2018 June

1st The Dodgers send 1B Peter O’Brien to the Marlins for cash.

3rd The White Sox trade P Brad Goldberg to the Diamondbacks.

The Twins defeat the Indians, 7-5, on a walk-off HR by Eddie Rosario. It is Rosario’s third homer of the game.

4th The Tigers select Auburn P Casey Mize with the No.1 pick in the Major League Baseball Draft. The A’s take a gamble on Oklahoma quarterback Kyle Murray with the #9 pick and give him a $1.5 signing bonus and a $3.16 contract. His agreement to only play baseball after the 2018 football season will go out the window when he wins the Heisman trophy and in January 2019 declares for the NFL draft. Murray will return $1.29M of his signing bonus.

The Yankees and Tigers split a pair of games, with New York winning the first, 7-4, and Detroit the second, 4-2. Aaron Judge strikes out 8 times on the day, including 5 times in the nightcap.

5th The Angels edge the Royals, 1-0, as Andrew Heaney hurls a 1-hit shutout on his 27th birthday. Hunter Dozier’s 1-out 1B in the 5th inning is KC’s only safety. Chris Young scores the game’s only run when he steals home in the 5th inning.

The Nationals beat the Rays, 4-2, as Max Scherzer tosses the second immaculate inning of his career, striking out Johnny Field, Christian Arroyo and Daniel Robertson on 9 pitches in the  6th inning. He becomes the fifth pitcher in ML history to record multiple immaculate innings, joining Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Sandy Koufax and Lefty Grove. Scherzer throws 81 strikes among his 99 pitches. It is the most strikes on record in a game of 100 pitches or fewer.

6th The Royals trade OF Jon Jay to the Diamondbacks for Ilvis Luciano and P Gabe Speier.

7th In a 4-3 Cubs win over the Phillies, Tommy La Stella reaches 1B twice on catchers interference. The victory leaves the Cubs a half game behind the Brewers in the NL Central.

9th The Cubs shut out the Pirates, 2-0, as Jon Lester, Justin Wilson and Steve Cishek hold Pittsburgh to one hit. Austin Meadows’ triple in the 3rd inning off Lester is the Pirates only safety.

10th The Rays trade 1B Brad Miller and cash to the Brewers for 1B Ji-Man Choi.

At Citi Field, the Yankees get shut out for the first time this year, losing to the Mets, 2-0. The win snaps a 10-game home losing streak for the Mets, a club record. Todd Frazier hits a 2-run homer off CC Sabathia for all the scoring.

11th Cubs win at Milwaukee in the 11th inning when Anthony Rizzo hits a leadoff homer, the first extra base hit of the game for Chicago. They have now had an extra base hit in 96 straight games, a club record. The final is 7-2 when the Cubs plate an addition 4 runs. Jason Heyward has 3 RBIs including 2 in the 11th.

12th The Dodgers defeat the Rangers, 12-5. Texas P Bartolo Colon strikes out 3 batters on the night, becoming the 34th hurler in ML history to reach 2,500 for his career.

13th    The Nationals edge the Yankees, 5-4, with the aid of a pair of homers by 19-year-old Washington rookie Juan Soto. He becomes the 5th-youngest player in ML history to record a multi-homer game. The others to do so were Danny Murphy, Mel Ott, Andrew Jones and Ken Griffey Jr. Gleyber Torres homers for the Yankees in the game. With a combined age of 41 years, 48 days, Soto and Torres combine for the youngest total age by opposing players to homer in the same game since Mike Tiernan and Egyptian Healy in 1887.

The Dodgers edge the Rangers, 3-2, in 11 innings. Adrian Beltre hits a double in the 4th inning for his 3,090th career, to pass Ichiro Suzuki for the most base hits by a non-US native player.

16th Light-hitting J.P. Crawford has no hits for the Phils but garners 3 walks and sees 40 pitches in his 5 plate appearances. The Phils beat the Brewers, 4-1.

17th    The Phillies edge the Cardinals, 6-5, in 10 innings. Yadier Molina catches his 1,757th game for St. Louis, setting a new ML record for catching the most games for one team. He had been tied with Gabby Hartnett.

The Rangers defeat the Royals, 6-3, behind Bartolo Colon. Colon gets his 244th career win, surpassing Juan Marichal to become the winningest pitcher in ML history from the Dominican Republic.

The Royals trade P Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals for 3B Kelvin Gutierrez, OF Blake Perkins and P Yohanse Morel. Herrera has a 1.05 ERA with just 2 walks in 27 games. This is the fourth year in a row that the Nats have traded for a former All-star closer.

The Yankees and Nationals split a pair of games. Washington takes the first, 5-3, and New York the second, 4-2. The first contest is the completion of a game that was suspended on May 15. Nationals rookie OF Juan Soto was brought up by the team 5 days later, making his ML debut on May 20. In today’s completion of the suspended game, Soto hits a pinch-hit HR. Since the stats for the game count as occurring on May 15, Soto in effect hit a HR before he was called up to the majors.

The Mets rout the Rockies, 12-2. Brandon Nimmo gets 4 hits, including a pair of HRs. He becomes the first Met in history to lead off a game by hitting an inside-the-park homer.

19th    The Rockies beat the Mets, 10-8. Colorado clouts 4 homers in the contest, including 3 in a row by Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Ian Desmond in the 3rd inning.

22nd   The Brewers edge the Cardinals, 2-1. Jesus Aguilar hits a pair of HRs for Milwaukee. His first one breaks up Jack Flaherty’s no-hit bid with one out in the 7th inning, and his second is a walk-off blast in the 9th. He becomes the first player in the Expansion Era (since 1967) to break a no-hit bid of 5-or-more innings with a HR, and hit a walk-off homer in the same game.

23rd    The Reds pound the Cubs, 11-2, powered by P Anthony DeSclafani’s grand slam. It is the first slam by a Reds pitcher since Bob Purkey hit one in 1959.

24th    The Rays edge the Yankees, 7-6, in 12 innings, on Jake Bauers’ walk-off HR. Giancarlo Stanton goes 5-for-5 for the Bombers, including a pair of doubles and a homer.

The Dodgers clout 7 solo HRs on their way to an 8-7, 11-inning win over the Mets.

25th    The Cardinals shut out the Indians, 4-0, for the team’s 10,000th victory since joining the NL in 1892. They are the 6th NL team to reach that number, joining the Braves, Cubs, Giants, Pirates and Dodgers.

26th    The Brewers defeat the Royals, 5-1, behind rookie P Freddy Peralta. Peralta becomes the first rookie in the live-ball era to strike out 10 or more while allowing just one hit in 2 of his first 4 big league starts. He is also the only pitcher since at least 1908 to surrender 3 or fewer hits with 5 or more Ks in each of his first 4 career games.

The Cardinals trounce the Indians, 11-2. Matt Carpenter goes 5-for-5 for St. Louis, including a double and a pair of homers.

28th    The Blue Jays trade veteran OF Steve Pearce and cash to the Red Sox for SS Santiago Espinal.

30th    The Red Sox shut out the Yankees behind Chris Sale, 11-0. Rafael Devers goes 5-for-5 for Boston, including a double and a homer.

The Reds crush the Brewers, 12-3. Relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen hits a pinch grand slam for Cincinnati, the second slam by a Reds pitcher in a week. Lorenzen has hit HRs in 3 straight at bats, becoming the first pitcher to do so since Mike Hampton in 2001. He is also the first pitcher to belt a pinch grand slam since Tommy Byrne in 1953.