1st The Baltimore Orioles turn the season’s fifth triple play and the first triple-killing in Jacobs Field history in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians. On a pop up to short the infield fly rule is not called. With runners at first and second and no outs, O’s SS Melvin Mora lets Sandy Alomar’s pop fly drop, apparently intentionally, and throws to 2B Jerry Hairston who tags the runner at second as well as the runner coming from first. Alomar, believing the infield fly rule had been called, retreated to the dugout and was called out for leaving the basepath resulting in a 6-4-3 triple play. Charlie Manual doesn’t agree and gets tossed. Cleveland overcomes the TP to win, 5–2, behind Chuck Finley.
The Reds ink Hawaiian Dane Sardinha, a 2nd round draft pick in June, and high school SS David Espinosa, a 23rd round pick. Both players are represented by agent Scott Boras and held out all summer for long-term ML contracts.
2nd The White Sox defeat the Angels, 13-6, as C Charles Johnson drives home 7 runs on a 3-run homer, a 3-run double, and an RBI single.
3rd The Indians defeat the Orioles, 12-11 in 13 innings. Cleveland OF Kenny Lofton scores a run in the 1st inning, tying the major league record by scoring in his 18th consecutive game. Red Rolfe set the mark in 1939. Lofton’s streak will be stopped tomorrow. Lofton also steals 5 bases in the contest, tying a franchise single-game record, and hits a walk-off HR in the 13th to win the game.
The Mariners defeat the Red Sox, 5-0. Paul Abbott does not allow a hit until 1 out in the 8th inning. He combines with Jose Paniagua on the 1-hitter.
4th In the Red Sox win over the Mariners, 5-1, Carl Everett of the Sox became only the sixth major-league switch-hitter to drive in 100 runs in both leagues when he knocked in his 100th ribbie of the year. Everett drove in 108 runs for the Houston Astros last season. The other five 100-100 switches were Ted Simmons, Ken Singleton, Eddie Murray, Bobby Bonilla and J.T. Snow. Pedro Martinez is the big star, striking out 11 in 8 innings to go 7–0 over the M’s. Jamie Moyer loses his 6th in a row, though not his fault as a routine fly ball by Jose Offerman to Mike Cameron becomes a 3-run triple when the center fielder stumbles. Prior to the game, Boston retires Hall of Fame C Carlton Fisk’s uniform No. 27.
The A’s defeat the Blue Jays, 10-0. Mike Stanley goes 5-for-5 for Oakland, including a double and HR, and drives home 5 runs.
The Rockies trim the Cubs, 6-2, as rookie OF Juan Pierre gets 5 hits.
6th The White Sox defeat the Rangers, 13-1, scoring 10 runs in the 1st 2 innings. Ordonez and Thomas, with his AL best 41st, homer in the 7-run 1st. Texas’ Scott Sheldon becomes the third player in major league history to play all 9 positions in a single game. He enters the game in the 4th inning as catcher and pitches in the 8th, striking out Jeff Leiter, before taking over 3B. Sheldon also played all 9 positions in spring training against Oklahoma (AAA). Cesar Tovar was the last, in 1968, to play all 9 spots.
7th The Giants defrock the Padres, 13-1, scoring 8 runs in the 6th inning.
8th The Yankees calcimine the Red Sox, 4-0, behind Roger Clemens. A scary moment occurs in the 9th inning when Boston P Bryce Florie is hit in the face with a line drive off the bat of Ryan Thompson. The Red Sox hurler never loses consciousness and leaves the field with blood streaming down his face. Florie suffers a fractured cheekbone and a fracture of the orbital socket, the bone that surrounds the eye, and retinal damage. He will undergo surgery and return to pitch next June 28.
The Astros outslug the Cubs, 13-10, as Houston 2B Julio Lugo has the first 5-hit game of his career.
9th The Astros kick the Cubs, 14-4, hitting a team-record 7 HRs in the process. Richard Hidalgo, Lance Berkman, and Tim Bogar each hit a pair, with Daryle Ward adding another.
10th The Marlins defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3 in 12 innings. Randy Johnson strikes out 14 Florida players in 7 innings, including Mike Lowell to end the 4th for his 3,000th career strikeout. He is the 12th hurler to reach the milestone. Johnson first strikeout of the game gives him 300 for the 3rd consecutive year. Only Nolan Ryan has reached 300 Ks more times (6).
At KC, the Rangers score 5 runs in the 9th, but the Royals prevail, 13-8. Frank Catalanotto’s grand slam, off Andy Larkin, accounts for 4 of the runs.
11th The Royals double the Mariners, 6-3. Johnny Damon goes 5-for-5 for KC, with 2 doubles and a HR.
12th The Diamondbacks edge the Dodgers, 5-4, despite Dave Hansen’s ML record-breaking 7th pinch-hit home run of the season. Hansen’s blast, off Curt Schilling, breaks the mark set in 1932 by Brooklyn’s Johnny Frederick.
The Cubs Kerry Wood pitches his 2nd career CG, winning, 2–1, over Reds. Two unearned runs do in Osvaldo Fernandez.
Suspended NY Yankee Darryl Strawberry is sentenced to 2 years’ house arrest after admitting he violated probation by driving under the influence of medication, and leaving the scene of an accident.
15th The Tigers outlast the Red Sox, 7-6. The two teams combine to use an AL record-tying 42 players in the contest.
The Athletics pound the Devil Rays, 17-3. Jason Giambi drives home 7 runs with a single, double, and grand slam and brother Jeremy homers as well. The A’s are one game in back of the Indians for the wild card.
Rickey Henderson scores on his first two at bats to pace the Mariners to a 10–2 win over the Orioles. Rickey moves into 2nd place on the all time list of runs scored (2175), one ahead of Ruth and Aaron.
16th The Cardinals defeat the Cubs, 7-6, despite Sammy Sosa’s 50th HR of the season. Sosa becomes the 2nd player to hit 50 or more in 3 consecutive years, joining Mark McGwire.
Seattle’s Jamie Moyer (13–9) scatters three hits over seven scoreless innings to coast to his 11th straight win over the Orioles, winning 14–0. Alex Rodriguez hits his 37th HR in the 1st off Mike Mussina. Moyer, 11–1 against his old team, started his win streak on September 10, 1989.
18th The Indians defeat the Yankees, 2-0, as Bartolo Colon hurls a 1-hitter. Luis Polonia’s 8th inning single is the New Yorkers only safety.
Behind the Guerrero brothers, Montreal beats the Marlins, 11-4. Wilton hits a homer and Vlad hits two, including his 41stof the year.
The Braves defeat the Mets, 6-3, as Greg Maddux extends his scoreless streak to 29 innings.
19th The Pirates bash the Phillies, 12-8, scoring 9 runs in the 6th inning.
After a 16–3 loss to Toronto, New York manager Joe Torre has a team meeting, and blisters the Yankees for poor play. It won’t help as they lose their next 7 games—15-4, 2-1, 11-1, 11-3, 13-2, 9-1, 7-3.
In the Reds 7–3 loss to the Giants, Ken Griffey pinch hits his 400th HR. He is the first to reach the mark with a PH. Livan Hernandez is the winner as Bonds knocks in a run and Jeff Kent adds 3 hits.
20th The Cardinals shoot down the Astros, 11-6, to clinch the NL Central and become the first team to earn a playoff spot. Jim Edmonds hits a grand slam for St. Louis and is followed by Ray Lankford’s HR. It is the 15th time this year that the Cards have homered in consecutive at bats, tying the NL mark set by Cincinnati in 1956.
Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks, 1-0, when Eric Karros hits a game-ending homer in the 9thoff Byung-Hyun Kim. Karros is the only batter Kim faces.
San Diego Adam Eaton is staked to a 15–4 lead, and the Padres hang on for a 15–11 win over the Rockies. Dave Magadan and Mike Darr each have 4 RBIs, while the Rock’s Pen Petrick knocks in 4 runs without a hit, likely a ML record. Petrick has a sac fly, bases loaded walk, and 2 ground outs.
21st The Giants edge the Diamondbacks, 8-7, to clinch the NL West.
The Blue Jays defeat the Yankees, 3-1, as former Yankee David Wells becomes the majors’ first 20-game winner.
22nd The Devil Rays defeat the Blue Jays, 3-2, ending their 10-game losing streak. It is the longest such streak in the AL this season.
The Reds defeat the Astros, 12-5, in a contest that sees 9 HRs hit—6 by Cincinnati and 3 by Houston. Houston’s homers give the team 240, for a new NL mark for a single season. Cincinnati’s Juan Castro, Michael Tucker, and Sean Casey all homer off Jose Lima in the 2nd inning, giving Lima a new NL record of 47 HRs allowed on the year.
The Marlins double the Rockies, 8-4, as Preston Wilson homers to become the 23rd player in history to have 30 HRs and 30 steals in a season.
23rd The Braves whitewash the Expos, 10-0, clinching their 9th consecutive trip to the playoffs. Greg Maddux hurls the shutout, extending his streak of scoreless innings to 36 1/3.
At Wrigley, the Cardinals defeat the Cubs, 6-5, despite 1B Mark Grace’s 1,000th career RBI for Chicago. Cubs rookie Joey Nation makes his ML debut and takes the loss. He walks his first batter Placido Polenco, then picks him off, but Polenco gets his revenge in the 2nd, hitting a 3-run homer. Nation’s consolation is singling in his first ML at bat, off Britt Reames. His 2-game career will finish next week and he’ll go 0-2 with a .500 batting average.
The Giants and Diamondbacks split a DH, with Arizona winning the 1st game, 7-5, and San Francisco taking the nightcap, 9-5. Arizona OF Luis Gonzalez hits a 3-run HR in each game, and has a total of 8 RBIs on the day.
The Angels batter the Rangers, 15-4, despite Rafael Palmeiro’s 400th career HR. He is the 32nd player to reach that total.
Former Dodger Carl Erskine fires up the crowd by playing the national anthem on the harmonica and then Kevin Brown fires a 2-hitter to give the Dodgers a 2–1 win over the Padres. Brown strikes out 13 in beating Woody Williams.
24th The White Sox lose to the Twins, 6-5 in 10 innings, but still clinch the AL Central as Kansas City defeats Cleveland, 9-0.
25th The Indians play the 2nd three-team doubleheader since 1900 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. The Tribe defeats the Chicago White Sox, 9-2, in the opener, then loses the 2nd game to the Minnesota Twins, 4-3. The last 3-team doubleheader was September 13, 1951.
The Braves defeat the Expos, 6-0, as Tom Glavine becomes the NL’s first 20-game winner. Glavine’s 20th career shutout gives him 20 victories in a season for the 5th time in his career.
26th The Braves defeat the Mets, 7-1, to clinch the NL East for their record 9th straight division title.
27th The Mets beat the Braves, 6-2, to clinch the NL wild-card berth for the 2nd year in a row.
The A’s defeat the Angels, 9-7. Anaheim’s Darin Erstad hits a HR in the 2nd inning for his 99th RBI of the year from the leadoff spot to set a new record. Nomar Garciaparra drove home 98 in 1997 for the previous mark.
The Rockies knock Schilling out of the box en route to a 6–4 win over the Diamondbacks. Gabe White (11–2) is the winner in relief, with offensive help from Jeff Cirillo (3-for-5) and Larry Walker’s 5th 4-hit game of the year. Terry Shumpert homers and Todd Helton goes into the record books with his 100th walk. Helton is the 8th major leaguer to collect 100 walks, 100 runs, 100 RBIs, and 200 hits in a season. Cirillo puts his name in the record books with a double today, his 53rd of the season. He is the only MLer to collect 45 or more doubles in a year in both the NL and AL. The Rocks have not been shutout at home in 124 straight games.
28th The Orioles roast the Blue Jays, 23-1, to eliminate Toronto from any possible spot in the playoffs. The 23 runs scored is a O’s team record. The Orioles score 10 runs in the 4th inning, highlighted by Brady Anderson’s 200th career HR. Roy Halladay gives up 7 runs and gets 2 outs in the 4th, but the good news is that all the runs are unearned. Halladay’s ERA actually drops a tad and he finishes the year with an ERA of 10.64, the first pitcher (William Stecher, 1890) in 110 years to notch 10 decisions and compile an ERA over 10. Darrin Fletcher hits his 20th homer of the year for Toronto, giving the Blue Jays 7 players with 20 or more HRs on the season. That ties the AL record set by Baltimore in 1996.
The Cardinals nip the Padres, 7-6, behind Darryl Kile who becomes the 2nd NL pitcher to win 20 games this season.
The Mets defeat the Braves, 8-2, ending Greg Maddux’s scoreless streak at 39 1/3 innings.
In the last game at Milwaukee County Stadium, the Reds trip the Brewers, 8–1 on Elmer Dessens (11-5) 2–hitter. Raul Casanova has both hits for the Brewers. Dmitri Young is 4-for-4, including 2 triples, with 4 runs.
29th The Orioles defeat the Yankees, 13-2, scoring 10 runs in the 2nd inning. Chris Richard has a pair of homers and 5 RBIs. New York clinches its 3rd straight AL East title, however, when the Red Sox lose to the Devil Rays, 8-6.
For the 2nd day in a row, the Reds win 8–1 on a 2-hitter. This time it is the Cardinals, as Ron Villone strikes out 16 batters—Tatis 4 times—to tie the club record set by Noodles Hahn (1901) and Jim Maloney (1963). Villone’s previous high was 8. He allows just 2 hits in what will be his last game as a Red: Cincy will trade him to the Rockies on November 8 for 2 players to be named later. Sean Casey homers for the 2nd day in a row.
The Anaheim Angels beat Seattle, 9–3, slugging 3 homers off Jim Abbott. Troy Glaus and Bengie Molina each hit 3-run homers, while Darren Erstad has a triple and drives in his 100thrun, a ML record for a leadoff batter. Ramon Ortiz is the winning pitcher. The loss, coupled with an Oakland win, leaves Seattle a half game back of the A’s in the AL West.
At Tropicana, Tampa Bay beats the Red Sox, 8-6. Nomar Garciaparra has 2 hits to give him a 20-game hitting streak. He finishes with a league-high .372. He’ll hit safely in his first game next year to extend the streak to 21 games (as noted by Trent McCotter).
In a home accident, Cards C Mike Methany cuts his finger with a kitchen knife and the injury will force him to miss the post-season play.
30th Don’t mess with Texas?The Athletics pound the Rangers, 23-2, in the highest scoring game in Athletics history, and also the most runs allowed by Texas in a game. Oakland scores 9 runs in the 1st inning, capped by Randy Velarde’s 2-run HR. Miguel Tejada hits a grand slam in the 5th, the ML record 14th of the year for Oakland and 8 more A’s are plated in the 7th. Fourteen players score runs to set a new ML record. Barry Zito is the easy winner.
The Mariners outslug the Angels, 21-9, scoring in every inning but the 5th. It is the most runs ever scored against the Angels and the 2 teams combine to have 18 players scoring runs in the game, one short of the AL record. Alex Rodriguez drives home 7 runs for Seattle, with 4 hits, including 2 HRs, his 39th and 40th, as the M’s collect 5. A-Rod has now reached 40 homers in 3 seasons. The M’s remain a half game behind the red-hot A’s and a game ahead of Cleveland in the wild card race.
At Qualcomm Stadium, Todd Hundley clubs a 1st-inning grand slam and the Dodgers add 6 in the 6thto beat the Padres, 10-2. San Diego’s second round draft pick Xavier Nady makes his ML debut without playing in the minors, just the 20thplayer to do so. Nady hits a 7thinning single and scores. He’ll be sent to the minors and make his next ML appearance in 2003.
The White Sox whip the Royals, 9-1, as Jose Valentin hits homers from both sides of the plate.