2014 September

1st  The Astros fire manager Bo Porter and replace him on an interim basis with Tom Lawless.

The Phillies shut out the Braves, 7-0, as Cole Hamels (6 innings), Jake Diekman (1), Ken Giles (1) and Jonathan Papelbon (1) combine on a no-hitter It is the 11th combined no-hitter in ML history.

Detroit stays a half-game behind the Royals with a 12-1 pasting of the host Indians. The Tigers collect 20 hits, including 5 homeruns in the barrage. Miguel Cabrera has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and scores 4 to back James Price’s 13thwin. Tyler Collins pinch hits for Cabrera in the 9thand hits his first ML homer, a 3-run shot.

Jason Hammel (2-5) rides an Oakland 5-run 1stinning to a 6-1 win over Seattle as the A’s move to 4.5 games behind the Angels.  Newly acquired Adam Dunn homers in his first game for the A’s: it is the third time he has homered in his first game for a new team (A’s, Nationals, White Sox).

2ndBehind the hitting of Tyler Flowers, the White Sox whip the Twins, 6-3. The catcher hits a game-tying 2-run homer in the 2ndinning, then belts a 2-run homer in the top of the 10thto give Chicago the lead.  He’ll top that effort in 6 days.

3rdAdam LaRoche comes off the bench in the 9thto drive in 5 runs as the Nationals top the host Dodgers, 8-5 in 14 innings. LaRoche hits a tying 2-run homer in the 9th, a go-ahead 2-run single in the 12thand a go-ahead grounder in the 14th.

The Cardinals sweep the Pirates, winning today, 1-0, when Peter Bourjos singles home the winning run in the 9thinning. The Pirates are now 5 games in back of the NL Central leading Cards.

Cubs rookie Jorge Solar hits a 2-run double as the Cubs beat the Brewers, 6-2. Solar is the second player in Cubs history with at least 10 RBIs in his first 7 games.

4thVictor Martinez hits a 3-run homer as the Tigers score 7 times in the 11thto beat the host Indians, 11-4.

5thRon Washington resigns as manager of the Rangers citing personal reasons. Bench coach Tim Bogar takes over as interim skipper.

Rookie Tyler Matzek, who went 7 innings in his last start, a combined shutout, needs no help today as he shuts out the Padres, 3-0, in Denver. Matzek allows 3 hits in hurling the only complete game for the Rockies staff this year.

7thThe Orioles defeat the Rays, 7-5, in 11 innings. Nelson Cruz drives in all 7 runs for Baltimore.

The Royals spoil Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium, winning, 2-0. The Captain singles in his first at bat.

Under new manager Tim Bogar, the Rangers beat the Mariners, 1-0. Adrian Beltre drives in the lone run: Beltre was a teammate of Bogar’s 13 years ago. Winning his first decision since returning from the DL, Derek Holland goes 7 innings. Holland was injured in January when he tripped over his dog.

The Braves lose to the Marlins, 4-0. Justin Upton and B.J. Upton become the first brothers in ML history to each strike out at least 1,000 times in their careers.

8thIn Chicago, Tyler Flowers provides the heroics with his second 2-homer game in a week as the White Sox edge Oakland, 5-4, in 12 innings. Flowers ties the game in the 9thwith a solo homer off Eric O’Flaherty, then wins it with a walkoff homer in the 12thoff Jesse Chavez.  He is the second catcher in history to tie a game with a homer in the 9thand hit a walkoff in extra innings (Donnie Scott, 1985).

9thThe Giants defeat the Diamondbacks, 5-1, as Joe Panik goes 5-for-5.

The Athletics trounce the White Sox, 11-2, as Josh Donaldson goes 5-for-6, including a double.

Colby Lewis (9-13) gives up 2 earned runs—one on a leadoff single in the 8thbefore he is lifted—as Texas loses, 9-3, to the Angels.  The Angels score 7 runs in the 8thto break it open. Guilder Rodriguez is 0-for-3 in his Texas debut. He is the 64thplayer used by the Rangers this year, a ML record.

10thBrian McCann and Chris Young hit homers off Jake Odorizzi as the host Yankees come from behind to beat the Rays, 8-5. Young joins Dave Kingman (1977) as the only players to hit homers for both the Mets and Yankees in the same season.

The Angels win their second in a row at Arlington, beating the Rangers, 8-1. Matt Shoemaker (15-4) gets help from Albert Pujols, who is a homer shy of the cycle, and Kole Calhoun, with a double and homer. The Haloes will win tomorrow to move 10 game ahead of the A‘s in the AL West.

11thOvercoming two homers and 4 RBIs by Yunel Escobar, the Yankees triumph over the Rays, 5-4, winning on Chris Young’s dramatic 3-run walkoff homer.

The Marlins lose slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the season when he is hit on the cheek by a pitch from Brewers starter Mike Fiers. Stanton suffers multiple fractures, dental fracture and several cuts that need stitches when he is hit in the 5thinning of the 4-2 loss to Miami. Fiers then throws gasoline on the fire by hitting the next batter on the hand. Third baseman Casey McGehee and Marlins manager Mike Redmond are both ejected in the ensuing kerfuffle.  In the 6thMarlins reliever Anthony DeSciafani plunks Carlos Gomez, earning the pitcher a trip to the showers. Joining him is acting manager Rob Leary. MLB will fine Fiers for his part in the proceedings and DeSciafani will be suspended for 3 games.

12thPlaying without Chris Davis, who was suspended for 25 games because of using amphetamines, the Orioles sweep a pair from the Yankees, winning 2-1 in 11 innings, and 5-0. It is the Birds first sweep of the Yankees since 1984.  Chris Young’s 11thinning homer in game 1 is the only Yankee score. Davis tested positive for Adderall, which he previously had a therapeutic exemption to use, but it had run out and he did not have clearance at the time of the testing. His season is finished.

13thThe Dodgers rout the Giants, 17-0. Brett Bochy, son of manager Bruce Bochy, makes his ML debut for SF. He becomes the 8th MLer—and first pitcher—to be managed by his father.

14thDaniel Nava hits a grand slam and Xander Bogaerts adds a 3-run shot as the Red Sox win over the Royals, 8-4. Boston wins 3 out of 4 from Kansas City.

Josh Harrison hits a tie-breaking 2-run double and starts the Pirates first triple play in 21 years as Pittsburgh rallies past the Cubs, 7-3.

15thThe Angels crush the Mariners, 8-1, to become the first team to qualify for the playoffs.

The Marlins edge the Mets, 6-5, despite 13 strikeouts from prize rookie rookie Jacob DeGrom in 7 innings. DeGrom ties an ML record by fanning the first 8 batters he faces in the game. Jim Deshaies previously did so in 1986.

16thThe Orioles defeat the Blue Jays, 8-2, to clinch the AL East and a spot in the playoffs.

The Nationals shut out the Braves, 3-0, to clinch the NL East and a spot in the playoffs.

The White Sox come from behind to beat the Royals, 7-5. Chicago scores 3 runs in the 8thon Conor Gillaspie’s triple. The runs are charged to Kelvin Herrera (2) and Wade Davis (1), each of whom saw their consecutive scoreless inning streaks snapped: Davis at 31.2 and Herrera at 30.2.

Jake Arrieta is 5 outs away from a no-hitter before Brandon Phillips drives a double for the Reds only hit.  The Cubs win, 7-0, behind Arrieta’s (9-5) one-hitter. He strikes out 13.

Corey Kluber strikes out 14 in 7 innings as the Indians beat Houston, 3-2.

17thThe Rockies rout the Dodgers, 16-2. Charlie Blackmon goes 5-for-5 with a HR. He becomes just the 6th player in ML history to have three 5-for-5 or better games in a single season. Ty Cobb (1922), Tris Speaker (1923), Stan Musial (1948), Tony Gwynn (1993), and Ichiro Suzuki (2004) also accomplished the feat.

The Angels shut out the Mariners, 5-0, as C.J. Wilson and 2 relievers set down Seattle on just a hit. Justin Smoak’s 5th-inning single is Seattle’s only safety.

The Yankees edge the Rays, 3-2, behind 7 solid innings by Brandon McCarthy. McArthy finishes up by striking out the side in the 7thon 9 pitches.  He’s the 77thpitcher to do so.

The A’s lose to lowly Texas, 7-2, and fall a half-game behind the Royals. Sonny Gray takes the loss.

19thAt Baltimore, David Ortiz bangs a pair of homers, the second a 2-run shot in the 10th, as Boston beats the Orioles, 5-3.  For Ortiz, it is his 6th2-homer game this year and the 47thof his career. Big Papi holds the record for most 2-homer games without hitting more in a game.

The Yankees put the Blue Jays 2 games behind them in the AL East with a 5-3 win. New York does all their scoring off starter Mark Buehrle, giving the veteran a career 1-14 against the Yankees.

At Wrigley, the Dodgers score 6 runs in the 1stinning as Matt Kemp and A.J. Ellis homer. Ellis homers again in the 3rd, again off reliever Eric Jokisch, as the Dodgers prevail, 14-5. Jokisch replaced starter Edwin Jackson while his batterymate Welington Castillo departed as well with an injury, a rare case of a battery replacement in the 1st.

20thThe Phillies defeat the Athletics, 3-0. Jerome Williams becomes the first pitcher in ML history to beat the same team 3 times in one season, each time while pitching for a different team. Williams has defeated the A’s while hurling for the Phillies, Astros and Rangers.

21stThe Yankees defeat the visiting Blue Jays, 5-2. Brett Gardner hits the 15,000th HR in franchise history, and Brian McCann belts a pair of round trippers. McCann will hit another homer in 2 days to lead the Yankees with 23, 19 of them hit at the Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka (13-4) makes his first appearance since tearing his UCL in Cleveland July 8.

22nd  The Yankees shut out the Orioles, 5-0, as Michael Pineda and relievers combine on a 1-hitter. JJ Hardy’s 5th-inning single is Baltimore’s only hit.

The Cardinals Adam Wainwright joins Clayton Kershaw as the only 20-game winners in the majors, as he throws a 3-hitter to beat the Cubs, 8-0.  Wainwright’s 3 CG shutouts will tie for the ML lead in this category. In addition, he started 9 of the 18 combined shutouts by the Cards’ staff (as noted by Bill Deane).

23rd   The Pirates clinch a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over the Braves.

24th   The Twins edge the Diamondbacks, 2-1, behind Phil Hughes. Hughes finishes the year with 16 wins and just 16 walks allowed, just the third pitcher to have as many or more wins as walks while winning at least 15 games. Christy Mathewson turned the trick twice (1913 and 1914), and Slim Sallee did it once (1919). Bret Saberhagen had 14 wins in 1994, while walking 13.

The Blue Jays shut out the Mariners, 1-0, as Mark Buehrle becomes the 8th pitcher in ML history with 200 or more innings pitched in 14 or more consecutive seasons. He is the only pitcher to post a streak like that while walking 61 or fewer in any season. Cy Young had a 13-season streak.

The Marlins score a pair of runs off Phils starter David Buchanan, then plate 4 off reliever Jake Diekman to win, 6-4. Buchanan finishes the year with 16 straight starts in which he allows 3 runs or fewer. Diekman strikes out none today, but will K two in his next appearance to become the first Phillie reliever since 1983 to strike out 100.

Behind Justin Verlander’s 8 strong innings, the Tigers defeat the White Sox, 6-1, to clinch a spot in the AL playoffs.

26thThe Diamondbacks fire Kirk Gibson as their manager. Bench coach Alan Trammell is named interim manager.

27thBehind Wily Peralta’s 7 solid innings, the Brewers edge the Cubs, 2-1.  Peralta goes to 17-11.  Batterymate Jonathan Lacroy drives in the go-ahead run in the 5thwith his 53rddouble of the year, the first (primarily) catcher since 1900 to lead the majors in doubles. His 46 as a catcher is a new ML record topping Pudge Rodriguez, who hit 45 as a catcher in 1996.

At Great American Ball Park, Ramon Santiago hits a walkoff grand slam in the 10thto give the Reds a 10-6 win over the Pirates. For the 35-year-old shortstop, it is his first grand slam. He is the second player (Mickey Owen) at 35 years of age to hit his first grand slam as a walkoff. The win goes to Dylan Axelrod, snapping the Reds bullpen’s 18-game losing streak.  The 2012 Astros hold the record at 20.

John Danks evens his record at 11-11 as the White Sox beat the Royals, 5-4. Catcher Josh Phegley’s second homer of the game in the 7thproves the difference. Phegley, with 2 hits yesterday and 2 more tomorrow, raises his average to .216, 5 points higher than his OBP. Batting averages do not count sac flies while on-base percentage does.

28thThe Nationals shut out the Marlins, 1-0, as Jordan Zimmermann hurls a no-hitter. Henderson Alvarez, who takes the loss for Miami, threw a no-hitter on the last day of the season last year. Zimmerman and his catcher Wilson Ramos are the only players to play the entire game for Washington as the Nationals use 17.

In the Mets 8-3 win over the Astros, Jose Altuve goes 2-for-4 to win the AL batting title over Victor Martinez. The Tiger star goes 0-for-3 today to finish at .335, 6 points behind Altuve.  Lucas Duda has a homer and 4 RBI for New York, while Ruben Tejada, on his last at bat of the year, hits a homer. He had gone to bat 778 times at Citi Field without a home run.

The Braves edge the lowly Phillies, 2-1, getting 3 hits off Cole Hamels (9-9) in 8 innings. Hamels ends the season with 23 consecutive starts allowing 3 runs or fewer. This ties the ML record held by Clayton Kershaw and Orel Hershiser. His streak began June 1.

Matt Kemp hits a 2-run homer, and Adrian Gonzalez and Roger Bernadina add 3-run homers to power the Dodgers to a 10-5 thrashing of the visiting Rockies. Colorado has lost 39 of its last 45 road games and finishes 21-60 away from Coors.

The Athletics shut out the Rangers, 4-0, to clinch a wild-card spot in the playoffs.

At Chicago, the Royals beat the White Sox, 6-4, and stay a game behind the Tigers in the AL Central. Paul Konerko, out all month with a broken bone in his left hand, makes his final appearance for the White Sox, going 0-for-3 before being lifted. He finishes a 16-year career with the Sox.

Johnny Cueto wins his 20thas the Reds beat the Pirates, 4-1. Aroldis Chapman pitches the 9thand strikes out 3 batters.  The closer finishes with a ML record 17.67 strikeouts per 9 innings (50 innings min).

2014 was the first season since 1958 that no major-league team scored 10 runs in an inning even though clubs played over 43,000 frames during the campaign (as noted by Doug Kern).

29thThe Twins fire manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons at the helm.

The Astros hire A.J. Hinch as their new manager.  Hinch had been the Padres interim GM in between Josh Byrnes and A.J. Preller, hired in August.

30thThe Royals score 2 runs in the bottom of the 12th inning to edge the Athletics, 9-8, in the AL wild-card game. Salvador Perez’s single is the winning hit, giving Jason Frasor the win in relief. KC ties a postseason record with 7 stolen bases in the game. Brandon Moss hits a pair of HRs and drives in 5 runs in a losing cause.