1985 September

1st  The visiting New York Mets edge San Francisco, 4–3 with Keith Hernandez’s 2-run homer climaxing a 3-run 9th inning. Siske, in relief of Ed Lynch, is the winning pitcher. In the 5th, Lynch lines to right field and is thrown out 9–3 by RF Joel Youngblood. It’s the NL’s 2nd 9–3 putout in 2 months.

2nd Keith Hernandez has his second 5-hit game of the season, Ray Knight has 3 hits and 4 RBIs, and Darryl Strawberry drives home 3 runs to pace the Mets to a 12-4 win over San Diego.  Sid Fernandez (6-8) goes the distance for the win.

      Cal Ripken drives in 6 runs as the Orioles batter the A’s, 12-4. Dwayne Murphy has a double and 2 homers for Oakland, in 3rd place in the AL West.

      At Arlington, the Red Sox thrash the Rangers, 11-2, as Mike Easler hits his second grand slam in three days.  Bill Buckner has 4 hits, 3 runs and 3 RBI.

      Nolan Ryan leaves in the 1st inning after surrendering two runs and recording two outs, but the Cubs are scoreless after that in losing to the Astros, 7-2. Bill Dawley, the first of three relievers, notches the win.

3rd  Gary Carter hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs as the visiting Mets down the Padres, 8-3. Darryl Strawberry adds a homer as the Pads answer with three solo shots.

4th  One day after hitting 3 home runs in an 8–3 win over the Padres, Gary Carter hits 2 more to lead the Mets to a 9–2 win at San Diego, tying the ML record of 5 home runs in 2 games. He is the 13th player to accomplish the feat.

5th  Boston’s first two batters—Dwight Evans and Wade Boggs—crack homers off Cleveland’s Neal Heaton in Boston’s 13–6 win in game 1.  Evans adds another HR to back Oil Can Boyd’s first win in 7 weeks. Cleveland wins the nightcap, 9–5.

6th  The Royals sweep a doubleheader from Milwaukee 4–3 and 7–1 to move past California into first place in the AL West.

      The Giants down the Expos, 8-3, as Chris Brown is 4-for-4 with 6 RBIs. Brown collects 2 doubles and a homer.

      In LA, Fernando Valenzuela and Doc Gooden match zeroes for 9 innings before Gooden is lifted for pinch hitter Keith Hernandez in the 10th.  Hernandez did not start the game because he was in Pittsburgh earlier in the day giving testimony at the federal drub trials. Given immunity, he admitted playing under the influence of coke while with the Cardinals, but gave it up before his trade to the Mets. Valenzuela lasts through 11, but the Mets score 2 in the 13thon Strawberry’s 2-run double to win, 2-0.

      John Tudor tosses his second consecutive shutout and Cesar Cedeno belts a pinch grand slam in the 6th as the Cardinals shot out the Braves, 8-0.

      At Texas, Carlton Fisk blasts 2 three-run homers and drives in 7 runs to lead the White Sox to a 12–1 rout of the Rangers. Tomorrow Fisk will record his 300th double and 900th RBI.

7th  Dave Winfield steals home with the winning run in the Yankees 3–2 win over the A’s. Following a pitchout in the 7th, Winfield gets hung up in a rundown but escapes to score.

      Dave Parker’s second homer of the game, a 9th inning grand slam off Lee Smith, closes the gap but the Cubs prevail over the Reds, 9-7. Parker’s first homer is hit off Dennis Eckersley, who hits his first ML homer.

8th  In Arlington, the White Sox edge the Rangers, 7-6, with Tom Seaver picking up the win. Texas makes it close when Bob Jones hits a 9th inning pinch 3-run homer. Carlton Fisk scores 2 runs and steals 2 bases, including home. He stole home twice with the Red Sox. Fisk will lead ML catchers in steals with 17, the second time he’s reached that number.

      The Reds and Cubs battle to a 5-5 tie after 9 innings, suspended because of darkness. The National League announces afterwards that the game would stay a tie and all stats would be officially recorded. Each team records 13 hits, with Pete Rose collecting a pair and Buddy Bell hitting a 3-run homer. Keith Moreland and Shawon Dunston each have 3 on the Bruin side. Manager Rose inserts himself into the game after lefty Steve Trout is scratched when he falls off a bike and righty Reggie Patterson is picked to start. Pete has two hits to fall one short of Cobb’s 4,191 hits, and then makes outs his last two turns at bat. The Reds return home tomorrow and everyone expected Pete to top the record there, 

10th   In the opener of 2, the Orioles score 6 in the 8th on 3 homers, and the Red Sox answer with 2 homers and score 4 as the O’s win, 7-5. The 5 homers in the 8th ties a ML mark. Wade Boggs is 4-for-4 in the nightcap to pass 200 hits again as he leads the Sox to a 5-3 win.

      The Dodgers sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 10-1 and 10-4, to take a 9 1/2 game lead in the NL West. Greg Brock hits a grand slam for the Dodgers in game 2, his second of the year.

      Mike Schmidt hits a no-out 3-run homer in the 11th to power the Phils to a 5-2 victory over the Expos.

      Moments after a bench-clearing incident, Howard Johnson hits a grand slam to give the Mets a 5-4 win over the Cardinals in the tense NL East race. New York takes over first place.

      Henderson, Griffey, Mattingly and Hassey each have 3 RBIs as the Yankees outlast the Brewers, 13-10, at County Stadium. Randy Ready has 5 hits as Milwaukee outhits the Yankees, 17-11. New York trails Toronto by 1 1/2 games in the AL East.

      Bruce Bochte hits a go-ahead HR in the 5th for the A’s and Dave Kingman hits his 15th career grand slam as the A’s beat the Rangers, 10-3.

      To bolster their pitching staff for the pennant race, the Angels acquire veteran Don Sutton (13-8) from the A’s for 2 minor league players to be named later (Robert Sharpnack and Jerome Nelson).

11th  Pete Rose becomes baseball’s all-time hit leader, singling to left center off Eric Show in the first inning of the Reds’ 2–0 win over San Diego. His 4,192nd career hit breaks Ty Cobb’s record before 47,237 fans at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium. Rose had tied the record at Wrigley Field on September 8th with a single off the Cubs Reggie Patterson in a game that was later suspended due to darkness, enabling Rose to break the record at home.

      John Tudor allows 3 hits in 10 innings for his 3rd consecutive shutout, outdueling Dwight Gooden and the Mets 1–0 to move St. Louis back into a first-place tie with New York in the NL East. Cesar Cedeno’s 10th-inning homer, off Jesse Orosco, provides the game’s only run.

      Milwaukee beats New York 4–3 to end the Yankees’ winning streak at 11 games. New York now trails first-place Toronto by 212games in the AL East.

12th  A grand slam by Hubie Brooks is the difference as Montreal wins at Philadelphia, 6-3.

      Behind a 3-run homer by R.J. Reynolds, off starter Dennis Eckersley, and a grand slam by pitcher Don Robinson, off Warren Brusstar, the Pirates whip the Cubs, 10-2.

13th  The Rangers trade P Dave Stewart to the Phillies for pitcher Rich Surhoff, whose brother B. J. was the first pick in the amateur draft in June.

      At the Kingdome, the White Sox score 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Mariners, 6-1. Joe DeSa hits his 2nd and last ML homer, a grand slam.

15th  At Wrigley, Cesar Cedeno has 5 hits and 4 RBIs to lead the Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over the Cubs. Danny Cox wins his 16th of the year, beating Steve Engel.

      The Yankees trade minor league pitcher Jim Deshaies and two other minor leaguers to be named later to the Astros for 40-year-old Joe Niekro, reuniting the Niekro brothers as teammates for the first time since 1974 with the Braves.

16th   Detroit’s Nelson Simmons hits a HR from each side of the plate, the first Tiger to do so. But the Orioles answer with 6 homers of their own in overpowering the Tigers, 14–7. Cal Ripken hit is 2nd homer of the game in the 8th, and Murray and Lynn followed with successive homers. The 3 straight ties a Birds record. The 41 total bases in the game is a club record.

      At Pittsburgh, the Cardinals sweep a pair from the Pirates, winning 8-4 and 3-1, to take over first place.  John Tudor wins his 19th in the opener and misses a chance for a shutout when Bill Almon hits a grand slam in the 4th. Rookie reliever Pat Perry wins his first in the nightcap. Perry debuted 4 days ago.

17th  Ron Guidry (19-6) serves up 5 homeruns—2 to Darryl Evans–in 7 innings as the Tigers claw the Yankees, 9-1. New York is 5 games behind Toronto in the AL East.

18th  Catcher Rich Gedman hits for the cycle and drives in 7 runs as the Red Sox rout Toronto, 13–1. Al Nipper goes the distance for the victory.

19th  Vince Coleman steals his 100th base of the season and teammate Tom Herr drives in his 100th run, but the Cardinals lose to the Phillies, 6–3.

      At Yankee Stadium, Jimmy Key (13-6) pitches Toronto to a 7-4 win over the Yankees. The pre-game Canadian anthem features NY-Irish singer Mary O’Dowd who forgets the words to ”O Canada” and sings off key. Later, O’Dowd says she can do better and hopes for another invitation when the Blue Jays come to town next season. ”I’ve sung at Carnegie Hall,” she said. ”I’m not a baby. What happened should not have happened. But I’ve never sung at a stadium. It was very overwhelming. I went blank.” She said she had called the Mayor of Toronto, Art Eggleton, to apologize.

      Hubie Brook hits his second grand slam in a week but Montreal falls short, losing to the visiting Pirates, 8-6, in 10 innings.          

      The Reds score 9 runs in the 9th inning to blow out the host Braves, 15-6. Dave Parker’s second grand slam of the month, hit off Bruce Sutter, is the big blow in the frame.

20th  A federal jury in Pittsburgh convicts Curtis Strong of 11 counts of cocaine distribution after a trial whose prosecution witnesses revealed how widely the drug problem afflicts major league baseball. Prominent players who were granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for testimony include Dave Parker, Lonnie Smith, Keith Hernandez, Jeffrey Leonard, and Tim Raines. Also escaping prosecution because he cooperated with the FBI is Pittsburgh’s mascot Pirate Parrot AKA Kevin Koch.

      At the Royals Stadium, Steve Balboni hits a 1st inning grand slam, off Bert Blyleven, and the Royals ride it to a 5-1 win over the Twins.  It is Balboni’s 33rd homer of the year. He will hit three more homers to set the Royals team record.

21stIn a Boston 7–6 win over Detroit, Wade Boggs ties Speaker’s club mark of 222 hits in the 2nd inning with a single. His 5th inning single, his 185th, sets a new AL record for singles breaking the mark set by Willie Wilson in 1980. Wade will end with 187, a mark that will stand until 2001.

      The first-place Cardinals overcome a grand slam by Andre Dawson to edge Montreal, 7-6.

22nd  One night after scuffling with a patron in the bar of the Cross Keys Inn, the Yankees’ Baltimore hotel, manager Billy Martin has his right arm broken by pitcher Ed Whitson in an early-morning brawl in the same bar.

      Ron Guidry becomes the AL’s first 20-game winner this season as the Yankees beat Baltimore, 5–4.

      California’s Rufino Linares scores in the 12th on Julio Franco’s error and the Angels edge the Indians, 10-9. Bobby Grich has a grand slam in the 1st for the Haloes and Doug DeCinces hits a 3-run homer.

24th  Expos OF Andre Dawson slugs 3 home runs, including a pair of 3-run shots in a 12-run 5th inning, to lead Montreal to a wild 17–15 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Dawson joins Willie McCovey as the only players to hit 2 home runs in one inning on 2 different occasions, and his 6 RBIs in one inning ties the current ML record last accomplished by Jim Ray Hart in 1970. He totals 8 RBIs for the game.

     In San Francisco’s 4-3 loss to the Padres, rookie Mike Woodard has a pinch single to extend his hitting streak to 13 games to start a career. The record is Chuck Aleno’s 17-game streak with the Reds in 1941.

      After a man was convicted of selling cocaine to major league players, Peter Ueberroth says in The New York Times, “a cloud hangs over baseball.” He urges all players to submit to drug tests.

25th  Rickey Henderson steals his 75th base of the season in the Yankees 10–2 win over Detroit, breaking the club record of 74 set by Fritz Maisel in 1914.

      Mike Greenwell hits his first ML home run, in the top of the 13th inning, to give the Red Sox a 4–2 win at Toronto.

      With the score tied 4–4 in the bottom of the 9th. Davey Lopes walks, steals 2B and 3B and scores on a pinch single by Bill Spiers as the Cubs beat the Mets, 5–4. Gary Carter’s grand slam accounts for all the Mets scoring.  Lopes has 3 steals in the game to give him 47 (in just 275 at bats) and he sets the record most stolen bases by a player over 40. The record was set by Wagner in 1914 with 23. Lopes is officially recorded at 39, but when he signed at age 22 he was afraid he was too old so he set his age back a year.

26th  The Cards John Tudor picks up his 20th win of the season with his ML-leading 10th shutout, a 5–0 four-hitter against the Phillies. It’s the most in 10 years and the most by a lefty since Koufax in 1963.

      At a damp and cold Wrigley, 11 Cubs reach base against Gooden, but non score as the Mets win, 3-0.

27th  Peter Ueberroth says he will “bow’ to the “overwhelming desire” of the players and work to set up a testing program by the World Series. On October 22, the owners, unable to come up with a testing program, end the 1984 drug agreement.

      Jody Davis has a single, two doubles and a homer in the Cubs 9-7 win over the Phils at Wrigley.  Bull Durham adds a 3-run homer.  Glenn Wilson has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, for the Phils.

28th  Cincinnati’s Tom Browning becomes the first rookie since Bob Grim in 1954 to win 20 games, raising his record to 20–9 with a 5–2 win over Houston. He is the first Reds pitcher to win 20 since Jim Merritt in 1970.

      The first-place Cardinals split a pair with Montreal, losing 2-0, to Bill Gullickson, then winning 4-2. Ozzie Smith has 2 stolen bases and Andy Van Slyke 1 steal in the opener, while Vince Coleman swipes 4 bases in the nightcap.  The Cardinals will have 5 players with 31 or more steals this year as the they total 314.

      The Cubs score 5 in the 1st against the visiting Phillies and hang on or an 11-10 victory with the win going to starter Dennis Eckersley. Shawon Dunston has 4 hits for the Cubs and Mike Schmidt, Ron Cey and Keith Moreland each hit two homers. Moreland drives home 4 runs and will finish with 32 RBIs for the month to set a Cubs September record.

30thBret Saberhagen pitches a CG 3-1 victory over the Angels to win his 20th game of the year. Brett and Sundberg homer for KC.  The win gives the Royals a tie for 1st place in the A.L. West.