1989 September

1st  Scott Garrelts (11-3) gives up an unearned run over 8 innings and the Giants spank the Mets, 7-1. Kevin Mitchell hits his 41st homer, a 3-run shot, and drives in 4 runs, as the Mets stay 2 1/2 games in back of the first-place Cubs, losers to Atlanta.

      Darryl Boston hits a 1st-inning grand slam, off Dave Milacki, to power the White Sox to a 10-1 win over the Orioles.

      Glenallen Hill’s grand slam is the margin of victory as Toronto tops the Twins, 7-3.

Eight days after banning Pete Rose from baseball for life, Commissioner Bart Giamatti dies suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 51.

3rdIt is 100 degrees in Texas and the Royals and Rangers are equally hot as 7 batters get hit by pitches, the third time this century this has happened, as notes historian Joe Dittmar. The Royals put the game out of reach with a 3-run homer by Bo Jackson in the 7th to win, 13–2. When Mike McFarlane is plunked in the 8th, the 5th Royal hit, he rushes the mound and tackles reliever Craig McMurtry.

      In a 9-4 loss to the Twins, Jays rookie John Olerud makes his ML debut without ever playing in the minors. Leading off the 9th, he collects his first hit and scores.

      At Jack Murphy Stadium, Benito Santiago hits a grand slam as the Padres stop the Phils, 9-5.

4th  Fred Lynn hits his 300th career home run to help the Tigers to a 5–1 win over Kansas City.

      Dave Parker’s grand slam is the big blow in Oakland’s 5-run 3rd as the A’s trip the visiting Red Sox, 7-5.

      Jack Clark drives in 7 runs and San Diego needs all of them as they edge the Braves, 10-9. Clark has a 3-run homer and a grand slam. Darrin Jackson drives in the other runs with a 3-run homer.

5th  Tim Raines has 4 hits and Tim Wallach has 3, including a grand slam, as the Expos beat the host Cardinals, 6-2. Wallach drives in 5 runs.

6th  Welcome to the bigs. Reliever Mike Munoz of the Dodgers serves up a homer to the first batter he faces, pinch hitter Jeff Richardson, as the Dodgers lose to the Reds, 9-5.

7th  In the first of two at Arlington, Mike Devereaux sends Nolan Ryan to the showers with a 7th inning 3-run homer as Texas loses to Baltimore, 8-3. Devereaux finishes with 5 RBIs. Ryan strikes out 10, but his record against the Orioles is now 5-16. Phil Bradley strikes out five times, four against Ryan, and Steve Finley swipes 3 bases and Jeff Ballard wins his 16th.  The O’s continue in game 2 collecting 15 hits in an 9-6 win and are now 1.5 games in back in the AL East.

8th  Kansas City’s George Brett singles for his 2,500th career hit in a 6–0 win over the Twins. Mark Gubicza combines with 2 relievers for the shutout.

9thCalifornia’s Devon White steals 4 bases including 2B, 3B, and home in the 6th inning in the Angels 8–5 win over visiting Boston. Claudell Washington also steals 3B in the 6th as the Angels greet the new battery of Joe Price and Rich Gedman with 3 runs to tie. The Angels then score 3 in the 8th to break the tie.  Price will end up swearing at manager Morgan in the dugout and will be slapped with a 4-game suspension.  Price has been critical of several managing decisions by Morgan.

      Steve Lyons hits a 4-run homer in Chicago’s 7-run 1st inning as the White Sox roll to a 13-3 victory over the Tigers.

10th  Five days after hitting a home run for the Yankees in a 12–2 win over the Mariners, Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in his NFL debut with the Atlanta Falcons. Sanders hit .234 in 14 games for New York this year in his first attempt at playing two sports professionally.

      Cubs rookie Steve Wilson K’s 10 Cards in 5 innings, and relievers add 8 more to help beat the Cards, 4–1. Fellow rookie Dwight Smith contributes a 2-run HR. Chicago leads St. Louis by 2 1/2 games and Montreal by 4. The Mets are just 4.5 games back.

11th  Gary Templeton has a double and a grand slam as the Padres whip the Houston Astros, 7-3.

12th  The Indians fire manager Doc Edwards and replace him for the remainder of the season with scout John Hart.

      Kent Hrbek has a grand slam and 5 RBIs as the Twins win over Toronto, 8-2.

13th  Fay Vincent is elected baseball’s 8th commissioner, succeeding the late Bart Giamatti, for whom he served as deputy commissioner.

14th  The ML owners approve the sale of the Mariners to Jeff Smulyan and Michael Browning for $77 million, the highest price ever paid for an AL club.

Jeff Reardon saves Minnesota’s 2–0 win over Toronto to become the first pitcher ever to record at least 30 saves in 5 consecutive seasons.

      Houston’s Mike Scott (20-8) becomes a 20-game winner for the first time by beating the Dodgers, 11–3. He is the first ML pitcher to reach that plateau this season. Batterymate Craig Biggio chips in a 2-run homer and a grand slam.

      In St. Louis, the Cards draw just 1,519—a stadium record—for a game with the Pirates. The Bucs win, 4-3, in a replay of yesterday’s scoreless game postponed by rain.

16th  Pirates ace John Smiley (12–7) scatters 9 hits to top the Cubs Greg Maddux (17–12). The Bucs win 8–6, but the Cubs still lead by 5 1/2 games over the Mets and Cardinals.

17th  In game 1 at the Vet, John Kruk belts a game-ending grand slam in the 12th, off Matt Kinzer, to give the Phillies a 9-5 victory over the Cards. Cris Carpenter and two relievers shut down the Phils in the second game, 2-0.

18th  In Toronto, the Red Sox beat the Jays 6–3 to cut Toronto’s lead to 2 games over Baltimore.  Boston has now won 4 out of 5 in the Dome, but has a 15-game losing streak to the Blue Jays at Fenway.

19th  San Diego’s Mark Davis becomes the 7th pitcher ever to save 40 games in a season by nailing down the Padres’ 5–1 win over the Reds. He will finish the season with 44 saves, one shy of Bruce Sutter’s NL record.

      Kevin Appier and  each throw 9 scoreless innings at the Metrodome before Shane Mack’s bases loaded single in the 11th wins it, 1-0, for Minnesota over KC.

      Benito Santiago poles a grand slam off reliever Darren Holmes (0-1) as the visiting Padres beat the Dodgers, 9-4.

20thAt Wrigley, the Phils edge the Cubs, 9–8, with 18 hits, including 15 singles. The Cubs use 20 players, including 6 pitchers.

      First-place Oakland beats the Indians, 8-6, as Rickey Henderson has 3 hits including a HR, and 4 stolen bases. He’s thrown out once.

      Backup catcher Alex Trevino clubs a 14th inning homer, off Joe Boever, to give Houston a 7-6 win over the Braves.  Kevin Bass has his second grand slam in the month, connecting in the 7th inning.

21stMike Fitzgerald connects for a grand slam in the 1st inning and Hubie Brooks adds a 2-run homer in the 5th as Montreal edges the Pirates, 6-5.

22nd  Dave Stewart becomes the first pitcher since Jim Palmer (1975-78) to win 20 games in 3 straight seasons by beating the Twins 5–2. It is also Stewart’s 100th ML win.

      The Cards Bull Durham is suspended indefinitely for “failing to comply with the ML drug testing program.”

      In a doubleheader split with Seattle, Jim Eisenreich homers and drives in 3 runs as Kansas City wins the opener, 9-2. Bret Saberhagen wins his 21st pitching 7 shutout innings.  Kansas City manages just two hits—both by Kevin Seitzer– in the nightcap, a 2-0 loss.  It is the third time that Seitzer has had KC’s only hits.

23rd  Hubie Brooks has a grand slam for the Expos, but the Mets counter with three homers of their own to beat Montreal, 13-6.  Gary Carter is homerless but drives in 5 runs.

24th  Before the start of the Giants-Astros game at Candlestick, former Giants pitcher Vida Blue and Peggy Shannon are wed at home plate. They will go on to have two children before they separate in the 1990s. The Giants win the post-nuptials match, 10-2.

25th  Boston’s Wade Boggs goes 4-for-5 in a 7–4 win over the Yankees to become the first player in ML history to achieve both 200 hits and 100 walks in 4 consecutive seasons. It is Boggs’s 7th straight 200-hit season overall, extending his own modern ML record. Dwight Evans also puts his name in the record books by belting his 20th homer. He is the only current player with 20 or more homers in each of the last 9 years,

      The Red Sox say that they will not exercise their option on Jim Rice’s contract next season, while Bob Stanley, the team’s all-time save leader with 132, announces his retirement.

      At Montreal, the Cubs blow a chance to clinch a tie in the NL East, losing 4–3 in 10 innings, but back into the tie anyway when St. Louis loses later on. Andre Dawson homers twice off Bryn Smith, his second a bizarre inside-the-park blow to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead. Dawson flies deep to CF Dave Martinez, who catches up with the ball but suffers a painful muscle-pull doing so and drops to the ground. Dawson keeps running as Martinez’s teammates surround him. The ball is finally thrown in after Dawson touches home plate. Although at no time did the ball touch the ground or the fence, the umpires award Dawson a homer over the howls of protest. Martinez misses the remainder of the series.

      Dave Justice hits a grand slam and Tom Glavine pitches 7 shutout innings as the Braves whip the Reds, 10-0, at Riverfront.

26th  The Cubs become the first team to clinch a division title this season, wrapping up the NL East with a 3–2 win over the Expos. Mitch Williams strikes out Mike Fitzgerald to win the game.

27th  The two San Francisco Bay teams clinch their divisions. Oakland wins the AL West by beating Texas 5–0, while San Francisco loses 1–0 to the Dodgers but is assured of the NL West crown when the 2nd-place Padres lose to the Reds 2–1 in 13 innings.

      Kansas City hits 4 homeruns, including Bo Jackson’s 32nd, a grand slam, as the Royals down the Angels, 8-3. He now has 105 RBIs.

30th  The Blue Jays earn the final spot in the playoffs by scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to beat Baltimore 4–3 and clinch the AL East. The surprising Orioles led the division most of the season and will finish 2nd just one season after losing 107 games.

Texas flamethrower Nolan Ryan strikes out 13 Angels in a 2–0 three-hitter to raise his season total to 301. It is his 6th 300-strikeout season, but first since 1977.

      The Royals Bret Saberhagen wins his 23rd, 6-1, over Oakland, but gives up a run in the 5th to stop his consecutive scoreless innings streak at 32,