1986 May

1st  Atlanta clubs four homers and Zane Smith strikes out 12 batters as the Braves beat the Mets 7–2, ending New York’s club-record-tying 11-game winning streak. This is the only loss for the Mets in a 19-game span.

      For the second day in a row, the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 4–0. Yesterday’ winner was Bob Welch with a CG win; today the W goes to Rick Honeycutt.

3rd  Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett hits a home run on the game’s first pitch (from Walt Terrell) for the 2nd consecutive night, but the Twins lose to the Tigers 7–4. The night before Puckett hit Jack Morris’s first pitch for a home run to spark the Twins to a 10–1 victory.

      Cubs 3B Ron Cey hits his 300th and 301st home runs and Chicago scores 4 times in the top of the 9th to beat San Francisco 6–5.

      Don Mattingly ties the ML record with 3 sacrifice flies in the Yankees 9–4 win over the Rangers.

      Walt Terrell allows 4 runs—three on homers by Kirby Puckett and Gary Gaetti (2)—as the Tigers beat the Twins, 7-4. Darrell Evans cracks a grand slam for Detroit.

      It’s not the baseball that stinks today. A skunk wanders onto the field in the 7th inning at Jack Murphy Stadium and holds up the Padres–Pirates game for 7 minutes. The incident gives life to the rumor that a group of skunks live under the stadium, existing on peanuts and other food dropped by fans.  The Bucs score 3 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th to beat the Padres, 7–6.

4th  Veteran manager and executive Paul Richards dies. The innovative Richards is probably best known for designing the oversized catcher’s glove used to catch knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm.

      In Montreal, the Astros take a 6-1 lead when Terry Puhl belts a 4th inning grand slam, but Montreal comes back to win, 7-6, scoring a run in the 9th.

      At Riverfront, Ron Darling wins his second and Darryl Strawberry hits a pair of homers as the red-hot Mets beat the Reds, 7-2. New York is 16-4.

5thLance Parrish belts a pair of 3-run homers to lead Detroit to a 10-3 road win over Texas.

7th  Thirty-six-year-old Phillies OF Garry Maddox, an 8-time Gold Glove winner, retires. Only Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays have won more Gold Gloves in the outfield.

      At Wrigley, Steve Sax breaks a 4-4 tie with a 7th inning grand slam and the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 8-4.  Sax has 5 RBIs.

      The Indians win their 10th in a row, a 2-1 victory over the visiting Royals.  But the first-place Tribe will drop 9 of their next 10.

8th  Chuck Cottier is fired as manager of the Mariners. He will be replaced tomorrow by Dick Williams, who resigned as manager of the Padres in February.

      The Blue Jays overcome a 3rd-inning grand slam by Wally Joyner and edge the Angels, 7-6.

      Respect. In Pittsburgh’s 8-2 win over the Giants, San Francisco pitchers hand out three intentional base on balls to light-hitting Sam Khalifa. Khalifa is 2-for-2, while Jim Morrison and Sid Bream each garner 3 RBIs.

9th  Gary Gaetti hits a homer and drives in 4 runs as the Twins top the Tigers, 8-7. Harry Spilman has a grand slam for Detroit.

      Alvin Davis has a career day as he belts an RBI-single, a 3-run homer off Dave Stieb (0-4) and a grand slam off Don Gordon to lead the Mariners to a 13-3 clipping of the Blue Jays. Phil Bradley adds a double and homer and scores 4 runs.

11th  After Mark Bailey and Dickie Thon hit 9th inning homers to tie the Pirates at 3 apiece, Pittsburgh’s Bill Almon ends it in the 12th with an inside-the-park homer to give the Bucs a 4-3 win over Houston.

      Rick Dempsey hits a 5th-inning grand slam, off Charlie Leibrandt, to provide all of Baltimore’s scoring as they beat the Royals, 4-3. Storm Davis is touched for 10 hits in 6 innings, but is victorious.

12th  Texas routs Cleveland 19–2, handing the Indians their 4th straight loss after they had won 10 in a row to move into a first–place tie in the AL East. Tom Paciorek goes 5-for-6 to lead the Rangers’ 22-hit attack. One fan tosses a glass bottle at Jim Kern after he allows 8 runs in 1.1 innings of relief (as noted in Indians Journal).

13th  Helped by an unusual 3-6-1-2-4 triple play in the first inning, Seattle goes on to defeat Milwaukee 8–5. After Randy Ready and Ernest Riles walk to open the game, Cecil Cooper hits a bouncer to 1B Alvin Davis, who throws to 2B to force Riles. Cooper beats the return throw to 1B, but Ready is thrown out trying to score, and Cooper is thrown out at 2B trying to advance during the play at the plate.

14th  Reggie Jackson of the Angels homers off Boston’s Roger Clemens to move past Mickey Mantle on the all-time list with 537, but Boston scores 3 runs in the top of the 9th to win 8–5.

15th  The Royals score 5 in the 8th to beat the Indians, 6-3.  Frank White’s grand slam off Rich Yett is the big blow in the frame.

16th  A’s infielder Tony Phillips (5-for-5) hits for the cycle and drives in 4 runs as Oakland beats Baltimore 8–4.

17th  Dave Winfield hits a single, double and grand slam to drive in 6 runs as the Yankees sink the Mariners, 11-6. Don Mattingly has a pair of doubles and a homer for New York. Bob Tewksbury (4-2) gives up an unearned run in 7 innings for the win. The Yankees stay a half-game in back of Boston.

      Jesse Barfield has 3 hits, including a 3-run homer, to drive in 6 runs as the Jays top the Indians, 11-6, in Cleveland.

18th  George Foster has a pair of homers off Jerry Reuss and drives in 4 runs to pace the Mets to an 8-4 win over the Dodgers.  The win keeps the Mets 3 games ahead of Montreal.

      Hubie Brooks hits a 1st inning grand slam as the Expos score 7 runs on their way to an 8-3 victory over the host Padres.

      Eddie Murray has four hits, including his second grand slam of the year, to drive in 7 runs as Baltimore defeats the A’s, 12-4.

20th   Milwaukee falls behind 8–0 in the top of the first inning, but they storm back to defeat Cleveland 12–9.

21st   At Atlanta, the Braves outlast the Cubs to win 9-8 in 13 innings. Andre Thomas, who entered the game as a pinch runner, walks the bases load in the 13th.  Ken Oberkfell has 5 hits and Rafael Ramirez collects a record-tying 4 doubles.

22nd  Jimmy Key (3-3) pitches a splendid one-hitter, striking out 8, walking none and giving up a 5th inning single to Ozzie Guillen as the visiting Jays beat the White Sox, 5-0. Batterymate Ernie Whitt belts a grand slam in the 5th, off Rich Dotson.

23rd  Lee Lacy has 3 hits and 3 RBIs and Fred Lynn connects for a grand slam in the Orioles 7-5 victory over the Mariners.

      The Phoenix Firebirds (PCL) get doused by Hawaii, 31–5.

24th  At Dodger Stadium, Fernando Valenzuela (7-2) tosses a two hit shutout in beating the Phils, 6-0. Von Hayes has both hits for the Phillies, while Mike Scioscia has 4 hits for the Dodgers. This is the third time that Hayes has had the only hits for the Phils.

25th  George Brett collects his 2,000th hit, off Bryan Clark in the 4th inning of Kansas City’s 2–1, 17-inning victory over the White Sox. Brett finishes the day 1-for-7, while Scott Bankhead picks up his first ML win in his debut.

      Roger Clemens no-hits the Rangers for 7 2⁄3 innings before Oddibe McDowell singles and Clemens settles for a 2-hit 7–1 victory that improves his record to 8-0. Darrell Porter hits a 2-out homer in the 9th for the second hit against the Rocket.  Wade Boggs hits a 2nd-inning grand slam for Boston.

      At Cleveland, Pat Tabler is at bat for Toronto when pitcher John Cerutti picks Joe Carter off 1B unassisted. Cerutti beats Carter back to the bag. This same play occurred last month in an A’s-Twins game.

26th  Houston’s Jim Deshaies records his first ML win, striking out 10 Cardinals in 7 innings in the Astros’ 4–1 victory.

27th  At Cleveland, the Red Sox are leading the Indians, 2–0, in the 6th inning when the game is delayed then called on account of fog.  Mike Brown is the winning pitcher but Oil Can Boyd comes up with the winning quote about the called game: “That’s what you get when you build a ball park on the ocean?”

      George Foster hits a grand slam and Ron Darling (6-0) strikes out 12 in 9 innings as the Mets whip the Dodgers, 8-1. New York is 4.5 games ahead of Montreal, with everyone else way back.

      Terry Harper, who entered the game in the 11th inning on defense, belts a grand slam in the top of the 12th to provide Atlanta with a 6-2 win over the Pirates.

28th  In his 2nd start for the White Sox since being recalled from Triple A Buffalo, Joe Cowley ties a ML record by striking out the first 7 Rangers he faces, but still surrenders 6 runs in 413innings and loses 6–3. He finishes with 8 strikeouts. Cowley’s K record will be broken by Jim Deshaies before the season’s end.

29th  At Anaheim, the Tigers down the Angels, 7-4. All the Haloes runs come in on Dick Schofield’s grand slam.

30th  Mike Fitzgerald’s homer and single are the Expos only hits in their 1–0 victory over Houston. Bryn Smith and Jeff Reardon combine on a 3-hitter for Montreal.

      The Yanks and Sox complete a six-player swap with Ron Kittle, along with Wayne Tolleson and C Joel Skinner coming to New York. The White Sox receive—again—Ron Hassey, along with Carlos Martinez and a player to be named later (Bill Lindsey). Hassey was traded from the Cubs to the Yanks in December 1984, back to Chicago (Sox) in December 1985, back to the Bronx in February, and now to Chicago.

31st  Wade Boggs has his second 5-hit game in 11 days and raises his average to .402 as Boston beats Minnesota 7–2. Boggs will hit .357 this year to win his 3rd AL batting title. Through June 6, Boggs will have hit .400 over his past 162 games beginning with June 9, 1985. Tony Gwynn will match this feat.

      Harold Reynolds has 4 of Seattle’s 15 hits as the M’s down the Tigers, 7-4. Darnell Coles’ grand slam accounts for the Tigers’ scores.