ndThe Indians edge the Rangers, 6-5. Cleveland rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff, subbing for slugger Travis Hafner, hits a grand slam on the first pitch he sees in the ML. By doing so, he becomes the 3rdplayer in history to hit a grand slam in his first AB. The others are Jeremy Hermida (2005) and Bill Dugglesby (1898). Kouzmanoff is the first to do it on the first pitch he sees.
The Mariners shrug off a first inning triple play and end a 12-game road losing streak, beating Tampa Bay, 4–3. Cha Seung Baek (2-0) allows one run in 6 2/3 innings. The M’s score a run and have runners on 1stand 3B with no outs. When Raul Ibanez strikes out, Adrian Beltre takes off for 2B and is easily tagged out on a good throw. When the runner breaks from 3B the return throw to catcher Dioner Navarro nabs Jose Lopez trying to score. It is the first 2-6-2 triple play in history.
3rdIn game 1 of a doubleheader, the Phillies beat the Braves, 8-7, as Ryan Howard hits 3 homers and a single for Philadelphia. Matt Diaz has a 3-run homer in the 9thfor Atlanta to make it close. Atlanta rebounds to win the nightcap, 3–1.
The Cardinals defeat the Pirates, 6-3, as Albert Pujols hits 3 homers for St. Louis. It is his second three-homer game this year.
The Nationals edge the Diamondbacks, 5-3, scoring four runs in the 8th. Washington becomes the first team since 1923 to win 4 in a row when trailing by 2 runs in the 7thinning or later in all four.
The Astros squeak by the Mets, 2-1, despite only getting 1 hit. Aubrey Huff’s 2ndinning single is Houston’s lone safety. Roy Oswalt hurls 7 perfect innings for the Astros.
Kelvim Escobar allows an unearned run in 8 innings as the Angels edge the Tigers, 2-1. Magglio Ordonez has 2 of Detroit’s 3 hits, while Vladimir Guerrero has one of the Haloes 3 hits to extend his hitting streak to 20 games.
4thThe Phillies edge the Astros, 3-2, in 11 innings. Charlton Jimerson hits pinch HR in his 1stML at bat for Houston. Ryan Howard has a homer (#53) for the Phils. No player in history has hit 76 homers in his first 1,000 at bats; Howard reaches 77 in 853 at bats. Aaron had 40 in his first 1,000 at bat; Ruth had 38.
The Nationals Ramon Ortiz allows no hits through 8 innings against the Cardinals before Aaron Miles singles to lead off the 9th. Miles is erased on a DP, but Albert Pujols homers to snap the shutout. Ortiz wins, 4–1.
The Marlins down the Diamondbacks, 8-5. In doing so, they become the first team in ML history to climb above .500 after being 20 games under.
Atlanta’s Chuck James and Macay McBride combine to shut out the Mets, 5-0, on a 1 hitter. David Wright’s 2nd-inning single is the only hit allowed by James in his 8 innings of work.
Trailing 5-1, the Yankees explode for 10 runs in the 8thinning and go on to defeat the Royals by a score of 12-5. Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano each have a homer and single in the big inning.
5thSeven of the 13 games played today end in shutouts. It is the largest number on any one day since June 4, 1972.
6thThe Marlins shut out the Diamondbacks, 2-0, as rookie Anibal Sanchez hurls a no-hitter. It is the first no-hitter in the majors since Randy Johnson’s perfect game on may 18, 2004. The stretch of 6,364 games between no-hitters was the longest in ML history.
The Tigers release Dmitri Young. Young spent a month in a rehab center this summer for alcohol and drug abuse, and later this month he will be sentenced to a year’s probation for assaulting a former girl friend.
8thJamie Moyer pitches 8 innings allowing just one run as the Phils gaff the Marlins, 3–2. Ryan Howard has 3 hits and drives in all three Phillies runs with a pair of homers, numbers 55 and 56. He will hit just two more as pitchers will give him 28 walks in his next 21 games.
At Fenway, Kansas City scores 6 times in the 12thinning to take a 10-4 decision against the Red Sox. The Royal flush features two doubles, a double steal, two consecutive hit by pitches, and a 3-run homer by Jeff Keppinger, who entered the game as a pinch runner.
Adam Dunn clubs his 40thhomer and Javier Valentin adds a pair in the Reds 9-1 win over Pittsburgh.
10thJohan Santana strikes out 11 in 6 1/3 innings and wins his 18th12-1, as the Twins coast past Detroit. He seems to have a lock on winning 20 but will win just one more. No pitcher in the ML will win 20 this year, the first time this has happened on a full-schedule season.
11thThe Marlins pound the Mets, 16-5. RF Cody Ross slugs 3 homers and drives in 7 runs for Florida, while Dan Uggla has 5 hits. Carlos Delgado hits his 40thhomer of the year for New York.
12thThe Mets defeat the Marlins, 6-4. The win officially eliminates the Braves from the NL East race, ending Atlanta’s incredible streak of 14 straight division championships.
Bobby Abreu drives in 7 runs, including 3 in the Yankees 9-run first inning, as the Bronx Bombers whip Tampa Bay, 12–4. The Yanks score 3 in the 3rdto give Mike Mussina a 12-run cushion. Yankees DH Hideki Matsui has 4 hits and a walk and SS Derek Jeter has not at bats, but scores three times and drives in a run as he receives three base on balls and is hit once.
The Nationals score an unearned run in the 8thand beat Arizona, 5–4. The Nats catcher Brian Schneider pulls off a nice DP in the 4thinning when, with runners on 1stand 3B, he allows a popped bunt to drop. He fires the ball to SS Felipe Lopez for a force at 2B and the relay to 2B Vidro covering 1B completes the twin killing.
Carlos Guillen greets reliever Ron Mahay with his second homer of the game, a leadoff walkoff 9thinning dinger to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
13thThe Rangers rout the Tigers, 11-3, as OF Gary Matthews hits for the cycle in order, singling in the 1st, doubling in the 2nd, tripling in the 4th, and homering in the 6thinning.
Young Twins lefty Francisco Liriano (12-3) makes his first start since August 8, when he experienced arm pain, and pitches two shutout innings against the A’s, before leaving in the 3rdwhen he feels a “pop” in his arm. He’ll have arm surgery over the winter and will miss the entire 2007 season. Matt Garza allows one run in 5+ innings and Dan Haren pitches 8 innings in the A’s, 1-0, victory.
16thThe Brewers top the Nationals, 8-5. Alfonso Soriano steals a base in the 1stinning to become the 4thplayer in ML history to record 40 HRs and 40 SBs in a season.
At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox and Yanks split a pair, with the Sox winning the first game, 5-2. New York takes the nightcap, 7-5. Derek Jeter has hits in each game to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 25.
Chone Figgins hits for the cycle, but it is not enough as his Angels fall, 12-6, to the Rangers. Mark Teixeira is 4-for-4 with 4 RBI and Michael Young scores 4 times.
17thThe Nationals defeat the Brewers, 6-1. Rookie Chris Schroder strikes out all 6 batters he faces in 2 innings of relief, falling 1 shy of the NL record for consecutive strikeouts by a reliever.
18thThe Tigers clobber the White Sox, 8-2. Rookie Josh Fields hits a HR in his 1stML at bat for Chicago, as a pinchhitter in the 9thinning. Jim Thome hits his 40thfor the other Chicago tally. Magglio Ordonez hits a pair for the Bengals, both off Mark Buerhle.
The Dodgers hit 4 consecutive homers (Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russ Martin, Marlon Anderson) in the 9thinning to tie the Padres, then get a 2-run walkoff blast from Nomar Garciaparra in the last of the 10thto edge San Diego in a nail-biter, 11-10. It is only the 4thtime in ML history that a team hits 4 consecutive homers. Marlon Anderson has five hits for LA, including a triple and two HRs.
At Citizen Bank Park, Aramis Ramirez belts a pair of 3-run homers and 2 singles to drive in 7 runs as the Cubs whip the Phillies, 11-6. Juan Pierre and Scott Moore add solo shots. Jose Hernandez adds a little respect for Philley with a 4thinning pinch grand slam.
Despite being outhit by just 4 hits (19 to 15) the Giants are walloped at Coors Field, 20–6. Garrett Atkins and Jeff Baker each drive in 6 runs. Atkins has a pair of doubles and Baker a pair of homers. Jeff Salazar hits his first ML homer and Justin Hampson wins his first ML game.
The Mets shut out the Marlins, 4-0, to clinch the NL East title.
19thThe Twins beat the Red Sox, 7-3. Justin Morneau has 5 hits for Minnesota, including a double, while Jason Barlett clubs a 3-run homer off starter Tim Wakefield. Bartlett won’t hit another homer with men on until 2010, a string of 21-straight solo homers.
The Mariners down the Rangers, 9-7, in 10 innings. Willie Bloomquist gets 5 hits for Seattle, including a double.
The White Sox shut out the Tigers, 7-0. Freddy Garcia gets the victory, allowing only one hit in 8 innings for the 2ndstraight start.
20thThe Yankees lose to the Blue Jays, 3-2, but still clinch the AL East title as the Red Sox lose to the Twins. The Yankees use 14 different starters this year: the only Yankee team to use more was the 1946 squad.
21stThe Astros edge the Cardinals, 6-5, with the help of a pair of homers by Lance Berkman. Berkman has now homered on September 21 in each of the last 6 seasons, the 2nd-longest such streak in history. Lou Gehrig homered on 7 consecutive June 8 dates from 1932-38.
At Fenway, the Red Sox blank the Twins, 6–0, behind Josh Beckett’s 8 shutout innings. Keith Foulke pitches the 9th. David Ortiz has 3 hits, including a pair of homers, to set the Sox single season record for homers with 52.
Behind Jake Woods (7 IP) and Joel Piniero, the Mariners shut out the White Sox, 9-0. Adrian Beltre hits a 9thinning grand slam to complete the scoring. Javier Vazquez strikes out 12 in 7+ innings.
22ndThe Padres down the Pirates, 6-2 on a one-hitter. Chris Young takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning, but loses his bid to become the first SD pitcher to notch one when Joe Randa hits a 2-run pinch HR with one out.
The Brewers overcome 6 RBIs by Barry Bonds and edge the Giants, 13-12. Bonds has two doubles and a homer, while Ray Durham has a double and homer. Milwaukee has no homers. Prince Fielder steals his 7thbase of the year; his dad, Cecil, stole only two in his 1,470-game career.
The Nationals squeak by the Mets, 3-2. Alfonso Soriano doubles for Washington to become baseball’s first 40-40-40 player, with 45 homers, 41 stolen bases, and 40 doubles.
23rdThe Tigers score 10 runs in the 1stinning on their way to a 15-4 pasting of the Royals.
Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson breaks his leg in an 8thinning collision with right fielder Austin Kearns while going after a David Wright fly ball. Both players leave the game and Johnson will have a titanium rod and screws inserted in a two-hour operation. He will miss the 2007 season. This year, Johnson set career highs with a .290 batting average, 46 doubles, 23 home runs, 77 RBI, 110 walks and 147 games played. It was Wright’s third hit of the game, a triple, as the Mets win, 12–6.
The Brewers beat the Giants, 10-8. Barry Bonds hits his 734thcareer HR to break Hank Aaron’s NL record for homeruns in one league.
24thThe Padres edge the Pirates, 2-1. Trevor Hoffman gets the save for SD to become baseball’s career saves leader. His 43rdsave of the year gives Hoffman 479 for his career to break Lee Smith’s record.
The Rockies overcome a grand slam and solo homer by Brian McCann and beat the Braves, 9-8. Matt Holliday matches McCann’s slam with one of his own.
At Los Angeles, Nomar Garciaparra hits a 9thinning homer, off Luis Vizcaino, to give the Dodgers a 5-1 win over Arizona. Garciaparra has hit two grand slams this year, both in the 9thinnings.
In the Red Sox 13-4 loss to host Toronto, David Ortiz ties the AL single season record with 32 homers on the road (Babe Ruth, 1927). It is Big Papi’s #53 on the year. The Jays get three RBI each from Alexis Rios, Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay.
25thIn their final home game of the year, Tampa Bay gives up 10 runs to the Yankees in their first three innings and loses, 16-1. Bobby Abreu has 4 hits and 4 RBIs and Hideki Matsui has 3 hits and 4 ribbies. Despite the loss, the Rays finish 41-40 at home and will finish 61-101 overall.
26thThe Athletics use 19 hits to down the Mariners, 12-3, to clinch the AL West crown. Jason Kendall and Jay Payton each have 4 hits, and Kendall adds a stolen base.
The Cubs trim the Brewers 14–6, in a game that shows an odd line score: only one team scores in each inning. The Cubs, with 18 hits, plate runs in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6thand 8th; Milwaukee scores in the 2nd, 4th, 7thand 9th.
27thThe Marlins defeat the Reds, 7-2, as Anibal Sanchez wins his 10thgame of the year. Florida becomes the first team in ML history to have 4 rookie pitchers with 10 wins. Scott Olsen, John Johnson, and Ricky Nolasco have also reached the mark. Rookie Hanley Ramirez has a pair of homers for the Fish and Wes Helms collects 4 hits. Florida catcher Miguel Olivo strikes out for the 101sttime but draws his 9th walk, albeit intentional. As noted by Al Blumkin, Olivo is the only player in history to strike out 100 times while walking fewer than 10. Of Olivo’s 9 walks, 4 are intentional.
Tampa Bay uses a 9-run 7thinning to beat up the host Red Sox, 11–0. Ty Wigginton has 2 doubles and 3 RBI in the frame, while Rocco Baldelli adds a 3-run homer. Sox starter Josh Beckett pitches 6 2/3 innings and takes the loss, while Tim Corcoran pitches 6 2/3 for the win, just the 3rd on the road for TB since a July 29 drubbing of the Yankees.
The Astros push across a run in the 9thagainst Salomon Torres to tie the Pirates at 6 all. Houston scores in the top of the 15thto win, 7–6. For Torres, it is his 90thappearance of the year; Torres joins Mike Marshall, Kent Tekulve and Wayne Granger as the only pitchers to appear in 90 or more in a season.
Moises Alou of the Giants became the fourth 40-year-old to steal home since 1957 when he does it on a double steal with Ray Durham. Alou joins Paul Molitor, Minnie Minoso and Dave Concepcion. Alou’s theft gives the Giants a short-lived 3–2 lead, but Arizona wins, 6–3.
28thThe Dodgers pound the Rockies, 19-11. Rookie 1B James Loney, filling in for Nomar Garciaparra, ties a 56-year-old Dodgers record with 9 RBIs in the contest. Loney strokes 4 hits, including a double and a pair of homers.
Baltimore’s Daniel Cabrera comes within 2 outs of no-hitting the Yankees, before allowing a single to Robinson Cano on his way to a 1-hit, 7-1 victory.
29thThe Phillies pound the Marlins, 14-2. Shane Victorino leads the 18-hit Philadelphia attack with 5 safeties, including a double and triple. Pat Burrell contributes a double and two homers plus two walks.
30thThe Mariners edge the Rangers 3-1. Ichiro Suzuki steals his 39thconsecutive successful stolen base to extend his AL single-season record. He hasn’t been caught stealing since April 16.
The Royals defeat the Tigers, 9-6. Kansas City begins the game with a double, single, triple, and homer, giving the team a cycle with its first 4 batters.
Down 8-0 after three innings at Wrigley, the Cubs come back on the Rockies to tie at 9 apiece. The Rocks finally push across two runs in the 14thto win 11-9. The two teams each use 10 pitchers to tie a ML record,
The Angels beat the Athletics, 7-6. Oakland’s Jason Kendall becomes the first player in ML history to catch 140 games in 8 different seasons, breaking Gary Carter’s record.
The Nationals announce that Frank Robinson will not be back as the team’s manager in 2007.