2006 June

1stThe Indians top the White Sox, 12–8, as Ben Broussard has four hits and Ron Belliard drives in four runs. Jim Thome (3) and Jermaine Dye (5) drive in all the Sox scores. Dye has a pair of homers.

3rdDamion Easley has four hits, including three homers, and drives in 7 runs to give the Diamondbacks a game 2 win, 13–9, and a sweep of the Braves.  Easley doesn’t play in game 1 but Arizona wins, 4–2.

Travis Hafner celebrates his birthday with 6 RBIs to lead the Indians to a 14-2 win over the Angels. “Pronk” has 3 hits, including a grand slam, off Brendan Donnelly in the 6th.

This is easy. Nationals reliever Bill Bray makes his ML debut against the Brewers in the 9thwith Cory Koskie on 1B, two outs and Washington trailing 3-2. Bray throws one pitch and catcher Brian Schneider throws out Koskie trying to steal. Schneider then clubs a two-run homer to make Bray the winning pitcher.

4thAt Camden Yards, the Orioles play Small ball, cuffing Aaron Small for 7 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, and Scott Erickson for another 4 runs. The O’s win 11-3. The Birds hit 3 homers off of Small, one by Javy Lopez, who also homers off of Erickson. The Yankees will release the vet Erickson on the June 19.

At Shea, Endy Chavez has three outfield assists—at 2B, 3B and home, David Wright has a pair of homers and Lastings Milledge has 3 hits and 3 RBIs. But the Mets fall short, losing to the Giants, 7-6, in 12 innings. Both teams score a pair in the 10th.

5thThe Reds defeat the Cardinals, 8-7. Ken Griffey Jr. homers to tie Fred McGriff’s ML record of connecting in 43 different stadiums.

6thThe Reds obtain pitcher Esteban Yan from the Angels in exchange for minor league pitcher Kyle Edens.

In the first of two cornerstone trades with the Mariners this month, the Indians swap Eduardo Perez for Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera is available because the M’s had Yuniesky Betancourt at short.

The Royals select former U. of Tennessee pitcher Luke Hochevar with the 1stpick of the ML draft. Hochevar had been drafted by the Dodgers last year, but turned down a $3 million offer and failed to reach a deal with the team.  The next five picks are all from college: Stanford’s Gregory Reynolds (Col); Evan Longoria (TB); Brad Lincoln (Pit); Brandon Morrow (Sea); Andrew Miller (Det). Longoria and Brian Bocock and Emmanuel Burris of the Giants will be the first position players to appear in the bigs. Picking 7th, the Dodgers take hi schooler Clayton Kershaw; the draft will eventually comprise of 36% high schoolers. The Cubs surprise with the 13thpick and take Clemson’s Tyler Colvin, projected by Baseball America as a 5throunder. Picking 18th, the Phils choose the first of a number of ML offspring as they select Doug Drabeck’s son, Kyle. The Dodgers will pick Preston Mattingly (31stround), Don’s son, and the Mets will take Jesse Barfield’s son, Jeremy. The Papelbon brothers Jeremy (19thround, Cubs) and Josh (48thround, Red Sox) are both taken out of the U. of North Florida. The Orioles draft the Figueroa twins, Stephen and Justin, sons of Bien Figueroa, Baltimore’s class A manager for Frederick. In the 5thround, the Cubs take Notre Dame all-American end Jeff Samardzija, a pitcher, and eventually sign him for a guaranteed $10 million contract, including a $2.5 million signing bonus. Samardzija, who holds Notre Dame’s notable receiving records, was considered a questionable baseball signing. They also pay $1.3 million to 11thround high schooler Chris Huseby. Huseby barely pitched in the spring while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Braves wait till the 10thround to select pitcher Scott Medlen. Not drafted are Jeffrey Maier, who hit .403 in Division 3, but is better known as the 12-year-old who interfered with a ball to help the Yankees, and Danny Almonte, who made headlines as an overage Little League pitcher.

Federal investigators search Diamondbacks pitcher Jason Grimsley’s house as part of an investigation into steroid use in baseball. Grimsley originally cooperated with the probe, making “extensive statements” about illegal drug use. He admitted using human growth hormone, amphetamines, and steroids during his career. Grimsley will be released at his own request on Wednesday.

At Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers jump on Pedro Martinez for 7 runs in  5 innings en route to an 8-5 win over the Mets.  Derek Lowe gets the win with the save going to Eric Gagne in his second appearance of the year. Gagne enters in the 9thand hooks up with catcher Russ Martin to become the first French-Canadian battery in ML history. But Gagne injures himself in this game and will not pitch the rest of the season; this is his last appearance as a Dodger.

The Giants defeat the Marlins, 2-1, as Jason Schmidt ties a 102-year-old franchise record for strikeouts by fanning 16 Florida batters. Christy Mathewson previously did so in 1904.

7thThe Rockies down the Pirates, 16-9. Colorado ties a ML record with 5 sacrifice flies in the contest.

9thThe Mets trade 2B Kaz Matsui to the Rockies for utilityman Eli Marrero.

10thThe Devil Rays overcome an unusual triple play and beat the Royals, 9-5. The TP needed an out gained on an appeal and a pitcher’s involvement. Russell Branyan made the first out on a shallow fly ball with runners on 2B and 3B. the throw home was caught by P Scott Elarton who threw to SS Angel Berroa who tagged out a runner for the second out. Berroa then tossed to 3B Mark Teahen who tagged 3B and appealed that the runner Aubrey Huff had left the base early. Bingo: out 3. According to triple play authority Herman Krabbenhoft, the only other two trifectas involving appeals occurred in 1901 for the Milwaukee Brewers (later, the St. Louis Browns) against the Chicago White Sox and in 1937 for the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Phillies. KC OF Reggie Sanders hits his 300thcareer HR to become the 5th player in ML history with 300 homers and 300 stolen bases. The others are Barry and Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, and Andre Dawson.

Daniel Cabrera pitches 6 scoreless innings for the Orioles who take an 9-0 lead into the bottom of the 7th then hold on as the Twins score 7 runs. Michael Cuddyer hits a grand slam in the Twins’ five-run 7th.  For the 4thgame in a row Joey Mauer is on base 4 times. Carlos Silva is the losing pitcher but he does retire the side on three pitches in the 2nd. He did it last year in a 74-pitch game.

11thThe Devil Rays beat the Royals, 8-2. In the process, Tampa Bay becomes the first team since 1940 to hit six homeruns and hit into a triple play in the same game.

The Tigers top the Blue Jays, 10-5, as Pudge Rodriguez drives in 5 runs on a single, double and homerun. Joel Zumaya throws 3 scoreless innings in his first save of the year. After his retirement, Pudge will contend that Zumaya was the fastest pitcher he ever caught, saying his pitches hit 105 mph.

12thThe White Sox defeat the Rangers, 8-3. Jose Contreras wins his 15thconsecutive decision (last eight in 2005, first seven in 2006) for Chicago, tying a franchise record shared by LaMarr Hoyt (1983-84) and Wilson Alvarez (1993-94). Of the last 10 pitchers to win 15 straight decisions—dating back more than 30 years—only one was a National Leaguer: Rick Sutcliffe, for the Cubs, who broadcast today’s game for ESPN. Sutcliffe won 16 straight decisions in 1984-85.

13thThe Yankees and Indians, the two highest scoring teams in the ML, play to a 1–0 decision with the Yanks prevailing on Robinson Cano’s homer off of Paul Byrd.  Chien-Ming Wang (7-2) is the winner. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time that the highest scoring team in the majors beat the second highest in a 1-0 game since 1964 (Twins 1, Yankees 0) and only the 4th time since 1900. For Yankees CF Bernie Williams it is his 2000th ML game.

After an intentional walk to Torii Hunter loads the bases in the 12th, Jason Kubel hits a walkoff grand slam to give the Twins a 5–2 win over the visiting Red Sox.  Kubel’s salami comes on a 3-2 pitch from Julian Tavarez.

14thThe Rockies down the Nationals, 14-8. Colorado’s Cory Sullivan becomes the 8thplayer in ML history with 4 sacrifice bunts in a game.

The Indians Jason Johnson gives up 6 runs in 5+ innings to lose to Randy Johnson and the Yankees, 6-1. It is the first time two Johnsons started against each other since 1957.  Cleveland will sell their Johnson to the Red Sox in a week.

15thThe Mets edge the Phillies, 5-4. New York sets a ML record by winning its 8thconsecutive game on the road when scoring in the 1stinning. The 1939 Yankees did it 7 straight games

18thThe Mets defeat the Orioles, 9-4. Baltimore pitcher Adam Loewen takes the loss in his 4thML start. The opposing pitcher in each of the 4 games has been a Cy Young Award winner—Randy Johnson, Roy Halladay (twice), and Tom Glavine.

Mark Prior and Roberto Novoa each give up four homeruns as the Tigers club the Cubs, 12–3.

For the second times this season, Michael Young has five hits to lead the Rangers to a 10-7 win over Arizona. Young has a homer and double and drives in the tie breaking run in the 3-run 8thinning.

Can’t take the late nights. Steve Karsay unexpectedly announces his retirement a night after he earns a win by pitching the last two frames of the A’s 17-inning 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Karsay retires having earned a win in his first and last ML appearances; he defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in his first major-league game, also for the A’s, in 1993.

19thTiger Behind pitcher Jeremy Bonderman, the Tigers beat the Brewers, 3–1. Bonderman strikes out 12 including six in a row. Prince Fielder’s homerun is the only Brew score.

20thMilwaukee’s Rick Helling starts well against Detroit, striking out the side on 9 pitches in the first inning.  It is downhill from there as he gives up seven runs in the next inning and a third as Detroit rolls, 10–1. Magglio Ordonez has two homers and Zach Miner allows just 5 hits in 9 innings pitched.

The Yankees score four in the 8thto overtake the Phillies, winning 9-7. Bernie Williams has 5 hits, including a pair of doubles. Jason Giambi hits a homer and passes Bobby Bonds into 84th place on the all time HR list, with 333. Jorge Posada adds a homer and they are all needed as Ryan Howard has two homers and a triple to drive in all 7 runs.

The White Sox score 11 in the 3rdinning and go on to roast the Cardinals, 20–6. Joe Crede has 4 hits, including 2 homers and a double and Jermaine Dye also has 4 hits. A.J. Pierzynski has a double and homer.

21stAt New York, the Reds score two runs in the 9thon Brandon Phillips’ single and edge the Mets, 6–5. The bright spot for the Mets is Jose Reyes, who hits for the cycle. The 23-year-old Reyes is the youngest major-league switch hitter to cycle.

Jason Marquis of the St. Louis Cardinals goes five innings against the White Sox and allows all 13 earned runs in the 13-5 loss. He is just the fourth pitcher since 1958 to allow that many. The others since 1958 who gave up at least 13 were Bill Travers of the 1977 Milwaukee Brewers (at Cleveland, 7.2 IP, 14 ER), David Wells of the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays (at Milwaukee, 4.1 IP, 13 ER) and Mike Oquist of the 1998 Oakland A’s (vs. New York Yankees, 5.0 IP, 14 ER). Marquis allows 14 hits, 8 for extra bases, including four homers: Paul Konerko in the 1st, Jim Thome, who has 4 hits, in the 2nd; Joe Crede in the 3rdand Juan Uribe in the 5th.

Ichiro Suzuki is 2-for-5 in the Mariners 8–5 win over the host Dodgers and runs his consecutive game batting streak to 20 games. He is the first batter since Joe DiMaggio (1936-41) to record four hitting streaks of 20 or more games in his first six seasons; Ichiro has posted 22 hitting streaks of 10 games or more since joining the Mariners in 2001.

The Arizona Diamondbacks hand pitcher Russ Ortiz (0-5) his release while still owing him $22.5 million on the four-year $33 million contract to which they signed him before the 2005 season. According to the Washington Post, Ortiz became the most expensive cut player in baseball history. The Orioles will sign Ortiz on June 25, but he will go 0-3 with the Birds and his ERA will top eight.

22ndThe White Sox defeat the Cardinals, 1-0, despite getting only one hit. The lone safety off St. Louis rookie Anthony Reyes is a HR by Jim Thome in the 7thinning.

Florida’s Joe Borchard and Wes Helms hit back-to-back pinch homers in the top of the 9thagainst Baltimore to snap a 5-5 tie and give the Marlins the 8-5 win. Borchard’s is a 2-run HR. Ramon Hernandez has a pair of homers for the O’s.

23rdThe Reds shut out the Indians, 3-0. Ryan Freel gets 5 hits for Cincinnati, including a double.

25thThe Mariners defeat the Padres, 9-4. Richie Sexson gets 5 hits for Seattle, including a double and 2 homers.

At Yankee Stadium, Mike Mussina (9-3) pitches the Yankees to a 2-1 win in the opener against the Marlins.  In game 2, Anibal Sanchez pitches 5+ innings for his first win in a Marlins’ 5-0 victory. Sanchez is the 9thpitcher to make his ML debut with a win at Yankee Stadium, and he is the first National Leaguer to do it.

The Astros edge the White Sox, 10-9, in 13 innings overcoming 7 RBIs by second baseman Tadahito Iguchi. Iguchi slugs a 3-run homer in the 8thand a grand slam in the 9th.

26thOregon State defeats North Carolina, 3-2, to win the College World Series.

27thThe Devil Rays trade pitcher Mark Hendrickson, C Toby Hall, and $1 million to the Dodgers for pitcher Jae Seo, C Dioner Navarro, and a player to be named. With Navarro gone, the Dodgers hand the regular catching job to Russ Martin.

The Twins defeat the Dodgers, 9-2. Joe Mauer goes 5-for-5 for Minnesota, raising his BA to a ML-leading .389.

At Rogers Centre, A.J. Burnett tosses a CG shutout as the Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals, 6–0. Burnett allows 6 hits and Aaron Hill and Lyle Overbay hit homers. Helping to spice things up is Toronto pitcher Gustavo Chacin, who worked offseason in a lab helping technicians at a Canadian perfumer, Leslie Cosmetics, come up with a new cologne called “Chacin.” Samples of Chacin are handed out to the first 10,000 fans attending today’s game.

29thThe Pirates edge the White Sox, 7-6, ending their club-record 13-game losing streak.

30thThe Devil Rays defeat the Nationals, 11-1. Washington’s Mike Stanton makes the 1,071stappearance of his career to tie him for third place on the all-time list. Jesse Orosco is firsttwith 1,252.

The Angels recall Jered Weaver from Salt Lake City and send down his brother Jeff. In five days the Angels will sell Jeff and his contract to the Cardinals.

The Yankees shut out the Mets, 1-0, as 5 pitchers combine on a one-hitter in a rain-delayed game. Endy Chavez’s leadoff 6thinning single in the Mets’ only safety.

The Marlins end the Red Sox 12-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory.

Trailing by 3 runs, the Reds defeat the Indians, 9-8, on Adam Dunn’s walkoff grand slam with 2 outs in the 9thinning. Dunn’s ultimate slam, (a term coined by Herm Krabbenhoft) off Bob Wickman, is just the 15thin ML history.

Perez por Perez. The Mariners trade shortstop prospect Asdrubal Perez to the Indians for veteran Eduardo Perez. The future all-star Perez is considered expendable with Yuniesky Betencourt holding down the shortstop spot for the M’s.  The Indians will pull off another fine trade with the Mariners next month.