1987 May

1st  Eric Davis connects for a grand slam and solo homer off Don Carman to lead the Reds to an 8-5 win over the Phillies. Mario Soto (2-0) is the winner.

      Free-agents Ron Guidry (Yankees), Rich Gedman (Red Sox), Bob Boone (Angels), and Tim Raines (Expos) all re-sign with their former clubs on the first day that they are allowed to do so. Doyle Alexander will re-sign with the Braves on May 5th.

2nd  After having missed spring training as an unsigned free agent, Montreal’s Tim Raines debuts with a 10th-inning grand slam. His 4-for-5 leads the Expos to an 11–7 win over the Mets.

      Graig Nettles and Dion James each hit grand slams to lead the Braves to a 12–4 rout of the Astros. It is the first time since July 3, 1966 (when pitcher Tony Cloninger did it by himself), that the Braves have hit 2 grand slams in one game.

3rd  Eric Davis belts 3 consecutive home runs, including a grand slam, to lead Cincinnati to a 9–6 win at Philadelphia. Davis drives in 7 runs. He was the last NL player to clock three homers in a game—September 10th of last year, also on the road.

      At the Metrodome, Kirby Puckett breaks a tie with a solo shot in the 8th as the Twins edge the Yankees, 4-3. Rickey Henderson swipes 4 bases for the Yankees.

      California rides three home runs, one a grand slam by Doug DeCinces, to an 11-4 victory over the Red Sox.  The Angels trail the Twins by a game.

4th  Candy Maldonado hits for the cycle to lead San Francisco’s 21-hit attack in a 10–7 win over St. Louis.

Tim Wallach hits 3 home runs and drives in 6 runs, but Montreal loses at Atlanta, 10–7.

5th  Chris Speier has a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as the Giants beat the host Cardinals, 10-6.

      At Comiskey, the Yankees Joe Niekro and Chicago’s Bill Long throw 2-hitters, as the White Sox win, 2-0. Both of the Yankee hits are by Dan Pasqua.  For Chicago, both hits come in the 3rd when the Sox combine two walks, 2 steals and a HBP to plate the 2 runs.

7th  in a PCL game at Colorado Springs, the altitude and a 41-MPH wind help as the two teams combine for 13 homers. Luis Medina and Ron Tingley hit two apiece as the home team totals eight, while Charlie Hayes hits two for visiting Phoenix.

8thPete Ward clubs two homers, one a 3-run shot, off Mark Portugal and Mike Pagliarulo has two homers, one a walkoff grand slam in the 9th off Jeff Reardon, as the Yankees beat the visiting Twins, 11-7. The walkoff grand slam is the sixth by a Yankee; the last to do it was Ruppert Jones, in 1980.

9th  Eddie Murray homers from each side of the plate for the 2nd consecutive game, a ML first. Murray’s 4 home runs in 2 days help the Orioles to 7–6 and 15–6 wins over the White Sox. Yesterday, Murray took righty Jose DeLeon and lefty Ray Searage deep; today it is Joel McKeon (LHP) and Bob James (RHP).

After going 15 years without one, Chris Speier hits his 2nd grand slam in less than a week to lead San Francisco to a 9–4 win over Pittsburgh. Speier also connected for a grand slam against the Cardinals on May 5th.

10th  Greg Swindell strikes out 15 batters and wins his second of the year as Cleveland tops the Royals, 4-2.

12th  The Tigers claw the Angels, 15–2, collecting 18 hits. Catcher Mike Heath has 4 hits, including a homer, and prompts a possible protest by Angels manager Gene Mauch when he scoops up a dropped pitch with his mask in the 3rd inning.  It’s legal on a pitch, not on a throw.

      Leadoff batter Barry Bonds scores 4 runs and hits a 3-run homer to pace the Pirates to a 12-5 victory over the Padres.

      Baltimore’s Fred Lynn belts an 8th inning grand slam and Larry Sheets hits a pinch 3-run homer in the 9th to finish the Twins, 10-7.

13th  Terry Harper has a homer and 4 RBIs to lead the Tigers to a 10-7 victory over the Angels.  The Haloes make it close with 6 runs in the last 2 innings. Mark Ryal hits a pinch homer in the 8th and adds a second homer in the 9th. He’s the first Angel to do that, but Jack Howell will match him in two weeks.

      Mitch Webster has a grand slam as Montreal takes a 6-0 lead, but the Reds respond with homers by Eric Davis, Bo Diaz, Barry Larkin and Dave Parker to overwhelm the Expos, 12-6.  Tracy Jones adds 4 hits and 4 ribbies for the Reds. 

14th  Rickey Henderson hits a leadoff grand slam and Don Mattingly adds a grand slam as the Yankees roll by the Rangers, 9-1.

16th  After starting off with an 18–2 record, the Brewers drop their 10th in a row, losing 13–0 to Kansas City.  The Brew Crew’s only hit off Charlie Leibrandt is a bunt single by Bill Schroeder.

      The Phillies stop the Padres, 9-0, on Don Carman’s 3-hitter. Carman also has his first ML hit after going 0-for-48.

17th  Terry Kennedy hits Baltimore’s only home run in a 3–2 win over the Angels, ending the Orioles’ streak of 9 consecutive games with at least 2 home runs. The Orioles will go on to hit HRs in 14 consecutive games.

      The Cardinals collect 15 hits, including a grand slam by Tom Pagnozzi, in beating the Reds, 10-2.  St. Louis stays tied for first place in the NL West.

      At Three Rivers, Jim Morrison lights the fire with a triple in the 8th, then scores the go ahead run as the Pirates trip the Braves, 6-5. Ed Olwine takes the loss for his only ML decision. He will appear in 80 games without winning, a ML record.

19th  Despite getting a club-record 13 strikeouts from pitcher Ted Higuera, Milwaukee loses its 12th straight game 5–1 to the White Sox. The Brewers, who started the season 13-0, are now 20-15 and in 3rd place in the AL East.

      Bill Buckner raps his 2,500th career hit, a single off Bret Saberhagen in Boston’s 4–1 loss to Kansas City. Saberhagen is now 7–1.

20thAt Cleveland, Tom Brunansky hits a 7th inning grand slam off Tom Candiotti and the Twins beat the Tribe, 8-2.

23rd At Wrigley, the Cubs outlast the Braves to win, 7–6, in 16 innings.  Ryne Sandberg greets new reliever Acker with a single and Jerry Mumphrey doubles him home.  Dale Murphy is 2-for-3 and is walked 5 times for the 2nd time in his career. Teammate Ozzie Virgil strikes out 5 times. The Braves garner 14 walks—6 off winning pitcher Jamie Moyer, who allows no runs in 4.1 innings—and strand 17 runners.

24th  Jack Clark belts a grand slam in the 2nd inning as the Cards take a 7-0 lead on the Astros, eventually winning 8-2. Joe Magane (4-0) is the victor.

25th  At Fenway, Ellis Burks snaps a 6-6 tie with a 5th inning grand slam as Boston beats Cleveland, 10-6.

27th  Greg Gross joins 1987’s record-setting HR parade with his first home run since 1978, a 2-run shot in the top of the 8th that sparks the Phillies to a 6–4 win over San Diego. An all-time record 4,458 home runs will be hit in the major leagues this season.

      In an 8-6 loss to the Orioles, Jack Howell hits a pinch homer plus another homer for the Angels. He is the second Angel to accomplish the feat in 2 weeks. Mark Ryal did it on the 13th, also in a losing cause.

28th  Cleveland’s Joe Carter hits 3 home runs in a game in Boston’s Fenway Park for the 2nd time in his career, but the Indians fall to the Red Sox 12–8. Dwight Evans drives in 6 runs for Boston.

      Baltimore’s Mike Young ties a ML record by hitting a pair of extra inning home runs, connecting consecutively in the 10th and 12th innings off DeWayne Buise. He’s just the 5th major leaguer to do it and the first since Ralph Garr, in 1971. The Orioles edge the Angels, 8–7. The Orioles will set an AL mark for a month by belting 58 homers.

29th  Pete O’Brien drives in 4 runs and scores 5 runs to lead the Texas Rangers to a 16-5 win over Kansas City. Bo Jackson has a pair of homers for the losers.

In the Tigers 15-7 win over the Twins, the two teams combine for 8 homers. Tom Brookens has a grand slam for the winners while Mark Salas, who enters the game in the 7th  has 5 RBIs on two homers for the Twins.

30th  The Reds Eric Davis ties a ML record by hitting his third grand slam of the month in a 6–2 win over the Pirates. He ends the month’s tear with a record 19 homers.

31st  Ivan Calderon has 4 hits, including a pair of three-run homer off Al Nipper, but the White Sox are beaten by the visiting Red Sox, 10-9. Mike Greenwell hits a double in the 9th to drive in 2 runs and put the Hubmen ahead.  Kevin Schiraldi is the winner in relief as the Bosox overcome starter Al Nipper’s generosity of giving up 9 runs in 1+ innings.