1990 June

1st  In a slugfest in Seattle, Jay Buhner and Cecil Fielder both hit grand slams and collect 5 RBIs as Detroit tops the Mariners, 9-7.

At Candlestick, Glenn Davis clouts 3 homers and drives in 5 runs, but that is it for the Astros offense as they lose to the Giants, 6-5, in 11 innings.  Houston collects 5 hits.

2nd  Seattle’s Randy Johnson, at 6 feet 10 inches the tallest pitcher in ML history, pitches the first Mariners’ no-hitter, a 2–0 win over the Tigers. He walks 6 and strikes out 8. Fifty of the pitches are clocked at 94 MPH or above as the only threat is a Gary Ward deep fly ball to CF.

The Dodgers release veteran OF John Shelby, who will sign with the Tigers.  Almost a year ago today, Shelby went 0-for-10 in a 22-inning game.

3rd  At Busch, the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 7-4, as Ozzie Smith steals 3 bases and Vince Coleman swipes 4. The Birds steal 8 all told with Joe Girardi behind the plate.

4th  The Dodgers Ramon Martinez, 22, strikes out 18 Braves in a 2–0 win. He ties Sandy Koufax’s club record and is one short of the NL mark. Martinez whiffed none in the 9th inning.

San Francisco score 5 in the 1st inning and John Burkett (5-1) pitches 9 innings as the host Giants defeat the Reds, 10-1. Reds reliever Tim Birtsas strikes out 4 Giants in the 7th.

The Braves wisely select Florida high school SS Chipper Jones with the first pick in the annual free-agent draft. The Tigers follow with Tony Clark and the Phils use the 3rd pick on Mike Lieberthal. The A’s use their 14th choice to take the much sought after Todd Van Poppel, passed over because of his stated intention to pitch at the University of Texas. The A’s change his mind and he signs on July 16th for $1.2 million. Picking 20th, the Orioles take Stanford’s Mike Mussina. Late in the 6th round, the independent Class A Miami Miracle drafts Mike Lansing under a never-before-used rule. The rule will be abolished, but Lansing will play two years with the Miracle and make the majors with the Expos. Troy Percival (Angels) and Mike Hampton (Mariners) go in the 6th round, Rusty Greer (Rangers) in the 10th, and on the 12th round, the Twins take SS Pat Meares. The White Sox end up with the best draft, taking Alex Fernandez (1st round), Bob Wickman (2nd), Robert Ellis (3rd), James Baldwin (4th), Ray Durham (5th), Brandon Wilson (18th), and Jason Bere (36th). After selecting Carl Everett with the 10th overall pick, the Yanks pull 3 winners out of the low rounds: Andy Pettitte in the 20th round, Jorge Posada in the 24th, and Shane Spencer in the 25th.

6th  A week after the Mets fire their manager, the Yankees follow suit. Bucky Dent, the Yank’s skipper for just 89 games, is replaced by Stump Merrill, who managed the Columbus farm team.

For the 2nd time this season, Cecil Fielder belts 3 homers in a game, as Detroit beats the Indians 6–4. Fielder is only the 4th AL player to have two 3-HR games in a season.

In a 12-11 10-inning loss to the Cardinals, the Phillies Von Hayes is walked 5 times. The last, in the 10th, is intentional. Hayes is the third player this year to receive 5 walks in a game.

7thAt Fenway, Red Sox pitchers Greg Harris and Jeff Reardon combine on a one-hitter, beating the Yankees, 3–0. Jesse Barfield’s single is the lone New York hit.

8th  At Wrigley, Shawon Dunston has a single and grand slam in the Cubs’ 9-run 3rd inning as Chicago trounces Philadelphia, 15-2.

George Bell has a single and a pair of homers to drive in 6 runs as the Blue Jays come from behind by scoring 7 in the 8th and 9th to beat the host Brewers, 11-5. Kelly Gruber scores 4 runs. Tom Gilles, who made his ML debut yesterday, picks up the win by retiring one batter. This is final appearance.

At County Stadium, the Giants collect 27 hits as the stomp on the Braves, 23-8. Rookie Rick Parker has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, scores 4 and drives in 6 runs. Will Clark also dirves in 6 runs as he hits two homers and a double. Jose Uribe has 4 hits, scores 4 and drives in 3. Dale Murphy, with 4 hits, has one of Atlanta’s 3 homers.

9th  Dodger Eddie Murray homers from each side of the plate for the 10th time in his career (the 2nd time in 1990) to tie Mickey Mantle’s ML record. The Dodgers beat the Padres 5–4 in 11 innings. The Reds Rick Mahler gives up 4 runs in less than 4 innings as Houston wins, 4–1. For Mahler, it is his 11th consecutive loss to the Astros.

Pete Harnisch allows 4 hits in 8 innings as the Orioles beat the visiting Yankees, 10-1. Chuck Cary exits in the 1st inning having allowed 6 runs. Randy Milligan supplies most of the offense with 3 homers good for 6 RBIs.

At Fenway, Ellis Burks has 3 hits, including a double, to drive in 6 runs as the Red Sox top the Indians, 11-6. The Sox lead the Blue Jays by a game and a half in the AL East.

10th  Joe Girardi has a double and homer and Andre Dawson belts his 16th homer as the Cubs down the Phils, 7-3. Len Dykstra has a pair of hits to run his batting streak to 23 games.

11th  Ageless Nolan Ryan pitches his unprecedented 6th career no-hitter, striking out 14 batters in a 5–0 win over the A’s. He is the first to pitch a no-hitter for 3 different teams, and the first to throw a no-hitter in 3 different decades.  The A’s are missing McGwire, Canseco, and Lansford in the lineup.

The Phils Lenny Dykstra’s hitting streaks stops at 23 games, as he goes 0-for-8 in a doubleheader with Montreal. Dykstra’s average drops from .407 to .392.

12th  Baltimore wins in dramatic fashion, beating Milwaukee, 4–3 in 10 innings. Dan Plesac serves up a 2-out HR in the 9th to Mickey Tettleton which ties the game, then tees up a leadoff homer to Milligan in the 10th. Orioles SS Cal Ripken plays in his 1,308th consecutive game to move past Everett Scott into 2nd place on the all-time list. By passing Scott, Ripken sets a record for consecutive games at one position. Gehrig’s longest was 885 games at 1B.

The Mets outhit the Cubs 21 to 16 and outscore them, 19–8. Dave Magadan and Kevin McReynolds homer to back Dwight Gooden (4–5).

At Riverfront, Tom Glavine scatters 7 hits as the Braves beat the Reds, 8-3, in game 1.  Greg Olson helps with a grand slam and Jeff Blauser has 4 hits. Ron Gant’s triple, homer and 2 RBI lead the Braves to a 3-2 win in game 2.

13th  Kansas City’s Willie Wilson steals his 600th career base in an 11–4 win over California.

Highly touted prospect Steve Avery makes his ML debut for the Braves and gives up 8 runs in 21⁄3innings. The Reds scalp the Braves, 13–4.

The Giants Trevor Wilson no-hits the Padres for 8 innings before Mike Pagliarulo singles. Wilson settles for a 6–0 one hitter, the Giants’ 14th win in their last 15 games.

The wind is blowing out at Wrigley as the Mets take a pair from the Cubs, winning 15-10 and 9-6.  New York scores 5 runs in the 9th in each game.  Howard Johnson has a grand slam in the 9th in game 1 and Mark Carreon has a pinch 2-run homer in the 9th of game 2. Ryne Sandberg has 3 homers on the afternoon.

14th  The NL announces plans to expand from 12 to 14 teams for the 1993 season. The price of admission is 95 million dollars.

17th  At Tiger Stadium, the Angels manage just 4 hits, but one is a 5th inning grand slam by Lance Parrish, as they beat the Tigers, 7-3. Steve Finley (10-3) allows 3 runs in 6 innings for the win.

19th  Gary Carter catches his 1,862nd career game to break Al Lopez’s NL mark. He goes 0-for-3 in the Giants’ 4–3 loss to San Diego. Batting for Ed Vosberg in the bottom of the 5th, Giants Don Robinson becomes the first pitcher to hit a pinch HR since 1971. San Diego’s Bruce Hurst serves up the gopher. His job done, Robinson does not pitch.

20th  At Tiger Stadium, the first-place Athletics deflate Detroit, 12-7. Terry Steinbach belts a grand slam and drives in 6 runs.

22nd  The last-place Braves fire manager Russ Nixon and replace him with GM Bobby Cox, who last managed Toronto in 1985.

23rdIn Seattle’s 8-6, 11-inning win over Texas, Henry Cotto has 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and 4 stolen bases.

24th  The Twins Scott Erickson wins his 12th game in a row, stopping the Yankees, 5–0, and allowing just 2 hits. He retires 24 of the final 25 batters. Erickson will go on the DL for the first 2 weeks in July with a strained elbow.

Led by Jim Eisenreich’s 5 hits, the Royals have 23 hits in beating the Twins, 11-2. Danny Tartabull has a single, double and homer to drive in 4 runs.

26th  Howard Johnson drives in 2 runs in the 11th as the Mets win, 7-5 over the Cardinals at Busch. Terry Pendleton is 5-for-6 for St. Louis.

27th  Brewers DH Dave Parker gets his 2,500th career hit in a 5–4 win over the Yankees.

29th  Oakland’s Dave Stewart and the Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela both throw no-hitters today, the first time this has happened since Hippo Vaughn and Fred Toney’s double no-hitter in 1917. Stewart blanks the Blue Jays 5–0, and a few hours later Valenzuela beats the Cardinals 6–0. The only threat to Stewart is a fly ball by Fred McGriff that Dave Henderson catches with his back pinned to the wall. Fernando almost loses his no-hitter with 1 out in the 9th when Pedro Guerrero hits a grounder up the middle with a runner on. Valenzuela, a former Gold Glover deflects the ball to 2B where SS Alfredo Griffin starts a DP.

Scott Erickson, 10–0 for the past 2 months, has his 12-game win streak snapped, as the Twins lose to the White Sox, 8–4.