2ndHome sick? At PetCo Park, Barry Zito allows 4 hits and 4 runs in 4 innings as the Giants pitcher loses to the Padres, 4-1. With the loss, Zito falls to 0-9 away from home with a road ERA of 9.23. He’ll make two more appearances at the end of the month, both at home, to finish with respectable 5-2 mark, 3.46 ERA at home.
4thThe Cardinals edge the Reds, 5-4, in 16 innings. Matt Adams homers in the 14thand also the 16thto become the first player in ML history to hit a pair of HRs in the 14thinning or later of a game.
The Red Sox crush the Tigers, 20-4, hitting 8 HRs in the process. David Ortiz has a pair and adds a double as the Sox tie an AL record by having 7 different players hitting homers in the same game. The double is Ortiz’s 2,000thcareer hit. Will Middlebrooks homers with the bases loaded. Ryan Dempster earns his second straight win since being suspended for plunking A-Rod.
The A’s score 5 runs in 5 innings against Yu Darvish (13-7) as they beat visiting Texas, 11-4, and pull into a tie for the AL West lead. Jarrod Parker (11-6) is backed by 4 homers as he allows 2 runs in 6 innings. He also extends his team-record unbeaten streak of 18 straight starts, eclipsing the mark set by Catfish Hunter in 1973. Texas DH Lance Berkman goes hitless for the 2ndday in a row since his return from a left hip inflammation. He had been out since July 7.
Pablo Sandoval hits a single and 3 HRs and drives in 6 to lead the Giants to a 13-5 win over the Padres. The Giants collect 6 homeruns.
5thAt Yankee Stadium, Jacoby Ellsbury singles in the 10thoff Joba Chamberlain, then steals 2B, reinjuring his foot and will miss the next 16 regular season games. He injured in on August 28th. Chamberlain then barks at the umpire’s ball call on Victorino and is ejected, but will take the loss in the 9-8 Boston win. Ellsbury’s injury will turns out to be a nondisplaced fracture of the navicular bone. His steal continues a streak of successful stolen bases by the Red Sox, which will reach 39 successful thefts, the longest such streak in the expansion era, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Sox will steal at a n 86.6 success rate, second only to the 2007 Phils (87.9) in the live-ball era.
6thThe Giants shut out the Diamondbacks, 3-0. Yusmeiro Petit retires the first 26 batters he faces before surrendering a single to pinch hitter Eric Chavez with 2 outs in the 9th. The same fate befell Yu Darvish on April 2.
The Orioles stop the White Sox, 4-0, behind Scott Feldman’s complete-game shutout, the first CG for an Oriole pitcher this year. Feldman had a CG for the Cubs in the spring. John Danks makes his 20thstart of the season for Chicago, joining Jose Quintana, Chris Sale and Hector Santiago in reaching that plateau. The 1954 Washington Senators are the only other team in ML history to have 4 different left-handed pitchers each start at least 20 games in the same season. Chris Davis hits his 48thhomer of the year as the O’s hand the Sox their 8thstraight loss.
The Marlins shut out the Nationals, 7-0, behind Jose Fernandez who allows one hit and strikes out 9 in 7 innings. He becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to have a pair of games in his rookie season in which he hurls at least 7 innings, allows no runs and no more than 1 hit, and strikes out at least 9 batters. Giancarlo Stanton homers and knocks in 3 runs and Logan Morrison hits a homer estimated to have traveled 484 feet.
Former Mets prospect Scott Kazmir strikes out 12 in 6 innings and Nick Swisher hits a grand slam as Cleveland tops the Mets, 7-1. A former first-rounder in 2002, Kazmir never pitched for the Mets but was traded to Tampa Bay for Victor Zambrano, one of the worst trades in Mets history.
At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox spot the Yankees an 8-3 lead before scoring 5 in the 7thand 4 in the 8thto prevail, 12-8. Mike Napoli connects for a grand slam in the 7thoff Boone Logan, and Shane Victorino toasts Claiborne (0-2) for a 2-run homer in the 8th. New York is now in 4thplace in the AL East, 10 games behind Boston. A bright spot for the Yanks is Brett Gardner’s second triple in 3 days which gives him 10, to lead the AL. He is the first Yankee since 1957 to lead the AL in three baggers. He is also the first pinstriper to collect 30 doubles, 10 triples and 20 steals in a season since George Stirnweiss did it in 1945.
Rookie Junior Lake hits a grand slam, off Kyle Lohse (9-9), in the Cubs 5-run 1stinning as the Chicagoans beat Milwaukee, 9-5.
The Tigers pound out 26 hits as they crush the Royals, 16-2. Royals starter James Shields allows 14 hits and 10 runs in 3.2 innings. Andy Dirks and Omar Infante each go 5-for-5 for Detroit. It is only the 4thtime since 1900 that a pair of teammates each go 5-for-5 or better in the same game. Infante has 6 RBIs and Dirks scores 4.
7thThe Reds edge the Dodgers, 4-3, in 10 innings. Reds’ rookie Billy Hamilton scores the winning run and becomes the first player since 1900 to steal a base in each of his first 4 ML games.
The Yankees and Red Sox get into a slugging match with the visiting Hubmen winning, 13-9. Boston has 4 homers, 2 by Mike Napoli and a homer by Johnny Gomes, who drives in 4 runs. Xander Bogaerts has a homer and double and 3 RBIs. Boston applies a whoopin’ to Yankee starter David Huff, cuffing him for 9 runs in 3+ innings. John Lackey allows 7 runs in 5+ innings but emerges the winner. The Yankees have now lost three straight to the Red Sox despite score 7 or more runs in each game, a first in team history.
At Target Field, Adam Lind drives in 6 runs as the Blue Jays trip the Twins, 11-2. A.J. Happ and 6 relievers combine on the win.
8thThe Mets defeat the Indians, 2-1. Cleveland’s Jason Giambi gets the 2,000thhit of his ML career in the 9thinning to become, at age 42, the oldest player ever to reach the 2,000-hit plateau.
Making his first start in two years following Tommy John surgery, Scott Baker pitches 5 shutout innings against Milwaukee. Relievers give up 3 runs and the Cubs lose, 3-1. Baker will make just three starts for his $5.5 million salary.
Seth Smith hits a 3-run homer and Bartolo Colon wins his 15thgame of the year as Oakland punches out the Astros, 7-2. Colon is the first pitcher in AL history to win 15 games with four different teams. Oakland maintains its game and a half lead over Texas.
9thGio Gonzalez hurls a 1-hit shutout, defeating the Mets by a score of 9-0. Pinch hitter Zach Lutz’s 7th-inning single is NY’s only safety.
The Pirates shut out the Rangers, 1-0, for their 82ndvictory of the season. It guarantees their first winning season since 1992, ending their ML record streak of 21 consecutive non-winning seasons.
The Dodgers stop the Diamondbacks, 8-1, as Ricky Nolasco wins his 13th. Juan Uribe hits three solo homers for the Blue. He is the 75thbig leaguer to do so.
10thThe Angels defeat the Blue Jays, 12-6. Mark Trumbo goes 5-for-5, with 3 doubles and a HR. He becomes the 9thplayer in ML history to go 5-for-5 or better with 4 extra-base hits and 5 runs scored in the same game. Anthony Gose hits a grand slam for the Jays.
At AT&T Park, Michael Cuddyer has 2 homers and 4 RBIs in the Rockies, 9-8 win over the Giants. His second homer, leading off the 9th, breaks a tie. Hunter Pence has a 3-run homer in the 1stand drives in 6 runs.
The Yankees obtain good field/no hit SS Brendan Ryan from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named.
12thThe Phillies score 6 runs in the bottom of the first to a take a 6-1 lead but veteran Roy Halladay struggles with his control and leaves in the 5thafter walking 4 in a row and does not get the decision. The Phils win over the Padres, 10-5.
13thThe Pirates lose to the Cubs, 5-4, despite hitting back-to-back-to-back HRs in the 4thinning. Pedro Alvarez, Russell Martin and Garrett Jones all connect in succession.
Going back to Nassau Hall. In his ML debut, Princeton graduate David Hale strikes out the leadoff batter, fellow Princeton grad Will Veneble. Hale leaves with a 3-0 lead after 5 innings, but the Braves bullpen coughs up 4 runs and San Diego wins, 4-3.
14thThe 49ers? At Los Angeles, the Giants crush the Dodgers, 19-3. Brandon Belt gets 5 hits for SF, including a double and homer, scores 4 runs and drives in 6 runs. Hunter Pence has 7 ribbies on 3 hits, including a grand slam. The Giants are 14-for-29 with runners on 2ndor 3rd.
At Minute Maid Park, Jared Weaver gives up 2 runs in 6 innings to notch his 10thwin of the year as Anaheim beats Houston, 6-2. Weaver has now won 10 or more games in each of his first 8 seasons, joining AL pitchers Eddie Plank, Addie Joss, George Mullin, Lefty Grove, Eddie Lopat, Bert Blyleven and Andy Pettitte.
15thAt Chicago, Zach McAllister is backed by 4 homers as Cleveland beats the host White Sox, 7-1. Matt Carson is 3-for-3 with a solo shot, Asdrubal Cabrera hits a 3-run homer, and Nick Swisher connects from each side of the plate for the 13thtime in his career.
Former ML OF Wladimir Balentien hits his 56thand 57thhome runs of the season for the Yakult Swallows to set a new Japanese single-season record. Unlike previous contenders to break Oh’s record, pitchers did not pitch around Balentien. Known affectionately in Japan as “Coco”, he hit 15 homers in 511 at bats for the Mariners and Reds.
16thThe Pirates fall to the Padres, 2-0, as Andrew Cashner hurls a 1-hitter. Jose Tabata’s leadoff single in the 7thinning is Pittsburgh’s only base runner. He is erased on a double play as Cashner faces the minimum 27 batters. Cashner’s no-hit bid fall short, leaving the Padres as the only team never to have had a no-hitter.
17thLeadoff batter Ian Kinsler hits a first-pitch homer, off Jeremy Hellickson, and drives in 3 runs, as the Rangers beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to pull even with the Rays in the AL wld-card race. Elvis Andrus also drives in 3 runs.
Tanner Roark (7-0) throws 7 shutout innings, and host Washington completes a sweep of the Braves by winning, 4-0. He allows 2 hits and retires the final 13 batters he faces. In the first game, Denard Span hits a grounder that goes through the legs of Braves SS Andrelton Simmons for a game-ending 2-run error. A 3-run 9thhands Craig Kimbrel his first blown save since May 7.
Jay Bruce hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to pace the Reds offense to a 10-0 win over the Astros. Mike Leake (14-6) pitches 8 shutout innings.
18thThe Reds edge past the Astros, 6-5, in 13 innings. Cincinnati rookie speedster Billy Hamilton becomes the first player since 1920 to steal 4 bases in his first ML start.
Justin Upton and Dan Uggla hit homers as the Braves whip the Nationals, 5-2. Uggla missed two weeks because of laser eye surgery, but is still hitting under .200. The Nationals (81-71) trail the Braves by 9 games in the NL East. Denard Span has a hit in the 7thfor Washington and runs his consecutive-game hitting streak to 29 games. Three NL players will have consecutive game batting streaks of 20 games or more, but for the first time since 1977, no AL players will reach that mark (as noted by Trent McCotter).
19thThe Dodgers edge the Diamondbacks, 7-6, to become thefirst team to clinch a division title.
Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore (15-4) allows 3 homers and 4 stolen bases in 4 innings as Texas wins, 8-2. The Rangers tack on another homer and steal to seal the win. Moore had only allowed 3 steals coming in to today’s game.
20thThe Yankees defeat the Giants, 5-1, with Alex Rodriguez’s grand slam in the 7ththe deciding blow. It is Rodriguez’s 24thslam, breaking a tie with Lou Gehrig for the most in ML history. The slam comes off George Kontos, in relief of Tim Lincecum (10-14).
At Tropicana Field, the Rays and the Orioles battle till 2:05 in the morning before the Rays win, 5-4. The 18-inning game takes 6 hours 54 minutes to play, a record for each team. David DeJesus’s fourth hit of the game, a single, scores Desmond Jennings with the game-winning run. The Orioles use 10 pitchers, the Rays 11, a new ML record. The 11 pitchers is also a record.
At Wrigley, the Braves jump on closer Kevin Gregg for 4 hits and 4 runs in the 9thto win, 9-5, over the Cubs. Rookie Junior Lake has a double in 3 at bats, but will go hitless the rest of the way to finish at .284.
The last-place Rockies connect for four homeruns, including one by starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, as they down the Diamondbacks, 9-4. For Chacin (14-9), it is his first ML homer Cheering him on is his family, including his sister Jhoulayle and his brother Jhousberth.
The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 6-3, to clinch the AL East title.
21stTravis Wood allows a run in 7 innings, but leaves with Chicago losing, 1-0. The Cubs score 3 in the 8thon 4 hits to win, 3-1. The victory goes to Carlos Villanueva, his 5thwin in a row.
At Boston, the Blue Jays down the Red Sox, 4-2, behind Mark Buehrle, handing Clay Buchholtz (11-1) his first loss of the season.
At Detroit, the Tigers tie the White Sox with a 6-run rally in the 9th, then win in the 12th, 7-6, on Omar Infante’s infield single with the bases loaded.
The Yankees keep their faint playoff hopes alive with a 6-0 whitewash of the SF Giants. Ivan Nova goes the distance for the shutout, getting good plays behind him from SS Brendan Ryan. Alfonso Soriano hits a 6thinning homer for the final run and now has 17 homers and 50 RBIs in 52 games since returning to the Yankees from the Cubs. He is just the 5thmajor leaguer to drive in 50 runs for two different teams in the same season. David Justice (2000) was the first followed by Carlos Beltran (2004), Manny Ramirez (2008) and Matt Holliday (2009).
22ndAt Yankee Stadium, Mayor Mike Bloomberg declares it Mariano Rivera Day and the ceremony and festivities delay the start of the game with the Giants by 50 minutes. On hand are former teammates, Joe Torre, and Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow. Metallica performed Rivera’s signature song “Enter Sandman.” The Giants then put a damper on the day and the Yankee playoff hopes with a 2-1 win. Down a run in the 8th, the Yankees have 2 runners thrown out at home. Pettitte starts and his no-hit bid ends in the 6thwhen Ehire Adrianza connects for his first career homer. Pettitte (10-11) gives up a double to Pablo Sandoval in the 7thon his final ML pitch. Sandoval scores on a Tony Abreau double off Dave Robertson. Rivera enters in the 8thand pitches the 9th, ending with a DP.
The Braves defeat the Cubs, 5-2, to clinch the NL East title.
Despite losing to the Brewers, 6-4, the Cardinals clinch a playoff spot.
Billy Hamilton has 3 hits and 2 steals to pace the Reds to an 11-3 win over Pittsburgh as the Reds tie the Pirates for the NL wild-card lead. Jay Bruce has a 3-run homer in Cincinnati’s 5-run 1st.
Justin Maxwell hits a 2-out grand slam in the bottom of the 10thfor Kansas City as the Royals top the Rangers, 4-0. Royals starter James Shields gives up 6 hits in 8 innings, while Texas starter Alexi Ogando pitches 2-hit ball for 7 innings.
With the Rangers losing, the Athletics beat the Twins, 11-7, to clinch the AL West title. Rookie Oswaldo Arcia has 3 hits, including a homer and drives in 6 runs for the A’s.
At Anaheim, a swarm of bees causes a delay of 23 minutes in the Mariners 3-2 win over the Angels.
The Phillies sign a 3-year contract with interim manager Ryne Sandburg, removing the interim from his title. The team went 20-22 under Sandburg, who replaced Charlie Manuel. Manuel was the winningest manager in Phillies history.
23rdThe Pirates edge the Cubs, 2-1, to clinch their first playoff berth in 21 seasons.
The Reds nip the Mets, 3-2, in 10 innings and clinch a playoff spot. Joey Votto is walked 5 times by Mets pitchers.
In a 4-0 loss in Miami, Phillies veteran Roy Halladay leaves the gamewith an arm injury after facing three batters, walking two. It is the last appearance for the 36-year-old ace who finishes his brilliant career with a 125-78 record until his arm gives out. He has three season with more starts than walks, joining Cy Young as the only pitcher to accomplish that. Nathan Eovaldi is today’s winner for the Marlins with 7.2 IP.
The Rangers shut out the Astros, 12-0, as Alex Rios hits for the cycle. Derek Holland (10-9) coasts to the win, his third straight year in double-figure wins.
A.J. Happ gives up 3 runs, including 2 solo homers, as the White Sox beat his Blue Jays, 3-2. Batterymate J.P. Arencibia belts his 21sthomer of the year but will set a new low mark for catchers with 20 or more homers in more than 100 games: his slugging average of .365 (.194/.227/.365) is the worst in history. Four other catchers (Campanella, Newman, Carter, McCann) hit 20 homers in 100+ games, but all their slugging averages were just below .400. (As noted by David Denomme). Arencibia is the only player in baseball history to have 20 or fewer walks and 145 or more strikeouts in a season.
24thThe Cardinals shut out the Nationals, 2-0. St. Louis rookie pitcher Michael Wacha does not allow a hit until Ryan Zimmerman scratches out an infield single with 2 outs in the 9thinning. Trevor Rosenthal comes in to get the last batter and complete the 1-hitter. Matt Carpenter hits his 55thdouble of the year, the second highest ever by a Cardinal. Joe Medwick holds the team record with 64.
After Chris Perez surrenders two solos homers and the lead in the 9th, Jason Giambi hits a 2-run walkoff homer to give the Indians a 5-4 win over the White Sox. It is the 10thwalkoff homer for the 42-year-old slugger.
25thThe Tigers clinch the AL Central crown with a 1-0 win over the Twins. Austin Jackson hits a leadoff triple off Kevin Correia and scores on Hunter’s single, and Max Scherzer (21-3) allows 2 hits in 7 innings. Cabrera is 0-for-4 and stays tied for the RBI lead in the AL with Chris Davis. His .345 batting average is 21 points ahead of the sidelined Joey Mauer, and he will win his third straight batting title, the first right-hander to win three straight titles since Rogers Hornsby. He is only the second big leaguer (Todd Helton, 2000) in the past 75 years to hit .345 with 40 homers and 135 RBIs.
At Coors Field, the Red Sox flex their muscles, beating the Rockies, 15-5. Will Middlebrooks hits a pair of homers, one a grand slam off reliever Roy Oswalt, and has 7 RBIs, Jarrod Saltalamaccia has 4 hits and 3 RBIs, and Shane Victorino has 3 hits, including a 3-run homer.
At Turner Field, Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez hits a one-out HR in the 1stoff Paul Maholm and spends a couple of seconds admiring the hit. Braves catcher Brian McCann yells at him to run and as Gomez trots to 1B he exchanges words with Maholm on the mound about a hit by pitch Maholm gave him on June 23rd. Braves 1B Freddie Freeman adds a few words as Gomez goes by, and when Gomez passes 3B he runs into McCann blocking his way to the plate. Words, then fists are exchanged and when all the players are separated, Gomez is awarded a homer, though he never touches the plate, then he is ejected. Freeman and Gerald Laird are both ejected as well and Aramis Ramirez leaves an inning later with an injury sustained in the brawl. Kyle Lohse allows 2 hits in the 4-0 shutout. BJ Upton is 0-for-3, finishing his year at .184, but none of the hits come with a runner on 3B. He is 0-for-28 with runners on third.
In its home finale, the Indians get a 2-run homer from Nick Swisher and beat the White Sox, 7-5. It is Cleveland’s 14thstraight win over Chicago.
In his 4thstraight strong start, Daisuke Matsuzaka shuts out the Reds for 7.2 innings as the Mets win, 1-0, besting Mat Latos. The Reds remain a game behind Pittsburgh, losers today.
26thThe Rangers edge the Angels, 6-5, on Jurickson Profar’s pinchhit homer. Profar becomes just the 2ndplayer in ML history to hit a pinch walkoff homer before turning 21 years of age. Jimmie Foxx also turned the trick in 1928.
The Braves defeat the Phillies, 7-1, as Jason Heyward goes 5-for-5 for Atlanta, including 3 doubles and a homer.
The Indians edge out the Twins, 6-5, surviving a meltdown by closer Chris Perez, who gives up 4 hits and 4 runs in the 9thbefore being lifted. The Tribe will go with a committee of closers from here on out, giving up on the $7 million Perez.
27thThe Cardinals shut out the Cubs, 7-0, to clinch the NL Central title. Lance Lynn (15-10) goes 6 innings in the tune up for the playoffs.
At the Great American Ballpark, the Pirates take the first game of a 3-game series with the Reds, winning 4-1 behind AJ Burnett’s 8 solid innings. Marlon Byrd has 3 hits and 2 RBIs and Pedro Alvarez hits a 2-run homer, his 25throundtripper. Pittsburgh will win the next two to sweep Cincy.
28thThe Yankees edge the Astros, 2-1, behind Andy Pettitte’s solid 9 innings. Pettitte becomes just the 4thpitcher in ML history to win at least 250 games and hurl a complete-game win in his final ML appearance. Eppa Rixey, Christy Mathewson and Jim McCormick also turned the trick. The game was Pettitte’s 438thstart for the Yankees, tying him with Whitey Ford for most Yankee starts. For the hapless Astros, they will finish the year on a 15-game losing streak.
Behind Adam Wainwright’s 19thwin, the Cardinals coast to a 6-2 win over the Cubs. Pete Kozma has 2 hits, including his 20thdouble. The Birds have 9 players with 20 or more doubles, matching the high set by the 1931 team.
Brad Miller has 2 homeruns, including a grand slam, to lead the host Mariners to a 7-5 win over the Athletics. With the loss the A’s lose home-field advantage in the playoffs to Boston.
In Dan Haren’s last appearance for the Nationals, he pitches 7 shutout innings in a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks. Also in his last appearance, and his last at bat in the majors, Chad Tracy hits a solo homer.
For the third straight day, the Brewers beat the Mets by the same score, 4-2. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the fourth time in 20 years that this has occurred—all involving one of these two teams.
29thThe Indians defeat the Twins, 5-1, to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Cleveland wins its last 10 games of the season.
The Rays and Rangers both win, setting up a one-game play-in to decide the final spot in the AL playoffs. Tampa Bay uses a 6-run 1stinning and a workmanlike 5+ innings by Matt Moore (17-4) to subdue the Blue Jays, 7-6. Yu Darvish pitches 5+ innings as Texas downs Anaheim, 6-2. The win goes to Neal Cotts (8-3), but Darvish strikes 8 to finish with the AL lead at 277. With his 498 K’s in two seasons, he falls short of becoming the 3rdpitcher in history to strike out 500 in his first two years. Dwight Gooden (544) and Herb Score (508) are the only two. Mike Trout sets a record by playing in his 148thgame in the outfield without recording an assist.
Henderson Alvarez hurls a 1-0 no-hitter against the Tigers. The only run of the game comes on a walkoff wild pitch in the bottom of the 9th.
At AT&T Park, the Giants edge the Padres, 7-6, on a game-tying homer by Francisco Peguero in the 9th. It is Peguero’s only homer of the season and comes on his last at bat in the majors. He is the 52ndplayer to go deep on his final at bat. Jedd Gyorko has a grand slam for the Padres.
The Yankees score 4 runs in the 14thinning to defeat the Astros, 5-1. Newly acquired David Adams strikes out 5 times for New York. The loss is the 15thconsecutive for Houston. It’s the longest such streak to close a season for any ML team since the Cleveland dropped their final 16 games of the 1899 season. The Astros lost 106 in 2011, 107 losses the next year and 111 this season. Going into today’s game, the Astros were 14 strikeouts shy of setting an ML team record for K’s, but they strike out 19 times to set the new mark.
30thThe Rays defeat the Rangers, 5-2, in the AL play-in game and move on to the playoffs. David Price gets the win while Evan Longoria homers for the winners. Nelson Cruz is hitless in his first game back after a 50-game suspension.
The Cubs fire manager Dale Sveum. The hard-luck Sveum had two seasons as Chicago’s manager.