2001 September

1stRay Lankford hits a grand slam in the Padres 6-run 8thinning as they defeat the Diamondbacks, 6-4.

2nd The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 1–0, as P Mike Mussina comes within a strike of hurling a perfect game. PH Carl Everett’s two–out, two–strike single in the 9th inning ruins Mussina’s gem. It is the third time in his career that the righty has taken a perfect game into the 8th inning. The Yankees score the only run of the contest in the top of the 9th on Enrique Wilson’s double. Opposing hurler David Cone, who takes the loss, is the most recent hurler to toss a perfecto. The Yankees sweep of the Red Sox was the first in baseball history by a team that did not score in the first 7 inning of any of the games. In a move that enrages many players, Red Sox GM Dan Duquette abruptly relieves pitching coach John Cumberland of his duties just minutes after the game. A visibly angry Cumberland, who was promoted from bullpen coach to pitching coach last month when Joe Kerrigan became manager, said Duquette told him he was being reassigned to the team’s training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. ”I’m not going,” Cumberland said. ”That’s official, that’s for damn sure. That’s OK. We’ve had a lot of good people leave this organization, and now it’s going to be me because I’m not going to be reassigned.”

The White Sox outslug the Indians to win, 19-10, on 17 hits. Karim Garcia has a pair of homers for Cleveland, while Paul Konerko has a HR and 5 RBIs for the Sox and Magglio Ordonez has 4 RBIs. Chris Singleton has 4 hits including a homer, and Jose Canseco connects as well.

Esteban Loaiza (10-11) scatters 5 hits as he shuts out the Tigers, 11-0. Darrin Fletcher has a homer and 5 RBIs and Chris Fletcher contributes a 3-run homer for the Jays.

Ryan Klesko hits a game ending homerun in the 13thinning to give the Padres a 1-0 win over the D’Backs. The loser is Byung-Hyun Kim. It is the 2ndtime that Kim has ended a 1-0 game allowing a homer to the only batter he faces.

In the fourth 1-0 game of the day, Wade Miller goes 8 innings as Houston beats the Brewers.  It is the first time in ML history that there are four 1-0 games. It will next occur on July 27, 2013.

In the first game of a DH, New Haven pitcher Jimmy Journall makes his first Eastern League start a memorable one, tossing a no hitter to beat Bowie. Journall, co-pitcher of the year in the Carolina League, finishes the year with a 12-game win streak.

In a 11-7 loss to Columbus, Toledo gives up 3 runs on a unusual 4-base error (as noted by John Lewis). With runners on 1B and 2nd, catcher Dave Lindstrom pounces on a sacrifice bunt, starts to throw to third, then stops and rushes a too-high throw to first. The ball goes through the Toledo bullpen area to the fence about 60 feet from the fair pole allowing Kary Bridges to easily circle the bases.

3rd Cardinals P Bud Smith becomes the 16th rookie in history to hurl a no–hit game, stifling the Padres by a count of 4–0. Smith fans 7 in his gem in his 11th ML start. Smith threw a pair of no-no’s in the minors within a month last year.

The Indians defeat the White Sox, 6–3, as Jose Canseco steals the 200th base of his career. He becomes just the 9th player in history to have that many steals and 400 HRs.

4th  The Mariners cinch a tie for the playoffs with a 3–2, 11-inning win over Tampa Bay. The win gives the M’s a 99-39 record.

The Marlins Josh Beckett debuts with a 6-inning one hit effort as the Fish beat the Cubs, 8–2. Beckett, who was 14–1 in the minors, also adds a double.  Kevin Millar has a grand slam, off Jon Lieber, and Preston Wilson a 3-run homer.

The first-place Braves draw just 3,613 fans in Montreal as they beat the Expos, 3–2. Andruw Jones hits a leadoff homer in the 9th for the difference. The crowd is the smallest at Olympic Stadium in 17 years.

The Blue Jays roll over the sleep-walking Yankees, 14–0. Pettitte last just 3 inningsin losing to Chris Carpenter, who goes the distance, allowing 6 hits while striking out 11. Tony Fernandez adds a pinch grand slam in the 7th, off Ted Lilly, and Felipe Lopez drives in 5 runs. New York still has a comfortable lead in the AL East.

In the 34th World Cup, 16-year-old Taiwan pitcher Luo Chin-lung stops Australia, 14–4. He works 5 innings, fanning 8. His performance will earn him a $1.4 signing bonus from the Rockies.  Later in the day, teammate Lee Cheng-nan allows 2 hits in beating Japan allows just 2 hits over 9 frames. An embarrassed Japan national team, stacked with 14 Japan League professionals, fails to win a medal after losing to Cuba.

New Britain (AA) OF Lew Ford becomes the first National Association player in nearly two years to hit 4 homers, doing so in a 13-5 win against Binghamton (Mets).

6th The Giants edge closer to the Diamondbacks in the NL West race by beating Arizona, 9–5. Barry Bonds hits his 60th HR of the year for SF, becoming just the 5th player in history—and the oldest—to reach the magic mark.

7th The Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 7–1, as OF Shawn Green homers twice to set a Dodgers franchise record with 45.

Texas defeats KC, 8–2. Alex Rodriguez breaks his own AL record for HRs by a SS with his 43rd of the year.

8th Shawon Dunston hits the Giants’ 14th pinch hit HR of the season to tie the Diamondbacks for the big league record. SF defeats Colorado, 7–3.

In Anaheim, Minnesota hits 2 homers in a 6-run 4thinning to defeat the Angels, 6-4. One of the homers is a grand slam by Corey Koskie.

Juan Gonzalez hits a solo homer and a grand slam, both off White Sox starter Gary Glover, as Cleveland edges Chicago, 8-7. The Tribe tie the game in the 8thon a 2-run homer by Jim Thome, then win it in the 9thwhen Kenny Lofton doubles home Travis Fryman. Cleveland leads the AL Central by 7 games.

Jim Edmonds hits a grand slam off Chan Ho Park and the Cardinals roll to an 8-1 victory over the Dodgers. T.J. Mathews throws 4.1 innings of hitless relief to earn the win.

9th The Giants squeak by the Rockies, 9–4, in 11 innings. Barry Bonds hits 3 HRs in a game for the second time this season, giving him 63 for the year, besting Roger Maris’ mark of 61 for lefthanded hitters.

Darryl Kile (6 IP) and Mike Matthews (3 hitless innings) combine to give the Cardinals an 8-0 win over the Brewers.

Seattle beats up on the hapless Orioles, winning 6–0 behind Jamie Moyer. Moyer walks one and gives up 2 hits—all to Jeff Conine—in notching his 12th straight win over the O’s. The Birds are still winless at Safeco Field, losing 13 straight.  Brett Boone supplies all the runs needed with a 2-run HR in the 1st, his 35th, off Josh Towers, to break a 67-year-old AL record for RBIs by a second baseman.

10th  The Cardinals shut out the Brewers, 8–0, as Darryl Kile pitches 6 innings for the win. Mark McGwire hits his 24th homer. Jamey Wright is the loser and also fails to plunk any batters, ending his possible ML record of hitting a batter in 10 straight games.

11th All major league baseball games are canceled due to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, flight #93, and the Pentagon. The Blue Jays take a 12-hour bus ride from Baltimore back to Toronto while the White Sox take a 15-hour bus from New York to home.

13th  The IL cancels the Governors Cup playoff in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attack. Louisville held a 1–0 over Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

Bud Selig announces that the weekend games will also be postponed because of the terrorist attack and security considerations. Games will resume on Monday September 17.

17th Montreal scores 6 times in the 5th inning to take a 6–0 lead over the Marlins. Florida comes back with 8 runs of its own in its next at bat and goes on to defeat the Expos, 10–6.

Boston OF Carl Everett is suspended for 4 games by the Red Sox. Everett was late for a schedule workout on Sunday and got into a shouting match with manager Joe Kerrigan after being told to go home.

Bud Smith follows up his September 3rdno-hitter with a 2–1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The only run in 7 innings against the Cards’ budding young ace is unearned. Jeromy Burnitz of the Brewers comes within one fielding chance of joining Harry “Silk Stocking” Schafer (1877), Greasy Neale (1920), Casey Stengel (1920), Bill Nicholson (1945) and Bake McBride (1978) as the only N.L. right fielders to register 11 chances in a game. The major-league record is held by Tony Armas who handled 12 chances in an A.L. game in 1982.

18th  The Rockies came back from a 6-0 deficit in the first inning deficit, in which they make 5 errors, and pound Curt Schilling to defeat the Diamondbacks, 10-9. The Rocks win it on dramatic back-to-back homers by Helton and Cirillo off Byung Hyun Kim in the bottom of the 9th. The D’Backs lead over the Giants is now just 1 1/2 games.

Kenny Lofton has a pair of homers, both off starter Chad Durbin, and Travis Fryman adds a grand slam as Cleveland belts the Royals, 11-2.

At Comiskey, the Yankees pound Mark Buehrle (13-8) for 6 runs as they beat the White Sox, 11-3. Jorge Posada hits his third grand slam of the year and drives in 5 runs.

19th Going wire to wire in first, the Mariners become the first team to clinch a playoff berth by downing the Angels, 5–0, for their 106th win of the year.

Tampa Bay defeats Boston, 12–2, scoring a season–high 8 runs in the 6th inning. Aubrey Huff has a career–high 5 RBIs for the Devil Rays.

The Cardinals beat the Brewers, 8–2, as Matt Morris wins his 20th game of the season. Albert Pujols drives in 3 runs for St. Louis to set a new NL rookie mark with 120 for the season. The old mark of 119 was set by Wally Berger of the Boston Braves in 1930.

Roger Clemens wins his 20th game of the year against only one defeat, hurling the Yankees to a 6–3 win over the White Sox. The 39–year–old Clemens is the first pitcher in history to start a year 20–1.

Major League Baseball and the Players Association donate $10 million and announce the creation of the MLB–MLBPA Disaster Relief Fund to aid victims of last week’s terrorist attacks in the United States.

20th Joe Mays of the Twins shuts out the Tigers, 3-0, on 6 hits. Mays is the first pitcher since the Angels George Brunet in 1966 to beat the Tigers 5 times in a season.

21st The Cardinals defeat the Pirates, 9–5, as Albert Pujols hits his first career grand slam. It comes in the 9th off Omar Olivares and gives him a new ML rookie record for extra base hits in a season with 83. The old mark of 82 was set by Brooklyn’s Johnny Frederick in 1929.

Miguel Batista (7 IP) and two relievers shut out the Dodgers, 10-0, in an Arizona win. Matt Williams has a grand slam in the 4thoff Terry Mulholland.

The Brewers fall to the Reds, 5–2. In the process, they set a new ML record for most strikeouts in a season with 1,272. The old mark of 1,268 was set by the Detroit Tigers in 1996. Milwaukee will end the year with more strikeouts than hits—a ML first.

Yankees ace closer Mariano Rivera blows a save, giving up a 2-run single to Jerry Hairston and the Orioles prevail, 7–6. Rivera will still lead the AL with 50 saves, the league’s most since Dennis Eckersley’s 51 in 1992.

22nd The Dodgers score 3 times in the bottom half of the 11th inning to eke out a 6–5 victory over the Diamondbacks. Damian Miller gets 2 hits for Arizona, giving him 100 for the season. By doing so, he helps the Diamondbacks tie an NL record for most payers (9) with at least 100 hits in the same season. The NL teams include the 1923 Phils, 1928 Giants, and the Pirates in 1972 and 1976.

The Mariners lose their 3rd straight game for the first time all season, falling to the A’s, 11–2. It also marks the first series the Mariners have lost on the road this year, ending their ML record streak of 29 consecutive road series without a loss. Eric Hiljus (4-0)  is the winner. Tejada and Chavez hits solo HRs in the 7th as both reach the 100 RBI mark.

23rd The Braves rally in the 9th for 3 runs off Armando Benitez, 2 coming on a HR by Brian Jordan, and then win in the 11th over the Mets, 5–4, on another Jordan homer. Rookie Jerrod Riggan serves up the second dinger. Had the Braves lost, as they did yesterday, they would have dropped out of first place in September for the first time since 1991.

Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in history to hit 3 HRs in a game 3 times in a season. Despite his trio of blasts, the Cubs still lose to the Astros, 7–6.

Magglio Ordonez hits a grand slam and Royce Clayton drives in 4 runs as the White Sox beat the Royals, 10-2. Mark Buehrle (14-8) goes 8 innings for the win.

Oakland defeats Seattle, 7–4, to clinch the AL wild–card spot as Mark Mulder wins his 20th game of the season. The A’s become the 6th team in ML history to make the postseason after falling 10 games under .500. They were 8–18 on May 1.

The Rangers defeat the Angels, 5–2, as SS Alex Rodriguez hits his 48th HR of the year to set a new ML record for shortstops. He also ties the franchise record for HRs in a season, set by Frank Howard in 1969.

The Giants rout the Padres, 11–2, as Barry Bonds hits his 65th and 66th HRs of the season. The homers give Bonds a ML record 34 road round–trippers. He also breaks Babe Ruth’s ML mark for most HRs over 2 seasons by a lefthanded batter (115).

24th Pittsburgh rookie Craig Wilson ties the ML record for pinch HRs in a season by hitting his 7th in the Pirates’ 7–6 win over the Cubs. Dave Hansen of the Dodgers set the mark last season.

The Marlins score a second inning run on Javier Lopez’s throwing error, and Brad Penny and 2 relievers hold on to beat the Braves, 1–0. The Braves drop into a tie for first place in the NL East with the idle Phillies.

Jamie Moyer (19–5) wins his 10th straight as the Mariners beat the Rangers, 9–3. The win snaps the M’s 4-game losing streak. Moyer’s win is his 150th.

Larry Walker is 4-for-4 with 2 homers and scores 5 runs to pace the Rockies to a 15–11 win over the Padres. Todd Helton hits his 44th and drives in 4, and Juan Uribe has 4 hits, as the Rockies score in all 8 innings they go to bat. The Pads Rickey Henderson is 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored, leaving him 3 shy of Cobb’s runs record.

In Los Angeles, Barry Bonds walks his first two at bats and then slugs his 67th homer in the 7th inning to give the Giants a 2–1 win over the Dodgers. Bonds hit a pair in his last 2 at bats yesterday. Bonds now has 35 homers on the road, extending his ML record.

Former MLer Tuffy Rhodes, playing for the Kintetsu Dragons, hits his 55th homer to tie Sadaharu Oh’s Japanese League single season HR record. His homer, off hard-throwing Daisuke Matsuzaka comes at home and gives the Buffaloes a 7–6 win over the Seibu Lions. He’ll hit no more as Tuffy will see few good pitches from here on out.

25th The Brewers blast 6 HRs as they defeat the Diamondbacks, 9–4. Jeromy Burnitz and Richie Sexson each hit 3 homers, a ML record, becoming the first teammates ever to accomplish the feat in the same game. It is also the first time two players have each hit three homers in the same game. Twice they hit back-to-back home runs, the 2nd time teammates have done it this year.

Seattle tops Texas, 13–2, setting an AL record for road victories with its 56th of the season.

The Pirates rout the Cubs, 13–1. SS Craig Wilson, after getting hits in each of the final 3 innings of Pittsburgh’s last game, gets hits in each of the first 3 innings against Chicago, giving him hits in 6 consecutive innings, against 6 different pitchers, a ML mark. Cubs pitchers fan 10 Pirates, giving them 1,250 Ks for the year for a new ML mark.

Tim Raines joins the odd couple of Ted Williams and Rickey Henderson as the only players in ML history to steal a base in 4 different decades as the Expos are shut out by the Mets, 2–0.

The hot Oakland A’s slug the Angels, 9–3, using an 8-run 7th inning. It’s the A’s 13th home win in a row. Jeremy Giambi has a 3-run pinch double in the big frame. Angels SS David Eckstein ties the major league rookie record with his 20th HBP, matching the mark set by Frank Robinson, in 1956.

At Fenway, Tony Batista is a double shy of a cycle in Baltimore’s 12-7 win over the Red Sox. Batista pickles a pitch for a grand slam in the 9th, off Allen McDill.

26th Philadelphia’s Randy Wolf hurls a one–hitter against the Reds, defeating Cincinnati,8–0. The Reds’ only hit is Raul Gonzalez’s first ML hit in the opening inning.

At Kauffman Stadium, Randall Simon starts the scoring off with a 1stinning grand slam, off Blake Stein, but Kansas City cores 8 runs in the first 5 innings to beat Detroit, 8-6.

Jeromy Burnitz, who had 3 homers yesterday for the Brewers, hits a grand slam and Luis Lopez adds a 3-run homer, but the Diamondbacks outslug Milwaukee to win, 14-9. Steve Finley poles a pinch grand slam in the 8th, then stays in the game and drives in another run with a single.

27thRandy Johnson has 16 strikeouts, raising his total to 366 in winning his 20th game and beats the Brewers for the 13th consecutive time. Johnson exits with an 8-run lead and 2 outs and the sacks full in the 7th, but Mike Morgan gives up a 3-run double to Sexson.            The Diamondbacks barely edge the Brewers, 13–11, to move into a 2-game lead over SF. Womack scores 4 runs and has 2 RBIs, while Jeromy Burnitz homers for the 5th time in 3 games.

At the Vet, the Reds edge the Phillies, 2-1, the margin of difference being a straight steal of home in the 6thby Reds rookie catcher Corky Miller.  It will be his only ML steal.

In Montreal, the 3rd-place Mets score in each of the last four innings to upend the Expos, 12-6. Desi Relaford, who enters the game in the 4thinning, has 3 hits, including a homer, 3 RBIs and 3 runs. The Mets pound out a team-record 10 doubles.

At Coors Field, San Diego’s Phil Nevin hits a 2ndinning grand slam to give the Padres an 8-0 lead. But it is not enough as the Rockies roar back with 9 in the 3rd.  on their way to a 13-9 victory. Nevin adds a double and another homer to drive in 7 runs.  He will hit another grand slam in two weeks.

The Cubs return home for the first time since the terrorist attacks. An emotional pregame ceremony is followed by a first inning Sosa homer, one of 4 hits he collects. He carries an American flag around the bases with him in tribute. But Shane Reynolds hits a 2-run single in the 2nd and Vinnie Castilla has a 3-run HR in the 6th to lead Houston to a 6–5 win and dash Chicago’s post-season hopes. Reynolds is 9–0 in his last 10 starts versus Chicago.

Behind Cory Lidle (12-6), the A’s stop the Angels, 6-2.  The A’s have now won 22 of their last 25 games.  Despite playing .617 ball, the A’s trail the Mariners by 15 games.

28th  Kevin Millar’s 10th inning HR gives the Marlins a 6–5 win over the Phils and drops them 2 games behind the Braves in the NL East.

In the Mariners 5–3 win over the A’s, Ichiro Suzuki has infield hits in his first 2 at bats to tie Shoeless Joe Jackson’s rookie hits record of 233. Before the game, Mariners starting SS Carlos Guillen is hospitalized after being diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis. He’ll make it back for the ALCS.

On Jeff Weaver bobblehead doll night, Weaver pitches 8 scoreless innings as Detroit beats Boston, 4–1.

29th As he did last Sunday, Brian Jordan provides the late inning slugging to give the Braves an 8–5 win over the Mets. Jordan’s 9th inning 2-out, 2-strike grand slam, off John Franco, caps a stunning 7–run rally for the Braves. The Mets waste a gutty 8-inning performance from Al Leiter and are now 5 games behind the Braves with 7 to play.

At Denver, pitcher Denny Neagle hits a 4th inning grand slam to put the Rockies ahead 13–6 but he’s not around for the decision, a 12–10 win over the Brewers. Milwaukee cuffs Neagle for 9 runs. Neagle’s slam is the big blow in a 7-run 4th that also features a double steal, with Greg Norton swiping home. The Brewers launch 4 homers, including Richie Sexson’s 40th. Shumpert is 4-for-4 for the Rocks.

The A’s defeat the Mariners, 8–4, as SS Miguel Tejada hits for the cycle, capping his night with a 7th–inning grand slam. As noted by Chris Strohmier, he’s the first player to do that since Tony Lazzeri, in 1932. Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki gets his 234th hit of the season to set a new ML rookie record. The previous mark had been set by Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1911. Suzuki also ties the AL record for singles in a season (187) with the hit. Wade Boggs performed the feat in 1985.

Fred McGriff, Rondell White, and Todd Hundley hit HRs on consecutive pitches off Dave Mlicki in the 1st inning and the Cubs roll to a 6–2 win over the Astros.

30th Todd Helton’s double is his 100th extra base hit of the season. He is the first player in history to have 100 extra base hits in back–to–back seasons. Lou Gehrig and Chuck Klein were the only others to do it twice in their careers. Colorado scores 8 runs in the 3rd inning and calcimines Milwaukee, 10–0.