2nd Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes ties the ML record with 3 errors in the first inning of a 6–3 loss to the Expos.
Tim McCarver poles a pinch grand slam in the Cards 5-run 8th as St. Louis whips the Astros, 6-2.
3rdAt Pittsburgh, Tony Perez hits a 3rd inning grand slam to power the Reds to a 5–1 win over the Pirates.
Willie Horton and Dick McAuliffe homer to pace the Tigers to an 8-2 win over the Twins. McAuliffe’s is a grand slam as he drives in 5 runs.
5th In Cincinnati, the Mets score 3 runs in the 10th inning, then watch as the Reds come back with 4 runs to win, 6–5. Johnny Bench ends the scoring with a 3-run homer.
In Pittsburgh, Bobby Bonds hits a leadoff homerun and adds 3 walks as the Giants edge the Pirates, 3-2. Ron Bryant (9-3) is the winner. Bonds will pop another leadoff HR tomorrow in a losing cause.
6th In the first of two at Cleveland, the Twins score 4 in the 15th to beat the Indians, 7-3. Game 2 is a slugfest with the two teams combining to hit 8 homers in the 13-9 Twins win. Jim Holt has 2 homers and 4 RBIs while Cleveland gets a pair from Oscar Gamble and 4 hits, including a homer, and 4 RBIs from Rusty Torres. Dave Goltz wobbles his way to a 3-inning save, giving up 13 hits and 8 runs.
7th The Rangers make Texas high school P David Clyde the number-one pick in the free-agent draft. He will make his ML debut later this month. U of Minnesota star Dave Winfield, the number 4 pick (Padres), will also go straight to the ML. Winfield was also taken in the ABA (Utah), NBA (Atlanta) and NFL (Minnesota) drafts. John Stearns is taken 2nd by the Phillies, and the Brewers, picking 3rd, take Robin Yount. Randy Scarbery becomes the first player selected twice in the first round of the regular phase of the draft when the A’s take him 23rd. The Astros picked him first in 1970, but he chose college instead. Eddie Bane, 41–4 in his collegiate career, is taken 11th overall by the Twins, who sign him to a club-record bonus. He debuts a week after David Clyde. The Reds have a 3rd straight draft in which they come up short, this time selecting California prep OF Brad Kessler with their 1st choice.
The Yankees trade 3 players—1B Frank Tepedino, OF Wayne Nordhagen and a player to be named—to the Atlanta Braves for P Pat Dobson. Dobson had struggled in his one year in Atlanta after the Braves had acquired him from the Orioles. The player to be named will turn out to be 2—Alan Closter and Dave Cheadle. The Yanks also purchase 30-year-old Sam McDowell (1–2) from the San Francisco Giants for $100,000+. McDowell, who will later admit to a drinking problem (teammate Dick Radatz later remarked, “We thought he was just stupid. It turned out he was never sober.”) will pitch 2 seasons in New York before being released.
The San Diego Padres trade Dave Campbell to St. Louis in exchange for Dwain Anderson.
9thAt KC, the Yankees rally for 5 runs in the 9th to stop the Royals, 6–4. Newcomer Pat Dobson pitches 5 innings and allows one hit to win in relief. New York moves into first with the win.
After the old timer’s game at Shea, Willie Mays puts on his own show with a homer and circus catch and the Mets top the Dodgers, 4–2. Willie, older than a half dozen of the old Mets, hits #655 of his career. Rusty Staub drives in two runs to back Jon Matlack. In the old timers game, the Brooklyn Dodgers/Yankees lose to the Mets, 1–0, in two innings.
At Wrigley, the Reds turn a 4–1 deficit into an 8–4 win over the Cubs, by scoring 7 runs in the 9th inning. Dan Driessen, in his ML debut, has a double and walk in the 9th.
12th White Sox pitcher Stan Bahnsen surrenders 12 hits, but shuts out the Indians, 2–0.
The Yankees send P Mike Kekich to Cleveland for P Lowell Palmer. Kekich’s days were numbered in New York after he and teammate Fritz Peterson swapped wives.
The Reds trade OF Gene Locklear and P Mike Jackson to the Padres for P Fred Norman (1–7). With Cincy, Norman will go 12–6 this year, the first of 7 straight seasons of 10 or more wins with the Reds.
After beating Oklahoma State in the CWS opener, 1–0, while striking out 14, Minnesota’s Dave Winfield makes his final start as a pitcher, facing 3-time defending champ Southern Cal. Through 8 innings Winfield allows an infield single while striking out 15 as the Gophers take a 7–0 lead. After a single and a FC, which results in coach Dick Siebert being ejected, Winfield gives up 3 runs and moves to LF. USC scores twice more and a spent Winfield is asked to come back in. But Gordon Peterson pitches instead and gives up 2 runs as the Trojans come back with an incredible 8–7 win.
13th At Riverfront Stadium, Cards pitcher Rick Wise loses a no hitter when the Reds Joe Morgan singles with one out in the 9th. Wise finishes with a one-hit 8–0 win. Wise pitched a no-hitter over the Reds in 1971. Luis Melendez backs Wise with a grand slam and Ted Simmons has 4 hits and 2 RBIs.
Against the Padres in Montreal, Expos Mike Marshall relieves in the 7th with the bases loaded and no outs. Marshall’s first pitch to Jerry Morales is hit to 2B Ron Hunt, who tosses to Tim Foli to Mike Jorgensen at 1B, to John Boccabella behind the plate for a triple play on one pitch. The Expos win, 3–2.
The Braves use a pair of 6-run innings to scalp the Pirates, 18-3. Winning pitcher Ron Reed has 3 runs on 3 hits and drives in 4 runs. Frank Tepedino, who enters the game as a pinch runner, has 4 RBIs and Darrell Evans adds to the total with a grand slam.
15th Fred Norman quickly pays dividends to the Reds by shutting out the Pirates, 6–0, in his first start for Cincinnati.
16th The Orioles Jim Palmer retires the first 25 batters before Ken Suarez singles with one out in the 9th. Palmer holds on for a 2-hit 9–1 win over the Rangers.
17th Darrell Porter and Joe Lahoud each contribute grand slams to Milwaukee’s 15–5 rout of Chicago. Lahoud has 6 RBI in the win. It is Milwaukee’s 9th straight victory, all on the road. The Brewers, first in the East, will extend their win streak to 10 before sliding down to 5th place.
Dave Kingman hits a grand slam off Steve Carlton, but the Phillies answer with 3 homers and defeat the Giants, 11-7.
18th Philadelphia’s Ken Brett tops the Mets 9–6 and cracks his 3rd HR in his last 3 starts.
The Brewers win their game in their last 16, beating the Red Sox 8–3 behind Jim Colburn’s 6th win. George Scott leads Milwaukee with 2 homers and 3 RBIs.
19th Cleveland’s George Hendrick hits a single and 3 consecutive HRs in an 8–7 win over Detroit.
The Reds Pete Rose (single versus the Giants) and the Dodgers Willie Davis (HR versus the Braves) each collect their 2,000th career hit. Pistol Pete’s comes in a 4–0 win over the Giants, as Fred Norman pitches his 2nd shutout in a row for the Reds.
Jim Lonborg allows 4 hits in 8 innings and Mike Schmidt backs him with a grand slam in the Phillies 6-1 victory over the Mets.
Before a crowd of 37,836, the visiting Red Sox sweep the Brewers, winning 8–4 and 4–1. The Brewers win streak stops at 10.
20th Chicago’s Cy Acosta becomes the first AL pitcher to bat since the DH rule went into effect. Acosta strikes out in the 8th inning, but is credited with an 8–3 victory over California.
Bobby Bonds leads off with a HR, but the Giants lose 7–5 to the Reds. It is Bonds’s 22nd leadoff HR, breaking Lou Brock’s NL record.
Red Sox lead off batters Rick Miller and Reggie Smith belt homers off Milwaukee’s Bill Parsons. In 1971, Smith also followed a leadoff homer with one of his own. Bill Lee makes the lead stand up in beating the Brewers Bill Parsons, 3–2.
21st Hitting in his 20th straight game,Houston’s Lee May collects 3 HRs and a single and Tommy Helms adds a grand slam in a 12–2 win over San Diego. The bright side for the Pads is Dave Winfield’s first ML homer, off Ken Forsch.
White Sox pitcher Stan Bahnsen shuts out the Indians, 2–0, but gives up 12 hits while doing it, 2 shy of the record in a shutout.
23rd Phillies P Ken Brett beats the Expos 7–2 and hits a HR for a ML-record 4th consecutive game, three of them leading off innings. He hit HRs on June 9th, 13th, and 18th, all solo: he will total 10 homers for his career.
In his major league debut, Orioles P Jesse Jefferson loses his shut out when Red Sox infielder Rico Petrocelli lofts a Fenway homer with 2 out in the 9th. Baltimore pushes over a run in the 10th to give Jefferson a 10-inning, 2–1 victory.
Newly acquired Fred Norman almost picks up his 3rd shutout in 3 starts for the Reds, but gives up a 2-out 9th inning homer to Ron Cey. The Reds still beat the Dodgers, 4–1.
24th Phil Niekro (8-4) tosses 3 innings of hitless relief and Ralph Garr belts an 8th inning grand slam off Steve Arlin as the Braves whip the Padres, 6-1.
In the first of two at Candlestick, the Astros push across a run in the 9th to beat the Giants, 7-6. Cesar Cedeno hits a grand slam for Houston, while Bobby Bonds and Willie McCovey each belt 3-run homers to account for SF’s scoring. Jim Ray (4-0) picks up the win in relief. Houston completes the sweep with an 8-3 victory in game 2.
27th David Clyde, 18 and fresh out of Houston’s Westchester High School, makes his eagerly awaited debut with the Rangers, before 35,698, the largest Rangers’ crowd of the year. Clyde, the number one pick in the draft, walks the first 2 Twins he faces, then gets Bob Darwin, George Mitterwald, and Joe Lis on swinging 3rd strikes. Clyde goes 5 innings and gives up only one hit—a 2-run HR—walks 7 and strikes out 8. He is the winner 4–3.
Led by 1B Joe Torre, who hits for the cycle and scores 4, the Cards tally 22 hits to roll over the Pirates 15–4. Torre hits a double in the 1st, homers in the 3rd, and triples in the 4th. After hitting into a double play, and then walking in the 8th, Torre asks to be pinch run for, but Schoendienst leaves him in. Torre then singles in the 9th inning completing the cycle, and raising his average to .338.
The Mets split a pair with the visiting Phillies, winning 7-6 before losing 7-1. Mike Wallace (1-0) makes his ML debut in game 2 and goes the distance. Mike Schmidt clubs his second grand slam in 10 days and adds a solo shot.
Dick McAuliffe hits a grand slam in the 8th to give the Tigers a 6-3 win over the visiting Brewers in game 1. It is McAuliffe’s second slam of the month. In game 2, the Tigers spot the Brewers a 4-0 lead, then score 5 in the 5th to win, 5-4.
28th During a 2–0 win over the Angels, White Sox star Dick Allen breaks his leg in a collision with Mike Epstein at 1B. Allen will come to bat only 5 more times all season.
29th At the Astrodome, Bobby Bonds hits a 7th inning pinch grand slam and the Giants then add 9 runs in the 9th for a 14-3 hosing of the Astros. Bonds has now scored 72 runs, 18 ahead of the second place player.
At Anaheim, Bobby Darwin hits an 8th inning grand slam, off Nolan Ryan, to give the Twins a 4-0 win over the Angels. Bert Blyleven pitches the shutout, striking out 2 and allowing 4 hits. Ryan K’s 12.
30th The first-place Dodgers spot the Reds a 5–1 lead, before coming back to win, 8-7, in 13 innings. The Reds (39-37) are in 4th place.
The Cubs, leading by 7 games, lose to the Mets and Jon Matlack, 2–1.