1st Jack Morris (18-5) goes 8 innings as his Blue Jays trip the White Sox, 9-3. Kelly Gruber helps with a grand slam in the 4th, off Donn Pall.
2nd Phillies P Terry Mulholland sets a major league record with his 14th pickoff of the season, as he catches Pete Incaviglia of the Astros off base in the 6th inning. But Houston wins the game, 3–2.
3rd Toronto gets 10 consecutive hits, to tie an AL record, in the 2nd inning of its 16–5 win over Minnesota.
Baseball owners vote 18–9, with one abstention, calling for the resignation of Commissioner Fay Vincent.
4th Yankees OF Roberto Kelly ties a major league record by reaching base on catcher’s interference for the 7th time this year. Pittsburgh’s Dale Berra set the mark in 1983. Texas C Ivan Rodriguez is the latest victim of Kelly in New York’s 6–3 victory.
Toronto stays a half game ahead of Baltimore in the AL East by bombing the Twins, 16-5. Toronto scores 8 runs in the 2nd to make David Cone’s first win for Toronto an easy one. Cone strikes out 6 in his 6 innings. John Olerud and Devon White each have 4 hits for the Jays, as does Chile Davis for the Twins. Joe Carter hits his 30th homer and Candy Maldonado his 19th.
Rick Sutcliffe allows 7 runs in 7 innings, but picks up his 15th win as the Orioles edge California, 8-7. Lee Stevens hits a grand slam for the Angels in the 4th.
At Three Rivers, Todd Benzinger second grand slam of the season puts Los Angeles ahead in the 9th, but the Pirates score 3 in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Dodgers, 6-5. Don Slaught’s RBI-single scores the winner.
Eddie Murray’s second grand slam of the year is the feature of a 5-run 6th as the Mets top the Reds, 5-2. Sid Fernandez wins his 12th.
At Wrigley, Shawn Boskie serves up a pair of homers and the Cubs lose, 7-5, to the Padres. Andre Dawson has 5 hits for the Cubs.
5th The first-place Braves score 4 in the 9th to edge the Phillies, 6-5. Sid Bream hits a 2 run homer in the 9th and after Mitch Williams comes on Brian Hunter hits a 2-run pinch-hit walk-off homer to hand the Wild Thing the loss.
6th Seattle P Mike Schooler gives up a 12–inning, 2–out grand slam to Cleveland’s Carlos Martinez to give the Indians a 12–9 win. It is the 4th grand slam hit off Schooler this year to tie the major league record. Indians OF Albert Belle hits 3 homers in the contest.
7th Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent resigns three days after failing to receive a vote of confidence from the owners at a meeting in Rosemont, Illinois.
In a battle of future Hall of Famers, Boston’s Roger Clemens beats Texas flamethrower Nolan Ryan, 3-0. The Rocket strikes out 9, including 7 Texas batters in a row.
At Candlestick, the Padres get all their scoring from homeruns as they beat the Giants, 7-5. Gary Sheffield hits his 30th, Darrin Jackson belts a 2-run homer and Jerald Clark adds a grand slam.
The Cubs collect 21 hits as they edge the Pirates, 6-5, in 11 innings at Pittsburgh. Alex Arias is 5-for-5 for Chicago.
After Albert Belle hits 3 homers in the game, Carlos Martinez closes in out with an “ultimate” (David Vincent’s term) grand slam, a walkoff bases loaded 4-bagger in the 12th with his team behind by three runs. Cleveland wins, 12-9, over Seattle with each slugger driving in 5 runs. Jay Buhner has two homers for the M’s, the second coming in the top of the 12th.
8th Yankees OF Danny Tartabull goes 5-for-5 with 2 homers and a double, and drives in 9 runs as New York defeats Baltimore, 16–4. Scott Sanderson is the winner.
The Blue Jays top the visiting Royals, 5–0, behind Jimmy Key’s complete game shutout. Following the game, Toronto rookie C Mike Maksudian wins $800 from his teammates, who bet that he wouldn’t eat a live locust. Maksudian, who claims to have eaten moths, grasshoppers, frogs, lizards, roaches and aquarium fish, swallowed the 1 1/2 inch long insect, but declined an offer of $2,000 to swallow a rat.
At Minnesota, the Mariners take a 4-2 lead in the 6th on a Ken Griffey, Jr. grand slam, but the Twins respond with 6 runs to win, 8-4. The Twins are 4.5 games in back of the A’s.
At Candlestick, the Giants tip the Padres, 6-5, in 16 innings. Tony Gwynn has 5 hits for the Pads. Matt Williams has 3 hits, including a homer, and 4 RBIs for SF.
The Athletics down the Angels, 14-2, as Carney Lansford collects 5 hits and drives in 5.
9th Milwaukee OF Robin Yount gets the 3,000th hit of his career in his team’s 5–4 loss to the Indians. He also becomes only the 2nd player in history to record 200 HRs, 200 SBs and 100 triples, duplicating Willie Mays’ feat.
Philadelphia P Chuck Schilling tosses a 1-hit, 2–1 victory over the Mets. The lone hit is a HR by Bobby Bonilla in the 5th inning.
Dave Stewart wins his 19th, as the A’s score 4 runs in the top of the 9th to beat New York, 7-3. In the frame, Willie McGee hits a two-run triple, his 3rd hit of the game, and the A’s sweep the season series with the Yankees, 12-0.
Chicago’s Ryne Sandberg and Pittsburgh’s Jeff King match 6th-inning grand slams, but the Bucs outslug the Cubs to win, 13-8.
At Royals Stadium, David Cone (2-1) shuts out the Royals to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 win. Kevin Appier (15-8) allows one run in two innings, and takes the loss.
The Braves score 7 runs in the first inning and Tom Glavine coasts to a 12–7 victory over the Reds. Leadoff batter Otis Nixon walks twice in the 1st, and Lonnie Smith hits a 3-run HR in the frame. Bream and Pendleton add later homers. Nixon is the 3rd Brave to walk twice in an inning.
Milwaukee owner Bud Selig is chosen as chairman of the major league’s executive council, effectively becoming the interim baseball commissioner. Tomorrow he is appointed acting commissioner.
10th The Reds’ Glenn Braggs closes out his career by clouting a homer in his last at bat, off Steve Avery. Braggs tears cartilage in his right knee on the swing, and is forced to leave the game. Atlanta eventually wins, 3–2.
11th The O’s Mike Mussina (15-5) bests the Brewers Bill Wegman, 3–2, as both pitchers go the distance. Cal Ripken twists his ankle running out a second base, but stays in the game. The O’s will recall SS Manny Alexander, but Ripken keeps the streak going.
12th Tim Leary gives up 4 runs in 3+ innings to take the loss, 5–4, as the Oakland A’s edge Seattle. For Leary, it is his 10th straight loss to Oakland stretching back to 1986. Moore is the winner as Eckersley strikes out 3 of the 4 batters he faces for his 45th save.
Jaime Navarro allows 5 hits as he shuts out the Orioles, 5-0. John Jaha has 4 stolen bases for Milwaukee, the first Brewer to accomplish that.
13thCleveland’s Kenny Lofton steals his 53rd and 54th bases breaking the AL rookie record of 53 set by Donie Bush in 1909. Lofton will swipe a league-high 66 bases, 12 ahead of another rookie Pat Listach, and lead AL center fielders with 14 assists. He scores both runs today, including the winner in the 9th, to beat the White Sox, 2–1. Eric Plunk is the winner with Steve Olin picking up his 25th save.
Ray Lankford hits a 5th-inning grand slam to start the Cardinals scoring as they beat the Cubs, 10-3.
15th Houston 1B Jeff Bagwell gets 5 hits in the Astros’ 9–6 victory over the Giants. His 3–run homer in the 11th inning is the deciding blow.
At St. Louis, the Pirates edge the Cards, 4–2 behind homers by Jeff King, Barry Bonds, and Andy Van Slyke. Mark Clark (3–10) is the loser. Bucs RF Alex Cole helps with a 9–3 putout in the 2nd inning to nip Clark.
16th White Sox 1B Frank Thomas gets 5 hits, all singles, in Chicago’s 9–6 win over the Yankees. Rookie Sterling Hitchcock loses his first ML decision.
The Cubs blow out the Phils 14–9 to give Greg Maddux his 18th win. Maddux gives up 3 earned runs in 6 innings. Led by Andre Dawson’s 4 hits, the first 4 hitters collect 11 hits and 11 ribbies for the Cubs. Dave Hollins homers for the Phils, while Dawson, Sandberg and Rick Wilkins go deep for Chicago. Mark Grace makes his an error, ending his streak of 102 errorless games at 1B; his streak began after 2 errors on May 18 vs. the Dodgers.
17th The Philippine team is stripped of its Little League World Series title, as Little League authorities say the Asians used ineligible players. The team from Long Beach, California, is awarded the title.
The Pirates increase their lead over the Expos to 4 games with a 3-2 16-inning victory over Montreal. Cecil Espy triples and scores on Jay Bell’s single in the 16th. Bell extends his hitting streak to 22 consecutive games.
18th Pittsburgh’s Barry Bonds hits his 30th HR of the season off Philadelphia’s Terry Mulholland in the Pirates’ 5–2 win over the Phillies. Bonds thus becomes the 5th player in history to have a pair of 30-HR, 30-stolen bases seasons. The others include his father, Willie Mays, Howard Johnson, and Ron Gant.
In Cleveland, the White Sox edge the Indians, 8-7. Ron Karkovice has 3 RBIs and, on the front end of a double steal with Steve Sax, swipes home. It is the catcher’s 9th stolen base of the year.
20th Phillies 2B Mickey Morandini becomes the 9th player in history to turn an unassisted triple play in Philadelphia’s 13 inning 3–2 loss to the Pirates. With runners on 1st and 2nd in the 6th inning, Morandini catches Jeff King’s line drive, steps on 2nd to double up Andy Van Slyke, and tags out Barry Bonds, who is running from 1st.
The Cubs Shawn Boskie gives up 6 hits and 6 runs in the 1st and departs with no outs. He also loses as the Cards coast to a 16–4 win. St. Louis 3B Stan Royer has 4 hits, 4 runs, and 4 RBIs, Geronimo Pena drives in 4 runs, and Rod Brewer has 5 hits and 4 runs.
21st Oakland P Dennis Eckersley becomes the 2nd pitcher in history to record 50 saves in a season as he preserves the Athletics’ 6–5 win over Chicago. The White Sox’ Bobby Thigpen had 57 saves in 1990.
John Kruk drives in 3 runs and Darren Daulton hits a grand slam as the Phils defeat the host Expos, 9-2.
23rd Cincinnati OF Bip Roberts ties an NL record with his 10th consecutive hit, in a 3–0 win over the Dodgers. He becomes the 8th player to achieve the feat. He finishes the day 1-for-4. Pugh, with an inning from Dibble, is the winner.
The Padres celebrate “Unemployment Night” by firing manager Greg Riddoch. He is replaced by Jim Riggleman. It doesn’t help as the Astros beat San Diego, 7–6. Anthony and Bagwell each hit their 17th HR for Houston, while Guillermo Velasquez pinch hits a 2–run homer for the Pads.
For the second time in 8 days, the Pirates witness a 9–3 putout; this time it is Montreal RF Larry Walker gunning out Tim Wakefield at 1B in the 6th. It is the 2nd time this season that Walker has thrown out a runner at 1B. Moises Alou, who enters the game as a pinch runner, hits a grand slam in the bottom of the 14th to win it for Montreal, 5–1.
John Kruk hits a 1st inning 3-run homer and Tom Marsh has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and 5 RBIs, as the Phillies down the Cubs, 9-3.
Bernice Gera, professional baseball’s first female umpire, dies at age 61.
24th Toronto’s Dave Winfield becomes the first 40-year-old in major league history to drive in 100 runs in a season when he strokes a 2–run double off Baltimore’s Ben McDonald. The Blue Jays defeat the Orioles, 8–2.
Baseball’s executive council rescinds the NL realignment announced by Fay Vincent earlier this year. Vincent has since resigned from his post.
25th The Mariners and Rangers use a major league–record 54 players, 29 by the Mariners, in Seattle’s 4–3 win in 16 innings. The previous mark was 53 set in 1986. Seattle also goes into the record books by using 11 different pitchers; the previous mark was 10. The first sub was pitcher Rich DeLucia, who did not enter until the 7th inning. and issues the first walk. The frustrated Rangers strand 20 runners, helped by a club record of 18 strikeouts. After Omar Vizquel drives home the winning run, Brian Fisher picks up the save, his first since 1989 and the last of his career.
26th The Mets lose to the Pirates, 19–2 as the Bucs collect 20 hits, including homers by Bonds and Andy Van Slyke. Van Slyke adds a triple and Lloyd McLendon has a 1st-inning grand slam. IF Bill Pecota pinch hits and pitches the last inning for New York, becoming the first position player ever to hurl an inning for the Mets. He gives up one hit and one run.
Greg Vaughn’s HR in the 6th is the difference in the Brewers 2–1 win over the A’s. Milwaukee’s Pat Listach draws a walk after taking 17 pitches from A’s starter Ron Darling. He’s cut down stealing. Reliever Jesse Orosco is the winner over his former Met teammate.
Richard Seitz, creator of the APBA baseball game, dies at the age of 77.
27th Mariners P Randy Johnson ties an AL record for lefthanders by striking out 18 Texas Rangers in a 3–2 Mariners’ loss. Ron Guidry of the Yankees set the mark against California on June 17, 1978.
At Yankee Stadium, Jack Morris wins his 20th of the year, going 6 innings in a 12–2 blowout over the 4th place Yanks. Toronto scores 9 runs off Scott Sanderson, who leaves in the 2nd inning. Joe Carter paces the 19-hit attack with 4 hits. The Jays maintain a 2 1/2 game lead in the East over Milwaukee.
At Wrigley, Gary Carter makes his last game a memorable one as he drives in the only run with a 7th-inning double to give the Expos a 1-0 win over the Cubs. Kent Bottenfield ( 6 ip) and three relievers stop the Cubs. Mike Morgan takes the loss, giving up a run and 2 hits in 7 innings.
At Baltimore, the Red Sox top the O’s, 6–1, behind Joe Hesketh who goes 8 innings. Wade Boggs has 4 hits and scores 3 runs. Before the game the Orioles resign catcher Rick Dempsey, who they had signed and released earlier in the summer. The four-decade vet enters in the 8th inning and grounds out in his final ML appearance.
28th After 21 straight games in which they failed to score more than 4 runs, the Orioles plate 7 in a 7-3 win over the visiting Red Sox. Brady Anderson has a pair of solo homers, one leading off the game, and Leo Gomez adds a 3-run double for the O’s. In june 2018, the Royals will approach the O’s mark by going 19 straight without scoring more than 4 runs.
29th Royals P Dennis Rasmussen (4–0) hurls a one-hit, 2–0 shutout over the Angels. Damion Easley’s leadoff single in the 4th inning is the only California hit. Bert Blyleven takes the loss, serving up a 2-run gopher to MacFarlane.
At County Stadium, the Blue Jays plate 4 in the top of the 9thto beat the Brewers, 9-6. Paul Molitor, Rob Butler and John Olerud each have two doubles and Olerud adds 3 walks to his total. One of the walks is intentional, giving him an AL-record tying 33 for the year. Ted Williams had 33 in 1957. Barry Bonds will get a jaw-dropping 120 IBB in 2004.
30th George Brett of the Royals gets the 3,000th hit of his career, stroking 4 safeties in Kansas City’s 4–0 win over California. Moments after his 3,000th, Brett is picked off base by Tim Fortugno. Reed is the winner, firing the secondnd successive shutout for the Royals.
Greg Maddux blanks the Pirates, 6–0, to become the Cubs first 20–game winner in 15 years. He will tie Tom Glavine for the NL lead in wins.
At the SkyDome, the Jays David Cone allows 4 hits, one a homer by John Valentin, over 8 innings, but loses to Boston, 1-0, on Frank Viola’s one-hitter. Devon White has an infield single to lead off the 9th for the Jays.