2004 September

1st      The Marlins edge the Mets, 5-4. Armando Benitez gets the save in relief. It is his 10th save of the year against NY for a new ML record for saves against a club in a year. He will add one more save to give him 11 against his former teammates.

Minnesota’s Terry Mulholland goes 6 innings and allows 2 runs in the Twins 4-2 win over Baltimore. Mulholland and catcher Pat Borders, who was obtained yesterday from Seattle for B.J. Garbe,are the first pair of 40-something batterymates since Curt Davis and Clyde Sukeforth for the Dodgers in 1945.

2ndThe Yankees score one in the 1stand five in the 2ndoff Indian starter Cliff Lee en route to a 9-1 win. A-Rod homers and Gary Sheffield has 3 hits and 3 RBI to reach the 100 RBI mark.  He joins 19thcentury star Dan Brouthers who drove in 100 RBIs for 5 different teams between 1887 and 1894. Sheffield also drove in 100 for the Padres, Marlins, Dodgers, and Braves. Joining him today with 100 RBIs is Victor Martinez who hits a solo homer off Steve Karsay, who is making his first appearance since 2003.

The Giants acquire P Dave Burba from the Brewers for minor league P Josh Habel.

3rdThe Baltimore Orioles top the Yankees 3–1 behind Rodrigo Lopez. The loss goes to Kevin Brown who pitches 6 innings and then, frustrated on a grounder he botched, punches a concrete wall inside the Yankees’ clubhouse, breaking two bones in his left (non-throwing) hand that will require surgery. The pitcher, making $15.7 million, will miss the rest of the season except for two ineffective starts. New York leads in the East by 2 1/2 games.

The Marlins three-game series with the Cubs is postponed by Hurricane Frances.

4thThe Rockies down the Padres, 8-2. Prior to the game, the Friars retires former All-Star OF Tony Gwynn’s jersey No. 19.

5thThe Mariners lose to the White Sox, 8-7, despite 5 hits by Ichiro Suzuki. It is the 3rd time this season Suzuki has had 5 or more hits in a game. He now leads the majors with 223 hits, 34 short of George Sisler’s all-time record.

7thThe Dodgers defeat the Diamondbacks, 8-2. Robin Ventura hits a pinch grand slam for LA, moving into a tie with Willie McCovey for 3rd place on the all-time list with 18. Hideo Nomo (4-11) wins his first game since April 21.

8thThe Indians down the Mariners, 8-5. Seattle rookie Greg Dobbs hits a pinch-hit HR in the 9th inning in his first ML at bat. He is the first Mariner player ever to accomplish the feat.

The Astros hand the Reds a 5-2 loss. Pitcher Jose Acevedo ties a ML record by surrendering 4 Houston HRs in the 1st inning.

9thThe Royals score a team-record 26 runs on their way to a 26-5 win over the Tigers in the first game of a DH. KC scores in 7  of their 9 times up, including plating 11 runs in the 3rd. Joe Randa strokes 6 hits and scores a ML record-tying 6 runs for the Royals, becoming the first AL player ever to record 6 of each in a 9-inning game. Jason Johnson gives up 11 runs in 2+ innings, but his replacement does even worse. Lino Urdaneta, coming off a 60-day rehab, makes his ML debut and allows 6 runs without recording an out. The Tigers hand him his release in 4 days, but he will make it back to the Bigs with the Mets. The worn out Royals are shut out by Detroit in the 2nd game, 8-0, as Jeremy Bonderman goes 8 innings.

The Mariners down the Red Sox, 7-1, as Ichiro Suzuki breaks his own AL record for singles in a season with 194. He set the mark as a rookie in 2001.

The Phillies get homers from their first two batters, Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco, leading off the game and go on to beat the Braves, 9-4. Lieberthal and Burrell add homers to back Ryan Madosn (9-2).

The Tribune Company, owners of the Cubs, misses the Mark with a check. Mark Guthrie, 43, a former newspaper carrier for the Hartford Courant, which is owned by the Tribune, receives a check meant for former pitcher Mark Guthrie. A year ago, the Tribune’s payroll department mixed the two men up and deposited $301,000 of the baseball player’s pay into the newspaper carrier’s bank account.  It took five weeks for the company to detect the error. The deliveryman noticed the money, but didn’t touch it. He knew it was a mistake, and cooperated with Tribune. But Guthrie of Connecticut stopped the last $26,000 from being taken out of his account until the company proved to him that he would not suffer any tax ramifications over the company’s error. Guthrie, the baseball player, didn’t get picked up by the Cubs and is now a free agent. Guthrie the newspaper carrier was also dropped by the media conglomerate due to the lawsuit, and is presumably also a free agent.

11thThe Phillies defeat the Mets in 13 innings by a score of 11-9. The teams combine to use a ML record 18 pitchers in the contest, 10 by the Phillies to tie a NL mark.

Texas beats Toronto, 10-7 despite the Jays hitting two pinch homeruns in the 8thinning.  Eric Hinske and Chris Gomez hit the pinch homers, the latter hitting his off Ron Mahay, who gets one out and the win. Mark Teixeira has a 3-run homer for Texas.

The Cubs best the Marlins, 5-2 on Derrek Lee’s 3-run double in the 8th. Relief P LaTroy Hawkins strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 9th inning to nail down the victory for Chicago.

12thThe Orioles lose to the Yankee, 9-7. In the process, they set an AL record by using 10 pitchers in the game.

13thThe Marlins down the Expos, 6-3, in a game played at the Cell in Chicago because of Hurricane Ivan. The two teams thereby set a record by playing a game in their 21st different stadium in a single season.

The Cubs knock off the Pirates, 7-2. Sammy Sosa hits his 30th HR of the year to become the 3rd player in history to hit 30 or more HRs 10 seasons in a row.

In Oakland, Texas reliever Frank Francisco is arrested on a charge of aggravated battery after he tosses a chair into the right-field box seats and hits two spectators in the head and woman’s nose is broken when the chair bounces and hits her. Francisco will be suspended for the rest of the season by ML baseball. With two outs in the 9th inning, the Rangers’ Alfonso Soriano ties the game 5-5 with his 2nd homer of the night. Moments later, the Texas bench and bullpen clears. After a delay of 19 minutes, the Athletics win 7-6 in the 10th inning when Eric Chavez hits a single following 3 walks and an error. Chavez ties the game in the 8thafter Mark Teixeira hits his 35thhomer, off starter Tim Hudson. “Tonight, it went over the line,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said after the game. “It was a real break from the normal trash you hear from fans. We’ve had problems about every time we’ve come here.” Texas reliever Doug Brocail is seen screaming at a fan, and the pitcher has to be restrained by his teammates and bullpen coach Mark Connor.

The Twins, leaders in the AL Central, top the Tigers, 5-3, to sweep the 4-games series in Detroit. Joe Nathan saves all four games.

Kansas City outhits the Yankees by just 2, but a 10-run 5thinnings helps as the Royals flush the Yanks, 17-8. Angel Berroa scores 5 runs for KC.

14thThe Mets fire manager Art Howe, effective at the end of the season.

Corey Patterson hits a 2-run homer in the 8thto tie the Pirates, 2-2, then hits a walkoff homer in the 12thfor a 3-2 Cubs win.

15thThe Diamondbacks edge the Rockies, 3-2, as Randy Johnson moves past Steve Carlton to become baseball’s leader in strikeouts for a left-hander. Johnson now has 4,139 to move into third place on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens.

With the Expos leading 2-1, they load the bases with 2 out in the 4thinning against Florida ace Carl Pavano.  As Brian Schneider steps off 3B, Mike Lowell tags him with the hidden ball trick.  It is the first in the majors in 5 years.

Derrek Lee, Sammy Sosa and Michael Barrett hit back-to-back-to-back HRs in a 13-5 win over the Pirates. Lee’s homer is his 30th, giving the Cubs four players with 30 homers for the first time in club history. Sosa adds a grand slam and now has 32 homers, while SS Perez homers off pitcher Perez. The Cubs will lead the NL with 235 roundtrippers.

17th   The Giants defeat the Padres, 4-1, as Barry Bonds hits the 700th HR of his ML career. The blast comes off SD hurler Jake Peavy in the 3rd inning. Barry will ends the season with more homeruns than strikeouts (45 to 41), just the second player since 1959 to do that (minimum 10 homers). The other was George Brett in 1980.

The Mariners beat the Athletics, 6-3. Ichiro Suzuki gets his 199th single of the season to break Wee Willie Keeler’s old mark.

The Cubs edge the Reds, 13-4, on the strength of 3 HRs and 5 RBI by Aramis Ramirez.

18th   The Cardinals knock off the Diamondbacks, 7-0, to lower their number to 2 games to clinch a division title. It is a costly win as starter Chris Carpenter leaves in the 4thwith an injury that will prevent him from pitching in the post season. Reggie Sanders has an RBI and 2 steals to give him his 4th20 homer, 20 SB season.

For the second day in a row, the Orioles score in double digits to beat the Twins, 12-3.  Rookie Daniel Cabrera (12-7) notches the win with 6 IP. Miguel Tejada homers twice, has 5 RBI, and leads the AL with 131 RBI. Brian Roberts breaks the Orioles’ 103-year-old franchise record for most doubles by a switch hitter when he connected for his 47th two-bagger: in 1901, John Anderson of the Milwaukee Brewers hit 46. Roberts ties Cal Ripken’s club mark of 47 doubles set in 1983.

The Japanese professional baseball players go on a two-day strike, a first in the history of the league, to protest the proposed merger between the Orix BlueWave and the Osaka Kintetsu Buffalos, as well as the failure of the owners to agree to create a new team to fill the void resulting from the merger. The strike will be settled on five days when the owners agreed to grant a new franchise in the Pacific League and to continue the two-league, 12-team system. The new team, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles will begin play in the 2005 season.

20thAt Yankee Stadium, the Blue Jays down the Yankees, 6-3, behind Gustavo Chacin, making his ML debut.  He is the first pitcher in 8 years to make his ML debut with a victory at Yankee Stadium.

21stThe Mariners down the Angels, 7-3, as Ichiro Suzuki gets 5 hits in a game for the 4th time this season. He is within 14 hits of George Sisler’s all-time season record of 257 hits.

22nd  The Mariners pound out 24 hits in a 16-6 rout of the Angels. Raul Ibanez ties an AL record with 6 hits for Seattle. Ichiro Suzuki gets 4 more hits to give him 247 on the season.

24thThe Braves clinch their 13th consecutive division title with an 8-7 win over the Marlins.

26thIn the first meeting between two pitchers who have each have wins over 30 teams, the battle between Kevin Brown and Curt Schilling sputters intoa bench-clearing game at Fenway, as the Red Sox down the Yankees, 11-4. Schilling pitches 7 innings of one-hit ball, while the Red Sox jump on Brown in the 1stand Estaban Loaiza in the 2ndinning to post a 7-0 lead. Pedro Astacio, Brad Halsey and Joe Torre all get tossed in the 8th. Bill Mueller homers for Boston while Andy Phillips, in his first ML at bat, homers on the first pitch he sees. He is the 20th rookie to pinch hit a homer on his first at bat.

28thOmar Infante and Bobby Higgenson homer off Jose Contreras to lead off the game for Detroit and it is the margin of victory as the Tigers beat the White Sox, 6-4.

The Rockies Jamey Wright pitches 6 shutout innings, the Dodgers Milton Bradley explodes in the 7th, and Colorado’s bullpen implodes in the 9th, as Los Angeles wins, 5-4. The Dodgers score 5 runs in the 9thafter reliever Sean Chacon walks 4 batters in a row and Jayson Worth doubles. Chacon ends his year with 35 saves and a bilious 7.11 ERA. Bradley is tossed in the 7thafter a spectator tosses a plastic bottle at him and he exchanges angry words with fans. After his ejection he throws his hat and jersey on the field.

29thThe Braves down the Mets, 6-3, for manager Bobby Cox’s 2,000th win as skipper. He is the 9th man to reach 2,000.

Cubs reliever LaTroy Hawkins blows his 2ndsave in five days and the Cubs eventually lose to the Reds, 4-2. Chicago slips a half-game behind Houston in the wild-card standings.

The Indians defeat the Royals, 5-2. After the game, Cleveland P Kyle Denney is hit in the right calf by a bullet that comes through the side of the team bus. He probably avoids more serious injury when the bullet hits the tough leather of the knee-high boot he is wearing as part of a rookie hazing ritual.

Major League Baseball announces that the Montreal Expos will relocate to Washington, DC for the 2005 season.