1996 June

1st Pittsburgh’s Paul Wagner allows just one hit in 7 innings, but his wildness costs him as the Rockies top the Bucs, 2–0.  Four Rockies’ pitchers combine for the team’s first shutout this year, matching last year’s total. Dante Bichette’s 2nd-inning single accounts for both Colorado scores against Wagner, who strikes out 10.

A day after the Indians-Brewers brawl, the two teams get into it again. And quickly. Leadoff hitter Ken Lofton doubles and then shoves second baseman Fernando Vina to clear both benches. The Brewers win the game 2–1.

With 5 singles, Chuck Knoblauch leads the Minnesota Twins over Texas, 9–5.

2nd In St. Louis, Todd Stottlemyre outpitches Houston’s Darryl Kile to win, 2–0, as the Cards sweep Houston in 3 games. Kile (6–4) hits 4 Cards in the game, the first time a pitcher has done that since Moe Drabowsky on this same date in 1957.

In Philadelphia, the Phils edge the Padres, 9–8, in 12 innings when Ricky Otero singles home the winner with two outs. Mark Whiten drives in 5 runs for the winners on 2 homers. The first place Padres suffer a blow when Wally Joyner fractured left thumb sliding in the 4th inning. He will be out of action for six weeks.

At Oakland, the Yankees win 11–4 and do it the old—fashioned way—by stealing 8 bases. Gerald Williams, with 10 career steals, has 4 steals to tie a club record, and rookie Derek Jeter adds 2. Kenny Rogers (4–1) is the benefactor, pitching 6 1/3 innings for the win, as the Yankees stay 1 1/2 games ahead of the O’s.

The Orioles unleash a 17-hit attack, including 4 homers—3 in a 6-run 3rd—to subdue the Angels, 14-1.  Scott Erickson is the beneficiary, winning his 10th straight over the Angels. Mike Devereaux scores 4 runs.

At Duluth’s Wade Stadium, Darryl Strawberry, in his comeback attempt, hits his first HR for the St. Paul Saints (Northern League), a mammoth 522-foot blast off Duluth Dukes pitcher Pat Ahearne.

4th Greg Jefferies celebrates his return to the Phillies lineup by going 4-for-5, and Pete Incaviglia clubs two 3-run homers as the Phils coast to a 12–3 rain-delayed win over visiting Chicago. Jefferies has been out of the lineup since April 4 with a thumb injury. It is the second game in a week that Incaviglia has hit a pair of 3-run homers.

For the 3rd time in two years Craig Biggio scores 5 runs as Houston doubles the Rockies, 16-8. John Cangelosi has a 3 run homer and scores 4 times to back Mark Hampton’s pitching.

Pitching dominates the baseball draft as 14 of the first 22 selections are moundsmen. Clemson pitcher Kris Benson is the top choice, going to Pittsburgh where he’ll snag a $2 million signing bonus, while the Twins pick power hitting Travis Lee from San Diego State as the 2nd choice. The Cards follow with Wichita State P Braden Looper. Picking 14th, the White Sox take lefty Bobby Seay, but will declare him a free agent in August when they can’t reach an agreement with his agent, Steve Boras. Travis Lee, John Patterson (Expos), and Matt White (Giants) will also not sign and become free agents because of a loophole discovered by Scott Boras. The agent says that the letters tendered are not offers on specific forms and that only the latter can be used within 15 days of drafting or the players are free agents. The four will ink contracts with the Devil Rays and Diamondbacks, with White getting a $10.2 bonus, the largest in history. The Marlin use their 1st pick, 9th overall, on college player of the year, Mark Kotsay, and will ink him to a $1,125,000 contract. The Royals take high schooler Dee Brown in the first round. The Cubs use #17 on pitcher Todd Noel, and in the second round take Georgia prep star Quincy Carter. Carter will hit .215 and .211 in Class A in 1996-97 before returning to college football and then quarterbacking for the Dallas Cowboys. Boston picks Shea Hildebrand in the 10th round; he’ll be the 1st Sox rookie since Ted Williams to start his career with a 9-game hit streak. Texas takes Travis Hafner in the 31st round.

Pam Davis, a starter for the Colorado Bullets women’s baseball team, pitches an inning of scoreless relief in a AA exhibition game. Davis relieves for the Jacksonville Suns (Southern League) against the Australian Olympic team with the Suns ahead, 6–0. She gives up a leadoff double, then retires the next three batters.

5th At Wrigley Field, the Cubs spot the Phillies a 4–0 lead, then Sammy Sosa drives home 5 runs on three homers to give Chicago a 9–6 win. Cubs’ SS Rey Sanchez will be out 6-8 weeks following an operation today to repair a fractured bone in his left hand. Sanchez injured the wrist in 1995 and has been bothered by it ever since.

In Cincy, the Giants score in each of the first seven innings to beat up the Reds, 15–4. Matt Williams and Marvin Bernard drive in 4 apiece to make it easy for Mark Gardner (7–1).

The Twins score 9 runs in the 4th inning to trim the Angels, 14–3. Chuck Knoblauch’s grand slam is the inning’s big blow.

The White Sox down the Red Sox, 8-6, despite Mo Vaughn’s 5 hits.  Frank Thomas’ sac fly in the 12th inning drives home the game winner.

The Red Sox sign Jeff Frye, released today by the Texas Rangers.

6th Boston’s John Valentin hits for the cycle to lead the Red Sox to a 7-4 win over Chicago. The White Sox also execute a triple play in the game, making it the first time since July 1, 1931 that a contest has featured both a triple play and a batter (Chuck Klein) hitting for the cycle.

7th Colorado rips Atlanta ace Greg Maddux for 11 hits and 7 runs in 3 1/3 innings on their way to a 21-hit, 19-8 victory.

In the major-league’s only scheduled doubleheader this season, Minnesota and Oakland split. Pat Meares 2-run homer in the 5th of the lidlifter gives the Twins a 4–2 win. Oakland outslugs the Twins, 13–7, in the nightcap. John Wasdin (3–0) is helped by George Williams grand slam in the 6-run 5th while Brent Gates, Geronimo Berroa, and Torey Lovullo also homer. All other twin bills this season are the result of makeup games.

8th At Minnesota, in the last regularly scheduled doubleheader in the 20th century this season, the Twins and A’s split. Minnesota takes the opener, 4–2, and the A’s cop the nightcap, 13–7. George Williams has a grand slam and Brent Gates a 2-run homer in the A’s 6-run 5th inning.  These two teams will play one last doubleheader, in 2001, the last scheduled twinbill in ML history.

LSU scores a dramatic 9-8 win over Miami to take the College World Series. The Tigers come from behind and win the game on second baseman Warren Morris’s 1st HR of the season, a 2-out, 2-run shot in the bottom of the 9th inning. It is the 1st-ever College WS-ending walk-off homer. Morris missed 39 games this year with a broken bone in his right wrist.

9th  In Denver, John Smoltz, pitching after the Rockies scored 32 runs in the first 2 games, picks up his 12th win in 13 decisions as the Braves win, 8–3.

10th The Mets defeat the Braves, 8-3, despite 5 hits for Atlanta SS Jeff Blauser. Todd Hundley strokes 2 homers in going 4-for-4 with 5 RBIs for NY. The Braves continue to maintain their 5 1/2 game lead over Montreal in the NL East.

The White Sox defeat the Red Sox, 8-2. Tim Wakefield goes the distance for Boston, surrendering 16 hits and making 162 pitches, all on 2 days rest. It is the most hits allowed in a game by a pitcher this decade.

11th The Mariners make Rick Aguilera’s 2nd start of the season a disaster by rocking him for 10 runs and 10 hits in 3+ innings. Dan Wilson has five of the M’s 24 hits as Seattle wins over host Minnesota, 18–8. Joey Cora and Alex Rodriguez each have 4 hits to back Wells (6–1).

The Cubs defeat the Phillies, 9-2, as they are led by OF Scott Bullett’s 5 hits and 4 runs batted in. Ryne Sandberg adds a bases-loaded triple.

12th The California Angels defeat the KC Royals, 4-3, in 10 innings to sweep the 3-game series between the two clubs. Chuck McElroy gets credit for all 3 wins in relief. He thus becomes the first pitcher to accomplish the feat since Mike Marshall of the Dodgers did it against the Giants in 1974. McElroy throws a total of 61 pitches in 4 1/3 innings to run his record to 5-0.

Jeff Fassero allows 5 hits in 8 innings as the Expos stop the Marlins, 8–0. Plate umpire Ed Rapuano is forced to leave the field on a stretcher after suffering a broken left collarbone. He was struck by a Andy Stankiewicz foul.

Marvin Freeman pitches 7 shutout innings as he and 2 relievers pitch the Rockies to an 8–0 shutout of the Astros in Denver.  It is the Rockies first shutout at Coors Field in 103 games.

At the Ball Park in Arlington, Mickey Tettleton cracks a pair of homers and Damon Buford celebrates his birthday with a grand slam as the Rangers drill the Brewers, 13-6.

Reds’ owner Marge Schott is again forced to relinquish day-to-day control of the team, this time through the 1998 season, because of her continual use of offensive remarks. Team controller John Allen will run the team, though Schott will retain her majority ownership.

The Yanks acquire Mike Aldrete from the Angels for Rich Monteleone.

13th  Roger Cedeno hits his first ML homer to lead the Dodgers to a 6–3 win over Tom Glavine and the Braves.

Barry Bonds has 4 hits, including his first homer in more than a month, to lead the Giants to a 12–8 win over the Astros. Down 9–0 after 2 innings, the Astros score 6 in the 5th, including Sean Berry’s pinch grand slam.

Yankees reliever John Wetteland is quoted as saying he’ll leave the Yankees at the end of the season. He later denies the comments but does leave after the season.

14th Cal Ripken of the Orioles plays in his 2,215th consecutive game, breaking the world record held by Japan’s Sachio Kinugasa (Hiroshima Carp). Kinugasa’s streak began in 1970 and lasted until he retired 17 years later. The Orioles defeat the Royals, 6–1.

Detroit beats Minnesota, 5-4, as each of the 9 hitters to appear in the game for the Tigers gets 1 hit apiece.

John Smoltz wins his 13th straight, throwing 8 shutout innings as the Braves beat the Dodgers, 3–1, in Atlanta. His streak ties Glavine’s team record, set in 1992.

In San Francisco, the Astros Jeff Bagwell hits 4 doubles as the Astros beat the Giants, 9–1. Bagwell’s 4 ties the ML record.

In Denver, the Rockies beat the Phils, 10–6, helped by Ellis Burks’ inside-the-park homer, the first ever hit at Coors Field.

15th  Kansas City relief pitcher Mike Magnante hurls 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball to gain credit for the Royals’ 7-6, 16 inning win over the Orioles. The outing drops Magnante’s ERA to 5.33.

Behind Hideo Nomo, the Dodgers beat the Braves, 6–2, and in the first inning turn their first triple play in 47 years. The last tri-killing was 1949.

At the Metrodome, Cecil Fielder’s routine fly ball hits the ceiling for a 2-out 2-run double in the 7th breaks a 5–5 tie. The Tigers win, 7–5.

The Mets put young Paul Wilson on the disabled list for the next month with tendinitis. After the season, he’ll be diagnosed with a small tear of the right labrum and he’ll undergo surgery on November 12.

16th Long-time voice of the Yankees Mel Allen dies at age 83.

17thThe Braves beat the Padres, 9–3, as Greg Maddux (6–5) wins his first in a month. The Pads, losers of 14 of 16 games entered yesterday’s game tied for first in the NL West.

For the second time in 4 weeks, Greg Olson is reached for a grand slam as Terry Steinbach of Oakland connects in the top of the 10thto give the host Tigers an 8-4 loss.

18th  The Padres and Tigers swap shortstops and catchers, the Tigers getting Andujar Cedeno and  Brad Ausmus for John Flaherty and Chris Gomez.

Cub 1B Brant Brown, recalled 3 days ago to fill in for Mark Grace, slugs three homers in 4 at bats in a doubleheader against the Dodgers. It’s Brant’s high water mark as he will return to Iowa on the 28th. The Cubs split the two games, losing the opener, 9-6, before winning the nightcap, 7-4.

Montreal defeats Colorado, 12-8, with the help of 2 HRs and 7 runs batted in by second baseman Mike Lansing. His grand slam in the 8th proves to be the decisive blow, breaking a 7-7 tie.

The Yanks manage just 3 hits off Brad Radke, but one is a 2-run HR by Tino Martinez, as the Yanks beat Minnesota, 2–0. Radke had retired the first 20 batters. Kenny Rogers pitches 8 shutout innings for the win.

19th Atlanta defeats San Diego, 5-1, behind John Smoltz’s 2-hitter, his 14th straight victory. Smoltz retires the first 19 batters. The victory gives the Braves’ righthander a record of 14-1. Smoltz has not lost since April 4th, when SF beat him.  He’s the first NLer to win 14 in a row since Gooden in 1985.

In the Blue Jays 11–3 win over the Mariners, M’s star Ken Griffey break a bone in his right hand when he fouls a pitch off it. He’ll be out 4 weeks.

St. Louis SS Ozzie Smith announces that he will retire at the end of the season after 19 years in the big leagues. He’ll finish with 9,396 at bats and no grand slams, the most at bats without one.

20th  The Indians win their 13th straight over the Red Sox, winning 5–4 on Kenny Lofton’s bloop[ single in the 9th off Mike Stanton. Jim Thome hits a game-tying HR in the 8th, off Clemens, the 17th straight game in which the Indians have gone deep, a team record. Clemens leaves after 157 pitches with no decision.

In the first game of a Northeast League twinbill at West Warwick, Bangor beats Rhode Island, 16-5. Blue Ox 1B Corey Parker is 5-for-5 with 4 homers, a single, and 10 RBIs. He scores 5 runs.  Parker adds a homer in game 2, a 7-5 win by RI (as noted by Kevin Saldana).

21stThe Yankees acquire Billy Brewer and give Steve Howe his release.

22nd The Cubs beat the Padres, 9-6, in 16 innings. 1B Brant Brown is the hero for Chicago with 5 hits on the day, including a double and a 2-run homer in the 16th.

In Cleveland, Ruben Sierra homers from both sides of the plate as the Yankees beat the Indians, 11–9.  One of Sierra’s HRs comes in the 9-run 6th inning. Albert Belle, back from a 2-game suspension, is 3-for-5 with a homer, and Eddie Murray adds his 488th HR for the Tribe. The game takes 4:10.

24th Ron Gant homers on the first pitch and the Cards go on to beat the Braves, 9–2, ending John Smoltz’s 14-game winning streak. Brian Jordan has 6 RBIs to stop Smoltz, who was trying to match Gaylord Perry’s 15 game streak in 1974. Smoltz, 4–9 against the Cards, has not beaten them since 1992.

On Oh! Henry candy bar day in Montreal, Henry Rodriguez bangs 2 homers to tie for the NL lead at 25.  His Expos beat the Pirates, 11–3, 9 of the runs coming in the 2nd inning. Rodriguez adds a single and 2-run double.

     Former Yankees P Steve Howe, released by the team just two days ago, is arrested at Kennedy International Airport for carrying a loaded gun in his luggage. He will plead guilty to a misdemeanor and receive 3 years probation and 150 hours of community service.

25th  In Detroit, the A’s outslug the Tigers, 12–8. Bobby Higginson and Jason Giambi each drive in 5 runs while Cecil Fielder and Mark McGwire match homers. For McGwire, it is #300.

26th Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda undergoes an angioplasty after suffering a mild heart attack. Bill Russell is named Los Angeles’ interim manager

27th The Athletics stroke 8 HRs in an 18-2 pounding of the Angels. Scott Brosius hits 2, while Mark McGwire, Geronimo Berroa, Jason Giambi, Terry Steinbach, Ernie Young, and Jose Herrera also connect. The 7 different players going deep ties the ML record.

The Rockies pound the Dodgers, 13-1, as Andres Galarraga leads the way with a double, 2 homers, and a team-record 8 runs driven in.

28th Seattle scores 7 runs in the 1st inning, and 8 in the 5th, on the way to a 19-8 pasting of the Rangers. 3B Luis Sojo gets 5 hits for the winners.

29th The Athletics hit 3 HRs in an 11-9 win over the Angels, giving them a major league record-tying 18 in 4 games. They hit 4 on Tuesday, 8 on Thursday, and 3 on Friday in addition to today’s 3 to tie the Red Sox of 1977 (June 16-19).

The host Reds whip the Cubs, 9-5, using a 5-run 5th. Winning pitcher Mark Portugal opens the 5th with a base hit and singles a second time in the frame.  He is just the third pitcher (Juan Marichal, Herm Wehmeier) this century to twice have two hits in one inning (as noted by Mike Emeigh).

The Dodgers defeat the Rockies, 13-10, after leading 13-0 going into the bottom of the 8th inning. Colorado scores 8 runs in the 8th, then adds 2 more in the 9th to fall 3 short. Catcher Mike Piazza leads the way for LA with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs.

30th Rockies second baseman Eric Young steals 6 bases in Colorado’s 16-15 win over the Dodgers to tie a major league record. Three steals come in the 3rd inning when he steals 2B, 3B, and home. The two teams score in 14 of their 18 turns at bat, tying another big league mark. There are 7 lead changes in the contest, which is marked by 38 hits, 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases—9 steals when Hideo Nomo is on the mound and 10 with Mike Piazza behind the plate. Three of the homers come on consecutive pitches as Piazza, Karros, and Mondesi homer off Mark Thompson. The 4-hour and 20-minute game is the longest 9-inning contest in NL history. Raul Mondesi drives home 6 runs for LA, while Dante Bichette gets 5 hits and 4 ribbies for Colorado.

The Twins defeat the Royals, 5-2, as Minnesota LF Marty Cordova has his hitting streak stopped at 23 games.

The Giants lose their 10th in a row, as San Diego wins, 7–4.  It ties the losing streak record for the franchise in San Francisco.

Cards pitcher Todd Stottlemyre has 3 hits, 2 in the 6-run 2nd inning, in beating the Pirates, 10–3.