1988 May

1stRob Deer belts a grand slam, off Buddy Black, to help lead the Brewers to a 10-6 win over the visiting Royals, Kansas City scores 4 in the 9th to close the gap.

2nd  Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days by NL president Bart Giamatti, the stiffest suspension ever levied against a manager for an on-field incident. On April 30th Rose shoved umpire Dave Pallone in the 9th inning of a 6–5 loss to the Mets, inciting a near riot among Cincinnati fans. Giamatti also calls a meeting in NYC with announcers Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall to discuss their “inflammatory and completely irresponsible remarks” during the game.

      Reds pitcher Ron Robinson is one out away from a perfect game against the Expos when pinch hitter Wallace Johnson singles on a 2-2 pitch, and Tim Raines follows with a home run. John Franco preserves the Reds’ 3–2 victory for fill-in manager Tommy Helms.

4th  Joe Niekro, 43, is released by the Twins, joining Steve Carlton and Tippy Martinez as the third veteran pitcher to be released by the club since Opening Day.

5th  Todd Benzinger and Dwight Evans each have 4 hits and 4 RBIs to lead the Red Sox to a 16-3 Fenway win over the White Sox. Marty Barrett adds 4 hits in the 18-hit attack.  Bruce Hurst (5-0) goes 7 innings for the victory.

      Alvin Davis hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs as Seattle whips the Indians, 7-2. Bill Swift (2-0) goes 8 innings for the win.

6th  At the Kingdome, Pat Sheridan hits a pinch grand slam in the 8th for Detroit to give them a 7-4 lead over the Mariners. A Gary Pettis homer in the 9th makes it 8-4.

      In a 10-2 Dodger victory over the Cardinals, Jose Oquendo hits his third bases-loaded triple of the year, which ties the ML record. He is the only one to play fewer than 100 games in the season and accomplish the feat. He will have just three triples this year.

7th  At Arlington, Texas scores a run in the 9th to edge the Yankees, 3-2. Rickey Henderson has one of the two Yankee hits, scores 2 runs and steals 4 bases for the 13th time in his career.

8th  Pittsburgh’s Doug Drabek takes a no-hitter into the 9th before allowing a pinch single to Randy Ready and a home run to Marvell Wynne, but wins a 6–2 two-hitter over the Padres.

      Vance Law hits a 3-run homer and drives in 6 runs as the Cubs beat the visiting Giants, 13-7.  Ryne Sandberg collects 4 hits, including a pair of triples.

9th  Jerry Reuss picks up his 200th career victory with 713shutout innings in Chicago’s 3–0 win over Baltimore.

      Oakland beats Detroit 3–1 to extend its club-record winning streak to 14 consecutive games, the longest in the majors since 1977. The A’s will finally lose tomorrow 8–2 to the Tigers after starting the skein on April 23rd.  Oakland leads by 8 games in the AL West.

      The Reds Danny Jackson (5-1) beats the Phillies, 2–0, one of his NL-high 15 complete games this year.  David Palmer  takes the loss, the 10th straight time he has lost to the Reds.

10th  Mark Langston strikes out a 16 batters in a 4–2 win over Toronto, equaling the 1988 ML high set yesterday by Boston’s Roger Clemens ina 2–0three-hitter over the Royals.

11th  Six games go into extra innings, tying the one-day ML record. The Mets beat the Astros 9–8 in 10; the Pirates beat the Dodgers 2–1 in 11; the Phillies beat the Reds 4–3 in 11; the Cubs beat the Padres 1–0 on Vance Law’s 10th-inning squeeze bunt; the Giants beat the Cardinals 5–4 on Kevin Mitchell’s home run in the 16th; and the Indians beat the Angels 4–3 on Bryan Harvey’s 13th-inning balk.

13th  Barry Bonds hits a leadoff homer for the 2nd day in a row and the Pirates edge the Reds, 6-5. Barry’s father accomplished the same feat in 1973.

      At Fenway, 9 homers are hit by the two teams, 2 by Mike Greenwell, as Boston outslugs the Mariners, 14-8. Oil Can Boyd is kicked around by emerges with the win.

14th  IF Jose Oquendo becomes the first nonpitcher in 20 years to get a ML decision in the Cardinals’ 7–5, 19-inning loss to the Braves. St. Louis had used 7 pitchers when Oquendo comes in to pitch the 16th inning. He shuts out the Braves for 3 innings before surrendering the game-winning 2 runs.

15th  Willie Wilson has 4 hits, including a homer, and Danny Tartabull adds a grand slam as Kansas City beats Charlie Hough and the White Sox, 5-4.

18th  In Oakland’s 39th game of the season, pitcher Dave Stewart breaks the ML record with his 12th balk in a 4–1 loss to the Red Sox. Stewart will finish the season with 16 balks.

      In a deal made possible by the emergence of rookie 1B Mark Grace, the Cubs deal veteran 1B Leon Durham to the Reds for reliever Pat Perry.

19th  Greg Swindell tosses a 2-hitter against Chicago and wins, 1-0, when Cory Snyder hits a game-ending HR in the 9th for Cleveland off Bobby Thigpen. Both of Chicago’s hits are by Kenny Williams.

20th  Mike Schmidt hits his 535th career home run to move past Jimmie Foxx into 8th place on the all-time list, but the Phillies lose to San Diego 4–3.

      Paul Kilgus (6-3) allows one hit as the Rangers stop the Twins, 3-0.  Gary Gaetti’s double in the 8th is the lone safety.

      Chris Speier, who came in for an injured Rob Thompson, belts a grand slam, one of four homers for the Giants, as San Francisco beats the visiting Expos, 11-2.

22nd  Pedro Guerrero throws his bat at David Cone after being hit by a pitch in the Dodgers’ 5–2 loss to the Mets and will be suspended for 4 games by NL president Bart Giamatti.

      In game 1 at Arlington, Randy Bush scores 4 runs and Tim Laudner drives in 4 to pace the Twins to a 15-5 victory over the Rangers. Gary Gaetti accounts for the scoring in game 2 with a grand slam as Minnesota sweeps, 4-2.

23rd  Braves manager Chuck Tanner is fired and replaced by Russ Nixon. The Braves were 12-27 under Tanner, last in the NL West.

      Danny Tartabull, who hit an IPHR against Bert Blyleven last October, does it again in the Metrodome. The Twins hang on for a 7–5 win over KC. Bert also served up a pair of IPHR to Dick Allen in the dome in 1972, his only other IPHRs at Minnesota.

25th  At the Vet, the Dodgers shut out the Phillies, 4-0, on Tim Leary’s one hitter.  Darren Daulton’s single in the 3rd is the only hit he allows.

27th  Boston’s Dwight Evans collects his 2,000th career hit, in a 3–2 Red Sox loss to Oakland.

28th  The Padres fire manager Larry Bowa and replace him with Jack McKeon, who is also the club’s vice president of baseball operations. McKeon’s son-in-law, Greg Booker, has pitched in 17 of the first 46 Padre games, but will appear in just 17 games the rest of the year.

      Mickey Brantley clubs a 1st-inning grand slam and that is all the scoring Bill Swift needs as Seattle wins over the Yankees, 6-1. Seattle’s infield records 22 assists, a ML record, and  Alvin Davis at 1B has a record tying 22 putouts. Yankee 1B Don Mattingly last season had 22 putouts, the most since 1906.

      In his first start since 1981, Milwaukee’s Odell Jones no-hits the Indians for 813innings before allowing a pinch single to Ron Washington. Dan Plesac saves the 2–0 victory.

31st  Jeff Pico throws a 4-hit shutout against the Reds to win his ML debut with the Cubs 4–0. He is the first Cubs pitcher to debut with a shut out since Bill Lee in 1934.

      Yankee starter Al Leiter makes one pitch before leaving the game. Oakland leadoff hitter Carney Lansford bounces the first pitch off Leiter for a single, then goes to 2B on Leiter’s error. Leiter is replaced by reliever Neil Allen who gives up just 3 hits in 9 innings to record a 5–0 shutout for New York without recording a complete game. Allen will have one shutout and no starts this year.  Pagliarulo hits a 2-run HR off Ontiveros to supply Allen with all the runs he needs.

      B.J. Surhoff’s 4th-inning single is the only hit off Dave Stieb as the Blue Jays shut out the Brewers, 9-0.

      At Tiger Stadium, the White Sox do all their scoring in the first 3 innings as they whip the Tigers, 10-1.  Ivan Calderon has a 2-run homer in the 1st, Gary Redus a grand slam in the 2nd, and Ron Karkovice finishes with a 3-run shot in the 3rd.