1989 June

2nd  Eric Davis hits for the cycle in Cincinnati’s 9–4 win over San Diego, becoming the first Red to do so since Frank Robinson in 1959. Davis drives in 6 runs in his 4th straight multi-hit game.

      At Comiskey Park, the White Sox lose their team-record 10th straight home game, 8–0, to the Twins.

      At Fenway, the Blue Jays score 4 runs in the 9thwith 2 outs when Junior Felix hits an inside-the-park grand slam, off Bob Stanley, and the Jays win, 7–2. Felix scores 3 runs and his IP slam at Fenway is the only one in park history by an opponent.

3rd  Nolan Ryan pitches his 2nd one-hitter this season and 11th overall, allowing only a first-inning lead-off single to Harold Reynolds, in a 6–1 win over Seattle. Ryan also strikes out 11 to tie Don Sutton’s ML record of 21 seasons with at least 100 strikeouts.

      Houston beats Los Angeles 5–4 in 22 innings in a game that takes 7:14 to complete. Rafael Ramirez’s 2nd RBI of the game finally ends it at 2:50 a.m.on the 4th. When the Dodgers use up all 24 players (except for tomorrow’s starter Tim Belcher), 3B Jeff Hamilton becomes the final and losing pitcher and P Fernando Valenzuela finishes the game at 1B. John Shelby goes 0–10 for the Dodgers en route to a .183 average for the year.

      The Padres trade John Kruk and Randy Ready to the Phils for Chris James. Kruk had a sub-par .241 last season, after hitting .309 and .313 the previous two.  He’ll rebound to .300 this season.

4th  Don’t leave early. Toronto beats Boston 13–11 in 12 innings after trailing 10–0 after 6. Red Sox starter Mike Smithson throws six scoreless innings before leaving in the 7th because of a foot blister. The Jays then score 2 in the 7th, 4 in the 8th and 5 in the 9th, sparked by Ernie Whitt’s grand slam. The Jays plate 2 more in the 12th on Junior Felix’s HR. It is the biggest lead the Red Sox have ever blown and their 12th consecutive loss to the Blue Jays at Fenway. Ellis Burks has a homer and 5 RBIs for the Bosox.

      The Dodgers Mike Scioscia and Houston’s Louie Meadows each hit grand slams in the Astros’ 7-6 victory in 13 innings. Mike Scott (9-3) pitches a scoreless 13th and then hits a sac fly for the winning run.

5th  The Toronto SkyDome opens, but the Blue Jays lose 5–3 to the Brewers. Baseball’s newest and most modern stadium features a $100 million fully retractable roof, a hotel, the world’s largest video display board, and a Hard Rock Cafe. Construction crews work around the clock to get the stadium ready. Both teams had to skip batting practice before the game because the fences were being painted.

      New York’s Andy Hawkins gives up 10 runs—all unearned—in 2+ innings as the Yankees fall to Baltimore, 16-3. Steve Finley greets reliever Chuck Cary with a grand slam in the 3rd inning.

      The Orioles select Louisiana State University pitcher Ben McDonald (14–3) with the first pick in the annual amateur draft. He’ll sign August 19 and debut September 6, missing by three days being the first in this draft to debut. The Jays John Olerud, picked on the 3rd round, will debut September 3, singling in his first at bat. The next 3 picks are high schoolers: the Braves take Tyler Houston; the Mariners pick Roger Salkeld; and the Phillies choose Jeff Jackson, who hit .504 his senior year in HS but will never play in the ML. The Phils take Chicago prep phenom Jeff Jackson with the 4th pick, allowing the White Sox to get Frank Thomas with the 7th pick, while the Angels take Kyle Abbott with the 10th, and Chad Curtis on the 45th round. The Dodgers use their 1st round pick on Jamie McAndrews, son of Mets P Jim. Mo Vaughn goes to Boston on the 23rd pick and then the Sox take Jeff Bagwell in the 4th round: this is the only time one team has taken two future MVPs in the same draft. Chuck Knoblauch goes to the Twins on the 25th pick of the 1st round (he had been picked on the 18th round by the Phils in 1986, but did not sign). Picking 24th the Mets take Arizona All-American Alan Zinter, who won’t make his ML debut until 2002. On the 4th round, the Twins select and sign P Scott Erickson, who was drafted but not signed in the previous 3 drafts.

6th  San Francisco’s Kevin Mitchell hits 3 home runs in a doubleheader split with Cincinnati, giving him 22 already this season. He accounts for all the Giants scoring, banging a 3-run HR as SF loses 4–3 in the first game. In game 2, his two homers drive in 3 as the Giants win 3–2.

      At Toronto, Milwaukee plates 3 runs in the 9th to break a 3-3 tie, but Brewers reliever Chuck Crim loads the bases with one out. Tony Fossas comes in to pitch to Nelson Liriano, with Crim moving to 1B. After Liriano singles, Crim returns to the mound to get the final outs for a 6-4 win.

7th  Ernie Whitt has 3 hits and drives in 3 runs as the Blue Jays beat the Brewers, 4–2, in the first game ever played indoors and outdoors in the same day. With dark clouds threatening the roof begins closing in the 5th inning. The closing operation begins at 8:48 p.m. and ends at 9:22 p.m., too late to prevent a brief stoppage of play due to rain.

      Paul O’Neill hits a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs to lead the Reds to a 12-5 win over the visiting Giants.

8th  The Pirates send 16 batters to the plate in the 1st and taking a 10–0 lead (Pittsburgh’s best inning since September, 1942) on 8 hits, two for extra bases (Rey Quinones’ double and Barry Bonds’ 3-run homer)  The Bucs leave the bases loaded. Announcer Jim Rooker crows that if the Pirates lose this game he’ll walk back to Pittsburgh. Von Hayes answers Rooker with a 2-run homer in the 1st, another in the 3rd,   Steve Jeltz goes deep in the 4th and 6th innings, one from each side of the plate, and the score after 6 is 11–10.  The Phils explode for 5 in the 8th to make the final, 15–11. Rooker makes good on his promise after the season, when he will conduct a charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.

9th  Mets OF Darryl Strawberry hits his 200th career home run in a 4–3, 10-inning loss at Pittsburgh.

      At Arlington, Mark McGwire gives the A’s the lead with a 1st inning grand slam off Charlie Hough, but the Rangers rally for an 11-8 win.  Julio Franco has 3 hits and 4 RBIs and Ruben Sierra garners 4 hits and 3 runs.

      Ken Oberkfell hits a 3-run homer and Tracy Jones drives in 7 runs on 4 singles as the Giants douse the Padres, 12-2. Don Robinson allows a run in 8 innings for the win. Jones’ big day will earn him a trade to Detroit in a week.

10th  The Twins rally with 5 runs in the 8th inning to beat the visiting White Sox, 11-8.  Jim Dwyer’s grand slam is the big hit in the inning.

11th  At the Astrodome, Houston scores 7 in the 2nd inning and holds on for 10-6 win over the Braves. Bill Doran hits a grand slam in the 2nd and drives in 5 runs.

12th  If you think about it, it is an odd fact. Cardinals utility man Tim Jones plays catcher during a 10–3 loss to the Cubs, becoming the first player named Jones to catch in the major leagues since Philadelphia’s Bill Jones caught 4 games in the Union Association in 1884.

13th  Despite this year’s relaxed balk rule, Red Sox pitcher John Dopson manages to tie the AL record with 4 balks in just 323innings in Boston’s 8–7 win over Detroit.

      Houston’s Terry Puhl plays in his 1,403rd ML game, a 3–2 loss to the Dodgers, to break Jack Graney’s record for Canadian–born players.

      San Diego’s Jack Clark strikes out 4 times in a 9–6 loss to the Reds, giving him a ML-record 9 strikeouts in 2 games. Clark struck out 5 times against the Giants on June 11th.

15th  Down 5-3 to the Twins, Alvin Davis cracks a 7th inning grand slam to lead the Mariners to a 9-5 win. Davis finishes with 5 RBI.

16th  Rick Wolff, 37, writing an article on minor-league baseball for Sports Illustrated,finishes a 3-day stint playing 2B for the South Bend White Sox (Midwest League). He replaces Cesar Bernhardt and goes 4-for-7 against the Burlington Braves. Wolff will finish the year with the highest average of any Chicago White Sox farmhand.

      Tom Gordon issues a bases loaded walk to Pete O’Brien with 2 outs in the 9th and Cleveland beats the Royals, 1-0. Bud Black tosses the shutout.

      The Mets stake David Cone to a 8-run lead in the 1st, scoring all their runs off Bruce Ruffin, but have to rally when the Phillies take the lead in the 4th. The Phils answer quickly in the 1st when Randy Ready hits his 2nd leadoff homer in two games, taking Cone deep on the 3rd pitch. The Phils score 5 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and 4 in the 4th for the lead. The Mets finally win, 15-11, after two rallies.

      The Giants trade Tracy Jones to Detroit for Pat Sheridan.

17th  Dwight Evans belts a grand slam and Nick Esasky adds a 2-run homer as the Red Sox beat the White Sox, 6-1.

18th  The struggling Phillies trade. Reliever Steve Bedrosian and a player to be named later go to the Giants for pitchers Dennis Cook and Terry Mulholland and 3B Charlie Hayes, then send 2B-OF Juan Samuel to the Mets for OF Len Dykstra, P Roger McDowell, and another player to be named later. The Mets-Phillies swap occurs in the middle of a game between the two teams, a 6-5 Phils win, and Len Dykstra is pulled in the 6thinning after going 1-for-3 [in his 2016 autobiography he incorrectly recalls that he was 3-for-3, and told Davey Johnston that he was going for 5-for-5.]

19th  Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden wins his 100th career game, 5–3 over the Expos. His 100-37 career record is 2nd only to Whitey Ford’s 100-36 start.

20th  The Yankees trade OF Rickey Henderson back to the A’s for journeymen pitchers Eric Plunk and Greg Cadaret and OF Luis Polonia.

      I’m ready for game 2, Skip.  In the first of two, White Sox reliever Tom McCarthy gives up 11 runs in 6 innings as Milwaukee stops Chicago, 17-5. Rob Deer has a pair of homers and Robin Yount has a double and homer off McCarthy. Dan Pasqua has a pair of homers in game 2 as the Sox win, 6-4.

24th  Cleveland’s Joe Carter hits 3 home runs in a game for the third time in his career as the Indians beat Texas 7–3. Rangers Charlie Hough and Kenny Rogers combine to allow just 6 hits—all homers.

      Cardinals OF Vince Coleman steals his 39th and 40th consecutive bases in a 5–2 loss to the Pirates to break the ML record set by Davey Lopes in 1975. Coleman has not been caught stealing since last September 15th.

      At Royals Stadium, the Yankees score 6 in the 1st on their way to a 12-5 win over Kansas City. Mel Hall’s grand slam is the big blow.

25th  In a first in the NL, the Mets’ defense does not record a single assist in a 5–1 win over Philadelphia, tying the ML record set by the Yanks on July 4, 1945. New York pitchers retire the Phillies on 13 strikeouts, 12 fly outs, and 2 ground balls to 1B. Sid Fernandez is the winner, with Rick Aguilera tossing an inning of relief.

27th  Todd Benzinger clubs a grand slam in the Reds 5-run 7th as Cincinnati beats Atlanta, 9-3.

29th  Boise (Northwest League) manager Mal Fichman is ejected during an 8–4 loss to Salem, but returns to the field disguised as Humphrey the Hawk, the club’s mascot. He will be suspended one game for the stunt.

      You can still come for Thanksgiving. The Padres GM Jack McKeon trades his son-in-law, pitcher Greg Booker to the Twins for P Fred Toliver. Booker had been booed in every appearance, but will make just 6 appearances for the Twins before being sold to the Giants at the end of the season. Toliver will get in 9 games with no decisions.