1990 September

1st  The 3rd inside-the-park grand slam of the season is hit by Boston’s Mike Greenwell off Greg Cadaret, as the Red Sox beat visiting New York 15–1. Greenwell’s grounder eludes Jesse Barfield in the RF corner: Barfield’s shoetop miss on August 14 gave Polonia his slam. The last season with three inside-the-park slams? 1947. Greenwell’s only other inside-the-park slam was also off Cadaret, in 1989 at Fenway. Boston jumps on Yankee starter Andy Hawkins who lasted 1⁄3of an inning. Hawkins has now pitched a total of one inning in 3 starts at Fenway Park and given up 18 runs (ERA 162.).

Bobby Witt allows 10 walks against Oakland in 7 innings, the 2nd Ranger in a 4 days to hand out 10 walks.  Before this season, the last pitcher to hand out 10 walks was Andy Hassler, in 1974. Witt also has 10 strikeouts and wins, 3–2, for his 10th victory in a row.

2nd  In the year of no-hitters, Dave Stieb pitches the 9th and final one of the season, blanking Cleveland 3–0. It is the first no-hitter in Blue Jays’ history, and the first for Stieb after three close-calls, which were ended by 9th-inning hits. Stieb had previously thrown 5 one-hitters. He K’s 9 in beating Bud Black.

3rd  The White Sox Bobby Thigpen tops Dave Righetti’s ML record with his 47th save of the season in Chicago’s 4–2 win over the Royals. Thigpen will finish the season with a superlative 57 saves.

4th  Houston spots the Dodgers a 7-0 lead before roaring back to take a 10-8 victory. Kal Daniels has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and 6 RBIs for the host Dodgers. It is his second 6-RBI game this year.

Bobby Thigpen picks up his 48th save, in relief of Jack McDowell, as the White Sox beat KC, 6-3.  Lance Johnson scores 3 runs and pinch runner Sammy Sosa steals 2 bases, typing an AL record, and scores a run.

5th  The Pirates beat the Mets 1–0 and 3–1 to open a 21⁄2game lead over New York in the NL East. Zane Smith pitches a one-hitter in the opener for the Bucs, which has swept all 5 of its doubleheaders this season.

In the battle of division leaders, Bob Welch (23-5) throws 8 shutout innings and Mark McGwire hits his 34th homer and drives in 4 runs as the visiting A’s trump the Red Sox, 10-0.

At Memorial Stadium, Harold Reynolds belts a 9th-inning grand slam, off Kevin Hickey, to break a 5-5 tie as the Mariners trim the Orioles, 9-5. Reynolds has 5 RBIs.

6th  The last-place Phils top the first place Cubs 9–1 behind Bruce Ruffin’s first complete game in three seasons. With the Cards beating the Mets, Chicago leads St. Louis by 1/2 game in the NL East.

At Yankee Stadium, Deion Sanders strikes out in the 6th for the Yankees ending his rookie (14 games in 1989) season with a .158 average in 57 games. Neon then shakes hands in the dugout, and heads for Atlanta to join the Falcons.  On the 10th, he will return a punt for a TD. California scores 6 off Lee Guetterman in the 11th to beat the Yanks, 12–6.

Ruben Sierra’s grand slam in the 1st kickstarts the Rangers to a 12-1 pasting of the Royals. Bobby Witt allows no earned runs in 7 innings for the easy win.

9th  Oakland beats New York 7–3 to complete a 12-game sweep of the Yankees this year. The season sweep is a first for the Yankees.

Seattle’s Matt Young strikes out 4 batters in the first inning of a 3–1 win over the Red Sox. He’s the 2nd pitcher this year to K four batters in an inning.

The Cubs Luis Salazar singles in the tying run in 8th, then doubles in the winner in the 10th to give Chicago a 3–2 win over St. Louis.  The Cubs now lead the Cards by 1 1/2 games. Yesterday, the Cubs blew a 7–2 lead to lose 9–8 to the Cards.

Oops. Tiger RF Scott Lusader loses the battle to bright sun and soggy turf and makes 3 errors (2 fielding and 1 throwing) in the first inning against the White Sox. It’s a first in the AL since 1925. The Sox score 7 runs in the inning and coast home 13–3, snapping the Tigers’ 7-game winning streak.

10th  In the first head-to-head matchup of pitchers named Abbott, Jim’s Angels beat Paul’s Twins 3–1. Minnesota’s Carmen Castillo pinch hits late in the game to complete the successful “Abbott and Castillo” revival.

11th  New York beats Texas 5–4 to snap pitcher Bobby Witt’s personal 12-game winning streak. The Yanks score 2 in both the 7th and 8th innings to come from behind. Dave Righetti saves his 31st.

Coming off his first ML start where he threw 7 shutout innings, Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. is roughed up by visiting Toronto, allowing 5 runs in 3 frames and serving up a grand slam to Tony Fernandez. The Jays win 8–4, handing Mel his only ML decision in this, his last ML appearance. Tomorrow, he can console his brother Todd, who allows 6 runs in 5 innings in losing to the Royals, 7–5.

12th  Yankees starter Steve Adkins doesn’t allow a hit in his ML debut, but he walks 8 batters in just 1 1/3innings, as Texas wins 5–4. Adkins walks the first three batters, then retires the side. After a fly out in the 2nd, he walks the next five before being lifted, two shy of Dolly Gray’s consecutive walk record.

14th  Ken Griffey, Sr. and Jr., hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning of a Seattle 7–5 loss to California.  Kirk McCaskill serves up both Griffey homers.

Oakland’s Dave Stewart wins his 20th game of the season 9–1 over the Twins to become the first pitcher since Jim Palmer (1975-78) to post 4 straight 20-game seasons.

At the Skydome, Sam Horn hits a grand slam for the Orioles but it is not enough as the O’s fall to the Blue Jays, 8-7.

Kal Daniels hits his second grand slam in 10 days as the Dodgers beat the host Reds, 10-4. LA scores 8 runs in the 6th.

15thDespite solo homers in the 5th by brothers Billy and Cal Ripken, both off David Wells, the Orioles lose 4–3 to Toronto. The Jays score 3 in the bottom of the 9th on Kelly Gruber’s home run to make a winner of reliever Blair. The brothers Ripken will homer together one more time, in 1996, again in the same inning.

16th  At Shea, the Mets lose 8-3 to the Phillies but stay just a half game in back of the Pirates.

Cleveland trades pending free agent Bud Black (11–10) to Toronto for Mauro Guzzo, Steve Cummings, and Alex Sanchez.  Black will sign with the Giants on November 9.

17th  The Blue Jays’ 6–4 win over the Yankees is watched by 49,902 at the SkyDome, giving Toronto a ML-season attendance record. The Jays will finish the season with 58 consecutive sellouts and a total attendance of 3,885,284.

Arbitrator George Nicolau, who ruled in July that the baseball owners colluded to keep down the salaries of free agents in 1987-88, decides damages amounted to $102.5 million to the players association.  It is the 5th win in a row for the players.

18th  Alvin Davis’s grand slam is the feature of Seattle’s 7-run 7th as they beat the visiting Rangers, 7-3. Rich DeLucia pitches 8 innings for his first ML win.

19th  Doug Drabek wins his 20th game and Bobby Bonds hits his 30th and 31st HRs, as Pittsburgh beats Chicago 8–7. Two days later Bonds will steal his 50th base of the season.

Seattle scores 4 in the bottom of the 1st against Nolan Ryan, but Texas rallies with 4 in the 4th and sinks the Mariners, 6-5. Mike Stanley, a catcher, steals home in the 4th on the front end of a double steal (as noted by Chuck Rosciam).

Benito Santiago’s grand slam in the 6th gives the Padres the lead as they rally to beat the Dodgers, 9-4.

21st  The Padres fire Jack McKeon, who has been the San Diego GM for 10 years.

22nd  Following a 2-0 victory over the visiting Rangers, Kent Hrbek of the Twins fractures his ankle in a club house incident, ending his season.  The Twins will still finish in last place.

23rd  At Veterans Stadium, Charlie Hayes singles in the winning run in the 16th to give the Phils a hard-fought 2-1 decision over the Expos.  Both teams score in the 12th.

Jack Morris scatters 4 hits and the Tigers limit their scoring to the 2nd inning as they stop the A’s, 6-0. Cecil Fielder hits his league-leading 48th homer, a grand slam.

Gary Gaetti hits a grand slam off the Rangers Charlie Hough for his 200th career HR, as the Twins win 6–4. It comes 9 years and 4 days after his first ML homer, also off of Hough.

25th  The Oakland A’s clinch their 3rd consecutive AL West title by beating Kansas City 5–0. Dave Stewart (22–10) goes the distance for the win.

The Yankees tie a ML record when their first 8 batters all hit safely in a 15–3 rout of the Orioles. Tony Telford allows the first 6 hits to take the loss. The only other times the first 8 batters reach safely in the AL happened in 1954 (July 6) and 1960 (April 24), also against the Orioles. The Cubs in 2009 will be the next team to collect 8 hits from their first 8 batters. The Yanks hit 6 homers in the game.

Tom Glavine (10-11) and Mark Grant combine on a 10-0 Atlanta win over the Reds. Two homers in the 5th, one a grand slam by David Justice, kayo Cincy starter Norm Charlton.

Tough day at the office for Terry Mulholland. The Phillies pitcher allows just 2 Cardinal baserunners—Bernard Gilkey’s leadoff triple and double later—and loses, 1–0.

27th  The first-place Reds beat the Braves, 4-2, as Tom Browning wins his 15th. Rob Dibble picks up a save and strikes out 2 in 2 innings.  He will join Dick Radatz as the only pitchers this century to strike out 125 or more batters in consecutive seasons without starting a game.

28th  Alvin Davis has a double and grand slam and collects 6 RBIs in Seattle’s 11-4 win at Comiskey. Randy Johnson strikes out 11 for his 14th win.

29th  Tom Brunansky hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs while Roger Clemens tosses a scoreless 6 innings to earn his 22nd win as Boston beats the Blue Jays, 7-5. Dennis Lamp gives up 5 runs in the 9th, including allowing a grand slam to Kelly Gruber. Boston’s lead over Toronto is 2 games.

The Reds clinch the NL West title during a rain delay of their 3–1 loss to the Padres when the 2nd-place Dodgers lose 4–3 to San Francisco. The Reds, never out of first place, are the first NL team ever to lead from wire to wire in a 162-game schedule.

30th  Pittsburgh beats St. Louis 2–0 behind Doug Drabek’s 3-hitter to clinch its first NL East title since 1979. The loss assures the Cards of finishing last for the first time since 1918.

The White Sox beat Seattle 2–1 in the last game played at historic Comiskey Park, which is to be torn down after 80 seasons of major-league ball. Chicago will play next season at the new Comiskey Park located across the street.