2004 June

1st     The Cardinals drub the Pirates, 8-1, as Albert Pujols goes 5-for-5, including a pair of doubles and a HR.

Scott Podsednik hits a leadoff HR for the Brewers and starter Doug Davis pitches 6 shutout innings as Milwaukee beats Los Angeles, 4–1. Podsednik will hit another leadoff HR tomorrow.

2ndVladimir Guerrero strokes 2 HRs and drives in a team-record 9 runs in the Angels’ 10-7 win over the Red Sox. Five of the RBI come off Pedro Martinez, who takes the loss for Boston, but does record the 2,500th strikeout of his ML career in the process. He is the 26th pitcher to reach the mark. David Eckstein gets 5 hits and scores 4 runs for the Angels as their top 3 hitters (Guerrero, 4-for-4, Phillips, 3-for-4) go 12-for-13.

3rdAtlanta’s Julio Franco becomes the oldest player in ML history to hit a grand slam as he connects in the 1st inning of the Braves’ 8-4 win over the Phillies.

Cards catcher Yadier Molina, 21, is 2-for-4 in his ML debut as St. Louis downs the host Pirates, 4-2. He joins catching brothers Bengie and Jose, the first trio of brothers to play at the same time since the Cruz brothers, in 1977. Woody Williams (3-5) throws 6 shutout innings for the win.  Bucs leadoff hitter Jason Kendall has a hit to extend his consecutive game-hitting streak to 20 games.  He joins Mike Piazza as the only catcher in history to record two 20-game hitting streaks.

4thMark Prior makes his season debut for the Cubs, but the Cubs loses 2–1, to the Pirates, Prior goes 6 shutout innings. The Cubs hit the million mark in attendance, their quickest in history.

5thKen Griffey, Jr. hits his 496 career HR and Adam Dunn hits 2, including a 3-run shot in the 10th, as the Reds beat the visiting Montreal Expos, 6-3.

Todd Helton and Royce Clayton hit 2-run homers to pace the Rockies to an 11-2 win over the Giants. Barry Bonds is walked 3 times, twice intentionally, and hits a double. Yesterday, Jeff Fassero ignored manager Clint Hurdle’s instructions and pitched to Bonds, who hit his 15thhomer.

6thThe Padres, picking first, take into account signability and select local prep SS Matt Bush, possibly the worst first-choice in draft history: as an infielder Bush will struggle for three years before switching to the mound. He’ll also struggle off-field, being arrested for assault in his first week as a pro, and the Padres will send him to the Blue Jays where he will blow out his elbow.  After a series of arrests on drunk driving charges he will end up spending 51 months in jail. He’ll make his ML debut with the Rangers in 2016. Detroit takes franchise-cornerstone Justin Verlander with the 2ndpick, and the Mets take Philip Humber with the 3rdpick. Humber will win just 16 games in the majors, but one of them will be a perfect game. A day after Rice loses to Texas A&M in the College WS, three of its pitchers are chosen in the top 8: Tampa Bay takes 6’9” Jeff Niemann, who was 17-0 as a sophomore, at #4, and Baltimore uses their #9 pick to take Wade Townsend. None of the three will sign this year, and Humber will sign January 11, 2005, a day before a change in the federal tax law makes signing bonuses subject to Medicare and Social Security taxes. Townsend will return to Rice, though he will not play baseball. Several brothers of major leaguers go on the first round: Jered Weaver, brother of Jeff, goes to the Angels with #12, and highly rated SS Stephen Drew, brother of JD, goes to the D’backs at #15. The Cubs top pick, P Grant Johnson, won’t sign till August, miss the fall season to go back to Notre Dame, and miss the spring 2005 with an injury. He’ll finally debut in low class A in June 2005. Low round picks include Ben Zobrist (rd 6), Mark Reynolds (rd 16), Mark Trumbo (rd 18) and Dexter Fowler (rd 14). In 50 rounds in baseball’s 2004 amateur draft a total of 1,498 players are taken; 559 right-handed pitchers, 234 left-handed pitchers, 331 infielders, 248 outfielders and 126 catchers. The 30 big-league clubs draft 996 college players, 494 high-schoolers and eight players affiliated with neither a high school nor a college. California leads the way among the 50 states providing 270 draftees while Florida was second with 172. The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins select the most players choosing 54 each.

8thThe Astros defeat the Mariners, 1-0, as Roger Clemens becomes the oldest pitcher to begin a season 9-0. It is the 319th win of his big league career.

The Brewers shut out the Angels, 1-0, in 17 innings on Scott Posednik’s 2-out double. Ben Sheets retires the first 20 batters he faces before losing his perfect game in the 7th inning on Vladimir Guerrero’s single. It is the only hit Sheets surrenders in 9 innings of work. The Brewers tie a ML record by striking out 26 times in the contest. Geoff Jenkins fans 6 times, also tying a record.

10th   The Cubs down the Cardinals, 12-3, scoring 10 runs in the 4th inning. Chicago ties a team record with 11 hits in the frame, 9 of them straight.

11th   The Yankees lose to the Padres, 10-2, to end NY’s 13-game interleague winning streak, the longest such streak since the advent of interleague play.

12th   The Giants knock off the Orioles, 9-6. Barry Bonds hits the 675th HR of his career for SF, and Rafael Palmeiro hits his 537th for Baltimore. It is only the 3rd time in history that two players with 500 homers connect in the same game. Willie Mays and Ernie Banks did so in 1970, and Mays and Hank Aaron the following year.

13th   The Cubs outlast the Angels in 15 innings by a score of 6-5. Derrek Lee gets a career-high 5 hits for Chicago, including a HR and 2 RBIs.

The Astros down the Brewers, 5-4. Houston’s Brad Liege ties a ML record by striking out 4 batters in the 7th inning.

Seattle beats Montreal, 8-1, as Pat Borders of the Mariners notches a stolen base. He went 3,661 days between stolen bases, last stealing one on June 5, 1994.

The Giants defeat the Orioles, 7-3, as Barry Bonds hits the 676th HR of his career. The blast makes the Giants the first franchise in baseball history to have three players hit 500 homers with the club. Willie Mays had 646 and Mel Ott hit 511.

14th   The Phillies beat the Reds, 10-7, a rain-shortened 8 inning game. Philadelphia 1B Jim Thome becomes the 37th player in ML history to reach the 400 HR plateau with a 1st inning blast off Jose Acevedo.

16thFlorida’s Carl Pavano allows just 3 hits and walks no one as the Marlins trip the White Sox, 4-0. Mike Lowell’s 16thHR is all the scoring Pavano needs. Carlos Lee of the Sox has his 28-game hit streak stopped, but the outfielder does break the team record shared by Luke Appling and Albert Belle.

17th   The Marlins obtain relief P Billy Koch and cash from the White Sox in exchange for IF Wilson Valdez.

The Mets get OF Richard Hidalgo and cash from the Astros, sending pitchers David Weathers and Jeremy Griffiths to Houston.

18thThis is getting boring.  For the third game in a row the Kansas City Royals win, 10-4, beating the Phillies. They defeated the Braves by the same score in their previous two games.   Matt Stairs has 2 homers and a double and Angel Berroa is a homer short of the cycle. Former first -round pick Chris George (1-0) goes 6+ innings for the win.Elias Sports Bureau says that the Royals are the first team to win three straight games by the same score while scoring at least 10 runs in each.

20th   The Reds beat the Cardinals, 6-0, as Ken Griffey Jr. hits the 500th HR of his ML career. Griffey is the 20th player to reach the plateau.

The Giants down the Red Sox, 4-0, as Jason Schmidt hurls his second one-hitter of the season. Kevin Youkilis’ double leading off the 6th inning is Boston’s only safety.

At Denver, the Rockies lose, 4-2, when closer Shawn Chacon (0-5) serves up a 9th inning grand slam to the Orioles Brian Roberts. Starter Joe Kennedy throws 7 shutout innings.

22nd  The White Sox defeat the Indians, 11-9. Chicago reliever Shingo Takatsu surrenders a single to Ron Belliard to end his streak of having retired 29 consecutive batters since May 26.

23rd   The Tampa Bay Devil Rays (33-35) winning streak of 12 straight games ends in extra innings as the Toronto Blue Jays win 2–1 in 10 innings. The 12 consecutive wins are a club record eclipsing the previous D’Ray high-water mark of six straight.

Pitcher Luis Ramirez sets a new pro record by striking out 12 consecutive batters in a game for Class A Aberdeen (Md.).

24th   A day after their win streak ends the Devil Rays slam the Blue Jays, 19-13, setting teams records for runs (19) and hits (24) in the process. Julio Lugo goes 5-7 to set a club record for hits. Aubrey Huff has 2 singles in the 6thand Jose Cruz, Jr and Carl Crawford homer in the frame.

The Rangers down the Mariners, 9-7, in 18 innings as Alfonso Soriano hits a 2-run walkoff HR to win it.

In a 9-3 loss to the Giants, Dodger catcher Paul Lo Duca swipes home on the front end of a double steal with Juan Encarnacion. Brett Tomko, the eventual winner is on the mound. Lo Duca is the first Dodger since pitcher Darren Dreifort in 2001 to steal home and this is his second career swipe of home. Hideo Nomo allows 7 runs in 5+ innings to take the loss.

The Royals send soon-to-be free agent Carlos Beltran to the Astros in a three-team deal. KC receives minor league 3B Mark Teahen and P Mike Wood from the Athletics and C John Buck from Houston. The Athletics get P Octavio Dotel from the Astros.  The Yankees had offered Robinson Cano and C Dioner Navarro for Beltran. Beltran will find NL catchers easier than the AL backstops as he will go 28-for-28 in steal attempts for a new NL record. He was caught a couple of times this year in the AL.

25thThe Rockies defeat the Indians, 10-8, in 10 innings on Larry Walker’s 3rd HR of the game.

The Devil Rays shut out the Marlins, 2-0, behind Dewon Brazelton. Brazelton loses a no-hit bid on Mike Lowell’s double with 2 outs in the 8th inning. The win brings TB’s record to 35-35, enabling them to join the 1899 Louisville Colonels as the only teams in ML history to reach .500 after being 18 games below at any point during the season.

Major league baseball and its players ban the use of androstenedione, the steroid-like substance made famous by Mark McGwire when he hit 70 HRs in 1998.

The Angels collect 22 hits, including 4 homers, in trouncing the Dodgers, 13-0. 2B Adam Kennedy has 4 hits including a HR. For only the fifth time since 1974, the Dodgers use a position player to pitch as Jim Tracy calls on Robin Ventura. Ventura, the 5thpitcher used, faces just four batters while pitching a scoreless ninth with three fly outs and one hit.

27th   After Danny Bautista of Arizona hits a 3-run homer in the 8thto tie Detroit, Carlos Pena answers with a walkoff grand slam off Mike Koplove in the bottom of the 9th. Detroit wins, 9-5.

Cal State Fullerton wins the College WS title with a 3-2 win over Texas.

28th   The Phils down the Expos, 14-6, as 3B David Bell hits for the cycle. Bell doubles in the 2nd inning, homers in the 4th, singles in the 6th, and triples in the 7th. His grandfather, Gus, also hit for the cycle for Pittsburgh in 1951.