2016 September

3rdThe Red Sox beat the Athletics, 11-2. They become the first AL team to score more than 10 runs in 5 consecutive games against one opponent. They defeated Oakland in their 4 previous meetings by scores of 14-7, 13-5, 13-3, and 16-2.

4thThe Angels defeat the Mariners, 4-2. Despite losing starter Matt Shoemaker in the 2ndinning when he is struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kyle Seager. He sustains a concussion but will return next season with no more than a large scar to show for it. Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron homer in the 1st inning for LA, with Pujols matching a 1st-inning homer hit yesterday. The Angels become the first team to hit at least 2 HRs in the 1st inning in each of 3 consecutive games. Pujols’ round-tripper is the 134th 1st-inning homer of his career, breaking a ML record he previously shared with Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds. He will hit another 1st-inning dinger on September 22nd.

Last man standing. At Target Field, the White Sox outlast the Twins to win, 13-11, in 12 innings. Jose Abreu poles a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 7 runs, and Minnesota answers with 4 homers, including a grand slam by Byron Buxton.  The two teams combine to use 15 pitchers.

5thThe Royals beat the Twins, 11-5, despite 3 HRs by Brian Dozier.

The Dodgers crush the Diamondbacks, 10-2. Arizona’s Zach Greinke ties a ML record by allowing 4 HRs in a single inning. He is the first pitcher to do so with each of the 4 hit by a former teammate.

7thThe Dodgers defeat the Diamondbacks, 3-1, as rookie P Brock Stewart gets the win. The Dodgers become the second team over the past 80 years to have rookie starters win 4 consecutive games. Jose De Leon, Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling won over the previous 3 days.

8thThe Padres crush the Rockies, 14-1. Ryan Schimpf doubles and homers for SD, giving him 38 extra-base hits in his first 50 ML safeties. It is the highest such total for anyone since 1900. Jose Abreu, with 31, is the only other player in the modern era to have at least 30 of his first 50 hits go for extra bases.

The Indians score 2 runs on a disputed bases-loaded wild pitch by Astros pitcher David Paulino inning and led to a 10-7 Tribe win over visiting Houston. Leading 2-1, Cleveland’s Lonnie Chisenhall attempts to check his swing on a pitch in the dirt. The ball bounces away from catcher Jason Castro as all three runners cross the plate. Houston skipper A.J. Hinch protest the call and is tossed. Video replay allows 2 runners to score with Jose Ramirez moving from 1B to 2B.

Despite two homers each by Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza, the Yankees beat the Rays, 5-4. Brian McCann homers twice, both off Alex Cobb, and Tyler Austin lines a walkoff 2-out homer in the 9th. The Yankee homers save CC Sabathia from a loss.

Sandy Alderson of the Mets signs former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to a minor league contract. The 29-year-old Tebow, a former Heisman Award winner, last played baseball in high school. He will struggle.

9thThe Giants edge the Diamondbacks, 7-6, in 12 innings. Arizona uses 12 pitchers in the game, falling one short of the ML record of 13 it set last season.

10th    The Dodgers shut out the Marlins, 5-0. Rich Hill hurls 7 perfect innings for LA before being lifted by manager Dave Roberts. It is the longest stretch in modern ML history for a starter ever removed from a perfect game.

The Yankees beat the Rays, 5-1. Gary Sanchez hits his 13th HR, matching the ML record for most homers by a player in his first 35 games.

11th    The Angels edge the Rangers, 3-2. Andrelton Simmons hits a pair of homers for LA and Adrian Beltre does the same for Texas. The game is the lowest scoring contest in ML history in which multiple players hit more than one HR.

At Comerica, Detroit’s Jason Verlander (14-8) gives up 7 hits, including 5 extra base hits, in a 3-1 loss to the Orioles. One of the hits is a triple by Manny Machado, just the sixth triple by the O’s this season. The six triples will be a ML record low for a team, breaking the mark of 11 set by the Orioles in 1981 and 1998 (noted by Fred Worth).

12thThe Red Sox score in the first seven innings to make it easy for starter David Price (16-8) as they beat the visiting Orioles, 12-2.

The White Sox go one better than the Red Sox, scoring in all 8 innings against Cleveland and winning 11-4.

13th    The Pirates acquire P Wade Leblanc from the Mariners for a player to be named and cash considerations.

14thFor the second time in four weeks, Arizona’s leadoff hitter Jean Segura has 5 hits as he leads the D’Backs to an 11-6 victory over the visiting Rockies. Two of the hits are homers.

15th    The Cubs lose to the Brewers, 5-4, but still manage to clinch the NL Central title for the first time since 2008.

The Red Sox put a big dent in the Yankees post-season drive when Hanley Ramirez crushes a 2-out 3-run walkoff homer off Dellin Betances to give Boston a 7-5 victory. Newly acquired Billy Butler has 2 RBIs for New York.

MLB suspends A.J. Preiler, GM of the Padres, for 30 days without pay because of improprieties  his July trade of pitcher Drew Pomerantz to the Red Sox.  The Padres withheld medical information from other teams in trade talks.  This is the second suspension for Preller. While working for the Rangers in 2010 he was disciplined for improper negotiations with an international free agent. Preller said of the latest incident, “I want to emphasize that that there was no malicious intent on the part of me, or anyone on my staff, to withhold information.”

17th    The Mets edge the Twins, 3-2, in 12 innings. Curtis Granderson homers for New York to tie the game in the 11th, then hits a game-winning HR in the 12th. He becomes the third player in the past 25 seasons to homer twice in the 10th inning or later in a game.

The Indians shut out the Tigers, 1-0, in 10 innings. They become the first team in ML history to shut out an opponent while using 9 or more pitchers.

21st  The Yankees pound the Rays, 11-5, as rookie Gary Sanchez hits another 2 homers, his 18thand 19thof the year. The phenom’s 19 homers in his first 45 games is the most in ML history. Wally Berger hit 19 in his first 51 games for the 1930 Boston Braves.

22nd   The Mets edge the Phillies, 9-8, in 11 innings on Asdrubal Cabrera’s 3-run walkout HR, after Jose Reyes’s 2-run homer ties the game in the 9th. The Mets become the first team in ML history to win a game in which it twice erases a deficit of 2 or more runs with multi-run HRs in the 9th inning or later.

At Target Field, the Tigers take a pair from the Twins, winning 9-2 with a 6-run burst in the 9th, and 4-2. In game 1 Victor Martinez hits a 3-run pinch homer in the 9th, off Michael Tonkin, who replaced Pat Light, who threw a wild pitch on an intentional walk. Brian Dozier hits his 42ndhomer of the year for the Twins, setting a ML record for second basemen. It also extends his batting streak to 24 straight games. The streak will end in game 2. Justin Verlander wins his 15thin game 2 with 6 efficient innings. At 82-70 the Tigers are in a tight wild card race.

24th    The Nationals defeat the Pirates, 6-1, and go on to clinch the NL East title when the Mets lose to the Phillies.

Clayton Kershaw (12-3) throws 7 scoreless innings and Josh Reddick drives in 5 runs on a single, double and grand slam as the Dodgers overwhelm the Rockies, 14-1.

The Red Sox edge the Rays, 6-4, to clinch a spot in the postseason playoffs.

Wade Miley (9-13) falls an out short of a complete game as the Orioles down the Diamondbacks, 6-1.  Rookie Trey Mancini hits his third homer in his first four games for the Orioles. He will go 0-fer tomorrow but have five homers in his first 12 games in 2017 to tie the 17-game mark of Trevor Story this season and Carlos Beltran in 1993-94.

25th    In a devastating tragedy Marlins All-Star P Jose Fernandez is killed along with two others in an early morning boat accident off the Florida coast. Fernandez was a passenger when the 25-foot boat slammed into a jetty around 3:30 am. None of the men were wearing life jackets.

At Citi Field, the Mets pound the Phillies, 17-0, as Robert Gsellman, called up a month ago, pitches 7 innings for the win. The Mets bat 11 times with the bases loaded, including four by Jose Reyes. Reyes has 4 RBI as does Asdrubal Cabrera, who hits a grand slam.

The Dodgers edge the Rockies, 4-3, in 10 innings to clinch the NL West title. Brandon McCarthy starts for the Dodgers and goes 5+ innings, but the suspenseful moment comes when the veteran draws a 2-out walk in the 4th. The next batter grounds out leaving McCarthy with a ML career record of 108 plate appearances without scoring a run.

The Red Sox edge the Rays, 3-2, in 10 innings for their 11th straight win behind a solid start by Eduardo Rodriguez. He strikes out 13 in 5.1 innings. Boston pitchers strike out 23 Tampa batters, including a record 21 in the first 9 innings. Eduardo Rodriguez and Heath Hembree combine to fan 11 in a row from the 4th through 7th innings to set a new ML record. Logan Forsythe singles to lead off the 8thto snap the K streak.

At Comerica Park, the Royals hit four homers and outslug the Tigers, 12-6. Victor Martinez hits a grand slam for the Tigers, and Cameron Maybin has 4 hits and scores 4.  Salvador Perez homers for KC to complete a cycle by their first 4 hitters.

26th    The Indians defeat the Tigers, 7-4, to clinch the AL Central title.

The Reds crush the Cardinals, 15-2. Rookie Steve Selsky goes 5-for-5 for Cincinnati.

At PNC Park, the Cubs are working on all cylinders as they whip the Pirates, 12-2. Kyle Hendricks (16-8) pitches 7 shutout innings, and Javier Baez hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs. Kris Bryant adds his 39thhomer of the year.

In an emotional night, the Marlins beat the Mets, 7-3. Every Marlin wears #16 in honor of Felix Hernandez, the last game any Marlins player will wear that number. Leadoff batter Dee Gordon initially bats right-handed, Fernandez’s side, then switches to left-handed and belts his first homer of the season. Fernandez was 29-2 at Marlins Stadium.

27th    The Yankees beat the Red Sox, 6-4, as New York’s rookie C Gary Sanchez hits his 20th HR of the season. He ties Wally Berger of the 1930 Boston Braves for the fewest games in a career—51—to reach 20 homers.

The Padres defeat the Dodgers, 7-1. OF Hunter Renfroe, in his 6th ML game, hits a pair of 3-run HRs and drives in all 7 runs for San Diego. The record for driving in all a team’s runs in a regulation game is 8.

The Mets blister the Marlins, 12-1, as Noah Syndergaard wins his 14th. He strikes out 8 in 5 innings with no walks. Bruce and Cespedes homer and Curtis Granderson drives in 2 runs. Grandy’s total of 59 RBIs with 30 homers sets the ML record for fewest ribbies with 30 or more homers. Jedd Gyorko will match the Grandy man this year.

28th    The Pirates beat the Cubs, 8-4, as John Jaso becomes the first player to hit for the cycle at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. He also becomes the second player in ML history to hit for the cycle and also catch a perfect game, joining Hall of Famer Ray Schalk.

The Red Sox clinch the AL East title despite losing to the Yankees, 5-3, on Mark Teixeira’s walk-off grand slam.

Kansas City beats visiting Minnesota, 5-2. Kennys Vargas has a 2-run homer in the 6thfor the Twins giving them their first inning after 106 innings on single-run scoring.  It is the longest such streak in 74 seasons.

The Cubs give GM Theo Epstein a 5-year contract extension rewarding him for the work he has done so far on the team.

29thThe Nationals score 5 runs off Robbie Ray to beat the Diamondbacks, 5-3.  Ray ends his year with 218 strikeouts and a 4.90 ERA, just the second pitcher in history with so many strikeouts coupled with such a high ERA. Bobo Newsom is the other, in 1938.

30th    The White Sox beat the Twins, 7-3. Chicago P Carlos Rondon strikes out the first 7 Twins he faces to tie an AL record for consecutive strikeouts to start a game. Joe Cowley turned the trick for the Sox in 1986.

Chris Archer avoids his 20thloss as Tampa Bay beats the White Sox, 5-3. Archer (9-19) still leads the AL in losses.

At Yankee Stadium, the Orioles hit 3 homers in the 5th—Adam Jones (25th), Mark Trumbo (47th) and Jonathan Schoop (25th)–as Baltimore rolls over the Yankees, 8-1. Schoop drives in 5 runs. Jacoby Ellsbury reaches base on catcher’s interference by Wieters. It is the 10thtime this season that Ellsbury has done it, a ML record. It is also a career ML record 24thtime for the outfielder. Trumbo’s 47 dingers will lead the AL and he is the third straight Oriole to do so (Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz are the other two. The Orioles are the third team to have three different players lead the league in homers (1961-63 Giants, 1995-97 Rockies) three straight years.