1st Bruce Kison and Steve Crawford combine on a 10-hit shutout at Fenway, as the Red Sox stop the Rangers, 6-0. Frank Tanana (1-6) gives up 9 hits in 5+ innings, including a grand slam to Rich Gedman.
3rd The Brewers select University of North Carolina catcher B. J. Surhoff with the first pick in what will prove to be an extremely fruitful free-agent draft. Surhoff was the catcher for the U.S. Olympic Team last summer, and fellow Olympians Will Clark (Mississippi State), Bobby Witt (University of Oklahoma), and Barry Larkin (University of Michigan) are drafted 2nd, 3rd, and 4th by the Giants, Rangers, and Reds, respectively. The Cubs get a good one in the 24th round: Mark Grace while the White Sox take Randy Velarde on the 18th round. The Brewers take Phil Clark with the 18th pick of the first round, following his brother Isaiah who was a 1st round pick last year. Neither will play in the ML, but brother Jerald, who goes to the Padres on the 12th round today, will make it. The Tigers pick a winner in the 22nd round with John Smoltz, then trade him in 1987.
5th Expos Mickey Mahler (1–0), making his first start in 6 years, yields one hit in whitewashing the Giants, 6–0. The only hit is a 3rd inning single by Gladden.
Teddy Higuera and the Brewers top the Royals, 10–2. Ernest Riles drives in 3 runs with a single and Paul Molitor adds a solo HR. Riles is the last American Leaguer this century to collect 3 RBI with a single.
At Memorial Stadium, Dennis Martinez tosses a one-hitter as the Orioles stop the Angels, 4-0. Light-hitting Jerry Narron hits a 3rd inning single to break up the no-hit bid.
Rafael Ramirez has a 2-run double in the 3rd and a 2-run homer in the 11th to drive in all the runs in Atlanta’s 4–2 win over the Chicago Cubs. Sitting in the stands and taking a day off is Ferris Bueller. Baseball Prospectus writer Larry Granillo will determine that this is the game playing on the television when principal Rooney walks into the pizza parlor. Footage of Mathew Broderick at Wrigley Field, which are in the movie, are shot during a September 24th game.
6th Jimmy Key holds the Tigers hitless for 8 innings before Tom Brookens leads off the 9th with a single, but gets no decision in Toronto’s eventual 2–0, 12-inning win. Key and Tigers starter Dan Petry each pitch 10 shutout innings.
7th Behind the pitching of Rick Sutcliffe, the Cubs defeat the Pirates, 1–0, and move into first place in the NL East as the Mets lose. Jody Davis accounts for the only run with a homer off Jose DeLeon.
At Riverfront, the Padres sweep a pair from the Reds, winning 9-3 and 3-2 in 11 innings. In game 1, Carmelo Martinez hits a 3-run homer and Kurt Bevacqua a 4-run homer, both off starter Tom Browning. In the second game, Tony Gwynn has 3 hits, including his 11th homer, and Kevin McReynolds has 4 safeties as the Padres stay 3.5 games ahead of the Reds in the NL West.
8th At Cleveland, Pat Tabler has 3 hits, including a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs as the Indians whip the Mariners, 12-8. Each team has 16 hits, with Phil Bradley collecting 5 for Seattle.
In New York, Tommy Herr bangs a 9th inning homer, off Tom Gorman, as the Cardinals edge the Mets, 1-0. John Tudor (3-7) is the winner and is matched for 8 innings by Ed Lynch. Herr will hit just 8 homers this year, but drive in 110 runs. The Cardinals are in 4th place in the NL East, 4 games behind the Cubs.
9th After losing game 1 by a 6-1 score, the Cards Terry Pendleton legs out an inside-the-park grand slam off Joe Sambito in game 2 as Mets CF Terry Blocker and RF Danny Heep collide. The Cardinals win, 8-2. For Pendleton, it is his second slam of the year.
11th Leadoff batter Von Hayes becomes the first ML player ever to hit 2 home runs in the first inning, starting with a home run, off Tom Gorman, and capping a 9-run outburst with a grand slam, as the Phillies go on to rout the Mets 26–7. Mets relievers Joe Sambito (3 innings) and Calvin Schiraldi (1.1 innings) both give up 10 runs apiece. The 26 runs in one game is a club record and the most in the NL since 1944.
In Montreal, Jody Davis belts a solo homer and Leon Durham adds an 8th inning grand slam as the 1st-place Cubs trip the Expos, 5-3.
In Atlanta, Bob Brenly singles in the winning run in the 18th as the Giants edge the Braves, 5-4. Bob Horner’s two homers account for all the Atlanta scores.
Mike Scott (5-2) applies the whitewash as the Astros shut out the Padres, 11-0. Bill Doran has a homer and 3 RBI, while Mark Bailey hits a grand slam.
12th White Sox pitcher Bruce Tanner, son of Pirates manager Chuck Tanner, beats Seattle 6–3 in his ML debut. It is Tanner’s first and only ML victory.
13th In Seattle, Darryl Motley hits a 3-run homer in the 1st inning to mar the debut of Bill Wilkinson. Another homer in the 6th off Wilkinson gives Kansas City a 4-3 win over Seattle. Wilkinson is the great grandson of Jim Bluejacket, a Cherokee Indian who pitched in the Federal League and the NL. They are the only great-grandfather/great-grandson combo to play in the major leagues.
14th Cleveland’s Bert Blyleven notches his 200th career win, a 5–1 complete game against Oakland.
Pittsburgh’s Jose DeLeon (2-8) strikes out 11 in 7 innings as the Bucs beat Philadelphia, 3–2. Ray and Lezcano homer for Pittsburgh. DeLeon, who won his first game of the year on June 2, will lose his next 11 to finish at 2–19.
One day after his successor Joe Altobelli is fired as manager of the Orioles, Earl Weaver comes out of retirement to manage the club. Weaver led Baltimore to 6 AL titles from 1968-82.
15th Seattle’s infield records 21 assists in a 2–1 win over Kansas City, tying the ML record last accomplished by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1935.
17th In Baltimore, Ron Guidry limits the Orioles to 5 hits as the Yankees win, 10-0, over the Birds. Rickey Henderson has 5 hits, Don Mattingly is 3-for-3 with 3 walks, and Dave Winfield drives in 4 runs with a pair of singles.
18th At Tiger Stadium, Detroit collects 18 hits as they edge the Red Sox, 9-8. Lance Parrish has a grand slam off reliever Bruce Hurst.
19th The Dodgers score 4 runs in the 7th inning to beat the Padres 5–1 and hand Andy Hawkins (11-1) his first loss of the season.
Commissioner Peter Ueberroth announces that starting in August minor league players will be subject to mandatory testing for cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana, heroin, and morphine. Major league officials will be subject to the same program, but not ML players. Ueberroth hopes they will voluntarily comply.
20th Reggie Jackson’s 513th home run sparks the Angels to a 4–0 win over the Indians and moves him past Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews into 10th place on the all-time list.
At Shea, the Mets do all their scoring in the 3rd to top the Cubs, 5-3. George Foster hits a grand slam and John Christensen hits a solo.
21st Twins manager Billy Gardner is fired and replaced by Baltimore pitching coach Ray Miller.
Jerry Royster has a double and grand slam to pace the Padres to a 6-1 win over the Giants. Ed Wojna, in his second ML start, earns the win.
22nd In his first ML at bat, Curt Ford delivers a pinch single off Lee Smith to give St. Louis a 2–1 win over the Cubs and sole possession of first place in the NL East. Chicago, which had been clinging to first place, has now lost 11 in a row.
23rd Dave Stieb wins his seventh and Ernie Whitt clubs a grand slam as the AL-East leading Blue Jays down the visiting Red Sox, 7-5.
At Jack Murphy Stadium, the Padres beat the Giants, 6-1, to sweep the 4-game series and give themselves a 4.5 lead in the NL West. Kurt Bevacqua’s grand slam is the big blow for the Pads.
25th The first-place Angels outlast the Indians, scoring 5 runs after two are out off Neal Heaton in the 13th to win, 7-3. Rupert Jones belts a walkoff grand slam.
The Cubs’ losing streak reaches 13 as Dwight Gooden and the Mets beat them, 3-2.
26th Minnesota’s Ken Schrom one-hits Kansas City, but needs a 2-run single from Roy Smalley in the bottom of the 9th to secure the 2–1 victory. Willie Wilson’s 3rd-inning single is the only Royals hit.
The Cubs beat the Mets, 7–3, ending a club-record-tying losing streak at 13 games, their longest loss streak since 1944 and 1982. They’ll lose 14 in 1997.
For the second day in a row, the Angels use the long ball to beat the Indians, winning 10-6, as Reggie Jackson contributes a grand slam. It is Reggie’s 11th bases-loaded homer.
The Yankees edge the Orioles, 4-3, with 2 runs in the 9th. The O’s help with two errors in the frame. For the 10th time in his career, Rickey Henderson steals 4 bases. The last Yankee to do it was Frank Gilhooley, in 1916.
In Clearwater (Florida State League), after a disputed call at first base, Phillies organist Wilbur Snapp is ejected by the first base umpire for playing “Three Blind Mice.”
27th San Francisco’s Jeffrey Leonard hits for the cycle in a 7–6 loss to the Reds. He is the first Giant to do so since Dave Kingman in 1972.
The Padres trade 2B Alan Wiggins to the Orioles for pitcher Roy Lee Jackson and a player to be named later. Wiggins, who recently completed his 2nd stay at a drug rehabilitation center, was never reactivated by the Padres, who vowed that he would never play for them again.
29th At Yankee Stadium, Moose Haas (7-3) of the Brewers one-hits the Yankees as Milwaukee wins, 6-0. Dave Winfield’s one double in the 7th is the lone hit for New York.
30th In his final at bat of the month, Pedro Guerrero delivers a 2-run home run off Bruce Sutter to give the Dodgers a 4–3 win over the Braves. It is Guerrero’s 15th home run in June (19th overall), tying the ML record.
Cleveland beats Seattle, 7–3, to snap the Mariners’ club-record 9-game winning streak.