1993 September

1stTerry Mulholland beats the Cubs, 4–1, the 149th game in a row the Phils have scored, one short of the NL record set by Pittsburgh 1924-5.

3rdTeam owners vote to split the leagues into three divisions and add a wild-card round to the playoffs for the 1994 season.

After going hitless in his first ML game yesterday, Manny Ramirez unloads for two homers and a double as the Indians whip the Yankees, 7-3, at the Stadium.  Bob Ojeda goes 5.1 innings for his first victory since his March boating accident. The loss leaves the Yankees 2 games behind Toronto, also losers today.

4th Yankees P Jim Abbott (10-11) tosses a no-hitter against the Indians, defeating them by a score of 4-0. Abbott strikes out 3 and walks 5.

The Phillies lose to the Reds by a score of 6-5. In doing so, they set a new NL record by not being shut out in 151 consecutive games. The major league mark of 308 is held by the Yankees.

5th Philadelphia 1B John Kruk walks in his first at bat in the Phils 5-3 win over Cincinnati, giving him 100 free passes for the season. He is the third Phillie to reach the mark this year, making them the first NL team ever to have such a trio.

The White Sox trim the Tigers, 5-3, in Detroit, as Frank Thomas hits his 40th homer of the year and George Bell adds his 10th, a 2-run homer. Thomas is the first White Sox player to hit 40 homers in a season.

At Wrigley, Ryn Thompson breaks up a scoreless tie with an 8th inning homer, and the Mets hand it back to the Cubs when Glenallen Hill belts a pinch 2-run walkoff homer in the 9th for Chicago’s 2-1 win. Jose Bautista (7-2) is the loser.

6th Pitcher Denis Boucher makes his Expos debut in a 4–3 win over Colorado. Boucher and C Joe Siddall form the first all-Canadian battery in modern big league history.

Rafael Palmeiro has his 2nd game this season with 4 extra base hits as he paces the Rangers to an 8-5 victory over the Yankees. Palmeiro has 2 homers and 2 doubles, The two games this season ties a ML record last done by Paul O’Neill, in 1991.

In the Cubs 7-6 win over the Phils, Ryne Sandberg is held hitless, ending his 17–game hitting streak He’ll hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games as his season ends September 13th when he breaks a finger sliding. Steve Buechele, Willie Wilson and Steve Lake hit consecutive homers in the 6th inning off Roger Mason. It is Wilson’s only homer as a Cub.

7th Cardinals OF Mark Whiten ties the major–league record for RBIs in a game with 12 in St. Louis’ 15-2 win over the Reds in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Whiten hits a record-tying 4 HRs, including a first inning grand slam, in the contest. His only out is a pop out in the 4th. Zeile, who scores 3 in the opener,  scores ahead of Mark 3 times, while Gerald Perry is on base for each of the homers. With 1 RBI in the opener, a 14–13 loss, he also ties Nate Colbert’s mark of 13 RBIs in a doubleheader. Prior to today, Whiten had not homered in 4 weeks. Bob Tewksbury (16-8) is the winner in the Whiten blowout.

Detroit C Chad Kreuter homers from both sides of the plate in the Tigers’ 10-6 win over California. He is the 2nd Tiger this year to perform the feat, joining Mickey Tettleton, who did so on May 7.

8th Houston’s Darryl Kile no-hits the Mets, winning by a score of 7-1. He fans 9 and walks 1. Mets 3B Butch Huskey becomes the third player in history to make his major league debut on the losing end of a no-hitter. Byron Browne and Don Young of the Cubs did so in Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965.

The Pirates trade OF Lonnie Smith to the Orioles in exchange for 2 minor league players to be named.

Felix Fermin has his career day, hitting a single, double and triple and driving in 6 runs as Cleveland rolls to a 15-8 win over the Twins.

Down 5-1 at the Vet, the Cubs plate 7 runs in the 7th inning to defeat the NL-East leading Phils, 8-5. Kevin Roberson’s pinch triple with the bases loaded is the big blow.

9th The major leagues vote to divide each league into 3 divisions, and add another round of playoffs featuring 2 wild-card teams.

Promoted to majors, Oakland SS Kurt Abbott homers in 2nd at bat, off Jack Morris. Abbott has 3 hits and 4 RBIs as the A’s top the Blue Jays, 7–4. John Olerud hits his 48th double on his way to a ML high 54, good for 15th place on the all-time list. The loss, the Jays fifth in a row, leaves them tied for first place with the idle Yankees in the AL East.

At Candlestick, the Cardinals score 6 runs in the 6th to power their way to a 9-4 win over the Giants. Todd Zeile celebrates his birthday with a grand slam in the frame.

12th The Twins defeat the Rangers, 4-2, on Nolan Ryan Appreciation Night in Arlington, Texas. Ryan takes the loss for Texas.

Paul Molitor drives in his 100th run of the year in the Blue Jays’ 4-1 win over California. He thus becomes the oldest player in major league history to post his first 100-RBI season.

In a 9–2 win, Houston’s Jeff Bagwell is struck on the left hand by a pitch from the Phils Ben Rivera. He suffers a broken bone and will miss the last 20 games, snapping his consecutive game streak at a club-record 304.

Tony Gwynn, who hasn’t played since September 5, undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery.  Gwynn’s average is a league-leading .358.

13th Royals C Mike McFarlane twice is charged with throwing errors to first base following strikeouts in Kansas City’s 9-0 win over Chicago. Kevin Appier (16–6) throws 7 shutout innings for the win. The loss leaves the Sox just 2.5 games ahead of the Rangers.

The Astros’ game against the Rockies in Colorado is postponed when the Denver area is hit by a late-summer storm which deposits more than 5 inches of snow. Just 24 hours before game time, it had been 92 degrees.

14th Carlos Garcia hits the first pitch of the game, from Chris Hammond, for a homerun and the Pirates beat the Marlins, 1-0, in a 6-inning, rain-shortened game.  Paul Wagner is the winner.  The last first-pitch homer to win a 1-0 game was hit by Pete Rose, in September 1963.

15th The NL announces realignment of its teams into 3 divisions, with Pittsburgh agreeing to move into the Central Division.

16th Dave Winfield of the Twins singles for the 3,000th hit of his career, making him the 19th player to reach that mark. Dennis Eckersley serves up a single in the 9th as Minnesota tops the Athletics by a score of 5–4.

17th The Rockies defeat the Dodgers, 12–3, as they surpass the 4 million mark in attendance, setting a new single season record.

Houston P Pete Harnisch hurls a one-hit 3–0 shutout against the Padres. A questionable bunt single by Jarvis Brown in the 6th is SD’s only safety.

Expos OF Curtis Pride—who is mostly deaf—gets his first major league hit in Montreal’s 8-7, 12-inning win over the Phillies. The Phillies score all 7 in the 6th when they knock out Pedro Martinez. Daulton homers and Dykstra hits a triple in the frame. Mitch Williams walks 2 and gives up a hits in the 12th in losing. Scott is the winner, striking out the side in the 12th.

In a last try for the pennant, the Yankees obtain 40-year-old vet Frank Tanana (7-15) from the Mets for minor league P Kenny Greer. Tanana will go 0–2 to finish out his career at 240–236, and set a ML record for most wins without racking up a 20-win season.

18th The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 4-3, because of a fan who runs out on the field. With NY trailing, 3-1, with 2 outs and a man on 1st in the 9th inning, Mike Stanley hits a fly ball to left that apparently ends the game. Umpire Tim Welke, however, had called time when the fan bolted onto the field, giving Stanley a second chance. He singled on the next pitch. That was followed by a hit by Wade Boggs, a walk to Dion James, and a single by Don Mattingly which drove home the tying and winning runs.

19th In the 9th inning at Oakland, Robin Ventura takes Dennis Eckersley deep with a man on as the White Sox snap a 1-1 tie to win, 3-1. Scott Radinsky (7-2) earns the win in relief of starter Tim Belcher.

20th Giants P Jim Deshaies goes 0-for-2 in a 7-2 win over the Astros. In doing so, he sets a major league record by going 372 career at bats without having an extra-base hit. The old mark had been set by Virgil Barnes.

21stAt Montreal, the Braves swamp the red hot Expos, by a score of 18–5 as the two teams combine to use a record 13 pinch hitters. The Expos, winners of 19 of their last 22 games, and fighting to catch the Phils, use 4 pinch batters, the Braves a record 9.  In the 7th, Bobby Cox decides to rest his regular and sends a record 6 pinch hitters to the plate, including the first 5 batters, another record.

The Rockies win their 63rd game of the year, beating the Padres, 15–4. Colorado (63-90) is now slightly ahead of the expansion Marlins (62-89).  Andres Galarraga is 4-for-6 to raise his average to .381 but must get 502 plate appearances to beat the idle Gwynn for the battling title.

Todd Stottlemyre shuts out the Red Sox on 3 hits, winning 5-0. It is Toronto’s 9th straight win and leaves them 5 games ahead of the Yankees.  Roger Clemens (11-14) takes the loss.

22nd  At the Kingdome, Nolan Ryan gives up the last homer of his career in his final big league appearance, a 1st inning grand slam to Dann Howitt. Ryan leaves the game, after throwing only 28 pitches and recording no outs, with a torn ligament in his right elbow as the Mariners top the Rangers, 7-4. The grand slam, which followed three straight walks, is the 10th that Ryan has served up, a ML record, and Nolan is the only pitcher to serve up a grand slam on his last pitch in his career. Bob Gibson is close, but retired a batter after serving up a slam.

23rd  At Riverfront, the Reds snap a 12-game losing streak with an 11-2 pasting of the Dodgers. Tim Pugh wins his 9th.

24th The Rockies defeat the Reds, 9-2, setting a new NL record for wins by an expansion team with 65.

25th Cincinnati P Jose Rijo shuts out the Rockies, 6-0, on one hit. Charlie Hayes’ broken bat single in the 2nd inning is Colorado’s only hit.

26th Seattle P Randy Johnson strikes out Ruben Sierra of the Athletics for his 300th strikeout of the season, making him the 12th pitcher this century to reach that mark. The Mariners lose to the Athletics, 3-2, in 12 innings.

The Rockies set a season attendance record, reaching 4,483,350 as they defeat the Reds, 12-7.

27th The White Sox clinch the AL West title with a 4-2 win over the visiting Mariners. Bo Jackson connects on a 3-0 pitch in the 6th for a 3-run homer off Dave Fleming to snap a scoreless tie. Wilson Alvarez (15-8) wins his 7th in a row.

28th After 3 unsuccessful attempts, Dennis Martinez of the Expos picks up his 100th NL victory, defeating the Marlins, 3-2. He becomes the 7th pitcher in history to win 100 games in each league, joining Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Bunning. and Al Orth.

At Pittsburgh, the Phils clinch the NL East title with a 10–7 win. It is their 46th come-from-behind win this year.

29th Toronto defeats Milwaukee, 9-6, scoring 4 runs in the top of the 9th. Blue Jays 1B John Olerud reaches base 5 times, as does Rob Butler, and ties the AL record for intentional walks in a season with 33: Ted Williams set the record in 1957. Toronto hurler Juan Guzman sets a new league mark for wild pitches in a season. His 2 errant tosses give him a total of 25 for the year, erasing Jack Morris’ record, set in 1987. He fails in his bid to win his 8th straight and stays at 14-3.

The Rockies put in a crimp in the Giants by beating them, 5–3. Darryl Boston has a pair of homers and Nelson Liriano has one to lead the Rockies. The Giants are now tied with the Braves, winners today over Houston.

At Jack Murphy, Reds pitcher Tim Pugh finishes his season with a stellar 8-0 shutout of the Padres. Bill Bean hits a one-out single in the 9th for the only hit off Pugh. Chris Sabo hits his team-high 21st homer of the year in the 5th, a 3-run shot.

30th The Phillies lose to the Pirates, 5-0, suffering their first shutout in 174 games to set a new modern NL record.