1995 June

1st The Rangers defeat the Twins, 6-3, behind Kenny Rogers. Minnesota scores its first run in the 7th inning, ending Rogers’ scoreless-inning streak at 39. The victory brings Texas to within 1 1/2 games of California for the AL West lead.

The California Angels select Nebraska OF Darin Erstad with the first pick in the amateur draft. He’ll sign for a $1.6 bonus, the highest signing bonus to date. Picking next, the Padres take high school C Ben Davis, and the Mariners pick Jose Cruz, Jr. The Cubs follow with Texas high schooler Kerry Wood. The A’s, in need of pitching take recent Cuban defector Ariel Prieto with the 5th pick, bypassing Todd Helton. Prieto will skip the minors and debut with the A’s on July 5. Picking 7th, the Rangers pass over Todd Helton to take P Jonathan Johnson. Picking next, Colorado takes Helton, a two-sport player at Tennessee. He was the QB between Heath Shuler and Peyton Manning; for the baseball team, he set the school record for homers (38) and saves (23). The Brewers take future starting OF Geoff Jenkins in the first round, but the rest of their picks will be busts.  The Red Sox take pitcher Andy Yount with #15, but a kitchen knife slicing injury will shorten his career. Sean Casey goes to the Indians on round 2, and the Royals take Carlos Beltran on the same round. The Yankees pick Florida International University’s Mike Lowell on the 20thround. Gabe Kapler goes to the Tigers on the 57th round. The Mets strike out in the first round (18th) with SS Ryan Jaroncyk; picking in the same spot 4 years ago they took OF Al Shirley.

2nd The Red Sox defeat the Mariners, 6-5, as John Valentin has one of the best hitting days ever by a shortstop. Valentin goes 5-for-5, with 3 HRs and 4 runs scored. In doing so, he becomes the first SS ever to have 15 total bases in a game. He’s the 8th Sox player to collect 3 homers in a game.

Veteran second baseman Jose Lind walks out on the Royals after his wife files for divorce. The Royals don’t invite him back, either.

The White Sox fire manager Gene Lamont. 3B coach Terry Bevington is named to replace him.

3rd  Pitching against the Padres, Expos P Pedro Martinez (4–1) retires the first 27 batters, only to see the Pods Bip Roberts lead off the 10th inning with a double. Reliever Mel Rojas then retires the next three batters. San Diego starter Joey Hamilton is almost as good, giving up just 3 hits and no runs through 9 innings. Reliever Brian Williams yields Jeff Treadway’s RBI single in the top of the 10th. With the rules regarding no-hitters revised in 1991, Martinez receives credit for neither a perfect game nor a no-hitter. The win moves the Expos to within 3 games of the NL East-leading Phillies.

Rangers 3B Dean Palmer, hitting .333 with 9 HRs and 24 RBIs in his first 114 at-bat, ruptures the biceps tendon in his left arm while swinging at, and missing, a pitch from Minnesota’s Kevin Tapani. Palmer will be sidelined until the final week of the season. Tapani goes on to shut out Texas, 4-0.

The Giants recall replacement IF Joel Chimelis from Phoenix. SF players will call meetings in protest of his presence and he will be returned to the minors in 2 days without appearing in a game.

5th  Reds owner Marge Schott is cleared of any wrongdoing by a jury in the Tim Sabo ‘s suit about wrongful firing. Sabo was fired in August of 1991.

6th  Oakland jumps on Yankee starter Mariano Rivera for 7 runs in 4 innings as they trip the Yankees, 8-6.  The big blow is a grand slam in the 3rd is a grand slam by Geronimo Berroa. Ruben Sierra connects for a 2-run homer with no outs in the 5th to send Mariano to the showers.

J.D. Drew sets a college World Series record by hitting homers in his final 3 at bats as his Florida State team loses, 16–11 to Southern Cal. The 12 total bases is also a record.

8th The Rangers defeat the Royals, 10-9 in 10 innings, scoring all their runs after the 6th frame. In a 6-run 8th inning, Texas ties a major league record by getting 4 pinch-hits. Rusty Greer, Mike Pagliarulo, Shawn Hare, and Ivan Rodriguez all come through with singles as the Rangers cut the lead to 8-7. Texas almost wins it in the 9th when they load the bases but, out of position players, P Bob Tewksbury strikes out as a pinch hitter. Greer wins it in  the 10th with a leadoff homer. The win keeps the Rangers within 1/2 game of the Angels in the race for the AL West lead.

The first two Oriole hitters, Brady Anderson and Kevin Bass, homer to lead the O’s to a 8-2 win over Seattle.  Jeff Mantos has a pair of 2-run homers to back Mike Mussina’s pitching.

The Expos acquire 1B/OF David Segui from the Mets in exchange for P Reid Cornelius.

9th The Padres defeat the Mets, 8-4, behind Joey Hamilton. To make his day complete, Hamilton doubles off Mets P Pete Harnisch for his first hit in 58 major league at bats, a ML record (since 1920).

10th Orioles rookie 3B Jeff Manto homers in the 2nd inning for his 4th consecutive round-tripper to tie the record for homers in consecutive games. The Orioles defeat the Angels, 6-2.

Cal State Fullerton defeats Southern Cal, 11-5, to win the College WS. Mark Kotsay blasts 2 homers for the winners and gets the last five outs as the closer. Kotsay led all CWS hitters with  .563 average and 10 RBIs.

The Red Sox obtain IF Chris Donnels from the Astros in exchange for a player to be named.

11th Oakland’s Mark McGwire hits 3 consecutive HRs in an 8-1 win over the Red Sox. McGwire hit 2 HRs yesterday, giving him a ML record-tying 5 HRs in 2 consecutive games. He is the 15th player to hit 5 homers in 2 games, and only the 2nd to do so twice in his career. He also hit 5 homers on June 27 and 28, 1987. Ralph Kiner performed the feat twice in 1947.

Cincinnati defeats Houston, 3-2, in 10 innings on Ron Gant’s HR. It is Gant’s 4th extra-inning homer of the season, tying him with Willie Mays for the NL record. Charlie Maxwell hit 5 for the Tigers in 1960.

The Giants score 4 times in the bottom of the 9th inning in their game with Montreal to tie the score at 8-8, but the Expos score twice in the 13th to win, 10-8. Montreal OF Rondell White strokes 6 hits while becoming the 4th Expo to ever hit for the cycle. White’s hits include a single, 2 doubles, a triple, and a HR. He scores 5 runs, while picking up 3 ribbies.

12th The Royals send Bob Hamelin, the 1994 AL Rookie of the Year, to the their Triple-A Omaha team.  Hamelin, hitting .175 with two HRs, is the first top rookie to be demoted in his sophomore year since 1982 when the Yankees sent Dave Righetti down.

14th The DodgersHideo Nomo strikes out 16 Pirates. Nomo is the first pitcher since Dwight Gooden in 1985 to record a 14 K and 16 K game in the same season. Both of Gooden’s games came against the Giants’ Jim Gott, now a reliever for the Pirates.

Minnesota defeats California by a score of 8-5, despite 5 hits, including 2 doubles, by Angels’ 3B Tony Phillips.

Giants’ utility IF Mike Benjamin, filling in for injured Matt Williams, compiles one of the best 3-game streaks this century. On June 11, Benjamin went 4-for-6 against the Expos, followed with 4-for-6 against the Cubs on June 13, and finishes with a 6-for-7 against Chicago today. The 14 hits in 3 games sets a new ML mark, and his 10 hits in 2 games ties the league record. He is the first Nler since Stan Musial in 1946 to have three straight four-hit games. His 11 hits in the 3 game series against Chicago ties the franchise record set by Fred Lindstrom and Bill Terry.  It will be topped by Joe Panik in 2017. The Giants split the twinbill, winning 4-3 in 13 innings, then losing, 3-1.

15th  Mike Benjamin goes 1-for-5 to total 15 hits in his last four games, the first player to do so since Detroit’s Walt Dropo in 1952. Benjamin, a career .185 hitter in 7 seasons before his salvo, had just 13 hits between June 10, 1994, and June 11, 1995.

The Royals defeat the Athletics behind the 1-hit pitching of Mark Gubicza, who walks just 1 while fanning 5. Mark McGwire’s single is Oakland’s only hit.

16th The Cubs acquire 3B Todd Zeile from the Cardinals in exchange for P Mike Morgan and minor league IF Paul Torres and C Francisco Morales.

The Cardinals fire manager Joe Torre, and replace him on an interim basis with Mike Jorgensen.

17th The Angels release Mitch Williams. The Wild One, considered retired last year after being released by Houston, leaves the majors with a unique stat on his resume: 526 hits and 537 walks in 684 2/3 innings.  He is the only pitcher with more than 250 innings to allow more walks than hits.

One of the Mets prize rookies, Bill Pulsipher, makes his debut and is lit up for 4 hits and 5 runs in the first inning.  He last 7 innings but loses to the Astros, 7–3. He’ll notch his first win against the Pirates on June 27.

18th The Orioles trade OF Andy Van Slyke to the Phillies in exchange for P Gene Harris.

19th The Yankees sign OF Darryl Strawberry.

20th P Lee Smith saves the Angels’ 3-2 win over the Royals to set a major league record with his 18th save in 18 opportunities. His streak will end on June 28.

In Florida’s 7-2 victory over Colorado, Marlins’ relief P Terry Matthews gets the win, and goes 3-for-3 at the plate, with 2 doubles, 2 ribbies, and a run scored. STATS Inc. reports that no relief hurler has had 3 hits in a game over the past 9 years, since it has tracked baseball performances.

21st At the Skydome, ,Jose Valentin of the Brewers connects for a grand slam in the top of the 9th, off Mike Timlin, to give the Brewers a 10-9 win over the Blue Jays.

22nd Two acoustic panels fall from the roof of the Toronto SkyDome, injuring 7 fans during the 7th inning of the Brewers’ 7-0 win over the Blue Jays.

The Reds defeat the Braves, 9-8, as Cincinnati’s Eric Anthony and Eddie Taubensee both hit PH HRs in the 8th inning. It is only the 2nd time that a club has hit 2 pinch homers in the same frame in the NL since 1975.

24th Phillies’ second baseman Mickey Morandini strokes 5 hits to lead Philadelphia to a 10-9 win over the Cardinals. He gets 3 singles and 2 doubles, drives home 3 runs, and scores a pair to help the Phillies maintain their 5 game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.

25th Florida P David Weathers loses a chance at a no-hitter when he is hit on his pitching hand by a Tim Pugh fastball and has to leave the game against the Reds. He had held Cincinnati hitless over the first 5 innings. Terry Mathews replaces him and allows 3 hits in preserving the Marlins’ 5-1 win.

Colorado 1B Andres Galarraga hits HRs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings against the Padres to tie the ML record: he’s the 4th major leaguer to clout 4-baggers in 3 consecutive innings. Galarraga’s 7 RBIs lead the Rockies to an 11-3 win.

The Astros pound out 19 hits in scoring a 19-6 win over the Cubs. 1B Jeff Bagwell leads the way for Houston with 5 RBIs.

28th Colorado pulls off a hidden ball trick in a 2-1, 11-inning loss to the host San Francisco Giants. In the first inning, Darren Lewis is tagged out at third base by Vinny Castilla, with Barry Bonds at bat.

The Cubs trade C Rick Wilkins to the Astros for OF Luis Gonzalez and C Scott Servais.

29th The White Sox pound out 22 hits in a 17-13 win over the Brewers. 3B Robin Ventura gets 5 of those hits, including a HR, and scores 4 runs while driving home 3.

The Angels stroke 21 hits in their 20-4 victory over the Rangers. OF Jim Edmonds and SS Gary DiSarcina lead the way with 4 hits apiece.

30th Cleveland’s Eddie Murray singles in the 6th inning against Minnesota’s Mike Trombley for his 3,000th career hit, just the 20th player to reach the mark. The visiting Indians beat the Twins, 4-1.

The Angels down the A’s, 8-5, when Mark McGwire powers a walkoff grand slam off closer Lee Smith.

Barry Bonds has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and drives in 5 runs to pace the Giants to a 7–6 win over the Padres. His 2nd homer is a 2-run shot with 2 outs in the 9th inning off Trevor Hoffman, his first walk-off HR at home. Chris Hook (3–0) is the winner.