2016 June

1stCleveland OF Marlon Byrd receives a 162-game suspension for violating MLB’s Joint Drug and Prevention Program for the second time in his career. He joins Alex Rodriguez and Jenrry Mejia as the third ML player to receive a 162-game ban.

The Orioles best the Red Sox, 13-9, despite a pair of HRs by Mookie Betts. Betts becomes the first player in ML history to hit homers in both the 1st and 2nd innings of back-to-back games.

Zach Davies throws 8 shutout innings as the Brewers beat the Cardinals, 3-1. Milwaukee reliever Jeremy Jeffress surrender a 9thinning homer to pinch hitter Brandon Moss, the 10thpinch homer for the Birds this season. They didn’t hit 10 pinch dingers in the last 4 seasons combined.

At Citi Field, the Mets score only one of their 20 baserunners as they leave 14 runners on base in a 13-inning 2-1 loss to the White Sox.  Chunky Matt Albers doubles for the first hit by a Sox pitcher in 11 years, reaches 3B on a wild pitch, then scores on Jose Abreu’s sac fly.  The Sox turn 5 double plays.

The Blue Jays send 3B Jimmy Paredes to the Phillies for cash.

2ndWith the help of a 9-run 7th, the Mariners come back from a 10-run deficit to defeat the Padres, 16-13. It is the 21st time in ML history that a team has overcome a double-digit deficit to win. Jon Jay has 5 hits for the Pads, while Kyle Seager has 5 RBI for the M’s.

3rdThe Dodgers defeat the Braves, 4-2, as Corey Seager becomes the first rookie shortstop in ML history to hit 3 HRs in a game. All are solo shots.

The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox, 5-2. Boston’s Xander Bogaerts goes hitless in three at bats to end his 26-game hitting streak.

4thThe White Sox obtain P James Shields fro the Padres in exchange for P Erik Johnson and IF Fernando Tatis Jr.

At Minute Maid Park, Carlos Correa hits an RBI single in the 12th, his third hit of the day, to drive in the winning run as Houston beats the A’s, 6-5. It is Correa’s third game-winning hit in the 12th inning or later in the past 12 days.

5thJose Fernandez and the Marlins shut out the Mets, 1-0, striking out 14 Mets, without issuing a walk or allowing a run. He becomes the fourth pitcher since 1893 to fan at least 14 batters, without issuing an walk or allowing a run, while hurling 7 or fewer innings. Mike Mussina did so in 2000, Brad Penny in 2007, and Yu Darvish in 2013.

The Diamondbacks edge the Cubs, 3-2. The loss ends Jake Arrieta’s regular-season winning streak at 20 games.

7thStill got your old uniform? The Braves trade 2B Kelly Johnson and cash to the Mets in exchange for P Akeel Morris. Johnson was with the Mets last year after being traded by Atlanta. He is the first player to play for the same two teams in order two years in a row since Chad Kreuter (White Sox –Angels) in 1997-98 (Elias Sports Bureau).

9th The 2016 draft opens in New Jersey with the Phillies using the #1 overall on La Costa Canyon HS outfielder Mickey Moniak. Nine of the first 15 picks will be prep players. The Reds use the second pick on Tennessee outfielder Nick Senzel. The Braves pick New York high schooler Ian Anderson while Kansas prep fireballer Riley Piat goes to the Rockies with the 4thpick. He has hit 102 on the speed gun. The Tigers take lanky Matt Manning with number 9; he is the son of NBA player Rick.

Three months after being traded from Chicago to the A’s, the Athletics trade Chris Coghlan back to the Cubs for 2B Arismendy Alcantara.

12thThe Tigers defeat the Yankees, 4-1. Detroit P Michael Fulmer extends his scoreless streak to 28 1/3 innings. He becomes the first rookie to have a streak of 4 starts without allowing a run since Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1911.

13thIn Chicago, the Tigers take a 7-2 lead after 3 innings against James Shields, but the Sox crawl back to win, 10-9 in 12 innings. Shields is the first pitcher since 1894 to allow 7 or more runs in the first three innings of three consecutive games. This is his second start this season: he got lit up in 2+ innings on May 31stof last season, his last appearance that year.

15th    The Braves edge the Reds, 9-8, in 13 innings. Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman becomes the first player to hit for the cycle this season. His single comes in extra innings.

Logan Morrison draws a walk with the bases loaded in the 13thto give Tampa Bay a 3-2 win over the Mariners. For the M’s, it is their 17thloss in their last 19 games of 13 innings or more.

16th    The Tigers defeat the Royals, 10-4. Victor Martinez clouts 3 solo homers for Detroit to make a winner out of Justin Verlander (7-5).

17thThe Royals beat the Tigers, 10-3. Michael Fulmer’s scoreless streak ends at 33 1/3 innings. It is the longest such streak by a ML rookie starter since Fernando Valenzuela hurled 35 straight scoreless frames in 1981.

The Blue Jays trounce the host Orioles, 13-3, as Michael Saunders smacks 3 HRs for Toronto and drives in 8 runs. It is the third straight game against the Orioles that the Jays have scored in double figures.

At Fenway, Franklin Guiterrez hits a pair of homers and drives in 6 runs to pace the Mariners to an 8-4 win over the Red Sox.

The Marlins defeat the Rockies, 5-1, as Adam Conley, Nick Wittgren, Kyle Barraclough, David Phelps and Dustin McGowan hold Colorado to one hit, a 2-out double by Carlo Gonzalez in the 6th inning.

18th    The Indians clobber the White Sox by a score of 13-2. Chicago starting P James Shields allows 8 runs while recording only 5 outs. He becomes the first pitcher in ML history to surrender 7 or more runs in 5 or fewer innings in each of 4 consecutive starts.

19th    The Braves shut out the Mets, 6-0, on Julio Teheran’s one-hitter. Michael Conforto’s 3rd-inning single is the Mets only safety.

The Cubs defeat the Pirates, 10-5. Chicago rookie Willson Contreras hits a 2-run HR on the first pitch he sees in his first ML at bat. Baez, Bryant, Rizzo and Russell also contribute homers.

You’d think the name would help. The Nationals bow to San Diego, 6-3, as the Padres win their first game on Sunday in 11 tries. Drew Pomeranz is the winner over Gio Gonzalez. The Nats Michael Taylor is 4-for-4 with two homers and a double.

The Mariners trade light-hitting infielder Chris Taylor to the Dodgers for P Zach Lee. Taylor will find a homerun swing in LA.

20th    The Rockies defeat the Marlins, 5-3, with all 8 runs scoring on solo HRs, a first. There has never been another game in which more than 5 runs scored, all on solo homers.

21stIt is target practice at Target Field as the Twins outgun the Phillies, 14-10. The Quakers hit 4 homeruns but the Twins answer with Kurt Suzuki’s 6 RBIs on two doubles and a homerun. The loss adds to the Phillies 7-game losing streak in which they score a total of 12 runs.

22nd  I’ve had better days. Washington CF Michael Taylor strikes out 5 times and commits a 9thinning error to allow 2 runs to score. Los Angeles wins, 4-3.

24th    The Astros score 9 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 13-4 win over the Royals. George Springer hits a triple and grand slam in the frame, becoming the first ML player to do so in the 1st inning of a game. Edinson Volquez surrenders 12 of Houston’s runs to become the first hurler in over 120 years to allow at least a dozen runs in a game while getting no more than 3 outs. John Gilroy of the Washington Senators did so in 1895.

The Diamondbacks edge the Rockies, 10-9, on Yasmany Tomas’s 9thinning dinger, his second 2-run homer of the contest. The game lasts 4 hours and 30 minutes to set a new record for the longest 9-inning game in NL history.

25thThe Blue Jays defeat the White Sox, 10-8, despite 7 Chicago HRs. The Sox become the first team in ML history to lose a game in which they out-homer their opponent by at least 6. They join the 1995 and 2004 Tigers as the only teams to hit 7 homers and lose.

26th    The Twins defeat the Yankees, 7-1. Minnesota hits 6 homers, including back-to-back-to-back shots in the 6th inning by Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler.

The Giants edge the Phillies, 8-7, for manager Bruce Bochy’s 800th victory as SF’s skipper. He becomes the second manager in ML history to win 800 games for each of 2 different teams. Sparky Anderson is the other.

27th    The Cubs beat the host Reds, 11-8. Kris Bryant goes 5-for-5 and becomes the first player in modern ML history (since 1913) to hit 3 HRS and notch 2 doubles in one game. Jake Arrieta (11-2) struggles through 5 innings for the win.

28th    The Cubs score 5 runs in the 15th inning to defeat the Reds, 7-2. Javier Baez becomes the third player in ML history to his a grand slam in the 15th inning or later. It was also accomplished by Clyde Vollmer (16h inning, 1951) and Tino Martinez (15th inning, 1996).

30th    The Giants defeat the Athletics, 12-6. In more than 2,500 regular-season interleave games played under A.L. rules, San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner becomes the first pitcher to be written into the starting batting order. His double sparks the Giants’ 6-run 3rd inning.

The Nationals bash the Reds, 13-4, as SS Danny Espinoza drives in 7 runs. Espinoza drills a grand slam in the 3rdinning and adds a 3-run homer in the 4th.  Ryan Zimmerman contributes a 3-run homer in the 1stoff Brandon Finnegan, who gives up 8 runs.

The Padres trade P Fernando Rodney to the Marlins for P Chris Paddock.

The Dodgers obtain P Bud Norris, OF Dian Toscano, and player to be named later and cash from the Braves for pitchers Philip Pfeiffer and Caleb Dirks.