1989 May

1st  In San Francisco, Cubs catcher Damon Berryhill hits a leadoff homer in the 12th, off Mike LaCoss, and Chicago wins, 4–3, over the Giants. Jeff Pico is the winner.

2nd  At Toronto, Rance Mulliniks clubs a 1st inning grand slam for the Blue Jays, but the A’s answer with one of their own when Mark McGwire hits a four-run homer in the 9th as Oakland wins, 8-5.

      At the Kingdome, Jeffrey Leonard’s 3rd-inning grand slam starts the scoring as the Mariners sink the Tigers, 7-2.

3rd  Andre Dawson has a triple and homerun to drive in 3 runs as the Cubs edge the Padres, 5-4.

4th  Toronto’s Junior Felix hits the first pitch he sees in the big leagues for a home run off Kirk McCaskill, but the Blue Jays lose, 3–2, in 10 innings. He is the 27th AL player ever to homer in his first ML at bat, and the 10th to do so on the first pitch.

      Cleveland’s John Farrell no-hits the Royals for 8 innings before Kevin Seitzer singles. Doug Jones nails down the 3–1 one-hitter.

5th  Andre Dawson collects 4 hits to lead the Cubs to a 4–2 win over the Dodgers. Dawson has now collected 8 hits in his last 8 at bats, including 2 homers and 2 triples. He is 10-for-12 with 3 homers and 3 triples. However, on May 11th he’ll undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and miss 33 games.

      Paced by the Smiths, Atlanta whips Montreal, 13-3. Pitchers Zane is the winner while Lonnie has a homerun and scores 5 runs. Andres Thomas has 4 hits and 5 RBIs for the Braves, while Jody Davis drives in 4 runs.

9th  For the first time since April 10th, no ML games are shutouts, ending a streak of 29 consecutive days with at least one shutout.

      Mets SS Kevin Elster and Red Sox catcher Rick Cerone end their ML-record errorless game streaks for their positions. Elster had played 88 consecutive games without an error while Cerone had played 159.

      A’s slugger Jose Canseco has an operation to repair a stress fracture in his left hand and will miss the first half of the season.  The injury occurred after just 9 at bats in the Cactus League.

10th  Mark Langston no-hits Toronto for 8 innings before Tom Lawless singles and the Blue Jays rally for 3 runs to beat Seattle 3–2. It is the 3rd time this season that the Blue Jays have broken up a no-hit bid in the 9th inning.

      The Cubs lose to the Giants, 4–3 when a rally falls short. Jerome Walton is tagged for the last out as he is crawling to 3B. Walton injures his hamstring on the play and will miss a month.

11th  Just 3 days after vetoing a proposed trade to Pittsburgh for OF Glenn Wilson, 37-year-old catcher Alan Ashby is waived by the Astros making way for Craig Biggio to take over.

      The Tigers, with the worst record in the ML, lose 3–1 to their Toledo farm club. The winning pitcher is 40-year-old Mud Hens manager John Wockenfuss, who never pitched during his 12-year ML career.

12th  San Francisco’s Rick Reuschel beats Montreal 2–1 for his 200th ML win.

13th  Kirby Puckett hits 4 doubles in the Twins 10–8 win over the Blue Jays, tying the ML single-game record. He will hit 2 more doubles in a 13–1 win tomorrow to tie the 2-game record.

15th  The Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams and replace him with hitting coach Cito Gaston. Williams led the club to a 12-24 start and had several publicized run-ins with star slugger George Bell, who refused to be the DH.

      After the Giants Scott Garrelts and the Phillies Don Carman each throw 9 scoreless innings, the Giants break the silence when Will Clark and Kevin Mitchell hit back-to-back homers in the top of the 12th.  Bob Dernier answers for the Phils with a 3-run walkoff inside-the-park homer to give the Quakers a 3-2 victory.

      The Angels edge the Yankees, 4-3, in 11 innings. Roberto Kelly has 3 hits, including a homer for New York, and steals 4 bases.

      In the Tigers 3-2 win over the White Sox, Chicago pinch runner Darryl Boston ends the game by being thrown out at home on an attempted double steal. The play goes 2-4-2. It won’t happen again till 2012.

      The Twins lose, 4–3, to the Royals and also lose Kent Hrbek, who dislocates his left shoulder diving for a ball. He’ll be out till June 26.  Before the injury, Hrbek hits his 7th homer of the year.

19th  In Oakland, the Red Sox score in the top of the 9th to take a 2-run lead over the A’s, but Oakland plates 2 runs on 4 hits to tie. In the 10th,  Dwight Evans connects for a grand slam off his old teammate Dennis Eckersley and the Sox win, 7-4.

      Tim Belcher allows 3 hits—2 by Tim Raines—in shutting out the Expos, 8-0.  Dodger teammate Jeff Hamilton accounts for half the runs with a 7th inning grand slam.

20th  The Twins score 15 runs in the last 4 innings at Texas to pound the Rangers, 19-3.  Randy Bush has a pair of 3-run homers and drives in 8 runs. John Moses has a HR and 3 RBIs and Greg Gagne adds a 3-run homer. Roy Smith (3-1) is the beneficiary of the offense.

21st At Anaheim, Claudell Washington has a single, double and two homers to drive in 4 runs, and Bill Schroeder belts a 3rd-inning grand slam, off Bill Wegman, to pace the Angels to a 12-9 win over Milwaukee.

23rd  Cleveland loses to Detroit, 7–2, to drop its record to 21-22, but remains in first place in the AL East by percentage points. It is the latest in a season a sub-.500 team has ever been in first place.

      David Wells picks up a win with 3 innings of relief as Toronto edges the visiting Twins, 2-1.  All the runs score on sac flies.

24th  Yankees reliever Lee Guetterman gives up 5 runs in the 9th inning of New York’s 11–4 loss to California, ending his consecutive scoreless inning streak at 3023. It is the longest season-opening streak in the majors since Harry Brecheen’s in 1948, and the longest season-opening streak ever by a reliever.

25th It pays to shop around. After shopping him for several months, the Mariners finally trade star pitcher Mark Langston to Montreal for pitchers Randy Johnson, Brian Holman, and Gene Harris.

26thTodd Burns (4-0) and two relievers combine to one-hit the Yankees in a 4-0 Oakland victory.  For the third time in his career, Rickey Henderson has his team’s lone hit.

28th  A 2-run homer by George Bell in the 10th inning gives the Blue Jays a 7–5 win over the White Sox in their final game at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium. Bobby Thigpin takes the loss, with Tom Henke notching the win.

      Cleveland scores with 2 out in the 9th to edge first-place Baltimore, 1–0. Greg Swindell pitches the 4-hit shutout. Boston, in 2nd place in the AL East, is also shut out, 3–0, by California’s Kirk McCaskill.

      At Candlestick, the Giants stop the Phillies, 8-5. After Ken Howell loads the bases in the 3rd, Will Clark chills reliever Mike Maddux with a grand slam.

29th  Matt Nokes pounds a 4th inning grand slam, off Eric King, as the Tigers beat the White Sox, 4-2. Doyle Alexander pitches 7 shutout innings for the win.

      Phillies 3B Mike Schmidt, 39, retires. The future Hall of Famer is 7th on the all-time home run list with 548, but was hitting just .203 this season. He will still get elected to the All-Star team, but won’t play.

31st  Cito Gaston is named manager of the Blue Jays on a permanent basis.

      At Yankee Stadium, New York rookie Deion Sanders makes his debut. He throws out one Seattle runner, drives in a run, and triggers a 5-run rally in the 7th with a single.  Mattingly completes the scoring with a 2-run homer—his 4th hit of the game—in the 8th following a single and 2 steals by Steve Sax. New York wins, 9–5, with the decision going to Andy Hawkins.

      At Royals Stadium, the Twins score 5 runs in the 6th to ice a 7-1 rain-shortened victory over the Royals.  Dan Gladden’s grand slam off Tom Gordon is the big blow.

      The Senior Professional Baseball Association announces that it will begin its inaugural season on November 1st with 8 teams of players age 35 and over.