1990 May

1st  The Braves Derek Lilliquist homers twice in a 5–2 win over the Mets, becoming the first pitcher to do so since Jim Gott in 1985.

2nd  Marty Clary pitches 7 innings for his lone win of the year (he’ll lose 10) as the Braves beat the host Expos, 8-1. Andres Thomas hits a grand slam in the 3rd and drives in 5 runs.

Gary Gaetti connects for a pair of 3-run homers off Jack Morris as the Twins trip the Tigers, 8-2. David West allows 3 hits in winning his second of the year,

3rd  New York rookie Mike Blowers, handed the starting hot corner job, ties an AL record by committing 4 errors at third base in the Yankees’ 10–5 loss to the Indians.

4th  The Red Sox trade reliever Lee Smith to the Cardinals for OF Tom Brunansky.

5th  Brian Harper clouts a grand slam in the Twins 5-run 8th as they come from a run down against the Brewers to win, 9-5.

6th  Cecil Fielder clubs 3 home runs, and Chet Lemon adds a pair but the Tigers still lose to the Blue Jays, 11–7. Toronto’s Kelly Gruber hits 2 HRs to give him 9 for the year, one behind Fielder. Ten home runs are hit in the game, one shy of the ML record.

Rickey Henderson hits a leadoff HR for the second game in a row and Curt Young stifles the Red Sox on 2 hits in 8 innings. Oakland wins, 4-2.  Henderson pushes his leadoff HR record to 43.

Mariners 3B Edgar Martinez makes 4 errors in a 5–4 win over the Orioles, tying the AL record last equaled by Mike Blowers just 3 days ago.

Rickey Jordan hits a grand slam as the Phillies score 6 runs in the 7th to come from behind and beat the visiting Dodgers, 9-5.

7th  Jose Canseco hits a 3-run homer and a solo shot, both off Tim Leary, as the A’s down the visiting Yankees, 5-1. Mike Moore pitches 7 solid innings for the win. A game highlight is manager Tony La Russa rescuing a feral cat from the field.

8th  Gerald Perry belts a grand slam as Kansas City scores 6 runs in the 1st inning against Nolan Ryan and beats Texas, 10-5. Ryan exits in the 1st in his shortest outing since 1985.

9th  At New York, the A’s edge the Yankees, 2–1, in 11 innings. Rickey Henderson plates the first run, scoring from 2B on a 6–3 ground out.  Honeycutt is the winning pitcher.

Louisville OF Bernard Gilkey sets an American Association record by collecting 3 hits—2 singles and a HR—in the Redbird’s 16-run 3rd inning against the Nashville Sounds. 21 players collect 14 hits in the frame.  The Redbirds win 18–4 after losing to the Sounds yesterday, 17–5.

11th  The Yankees end their relationship with Dave Winfield, who had an 0-for-23 streak in April .Citing a no-trade clause in his contract, Winfield refuses to report to the Angels after being traded for Mike Witt. Winfield will eventually accept the trade on May 16th, ending his often stormy relationship with Yankee owner George Steinbrenner. When Winfield is elected to the Hall of Fame, his plaque will show him wearing a Padres cap.

13th  Oil Can Boyd allows 9 hits but no runs and Tim Wallach drives in 8 runs as the Expos whitewash the Padres, 15-0. Wallach has 4 hits, including a pair of 3-run homers off Eric Show. Larry Walker hits a 3-run homer off reliever Calvin Schiraldi.

The Dodgers trade veteran 2B Willie Randolph to the A’s for OF Stan Javier.

14th  At Dodger Stadium, it is a pitching and hitting duel between Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers and the Expos Kevin Foster, as LA wins, 3-2. Valenzuela allows 5 hits in 8 innings, including serving up a homerun to Foster. Foster returns the favor, giving up a single and homer to Valenzuela.  The last time opposing pitchers both hit homers was 1966.

At Royals Stadium, light-hitting catcher Rey Palacios enters the game as a pinch runner in the 9th when the Royals tie the game with the Red Sox at 5 apiece.  He stays in and then socks a walkoff grand slam in the 10th.

15th  Terry Kennedy has a grand slam in the 4th but Gary Carter, batting for Kennedy in the 8th, drives in the go ahead run with a double as the Giants edge the Mets, 6-5.

17th  At the SkyDome, Brian Giles has a double and a 3-run homer in the 9-run 3rd inning for the Mariners. He follows that with a grand slam in the 5th as the M’s beat the Blue Jays, 14-6. Glenallen Hill has a single a pair of 2-run homers for Toronto.

18th  In a 7–0 loss to the Astros, Cubs 2B Ryne Sandberg finally commits an error. This ends his ML-record errorless streaks at 123 games and 584 chances. Joe Morgan held the previous record of 91 games.

Paul O’Neill of the Reds cracks a two-out game-ending homer in the 9th as Cincy edges the Cardinals, 1-0. Ken Dayley takes the loss while Norm Charlton is the winner in relief.

Gary Templeton clubs a 2nd-inning grand slam, off Frank Viola, as San Diego trips the visiting Mets, 6-3.

Bobby Bonilla is a double shy of the cycle as he hits a grand slam in Pittsburgh’s 9-3 win over the Braves in Atlanta. Wally Backman adds 3 singles and a homer.

The Orioles use an AL record-tying 6 consecutive singles in the first inning to score 7 runs on their way to a 13-1 pasting of the Rangers. Dave Johnson goes the distance for the decision. Mike Witt gives up 10 hits and 9 runs in 4+ innings.

19thThe Red Sox roll over the Twins at Fenway, winning, 13–1, behind Roger Clemens. Tom Brunansky paces the 20 hit attack, going 5-for-5.

In a 39-hit slugfest at Dodger Stadium, the Phillies have 24 hits and outlast the Dodgers to win, 15-12, in 11 innings. Kal Daniels has a grand slam and 5 RBIs for LA, while Tommy Herr has 5 hits and 3 RBIs for the Phils. Each team uses 7 pitchers in the nearly 5-hour game.

20th  Ahead 10-4 after two innings, the Braves hold on for a 13-11 win over the visiting Pirates.  Ron Gant and Dale Murphy each slug a pair of homers for Atlanta, while Bobby Bonilla hits two homers and scores 5 runs for the Bucs.  It is only the 3rd time in history a player has scored 5 runs for a losing team. Barry Bonds adds a homer.

At Yankee Stadium, Don Mattingly hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to tie the game at 3 apiece, but the Royals push across a run in the 10th to beat the Yankees, 4-3. Rick Cerrone catches the first 8 innings, then plays second base for the last two.  Seemingly, he is the first Yankee to catch and play second base in a game [turn of the century player Aleck Smith is noted as doing it for the Yankees (sic).  He played for the Giants]

21st  At Dodger Stadium, the Mets pound Mike Morgan for 9 runs in 2+ innings to beat the Dodgers, 12-3. Daryl Boston hits a 2-run homer in the 2nd and Kevin McReynolds adds a grand slam.

22nd  Andre Dawson sets an ML record when he is intentionally walked 5 times during a 16-inning 2–1 Cubs’ win over the Reds. Cincinnati issues 7 intentional passes altogether to tiea ML record set by Houston in 1984. Dawson’s last walk, his third in extra innings, loads the bases before Dave Clark singles in Ryne Sandberg.

Barry Bonds hits his first career grand slam, off Dan Schatzeder, to pace the first-place Pirates to an 8-4 win over Houston. Neal Heaton (7-1) pitches a workmanlike 6+ innings.

Mike Marshall clubs a grand slam and drives in 6 runs against his old team as the Mets down the Dodgers, 8-4. Kevin Elster contributes 4 hits including a homer.

At the SkyDome, Jose Canseco has 3 hits, including a grand slam, and drives in all of Oakland’s runs as they edge the Blue Jays, 5-4.  Kelly Gruber hits a pair of solo shots for the Jays.

23rd  At the Metrodome, Yankee starter Tim Leary strikes out 11 as he shuts out the Twins, 12-0. Steve Balboni hits a pinch homer, then adds another homer—both off John Candelaria; Balboni is the first Yankee to accomplish the feat. Candelaria serves up 4 gophers, and starter Tim Drummond tee up two.

Kal Daniels belts a 3-run homer, off Paul Assenmacher, as the Dodgers score 4 in the 8th to beat the host Cubs, 4-3. Starter Mike Harkey is charged with 3 of the runs.  Harkey makes all 3 putouts in the 4th inning, tying the NL mark.  Lynch (1986) and Reuschel (1975) were the last Chicago pitchers to do it.

At the Astrodome, the Astros steal 8 bases in a 7-3 victory over the Pirates. Eric Yelding is the top thief with 4.

24th  In the Padres 8-4 win over the Mets, reliever Greg Harris nails Kevin Elster with a pitch in the back, a move that prompts a bench-clearing brawl when Elster charges the mound.  Elster is tossed for his charge. Harris apparently plunks Elster for his move in yesterday’s game when, with the Mets ahead 11-0, the shortstop swung at a 3-0 pitch. It is the only time Elster will be hit by a pitch this year.

25th  Kevin Mitchell drives in 5 runs on three homers and the Giants edge the Pirates, 9-8 at Three Rivers Stadium.

26th  Jeff Treadway connects for three home runs to drive in six runs as the Braves pummel the Phillies, 12-3. Pete Smith scatters 8 hits in the win.

27th  John Smoltz is 2 outs away from a no-hitter when the Phillies Len Dykstra doubles. Smoltz finishes with a 6–1 two-hit win for the Braves.

The Angels tally all their runs on homers in beating the Brewers, 7-3, behind Chuck Finley (7-2).  Lance Parrish hits a 2-run homer, Johnny Ray solos, and Wally Joyner clubs a grand slam.

28th  The Twins Scott Erickson shuts out the Rangers, 3–0, stopping their 14-game win streak.  Erickson will be named AL pitcher of the Month, going 5–0.

29th  Rickey Henderson steals his 893rd career base in Oakland’s 2–1 loss to the Blue Jays, surpassing Ty Cobb as the AL’s all-time leader. Lou Brock’s mark of 938 is next.

With the team struggling (20-22), the Mets fire manager Davey Johnson, whose 6-year winning percentage was .593. Coach Buddy Harrelson replaces him and the Mets will win 20 of their next 23 games before cooling down.

28thAt Texas, Roger Clemens (8-2) and the Red Sox beat Charlie Hough, 2–1. The Rocket and the Knuckler combine to toss over to first base 51 times. Only Hough is around to finish.

In San Diego, the Phils Mike Schmidt announces his retirement.

Bob Welch (7-2) pitches into the 6th inning and the A’s edge the Royals, 6-4. Bo Jackson has an inside-the-park homer with a man on off Welch in the 6th.

30thAt Arlington, the Rangers beat the Red Sox, 4-3, on Pete Incaviglia’s RBI double in the 10th. Wade Boggs has a homer for Boston and Bill Buckner in his final ML game. On June 5, he’ll end his four-decade career with a .289 career batting average.