2005 June

1st      The Twins down the Indians, 6-2. Torii Hunter is the story for Minnesota as he goes 5-for-5, with a double and a grand slam, and drives in all 6 runs.

In Boston, the Orioles down the Red Sox, 9-3 behind the pitching of Sidney Ponson. Sammy Sosa, Gil and Tejada hits HRs over the Green Monster against Tim Wakefield. Tejada adds 3 doubles for 4 extra base hits. For Sosa, it is 16 years between homers at Fenway (June 21, 1989, a ML record.

Florida loses its 9thin a row in Pittsburgh, 9-1, and drops a game behind the Braves in the NL East. Rob Mackowski hits his 2ndcareer grand slam and Jack Wilson is 4-for-4 to pace the attack.  The last Marlin win in Pittsburgh was September 8, 2002

Roy Oswalt improves to 14-0 against the Reds, a ML record, as Houston wins 4–1. Lance Berkman homers to back Oswalt’s pitching. Pedro Martinez is 13-0 against Seattle.

The Cubs trounce the Dodgers, 9-5. Derrek Lee continues his torrid hitting with 5 hits, including a HR, to raise his BA to .380.

3rdThe Nationals edge the Marlins, 3-2, in 11 innings, pinning the loss on Nate Bump. Livan Hernandez goes 9 innings for the Nats, tossing 150 pitches in the process.

The Diamondbacks obtain P Matt Herges from the Giants for OF Doug DeVore.

4thAt Detroit, Melvin Mora and Rafael Palmiero each hit grand slams to lead the Orioles to a 14-7 win over the Tigers.  Rondell White has a 3-run homer for the Bengals.

5thMike Lieberthal’s controversial 3-run HR in the 6thlifts the Phillies to a 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks. Lieberthal’s hit is first ruled a double but then is changed to a HR on appeal. Arizona manager Bob Melvin gets tossed for arguing otherwise. Luis Gonzalez’s 300thcareer HR in the 8thcloses the gap to 6-5.

6thBambi’s revenge. Colorado SS Clint Barmes, hitting .329, falls while carrying frozen venison up a flight of stairs and breaks his collarbone. Barmes initially says he was carrying groceries up the stairs, but later changes his story saying it was not groceries, but a package of deer meat that he got from Todd Helton. Helton will confirm that they were riding all terrain vehicles, but insists that breach of contract was unrelated to the injury. The Rockies place SS Clint Barmes on the 60 day DL but he is out for the season. The Rocks call up C Danny Ardoin and INF Tim Olson.

7thThe Diamondbacks select high school SS Justin Upton with the first pick of the baseball amateur draft. He will sign for a record $6,100,00. Alex Gordon, a 3B from the U of Nebraska, goes #2 to Kansas City, who will sign him for $5 million. Seattle takes USC catcher Jeff Clement with #3 who will have a cup of coffee in the Show, while Ryan Zimmerman of the U. of Washington goes to the Nationals with the #4 pick. Washington will bring him up in 2005 and he will hit a sparkling .397 (23-58). Pitcher Joey Devine, picked #21 by St. Louis, is the other first round pick to make it to the Bigs this year, becoming the first player from this year’s amateur draft to play in the majors when he makes his debut on August 20. Devine will be 0-1. Ryan Braun, a first team all-American DH (Baseball America) goes to Milwaukee with the 5thpick. Cal State-Fullerton P Ricky Romero goes to the Blue Jays at #6. Jays General Manager J.P. Ricciardi ignores his scouting director who wants to take Troy Tulowitzki instead of Romero.  The Devil Rays take pitcher Wade Townsend at #8, but he will top out at AA. Picking 9th, the Mets take 6’7” Wichita State pitcher Mike Pelfray, who is still available because of his agent Scott Boras. Questions about his signability will be answered in early 2005 when he signs for $5.25 million. The Tigers take Cameron Maybin with the 10thpick and will sign him September 1. The Red Sox, in the rare position of having five first-round picks in the top 47, take Jacoby Ellsbury (23rd), Craig Hansen (26th), Clay Buchholz (42nd), Jed Lowry (45th) and Michael Bowden (47th). All will make the majors.

After Carl Crawford hits a 3-run HR in the 2ndagainst the Reds, Tampa Bay blows the 6-1 lead and loses 9-7. Winning pitcher Randy Keisler pitches 6 1/3 innings for the win, the first Reds reliever to pitch 6 innings in 15 years. He also hits a HR, his first ML hit, and a double, the first reliever with two extra base hits in 35 years. Ken Griffey, Jr. chips in with his 510thcareer homer.

The Blue Jays lose more than a 6-7 decision to Texas when ace Roy Halladay (12-4) is struck on the leg by a line drive off the bat of Kevin Mench. It is diagnosed as a non-displaced fracture in his lower left leg and he will miss the season.

8thThe Yankees pound the Brewers, 12-3, as Alex Rodriguez strokes the 400thHR of his career. He becomes the 40th—and youngest—player to reach the plateau.

The Phillies obtain P Ugueth Urbina and IF Ramon Martinez from the Tigers in exchange for IF Placido Polanco. According to Booth Newspapers, the Tigers decided to trade Urbina after he drank too much and fought with his teammates during a flight to Los Angeles.

The Royals send OF/C Eli Marrero to the Orioles. KC get minor league IF Pete Maestrales in return.

10thThe Orioles down the Reds, 4-3. The interleague matchup marks the first time in history that three 500-homer players appear in the same game—Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and Ken Griffey Jr.

The Brewers trade 2B Junior Spivey to the Nationals for P Tomo Ohka.

The 1919 contract that sent Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees brings a staggering $996,000 at auction.

Terry Mulholland of Minnesota and Mike MacDougal of Kansas City both throw one pitch and each pockets a loss when that is hit for a home run. Hee-Seop Choi of the Dodgers hits his 2ndof the game off Mulholland in the 9thto give LA a 6-5 win. Eric Gagne is the winner as the Dodgers relievers retire 21 batters in a row following Moreau’s triple in the 3rd. It is the first meeting of the two teams since the 1965 WS.

After blowing an 11-3 lead in the 8th, Troy Glaus of Arizona homers off reliever Mike MacDougal’s first pitch in the 10thto give Arizona a 12-11 win over Kansas City. The D’Backs took the lead on Shawn Green’s two homers and 5 RBI, but 10 walks to the Royals help bring them back. Ruben Gotay (HR) and David DeJesus (3B) each drive in 2 runs in the Royals’ 6-run 8th. KC starting pitcher Zack Greinke hits a homer but they pay him to pitch and he allows 15 hits and 11 runs in 4+ innings, recording just 13 outs. Greinke joins Eppa Rixey (1927), Bill Sherdel (1931) and Scott Sanders (1998) as the only pitchers to give up 15 hits while recording 13 outs or fewer in a game (Elias Sports Bureau).

In their first meeting since 1918, the Cubs beat the Red Sox, 14-6, at Wrigley using a 20-hit attack. David Ortiz has a pair of homers for Boston in the friendly confines, but Jeremy Burnitz matches Papi. Todd Hollandsworth and winning pitcher Greg Maddux also homer. It is Maddux’s 5thand last career blast.

11thMarlon Anderson hits a rare pinch hit game-tying inside-the-park homerun in the 9thinning as the Mets match the Angels, 2-2. The Angels plate a run in the top of the 10thbut Cliff Floyd’s 3-run homer in the bottom of the frame ends it, 5-3.

12thThe Athletics defeat the Braves, 11-5, as Eric Chavez gets 5 hits, including a pair of HRs. Chavez also had a double and 4 RBI.

The Dodgers edge the Twins, 4-3, as Hee-Seop Choi connects for 3 HRs, giving him a total of 6 in the 3-game series.

In a slugging match between the Royals and Diamondbacks, the two teams end at a run apiece in regulation. KC scores in the top of the 10th, and Arizona matches. Both teams plate a run in the 11th, before the Royals decide it with 6 runs in the top of the 12th. Tony Clark solos in the bottom of the 12thto make it, 9-4.

13thThe Red Sox trounce the Reds, 10-3. In a ceremony prior to the game, the Sox honor Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk and the 12thinning HR he hit to win Game 6 of the 1976 WS by naming the foul pole where it landed the “Fisk Pole.”

14thThe Cardinals shut out the Blue Jay, 7-0, behind Chris Carpenter’s one-hitter. Russ Adams’ 2-out double in the 6thinning is Toronto’s only safety.

The Red Sox down the Reds, 7-0, as David Wells, Mike Timlin, and Keith Foulke combine on a one-hitter. Ryan Freel’s 6thinning single is the only Cincinnati hit.

The Mariners defeat the Phillies, 3-1. Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki collects his 1,000thmajor league hit in the 1stinning, becoming just the 3rdplayer since 1900 to reach the plateau in less than 700 games.

The Nationals down the Angels, 6-3. Even before a pitch is thrown in the 7th, Nationals manager Frank Robinson calls for an inspection of Angels reliever Brendan Donnelly’s glove. Both benches clear and Robinson and Angels manager Mike Scioscia have to be physically separated. Donnelly is ejected from the game for having a foreign substance on his glove, and he will eventually be suspended for 10 days for the offense.

16thThe White Sox score 10 runs in the 6thinning on their way to a 12-6 come-from-behind victory over the Diamondbacks.

17thThe Braves double the Reds, 10-5, as Andruw Jones and Kelly Johnson each homer twice for Atlanta. One of Johnson’s homers is a grand slam as he drives in 6 runs to join fellow rookie Ryan Langerhans who drove in 6 runs on May 8.  The 1987 Red Sox were the last to have a pair of rookies each drive home six. Felipe Lopez has 3 RBIs on 4 hits, including a HR, for the Reds.

That’s called slamming the door.  Jason Schmidt of the Giants pitches 8 shutout innings against the Tigers, but gives up singles to the first three hitters in the 9th.  Tyler Walker relieves with the bases loaded and proceeds to strike out three straight batters for the save as the Giants win, 4-0. Walker is the first to do this since the save became an official stat in 1969. Schmidt’s batterymate Methany has 3 hits.

At Fenway, Johnny Damon’s bases-loaded single in the 9thdrives in the winning run as the Red Sox sink the Pirates, 6-5.  Ryan Doumit, DHing for the Bucs, drives in 2 runs and steal 2 bases, including a straight steal of home.

18thThe Orioles beat the Rockies, 7-2, as Sammy Sosa hits the 583rdHR of his career to tie Mark McGwire for 6thplace on the all-time list.

In inter-league play, Derek Jeter hits his first career (5,770 at bats) grand slam to pace the Yankees to an 8-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Jeter connects in the 6thinning, off Joe Borkowski, then adds a solo shot in the 8th. Jason Dubois’s first ML homer, off Chien-Ming Wang, is the only score for the Cubs. Jeter’s slam comes after 155 plate appearances with the bases loaded.

The Homer (Michigan) HS baseball team loses to Saginaw Nouvel in the Michigan State Division III final. The aptly named Homer team set a high school record for the longest winning streak two weeks ago with 74 straight wins.

19thRafael Palmeiro hits his 560thcareer HR and Sosa adds a clutch-RBI single to push the Orioles to a 4-2 win over Colorado. 20-year-old Hayden Penn (2-0) goes 6 2/3 innings for the win.  Manager Lee Mazzilli is thrown out of the game in the 6thinning for protesting a foul call. He tosses a tray of bubble gum onto the field and will earn a one-game suspension for it. In 2003 Devil Rays pitcher Jeremi Gonzalez tossed a bucket of sun flower seeds onto the field and earned no time off; last year Billy Wagner got a two-game suspension for tossing a stack of cups and then followed by trying to heave the water cooler onto the field.

21stThe Yankees overcome a 10-2 deficit and score 13 runs in the 8thinning on their way to a 20-11 shellacking of the Devil Rays. The Bombers set a total bases record in the frame with 27, while the two teams combine for a AL record-tying 77 total bases (TB 32, NY, 45) in the game. Picking up a negative record is Travis Harper, who allows 23 total bases in the 8thto set an AL record: the NL record is also 23, set in 1893. Derek Jeter leads the 23-hit NY attack with 5 hits, including a double and a HR and scores 5 runs; Gary Sheffield hits a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 7 runs. The two teams combine for 9 homers.

The Angels trip the Rangers, 8-6, as Darin Erstad has 3 hits and extends his hitting streak to 21 consecutive games.

The Reds fire manager Dave Miley (27-43) and replace him with bench coach Jerry Narron for the remainder of the season.

22ndThe Yankees trail the Devil Rays, 10-2, before rallying to score 13 in the 8thand winning 20-11. According to Elias, they tie the major league record for largest margin of victory by a team with a 8+ run comeback. The record was originally set by the Indians, who also trailed the Devil Rays 10-2 and beat them 20-11, in 1999. Yankees SS Derek Jeter has 5 hits (1 2B, 1 HR), while DH Hideki Matsui has 4 hits (1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB).  The 31 runs is the biggest total at home for the Yankees, while the 3 homers with 2 out ties a June 28,1939 mark.

24thThe Mets defeat the Yankees, 6-4 behind Pedro Martinez’s strong 8 innings pitched. The Mets set a NL record by hitting 3 sacrifice flies (Castro, Reyes, Cameron) in the 3-run 2ndinning. One of the balls is dropped by Bernie Williams for an error. The last team to have three sac flies in an inning was the White Sox who did it against Cleveland in the first game of a doubleheader on July 1, 1962. The Mets tie another NL mark with 4 sac flies in the game.

Nebraska junior 3B Alex Gordon wins the Golden Spikes award as college baseball’s best player. Gordon was selected by the Royals with the 2ndpick in this year’s amateur draft.

25thThe Mets down the Yankees, 10-3, behind the pitching of Tom Glavine and two homers by Cliff Floyd. David Wright also has a homer and double. Both teams are now at .500 (37-37).

Aramis Ramirez celebrates his birthday with a 1stinning grand slam, off Jose Contreras, as the visiting Cubs beat the White Sox, 6-2.

The Astros retire Jimmy Wynn’s uniform #24 prior to their game with the Texas Rangers.

26thThe Cubs set down the White Sox, 2-0. Mark Prior, Jerome Williams, and Ryan Dempster combine to throw Chicago’s 3rd1-hitter of the season. Pablo Ozuna’s single in the 3rdinning is the White Sox only hit.

The Red Sox defeat the Phillies, 12-8, for their 7thstraight win. Manny Ramirez hits a grand slam for Boston, the 19thof his career to tie him with Eddie Murray for 2ndplace on the all-time list.

The Pirates turned six double plays and beat the Cardinals in 10 innings. 5-4. The 6 twin killings is a franchise record and each one of the DPs is different (In order the scoring is 2-4; 5-4-3; 9-4; 4-6-3; 5-2-3; and 6-4-3). Pirate pitchers allow 11 hits and walk 8. Jason Bay has a 3-run HR in the 3rdand a game-tying solo shot in the top of the 9th. Jose Castillo hits a solo in the 10thfor the victory.

Texas beats Florida, 6-2, to win its 6thCollege World Series title. David Maroul, the Longhorns #8 hitter, is named the series’ outstanding player.

28thTravis Hafner has 3 hits, including the go-ahead grand slam in the top of the 9th, to power the Indians to a 12-8 win over Boston.  Hafner drives in 6 runs. Grady Sizemore scores 4 runs for the Tribe on no hits.

In the Twins 11-8 victory over the Royals, Jesse Crain (7-0) is the winner in relief and rookie Glenn Williams is 1-for-2 with a walk and RBI in his final game.  Williams will take his .425 batting average and his 13-game hitting streak back to his native Australia having hit in every game he played. His 13-game hitting streak to start a career is 4 off the record (as noted by Trent McCotter and Peter Ridges). His 13-game streak to end his career is also on the record lists.

29thThe Astros defeat the Rockies, 7-1 as Craig Biggio sets the modern record for being hit by pitches with the 268thof his career to break a tie with former record-holder Don Baylor.

The Rangers defeat the Angels, 7-6, in 11 innings. Prior to the game, Texas P Kenny Rogers has a run-in with 2 photographers that will ultimately result in his receiving a 20-game suspension from ML baseball.

30thThe Rangers pound the Angels, 18-5, as Kevin Mench hits 3 HRs in 3 successive innings and drives home 5 runs. He’s just the 8thmajor leaguer to hit three in three straight innings. The last was Shea Hillenbrand, in 2003.