1st Detroit 3B Travis Fryman strokes 5 hits in the Tigers’ 11-3 win over the Orioles.
2nd The NY Mets select Florida State P Paul Wilson with the first pick in the amateur draft. OF Ben Grieve is selected 2nd by the Oakland Athletics. The Brewers Sal Bando, a former ASU third baseman, picks another ASU 3rd sacker, Antone Williamson, with Milwaukee’s the 4th pick overall. The Brewers do find a good 5th round pick in Steve Woodard. The Marlins use the 5th overall on Josh Booty, rated the top high school QB in the nation. Booty will sign with the Fish for $1.6 million, hit .198 in 4 years in the minors, have a cup of coffee with the Marlins, and return to college football. The Dodgers pick Paul Konerko with the 13th overall pick, while Carlton Loewer is taken by the Phils with the 23rd pick. The Royals take Jose Rosado on the 12th round. Boston ends up with the best draft, taking Nomar Garciaparra (1st round, 12th pick), Brian Rose (3rd round), Brian Barkley (5th), Damien Sapp (10th), Donie Sadler (11th), and Carl Pavano (18th). The Twins pick Corey Koskie on the 26th round. On a draft-and-follow, the Cubs take Kyle Farnsworth on the 47th round. The Rockies use their first round pick to take Doug Million, high school player of the year, but they miss a PR bet by not signing him for a million ($905,000). Million will die of a severe asthma attack at age 21.
4th Minnesota OF Pedro Munoz drives in 7 runs to lead the Twins to a 21-7 win over Detroit. Minnesota becomes the first team since the 1950 Red Sox to score more than 20 runs in a game 2 times in the same season. They had previously beaten Boston, 21-2, on May 20.
5th OF Alex Ochoa and 1B Brent Miller, of the Class AA Bowie Baysox, each homer twice in the 4th inning of Bowie’s 28-10 win over the Harrisburg Senators. It is only the 3rd time in minor league history that 2 players from the same team have homered in the same inning. A total of 11 HRs are hit in the game, including 7 by the Baysox.
The International Baseball Association votes down a proposal to allow open competition in IBA events such as the world championships and the Olympics.
6th At Texas, Bernie Williams puts a capper on the Yankees scoring with a 9th inning grand slam off Darren Oliver, his second homer of the game, as New York trounces the Rangers, 17-7. Bernie drives in 7 runs. Mike Stanley has 3 RBIs and Wade Boggs hits a 3-run homer. The Yankees lead the AL East by 3.5 games.
7th Toronto defeats Chicago, 9-5, stopping Wilson Alvarez’s winning streak at 15 games. Bo Jackson drives home all 5 of the White Sox runs. Alvarez falls 2 short of the AL record held jointly by Johnny Allen and Dave McNally.
8th AL owners elect Gene Budig as league president, replacing Bobby Brown.
11th Detroit defeats California by a score of 11-5 as OF Kirk Gibson drives home 7 of the runs on a pair of homers, including a 9th inning grand slam off Mike Butcher.
13th Texas trounces Seattle, 17-9, as DH Jose Canseco drives home 8 runs with 5 hits. Canseco counts 3 HRs among his safeties. Ken Griffey, Jr. almost matches Jose as he drives in 6 runs, 4 on a grand slam. Not since June 1984 have two opponents each knocked in 6 or more runs.
Colorado beats Atlanta, 7-2, marking the Rockies first victory ever over the Braves after 16 consecutive defeats. Former Atlanta pitcher Marvin Freeman gets the win.
Montreal P Jeff Fassero loses a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9th inning as Pittsburgh second baseman Carlos Garcia singles. SS Jay Bell follows with a HR, but the Expos hold on for a 10-2 victory.
Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg announces his retirement, effective immediately.
14th Baseball owners make a salary cap proposal, asking players to split revenue 50-50. Salary arbitration would be eliminated, and free agency for players reached after 4 years in the majors instead of 6. The players will reject the proposal on June 18th.
16th Trailing 6–4 going into the bottom of the 9th, the Indians rally to tie the game, then win it 7–6 when Albert Belle smacks an RBI-double to left center. The Sox elected to pitch to Belle with first base open. The win is Cleveland’s 15th consecutive home victory.
The Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 7-5 in 10 innings, in a game which sees St. Louis turn an NL-record-tying 7 double plays.
The Red Sox trade C Dave Valle to the Brewers in exchange for OF Tom Brunansky.
17th Seattle defeats KC, 5-1, as Ken Griffey Jr. socks his 30th HR of the season. In doing so, he joins Babe Ruth as the only players to have hit 30 homers before June 30. Ruth did so in both 1928 and 1930.
Atlanta defeats Cincinnati, 6-5, to give Braves’ manager Bobby Cox his 1,000th career victory.
19th The Reds score 7 runs in the first inning and go on to defeat Atlanta, 12-4, using a 20-hit attack for the second day in a row. Hal Morris, Kevin Mitchell, Jeff Branson, and Eddie Taubensee all homer off Braves’ starter John Smoltz in the frame, as the Atlanta hurler becomes the 14th pitcher in major league history to surrender 4 round-trippers in a single inning. He also allows 20 total bases, a 20th century NL record. Atlanta adds a homer to match the 2-team homerun mark for one inning.
Detroit beats Toronto by a score of 3-1. Mickey Tettleton homers for the Tigers, marking the 25th consecutive game in which a Detroit player had hit a round-tripper. That ties the major league record held by the 1941 Yankees. Cleveland’s Charles Nagy and Eric Plunk will stop the streak tomorrow.
The Giants sign OF Darryl Strawberry, recently released from a drug rehabilitation program in California, and then released by the Dodgers.
20th Umpires Dana DeMuth, Tom Hallion, Paul Runge, and Angel Hernandez work the Atlanta-NY game wearing shorts and Braves T-shirts and caps. The umps regular equipment was lost in transit. The Braves win the game, 7-3.
21st The Red Sox score 10 times in the top of the first inning as they go on to defeat the Blue Jays, 13-1.
At Tiger Stadium, the Tigers score 6 runs in the 9th inning to come back on the Indians and win, 7-5. Lou Whitaker’s walkoff grand slam, off Derek Lilliquist, caps the scoring. Joe Boever (6-0) is the happy winner.
22nd OF Ken Griffey Jr. leads the Mariners to a 12-3 win over the Angels by stroking his 31st HR of the season. In doing so, Griffey breaks Babe Ruth’s record for most HRs before the end of June, set by the Babe in 1926 and 1930.
The Mets Pete Smith gives up homers to the first two Atlanta batters, Roberto Kelly and Jeff Blauser, then settles down as the Mets win, 5-2, beating Greg Maddux. John Franco picks up his 253rd save, the most by a left hander.
After two straight losses, White Sox pitcher Wilson Alvarez beats Texas, 4-0. Alvarez had set a club record with 15 straight wins earlier.
23rd Oakland P Bobby Witt narrowly misses hurling a perfect game, defeating KC on a 4-0, 1-hitter. Umpire Gary Cederstrom calls Greg Gagne safe on a close play at 1st in the 6th inning, for the Royals only hit, but TV replays show that Gagne was out. The play went 1B Troy Neel to Witt covering. Witt fans 14 and does not walk a batter in his masterpiece.
The Reds defeat the Giants, 7-5, in a contest that sees SF P Pat Gomez throw 3 consecutive wild pitches in the 8th inning. Gomez’s next pitch, like the 3 previous ones, bounces in the dirt, but C Kirt Manwaring is able to block it, preventing Gomez from becoming just the 3rd pitcher ever to throw 4 wild pitches in an inning.
The Senate Judiciary Committee fails to approve antitrust legislation by a vote of 10-7. According to Donald Fehr, executive director of the Major League Players Association, the action leaves the players with little choice but to strike.
A brawl during a Class A Florida State League game between the Port Charlotte Rangers and the West Palm Beach Expos results in a record $4,425 in fines, and 44 suspensions. With both benches and bullpens emptying, the only players who escaped without fines or suspensions are either in the clubhouse or not at the game.
24th Aided by a 9-run 6th inning, Houston goes on to defeat the Dodgers, 16-4. 1B Jeff Bagwell drives home 6 of the Astros’ runs as he slugs 3 homers, including 2 in the 6th inning. He is the 28th player in major league history to homer twice in the same inning. He leads the NL in RBI with 74.
At Jacobs Field, the Yankees and Cleveland battle to a 9-5 score at the end of 7 innings when a curfew calls the game at 1:18 a.m. There are a total of 3:10 in rain delays counting the delay to start the game. The game will be completed tomorrow with the Yankees winning 11-6 in a game that takes 4:03 in total to play, a Cleveland team record. Not to be outdone, the two teams play to a 12-11 Yankee win on the following day in a game that takes exactly 4:03 to play. The two teams total 11 runs scored in the 8th.
25th At Shea, the Pirates beat the Mets, 3–1, behind Zane Smith. Brett Saberhagen (7-4) gives up a 3-run homer to Orlando Merced in the 4th for all the Buc scoring. Saberhagen will win his next 7 decisions.
27th The Cubs defeat the Pirates, 2-1, as P Randy Myers records his 200th career save. He is only the 3rd left-hander to reach the mark.
28th Oakland P Bobby Witt follows up his 1-hit shutout over the Royals with a 2-hit whitewashing of the Angels, winning by a score of 3-0.
Before a crowd of 55,021, the Rockies split a pair with the visiting Padres. The Rocks outslug the Pads to win the opener, 10–9, as the 2 teams combine for 6 homers. No balls leave the park in game 2, an 11–3 Padre win. San Diego scores a (post 1893) NL record 9 runs in the 11th, and the 10 runs in the inning by 2 teams is one short of the NL mark.
The Phils injury plagued C Darren Daulton suffers another season-ending injury when he uses his left collarbone to catcher a foul tip off the bat of Jeff Conine. Daulton will be out the rest of the season. Florida beats the Phils, 2–1, as Jeff Mutis wins his first and only game in the NL.
Mets P Dwight Gooden receives a 60-day suspension for violating terms of his drug aftercare program.
29th The Dodgers defeat the Giants, 6-2, as SF 3B Matt Williams homers off Ramon Martinez in the 4th inning. It is Williams’ 29th HR of the season, breaking Willie Stargell’s NL mark for homers before July.
The A’s Scott Brosius hits a game-ending HR in the 9th off the Angels Chuck Finley to give Oakland a 1-0 win.
30th In Montreal’s 7-3 victory over the Giants, SF OF Darren Lewis commits an error, allowing Cliff Floyd’s base hit to skip under his glove. It is Lewis’ first error in 392 major league games (938 chances), and his first since May 10, 1991, at Triple-A Phoenix.