1994 April

3rd Cardinals OF Ray Langford hits a HR as the first batter of the 1994 season. St. Louis goes on the defeat Cincinnati, 6-4, with Bob Tewksbury gaining the win.

4th Cubs OF Tuffy Rhodes becomes first NL player to hit 3 HRs on opening day when he connects off Doc Gooden at Wrigley Field, but the Mets beat the Cubs 12-8, with Gooden getting the win over Mike Morgan. Tuffy’s three HRs are consecutive and he adds a single.

Jacobs Field in Cleveland opens with the Indians defeating the Mariners, 4-3, in front of 41,259 fans. Seattle OF Eric Anthony hits the stadium’s first HR, while Eric Plunk notches the first victory in relief.

6th In Toronto, the White Sox win their first of the year, beating the Blue Jays, 9-2, behind 7 innings by starter Wilson Alvarez. Robin Ventura hits 2 homers, one a grand slam, and Darrin Jackson also hits two, one pinch hit. He is the first White Sox player to hit two homers, one pinch hit, in a game.

7th The Marlins score a run in the 1st against Ramon Martinez and make it stand up as they edge the Dodgers, 1-0. Darren Dreifort, the ’93 NCAA Player of the Year at Wichita State and the number 2 pick in last year’s draft, pitches a scoreless 9th for the Dodgers. Dreifort jumped right to the ML without playing in the minors.

8th Braves P Kent Mercker no-hits the Dodgers, 6-0, fanning 10 in the process. It his first complete game in the majors. Chan Ho Park comes on to pitch in the 9th for the Dodgers, becoming the first Korean player to appear in a major league game.

Darryl Strawberry enters the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, California, for 18 days of treatment for substance abuse.

Oakland defeats Minnesota, 15-5, as Geronimo Berroa gets 5 hits, and drives home 5 runs, for the A’s.

11th At the regular season opening of The Ballpark at Arlington, a fan posing for pictures falls from the railing of the right field home run porch. Hollye Minter falls some 35 feet and breaks her right arm, ribs, and several bones in her neck. The Brewers go on to defeat the Rangers, 4-3.

12th Boston 3B Scott Cooper hits for the cycle while going 5-for-6 in the Red Sox’ 22-11 victory over KC. It is the most runs ever scored in a game against the Royals.

13th Montreal P Pedro Martinez’s bid for a perfect game, in only his 5th major league start, goes down the tubes as he hits Reds OF Reggie Sanders on an 0-2 count with 1 out in the 8th inning. Sanders apparently thinks that Martinez did it deliberately and charges the mound, setting off a bench-clearing brawl. When order is restored, Martinez loses his no-hitter when Brian Dorsett singles to lead off the 9th. He does not figure in the decision, as the Reds rally to tie. Montreal wins, 3-2, with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Indians P Derek Lilliquist is credited with Cleveland’s 6-5 win without retiring a batter. With 2 outs in 9th of a 5-5 tie, the runner on 1B, Rex Hudler, is thrown out trying to steal. The Indians go on to score in the 10th to win the game.

15th The Angels rally to score 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning against Toronto to tie the game at 13-13. The Blue Jays had scored 5 runs in the top half of the inning to take a 10-3 lead. California pushes across the winning run in the 10th to come out on top with a 14-13 victory.

Beloit Brewers P Kelly Wunsch strikes out 5 batters in the 3rd inning of Beloit’s Class A Midwest League game against the Springfield Sultans. Two of the 5 reach base after striking out on pitches that get away from the catcher. Wunsch loses, but his mitt ends up in Cooperstown.

16th At the opener at Mile High Stadium, Andres Galarraga hits a grand slam in the 5-run 7th as the Rockies top the Expos, 7-3. Prior to the game, Dinger, the official mascot of the Colorado Rockies, is hatched on the field. He is an anthropomorphic purple triceratops.

18th  In a 7-1 win over the visiting Cardinals, Braves hitters Ryan Klesko, Fred McGriff, and David Justice hit back-to-back-to-back homers, all off Rick Sutcliffe.

Tim Raines rocks three homers and scores 5 runs to lead the White Sox to a 12-1 win over the Red Sox. Frank Thomas also homers for the Pale Hose.

19th The Red Sox defeat the Athletics, 13-5, as Mo Vaughn and Tim Naehring twice hit back-to-back HRs. The pair connect off Bob Welch in the 2nd inning and off Carlos Reyes in the 6th.

     In the SkyDome, the Blue Jays belt Kevin Brown (0-4) for career-high 10 runs in 3+ innings en route to a 13-3 shellacking of Texas. Brown allows 12 hits, including a double and 3-run homer to Joe Carter.

Expo OF Larry Walker throws out Giants P John Burkett at 1B on a ground ball into RF. Montreal goes on to defeat San Francisco, 4-3.

21st Cleveland 1B Eddie Murray smacks HRs from both sides of the plate in the Indians’ 10-6 win over the Twins. It is the 11th time that he has performed the feat, breaking the record previously held by Mickey Mantle.

22nd Mo Vaughan’s single in the bottom of the 9th drives in the game-winner as the Red Sox edge the Angels, 6-5. Billy Hatcher’s steal of home with 2 outs in the 7th ties the Angels, 5–5.

23rd Padres’ OF Tony Gwynn gets 5 hits, including a double and HR, in San Diego’s 8-2 win over Philadelphia.

Toronto’s Al Leiter gives up a leadoff HR to Chuck Knoblauch, walks 5, balks 3 times and gives up 5 earned runs in 6+ innings, but still earns the win as the Jays down the Twins, 8-6.  No one will balk 3 times again until 2009. Joe Carter backs Leiter with a double, homer and 3 RBIs.

24th Julio Franco and Robin Ventura twice hit back-to-back HRs in Chicago’s 7-6 loss to Detroit. It is the 17th time it has happened in major league history, and the 2nd time this week.

25th Padres’ P Scott Sanders and OF Derek Bell are arrested in New York on charges of soliciting undercover policewomen posing as prostitutes, prior to San Diego’s game against the Mets. The Padres go on to win the game, 6-3, as Sanders picks up his first career save. Charges against Sanders and Bell will be dismissed in October for lack of evidence.

26th Baltimore OF Brady Anderson gets 4 extra-base hits in his first 4 trips to the plate in the Orioles’ 10-4 win over Oakland. Anderson’s 2 doubles and 2 HRs all come while leading off an inning. His 12 total bases is one shy of the club record. Palmeiro and Hoiles both homer to back Arthur Rhoades.

27th Minnesota P Scott Erickson no-hits the Brewers, 6-0. It is the first no-hitter in the history of the Metrodome. Erickson strikes out 5 while walking 4 in his gem, the first Minnesota no-hitter in 27 years.

Toronto OF Joe Carter sets an new major league record by driving home his 30th run of April with a 1st-inning single in the Blue Jays’ 11-3 loss to Texas. Carter will finish the month with 31.

29th Montreal P Kirk Reuter defeats SD by a score of 3-1. In doing so, he becomes the first major league pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to begin his career by winning his first 10 decisions. The all-time record is 12, held by former Giants hurler, Hooks Wiltse, who did so in 1904, and tied by Butch Metzger (1974-76).

Colorado 1B Andres Galarraga sets a new NL record by driving in his 30th run of the month in the Rockies’ 6-5 victory over Chicago. The previous league mark of 29 was held by Dale Murphy and Ron Cey.

30th  The Orioles and Mike Mussina top Seattle and Randy Johnson, 6–4.  The O’s lose rookie Jeffrey Hammonds when he suffers a concussion running into catcher Bill Haselman while trying to score on a sac fly. Jack Voight takes over for Hammonds and is 3-for-5 with a homer.