1984 September

1st  Two weeks after being given a vote of confidence by club owner George Argyros, Mariners manager Del Crandall is fired and replaced by 3B coach Chuck Cottier.

      Ken Singleton hits a pinch grand slam for Baltimore and Cal Ripken homers, but the O’s come up short, losing 10-9 to Seattle. Jim Presley has a pair of homers for the M’s.

2nd The Indians snap a 3-3 tie with 5 runs in the 8th to beat the Red Sox, 8-3. Julio Franco’s grand slam is the big blow.

3rd  Bruce Sutter breaks the NL record for saves in a season with his 38th in the Cardinals’ 7–3 win over the Mets.

      Mike Young gives the Orioles the lead with an 8th-inning grand slam as Baltimore upends Detroit, 7-4.

4th  The White Sox pound the visiting A’s, 12-2, as Greg Walker drives in 6 runs on a single and two homers. Tom Seaver (13-6) goes 8  innings for the win.

5th  Cal Ripken’s first-inning error lets in a score, and that’s it as the Tigers beat Baltimore, 1–0.  Juan Berenguer (8–9) is the winner with Willie Hernandez picking up his 28th save. Mike Flanagan goes all the way in the loss.  Detroit’s magic number is now 15.

      At San Francisco, Nolan Ryan pitches 8 innings, striking out 8 in beating the Giants, 4–1. Ryan strikes out Giants Chili Davis to nudge ahead of Carlton in all time strike outs.

6th  At Dodger Stadium, Braves third baseman Randy Johnson belts an 18th-inning homerun, off Larry White, to give the Braves a 3-2 win over Los Angeles. It is the latest homerun in Braves history: Rick Camp will tie it next year.

      Craig Reynolds has 3 hits, including a 1st-inning grand slam off Bill Laskey, and scores 3 as the Astros pound the Giants, 14-2. Bob Knepper goes the distance for the win.

7th  Dwight Gooden pitches a one-hitter and strikes out 11 in a 10–0 rout of the Cubs. The only hit is Keith Moreland’s slow roller in the 5th inning, which 3B Ray Knight fields but can’t get out of his glove. Gooden’s 11 strikeouts give him 236 for the season, breaking the NL rookie record set by Grover Alexander in 1911. For Gooden, he will win another 9 straight over the Cubs, lose, then win 12 straight.

      In the Braves’ 5-4 loss to the Giants, pitcher Pascual Perez steals home in the 4th on the front end of a double steal with Thompson. This is Perez’ only career steal. He leaves in the 7th and Garber takes the loss with Grant the victor.  The next pitcher to swipe home will be Rick Sutcliffe, in 1988.

      Down 4–0 in the 8th, the Tigers score 4 runs—three on a homer by Kirk Gibson—to tie the Blue Jays in Toronto. In the 10th, Dave Bergman cracks a 3-run homer and the Tigers win, 7–4.  Willie Hernandez (9–2) wins with 3 innings of shutout relief. The Tigers lead the AL East by 9 1/2 games.

8th  The Yankees break a 4–4 tie with 2 runs in the 6th to roll over the Red Sox, 12–6.  Toby Harrah paces the 15-hit attack with 4 hits, and Dave Winfield one of the game’s 12 doubles to extend his hitting streak to 20 games, which is and will be a career high. Joe Cowley (7–) is the winner.

9th  Against the Braves, the Giants score 2 in the 7th to win 6-4. Banjo hitter Duane Kuiper hits a leadoff pinch double in the frame for his only extra base hit of the year. He sets the club record for most games in a row without an extra-base hit going 65 straight from August 22,1983, to September 7, 1984.

10th  Baltimore’s Mike Flanagan evens his record at 12-12 with a 3-1 win over the Tigers. Wayne Gross and Eddie Murray homer as Murray extends his consecutive game hitting streak to 22.

11th  At Baltimore, the Tigers cut their magic number to 7 with a 9–2 clipping of the Orioles.  Darrell Evans has 4 hits including a homer. Larry Herndon follows Evans homer with one of his own, while Kirk Gibson has 3 hits and his 27th steal.  Dan Petry wins his 17th. The Tigers pass the two million mark in road attendance tonight and become the fifth team in AL history to go over that mark at home and on the road.

      In Pittsburgh, Rick Rhoden allows 3 hits, two by Tim Raines, as the Pirates top the Expos, 5-1.  Rhoden has a hit and a run, the 11th straight game he’s made a hit while pitching. Gary Peters, White Sox in 1966, was the last pitcher to put together an 11-game hit streak.

12th  Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 Pirates in a 2–0 victory to break Herb Score’s ML rookie strikeout record of 245. Gooden now has 251.

13th  At Shea, the Pirates beat the Mets, 14-4, as Jim Morrison leads the attack with 6 RBIs on 4 hits.

14th  Rookie Mark Langston (15-9) becomes the first Mariner to win 15 games in a season by beating the Royals 2–1 on a 5-hitter.

      Rick Sutcliffe goes to 15-1 as the first-place Cubs beat the visiting Mets, 7-1. Jody Davis supplies a grand slam for his batterymate.

      Brett Butler cracks his second homer of the year—a grand slam—to lead the Indians to a 6-1 win over the A’s.

15th  Pitching like the other Bob Gibson, Milwaukee’s Bob Gibson (1-3) tosses his lone career shutout, stopping the Orioles, 6-0.  Robin Yount hits a grand slam to back Gibson.

16th  Which Bob Gibson is that? Brewers pitcher Bob Gibson allows one hit, a leadoff single by Al Bumbry, in beating the Orioles, 7-0. It is a record-tying 4th time that Bumbry has had the only hit for Baltimore in a game.  Gibson is back by a grand slam from Robin Yount, off Sammy Stewart, in the Brewers 6-run 6th.  O’s manager Cal Ripken is not around to see it, however. He’s tossed in the 1st inning for arguing a checked swing call.

17th  Reggie Jackson hits his 500th career home run in the 7th inning off Bud Black, but the Royals beat California 10–1 to move into first place in the AL West. Jackson is the 13th player in ML history to hit 500 home runs.

      Harold Baines slugs 3 home runs to lead the White Sox to a 7–3 win over the Twins and drop Minnesota into 2nd place in the AL West.

      Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 batters for the 2nd straight start to tie the ML record of 32 strikeouts in consecutive games, but balks home the winning run in the 8th inning of a 2–1 loss to the Phillies. It is Gooden’s 5th straight outing with 10 or more strikeouts.

      At Yankee Stadium, Ken Griffey has a single, 2 doubles and a homer to drive in 3 runs as the Yankees whip the Orioles, 12-7. Oscar Gamble has a 2-run homer for the Bombers. The O’s don’t go quietly as they get 4 hits from Al Bumbry and a grand slam from Wayne Gross, his 2nd of the year. Ron Guidry, in his only relief appearance of the year, pitches a scoreless 9th.

      Lance Parrish hits his 30th homer of the year and Lou Whitaker belts a grand slam to lead the Tigers to a 7-3 win over the Brewers. Rookie Roger Mason wins his 1st ML game.

18th  The Tigers clinch the AL East championship with a 3–0 win over the Brewers as starter Randy O’Neal records his first ML win. Detroit becomes the 4th team this century to be in first place every day of the season, joining the 1923 Giants, the 1927 Yankees, and the 1955 Dodgers.

      Tim Raines becomes the first player in ML history with 4 consecutive 70-stolen-base seasons by stealing 4 in Montreal’s 7–4 win over St. Louis.

      At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees trounce the Orioles, 10-2, as Mike Pagliarulo hits a grand slam in New York’s 7-run 2nd inning. Orioles infielder Todd Cruz retires the side in the 8th on 7 pitches.

19th  Behind 6-5, the Pirates score 6 in the top of the 6th to beat Chicago, 11-6. Tony Pena hits a grand slam in the frame.

      At Toronto, the Red Sox are led by Dwight Evans, who lowers the boom on Jim Clancy for a pair of 3-run homers in Boston’s 10-4 win over the Jays.  The 6 RBIs, plus 4 yesterday, gives Evans 100 RBIs for the year and gives the Red Sox three outfielders (Rice, Armas) with 100 RBIs.

20th  The Padres clinch their first NL West title since entering the league in 1969 with a 5–4 win over the Giants. The key blow is winning pitcher Tim Lollar’s 3-run home run, his 3rd home run of the season.

      The first-place Cubs break 2 million in home attendance for the first time as 33,651 watch them lose to Pittsburgh 7–6.

      The Orioles roll over the visiting Red Sox, 15–1. Ken Singleton paces the Birds with a grand slam, off Al Nipper, for his 246th and last career HR. His previous two homers were also grand slams, the last coming on September 1st.

21st  Rookie Jim Traber makes his debut in Baltimore, first by singing the national anthem before the Red Sox game, then by DHing. The Red Sox are unimpressed, clipping the Orioles 8-0. Traber had sung the national anthem a number of times before minor league games.

      George Brett, with a grand slam, and Steve Balboni homer in KC’s 5-run 7th as Kansas City beats Oakland, 7-4.

      Pittsburgh beats the Phillies, 5-1, as Tony Pena drives in 3 runs and Johnny Ray picks up the game-winning RBI for the 4th game in a row, setting the NL mark.

23rd  Sparky Anderson becomes the first manager ever to win 100 games in a season with 2 different clubs as the Tigers beat the Yankees 4–1. Anderson had led the Reds to 100-win seasons in 1970, 1975, and 1976.

24th  Rick Sutcliffe pitches a 2-hitter in a 4–1 win over Pittsburgh to clinch the NL East title for the Cubs, who will be making their first post-season appearance since 1945. The win is Sutcliffe’s 14th in a row. Sutcliffe strikes out 9 Bucs, including Joe Orsulak for the final out.

      Kansas City sweeps a pair from the Angels, winning 4=0 behind Brett Saberhagen, and 12-4. Darryl Motley hits a grand slam and 6 RBI in game 2.

25th  Red Sox manager Ralph Houk, 65, announces he will retire at the end of the season.

      At Shea, the Mets Rusty Staub homers to become the second player to homer as a teenager and also at the age of 40.  Ty Cobb is the only other. Staub’s blast, a 2-run pinch homer climaxes a 4-run 9th inning as the Mets beat Philley, 6–4.  It is a bad week for Phils reliever Larry Andersen, who takes the loss today with a third of an inning of work. He has lost five games this past week with a total of 1.1 innings of pitching, losing to the Mets on the 18th, 24th and 25th, and to the Pirates on the 21st and 22nd. He’ll continue the streak next April 12th with  loss in a third of an inning (as noted by Tom Ruane).

      Pat Tabler collects 4 hits, including a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs in Cleveland’s 13-5 win over the Mariners.

      In a bench-clearing move, the Orioles use 8 pinch hitters, tying the AL mark, in an attempt to beat the Yankees, but New York prevails, 6-5.

      At County Stadium, Howard Johnson connects for a grand slam in the first inning and the Tigers roll to a 9-1 win over the Brewers. Randy O’Neal (2-0) and 4 relievers combine for Detroit.

26th  Philadelphia’s Juan Samuel breaks Tim Raines’s record for steals by a rookie with his 72nd in a 7–1 loss to the Mets.  Raines had set the record of 71 in the strike-shortened 1981 season. The 2nd place Mets are the first team to finish above .500 and score fewer runs than their opponents in a full season since the 1932 Pirates.

27th  Before a crowd of 2,803, the smallest crowd in Montreal history, the Expos trim the Cards, 6–3. Paced by back-to-back homers by Carter and Driessen, the Expos score 6 in the 4th. The Spos will draw 3,613 on Sept. 4, 2001, their next smallest crowd. In Joey Hesketh’s 7–0 shutout over the Mets, tomorrow, the crowd will be 12,164.

      The Indians top the Twins, 4–3, on a 2-out pinch solo homer in the 9th by Jamie Quirk. Ron Davis serves up the game-winner to Quirk, whose contract was purchased 3 days ago from the Chicago White Sox.  For Quirk, it will be his only at bat in a Cleveland uniform during his one-week stint: the Tribe will release him on October 1 when the season ends.

28th  Bruce Sutter ties the ML record with his 45th save of the season in the Cardinals 4–1, 10-inning win over the Cubs. Starter Joaquin Andujar (20-14) allows 2 hits over 9 innings to win his 20th game.

      Kansas City clinches the AL West title with a 6–5 win over Oakland. The Royals are the first ML team to finish in the top spot and score fewer runs than their opponents.  The only other AL team to finish above .500 with fewer runs than the opposition was the 1948 Philadelphia A’s.

30th  On the final day of the regular season, California’s Mike Witt fans 10 and needs just 97 pitches to complete a perfect game 1–0 over Texas. Witt’s gem is the first 9-inning perfect game in Angels history and the first in the major leagues since Len Barker’s in 1981.

      In the dramatic race for the AL batting title, Don Mattingly goes 4-for-5 in the Yankees season-ending 4–2 win over the Tigers to edge teammate Dave Winfield .343 to .340. Winfield goes 1-for-4. This is the only time this century that Yankee teammates have finished 1-2 in the AL batting race.

      The 7th-place Brewers end their season with a 4–0 win over the Blue Jays, and manager Rene Lachemann bows out. Lachemann had been fired earlier in the week but stayed on till the finish. George Bamberger will return as manager of the Brewers.

      The ML umpires announce that they will go on strike at the 2 LCS scheduled to begin October 2nd in an effort to improve their pay and job security and to change the method by which post-season assignments are determined. ML officials say the games will go on as scheduled using amateur umpires if necessary.

      Phillies interim manager Paul Owens resigns following a season-ending doubleheader loss to the Pirates and will move into the club’s front office. Coach John Felske will succeed Owens as manager next season.

      Padre Eddie Miller and Dodger Tony Brewer hit homers today in their last major league at bats.  Miller’s 9th-inning four bagger, his only career homer, comes in a 4–3 loss to Atlanta’s Pascual Perez, while Brewer, the 1984 PCL bat champ, homers in LA’s 7–2 win over the Giants.