2nd For the first time ever, the Cubs do not don their traditional white uniforms for their game with Cincinnati at Wrigley Field. The change doesn’t help, however, as Chicago records its 11th straight home loss, losing 9-0 to John Smiley while wearing blue jerseys. Smiley allows 2 hits.
At Shea, the Giants drop 9 runs on the Mets in the 3rdinning, and roll to a 10-3 victory. Pitcher Mark Portugal (4-1) allows no runs in 7 innings and has a single and triple in the Giants big inning. He’ll do it again in 1996.
3rd Phillies P Andy Carter makes his major league debut in Philadelphia’s 8-3 loss to San Diego. Carter faces only 3 batters in relief of Shawn Boskie, hits 2 of them, and is ejected from the game by home plate umpire Jim Quick.
At Denver, Ray Lankford leads off for St. Louis with his 2nd leadoff homer in two games, but that is the Cards scoring. Colorado then plates 10 runs to win, 10-1.
Florida OF Chuck Carr record the first 5-hit game in Marlins history, doing so in the team’s 6-3 win over the Braves. Carr’s 5 singles helps Florida move 2 games over .500 for the first time in their 2-year history.
4th Detroit second baseman Lou Whitaker drives in 7 runs in the Tigers’ 14-7 win over the Rangers. He strokes a 3-run HR in the 3rd inning, and a grand slam in the 8th.
The Cubs end their club record home-losing streak of 12 games by beating the Reds, 5–2. Steve Trachsel is the winner, with help from HRs by Sosa and Eddie Zambrano and a “good luck” goat in attendance.
5th Tampa Yankees DH Edwin Salcedo hits an apparent 430-foot HR in a game against the Brevard County Manatees, but does not even receive credit for a single. Salcedo misses first base while rounding the bases, and is called out on appeal. The Manatees defeat the Yankees, 5-3.
6th Anthony Young snaps his two-year win drought as a starter as the Cubs pummel the Pirates with 9 extra base hits to win, 10–1. Young, who set a ML record with 27 straight losses, will win his next 2 starts.
8th Jose Tartabull, Mike Stanley, and Gerald Williams hit back-to-back-to-back HRs for the Yankees in the 6th inning of NY’s 8-4 win over Boston.
Pittsburgh OF Andy Van Slyke goes 8-for-9 in the Pirates’ 9-2 and 9-3 doubleheader sweep of the Cubs. Van Slyke homers and doubles in the first game, while driving in 4 runs.
In their first official game against an all-men’s team, the Colorado Silver Bullets are defeated by the Northern League All-Stars, 19-0. The Bullets are outhit, 21-2, and commit 6 errors in the field.
9th Central Valley (California League) SS Neifi Perez pulls an unassisted triple play on a line drive.
10th The Braves score 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th to come back from an 8-1 deficit to tie the Phillies. Atlanta goes on to win the game, 9-8 in 15 innings.
12th The Pirates lose to the Phillies, 6-4. In the process, they have 17 runners left on base, just 1 shy of the NL record for a 9-inning game.
13th OF Tim Salmon leads the Angels to an 11-1 win over the Mariners with 5 hits, including 2 HRs. Salmon drive home 5 runs while scoring 4 himself. The 5 safeties give him 13 hits in his last 15 at bats, tying the AL mark for most hits in 3 games set by Joe Cronin in 1933 and tied by Walt Dropo in 1952. His three straight games with four hits in each also ties the two.
14th In only his 2nd major league appearance, Cleveland P Paul Shuey fans 4 batters in the 9th inning of the Tribe’s 9-3 win over Detroit. He becomes only the 10th pitcher in AL history, and the first rookie, to fan 4 in an inning.
15th Six Florida Marlins pitchers combine to shut out the Cubs, 3-0. Starter Chris Hammond gets credit for the victory.
17thSix St. Louis Cardinals pitchers combine to shut out the Pirates on 2 hits, 2-0. It is only the 3rd time in NL history, and the 2nd time in 3 days, that 6 hurlers have combined to blank another team. Tom Urbani gets the win, allowing one hit in 7 1/3 innings.
Pitcher Frank Viola undergoes surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left elbow and will be out for the year.
Marcel Lachemann is named manager of the Angels, replacing Buck Rodgers.
18thThe Cincinnati Enquirerquotes Marge Schott as saying she doesn’t want her Reds players to wear earrings, because “only fruits wear earrings.” She will later clarify her statement saying she was “not prejudice against any group, regardless of lifestyle preferences.” Dodger P Roger McDowell buys earrings for the whole team and they will wear them in the clubhouse in Cincinnati: Lasorda doesn’t allow them to wear them on the field.
The Dodgers beat the Rockies, 8-2, behind Orel Hirshiser’s 8 strong innings. Batting for Hirshiser, Garey Ingram hits a pinch homer on his first ML at bat. He’ll have just 3 career HRs.
Japanese P Hiromi Makihara of the Yomiuri Giants pitches a perfect game, 6–0 win over the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. It is the 15th perfect game in Japanese baseball history.
20th Minnesota OF Kirby Puckett’s 7 RBIs leads the Twins to a 21-2 victory over the Red Sox. Minnesota scores 11 times in the 5th inning to put the game away. Rookie OF Andy Tomberlin hurls the last 2 innings for the Sox, and allows just 1 hit and no runs. This is Tomberlin only mound appearance so he finishes with an ERA of zero.
The Mariners fall just short of matching the Twins by defeating the Rangers by a score of 19-2. Five Mariners hit HRs as Seattle knocks out 21 hits in setting a team record for runs scored.
22nd Kansas City P David Cone hurls a 1-hit, 4-0 shutout over the Angels. Chili Davis’ opposite-field single in the 5th inning is California’s only safety.
At Joe Robbie Stadium, Cards pitcher Allen Watson puts himself in a hole by given up three consecutive homers in the 2nd inning to Everett, Renteria and Conine. He walks 2 batters before 2 of the gophers. Watson then plunks Orestes Destrade prompting a melee and ejections. Watson gets tossed along with Destrade, pitcher Luis Aquino and OF Bernard Gilkey. Down 7-2 the Cards plate 4 runs in the 6th and another 4 in the 9th to salvage a 10-9 win. Luis Alicea has 5 hits and scores twice Gregg Jeffries has a homer and double good for 3 RBIs. Watson will be suspended for 10 games for his HBP, while Destrade will find out in 3 days that he gets a 4-game suspension. He also finds out that he and his .208 average are being sent to the minors: when he refuses, he will be given his release on June 2 and never make it back to the majors. Today’s 1-for-1 is his swan song.
At Wrigley Field, Derrick Lee greets Rod Beck’s appearance with a homerun in the bottom of the 11th as the Cubs down the Giants, 6-5. It is the second game in three days the Cubs have won in the 11th.
24thAt home, the Cardinals set a new ML record for futility by leaving 16 runners left on base in a shutout, a 4–0 loss to the Phils. This is two more strandees than the NL mark, and one more than the AL record. The Cards collect 9 hits and 8 walks to strand runners in every inning but the first. At the end of the 8 innings the game is scoreless, but new Cards reliever Mike Perez gives up 2 hits and a walk, then a 3-run homer to Pete Incaviglia. The old record of 15 runners left on base in a shutout had been done 4 times, the last on May 12, 1975. The Mariners in 1998 will match the Cards futility and set the AL record.
25th Royals’ P Kevin Appier strikes out 13 Rangers in only 5 2/3 innings in KC’s 8-3 victory over Texas. According to records traced back to 1986, no other pitcher in that time had pitched less than 6 innings in a game and had that many strikeouts. Appier is removed from the contest since he had thrown 108 pitches, and had had to sit through a 49-minute rain delay. Appier’s record will be broken by Detroit’s Max Scherzer in 2010.
The Dodgers release OF Darryl Strawberry.
27th The Silver Bullets defeat the Richfield Rockets, 7-2, before a crowd of 3,954, in what is believed to be the first victory by a women’s pro team over a men’s squad. Lee Anne Ketcham fans 14 for the Silver Bullets.
28th In a wild one at the Metrodome, the Twins prevail over the Tigers, 10-9, in 10 innings. Steve Dunn’s RBI double in the 10th is the decider. Kirk Gibson hits a pinch 3-run homer in the 7th, then adds another homer in the 9th: Frank Howard is the only other Tigers to accomplish that feat.
29th The Braves trade OF Deion Sanders to the Reds in exchange for OF Roberto Kelly and minor league P Roger Etheridge.
30th At Yankee Stadium, the White Sox stop the Yankees, 7-2, as Scott Sanderson (4-0) pitches 7 innings. Darrin Jackson hits a 3-run homer and Lance Johnson has 4 hits, including a pair of triples. Johnson will again lead the AL in triples this year, doing it for the fourth straight time. He is the only player to lead in triples four consecutive years.
31st KC OF Brian McRae strokes 5 hits in the Royals’ 9-7 win over Boston.
The Padres score 13 runs in the 2nd inning of their 15-5 victory over the Pirates.
The Red Sox trade OF Billy Hatcher and P Paul Quantrill to the Phillies in exchange for OF Wes Chamberlain and minor league P Mike Sullivan.