2005 September

2ndFor the 2ndstraight year the minor leagues set an attendance record with 41,333,279 million fans. Thirteen of 15 leagues showed improvement with the PCL becoming the first league to top 7 million fans in a season.

Nineteen-year-old Marlins batboy Nick Cirillo is suspended 6 games by the team for accepting a dare from pitcher Brad Penny. Penny offered Cirillo $500 before a game last month if he could drink a gallon of milk in an hour without throwing up. Cirillo said he drank the milk in 59 minutes, then vomited outside the clubhouse, so he didn’t collect the money.

3rdThe Marlins upend the Mets, 5-4, to give manager Jack McKeon the 1,000thwin of his career. McKeon is the 52ndskipper to reach the level, and now ranks 7thon the active list.

The Cardinals down the Astros, 4-2, as Chris Carpenter becomes the first pitcher this year to reach 20 wins. By doing so, he also becomes the first pitcher since Bob Gibson in 1970 to win 10 consecutive road decisions, and the first since Gibson in 1968 to win 11 straight decisions overall.

4thAt Atlanta, Jason LaRue hits a pinch grand slam in the 12thto power the Reds to a 8-3 win over the Braves. The Reds overcome two homers and a triple by Marcus Giles to win their first in 6 games. Ken Griffey, Jr, hits his 536thcareer homer to tie Mantle on the all-time list, but leaves the game in the 12thwith an apparent twisted ankle. But he is out for the rest of the year having pulled part of a tendon off the bone.

5thThe Brewers defeat the Reds, 6-1 as Jeoff Jenkins gets 5 hits for Milwaukee, including a pair of doubles.

Felix Fernandez, 19, gives up 4 hits in 7 innings as Seattle downs the A’s, 2-0. Joe Blanton is the hard-luck loser. Blanton is helped by two unassisted double plays, one on a popped bunt to Eric Chavez and one by his batterymate. Jason Kendall. When Yorvit Torrealba strikes out in the 5th and then is called for interference as Kendall tried to throw out Yuniesky Betancourt stealing second. Kendall earned his other U-DP in 2001 while with the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to Retrosheet, Mike Piazza of the New York Mets leads all active backstops with four.

Livan Hernandez gives up a 2-run HR in the 9th, but he wins his 15thas the Nationals use a 4-run 8thto defeat the Marlins, 5-2. Hernandez has a pair of hits, giving him 152 for his career, and drives in a run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Livan Hernandez joins Don Newcombe (238 hits), Rick Rhoden (181), Mike Hampton (161) and Mickey McDermott (156) as the only pitchers since 1946 to amass at least 150 hits in their careers.

6thThe Cubs Glendon Rusch loses his perfect game in the 7thbut beats the Cardinals, 5-2. Derrek Lee, on his 30thbirthday, hits his 40thHR, and Corey Patterson also homers. Cardinals rightfielder Hector Luna makes two errors on two separate plays on the same batter in the same at bat. Neifi Perez hit a foul fly ball and Luna drops it for an error. Perez hits another ball down the line for a double, which Luna misplays for another error.

      The Pirates fire Lloyd McClendon as manager. Bench coach Pete Mackanin is named interim skipper for the remainder of the season.

7thThe Marlins beat the Nationals, 12-1, as Dontrelle Willis becomes the 2ndpitcher this year to win 20 games in the NL.

The A’s, down by 4 runs to the Mariners going into the bottom of the ninth inning. score five runs in the bottom of the frame to win the game. 8-7. The last time the A’s scored 5 in the 9thto overcome a 4-run deficit was July 4, 1957, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. After Mark Kotsay and Eric Chavez hit 2-run doubles, Nick Swisher walks with the bases loaded to score the winner.

Mariners SS Mike Morse is suspended 10 days for violating ML baseball’s steroids policy. Morse admits to having taken steroids in 2003, but claims to being clean since then.

Orioles 1B Rafael Palmeiro leaves the team, to rehabilitate his right ankle and knee, and says he plans on returning before the season’s over. No, he doesn’t. His last game will turn out to be the August 30 one at the Rogers Centre, a game in which Palmeiro DH’ed wearing ear plugs. He went 0-for-4 to finish at .266, his highest average in three years.

8thMiguel Cabrera leads the Marlins to an 8-4 victory over the Nationals. Cabrera belts his 30thHR of the season and drives in 3 runs. By doing so, he becomes the youngest player in ML history to reach 30 homers and 100 RBI in back-to-back seasons.

11thCleveland scores 11 runs in the first three innings to make it easy for Cliff Lee (16-4) as they coast to a 12-4 win over the Twins. Carlos Silva (9-8) give up 4 runs in the 1stinning and Joe Mays allows 6 in the 2nd.  The Twins shut down Silva for the rest of the season and he finishes with just 9 walks allowed and ML-record per 9 inning percentage of just 0.43, topping the mark of Christy Mathewson (1912) and Babe Adams (1920) of 0.62.

12thBehind Dan Haren’s 7+ shutout innings, the Oakland A’s slow baseball’s hottest team, Cleveland, 2-0. It ends the Indians’ 7-game win streak. Jason Kendall has 2 hits, an RBI, and is hit by a pitch for the 194thtime in his career, 8thon the list.

Devil Rays’ OF prospect Delmon Young is named Minor League Player of the Year for 2005 by Baseball America.  The Rays did not call up Young in September, causing Young and his agent to blast the Rays.

13thClint Barmes 2-run single ignites a six-run 2ndinning for the Rockies and they beat the Dodgers, 6-4. Sunny Kim (5-2) is the winner. The Dodgers outfield helps the Rocks’ scoring as each Dodger outfielder is charged with an error. Left fielder Rickie Ledee starts with a throwing error, RF  Jose Cruz, Jr., follows with a fielding error on the next play. One play later, CF Jason Werth completes the trifecta by bobbling a ball for the third outfield error of the inning. According to Retrosheet, it was the first time since 1960 that all three of a team’s outfielders have been charged with an error in the same inning.

For the third time this season the Yankees score 17+ runs against the Devil Rays, winning on the road today, 17-3. This was the 3rd time the Yankees scored 17+ runs in a game against the Devil Rays. The last time a team did that to another team was the 1939 Yankees, vs. the Athletics. Despite the loss, the Devil Rays win the season series, 11-6.

Josh Beckett and the Marlins beat the Astros, 4-2, in Houston. Paul LoDuca’s 2-run HR in the 8thsnaps a 2-2 tie. Carlos Delgado has 3 hits including his 30thhomerun of the year, the 9thstraight season he’s reached that plateau. Only 3 players in history have longer streaks with Barry Bonds doing it 13 straight seasons.

The Orioles notch a comeback 4-3 victory over the host Rangers. The Birds tie it in the 7that 3-3 when Walter Young power his lone ML homer and Luis Matos drives home the go-ahead run in the 9th.  Young, who came up a week ago, will hit .303 with an OPS of .802, but his record weight of 322 pounds is likely the reason this is his only season.

Luis Gonzalez of the Diamondbacks is recognized for his philanthropic efforts by being named winner of the Branch Rickey Award for 2005.

14thThe Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 5-3. David Ortiz hits his 42ndHR of the season for Boston. It is his 38thas a designated hitter, setting a new ML record. Edgar Martinez held the previous mark of 37 set in 2000. Tony Graffanino’s 2—run homer in the 5thputs the Sox ahead but it takes a while.  Gabe Kapler, the runner on base, ruptures his Achilles tendon rounding second base and sprawls on the ground. Graffanino stops at 2B until Kapler is removed on a cart and replaced by pinch runner Alejandro Muchado. Muchado scores his first ML run ahead of Graffanino.

The Phillies beat the Braves, 12-4, despite Andruw Jones’ league-leading 50thHR of the season, and 300thof his career. By doing so, Jones becomes the 12thplayer in ML history to reach 300 before his 30thbirthday. Ramon Martinez hits a 3rd-inning grand slam for the Phils.

16thFelipe Lopez gets a career-high 5 hits, including a double, to lead the Reds to an 8-2 victory over the Pirates.

Rod Barajas has a 2-run homer for Texas off 19-year-old Felix Hernandez and Texas triumphs over Seattle, 5-2. It is the 246thHR for the Rangers, tying the club record, and the 4thhighest total in ML history. Michael Young extends his batting streak to 14 games with a pair of hits, and reaches the 200 hit mark. The Ranger shortstop joins Charlie Gehringer, Rogers Hornsby, Johnny Pesky and Derek Jeter as the only middle infielders to record three or more consecutive seasons of 200 hits.

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp is sentenced to federal prison for roughly three years for conspiring to steal more than $2 million from a mental health agency. Camp, a lobbyist, is sentenced along with four others, including former state Rep. Robin Williams, who will serve 10 years.

The Montreal Canadians announced that Youppi! will become the first official mascot of the organization, and the first mascot to ever switch from Major League Baseball to the NHL. The terms of acquisition were reportedly in the six figures. Youppi! was left behind when the Expos moved to Washington, where the Nationals adopted a new mascot, the eagle ‘Screech’.

17thThe Astros shut out the Brewers, 7-0. Craig Biggio hits his NL-career record 43rdleadoff HR for Houston.

The Phillies score 10 runs in the 9thinning to send the Marlins to a shocking 10-2 defeat. The Phils are just the third team to have been shut out going into the 9th and then scoring 10 runs, joining the 1912 Reds (vs. Cubs, who trailed 9-0, scored 10 in the top of the 9th and lost when they gave up 2 in the bottom of the inning) and 1962 White Sox (vs. Indians, trailed 2-0, won 10-2). Phillies 3B David Bell has 3 hits.

The Padres do it the hard way against Washington, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 9thto tie, and then winning it, 8-5, in the 13thon a 3-run walkoff homer by Ramon Hernandez. Khalil Greene has 4 hits for the Padres, including a 2-out game-tying grand slam in the 9th.

The Cardinals become the first team to clinch a spot in the playoffs by beating the Cubs, 5-1. It is their 4thdivision title in the past 6 years.

Cuba downs South Korea, 3-0, to win its 8thstraight baseball World Cup, and its 24thsince the competition began in 1938.

18thThe Rangers defeat the Mariners, 8-6. They hit 5 homers in the contest to break the ML record for most homers at home, surpassing the Colorado Rockies who hit 149 in 1996.

19thRichie Sexson hits his 3rdgrand slam of the season, connecting off Toronto’s Miguel Batista in the 9th, as Seattle wins on the road, 7-5.

20thThe Rockies wallop 23 hits on their way to a 20-1 pasting of the Padres. OF Matt Holliday drives home 8 runs for Colorado in the rout. Sean Burroughs becomes the first position player this season, and the 169th since 1960, to pitch when Padres manager Bruce Bochy puts him on the mound in the eighth.

Bartolo Colon becomes the first AL pitcher to reach 20 wins as he hurls the Angels to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers.

21stAt Turner Field, Ryan Howard, powers a 10thinning grand slam as the Phillies beat the first-place Braves, 10-6.  Atlanta leads the NL East by 5 games.

22ndBehind the 8 shutout innings of Jon Lieber (16-12) the Phillies stop the first-place Braves, 4-0. Batting for Lieber in the 9th, Shane Victorino crushes a 3-run pinch homer off starter Tim Hudson as the Phils score 4 runs.  It is Victorino’s first ML homer.

23rdWith the help of 2 errors in the 9thinning, the Indians beat the Royals 7-6, to stay in the hunt for the AL Central title.  It is their 9thstraight win over KC.  Travis Hafner hits a homer in his 6thstraight game, tying a club mark of Jim Thome’s. Thome had 7 HRs in his 6 games.

26thThe Marlins ask pitcher A.J. Burnett to leave the team and say they won’t offer him a multiyear deal when he becomes a free agent during the offseason. Burnett criticized manager Jack McKeon and the coaching staff yesterday.

27thThe Braves clinch their 14thconsecutive division title with a 12-3 win over the Rockies. Tim Hudson pitches 6 innings for the win, and he is back by two homers from Marcus Giles and a pinch 3-run double by Brayan Pena.

28thBehind veteran Pedro Astacio, the Padres defeat the Giants, 9-1, to clinch the 4thdivision title in franchise history.

Wookie of the year candidate, Chewbacca, throws out the first pitch at Fenway. Chewie is there to promote a Star Wars exhibition at a local museum. But the main exhibition is by Ted Lilly, who beats the Red Sox, 7-2, to leave Boston tied with Cleveland for the wild card and a game back of New York for the AL East.  The Jays hit three homers off Bronson Arroyo, including one by Frank Catalanotto, who adds a double and triple.

At Philadelphia, the Phils club 20 hits in beating the Mets, 16-6.  Kenny Lofton and David Bell have 4 hits apiece, Chase Utley has 3 hits and 5 RBIs, and Shane Victorino hits his second ML homer and his second pinch homer to back Vincente Padilla’s 9thwin. Marlon Anderson has half of the Mets 4 homers.

Scott McClung pitches 8 innings as Tampa Bay downs to the Indians, 1-0.

29thAaron Small goes 6 2/3 innings, allowing 2 runs, as his Yankees top the Orioles, 8-4, to stay a game ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East. Jason Giambi, 1-for-1, has a 3-run homer and Hideki Matsui a two-run dinger. Small, a veteran of 16 minor league campaigns, completes a remarkable 10-0 season for New York with today’s win being his last in the majors. He’ll go 0-3 next year, be given his release, and retire in the spring of 2007 after the Twins release him.

In one of the latest trades in history, the Red Sox acquire Mike Stanton from the Nationals to have him for the final three-game series against the Yankees.

Interim manager Jerry Narron is named skipper of the Reds for the 2006 season.

30thThe Mariners down the Athletics, 4-1, as Ichiro Suzuki becomes the first player in ML history to reach 200 hits in each of his first 5 seasons.

At SBC Park, the Diamondbacks down the Giants, 7-3, as Chad Tracy has a 2-run homer and Alex Cintron collects 4 RBIs.  White-hot Randy Winn goes 4-for-4 for San Francisco, his 17thmulti-hit game this month.  His 51 hits for September sets a SF club record for most hits in a month. He is hitting .360 since coming over in a July 30thtrade.