2014 June

1st In a battle of the bottom two teams in the AL East Boston 1B Brock Holt bangs 4 doubles to lead the offense to a 3-0 win over Tampa Bay. Jon Lester gets the win with 7 shutout innings.

Phil Hughes makes a triumphant return to the Bronx as the Twins beat the Yankees, 7-2. Hughes looked like a hard-luck loser after allowing 3 hits in 8 innings until Josh Willingham hits a 9thinning homer off David Robertson to tie the game at 2 apiece. Robertson allows a run-scoring double to Brian Dozier, intentionally walks Mauer and Matt Daley allows a 2-run double to another former Yankee, Eduardo Nunez.

Yu Darvish throws 8 shutout innings and the Rangers stop the Nationals, 2-0. In a first in the 1st, both managers challenge the same play. With 2 on and 2 out, Rangers runner Alex Rios beats a throw to 2B on a steal, but overslides and called out. The home plate ump rules that Elvis Andrus scores on the play from 3B before the out occurs. National manager Matt Williams challenges the call at home while Rangers manager Washington challenges the call at 2B. Both are successful and the run is disallowed.

Manny Machado’s first career grand slam caps a 6-run 6thas the Orioles beat Houston, 9-4.

Pittsburgh trades reliever Bryan Morris to Miami for the 39thoverall pick in next year’s June draft.

Chicago’s Jeff Samardzija gives up 8 earned runs in 3 innings as the Brewers pound out a 9-0 win over the visiting Cubs. Samardzija’s ERA jumps from1.68 to 2.54.

2ndAt Yankee Stadium, the Mariners swamp the Yankees, 10-2, behind Kyle Seager, who collects 4 extra-base hits: a double, two triples and a 9thinning 3-run homer. Seager won’t make it back to the Bronx until June 2015, where he will belt two homers. The six extra-base hits by a visiting player against the Yankees will tie a mark set in 1903.

3rdAt Miller Park, Josh Willingham’s 3-run homer in the 3rdpushes the Twins to a 4-0 lead. Leading 6-2 going into the 8th, a fan falls into the home dugout and is carried off on a stretcher. The injury delays the start of the inning.  The Twins win, 6-4.

Scoreless after 8 innings at Comerica, the Blue Jays score 5 in the 9thonly to have the Tigers score 3 on a homer by J.D. Martinez. The 8 runs scored in the 9thafter a scoreless 8 innings is a ML record.

The Pirates beat the Padres, 4-1, at Petco but San Diego gets a fine effort from 37-year old reliever Jason Lane, who pitches 3.1 hitless innings in his pitching debut. He will notch a 0.87 ERA in his 3 appearances this year. Lane was once a promising outfielder for the Astros, hitting 26 homers in 2005.

At Yankee Stadium, Brandon Moss clubs 2 homers, the 2ndcoming in the A’s 3-run 10th, as Oakland beats the Yankees, 5-2. It is the first time in history that the Yankees have lost three straight games to three different teams. Seattle beat them yesterday and the Twins the day before.

4thThe Cardinals defeat the Royals, 5-2, in 11 innings. Matt Carpenter goes 5-for-5, including a pair of doubles.

The Padres edge the Pirates, 3-2, despite getting only one hit and 2 walks. Everth Cabrera’s 1st-inning bunt single is San Diego’s only safety.

Adam Lind doubles twice and drives in 3 runs as the Blue Jays defeat the Tigers, 8-2. For Toronto it is their 18thwin in 22 games; the Tigers are going the other way, losing 12 of 16.

5thFor a record third straight time the Houston Astros have the first pick and they select California high school P Brady Aiken to open the Major League draft. But a reported agreement to sign will hit a roadblock amid reports of an elbow problem with Aiken and the two sides will fail to reach an agreement by the deadline of July 18. It is just the third time since 1966 that a #1 will fail to sign. Not signing Aiken will earn Houston the #2 pick in next year’s draft. Aiken will throw just 12 pitches at the IMG Academy next March before tearing his UCL and need to undergo Tommy John surgery. He’ll re-enter the draft. Drafting 3rdthe White Sox take NC State’s Carlos Rodon and sign him with a $6,582,000 bonus, the largest in franchise history.  Rodon is the highest pick of a Scott Boras client by the Sox since Jeff Weaver in 1997. The Marlins use the 2ndselection to take Texas prep Tyler Kolek. Picking 4th, the Cubs take Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber. The Twins take SS Nick Gordon with the 5thpick. He is the son of pitcher Tom Gordon. Picking 9th, Toronto takes Jeff Hoffman, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery in May. Hoffman signs for a full-slot $3.1M. Not to be outdone, the Nationals pick Erick Fedde with the 18th pick, two days after he undergoes Tommy John surgery. The Nats second round pick Andrew Suarez and their 9thround pick 1B Austin Byler fail to sign. The Orioles first chance to pick doesn’t come until the 3rdround and they pick prep pitcher Brian Gonzalez. The Yankees top pick (#55) is lefty Jacob Lindgren from Mississippi State.

Detroit shuts out Houston, 2-0, as Max Scherzer goes 8 innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 9.  Scherzer sets a new Tiger record by recording at least 7 strikeouts in each of his first 6 starts this season. Jarred Cosart gives up an unearned run in his 7 innings, taking the loss.

A full day at the office for Jose Bautista. He hits a home run, one of two by the Jays, records a putout in the 9thwhen a replay affirms fan interference, throws a runner out at home, and lines into a triple play. Toronto beats the Cardinals, 3-1.

7thAll four NL West home teams win on a walkoff run: The Rockies down the Dodgers, 5-4, in 10 innings; The D’Backs beat the Braves, 4-3, in 10 innings on Miguel Montero’s walkoff homer; The Padres beat the Nationals, 4-3, in 11 frames; The Giants come back to beat the Mets with 2 runs in the 9thto win, 5-4.

8thThe Twins sign free agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales to a 1-year contract.

The Mariners score 5 runs in the 9thinning and defeat the Rays, 5-0. Felix Hernandez dominates, striking out 15 batters while hurling 7 scoreless innings.  Having seen his team lose 12 of their last 13, manager Joe Maddon has a 77-year-old medicine man Bobby Henry come in to expel evil Spirits from Tropicana Field. The Seminole tribal elder, known as the Rainmaker, tours the field and proclaims, “I don’t think it’s real bad.” But it is as the Rays get shut out in their next two games. Maddon tells the Tampa Tribune, “If it rains at the Trop I’ll be really impressed.”

C.J. Wilson pitches into the 8thinning, allowing 3 hits, as the Angels beat the White Sox, 4-2. David Freese is 0-for-0, walking 4 times, each on 3-2 counts. Freese had never walked more than twice in a game.

At Target Field, the Astros pound out 4 homers, including two grand slams, to beat the Twins, 14-5. Jon Singleton and Chris Carter hit the slams, just the second time in club history that teammates have hit grand slams in the same game.

9thThe Indians go on the warpath, clubbing 5 homers as they trounce the host Rangers, 17-7.  Lonnie Chisenhall has 3 of the homers and adds a single and double as he drives in 9 runs, a high for the year. Jason Kipnes has 3 hits and 4 RBI.

10thCatcher Taylor Teagarden, in his first game as a Met, hits a grand slam in the 6thinning as the Mets beat the division leading Brewers, 6-2.

The Red Sox tip the host Orioles, 1-0, behind Brandon Workman (1-0), who goes 6.2 innings.  Workman will lose his next 10 to finish 1-10.

The Angels edge the A’s, 2-1, when Collin Cowgill hits a walkoff homer in the 14thinning.  Yoenis Cespedes misplays an 8thinning drive by Mike Trout into a double, but then lasers a throw home to catch Howie Kendrick and preserve a 1-1 tie. Tomorrow, Cespedes will botch another ball into a double, then throw out Pujols trying to stretch it into a triple.  He will end the year leading all AL outfielders in assists (16) and errors (5).

11thThe Rockies Tyler Matzuk retires the first 13 batters, gives up 2 singles, then retires the next 8 in an impressive 8-2 win over the Braves. Matzuk is the third Rockie starter this week to debut, the first time this has happened since the Padres debuted a trio in September 1986. He joins Eddie Butler and Christian Bergman, who both took losses. Injuries to Rockies starters gave the three rookies a chance.

Chris Davis clubs a 2-run homer in the 1stfor the host Orioles as they beat the Red Sox, 6-0 to take 2 of the 3 games with Boston. The Red Sox won yesterday, 1-0, to score one run in the 3 games.  Not since a 3-game shutout series in April 1981 versus Texas have the Red Sox scored fewer in a 3-game set.

The Royals top the Indians, 4-1, scoring all their runs on sacrifice flies. They are the second team since 1954 (when sac flies became an official stat) to score 4 runs all on sac flies (Expos, May 28, 1980).

Yu Darvish pitches his first complete game and Shin-Soo Choo hits a 3-run double as the Rangers stop the Marlins, 6-0. Miami was bidding to break the record for interleague consecutive game wins at 12 set by the Yankees (2003-04) and Tampa Bay (2004).

12thAfter clouting two homers yesterday, Chris Carter follows with a walkoff homer in the 10thoff JJ Putz to give Houston a 5-4 win over Arizona.

13thThe Pirates defeat the Marlins, 8-6, in 13 innings. Prized rookie OF Gregory Polanco goes 5-7, including his first ML homer to drive in the go ahead run. He is the second rookie since 1900 to get 5 or more hits in a game and hit a game-winning homer in extra innings, duplicating Willie Montanez’s feat in 1971.

14thAt San Francisco, the Rockies stun the Giants for the second straight day, 5-4, scoring 2 runs in the 9thon an inside-the park homer by Brandon Barnes. Giants CF Angel Pagan misplays Barnes line drive and it skips to the fence.

Eugenio Suarez hits a leadoff homer and run-scoring double in Detroit’s 7-run 3rdinning. Leading 11-1 through 6 innings, the Tigers hold on for an 11-9 win.

The Phillies top the visiting Cubs, 7-4, as Jimmy Rollins passes Mike Schmidt as the all-time Phillies hit leader. He strokes #2,235 off Edwin Jackson in the 4th.

A.J. Reed of Kentucky is named the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy as the top player in college baseball. Reed had a 12-2 record as a P and hit a nation-leading 23 homers.

15thAt Camden Yards, AJ Happ and the Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 5-2, hanging the loss on Chris Tillman (5-4). All 4 of Tillman’s losses are at home, while he is 5-0 on the road.  The home cooking will get better.

16thThe Cardinals defeat the Mets, 6-2, as Matt Holliday drives in the 1,000thrun of his ML career. DeGrom gives up 6 runs in 4 innings to take the loss. Batting 8th, he is 0-for-1, the first time a Mets starting pitcher has hit in the 8thslot.

For the second consecutive game, Justin Verlander (6-7) allows 7 earned runs as the Royals roll to an 11-8 over the Tigers. Jason Vargas (7-2) pitches the Royals to their 8thstraight win as they move to a half game behind Detroit in the AL Central.

18thClayton Kershaw strikes out 15 batters as he hurls a no-hitter against the Rockies, winning by a score of 8-0. It is the most Ks ever recorded by a pitcher throwing a no-hitter. The only Colorado player to reach base do so on an error by Hanley Ramirez in the 7thinning. Kershaw is the 7thpitcher in ML history to lose a perfect game due to a player reaching base by way of an error. It is the second complete-game no-hitter this season by a Dodger pitcher marking the first time since 1972 that has happened (Burt Hooton and Milt Pappas for the Cubs).`

The Mets Zach Wheeler fires a 3-hitter to beat the Marlins, 1-0.  David Wright’s solo homer, off Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney, provides the scoring. Heaney is making his ML debut after just 4 starts in AAA.

Nick Swisher’s 2-out walkoff grand slam in the 10th, off Ernesto Frieri, gives the Indians a 5-3 victory over the Angels.  Kyle Crockett retires the final hitter in the top of the 10thfor his first ML win.

Anibal Sanchez pitches 7 solid innings to give the Tigers a 2-1 win over Kansas City and snap the Royals 10-game winning streak. Detroit is a half game behind the Royals in the AL Central.

20thThe Reds score 8 runs in the 2ndinning of their game against the Blue Jays. Toronto bounces back, however, and takes a 14-9 decision. It is the first time since 1896 that a team wins by 5 or more runs after its opponent opens the scoring with at least 8 runs in the 1stor 2ndinning.

21stThe Rays shut out the Astros, 8-0. Jake Odorizzi, Brad Boxberger and Kirby Yates combine on a one-hitter, with Jose Altuve’s single in the 4thinning being Houston’s only safety.

At Nationals Park, Doug Fister pitches 8 shutout innings as Washington beats Atlanta, 3-0. Braves catcher Evan Gattis has a hit to run his consecutive game batting streak to 20.  The Nationals now lead Atlanta in the NL East by a half game.

In Milwaukee, the Brewers score 3 times in the 2ndinning on a bases-loaded wild pitch. Rockies lefty Christian Friedrich fires a 1-2 wild pitch to the backstop and catcher Michael McKenry retrieves the ball. His attempt to throw out the Aramis Ramirez from 3B goes awry, allowing Mark Reynolds to also score from 2B. Friedrich chases the ball down and, thinking that time has been called, walks slowly to the mound. The remaining Brewer runner Segura sprints in from 3B with the tally. Milwaukee wins, 9-4 (first noted by Steve Boren).

24thThe Braves edge the Astros, 3-2, as both Justin and B.J. Upton homer for Atlanta. It is the 4thtime they have done so, tying a ML mark for the most times that a pair of brothers have both homered in the same game as teammates. Jason and Jeremy Giambi and Vladimir and Wilton Guererro also did so 4 times.

25thTim Lincecum hurls his second no-hitter as the Giants shut out the Padres, 4-0. He retires the last 23 batters he faces. Lincecum becomes just the second pitcher (Addie Joss) in ML history to hurl a pair of no-hitters against the same team. He also no-hit San Diego on July 13 of last season.

Scooter Gennett has a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Brewers rough up Stephen Strasburg to beat the visiting Nationals, 9-2.

27thThe White Sox edge the Blue Jays, 5-4, as Jose Abreu bangs a pair of homers. The four baggers give Abreu 25 for the season in his first 67 ML games. That is the fewest games any player has ever needed to reach 25 career homers. The previous record was 72 games by Rudy York.

The Pirates obtain P Ernesto Frieri from the Angels in exchange for reliever Jason Grilli, an All-star last year.

28thThe Indians shut out the Mariners, 5-0, as Josh Tomlin hurls a one-hitter. Kyle Seager’s leadoff single in the 5thinning is Seattle’s only safety.

29thPayback is delicious.  After being one-hit yesterday by Cleveland, the Mariners return the favor and defeat the Indians, 3-0. Felix Hernandez (8 innings) and Fernando Rodney combine to hurl a one-hitter. Lonnie Chisenhall’s 5th-inning single is Cleveland’s only safety.

The Astros beat the Tigers, 6-4, as Jose Altuve goes 3-for-5 with 2 steals. He becomes the first player in modern ML history to have a 4-game streak with at least 2 hits and 2 steals in each game.

The Rays pound the Orioles, 12-7, as Matt Joyce has 5 hits for Tampa Bay, including a double and a pair of homers.

30thThe Indians play their third one-hit game in a row and lose their second successive one-hit match as the Dodgers beat them, 1-0. Dan Haren, who gives up a safety to Michael Bourn, combines with two relievers. Bourn is initially called out in the 3rdinning, but a successful challenge overturns the call.

At Coamerica Park, with the Tigers down by 3 in the 9th, Rajai Davis belts an ultimate grand slam, a walkup blast off All-star Sean Doolittle, as the Tigers beat the A’s, 5-4. It is the 28thultimate grand slam in ML history.

At Fenway, Stephen Drew has a 2-out single in the 8thfor Boston’s first hit against Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta. Arrieta is promptly lifted, but the Cubs end with a 2-0 win over the Red Sox. It is the second straight start that Arrieta has gone into the 7thinning with a no-hitter. He will do it again in September, the first Cubs pitcher since 1950 to accomplish that.