1988 June

1st  On the first day of the amateur draft, the Padres use the top pick to take Evansville P Andy Benes. The Indians follow with Ohio prep SS Mark Lewis. The Braves select high schooler Steve Avery with the 3rd pick: Highly touted Greg Olson goes to the Orioles on the 4th pick; he’ll be the first of this crop to make the majors, the only one doing so this year. Picking 5th, the Dodgers go for Bill Bene (5–6 at Fresno State, 51 walks in 50 IP), a Steve Dalkowski reincarnate. He’ll walk 101 in his first 92 pro innings and go 1–14 in his first 2 years in the low minors. The Angels get Jim Abbott with the 8th pick, and the Cubs take Pan Am Games star Ty Griffin at #9, skipping Robin Ventura, who goes to the White Sox on the #10. The Giants take hi schooler Royce Clayton with the 17th pick; The Indians get Charles Nagy at #19; the Blue Jays catch Ed Sprague with the 25th; the Tigers pick Rico Brogna at #27. The Expos take Marquis Grissom in round 3. The Yankees take football all American Deion Sanders on the 30th round. The Orioles pick Pete Rose, Jr. on the 12th, and the Twins pick Pedro Oliva, Tony’s son, in the 40th. Houston takes Arizona basketball guard Kenny Lofton on the 17th round. As a favor to manager Tommy LaSorda, the Dodgers take his godson Mike Piazza with their last pick in the 62nd round.  Not bad.  All in all, 159 players from this draft will make it to the major leagues (as noted by John Skelton).

3rd  The Royals trade P Bud Black to Cleveland for versatile Pat Tabler.

      Julio Franco singles in the Indians 6-3 win over the Tigers to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 21 games.

      Tim Wallach triples in the 4th for the Expos when R.J. Reynolds attempts and misses a shoestring catch, then scores on a balk by John Smiley. It is the only hit Smiley allows.  Pittsburgh, faced with a 1-0 deficit, scores in the 8th and wins it in the 9th, 2-1, on Mike Diaz’s pinch RBI-single.

      At the Metrodome, Greg Gagne hits a grand slam but the Twins fall to the A’s, 8-5.

4th  Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in New York’s 7–6, 14-inning loss to the Orioles, giving him a club-record 249 as a Yankee.

      At Comiskey, the White Sox come from behind to beat the Rangers, 10-8.  Chicago scores 6 in the 9th, capping it off with Gary Redus’ walk off grand slam.  It is his second slam in 5 days.

6th  Dick Williams is fired as manager of the Mariners and replaced on an interim basis by 1B coach Jimmy Snyder. Seattle was 23-33 under Williams, 6th in the AL West.

      The Reds Tom Browning (3-3) has a perfect no-hitter against the Padres for 813innings before allowing a single to Tony Gwynn. Gwynn hits a 3–0 pitch from Browning, who finishes with an easy 12–0 one-hitter. Eric Davis (2) and Kal Daniels homer in the 17-hit attack. Browning will go 16-2 the rest of the season.

8th  Pat Sheridan has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, to drive in 6 runs as the Tigers beat the host Orioles, 12-4.  Sheridan strikes out to lead of the 6th, then finishes off the scoring with a grand slam as the Bengals plate 8 runs in the frame.

      Paul O’Neill has 5 hits to pace the Reds to a 7-1 win over the host Padres.

In a pair of trades, the Giants send OF Jeff Leonard to the Brewers for IF Ernest Riles, and the Reds deal P Dennis Rasmussen to the Padres for reliever Candy Sierra. Jose Rijo will replace Rasmussen in the Reds’ starting rotation.

9th Orel Hershiser hits his first triple (of two) as the Dodgers top Nolan Ryan and Houston, 4-2. Nolan strikes out 2 in 6 innings. John Shelby has a single to extend his hitting streak the 24 games, the best in the majors this year.

10th  Dodgers OF John Shelby goes 0-for-4 in a 4–3 loss to the Padres, ending his hitting streak at 24 consecutive games.

      Atlanta scores 7 unearned runs in the top of the 13th to beat the Astros, 10-3. [the record for the inning is 10 runs]. All the runs are charged to Dave Smith (according to Retrosheet), who pitches 2/3’s of an inning. Gerald Perry has a homer and his second 5-hit game of the month.

      In a 3-1 loss to Minnesota, Seattle’s Harold Reynolds steals 4 bases.

11th  Jay Buhner has a grand slam and drives in 5 as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 8-6.  Batting seventh as the Yankees DH, ahead of Rafael Santana and Joel Skinner, pitcher Rick Rhoden hits a sacrifice fly. He is the first pitcher to start a game as a DH since the rule was adopted in 1973. Later, Jose Cruz replaces Rhoden as the DH. Starter John Candelaria (8-2) is the winner.

12th  Robin Yount hits for the cycle, leading Milwaukee to a 16–2 rout of the White Sox.

      Houston’s Mike Scott is one out away from his 2nd career no-hitter when Ken Oberkfell singles, and Scott settles for a 5–0 one-hitter against the Braves.

13th  In a 12–6 loss to the Yankees, Jim Rice hits his 200th Fenway HR, joining Ted and Yaz as the only 3 to do it.

14th  At Riverfront, Nick Esasky clubs a grand slam and Paul O’Neill solos as the Reds down the Astros, 7-1. Houston collects just 2 hits off Jose Rijo (8-1). Houston’s lone run comes when catcher Alex Trevino steals home on the front end of a double steal.

      In Detroit’s 9-3 victory over the Orioles, Tom Brooken’s cracks 4 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs.

15th  At Fenway, Ellis Burks has 4 hits, including a grand slam, as the Red Sox stop the Yankees, 8-3. New York leads the Tigers by a game in the AL East.

      Indianapolis (Triple A) lefty Randy Johnson, about to be recalled by the Expos, is forced to leave a game against Richmond after knocking down a line drive with his pitching hand.  Angry at himself, Johnson reaches the dugout and punches the bat rack with his right hand.  His left hand is okay, but his right hand is broken, delaying his recall.

19th  Bert Blyleven wins his 250th career game as Minnesota beats Seattle, 3–1. Jeff Reardon picks up his 20th save of the season, giving him 7 straight 20-save seasons.

      Tom Candiotti strikes out 10 and walks none as Cleveland beats the first-place Yankees, 11-3. Batterymate Andy Allanson helps with a grand slam.

      At Memorial Stadium, the Red Sox unleash a 23-hit barrage to down the Orioles, 15-7. Marty Barrett has 4 hits and Mike Greenwell has 3 hits, including a homer, and 5 RBIs.

20th  In a 5–4 triumph over Milwaukee, Oakland’s Mark McGwire hits a triple.  His next and last ML triple will come in 1999 with the Cards.

21st  With 2 outs in the 9th inning, Tiger SS Allan Trammel blasts 3-2 pitch from Cecilio Guante for a game-ending grand slam to give the Bengals a 7–6 win over the Yankees. The Tigers enter the 9th down 6-1, but Dave Righetti walks in two runs before Guante relieves. The Tigers lead the Yankees by a game and a half in the AL East.

      Buddy Bell, acquired three days ago from the Reds for Carl Grovom, hits an RBI double in Houston’s 3-run 7th as the Astros down the Reds, 3-1.

22nd  Will the Thrill is the offense for the Giants as he drives in 7 runs in an 8-7 win over the Padres. Clark has a single, 2 doubles and 3-run homer.

23rd  George Steinbrenner fires Billy Martin for the 5th time, replacing him with Lou Piniella. In 1985, Piniella was fired and replaced by Martin. In 1985, Martin was fired and replaced by Piniella. New York’s 40-28 record is the 4th best in the big leagues, but the Yankees had just completed a 2-7 road trip.

      Despite lead off HRs by Baltimore’s Ken Gearhart and Fred Lynn, off Jim Clancy, Toronto wins, 5–2. This is the 2nd time in his career Clancy has started a game this way.

24th  Cleveland’s Doug Jones celebrates his 31st birthday by saving his 14th game in 14 appearances, breaking the ML record for consecutive saves set last season by Steve Bedrosian. Jones retires all 7 batters he faces to close out the Indians’ 7–5 win over the Yankees.

25th  Cal Ripken, Jr. plays in his 1,000th consecutive game, a 10–3 loss to Boston. Ripken’s streak is the 6th longest in ML history.

      Expos P Floyd Youmans, who underwent alcohol rehabilitation last fall, is suspended indefinitely by Commissioner Peter Ueberroth for failing to comply with his drug-testing program.

      California opens today’s game with just two outfielders—CF Devon White is in the clubhouse finishing a phone call when the game starts. RF Chili Davis tries to alert the umps but no one notices him.  California still wins over Milwaukee, 7–3.

26th  The Twins twice shut out the A’s, winning 11-0 and 5-0.  Charlie Lea and Frank Viola are the winning pitchers, though each get relief help.

      With Harold Baines hitting a 2-run homer and Daryl Boston adding a grand slam, the White Sox down the host Rangers, 7-5.

27th  After their first three pitchers give up 5 runs apiece, and Jeff Reardon allows a run in his inning of work, the Twins turn to LF Dan Gladden who pitches a scoreless 9th inning. California wins, 16-7, as Jack Howell and Bob Boone each drive in 4 runs, and Devon White and Wally Joyner each drive home 3.

28th  Pat Sheridan drives in 4 runs as the first-place Tigers beat Dave Righetti and the Yankees, 6-1, behind Frank Tanana.

      The Cubs hold a telephone lottery for 13,000 seats for the first night game schedule for August 8.  More than 1.5 million fans try to buy seats.

30th  Alarmed by the White Sox’ threatened move to St. Petersburg, Florida, Illinois lawmakers grant state subsidies for a new stadium to replace venerable but decaying Comiskey Park.