1984 May

2nd  LaMarr Hoyt faces 27 batters in a 3–0 one-hitter against the Yankees. New York’s only hit is Don Mattingly’s opposite-field blooper in the 7th inning, which is followed by a double play.

      Cleveland’s Andre Thornton walks 6 times in an Indians win at Baltimore, 9–7, in 16 innings. Thornton joins Jimmie Foxx (6/16/1938) and Walt Wilmot (8/22/1891) as the only players to receive this many passes in a game, though they did it in regulation.

3rd  Bobby Ojeda strikes out a career-high 10 batters and outduels Jack Morris as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 1–0, handing Detroit (19-4) a 2nd consecutive loss.

      Kansas City first two hitters—Daryl Motley and Pat Sheridan—reach Milwaukee’s Don Sutton for home runs, but the Brewers come back to win, 6–5, in 10 innings. Reliever Tom Tellmann wins when Mark Brouhard strokes a bases-loaded single.

4th  At Minnesota, Oakland’s Dave Kingman hits a pop up that collides with the Metrodome, 180 feet up, and stays there. The ball is dislodged tomorrow. Frank Viola pitches 7 2/3 scoreless innings in the Twins 3–1 win.

5th  At St. Louis, Giants reliever Frank Williams makes his lone ML start, shutting out the Cards, 5–0, in 5 innings. It’s an official game, making Williams just the 4th and last pitcher this century to throw a shutout in his only ML start.

Baltimore downs the Rangers, 7-5 behind Eddie Murray and two pinch homers. Murray is 4-for-5 with a homer and John Shelby and Benny Ayala hit pinch blasts to tie the mark for pinch HRs by teammates.

6th  Cal Ripken hits for the cycle in Baltimore’s 6–1 win over Texas, completing the feat with a solo home run in the 9th inning.

8thMinnesota’s Kirby Puckett collects 4 singles in his first ML game, a 5–0 blanking of the Angels. He’s the 9th player in history to collect 4 hits in his first 9-inning game.

      In a barnburner at Wrigley, the Giants score 2 in the 9th to tie against the Cubs, but Chicago scores in the bottom o the 9th to win, 12-11. Keith Moreland’s single plates the winner after Jack Clark’s 2-out solo off Lee Smith ties it.  Ron Cey has a grand slam for Chicago.

      Alan Trammell connects for a 7th inning grand slam and Jack Morris (6-1) allows 7 hits as the Tigers defeat the Royals, 5-2.

9th  The longest—and slowest—game in AL history ends in the 25th inning when Harold Baines homers into the CF bleachers off Chuck Porter to give the White Sox a 7–6 victory over the Brewers. It is the latest homer in history. The game falls one inning shy of the ML record, but takes by far the most time to play: 8 hours and 6 minutes, surpassing the mark set in 1964 by 43 minutes. The contest was suspended yesterday after 17 innings with the score tied 3–3, Each team scores 2 runs in the 9th and each scores a ML record 3 more runs in the 21st, the Brewers plating three on a homerun by Ben Oglivie. The Sox lose a chance to win in the 21st as runner Dave Stegman is touched by 3B coach Jim Leyland, which leads to a Sox protest. Tom Seaver pitches the final inning to earn the win, then wins the regularly scheduled game as well, 5–4. Tom Paciorek of the Sox, who sets a ML record as he enters the game in the fourth inning and registers 9 at bats, striking out 3 times and collecting 5 hits. Dave Stegman gets fitted for a sombrero with 5 strikeouts.

      Umpire Joe West ejects 2 SportsChannel cameramen Al Friedman and Doug Zimmer, from Shea Stadium when they allow the Mets to view replays of a controversial play at the plate in which Hubie Brooks is called out. The Mets beat Atlanta, 3–1, with Ron Darling getting the win.

10th In the Giants 4–2 loss at Pittsburgh, the Giants CF Chili Davis throws out 2 runners in one inning. Dale Berra drives in 3 runs for the winners. Don Robinson, relieving in the 8th with the bases loaded and no outs, stops SF on no runs.

11th  The Tigers improve their record to 26-4 with an 8–2 win over the Angels and establish a new record for the best 30-game start in ML history, eclipsing the Dodgers 25-5 mark in 1955.

      At Comiskey, Larry Parrish has a double and a pair of homers, including a 1st-inning grand slam off Floyd Bannister as Texas downs the White Sox, 6-1. Frank Tanana allows 4 hits in the win.

12th  Cincinnati’s Mario Soto is one out away from a no-hitter when the Cardinals George Hendrick hits a home run to tie the game 1–1. The Reds then rally for a run in the bottom of the 9th to give Soto a one-hit 2–1 victory.

      The visiting Angels and Tommy John stop the Tigers (26–5), 4–2. John goes 9 innings scattering 8 hits to beat Juan Berenguer. Rob Wilfong and Reggie Jackson belt homers with Reggie’s going over the RF roof.

      The Giants tip the Expos, 8–7, but lose 2B Manny Trillo when he is hit on the hand by a Steve Rogers pitch. Trillo will be out 6 weeks with the fracture.

13thScott Garrelts pitches 8 innings of scoreless relief, striking out 9, enabling the Giants to edge the Expos, 4–3.

15th  It’s a day for hitting pitchers.  Good hitting Tim Lollar leads the way by collecting all 4 RBIs, but his Padres lose 6–4.  The Cards win 9–1 over the Braves as Joaquin Andujar, a poor hitter, hits a grand slam. Just before his blast, Andujar looked into the Cards’ dugout, then gestured to the RF stands.

16th Pitcher Steve Carlton lifts a grand slam off Fernando Valenzuela to lead the Phillies to a 7–2 win over the Dodgers.

      Catcher Carlton Fisk hits for the cycle in a losing effort as Kansas City tops Chicago, 7–6. Fisk’s only triple of the year comes in the cycle and he joins the Pirates Bill Salkeld (1945) as the only catcher this century to hit his lone season triple in a cycle.

      The Twins sell 51,863 tickets to their 8–7 loss to the Blue Jays, but only 6,346 fans show up for the game. The skewed numbers are the result of a massive ticket buyout plan organized by Minneapolis businessman Harvey Mackay to keep the Twins in Minnesota; if the club does not sell 2.41 million tickets this season it can break its lease with the Metrodome. Taking advantage of reduced prices on the Family Day promotion, Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets.

      The Orioles release veteran pitcher Jim Palmer, who was 0–3 with a 9.17 ERA this season. Palmer is asked to retire and accept a job with the organization, but he declines, hoping to find a roster spot on another ML team.

17thIn the 3rd inning at Cincinnati, Mario Soto strikes out four Cub batters (Tom Veryzer, Dick Ruthven, Bob Dernier and Ryne Sandberg) en route to a 5–3 Reds victory.  Eric Davis pinch hits for the Reds wearing no number. Like Joe Horlen in 1961, the only road uniform available has no number.

      In the Padres 5-4 win over the Expos, Alan Wiggins has 5 stolen bases.

18th  Larry McWilliams wins his first of the year as Pittsburgh stops the Braves, 6-0. Batterymate Tony Pena provides the offense with a grand slam.

      At County Stadium, Andre Thornton hits a 7th inning grand slam as Cleveland beats Milwaukee, 8-4. Thornton finishes with 3 hits and Julio Franco has 4.

19th  The Cards score 6 in the 1st inning in an easy 9–1 win over the Reds. Joaquin Andujar wins his 7th complete game and leads the NL in wins, CG, and IP. In his ML debut, Reds Eric Davis pinch hits wearing no number. Like Joe Horlen in 1961, the Reds only available road uniform has no number.

      Pat Sheridan clubs a 4th inning grand slam, off Charlie Hough, to lead Kansas City to a 6-2 victory over Texas.

20th  Boston’s Roger Clemens strikes out 7 batters in 7 innings en route to his first ML victory, 5–4 over the Twins.

23rd  In a rematch against Steve Carlton, who hit a grand slam off him on May 16th, Fernando Valenzuela strikes out 15 Phillies while pitching the Dodgers to a 3-hit 1–0 victory.

      At Anaheim, 41,205 watch as Dan Petry and the Tigers clip the Angels, 4–2, to run Detroit’s record to 34–5.  Detroit has now won 16 straight on the road to tie the AL record of the 1912 Senators.  The win goes to Dan Petry (7–1). Losing pitcher is reliever Frank LaCorte, who takes his last ML loss when he gives up a two-run homer in the 7th to Lance Parrish. LaCorte will beat the Yankees Phil Niekro on the 29th for his last win.

24th  Detroit (35-5) beats California 5–1 for its 17th consecutive win on the road, breaking the AL record set by the 1912 Senators, and tying the ML mark set by the 1916 Giants. Jack Morris (9–1) allows 4 hits in 9 innings to win, and he is backed by homers from Lance Parrish and Alan Trammell. The Tigers will finally lose tomorrow in Seattle, 7–3.

      An hour after beating Baltimore 3–2, Oakland fires manager Steve Boros and replaces him with coach Jackie Moore. Boros, who was criticized as being “too nice,” had led the A’s to a 20-24 start, just 212games off the pace in the weak AL West.

      Let’s play two! Steve Goodman sings “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” from the aisle and the Cubs sweep. In game 1 against the Braves at Wrigley, Leon Durham has a pair of 3-run homers off Pascual Perez to lead the Cubs to a 10-7 win. Bob Dernier is 5-for-5, the same thing he did against the Braves last year when he was with the Phillies. Ron Cey has a 3-run homer in game 2 as the Cubs win, 7-5.

      At Exhibition Field, the Blue Jays edge the Expos, 6-5, in 13 innings.  The Pearson Cup match draws 24,768 fans, the biggest is the series history.

25th  The Texas Rangers coast to an 11–0 win over the White Sox on the strength of Charlie Hough’s 3-hitter. Tom Seaver takes the loss. The Rangers score 7 times in the 3rd inning as Gary Ward makes all 3 outs with a ground out and a DP.

      The Red Sox trade P Dennis Eckersley and minor leaguer Mike Brumley to the Cubs for veteran Bill Buckner, who had been benched in Chicago in favor of Leon Durham. Buckner will immediately become Boston’s starting 1B.

      At Fenway, George Brett is a double shy of the cycle as he drives in 6 runs in the Royals 11-7 win over the Red Sox.  Roger Clemens gives up 10 hits and 5 runs in 5+ innings.

      Paced by Dave Kingman’s second grand slam of the year, the A’s score 6 runs in the 8th to beat the Yankees, 10-7. Oscar Gamble hits  a 3-run homer in the 9th for the pinstripers.

27th  At Seattle, the Mariners top the Tigers, 5–1, for their 3rd straight win over the front-runners.  The M’s have 14 hits, including 5 hit-and-run singles, to beat Dan Petry. Mike Young takes the win.  The Tigers now lead the Blue Jays and Orioles by 5 games.

      At Chicago, the Reds edge the Cubs 4–3 in a contest protested by both clubs. Ron Cey belts a 3rd inning blow originally called a homer by umpire Rippley. The Reds argue the call and, after an ump conference, the ruling is a foul.  The Cubs then protest. The umps then huddle with Reds manager Rapp and tell him that P Mario Soto is ejected from the game. Soto charges the field tackling Cubs coach Don Zimmer and then gets re-ejected. Both teams then file a protest.

      At Anaheim, Scott McGregor (6-3) and two relievers combine on a 4-hit shutout as the Orioles whitewash the Angels, 8-0. Al Bumbry has 4 hits for the O’s and Wayne Gross belts a grand slam and drives in 5 runs.

28th  Reggie Jackson hits a 4th-inning grand slam off Dennis Rasmussen to lead the Angels to a 6-2 victory over the Yankees.

29th  The Braves overcome a 4–0 deficit to beat the Cubs, 7–4, but lose 3B Bob Horner, who breaks his wrist diving for a ball and will be sidelined for the rest of the season. Horner broke the same wrist last year and missed the final 43 games.

30th  Kirk Gibson’s 9th inning homer, off Steve McCatty, gives the Tigers a 2–1 squeaker over the A’s.  Reliever Willie Hernandez is the winner.

31st  Mario Soto is suspended for 5 days by NL president Chub Feeney for his role in a 32-minute melee that marred the Reds-Cubs game on May 27th. After shoving 3B umpire Steve Ripley, who had signaled that Ron Cey’s long fly ball was a 3-run home run (it was later ruled foul), a bat-wielding Soto then tried to attack a park vendor who had thrown a bag of ice at him. Soto will be suspended again for 5 more days later in the season for his June 16th fight with Claudell Washington.