2002 June

2nd  The Phillies score 10 runs in the 1st inning and go on to trounce the Expos by a score of 18–3. Philadelphia pitcher Robert Person gets the win, slugs 2 HRs and drives in 7 runs in the contest. He will end up with a .117 career batting average.

At Detroit, Roy Halladay struggles through 8 innings, allowing 11 hits and 6 runs, but finds a way to win as the Blue Jays edge the Tigers, 7-6. Eric Hinske has a homer and triple off Jeff Weaver, while Randall Simon is 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs off Halladay.  When Halladay retires at the end of the 2013 season he will cite this game as his most memorable.

3rdAgainst Pedro Martinez, the Tigers first 2 hitters, Ramon Santiago and Damion Easley hit homers. Pedro does not get the decision though the Tigers, win, 7-6, over the Red Sox. Santiago will repeat tomorrow with another leadoff HR.

Buck Martinez is fired as Toronto manager. He is replaced by 3B coach Carlos Tosca.

4th  The Yankees ride an 8–run 6th inning to a 13–5 win over the Orioles.

The Twins score 10 runs in the 7th inning to close out the scoring in a 23–2 win over the Indians, the most runs in franchise history. Minnesota strokes a franchise–record 25 hits (the Washington Senators hit 24 five times) in the contest and ties the AL record as 4 players have 4+ hits––Jacque Jones, Dustan Mohr, A.J. Pierzynski and Luis Rivas: Rivas also scores 5 runs. They are the 5th team to do it.  On the flip side, the Indians tie their team record for biggest loss, tying the mark set in a 21–0 loss to the Tigers, on September 15, 1901. The Tribe also becomes the first team since the 1969 Padres to lose 2 games in the same season by 19+ runs. Rick Reed (6-2) is the winning pitcher, allowing 3 hits in 7 innings. Two of the hits are homers by Jim Thome.

High school players dominate the first round picks of the amateur as 16 of the 30 first rounders are prep stars. After Ball State righty Bryan Bullington is taken with the first pick, by Pittsburgh, the next 7 are high schoolers; Bullington won’t win his first game in the Majors until August 2010 and will end up with a career mark of 1-9. Tampa Bay takes SS Melvin Upton with the #2 pick; the Reds take P Chris Gruler #3; the O’s take LHP Adam Lower #4; the Expos choose P Clint Everts #5; KC takes SS Don Greinke #6; and the Brewers pick first baseman Prince Fielder, son of Cecil, with #7. Detroit takes SS Scott Moore at #8; and the Rockies take British Columbian P Jeff Francis #9.  The Padres pick Clemson SS Khalil Greene with the #`13 pick; and the A’s, picking #16, take OSU 1B Nick Swisher, son of Steve.  With the 21stpick the Cubs choose Bobby Brownlie, the #1 collegiate pitcher a year ago before injuries hit. He won’t sign until March 2003. The Athletics take Alabama catcher Jeremy Brown with the 35thpick overall.  Brown will be lionized in the book Moneyball, but will get just 10 at bats in the majors. On the 12thround, the Twins select Marshalltown’s Jeff Clement, the high school home run champion with a record 71 this year. He broke the mark of 70 set by Drew Henson in 1998. Tampa Bay takes high school pitcher Brandon Mann in the 27thround. He will finally make the majors in 2018. The Blue Jays take catcher Randy Wells in the 38thround, but he will make the Bigs as a pitcher.

5thThe Giants batter the Padres, 12–2, as Barry Bonds hits his 587th HR to move him into 4th place on the all–time list ahead of Frank Robinson.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announces that the sport will contract by at least two teams before the 2003 season.  Doesn’t happen.

The Astros announce that Astros Field is being renamed Minute Maid Park.

7thThe Reds obtain 3B/OF Russell Branyan from the Indians for minor league 2B Ben Broussard.

Tampa Bay minor league P Nick Bierbrodt is shot 3 times while sitting in a taxi as a fast food drive–in. He is listed in serious but stable condition. Bierbrodt made his ML debut last June 7.

In a Northern League (Independent) game between the visiting Gary Southshore RailCats at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Saints owner Mike Veeck gives away seat cushions that feature the likeness of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on one side and that of Players Association Executive Director Don Fehr on the other. During the seventh-inning stretch, an informal poll shows that about 90 percent of the fans on the cushions are sitting on Bud.

8thThe Expos defeat the White Sox, 2–1. Following the game, the Sox host their inaugural Sleepover at Comiskey Park, allowing fans to sleep overnight on the field.

At Seattle, Mark Prior pitches seven strong innings to give the Chicago Cubs a 2–0 interleague victory over the Mariners. Prior gives up just four hits and a walk while striking out 11, including the last five batters he faces. Sammy Sosa hits his major league–leading 21st homer in the sixth inning and Fred McGriff hits his 10th in the eighth.

In a heralded match of aces at Fenway, Curt Schilling (12-1) and the Diamondbacks beat the Red Sox’ Pedro Martinez, 3–2. Pedro, complaining of a sore arm, pitches 6 innings, gives up 3 runs on 7 hits, and strikes out 10. Schilling allows a solo HR to Carlos Baerga in the 1st, and a run in the 8thin winning his 9thstraight.

9thThe Cubs trade C Robert Machado to the Brewers for minor league OF Jackson Melian.

10thThe Yankees best the Diamondbacks, 7–5. On the first pitch he sees in the majors, NY rookie OF Marcus Thames hits a HR off fireballing lefthander Randy Johnson.

11thWith Jared Sandberg hitting 2 homers in the frame, Tampa Bay scores 9 runs in the 5th inning on its way to an 11–2 win over the Dodgers.

Two days after losing a 15-inning 4.5 hour marathon, the Braves waste no time in doing in the Twins, 11–0. Andruw Jones, Vinny Castilla and Matt Franco hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the 7 run 5thinning. The Braves last hit 3 straight on April 18, 1994. Tommy Glavine (11–2) pitches 7 scoreless innings for the win.

14thThe Rangers down the Astros, 9–6, as 2B Mike Young gets 5 hits, including a pair of HRs.

The Reds and Expos exchange pitchers, with Bruce Chen going to Cincinnati and Jim Brower to Montreal.

Aaron Boone has a pair of homers, including a walk off HR off Mike Williams in the 11th. The Reds beat Pittsburgh, 4–3.

In San Diego, the Seattle Mariners release veteran outfielder Eugene Kingsale, and the Padres immediately grab him. No one informs the Mariner players or coaches that Kingsale had changed teams. After the Mariners take the field for warm–ups, several players run back to the clubhouse to tell the coaching staff that Kingsale had jumped ship and is wearing a Padres uniform. Mariner manager Lou Piniella is as surprised as the rest. Kingsale flies out as a pinch hitter in the 5thfor Tomko as the Mariners win, 6–3.

.15th. Shawn Green ties the major league record by homering in 4 consecutive ABs––his last 2 on Friday and his first 2 in today’s 10–5 win over visiting Anaheim. LoDuca and Jordan also homer to back Odalis Perez (7–3)

It is a day for Shawns as Shawn Estes of the Mets becomes the 10th pitcher since the introduction of the DH in 1973 to hit a homer off an A.L. pitcher when he hits a 2-run HR off Roger Clemens of the Yankees. All 10 post-DH pitcher homers off A.L. pitching have come during interleague play. Estes throws 7 innings and strikes out 11 in the 8–0 win. He also gets a warning in the 3rdwhen Clemens makes his first batting appearance against the Mets since drilling Piazza 2 years ago. Estes throws his first pitch behind Clemens. Piazza answers in his own way, homering off Roger in the 5th, his 4thhomer in 15 at bats against the Rocket. Roger leaves in the 6thafter hurting his foot sliding into 2B on a double.

Houston evens its series with the Texas Rangers as Wade Miller pitches 7 scoreless innings in the 4–0 win. He allows 3 hits including a double in the fifth inning by Rafael Palmeiro, the 1,000th extra-base hit of his career. Palmeiro is the 25th major-leaguer to accomplish the feat. He has 505 doubles, 36 triples and 462 homers.

16th  Barry Zito wins his 8thstraight game as Oakland beats their rivals, the SF Giants, 2–1. The win gives the A’s a 58-37 record against the National League, the best inter-league record of any team. The A’s will finish the season 16–2 against the NL.

The Red Sox, behind Derek Lowe, defeat the Atlanta Braves, 6–1. Lowe strikes out 10 to pin the loss on Tom Glavine. For the Braves, it is one of their few losses to AL foes; they will go 15–3 in inter-league games this year.

Mo Vaughn belts a 3-run HR in the bottom of the 8thoff David Wells to give the Mets a 3–2 win over the Yankees. Mark Guthrie, in relief of Pedro Astacio, picks up the win. In the 5th, Piazza throws out Alfonzo Soriano, ending a streak of 51 successful runners against Mike, not counting a 1-3-6 throwout on April 16.

18thThe Cubs defeat Texas, 4–3, as for the first time in ML history, 4 members of the 400–HR club play in the same game. Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez start for the Rangers and Sammy Sosa and Fred McGriff for Chicago.

Long-time Cardinals announcer Jack Buck dies in St. Louis of lung cancer and other illnesses. The flags at St. Louis City Hall and the St. Louis County Government Center are lowered to half-staff. Buck’s coffin will be on display at Busch Stadium tomorrow prior to the Angels-Cards game and all mourners are admitted free to the game, a 6-4 St. Louis win. Placido Palenco hits 2 homers and drives in 4 runs. Buck is just the third person—and first non-ball player—to lie in state at a ball park. Miller Huggins and Babe Ruth were the other two.

19thThe Braves trade OF George Lombard to the Tigers for RP Kris Keller.

The Yankees pound out 19 hits, including 3 HRs, as they defeat the Rockies, 20–10. But the Rockies are just the second major–league team to score seven runs in an inning (4th), but still lose by 10 or more.

20thFlorida beats Cleveland, 3–0, as Marlins 2B Luis Castillo extends his hitting streak to 34 games, the longest ever by a second baseman.

Todd Zeile ends an 11-11 slugfest between the Mets and the visiting Rockies, by hitting a 10thinning 3-run homer off Steve Karsay.

21stThe Marlins defeat the Tigers, 4–1, as Luis Castillo extends his hitting streak to 35 games with a 3rd inning infield hit. Castillo’s streak is the longest ever by a Latin player, surpassing Benito Santiago’s 34–game streak on 1987.

22ndThe Marlins score 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Tigers, 5–4. Luis Castillo hitless in 4 at bats to end his 35–game hitting streak.

St. Louis Cardinals P Darryl Kile is found dead in his hotel room prior to Saturday’s scheduled game against the Cubs. His room is locked from the inside and he is believed to have died in his sleep. The game between the Cubs and Cardinals is postponed.

The Texas Longhorns win the 5thCollege World Series, beating South Carolina, 12–6. Chris Carmichael hits a 3–run HR and closer Huston Street picks up his 4thsave and is selected the Outstanding Player. Augie Garrido is the first coach to win CWS championships at 2 schools.  Texas last won a CWS in 1983, when Roger Clemens pitched for the Longhorns.

23rdThe San Diego Padres blow out the Florida Marlins, 18–2, collecting a club–record 10 hits in a 9–run fifth inning Bubba Trammell has 4 hits, including 2 homers, one a leadoff HR in the 5th. The final 11 Padres in the inning all bat with the bases loaded as the Padres score eight runs, one base at a time.

24thThe Twins beat the White Sox, 5-4, by scoring the winning run in the last of the eighth when Jacque Jones doubles home Luis Rivas.  Jones is thrown out at third trying for a triple. When he’s called out, a security guard who sits in the Twins bullpen comes toward 3B, takes off his glasses, and offers them to the umpire who made the call. The guard gets ejected for his offer, though he won’t lose his job.

At Safeco Field, the A’s throttle the Mariners, 13-2, behind Corey Lidle’s solid 7 innings. Oakland has now won 16 of their last 17 games.

25thThe Blue Jays trounce the Devil Rays, 20–11, scoring 20 runs in a game for the first time since 1978. Shannon Stewart scores 5 runs while 7 others score 23 apiece. Vernon Wells has 6 RBIs.

History is made in Kansas City as Detroit’s Luis Pujols and KC’s Tony Pena become the first Dominican–born managers to oppose each other in a ML game. The Royals go on to defeat the Tigers, 8–6.

The Dodgers beat the Rockies, 4–0, as Odalis Perez hurls his second one–hitter of the season. A leadoff single in the 6th inning by Bobby Estalella is the only Colorado hit.

26th  Toronto’s Shannon Stewart leads off with a homerun against Toronto, but the Expos answer in the bottom of the 1stwhen its first two batters, Brad Wilkerson and Jose Vidro homer. Montreal wins, 6-5.

27th  Gregg Zaun turns a 3-4 Houston deficit into a 7–4 win with a pinch grand slam in the 9thoff Arizona’s Byung-Hyun Kim.

What if, Omar. In a seeming steal, the Expos obtain pitchers Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew from the Indians in exchange for 1B Lee Stevens, prospects P Cliff Lee and OF Grady Sizemore, and SS Brandon Phillips. Stevens will finish this season, and his career, in Cleveland, while the three prospects will all become All-stars. Colon (10-4) will match that mark in Montreal, before bing traded next year to the White Sox. Drew will win one game for the Expos.

28thTampa Bay whips their cross-state rival Marlins, 4–0, behind Wilson Alvarez and 2 relievers. Jared Sandberg homers for TB. In the 7th, Kevin Millar of the Marlins hits a towering fly that lands on one of the catwalks that hang from the stadium’s dome. It never comes down and it is ruled a double. It’s the second time a ball has gotten stuck in a catwalk at the Trop. In 1999, Jose Canseco hit a home run drive that lodged there. Millar joins Ruppert Jones, Rickey Nelson, Dave Kingman, Alvaro Espinoza and Canseco as the only players to hit a fair ball that got stuck in a stadium obstruction. Jones and Nelson both had hits get caught in the overhead speakers at the old Kingdome. The balls hit by Kingman and Espinoza were at the Minneapolis Metrodome with Kingman’s getting stuck in a drainage valve and Espinoza’s lodging in an overhead speaker.

29thThe Orioles pound the Phillies, 11–1, as Baltimore OF Gary Matthews Jr. gets 5 hits, including a 2B and HR. Melvin Mora hits a leadoff HR for the 2ndstraight game.

30thIn a 13–1 drubbing by the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Padres second baseman D’Angelo Jimenez comes in to pitch with 2 outs in the seventh inning. He retires the 4 batters he faces.  But Jeff Suppan allows 1 run in 7 innings, and Raul Ibanez uses a HR and triple to drive in 4 runs for the Royals.