2003 June

1st      The Yankees defeat the Tigers in 17 innings by a score of 10-9. New York takes a 7-1 lead as Roger Clemens starts in pursuit of his 300th win, but Detroit ties the game in the 7th.

The Mariners score 6 runs in the 1st inning and go on to beat the Twins, 9-5. The first 7 Seattle batters hit safely as the team falls one shy of the ML record for consecutive hits to start a game. The 7 hits all come off Kenny Rogers, who breaks the AL record of 5 hits to first 5 batters, a mark held by 3 pitchers.

The Mets score 8 runs in the 6th inning on their way to a 10-4 triumph over the Braves.

The U.S. House votes 372-0 to congratulate the Chicago Cubs Sammy Sosa on his 500th home run and praise him as a role model. There will be a ceremony on the 5this to present him with a copy of the House resolution.

2ndThe Marlins wallop the A’s, 13-2. Oakland’s Eric Byrnes has his 22-game hitting streak snapped.

The Cubs edge the Devil Ray, 3-2, but the headline news is Sammy. Sosa is ejected from the game in the 1st inning after apparently driving in a run with a broken-bat ground out. Inspection of the bat reveals it to have cork inside and the run is disallowed.

In the opening round of the June Draft, the Devil Rays pick first and take high schooler Delmon Young, quickly inking him to a ML contract that includes a $3.7 million bonus. His brother Dmitri was drafted 4thoverall in 1991. This will be the first draft in history in which every player drafted in the first two rounds will sign, though first round bonuses will average $1.757 million, down from last year’s average of $2.1 million.  Only 16 players of the 307 drafted will not sign, a new record (24 in 2000 was the previous mark). The Expos sign all 19 draftees. Picking 2nd, the Brewers take 2B Rickie Weeks, who set an NCAA record with a career BA of .473. The Tigers take Wake Forest’s Kyle Sleeth and the Padres use #4 to pick Tim Stauffer. The Cubs use the 6th pick to take Ryan Harvey, an OF from Dunedin High School; he’ll sign for $2.4 million. His teammate from last year, Brian Dopirak, is a Cubs minor leaguer drafted in 2002.  The O’s ink 2002 draftee Adam Loewen for $4.2 million, a week before they would lose his rights, then take Nick Markalis with the #7. The best debuts in this class will be put in by Lou Palmisano (Helena, .394), a 3rdround pick of Milwaukee, and Michael Aubrey (Lake County, .348), Cleveland’s first round pick. The Blue Jays #2 pick Josh Banks will go 7–2 for Auburn. In the 24thround, the Giants select future closer Brian Wilson.

4thThe Angels pound out 7 homers in defeating the Expos, 11-2. Garret Anderson hits 3 round-trippers, while Jeff DaVanon has his 3rd straight 2-homer game. DaVanon ties the major league record (Gus Zernial, 1951; Frank Thomas, 1962; Lee May, 1969), ties the AL record with 6 HR in 3 games (first set by Lazzeri in 1936), and becomes the 3rd player to homer from both sides of the plate in consecutive games (Eddie Murray, 1987; Ken Caminiti, 1995).

5thThe Brewers sweep a doubleheader from the Mets, winning the first game, 8-7, and the 2nd, 5-3. John Franco becomes the 8th pitcher in history to appear in 1,000 games when he pitches in game two.

7thThe Royals defeat the Rockies, 9-5, in the 2nd game of their doubleheader as Todd Jones makes his first career start for Colorado after 632 relief appearances to set a ML record. Chuck McElroy was the former record holder with 603 relief appearances before his first start. The Royals take game 1, 13-11, scoring 12 runs off Shawn Chacon (8-3) in 3 2/3 innings.  Mike Sweeney has a grand slam in the 2ndand Charles Johnson answers that with a grand slam for the Rockies.

At Milwaukee the Red Sox play long ball to edge the Brewers, 11-10, and move to a half game behind the idle first-place AL-East Yankees. Kevin Millar, with a grand slam, and Bill Mueller hit pinch homers and Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek hit back-to-back solo homers in the 9thto greet reliever Mike DeJean. Ortiz and Ramirez also homer for the Sox.

Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa is suspended for 8 games for using a corked bat in a 3-2 win over the Devil Rays on June 3. The Cubs also lose the services of Hee Seop Choi, who suffers a concussion in the 4thwhen he collides with P Kerry Wood. Choi is knocked out for 17 minutes. His replacement Eric Karros hits a 3-run HR in the 7thas the Cubs beat Roger Clemens and the Yankees, 5–2, at Wrigley.  Clemens was making his 3rdtry to win his 300thgame. For the Cubs, it is their first win against the Yankees ever.

8thThe Cubs win for the second time in a row against the Yankees, 8-7, as New York scores 4 in the last two innings. Mark Prior (7-2) strikes out 10 in 6 innings.

11thThe Astros shut out the Yankees, 8-0, as six Houston pitchers combine to throw a no-hitter—the most ever to do so on a no-no. Starter Roy Oswalt leaves the game in the 2nd inning with a strained groin. He is followed in turn by Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner, who combine to hold the Yankees hitless for the first time since 1958. It is the longest streak without being no-hit—6,980 games—in ML history. Dotel ties a record by striking out 4 New Yorkers in the 8th inning. The Yankees tie the AL record by striking out 8 consecutive times. It was the 4th time it’s happened, the first since the Mariners struck out 8 consecutive times off Roger Clemens in his first 20 K game (April 29, 1986). The major league record is for pitcher used in a shutout is 8, by the Red Sox, in a 10 inning game on October 3, 1999.

12thThe Blue Jays upend the Pirates, 5-4, ending Aramis Ramirez’s 22-game hitting streak in the process.

At Comiskey, the Giants come from behind to win, 8-4, by scoring 6 runs in the top of the 9th. Rich Aurelia’s pinch grand slam, off Marte, is the big clincher.

Southern University’s All-American 2B Rickie Weeks, the all-time NCAA leading hitter, is named winner of the Dick Howser Award as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s player of the year.

13thThe Yankees defeat the Cardinals, 5-2, as Roger Clemens becomes the 21st pitcher in history to win 300 games. Clemens finishes with 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings to become the 3rd pitcher to surpass 4,000 for his career. His 4000thstrikeout comes against Edgar Rentaria in the 2ndinning and when it is posted on the scoreboard elicits a huge roar from the crowd, drowning out the greeting to next batter Tino Martinez, who strikes out.  In the 4thinning, the crowd gets on its feet to welcome back the fan-favorite Martinez.

Devil Rays beat the Pirates, 7-1, as Victor Zambrano combines with 3 relievers to limit Pittsburgh to 1 hit. The Pirates only hit is a bloop single by Jack Wilson leading off the 5th inning. Zambrano walks 5, throws a team-record 4 wild pitches, and ties another team mark with 3 hit batsmen.

14thPhiladelphia scores 10 runs in the 8th inning and goes on to post a 12-2 win over the Reds. David Bell rings a 3-run homer in the big frame.

The Yankees core 10 runs in the first three innings and coast to a 13-4 win over the visiting Cardinals. Birds reliever Brett Tomko allows 9 runs on 12 hits, including 4 homers. The 4 homers off a reliever ties a club mark last matched by Todd Burns in 1993.  Jason Giambi has 2 of the 4 homers, while Tino Martinez hit a pair for St. Louis.

In Anaheim, the Angels beat up the Mets, winning 13-3. Garret Anderson has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and Brad Fullmer adds a grand slam.

15thThe Blue Jays edge the Cubs, 5-4, in 10 innings. Toronto rookie OF Reed Johnson leads off the game for the Blue Jays with a HR, then hits a walk-off homer in the 10th to win it. The last player to start and finish a game with a HR was Darin Erstad of the Angels in 2000.

The Mets shut out the Angels, 8-0, behind Steve Trachsel’s one-hitter. David Eckstein’s 2-out single in the 6th in Anaheim’s only safety. Rookie SS Jose Reyes hits a grand slam to lead NY, becoming just the 2nd player in team history (in addition to Jack Hamilton) to hit a grand slam as his first ML homer.

16thThe Marlins squeak by the Mets, 1-0, as rookie Dontrelle Willis hurls a 1-hitter. Ty Wigginton’s 4th inning single is NY’s only hit as Willis hurls the first complete game of his career in his 8th big league start. Ivan Rodriguez’s HR accounts for the only run of the contest.

17thThe Devil Rays defeat the Yankees, 11-2, in the first game of a doubleheader. Tampa Bay sets a team record with 18 hits in a 9-inning game, and would have scored even more were it not for 6 NY double plays—one shy of the AL mark. NY comes back to win the nightcap, 10-2.

The Mets shut out the Marlins, 5-0, as Jae Seo and two relief pitchers combine to toss a 1-hitter. Juan Encarnacion’s 5th inning single is Florida’s only hit. It is the 3rd straight 1-hitter the Mets have been involved in, believed to be a ML record.

The Royals ride a team-record 12-run 7th inning to a 14-7 victory over the Twins. Trailing 3-1, KC sends 16 men to the plate in the stanza to take a 13-3 lead.

The Dodgers Kevin Brown wins his 10th,game, and 9thin a row, beating San Francisco, 4–2. He leaves the game with a groin injury, but will not miss a start. He won’t win his 11thtill August.

19thThe A’s upend the Rangers, 9-2, behind Miguel Tejada’s 5 hits. One of Tejada’s safeties is a HR off starting pitcher Mario Ramos, who is making his ML debut.

Montreal’s Juan Rivera hits 2 homers in a 9-run 2ndinning of slugfest against the White Sox. His 2ndhomer is a grand slam.  The Expos need it as they win, 17-14. Terrmel Sledge, who comes in as a defensive replacement, hits a 2-run homer in the 8thto give Montreal some breathing room.

Jason Schmidt of the Giants shuts out the Dodgers, 2-0, limiting LA to 3 hits. In the process, he ends Paul LoDuca’s 25-game hitting streak.

The Rockies trade All-Star SS Jose Hernandez to the Cubs in exchange for IF Mark Bellhorn and minor league P Travis Anderson.

20thFlorida beats Tampa Bay, 3-1, in 11 innings as rookie Miguel Cabrera hits a walkoff HR in his ML debut. He is only the 3rd player in history to perform the feat, joining Josh Bard (8/23/02) and Billy Parker (9/9/71).

At San Diego, the Padres go into the bottom of the 9thdown 3–0 to the Mariners. M’s reliever Jeff Nelson then gives up 5 runs, including a 2-out walkoff grand slam by Rondell White as the Pads sink the Mariners, 5-3. Nelson’s collapse negates a fine effort by starter Gil Meche (7 IP).

21stThe Phillies defeat the Red Sox, 6-5 on pinch-hitter Todd Pratt’s 2-out, 2-run HR in the 13th inning. The Phils score 3 in the frame. Nomar Garciaparra strokes a team-record tying 6 hits for Boston, and adds a walk. Todd Walker has two homers, off Wolf, and Kevin Millar has a pair of doubles and a triple. Jim Thome clouts homers in the 8thand the 12th

The Pirates edge the Indians, 7-6, in 15 innings for their 2nd consecutive 15-inning victory over the Tribe. It is the first time since 1996 that two teams have played back-to-back 15 inning affairs.

The red-hot Dodgers beat Anaheim, 4–2, capitalizing on Adrian Beltre’s 3-run HR. Eric Gagne picks up his 27th save despite allowing 3 hits in the 9th. For the 3rdtime (April 27, June 18) this season, Bengie Molina pinch hits for his brother, Jose, singling against Gagne for a run.

22ndBrett Myers shuts out the Red Sox on 3 hits as the Phillies beat the Red Sox for the second day in a row, 5-0. Abreau, Byrd, and Rollins hit homeruns.

23rdThe Giants squeak by the Dodgers, 3-2 in 11 innings. Barry Bonds scores the winning run after stealing the 500th base of his career. He becomes the first player in history to have 500 steals and 500 HRs.

Behind Phillip Humber’s 5-hitter, Rice University trounces Stanford, 14-2, to win the College WS. It is the school’s first NCAA title in any sport.

24thThe Red Sox trounce the Tigers, 10-1, as Nomar Garciaparra gets 5 hits, and Kevin Millar adds 4 hits and 5 RBI. Derek Lowe is the winner with 8 innings of work.

OF Brad Wilkerson hits for the cycle to lead Montreal to a 6-4 victory over Pittsburgh. Wilkerson singles in the 2nd, doubles in the 5th, triples in the 6th, and homers in the 7th to become the 5th Expo to accomplish the feat.

The Cubs pound 6 HRs in a 9-1 win over the Brewers. Kerry Wood, Mark Grudzielanek, and Alex Gonzalez homer in succession in the 6th inning. It is the 9th time in team history that 3 players have homered in a row.

25thThe Red Sox score 9 runs in the 8th inning to cap an 11-2 win over the Tigers.

In Chicago, the Brewers score 6 runs in the 10thto double up the Cubs, 12-6. Jenkins and Brook Kieschnick hits homers in the 10th, the latter a pinch roundtripper. Eddie Perez adds a pinch triple in the 10thand Kevin Ginter hits a pinch HR in the 7thfor Milwaukee. The pair of pinch homers ties the ML mark.

The Yankees obtain OF Karim Garcia and P Dan Miceli from the Indians in exchange for a player to be named.

26thGeoff Jenkins’ 3-run HR in the 9th inning leads Milwaukee to a 5-3 win over the Cubs. Chicago’s Mark Prior fans 16 Brewers in 8 innings.

27thThe Red Sox tie a team record by getting 28 hits in a 25-8 thrashing of the Marlins. Boston scores 14 runs in the first inning, setting a ML mark by plating 10 runs before an out is made. Johnny Damon becomes the 2nd player in history to get 3 hits in an inning, with a single, double, and triple in the frame. Damon gets 5 hits altogether. The Sox also tie a mark with 5 players in the inning scoring twice, and most runs in the first inning. Carl Pavano and Tejara allow 10 runs without recording an out for manager Jack McKeon; The last time that happened to the first two pitchers was 31 years ago at Kansas city when Wayne Simpson and Ken Wright failed to record an out for—you guessed it—manager Jack McKeon. Paced by Bill Mueller’s 6 RBI, the Sox have 6 players with 3+ RBI.

Jason Michaels hits a 3-run homer in the top of the 17th, off Omar Daal, as the Phillies hold on to beat the Orioles, 4-2. The two teams burn through 15 pitchers in the game.

The Blue Jays defeat the Expos, 6-5, as Roy Halladay has his streak of 11 consecutive victories in 11 starts ended with a no-decision.

The Rangers top the Astros, 10-7. Houston’s Dave Matranga homers in his first ML at bat, doing so as a pinch-hitter in the 5th inning.

28thA day after a 25-8 whipping by the Bosox, the Marlins stage their biggest comeback in team history. Trailing 9–2 in the 8thinning against starter Tim Wakefield, the Marlins score 4 runs in the 8thand 4 runs in the 9thto win, 10–9.

Barry Bonds, who splashed #634 into the Bay last night, hits #635 today as the Giants edge the A’s 8-7 in 10 innings. San Francisco wins on Pedro Feliz’s single in the 10th.

After winning yesterday on Jose Valentin’s HR in the 9th, the White Sox beat the Cubs again in the 9th, winning 7-6 before a crowd of 45,440.

The Cardinals batter the Royals, 13-9 as Jim Edmonds has 4 extra base hits, including 2 homers. This is his second four extra-base-hit game this year, tying a ML record last matched by Shannon Stewart, in 2000. Rookie Bo Hart has 4 hits and scores 4 runs for his 7thmulti-hit game in 9 outings. He is hitting .489. Hart will end up with 28 hits in his first 15 games, the first to do so since Irv Waldron accomplished the feat in 1901, his only season. Curiously, Hart’s career will consist of 77 games this season and 11 next. Joe DiMaggio (1936) and Terry Pendleton (1984) each had 27 hits their first 15 games.

Led by Hideki Matsui the Yankees sweep a day-night doubleheader from the crosstown Mets, winning the first by a score of 7-1 at Yankee Stadium and the nightcap, 9-8, at Shea Stadium. It is the 3rd time in history that two teams play two games at two different stadiums in the same day.  Matsui has a grand slam in game 1 as Roger Clemens shuts down the Mets. Matsui has 4 hits in game 2 and he is on base 9 out of 10 plate appearances. For the second time this season, Alfonse Soriano leads off with a homer and a teammate follows with a HR. This time it is Jeter who follows suit.

29thOakland defeats SF, 5-2, as OF Eric Byrnes hits for the cycle. Byrnes gets 5 hits—4 for extra bases—for the day, including two doubles, a triple and a homer.

The Diamondbacks send the Tigers to their 61st loss of the season, winning 5-3 in 10 innings. The Tigers, with a record of 18-61, become the first team in history to lose 60 games before July 1.

For the second time in 10 days the Padres come from behind by scoring 6 runs in the 9th, and for the second time the big hit is a grand slam by Rondell White. White connects off Arthur Rhodes.

30thThe Royals drop out of first place in the AL Central, losing a pair to the Indians, 10-5 and 8-5. Casey Blake has a homer in each game and drives in 5 runs in game 1 and two more in the nightcap.