2001 June

1st  In a rarity at Yankee Stadium. Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia earns a win despite pitching only 4 innings. The game is called because of rain after 5 innings with the Tribe ahead, 7–2. The rules state that in a 5-inning game, a starter need not go the full 5 to earn a victory, Retrosheet’s David W. Smith notes that there are just 5 other cases since 1978 to match C.C.

     The Cubs sign Korean high school P Jae Kuk Ryu. He turned 18 two days ago.

The Indians trade Jacob Cruz to the Rockies for minor leaguers Josh Bard, a catcher, and OF Jody Gerut. Cruz spent most of last year on the DL, and will be waived to the Tigers in December.

2ndThe red-hot Cubs push their winning streak to 12 games, beating Milwaukee, 10–4. Matt Stairs hits a 3-run homer, while Sosa and Rondell White add 2-run shots, all off Paul Rigdon. Frank Tapani is the winning pitcher. The streak is the longest by the Cubbies since they won 15 in 1936. The streak ends tomorrow.

3rdThe Dodgers edge the Astros, 9-8, in 10 innings. OF Tom Goodwin gets 5 hits for LA, including a double.

4thSeattle 2B Bret Boone drives home 7 runs in the Mariners 11-6 win over the Rangers. Boone’s 4 hits include a double and 2 HRs.

5th  The Red Sox edge the Tigers, 4-3, in 18 innings on Shea Hillenbrand’s HR over the Green Monster. Tim Wakefield, with a scoreless inning, is the winner. Sox DH Manny Ramirez is handed 4 intentional walks, tying the AL mark set by Roger Maris, on May 22, 1962. Maris did it in a 12-inning game. The ML record is 5, by Andre Dawson, in a 16-inning game, on May 22, 1990.

At Coors Field, Mike Hampton (8–2) beats Houston, 9–4, and hits a pair of homers. Hampton, who came into the season homerless, now has 4 dingers: The Mets, Hampton’s team last year, have a combined 5 homers from their outfielders.

Greg Maddux outduels Javier Vazquez to give the Braves a 3–1 win over the Expos. The lone Expo run comes in the 4th inning when Maddux throws 2 wild pitches, the only time in his career he’s thrown 2 in one inning. Maddux lost his last outing a week ago to Vazquez, but will go undefeated in June and July.

The Phillies trade P Paul Byrd to the Royals for P Jose Santiago.

Picking first in the June free agent draft, The Twins pass over top prospect Mark Prior and select Minnesota prep catcher Joe Mauer. Mauer immediately signs a $5+ million contract. Later, the Twins will pick Joe’s older brother Jake. The Cubs then select USC’s Prior who will eventually sign a ML contract for $10.5 and debut in 2002. Tampa Bay takes RHP Dewon Brazleton with the 3rd pick and will bring him up in September. The Phils take high schooler Gavin Floyd with the #4, while the Rangers take the draft’s top hitter Mark Teixeira, from Georgia Tech, with #5 and sign him for $9.5 for 4 years. Teixeira, who graduated from Floyd’s high school, missed most of the 2001 season with a broken ankle, but was the player of the year in 2000. UCLA’s Josh Karp goes to the Expos on #6, Picking 7th, the Orioles chose pitcher Chris Smith, who will fail to win a game in pro ball. The Pirates take Kent State slugger John Van Benschoten with #8. The Bucs plan on converting the slugger to a pitcher. Kansas City picks prep fireballer Colt Griffin, the first high school to hit 100-MPH on the radar gun, with the #9. Picking 18th, the Mets take Notre Dame pitcher Aaron Heilman, who turned down a $1.5 million offer from the Twins last year. New York will ink him for slightly more. The Diamondbacks take P Jason Bulger in the first round, and take his brother Kevin on the 43rd round. Third brother Brian goes to the Giants on the 49th round. The Angels use the #13th pick to take Casey Kotchman, son of Angels minor league manager Tom. The Mariners use their top pick to take Michael Garciaparra, Nomar’s brother. Several teams passed on Garciaparra after he injured his knee in last fall. On the 11th round, Florida hopes for a hit by picking SS Rex Rundgren, son of 70s rocker, Todd Rundgren. Cuban defector Rolando Viera, who lost a court case and had to go through the draft, is taken by the Red Sox on the 7th round. At 27, he is the oldest in the draft. The Expos take lefty Chad Benz on the 7th round; Benz was born without a complete right hand. The Padres take pitcher Matt Harrington in the 2nd round but will not sign him this year. Harrington will sit out the summer and did the same in 2000 when he and the Rockies, who took him #7 overall, could not reach an agreement. The A’s, picking 25th, take Jeremy Bonderman, the first high school junior ever selected. Bonderman became eligible when he obtained his GED.

6thBaltimore’s first two hitters, Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Mike Bordick, hit homers against New York. Despite a 2ndhomer by Bordick, the Yankees win, 7-4, going ahead on an 8thinning pinch grand slam by Jorge Posada. The Yanks won’t hit another pinch grand slam until 2015.

7thIn Boston’s 8–1 win over the Tigers, the Sox lose C Jason Varitek when he breaks his right elbow diving for a pop bunt in the 7th inning. Varitek earlier hit a homer. Carl Everett drives home 5 to back Tim Wakefield’s 4th win.

The Padres pound Russ Ortiz (7-4) and outslug the Giants, 10–7, to snap their 8-game losing streak. Cesar Crispo hits his first ML homer for the Pads, while his brother Felipe, playing 1B for the Giants in J.T. Snow’s absence, hits a pair. It was the 9th time that brothers on opposing teams had both homered in the same game. The last time was when Bret and Aaron Boone did it last year. Bobby Bonds hits #32, his 13th homer in 18 games. Mike Darr has 4 hits and 4 RBIs for SD.

The Cubs complete a sweep of Cardinals, winning 4–3, and posting their 15th win in 16 games. Cub fans haven’t seen that since 1945. Matt Morris takes a no hitter into the 7th before Matt Stairs 2-out double opens the door. Rondell White’s single in the 10th inning drives home Sammy Sosa for the winner. Chicago takes a five game lead over St. Louis in the Central Division with the win.

Edison International Field, Frank Menechino and Troy Glaus hit homers in the 6-4 A’s win over the Athletics, but most of the hitting seems to be done by the two pitching staffs as an AL-record tying 7 batters get hit by pitches. Oakland batters get plunked 5 times, twice for Menechino. Winning pitcher Scott Schoeneweis plunks 4 and walks no one. It will next be tied in 2008.

8th  The Tigers defeat the Brewers, 9-4, as Damion Easley hits for the cycle and drives home 4 runs. Easley is the 9th player in team history and the first since Travis Fryman, on July 28, 1993, to cycle.

The Mariners (47-12) swamp the Padres, 7-1, for their 15th straight victory. Paul Abbott (7-2) gets help in the 1st inning when Edgar Martinez and Brett Boone homer off Kevin Jarvis.

At Comiskey, Carlos Lee belts a walk off grand slam, off rookie Courtney Duncan in the 10thto give the White Sox a 7-3 win over the Cubs. Lee drives in 5 runs.

Ismael Valdes pitches 6 2/3 innings and Garret Anderson homers off Giovanni Carrara to give the Angels a 1–0 win over the Dodgers.

The Diamondbacks trim the Royals, 11-4, as OF Luis Gonzalez hits 3 HRs. Gonzo now has 25 homers, second in the NL to 32 by Bonds.

Tigers owner Mike Ilitch names himself team president, replacing John McHale, who became the CEO of the Devil Rays.

9thBobby Jones stops Seattle’s 15-game winning streak with a 6–3 victory over the M’s. Rickey Henderson drives in 3 runs as the Padres hand Freddy Garcia his first loss of the year.

10thNick Regilio of the Port Charlotte Rangers fires a perfect game against the Jupiter Hammerheads, striking out 9 and allowing only 2 balls to reach the outfield in a 3-0 victory.

11thPirates owner Kevin McClatchy fires Cam Bonifay. Seven losing seasons and several ill-fated free-agent signings do in the long-time GM. New GM Dave Littlefield will start July 13 and wholesale housecleaning will start soon thereafter.

12thThe Mariners defeat the Rockies, 10-9, as 9 HRs are hit at Coors Field, 6 by Seattle and 3 by Colorado. Mike Cameron, drilled in the 7th inning following Bret Boone’s second HR of the game, hits the go-ahead homer in the 9th. The M’s bullpen blows a lead and Aaron Sele (8–0) misses a W.

At Dodger Stadium, LA beats the Texas Rangers, 8–4. Darren Dreifort of the Dodgers goes 5+ innings allowing 2 earned runs and scores a run by stealing home.

13th  Adam Walker, pitcher for Reading (AA) throw the first 9-inning no-hitter in the five-year history of Reading, blanking the New Haven Ravens, 4–0. In his last start, against Altoona, Walker allows a leadoff single, then holds the next 29 batters hitless. The 27th round draft choice has no hit his last 59 batters. According to SportsTicker, the last pitcher to throw back-to-back no hitters was Vancouver’s Tom Drees, in 1989, beating Calgary and Edmonton by 1–0 scores.

14thMatt Morris strikes out 11 in the Cardinals 3–2 win over the Dodgers, and Mark McGwire clubs a solo homer off Jose Lima to pass Reggie Jackson on the all-time homer list. McGwire’s homer is his 563rd, putting him 6th on the HR list.

Phil Nevin hits his 2nd homer of the game, a grand slam in the 8th, to give the Padres a 6–4 win over Oakland.

15thThe Mariners defeat the Padres, 8-4, to run their mark to 51-14. No AL team has ever won as many of their first 65 games of the year.

The Reds acquire OF Ruben Mateo and 3B Edwin Encarnacion from the Rangers for P Rob Bell. Bell, 0–5 at Cincy, tries changing his luck by wearing #6. The Rangers also claim C Marcus Jensen off waivers from the Red Sox.

16thBrad Penny (7 innings) and Rickey Bones (2 innings) combine to shut out the Devil Rays, 11-0, on one hit. C Ray Flaherty’s single is the only Tampa Bay safety.

The Mariners trip the Padres, 9-2, as Seattle 1B John Olerud hits for the cycle. It is the second time in his career that Olerud has cycled even though he has hit just 12 triples in his three-year career, by far the fewest number of triples by a player with more than one cycle. Wally Westlake is second on the list with 33. Olerud joins Bob Watson as the only two players to cycle in each league to date.

The Blue Jays recall veteran Tony Fernandez, signed a week ago to a minor league contract with Syracuse after the Brewers released him May 30. Tony hits a 6th inning pinch single. For Fernandez, it is his 4th tour of duty with the Jays making him just the second player since Bobo Newsom to make 4 tours of duty with one team. Bobo made 5 separate appearances for the old Senators, the last in 1952. The other player is Rickey Henderson, who has done 4 tours of duty with the A’s.

Miami defeats Stanford, 12–1, to win the College World Series. It is the Hurricanes 4th national title. Miami’s Charlton Jimerson, a 5th round draft pick of the Astros, is named the CWS Most Outstanding Player.

17th  Royals fireballer Blake Stein fans 8 straight Brewers, and 11 in 5 2/3 innings, but Milwaukee defeats Kansas City, 5-2. Only Ryan (twice), Ron Davis and Roger Clemens have struck out 8 in a row in the AL. Tom Seaver holds the ML record with 10 straight K’s, in 1970.

Love that interleague play. Pittsburgh’s Todd Ritchie allows just 4 hits in beating Cleveland, 1-0.  C.C. Sabathia allows just one hit in 7 innings but the Pirates score in the bottom of the 9thon Aramis Ramirez’s RBI double. Five days ago Ritchie went 8 innings in beating Detroit, 13-3. Against NL competition, he is 0-8 with a 5.15 ERA. Ritchie will be voted NL Player of the Week despite not facing any NL batters.

The Cubs edge Minnesota, 5–4 for their 13th straight home win and a sweep of the 3-game series with the Twins. Kerry Wood wins over Brad Radke. Ricky Gutierrez again leads the way with a HR, the 3rd straight game he’s gone deep. Sosa scores his 1,000th career run, a mark he’s already topped in RBIs.

18th  Well, it’s not Wrigley. The Cubs lose their 12th straight in St. Louis as the Cards beat them, 6–2. McGwire and Edmonds match homers with Sosa and Eric Young. Back home, the Cubs announce plans to renovate Wrigley Field, adding more than 2,200 seats.

The Diamondbacks roll past the Astros, 14-5, as rookie 2B Junior Spivey goes 5-for-6 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored.

The Washington Postreports that Baltimore’s Cal Ripken will retire at the end of the season. They’ll be right.

Major League Baseball fires umpire Al Clark. Speculation is that he had been asking players for a large number of autographs with implicit threats of retaliation in terms of close calls if they didn’t agree.

19th  The Twins defeat the Indians, 10-9 in 12 innings, despite 5 hits, including a double and 3 HRs, by Cleveland OF Ellis Burks.  A two-run double by A.J. Pierzynski in the 12th allows the Twins to win the opener of the 3-game set with the Tribe.

Trailing 2–0 with 2 outs in the 9th and an 0–2 count by Robb Nen, San Diego scores 3 runs and wins in the 15th, 4–3. Rick Aurilia’s throwing error with 2 out allows Phil Nevin to score in the 15th. Barry Bonds belts his 37th homer, setting a mark for dingers before the All-star game. Pinch running, Rickey Henderson steals 3B, snapping a swipe drought of 24 games, his longest. Rickey will still top 20 steals this year for the 23rd straight time.

20thUsing the long ball, the Cubs record their first win at Busch Stadium in 13 tries over last two seasons, beating the Cards, 9–4. Sammy Sosa belts a 2-run homer and a grand slam, and makes a diving catch to save a run. Gary Matthews, Jr. adds a 3-run homer.

21stIn a slugfest between Seattle and Oakland, the brothers Giambi each homer, Jason in the 4thand Jeremy in the 5th. But the M’s get a pinch 3-run homer from Bret Boone and another 3-run homer from Mike Cameron to win, 12-10.

It looks like homerun derby as 9 homeruns are hit in the Reds 8-7 win in 11 innings over the Astros. Craig Biggio hits a leadoff homer—a feat he will duplicate tomorrow—and Lance Berkman clubs 2 homeruns. Michael Tucker hits a pair of homers for the Reds.

At Coors Field, Junior Spivey has 5 hits and Luis Gonzalez hits a grand slam to lead the Diamondbacks to a 14-5 win over the Rockies. In his third start rookie Nick Bierbrodt (2-0) goes 7 innings and allows 3 runs for the win. Arizona scored 13 runs in each of his first two starts, but it will drop to single digits in his next two starts, both losses.

The Giants beat the Padres, 8-6, as OF Barry Bonds hits his 38th HR to set a new mark for homers hit before the All-Star break.

In the annual Congressional baseball game, the Republicans defeat the Democrats, 9-1. Republican Congressman Steve Largent of Oklahoma, a former NFL great, strikes out 8 while allowing just 6 hits and no walks. The Dems can breathe easier next year since Largent will be resigning his seat to run for governor. The elephants have compiled a 26-14 record since the Congressional newspaper, Roll Call, began sponsoring the game in 1962. Before 1962, the game was played intermittently beginning when former major-leaguer John Tener, then a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, organized the first contest in 1909.

22nd  The Giants double the Cardinals, 10-5, despite a HR by Mark McGwire. It is the first meeting between teams sporting 500-HR hitters (Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire) since 1976.

The Braves send controversial P John Rocker and IF Troy Cameron to the Indians in exchange for pitchers Steve Karsay and Steve Reed.

At Wrigley, Milwaukee beats the Cubs and Kerry Wood, 2–1, snapping Chicago’s home win streak at 12 games, their longest win streak since 1936. It’s their first loss since May 18, snapping their longest win streak since 1936. James Mouton’s infield single in the 9th drives home the winner.

23rd  At Fenway, Manny Ramirez has 2 homers totaling 964 feet, but he also leaves the bases loaded twice and the Blue Jays come back on the Red Sox, 9–6. Manny’s shots are 463 feet and 501 feet, the latter banging the net around the coke bottle in left. It’s measured at 501 feet, a suspicious one foot short of Ted Williams 502-foot homer for the Fenway record.

The Yankees attempt to shore up their bullpen by getting P Jay Witasick from the Padres for infield prospect D’Angelo Jimenez. The Yanks first choice, Expos P Ugueth Urbina, failed to pass a physical and will end up with the Red Sox.  The Padres released vet SS Chris Gomez yesterday.

The Astros acquire P Dave Mlicki from the Tigers for P Jose Lima and cash.

24th  After being outscored 20–2 in 2 losses to Florida, the Phils rebound with a 9–3 win. The Phils stay 2 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta with Florida another game back. Bobby Abreu has 3 hits including an inside-the-park in the 9th when Cliff Floyd crashes into the wall trying for the ball. Floyd, who had an IPHR earlier this year, keeps his 18-game hit streak alive, off winning pitcher Bruce Chen.

The Royals send C Sal Fasano and P Mac Suzuki to the Rockies for C Brent Mayne.

25th  The Orioles claim 3B Tony Batista off the waiver list when the Blue Jays attempt to send the struggling slugger to the minors.

26thThe Marlins Brad Penny (8 innings) and Antonio Alfonseca (1 inning) combine to 1-hit the Expos, 3-0. 3B Geoff Blum’s single is the only Montreal hit.

The Reds get homeruns from their first two batters leading off, Alex Ochoa and Barry Larkin, and hang on for a 10-9 win over St. Louis. The Cards leadoff hitter Jose Vina has 5 RBIs.

McClendon steals first base. After protesting two questionable calls at 1B by ump Rick Reed against his Pirates, Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon is ejected, but not before he rips up first base and marches off with it.  The field crew replaces the base rather than trying to go after McClendon to retrieve it. His Pirates rally to beat the Brewers, 7-6 in 12 innings.

27th  The Braves bump the slumping Phillies out of first place in the NL East with a 10–4 win over them. The Phils were 35–18 on June 1, and led the Braves by 8 games. Chipper Jones drives in 3 runs and Odalis Perez allows 2 earned runs.

The Astros obtain P Ron Villone from the Rockies for P Jay Powell.

28thThe Reds defeat the Cubs, 5-2, as OF Alex Ochoa gets 5 hits, including a HR, for Cincinnati. OF Dmitri Young adds 4 hits.

Atlanta’s Javy Lopez hits his second homer of the game, a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 10thoff Armando Benitez, to give the Braves a 6-2 victory over the Mets.

The Padres announce that OF Tony Gwynn will retire following the end of the season.

29th  The Royals slug the Indians, 5-3, scoring all their runs on four 4th-inning HRs.

The Cubs defeat the Reds, 7-1, behind Jose Alcevedo’s first ML win. Cincinnati OF Dmitri Young gets 4 hits for the second straight game, giving him 9 consecutive safeties.

30th  Oakland defeats Texas, 15-4, as SS Miguel Tejada hits 3 HRs and a single and drives home 8 runs. Tejada had gone 26 games without a homer before hitting a grand slam in the 1st, followed by a 3-run shot in the 2nd. He adds a solo in the 9th. Erik Hiljus is the benefactor, winning his first ML decision. Hiljus, also strikes out 4 batters in the 7th.

Damian Miller and Craig Counsell hit solo homers in the 8thinning to help give the Diamondbacks a 6-5 win over the Rockies. Adam Melhuse collects his first ML hit for the Rox, a homer.