Series. Manager Davey Johnson’s Tides won 3 of their 4 games in the double round-robin tournament to edge 2nd-place Portland, which finished 2–2.

20th  The Tigers rap 10 consecutive hits on the way to an 11-run first inning against Baltimore, tying the AL record set by Boston in 1901. Detroit wins 14–1 in a rain-shortened 5-inning game.

      Not scoring till the 5th inning, the Brewers ride a 20-hit attack to subdue the Indians, 11-7. Cecil Cooper leads the way with 4 hits and 3 RBI. Mike Fishlin has a grand slam for the Tribe, one of four homers they hit.

      The Astros jump to a 12-1 lead after 3 innings at Dodger Stadium and roll to a 15-2 victory.  Jose Cruz has a grand slam and 6 RBIs. Nolan Ryan (14-8) strikes out 7 in 6 innings.

21stIn Detroit, the first-place Orioles sweep a pair from the Tigers, winning 6-0 and 7-3. Mike Boddiker wins his 15th in the opener as the O’s hit 3 homers in support.  In game 2, the Birds score 6 runs in the 9th to win, 7-3. The big blow is John Lowenstein’s second homer of the day, a grand slam, his second of the month.

      For the second day in a row, the Indians get a grand slam in a losing cause, as the Brewers stop them, 10-7.  Alan Bannister clubs a pinch slam in the 5th for Cleveland.

23rd  Steve Carlton becomes the 16th pitcher in ML history to win 300 games and the Phillies inch closer to the NL East title with a 6–2 win over the Cardinals.

     Mike Easler hits Pittsburgh’s third grand slam in 8 days and Tony Pena adds a pair of homers as the Pirates beat the Expos, 10-1. Rick Rhoden wins his 12th as the Pirates stay 3 games behind the streaking Phillies.

      Troubled Dodger reliever Steve Howe is suspended once again because of his chronic drug problem after missing the club’s flight to Atlanta and refusing to take a urinalysis upon his arrival. Howe, who had 18 saves and a 1.44 ERA despite spending part of the season in a drug rehabilitation program, will not be eligible for post-season play.

24th  In the 9th inning of Atlanta’s 3–2 win over Los Angeles, Braves OF Dale Murphy walks, steals 2B, and scores the winning run on Rafael Ramirez’s single. The stolen base makes him only the 6th player in ML history to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases in the same season.

      At Tiger Stadium, Tony Armas hits a pair of 2-run homers as the Red Sox down the Tigers, 5-3.  Armas now has 104 RBIs and will finish with 107 ribbies, despite hitting .218. No one this century will top 100 RBIs with a lower batting average.

25th  Baltimore clinches the AL East title with a 5–1 win over Milwaukee, as Storm Davis and Tippy Martinez combine on a 6-hitter.

26th  Cardinals Bob Forsch pitches his 2nd career no-hitter, winning 3–0 against the Expos. Forsch allows just 2 base runners while becoming the first Cardinal and 25th pitcher overall to throw more than one no-hitter.

      At Wrigley, John Denny wins his 18th and the Phillies win their 11th in a row, beating the Cubs, 5-2. The Phils hit three homers to account for their scoring.  The Phils lead the Pirates by 4.5 games in the NL East, having started their win streak tied with Pittsburgh.

27th  Tim Raines becomes the first player since Ty Cobb to steal 70 bases and drive in 70 runs in the same season, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a stolen base, and 4 RBI in Montreal’s 10–4 win over St. Louis.

      Jim Beattie fires the first one-hitter in Mariners’ history, beating Kansas City, 4-0. U.L. Washington’s single in the 3rd inning is the only baserunner allowed by Beattie in his near-perfect game.

28th  Whipping the Cubs 13-6 for their 12th win in their last 13 games, the Phillies clinch the NL East championship. Bo Diaz goes 5-for-5 with a pair of home runs and Joe Morgan records his 3rd 4-hit game of the month. Mike Schmidt hits his 40thhomer of the year, and reliever Al Holland records a strikeout as closer. He will K two in his next appearance, for 100 strikeouts on the year. No Phillie reliever will match that until 2014.

      Mets pitcher Ron Darling notches his first ML win, a 4-2 victory over the host Pirates. Darryl Strawberry drives in 3 runs, 2 on a homer. For the second day in a row Dale Berra reaches base on catcher’s interference by Junior Ortiz. It’s the 7thtime this year for Berra, setting a new NL record.  He will also lead the NL in IBB this year, a curious stat for a .251 hitter with 10 homers.

29th  In his 9th ML start, Oakland’s Mike Warren pitches a no-hitter against the AL West champion White Sox, 3–0. It is the first no-hitter by a rookie since Jim Bibby’s on July 30, 1973. Warren will win only 9 games in his career, and this will be his only shutout.

      In the Reds last home game, Johnny Bench hits a 2–run pinch single in his last ML at bat. The Reds still lose to the Giants, 11–7.

30th  The Dodgers beat the Giants 4–3 and the Padres beat the Braves 3–2, giving Los Angeles the NL West title. Orel Hershiser pitches the final 2 innings in relief of Fernando Valenzuela to record his first ML save.

      In a 9-4 win over the Mariners, Chicago’s LaMarr Hoyt records his 13th win in a row to raise his record to 24-10, and Greg Luzinski hits his 32nd home run to set a new single-season record for designated hitters.