1998 April

1st Seattle 1B David Segui homers from both sides of the plate in the Mariners 9–7 loss to Cleveland. Segui adds a double and drives in 5 runs.

The expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays win their first game in franchise history, beating the Tigers, 11–8. Fred McGriff has 4 RBIs on 3 hits.

The Angels put together a 4-run rally in the 4th to hand the Yankees a 4–1 opening day defeat. Matt Walbeck’s 2-RBI triple was the big hit in the game. Chuck Finley earns the win as he gives up a run on 4 hits and 6 walks in 7 IP, with 7 K’s. Chuck Knoblauch enters the record books as he plays his 1000th game at 2B and set the AL record for highest career fielding percentage.

The Orioles trounce the Royals, 10-1, as Scott Erickson records his 100th win and Cal Ripken, Jr. clubs his 8th grand slam. Len Webster adds a pair of homers as manager Ray Miller earns his first win for the O’s.

The Angels sign free agent pitcher Steve Sparks to a minor league contract. He’ll go 0–8 in the minors, earning a promotion, where he’ll go 9–4. The knuckler missed the entire 1997 season when he injured himself ripping a phone book in half following a spring training game.

2nd Kevin Elster, Mike Simms, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Lee Stevens all homer as Texas pounds out a 20–4 win over the White Sox. The Rangers, with 23 safeties, tie an AL record as 9 players have 2 or more hits in the contest.

By hitting a HR in Colorado’s 6–4 win over Arizona at Bank One Ballpark, Rockies OF Ellis Burks sets a major league record by having homered in 33 different stadiums.

Jeromy Burnitz hits 2 HRs, including an 11th inning grand slam, as the Brewers hold on to beat the Braves, 8–6. It is the Brewers first win in the NL. The two teams combine for 7 homers.

The Cardinals beat the visiting Dodgers, 8-5, when Mark McGwire belts a 3-run walkoff homer.

3rd Brewers SS Jose Valentin strokes 3 homers, and drives in 5 runs, to lead Milwaukee to a 7–1 victory over the Marlins.

Just 4 days after being obtained in a trade with Cleveland, Reds 1B Sean Casey is hit in the eye with a ball thrown by Damian Jackson during batting practice. His eye orbit is fractured, and will require surgery on April 8.

The Padres score 6 runs in the 1st inning as they beat the Cardinals, 13-5. Tony Gwynn has 3 hits and 4 runs, Greg Myers drives in 5 runs and winning pitcher Mark Langston drives in 2. Mark McGwire homers for the Birds, his third homer in three games.

4th Cardinals 1B Mark McGwire homers in his 4th straight game to tie the NL record set by Willie Mays in 1971 for HRs in consecutive games at the beginning of the season. The Cardinals defeat the Padres by an 8–6 score.

The Twins’ Mike Morgan hurls the first 7 innings of Minnesota’s 3–2 loss to KC. In doing so, he ties a modern major league mark, shared by Bob Miller and Ken Brett, by appearing in a game with his 10th team. In the game, Minnesota OF Otis Nixon has his jaw broken while sliding into 2B when he is kicked in the face by Royals SS Felix Martinez.

5thThe Arizona Diamondbacks win their first game in franchise history, 3–2, over the Giants. Andy Benes gets the win for the 1–5 D’backs.

In a duel of aces, Philadelphia’s Curt Schilling strikes out 15 to beat Atlanta’s Greg Maddux, 2–1.

Raul Mondesi’s 7th inning homer, off Mike Remlinger, is the only score as Los Angeles beats the Reds, 1-0. Ramon Martinez is the winner, the 10th straight time he’s beaten the Reds.

6th Houston trounces Colorado, 13–4, despite 5 hits by Rockies’ RF Dante Bichette. Jeff Bagwell homers and drives home 3 runs for the Astros.

The Cleveland Indians request permission from the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell shares of the team to the public. Plans are made for an initial offering of 4 million shares.

8th The Athletics trade OF Shane Mack and a player to be named to the Royals in exchange for C Mike Macfarlane and cash.

9th  The Orioles (7–1) win their 7th straight, 2–1, tying the score on Cal Ripken’s 7th inning homer. Ripken moves ahead of Gehrig to 45th on the career hit list.

10th The Dodgers Mike Piazza becomes the 5th NL player in history to hit grand slams in consecutive games by homering in the Dodgers 7–2 win over the Astros. Piazza also homered with the bags full, while driving in 6 runs, in last night’s 7–2 win over Arizona. He’ll hit another on April 24th to tie the ML record for slams in a month.

Tino Martinez leads the Yankees to a historical 17–13 win over the A’s. Martinez had 3 hits, including a double and HR, 5 RBI, and 4 runs. The teams combine for a Yankee Stadium record with 30 runs, topping the old record of 28 set on June 3, 1933. The Yankees’ 17 runs are the most in a home opener since 1955.

Cubs’ OF Henry Rodriguez gets 5 hits and drives home 3 runs in Chicago’s 13–0 win over Montreal. Kevin Tapani limits the Expos to just 3 hits to gain the win.

Mo Vaughn of the Red Sox and Steve Finley of the Padres each hit game–ending grand slams, the first time 2 players accomplished the feat on the same day since 1982. Vaughn’s gives Boston a 9–7 win over Seattle, while Finley’s powers San Diego to a 6–4 victory over Arizona.

Down 7–2, the Red Sox jump on Seattle for 7 runs in the last half of the 9th to defeat the Mariners, 9–7. Four Mariner relievers fail to get a single batter out in the frame, as Mo Vaughn’s grand slam off Paul Spoljaric is the decisive hit.

11th  Andy Pettitte pitches the Yankees to a 3–1 win over the A’s, to put the team over the .500 mark for the first time in the season. Pettitte earned his 1st win of the year, beating Tom Candiotti. Derek Jeter has 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 steals.

In the Reds 12–5 win over the host Rockies, the 2 teams tie a 19th century ML record as 8 players have 3 or more hits. The Reds have 6 players with 3 hits. Todd Helton also ties a ML record (September 16, 1972) by leaving 12 runners on base, though he does collect an RBI with a sac fly.

12th With their 4–1 win over the White Sox, Tampa Bay becomes the 1st expansion team in history to have a record over .500 after their first 10 games.

Tim Salmon has a pair of homers and scores 5 runs as Anaheim downs Cleveland, 12-1. Steve Finley goes 7+ innings for the win.

13th Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. slugs 2 HRs in a 6–5 loss to Cleveland. In doing so, he becomes the second–youngest player in big league history to reach 300 homers for his career, at 28 years and 143 days. Jimmie Foxx, at 27 years 328 days, was the youngest.

Lee Stevens of the Rangers hits 3 HRs and drives in 4 in a 10–1 victory over the Tigers.

Cardinals rookie C Eli Marrero returns to action after undergoing surgery for the removal of a malignant tumor from his neck on March 6. He hits the first pitch he sees for a triple, and also homers in the Cardinals 8–2 loss to the Giants.

A steel joint, weighing several hundred pounds, falls through a roof panel at Yankee Stadium, destroying a seat located between 3rd base and home plate. Luckily, the Yankees are scheduled to play a night game, and no fans are in the stadium at the time. Emergency inspections are scheduled, and the game against the Angels is canceled. The final game of the series will be played at Shea Stadium, while next week’s series against the Tigers is switched to Detroit.

14th Atlanta rookie pitcher Kevin Millwood pitches a 1–hitter against Pittsburgh, shutting out the Pirates, 6–0. He fans 13 in the contest, without walking a single batter.

Mark McGwire of the Cardinals hits 3 HRs and notches 5 ribbies in a 15–5 victory over the Diamondbacks.  Matt Williams hits a grand slam, the first in Diamondbacks history.

15th The Yankees defeat the Angels, 6–3, in an afternoon game played at Shea Stadium. The Mets defeat the Cubs, 2–1, in a night game, marking the first time in history that American and National League games are played in the same park on the same day.

Sammy Sosa of the Cubs hits his 210th career HR in the Cubs 2–1 loss to the Mets. He breaks Bob Horner’s major league record for most HRs without a grand slam from the start of a career.

San Diego’s Kevin Brown shuts out the Giants, 1–0, on a 4–hitter. Brown almost matches the Giants himself, as he gets 3 hits in 4 at bats.

In a 5–3 loss to the visiting Mariners, the Indians David Bell hits the 1st inside-the-park HR in             Jacobs Field history and the 1st for the Indians since July 18, 1989 (Joe Carter). Randy Johnson and Kenny Lofton are both ejected after the 2 argue about inside pitches.

16th Milwaukee second baseman Fernando Vina gets 5 hits in the Brewers’ 5–3, 14–inning victory over the Expos.

17th  At Boston, the Sox pinch run OF Damon Buford in the 9th, then hide him in the infield in the 10th against the Indians. He starts the 10th at 2B, then switches to 3B after Ramirez singles. Valentin goes to 2B. An out later they switch back, then switch again after another out. The Tribe fails to score and Boston wins in the 10th, 3–2.

18th  The Yankees set a team record for the longest win streak in Detroit as they win their 12th straight, beating the Tigers, 8–3. It is their 8th straight win overall and David Cone’s first of the year. Greg Keagle takes the loss. The Tigers beat the Yanks tomorrow, 2–1.

The Cardinals unveiled a bronze statue of Bob Gibson outside Busch Stadium, then beat the Phils, 6–5.

19th Florida Marlins rookie 3B Kevin Millar makes his first major league start against the Diamondbacks. On the first pitch he sees from Jeff Suppan, Millar swings and hits a foul ball. In doing so, he breaks the hamate bone in his left hand, sending him to the DL. Florida goes on to defeat Arizona, 4–3.

The Mets score 3 runs in each of the last 3 innings to take a 14–0 victory over the Reds, the largest shutout in team history. Another team mark is tied when LF Bernard Gilkey scores 5 times.

The Blue Jays beat the White Sox, 5–4, despite Lou Frazier tying the Sox team record (George Davis and Jimmy Callahan, in 1905) for stolen bases with 4. Interestingly, Frazier is 0-for-3 at the plate. Albert Belle homers for the Sox and Mike Stanley and Ed Sprague go back to back for the Jays in the 4th.

20th  In the Mariners 8–7 win over the Royals, Alex Rodriguez again paces Seattle with two doubles and a homer. the young star ties Earl Sheely’s 1926 AL record of 8 extra base hits in 3 straight games: Alex  had a triple and HR on the 18th, 2 doubles and a triple on the 19th.

Arizona gaffs the Marlins, 15–4, pounding 4 pitchers. The D’Backs use 6 pitchers, including reliever Gregg Olson, who hits a 2 run HR, his 1st, in the 7th off Henriquez. It will turn out to be Olson’s last ML at bat. In 2.2 innings, Henriquez gives up 5 singles, a double, triple, and homer.

22nd White Sox second baseman Ray Durham ties a major league record by reaching base on an error 3 times in Chicago’s 14–7 victory over the Indians. Durham adds 3 hits, scores 4 runs, and drives home 2. Chicago breaks the game open by scoring 9 runs in the 5th inning. Durham was also involved in 2 other plays in which he advanced on errors—a SB in which he went to 3rd on a throwing error and he triples and scores on another error.

The Yankees, in first by a half game, pound Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte shuts down the Blue Jays, as the Yankees prevail, 9–1. Scott Brosius has 3 hits and 5 RBI. Pettitte pitches a complete game and allows 1 run (unearned) on 6 hits and 1 walk, with 6 strike outs. Clemens takes the loss allowing 9 runs (6 earned), the 3rd time in Clemens’ great career that he allowed 9 runs in a game and the 2nd time against the Yankees.  Clemens K’s 6 and reaches 2900 career strikeouts.

23rd Brewers’ OF Marquis Grissom hits his 103rd career homer in Milwaukee’s 2–1 win over the Dodgers. He surpasses Lou Piniella’s old record for most homers without a multiple–HR game. Grissom eventually reaches 109 career HR before hitting a pair on September 26.

24th Yankee Stadium is cleared to reopen, so a series that was originally scheduled to be in Detroit opens in New York. Darryl Strawberry homers to complete a 4-run rally in the 1st in the Yankees 8–4 win. David Cone earns the win, his 150th, over Greg Keagle. It is also Cone’s 11th consecutive win over Detroit.

Moises Alou drives in 5 runs and Carl Everett homers from each side of the plate—the 7th time an Astro has accomplished this—to lead the Astros to an 8–4 win over Montreal.

John Burkett lasts just 4 2/3 innings but gives up 11 earned runs—8 in the 2nd—to set a Rangers’ club record for earned runs allowed.

     The Mets unveil a model of their proposed new stadium. The park, patterned after the old Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, will have a retractable roof and a retractable field, so that it can be used for an assortment of events.

25th Cal Ripken plays in his 2,500th consecutive game as the Orioles defeat the A’s, 8–2. Ripken gets 2 singles in 5 at bats and drives in 3 runs. The next 22 longest active streaks add up to less than Cal’s 2,500.

At Seattle, The Twins bust a 2-2 tie by scoring 6 runs on 6 hits in the 9thinning. The big blow is Ron Coomer’s grand slam, off Heathcliff Slocumb. Minnesota wins, 8-2.

27th Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal is seriously injured in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic. Marichal is hospitalized with injuries to his head, neck, spine and left leg.

28th Texas OF Juan Gonzalez drives home 2 runs in the Rangers 7–2 win over the Twins, giving him a major league record 35 RBIs for the month of April. Tino Martinez had 34 in 1997.

OF Tony Gwynn leads San Diego to a 7–3 win over the Cubs as he strokes 5 hits, including a home run, scores 3 runs, and drives home 2. It is his 9th game of 5 or more hits (one 6-hit game) placing him 3rd on the all-time list behind Cobb (14) and Rose (10).

29th Oakland rookie OF Ben Grieve gets 5 hits in the Athletics’ 11–4 win over Cleveland. He scores 4 runs in the contest while knocking in a pair.

Led by Wil Cordero and Albert Belle, the White Sox pound on the Orioles, 16–7, ruining Sidney Ponson’s 1st ML start. Cordero, cut by Boston on the last day of spring training, has 2 HRs and 5 RBI, and Belle has 2 HRs and 4 RBI. Belle follows a Thomas HR with his 1st dinger, and Ventura follows Belle’s 2nd with another. Thomas adds a big hurt, breaking reliever Norm Charlton’s nose with a line single in the 7th.

30th The Rangers manage just 2 runs in a 7–2 loss to the Tigers, but establish a new major league mark for runs scored in the month of April with 180.

The Cubs record their 1,000th win over the Cardinals, winning 8–3 behind Kerry Wood. Mark McGwire hits his 11th, off Marc Pisciotta in the 8th.