1977 May

1st  The White Sox use 6 extra base hits in the 1st inning to score 8 runs, then add 4 more in the 2nd as they whip the Tigers, 12-4.

3rd  Bucky Dent connects for a grand slam in the Yankees 7-run 3rd inning and New York rolls to an 8-1 win over the Angels at the Stadium. Mike Torrez throws 5 shutout innings for the win.

4th  Lee May belts a 1st-inning grand slam to make it easy for Jim Palmer (4-1) as the Orioles beat the A’s, 9-2. Pat Kelly is a triple shy of the cycle as he drives in 3 runs.

5th Manny Trillo has a double triple and homer for the Cubs, who get homers from Jerry Morales and George Mitterwald to lead the Astros 8-0 after 6 innings. Rick and Paul Reuschel combine to serve up three homers in the 7th and 8th before Sutter shuts out the Astros in the 9th for a 8-7 Cubs win.

The Dodgers do all their scoring in the 5th off Tom Seaver to hand the Mets ace his first loss of the year, 7-2. Ron Cey hits his second grand slam in two weeks.

At foggy Exhibition Stadium, Charlie Moore hits a 5thinning triple and Cecil Cooper adds an inside-the-park homer as both balls are lost in the fog. The brewers still fall short, losing 9-8 to the Blue Jays.

6th  Angels P Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 in beating the Red Sox, 8–4, at Fenway. Bobby Bonds and Bobby Grich homer and Jerry Remy is 4-for-4.

Pete Falcone pitches 7 shutout innings for St. Louis, then turns the ball over to the bullpen. The Mad Hungarian Al Hrabosky starts a brawl in the 9th when he plunks Cesar Cedeno on the arm, and Cedeno charges the mound. A 10-minute brawl results in the ejections of Joaquin Andujar and Roger Freed.  When play resumes, Cedeno swipes 2B and walk follows before Ferguson hits into a 5-3 DP. The Cards win, 4-1.

At Cleveland, down 5-0, John Grubb hits grand slam in the 4th for the Indians, but the White Sox score a pair in the top of the 9th, then hold on for a 7-5 win. The Indians get a homer and triple in the bottom of the 9th.

7thIn a 12–10 losing slugfest with the Pirates, Pete Rose has 2 hits to run his hitting streak to 20 games. Pete will go hitless tomorrow, then rack up another 20-game hit streak later in the season. Willie Stargell has a pair of homers for the Reds.

8thAt Baltimore, Pat Kelly poles a 1st inning grand slam, off Dick Pole, and the Orioles stay on the heels of the Yankees with a 6-4 victory over the Mariners.  Eddie Murray adds a 3rd inning homer.  Craig Reynolds is 4-for-4 for the M’s.

10th  The Braves lose a doubleheader to the Pirates, 3–0 and 2–1, to run their loss streak to 16.  Jim Rooker is the winner in game 1, with Larry Demery the victor in game 2. Dave Parker’s two-run triple in game 2 helps extend the Bucs’ win streak to 10 games.

Milwaukee drops a pair to Cleveland, losing 1-0 and 7-4. Jim Bibby is the winner in the first game when Larvell Blanks hits a game-ending homer in the 9th off Jim Slaton.

11th  Braves owner Ted Turner gives manager Dave Bristol a 10-day paid leave and takes over as field manager, wearing #27 on his uniform. After the Braves lose again—for the 17th straight—to the Pirates, 2–1, with Phil Niekro going to 0–7, Turner is relieved of his new job by NL president Chub Feeney. A league rule prohibits a manager from owning a financial interest in his club. Turner then makes a public plea claiming harassment, but names 3B coach Vern Benson the manager for the May 12th game. John Candelaria (4-0) is the winner, with Dave Parker contributing two hits, including a homer. Parker extends his consecutive game hitting streak to 22 games.

Frank Tanana applies the calcimine in California’s 6–0 win over Baltimore and teammates Bobby Bonds, Don Baylor, and Ron Jackson provide the offense with consecutive homers in the 2nd inning.

12thWith Benson as manager, the Braves win—finally—beating the Pirates in Pittsburgh, 6–1. Tomorrow, the team will return home and Benson will return to coaching 3B.  Dave Bristol will cut short his 10 day leave and once again take the helm.  The team will resume their play under Bristol with a shutout loss to the Cardinals.

The Cardinals top the Reds, 10-1, as three pitchers combine on a one-hitter. Buddy Schultz, in relief of a wild John D’Acquisto, gives up a Ken Griffey double for the lone safety.

13th  Ed Figueroa pitches his 4th straight complete game, and Thurman Munson cracks a 7th-inning homer to lead New York to a 3–0 win over the Angels.

Davey Concepcion has a 2-run homer as the Reds score 5 in the 1st and beat the visiting Giants, 6-4.  Randy Elliot has a pinch grand slam for SF to account for their scoring.

14th  Jim Colborn hurls a no-hit game as Kansas City beats Texas, 6–0. It is the first no-hitter at Royals Stadium by a KC hurler.  Darrell Porter, who came to the Royals in the trade with Colborn, has a double and triple to back his batterymate.  Poquette has a pair of hits a pair of sparkling catches.

In a morning game starting at 10:30, Jim Spencer ties the club mark of 8 RBI as the White Sox scalp the Indians 18–2 at Comiskey Park.  Four come home on a grand slam in the 4th and 4 come in the 2nd when he hits a 2-run single and a 2-run homer. Jack Brohamer has 4 hits and 2 RBI.

Don Gullett outduels Nolan Ryan to give New York a 4–1 victory over California.

15th  More like a football score, the Braves plate 6 runs in the 8th to beat the Cardinals, 15-12. Jeff Burroughs hits a 2-run homer and Gary Matthews adds a grand slam for Atlanta. Dave Rader is 5-for-5, including 3 doubles for the Birds, while Bake McBride collects 3 hits, including a homer, and drives home 4.  Winless Phil Niekro allows 6 runs in 3 innings but escapes with no decision.

At Royals Stadium, Willie Horton is 3-for-3—all homers—to drive in 5 runs as Texas beats the Royals, 7-3.

Dennis Eckersley picks up a win for Cleveland, going 5 innings in a 4-3 win over Chicago. Losing pitcher Francisco Barrios gives up 13 hits and strikes out 6, including Rick Manning 5 times.  All are consecutive for Manning.

17th  The Cubs hit 7 home runs and wallop the Padres 23–6. Three of the HRs are consecutive shots in the 5th by Larry Biittner, Jerry Morales, and Bobby Murcer. With a lead of 22–2, starter Bill Bonham is yanked after six frames and Ramon Hernandez finishes, allowing up four earned runs in 3 innings. But he ‘earns’ his first and only save as a Cub. He will go from Cubman to Hubman in 11 days when Chicago swaps him for Boston’s  Bobby Darwin.

Sparky Lyle, in relief of Ron Guidry, pitches 6 scoreless innings and the Yanks push across 3 runs in the 15th to defeat Oakland, 5–2.

Skip Jutze hits a grand slam and Enrique Romo pitches 6 shutout innings of relief as the Mariners clip the Orioles, 10-2.

Biff Pocaroba connects for a walkoff 2-out pinch grand slam off Bill Atkinson and the Braves defeat the Expos, 9-6.

20th  Eight homers, 4 by each team, are hit in the Brewers 15–7 win over the Red Sox. Jerry Augustine goes the distance for his 5th win.

Mike Ivie hits a 1st-inning grand slam, and Merv Rettenmund adds 4 RBI and the Padres whip the Expos, 12-4.

21st  Merv Rettenmund hits a 3-run HR in the 21st inning to give the Padres an 11–8 win over the Expos. The two teams combine for a ML-record 9 intentional passes (Mtl 5, SD 4) in an effort to end the game earlier, but to no avail. The 3 runs in the 21st is a NL record. Another NL mark is the 11 at bats that Dave Cash has.

The Reds trade P Santo Alcala, 11–4 in his rookie year last season, to the Expos for 2 minor leaguers, Shane Rawley and Angel Torres.

22nd  The Red Sox split a doubleheader with the Brewers, winning the opener 14–10. The 2 teams tie a ML record in game one when they combine for 11 HRs, 6 by Boston. Nine different players hitting homers also ties the AL mark. Dwight Evans clocks one of the homers over the new upper section of the CF wall, about 20 feet to the right of the flagpole, one of the longest homers hit at Fenway. Also in the 7-run 8th, George Scott booms a grand slam. In the past 3 games, the two teams hit 23 homers. Eddie Rodriguez stops the slugging in game 2, allowing 2 Boston hits to win, 6–0. Milwaukee has 18 hits and 16 LOB.  Fergie Jenkins gives up all the runs in 6+ innings.

In Seattle’s 6–2 win over Oakland, Mariner’s catcher Skip Jutze is caught stealing home twice, in the 4th and in the 6th, likely tying a ML record. Jutze will end his ML career with one steal and 6 CS. The battery of Vida Blue and Eddie Williams catch 3 runners trying to steal home, 2 in the 4th.

Don Sutton (6-1) allows 7 runs in 3 innings as first-place Pittsburgh rolls to an 11-4 win over the Dodgers. The Corsairs are led by Dave Parker, who belts 2 homers, including a grand slam, and Omar Moreno who hits a 3-run homer.  Pittsburgh swipes 6 bases to help John Candelaria go to 6-0.

Ron Guidry stops a 3-game Yankee losing streak with a 4-hitter to defeat the Orioles, 8–2.

24thCarlos May and Graig Nettles hit back-to-back homers in the 6th as the Yankees come from behind to defeat the Red Sox, 6–5.

25th  CF Lyman Bostock has 12 putouts in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, tying the ML mark, as the Twins sweep the Red Sox, 13–5 and 94. Bostock is only the 3rd big leaguer to do it in 9 innings and just the second CF in this century. His 17 putouts in the twinbill is also an AL record. Larry Hisle has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and 5 RBIs in the opener, while Rod Carew is 5-for-6. Carlton Fisk and George Scott hit back-to-back homers for Boston, the 5th time this year the Red Sox have done it.

Dan Warthen digs himself a hole by walking the first four Cubs hitters to tie the NL mark set in 1941 by Johnny Vander Meer. The Cubs score 4 times in the frame and beat the Expos, 7-2.

26th  Rickey Henderson of the Modesto A’s (California League) steals 7 bases to tie the minor league record. Henderson will steal 95 in 134 games.

27th  Ken Reitz hits a grand slam in the 6-run 4th as the Cardinals beat the visiting Expos, 7-3. St. Louis is in 3rd place behind the Pirates and Cubs.

28th  At Boston, the Red Sox outslug the Royals to win, 17–12. Jim Rice has a HR and 5 RBIs, while Yaz, Carlton Fisk, Dwight Evans and George Scott also homer. Leading the Royals is Hal McRae, who has a double, triple and homer to drive in 4 runs. McRae will end the year as just the 4th player this century to top 50 doubles (54), 10 triples (11) and 20 homers (21) in a season. Only Gehrig (1927), Chuck Klein (1932) and Joe Medwick (1937) have reached those levels. Grady Sizemore, in 2006, will be the next.

Alvin Dark replaces John McNamara as the Padres manager.

A Stadium crowd of 54,881, on hand for Jacket Day, watch as the White Sox cuff Ron Guidry for 16 hits, en route to a 9–4 win over the Yankees.

The Red Sox swap Danny Darwin to the Cubs for P Ramon Hernandez and sell P Tom House to the Mariners.

The Cubs move into first place, beating the Pirates, 6–3. Bruce Sutter earns the save with three scoreless innings.

29th  Johnny Bench’s 1st-inning grand slam off Rick Rhoden jump starts the Reds to an 8–1 win over the Dodgers.

Larry Parish is 5-for-5, including 3 homers, with 5 RBIs and 5 runs scored to lead the Expos to a 14-4 win over the Cardinals. Del Unser also homers for Montreal.

At County Stadium, Texas uses 3 hits in the 111th to score and beat the Brewers, 5-4.  Sal Bando is 0-for-1 with 5 walks and 2 runs for Milwaukee.

30th  Twenty-two-year-old Dennis Eckersley (5–3) fires a no-hitter as the Indians top the Angels, 1–0. Eck walks 1 and strikes out 12. Frank Tanana (8–2) with 3 shutouts in his last 4 games, takes the loss. The only run comes in the 1st inning when Duane Kuiper lines a ball to CF Gil Flores that skips under his glove for a triple. Jim Norris then squeezes Kuiper home.

The Padres sweep a doubleheader from the Giants 12–8 and 9–8. San Diego’s Mike Ivie ties an NL record with 5 doubles in the twinbill, while his club ties the ML mark by using 41 players, including 13 pitchers, in the twin bill. The two teams set an NL record for most players used by two teams in a doubleheader (74). Jack Clark hits a grand slam for SF in the opener, and Darrell Evans adds two solo shots. In game 2, Ivie has 5 hits and 4 RBI.

Reggie Jackson and Graig Nettles hit back-to-back homers in the 2nd to lead New York to a 5–4 win against Boston.

31st  The Mets fire manager Joe Frazier, replacing him with 3B Joe Torre. Under Torre, the Mets stop the visiting Expos, 6-2.