1st Whoops. Rookie second baseman Wilton Guerrero of the Dodgers is ejected from game in St. Louis for using a corked bat. Guerrero shatters his stick while grounding out to lead off the game. Umpire Steve Ripley sees that the bat has been altered and shows it to crew chief Bruce Froemming, who then ejects Guerrero. Guerrero will earn an 8-day suspension and a $1,000 fine. The Dodgers end their eight-game road losing streak with a 6–1 win when Mike Piazza, Eric Karros and Todd Zeile hit consecutive home runs in the 4th inning. Chan Ho Park (4-2) allows one run in 6 2/3 innings for the victory.
In Miami, Colorado rookie pitcher John Thomson bangs his first four major league hits, drives in three runs and earns his first win, 9–2 over the Marlins.
2nd Chicago scores three runs in the 9th to edge the Brewers, 8–5. Albert Belle is 0-for-3 with two walks, ending his hitting streak at 27 games.
In Seattle, Randy Johnson fires a two-hitter and Ken Griffey Jr. hits his 25th home run as Seattle tops the Blue Jays, 3–0. Johnson (8-1) doesn’t allow a hit until Alex Gonzalez’s bloops a single in the sixth. Gonzalez is caught stealing, and Johnson surrenders a bloop single to Tilson Brito. Johnson strikes out nine to beat Luis Andujar (0-1).
In Atlanta, Padres rookie Heath Murray cops his first major league victory beating Greg Maddux, 5–4. Maddux (6-2) allows nine hits and all five runs in seven innings.
In St. Louis, Andres Galarraga poles his fifth home run in seven games and knocks in four runs as Colorado beats the Cards, 11–7. Galarraga’s opposite-field, three-run blast in the fifth is taped at 426 feet and gives the Rockies a 6-0 lead. Cardinals starter Danny Jackson (1-1) walks the first two batters before Galarraga unloads.
The Indians waive Kevin Mitchell. The veteran was involved in a fight with Chad Curtis on May 20th that injured Curtis’ thumb and put him on the 15-day DL. The Yanks will acquire Curtis in a week.
3rd In St. Louis, John Mabry drives in 6 runs and Ron Gant has 4 RBIs to lead the Cardinals to a 15–4 win over the Colorado Rockies. SS Royce Clayton is 5-for-6 as St. Louis collects 21 hits. The Cardinals hit 3 homers in a 7-run 5th off Jerry Dipoto.
In Atlanta, the Padres get a little help from the umps to top the Braves, 5–2. After viewing television tapes, the umps reverse a call and take away Keith Lockhart’s a two-run homer in the 8th after Lockhart circles the bases. Lockhart then grounds out to end the inning. The Padres score 3 in the ninth against Mark Wohlers to win.
Greeting a raucous bell-ringing crowd in his return to Jacobs Field, Albert Belle clouts a 3-run homer and two doubles to lead the White Sox to a 9–5 win over the Tribe. Belle finishes the game with an obscene gesture to the crowd. The gesture will cost him a $5,000 fine from the league, payable in tickets to underprivileged kids.
In Oakland, Mark McGwire hits his 22nd homer as Oakland rallies for five runs in the seventh inning to beat Detroit, 9–8. It is McGwire’s 10th homer in 19 games.
The annual June amateur draft features two brothers being drafted in the first round. Ignoring J.D. Drew’s warnings about not drafting him unless they’re ready to pay out, the Phils take the FSU junior with the 2nd pick, while the Indians take his brother Tim, a high school senior, with the 28th pick: it’s the first time brothers have been picked in the same first round. In another first, Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, VA, has two players picked on the first round; Michael Cuddyer, a SS, by the Twins with the 9th pick, and pitcher John Curtice, by the Red Sox with the 17th pick. The number one pick overall is Rice University pitcher Matt Anderson by the Tigers, who skip over J.D. Drew because of the anticipated cost. Anderson was the WAC Tournament MVP and the top pitching prospect in the Cape Cod League last summer, but he’ll win just 15 games. Drew, TheSportingNewsCollege Player of the Year, is the first Division I player in history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in one season. The Anaheim Angels take Troy Glaus, UCLA 3B, with the 3rd pick. The Giants use the 4th to take Seton Hall pitcher Jason Grilli, son of former ML pitcher Steve. Grilli. Toronto uses #5 on Texas high schooler Vernon Wells. The Mets have the 6th pick and pick Tampa high schooler Geoff Goetz, nixing another Florida pitcher Rick Ankiel because he is being advised by agent Scott Boras: Ankiel goes to the Cards at #72 (2nd round). Number 7 is the Royals and they take U of the Pacific fireballer Dan Reichert. Number 10 Jon Garland, considered possibly the best high school pitching prospect in the draft, goes to the Cubs, who will swap him to the White Sox next July. The Reds take Scott Williamson on the 9th round. The Orioles take prep star Jayson Werth, whose grandfather is SS Dick Schofield and whose stepfather Dennis Werth played in the ML. The Mariners, picking 19th, take Ryan Anderson, nicknamed “Big Unit II,” dashing the Tigers hopes of taking the 6′ 10″ high school pitcher from Westland, MI. With the next pick, the Cardinals take Adam Kennedy, from Cal State Northridge. Kennedy led the nation in hits for the second consecutive season, the first time an NCAA player to do so. The Yankees gamble at #24, picking high school star Tyrell Godwin, of Elizabethtown, NC. A two-sport athlete, Godwin is committed to North Carolina to play football. The Padres (#27) pick Stetson SS Kevin Nicholson, the MVP of the Cape Cod League last summer. He is the first Canadian ever drafted in the first round. The Athletics appear to have the best draft with Tim Hudson (6th round), Eric DuBose (1st), Chad Harville (2nd), Robert Vaz (7th). Nathan Haynes is selected on round 1 but will be traded to the Angels for Randy Velarde. The Blue Jays take Orlando Hudson on the 43rd round; they picked him last year on the 33rd round but he did not sign.
The Brewers lose their one slugger when John Jaha goes under the knife to repair his left shoulder. He will be out for the season.
4thFor the 2nd straight night, Rafael Palmeiro knocks in the winning run to beat the stumbling New Yorkers, as the Orioles whips the Yankees, 9–7. The Yanks had tied the game at 7 apiece on Charlie Hayes’ pinch grand slam. The O’s Chris Hoiles has two RBIs and Cal Ripken, showing no effects from signing (a major-league record?) 2200 copies of his new book after last night’s game, hits a homer. Ripken did not get through with the autographing until 3:01 a.m. The Orioles extend their winning streak to seven games and move 9 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East.
5th Larry Walker bangs two homers, including a two-run shot in the 11th inning, as Colorado belts visiting San Diego, 9–7. Walker has 3 hits to raise his average to .411 and Colorado has a team-record six double plays to help Steve Reed earn his 1st victory in relief.
Mo Vaughn’s two-run homer, off Ben MacDonald, is all Tim Wakefield needs as he subdues the Brewers, 2-1. He strands 12 runners but needs relief help for the last out. The knuckleballer throws 170 pitches, 2 shy of his 1990s record of 172 pitches, set with the Pirates in 1993. Wakey threw 166 pitches in 8 innings against the White Sox last year for the three highest pitch totals in the 1990s (David Cone threw 166 against the Giants in 9 innings in 1992).
In Detroit, Alex Rodriguez becomes the 1st Seattle player to hit for the cycle in a nine-inning game as the Mariners collar the Tigers, 14–6. The only other Seattle player to hit for the cycle was Jay Buhner, who did it in 14 innings on June 23, 1993.
6th Roger Clemens runs his win streak to 11-0, by firing eight scoreless innings to beat Oakland 4–1. Clemens, leading the AL with a 1.69 ERA, strikes out 8 and gives up five hits.
At Fenway Park, Indian C Sandy Alomar ties a ML record with four doubles in 4 at-bats and Orel Hershiser allows one run in 7 innings to beat Tom Gordon, 7-3. Alomar is the 38th player to bang four doubles.
Less than 24 hours after announcing one of the stranger promotions for Father’s Day, Charleston RiverDogs (Class A) owner Mike Veeck cancels plans to give free vasectomies on June 13th. Catholic Bishop David Thompson, a season ticket holder, led the complaints about the promotion. Veeck, who bought the RiverDogs this season, is the son of the legendary Bill Veeck.
The Blue Jays trade IF Jeff Manto to the Indians in exchange for OF Ryan Thompson.
7th On Dog Day (canine attendance 425) at Comiskey Park, it takes the White Sox 4 hours 19 minutes to finally edge the Orioles, 1–0, in 11 innings on Harold Baines’ one-out single off Randy Myers.
In the NCAA championship in Omaha, the 2nd-seeded LSU Tigers jump on top-ranked Alabama, scoring 6 runs in the first inning, and coasting to a 13–6 win. It is LSU’s 4th win in 7 years. LSU SS Brandon Larson is named the Most Outstanding Player of the Series after hitting .368 with 3 homers.
In an IL game, Syracuse and Pawtucket combine for 10 hits, eight of which are home runs. The other 2 are a single and double, as Syracuse wins, 7–3.
Toledo Mud Hen (IL) OF Kimera Bartee swipes six bases against Columbus. With Detroit last season, Bartee stole 20.
8th Tom Lampkin, Royce Clayton and Delino DeShields homer as the visiting Cardinals whip Los Angeles, 9–3. For the second time in four days, a Dodger starting pitcher mixes it up with manager Bill Russell in the dugout. Starter Pedro Astacio, starts the discussion on the mound with Russell in the 4th inning and then, after the 3rd out, sprints to the dugout and slams his glove against the bench before resuming the argument. On Thursday night, Ismael Valdes argued with Russell after being lifted for a pinch-hitter.
In Detroit, Randy Johnson, overwhelms to Tigers, striking out 15 and not allowing a hit until the 8th inning, as the Mariners win, 2–0. The Big Unit extends his scoreless streak to 29 innings. Johnson (9-1) gives up a leadoff single to Phil Nevin in the eighth to hand Brian Moehler the loss.
9th The Mets Bobby Jones singles in a run and cops his eighth straight win, beating the host Reds, 4–2. Jones has won 11 games faster than any pitcher in Mets history and is the first National League pitcher to win 11 this season.
Mike DiMuro, the 1st American to umpire in Japan, announces he is returning home following an altercation when a batter poked him in the chest and a crowd of angry players surrounded him during the game. DiMuro had been invited to Japan to teach correct officiating.
10th Kevin Brown fires the season’s first no-hitter, with just a hit batter preventing the Marlins’ ace from a perfect game. Florida stops the Giants, 9–0. With two outs in the eighth, Brown’s 1-2 pitch nicks Marvin Benard on the right leg. Giant starter William VanLandingham also takes a no-hitter into the seventh, but Charles Johnson’s two-run homer with one out opens a 7-run deluge.
In Kansas City the Angels win 6–2, to move ahead of Seattle in the AL West. Center fielder Jim Edmonds makes a sensational catch in the fifth inning and then drives home the go-ahead run with a double in the 6th. Rookie Jason Dickson (8-2) retires 11 of the first 12 batters and allows two runs in seven innings.
Despite turning 5 DPs, and throwing three runners out at home—all by CF Damon Mashore, the A’s lose to the Tigers, 6–4.
11th The Mariners Jeff Fassero stops Roger Clemens and the Blue Jays, 5–1, handing the Rocket his first loss after 11 victories. Fassero allows five hits and one run, and strikes out seven. Clemens gives up all five runs, four earned, in seven plus innings.
Boston IF-OF Wil Cordero is arrested and charged with assaulting his wife. Police say he slapped her, hit her on the head with a phone, and threatened to kill her.
12th In the first-ever regular-season interleague game, the visiting SF Giants defeat the Texas Rangers, 4-3, behind the pitching of Mark Gardner. SF OF Darryl Hamilton gets the 1st interleague hit, OF Stan Javier the 1st HR, and Rod Beck the 1st save. Glenallen Hill has the distinction of being the first National League DH in a regular season game.
In a surprise move, the Dodgers ship Todd Hollandsworth, the 1996 NL Rookie of the Year, to Albuquerque and call up power-hitting OF Karim Garcia.
13th Randy Johnson proves he can bring it in either league as the Big Unit strikes out 12 Rockies in 8 innings to give the Mariners a 6–1. Johnson (10–1) holds baseball’s highest-scoring team to just two hits and the Mariners sweep the two-game interleague series.
Baseball’s two best teams deal their aces and once again Jimmy Key bests Greg Maddux, this time in the regular season instead of the WS. Key gives up 5 hits in 6 2/3 innings and the Orioles score four runs in the sixth inning for a 4–3 interleague victory over the host Braves.
Tiger P Omar Olivares hits the first triple by an AL pitcher in 24 years, but Henry Rodriguez bangs a two-run homer as Montreal beats visiting Detroit, 4–3. Olivares loses despite going 2-or-3.
In Pittsburgh, former Pirate Jeff King hits a two-run homer on the first pitch to him, but ex-Royal Joe Randa answers with a tying homer, a triple and three RBIs. The Pirates flush the Royals, 5–3. Tony Womack hits a tie-breaking homer in the 6th off reliever Mike Williams.
In a swap of fading former lefty All-Stars, the Padres send Fernando Valenzuela (2–8) to the Cardinals for Danny Jackson in a 6-player trade Friday night. The Padres add IF Scott Livingstone and OF Phil Plantier. San Diego receives P Rich Batchelor and OF-1B Mark Sweeney.
The Cardinals and Indians set a baseball first—the first inter-league rainout. After nearly five hours of rain, the opener of the three-game set between the Central Division champions from both leagues is postponed.
Baltimore OF Eric Davis undergoes surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his colon.
14th In Florida, Gary Sheffield loses a grand slam off the Yankees David Wells when the game is rained out.
15th At Wrigley, the Cubs beat the Brewers, 4–3, to take the interleague series, 2–1. Frank Castillo allows five hits in 6 1/3 innings and K’s seven to win. The teams draw 112,690 for the three games—7,638 shy of the Wrigley Field record of 120,328 for a three-game series, set in 1994 against Cincinnati.
The host Expos drum the Tigers 10–2 as Henry Rodriguez drills a homer off the rim of Olympic Stadium, only the second player to do so. The Expos sweep three to extend their winning streak to nine. With the score tied at one apiece Rodriguez homers off Brian Moehler (4-6) leading off the fourth. The ball rebounds off the 160-foot-high rim and lands on the field.
16th In the first game of the Subway Series, the Mets Dave Mlicki pitches his first career shutout, stopping the Yanks, 6–0. Mlicki records his first complete game as well. Catcher Todd Hundley steal home in the 1st inning on the front end of a double steal.
In the first regular-season meeting between Ohio’s 2 teams, Cincy rookie Brett Tomko pitches 7 1/3 shutout innings as Cincinnati beat Cleveland, 4–1. The win is costly for the Reds who lose Barry Larkin when he ruptures his heel running out a double.
At Comiskey Park, the lowly Cubs earn bragging rights in the Windy City, beating the White Sox, 8–3. The Cubbies tally 14 hits in the first official game between the two rivals since the 1906 World Series. Both teams wear replicas of old-fashioned uniforms; the Cubs in their 1908 outfits, the White Sox in replica 1917 garb. Evanston native Kevin Foster records the win, allowing seven hits and three runs in six innings.
At Milwaukee, Jeremy Burnitz hits a game-ending HR in the 9th off Alan Benes to give the Brewers a 1-0 win over the Cardinals.
The Twins lose their first game to a NL team in the Metrodome as the Pirates win, 8–6. The Twins swept eight home games from St. Louis (1987) and Atlanta (1991) in their two World Series championships. Bucs’ DH Mark Smith homers and Kevin Polcovich adds his first ML homer.
At Baltimore, the Expos tie a club record with their 10th straight win, beating the Orioles, 6–4.
17th Omar Vizquel, Cleveland’s No. 9 hitter, belts a three-run homer and drives in all five runs as the host Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1.
At Detroit, Bobby Bonilla’s leadoff HR in the 9th inning clears the right field roof and gives the Marlins a 3–2 win over the Tigers. Bonilla’s homer is just the 33rd to clear the roof at Tiger Stadium and the 3rd this season.
At the Metrodome, the Twins LaTroy Hawkins, making his first major league appearance in more than a year, allows three hits in seven innings as the Twins belt the Pirates, 13–1. All 9 batters drive in a run with Greg Myers, Scott Stahoviak, Chuck Knoblauch and Denny Hocking each knocking in two.
Ramon Garcia allows one hit in five innings and Luis Gonzalez’s bases-loaded single helps the Astros to a six-run fifth inning, as Houston beats the host Royals, 10–2. Gonzalez stretches his hitting streak to 21 games, the longest of the season in the National League.
Playing before 44,249, the largest regular-season crowd at Comiskey Park, the White Sox score early to beat the Cubs, 5–3. Doug Drabek. with help from Roberto Hernandez in the ninth is the winner. Ex-Cub Dave Martinez hits a two-run homer in the first for the Sox. Chris Snopek adds another.
Colorado CF Ellis Burks strokes 5 hits, including a 9th-inning HR, but the Rockies still lose to the Rangers, 10-8, in 11 innings.
18th At a packed Yankee Stadium, the Yankees edge the Mets, 3–2 on a 10th-inning RBI single by Tino Martinez. Solo home runs by Chad Curtis and Cecil Fielder off Rick Reed gives the Yankees their lead and Yankee starter David Cone dominates his former team and does not allow a hit until John Olerud’s leadoff double in the seventh. The three games at Yankee Stadium draw 168,719.
In Baltimore, the Expos clip the Orioles 1–0 when Sherman Obando breaks up Jimmy Key’s perfect game with a sixth-inning home run. Carlos Perez pitches his 3rd shutout in 4 starts, an eight-hitter, for Montreal’s 11th win in 12 games.
The Giants win their 2nd straight against the Mariners, 4–2, behind Mark Gardner three hitter for 7 2/3 innings. Stan Javier hits his third interleague home run. Javier, who spent eight seasons in the AL, has just those three home runs this season. The 2 teams set a major league record by having 4 sons of former major leaguers in the lineups: Ken Griffey Jr., Jose Cruz Jr., Barry Bonds, and Stan Javier.
The Reds, behind journeyman Mike Remlinger, trip the Indians, 5–2. Remlinger, acquired on waivers in April, shuts out Cleveland on two hits through six innings and gives state bragging rights to the Reds. The historic three-game series draws 128,727.
In the fog in Toronto, Carlos Delgado hits a 3-run HR to give the Jays a 5–3 win over the Braves. There is a 14-minute fog delay in the fourth inning as the game is interrupted while the retractable roof at SkyDome is closed. The fog then dissipates.
Wilson Alvarez fires the White Sox to a 3–0 win over the Cubs to give them the Windy City series, 2–1. Alvarez pitches a four-hitter for his first shutout in more than three years. The game draws 44,204 fans, the second consecutive sellout crowd and second-largest in new Comiskey Park history to Tuesday’s 44,249.
In Kansas City, Jeff King hits his fourth interleague home run, a grand slam in the first inning, to lead the Royals to a 6–2 win over the Astros. In Kansas City’s six interleague games, King is 10-for-21 with 12 RBIs. Houston’s Luis Gonzalez singles to extend his hitting streak to 22 games,
Billy Ashley, Raul Mondesi and Todd Zeile each hit two-run homers to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers , 7–5, over the Anaheim Angels. When Shigetoshi Hasegawa relieves in the sixth inning, Dodger starter Hideo Nomo is still in the game, the first major league matchup of pitchers from Japan.
19thSeattle’s Randy Johnson wins his seventh straight beating the Texas Rangers, 2–1, allowing one unearned run and four hits in seven innings. while striking out six. Bobby Ayala finished. Ken Hill takes the loss, serving up home run pitches to Paul Sorrento and Jay Buhner. Sorrento has now hit 7 home runs at The Ballpark in Arlington, tops among Rangers opponents.
20th For their game against the Cards, the Reds bring up Aaron Boone from Indianapolis. That’s the good news. The bad news is they send brother Bret Boone (.205) down to make room for Aaron. Aaron has an RBI and a stolen base in his ML debut as the Reds win, 4–2. He also has his first ejection for throwing a helmet. Deion Sanders has a double and HR and his 31st stolen base, high in the ML.
21st The Mariners ride a 9-run 7th inning to a 15–8 slugfest win over the Rangers. Dan Wilson has a 3-run double and Jay Buhner has 2 RBIs–5 overall—in the big inning to pace the M’s 13-hit barrage.
Manny Ramirez has 6 RBIs, 4 on a grand slam in the 8thoff Graeme Lloyd, to lead the host Indians to a 13–4 win over the Yankees and Andy Pettitte.
The host Tigers blast the Red Sox 15–4. The Sox, trailing by 12 runs, try OF Dan Bragg at 3B, and put IF Mike Benjamin on the mound for the 9th. Benjamin retires all 3 batters, the only one of 5 Sox hurlers to do so.
Six inches of rain fall in a few hours in Milwaukee, flooding Milwaukee County Stadium to the third row. The dugouts are filled with water to the roof.
The Reds option Bret Boone to Indianapolis and promote brother Aaron from there.
22ndThe Braves power 4 homers in a 9-run 3rd inning to sink the Phils, 12–5, handing Philadelphia its 8th loss in a row. Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, Michael Tucker and Jeff Blauser all homer in Atlanta’s biggest inning since 1989.
23rdSteve Finley cracks three homers and Wally Joyner adds two more as the visiting Padres beat the San Francisco Giants, 11–6. Jim Bruske gets his first major league win allowing three hits in five scoreless innings of relief.
In Detroit, Yankee righty David Cone strikes out 16, his highest total in six years, and Cecil Fielder hits a three-run homer as New York wins, 5–2. Cone, who had shoulder surgery to repair an aneurysm on May 10, 1996, allows four hits, including homers by Bob Hamelin and Damion Easley, in eight innings.
In Cleveland, Matt Lawton has four hits and Brad Radke wins his fourth straight start as the Twins top Cleveland. 7–2. Pat Meares has a two-run homer for the Twins. For Cleveland, Sandy Alomar extends his hitting streak to 22 games with a single and Jim Thome accounts for all the scoring with two solo homers.
24th 1B Tino Martinez hits 2 singles, a double, and a pair of HRs while driving in 4 as the Yankees top Detroit, 12-9. Chad Curtis adds 5 ribbies for NY.
At Seattle, the Mariners fall to the Athletics, 4-1, despite a 19-strike out performance by Randy Johnson. The 19 Ks are the most ever by an American League left hander. Mark McGwire turns one Johnson fastball into a homer that travels an estimated 538 feet.
Shawn Estes (10-2) throws a solid 8 innings as the Giants top the Padres, 4-1. Mike Sweeney makes the last out for the Padres when he runs into his own bunt.
25th Seattle beats Oakland 9–4 with the help of homers by Paul Sorrento, Edgar Martinez and backup C John Marzano, his first since 1989. Oakland outhits the M’s 12–11.
In a wild one at Toronto, the Red Sox eke out a 13-12 victory over the Blue Jays, who score 3 runs in the 9th and leave the bases loaded. Tim Wakefield is the winning hurler, pitching into the 6th, walking 5, hitting two batters and allowing 5 earned runs. Pat Hentgen goes 8 innings, allowing 11 earned runs, and serving up 5 homeruns.
26th In Detroit’s 10–6 walloping of the Red Sox, Tiger Brian Hunter swipes 4 bases. Detroit also gets a HR from Shane Mack to offset two Boston homers.
27th The left side of the KC infield accounts for 10 runs as 3B Craig Paquette and SS Jay Bell each drive home 5 in the Royals’ 16-3 win over Milwaukee.
The White Sox defeat the Twins, 10-6, as OF Albert Belle goes 5-for-5, including a double and home run. C Jorge Fabregas drive in 4 runs for Chicago.
The Orioles acquire OF Geronimo Berroa from the Athletics in exchange for P Jimmy Haynes.
28th For the 2nd time in three days, a Tiger steals 4 bases with Boston C Scott Hattesberg behind the plate. This time it is Damion Easley doing the stealing in Detroit’s 9–2 victory. Tomorrow, Hattesberg will start on the bench, but will come in when Bill Haselman breaks his finger.
Yankees’ P David Wells starts the game against Cleveland wearing Babe Ruth’s autographed cap from the 1934 season. Manager Joe Torre makes him take it off after the 1st inning since it doesn’t conform to the team’s current uniform. Without the cap, Wells blows a 3-0 lead as the Indians go on to a 12-8 victory. The Indians mount a 19-hit attack, as CF Marquis Grissom accounts for 5 of the hits, while 3B Matt Williams gets 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and drives home 6 runs.
29th In Atlanta, Keith Lockhart bangs a pinch grand slam as the Braves overcome a five-run deficit to beat the Phillies 6–5. Phils’ starter Scott Ruffcorn does not give up a hit in 5 1/3 innings, but exits after walking four batters, hitting two, and tossing two wild pitches. Ron Blazier relieves with 2 on and the score 5–0, but gives up an RBI single and Lockhart’s slam. Fred McGriff’s tie-breaking triple in the 7th pins the loss on Billy Brewer.
John Olerud hits two homers and Butch Huskey, Matt Franco and Todd Hundley also homer during a nine-run Mets’ comeback over the last three innings as they edge the Pirates, 10–8. For Franco, his home run is his 6th straight successful pinch-hit. Kevin Young is 4-for-5, including a homer, for the Bucs. John Franco picks up his 19th save, and the 342nd of his career, putting him in 4th place on the all-time save list.
In New York, the Indians score 7 runs off the usually stingy David Cone, but the Yankees outlast the Indians, 11–10. With his 9th-inning single, Sandy Alomar extends his hitting streak to 26 games, 6th longest in Tribe history.
Dodger pitcher Pedro Astacio wins for the first time in 11 starts and Eric Karros knocks in four runs as Los Angeles beats the San Diego Padres, 10–4. It is LA’s first win in 11 games with the Pads. Danny Jackson loses and is now 0–4 since the Padres acquired him for Fernando Valenzuela.
30th In the resumption of interleague play, the Cubs set the tone by edging the AL Royals, 8–7. Dave Clark’s three-run, pinch-hit home run with two outs in the eighth tops off a five-run inning. Jeff King hit his 5th homer against NL pitchers for the Royals.
Bobby Higginson belts 3 home runs and drives in 7 runs and Justin Thompson allows four hits in eight innings as Detroit kicks the Mets, 14–0. It is the most lopsided shutout in Mets history. Detroit hits more homers (6) than the Mets have hits (5), and it is the most HRs given up by Mets’ pitchers since April 29, 1978.
In Baltimore Cal Ripken’s second grand slam of the season is the big blow in a six-run third inning as the Orioles beat the hapless Phillies, 8–1. Mike Mussina wins his 100th game to help Baltimore end its four-game losing streak. For the Phils it is their 15th loss in 16 games.
In the first regular-season game between Canada’s ML teams, the Expos emerge a 2–1 winner over the Blue Jays. Pedro Martinez allows three hits, including a solo HR by Carlos Delgado, and strikes out 10 while Vladimir Guerrero hits a home run in his first interleague at-bat.
At Oakland, Tony Gwynn, Chris Jones and Greg Vaughn all hit three-run home runs as San Diego pounds Oakland, 15–6. Gwynn and Vaughn have 4 RBIs apiece as the Padres bat around twice. 1B Wally Joyner strokes 5 hits for the Pods.
The Rangers top the Dodgers, 3–2, behind Bobby Witt. Witt allows five hits in eight innings and becomes the first AL pitcher since Roric Harrison in 1972 to hit a home run.
Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr., who missed the last two All Star games with injuries, is elected for the 8th straight year. Griffey tops all players with 3,514,340 votes. Orioles 3B Cal Ripken, picked to play in his 15th All-Star game, is second with 2,571,985 votes