1st Toronto OF Devon White becomes just the 6th player in history to hit both a leadoff HR and an extra–inning four–bagger in the same game. He does so in the Blue Jays 5–3 win over Minnesota. He also becomes the 56th player in history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.
The Astros select Cal State–Fullerton 3B Phil Nevin with the first pick in the amateur draft, and sign him for $700,000. For financial reasons, they pass over Derek Jeter, who had been recommended by area scout Hal Newhouser. Newhouser quits. The Indians (2) take Paul Shuey for $650,000; the Expos (3) take Mississippi State’s B.J. Wallace for $550,000; the Reds (5) pick Chad Mottola for $400,000, all of whom sign today. The Orioles at #4, sign Jeffrey Hammonds for $975,000, the highest price in the draft. Picking 6th, the Yanks take Derek Jeter, who will reject a University of Michigan offer to sign for $700,000 with New York. The Marlins will use their first pick on catcher Charles Johnson, who eventually signs for $575,000. The A’s take Jason Giambi (2nd round) and the Cards get T.J. Mathews on the 36th. The Giants snag Marvin Bernard on the 50th round. The Brewers take Ken Felder on the first round but he will prove a flop: their best pick is Scott Karl (6th round). Marvin Benard goes to the Giants on the 50th round.
The Mets score 8 runs in the first two innings off John Burkett and swamp the Giants, 14-1. Sid Fernandez is the easy winner. Bobby Bonilla has single, double and a grand slam for the Mets to drive in 6 runs. Cory Snyder hits a homer for SF.
2nd Eddie Murray’s grand slam off starter Trevor Wilson is the difference as the Mets edge the Giants, 4-3.
3rd Kirby Puckett belts his second grand slam in 5 days and the Twins top the Blue Jays, 11-3. Puckett drives in 5 runs. The Jays outhit the Twins, 14 to 11. Rafael Palmeiro has 4 hits and 3 RBIs and Dean Palmer belts a grand slam for Texas.
At Cleveland, Sandy Alomar hits a grand slam as the Tribe scores 7 runs in the 4th en route to an 8-3 win over the Mariners.
4th For the second day in a row, the Twins win despite being outhit as they beat Texas, 15-12. Red-hot Kirby Puckett has 4 hits, including a homer, and scores 3 runs. The Twins are a half game behind the A’s.
Ken Griffey, Jr. and Kevin Mitchell each hit a pair of homers in the Mariners’ 10-3 win over Cleveland. One of Mitchell’s is a grand slam.
San Jose voters say no to the Giants by rejecting a plan to build a new stadium in their city. The Astros show they like the old stadium as they bang the Giants, 12–6, before a sparse crowd of 8,850.
Carl Stotz, creator of Little League baseball, dies at age 82 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
6th Eddie Murray drives home 2 runs in the Mets 15–1 win over the Pirates. It gives him 1,510 career RBIs, the most ever by a switch-hitter, passing Mickey Mantle (1,509).
At Candlestick, Cory Snyder has a single, two doubles and a homer to drive in 7 runs as the Giants pound Houston, 12-6.
7th OF Juan Gonzalez of the Rangers hits 3 HRs, including a 2-run homer in the 8th, against the Twins. Texas needs them all winning, 5–4. Witt is the winner.
Against the Astros, SF’s Trevor Wilson allows just 2 hits and finishes with a flourish, striking out the side in the 9th on 9 pitches. The Giants win, 3–0.
Mickey Tettleton hits a grand slam for Detroit, but the Yankees respond with three homers to edge the visiting Tigers, 6-5.
Pepperdine defeats Cal State-Fullerton, 3–2, to win the College World Series.
8th Chicago Cubs rookie pitcher Jim Bullinger becomes the 10th pitcher in history to hit a HR in his first major league at bat, doing so on the first pitch thrown to him by Rheal Cormier of the Cardinals. The Cubs win the game, 5–2, then complete the sweep with a 6-4 victory in game 2.
Montreal P Ken Hill hurls a one-hitter over the Mets, and drives in a run in the 6–0 shutout. The only Met hit is an questionable infield single by P Anthony Young.
Cecil Fielder hits a 3-run homer and Milt Cuyler adds a grand slam off Dennis Cook as the Tigers score 7 runs in the 1st inning and whip the Indians, 9-2.
Yankees P Steve Howe is suspended from baseball indefinitely after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to buy cocaine. It is Howe’s 7th suspension.
9th The Dodgers Orel Hershiser scatters 4 hits in 8 innings to beat the Braves, 3–2. Kal Daniels 2-out HR in the 8th, off reliever Mike Stanton, is the difference. For Hershiser, it is his 12th straight win over Atlanta going back to September 13, 1987.
The Yankees trade P Lee Guetterman to the Mets for P Tim Burke.
10thAt Milwaukee, Mark McGwire hits his 22nd homer of the year and his career 200th. It comes in his 2,852nd at bat, and he is the 5th quickest to reach 200. The fastest was Ralph Kiner (2,537), then Ruth (2,580) Killebrew (2,584) and Eddie Mathews (2,811). Winning for first-place Oakland is Ron Darling (6–3).
Luis Polonia steals 4 bases for California, but the White Sox win, 3-2, in 12 innings.
11th Baseball owners vote 25–1 to allow the purchase of the Seattle Mariners by a group headed by Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi of Japan. It signals the first non-North American ownership of a major league team.
12th Chris Hoiles hits a pair of homers and Leo Gomez adds a grand slam as the Orioles top the Tigers, 6-0. Mike Mussina (8-1) is the winner. With Toronto being shut out by the Red Sox, Baltimore is in a tie for first in the AL East.
Frank Viola throws 7+ innings and Wade Boggs supplies a grand slam off Dave Steib as Boston stops Toronto, 5-0.
13th Detroit takes a 7–0 lead over the Orioles into the 8th inning, then score 8 times. Dan Gladden makes all 3 outs in the frame against reliever Mike Flanagan, grounding out then grounding into a DP. The Birds score in the 9th at Detroit to avoid the shutout, losing, 15–1.
First place Oakland scores 6 runs in the 8th inning to beat Texas, 7-1. Mark McGwire belts a grand slam for Oakland off Kenny Rogers. McGwire leads the AL with 23 homers.
14th At the Astrodome, Pete Incaviglia hits a double and two homers to drive in 7 runs as Houston rolls to a 15-7 win over the Giants. Kevin Bass belts a 3-run homer for SF. Dave Righetti (1-3) is touched for 9 runs in 3+ innings.
15th Red Sox P Jeff Reardon moves into first place on the all-time save list with number 342. It comes in Boston’s 1–0 win over the Yankees. Dobson is the winner over Sanderson. Plantier’s homer is the only score.
Jeff King of the Pirates becomes the 5th player in major league history to be caught stealing twice in an inning. In the 5th inning of Pittsburgh’s game against Philadelphia, King leads off with a single. He’s trapped off base, but collides with Phillies P Terry Mulholland as he tries to get back. Mulholland is called for interference, and King is charged with a caught stealing, even though he remained on base. Later that inning, he is thrown out attempting to steal 3B. The Phillies win the game, 4–1.
16th Cardinals OF Brian Jordan signs a $2.4 million, 3-year contract with St. Louis, ending his 2–sport career. He had also been a defensive back with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. The rookie, who last played on May 22, is hitting .233, will be back in action on the 22nd.
The Mariners shrug off a 6th inning grand slam by Steve Sax and score 6 n the 8th to beat the White Sox, 9-6. Tino Martinez has a 2-run homer in the 8th.
18th Gary Sheffield hits two homers, one a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the Padres top the host Giants, 9-4. Rookie Frank Seminara picks up his first ML victory.
19th Mike Devereaux belts his second grand slam of the year and Cal Ripken and Randy Milligan homer as Baltimore tops the visiting Yankees, 10-7. Danny Tartabull supplies a 3-run homer for New York, now 8 games behind first-place Baltimore. Yanks manager Buck Showalter and coach Russ Meyer get tossed for bench jockeying. Meyer was last ejected 36 years ago in 1956 when he was a player.
22nd Mariners OF Dave Cochrane ties a club record for most assists by an OF in a game with 2, and sets a club mark for most errors in a game with 3. The Athletics defeat the Mariners, 7–2.
23rd Led by Harold Baines, who has a double and a homer, Oakland scores 10 runs in the 3rd inning en route to a 12–2 win over Seattle. Canseco also homers to make it an easy win for Slusarski. Baines collects 5 RBIs in the inning and 7 in the game.
Cecil Fielder cracks a grand slam in Detroit’s 7-run 4th as the Tigers whip the Red Sox, 11-7.
24th Yankees P Steve Howe is permanently banned from baseball by Commissioner Fay Vincent after having pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to purchase a gram of cocaine. It is Howe’s 7th ban from the game, as he becomes the first player ever permanently banned from baseball because of drugs.
The Mets, behind Doc Gooden, defeat the Cubs, 3–2 at New York. Jackson takes the loss. Gooden has now beaten the Cubs 12 straight times (according to historian Ed Hartig). Before his loss in August, 1987, he had another streak of 10 straight wins over the Cubs.
25thChicago’s Greg Maddux and New York’s Vince Coleman almost get into a fight, but Maddux takes it out on the Mets by striking out 10 in a 3–1 Chicago win.
26th The Padres top the Giants, 6–2, scoring 4 runs in the 4th. The Pads might’ve scored more but Tony Fernandez is thrown out twice in the inning, matching the ML record. Fernandez will attempt to steal 40 times this season, and be successful on just half; this is the worst percentage for anyone with 20 steals since Jack Fournier in 1923.
Glenn Braggs belts a 1st-inning grand slam, off Steve Avery, and Tom Browning rides it for a 7-4 Reds win over the Braves.
Felix Jose has 3 RBIs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the 9th, as the Cards edge the Mets, 4-3. Vince Coleman is 0-for-1 for the Mets, but collects 4 stolen bases.
27th The Mets edge the Cards with all the runs coming on homers: Gallagher and Jones match dingers, and Howard Johnson’s homer in the bottom of the 9th makes John Franco (6-0) a winner. It is Johnson’s last homer of the year.
The Dodgers trade OF Kal Daniels to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named.
28th Minnesota rumbles by Oakland for the 3rd straight game, 10–2, to leave the two teams tied in the AL West at 43–31. Erickson wins over Campbell. Kirby Puckett and Greg Gagne homer for the Twins.
29th The Cubs finally beat their nemesis Dwight Gooden, pinning a 5-2 loss on him at Wrigley Field. Gooden beat the Cubs 5 days ago for his 12th win in a row over Chicago, and his 22nd in his last 23 decisions against them. He’ll finish his career at 28-4 versus Chicago.
Pittsfield Mets P James Popoff fans 19 Batavia Clippers in a 5–3 victory in the NY–Penn League. It is Popoff’s first professional victory.
Terry Steinbach’s 4th hit of the game scores the go-ahead run in the 11th and he scores the winner as the A’s edge the Mariners, 5-4. Tino Martinez has 5 hits for the M’s.
30th At Fenway, Bob Zupcic hits his first homer of the year, a walkoff grand slam, off Mike Henneman (0-3), to give the Red Sox an 8-5 win over Detroit.