1stAt Joe Robbie, Edgar Renteria hits an RBI single and the Marlins edge the Rockies, 7-6, in 12 innings. Jeff Conine hits his first homer of the year for Florida, a grand slam in the 5thoff David Nied.
2nd Texas rolls over the Brewers, 13–2 collecting 15 hits. Canseco has a single, double and HR before leaving for a pinch runner. Protecting a 12–2 lead, Jeff Bronkey pitches 3 innings in relief of Nen, and picks up a save in his ML debut with Texas. Bronkey is the first major leaguer born in Afghanistan.
The Triple-A American Association game between Iowa and Buffalo is called because of a toxic cloud in Des Moines. The area around the stadium is evacuated when several barrels of chemicals explode during a fire, releasing toxic fumes.
4th The Cubs and Rockies combine for 38 hits in an 11-inning night game at Wrigley Field. The Rockies score 4 runs in the 11th, then hang on for a 14-13 win over the Cubs as Willie Blair allows the 3 runs, including a 2-out 2 run homer by Sammy Sosa, to card the victory. Sosa also hit a 2-out 3-run homer in the 9th, and has 5 hits for the game. The Rockies counter with back-to-back homers in the 5th by Girardi and Clark, Hayes homers in the 6th, and light-hitting Jim Tatum hits his first ML homer in the 8th—a pinch hit grand slam.
The Marlins host the Reds for the first time, and whip them, 9-6. Chris Sabo has a grand slam in the 4th for the Reds. Orestes Destrade hits a 3-run homer in the 1st and drives in 5 runs for the Marlins. Chris Hammond goes an undistinguished 6 innings to get his first win of the year.
5th At Wrigley, Ryne Sandberg makes his first error since 1990, a throwing error in the 3rd inning that leads to a run. The Cubs beat the Rockies, 3-2, as Greg Hibbard goes 8 innings for the win.
In an 11–2 win over the Phillies, the Giants score 7 runs in the 5th inning. Darren Lewis makes all 3 outs at in the frame, popping out and then ending the inning with a DP.
7th Tigers 1B-C Mickey Tettleton hits HRs from both sides of the plate in Detroit’s 7-6, 12-inning win over the Yankees. It is the 2nd time Tettleton has turned the trick in his career. Detroit uses 3 walks and a hit to win in the 12th.
In a Triple-A game between the Omaha Royals and Oklahoma City 89ers, the Royals explode for 4 consecutive HRs with 2 outs in the 8th inning of their 11-4 victory. Karl Rhodes, Terry Shumpert, Russ McGinnis, and Bob Hamelin all connected for Omaha, off Gerald Alexander After the next batter made the 3rd out, Benny DiStefano led off the 9th for Oklahoma City with a homer, making 5 round-trippers in 6 batters. The Royals win, 11–4. Only once before in the minors have there been 4 straight homers hit: for Tulsa (Western League) on July 1, 1923 Lyman Smith, Jocko Conlon, Wes Griffin, and Jim Blakesley hit HRs off Wichita’s Karl Black. They were the first four batters of the contest in the opener of a doubleheader.
8th At Denver, the Rockies blow a 6–0 lead in the 8th inning and lose to the Braves, 8–7 on Sid Bream’s pinch-hit, opposite field, pop fly grand slam.
9th The Rockies reach the 1,000,000 mark for attendance in their meeting with Atlanta. It is the fastest (17 home dates) any team has gotten to the magic number. The Braves win the game, however, 12-7.
Mariano Duncan cracks a 2-out 8thinning grand slam, off Lee Smith, as the Phillies edge the Cardinals, 6-5.
Cubs 1B Mark Grace hits for the cycle in Chicago’s 5-4 loss to the Padres. He is the 14th Cub to do so.
10th For the second day in a row, the Phillies use a late inning grand slam to win, this time beating the Pirates, 5-1. Darren Daulton connects off starter Bob Walk.
12th Chuck Carr hits his first homer of the season, a 2ndinning grand slam, as the Marlins gaff the Expos, 10-7.
13th In the Royals 7-3 victory over the Indians, George Brett hits the 300th HR of his career, making him the 6th player with 300 homers and 3,000 hits. Cleveland OF Albert Belle receives a 3-game suspension for charging the mound after being hit by a pitch from Hippolito Pichardo of the Royals.
14th Colorado rookie 1B Jay Gainer hits the first pitch he sees in the major leagues for a HR, becoming the 12th major leaguer to accomplish the feat. The Reds defeat the Rockies, however, 13-5. Kevin Mitchell is 4-for-4, his 5th multi-hit game in a row, to raise his average to .407.
At San Diego in the top of the 8th, Matt Williams is at bat with runners on 1B and 3B. Padres pitcher Greg Harris than picks off Barry Bonds at 1B unassisted for the 2nd out. The Padres prevail, 3-1.
15th The Expos retire Rusty Staub’s uniform prior to the game with the Mets.
In Milwaukee, Cleveland starter Charles Nagy (2–6) leaves the game with a shoulder injury after pitching to just two batters. Nagy will go on the DL in 2 days and undergo surgery on June 29.
16th Seattle P Randy Johnson hurls a 1-hit, 7-0 victory over the Athletics. He loses his no-hitter when Lance Blankenship singles with one out in the 9th inning. Mike Blowers connects for a grand slam in the 6th, off Bobby Witt.
Ellis Burks clouts a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 6 runs as the White Sox trounce the Rangers, 15-8. Bo Jackson contributes a double and 3-run homer, and Frank Thomas has 4 hits. Dean Palmer connects for a grand slam off starter and winner, Alex Fernandez (5-2).
17th Seattle 3B Mike Blowers hits a grand slam, off Craig Lefferts, to pace the Mariners to a 16-9 victory over Texas. Blowers also hit a grand slam yesterday.
Philadelphia 1B John Kruk gets 5 hits in the Phillies’ 10-3 victory over Florida.
18th At Camden Yards, Fernando Valenzuela (1-3) allows just 2 hits in a rain-shortened 7-0 Orioles 7-0 victory over Cleveland. It is his first ML win since 1990.
Eric Davis cracks a grand slam off John Smiley as the Dodgers score 5 runs in the 5thon their way to a 9-1 whipping of the Reds. Kevin Gross goes the distance for the win.
19th Dallas Green replaces Jeff Torborg as manager of the Mets.
Pitcher Dave Stewart, who has won 13 of his last 14 decisions against the Red Sox, is pounded by Boston for 10 earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. The Red Sox hold on for a 10-5 victory.
20th 14-year-old Tommy McCoy, batboy for the Class A Savannah Cardinals, is fired by the team after the club was told by the US Department of Labor that they were in violation of child labor laws. McCoy, apparently, was staying out too late doing his job. When US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich hears the story, however, he exempts batboys and bat girls from the law. McCoy will be reinstated on May 27th.
Montreal’s Chris Nabholz serves up his second grand slam in 8 days as Pete Incaviglia connects in the first inning. The Phillies win, 9-3, behind Curt Schilling.
21stMike Mussina allows 7 runs in 3 innings, including a grand slam to Kevin Reimer, as his Orioles lose to the visiting Brewers, 9-3.
22ndCardinal minor leaguer Diego Ruiz is killed and teammate Eddie Williams are injured when their car slams into a cement pole. Williams, a catcher with Springfield (Midwest League), is the driver.
B.J. Birdie, mascot of the Toronto Blue Jays, is ejected from Toronto’s game against Minnesota by umpire Jim McKean after holding his nose on a call. The Blue Jays win 7-0 over the Twins as 5 Jay pitchers record 15 strikeouts. Danny Cox (4-0), in relief of Stottlemyre in the 3rd, is the winner. Devon White has a single, double, homer and stolen base to pace the offense.
23rdAt Comiskey, the White Sox come from behind the edge the A’s, 5-4, in 10 innings. George Bell hits a 2-run homer in the 8th, the Sox plate another in the 9th, and Bell hits an RBI-triple in the 10th.
24th Indian rookie P Tommy Kramer hurls a one-hitter in his second major league start, defeating Texas, 4-1. Julio Franco’s 4th inning HR is the only Ranger safety.
The Mariners defeat the Angels, 4-3, in 14 innings. In the course of the game, California OF Luis Polonia ties an AL record by being caught stealing 3 times, twice on pitchouts.
Davey Johnson replaces Tony Perez as manager of the Reds. Cincinnati was 20-24 under Perez.
Only 15 fans are in the stands, including 2 scouts and a mascot, at the start of the day when the Quad City River Bandits meet the Rockford Royals in a Class A Midwest League doubleheader.
26th Run Butted In? Texas rightfielder Jose Canseco has a long fly ball off the bat of Cleveland’s Carlos Martinez bounce off his head and over the wall for a homer. The Indians defeat the Rangers, 7-6.
Cincinnati P Tim Belcher hurls a one-hit, 4-0 shutout over the Braves. A first inning double by Deion Sanders is Atlanta’s only hit.
The Cubs trade Heathcliff Slocum (1-0) to the Indians for Jose Hernandez. The future all-star shortstop will have six seasons with the Cubs.
27th Mike Pierce of Shenandoah High School in Indiana hits 3 HRs in a single inning of his team’s 23-2 win over Union High School to break a record held by 34 other players.
Hitting just .177 with one homer, Glenn Davis accepts a minor league assignment from the Orioles. It won’t go well. In three days, he will come to the aid of teammate Randy Ready outside a bar in Norfolk, Virginia and have his jaw broken in a fight. Coming back from the injury, he will be hit in the head by a line drive off Baltimore teammate Jeffrey Hammonds on August 1. He’ll return in early September, get left out of a game against a lefty pitcher, argue with his manager Johnny Oakes, and receive a quick release. Davis will play in the minors next year and in Japan the two years after that, but not play in the ML after May 23. His homer this year is the 190thand last of his career, the most homers by anyone without hitting a grand slam.
Two homers shy of 400, Dale Murphy reluctantly announces his retirement before the Rockies game in Houston. The Rockies were going to release Murphy to make room for Chris Jones. Murphy hit no homers in his brief time with the Rockies.
28th Robin Yount and the Brewers defeat George Brett and the Royals, 5-1, in the first meeting of two 3,000-hit players since 1925.
Do we really need to practice intentional walks? At the Metrodome, the Indians score 2 in the top of the 9th to tie the Twins, 6-6. The Twins come back in the bottom of the 9th to put runners on 2B and 3B with Kirby Puckett at the plate. Eric Plunk attempts to intentionally walk Puckett, but a passed ball by C Lance Parrish allows Chuck Knoblauch to score the winning run.
At Mile High Stadium, the Phillies total 20 hits as they clobber the Rockies, 15-9. Dave Hollins has 3 doubles and Darren Daulton hits a double and homer to drive in 4 runs. Butch Henry allows 9 runs in 2+ innings.
29th OF Jose Canseco hurls the 8th inning of the Rangers 15-1 loss to the Red Sox. He allows 3 earned runs on 3 walks and 2 singles before retiring the side.
30th The Phils Tommy Greene belts a 2-run homer during the Phillies 18-1 blitz of the Rockies. Greene coasts to his 7th win without a loss.