2013 June

1stAfter striking out Dustin Pedroia in the top of the 3rdinning, Phil Hughes intentionally walks David Ortiz to face Mike Napoli, who hits a grand slam. The Red Sox roll to an 11-1 win over the Yankees. Daniel Nava has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer off Adam Warren, as Boston pounds out 18 hits.

The Marlins 20-year-old rookie Jose Fernandez pitches 7 scoreless innings and has 2 hits as Miami beats the Mets, 8-1. Fernandez retires his final 11 batters and strikes out the side in the 7th.

3rdThe Brewers obtain 3B Juan Francisco from the Braves for minor league P Thomas Keeling.

4thThe Phillies defeat the Marlins, 7-3, in 11 innings on John Mayberry Jr.’s grand slam. Mayberry also homered in the 10thto tie the game. He becomes the first MLer in history to hit a pair of HRs in extra innings in the same game.

Behind Samuel Deduno and 4 relievers, the Twins beat the host Royals, 3-0, sending Kansas City to its franchise-record 11thstraight home loss.  From here on out the Royals will blaze to a 43-27 in the second half of the season, but they will start from too far back to make the playoffs.

At Busch Stadium, Paul Goldschmidt lines a single in the 14thto drive in the go-ahead run as the Diamondbacks beat the Cardinals, 7-6. Willie Bloomquist and Allen Freese each have 4 hits, while Matt Carpenter has 2 hits and is hit by pitches 3 times. A.J. Pollock has a 3-run homer for Arizona.

The Red Sox score in each of the first 7 innings as they roll to a 17-5 win over the visiting Rangers. The Sox score in every inning except the one pitched by outfielder David Murphy. Ryan Dempster pitches 7 innings for the win.

Omar Infante and Prince Fielder each homer as they combine to drive in 7 runs in Detroit’s 10-1 win over the Rays. Miguel Cabrera has 2 hits but strikes out once after running the count to 3-0.  The K ends a streak of 2,457 at bats where he’s reached a 3-0 count without striking out.

Didn’t get the memo aboutthe new balk rule? Rockies’ pitcher Edgmer Escalona balks in the go-ahead run in a 5-4 loss to the Reds. With runners on 1B and 3B, he fakes a throw to third and whirls to check the runner at 1B. Legal last year, umpire Gary Cederstrom promptly calls the new MLB balk rule on Escalona.

5thThe Rockies crush the Reds, 12-4, as Carlos Gonzalez hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs. His teammate, Troy Tulowitzki, goes 5-for-5 with a pair of homers. For those keeping track, it is the first time in ML history that a player has a 3-HR game, while a teammate has at least 5 hits, including 2 homers. Todd Helton adds a 2-run homer for Colorado and Xavier Paul hits a 3-run homer for the Reds.

The White Sox edge the Mariners, 7-5, in 16 innings. The teams are scoreless through 13 innings before Chicago scores 5 runs in the 14th. Seattle answers with 5 runs in their half of the inning, highlighted by a grand slam by Kyle Seager. He becomes the first player in ML history to hit a game-tying slam in extra innings. Addison Reed serves up the grand slam and allows 5 runs in 3 innings but comes away with the win. According to historian Richard Zitrin, there have been four instances where teams scored 4 runs in the top and bottom of extra innings, but this is the first time that 5 runs are plated in each half. The 10 runs is a record for the inning. It is also the first time that both teams score at least 5 runs in a game that is scoreless through 9 innings. The 12 runs scored in extra innings ties an AL record, and the 10 runs in the 14this a ML record for the frame. The previous mark was 8 runs in the 14th, made by the Giants and Pirates, June 15, 1929. Kelly Shopach is 2-for-7 with 5 strikeouts.

The Braves shut out the Pirates, 5-0. Pittsburgh manages just one hit—a 2-out single by Brandon Inge in the 8thinning—in 8 innings off Julio Teheran. David Carpenter completes the 1-hitter for Atlanta.

Houston defeats visiting Baltimore, 11-7, as 8 different players hit homeruns, 6 for the Astros. This is one shy of the mark tied set many times.

Cody Ransom hits a double and 3-run homer to pace the ubs to a 8-6 road win over the Angels. Howie Kendrick has 4 hits, including a homer, and Mark Trumbo has a pair of solos for the Haloes.  Angels rookie J.B. Shuck loses his first ML homer when a TV replay turns the hit against Matt Garza into a foul ball.  He will have to wait 54 days to notch is first homer and it will come against the Rangers—with Matt Garza on the mound (as noted by Jayson Stark).

6thPicking first in the MLB draft, the Astros take Stanford senior righty Mark Appel. Appel turned down a $3.8 million offer from the Pirates after being selected 8thin the 2012 draft. Appel will never make it to the majors, retiring in 2018. The Cubs pick Kris Bryant with the second choice. The U of San Diego third baseman led all college players with 31 homers and won Baseball America’s College Player of the Year Award. The Rockies take Oklahoma flamethrower Jonathan Gray with #3, while the Twins take Houston prep pitcher Kohl Stewart at #4. Cleveland selects another prep player, outfielder Clint Frazier, at #5. Four of the next six selections are high school players.  D.J. Peterson goes 12thoverall to Seattle while his brother Dustin is chosen 50thby the Padres. The Orioles take Hunter Harvey, son of for MLB pitcher Bryan, with the 22ndpick, while in the 4thround the Dodgers take Cody Bellinger, son of former Yankee Clay. Clay also played on the Greek Olympic team in 2004. The University of Arkansas leads the colleges with 11 players taken: LSU is next with 9.  In announcing the first round picks, commissioner Bud Selig repeatedly calls it the “2000” draft.

7thThe Dodgers edge the Braves, 2-1, in 10 innings. Yasiel Puig hits a HR for LA, giving him 4 homers and 10 RBIs in his first 5 ML games. Mike Jacobs is the only other player in ML history to hit 4 HRs in his first 5 games, and Jack Merson and Danny Espinosa are the only others to drive in 10 runs over that span.

8thIn a game lasting 6 hours: 25 minutes, the Marlins edge the Mets, 2-1, in 20 innings. Jose Fernandez and Matt Harvey, the 2 starting pitchers, also started a 15-inning game between the 2 clubs on April 29. This marks the third time in ML history—and the first since 1884—that 2 starting pitchers match up in a pair of games lasting 15 or more innings in the same season. Hoss Radbourn and Jim Whitney did so in 1884, and Bobby Mathews and Jim Devlin in 1876, the first year of the NL. In a worrisome note, Harvey leaves the game in the 8thinning because of tightness around the right hip.

The Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 4-3, in 18 innings. Rajai Davis, who entered the game in the 8thas a defensive replacement, drives in the winning run with a 2-out single. Today marks the first day in ML history in which there is one game of 20-or-more innings and another of 18-or-more.

At Seattle, Andy Pettitte wins his 250thcareer victory as he beats the Mariners, 3-1, pitching 7 1/3 innings and allowing 3 hits.  It is his 501stcareer start.  After the game, he hugs his son, Josh, who informs him that the Yankees have just selected him on the 37thround of the draft.  He is expected to attend Baylor.

10thAt Wrigley, Brandon Phillips hits a 3rdinning grand slam, off Scott Feldman, and drives in all 6 runs as the Reds win over the Cubs, 6-2.  Homer Bailey gives up a run in 8 innings.

11thIn a headhunter’s ball at Dodger Stadium, Arizona’s Ian Kennedy gets the festivities started by hitting Yaseil Puig on the nose in the 6th inning with a 92-mph fastball. Andre Ethier follows with a 2-run homer to tie the score a 2 apiece.  In the 7th, Dodger starter Zach Greinke needs a few pitches but finally hits Miguel Montero on the back with a pitch.  Both benches are warned about retaliation. Apparently Kennedy does not get the word as he hits Greinke with a pitch to start the 7thinning brawl. Kennedy is tossed along with manager Kirk Gibson as well as Puig, Dodger coach Mark McGwire, Ronald Belisario, D’Backs coach Turner Ward. Joining the ball are Dodger players who are on the DL, which is specifically forbidden. The Dodgers plate 3 in the 8thon 3 walks and a bases-clearing double by Tim Federowicz. And there is another HBP, though everyone stays calm. Los Angeles wins, 5-3, but loses the first and third games in the series when Arizona scores 4 runs in the final innings.

At Citi Field, lanky rookie Michael Wacha wins his first ML game as the Cardinals belt the Mets, 9-2.  Wacha allows 2 runs in 6 innings. Allen Craig has a 3-run homer before resting and his replacement Craig Robinson hits a solo homer in the 9th. David Freese has 2 hits to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 20.

12thBrandon Moss has a pair of homers and 3 RBIs to lead the A’s to a 5-2 win over the visiting Yankees. Moss now has 5 hits, all homers, in his last 40 at bats.

At Dodger Stadium, the Diaomondbacks score 4 in the top of the 12thto take the lead, but almost hand it back when the hosts score 2 in the bottom of the frame. The first comes on a homer by Ramon Hernandez on his last at bat in the majors. Arizona wins, 8-6.

13thAt Oakland, Robbie Cano belts a 2-run homer for New York in the 1st, and Oakland answers with a pair in the 3rd. And that is all the scoring until the bottom of the 18thwhen the A’s push across a run on 3 hits and a walk to win, 3-2. Mariano Rivera relieves in the final frame but allows 2 hits and the IBB. He throws the 510th pitch of the game, which goes 5 hours: 35 minutes. The Yankees reach a ML-record level of ineptitude in the game when their 4ththrough 7thhitters (Teixeira, Hafner, Youkilis and Wells) combine to go 0-for-28. The loss goes to Claiborne as the A’s sweep the series.

At Coors Field, the Rockies lose to the Nationals, 5-4, and then find out after the game that Troy Tulowitzki will be out four weeks with a broken rib. He was 1-for-3 in the game before leaving in the 8thfor a pinch hitter. The Nationals tie the game with a run in the 7thwhen reliever Wilton Lopez gives up a single to Johnny Desmond, who has 4 hits. After Desmond steals 2B, Lopez balks him to 3B, and then balks him home.  When the next batter grounds out, 3-1, Lopez has words with the 1B umpire and gets thrown out of the game.  At the end of the inning, Rox pitching coach Jim Wright follows Lopez after he stands on the dugout steps and makes a circular movement with his finger next to his head. He was undoubtedly signaling to the batter, but he gets thumbed for the gesture.

At a rainy Citi Field, the Cards Adam Wainwright (10-3) pitches 7 scoreless innings to outshine Mets phenom Matt Harvey as St. Louis beats the Mets, 2-1.  Harvey allows 5 hits in 7 innings.

Cliff Lee (8-2) picks up a win in the Phillies 3-2 victory over the Twins. Ben Revere has 4 hits as the Phils outhit the Twins, 16-3. It is the second time in franchise history that the Phillies have collected 16 hits or more and scored just 3 runs (July 6, 1954).

Chris Davis singles home the winning run in the 13thto give the Orioles an exhausting 5-4 win over the Red Sox. The O’s move into 2ndplace behind Boston with the win.  T.J. McFarland pitches the 13thfor his first ML victory.

14thAfter taking batting practice, Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo jumps the team and the Marlins will place him on the restricted list. Olivo tells the Miami Herald he was unhappy with his playing time, “I told them I wanted to be released, and they wouldn’t give it to me.” Olivo has 15 at bats in the last month. The Marlins will grant his wishes on July 5.

15thAt Oakland, Felix Hernandez (8-4) goes 7 innings as Oakland beats the A’s, 4-0. King Felix strikes out 8 and walks none. Batterymate Henry Blanco, signed yesterday, supplies the runs with a grand slam in the 6thoff A.J. Griffin. At age 41, Blanco, with his 11thteam, is the second Ancient Mariner to hit a grand slam this season. Raul Ibanez, 40, hit one on May 15.

Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cole is struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of KC’s Eric Hosmer in the 5thinning and suffers a mild concussion. He is carried off the field on a stretcher and will be out of action for two months.  The Rays hit 3 homers off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie in winning, 5-3, ending the Royals streak of 13 games in which they had allowed opponents 3 runs or less. This is a club record (as noted by Bill Carle).

16thThe Pirates defeat the Dodgers, 6-3, as Gerrit Cole defeats Zack Greinke. Cole becomes the first pitcher ever to defeat former Cy Young Award winners in his first two ML decisions. Cole beat Tim Lincecum in his debut.

At Oakland, the Mariners stake Hisashi Iwakuma (7-2) to a 2-0 lead but the A’s tie it up in the 4thand then roar to a 10-2 win. Bartolo Colon pitches 7 innings to go 9-2. J.J. Reddick has 4 hits, including a triple and homer, to pace the offense.  But the Mariners escape Oakland with 2 wins in 3 games and escape the post-game event at the Coliseum of bursting pipes sending untreated sewage into the clubhouse.

17thThe Tigers beat the Orioles, 5-1, as Max Scherzer improves his record to 10-0. He becomes the first starting pitcher in ML history to begin a season 10-0 with no complete games. Roger Clemens went 11-0 for Toronto in 1997 and Tiger pitcher George Mullin was 11-0 in 1909, but one of his wins was in relief (Elias Sports Bureau).

18thThe Rockies trade speedster Eric Young to the Mets for pitcher Collin McHugh. In two seasons, McHugh was winless (0-5) with New York, will match that record (0-3) in Colorado. Young will lead the NL in steals with 46 this year. He and his father will join Maury and Bump Wills and Bobby and Barry Bonds as the only father-son duos to each swipe 40 or more bases in a year.

Pawtucket? Again? A week after beating Tampa Bay and getting demoted to Triple A, it happens again to Alfredo Aceves. The rookie gives up a run in 5 innings as Boston beats the Rays, 4-1.

19thThe Yankees and Dodgers split a day-night doubleheader with the Yankees winning the opener, 6-4 before losing, 6-0. New York manages 3 singles against Chris Capuano and 2 relievers. Hanley Ramirez has 4 hits, including a homer, in the opener. Rookie OF Yasiel Puig gets a pair of hits in each game, giving him 27 hits and 5 HRS in his first 15 ML games. He is the first player in modern ML history to reach those levels in his first 15 games.

20thCarlos Pena’s 3-run HR in the bottom of the 10thinning gives the Astros a 7-4 win over the Brewers. It is the 6thwalkoff homer of Pena’s career, coming for 5 different teams. He ties the ML record, which was set by Johnny Damon who also hit walkoff HRs for 5 different teams.

At Anaheim, the Mariners give Felix Hernandez a 7-0 lead after 2 ½ innings, but King Felix surrenders 12 hits and 7 runs in 5 innings before leaving with an 8-7 lead. Mark Trumbo hits a 3-run homer in the 5-run 5thand Mike Trout is 4-for-4 with a walk. Four relievers fail to hold the lead as the Angels prevail, 10-9.

In his Rockies debut, Roy Oswalt strikes out 11 in 5 innings, but is touched for 9 hits and 4 runs as Colorado loses to Washington, 5-1. Jordan Zimmermann allows an unearned run in 8 innings to go to 10-3.

At Detroit, Jhonny Peralta’s 2-run walkoff homer, off Andrew Bailey, lifts the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Red Sox.

At Yankee Stadium, Evan Longoria homers twice as Rays whip the Yankees, 8-3, to move up in AL East. The Rays are 5 games behind first place Boston.

With a game-ending play at plate, Texas closes in on the A’s, 4-3.  Josh Donaldson hits a 2-out single off Joe Nathan in the 9th, and tries to score from 1ston a single by Seth Smith. The relay from Andrus nails him. Tanner Scheppers (5-0) picks up the win.

In an escalating game of legal hardball, MLB dismisses another defendant from its lawsuit against Biogenesis, the Florida anti-aging clinic. The lawyer for Biogenesis accuses MLB of bullying his client.

21stThe Athletics beat the Mariners, 6-3, behind 40-year-old Bartolo Colon. Colon is the only pitcher in ML history to win each of his first 6 starts in his 40s.

22ndVictor Martinez connects for a 1st-inning grand slam, off rookie Allen Webster, and the Tigers roll to a 10-3 win over the visiting Red Sox.  Martinez has 5 RBIs to help Max Scherzer improve to 11-0.

Toronto beats the Orioles, 4-2, on tie-breaking homer by Jose Batista in the 8th. The win is Toronto’s 10thin a row, and they are now tied for 4thin the AL East with Tampa Bay, both 6 games out.  They will extend it to a team record-tying 11 straight wins tomorrow.

23rd   Matt Harvey of the Mets loses a bid for a complete game when a rain delay in the 7thinterrupts the Mets- Phillies game.  New York wins, 8-0, when play is resumed. David Wright ties a club record with 4 extra base hits: 2 doubles, a triple and a homer.

Ryan Sweeney hits a 3-run homer and drives in 6 runs to lead the Cubs to a 14-6 win over visiting Houston. Alfonso Soriano has a single, double and triple and Anthony Rizzo has 3 hits and 4 RBIs.

In a hard-fought battle, the Pirates win, 10-9, in 10 innings over the Angels. Pedro Alvarez hits a homer in his 4thstraight game and the Bucs score 3 runs in the 9thto tie and 4 runs in the 10th. It is Pittsburgh’s first interleague sweep on the road.

24thThe Rays defeat the Blue Jays, 4-1. James Loney, Wil Myers and Sam Fuld hit consecutive HRs off Esmil Rogers in the 2ndinning.

25thThe Orioles score 5 in the 7thagainst Cleveland starter Justin Masterson to win, 6-3. Chris Davis has a 2-run homer, his 28thof the year, and Alexi Casilla bangs a 3-run homer, his first of the year. His first ML homer came last year and was also off Masterson.

28thThe Tigers defeat the Rays, 6-3. Miguel Cabrera goes 4-for-4 with 2 HRs for Detroit, the third time this season he has gone 4-for-4 with multiple homers in a game. He becomes the first player in the modern era to have 3 such games in the same season.

The Nationals edge the Mets, 6-4. Matt Harvey hurls 7 innings for New York, striking out 11 without issuing a walk, but does not get a decision. He joins Vida Blue (1971) as the only pitchers in modern ML history to have 3 games in a season in which he fans 10 or more batters, does not issue a walk, and does not get credit for a win.

Delmon Young drives in 6 runs to lead the Phillies to a 16-1 pasting of the Dodgers. The Phillies collect 21 hits, 3 by winning pitcher John Lannan (1-2).

Chipper Jones’ number 10 is retired by the Braves and he is inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.

Two position playeers each throw scoreless innings of relief. Casper Wells takes the mound for the White Sox for a scoreless 9thas th Sox are blown out, 19-10, in game 1 against the Indians. Cleveland collects 21 hits, including 3 doubles by Jason Kipnis. Skip Schumaker matches Wells in the 9thinning of the Dodgers’ 16-1 loss to the Phillies.  The Phils also amass 21 hits, including 3 by Delmon Young, who drives in 6 runs.  John Lannan wins his first of the year for the Phils.

30thAt Coors, Madison Bumgardner allows a run in 7 innings as the Giants beat the Rockies, 5-2. Michael Cuddyer’s single in the 8thextends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 27 games.

Stephen Fife hurls 7 shutout innings and Carlos Puig drums 2 singles, a double and a triple to lead the Dodgers to a 6-1 win over the visiting Phillies. The Dodgers (38-43) enter July in last place in the NL West.