1978 May

3rd  At the Kingdome, Willie Horton has a single, double and grand slam to drive in 5 runs as the Indians sink the Mariners, 10-5.  Byron McLaughlin serves up the salami in the 1st inning.

Gary Carter hits a grand slam in the 3rd, off J.R. Richard (1-3), and drives in 5 runs to lead Montreal to a 10-3 win over the Astros. Ross Grimsley (5-0) is the winner.

5th  Pete Rose singles off Montreal’s Steve Rogers for career hit 3,000 and gets a hug at 1B from former teammate Tony Perez. The Expos beat the Reds, 4–3.

At Anaheim, Angels ace Nolan Ryan overpowers the Indians, 5-0 striking out 12 and allowing one hit. Duane Kuiper has a 6th-inning single for the Tribe’s only hit.

At Wrigley, Manny Trillo’s RBI double in the 10th gives the Cubs a 5-4 win over the Dodgers.  Steve Garvey has a double to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 21 games.

6th  Red Sox rookie Jim Wright fires a 3–0 shut out over Chicago in his first ML start.

In a 9–5 loss to Texas, Yankee 2B Willie Randolph pulls the hidden ball trick on Texas Bump Wills in the first inning. In 1980, Randolph will have it pulled on him (as noted by Bill Deane) and he joins Cepeda as the only 2 players known to pull off and have pulled on them the HBT.

Merv Rettenmund cracks a 7th inning pinch grand slam, against Dennis Kinney, as the Angels beat the Indians, 7-3.

7th  At Riverfront, the Expos stomp the Reds, winning, 19–5, then lose the nightcap, 4–2.  Pete Rose sits out game 2 because of stomach cramps, ending his consecutive games played at 678.

In a slugfest at the Kingdome, the Mariners outlast the Blue Jays to win, 9-7.  Rick Bosetti hits a grand slam in the top of the 8th for the Jays, and the M’s answer with 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th.  Leon Roberts hits a 2-run homer as he drives in 6 runs for Seattle.

8th  After a Bernie Carbo walk and a ground out the Royals intentionally walk Jim Rice to pitch to Yaz, who clouts a 3-run homer.  The Red Sox, down 5–4, beat the Royals, 8–4. Mike Stanley is the winner over Dennis Leonard.

10th  In a see-saw battle at Wrigley, the Padres beat the Cubs, 10-8. Dave Winfield has a pair of 3-run homers for San Diego. Gaylord Perry gives up 6 runs in 5 innings but takes the win.

11th  Jim Rice belts his 11th homer of the season to lead the Red Sox to a 5–4 win over Baltimore.  Fred Lynn adds a single, double and triple to help Bill Lee (5–0) to the win. Dennis Martinez takes the loss.

12th  In a 9–3 loss to the Rangers, Orioles outfielder Al Bumbry breaks his leg sliding into 2B. Except for 5 pinch hitting appearances in September, he is out for the year. Eddie Murray drives in all the O’s runs while Juan Beniquez has 4 hits and 3 RBIs for Texas.

In a rain-delayed and finally rain-called game at Comiskey, Wilbur Wood wins his third game despite going just 4.1 innings before being relieved. The White Sox win, 4-1, over the Brewers, in a game called after the first half of the 5th.  Wood is the first AL starter since 1949 to win a rain-shortened  game in less than 5 innings of work (as noted by Frank Vaccaro).

13thBehind Mike Torrez’s 3rd straight win, the Red Sox top the Twins 4–2 and take over sole possession of first place. Fred Lynn hits his 5th homer of the year, a 420-foot shot to dead center. Jeff Zahn takes the loss.

14th  Happy Mother’s Day, Mrs. Kingman. Dave Kingman drives in 8 runs with a single and 3 HRs, including a 15th-inning 3-run shot that gives the Cubs a 10–7 win over the Dodgers. This is the 2nd time he has enjoyed a 3-HR, 8-RBI day at Dodger Stadium.

Bob Sykes, in his second start for the Tigers, tosses his 2nd straight shutout, beating the A’s, 15–0, on 4 hits.  Pete Broberg retires just 5 batters in taking the loss.

16th  The White Sox trade OF Bobby Bonds to the Rangers for OF Claudell Washington and OF Rusty Torres.

The Tigers top Seattle, 4–2, in 16 innings, winning on a walkoff home run by Lance Parrish. Steve Foucault, who pitches the last 3 innings, gets the win. Relief ace John Hiller tosses 6 2/3 shut out innings. The M’s Ruppert Jones ties a ML record for CF by making 12 putouts.

David Clyde, who has not won since May, 1974, tosses a 4-hitter to lead the Indians to a 3–2 win over the A’s.  The winning runs are unearned for Cleveland.

The Reds Tom Seaver strikes out 13 in beating the Expos, 7–1, in Montreal.

17th  Lee Lacy hits a pinch HR as the Dodgers beat the Pirates 10–1. It is Lacy’s 3rd consecutive HR in a pinch-hitting role, setting a ML record. His previous blasts were on May 2nd and 6th.

The Dodgers trade outfielders, sending Glenn Burke, 25, to Oakland for Billy North. Burke will later contend that he was traded from the Dodgers for dating Tommy Lasorda’s son.

18th  Lenny Randle is 3-for-3 with 3 walks and 5 runs scored to lead the Mets to an 8-7 win over the Braves. Randle walks in the 10th and comes around to score the winning run.

Paced by Don Baylor’s grand slam, the Angels score 6 in the 3rd on their way to beating the host White Sox, 9-5. Ron Schueler serves up the homer.

19th  Detroit’s Bob Sykes, after two straight shutouts, finally is scored upon, giving up 2 runs against the Red Sox in 8 innings. Hiller relieves in the 9th for a 7–5 Detroit win.

The Mets send Ken Henderson to the Reds for P Dale Murray.

Rick Monday drives in 6 runs for the Dodgers, but they fall short, losing to the Giants, 10-7. Bill Madlock has 3 hits, including a 3-run homer, and 4 RBIs, Darrell Evans adds a pair of homers, and Mike Sadek drives in 3 runs.

20th  J.R. Richard strikes out 8 in shutting out the Braves as Houston rolls to a 13-0 win. Jose Cruz has 4 hits, including a 2-run homer, and collects 6 RBIs.

21st  John Candelaria goes 7 innings and Kent Tukulve two frames as the Pirates shut out the Expos. 7-0. Rennie Stennett adds the cherry on the charlotte russe with a 9th inning grand slam.

22nd  Geoff Zahn and Mike Marshall combine to shut out the Rangers as the Twins win, 2-0. Jim Sundberg has a pair of hits to run his consecutive game hitting streak to 22 games.

23rd  With Oakland leading the AL Western Division (24-15), manager Bobby Winkles walks off the job. Jack McKeon takes over.

The AL approves the transfer of the Red Sox to a group headed by Jean Yawkey, Buddy LeRoux, and Haywood Sullivan. The purchase price is $15 million. Sullivan had a 7-year catching career for the Red Sox and Royals, while LeRoux was the Boston trainer for 8 years.

24th  The Cubs take over first with a 6–4 come-from-behind win over the Phillies. Rader’s 2-run triple ties the game in the 8th and Manny Trillo’s 2-run HR in the 10th wins it.

In a Florida State League game, the Tampa Tarpons push 18 runs across the plate in the 4th inning of a 20–2 win over Daytona Beach. The bizarre frame, which lasts over an hour, features 9 hits, 6 walks, 3 errors, 3 wild pitches, 2 passed balls, and an obstruction call. Fifteen runs score before the inning’s first out is recorded.

26th  Silvio Martinez, making his last start for Springfield (American Association) before joining the Cardinals, no-hits Omaha 4–0.

The Cardinals trade P Eric Rasmussen to the Padres for slugger George Hendrick. Hendrick will have 6 outstanding years in St. Louis, hitting .300 three times and twice knocking in 100 runs.

At Fenway, Dwight Evans hits a pair of homers and Jim Rice hits his 16th to lead Boston to a 6–3 win over Detroit.  Bill Lee goes all the way for his 7th win, and his 91st as a Red Sox.

Jim Spencer cracks a pinch grand slam in the 7th, off reliever Tom Murphy, as the Yankees top the Blue Jays, 4-3. John Mayberry hits a pair of homers to account for Toronto’s tallies.

Tony Perez and Larry Parrish homer for Montreal and Dave Cash scores 5 runs as the Expos pummel Pittsburgh, 15-1. They collect 20 hits to make it easy for Dave May to pick up the win.

27th  Ted Simmons gets ejected after hitting a homerun and tipping his cap to ump Paul Runge as he crosses the plate. Simmons had argued balls and strikes before he hit the homer, which ties the game at 2-2 in the 9th.  The Cubs win, 3-2, scoring a run in the 11th when DeJesus triples and scores on Buckner’s infield single.

28th  Mike Ivie reaches Don Sutton for a pinch grand slam in the 6th and the Giants edge the Dodgers, 6-5.

29th  At Veterans Stadium, Richie Hebner’s single in the 14th drives in the winning run as the Phils edge the Pirates, 4-3. Garry Maddox has 4 hits and 4 stolen bases, as the Phils swipe 7.

30th  In his first ML start, the Cardinals Silvio Martinez hurls a one-hit 8–2 victory over the Mets. Steve Henderson homers in the 7th inning for the lone safety. Martinez will spin 2 one-hitters and two 2–hitters this season. Four days ago he threw a no-hitter at Springfield against Omaha (American Association). Martinez relieved 10 times last season for the White Sox.