1987 June

1st  Phil Niekro wins his 314th career game as Cleveland beats Detroit 9–6, moving the Niekro brothers (Phil and Joe) past Gaylord and Jim Perry into first place on the all-time brothers’ victory list. The Niekros have now combined for 530 career wins.

      Dwight Evans hits his 300th career home run in Boston’s 9–5 loss to the Twins, joining teammates Jim Rice and Don Baylor in the 300-HR club.

      Eight homeruns are hit in a 12-inning slugfest between the White Sox and Rangers, won by Texas, 11-9, with a 4-run surge in the bottom of the 12th. Greg Walker has 2 of Chicago’s five homers. Lance Parrish belts a 2-run homer in the 9th as Texas scores 5 runs to tie the match.  Oddibe McDowell continues the come-for-behind dramatics with a 12th-inning walkoff grand slam.

      Andre Dawson hits a solo homer and his second grand slam of the season but that is the Cubs offense as Houston wins, 6-5. Kevin Bass has a homer and 4 RBIs for the Astros.

2nd  The Mariners select Cincinnati high schooler Ken Griffey, Jr., the son of Braves OF Ken Griffey, with the first pick overall in the free-agent draft. Picking 2nd, the Pirates take Mark Merchant, while the Twins take another high schooler Willie Banks with the 3rd pick. The Cubs pick Mike Harkey and the White Sox pick Jack McDowell with the 6th selection. McDowell will be the first of this class to reach the majors, Picking 9th, the Royals take Kevin Appier and on the 58th round, take UCLA’s Jeff Conine. With the 22nd pick, the Astros take Seton Hall’s Craig Biggio, who will be the first non-pitcher from the draft to make the majors. Picking 6th in the first round, the Braves select Derek Lilliquist, and on the 13th round take Mike Stanton. Because of his expected high price tag, Mike Mussina is selected in the 13th round. Albert Belle, suspended by LSU’s coach after chasing a fan, goes to the Indians in round 2.  Robb Nen goes in the 32nd round.

      After hitting five homers yesterday, the White Sox do it again, beating Texas, 15-5. Greg Walker’s grand slam is the big blow.

      At Wrigley, Andre Dawson has a single, triple and 2 homers as he drives in 7 runs to lead the Cubs to a 13-2 pounding of the Astros. Mike Mason (2-0), recently acquired from Texas, pitches 7 innings for the win, while Nolan Ryan lasts just 2 innings absorbing the loss.

3rd  The Cubs score 9 in the 1st and rout Houston 22–7 at Wrigley Field in a game that features a ML-record-tying 3 grand slams. Keith Moreland and Brian Dayett hit grand slams for Chicago and Billy Hatcher connects for the Astros to equal the record set by the Orioles and Rangers last August 6th. Jody Davis scores 5 runs for Chicago on 4 walks and a hit. Moreland, who adds a second HR and drives in 7 runs, connects off Julio Solano in the 6th, the second time in three days that a Cubs batter has hit a grand slam off him.

4th  In a CWS matchup between Stanford and Oklahoma, OSU pitcher Jack McDowell retires Robin Ventura three times to put the Stanford sophomore’s 58-game batting streak in jeopardy. Facing reliever Al Osuna in the 9th, Ventura hits a sharp grounder that is bobbled twice by the 2B allowing Ventura to reach second.  It is ruled an error ending the streak. OSU wins, 6–2, but on the June 7, Stanford will beat McDowell 9–5 to win its 2nd national championship.

5th  Dwight Gooden returns from drug rehabilitation and allows one run in 6 2⁄3 innings to earn the win as the Mets beat the Pirates 5–1 at Shea Stadium.

      Pete O’Brien has 3 hits, including a pair of homers—one a grand slam, and drives in 7 runs to pace the Rangers to a 15-9 shootout at the Metrodome.

6th Needing a replacement for the injured Mattingly, the Yankees reluctantly trade knuckleballer Joe Niekro to the Twins for C Mark Salas. Salas, not knowing that he’s been traded, pinch hits a homer in the 9th to tie the game with the Rangers. He stays in, adds a single in the 11th, and the Twins win 3–2 in the 13th when Lombardozzi’s 2-out single scores Brunansky from 1B.

      Oakland tops the visiting White Sox, 8-3, as Curt Young pitches a one-hitter, allowing a 2-run homer to Kenny Williams in the 8th inning.  Jose Canseco and Stan Javier homer, and Luis Polonia has 3 hits and 3 steals.

8th The Cards build a 10-3 lead after 5 innings and hold on to beat the Phils, 12-8, at the Vet. Vince Coleman scores 3 runs and, for the second time this year, steals 4 bases. He will lead the NL again in steals with 109.

9th  Pitching like Cy, Curt Young allows just one hit as the A’s beat the White Sox, 8-3.  The lone hit is a 2-run homer with two outs in the 8th by Ken Williams.

      At Des Moines, Iowa (AA) outslugs Louisville, 18–12. Cubs DH hitter Wade Rowdon is 4-for-4 with 4 homers, 6 RBIs and 5 runs. Rowdon clouts 2 dingers in the Cubs 9-run, 2nd inning. In his only plate appearance without a HR, Rowdon is walked intentionally, then Damon Berryhill homers.

10thAt Baltimore, the Red Sox clip the Orioles, 15–4.  Ellis Burks and Marty Barrett lead the 18-hit attack with grand slams, and Burks adds a second homer to drive in 7 runs. Barrett is 4-for-4 and Al Nipper evens his record at 5-5. The two grand slams by a team matches an oft-tied ML mark: the Cubs did it a week ago.

      The Angels use a balanced attack and 4 shutout innings from Greg Minton to beat the Indians, 10-7. Tony Bernazard hits a grand slam for the Tribe.

      Alan Ashby hits a 4th inning grand slam, off Storm Davis (1-7), and adds an RBI in the 6-run 5th as Houston trounces the Padres, 10-1.

11th  Having traded for him last December, the Phillies deal Mike Easler back to the Yankees for a pair of minor leaguers.

      George Bell of Toronto rings up John Habyan for a pair of homers, one a grand slam, as he drives in 6 runs in Toronto’s 8-6 win over the Orioles.

12th  The first-place Blue Jays set a club record with their 10th straight victory 8–5 over the Orioles. Toronto leads New York by 3 games in the AL East and will win 11 in a row before bowing to Baltimore on June 14th.

      The Mets make it easy for Sid Fernandez (8-2) by hitting three homers in a 10-2 pasting of the host Pirates, Tim Teufel’s homer is a grand slam.

      Hubie Brooks strokes 5 hits, including a pair of double and a homer, and drives in 6 runs to lead the Expos to a 13-6 win over the Phillies.

13th  At Memorial Stadium, Toronto belts three homers and defeats the Orioles, 8-2.  It is Baltimore’s 10th loss in a row, the most since they lost 11 in 1958.

14th  Mike Schmidt hits 3 home runs in a game for the 3rd time in his career to lead the Phillies to an 11–6 win over the Expos. His 2nd home run is also his 2,000th career hit, and his 3rd gives him 511 career homers, tying him with Mel Ott on the all-time list. Schmidt collects 6 RBIs today.

      At Comiskey, Tim Laudner of the Twins hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as Minnesota trips the White Sox, 6-3. Joe Niekro goes to 5-4.

      Don Sutton and Greg Minton combine to shut out the Royals, 12-0.  George Hendrick hits a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs, while Dick Schofield adds a grand slam for California.

15th  In Pittsburgh’s 3–1 win over the Cardinals, Pirate base runner Jim Morrison sets a ML record by getting caught stealing home twice in the 8th inning. The first time he makes it back to 3B on an error, but it goes as a caught steal.

16th  Jesse Barfield and Tony Fernandez each have 4 hits to pace the Blue Jays to a 10-4 drubbing of the Tigers.  Starter Jeff Robinson gives up 8 runs in 3+ innings. Bill Madlock has 3 hits, including a HR, for the Bengals while Allan Trammel has a double and homer to extend his hitting streak to 21 games.

17th  Dick Howser dies at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. He led the Royals to their first World Championship in 1985, but was forced to give up managing during the 1986 season because of a brain tumor. His uniform number, 10, will be retired by the club on July 3rd.

      Well, that didn’t work out too well.  With one out in the Braves’ 7th, trailing 2-1, the Giants send righty Randy Bockus in to face Dale Murphy, with lefty Keith Comstock moving to RF. Murphy homers, and when Comstock came back to the mound he serves up singles to Ken Griffey and Andres Thomas before being lifted, Both runners eventually score as the Braves win 6-1. Rick Mahler allows one hit—a homer to Bob Brenley—in his 6 innings.

      Mike Fitzgerald hits a 2nd inning grand slam, off Sid Fernandez, as the Expos top the visiting Mets, 9-1.  El Sid allows all the runs in his 4 innings.

18th  With his club in 5th place in the NL East, Phillies manager John Felske is fired and replaced by 3B coach Lee Elia.

19th  Mike Pagliarulo hits a leadoff homer in the 13th and the Yankees add 4 more runs to beat the host Red Sox, 10-5. The Sox took the lead in the 8th, 5-3, but Dan Pasqua belted a 9th in 2-run pinch homer to tie.

      Andres Thomas has 4 hits and 3 RBIs and Ozzie Virgil drives in 4 runs as the Braves pound the Reds, 16-5.  Things get so bad that the Reds turn to Paul O’Neill to pitch the last two innings. Paulie gives up 2 hits and 4 walks as he allows 3 runs in his lone mound appearance.  Nick Esasky has a pair of homers off Zane Smith and drives in 4 runs.

      The Reds sign Dave Collins to a minor league contract.  He had been cut by the Expos, but will prove a valuable addition.

20th  Kal Daniels and Tracy Jones hit back-to-back homers to lead off for the Reds but the Braves respond with 3 homers in the 2nd and 3rd innings, scoring 7 runs. The Braves win, 8-6. Daniels will hit 8 leadoff homers this year, a club record.

21st  Lee Guetterman (5-0) scatters 3 hits as his Mariners shut out the Indians, 5-0.

      Catcher Bob Brenley has a homer and scores 3 times as his Giants defrock the Padres, 11-2. Brenley also has two stolen bases, one a swipe of home on a double steal, and he will steal 10 bases this year, the third time he’s reached that mark.  Tony Gwynn steals his 24th on his way to 56 thefts.

      Dave Stewart bests Jose Guzman, 7-3, in the first of two games between Texas and Oakland, but the Rangers shoot back in game 2, winning 13-3. Bob Brower belts a 2-run homer and a grand slam.

22nd  Tom Seaver abandons his comeback attempt with the injury-riddled Mets and retires with a career W-L record of 311-205, an ERA of 2.86, 3,640 strikeouts (3rd on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton), and 61 shutouts (7th).

23rd  At Wrigley, the Cubs outlast the Braves to win, 8-7, in 16 innings. Jamie Moyer picks up the victory with 4+ innings of relief when Jerry Mumphrey drives home Ryne Sandberg with his fourth hit of the game. Dale Murphy is 1-for-3 with 5 walks for Atlanta, while teammate Ozzie Virgil gets a golden sombrero with 5 strikeouts.

      Willie Upshaw hits a grand slam and Fred McGriff adds a 2-run homer in Toronto’s 6-run 4th as the struggle past the Tigers, 8-7. Dave Stieb is the winner.

24th  The Brewers do all their scoring in the 7th and 8th but it is not enough as the Red Sox win, 8-7. Wade Boggs has a single and homer to extend his hitting streak to 25 games, and Todd Benzinger drives in 4 runs.

      Ron Guidry (0-3) serves up three homers in the 1st inning as the Orioles score 4 runs and go on to beat the Yankees, 4-0. Dave Schmidt (8-1) allows 3 hits in the win.

25th  Dwight Gooden (4–1) and the Mets top the Cubs, 8–2. For Doc, it is his 10th straight win over Chicago. He’ll lose his next decision to them on August 9, then roll off another 12 straight wins, a record against the Cubs.

26th  Wade Boggs has his hitting streak snapped at 25 consecutive games and the Rocket sputters as Clemens fails to hold a 9–0, 2nd-inning lead. Boston loses to New York 12–11 in 10 innings. The 9-run comeback ties a Yankee team record: Boston, alas, has blown bigger leads.  Jim Rice has a grand slam for the Bosox, and Dwight Evans adds a 3-run homer. Dave Winfield has a 3-run homer in the Yanks 3rd inning.

      You gotta give him credit for trying. Paul Noce of the Cubs ties a ML record (tied 11 days ago) in the 3rd inning by twice being thrown out trying to steal. A dropped ball leaves him safe at 2B after he is caught, then he is thrown out trying to steal 3B. Pittsburgh beats Greg Maddux and the Cubs, 5–2. Maddux will finish 6–14, his last losing season.

27th  Tony Gwynn goes 3-for-4 in San Diego’s 8–4 win over Atlanta to raise his batting average to .387. Gwynn will finish the season at .370 to win his 2nd NL batting title.

Darrell Evans slugs a 2-run home run in the first inning off Mike Boddicker for his 2,000th career hit, but his Tigers lose to Baltimore 4–2.

      At Cleveland, Mark McGwire has a single and three homers to drive in 5 runs as Oakland wins, 13-3. McGwire has 25 homers, one behind George Bell.

      The Rangers sweep a pair from the Twins, winning 11-6 and 7-2.  Mike Stanley seals the second game victory with a pinch grand slam in the 8th inning.

28th  One day after hitting 3 home runs in Oakland’s 13–3 rout of the Indians, A’s rookie 1B Mark McGwire hits 2 more in a 10–0 Oakland romp to tie the ML record of 5 homers in 2 games. McGwire’s 9 runs in 2 games ties an AL record set in 1937.

      Don Baylor moves ahead of Ron Hunt on the all-time hit-by-pitch list when the Yankees Rick Rhoden plunks him during a 6–2 loss to the Red Sox. It is the 244th time that Baylor has been hit by the pitch. He’ll end with 267, putting him 3rd on the list behind turn-of-the-century star Hughey Jennings.

      In California’s 13-3 rout of the White Sox, George Hendrick pinch hits and homers, then goes out to play LF. Ruppert Jones then pinch hits for Hendrick and homers, then plays LF. The two pinch homers ties the ML mark, tied last year. Wally Joyner adds a pair of homers for the Haloes.

      Pinch hitter Greg Gross breaks up Ron Darling’s no-hitter with a leadoff triple in the 8th inning and 2 Philley rallies beat the Mets 5–4.

      For the second time this season Teddy Higuera (6-7) strikes out 13 batters as the Brewers beat the Blue Jays, 11-5.

      A day after winning his first ML game in relief, Tom Niedenfuer serves up back-to-back-to-back homers to John Grubb, Matt Nokes and Bill Madlock of the Tigers to tie the Orioles 6-6. Niedenfuer is gone when Detroit wins, 8-7, in 11.

29th  In the first game—a 6-5 win, of Philadelphia’s doubleheader sweep of Pittsburgh, Steve Bedrosian records his 12th consecutive save (in 12 appearances) to break the ML record set by Sparky Lyle in 1975. The Quakers take the nightcap, 11–3.

      Eight homers are hit in Toronto as the Yankees outlast the Blue Jays, 15–14. Mattingly leads the power outage with a pair, one a grand slam, and Dave Winfield also hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs. The last time that the Yankees hit two grand slams in one game was 1936, when Tony Lazzeri hit a pair. Dave Righetti gets the win.

      Wade Boggs hits a grand slam and drives in 7 runs to pace the Red Sox to a 14-3 clipping of the Orioles. Todd Benzinger scores 4 runs for the Hubmen.

30th  At the Vet, Milt Thompson scores 3 runs in a 6-4 Phillies win over the Pirates. CF Andy Van Slyke has a triple and HR for the Bucs, and pulls off an unassisted DP in the 3rd inning when he catches a fly ball and tags out Mike Schmidt at third base. Schmidt thought there were 2 outs and was running on the play.  Van Slyke will have a second unassisted DP in 1992.