2012 September

1stTit for tat.  A day after the Blue Jays win, 2-1, on a game-ending play at the plate on an outfielder’s throw, Tampa Bay returns the favor with a 5-4 win. B.J. Upton ends the game with a throw home.

2ndThe Rangers defeat the Indians, 8-3, as 19-year-old rookie Jurickson Profar hits a homer in his first ML at bat. He becomes the third teenager in ML history to do so, following Whitey Lockman and Ted Tappe.

4thThe Brewers defeat the Marlins, 8-4. Giancarlo Stanton hits his 30thHR of the year for Miami, becoming just the 5thplayer in ML history with back-to-back seasons with at least 30 homers before his 23rdbirthday. Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Mathews, Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera also turned the trick.

The Nationals pound out 19 hits against seven rookie pitchers put up by the Cubs, as Washington wins, 11-5. Alfonso Soriano has a triple, homer and 3 ribbies for Chicago but the Cubs muster little else. Ian Desmond has a double, homer and 4 RBIs, and Adam LaRoche has 4 hits, including two of the Nats 6 homers.  The seven rookie pitchers is not even a Chicago city record as the White Sox used 8 rookie hurlers in a 14-inning game in July.

In a slugfest, the Twins thump the White Sox, 18-9. The Sox finally throw in the towel and call in left fielder DeWayne Wise, who records a scoreless 9th. Wise also has two of the Sox franchise-record 10 doubles. Wise joins Josh Wilson as the only position players to pitch for two teams in the same season since 1950. He pitched scoreless relief for the Yankees in June before they released him at the end of July.

Chris Parmalee homers to cap a 10-run 5thas Minnesota routs the host White Sox, 18-9. The Twins also plate 7 in the 2nd.  The Sox remain a game ahead of Detroit in the AL Central.

Mark Reynolds has a 3-run homer and Zach Britton (5-1) pitches 7 innings as the Orioles stomp on the Blue Jays, 12-0. The win moves the O’s into a first-place tie with the Yankees, losers to the Rays.

For the first time since June 11, the Yankees are not alone at the top of the AL east as they lose to Tampa Bay, 5-2. With the Orioles winning, the O’s and Yanks are tied for first. The Yankees had a 10-game lead on July 18.

The Giants use 11 pitchers in their 8-6 loss to the Diamondbacks in 11 innings. This ties the record for most pitchers used in an N.L. game since 1876, which was set by the Cardinals in a 14-inning defeat in 2007. Aaron Hill’s 5thhit of the game leads to 2 runs in the top of the 11th.

5thThe Nationals become the third team in ML history to hit 6 HRs in each of 2 consecutive games as they do so in their 9-1 win over the Cubs. Bryce Harper hits 2 of the 6 to become the 3rdplayer in ML history to have a pair of 2-HR games as a teenager. Mel Ott and Ken Griffey Jr. are the others.

In the A’s 7-1 win over the Angels, Haloes pitcher Brandon McCarthy is struck in the head by a line drive by Erick Aybar in the 4th. McCarthy suffers an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture ending his season.  After two hours of surgery on the 8th, he tweets, “the good news in all this is that I set my fantasy lineups beforehand, so there shall be no excuses at this point.” McCarthy will recover, sign with the Diamondbacks, and pitch next year, despite occurring seizures.

6thFor the second day in a row, the Braves edge the Rockies, 1-0, on an unearned run scoring in the 2ndon an embarrassing play.  Juan Francisco races home from 3B when Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin drops a routine throw back to the mound from his catcher. Tim Hudson tosses 7 scoreless innings.

7thAlex Liddi goes hitless in his ML debut as his Mariners manage just one hit—a 6thinning homer by Trayvon Robinson—in losing to the Angels, 3-1. Jerome Williams (3-0) goes 8 innings for the win. The Italian-born Liddi is the first graduate of MLB’s International European Academy to make it to the Majors. Donald Lutz will be the next.

8thJosh Hamilton hits his 40thhomer and rookie Jurickson Profar drives in 2 runs in the 10thas the Rangers beat the Rays, 4-2.

9thThe Rays shut out the Rangers, 6-0, led by BJ Upton’s 3 solo homers.

Jonathon Papelbon picks up a win and a save as the Phillies sweep the Rockies, 3-2 and 7-4. In game 1, Wilin Rosario of the Rockies became the 20th big-league catcher since 1962 to record four passed balls in a game. Two come in the 9thwhen the Phils plate the winning run.

11thThe Astros edge the Cubs, 1-0. The 2 teams combine to use 11 pitchers in the game, setting an ML record for most pitchers used in a 9-inning 1-0 game.

In a 4-3 Mariner win against Toronto, Mariner center fielder Franklin Gutierrez makes an error, snapping a ML record streak of 307 straight games without an error in CF. Gutierrez missed much of 2012 due to a severe left-oblique strain, and played sparingly this year. His last error was in 2009.

The Nationals top R.A. Dickey and the Mets, 5-3, sending Dickey’s record to 18-5.  The Mets punch across two runs in the 5th, ending their string of 110 innings without scoring multiple runs.  Only the 1909 Senators produced a lengthier streak: 119 innings.

In a barnburner at Coors, the Giants beat the Rockies, 9-8. Madison Bumgarner hits a 3-run homer but is lifted in the 5thafter giving up 3 singles and his replacement George Kontas gets the win. Brandon Belt collects a double and HR and 4 RBI.  After Rob Scahill pitches a scoreless 9th, Tyler Colvin hits a pinch 2-run homer to make it close. In his ML debut, Scahill becomes the 27thpitcher used by the Rockies this year. Jeff Francis is the only one to hurl more than 100 innings and reliever Rex Brothers is the staff leader in wins with 8, a rare instance of a reliever leading his team in victories [In the AL, John Hiller, with the 1974 Tigers, won 18, and, in 1976, Bill Campbell matched it with the Twins to lead their teams. They are co-holders of the AL record for the most wins in relief.] Francis is the next high in wins for Colorado with 6.

12thThe Athletics defeat the Angels, 4-1, behind rookie pitcher AJ Griffin. With a record of 6-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his first 11 big-league starts, Griffin becomes just the second MLer to be undefeated in his first 11 appearances, all starts, with an ERA under 2.00. The other pitcher to accomplish the feat was Jered Weaver in 2006.

The streaking Phillies top the Marlins, 3-1, to pull 3 games behind the Cards in the wild card race. Given up for dead, the Phils are 15-4 since August 23.

In Jupiter, FL, Team Israel, managed by former big-league catcher Brad Ausmus and including former major-leaguers Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler, plays its first game in the qualifying rounds of the World Baseball Classic defeating Team South Africa, 7-3. Meanwhile,  former Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne is serving as Team France’s pitching coach in the qualifying rounds.

13thMets knuckler RA Dickey wins the 2012 Branch Rickey Award for his work distributing baseball equipment and medical supplies in Central and South America.

14thThe Marlins shut out the Reds, 4-0, behind rookie pitcher Jacob Turner. He becomes the youngest ML pitcher ever to win a game for both an AL team and an NL team in the same season, having won for the Tigers earlier in the year.

Clayton Kershaw pitches 5 shutout innings to earn his 19thwin, but is ejected after he hits Arizona’s Gerardo Parra with a pitch in the 6th. Parra had the only hit, a double, off Kershaw but it was his homer yesterday, which he stopped to admire, that drew the ire of the Dodgers. Kershaw yelled at Parra from the dugout and both managers were warned about retaliation. The commissioner called both managers about the issue. Josh Lindblom replaces Kershaw and records 5 strikeouts in 2 innings. Arizona pushes across 2 runs but the Dodgers win, 3-2. Arizona leads by 7.5 games in the NL West.

16thThe Brewers defeat the Mets, 3-0, as Ryan Braun hits a pair of homers, going back to back with Aramis Ramirez in the 4thoff Chris Young. Braun reaches the combination of 200 homers and 100 stolen bases faster than anyone else in ML history at 5 years and 114 days after his ML debut. Only Jose Canseco and Vladimir Guerrero reached those levels within 6 years of their debuts. The good news for Young is he reaches 100 innings pitched in the 4th, triggering a bonus clause of $250,000.

The Cubs beat the Pirates, 13-9. Pedro Alvarez and Anthony Rizzo become the first pair of opposing players in ML history to both hit homers in the same inning in each of 2 consecutive innings of a game, doing so in both the 5thand 6th.

17thThe Phillies defeat the Mets, 3-1. Cliff Lee becomes just the 3rdpitcher in modern ML history to hurl 6 or more innings in 14 consecutive starts without issuing more than one walk in any game. Christy Mathewson (1908) and Greg Maddux (1997) also turned the trick. RA Dickey fans 8 Phils in the contest to become the 4thpitcher in modern ML history to record his first 200-strikeout season after his 37thbirthday. Others to do so were Charlie Hough (1987), Phil Niekro (1977) and Cy Young (1904).

18thThe Orioles edge the Mariners, 4-2, in 18 innings, scoring on two singles and two walks in the top of the frame. Miguel Olivo is given three intentional walks.

The Blue Jays suspend SS Yunel Escobar for three games for wearing eyeblack tape in a game on September 15 on which he had written a gay slur in Spanish.  His forfeited $83,000 will be donated to the You Can Play project.  Escobar says the slur has a different meaning in Spanish and he did not intend to be disrespectful.

Despite Max Scherzer leaving after two innings with a stiff shoulder, the second-place Tigers roll to a 12-2 win over the A’s. Miguel Cabrera has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta go long. Cabrera is now at 40 homers, two behind Josh Hamilton in the AL.

The NL West-leading Giants thump the Rockies, 6-3, as Tim Lincecum (10-14) earns the win. Russ Francis (5-6) is the losing hurler but reaches 100 innings pitched, the only Rockie pitcher to do so in 2012.

19thThe Yankees win a pair from the Blue Jays, by scores of 4-2 and 2-1. Ichiro Suzuki gets 7 hits and 4 steals in the DH, becoming just the 3rdplayer in the modern era to do so. Ty Cobb (1907), Johnny Neun (1927) and Maury Wills (1960) also accomplished the feat.

Adam Jones connects for a 2-run homer in the top of the 11thto give the Orioles a 3-1 over the Mariners in Seattle. It marks the 15thstraight win in extra-innings and leaves the Birds a half game behind the Yankees in the AL East.

In his ML debut, Matt Harvey pitches 5.3 shutout innings and strikes out 11 as the Mets beat the host Diamondbacks, 3-1. The 23-year-old fireballer sets the Mets record for K’s in a debut, beating Tom Seaver and Bill Denehey’s franchise mark of 8. He also goes 2-for-2, with a double, and is the first Met hurler to debut with a pair of hits since David West in 1988. According the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first pitcher since 1900 to debut with 2 hits and 10 or more strikeouts.

20thThe Phillies score 8 runs in the 1stinning and 7 in the 9thas they rout the Mets by a score of 16-1. They become the first team in ML history to score at least 7 runs in the 1stand 9thinnings of a game. Ryan Howard has a grand slam in the 9th, off Josh Edgin, while Chase Utley has 4 hits and 4 RBIs. Juan Pierre collects 5 of the Phils 21 hits.  For the woeful offense of the Mets, it is the 16th straight home game that they have failed to score 4 runs, the longest streak by an NL since 1908.

The Nationals defeat the Dodgers, 4-1, to clinch their first postseason appearance since 1933.

Ichiro has a double and homer and Nick Swisher adds a grand slam as the Yankees outslug the Blue Jays, 10-7. Phil Hughes gives up 4 runs in 5 innings but wins his 16th. He strikes out four Jays in the 4th. New York leads the idle Orioles by a game in the AL East.

The Reds score 5 in the 7thto edge the Cubs, 5-3, to clinch a playoff spot. Cubs starter Jason Berken allows no runs in 6 innings and strikes out 4 in the 2nd.

21stThe Blue Jays trade C Yorvit Torrealba to the Brewers for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Melky Cabrera voluntarily disqualifies himself from the NL batting race. Cabrera, who was suspended for 50 games for using testosterone, has the league’s highest batting mark. In order to approve his request, MLB and the players’ association reach an agreement on a one-season-only change in the rules governing the batting champion.

The Orioles stay a game behind the Yankees by beating the Red Sox, 9-6 in 12 innings. It is their 6thstraight win in extra innings. The Yankees win today in extra innings, beating the A’s 10-9 in 14 innings.

The Rays defeat the Blue Jays, 11-5, as BJ Upton hits his 25thHR of the season. Together with his brother Justin, the Uptons become the third pair of brothers in ML history to both reach the 25-HR mark in at least one season. The others to accomplish the feat were Aaron and Bret Boone, and Clete and Ken Boyer.

Chris Carpenter comes of the DL today after spending six months on the sidelinea, and goes 5 innings against the Cubs, allowing 2 runs. David DeJesus, with his 4thhit of the game, drives in the winning run for Chicago in the 11thas the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 5-4. Darwin Barney scores 2 and drives in 3.

Doug Fister throws his first shutout and Miguel Cabrera belts his 42ndhomer as the Tigers whip the Twins, 8-0. Detroit cuts Chicago’s lead in the AL Central to a half game.

The Royals beat the Indians, 5-3, as Billy Butler drives in his 100thrun. He is the first Royal in 10 years to drive in 100.

The Braves trounce the Phillies, and Roy Halladay 8-2, despite Ryan Howard’s 300thcareer homer. Howard reaches the mark in his 1,093rdgame to become the 2nd-fastest player to the mark. Ralph Kiner did so in 1,087 games.

Gio Gonzalez wins his 20thas the Washington Nationals beat the Brewers, 10-4.

22ndThe Giants down the Padres, 8-4, to clinch the NL West division. Padres reliever Bruce Boxberger makes an error on a pickoff attempt, his third error on pickoff and steal attempts (as noted by Bill Deane).

Not so fast. At Yankee Stadium, the A’s hit three homers in the 13thand score 4 runs, only to watch the Yankees tie it up with 4 runs in the bottom of the 13th.  New York wins it, 10-9, with an unearned run in the 14th.

24thThe Orioles defeat the Blue Jays, 4-1. Baltimore rookie P Steve Johnson becomes the fifth pitcher in modern ML history to win each of his first 3 career starts and strike out at least 6 batters in each of them. Others to accomplish the feat were Larry Cheney, Russ Ford, Juan Marichal and Randy Wolf.

25thFreddie Freeman hits a 2-run walkoff HR to give the Braves a 4-3 win over the Marlins, and clinch a playoff spot for Atlanta.

The Angels defeat the Mariners, 5-4. Zach Greinke fans 13 batters in 5 innings, including 4 in one inning, to get the win. He becomes the first pitcher since 1900 to fan 13-or-more batters while pitching 5-or-fewer innings in a game. The previous mark was 11 by 13 different pitchers. Angels hurlers strike out 20 Mariners in the contest to tie the ML record for a 9-inning game. Seattle ties the ML record also with the 20 K’s.

Paul Maholm wins his 13thand the Braves shut out the Marlin, 3-0. Craig Kimbrel picks up his 40thsave, throwing a scoreless 9thand striking out 4 batters.  He is the eighth pitcher this year to strike out four in an inning, and the fourth to do so this week.

27thThe Indians fire Manny Acta as their manager.

The Astros hire Bo Porter as their manager.

The Mets edge the Pirates by a score of 6-5. At age 37, RA Dickey becomes the third oldest pitcher to record the first 20-win season of his career. Only Mike Mussina (39) and Jamie Moyer (38) did so when they were older.

The Tigers nip the Royals, 5-4. Detroit P Doug Fister sets an AL record by striking out 9 Royals in a row. Tom Seaver holds the ML mark with 10. The Tigers nearly waste Fister’s effort but score the winning run in the 9thon Alex Avila’s grounder. Detroit leads by 2 games.

Gio Gonzalez becomes the first 21-game winner in the majors as the Nationals beat the Phillies, 7-3. Bryce Harper has a homer and Michael Moore clubs a pair.

28thHomer Bailey hurls the 7thno-hitter of the season as the Reds edge the Pirates, 1-0.

The Orioles crush the Red Sox, 9-1, on a combined one-hitter tossed by Chris Tillman (8 innings) and Troy Patton (1 inning). Boston’s only hit is a bunt single by Scott Podsednik leading off the game.

At Chase Field, the Cubs lose 8-3 to Arizona to fall to 0-17 against National League West teams, lose their 98th game for the first time since 2000, and set a franchise record with 57 road losses. And Darwin Barney loses his errorless streak at second base at 141 games in the eighth inning, leaving him tied with Placido Polanco for the single season record instead of breaking it. Barney’s off-balanced throw to Anthony Rizzo at 1B is wide, allowing Aaron Hill to score from second on an infield hit and error. Barney ends with four NL second base records: most consecutive errorless games in a season and career (141) and most consecutive errorless chances in a season and career (679).

29thIn Detroit’s 6-4 win over the Twins, Jason Verlander wins his 17th, striking out 8 in 7 innings. Rookie Quintin Berry steals his 21stbase without being thrown out to set an AL record. Kevin McReynolds holds the NL mark with the same mark.

With three on, Mike Morse clubs a unique grand slam in the 1stinning at Busch and the Nationals ride it to a 6-4 win over the Cardinals. Morse’s fly hits a sign just above the RF fence and bounces back onto the field, and the ball is ruled in play; Bryce Harper scores from 3B, Ryan Zimmerman ran from 2B and stops at 3B; Adam LaRoche, running from 1B, rounds 2B and seeing that Zimmerman stopped, heads back to 2B; Morse is almost to second and tries to run back to 1B but is tagged out. 1B umpire Chris Guccione, who had ruled the ball in play, confers with acting crew chief Jeff Nelson, who views the replay and overturns the call to a home run. This is where the fun begins. Nelson sends all runners back to their original places and has them run the bases; Morse runs the bases backwards, retouching 2B and 1B on his way back to home.  When he reaches home, his teammates in the dugout yell for him to swing an imaginary bat and all four runners score on the recreated home run. Nationals TV play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter calls the ‘homer’ with his signature ‘See-You-Later!’ as Morse’s imaginary ball clears the wall (with help from Retrosheet).

Toronto edges the Yankees, 3-2, as Shawn Hill makes his first appearance in 2 years, throwing three hitless innings for the win. The loss leaves New York ties with Baltimore for first place in the AL East.

30thThe Yankees defeat the Blue Jays, 9-6, to clinch a playoff berth.

The Orioles down the Red Sox, 6-3, to clinch a playoff berth.

The Braves beat the Mets, 6-2, behind Kris Medlen, who finishes the year with a 9-0 mark in 12 starts, tying the record for most wins in an undefeated season by a starting pitcher. Tom Zachary (1929), Whitey Ford (1950) and Ken Holtzman (1967) also turned the trick. The game is the 23rdstraight start by Medlen that the Braves have won, setting an ML mark. Only two other teams since 1921 won 22 straight starts by a pitcher.

After losing 5-4, the Rangers earn a split with the Angels, winning 8-7. behind Mike Napoli’s 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  The win keeps the Rangers a game ahead of the Yankees and the Orioles.

At Arizona, Chris Rusin and 4 relievers stop the Diamondbacks as the Cubs win, 7-2, for their first road win versus 18 road losses against NL West teams.