2018 September

1st The Yankees edge the Tigers, 2-1. Dellin Betances becomes the first reliever in history to have 100 strikeouts in 5 straight seasons.

2nd     The Reds sell OF Preston Tucker to the Braves.

3rd     The Brewers sell P Aaron Brooks to the Athletics.

The Mets defeat the Dodgers, 4-2. Jacob deGrom hurls his 25th consecutive start allowing 3 or fewer runs. In doing so, he breaks Dwight Gooden’s single-season record string of 24 in a row set in 1985.

5th      The Rockies beat the Giants, 5-3. Trevor Story strokes 3 homers for Colorado.

6th      The Mets trade OF Patrick Kivlehan to the Diamondbacks for cash.

8th      Royals’ rookie P Jorge Lopez hurls 8 perfect innings, finishing ay allowing just 1 hit, as the Royals defeat the Twins, 4-1. Robbie Grossman’s 1B is Minnesota’s only safety.

The Angels crush the White Sox, 12-3, as Mike Trout goes 5-for-5, including a pair of HRs.

10th    The Astros edge the Tigers, 3-2. Justin Verlander strikes out 10 batters to give him 258 for the year. He joins Gerrit Cole to become the first teammates to fan at least 250 batters in the same season since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling did so in 2002. They are also the first right-handed teammates to turn the trick since at least 1900.

11th   The Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 7-2, to become the first team this season to clinch a playoff berth.

The Nationals sweep a pair of games from the Phillies, winning the first, 3-1, and the second, 7-6 in 10 innings. Washington rookie Juan Soto hits a pair of HRs in the nightcap, becoming the first teenager in ML history with 3 multi-homer games.

The Diamondbacks beat the Rockies, 6-3. Colorado SS Trevor Story doubles home a run in the 1st inning. He becomes the first NL shortstop in history to drive in 100 runs while hitting 30 homers and 40 doubles. He also becomes the first shortstop with at least 30 homers, 40 doubles and 25 stolen bases.

The Marlins defeat Jacob deGrom and the Mets, 5-3. In the process, deGrom records his 26th consecutive start of 3 or fewer runs, breaking the 108-year-old ML record set by King Cole in 1910.

12th    Five Athletics pitchers combined to shut out the Orioles, 10-0, holding Baltimore to a hit. Trey Mancini’s 1st inning single off of Liam Hendriks is the Orioles’ only safety. The A’s break it open with a 10-run 2nd frame.

The Red Sox reach their 100th win for the first time since 1946, beating the Blue Jays, 1-0. David Price (15-6) wins his 6th straight and Rafael Devers scores on a wild pitch in the 6th.

15th    The Indians shut out the Tigers, 15-0, to clinch their 3rd straight AL Central title.

The Dodgers crush the Cardinals, 17-4, as Yasiel Puig hits 3 homers and drives in 7.

The Nationals defeat the Braves, 7-1. Juan Soto steals 3 bases for Washington to become the youngest player in ML history to swipe 3 bases in a single game.

17th    The Brewers shut out the Reds, 8-0. Christian Yelich hits for the cycle for Milwaukee, becoming the 5th player in ML history to do so twice in the same season. He also becomes the first to do so twice against the same team.

19th    The Diamondbacks crush the Cubs, 9-1. Four Arizona pitchers, led by Robbie Ray, hold Chicago to 1 hit. Addison Russell’s single leading off the 3rd inning against Ray is the Cubs’ only safety.

20th    The Athletics bang out 22 hits and trounce the Angels, 21-3. LA catcher Francisco Arcia becomes the first player in ML history to catch, pitch and hit a HR in the same game.

Trailing 8-2, the Blue Jays stun the Rays with 3 HRs and 7 runs in the 9th inning to pull out a 9-8 win.

The Red Sox clinch their 3rd straight AL East title with an 11-6 win over the host Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton has a grand slam but Mookie Betts, just off the DL,  offsets it with a 3-run homer in the 8th.

The Rangers fire manager Jeff Bannister and name Don Wakamatsu as Interim manager for the rest of the season.

The Mets edge the Nationals, 5-4, when Jose Lobaton hits a go-ahead sac fly in the 12th inning against his former team. Nats starter Max Scherzer allows 3 runs in 7 innings while striking out 13, He has 290 K’s for the year, the most for a National since the franchise relocated to Washington from Montreal in 2005. Michael Conforto hits a 2-run homer in the 3rd, his 4th homer in 23 at bats against Scherzer. Four pitches later Jay Bruce hits a homer, the sixth time this year the Mets have hit back-to-back dingers.

 21st     The Astros clinch  a spot in the playoffs with an 11-3 win over the Angels.

The Mets defeat the Nationals, 4-2. Jacob deGrom hurls his 23rd consecutive quality start to set a single-season modern-day ML record.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hits a pair of homers to lead the Rays to an 11-3 win over the Blue Jays. Shortly after Gurriel’s second homer, Yuli Gurriel hits a pair to lead the Astros to an 11-3 win over the Angels. The Gurriels become the first brothers in history with multi-homer performances on the same day.

22nd   The Yankees edge the Orioles, 3-2 in 11 innings, to clinch a Wild Card berth in the playoffs.

The Nationals shut out the Mets, 6-0, as Austin Both and 4 relievers hold New York to 1 hit. Michael Conforto’s 4th-inning infield single is the Mets’ only safety.

The Braves capture their first NL East title since 2013 with a 5-3 win over the Phillies.

The Brewers beat the Pirates, 8-3. By striking out the first 3 batters he faces, Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader sets an expansion-era record of recording 16 consecutive outs via strikeout over 5 successive outings. He has also fanned 136 batters on the season to set an ML record for a left-handed reliever.

The Astros score 9 runs in the 8th inning and beat the Angels, 10-5. Justin Verlander fans 11 batters to help Houston set an ML record for most strikeouts by a club’s starters, with 1,069. In the 9th inning, they set another record with 1,615 strikeouts as a staff (1,615).

The Indians edge the Red Sox, 5-4 in 11 innings. Mike Clevinger fanned his 200th batter of the season in the 2nd inning, becoming the 4th Cleveland hurler to reach the 200 mark for the season. Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer also reached that number. Cleveland is the first team in ML history to achieve that feat.

23rd Blake Snell pitches 6+ scoreless innings, being lifted with the score 2-0 between the Rays and Blue Jays, and earning the win when the Rays score 3 in the 8th to win 5-1. For Snell, it is his 9th straight victory (he’ll make one more appearance) to finish the season at 21-5, leading the AL in wins.

24th    The Athletics defeat the Mariners, 7-3, to clinch their first postseason berth since 2014.

25th    The Nationals beat the Marlins, 9-4, behind Max Scherzer. Scherzer fans 10 Marlins to become the 17th  hurler since 1900 to strike out 300 batters in a season.

In Denver, David Dahl homers for the second straight night and the Rockies vault into the final NL wild card spot by beating the Phillies, 10-3. The Rockies get an assist when the Brewers whip the Cardinals, 12-4.

The Angels announce that two-way star Shohei Ohtani will have Tommy John surgery next week. He will not pitch in 2019 but is likely to DH. Ohtani was 4-2 in 10 mostly outstanding starts for the Angels this season, but has pitched only once since June.

26th    The Mets shut out the Braves, 3-0, behind Jacob deGrom. DeGrom extends his ML record to 24 consecutive quality starts. He also extended his record of 29 consecutive in a single season allowing no more than 3 runs.

The Brewers edge the Cardinals, 2-1, to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. The Cardinals’ loss also secures a spot in the postseason for the Cubs.

The Rockies shut out the Phillies, 14-0. German Marquez ties a modern ML record by striking out the first 8 batters in a row to start the game. Jim Deshaies (1986) and Jacob deGrom (20-14) also turned the trick.

The Red Sox belt out 22 hits in their 19-3 pounding of the Orioles.

28th    The Rockies top the Nationals, 5-2, to clinch a postseason playoff berth.

The Indians score 10 runs in the 7th inning and go on to defeat the Royals, 14-6.

29th    The Yankees beat the Red Sox, 8-5, for their 100th win of the season. This becomes the first season in MLB history in which 3 teams have reached triple figures in wins. The Red Sox and Astros had already reached the mark. By hitting 3 HRs, NY also sets an ML mark with 265 HRs on the year, surpassing the mark set by the Mariners in 1997. The Yankees also become the first team to get 20 or more homers from every spot in the lineup.

The Dodgers defeat the Giants, 10-6, to clinch a spot in the postseason playoffs.

30th    The Orioles shut out the Astros, 4-0, as three Baltimore pitchers—Jimmy Yacabonis, Paul Fry and Michael Givens—hold Houston to 1 hit, a single by Jose Altuve in the 4th inning off Yacabonis. The Orioles finish the season at 47-115, just the fifth team since 1900 to lose that many in a year. The only time Baltimore was over .500 was after their opening day win.

The Rockies beat the Nationals, 12-0. Charlie Blackmon hits for the cycle, becoming the first player to ever do so in the 162nd game of a season.

The Angels defeat the Athletics, 5-4. LA’s Mike Scioscia announces he is stepping down as team manager after 19 seasons.