2009 September

1stAlbert Pujols and Matt Holliday hits homers to pace the Cardinals to a 7-6 home win over the Brewers. Pujols also receives an intentional base on balls, his 40th, to set a new ML mark for most IBB issued to a righty hitter in a seson.

2ndThe Marlins edge the Braves, 8-7. Peter Moylan sets a ML record for Atlanta by appearing in his 75thconsecutive game this season without allowing a homer. Chad Bradford previously held the mark, not allowing a HR in his first 74 appearances for Baltimore in 2007.

The Reds beat the Pirates, 5-3, as Homer Bailey is victorious over Zach Duke. Homer serves up a homer to Garrett Jones, the 10,00thhomer that the Pirates have hit in their history.

3rd Tampa Bay’s blue-chip prospect Desmond Jennings ties an International League record by going 7-for-7—six singles and a double—as his Durham Bulls top the Charlotte Knights, 14-3. Charlotte totals just 7 hits. Jennings was the Southern League MVP before his promotion to Durham.

4thThe Blue Jays shut out the Yankees, 6-0, on Roy Halladay’s 1-hitter. Ramiro Pena’s 6th-inning double is Toronto’s only safety.

The Twins commit 4 errors as they lose to the Indians, 5-2. It breaks Minnesota’s streak of 1,519 games without a game of 4-or-more errors, by far the longest such streak in ML history.

The Cardinals crush the Pirates, 14-7, as Ryan Ludwick goes 5-for-5 including a double and a pair of homers, and drives in 5 runs.

5thWith his 4thhit of the game, Jorge Posada clubs his 20thhomer of the year in the Yankees 10-5 win over the host Blue Jays. Posada joins Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Robby Cano, Hideki Matsui, Nick Swisher and Johnny Damon to give the Yankees seven players with 20+ homers. Derek Jeter will end with 18. Swisher has hit 20 of his 23 homers on the road.

Albert Pujols belts a 10thinning pinch homer—his second 10thinning pinch homer this year–to give the Cardinals a 2-1 win over the Pirates. Buc starter Ross Ohlendorf strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 7th inning.

6thThe Diamondbacks lose to the Rockies, 13-5, despite 3 homers by Chris Young. Young came into the game hitting .191. Mark Reynolds also homers for the D’Backs who are matched by 4 Rockies homers, 2 by Seth Smith, who drives in 5 runs.

Jon Lester allows no runs in 7 innings and strikes out 8 as the Red Sox down the host White Sox, 6-1. Lester is first lefty for the Red Sox to strike out 200 in a year.

San Diego edges the Dodgers, 4-3, as Kevin Kousmanoff drives in 3 runs and Adrian Gonzalez hits his 35thhomer. He is the first Padre to produce consecutive 35-homer years.

At Miller Park, Prince Fielder belts a walkoff homer, his 37th, in the 12thas the Brewers edge the Giants, 2-1. The Brewers are helped by a 5-4-3 triple play in the 6th. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Fielder is the first player since Ted Kluszewski in 1954 to participate in a triple play and hit a walkoff homer in the same game. It is the 4thtriple play in the majors this year.

Down 3-1 in the top of the 9th, Brandon Inge puts Detroit ahead with a grand slam off Russ Springer, as the Tigers top the Rays, 5-3.

7thThe Cardinals shut out the Brewers, 3-0, on Chris Carpenter’s 1-hitter. Jody Gerut’s 5th-inning double is Milwaukee’s only safety.

The Cubs edge the Pirates, 4-2, to guarantee that Pittsburgh will finish below .500 for the 17thconsecutive season. It is the longest such streak for any team in the 4 major North American pro team sports.

The Yankees sweep a pair from the Rays, winning the opener, 4-1, and taking the nightcap, 11-1.  The Rays also lose Carlos Pena, who breaks two fingers in the opener when he is hit by a C.C. Sabathia pitch. Pena’s season is over but he will tie for the AL lead in homers with 39. Phil Hughes wins the opener in relief, while A.J. Burnett is the victor in nightcap.  Mark Teixeira belts his 34thand 35thhomers in game 2.

8thThe Cubs defeat the Pirates, 9-4, as they tie an ML record by getting 8 consecutive hits to start the game. The most recent team to perform the feat was the Yankees in 1990.

The Phillies use 5 solo homers to beat the Nationals, 5-3. Raul Ibanez poles 2 and Chase Utley one, as both reach the 30-homer mark. The Phils become the 12thML team to have four players at 30+ homers.

Mike Hampton undergoes surgery on his left shoulder and will miss the 2010 season. The brittle ace, who was 7-10 this year with Houston, missed the 2006 and 2007 seasons due to surgery.

9thThe Rockies edge the Reds, 4-3. The win gives Colorado a record of 80-60. Manager Jim Tracy becomes the 1stin-season replacement skipper to inherit a team that was 10 or more games below .500 and lead it to a record at least 20 games above .500.

The Rangers shut out the Indians, 10-0. Esteban German goes 5-for-5 for Texas, including a double.

10thThe NL East leading Phillies make it close with a 5-run 9thagainst the Nationals, but fall short, 8-7. The big blow in the frame is Matt Stairs’ fifth pinch homer of the year, a grand slam. It is his second pinch slam of the year, one short of the record. Adam Dunn and Ian Desmond hit homers in the 5thoff loser Joe Blanton.

12thOrioles rookie gem Brian Matusz allows 4 hits and a run in 7 innings as the Orioles are victorious over the Yankees, 7-3. The O’s will shut down Matusz for the rest of the year.

Steve Blass finally gets his control back, as the former pitcher makes two holes-in-one in a span of 11 holes during the Pirates annual alumni golf outing. Starting on the back nine, Blass’s first hole-in-one is with an 8-iron at the 154-yard, par-3 15th hole at Greensburg Country Club. The second ace comes on the 175-yard, par-3 seventh hole, with Blass using a 7-iron. Maybe Arnold Palmer brought him good luck. The Pirates honored Palmer at PNC Park two days ago, and Blass chipped a few balls with him on the field. Two days later, on Palmer’s 80th birthday, Blass, 67, makes his two aces.

13thThe Mariners shut out the Rangers, 5-0, in the 2ndgame of a twinbill. Ichiro Suzuki singles in the 2ndinning to become the first player in ML history to have 9 consecutive 200-hit seasons.

The Red Sox sweep a pair from visiting Tampa Bay, winning 3-1 and 4-0. It is the 11thloss in a row for the Devil Rays, a first for a previous year’s World Series team. Clay Buchholtz pitches 7 innings in game 1, but the win goes to Hideki Okajima (6-0) when Dustin Pedroia homers off starter Matt Garza in the 8th. Jon Lester (13-7) gives up 2 hits in 8 innings to win the nightcap.

14thAt Dodger Stadium, Andre Ethier homers to pace LA to a 6-2 victory over the Pirates. It is Ethier’s 20thhomer at Dodger Stadium; Ethier, is the first Dodger since the team moved West in 1958 to hit 20 homers at home. He’ll end up with 22 at home.

15thAt Wrigley Field, the Cubs trounce the Brewers, 13-7, as Ryan Theriot and Derrek Lee each walk 4 times. Brewer pitchers walk 12 in all.

Cliff Lee allows 5 hits in 9 innings as the Phillies shut out the Nationals, 5-0. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lee joins Joe McGinnity (1902), Hank Borowy (1945), Randy Johnson (1998), Denny Neagle (2000) and Bartolo Colon (2002) as the only pitchers to record at least seven wins in each league in the same season.

At Coors Field, the Rockies edge the Cardinals, 4-3, as Jorge De La Rosa wins his 16th. He joins Fritz Petersen (1972) and Phil Niekro (1977) as the only pitchers to win 15 games after losing his first six decisions of the season.

Andre Ethier scores the tying run in the bottom of the 9thfor the Dodgers, then hits a 2-run walkoff homer in the 13thas the Dodgers edge the Pirates, 5-4. LA is 5 games up on the Rockies in the NL West.

16thWith the help of a 7thining grand slam by Dennis Werth, the Phillies defeat the Nationals, 6-1. Washington’s rookie second baseman Ian Desmond goes 2-for-4, giving him 10 hits in his first 17 at bats. He becomes the first player since Jim Davenport in 1958 to collect 10 hits over his first 4 ML games. He’ll cool down to finish the year at .280. Chase Utley has a pair of stolen bases for the Phils, his 20thand 21stwithout being caught.  He will steal two more bases to finish with 23, eclipsing Kevin Reynolds ML record of steals in a season without being caught.

The Athletics shut out the Rangers, 4-0, as Trevor Cahill, Michael Wuertz and Andrew Bailey combine on a 1-hitter. Marlon Byrd’s 2nd-inning single is Texas’s only hit.

17thAt Camden Yards, Tampa Bay rookie Wade Davis posts his first ML victory, a 4-hit, 10 strikeout 3-0 shutout over the Orioles. He’s the first rookie to post a complete-game shutout in his first win since Ervin Santana in 2005.

At Safeco Field, Ichiro Suzuki’s RBI single in the 14thgives the Mariners a 4-3 win over the White Sox.

18thFor the second night in a row, Ichiro finishes a game with the RBI-winner, connecting for a 2-out 2-run homer in the 9thagainst Yankee closer Mariano Rivera.  It is Ichiro’s 4thhit of the game as Seattle wins, 3-2.

19thAfter 5 straight wins, Pedro Martinez (5-1) suffers his first loss as the Phils lose to the Braves, 6-4. The Phillies do all their scoring in the 9th. The loss, his final decision of his career, gives Martinez a record of 219-100: he had had the second best record of anyone winning 200 games and losing less than 100. 19thcentury hurler Al Spalding has the record with 253-65; Bob Caruthers (218-99) is now second. Martinez finishes with 114-0 record in games where his team stakes him to four runs of support. (as noted by Elias Sports Bureau).

At Pittsburgh, the Padres push across an unearned run in the 9thto beat the Pirates, 2-1. It is the Padres 3,000th victory in their franchise history; they are 3,004-3,504-2.

Scott Feldman (6+ innings) picks up the 3-2 decsion in the Rangers victory over the Angels. Feldman (17-5) will lose his next three decisions but will earn a two year $11.5 million contract extension, a burst of enthusiasm the Rangers will come to regret.

21stMark DeRosa clubs a double and two homers to lead the Cardinals to a 7-3 win over the Astros. The Astros, in the midst of a 9-game losing streak fire manager Cecil Cooper and replace him with 3B coach Dave Clark on an interim basis.

Chase Headley has a single, three doubles and a homer to lead San Diego to an 11-6 win over the host Pirates. San Diego scores 5 runs in the top of the 11thto sink the Corsairs.

22ndThe Yankees edge the Angels, 6-5, to become the first team this season to clinch a playoff berth.

The Marlins and Phillies split a pair, with the Phils taking the opener, 9-3. Anibal Sanchez allows 2 hits in 8 innings of the second game as the Fish prevail, 3-0. Dan Uggla pounds his 30thhomer to become the first second baseman with three consecutive 30 homerun seasons. Joe Blanton is equally stingy in the opener allowing 2 hits and no runs in 7 innings.

23rdThe Marlins win a see-saw battle against the visiting first-place Phillies when they score 2 runs in the 9th, the winner scoring on a Brett Carroll single.  A struggling Brad Lidge (0-8) blows his 11thsave, tops in the majors, as his ERA balloons to 7.48 (He’ll finish at 7.21). Off-season elbow and knee surgery will help his effectiveness.

24thThe Dodgers edge the Nationals, 7-6, to give Washington their 100thloss of the year. Matt Kemp has a triple and 3-run homer for LA. Ryan Zimmerman scores a run for the Nationals He joins Chuck Klein (1930), Dolph Camilli (1936), Harlond Clift (1937) and Carlos Beltran (2002) as the only major-leaguers to score and drive in 100 runs for a 100-loss team. It is a second year in a row that Washington has lost 100 games. The Nationals are the first N.L. franchise to post back-to-back 100 loss seasons since the Padres did it in 1973-74.

25thRoy Halladay strikes out 9 as he pitches the Blue Jays to a 5-0 win over Seattle. Halladay walks none as he goes to 16-10.

In the only pennant race still alive the White Sox stop the Tigers, 2-0, as Detroit stays just two games ahead of the Twins in the AL Central.  Jake Peavy (2-0) pitches 7 innings for the win, while the Sox manage just two hits off Eddie Bonine and three relievers.

26thThe Dodgers defeat the Pirates, 8-4, to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

At Houston, the Reds rack up a 10-4 win as Joey Votto scores three runs and collects three doubles: Votto has 10 doubles in his last five games, the first big-leaguer to do so since Paul Waner in 1932.

C.C. Sabathia (19-7) pitches 7 innings in the Yankees 3-0 victory over the Red Sox. Daisuke Matsusaka allows a run in 7 innings as he takes the loss.  Victor Martinez has one of the two Sox safeties to run his consecutive game-hitting streak to 25 games.

In the Blue Jays 10-inning 5-4 win over the Mariners, a first occurs when Ichiro Suzuki is ejected from the game in the 5th inning. Ichiro’s crime was drawing a line with his bat near the chalk line after a called third strike. Brian Runge thumbs him, his first career ejection in 1,419 major-league games covering a span of nine years.  Hank Aaron holds the big-league record having gone 3,298 games, his entire career, without getting tossed. Stan Musial is second playing all of his 3,026 games in the majors without an ejection. Others at the top of the list are Brooks Robinson, Willie Mays, Robin Yount, Ernie Banks and Harmon Killebrew.

27thAdrian Gonzalez belts his 40thhomer but it is not enough as the Padres fall, 6-4, to Arizona. It is the 5thyear in a row that Gonzalez has increased his homerun total from the year before.

28thThe Pirates clobber the Dodgers, 11-1. Andy LaRoche goes 5-for-5 with 2 homers, a pair of doubles, and 6 RBIs for Pittsburgh. He scores 4 times.

Robinson Cano has a double and a grand slam to pace the Yankees to an 8-2 drubbing of Kansas City. The two hits put Cano over the 200 mark for the year. He and Derek Jeter are the first shortstop-second baseman combo to each register 200 hits in the same season.

The Angels shut out the Rangers, 11-0, to become AL West champions. Ervin Santana (8-8) goes the distance for the shutout.

29thThe Blue Jays edge the Red Sox, 8-7. Adam Lind hits 3 homers to reach 35 for Toronto and Aaron Hill hits his 36th. Hill hit just 2 last year. Boston still clinches the wild card berth in the playoffs as the Rangers lose to the Angels.

The Orioles losing streak reaches 12 games as the O’s drop a 3-1 decision to the Rays. Carl Crawford steals his 60thbase for Tampa Bay and Brian Roberts cracks his 56thdouble for the Birds. He is the 9thplayer in ML history to have back-to-back 50 double seasons. Baltimore will extend their losing streak to 13 games tomorrow, then win their last four to end on a high note.

The Phillies beat the visiting Astros, 7-4, as A.J. Happ pitches 5+ innings to win his 12th. He is the first Phils rookie to win 12 games since Jim Owens in 1959.

The Tiger split with the Twins to maintain their slim 2-game lead over Minnesota. The Twins blow a squeeze attempt in game 1 in the 9th, then win it, 3-2, in the 11th,with the help of two wild pitches by Brandon Lyon.  The Tigers take a 5-0 lead in game 2 but the Twins score 2 in the 6thand 2 in the 8thto make it close. Both times Jason Verlander retires Michael Cuddyer for the final out.  The Tigers win 6-5. Curtis Granderson homers in each game to reach 30 for the year.

Ricky Nolasco wins his 13thas the visiting Marlins top the Braves, 5-4.  Nolasco strikes out 16 in 7+ innings, including 9 strikeouts in a row. Adam LaRoche’s leadoff double in the 6thsnaps the streak.

Donna Sanchez makes history when the she becomes the first drag queen to sing the National Anthem at a ball game, hitting her high C’s at AT&T Park before the Giants- Diamondback’s game. The Giants then paste an 8-4 victory over the D’backs as Pablo Sandoval and Bengie Molina each have 4 hits. Sandoval has a homer and scores 4 times, while Molina has 2 homers and 4 RBIs. Miguel Montero is most of the Snakes offense with 2 homers and 3 RBIs.

Eric Wedge is fired by the Indians but will finish out the season as the team’s skipper; during his seven-year stint as Cleveland’s manager, the team went 560-568 registering two winning seasons, one .500 season and four losing campaigns. The Indians will win tomorrow, then lose their last 5.

30thThe Phillies defeat the Astros, 10-3, to clinch their 3rdconsecutive NL East crown.

The Marlins edge the Braves, 5-4. Florida P Ricky Nolasco strikes out 9 straight Braves to fall one short of Tom Seaver’s ML record. Mickey Welch (1884) and Jake Peavy (2007) also fanned 9 consecutive batters in a game. Nolasco ends with ML-season high 16 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Chris Coghlan of the Marlins has a hit giving him 47 hits in September, the most by a rookie in the month since Chuck Klein had 50 in 1928.

Justin Maxwell, who enters the game as a pinch runner, clubs a walkoff grand slam in the 9thto give the Nationals a 7-4, win over the Mets. Washington scores 5 in the 9th. All off New York closer Francisco Rodriguez, who joins Satchel Paige (1952), Lindy McDaniel (1963) and Lee Smith (1995) as the only pitchers to give up two-walk-off grand slams in the same season.

The Angels shut out the Rangers, 5-0, as Matt Palmer, Darren Oliver, Jose Arredondo, Kevin Jepsen, and Rafael Rodriguez combine on a one-hitter. Julio Borbon’s leadoff single in the 1stinning is Texas’ only hit.

Roy Halladay allows 3 hits as the Blue Jays pummel Tim Wakefield and 6 other pitchers for a 12-0 win over the Red Sox. It’s the Sox 6th-straight loss. Randy Ruiz has 4 runs and 4 hits. Joe Gathright has 2 hits for the Sox, while Rocco Baldelli adds the 3rd. Rocco also steals a base.