2009 June

2ndThe Yankees trounce the Rangers, 12-3. Jorge Posada commits an error for New York to end their ML-record streak of 18 consecutive games without a miscue.

Toronto’s Roy Halladay goes the distance against visiting Anaheim to win, 6-4. The ace walks one and strikes out 14.

3rdAdrian Beltre slaps a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 9thto give the Mariners a 3-2 victory over the Orioles. Ichiro Suzuki has a single to run his batting streak to 27 consecutive games.

The Braves obtain All-Star OF Nate McLouth from the Pirates in exchange for OF Gorkys Hernandez, and pitchers Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke.

4thThe Giants defeat the Nationals, 5-1, as Randy Johnson wins his 300thcareer game. He is the 24thpitcher, and sixth left-hander, to reach the milestone. According to San Jose Mercury News beat writer Andy Baggarly, Randy Johnson thanks his teammates and coaches on the Giants by giving each a custom bottle of champagne with his own label commemorating the 300th major-league win.

Minnesota defeats the Indians, 11-3, as Jason Kubel has a pair of 3-run homers.

The Angels edge the Blue Jays, 6-5. Adam Lind gets 5 hits for Toronto, including a pair of doubles, while Alex Rios strikes out 5 times. It is the second time Rios has struck out 5 tines, tieing a ML mark.

6thFor the first time, Dodger Stadium has its own zip code, 90090, Up till today it shared the zip code, 90012.

7thThe Diamondbacks defeat the Padres, 9-6, in 18 innings. San Diego scores 5 runs in the bottom of the 9thto tie the score at 6-6 on David Eckstein’s 2-out, pinch 3-run homer, but that is the Padres’ last hit of the game. Mark Reynolds hits a 3-run homer off IF Josh Wilson, pressed into service in the 18th, to win the game for Arizona. Wilson pitched an inning for the Diamondbacks last month before the Padres claimed him off the waiver list May 15. He is the first position player since 1950 to pitch for two teams in the same season. Chase Headley strikes out 5 times for the Pads.

9thAt Fenway, Josh Beckett (6 IP) and three relievers dominate the Yankees as the Red Sox win, 7-0.  The Yankees manage just 2 singles.  David Ortiz hits his 2ndhomer in 3 games to give him 3 homers on the season.

At Citi Field, Johan Santana (8-3) gives up 4 homers but hangs on as the Mets edge the Phillies, 6-5.

As expected, pitcher Stephen Strasburg is selected by the Nationals with the first pick in baseball’s amateur draft. Represented by Steve Boras, he will sign for a record amount. The Mariners take Dustin Actley with the second pick while the Padres pick prep outfielder Donovan Tate with the third pick. As a prospect, Tate will sputter due to drug addiction. Pittsburgh takes Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez next, while the Orioles select prep Matt Hobgood with the 5th. The Giants take prep hurler Zack Wheeler with the 6th, while Vanderbilt lefty Mike Minor goes 7th to the Braves. The Rockies take prep star pitcher Tyler Matzek with the 11thpick and sign the Boras client for a since-topped club-record $3.9 million. With a compensation pick [from the Yankees for signing Mark Teixiera) the Angels catch a prize in NJ prep outfielder Mike Trout with the 25th pick. The Cubs select Brett Jackson with the 31stpick, and take hard-throwing prep pitcher Colin Kaepernick on the 43rdround, but he elects to go to the University of Nevada for football.

11thWith the score tied at 3-3 in the 10th, Cleveland’s Shin-Soo Choo’s low line drive deflects off a low-flying gull and careens past Coco Crisp for a single, scoring Mark DeRosa from 2B with the winning run in Cleveland’s 4-3 victory over Kansas City. The gull is part of a flock settled into short CF feeding on bugs. The stunned bird flops around for a few seconds before finally flying off. The game prompts one bird-brained idea to discourage gulls from congregating at Progressive Field: using a live eagle to scare the gulls away.

12thWith two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Mets second baseman Luis Castillo drops Alex Rodriguez’s easy pop fly allowing two runs to score as the Yankees prevail, 9-8. Mariano Rivera (1-2) is the winner. The Yankees collect 4 homers in the game, including a 3-run dinger by Hideki Matsui. Gary Sheffield homers for the Mets. The error will put Castillo atop the Mets fans’ least-favorite player list.

13thTorii Hunter hits his first three homers of the year—all solo shots—as the Angels down the visiting Padres, 9-1. It is the latest date this century for a hitter to get off the schnide with a three-homer effort.

14thIn Philadelphia, the Phils light up Josh Beckett for 7 runs in 6 innings as they outmuscle the Red Sox, 11-6. Beckett has some measure of revenge as he homers off JA Happ. Rocco Baldelli and Nick Green hit back-to-back homers off the hapless Happ. Jimmy Rollins has a homer off Beckett, and 3 RBIs.

Pitcher Mark Buerhle homers for the White Sox but is not around for the decision as Chicago tops the NL Brewers, 5-4. Gordon Beckham, who had 2 RBIs yesterday, the first rookie from the draft class of 2008 to do so, has 2 more today.

15thAt Cleveland, the Brewers use a 6-run 8thinning to outmuscle the Indians, 14-12.  Prince Fielder hits his first career grand slam in the frame and matches his father’s career output.  Prince has 6 RBIs in the game and Ryan Braun has 5 RBIs and 4 runs for Milwaukee. Victor Martinez has 4 RBIs and hits one of the four Tribe homers.

16thFelix Hernandez allows just 2 hits in shutting out the Padres, 5-0.  The Padres set a new record for longest interleague losing streak as they lost their 12th straight game to an A.L. team breaking the mark set by the Mets in 2003-04; the Rays posted the longest interleague winning streak with 13 straight in 2004. King Felix joins Matt Garza, Mark Mulder and David Wells as the only A.L. pitchers to give up two or fewer hits in a complete game at a N.L. park.

In Philadelphia, the Blue Jays plate 5 runs in the 10thto beat the Phillies, 8-3. Rod Barajas has a pair of hits and 2 RBIs for the Jays, but has the infield fly rule called on him his other three times up (as noted by Bob Bogart).  Barajas pops up in the 6thwith the bases loaded and no outs, pops up in the 8thwith runners on 1B and 2B and no out, and pops up again in the 9thwith the bases loaded and one out.

17thIn Arlington, Ivan Rodriguez breaks Carlton Fisk’s record for most games caught as he backstops his 2,227th game in the majors. His Astros lose to the Rangers, 5-4 in 10 innings when Ian Kinsler scores an unearned run.  Hunter Pence has a single, 2 doubles and a homer for Houston.

In an 8-2 win over Minnesota, Adam and Andy LaRoche each homer, the first pair of brothers to each hit a homer for the Pirates in the same game since Paul and Lloyd Waner did it on September 13, 1938.

After 8 straight losses, the Democrats defeat the Republicans 15-10 at Nationals Park in the 48th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, lifting the newspaper’s coveted trophy for first time since 2000. Republican pitcher Rep. John Shimkus (Ill.) gave the Democrats an early lead, allowing 6 runs in the second inning. The GOP battle back in the top of the third inning, tying it up at 6, but Republican manager Rep. Joe Barton (Texas) replaces Shimkus on the mound with Rep. Adam Putnam (Fla.) in the bottom of the third. Putnam gives up 5 walks, 2 base hits, a wild pitch, and 9 runs and, ultimately, the Democrats’ first win in nearly a decade.

18thThe Yankees delay a game 5 hours 26 minutes so they can get a shot at the lowly Nationals, but they come up short losing, 3-0.  Rookie pitcher. It is the only game this year at the new Stadium when no homers are hit, a ML first.  Rain is measured a 2.2 inches for the day, tying an 1871 mark.

20thThe Dodgers defeat the Angels 6-4, as Jeff Weaver bests his brother, Jared. It is the first time the two have faced each other, but the 21sttime in ML history that brothers start against each other in a game.

The visiting Yankees manage just one run against Josh Johnston (7-1) in 7 innings and lose to the Marlins 2-1. A.J. Burnett strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 3rdbut gives up a homer to Dan Uggla. An error by Johnny Damon scores the winning run for the Fish.

At Wrigley, the Cubs overcome a 13thinning solo homer by Luis Albuena—his 2ndof the game—and plate two runs in the bottom of the frame to edge the Indians, 6-5. The loss goes to Kerry Wood, former Cubs closer. Kosuke Fukodome’s fourth single of the game starts the 13th. He steals 2B, goes to 3B on a wild throw. Two singles put two runners aboard and Wood wild pitches home the winner.

21stThe Cardinals beat the Royals, 12-5, for manager Tony La Russa’s 2,500thwin. La Russa joins Connie Mack and John McGraw as the only managers to reach that level.

The Tigers maul the visiting Cubs, 5-3. Derrek Lee is 1-for-2 with 3 walks to extend his consecutive game-hitting streak to 21 games.

24th  LSU defeats Texas, 11-4, to win the final of the College World Series.

25th  At Land Shark Stadium, Hanley Ramirez hits his second grand slam against Baltimore in 2 weeks as the Marlins roll to an 11-3 win over the Orioles.

26thThe Yankees trounce the Mets, 9-1. Brett Gardner goes 5-for-6 with a homer for New York.

The Dodgers defeat the Mariners, 8-2, as Andre Ethier hits 3 homers.

27thThe Yankees shut out the Mets, 5-0. AJ Burnett and 2 relievers allow just one hit, Alex Cora’s 6th-inning single.

Albert Pujols lines two 2-run homers in his first two at bats to help the Cards to a 5-3 win over the Twins. Kevin Slowey picks up the victory for the host Birds.

The Indians send IF Mark DeRosa to the injury-ridden Cardinals for P Chris Perez and a player to be named. DeRosa has 13 homers and 50 RBIs for the Tribe.

28thThe Yankees defeat the Mets, 4-2, as Mariano Rivera records his 500thcareer save. Only Trevor Hoffman has more. Rivera also collects his 1stcareer RBI in the contest when he walks with the bases loaded in the 9thinning.

The Padres shut out the Rangers, 2-0, as Chad Gaudin and Heath Bell combine on a one-hitter.

Gary Mathews steals home and hits a 3-run double and his teammates add three homers as the Angels win, 12-8, and sweep the series with the Diamondbacks. The Angels finish interleague play with a 14-4 record, the best in the majors.

The Lake Elsinore Storm and High Desert Mavericks combine for 57 hits and 51 runs in the Storm’s 33-18 victory in a Class-A California League game.

28thA pair of two-hitters showcase the majors today. Roy Oswalt and the Astros top the Padres, 3-1, as Oswalt has two hits to match what he gives up.

Tim Lincecum allows two singles, walks none and strikes out 8 as the Giants beat the Cardinals, 10-0. Edgar Renterisa and Travis Ishikawa each drive in 3 runs.

Chien-Ming Wang (1-6) records his first win of the year as the Yankees defeat their cross-town rivals the Mets, 4-2. Wang will make one more start before being shut down with shoulder problems. Mariano Rivera records his 500thcareer save and also picks up his first RBI with a bases-loaded walk.

30thTrailing 10-1, the Orioles score 5 runs in the 7thand 5 more in the 8thto defeat the Red Sox, 11-10. Nick Markakis strokes a 2-run double off Jonathon Papelbon to put the Birds ahead. It is the biggest comeback in Orioles’ history, surpassing their record notched on September 2, 1956.

Battery power.  In a 6-2 win over the Reds, Arizona catcher Miguel Montero hits his fourth homer of the year and pitcher Dan Haren follows with his first career homer. Both are hit off Bronson Arroyo.

The Pirates trade IF/OF Eric Hinske to the Yankees for minor leaguers Casey Erickson (P) and Eric Fryer (OF). Hinske will provide bench strength with the season-ending injury (or re-injury) to Xavier Nady on June 25th. Pittsburgh also obtains the talented but underperforming Lastings Milledge and P Joel Hanrahan from the Nationals in exchange for OF Nyjer Morgan and P Sean Burnett. Morgan will prove an adequate replacement for Milledge, while Milledge will have two decent seasons for the Pirates before walking the plank.