1985 May

1st  Toronto’s Jimmy Key beats the Royals 6–3 to become the first lefthanded starter to win for the Blue Jays since Paul Mirabella on October 4, 1980, a span of 614 games.

4th  The wind is blowing out a Wrigley, and 7 homers are hit in the 12–8 Cubs win over the Padres.  Shawon Dunston hits his first ML homer, while Graig Nettles hits 2 for the Pads. Chicago gets 11 walks from the SD pitchers.

      At Riverfront, the Reds thrash the Mets, 14-2, behind Jay Tibbs (1-4) complete game win. Nick Esasky leads the offense with a grand slam.

5th  In Minnesota, Cal Ripken has 5 hits, including 2 doubles, and drives in 4 runs as the Orioles drop the Twins, 10-6.  Mike Boddiker (4-1) goes 7+ innings for the win.

7th  In Cleveland,  the White Sox overcome a 1st inning grand slam by Brook Jacoby, to beat Bert Blyleven and the Indians, 7-4. Floyd Bannister wins his first of the year.

      At Shea, the Mets are outhit 14 to 6, but beat the Braves, 5-3. Howard Johnson solos in the 1st and Gary Carter hits a 4-run homer in the 8th.

8th  Seattle’s Mike Moore no-hits the Rangers for 8 innings, then is driven from the game on 4 hits in the 9th. But the Mariners hang on for a 4–2 victory.

      Ryne Sandberg’s homer, off Mike Krukow, is the only score as Rick Sutcliffe and the Cubs beat the Giants, 1–0.

      Ken Griffey has a homer, double and 5 RBI for the visiting Yankees, but the Twins Gary Gaetti matches him with a grand slam and 5 ribbies as the Twins upend New York, 8-6.  Kent Hrbek drives in the other runs with two doubles and a homer.

9th  The Giants end a 24-inning scoring drought by scoring a run with 2-out in the 12th to beat Chicago, 1–0. Scott Gurralts is the winner with 4 innings of relief over Warren Brusstar.

      At Olympic Stadium, the Blue Jays and Expos play to a 2-2 tie in 11 innings in the Pearson Cup competition.

11th  Dennis Rasmussen allows 3 hits in 7 innings as the Yankees whip Kansas City, 11-3. Don Baylor has a grand slam and 5 RBI for New York.

      Sid Fernandez (6 IP) and Roger McDowell combine to one-hit the Phillies as the Mets win, 4-0.  El Sid strikes 9 in winning his first of the year. Von Hayes has the only hit for the Phils.

12th  Giants pitcher Jim Gott belts 2 home runs as San Francisco beats St. Louis 5–4 in 10 innings.

      Palmer and Riordon combine on a 6-hitter to pitch the Expos to a 4–0 win over Atlanta.  The Expos staff has now pitched 39 consecutive scoreless innings, and will add 2 more tomorrow. Atlanta also sets a club record by not scoring in 35 straight innings; they’ll add 3 more to that tomorrow.

      In response to a Pittsburgh grand jury investigating cocaine trafficking in baseball, Commissioner Peter Ueberroth calls for a testing policy.

      The Twins Frank Viola goes the distance to beat the front-running Orioles, 7-3, on a 4 hitter. Fred Lynn breaks the shutout with a 2-out 3-run homer in the 9th, his 7th of the year.  Randy Bush has a pair of doubles and a grand slam and Kent Hrbek has 4 hits.

13th  Trailing 8–0 after 2 innings, the Yankees rally to beat Minnesota 9–8 on Don Mattingly’s 3-run home run off Ron Davis with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th.

      At Cincinnati, a pinch grand slam in the 7th by Tony Perez breaks a 3–3 tie and the Reds top the Phillies, 7–3. Perez is the oldest in the 20th century to belt a slam, but Carlton Fisk will top this in 1991.

14th  Led by Ken Griffey’s grand slam in a 6-run 7th, the Yankees move to a game below .500 with a 10-7 win over the visiting Twins.

15th  At Exhibition Stadium, the Angels score 6 runs in the top of the 9th to stun the Blue Jays, 9-6. Only one of the runs is earned.  Jerry Narron’s 2-out pinch grand slam completes the scoring.

17th  The Cardinals trade OF Lonnie Smith to the Royals for minor leaguer John Morris, unloading Smith’s $850,000 salary and clearing the way for rookie OF Vince Coleman to play every day. Smith will play against the Cardinals in the World Series, the only player this century to play in the Fall Classic against a team that traded him during the season.

      The Rangers fire manager Doug Rader and replace him with Mets 3B coach Bobby Valentine. Texas was 9-23 under Rader, the worst record in the majors.

      Oriole rookie Fritz Connally hits his 2nd major league HR—and his 2nd grand slam—in a 11–3 win over Seattle.  Connally will hit one more HR before returning to the minors to stay.

18thAt Houston, the Astros beat the Cards, 6–5. Nolan Ryan caps Houston’s scoring with a 2-run single in the 8th. Nolan Ryan. It is his first since May, 1984, a strong of 57 hitless at bats.

      It’s a day for hitting pitchers as Atlanta’s Rick Mahler drills a 3-run double to help beat the Cubs, 4–3.

20th  The Indians-Brewers game at Cleveland Stadium becomes the first one rained out this season, ending a record string of 458 ML games played since Opening Day without a payoff on a rain check. Since 1900, no season had survived without at least one April shower.

Kevin Stock and Bob Loscaizo of Modesto (California League) both hit for the cycle in their team’s 23–4 win over Visalia.

21st  Vince Coleman’s first ML homer is inside-the-park as the Cards beat the Braves, 6–3. Bob Horner accounts for the Braves’ runs with 2 homers.

      Brian Dayett’s pinch grand slam in the 6th off Tom Browning lifts the Cubs to a 7–4 win over the Reds. It is Dayett’s only round tripper of the year and makes a winner of Dennis Eckersley.

23rd  At Texas, Gary Ward belts a 1st-inning grand slam, then scores the winning run in the 9th inning as the Rangers beat the Red Sox, 7-6.  Ward walks in the 9th and scores from 3B when Bob Ojeda hands out a walk with the sacks full.

      Jim Beattie serves up three homers—two to Don Baylor and one to Don Mattingly, but is the victor as Seattle tops the Yankees, 6-4. Phil Niekro goes the distance in the loss.  Ken Phelps grand slam is the difference.

25th  Rick Rhoden wins his 100th and Bill Almon hits his first grand slam as the Pirates thump the Braves, 8–2.

29th  At Comiskey, Carlton Fisk drives in 5 runs with a pair of homers and Ron Kittle drives in 3 with 2 homers as the White Sox prevail over the Blue Jays, 8-5.

      At the Astrodome, the Astros score 7 in the 7th to upend the Pirates, 8-3. Jim Pankvits belts a grand slam for Houston.

30th  San Diego’s Andy Hawkins runs his record to 10-0 with a 5–4 win over the Expos. He is the major leagues’ first 10-game winner this season. Martinez raps a 3-run homer in the 4th and a solo homer in the 6th for the Pads.

      Doc Gooden strikes out 14 in pitching the Mets to a 2–1 victory over the Giants.  Alex Trevino’s 1st homer of the year is the Giants’ only score.

      Typhoid Mary? Cleveland trades SS Johnny LeMaster, acquired earlier this month from the Padres, to Pittsburgh for a player to be named later (Scott Bailes).  LeMaster will end the year as a Pirate, but all three teams he plays for this year will finish in last place and lose 100 games.

31st  Danny Cox retires the first 23 Reds he faces before Dave Concepcion singles with 2 out in the 8th. Cox settles for a 2-hit 5–0 shutout.