2017 September

1stThe first-placeCubs trim the Braves, 2-0, as John Lackey pitches 7 shutout innings. Chicago is the first defending WS champ in 1stplace on Labor Day since the 2010 Yankees.

At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox continue to roll, beating the Yanks, 4-1, as Doug Fister (4-7) allows 4 hits in 7 innings. The Sox lead New York by 5.5 games.  Andrew Benintendi hits his 5thhomer at the Stadium to set a record for most homers by a visiting rookie to New York in a season. The previous mark was 4 homers—all IPHR—that George Stone of the Browns hit in 1905. Stone totaled 7 that year, second in the AL.

The Brewers defeat the Nationals, 1-0, on Neil Walker’s 1st-inning roundtripper off Tanner Roark (11-9). It is the fourth time in his ML career that Walker has homered for the game’s only run. The only other player in ML history to have done it more times is Ted Williams with 5.

2ndThe Twins pummel the Royals, 17-0, as Kyle Gibson pitches 6 innings and three relievers each go an inning in the whitewash. Eduardo Escobar has a homer and 6 RBIs, Joey Mauer collects 4 hits and Brian Dozier has a 3-run homer.

3rdThe Indians rout the Tigers,11-1, as Jose Ramirez has 5 extra base hits,  going 5-for-5, with 3 doubles and 2 homers. He is just the 13th player in ML history to get 5 extra-base hits in a game. During the Indians’ winning streak, Ramirez plays 18 games and collects 30 hits, including 8 homers.

The Rangers edge the Angels, 7-6. Albert Pujols drives in his 90th run of the season for LA to tie Hank Aaron’s record of 16 seasons with at least 90 RBIs.

4thThe Diamondbacks crush the Dodgers, 13-0, as J.D. Martinez smashes 4 homeruns for Arizona. He is the 18th player in ML history to accomplish the feat.

5thThe Red Sox tie their game with the Blue Jays in the 9th inning, then go on to win by a score of 3-2 in 19 innings. In an unrelated matter, MLB determines that the Sox used an Apple watch to steal signs from Yankee catchers during an August series in Fenway Park. Boston admitted as much when approached about it

6thThe Phillies trade P Juan Nicasio to the Cardinals for 2B Eliezer Alvarez.

Behind Carlos Carresco, the Indians defeat the White Sox, 5-1, to extend their winning streak to 14 games. Ten of the wins have come on the road. Cleveland becomes the fifth team in ML history to have winning streaks of at least 14 games in back-to-back seasons. The last team to accomplish the feat was the Cubs in 1935 and 1936.

The Cubs edge the Pirates, 1-0, on Alex Avila’s broken bat RBI triple in the 9th. It is the catcher’s first triple since 2013.

The Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers, 3-1, to extend their winning streak to 13 games. This marks the first time in ML history that 2 teams have concurrent winning streaks of at least 13 games. The Dodgers’ run scores in the 1st inning, ending Arizona’s streak of 97 consecutive innings in which it never trailed. That total ties the 1947 Dodgers for the 2nd-longest such streak within one season since 1900. The Yankees went 100 innings without trailing in 1942.

The Giants crush the Rockies, 11-3. Joe Panik goes 5-for-6 for SF, including a pair of doubles. With 12 hits in the Giants series with Colorado, he ties the modern-era record for most hits in a 3-game series. Willie Keeler (1901), John Stone (1935) and Eric McNair (1939) last had a dozen hits. He also beats the club mark of 11 in a 3-game series, held jointly by HoFers Freddie Lindstrom and Bill Terry, along with not-quite-HOF-material Mike Benjamin.

The Rangers beat the Braves, 12-8, in game 1 as Andrus has 4 hits including a homer. They spoil the debut of Brazilian LHP Luis Gohara.

7thThe Indians beat the White Sox, 11-2, for their 15th consecutive win and an 11-0 road trip. They are the 5th team in ML history to go 11-0 or better on a road trip, joining the 1953 Yankees, the 1957 Reds, the 1931 Athletics and the 1951 White Sox. The Sox starter Rodon is scratched just minutes before today’s game with the Indians, and Cleveland jumps on replacement Mike Pelfrey for 4 runs in the 1stinning.

In a 4-3 loss to the host Nationals, the Phils Odubel Herrera extends his hitting streak to 20 games, longest in majors this year.

Colorado beats Los Angeles, 9-1, as Nolan Aranado has 4 RBI including a homer off Clayton Kershaw (16-3).

8thThe red-hot Indians shut out the Orioles, 5-0, to extend their winning streak to 16 games. The only teams over the last 64 years to have a winning streak of 16 or more games in a single season were the 1977 Royals (16 straight) and the 2002 Athletics (20 straight).

When Odubel Herrera misses a line drive, Michael Taylor ends up with an inside-the-park grand slam, off Jake Thompson. He adds a triple and two singles as the Nationals hold on to edge the Phillies, 11-10. Taylor drives in 5 runs. The IPHR is the second in franchise history; Bombo Rivera hit one for Montreal in 1976. Herrera has 2 hits to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 21 and the Phils collect three 3-run homers.  Sean Dolittle K’s 3 in the 9thfor his 17thsave in 17 chances.

The Yankees defeat the Rangers, 3-1, as Luis Severino and 2 relievers limit Texas to 1 hit—Brett Nicholas’ 5th-inning double.

9thThe White Sox blast the Giants, 13-1, as Jose Abreu becomes the 7th player this season to hit for the cycle in a game. His last hit is a triple. The Sox hit 6 homers to back James Shield. On the 11thAbreu will just miss cycling again, collecting 4 hits with a chance to homer on his last at bat. He will draw a walk.

At Wrigley, the pesky Brewers score 8 runs in the 3rdand belt the Cubs, 15-2. Hernan Perez drives in 5 runs. In a worrisome note the Brewers announce that Jimmy Nelson (12-6) is out for season with rotator cuff strain.

The host Oakland A’s drub the Astros, winning 11-1 and 11-4.  In the first game, Houston’s bullpen helps by walking in 5 runs, 4 in one inning.

Nick Castellanos hits a grand slam and the Tigers use their first triple play in 16 years to hold off the Blue Jays, 5-4.

10th    The Diamondbacks edge the Padres, 3-2. J.D. Martinez hits a pair of HRs for Arizona, giving him 21 in his first 45 games with the team for a new ML record. The previous high was 20 by Mark McGwire with the Cardinals in 1997.

Trevor Bauer (16-8) wins his 9thin a row as Cleveland edges the Orioles, 3-2. The Tribe has won 18 in a row. However, Tribe CF Bradley Zimmer breaks his left wrist in the game.

The Nationals clinch the NL East with a 3-2 win over the Phils. Strasburg (13-4) extends his scoreless streak to 34 innings and Herrera extends his hitting streak with a pinch hit.

Playing at home, the Dodgers lose their 10thstraight as the Rockies win, 8-1. It is their worst skid in 25 years.  Mark Reynolds ties the ribbon on the win with an 8th-inning grand slam.

The Mets lose to the Reds, 10-5, and the Braves edge the Marlins, 10-8, in 11 innings, to give Washington the NL East title for the second year in a row.

In Arlington, Aaron Judge homers twice (2-for-2) and Gary Sanchez homers twice in a 16-7 win. Judge reaches 41 and Sanchez 30. Didi Gregorius is 4-for-4 with 4 ribbies.

11thThe Yankees defeat the Rays, 5-1, behind a 3-run homer by Todd Frazier. The game is transferred to Citi Field from Tampa because of Hurricane Irma. Attendance is 15000+.

After two rain delays the Giants trounce the Dodgers, 8-6. It is LA’s 11thstraight loss.

12th    The Twins crush the Padres, 16-0. Minnesota hits homers in each of the first 7 innings of the game to become the first ML team in history to accomplish the feat (Elias Sports Bureau). They also become the second team in history to have a pair of shutout wins by a margin of at least 16 runs twice in one calendar month, having beaten the Royals by a score of 17-0 less than two weeks ago.

Francisco Lindor hits a leadoff homer for Cleveland and that is all Corey Kluber needs as he wins, 2-0, over Detroit. It is the 20thwin in row for Tribe. During the streak, the Indians have a 104 run difference. Only 2 other clubs have had streaks that long over the past 100 years—the 2002 Athletics (20 games) and the 1935 Cubs (21 games).

The Phillies edge the Marlins, 9-8, in 15 innings. Rhys Hoskins hits a pair of HRs for Philadelphia giving the rookie a record 16 in his first 32 ML games. No one else has hit more than a dozen in their first 32 games.

Brandon Moss hits a grand slam in the 1stas Kansas City is victorious at home, 4-3, over the White Sox.

At Fenway, Mookie Betts has a triple and a pair of homers to drive in 6 runs in Boston’s 11-1 win over the A’s.

Clayton Kershaw finally rights the Dodger ship winning his 17thand stopping the Dodgers 11-game losing streak, the longest in LA history. The Dodgers clinch a playoff spot with the 5-3 win. Kenley Jansen strikes out Nick Hundley with the bases loaded to end the game. It is Hundley’s 10thstrikeout in 10 at bats versus Jansen.

13th    The Indians defeat the Tigers, 5-3, for their 21st straight victory and a new AL record.

The Cubs trounce the Mets, 17-5. Albert Almora Jr. enters the game in the 7th inning for Chicago and hits a 3-run HR. In the next inning, he slams a bases loaded triple, giving him 6 RBIs. He becomes the third player in ML history to drive in 6 runs while having just 2 plate appearances in a game. Babe Birrer turned the trick for the Tigers in 1955 and Archi Cianfrocco for the Padres 40 years later.

Eugenio Suarez hits a grand slam and 4 Reds pitchers combine to shut out the Cardinals, 6-0.

14th    Jose Ramirez doubles to start the 10thand Jay Bruce drives him home with a double as the Indians win their 22ndin row for an AL record. It is the second-longest streak in ML history, 4 games behind the 1916 Giants run of 26 in a row (one tie). Andrew Miller makes his first appearance since August 21st. Hoskins

Jake Thompson and 4 relievers shut out the Marlins, 10-0, for Philadelphia. Rhys Hoskins hits his 18thhomer in 34 games, but the rookie will cool off from here on out; his average will slide from .314 to .259 and he will hit no more homers.

The host Cubs continue to feast on the Mets, winning, 14-6, to sweep the 3-game series. Chicago won the first game, 8-3 and followed with a 17-5 win. It is a Mets record for runs allowed in a 3-game series. For the Cubs, it is the most runs in two consecutive games since May 21, 1944 against the Boston Braves.

At Yankee Stadium, Todd Frazier hits a 3-run homer in the 1stand Aaron Judge launches two more 3-run homers as the Yanks down the Orioles, 13-5.

The White Sox pound out 25 hits in a 17-7 rout of the Tigers. Avisaíl García leads the way going 5-for-5, with a HR and 7 RBIs. It is the most by a White Sox since Carl Reynolds in 1930. Moncada scores 5 runs and Tim Anderson has his 8thmulti-hit game in his last 10.

The D’Backs prevail, 7-0, over the Rockies. JD Martinez homers for 10thtime in 11 games and AJ Pollock has 4 RBI for the second day in a row.  Zack Godley has  7 K’s in 8 innings.

15th    The Royals edge the Indians, 4-3, to end Cleveland’s AL-record 22-game winning streak.

Trailing 5-2, the Red Sox score 3 runs in the 9th inning to tie their game with the Rays, then tally 7 runs in the 15th inning to hold on for a 13-6 victory.

Joey Mauer hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs and Eddie Rosario has a pair of homers as the Twins come from 5 runs down to win, 13-7, over the Blue Jays.

The Cubs defeat the Cardinals, 8-2. They become the first team in the last 86 years to win four consecutive games by a margin of a least 5 runs, despite trailing at some point in each game.

16th    The Rockies crush the Padres, 16-0, as Charlie Blackmon drives in 4 runs from the leadoff spot with a double and 3-run HR. Pat Valaika pinch-hits for Blackmon in the 7th inning and hits a grand slam. It is the first time since RBIs were recorded (in 1920) that 2 teammates each had 4 RBIs from the leadoff spot in the batting order in the same game.

17th    Behind Justin Verlander, the Astros defeat the Mariners, 7-1, to clinch their first AL West crown. They are the first team to win titles in three divisions.

The Tigers shut out the White Sox, 12-0, as Matthew Boyd falls one out shy of hurling a no-hitter. Chicago’s only hit of the game is a 2-out double in the 9th inning by Tim Anderson.

The Nationals top the Dodgers, 7-1, as Ryan Zimmerman hits a pair of homers. Stephen Strasburg wins but his club record scoreless inning streak stops at 35 when the Dodgers score an unearned run in the 2nd.

The second-place Brewers score 8 runs in the 4th inning and go on to defeat the Marlins, 10-3. They are the third team in the expansion era (since 1961) to have 3 innings in which they scored 8 or more runs in a month.

The Cubs sweep the rival Cardinals, 4-3, to push St. Louis 6 games back in the NL Central race. Wade Davis notches his 32ndsave in as many attempts .

18thThe Phils beat the Dodgers, 4-3, behind a 6thinning grand slam by Aaron Alterr off Clayton Kershaw. The drive goes 418 feet. It is the first grand slam off Kershaw in his ten year career and gives him a 3-5 lifetime mark against the Phillies. Chris Taylor and Justin Turner hit consecutive leadoff homers for the Dodgers.

19th    The Indians defeat the Angels, 6-3, to become the first AL team to ever win 25 games in a 26-game span.

The Nationals beat the Braves, 4-2, as Max Scherzer fans 7 Atlanta batters to give him 253 strikeouts on the season. He becomes the 4th pitcher in ML history to surpass 250 strikeouts in 4 straight seasons. Randy Johnson, Ferguson Jenkins and Pedro Martinez also accomplished the feat.

The Blue Jays defeat the Royals, 5-2. Alex Gordon’s HR for KC is the 5,694th homer of the season to set a new season-high in ML history. The previous record of 5,693 round-trippers was set in 2000.

20th    The Yankees crush the Twins, 11-3. Aaron Judge drives in 3 runs for the Bombers, giving him 101 RBIs to go along with 119 runs scored for the year. He is the 9th player to produce 100 or more in both categories since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920.

The Red Sox shut out the Orioles, 9-0, behind Chris Sale. Coupled with the Angels’ loss to the Indians, it clinches a spot in the postseason for Boston. Sale fans 13 Baltimore batters to reach 300 K’s for the season, the 35th time a hurler has reached that plateau. Only two of the previous 34, however, did it while recording fewer walks than Sale’s 41—Curt Schilling (33 walks in 2002) and Pedro Martinez (37 walks in 1999).

At Petco Park, the Diamondbacks score 11 runs in the last 4 innings to beat the Padres, 13-7. Arizona overcomes 3 homers by Hunter Renfroe.

At Rogers Centre, Mike Moustakas hits his 37thhomer of the year as the Royals whip the Jays, 15-5. The homer sets a new team record, breaking the mark of Steve Balboni in 1985.

22nd   The Red Sox edge the Reds, 5-4. Scooter Gennett hits his 4th grand slam of the season to account for Cincinnati’s runs. He becomes the first player in ML history to hit 4 grand slams in the same season in which he has a 4-HR game.

Matt Olson hits a 2-run homer, his 24th, and the A’s beat the Rangers, 4-1. Olson is the first player since Stanton in 2010 to hit 20 homers in the minors and 20 or more homers in the majors in the same season.

Toronto’s Ryan Goins successxfully pulls a hidden ball trick on Todd Frasier in the 3rd, then hits his second career grand slam in the 6th  as the Blue Jays beat the Yankees, 8-1.

The Dodgers beat the Giants, 4-2, to win their 5th straight NL West crown.

The Diamondbacks defeat the Marlins, 13-11, as Chris Iannetta drives in 8 runs for Arizona. Included in the hits are a 3-run homer and a grand slam.

23rd   The Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 5-1, and clinch a wild card spot in the AL playoffs.

The Twins score 8 runs in the 8thinning and beat the Tigers, 10-4. Rookie Zack Granite enters the game as a pinch runner in the 8thand when the Twins bat around he connects for his first ML homer, a 3-run shot. Efren Navarro hits his first two homers of the year for Detroit.

24th    J.D. Martinez’s walk-off single gives the Diamondbacks a 3-2 win over the Marlins and clinches a berth in the NL playoffs.

25th    The Yankees defeat the Royals, 11-3, as Aaron Judge hits a pair of homers. The homers give Judge 50 on the season to break Mark McGwire’s rookie record of 49 set in 1987. He is the fifth Yankee to reach the mark. Gary Sanchez and Aaron Bird also homer.

26th    The Pirates crush the Orioles, 10-1, as Andrew McCutchen hits his first grand slam and drives in 8 runs for Pittsburgh. He has a single and double and a 3-run homer.

The Angels defeat the White Sox, 9-3. Albert Pujols drives in 2 runs for LA to give him 100 for the season. It is the 14th time he has reached 100 ribbies for a season, tying him with Alex Rodriguez as the only two players in ML history to have done so.

Led by J.D. Martinez, the Diamondbacks trounce the Giants, 11-4. Martinez has a grand slam and drives in 6 runs; it is his second game this month with 6 RBIs.

27th    There are 242 strikeouts recorded in today’s games, bringing the season total to a record 39,168. It is the 10th straight season in which MLB set the strikeout record.

The Cubs defeat the Cardinals, 5-1, to clinch the NL Central crown for the second year in a row.

Justin Verlander goes to 5-0 since being traded to the Astros. The ace strikes out 11 in beating the Rangers, 12-2. He is helped by two homers from Carlos Correa and a grand slam by George Springer.  Altuve, hitting .347, collects his 200thhit of the year, just the fourth right-hander in history to have four consecutive seasons with 200 hits.

The Diamondbacks edge the Giants, 4-3, as J.D. Martinez hits a solo homerun. It is his 16thof the month, tying Ralph Kiner’s NL record September output in 1949.

The White Sox beat the Angels, 6-4, in 10 innings. The win clinches a wild card spot in the playoffs for the Twins, who lost to the Indians earlier in the day, 4-2. The Twins are the first team in history to lose 100 games one seasons and make the playoffs the next.

28th    The Astros crush the Red Sox, 12-2. They become the first team in ML history to win 4 consecutive games, each by at least 9 runs since 1887, when the Detroit Wolverines of the NL turned the trick. They are also just the third team since 1931 to score at least 11 runs in 4 consecutive games on a road trip.

29th    At Arlington, the Rangers beat the A’s, 5-3, pinning the loss on starter Raul Alcantara (1-2).  Nomar Mazara has a 2-run single in the 1stto reach 101 RBIs. Nomar had a grand slam off Alcantara in April to beat the A’s.

The Rockies hit 4 homers and roll by the visiting Dodgers, 9-1. Nelson Arenado hits his 37thhomer and drives in his 130thRBI of the year, the third season in a row that he has hit 35 homers, had 130 RBIs and 350 total bases.

The World Series Most Valuable Player Award is renamed the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.

30th    The Red Sox defeat the Astros, 6-3, to clinch the AL East crown.

The Brewers lose to the Cardinals, 7-6, to clinch a wild card berth in the playoffs for the Rockies. Colorado loses to Los Angeles, 5-3, but Charles Blackmon has his 7thRBI in three games. His 104 for the season sets a ML record for leadoff hitters as does his 387 total bases.

The Tigers edge the Twins, 3-2. Andrew Romine plays all 9 positions during the course of the game, becoming the 5th player in ML history to turn the trick.