1988 September

1st  The Montreal Expos trade hard-throwing Bob Sebra to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Travis Chambers. Sebra, in the minors all season, was 6-15 for the Expos in 1987, striking out 14 batters in one game.

3rd  Dennis Eckersley sets an A’s record with his 37th save of the season in Oakland’s 5–4 win over New York. Eckersley will save 45 games this season, one shy of Dave Righetti’s ML record.

4th  Cincinnati’s Danny Jackson becomes the NL’s first 20-game winner by shutting out the Cubs on 6 hits as the Reds romp 17–0. Calvin Schiraldi is the loser. Jackson also has 4 hits, shortstop Luis Quinones has 5 RBIs and Paul O’Neill has 4.

      With the Tigers losing to Milwaukee, Boston moves into a first-place tie in the AL East by beating the Angels, 6-5, in 10 innings. Larry Parrish’s homer, off Bryan Harvey, in the 10th secures the win.

      Toronto scores 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th, then 4 more in the 9th on George Bell’s walkoff grand slam to beat the Rangers, 9-7.

5th  Dwight Evans has 3 hits, including a 2-run HR in the top of the 9th, and drives in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Orioles, 4-1. Marty Barrett catches Jim Traber with the hidden ball trick, flipping to SS Jody Reed for the out.  It is the third time for Barrett.

6th  Kal Daniels has a pair of homers and scores 5 runs to lead the Reds to a 10-3 win over the host Astros.

8th  At Wrigley, the Mets compile 20 hits, 5 by Howard Johnson, as the trip the Cubs, 13-6. Johnson has a homer and 4 RBIs.

      NL president Bart Giamatti is unanimously elected baseball’s 7th commissioner, and will succeed Peter Ueberroth next season.

      At Coors Field, the Rockies and Marlins put on an offensive display before the Rox emerge with an 11-10 victory. For the Fish, Cliff Floyd has 4 hits, including a homer, and 3 RBIs, while  has 3 hits, including a homer, and 4 ribbies. For Colorado, Nefti Perez has 4 hits and Vinny Castilla drives in 6 runs on 3 hits, including a 3 run homer.  Derrick Gibson has 4 consecutive hits, tying a NL record for a debut game.

9th  Bruce Sutter joins Rollie Fingers and Rich Gossage as the only pitchers to save 300 games as Atlanta beats San Diego 5–4 in 11 innings.

      Dave Stewart lasts 5+ innings, good enough for his 18th win, as Oakland beats the Royals, 14-6. Each team has 15 hits as Luis Polonia is 5-for-5 with 5 runs scored for the A’s.

10th  Orel Hershiser shuts out the Reds 5–0 to become a 20-game winner for the first time. It is his 2nd straight shutout.

      At Fenway, the Red Sox whip the Indians, 6-0, behind Roger Clemens. Dave Clark’s one-out single in the 8th is the only hit against the Rocket, who uses 86 pitches to finish the game.

11thThe host Yankees edge the Tigers, 5–4 in 18 innings as both teams score in the final inning. Steve Shields gets the win in relief when Claudell Washington homers. Rickey Henderson ties a 1948 AL record for extra innings with 12 putouts in LF. Gary Pettis has 4 steals for Detroit.

      At Jack Murphy, Dennis Rasmussen (14-8) allows one hit over 7 innings and the Padres plate 7 in the 2nd to beat the Braves, 8-2.  Marvell Wynne contributes a grand slam.

      At Busch, the Cardinals edge the Cubs, 3-2, on Ozzie Smith’s RBI bunt in the 7th to drive in the winning run.  It is the 4th consecutive game that Ozzie has the game-winning RBI, tying a NL record.

12th  Baltimore’s Eddie Murray collects his 2,000th career hit in a 6–1 loss to Boston, and Atlanta’s Dale Murphy drives in his 1,000th career run in a 5–4 loss to Los Angeles.

13th  Jim Rice’s 3rd inning grand slam starts the scoring at Fenway as the Red Sox down the Orioles, 6-4. Mike Smithson (8-5) gets the decision for the division leaders.

      Greg Maddux win his 17th and Damon Berryhill seals the win with a 7th inning grand slam as the Cubs beat the Phillies, 9-2.

      Pascual Perez scatters 7 hits and Hubie Brooks belts a grand slam as the Expos clip the Cardinals, 7-1.

      Jesse Barfield belts a grand slam and Ernie Whitt adds a 2-run homer as the Blue Jays flatten he Tigers, 9-1. Dave Stieb (13-8) goes 6 innings for the win.

14th  Mike Greenwell hits for the cycle to help Mike Boddicker earn a victory in his first game against his former club, a 4–3 Boston win over the Orioles. Lee Smith notches his 26th save.

      Led by 2 rookies and a 9-run 4th inning, off Dave Stewart, Texas beats the A’s, 9–1. Kevin Brown is the winning pitcher while his batterymate Chad Kreuter ties a ML record in his debut with 2 hits in the 4th inning. The second hit is a 3-run HR. Kreuter is the 3rd rookie (Billy Martin, Russ Morman) to have 2 hits in one inning. Brown, who won in his debut in 1986, improves his career mark to 2–0.

15thIn a 10–3 Twins win, Kirby Puckett collects his 1,000th hit, a double off Chicago’s Shawn Hillegas, one of 4 hits Mr. 5 by 5 has in the game  He is the 4th ever to get 1,000 hits in first 5 seasons (Medwick, Waner, Combs.) He’ll end with 1062, two hits short of Medwick’s record of 1064. Jim Dwyer hits his first homer of the year, a pinch grand slam.

16th  Cincinnati’s Tom Browning pitches the 14th perfect game in ML history, striking out 7 in a 1–0 win over the Dodgers. Tracy Woodson strikes out to end the only no-hitter in the major leagues this season.

17th  Pitching in the 9th inning, Jeff Reardon saves his 40th game of the season in Minnesota’s 3–1 win over Chicago, becoming the first pitcher ever to save 40 games in a season in each league. Reardon saved 41 for the Expos in 1985.

18th  Baltimore’s Bob Milacki allows one hit over 8 innings in his ML debut and Tom Niedenfuer pitches the 9th to complete a 2–0 one-hitter against the Tigers. Tom Brookens doubles in the 3rd for the lone hit.

      Bryan Harvey pitches the 9th inning, giving up a pinch grand slam to Pete O’Brien, but picks up the win as the Angels edge the Rangers, 6-5.

      Jeffrey Leonard connects for a grand slam and Jim Gantner has 3 hits and 3 RBI to pace the Brewers to a 10-2 victory over the Mariners.

19th  Oakland clinches the AL West title with a 5–3 win over the 2nd-place Twins.

20th  Wade Boggs goes 3-for-3 with 2 walks in Boston’s 13–2 rout of Toronto to become the first player this century to collect 200 hits in 6 consecutive seasons. Willie Keeler had 8 straight 200-hit seasons from 1894-1901. Boggs also joins Lou Gehrig as the only players to collect 200 hits and 100 walks in 3 consecutive seasons.

      The A’s knock Frank Viola (22-7) out of the box in the 4th inning en route to a 12–3 win over Minnesota. In the 5-run 8th inning Mike Gallego makes all 3 outs, grounding out and grounding into a DP. Davis (16-5) is the winner.

      Darrell Evans hits his 400th career home run off John Farrell in the 5th inning, and Chet Lemon hits his 200th career home run off Scott Bailes in the bottom of the 9th to lead Detroit to a 3–1 win over Cleveland.

      At the Kingdome, the Mariners score 2 in the 8th and beat the Royals in a 11-10 barn burner. Alvin Davis has 5 RBIs for the M’s and Dave Velle has 4 hits as Seattle collects 18 safeties.  KC is led by Danny Tartabull, who has 4 hits, including a grand slam, and 5 RBIs. It is his 23rd homer of the year and he is matched by teammate Bo Jackson.

      At Anaheim, Gary Sheffield hits a 2-run homer as the Brewers score 3 runs in the 8th against the Angels.  They plate another run in the 9th to win, 6-5. Joey Meyer becomes the second Brewer this years to strike out 5 times in a game.

21st  The first place Mets edge the Phillies, 4–3, at Shea as Sid Fernandez evens his record at 10-10. Darryl Strawberry and Greg Jefferies hit solo homers and Kevin McReynolds has 2 hits and his 21st stolen base without being caught stealing, a ML record. Chase Utley will top it in 2009.

      In game 1 of a twinbill at Dodger Stadium, the Padres score 9 runs in the first two innings to beat the Dodgers, 9-2. Dennis Rasmussen wins his 15th and batterymate Benito Santiago contributes a grand slam. Los Angeles comes back to win the second game, 6-5, in 10 innings.

      The Astros score a run in the 8th and beat the Braves, 1-0, on Bob Knepper’s one-hitter. Dale Murphy has the only hit for Atlanta.

22nd  The Mets clinch their 2nd NL East title in 3 years with a 3–1 win over Philadelphia.

23rd  The Angels fire manager Cookie Rojas and the Phillies fire manager Lee Elia. 3B coach Moose Stubing (California) and John Vukovich (Philadelphia) will manage the clubs for the remainder of this season. Stubing will return to the coaching box after going 0–8.

      Oakland’s Jose Canseco becomes the founder of baseball’s 40-HR, 40-SB club by stealing two bases in a 9–8, 14-inning win over Milwaukee. He also hits his 41st home run. McGwire hits his 29th and Rob Deer his 23rd. Felix Jose singles in the 14th, is bunted to 2B, steals 3rd, and scores on a sac fly.

      At Candlestick Park, the Dodgers win 3-0, behind Orel Hershiser (23-8) who pitches a complete game shutout to extend his record-vying streak to 49 consecutive shutout innings. Mickey Hatcher’s 2-out 3-run homer in the 8th off starter Atlee Hammaker is all the scoring.

24th  Toronto’s Dave Stieb is one out away from a no-hitter when Cleveland’s Julio Franco’s apparent game-ending grounder takes a bad hop over 2B Manny Lee’s head and Stieb is forced to settle for a 1–0 one-hitter. It is his second of the season. It is the 7th no-hitter broken up in the 9th inning this season.

      Dave Stewart wins his 20th game of the season and the A’s win their 100th, 5–2, over Milwaukee. Mark McGwire hits his 30th HR.

      At Arlington, the Mariners beat the Rangers, 3-0, as Mark Langston allows just one hit, a tainted one at that.  In the 5th inning, Chad Kreuter walks with 2 outs and Jeff Kunkel hits a fly ball that drops for a single when Jay Buhner loses it in the lights. Kreuter is thrown out at home ending the inning and the no-hitter. Langston is in the middle of a 34.1 inning scoreless streak.

      At Three Rivers, the Cubs edge the Pirates, 2-1, with all 3 runs scoring on sacrifice flies.

      The Expos Pascual Perez throws a 5-inning no-hitter as he beats Alex Madrid and the Phillies, 1-0. Rain halts the game in the 6th.

      Mookie Wilson and Kevin McReynolds each homer and drive in 4 runs in a 14-1 Mets blowout over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. David West, in his ML debut, pitches 5 innings for the win. Infielder José Oquendo switches to catcher for an inning, making him just the fourth player in NL history to play all 9 positions in a season.  Oquendo picked up a win in relief earlier in the year.

25th  At Memorial Stadium, the Tigers make good use of the 9th inning to sweep a pair from the Orioles, winning 2-1 and 7-4.  A 9th inning RBI single wins the opener, and pinchhitter Fred Lynn connects for a grand slam in the 9th of game 2.

26th  The Dodgers beat the Padres 3–2 to clinch the NL West title and earn a playoff date with the Mets, who won 10 of their 11 meetings this season.

27th  At Fenway, the Blue Jays jump off to a 9-0 lead after 2 innings and hold on to beat the Red Sox, 15-9. Ernie Whitt drives in 6 runs for the Jays, hitting homers in the 1st and 2nd innings. Mike Smithson allows 7 runs, exiting in the 2nd without getting an out. Despite the loss, the Sox still lead the AL East by 3.5 games.

28th  In his last start of the regular season, Orel Hershiser pitches 10 shutout innings to extend his consecutive-scoreless-inning streak to 59, breaking Dodger Don Drysdale’s ML record by one. San Diego’s Andy Hawkins also pitches 10 shutout innings and the Padres eventually win 2–1 on Mark Parent’s home run in the bottom of the 16th. Hershiser’s streak gets some help when umpire Paul Runge makes an interference call at 2B on a run-scoring double play.  Hershiser ends the month with a 5–0 record and an ERA of 0.00. His streak started on August 30th with 4 shutout innings against Montreal.

      In a 5–2 loss to Oakland, Minnesota’s Bert Blyleven plunks 3 batters in the 2nd inning to tie a ML record.

29th   Better late than never. The Cubs trade veteran C Jody Davis to the Braves for pitchers Kevin Coffman and Kevin Blankenship. Davis, an Atlanta native, would have been released at the end of the season and the Cubs make the trade as a favor.

      Boston scores in just two innings but beat the Indians, 12-0.  Mike Boddiker goes the distance, allowing 3 hits. Mike Greenwell’s single in the 3rdinning drives in the winning run, the 23rdtime this season that he has done so. It is the AL record.

      Baltimore trades well-traveled vet Jim Dwyer to the Twins for a player to be named later. That turns out to be P Doug Cline, acquired in 2 weeks.

30th  The Red Sox lose to Cleveland 3–2 but clinch the AL East title anyway when 2nd-place Milwaukee loses to Oakland 7–1.

      Dave Stieb is one out away from a no-hitter for the 2nd consecutive game, but falls short again when Jim Traber bloops a pinch-single over the head of 1B Fred McGriff. Stieb finishes with his 2nd straight one-hitter, 4–0, over the Orioles. He finishes the season with a scoreless inning streak of 31.2 innings.

      New York’s David Cone beats St. Louis 4–2 to improve his record to 20-3. He has won 8 in a row.

      President Ronald Reagan joins another old sportscaster when he visits Harry Caray in the broadcast booth during the Cubs game. It’s a wild one with the Cubs losing 10–9 to Pittsburgh in 10 innings.