2017 June

1stIn Toronto, Aaron Hicks has 6 RBIs to pace the Yankees to a 12-2 win over the Jays. He has 4 hits, including 3 doubles. Gary Sanchez adds a pair of homers.

2ndThe Dodgers edge the Brewers, 2-1, in 12 innings as LA pitchers fan 26 Milwaukee batters to set a new NL team record for strikeouts in a game. It also ties the ML mark, achieved by 3 teams. The total of 42 strikeouts by the Dodgers and Brewers also sets a new ML record. LA reliever Kenley Jansen has now fanned 39 batters this season without issuing a walk. That is the most strikeouts without surrendering a base on balls to start a season by any P since 1893. The previous mark was 35, by Adam Wainwright in 2013.

At Citi Field, the Pirates whip the Mets, 12-7, as Elias Diaz drives in half the runs for the Bucs.

The Giants shut out the Phillies, 10-0, as Denard Span goes 5-for-6, including a pair of doubles.

3rd Edinson Volquez (2-7) throws the sixth no-hitter in Miami history as he stops the Diamondbacks, 3-0. Volquez strikes out 10, walks two and uses just 98 pitches. The season will not go well for Volquez who will undergo Tommy John surgery in two months.

The Dodgers collect 7 stolen bases and score 5 runs in the 9thinning to upend the host Brewers, 10-8. Chris Taylor’s 9thinning grand slam is the big blow, offsetting a grand slam by Travis Shaw in the 7th.

The Angels beat the Twins, 7-2. Albert Pujols hits a grand slam in the 4th inning for his 600th career HR. He is the 9th player to reach that milestone, but the first to do so with a slam. A total of 7 grand slams are hit today, setting a new single-day ML record. In addition to Pujols, Mike Zunino, Kyle Schwarber, Matt Adams, Ian Desmond, Travis Shaw and Chris Taylor all connect with the bags full.

Kyle Schwarber hits his first career grand slam in the 7thto rally the Cubs to a 5-3 win over the visiting Cardinals.

At Safeco Field, Mike Zunino is a one man wrecking crew, driving in 7 runs in Seattle’s 9-2 win over Tampa Bay. Zunino has a double and grand slam and is added by Nelson Cruz who has a homer and double.

Nolan Arenado hits his 14thhomer, Ian Desmond adds a grand slam, and the Rockies stop the Padres winning streak at 5 games, 10-1.

The Yankees shut out the Blue Jays, 7-0, with the club pounding 4 HRs in the 8th inning. Brett Gardner homers to start the inning. After 2 men were out, Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius follow with back-to-back-to-back blasts. Rookie Jordan Montgomery throws six scoreless innings.

The Twins sell P Jason Wheeler to the Dodgers.

4thThe Braves defeat the Reds, 13-8, as Ender Inciarte goes 5-for-5, including a HR, and drives in 5 runs. It is his second 5-hit game in two weeks.  He’ll rack up another in August.

6th  The Reds pound the Cardinals, 13-1, as Scooter Gennett goes 5-for-5, with 4 HRs and 10 RBIs. He is the 17th player to hit 4 homers in an ML game, and the second to reach double digits in runs batted in. Mark Whiten drove in 12 when he hit his four-baggers in 1993.

Down by a score of 7-1, the Royals come back and defeat the Astros, 9-7, on Mike Moustakas’ walk-off HR. The win snaps Houston’s 11-game winning streak.

The Rangers trade P Sam Dyson and cash to the Giants for a player to be named.

7thThe Orioles defeat the Pirates, 9-6, in 11 innings. Trey Mancini’s PH 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th ties the game, and his walkout 3-run homer in the 11th wins it for Baltimore. He becomes the second player in the expansion era, since 1961, to hit a pinch 9th-inning four-bagger to tie a game, and follow up with a walkout homer in extra innings. Brian McCann of the Braves did so in 2011.

9thThe Phillies sell 3B Taylor Featherstone to the Rays.

10thAt Tampa, the Rays and the Athletics play a scheduled doubleheader, just the fourth scheduled DH in the 21stCentury. Most DH’s are the result of rainouts. The two teams split, with the Rays taking the opener, 6-5, in 10 innings. The other scheduled DH’s were at Minnesota (May 26, 2001), Philadelphia (August 2, 2003) and Oakland (July 16, 2011).

In a 16-3 blowout win over the Orioles, New York’s Aaron Judge starts the scoring with a laser shot in the 1stinning over the left-field wall off Chris Tillman. The exit speed of the drive is 121.1 mph, making it the hardest hit ball since Statcast began tracking the stat in 2015.

12th    At AT&T Park, Denard Span hits a leadoff homer for the Giants and Buster Posey finishes the scoring with a walkoff homer in the 17thas the Giants edge the Reds, 3-2.  Robert Stephenson serves up the homer to Posey.

The Twins select SS Royce Lewis with the first pick in the 2017 MLB draft. The Reds then take California high schooler Hunter Greene, who excels at shortstop and pitching. The Rays follow suit at #4, taking 21-year-old pitcher/1B from Louisville Brendan McKay. McKay hit .341 and posted an 11-3 record.  The rebuilding White Sox take Missouri State’s Jake Burger with the 11thpick. Burger will snap his Achilles tendon in a February Cactus League game and will miss the 2018 season. The Yankees pick 16thand take Clark Schmidt, a righty from the University of South Carolina. Schmidt has had Tommy John surgery. Ten of New York’s first 11 picks are pitchers. Picking 20th, the Mets take lefty David Peterson, 4-5 the U. of Oregon. There are familiar names taken, mostly in the later rounds: the sons of Edgardo Alfonzo, Dusty Baker, Bret Boone, Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine, Luis Gonzalez and Troy Percival.

13th    The Dodgers beat the Indians, 7-5, as rookie Cody Bellinger hits a pair of HRs for the 4th time in his 45 regular-season games. No other player in ML history has had that many multi-homer games within his first 50 games. Bellinger also becomes the youngest player in ML history to have back-to-back multi-HR games. His second homer, a 3-run shot in the top of the 9th, comes with 2 on.

The Twins rest their best hitter, Miguel Sano, but pound out a franchise record 28 hits as they crush the Mariners, 20-7. Batting 9th, Eddie Rosario hits 3 roundtrippers for Minnesota, and Eduardo Escobar goes 5-for-6. Rosario’s last homer comes in the 9thagainst veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz, making his pitching debut. Yesterday, the Twins catcher Chris Gimenez mopped up by pitching 4 innings. It was his fifth mound appearance this year.

The Phillies send P Joely Rodriguez to the Rangers for a player to be named.

14th    The Astros score 9 runs in the 6th inning and go on to defeat the Rangers, 13-2. Rookie Derek Fisher hits a HR and single in the inning, becoming the first player since Adam LaRoche in 2004 to record his first 2 ML hits in the same inning, in his first ML game.

16th    The Red Sox edge the Astros, 2-1, as Joe Kelly gets the win in relief. The victory is Kelly’s 15th in a row without a loss, dating back to August 2015. He is the second pitcher in ML history to have 15 or more consecutive winning decisions, with at least 5 coming as a starter and 5 as a reliever. The other hurler to accomplish the feat was Walter Johnson over the 1912 and 1913 seasons.

18th    The Athletics trade 3B Trevor Plouffe to the Rays for cash or a player to be named.

Nolan Arenado hits a 3-run walk-off HR as the Rockies defeat the Giants, 7-5. Arenado becomes the 4th person this season to hit for the cycle, and the 6th in ML history to hit a walk-off homer in a game in which he hits for the cycle.

Jacob DeGrom hits his first ML homer and allows 3 hits in 8 innings as the Mets beat the Nationals, 5-1. The Nats had won the first three games in the series.

The Rays beat the Tigers, 9-1, behind rookie Jacob Faria. He becomes the 4th pitcher in ML history to win his first 3 career starts with 20-or-more strikeouts and fewer than 5 walks. The others were Russ Ford (1910), Mel Queen (1967) and Fernando Valenzuela (1981).

19th    The Dodgers defeat the Mets, 10-6. Cody Bellinger hits a pair of HRs to bring his season’s total to 21. He reaches 21 in fewer games—51—than anyone in ML history. Wally Berger did so in 55 games for the previous mark. He also sets the record for fewest games needed to accumulate 5 multiple-homer games, having done so for the 5th time.

Marcel Osuna singles in the winning run with 2 outs in the 9th, and the Marlins overcome a 6-run deficit to beat the Nationals,8-7. Justin Bour ties the game with a grand slam in the 3rd, his 18thhomer of the season, and Giancarlo Stanton also hits his 18th.

20th    The Orioles edge the Indians, 6-5. In the process, they become the second ML team to allow at least 5 runs in 17 straight games. The only other team ever to do so was the 1924 Phillies (20 games).

The Yankees lose their 7thin a row, 8-3, to the Angels, and drop a half game behind the Red Sox. Aaron Judge hits his 24thand Gary Sanchez his 12thfor New York.

The Dodgers shut out the Mets, 12-0, and hit 5 HRs in the game, including one by Cody Bellinger. His 22nd of the season is also his 10th in his last 10 games. No other rookie in ML history has homered 10 times in a 10-game span. SS Corey Seager hits 3 of LA’s other 4 HRs and drives in 6 runs.

21st     ML teams strike out a total of 290 times over the 15 games played today. That average of 19.33 strikeouts per game is the highest of any day with at least 12 games played in ML history.

Max Scherzer fires 7 no-hit innings before the Marlins rally for two unearned runs to beat the Nationals ace, 2-1. He strikes out 11 and allows 2 hits. He is just the third pitcher since 1913 to take a loss, pitch 8 or more innings and allow no runs while striking out 10 (Baseball Reference). Nolan Ryan, in 1972 and Hippo Vaughn, in 1917. Hippo lost in 10 innings on a no-hitter by Fred Toney.

Chris Iannetta hits 2 homers and Brandon Drury has 6 RBIs as the Diamondbacks belt the Rockies, 16-6. David Peralta chips in with 4 hits and 4 runs.

The Cardinals defeat the Phillies, 7-6, in 10 innings. Philadelphia becomes the first team in NL history to lose 3 consecutive home games, all in extra innings.

22nd Robinson Cano clouts two homers, including a grand slam in the 7thoff Francisco Rodriguez, to lead the host Mariners to a 9-6 vistory over the Tigers. Detroit will release the veteran Rodriguez tomorrow.

23rd   The Yankees edge the Rangers, 2-1, in 10 innings. NY’s Masahiro Tanaka hurls 8 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits while striking out 9. Texas’ Yu Darvish allows only 2 hits while fanning 10 over 7 scoreless frames. It is just the second time since 1893 that both starting pitchers allow no runs and 3 or fewer hits, while registering at least 9 strikeouts. The feat was accomplished by Washington’s Frank Bertaina and Minnesota’s Jim Perry on August 26, 1968.

The Royals score 4 runs in the bottom of the 9thoff three relievers and beat the Blue Jays, 5-4. The Jays did not use closer Roberto Osuna who said he was “a little anxious, a little bit weird. I feel like I’m not myself right now.” The 22-year-old has 19 saves this season and is the youngest player in history to record 75 saves.

Prior to the Red Sox 9-4 win over the visiting Angels the team honors David Ortiz by retiring his number 34. His is the 10thnumber retired by the Sox.

Alex Lange allows 2 hits over 7+ innings as LSU stops Oregon State, 3-1, at the College World Series. The loss ends the Beavers 23-game winning streak.

24th    The Athletics defeat the White Sox, 10-2. A’s rookies Matt Olson, Jacob Krugman and Franklin Barreto all connected for their first ML HRs. They become the second set of 3 teammates to hit their first homer in the same game in ML history. It was accomplished in the Federal League, by Duke Kenworthy, Art Kruger and John Potts of the Kansas City Packers on April 26, 1914. Olson also hit another homer, marking the 26th consecutive day on which at least one player has produced a multiple-HR game, tying another ML record. It was previously accomplished from May 27 to June 21 in 1999.

Dylan Bundy throws 7 solid innings and the Orioles beat the Rays, 8-3, avoiding a dubious record. The Birds had given up at least 5 runs in 20 straight games, matching the mark of the 1924 Phillies.

Journeyman pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx (3-0) stops the Yankees, 8-1, for the Rangers. He gives up an Aaron Judge homer in the 6th. Bibens-Dirkx, 32, spent 12 years in the minors before debuting last month. The Yankees ditch 1B Chris Carter, designating him for reassignment. They call up 1B Tyler Austin.

The Nationals trounce the Reds, 18-3, as Trea Turner goes 5-for-5 with a walk. Daniel Murphy has 4 RBIs and Michael Taylor has 4 hits, including 2 homers. Washington has now scored 104 runs in the 10 games started by Joe Ross this season. The only other time in ML history in which a pitcher received at least 100 runs in his first 10 starts of a season was in 1923 when the Giants scored 104 in Rosy Ryan’s first 10 starts.

25th    The Marlins send SS Adeiny Hechavarria to the Rays for OF Braxton Lee and P Ethan Clark.

27thJake Arrieta gives up 6 runs in 4 innings and the Cubs lose to the Nationals, 6-1.  Lead by Trea Turner with 4, the Nationals steal 7 bases off the battery of Arrieta and Miguel Montero. After the game Montero blames the swipes on Arrieta, saying the ace took too long to deliver his pitches and failed to hold the runners. Anthony Rizzo blames Montero and says his blabbing to the press is unprofessional. Montero had also complained to the press after the World Series last year about losing playing time to Contreras and David Ross. Miggy’s days in Chicago are numbered.

28thThe Yankees down the White Sox, 12-3, as rookie 3B Miguel Andujar debuts with 4 RBI on 3-for-4 hitting. He is the first Yankee to have 3 hits and 4 RBI in his first ML game.

30th    The Dodgers defeat the Padres, 10-4. Hector Sanchez hits a pinch HR in the 9th inning. It is the 1,101st homer hit this month and sets a record for most HRs in a month, breaking the previous mark of 1,069 set in May 2000.

Leadoff batter Brett Gardner has a grand slam and drives in 6 runs to lead the Yankees to a 13-4 over the Houston Astros. Michael Pinada is the winner.

The Brewers edge the Marlins, 3-2, as Corey Knebel gets the save for Milwaukee. He sets a ML single-season record by making it 40 consecutive appearances with at least a strikeout. The old mark of 39 was set by Bruce Sutter.