2011 June

1stThe Pirates defeat the Mets, 9-3, behind Kevin Correia (8-4), who now leads the majors in wins. He is the first Pirate pitcher to lead the majors in wins through games of June 1 since Vern Law in 1960. New York ties a ML record with its 5thstraight home loss in games that they led in the 7thinning or later. The last team to reach that level was the 1998 Astros. Conversely, the Pirates have now won 17 road games; last year they didn’t win their 17th until October 1.

2ndThe Giants beat the Cardinals, 12-7, as Aubrey Huff clouts 3 homers and drives in 6 runs.

3rdThe Mets fall to the Braves, 6-3. They become the first team in ML history to blow a lead in the 7thinning or later in six straight home losses.

4thAt Anaheim, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano each hit homers off Ervin Santana, and CC Sabathia wins his 7thas New York beats the Angels, 3-2. Mariano Rivera records the second one-pitch save of his career. Bobby Abreau is 3-for-3 with a stolen base for the Angels.

Dillon Gee (6-0) outperforms Jair Jurrjens (7-2) as the Mets stop the Braves, 5-0 at Citi Field. The Mets do all their scoring in the 7th, topped by a 3-run triple by Jose Reyes.

Albert Pujols’ second homer of the game, a 2-out solo shot, gives the Cardinals a 5-4 win over visiting Chicago.

Mark Reynolds wraps his first career grand slam and Jake Arrieta goes 6 innings as the Orioles beat the Blue Jays, 5-3.

After striking out 4 straight times, J.D. Drew singles in the 14thto lift the Red Sox to a 9-8 win over the Athletics. Carl Crawford had 4 hits and 3 RBIs. The Sox rallied after closer Jonathon Papelbon blows a 4-run lead in the 9th.  Papelbon and Jason Varitek are thumbed out in the 9thby plate ump Tony Randazzo.

5thThe Cardinals edge the Cubs, 3-2, in 10 innings on Albert Pujols’ walkoff HR. It is Pujols’ 2ndconsecutive game-ending HR in extra innings. He is the 11thplayer to hit walkoff homers in consecutive games

In Anaheim, the Yankees beat the Angels, 5-3, as Mark Teixeira has a single and two homers to drive in 3 runs, and Nick Swisher adds a solo shot. Haloes outfielder Torii Hunter, goes 0-for-5 and is hitting .229, a fact not lost on the fans.  They shower him with dollar bills to express their displeasure. Unperturbed, Hunter picks up the bills and gives them to a youngster.

6thThe Pirates select UCLA P Gerrit Cole, previously drafted by the Yankees in 2008, with the first pick in the amateur draft. Cole struck out more than one an inning but was just 6-8 for the Bruins. He’ll sign in early August for an $8 million signing bonus. Virginia P Danny Hultzen is the surprise pick at 2ndby the Mariners. Trevor Bauer, Cole’s teammate at UCLA and the Golden Spikes Award winner, goes to the Diamondbacks at #3; high school hurler Dylan Bundy is taken by the Orioles at #4; and two-sport HS star Bubba Starling is picked by his hometown Royals. Starling is represented by Scott Boras who will get him a $7.5 million signing bonus. Dropping to the 6thspot is the highest rated player in the draft, Anthony Rendon, selected by the Nationals, who ink the Boras client to a four-year ML contract and a $7.4 million signing bonus. Using the pick that they got from the Yankees for signing Rafael Soriano, the Rays take LSU centerfielder Mike Mahtook with the 31stpick. The Mets take Brandon Nimmo, a high schooler from Wyoming, with the 13thpick. Nimmo did not play HS ball as Wyoming is one of three states without it. Second-rounder Josh Bell turns down a Texas scholarship to sign a $5M contract with the Pirates; Texas also lost the 16thoverall pick catcher Blake Swihart who signs with Boston for $2.5M. The Yankees take Dante Bichette Jr. with the 51stpick, while the Jays take Dwight Smith, son of the former Cub, with the 53rd. The Cubs counter by taking Wayne Gretzky’s son, Trevor, in the 7thround, and Shawon Dunston, Jr, four rounds later. Boston takes 5’9” prep Mookie Betts in the 5thround. Betts was Tennessee bowler of the year. Texas takes Nick Martinez in the 18thround. Martinez, an infielder at Fordham, will make the ML roster in 2015. Historian Bill Carle notes that the Royals’ first-round picks from 2003 through 2009 are all regulars on the team: Mitch Maier (2003), Billy Butler (2004), Alex Gordon (2005), Luke Hochevar (2006), Mike Moustakas (2007), Eric Hosmer (2008) and Aaron Crow (2009).

The Tigers defeat the Rangers, 13-7. Brennan Boesch gets 5 hits for Detroit, including a double and a pair of homers, and drives in 5 runs.

7thThe Braves shut out the Marlins, 1-0. Florida’s Brad Hand allows only one hit in 6 innings in his ML debut, but unfortunately it is a solo homer by Alex Gonzalez. Hand becomes just the 2ndpitcher in modern ML history to lose his debut despite allowing just one hit in at least 3 innings. Mike Thompson did so for the Senators in 1971.

Lance Berkman and Albert Pujols homer as the Cardinals beat host Houston, 7-4. Ryan Theriot has an RBI-single to extend his hitting streak to 20 games.

9thAfter a rain delay of over three hours at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox are held scoreless for 6 innings before exploding for 7 runs in the 7th.   David Ortiz, who was hit with a Sabathia pitch in the 4th, starts the 8-hit rally with a single in the 7th. It is the first time a Yankee pitcher has plunked the popular Big Papi. Boston beats the Yankees, 8-3.

The Athletics fire manager Bob Geren and replace him with Bob Melvin on an interim basis.

10thAnibal Sanchez (6-1) pitches into the 7th, allowing 3 runs and the Florida offense collects 10 hits—8 for extra bases—in beating the Diamondbacks, 6-4.  For the hapless Marlines it is their first win in 9 games and their only win during a 1-19 run.

The Giants use three walks and a single in the bottom of the 9thto beat the Reds, 3-2.  Freddy Sanchez leaves in the 5thinning with a dislocated shoulder and will not play the rest of the season.

11thAt the Rogers Centre, the first-place Red Sox unload 18 hits on the Blue Jays to win, 16-4, doing most of their damage against Brandon Morrow. Jason Veritek and David Ortiz club 3-run homers, and Dustin Pedroia has 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Edward Encarnacion hits his second homer of the year, off Sox starter John Lackey, in the 6th. Utility player Mike McCoy pitches a scoreless 9thfor the Jays.

Paced by 4 hits apiece from Casey Kotchman and Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay beats host Baltimore, 7-5. Zobrist has 3 doubles and a triple and scores 4 runs: he is the first player in at least 93 years to post that line (Baseball.reference.com). Mark Reynolds has a pair of homers off starter David Price.

12thAt Angel Stadium, the Royals crush the Angels, 9-0. Picking up his only win of the year, starter Vin Mazzaro pitches 7 scoreless innings, walks 5 and records no strikeouts. That has never been done in ML history.

13thAt Minute Maid Park, the Astros squeeze the Braves for an 8-3 victory. Hunter Pence has 3 hits, including a homer, to drive in 4 runs and run his consecutive game hit streak to 23.

Miguel Montero hits 3 doubles and has 4 RBIs and pitcher Zach Duke pokes a 2-run homer as the visiting Diamondbacks gaff the Marlins, 12-9.  The Marlins finish a 1-10 homestand.

15thThe Red Sox shut out the Rays, 3-0, on Josh Beckett’s one-hitter. Reid Brignac’s 3rd-inning infield single is TB’s only hit. No other Ray reach base against Beckett. The Rays trail the first-place Sox by 4.5 games.

16thAt Turner Field, the Braves edge the Mets, 9-8, winning on a walkoff balk by BJ Carrasco.  Chipper Jones has a homer and 5 RBIs, Jordan Schafer has 5 hits and Brooks Conrad belts a 2-run pinch homer in the 9thto tie.  The walkoff balk will happen again in three weeks.

17thThe Orioles pound out 18 hits, but fall to the Nationals, 8-4. Derek Lee goes 5-for-5 for Baltimore, including a double.

Frank and Jamie McCourt, owners of the Dodgers, reach a settlement in their contentious divorce case. The deal is contingent on approval of the proposed TV contract between the Dodgers and Fox. But Bud Selig will nix the 17-year deal because $150 million of the $385 million McCourt would receive would be diverted from the Dodgers to pay for legal fees and other debts. McCourt will take the Dodgers into bankruptcy on June 27.

At Citi Field, the Angels edge the Mets, 4-3, as Joel Pineiro records his 100thwin, the fourth Puerto Rican pitcher to do so.  Jaime Navarro, Juan Pizarro and Javier Vazquez also did it.

18thThe Brewers defeat the Red Sox, 4-2. Rickie Weeks hits a leadoff HR for Milwaukee after getting a second life when his foul pop is dropped by Adrian Gonzalez for an error. Boston’s Jon Lester thus becomes the first pitcher since 1979 to allow an unearned run on a first-inning leadoff HR.

19thMarlins’ manager Edwin Rodriguez resigns and coach Brandon Hyde takes over on an interim basis, which will turn out to be one game.

At Busch, Skip Schumaker cracks a walkoff homer in the 9thto give the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Royals. It is his second career walkoff homer, both in games he didn’t start. However, the Cards lose Big Bird in the 6thwhen Wilson Betemit plows into Albert Pujol’s outstretched arm and the first sacker suffers a fracture. Pujols, who had been 3-for-3 in the game, will not play until July 6.

20thJack McKeon takes over as Marlins’ manager. At age 80, he is the second-oldest manager in ML history, trailing only Connie Mack who skippered the Athletics at age 87 in 1950. It’s the fifth time “Trader Jack” has replaced another manager in mid-season and his second stint as a replacement skipper for the Marlins.

The Red Sox score 10 runs in the 7thinning on their way to trouncing the Padres, 14-5. They become the second team in modern ML history to score 14 or more runs at least 6 times in a single-season span of less than 30 games. The 1930 NY Yankees also turned the trick.

21stA bum. The Twins tie a ML record as they begin the game with 8 straight hits (four singles and four doubles) off Madison Bumgarner and score 8 runs in the 1stinning on their way to a 9-2 win over the Giants. The other teams who have done this are the 1973 Cubs (5 singles, 1 double and 1 home run), the 1975 Phillies (4 singles, 2 doubles and 2 home runs), the 1975 Pirates (7 singles and 1 triple), the 1981 A’s (8 singles), the 1990 Yankees (6 singles and 2 home runs) and the 2009 Cubs (6 singles and 2 doubles).

At Busch Stadium, the Phillies score 10 runs—9 in one inning—without tallying an extra base hit, beating the Cardinals, 10-2. Carlos Ruiz is 4-for-4 for the Quakers.

At Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers score 6 runs in 6 innings off Max Scherzer (9-3) and whip the visiting Tigers, 9-3. Chad Billingsley (6-6) is the winner. Andre Ethier has a 2-run homer in the 5thand Matt Kemp swipes his 20thbase of the year.  It gives him 20 steals and 20 homers before the All-star break, the first player in four years to do that.

I shut ‘em down, Skip. In Miami, Javier Vasquez allows 10 hits in 5.1 innings but doesn’t allow a run as the Marlins whip the Angels, 5-2. He is just the third starter since 1900 to pitch less than 6 innings, allow 10 hits, but no runs.

At Fenway, the Red Sox outhit the Padres, 13 to 7, but end up on the short end of a 5-4 decision. Alfredo Aceves puts his name in the Sox record book by walking 5 straight Padres in the 2ndinning.

22ndIn game 2 at Cincinnati, the Reds crush the Yankees, 10-2, as Chris Heisey clouts 3 homers and drives in 5 runs. He is just the 20thleadoff batter to club three homers. In game 1, Freddie Garcia allows 3 hits in 7 innings as New York wins, 4-2.

23rdIn a stunning move, Nationals’ manager Jim Riggleman resigns his post following his team’s 1-0 win over the Mariners. Riggleman had requested the team pick up his option for 2012 and the team declined. Bench coach John McLaren is named interim manager.

24thThe Nationals defeat the White Sox, 9-5, in 14 innings. Washington pitchers blow 3 save opportunities as the Nationals become the first ML team in 35 years to win a game after losing the lead 3 times in the 9thinning or later.

The Rockies defeat A.J. Burnett and the Yankees, 4-2. Burnett fans 4 Rockies in the 6thinning as he becomes just the second pitcher in ML history to strike out 4 batters in an inning at least twice in his career. Chuck Finley turned the trick 3 times.

In San Francisco, the Indians lose, 4-2, to the Giants and lose Shin-Soo Choo when he fractures his thumb when he is hit by a pitch from Jonathan Sanchez. The slugger will be out until mid-August.

25thA walk’s as good as a hit. At Arlington, Lucas Duda has a single and 3 doubles to drive in 4 runs as the Mets pound the Rangers, 14-5. Nelson Cruz draws a ball four on a 3-2 count but doesn’t take first. He strikes out on the following pitch. He does have a single a double.

Cleveland reliever Tony Sipp balks home the game’s only run in the 7thas the Indians lose to the Giants, 1-0. Two errors in the inning by 2B Cord Phelps helps pin the loss on starter Justin Masterson.

26thThe Nationals name Davey Johnson as their new manager hours after a 2-1 win over the White Sox. Danny Espinoza hits a 2-run homer to send off interim manager John McClaren. It is the fifth managerial stop for Johnson.

27thAfter Bud Selig turns down the contract between Frank McCourt and Fox TV, McCourt takes the team into bankruptcy. McCourt’s estranged wife Jamie joins MLB and Fox in asking that the bankruptcy court to reject McCourt’s bid to auction the television rights.

In a related story at Target Field, the Dodgers take aim at the Twins, winning 15-0, amassing 25 hits.  Tony Gwynn Jr., Matt Kemp and Trent Oeltjen each have 4 hits to pace the offense. Six other players have 2 or more hits, including rookie Dee Gordon. He has a pair, which is two more than his father had in 21 years in the majors. His father Tom had only two at bats though he appeared in 893 games. Each starter in the lineup has a hit, a run and a RBI, a first in LA Dodger history. Chad Billingsley allows 4 hits in 6 innings as he and four relievers combine on the whitewash.

Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez each homer twice as the Cubs top the Rockies, 7-3, at Wrigley Field. Carlos Gonzalez homers twice for the Rox, but off Matt Garza.

In Game 1 of the College World Series between Florida and South Carolina, the Peacocks throw out two runners at the plate in the 9thand one in the 10thbefore winning in the 11th, 2-1.

28thThe Mets clout a pair of grand slams, tying the NL record for most in a game, on their way to a 14-3 rout of the Tigers. New York had gone 299 games without hitting a slam before Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran connect in consecutive innings, both coming off Daniel Schlereth. In that period of time the Mets had given up 18 grand slams, a ML mark. Jose Reyes goes 4-for-4, with a triple and stolen base, in his 1000thML game, giving him 98 triples and 360 stolen bases for his career. Ty Cobb is the only other player in modern ML history with that many triples and steals in his first thousand games (106 triples, 291 steals).

At Wrigley, the Giants win two from the Cubs, 13-7 and 6-3, as they amass 30 hits in the two games. Ryan Vogelsong and Barry Zito are the winning pitchers. Miguel Tejada has 3 hits, including a homer in the opener. A Cubs fan catches the ball and fires it back on the fly almost hitting Tejada as he circles the bases. The ball is scooped up and tosses to Tejado who stuffs it into his back pocket.

The Athletics shut out the Marlins, 1-0, as Gio Gonzalez (8 innings) and Andrew Bailey (1 inning) combine on a one-hitter. Emilio Bonifacio’s leadoff single is Florida’s only safety.

Cliff Lee fires a 2-hitter against the Red Sox for his third shutout in a row as the Phillies win, 5-0. Josh Beckett takes the loss. After a 4-5 start, Lee is 5-0 for the month with a 0.21 ERA.

Alex Presley has left the house. Presley hits his first career homer and the Pirates hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-6, for their first interleague road win in more than two years. Edward Encarnacion has 2 of the Jays’ 4 homers.

South Carolina defeats Florida, 5-2, to win its second straight College WS title.

29thThe Mets pound out 20 hits and crush the Tigers, 16-9. It is only the 2ndgame in ML history in which a team hits no homers, surrenders at least 5, and wins by a margin of at least 7 runs. The Dodgers turned the trick against the Cardinals in 1953. The Mets -5 HR differential ties the ML record for a winning team. Despite losing by 7 runs, the Tigers score more runs (9) than were scored by both teams in any of the other 14 games played today. Tiger Jack-of-all-trades Don Kelly makes his pitching debut recording two outs. On July 2 he will make his catching debut after Victor Martinez is hit by foul balls.  Kelly is the only current major leaguer to play all nine positions, and he’ll play seven different ones this year.

30thAt Wrigley, Aramis Ramirez puts the Cubs on the scoreboard with a one-out game-tying solo shot in the 9thbut the Cubs strike again in the 13thafter the Giants plate a run. Chicago ties it on a Barney RBI single, and Geovany Soto belts a walk-off 3-run pinch homer for a 5-2 Cubs victory. Carlos Zambrano leaves in the 2ndwith a pain in his back and will be out 16 days.