2015 June

1stThe Mets shut out the Padres, 7-0. San Diego’s Andrew Cashner becomes the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to allow at least 10 hits and strike out 10 or more batters in less than 5 innings in one game. Cashner surrenders 11 hits and fans 12 in 4 2/3 innings. He is the first pitcher since Curt Schilling in 2001 to have 12 or more strikeouts in a start, allow 10 or more hits and 6 or more runs.

2ndThe Padres defeat the Mets, 7-2, but New York’s Noah Syndergaard strikes out 10 and allows 11 hits in 4 innings to become the second pitcher in ML history—and second in 2 days—to allow at least 10 hits and fan 10 or more batters in less than 5 innings of work in a single game.

Joey Gallo, the Rangers top prospect, debuts with an upper-deck homer, and doubles off the top of the wall to drive in 4 runs as the visiting White Sox fall, 15-2. He is the first player since at least 1914 with at least 3 hits, 3 runs and 4 RBI in his ML debut. Gallo is filling in at 3B while Adrian Beltre is on the 15-day disabled list.

Ben Zobrist hits a grand slam in the A’s 5-run 7thas they rally to beat Detroit, 5-3. It is Zobrist’s 6thcareer slam.

3rd The Mariners obtain OF Mark Trumbo and P Vidal Nuno from the Diamondbacks in exchange for  P Dominic Leone, C Welington Castillo, and minor leaguers Gabby Guerrero and Jack Reinheimer. Trumbo will hit 13 homers in Seattle, one of 9 Mariners in double figures.

5thThe Red Sox defeat the Athletics, 4-2. A’s rookie P Pat Venditte pitches 2 scoreless innings, becoming the first full-time switch-pitcher in modern ML history. Righthander Greg Harris performed the feat in one game for Montreal in 1995. Venditte, however, has thrown from both sides of the rubber throughout his professional career. A fan. Tonya Carpenter, is struck in the head by a shattered bat in the 2ndinning and is taken to the hospital in serious condition. The accident occurs when Brett Lawrie shatters his bat hitting a grounder.

6thMadison Bumgarner strikes out 11 batters and overcomes a grand slam by Jeff Francoeur as the Giants beat the Phillies, 7-5. Bumgarner has a pair of singles and an RBI in his 8 innings.

The Cubs beat the Nationals, 4-2, behind Jason Hamel, who is now 9-0 lifetime against Washington in 11 starts.

Down 6-1 in the 7th, the Padres roar back to beat the Reds, 9-7. Yonder Alonso’s grand slam in the 7thties the match at 7 apiece, and Matt Kemp’s bases loaded single in the 8thputs San Diego ahead.

7thThe Rays edge the Mariners, 3-1, behind Chris Archer, who fans 11 batters and walks none. He becomes the first pitcher in the modern era to fan at least 10 batters without issuing a walk in each of 3 consecutive games. The 38 strikeouts are the most ever in a three-start stretch without issuing a walk.

8thIn the 50thanniversary of the first draft, the Diamondbacks take Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson with the No. 1 overall pick. He won’t last till Christmas as the D’Backs will take advantage of the rule change allowing first year players to be traded by sending Swanson to Atlanta. Yesterday, Swanson hit a homerun to lead Vanderbilt to a win against Illinois and a trip to the CWS. Shortstop Alex Bregman of LSU is selected 2ndby the Astros and the Rockies follow by selecting high school SS Brendan Rogers. After the three shortstops are taken, UCSB pitcher Dillon Tate is chosen with the 4thpick. Picking 16th, their highest position since 1993, the Yankees take UCLA junior pitcher James Kaprielian. The Astros come away with three of the top eight players, according to Baseball America’s ranking: Bregman, Kyle Tucker and Daz Cameron. Picking 9th, the Cubs select Ian Happ.

The White Sox beat the Astros, 3-1. Chris Sale strikes out 14 batters in 8 innings to become the second pitcher in modern ML history to fan 12 or more batters in each of 3 consecutive games while allowing no more than one run in each game. The only other to accomplish the feat was Sandy Koufax in his last 3 regular-season games in 1965. Carlos Correa, in his big league debut, drives in Houston’s run.

In a 3-1 Rays win over the Mariners, Chris Archer becomes the first pitcher in at least 100 years to reach double digit in strikeouts without issuing a walk in three straight games. Stats could find no pitcher in their records dating back to 1914.

The Cubs beat the Nationals, 6-3, sending Washington to its 8thloss in 10 games. Kris Bryant has a single, double and triple, while Jason Motte pitches a perfect 9thfor his first save since 2012, the year he led the NL in saves with 42.

Jay Bruce has 2 homers and drives in all 4 runs as the Reds stop the Padres, 4-0. Johnny Cueto (4-4) goes 7 innings for the win.

Ivan de Jesus, Jr. hits his first ML homer, a tie breaker in the 6th, and the host Reds beat Cole Hamels and the Phillies, 6-4. It is Hamels first loss to the Reds in 15 starts, including the playoffs.

9thThe Reds defeat the Phillies, 11-2, as Joey Votto cracks 3 HRs. Todd Frazier follows Votto’s 3rd-inning homer with his 17thof the year. Votto also score a run after walking and coming home on Zack Cosart’s 3-run homer in the 1st.

The Giants shut out the Mets, 5-0, as rookie Chris Heston  hurls the first no-hitter of the 2015 season. Heston fans 11, including the side in the 9thinning, and, though he hits 3 (going back to 1914, no one had hit 2), he does not walk a batter in his 14thML start. The Giants join the Dodgers, becoming the second team in ML history to toss a no-hitter in each of 4 consecutive seasons.

The Yankees sign pitcher Sergio Santos, whom the Dodgers just granted free agency to after signing him in January. He’ll appear twice before going on the DL and having Tommy John surgery.

11thPresident Barack Obama makes a surprise appearance at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game to cheer on the Democrats.  They need little cheering as they win their 7thin a row, besting their GOP opponents, 5-2.  The game featured the curve balls of GOP freshman Rep. Mark Walker, NC, who pitched until the bottom of the sixth inning, battling Democratic ace pitcher Cedric L. Richmond, LA.  The only woman to play in the game was Rep. Linda T. Sánchez, D-Calif., who stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the sixth, eliciting a roar from the crowd that rivaled the cheers for Obama. Sánchez delivered, firing a shot down the first base line and advancing the runner to third.

12thFelix Hernandez gives up 8 runs in the first inning and gets only one out before leaving as Houston stuns Seattle, 10-0. Luis Valbuena’s 3-run homer is one of 2 that the King gives up. Brett Oberholtzer goes 8 innings for the win.

Detroit’s David Price uses fewer than 100 pitches in shutting out the Indians, 4-0.

14thThe Nationals shut out the Brewers, 4-0, as Max Scherzer limits Milwaukee to a hit while fanning 16 batters. Carlos Gomez’s 7th-inning broken-bat single is the Brewers only safety.

Chris Sale strikes out 12 in 6.2 innings but takes the loss when Asdrubal Cabrera hits a 2-run homer in the 7thto give Tampa Bay a 2-1 victory over Chicago.  Sale joins Pedro Martinez (Boston) and Randy Johnson (Seattle) as the only ML pitchers to K 10 or more batters in five straight games. He’ll tie Martinez’s record of 8 straight on June 30.

For the second night in a row, Starling Castro drives in the winning run with a walkoff single as the Cubs nip the Reds, 2-1, in 10 innings.  The last Cub player with two consecutive walkoff hits was Ron Santo in 1966 (according to Elias Sports Bureau). Billy Hamilton scores the lone run for the Reds in the 4thand is stranded on 3B in the 10thafter stealing his 4thand 5thbases of the game. The Reds load the bases in the 9thwith no outs but can’t score.

16thThe Red Sox defeat the Braves, 9-4, as Boston’s Brock Holt becomes the first player this season to hit for the cycle.

Get out the mop. The Orioles blast a club-record 8 HRs, 5 off reliever Dustin McGowan, and go on to clobber the Phillies, 19-3. Leadoff hitter Manny Machado hits a homer in the 1stand 2ndinnings, and Chris Parmelee has 2 homers and 2 singles. Wilson Ramos has a pair of homers, both off position players Jake Elmore and Nick Francis. In his first pitching appearance, Phils outfielder Jeff Francoeur mops up the final two innings allowing 2 runs. The Phillies are winless in their 8-game road trip: it has been 132 year since the Phils had a winless road trip of at least 8 games.

17thThe Rangers beat the Dodgers, 5-3. Clayton Kershaw gives up 4 runs for LA, ending his streak of 30 straight home starts in which he surrendered 3 or fewer runs. It is the longest such streak since Doc White had a 32-game stretch from1905 to 1906.

Kris Bryant hits a grand slam, Kyle Schwarber is 4-for-5 with his first ML hit, and the Cubs romp, 17-0, over the Indians. Chicago scores 7 in the top of the 9th, prompting Cleveland to use position players Ryan Raburn and David Murphy as relievers. Schwarber, who struck out in his first ML at bat yesterday, triples in the 2ndto key a 6-run rally. Tsuyoshi Wada pitches 7 innings for his only win this year.

Former owner of the Mets Nelson Doubleday, Jr. dies. Nelson was the last president of the Doubleday publishing house before it was sold to Bertelsman in 1986. The Mets will have a moment of silence honoring Doubleday, but will decline to affix sleeve patches.

18thThe Rays defeat the Nationals, 5-3. Yunel Escobar goes 5-for-5 for Washington, including a double.

At Coors Field, Houston beats the Rockies, 8-4, as rookie Carlos Correa has 3 stolen bases. He is the second youngest player since 1900 to steal 3 bases in a game. Rickey Henderson was a month younger when he did it.

I’ll get the lights, Skip. Yankee minor leaguer Wes Wilson catches the first 15 innings against Bradenton, pitches two scoreless innings, then hits a homer in the 17thoff a Bradenton infielder.

19thThe Yankees beat the Tigers, 7-2, as Alex Rodriguez hits a homer for his 3,000thML hit. He becomes the 3rdplayer to hit a homer for his 3,000thsafety, joining Wade Boggs and Derek Jeter. The ball is caught by fan Zack Hample, who estimates he has caught 8,000 balls at MLB stadiums.

20thThe Nationals shut out the Pirates, 6-0, as Max Scherzer hurls a no-hitter. Scherzer is one pitch away from a perfect game when he hits Jose Tabata with a pitch with two outs in the 9thinning. Scherzer also becomes just the third pitcher in modern ML history to throw shutouts of 9 or more innings—both a 1-hitter and no-hitter—in consecutive starts. Howard Ehmke did so in 1923 and Jim Tobin in 1944. He has retired 54 of the 57 batters he’s faced in his last 2 starts.

The Yankees slam 5 homers, the last by Chris Young off infielder Josh Wilson, and down the Tigers 14-7. Alex Rodriguez homers and drives in 5 runs for the first time in 4 years. Preceding the game the Yankees unveil two new plaques in CF: Willie Randolph and Mel Stottlemyre. Both players wore #30. By the end of the season there will be 40 plaques in Monument Park, but some significant Yankees are missing: Hall of Famers Tony Lazzeri, Waite Hoyt, Earl Combs, Joe Gordon and Lefty Gomez.

The Diamondbacks trade pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint, a first-round pick from 2014, to the Braves for IF Phil Gosselin. The injured Arroyo has a $10M contract that Arizona is happy to move.

21stHappy Father’s Day. The Tigers trounce the Yankees by a score of 12-4, as J.D. Martinez hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs for Detroit. He is the third player to hit 3 homers on Father’s Day, joining Hank Aaron (1959) and Ben Oglivie (1982). Victor Martinez adds a homer and drives in four 2-out runs off Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka.

The Red Sox pound out 13 extra base hits to beat the Royals, 13-2. One of the hits is a homer by David Ortiz, #474, to move Big Papi ahead of Stan Musial and Willie Stargell on the career homerun list. Boston’s first 9 hits are for extra bases.

Gordon Beckham leads off the bottom of the 11thwith a homer as the White Sox beat the Rangers, 3-2. Melky Cabrera is 5-for-5 for the Sox.

Adam Morgan wins his ML debut, outpitching Michael Wacha to lead the host Phils to a 9-2 win over the Cardinals.

Jake Arrieta pitches a 4-hitter and Dexter Fowler hits a grand slam as the Cubs whip the host Twins, 8-0.

Sixteen-year-old Melissa Mayeux of France becomes the first known female baseball player to be added to MLB’s international registration list. She is now eligible to be signed by a ML team on July 2.

24thThe University of Virginia defeats Vanderbilt, 4-2, to win the College World Series. Pitcher Josh Sborz is named the Most Outstanding Player of the Series.

25thThe Blue Jays shut out the Rays, 1-0. Marco Estrada becomes the fourth pitcher in the expansion era to allow no hits through 7 innings in consecutive starts Dave Stieb (1988), Nolan Ryan (1972 and 1973) and Clay Kirby (1971) are the others to perform the feat.

For the second time in 55 years, the Giants hit four triples in a game, including two by Brandon Belt, as they beat the Padres, 13-8. They collect 19 hits, including 9 hits and 7 runs off starter James Shields.  The last time they had 4 triples, on September 15, 1960, Willie Mays had 3.

26thTired of his team’s losing ways and expecting the ax anyway, Ryne Sandberg steps down as the Phils manager. Pete Mackanin takes over the job on an interim basis, but the Phils lose, 5-2, to the Nationals.

At the Rogers Centre, Prince Fielder hits his 300thhomer in the 1stinning, but the Rangers don’t do much more against Mark Buehrle as they lose to the Blue Jays, 12-2. Edward Encarnacion has a pair of homers, including a grand slam, to pace the offense.  Fielder joins Adrian Beltre, who earlier this season hit his 400thhomer, as just the sixth pair of teammates to hit their 300thand 400thhomers, respectively, in the same season (Alex Rodriguez/Jason Giambi (Yankees 2005), Gary Sheffield/Ruben Sierra (Yankees – 2004), Fred McGriff/Greg Vaughn (Rays – 2000), Dave Winfield/Lance Parrish (Angels – 1991).

At Camden Yards, the Orioles beat the Indians, 4-1, as reliever Darren O’Day (5-0) gets the win. Cleveland hits 3 solo homers and Jason Kipnis singles to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 20.

The Brewers defeat the Twins, 10-4. Kyle Lohse becomes the 14thpitcher—and third active—to beat all 30 current ML teams. AJ Burnett and Dan Haren have also done so.

27thBrian McCann hits a grand slam in the 1stand Christ Young adds a 2-run dinger in the 2nd, but the Astros rally against Tanaka with a homer in the 4thand 2 in the 5thto make it close.  After Young’s homer off him, Brett Oberholtzer gets ejected after firing a pitch at Alex Rodriguez. New York holds on for a 9-6 victory.

28thThe Mets defeat the Reds, 7-2, as Steven Matz wins his ML debut. Matz goes 3-for-3 at the plate and drives in 4 runs and becomes the first player, let alone pitcher, since 1920—when RBIs were first recorded—to go 3-for-3 or better with at least 4 RBIs in his first game. Matz was promoted last week from Las Vegas where he was leading the PCL with a 2.19 ERA and 94 strikeouts. He also hit .304. The Mets also take a game with the Reds, suspended from yesterday with a 1-1 tie due to rain. Today’s start was also held up by rain, but the Mets win in 13 innings total, 2-1.

The Orioles win a pair from Cleveland, 8-0 and 4-0, to go atop the AL East. Ubaldo Jimenez wins his 4thstraight in the opener, allowing 4 hits through 8 innings. That win is the 5,000thfor the Baltimore franchise since moving from St. Louis in 1954.

29th Rookie Cody Anderson takes a perfect game into the 7thbefore Grady Sizemore hits a1-2 pitch for a homer. But Cleveland wins, 7-1 over host Tampa Bay. Tribe pitchers will take a perfect game into the 6thinning in the next two games.

In Los Angeles’s 10-6 loss to Arizona, Joe Pederson hits his 20thhomerun for the Dodgers. It makes him one of three rookies to reach the 20-homer mark before July. Wally Berger (1930) and Albert Pujols (2001) are the others.

Civic Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, one of the last remaining all-wood baseball parks, burns down. Built in 1938, it was last used by the Eugene Emeralds, a Class-A rookie team, in 2008 and was slated to be refurbished for youth sports.

The Phillies introduce Andy MacPhail as its president-in-waiting. A couple of hours later MacPhail watches the Phils lose 7-4 to the Brewers.

30thThe White Sox edge the Cardinals, 2-1, in 11 innings. Chris Sale strikes out 12 Cards in 8 innings for Chicago. In doing so, he joins Pedro Martinez, becoming just the second pitcher in ML history to fan 10 or more batters in 8 consecutive games. The streak will end in his next game.