2012 June

1stJohan Santana hurls the third no-hitter of the season as the Mets defeat the Cardinals, 8-0. It is the first no-no in the history of the Mets, coming in the club’s 8,020thgame. It is the most games a franchise has gone from its start without a no-hitter. Lucas Duda hits a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs. Left fielder Mike Baxter makes a great running catch in the 7thinning to preserve the no-hitter but crashes into the wall and breaks his collarbone.  Baxter will miss 8 weeks of play.

.It is family night as the Dodgers start five sons of former major-leaguers against the host Rockies: four are part of the first all-son infield with Scott Van Slyke (son of Andy) at first, Jerry Hairston, Jr., (son of Jerry, Sr.) at second, Dee Gordon (son of Tom) at short and Ivan De Jesus, Jr., (son of Ivan, Sr.) at third and, for good measure, Tony Gwynn, Jr., (son of Tony, Sr.) is in center. It is a first in major-league history. Colorado is unimpressed, banging 4 homers and winning, 13-3.

2ndAt U.S. Cellular Field, the Mariners go toe-to-toe with the White Sox as the two teams combine for 8 homers, 4 apiece, in a 12-inning barnburner. The M’s win, 10-8. The White Sox use nine pitchers, the most they have used since September 14, 1997.

At Denver, the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 6-2, as Tony Gwynn Jr. scores half the runs for Los Angeles.  He has no hits.

The Padres beat the Diamondbacks, 6-2, as Alexi Amarista drives in 3 runs on 3 hits. Amarista falls a triple shy of hitting the Padres first cycle.

… Game On Dude, a horse co-owned by Joe Torre, wins the $147,000 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park.

3rdPhil Hughes bests Justin Verlander as the Yankees use a pair of homers to beat the Tigers, 5-1. Magglio Ordonez, struggling at the plate last season announces his retirement. He has not played this year.  As noted by streakmeister Trent McCotter, Ordonez ends his career with an 18-game hitting streak.  The next longest is Ed Delahanty, who retired in 1903 with a 16-game hitting streak.

4thThe Astros select Puerto Rican SS Carlos Correa with the first pick in the MLB draft. With the 2ndpick, Minnesota takes Brian Buxton, Baseball America’sHS Player of the Year: he will be BA’s Minor League Player of the Year. Mike Zunino goes to Seattle on the 3rd pick.  The Pirates pick Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the 8thpick, but he will be the only first-rounder not to sign, opting to return to college. Pittsburgh is unwilling to offer more than $3.8 million, and if they had gone over $4.8 million they would have to forfeit a first round pick. The Bucs get an additional first round pick in 2013. University of Florida pitcher Paco Rodriguez is picked in the 2ndround by the Dodgers and he will be the first to debut in the majors, doing so on September 9. The Mets take Purdue catcher Kevin Plawicki with the 35thoverall pick. He was the Big 10 player of the year.

5thThe Blue Jays beat the White Sox, 9-5. Colby Rasmus goes 5-for-5 for Toronto, including a double and a homer.

Russell Martin has 3 hits, including a grand slam off James Shields, in the Yankees 7-0 whitewash of Tampa Bay.  Andy Pettitte pitches into the 8th, allowing 2 hits.

Bruce Chen (7 IP) bests Francisco Liriano (6 IP) as the Royals top the Twins, 1-0. Liriano strikes out 4 batters in the 4th.

6thThe Brewers shut out the Cubs, 8-0, behind Zack Greinke. He records 12 strikeouts. Greinke is now 15-0 in home games since joining Milwaukee and he ties Kenny Rogers for the longest home winning streak for a pitcher beginning his career with a team since 1900.

7thThe Pirates edge the Reds, 5-4, in 10 innings, scoring the winner on a pair of doubles off Aroldis Chapman. It is the first earned run off Chapman this year and the first he has given up in 29 innings.

David Freese connects for a grand slam and a 2-run homer, and rookie pitcher Lance Lynn (9-2) strikes out 11 as the Cardinals swamp the Astros, 14-2. Shane Robinson and Carols Beltran also supply homers. The Cards are tied for 2ndin the NL Central, 2 games behind the Reds.

Clay Buchholtz allows 4 hits in shutting out the Orioles, 7-0, for Boston.  It is his third shutout, all against the O’s.

8thSix Mariner pitchers combine on a no-hitter as Seattle defeats the Dodgers, 1-0. Kevin Millwood hurls 6 hitless innings. He’s followed by Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen. Pryor gets the win, his first in the ML.

Matt Harrison allows 5 hits as he shuts out the Giants, 5-0.  Craig Gentry is 5-for-5 for Texas.

12thThe Yankees score 6 runs in the 8thinning and go on to defeat the Braves, 6-4. The key blow is Alex Rodriguez’s grand slam. It is the 23rdof his ML career, tying him with Lou Gehrig for first place on the all-time list.

Injured Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis is suspended 50 games after testing positive for Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance. In a statement, Galvis claimed that “a trace amount of a banned substances was detected in my urine sample” and that he’d never knowingly take a banned substance. His last game of the season was June 6.

13thMatt Cain hurls the 10thperfect game in ML history as he shuts down the Astros, 10-0. Cain’s 14 strikeouts ties Sandy Koufax for the most ever in a perfecto. He is the first pitcher in the 130-year history of the franchise to fire a perfect game. He went to a 3-2 count four times, and struck out three. His pitches included 65 fastball, 23 sliders, 21 changeups and 16 curveballs.

RA Dickey hurls a one-hitter as the Mets defeat the Rays, 9-1. Dickey has his Mets’ record streak of 32 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings end in the 9thas Houston scores an unearned run on an error, 2 passed balls, and a ground out.

15thThe Rays trounce the Marlins, 11-0, as Matt Moore, Burke Badenhop and Brandon Gomes combine to hold Tampa to only one hit. Donovan Solano’s 1st-inning single off Moore is the Rays only safety.

The Rockies score 8 runs in the 10thinning and go on to beat the Tigers, 12-4.

16thJason Hammel hurls a one-hitter as the Orioles beat the Braves, 5-0. Jason Heyward’s 2-out single in the 7this Atlanta’s only hit. Brandon Beachy takes the loss, giving up a run and leaving in the 4thinning with an injured elbow.  He will need reconstructive surgery on the elbow and will miss the rest of the season.

The Angels defeat the Diamondbacks, 2-0, on Ervin Santana’s one-hitter. Justin Upton’s 2-outs single in the 7this Arizona’s only safety.

A.J. Burnett wins his 6thstraight, the first Pirate pitcher since 1990 to win six straight starts. The Pirates beat host Cleveland, 9-2, and stop Michael Brantley’s consecutive game hitting streak at 21.

17thThe Tigers shut out the Rockies, 5-0. Rookie OF Quintin Berry goes 5-for-5 for Detroit and steals a base.

18thAaron Hill hits for the cycle as the Diamondbacks defeat the Mariners, 7-1.

RA Dickey hurls his 2ndconsecutive one-hitter as the Mets shut out the Orioles, 5-0. Wilson Betemit’s 5th-inning single is Baltimore’s only hit. Dickey’s single in the 6thstarts a rally that ends with a grand slam by Ike Davis. He also becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to throw back-to-back complete games while striking out 10-or-more batters and allowing one or fewer hits in each game. In addition, he has not allowed an earned run in 42 2/3 innings and is the first pitcher in history to make 5 starts of at least 7 innings each with 8 strikeouts and no earned runs.

CC Sabathia pitches his first CG of the year, striking out 10, as the Yankees down the visiting Braves, 6-2. Derek Jeter is 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. New York has now won 10 straight and 15 out of 17.

Roger Clemens is acquitted on all 6 charges of obstruction and lying to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

19thThe Blue Jays edge the Brewers, 10-9. Colby Rasmus, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion hit consecutive homers in the 6thinning off Tyler Thornburg, who is making his ML debut. Rasmus and Bautista then hit back-to-back homers again in the 9thoff closer John Axford to give the Jays the win.

In a 5-4 Tampa Bay win over the Nationals, Rays setup man Joel Peralta is ejected in the 8thwithout tossing a pitch. When he comes in from the bullpen, Nationals manager Davey Johnson requests the umpires to take a look at his glove. Under the flap of the glove is pine tar and Peralta is tossed. Peralta played for the Nationals in 2010. In a tit for tat, the Rays counter in the 9th inning, asking to see the hat of Nats reliever Ryan Mattheus. It is clean.

MLB suspends Phils infielder Freddie Galvin for 50 games for testing positive.

20thThe Diamondbacks beat the Mariners, 14-10. Seattle’s Jason Vargas becomes only the second pitcher in modern ML history to surrender 10 or more hits and at least 5 homers in an outing of fewer than 5 innings. The only other man to do so was Frank Pastore of the Reds in 1979. Ryan Roberts has an inside the park homer, one of 6 homers for Arizona.

David Ortiz clubs a grand slam, one of 4 Boston homers, as the Red Sox roll to a 15-5 gaffing of the Marlins.

Host Milwaukee has 4 homeruns, including one by Ryan Braun, to beat the Blue Jays, 8-3. Braun extends his hitting streak to 15 games—25 in interleague play.

Stephen Strasburg strikes out 10 to win his 6thstraight as the Nationals edge the Rays, 3-2.

With the temperature near 100, the Yankees and Braves combine for 9 homers—the most hit in a game at the new Yankee Stadium—as the Braves win, 10-5. Both starters, Phil Hughes and Tommy Hanson, give up four homers. The Yankees honor Chipper Jones when Andruw Jones and Derek Jeter present him with third base. The Reds also gave him a base, and he collected a Stan Musial autographed jersey in St. Louis and a Braves banner that used to fly above Wrigley in his last game in Chicago.

21stRays P Joel Peralta is suspended for 8 games for having pine tar on his glove in Tuesday’s game against the Nationals. He contends it is a mitt he uses in practice.

23rdCash on the barrelhead. Steamed over his first blown save of the year, Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon offers $5,000 to any teammate who would hit a homer against Tampa Bay’s reliever Jake McGee. Jim Thome delivers, sending a 97-mph fastball by McGee over the LF fence at Citizens Bank Park to make Papelbon a winner, 7-6. Papelbon immediately writes a $5,000 check to Thome. It is the 13thwalk-off homer in Thome’s career, setting a ML record. Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson had been tied with him at 12 apiece. Rays infielder Jeff Keppinger comes off the DL to collect 5 hits.

At Marlins Park, the Blue Jays snap a 1-1 tie with 6 runs in the 9thto defeat the Marlins, 7-1. Juan Encarnacion solos and Colby Rasmus connects for a grand slam, off Edward Mujica.

24thThe Red Sox send Fenway favorite Kevin Youkilis and cash to the White Sox for P Zach Stewart and UT Brent Lillibridge. He is taken out in the 7thinning of a 9-4 win over the Braves and receives a standing “Youk.” Cody Ross has 2 homers and 5 RBIs as Boston wins for the 9thtimes in 11 games.

Oakland catcher Derek Norris crushes a 3-run 2-out walkoff homer to give the A’s a 4-2 win over the Giants. It is his first ML homer.

Matt Wieters hits a 2-run homer in the 8th, then guns down a base stealer in the 9thto seal the 2-1 Orioles win over the Nationals.

The A.L. bested the N.L. in interleague play for the ninth straight year going 142-110 this season.

25thThe University of Arizona wins the College World Series with a 4-1 victory over South Carolina. Arizona joins Texas (1949) and LSU (1991) as the only teams to win the CWS without trailing in a single game they played in the tournament.

Travis Wood (2-3) pitches 7 shutout innings as the Cubs down the visiting Mets, 6-1. Mets reliever Jon Rauch gives up 4 unearned runs on zero hits and walks one in his third of an inning outing. Only Slim Love of the 1916 Yankees has done that (as reported by Bill Arnold. There is a question on this).

In complete-game performances, Luke Hochevar of the Royals outpitches the Rays Alex Cobb, to win 8-0. Cobb allows 13 hits and 8 earned runs, the first pitcher in 32 years to complete a game while giving up at least 8 earned runs and that many hits.

26thThe White Sox release OF Kuske Fukadome, who will sign a minor league contract with the Yankees.

27thThe Mets crush the Cubs, 17-1. David Wright (5), Ike Davis (4), Scott Hairston (4) and Daniel Murphy (4) drive in all of the runs. It is only the 4thtime in ML history that 4 teammates drive in at least 4 runs each.

Well, that’s a first.  For the first time in their 123-year old rivalry the Dodgers lose three shutouts in a row to the Giants, losing today, 3-0.  Tim Lincecum goes 7 innings to win just his 3rd.

28thThe Giants shut out the Reds, 5-0, on Madison Bumgarner’s 1-hitter. Ryan Hanigan’s leadoff single in the 6thinning is Cincinnati’s only safety. It is the Giants 4thconsecutive shutout. They become the 17thteam since 1918 to have 4 or more shutouts in a row.

In the 4thinning of Seattle’s 1-0 home victory over the Red Sox, Franklin Gutierrez sustains a concussion when he is hit in the face by a pickoff throw. Gutierrez has had a series of foot and chest problems and was sidelined last season with a stomach ailment. Felix Hernandez strikes out 13 as the M’s win it in the 9thon John Jaso’s pinch single.

Alexi Amarista hits his first ML homer, a grand slam, to cap a 6-run 9th-inning rally for the Padres as they beat the host Astros, 7-3.

29thThe Diamondbacks defeat the Brewers, 9-3. Aaron Hill hits for the cycle for Arizona for the second time in 11 days. He also hit for the cycle on June 18. Hill is just the fourth player in ML history to accomplish the feat twice in the same season, and the second to do so within a calendar month. John Reilly (1883), Tip O’Neill (1887) and Babe Herman (1931) are the only other players to do so.

The Dodgers show they are serious about signing international talent as they ink 21-year-old Cuban defector Yasiel Puig to a 7-year $42 million deal. Under the cost-cutting ownership of Frank McCourt, the Dodgers had cut back on the signing of international players. This is a record for a Cuban defector, exceeding the $36 million for 4 years the A’s gave to Yoenis Cespedes in February.

Paul Maholm allows 4 hits, pitching into the 9th, and the Cubs supply three homers, in beating the Astros, 4-0.

30thThe Phillies send slugger Jim Thome to the Orioles in exchange for minor leaguers Kyle Simon (P) and Gabriel Lino (C).

The Yankees shut out the White Sox, 4-0, as Derek Jeter becomes the first player in ML history to play in 1,500 winning games before he plays in 1,000 losses. In his 2,501 games, he has played in 1,500 wins, 999 losses and 2 ties.

The Padres defeat the Rockies, 8-4. Rookie C Yasmani Grandal hits a pair of homers for SD, his first two ML hits. He becomes the first player ever to do so, with the 2 homers, in the same game, coming from each side of the plate.

The Mets defeat the Dodgers, 5-0. LA ties an ML record by being shut out for the fifth time in the team’s last 6 games.

The Indians beat the Orioles, 11-5, as Jose Lopez collects 5 hits for Cleveland.