1974 May

1st  Tom Seaver allows only 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 16 Dodgers in 12 innings, but the Mets lose in the 14th 2–1.

In a 5-3 loss to the Reds, Dock Ellis of the Pirates hits the first three batters with pitches in the first inning, setting a ML record, and walks another in the frame before being lifted. Dock later reveals that he was high on pep pills at the time. He also said later that hit the batters—Rose, Morgan and Driessen—because the Reds had made disrespectful comments about the Pirates after beating them in the post season two years earlier.

4th  The Twins trade pitcher Dick Woodson to the Yankees for Mike Pazik. Woodson’s #13 Twins uniform will go unclaimed.

6th  Oakland P Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in the first inning of a 6–3 loss to Baltimore. This ends Lindblad’s ML-record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games, dating back to August 27, 1966.  Lee Smith will later top Lindblad’s mark in the NL.

7th  At Riverfront Stadium, the Reds Fred Norman strikes out 13 Cardinals, but loses, 1–0. The Birds score their only run in the 9th on Norman’s throwing error.

At Tiger Stadium, Ed Herrmann clubs an 11th inning solo homer of Detroit starter Lerrin LaGrow to break up a scoreless battle with Wilbur Wood. Wood allows 2 hits in the win, while LaGrow allows 5.

Jim Wynn is 4-for-4, with three homers, to pace the Dodgers to an out of town win over the Padres. The Toy Cannon drives in 5 runs. He’ll have another 4 hits tomorrow, including a homer.

12thIn Cincinnati, Clay Kirby twirls a 2-hitter to give the Reds a 4–2 win over the Astros.

15thAt Riverfront Stadium, Reds pitcher Roger Nelson has his no-hitter broken up by Bobby Bonds, who clubs a 2-run homer in the 8th. Chris Speier homers in the 9th for the other Giants hit and Nelson finishes with a 4–3 win.

Stan Bahnsen pitches a 2-hitter for the White Sox, beating the Twins, 1-0. Bobby Darwin has Minnesota’s first hit with 2 out in the 8th.

16thBehind the pitching of Carl Morton, the Braves defrock the host Padres, 11-1.  Davey Johnson has a pair of homers and Marty Perez drives in 6 runs on a single, double and homer.

17thRon Bryant allows 5 runs in the 1st without recording an out as his Giants lose to the Padres, 7-3. Nate Colbert blast a grand slam for San Diego.

19thAfter losing the opener, 8-2, to the Giants, the Padres come back to win game 2, 10-7, in 12 innings. Only one of the three runs in the 12th is earned. Willie McCovey belts a grand slam against his old team. It is the 15th of his career.

At Comiskey, Angel Mangual hits a 1st-inning grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Angels clip the White Sox, 8-3.

21st  The Phils Ed Farmer, making his 2nd NL start, strongarms the Cardinals, 4–2. Both teams make 4 hits, but the visiting Phils do all their scoring in the 1st off John Curtis. Philadelphia now leads the NL East by 1 1/2 games.

Paul Blair’s 2nd-inning grand slam is all Mike Cuellar needs as the Orioles whip the Indians, 7-1.

22nd   Milt May breaks a 1-1 tie with a walkoff pinch grand slam to give the Astros a 5-1 win over the Padres.

Jerry Morales connects for two 3-run homer to lead the Cubs to a 9-6 win at Shea.  His second homer, in the 9th, breaks a 6-6 tie.

24th  With the game scoreless in the 9th, the Cards put runners on 1B and 3B with one out. Tim McCarver grounds to Cubs 1B Billy Williams who fires home to C Lundstedt to snag Ted Simmons in a rundown. But as soon as Lundstedt throws to 3B Matt Alexander, Simmons races home to an uncovered plate. Cards win, 1–0.

25thThe Yankees send C Duke Sims to the Rangers for P Larry Gura.  Gura will go 5–1 with New York but because of reported differences with Billy Martin, Gura will be peddled to KC.

27th  The Pirates Ken Brett no-hits the Padres until the 9th inning, settling for a 2-hit 6–0 shutout in the first game of the doubleheader. In the 2nd game, Brett’s 2-run pinch triple gives the Bucs an 8–7 win.

28th  The way the cookie crumbles.  Cookie Rojas cracks a walkoff grand slam in the 11th, off bob Reynolds, to give the Royals a 9-5 win over the Orioles.

29th  The visiting Mets lose to the Reds, 3–2, when Tony Perez clubs a 10th inning homer off John Matlack.

30th  Sadaharu Oh becomes the first player in Japanese baseball to hit 600 HRs. Only Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays are ahead of Oh—and he will surpass them all.