2000 June

1st The Royals defeat the Red Sox, 13-11, scoring 9 runs in the 6th inning to erase an 8-2 deficit.

Boston 3B John Valentin undergoes surgery on his left knee and will miss the rest of the 2000. Valentin suffered the injury on May 29th.

Japanese righthander Tomokazu Ohka, a top prospect with the Pawtucket Red Sox, becomes the first pitcher in nearly 50 years to throw a 9-inning perfect game in the International League. Ohka retired all 27 batters he faced in a 2-0 triumph over the Charlotte Knights. The 24-year-old Ohka needs just 76 pitches to toss the first nine-inning perfect game in the IL since Dick Marlowe did it for Buffalo in 1952.

2nd The Cubs defeat the Tigers, 2-0, as Rick Aguilera picks up the 300th save of his career.

The Mets beat the Devil Rays, 5-3, as Tampa Bay as 1B Fred McGriff hits career HR number 400, making him the 31st player to reach the plateau. On June 4th he gets his 2000th hit in the Devil Rays win.

The Yankees sign Cuban defector Adrian Hernandez to a 4-year $4.4M contract. He will have a fine 2000 in the minors, then go 0-3 in the big leagues before the Yankees release him. He will have a cup of café with the Brewers before going to the minors, leaving his major league stats at 0-6.

The Diamondbacks defeat the Rangers, 5-4. Texas rookie OF Ruben Mateo breaks his leg while running out a grounder and will be out the rest of the season.

The Mets trade former phenom Bill Pulsipher to the Diamondbacks for IF Lenny Harris.

The Expos announce they will wear Maurice Richard’s No. 9 on their uniforms for the rest of the season to honor the Montreal Canadians great who died last week. It is believed to be the first time a major league team has honored an athlete from another sport in this way.

3rd Brian Jordan has 4 RBIs to lead the Braves to a 11-7 win over the Yankees. Greg Maddux (5 2/3 IP, 13 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO) allows hits to the first 4 batters he faces for the first time in his career. Roger Clemens (5 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO) is equally ineffective and neither get a decision. Derek Jeter has 4 hits and 2 walks, just the 6th player to get 4 hits in a game off Maddux.

4th The Yankees edge the Braves, 7-6. Prior to the game, Atlanta P John Rocker confronts Jeff Pearlman, the reporter who wrote the infamous article about him in SportsIllustrated. Rocker reportedly threatens Pearlman, although there is no physical contact between the two.

At Shea, the Devil Rays defeat the Mets, 15-5. SS Felix Martinez and winning pitcher Esteban Yan hit their first career homers on consecutive pitches from Bobby Jones in the 2nd inning. Yan’s HR is on the first pitch he sees in his first major league at bat. He’s the 77th MLer to hit a HR on his first at bat, and just the 4th AL pitcher. The last AL pitcher was California’s Don Rose, in 1972. Yan will go to bat twice in the majors, adding a single and finishing with a 1.000 average.

5th The Braves send P John Rocker to the minors, a day after his latest confrontation with a reporter from Sports Illustrated.

In the 2000 amateur draft, the Marlins use the #1 pick on San Diego prep 1B Adrian Gonzales, who will sign for $3 million. The Cubs, picking third, take Miami HS shortstop Luis Montanez. In between the 2 preps, the Twins take righty Adam Johnson from Cal State-Fullerton. The Expos pick Stanford’s Justin Wayne with the 5th, while the Devil Rays go the prep route taking Rocco Baldelli with the 6th selection. Baldelli was a 7-sports star, including volleyball, in Warwick, RI. The Rockies, picking 7th select prep fireballer Matt Harrington, but the team and high schooler will go through months of contentiousness. Harrington will go back in the draft next year and go through the same experience with the Padres, then get draft thrice more and becoming the poster boy for draft holdout risks. The Padres take Cal-Berkeley infielder Xavier Nady, who will be the first draftee in 5 years to skip the minors and debut in the ML. Xavier signs late and goes 1-for-1 on September 30, win the Cal League MVP in 2001 before undergoing Tommy John surgery. Picking 8th, the Tigers sign Matt Wheatland for $2.15 million, but a shoulder injury limits him to 3 minor league wins.  Picking 12th, the White Sox take Stanford QB Joe Borchard, who will sign for $5.3 million, the highest bonus in the draft, and give up football. The Expos sign Borchard’s Stanford teammate Justin Wayne, the #5 pick, for $2.5 million. The Indians spend $2.25 million on their first two prep picks, SS Corey Smith (26thoverall) and prep pitcher Derek Thompson (37thoverall). Neither make it. The Giants take P Boof Bonzer in the first round: Bonzer will tube this year and go 13–3 in the minors next year. The Braves start a good draft by using the 29thand 30thpicks on two prep players: Adam Wainwright and Canadian Scott Thorman. Other picks on the low rounds are Anthony Gwynn, son of Tony, by the Braves and Virginia Tech star QB Micheal Vicks, by the Rockies. Picking on the 26th round, the Yankees select junior college P Sean Henn in a draft-and-follow move. They will ink the lefty to a $1.7 contract next year.

6th  Depending on your point of view, today is a dark day or a great one for baseball at Edison Field in Anaheim. Down to the Giants by 3 runs in the 7th, the rally monkey makes his first appearance on the Diamondvision, and the Angels rally to win, 6–5 with 2 runs in the 9th. Erstad’s single ties it and Mo Vaughan’s single wins it, all against Robb Nen. Salmon homers in the 8thto win it for the Angels. The Giants took a 3-run lead in the 3rdon a 2-run homer by Benard and a 493-foot shot over the RF fence by Barry Bonds. It is Barry’s 25thof the year, and it is the longest HR ever hit at Edison.

Pitchers take the day off in Cincinnati as the Chicago White Sox top the Reds, 17-12.  Frank Thomas scores 4 runs and knocks in 4 while Carlos Lee has 4 hit and 4 RBI.  Helped by a Dante Bichette grand slam in the 9th, the Reds plate 6 runs to make it respectable.

7th The A’s defeat the Padres, 10-4, as Jason Giambi drives home 7 runs with a single, double, and 2 homers, one a grand slam.  It is his third grand slam of the year.

Anaheim edges the Giants, 10–9, with the help of 5 RBI from Darin Erstad. Erstad hits 2-run homers in the 5thand 6thinnings and a single in the 8th.

Cubs 3B Shane Andrews undergoes successful back surgery to remove a herniated disc. He is expected to be out at least 8 weeks.

At Atlanta, Carlos Delgado has 6 RBI and 2 homers including a grand slam, to pace the Blue Jays to a 12–8 win. Kevin Millwood takes the loss. Blue Jays rookie pitcher Clayton Andrews bloops an apparent single to right for his first ML hit, but Brian Jordan, playing very shallow, throws him out at first. Jordan will throw out 3 runners at 1B this year.

9th Toronto beats it rival Montreal, 13-3, behind homers by Carlos Delgado and Shannon Stewart. Stewart adds 3 doubles and drives in 4 runs.

     The Cubs, Rangers and Marlins complete a 3-way trade, with OF Brant Brown going from Florida to Texas in exchange for P Chuck Smith. The Rangers then send him to the Cubs for vet Dave Martinez.

The Marlins trade OF Danny Bautista to the Diamondbacks for IF Andy Fox.

Pitcher John Rocker makes his first appearance for the Richmond Braves since being sent down by Atlanta. Prior to the game, he again has words with reporters.

10th The Royals defeat the Pirates, 2-1 in 12 innings. Second baseman Warren Morris gets 5 hits in a losing cause.

At Bank One, the Angels pummel the Diamondbacks, 10-3, as Darin Erstad contributes a 2-run double. It is his 100thhit in just his 61stgame of the season, making him the fastest to reach the 100-hit mark since Heinie Manush in 1934 (102 in 60 games).

13th The Tigers defeat the Blue Jays, 16-3. Bobby Higginson drives home 7 runs for Detroit on 2 singles and 2 HRs.

14th  At Camden Yard, the Orioles score 4 in the 8th to tie and push across a run in the 9th to edge the Rangers, 11-10. Albert Belle has a 1st-inning grand slam and B.J. Surhoff drives in 4 runs for the O’s.

15th Albert Belle hits his second grand slam in two days, and adds a solo shot as he drives in 6 runs in Baltimore’s 10-1 win over the Rangers. Belle is the first AL player to accomplish this since Ken Griffey, Jr. a year ago.

The White Sox pummel Pettitte for 6 runs in 5+ innings as they beat the Yankees, 12-3. Brook Fordyce and Paul Konerko each have 3 hits and 3 RBI.  Also coming up with a 3 spot is Yankee 2B Chuck Knoblach who makes 3 errors in 6 innings and pulls himself out of the game,   leaving the Stadium before the game ends.

17th The White Sox edge the host Yankees, 10-9, despite 7 runs driven in by New York’s Bernie Williams. Williams strokes a single, a pair of doubles, and a HR in the losing effort.

The Pirates defeat the Marlins, 4-3. Home plate umpire Greg Bonin suffers a concussion in the 8th inning when a foul ball by Wil Cordero strikes him in the mask.

Ron Belliard hits a leadoff HR for the Brewers and John Snyder pitches 7 strong innings as Milwaukee beats the Mets, 3-2. Belliard will hit another leadoff HR tomorrow in a 7-3 loss.

Darin Erstad laces a double, his 100th hit of the year, in the Angels 10–3 win over Arizona.  Erstad’s hit comes in his 61st game, and he is the fastest to reach 100 hits since Heinie Manush, in 1934.

LSU defeats Stanford, 6-5, to win its 5th College World Series since 1991.

18th The Rockies defeat the Diamondbacks, 19-2, as Colorado Mike Lansing completes the cycle by the 4th inning. Lansing has an RBI triple in the 1st, a 2-run HR in the 2nd, a 2-run double in the 3rd, and a single in the 4th as Colorado stroked a team-record 23 hits. 3B Jeff Cirillo gets 5 hits for the Rockies, including a HR, while Brent Mayne has 4. The Rocks total 10 extra base hits, one short of yesterday’s total against the D’Backs. The win moves the Rockies into 1st place in the NL West, percentage points ahead of the Diamondbacks.

The White Sox continue to pummel the Yankees, 17-4, to give them a sweep of their 4-game series. Chicago scores 9 runs in the 1st inning off El Duque on the way to its team-record 11th straight road victory. They also set a little-known ML mark by winning their 10th straight over a team with a .500 record or better.

The A’s tie a team record as they run over the Royals, 21-3, scoring 10 runs in the 3rd inning. The A’s scored 21 runs on June 14, 1969 against Boston. Every Oakland starters gets at least 1 hit, 1 RBI, and 1 run scored.  Gil Heredia is an easy winner over Jeff D’Amico, making his first ML start.

19th The Yankees embarrass the Red Sox, 22-1. The Yankees break open a close game by scoring 9 times in the 8th inning, and 7 times in the 9th.

20th In an 18-6 win, Detroit and Toronto combine for 10 homers, with Detroit pounding a club-record 8 of them. Nine different players hit homers, tying the AL record. Tony Clark goes deep twice to drive in 4 runs and Jeff Weaver gets the win despite giving up 6 runs in 6 innings.  Chris Carpenter is worse, allowing 9 runs in 2 innings.

The A’s come from behind to tie the Orioles 5-5 in the 8thon Matt Stairs’ solo homer, then go ahead in the same frame on Ramon Hernandez’s 3-run homer.  The A’s win, 8-5, as the Orioles rack up no assists, just the 7thteam to do that.

21st The A’s defeat the Orioles, 10-3, as Eric Chavez becomes the first Oakland player to hit for the cycle at home since the team moved to Oakland in 1968. It is the A’s 8thstraight win, a streak they haven’t done since 1994.

Pat Burrell’s second homer of the game, a 9th-inning grand slam, powers the Phillies to a 10-5 win over the host Mets. The Mets announce that SS Rey Ordoñez will be out for the season because his broken left forearm is not healing properly.

22nd The Cardinals defeat the Giants, 11-10. SF scores 8 runs in the 5th inning in a losing cause.

23rd The A’s defeat the Royals, 10-6, for their 9th straight win. Randy Velarde, Jason Giambi, and Ben Grieve hit consecutive homers for Oakland in the 2nd inning.

The Mets roll over the Pirates, 12-2, scoring 9 runs in the 3rd inning.

The Padres bash the Reds, 10-7 in 10 innings. Bret Boone slugs 3 HRs and drives home 6 runs against his former Cincinnati teammates.

24th The Cardinals defeat the Dodgers, 6-1, behind Mark McGwire’s major-league-leading 28th HR of the season. It is McGwire’s 550th career homer.

The Giants bash the Astros, 13-4, as C Doug Mirabelli strokes 5 hits, including 3 doubles and a HR.

The Reds beat the Padres, 11-5, as Barry Larkin goes 5-for-5 with 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, and 4 runs scored.

The Tigers trim the Indians, 14-8, in the second game of a day-night doubleheader behind OF Bobby Higginson’s 3 HRs and 6 RBIs. The Indians took the first game by a score of 8-1.

25th The man finishes what he starts. Darin Erstad hits a leadoff homer for Anaheim, off Twins starter Mark Redman, then finishes the game in the 11thinning with a 2-out walkoff homer off Eddie Guardado. Erstad has 3 hits and 3 runs in the 7-6 Angels victory over the Twins.

26th The Padres defeat the Dodgers, 9-5, scoring 8 runs in the 2nd inning.

The Diamondbacks defeat the Astros, 6-1. Arizona rookie 1B Alex Cabrera hits a PH 2-run HR off Yorkis Perez in his first major league at bat. In the starting lineup tomorrow, he’ll triple in his first at bat. Cabrera will hit 4 homers and collect 13 RBI in his first week. This follows a tear in the Texas League where Cabrera hit 35 homers in just 212 at bats, good enough to lead the league.

27th The Devil Rays defeat the Blue Jays, 11-1. In doing so, Tampa Bay end Toronto’s streak of 23 consecutive games with at least 1 HR—2 shy of the major league mark.

Heavy medical news. Houston reliever Billy Wagner undergoes surgery to repair a partially torn flexor tendon and is out for the year. Pitchers Anaheim’s Jason Dickson and Tampa Bay’s Juan Guzman, undergoes arthroscopic surgery on their right shoulders and will miss the remainder of the season.

The Dodgers release veteran P Orel Hershiser, who announces his retirement.

The Diamondbacks release Bernard Gilkey, who drove in just 50 runs over three seasons, but they still must pay Gilkey $500,000 a year for the next 30 years. The Red Sox will sign Gilkey on July 4thfor the rest of the season.

The Atlanta Braves back off from their decision to bar from their chartered flights 4 team announcers who had raised questions about the catcher’s box at Turner Field. After TBS discussed the width of the catcher’s box in a game against the Brewers 3 days ago, Skip Caray, Pete Van Wieren, Joe Simpson and Don Sutton were kicked off a flight to Montreal and had to take a commercial flight. TBS aired a video showing the catcher’s box was 4 to 5 inches smaller than it was the previous night, when Milwaukee management complained about where Braves catcher Javy Lopez was setting up. Opposing teams have long said that Atlanta pitchers are given the benefit of an extra-wide strike zone, particularly on the outside corners. Catchers who set up wide of the plate can increase the chances of an outside pitch being called a strike. The video was shown after a rare balk call against Fernando Lunar, the Braves catcher. Home-plate umpire John Shulock ruled that Lunar set up with his right foot outside the 43-inch-wide box. The balk led to Milwaukee’s first run and a heated argument between Shulock and Braves manager Bobby Cox, who was ejected. Atlanta lost the game 2-1.

28th The Rockies overcome a 7-run deficit to defeat the visiting Giants, 17-13, as 3B Jeff Cirillo slugs a double and 3 homers, drives home 6 runs, and scores 5 himself.  Cirillo’s 3rd homer, a 2-run shot off John Johnstone, breaks a 12–12 tie.

The Orioles nip the Red Sox, 8-7 in 11 innings, as B.J. Surhoff goes 5-for-6 for Baltimore, stretching his hitting streak to 21 games.

29th The Royals defeat the Indians, 6-1. Bartolo Colon takes the loss for Cleveland, in the process becoming just the fifth pitcher in major league history to start a game by walking the first 4 batters he faces. He leaves in the 4th after serving up consecutive homers to Joe Randa and Carlos Beltran, then recording an out and a walk.

In a prescient move, the Yankees obtain OF David Justice from the Indians for OF Ricky Ledee and two players to be named. When Shane Spencer goes down in 10 days, Justice will take over LF. Justice, with 58 RBI, will knock in another 60 with the Yankees, the first player to collect 50 RBIs in a season with two teams. Mike Piazza in 1998 with LA-FLA-NY is the only player to have a 100-RBI season while playing with three teams. The trade occurs minutes before the start of the game against Detroit, an 8–0 Yankee win, and Ledee is scratched from the lineup.       The Yanks tie a ML record with 3 sac flies in one inning in their 8-0 win over the Tigers. Andy Pettitte scatters 5 hits in the whitewash.

30th Trailing by a score of 8-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Mets score a team-record tying 10 runs and defeat the Braves, 11-8. Mike Piazza’s 3-run HR is the deciding blow as NY score 9 of the runs with 2 outs.

Tampa Bay scores 2 in the 8thoff Jeff Nelson to beat the Yankees, 6–4. Jim Mecir (6-1) is the winner.

The Cubs outlast the Brewers, 7–4, in 15 innings. Fifteen pitchers appear in the match with Leyrault the loser.

The Red Sox seemingly answer their third base needs by acquiring Ed Sprague from the Padres for minor league IF Cesar Saba and P Dennis Tankersley.

Ila Borders, the first woman to play in men’s professional baseball, retires at age 26. Borders was pitching for the Zion Pioneerzz of the Western Baseball League.