2007 June

st  The Giants swamp the Phillies, 13-0, as Matt Morris (6-2) allows just one hit in 6 innings and collects 3 hits himself. The Phillies make one more hit when he leaves. Freddie Lewis has a grand slam, while Ray Durham and Pedro Feliz each swat three-run homers.

In a battle of first-place teams, the Diamondbacks top the Mets, 5-1, at Shea Stadium. Brandon Webb throws 8 shutout innings for the win. Jose Reyes and Julio Franco swipe bases for New York. Reyes reaches 30 stolen bases in fewer games than any other Met needing just 53 contests; the record was held previously by Roger Cedeno who reached 30 in 55 in 1999.

At Wrigley Field, the Braves pound Carlos Zambrano (5-5) for 13 hits in 5 innings as they down the Cubs, 8-5. Zambrano then gets pounded by his catcher Michael Barrett in a dugout altercation as Barrett apparently doesn’t feel the ace was giving his all.  Zambrano will go 8-2 after the dustup, eventually finishing at 18-13, while Barrett will get his ticket punched for San Diego.

2nd  At Network Associates Coliseum, the A’s edge the Twins, 1-0. Joe Blanton allows 3 hits in the win, while Carlos Silva allows 5 as both starters go the distance. The A’s are the seventh team since 1957 to win a game with 27 or fewer plate appearances.

3rdFollowing the Zambrano-Barrett fight and Lou Piniella’s flamboyant ejection, the Cubs trounce the Braves, 10-1.

The Tigers release 4one-year-old pitcher Jose Mesa and activate pitcher Fernando Rodney from the DL.

In a slugfest at Minute Maid Park, the Cards outlast the Astros, 8-6, as 7 homeruns are launched. Three homers come in the 10thinning as Dan Wheeler serves up homers to So Taguchi and Albert Pujols, his 2ndof the game. Mark Loretta homers in the bottom of the 10thfor Houston.

At RFK, the Padres down the Nationals, 7-3, as David Wells (3-3) goes five innings. The Pads Hiram Bocachica becomes the first player in the majors this season to homer in each league; he hit one with the A’s before they waived him on May 30: San Diego claimed him the next day. New teammates Josh Bard, who has a homer and 4 RBIs, and Marcus Giles, with 3 hits and 3 runs, contribute.

In a 3-2 loss to Savannah, Charleston RiverDogs (South Atlantic League) Matt Hilligoss goes 0-for-4 to end the his 38-game hitting streak. The 2one-year-old is two games shy of tying the 40-game run of Frosty Kennedy of Plainview (1953) and ties Hubert Mason of Binghamton (1925) and Paul Owens of Orleans (1951) for the 16th-longest hitting streak in Minor League history.

4thThe Cubs down the Brewers, 7-2, as Alfonso Soriano gets 5 hits, including a HR, and drives in 3 runs.  For the Brewers Prince Fielder hits his 50thcareer homer, off Jason Marquis.

The Athletics edge the visiting Red Sox, 5-4, in 11 innings as Mark Ellis becomes the 6thOakland player to hit for the cycle. Ellis singles in the 10thfor the cycle completion. David Ortiz has a homer and a pair of doubles in the losing effort.

5thJason Schmidt (6 IP) and Eric Young (7 IP) match zeroes as San Diego edges the Dodgers, 1-0.  Pinch hitter Russ Branyan is hit by a Rudy Seanez pitch in the 8th, steals 2B and scores on Marcus Giles single. The Dodgers had a chance to score in the 7thbut Russ Martin stumbled between 2B and 3B and was caught.

At Toronto, the Blue Jays score six runs in the 9thto top the Devil Rays, 12-11.  The winning run scores on a bases-loaded walk to Aaron Hill.  Andy Sonnenstine makes his major league debut and allows six runs in 7 innings while Blue Jay ace Roy Halladay is even worse, allowing 12 hits in 3+ innings. Halladay serves up back-to-back homers for the first time in his 10-year career when B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford go deep. Both also double off Halladay.  Jose Lind has 5 RBIs and a 3-run homer, off Sonnenstine.

Chris Young hits a 10thinning walk-off homer, off Kevin Correia, to give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 win over the visiting Giants.  The win keeps the D’backs even with San Diego in the NL West.

6thThe Twins trip the Angels, 8-5, as Luis Castillo’s ML-record errorless streak for second base ends at 143 games.

The Padres defeat the Dodgers, 5-2. Trevor Hoffman records the save for San Diego, the 500thof his ML career. He is the first pitcher ever to reach that number.

7thThe Red Sox shut out the Athletics, 1-0. Curt Schilling no-hits Oakland for 8 and 2/3 innings before giving up a clean single to Shannon Stewart. It is the 3rd one-hitter of Schilling’s career.

The Yankees drub the White Sox, 10-3, for manager Joe Torre’s 2,000thcareer win. New York breaks it open with 6 runs in the top of the 9th, capped off by Alex Rodriguez’s second 9thinning grand slam this year.

The Devil Rays select Vanderbilt P David Price with the 1stpick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, signing him for six years ($5.6 million bonus, $8.5 million guarantee) just before the draft. The Royals pick 2ndand take California HS shortstop Mike Moustakis also signing him just before the August 15thdeadline: Moustakis’s high school teammate Matt Dominguez, will go to the Marlins with the 12thpick. The Marlins wait until the second round to take the under-scouted Giancarlo Stanton, signing him for $475,000. There will be 17 high schoolers taken in the first 30 picks, the most prep first rounders since 2000. Picking 3rd, the Cubs take third baseman Josh Vitters and the Pirates sign left Dan Moskos with the 4thpick.  Scott Boras client Matt Weiters, the number 5 pick, wins a showdown with the Orioles and signs for $6 million, just minutes before the deadline. The Tigers sign #27 pick Rick Porcello, the 2ndhighest rated pitcher, for $3.58 million bonus, $7 million guarantee. The Yankees, picking #30, take another Boras client, Andrew Brackman, signing the NC State hurler for $3.35 million bonus, $4.55M guarantee. He will almost immediately have Tommy John surgery and eventually appear in three ML games. The Yanks also set a record by signing 4thround pick Brad Suttle, a Texas 3B, for $1.3 million. With the 134thpick in the draft, the Padres take Corey Kluber. Of the 184 picks in the first five rounds, 171 signed before the deadline, down slightly from 2006 when 179 came to terms. Bonuses were up three percent on the first five rounds. The Nationals set a 6thround record by signing prep lefty Jack McGeary for $1.8 million. The Nats will pay for him to attend Stanford and he will play baseball only in the summers until he graduates. On the 20thround the Mets take RHP Dylan Owen from Francis Marion College: Owen will go 9-1 for the class A Cyclones.  Canada and Puerto Rico, the two international entities covered in the draft, each have 18 players picked. Phillippe Aumont, a Quebecois righty, is the 11thpick overall, the 3rdhighest ever for a Canadian. Houston could’ve skipped the draft as their top two draft spots went as compensation for Carlos Lee and Woody Williams. They fail to sign their top two choices and end up inking 5throunder Collin DeLome as their top signee.

The public address announcer for the Reno Silver Sox (independent Golden Baseball League) is ejected by the home plate umpire during the team’s home opener against the Chico OutlaWorld Series. Announcer Mike Murray highlighted a ball call with a sound bite of Bob Uecker in the movie “Major League” commenting, “Personally, I think we got hosed on that call.” League commissioner Kevin Outcalt punishes the announcer by making him umpire third base for an inning of the next Silver Sox game.

8thAlfonso Soriano clouts 3 homers in his first three at bats as the Cubs trounce the Braves, 9-1. Soriano is 4-for-5.

In Arizona, Boston’s J.D. Drew shows his brother Stephen (0-for-4) how it’s done as he drives in 7 runs in a 10-3 Boston victory. Drew has a double and a pair of 3-run homers. Julio Lugo has a homer for the Sox and pulls off the hidden ball trick (as noted by Retrosheet) on Alberto Callaspo in the 3rdinning when the D’Back’s shortstop takes his hand off the bag to dust himself off.

Homer Bailey makes his major-league debut for the Reds, pitching 5 innings and allowing 2 runs as he beats the Indians, 4-3. At the age of 21 years and 36 days, he is the youngest pitcher to debut as a starter for the Reds since Milt Wilcox who was 20 years and 138 days of age when he debuted in 1970. Appropriately, the Reds score all their runs on homers, by Jeff Conine, Brandon Phillips and Ken Griffey, Jr.

The Yankees tip the visiting Pirates, 5–4, as a squirrel watches from atop the RF foul pole at Yankee Stadium. It’s his first appearance since an Opening Day win. He’ll next appear on August 28, when the Yanks down the Red Sox, 5–3.

10thThe Devil Rays defeat the Marlins, 9-4, behind rookie Andy Sonnanstine’sfirst career victory. At one point in the game, Sonnanstine strikes out 7 batters in a row, just one shy of the AL record.

The Yankees trounce the Pirates, 13-6, as Bobby Abreau is 4-for-4 with 4 runs and Alex Rodriguez has 2 homers and 5 RBIs. Neither starter, Tyler Clippard or Shawn Shacon, makes it past the 3rdinning. Masumi Kuwata makes his ML debut for Pittsburgh, giving up 2 runs in 2 innings of relief work. At age 39 and 70 days, Kuwata is the oldest player to make his ML debut since 41–year-old Diomedes Olivo in 1960.

11thIn a makeup game at Wrigley Field, Carlos Zambrano stops the visiting Astros, allowing 3 hits and an unearned run in 8 innings, as the Cubs win, 2-1.  Zambrano’s homer in the 3rdinning, off Woody Williams (2-9) snaps a 1-1 tie. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Astros are the first team to play both Chicago teams on a single, continuous visit to the Windy City. The Astros won two out of three with the Sox.

12thThe Nationals defeat the Orioles, 7-4. Chad Cordero gets the save for Washington, the 100thof his career. He is the 2nd-youngest player in ML history to reach the number, behind only Francisco Rodriguez of the Angels.

The Dodgers down the Mets, 4-1, as Wilson Betemit, Matt Kemp, and P Hong-Chih Kuo homer in the 2ndinning off consecutive pitches from John Maine. Kuo is the first player from Taiwan to hit a HR in the ML.

At The Great American Ballpark, Anaheim’s Kelvim Escobar strikes out 14 Reds in 6 innings of work before leaving with no decision. The Reds plate runs in the 7thand 8thto win, 5-3.

The Tigers beat the Brewers, 4-0, as Justin Verlander hurls the 2ndno-hitter of the season. It is the first ever at Comerica Park, and the first time a team is no-hit the game after they pounded out 22 hits. Verlander strikes out 12, including Tony Graffanino 4 times, to become the first Tiger to hurl a no-hitter since Jack Morris in 1984. He had just five three-ball counts during his no-hitter; four ended with walks and one with a strikeout. Bill Hall receives 3 of the walks in his 3 plate appearances.

13thThe Blue Jays defeat the Giants, 7-4. P Tim Lincecum, C Guillermo Rodriguez, and P Jonathan Sanchez each get their first ML hit for the Giants. It is the first time 3 players on the same team collect their first career hits on the same day since September 20, 1998 when the Braves performed the feat. The last time it happened when September roster expansion wasn’t in effect was April 19, 1962, by the expansion Houston Colt .45s.

The Yankees beat the Diamondbacks, 7-2. Mike Mussina gets the win for NY, making him the first ML pitcher with 20 interleague victories.

14thIn Houston, the Astros lose to the A’s, 6-5, in 11 innings and lose SS Adam Everett, who fractures his right leg in a collision with outfielder Carlos Lee in the 4thinning. Everett will miss three months, appearing in three September games before being granted free agency.

Craig Monroe strikes out 5 times as his Tigers drop a 6-5 decision to the Brewers in Detroit.

The Royals use an 8-run 2ndto down their cross-state rivals, the Cardinals, 17-8.  Most of the damage is against Kip Wells (2-11). Mark Teahen has 3 hits, including a pair of triples, and drives in 5 runs.

17thThe Nationals defeat the Blue Jay, 4-2, despite a HR by Toronto’s Frank Thomas. It is Thomas’ 244thhomer as a DH, moving him past Edgar Martinez for the most by a DH in ML history.

Mike Lamb hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as Houston beats the Mariners, 10-3, to complete a three-game sweep. Lamb goes 8-for-10 against the M’s with two homers and 3 doubles.

18thThe Columbus Clippers of the International League post a 6-0 victory over Rochester as Columbus OF Brandon Watson goes hitless in 5 at bats to end his International League-record-setting 43-game hitting streak. The old mark of 42 games was set by Jack Lelivelt in 1912.

The Orioles fire manager Sam Perlozzo. Bullpen coach Dave Trembley takes over the helm on an interim basis. Trembley is just the seventh man since 1900 to manage in the majors without clocking any playing time in the majors or minors

Chone Figgins’ RBI-triple in the bottom of the 9thinning sends the Angels to a 10-9 win over the Astros. It is Figgins’ 6thhit of the game. He previously had 4 singles and a double. Figgins, who was hitting .160 on June 1 will raise his average to .310 by the end of the month by collecting 53 hits. He joins Pete Rose (August 1968), Billy Williams (July 1972), Rod Carew (June 1977), Cal Ripken (September 1983), Alex Rodriguez (August 1996) and Roberto Alomar (September 2000) as the only big-leaguers to register that many in a month.

20thIn a 7-4 loss to the Diamondbacks Devil Rays pitcher James Shields singles in the 5thinning. It is the 8thhit by a Rays pitcher this year to set a single-season record for hits by an AL team’s pitchers in interleague play.

The Cardinals edge the Royals, 7-6, in 14 innings. Aaron Miles gets 5 hits for St. Louis.

The Rangers beat the Cubs, 7-3, as Sammy Sosa hits the 600thHR of his ML career. He is the 5thplayer to reach the mark.

Two weeks after his dugout fight with pitcher Carlos Zambrano, catcher Michael Barrett goes to the Padres from the Cubs for backup backstop Rob Bowen and minor league OF Kyler Burke. The Cubs toss in some cash.

22ndThe Tigers trade former 20-game loser Mike Maroth to the Cardinals for a player to be named. On the 25th, Maroth will combine with catcher Gary Bennett to become the first battery to complete a double steal in 34 years; the last successful double-steal duo was hurler Pedro Borbon and backstop Bill Plummer of the Reds in 1973.

At Turner Field, Kenny Rogers outduels John Smoltz for 6 innings, as the Tigers drop 5 runs in the 6thon the veteran. The final is Detroit 5, Atlanta, 0.

Orioles SS Miguel Tejada is placed on the DL with a broken left wrist, ending his streak of consecutive games played at 1,152, the fifth longest in ML history. Tejada played 594 games for the A’s and 558 games for the Orioles during his streak.

At RFK Stadium, the Nats veto the Indians, 4-1, handing the loss to Fausto Carmona (8-3). The Tribe’s Franklin Gutierrez picks up a single when his grounder gets lost in the uniform of 3B Ryan Zimmerman. One writer calls it a “wardrobe malfunction.” The runner on first is awarded second.

      In Seattle, the Reds embarrass the Mariners, sinking them 16-1. Led by David Ross and Brandon Phillips, each with two homers, six starters collect two or more hits to back Aaron Harang (8-2). Seattle reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith is the first player with a hyphenated name to appear in a major-league game as the Australian native pitches in the top of the sixth and strikes out Ken Griffey, Jr., to end the inning.

In a replay of last season, the A’s place pitcher Dan Harden on the DL because of a strained shoulder. Harden is out for the year. Last year, Harden pitched just 11+ innings after June 8.

23rdFor the second day in a row, the Cubs Alfonso Soriano leads off with a homer. He is the first Chicago Cub since Sam Mertes in 1900 to lead off two consecutive road games with homers. Ryan Theriot’s suicide squeeze scores Angel Pagan in the 9thinning to give the Cubs a 2-1 win over the White Sox. The Cubs will win tomorrow, 3-0, to sweep the Windy City series, allowing the Pale Hose just two runs in three games.

At Miller Park, David Bush allows one run in 7 innings as the Brewers trounce the Royals, 7-1.  Bush participates in two double plays, one unassisted: With two on in the 6thhe snags a line drive by Ryan Shealy and beats Emil Brown to 1B.

The Yankees outhit the host Giants, 17-12, but San Francisco pushes across a run in the 13thto win, 6-5. Nate Schierholtz, who earlier entered the game as a PH, drives in the winner.

At Safeco Field, Seattle swats the Reds, 9-1, behind Jerrod Washburn’s 8 innings of solid pitching.  Raul Ibanez backs him with a grand slam, off Kyle Lohse (3-10), and Richie Sexton also hits two HRs off Lohse.

Reliever can’t shut door—then can’t open it. In a AA game in Montgomery, AL, Mobile BayBears pitcher Matt Eliott gives up the tying run in the 8th, then goes into the bathroom behind the dugout and slams the door, breaking the locking mechanism. When he can’t open the door to pitch the 9thmanager Brett Butler brings in another, Mark Rosen, who gives up the winning run in the 10thas Mobile loses 5-4. As fans file out, Eliott is still locked in the bathroom, not to be freed until firefighters arrive.

24th At AT&T Park, the Giants down the Yankees, 7-2, with Noah Lowry beating Mike Mussina. Barry Bonds is 1-for-2 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base, one of five the Giants swipe off C Wil Nieves. He’s pinchhit for by Posada.  Roger Clemens breaks Steve Carlton’s record for longest interval between relief appearances when he pitches one inning allowing a run. Clemens went 22 years and 341 days between relief stints surpassing Carlton’s mark of 15 years and 343 days.

         Oregon State follows an 11-4 win over North Carolina yesterday with a 9-3 victory today to win their second straight NCAA national championship. The Beavers won their final 10 games in the postseason and is the first team to win four straight College World Series games by six or more runs.  The Beavers are also the first team with a losing record in their conference to win the College World Series: OSU finished sixth in the PAC-10 with an 11-14 record.

25thAfter the Rockies score 6 in the 9th, the Cubs come from behind to win, 10-9, on Alfonso Soriano’s 2-run single. Rookie Mike Fontenot gets 5 hits for Chicago, including a double. Bobby Howry, who serves up a three-run homer to Troy Tulowitzki, is the winning pitcher, but is charged by a fan who jumps onto the field from the Rockies dugout.  He is tackled by security guards a few feet from the mound.

Before 3,000 fans, the Modin Miracles beat the Petah Tikva Pioneers, 9-1, in the first pro baseball game in Israeli history. The six teams in the league will play a 46-game schedule. Former Jewish major-leaguers Art Shamsky, Ken Holtzman and Ron Bloomberg are among the IBL’s first managers. Of the 120 players participating in the league, 40 percent are Jewish. Instead of extra innings, a home run derby will decide any game tied after the regulation seven innings. Each team selects three players who each get six swings to try to hit as many homers as possible.

26thIn Philadelphia, the Phils swat the Reds, 11-4, as Chase Utley Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino all homer. Catcher Carlos Ruiz has three hits and 4 RBIs, and steals home on the front end of a double steal with Michael Bourn. Ruiz is the first Phillies catcher to steal home since Bo Diaz in 1982.

Fortune Magazine reports John Canning, Jr., CEO of Madison Dearborn Partners and a part owner of the Brewers, is Bud Selig’s preferred choice to become the new owner of the Cubs. It won’t happen.

27thThe Reds defeat the Phillies, 9-6, scoring all their runs in the last three innings. Ryan Howard hits the 100thHR of his career for Philadelphia in his 325thML game. He becomes the fastest player to reach that total in ML history, surpassing Ralph Kiner who turned the trick in 385 games in the late 1940s.

28thThe Twins beat the Blue Jays, 8-5, overcoming Frank Thomas 500thcareer homer, off Carlos Silva. He becomes the 21stplayer to reach that figure. “The Big Hurt” reached the milestone in only 7,663 at bats. Mark McGwire required the fewest at bats to reach 500 needing just 5,487 while Eddie Murray needed the most at 11,097. Thomas has 4 RBIs but Torii Hunter has two homers and three RBI for the Twins and Jason Bartlett also homers.

The Astros defeat the Rockies, 8-5, on Carlos Lee’s walkoff grand slam in the 11thoff Brian Fuentes.  Earlier, Lee hand singled and then been hit on the head and dazed while stealing 2B. Craig Biggio gets 5 hits for Houston, including the 3000thof his ML career. With his 7th-inning single, Biggio becomes the 27thplayer to reach the milestone.

At Citizen Bank Park, the Phillies edge the Reds, 8-7, in 10 innings.  Jimmie Rollins 4thhit of the game drives home the winner.  Chase Utley has three hits, including two homers to offset three homers on the Reds’ side. Reds catcher Chad Moeller almost allows a run to score when, attempting to throw a ball back to his pitcher, instead hits the batting helmet of Greg Dobbs causing the ball to ricochet about 40 feet towards the Phils dugout. Moeller retrieves the ball before the runner on second, Ryan Howard, realizes it is live.

29thThe Angels beat the Orioles, 9-7 overcoming the hitting of Aubrey Huff. Huff hits for the cycle for Baltimore, going 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. The triple is the 1,000thhit of his career. He joins Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken as the only Baltimore Orioles to cycle.

The Cubs spot the visiting Brewers five runs in the first inning as Kevin Mench hits a three-run homer off Rich Hill. But five relievers hold Milwaukee scoreless after that and Aramis Ramirez hits a two-out two-run walkoff homer to cap a 6-5 Cubs win.

The Athletics trade OF Milton Bradley to the Padres for minor league P Andrew Brown and cash.

30thThe Athletics shut out the stumbling Yankees, 7-0. Oakland pitchers Chad Gaudin and Rich Harden combine on a one-hitter, with Johnny Damon’s 6th-inning single being New York’s only safety.