2015 September

4thThe Marlins edge the Mets, 6-5, in 11 innings on Martin Prado’s 5thhit of the game.

Go Dutch. The Mariners defeat the Athletics, 11-8, as Seattle rookie P Tony Zych makes his ML debut. He becomes the last player listed alphabetically of the more than 18,000 players to appear in the majors. He supplants Dutch Zwilling, who had held that distinction since his debut in 1910.

6thThe Astros beat the Twins, 8-5. Dallas Keuchel ties a modern ML record by recording his 13thconsecutive victory at home to start the season. Larry Benton (1928), Tex Hughson (1944) and Boo Ferris (1946) also performed the feat.

10thThe Mets defeat the Braves, 7-2. Bartolo Colon has his scoreless streak snapped at 31 innings. It is the longest such streak, within one season, by a pitcher aged 42 or older. The previous mark of 27 innings had been held by Cy Young (1909) and Warren Spahn (1963).

11thThe Orioles score 10 runs in the 8thinning on their way to a 14-8 win over the Royals. Nolan Reimold and Steve Clevenger each hit grand slams in the inning, marking the 8thtime in ML history that it has happened.

Colby Lewis takes a no-hitter into the 8thinning and settles for a 2-hitter as the Rangers beat the A’s, 4-0. Danny Valencia lines a leadoff double in the 8thfor the first hit.

The Cubs beat the Phillies, 5-1, behind Jake Arrieta (19-8), who becomes just the second pitcher since 1913 to go 8-0 with an ERA below 0.50 over an 8-start span within a season. Bob Gibson performed the feat in 1968. Arrieta allows a run in 8 innings as he wins his 19th. It is his 17thquality start in a row, the most by a Cubs pitcher since Lon Warneke in 1935. Chicago sweeps, winning game 2, 7-2. Kyle Schwarber has a pair of homers and Kris Bryant hits his 24th.  The Cubs are 2 games behind the Pirates and 6 behind the Cardinals.

12thThe Red Sox defeat the Rays, 10-4, as David Ortiz hits a pair of homers, the second is the 500thof his ML career. He becomes the 27thplayer in ML history to reach the mark.

The Mets beat the Braves, 6-4, with the help of a homerun and 2 RBIs from Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes becomes the second player in ML history (since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920) to switch teams in midseason and hit at least 15 homers and drive in at least 40 runs in his first 40 games with his new team. Hank Sauer did so for the Cubs in 1949.

The Giants shut out the Padres, 8-0, on Madison Bumgarner’s one-hitter. San Diego’s only hit is Melvin Upton Jr.’s single in the 8thinning.

The Royals come back from a 4-1 deficit to pound the Orioles, 14-6. Mike Moustakas drives in 9 runs with a 2-run single, a 3-run homer and a grand slam.

The Reds edge the Cardinals, 4-2. Aroldis Chapman becomes the first pitcher in ML history to save 30 games and strike out 100 or more batters in 4 consecutive seasons.

13thAdrian Beltre hits 2 homers to drive in 5 runs as the Rangers rout the A’s, 12-4) to stay in the AL race. Rougned Odor adds a 3-run homer and Shin-Soo Choo homers.

Jed Lowrie hits a pinch 3-run homer to complete a surprising 5-run 2-out rally in the 9thagainst Huston Street as the Astros trip the Angels, 5-3. Street gives up 5 straight hits.

16thThe Nationals trounce the Phillies, 12-2, as Bryce Harper hits his 40thHR of the season. He becomes the sixth-youngest player in ML history to reach the milestone, behind Mel Ott, Eddie Mathews, Johnny Bench, Joe DiMaggio and Juan Gonzalez.

Jake Arrieta allows 2 runs (one earned) in 8 innings as the Cubs edge the Pirates, 3-2, in 12 innings. Miguel Montero swipes a base for the Cubs, his first steal in 4 years.

17thThe Cubs, third place in the NL Central, beat their division rivals the Pirates, winning 9-6. The Bucs lose SS Jung Ho Kang in the 1stinning when Chris Coghlin’s late slide into 2B fractures Kang’s left leg and tears his meniscus.  He will return to action next May.

18thThe Rays defeat the Orioles, 8-6. Rookie Mikie Mahtook goes 5-for-5 for the Rays, including a pair of doubles.

19thThe Cardinals lose to the Cubs, 5-4, but still become the first team to clinch a playoff spot with the Diamondbacks’ victory over the Giants. Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant hit back-to-back homers to pace the Cubs to their fifth straight win.

The Yankees use 7 pitchers and 4 second basemen in their 5-0 win over the Mets.

20thThe Royals crush the Tigers, 10-3. Kendrys Morales hits 3 homers and a triple for KC. He is the first Royals player in 24 years to belt three homers.  His 15 total bases sets a Royals record.

The Braves defeat the Phillies by a score of 2-1 for the third straight game. In the process, they set a new ML record, with their 19thconsecutive win in home games that were decided by a single run.

Milwaukee avoids being swept by beating the Reds, 8-4. For the first time since 1894, all six starters in a three-game series are rookies.

21stThe White Sox shut out the Tigers, 2-0, on Jeff Samardzija’s 1-hitter. He uses only 88 pitches to win. Victor Martinez’s 5th-inning single is Detroit’s only safety. Chicago takes the second game, 3-2.

The Brewers hire David Stearns, 30, to be their new GM. He replaces Doug Melvin who announced last month that he was stepping down after 15 years.

22ndJake Arrieta pitches a dominant game for his 20thwin of the year, beating Milwaukee, 4-0. He is the first Cubs 20-game winner since 2001. Jake throws 108 pitches, striking out 11 and walking one, and sets the club record with his 18thstraight quality start. His ERA since the All-star break is .086 ERA in 94 1/3  IP, the lowest in that span in ML history. Kris Bryant hits his  26thhomer and breaks the Cubs rookie homerun mark set by Billy Williams in 1961. His 3 ribbies gives him the team rookie record with 98 RBI. The unfortunate Brewers rookie pitcher Tyler Cravey runs his record to 0-8.

23rdNeil Walker has 4 hits and drives in 6 runs to lead the Pirates to a 13-7 victory over the host Rockies, and their third straight playoff berth. It is the third straight year they have reached the playoffs on the 23rd.

The Blue Jays and Yankees have a minute of silence for Yogi Berra and then Maruc Stroman, 5’8”, holds the Yankees scoreless for 7 innings as the Jays win, 4-0. Russell Martin hits a 3-run homer.

24thThe Royals defeat the Mariners, 10-4, to clinch their first AL Central title.

25thThe Cubs lose to the Pirates, 4-3, but still clinch a spot in the playoffs when the Giants lose to the Athletics, 5-4. It is Chicago’s first playoff spot since 2008.

The Indians shut out the Royals, 6-0, as Carlos Carrasco hurls a one-hitter while striking out 15. Alex Rios’ 7th-inning single is KC’s only safety.

R.A. Dickey (11-11) goes 7 innings as the Blue Jays beat the Rays, 5-3, and clinch their first playoff spot since 1993. Josh Donaldson hits his 40thhomer to go with 40 doubles he’s hit, and he joins Chipper Jones (1999) and Miguel Cabrera (2012) as the only ML third basemen to collect 40 doubles and 40 homers in the same season.

26thThe Giants outslug the Athletics, 14-10. Rookie Jarrett Parker hits 3 HRs for San Francisco, one a grand slam, as he drives in 7 runs.  He is the 11thNL rookie to hit three roundtrippers.  The last Giants player with at least 3 homers and 7 RBIs was Willie Mays 54 years ago. The Say Hey kid hit 4 homers and drove in 8 runs on April 30, 1961.

The Mets defeat the Reds, 10-2, to clinch the NL East title and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

The Cardinals maintain their 3-game lead over the Pirates with a 5-1 win over the Brewers. Jaime Garcia pitches into the 8thinning. The Cards shut down 14-game winner for the rest of the season due to a strained right shoulder He will not pitch in the playoffs.

27thThe Cubs shut out the Pirates, 4-0, as Jake Arrieta pitches 7 innings, allowing one hit, for his 21stwin. Gregory Polanco’s 7th-inning single is Pittsburgh’s only safety. Jake hits a homer in the process of throwing his 20thstraight quality start. His 21 wins is the most by a Cubbie since Ferguson Jenkins in 1971. The losing pitcher is AJ Burnett, who allows 2 runs in 6 innings. With a 1st-inning strikeout, Burnett reaches 2,500 K’s.

The Astros edge the Rangers, 4-2. Dallas Keuchel sets an ML record by finishing the year with a 15-0 record in 18 starts at Minute Maid Park. He is the first pitcher in ML history to go undefeated with at least 14 wins at home in one season.

Chris Young (11-6) throws 5 hitless innings as he combines with 4 relievers in Kansas City’s 2-0 win over the Indians. It is the Royals 90thwin of the year and they are the first team since the 1919-25 Athletics to improve their win totals in seven straight seasons (65, 67, 71, 72, 86, 89, 90—eventually 95). Young leaves before the game is over to attend his father’s funeral in Dallas.

Pinchhitter Jason Rogers hits a pinch grand slam off Trevor Rosenthal and the Brewers beat the Cards, 8-4. Rosenthal had converted47 of his previous 49 save attempts.

In Washington, the Phils rally for 2 runs in the 8thand 8 in the 9thto beat the Nationals, 12-5. Jonathon Papelbon coughs up 5 of the runs (2 earned) to take the loss and then seemingly punches his ticket out of D.C. by attacking superstar Bryce Harper in the dugout. The two have words when Papelbon returns to the dugout in the 8thand then the reliever reaches out and chokes Harper. The closer, who was suspended last week for drilling the O’s Manny Machado, has one year and $11M left on his contract.  Papelbon will receive a 4-game suspension as a result of the fight, and the Players Association will appeal.

28thChris Denorfia ends a scoreless battle between the host Cubs and the Royals when he hits a pinch homer in the 11thoff Miguel Almonte to give the Cubs a 1-0 win.

The Cardinals break a scoreless tie with 3 runs in the 9thto beat the Pirates, 3-0. Mark Reynolds supplies a 2-run homer.  The Pirates have 16 runners left on base, tieing the ML record for a shutout loss. The Mariners, in 1995, were the last team to strand 16 in a shutout.

29thThe Dodgers clinch the NL West crown on Clayton Kershaw’s 8-0, one-hit shutout over the Giants. Kevin Frandsen’s 3rd-inning single is SF’s only hit. The Giant’s loss assures an ML record of 15 consecutive years without a repeat WS champion. For the Dodgers, it is their third straight time in the post-season, something they have not done since 1884.

The Athletics hire the first female coach in ML history. Justine Siegal will serve as a guest instructor for the club’s 2015 instructional league.

At Cincinnati, the Cubs whip the Reds, 4-1, as Dan Haren wins his 10thof the year.  Rookie Josh Smith (0-3) takes the loss and plunks Anthony Rizzo with a pitch, the 30thtime Rizzo has been hit by a pitch. With 30 homers, he joins Don Baylor as the only member of that particular 30/30 club.

30thThe Blue Jays crush the Orioles, 15-2, to win the AL East title. Ryan Goins goes 5-for-5 in the clincher, including a double. Edwin Encarnacion hits his 37thhomer and Jose Bautista hits his 40th. He is the second Blue Jay with 40 homers, joining Josh Donaldson. The Orioles return the favor in game 2, beating the Jays, 8-1.  Chris Davis has his 44thand 45th homers in game 2 to keep the lead in the AL. His 47 homers will win the HR title. Nelson Cruz hits his 44thhomer today, but will miss the chance of matching Babe Ruth who won the title two years in a row for different teams.

Adrian Beltre has a double and homer in the Rangers’ 6-2 victory over the Tigers. Yovani Gallardo wins his 13th. For Beltre it is his 50thand 51stextra base hits of the year, giving him 14 consecutive seasons with 50 long hits.  He tops Mike Schmidt for third basemen: Schmidt had 13 years in a row.  The Rangers are in 1stplace in the AL West, 2.5 games ahead of Houston and 3 games in front of the Angels.

At Angel Stadium, the A’s hold on for an 8-7 win over the Angels and stop their 7-game win streak. The loss drops them to 3rdplace in the AL West. Mike Trout is 2-for-3 for the Haloes, including his 41sthomer. He joins Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson as the only player to have four 25-double/25-homer seasons before age 25.

In the first of two, Pittsburgh’s Francisco Cervelli hits a grand slam and Gerrit Cole (19-8) pitches 7 solid innings as the Pirates stop the Cardinals, 8-2. Adam Wainwright makes his first appearance since tearing his Achilles tendon in April and gives up a run in one inning.  The Birds clinch the NL Central in game 2, winning their 100thgame, 11-1, as Jason Heyward hits a 3rd-inning grand slam, off Bobby LaFromboise.

At Safeco, the Astros tie the Mariners when Chris Carter belts a 3-run homer in the 6th, then they pull ahead in the 7thwhen Evan Gattis triples and his pinchrunner scores on a single. The Astros win, 7-6.  The triple by Gattis is his 11thof the year and he is the first major leaguer since the 50s to have ten or more triples in a season with no stolen bases.  Johnny Mize holds the record of 16 triples and no steals, set in 1938.