Lefty Grove is the first pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches for the second time in his career. Last month, the A's southpaw also accomplished the feat, becoming the only hurler to do it twice in one season.
The Bay area fans have a good day when the Giants and A's clinch their divisions. Oakland wins the American League West with a 5-0 victory over the Rangers, and San Francisco backs into the National League West title when the second-place Padres lose in extra innings to the Reds, 2-1.
Mark Wohlers sets a Braves record with his 39th save of the season. The right-handed reliever is less than perfect, throwing two wild pitches to give up a ninth-inning run, but hangs on to preserve Atlanta's 6-4 victory over the Expos at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
In a 12-3 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, Giants left fielder Barry Bonds swipes his 40th base to become only the second player in major league history to have 40 homers and 40 stolen bases in the same season. Jose Canseco became the charter member of the 40-40 club in 1988, playing for the A's.
The United States Olympic team, managed by former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda, stuns the world, beating the much-favored Cuban team to win its first gold medal in its national pastime. Ben Sheets ends Cuba's 21-game Olympic winning streak with a 4-0 shutout.
Darin Erstad breaks the major league record for RBIs in a season by a leadoff batter. The Angels' outfielder collects his 99th RBI in a 9-7 loss to the A's, surpassing Nomar Garciaparra's total of 98 batting first for the Red Sox in 1997.
At Veterans Stadium, Javy Lopez hit his 42nd home to break the major league record for home runs hit by a catcher. In 1996, Mets' backstop Todd Hundley hit 41 to surpass Roy Campanella's 1953 mark.
Anibal Sanchez (10-3) tosses five innings, winning Florida's 7-2 victory over the Reds. The 22-year-old right-hander, along with Scott Olsen (12-9), Josh Johnson (12-7), and Ricky Nolasco (11-10), make the Marlins the first team in major league history to have four rookie pitchers win ten or more games.
"It's a tough situation for us. A lot of the visiting teams come in and wonder where are all the fans. It's actually a little bit embarrassing for us. We're one game away from clinching a postseason spot." - EVAN LONGORIA,Rays' third baseman commenting on the team's low attendance.
With an opportunity to see their team clinch a postseason berth, only 12,446 fans attend the Rays game against Baltimore at Tropicana Field. Inspired by third baseman Evan Longoria's criticism of the low attendance figures, the club will make 20,000 free tickets available in the series finale to get more 'energy' into the domed ballpark.