2018 April

2nd The Diamondbacks outright Cuban slugger Yasmani Tomas to AAA after he clears waivers. Arizona wants him to work on his defense and is responsible for three years of his 6-year $42.5M contract. Tomas did not play after June 2 of last year when he was diagnosed with a groin tendinitis.

Miles Mikolas homers and is the winning pitcher as St. Louis whips the Brewers, 8-4. This is Mikolas’s first ML game after returning from three years in Japan.

In his debut at PNC Park, Colin Moran hits a 1st-inning grand slam off Lance Lynn in Pittsburgh’s 5-4 win over the Twins.

The Reds shut out the Cubs, 1-0. behind rookie Tyler Mahle. Chicago batters have struck out a total of 58 times in the club’s first 5 games for a new NL record. The previous high of 57 was set by the 2009 Nationals.

3rd The Yankees gaff the Rays, 11-4, as Didi Gregorius hits a pair of homers and drives in 8 runs. Giancarlo Stanton wears the platimum sombrero for the Bombers, striking out 5 times for the first time in his career. He is the third position player to strike out five times for the Yankees, joining Bernie Williams (1991) and Andy Phillips (2005).

Chris Owings clubs a 3-run homer, off Dodger closer Kenley Jansen, with 2 outs in the 9th inning, to force overtime. The Diamondbacks then score 2 runs in the 15th to edge LA, 8-7.

The Padres beat the Rockies, 8-4, as Christian Villanueva hits 3 HRs.

The Brewers edge the Cardinals, 5-4, on back-to-back homers by Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Cardinals strike first with back-to-back shots by Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham in the top of the 1st, making this the first game in ML history to start and end with back-to-back homers.

4th  The Mets edge the Phillies, 4-2, in the first digital-only national regular-season game broadcast. The contest aired exclusively on Facebook Watch.

5th The Rangers defeat the Athletics, 6-3 Adrian Beltre’s 2nd-inning double is the 3,054th hit of his career to move him past Rod Carew into first place among players from Latin America.

7th The Giants beat the Dodgers, 7-5, on Andrew McCutchen’s walk-off HR in the 14th inning. McCutcheon goes 6-for-7 on the day, including a double in addition to the homer.

The Phillies pound out 20 hits and crush the Marlins, 20-1.

8th      The Pirates shut out the Reds, 5-0, on Jameson Taillon’s 1-hitter. Cincinnati’s only safety is a single by opposing P Tyler Mahle.

Down by a score of 7-2, the Red Sox score 6 times in the 8th inning and hold on to defeat the Rays, 8-7, for their 8th straight win.

The Orioles edge the Yankees, 8-7, in 12 innings. Giancarlo Stanton strikes out 5 times in a game for the second time this week.

9th The Nationals defeat the Braves, 2-0, as Max Scherzer hurls a 2-hitter. He also becomes the second pitcher since 1920 to throw a shutout, strike out at least 10 batters, and steal a base in one game. Nolan Ryan performed the feat against the Pirates in 1984.

10th    The Mets score 2 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to rally past the Marlins for an 8-6 win. Mickey Callaway becomes the third manager in ML history to win at least 9 of his first 10 games at the helm. Joe Morgan started 10-0 for the Red Sox in 1988 and Pat Moran began 9-1 for the 1915 Phillies.

The Red Sox score 9 runs in the 6th inning en route to a 14-1 rout of the Yankees. Mookie Betts is 4-for-4 with a grand slam. Boston’s Alex Cora becomes the 4th manager in history to start his tenure by winning 9 of his first 10 games. The Mets Mickey Callaway became the 3rd only 20 minutes earlier.

After postponing their home opener yesterday because of snow, the Cubs fall to Ivan Nova and Pittsburgh, 8-5. Javier Baez reaches Nova for a pair of homers but it is not enough. The White Sox did play their home opener yesterday and lost, 5-4, to the Rays.

12th    The Giants shut out the Padres, 7-0, as Chris Stratton and Derek Law combine on a 1-hitter. The only SD safety is a pinch single by P Clayton Richard. It is the first time since 1900 that a pinch-hitting pitcher gets his team’s only hit in a game.

The Cardinals rout the Reds, 13-4, as Jose Martinez drives in 6 runs. Cincinnati SS Cliff Pennington becomes the first player in ML history to make his regular-season pitching debut after his postseason pitching debut. Pennington pitched for the Blue Jays in the 2015 postseason.

Joe Mauer has 3 RBI and 2 hits in the Twins 4-0 victory over the White Sox. He joins Kirby Puckett and Rod Carew as the only Twins with 2000 hits with the team.

Houston’s Gerrit Cole strikes out 14 in the Astros 3-2 win over the Rangers. With 11 K’s in each of his last 2 starts, Cole sets a ML record with 36 K’s in three starts with his new team. George Springer has a pair of homers, including a leadoff homer, his second this year.

14th    After trailing at one point by a score of 10-2, the Cubs score 9 runs in the 8th inning and defeat the Braves, 14-10. The last time the Cubs came back to score a 8-run or better comeback win was July 7, 2011 when they beat the Nationals, 10-9. They scored 9 runs in an inning on July 20, 2012 against Pittsburgh. The last time they score 9 runs in an inning on just 3 hits? At Ebbets Field on May 19, 1954.

Buckle your seat belt. At Oakland, the White Sox and A’s battle for 14 innings and 556 pitches and score 23 runs between them. Yoan Moncada hits a grand slam in the 5-run 2nd for the Sox but the Athletics crawl back to win it, 12-11 in 14 frames.

Corey Dickerson’s 7 game string of extra-base hits is snapped, but he drives in the lone run on a 9th inning bunt single as Pittsburgh wins, 1-0, over Miami.

15th    The Pirates beat the Marlins, 7-3, as Starling Marte goes 5-for-5 for Pittsburgh, including a homer in the 9th. But the Bucs lose 2B Josh Harrison who is hit on the hand with a pitch in the 3rd inning. He will be out for six weeks.

Clayton Kershaw strikes out 12 as the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks, 7-2, to snap an 11-game losing streak against Arizona. They last beat the D’backs in the regular season on August 10.

The Rangers top the Astros, 3-1, in 10 innings. Justin Verlander hurls 8 innings for Houston, allowing just one hit–a homer to Robinson Chirinos– and one run while fanning 11. Forty-four-year-old Bartolo Colon tosses 7 perfect innings for Texas and leaves after 7 2/3 frames, also surrendering just a hit and a run. Chirinos drives in 2 runs in the 10th to complete the scoring.

16th    The Reds send C Tony Sanchez to the Rangers for cash.

The Yankees trounce the Marlins, 12-1. Aaron Judge hits a HR in the 2nd inning to become the fastest player in ML history to reach 60 career homers, doing so in his 197th game. Next fastest was Mark McGwire, who did so in his 202nd career game.

Bryce Harper hits a broken bat homer in the first inning, then adds a key single in the Washington 6-run 8th as the Nationals trip the Mets, 8-6. Harper’s homer in the 1st, off Jacob DeGrom, shatters his bat.

17th    In front of a sellout crowd of 44,822, the visiting Red Sox hit 6 HRs and crush the Angels, 10-1. Mookie Betts strokes 3 of the round-trippers, all solo. Shohei Ohtani, who had struck out 18, all swinging, in his first two starts, did not last until the 3rd, leaving after developing a blister on his middle finger of his throwing hand. He induced only one swing at his splitter.

Patrick Corbin hurls a 1-hitter as the Diamondbacks defeat the Giants, 1-0. Brandon Belts’ 8th inning checked-swing single is SF’s only hit.

The Athletics defeat the White Sox, 10-2, on the team’s 50th anniversary. Oakland pitcher Ryan Dull fans 4 batters in the 8th inning in his season debut.

The Dodgers beat the Padres, 7-3. In the 2nd inning, LA’s Chase Utley gets hit by a pitch for the 200th time in his career, putting him 8th on the all-time list. He leads all active players in this category.

The Reds trade P Ariel Hernandez to the Dodgers in exchange for 1B Ibandel Isabel and P Zach Neal.

Hello Darlin. The Marlins down the Yankees, 9-1, as Darlin Garcia gets his first ML win. After hurling 6 hitless innings in his first start he does not allow a hit until the 5th inning against the Yanks. He becomes the second pitcher in ML history to have a streak of 10 hitless innings to begin his career as a starter. Bobo Holloman did so in 1953 for the Browns.

At Hi Bithorn Stadium, Francisco Lindor hits a 2-run homer in his native Puerto Rico to lead the Indians to a win over the Twins.

18th    Z or Zorro. Down 4-2, the Mets score 9 runs in the 8th inning and defeat the Nationals, 11-5. Yoenis Cespedes’ grand slam caps the scoring for the Amazins. Ryan Zimmerman hits a pair of HRs for Washington to pass Todd Zeile and become the all-time homerun leader among players whose last name begins with the letter “Z”. He now has 254 round-trippers.

The Twins edge the Indians, 2-1, in 16 innings. The game is scoreless heading into the 14th, when Edwin Encarnacion homers for Cleveland and Miguel Sanó ties it with a homer for Minnesota. Ryan LaMarre’s single wins it 2 innings later.

19th    The Reds fire manager Bryan Price and replace him on an interim basis with bench coach Jim Riggleman.

The Athletics sell OF Trayce Thompson to the White Sox and the Sox sell 2B Tyler Saladino to the Brewers.

20th   In a 10-0 loss to Justin Verlander and the Astros, White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar enters the game in the 6th and after finishing the inning collapses in the Chicago dugout after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm. He will wake up in the ICU in four days with no memory of the game or anything after walking out to the bullpen with a cup of coffee.  He will not pitch the rest of the season and eventually will sign a minor league contract with the Yankees for the 2019 season.

The Padres beat the Diamondbacks, 4-1, as Tyler Ross and Brad Hand combine on a 1-hitter. Ross takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning before Christian Walker hits a pinch double for Arizona’s only safety.

The Diamondbacks send P Tyler Pill to the Dodgers for cash.

21st     Sean Manaea of the Athletics hurls the first no-hitter of the season as he blanks the red-hot Red Sox, 3-0. He becomes the first hurler to toss a no-no against a team with an .800 winning percentage or better (minimum of 5 games into the season).

22nd   The Diamondbacks edge the Padres, 4-2, to become the first NL team in 15 years to win their first 7 series of a season. The Giants last did so in 2003.

The Giants beat the Angels, 4-2. In the first inning, SF’s Brandon Belt sees 21 pitches in his at bat against Jaime Barria, the most pitches on record (since 1988) for a single at bat. He flies out but later hits a homer. He sees 38 pitches in his first 3 at bats. Barria’s 21 pitch stand is the longest since June 26, 1998 when Bartolo Colon faced the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez, finally striking him out.

The Yankees move to 11-9 with a 5-1 win over the Blue Jays. New York is led by Luis Severino’s 7 strong innings and Miguel Andujar with 4 hits, including 2 doubles.

23rd   The Indians edge the Orioles, 2-1. Kevin Gausman hurls a “perfect” 7th inning for Baltimore, as he strikes out Yonder Alonso, Yan Gomes and Bradley Zimmer on 9 pitches.

The Padres down the Rockies, 13-5. Jenny Cavnar does the play-by-play for the Rockies, becoming the first woman since 1993 to do so on a big league telecast.

Didi Gregorius hits a grand slam and Giancarlo Stanton is 4-for-4 with a homer as New York beats the Twins, 14-1.

The White Sox start the game with 7 straight hits and whip the Mariners, 10-4. Jose Abreu has 4 hits, including 2 homers and Yoan Moncada adds a double, triple and homer.

Carlos Carrasco (4-0) wins his 10th straight game since August 27 of last season and the Indians edge the Orioles, 2-1. Yonder Alonso hits a 2-run homer for the Cleveland scoring.

Marcus Semien hits a tie-breaking homer on the first pitch from Kevin Jepson (0-3)  to ignite a 6-run 9th as the A’s beat the Rangers, 9-4. Texas will release Jepson next month.

Ace of the future Walker Buehler makes his first appearance of the year and pitches 5 shutout innings as the Dodgers edge the Marlins, 2-1. Buehler allows 2 hits.

24th Shohei Ohtani is touched for 4 earned runs but gets no decision as the Angels win, 8-7, against Houston. Mike Trout hits a 1st-inning homer to put the Angels on the scoreboard. It is his 10th homer in 24 games to start the season, a team record. Andrelton Simmons has 2 homers and drives in 5 runs.

Trevor Story clubs a grand slam and Kyle Freeland pitches 7 scoreless innings as the Rockies beat the Padres, 8-0.

The Reds Tyler Mahle loses his no-hitter when Freddie Freeman homers in the 7th inning. The Reds blow a big late lead as the Braves tie it and send it into extra innings. But Scooter Gennett gives the Reds a 9-7 win when he homers in the 12th inning.

25th In an 8-4 Rays victory at Baltimore, Tampa Bay reliever Jonny Venters comes in to pitch tie Chris Davis, inducing a grand out. The former all-star has not pitched in the majors since an appearance in the post-season of the 2011 season. Since then he has endured three Tommy John surgeries. The 33-year-old missed four seasons recovering.

Jason Verlander pitches deep in the game and wins his 11th straight, beating the Angels, 5-2.  Alex Bregman has a 3 run homer to pace the hitting. The loss snaps the Angels 11-game road win streak, which tied the team record.

The Yankees sign pitcher A.J. Cole for $75,000. He was recently cut by the Nationals.

28th    The Diamondbacks edge the Nationals, 4-3 in 10 innings, to become the first team since the 1907 Chicago Cubs to open a season with 9 consecutive series wins.

29th    The Pirates shut out the Cardinals, 5-0, in Nick Kingham’s major league debut. He retires the first 20 batters to face him before Paul DeJong breaks the streak with a 2-out single in the 7th inning. The 20 batters retired is an expansion-era record for a pitcher making his debut. He becomes the second pitcher in the past 100 years to allow one hit, with no walks and at least 9 Ks in his debut. Johnny Cueto did so in 2008. King is the first, however, to do it without allowing a run.

30th  The Brewers edge the Reds, 6-5, as Milwaukee lefty Josh Hader becomes the first hurler in ML history to strike out 8 batters in an outing of less than 3 innings. He does so in 2 2/3 frames, recording every out on a K. He is the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1996 to record an 8-strikeout save.

The Red Sox defeat the Royals, 10-6, with the aid of a grand slam by Xander Bogaerts. It is Boston’s sixth slam of the season, as they become the first team in AL history to hit 6 slams before May 1. The 1996 Expos are the only NL team to perform the feat.

The Diamondbacks top the Dodgers, 8-5, as A.J. Pollock slams 3 HRs for Arizona.

April becomes the first month in ML history in which the strikeout total (7,335) exceeds the hit total (6,992).