1998 June

2nd The KC Royals and Anaheim Angels play a brawl–filled game, which results in managers Tony Muser and Terry Collins receiving 8–game suspensions. A total of 12 players are ejected in the Angels 7–5 victory.

Atlanta P Dennis Martinez hurls a 12–hit shutout as the Braves defeat the Brewers, 9–0. It is the 243rd victory of Martinez’s career, as he ties Juan Marichal’s record for most wins by a Latin American pitcher. 1B Andres Galarraga hits a pair of homers and drives in 5 runs for Atlanta.

The Phillies select University of Miami 1B Pat Burrell with the 1st pick in the First–Year Player Draft. Burrell’s .888 slugging percentage is 2nd in NCAA history. The Athletics follow by taking Michigan State P Mark Mulder at No. 2; the Cubs take high school OF Corey Patterson with No. 3; Stanford P Jeff Austin is grabbed by the Royals at No. 4; and last year’s top pick, J.D. Drew is selected by the Cardinals as No. 5. Drew will debut in September. The 19-year-old Patterson will get a record $3.7 million from the Cubs, but will sign too late to play in 1998, while Mulder will pocket $3.2 million from the A’s. At number 6, the Twins take Ryan Mills, the losing pitcher for ASUN in the 21-14 loss to USC in the CWS. Picking 9th, the Padres select Sean Burroughs, son of former MLer Jeff Burroughs.  Drew Henson, Michigan QB, drops to the 3rd round where the Yanks take him. The Mets take Ty Wigginton on the 17th round, and the Phillies take Nick Punto in the 21st round.

3rd By playing in his 1,000th game, Roberto Alomar of the Orioles qualifies as the AL’s all–time fielding percentage leader (.9871) at 2B. Baltimore defeats the Red Sox, 3–0, with Alomar bringing home one of the runs.

Behind Roger Clemens, the Blue Jays defeat the Tigers, 1–0. The Rocket won’t lose another game until 1999.

David Cone misses his scheduled start when he is bitten on his pitching hand by his mother-in-law’s puppy. To replace him the Yankees bring up Orlando Hernandez from Triple-A. El Duque responds by allowing one run in 7 innings against Tampa Bay in the Yankees 7-1 victory. Scott Brosius has 4 RBIs.  Hernandez will go 12-4 this year.

4th The Dodgers trade P Hideo Nomo and Brad Clontz to the Mets in exchange for pitchers Dave Mlicki and Greg McMichael.  McMichael will make 12 appearances for LA, then be sent back to the Mets on July 10.

The Indians raise $60 million as all 4 million shares in the initial offering of common stock in the club are sold in one hour. Cleveland is the only publicly traded major league team.

5thIn the battle for Chicago, the Cubs take a 5-2 lead thanks to a 3-run double in the 3rdby Henry Rodriguez and a 5th-inning homer from Sammy Sosa.  The Sox tie it up and it remains deadlocked until the 12thwhen Brant Brown hits a walkoff homer to give the Cubs the victory. Sosa will go on a tear hitting 20 homers in June.

6th Boston’s Tim Wakefield allows just a 2nd-inning single in his 8 innings of work, but he balks home the winning run—Brian McRae–in the sixth inning with two out, accounting for the only score. Bobby Jones wins it, 1-0, for the Yankees.

Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan has his uniform retired by the Cincinnati Reds in a ceremony at Cinergy Field. The Indians then pound out 15 hits in beating the Reds, 10-1. Jaret Wright allows two Reds hits in 8 innings. Omar Vizquel has two doubles and a triple to lead the Tribe.

In a game a minute short of 4 hours, USC wins the College World Series with a 21–14 victory over Arizona State. The Trojans take an 8–0 lead, but ASU battles back on grand slam by Michael Collins and a 2-run HR from Jeff Phelps in the 4th. Jason Lane wins in relief and puts the game out of reach with a 9th inning grand slam. second baseman Wes Rachels, voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Series, sets a championship game record with 7 RBIs and ties another with 5 hits. The football-like score will set off debate about bat reform.

7th Tied with the Rangers at 6–6 after 7 innings, the Padres erupt for 6 runs in the 8th and 5 more in the 9th to take a 17–8 decision. Steve Finley leads the way for SD, getting 3 doubles among his 4 hits and bringing home 5 runs.

David Cone fans 14 Marlins as he hurls a 2–hitter to lead the Yankees as they take a 4–1 decision over Florida. Bernie Williams, Paul O’Neill and Tino Martinez homer for New York.

Hall of Fame 1B Eddie Murray has his uniform retired by the Baltimore Orioles in a ceremony at Camden Yards. The Orioles could probably use Eddie in his uniform as they are blanked by Atlanta’s Greg Maddux, 9-0, on 4 hits.  Andres Galarraga has two homers and 4 RBIs for the Braves.

8th It takes 17 innings, but the Marlins finally defeat the Blue Jays, 4–3. Florida scored its first 3 runs in the 1st inning.

9th Cecil Fielder of the Angels and Yamil Benitez of the Diamondbacks each hit grand slams in the same inning in Anaheim’s 10–8 win over Arizona. It is the 1st time that both teams hit grand slams in the same inning since 1992. Darin Erstad adds 5 hits for the Angels, while Fielder brings home 6 runs altogether.

10th In honor of C Brian Johnson, the Giants hold “Brian Johnson Buzz Cut Night.” Everyone who gets their head shaved receives four free box seat tickets. The Giants lose the game to the Mariners, 4–1.

Colorado OF Dante Bichette becomes the first Rockies player ever to hit for the cycle in the team’s 9–8, 10–inning victory over the Rangers. Bichette doubles in the 4th, homers in the 6th, triples in the 9th, and singles in the 10th.

Yankee OF Tim Raines steals the 800th base of his career in NY’s 6–2 win over the Expos. He is the 5th player in history to reach that milestone. The Yanks lose Bernie Williams to the DL list when he injures his knee sliding.

12th Down 5-2 going into the top of the 9th, the Expos strike for 5 runs to beat the Braves, 7-5. The big blow is a pinch grand slam by rookie DaRond Stovall, off Mike Cather.

13th Atlanta’s Javy Lopez and Andruw Jones hit back–to–back HRs twice in the same game. The Braves defeat the Expos, 9–7.

Anaheim CF Jim Edmonds hits 3 doubles and a single to pace the Angels’ 21–hit attack as the Halos defeat the Rangers, 18–6.

14th By defeating the Indians, 4–2, the Yankees tie the major league mark for most consecutive non–losing series at 24. The 1912 Red Sox and 1970 Reds also accomplished the feat. David Cone (9-1) fans 12 in 7 frames in recording the win. He is the first Yankee pitcher to strike out 12 or more in consecutive starts: James Paxton will match him in 2019.

Carlton Loewer pitches an impressive complete game 5–hitter in his ML debut to lead the Phils to a 4–2 win over the visiting Cubs. Loewer walks none and strikes out 8 and at one stretch retires 14 straight.  Mark Clark goes 5 innings for the Cubs to take the loss.  The last complete game debut was by Boston’s Nate Minchley, who beat the Indians 11–1 on September 12, 1993. The last NL complete–game debut was by Pittsburgh’s Tim Wakefield, who beat the Cards, 3–2, on July 31, 1992.

Houston scores 2 runs off Reds closer Jeff Shaw in the 9th, and three more off him in the 10th to win, 6–3. Billy Spiers starts the rally in the 9th with a double and hits a 2–run homer off him in the 10th, his 4th hit of the game. Shaw, who enters the game with an 0.97 ERA, gives up 7 hits, a walk, and 5 runs.

15th Cubs’ OF Sammy Sosa hits 3 HRs in Chicago’s 6–5 victory over the Brewers. The 3 round–trippers give him 15 in his last 16 games. Kerry Wood, 21 today, is the victor.

Colorado scores 3 runs in the top of the 12th, 2 on a HR by Ellis Burks, and holds on for a 4-3 win over San Francisco.  The Giants score 2 in the bottom of the 12th on J.T. Snow’s 2nd HR of the game.

Tampa Bay gets homeruns from its first two hitters, Quinton McCracken and Wade Boggs, and McCracken homers again in the 2nd with 2 on. But TB needs 3 runs in the 8th to beat the Blue Jays, 8-7.

16th The Phillies trail the Pirates, 7–1, heading into the bottom of the 9th. They fight back against relievers Ricardo Rincon and Rich Loiselle, however, to score 7 runs in their half of the frame for an 8–7 victory.

The Orioles Sidney Ponson and Arthur Rhodes combine on a 2-hit, 2–0 shutout over the Yankees. The win, the 2nd in the 3 game series with New York, ends the Yankees ML record streak of 24 straight winning series. The skein started after the Yankees opened with 2 losses at Anaheim.

18th Cubs OF Brant Brown hits 3 HRs in Chicago’s 12–5 victory over the Phillies. He adds a single and drives home 5 of the Cubs’ runs. Exactly 3 years earlier, on June 18, 1996, Brown hit 3 HRs in a doubleheader against the Dodgers.

Pitcher Dave Stieb is recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays. Stieb, attempting to make a comeback this year, last pitched in the major leagues for the White Sox on May 22, 1993. The veteran righthander hurls an inning of scoreless relief, despite giving up 3 hits, in Toronto’s 13–6 win over the Orioles. Stieb will finish the year at 1–2 and then retire for good.

19th A 3–run homer by 1B Rafael Palmeiro in the bottom of the 15th inning gives Baltimore a 7–4 win over the Blue Jays.

20th The Indians retire Bob Lemon’s uniform number prior to the team’s 5–3 loss to the Yankees.

Former Dodger general manager Al Campanis dies of a heart attack at age 81. Campanis is credited with helping to build the Dodger clubs of the 1970s and 1980s.

The Cubs Sammy Sosa cranks out his 21st homer in the last 30 days, something no other slugger has ever done.  The previous high was 20, set by Kiner in 1947 and tied by Maris in 1961. Sosa’s 30 days go from May 22 through June 22, as noted by the Elias Sports Bureau.

21st  Cleveland lefty Bartolo Colon coasts to a 11–0 shutout over the Yankees.

The Red Sox trade C Jim Leyritz and OF Ethan Faggett to the Padres for P Carlos Reyes and Dario Veras, and C Mandy Romero.

The Cincinnati Reds start an outfield against the Astros of Dmitri Young, Mike Frank and Chris Stynes. Yup, for you movie buffs, that would be Young, Frank and Stynes. It is still a horror for the Reds as they lose their 8th straight, 4–2. Pete Schourek is the CG winner. The losing streak will reach 10 as the Royals will win the next 2.

The Dodgers fire general manager Fred Claire and manager Bill Russell. Former manager Tommy Lasorda is hired as GM on an interim basis. Glenn Hoffman, who managed the team’s Triple–A Albuquerque farm club, takes over as interim manager.

22nd Florida OF Mark Kotsay gets 5 hits in the Marlins’ 12–inning, 3–2 win over Tampa Bay.

The Rangers send P Bobby Witt to the Cardinals in exchange for a player to be named and cash.

Against the Yankees, Greg Maddux gives up 3 runs in 6 innings, then gives way to Dennis Martinez who gives up another 3 in less than an inning. The Yankees win, 6–4, the 13th straight time they have beaten Martinez going back to September 18, 1984.

23rd Texas scores 11 runs in the 5th inning of their game against Arizona and goes on to a 16–5 victory. Roberto Kelly and Ivan Rodriguez each get 4 of the Rangers’ 19 hits.

The Braves trade P Alan Embree to the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Russ Springer.

The Athletics acquire IF–OF Bip Roberts from the Tigers in exchange for a player to be named.

24th The Indians trade OF Geronimo Berroa to the Tigers for P Tim Worrell and minor league OF Dave Roberts.

Despite Jeff Bagwell’s 2 homers—#200 and #201—the Astros lose to the Rockies, 8–6.

25th Chicago’s Sammy Sosa hits a HR in the Cubs’ 6–4 loss to the Tigers, breaking Rudy York’s major league record for HRs in a month with 19. He will end the month with a record 20 round–trippers. York hit 18 in August 1937.

At Comiskey, the streaky Reds beat the White Sox, 7-5, to snap their 11-game losing skein. They had lost 16 of their previous 18 games, but will now win 15 of their next 16 games.

26th At Jacobs Field, Bartolo Colon (8-4) allows 2 runs in 8 innings and Cleveland score 3 in the  7thto beat the Astros, 4-2. Colon strikes out 7 including Ricky Gutierrez in a memorable 20 pitch at bat.

27th Ismael Valdes hurls a 1–hit shutout in beating the Pirates, 2–0. Pittsburgh’s only hit is a single by 1B Kevin Young as Valdes fans 7 without walking a batter.

28th Milwaukee 3B Jeff Cirillo gets 5 hits and drives in 2 runs, but it’s not enough to keep the Brewers from losing a 10–8 decision to the White Sox.

The Twins Bob Tewksbury slows down Mark McGwire, twice retiring him with a 44–MPH lob.  McGwire grounds out in the 1st inning swinging at a lob, and then with a 0–2 count in the 4th, pops out to first on another. Tewksbury also retires Ray Lankford in the 6th on a lob and ends with a 3–2 win.

Sammy Sosa has two singles and an RBI—but no homers—as the Cubs snap a seven game losing streak with a 6–3 win over the Royals.

29th Not a single major league game is scheduled to be played. With the exception of All–Star breaks and labor shortages, it is the first time this has happened during the regular season in 25 years, since April 30, 1973.

Bud Selig calls a special session of the owners for July 9th in Chicago.

30th Dodgers P Ramon Martinez undergoes season–ending surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and torn cartilage in his pitching shoulder.

Sammy Sosa clouts his ML record 20th homer of the month, and his 34th of the year, but the Cubs lose to the Diamondbacks, 5–4.

Mark McGwire belts his 37th homer of the year, tying Reggie Jackson’s record for most homers before the All-Star break. The homer is a 472-ft upper deck shot off KC’s Glendon Rusch.