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Wrapping Up 2001
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JULY 2001


Cal Ripken took the first pitch he faced from Chan Ho Park over the fence at the All-Star Game on July 10 at SAFECO Field in Seattle.
July 1 -- Colorado's Mike Hampton hit his sixth home run of the season during a loss to Arizona at Bank One Ballpark and became the first pitcher to hit at least six since 1971.

July 2 -- Seattle defeated Texas at The Ballpark in Arlington for its 60th victory of the season and matched the 1912 New York Giants for the second-best mark after 81 games (60-21).

July 3 -- The San Diego Padres matched a NL record with four sacrifice flies in a victory over Colorado. It was the 11th time in NL history that a team accomplished the feat.

July 3 -- Roberto Alomar of the Cleveland Indians had a career-high five hits during a victory over Boston at Jacobs Field.

July 5 -- Rookie shortstop Jimmy Rollins set a Phillies team record with his 21st consecutive stolen base in the first inning against the Braves. He broke the mark held by Phillies manager Larry Bowa, who stole 20 straight in 1974.

July 10 -- Cal Ripken Jr., in his final season as a player, was named MVP of the 2001 All-Star Game at SAFECO Field in Seattle. Ripken was 1-for-2 with his second All-Star Game home run and the American League won its fifth straight Mid-Summer Classic, 4-1, over the National League.


Mark McGwire's 200th HR as a Cardinal.
July 12 -- Mark McGwire hit his 200th home run as a Cardinal and became the third player in history to record at least 200 homers in each league. McGwire hit 363 for Oakland before being traded to St. Louis in 1997. The two other players were Frank Robinson and Fred McGriff.

July 12 -- Baltimore's second baseman Brian Roberts tied an Orioles rookie record when he doubled in the first inning against Atlanta, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. He tied a mark set by Rich Coggins in 1973 and Eddie Murray in 1977.

July 15 -- The Royals' 2-1 loss to the Cubs was their 21st consecutive loss in one-run games on the road, which set a Major League record. Their last one-run road win came on July 26, 2000 against the White Sox.

July 16 -- Fred McGriff, with his homer off Steve Karsay, has homered off 308 pitchers. Only Mark McGwire (354), Barry Bonds (328), Eddie Murray (327) and Hank Aaron (310) have homered off more.


Houston Astros' Jeff Bagwell signals to the dugout after hitting a triple during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, July 18, 2001 in Houston. Bagwell hit for the cycle during the game.
July 18 -- Houston's Jeff Bagwell achieved the cycle for the first time in his career, homering and doubling in an eight-run fifth inning as the Astros outslugged St. Louis 17-11 in the highest-scoring game at Enron Field. Bagwell drove in five runs. He became the first Astros player to hit for the cycle since Andujar Cedeno on August 25, 1992, against the Cardinals.

July 19 -- Arizona's Randy Johnson broke the Major League record with 16 strikeouts in relief against the San Diego Padres. Johnson relieved Curt Schilling in a game that was suspended from July 18th because of a power outage at Qualcomm Stadium. Walter Johnson held the previous mark with 15 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

July 21 -- The Mariners became the 17th team since 1900 and just the second since 1970 to reach 70 or more wins before playing their 100th game. The most recent team to accomplish the feat was the 1998 Yankees.

July 22 -- Reds' reliever Frankie Rodriguez tied a record when he struck out four batters in the seventh inning against the Marlins. Rodriguez fanned Charles Johnson, Dave Berg and pinch-hitter Ryan Thompson, but Thompson reached on a wild pitch after he swung and missed. After two hits and an intentional walk, Rodriguez struck out Mike Lowell to end the inning.

July 23 -- Roger Clemens struck out eight Blue Jays and moved past Tom Seaver into fourth place on the career strikeout list, winning his 10th straight decision as the Yankees beat Toronto 7-2.


Roger Clemens played with Tom Seaver during the 1986 season.
July 24 -- Arizona's Luis Gonzalez broke Jay Bell's team record for homers in a season when he belted his 39th and 40th home runs of the year in an 11-0 route over San Diego. Bell hit 38 homers in 1999.

July 24 -- Tomas Perez became the eighth shortstop in history to hit switch-hit homers from each side of the plate. The last to do so was Jose Valentin for the White Sox on Sept. 9, 2000.

July 26 -- Barry Bonds hit two home runs to pass Mickey Mantle on the career list as San Francisco beat Arizona 11-3. Bonds moved passed Mantle into ninth place on the all-time home run list with 538.

July 26 -- Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco all hit home runs -- marking the first time that three men with at least 450 career home runs all homered on the same day since Aug. 17, 1973. That day, Frank Robinson hit his 545th, Hank Aaron hit his 703rd and Willie Mays hit the 660th and final home run of his career.

July 28 -- San Francisco's Rich Aurilia hit his fourth home run in the past three games to reach 20 for the third straight season, a franchise record for a shortstop. Alvin Dark was the only other Giants shortstop to hit 20 twice, getting 23 in 1953 and 20 in 1954.

July 29 -- The Mariners swept their club-record 12th series of the year, beating the Twins to break the previous record set in 1991.

July 31 -- Cleveland's Jim Thome had a RBI in an 11-2 loss to Oakland, giving him 39 in July -- the AL's most in the month since Cecil Cooper drove in 39 runs for Milwaukee in 1983. Thome's 39 July RBI are the most in the majors since Sammy Sosa had 40 in July 1998.

 


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