1996 May

1st The Yanks and Orioles continue their marathon play, this one going 5 hours and 43 minutes before ending at 1 a.m. Tino Martinez, whose homer snapped yesterday’s tie, slugs a grand slam in the 15th off Jimmy Myers to give reliever Andy Pettitte the win. Bernie Williams has 5 hits while Gerald Williams collects 6—just the second Yankee to get 6 in a game; Myril Hoag in 1934, is the other. The O’s and Yankees strand 15 runners in extra innings, as both teams squander scoring opportunities, and New York survives 4 errors by two second basemen. Jim Mecir strikes out Brady Anderson with the bases loaded in the 10th after going to a 3–0 count. Cal Ripken is lifted for a pinch runner in the 8th—who is promptly picked off—and sits for the last 7 innings, the longest stretch he’s rested in 2,180 games.

Roger Clemens strikes out 13 Tigers, including Cecil Fielder three times, for his first win of the year. The 5–1 victory for the Sox sends Detroit to its 12th loss in 13 games.

The Mets and Expos swap shutouts, with Pedro Martinez topping New York in the opener, 4–0, and Jason Isringhausen allowing 4 hits in winning the nightcap, 6–0. Martinez. 8–0 against the Mets, allows just 2 singles, both in the 7th inning. Henry Rodriguez, who hits a 3-run homer after apparently peeking at Mets C Todd Hundley glove, says, “I’ve got 10 homers, I don’t need to look back.”

2nd In the 7th inning of the Mariners-Indians game, an earthquake rattles the Kingdome causing the umps to suspend the game. The quake registers 4.8 on the Richter scale. The Tribe leads 6–3 and the game will be completed tomorrow before the start of the Friday night game.

After missing his first start in 9 years because of a numbed finger on his pitching hand, David Cone tosses a complete game, 5–1 win over the White Sox. Jim Leyritz and Paul O’Neill back him with homers.

The Phils pick up J.R. Phillips from the Giants for a player to be named later.

3rd Ranger P Ken Hill gives up a 1st-inning infield single to Bobby Higginson, then retires 26 straight batters as Texas batters Detroit, 11–0. It is the 2nd one-hitter of Hill’s career. Texas is led by Juan Gonzalez, who knocks in 4 runs.

Benito Santiago’s second homer is an 9th-inning grand slam to knock starter Greg Maddux out of the game and give the Phillies a 6-3 win over the Braves. Philadelphia scores 5 in the 9th.

Mike Veeck, president of the St. Paul Saints (AA Northern League) announces the signing of Darryl Strawberry. The Straw joins another veteran, pitcher Jack Morris, who joined the team two weeks ago.

4th Roger Pavlik follows Ken Hill’s one-hitter with one of his own, the first time in 79 years teammates have tossed back-to-back one-hitters in the AL, as Texas tops the Tigers, 3–1. Mark Lewis’s 2-out homer in the 5th inning is the only Bengal safety. Neither Pavlik or Hill allows a walk.

The visiting A’s get a homer from Jason Giambi to beat the Royals, 5–2, but lose 3B Scott Brosius. Brosius, hitting .351 with 8 homers, is hit by a Mark Gubicza pitch in the 4th that breaks his right arm.

At Yankee Stadium, Chicago’s Harold Baines belts a grand slam off Jim Mecir in the 9th to give the White Sox some breathing room as they beat the Yankees, 11-5.  The Sox plate 4 in the 8th as well.

Down 5-3 in the 7th, the Reds get a grand slam by Eric Davis off Mark Dewey as they beat the Giants, 9-7. Eric Anthony adds a solo homer in the 7th, his second four bagger of the game, while the Giants pile up four homers of their own.

The Rockies bang out 21 hits, including a pair of three-run homers by Andres Galarraga, who drives in 7 runs to hook the Marlins 17–5. The Rockies score 7 runs in the first inning when they cash in 3 of their 5 home runs; two of them come from the first two hitters, Eric Young and Ellis Burks, and a 3rd from Larry Walker.

Butch Hobson, former Red Sox manager and current skipper of the Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, is arrested in Rhode Island on a cocaine possession charge. Hobson will resolve the charge without pleading guilty, but will perform 60 hours of community service. The Phils will fire Butch as manager on August 8th.

5th Toronto scores 10 unearned runs to beat Boston’s Tim Wakefield, 11–4, and snap the Sox win streak at 4 games.

In San Francisco, Eric Davis hits a grand slam for the 2nd straight game to lead the Reds to a 12–6 win over the Giants. Davis, who will total three grand slams this month, is just the 15th player to slam in consecutive games.

The Marlins lose to the Rockies, 5-4, in a game marked by the ejection of Florida equipment manager Mike Wallace. Umpire Paul Runge throws him out when Wallace throws up his hands after a close play at the plate.

At Wrigley, Sammy Sosa hits two homers, one in the 1stand a walkoff in the 9thas the Cubs tip the Mets, 5-4. Sammy’s second dinger breaks the window of an apartment across the street from the park.

In an interview aired tonight, Reds owner Marge Schott sticks her foot in her mouth again when she says that Hitler “was good in the beginning, but went too far.” Schott’s answers come in response to a question about her continued possession of a swastika. Schott’s views of Hitler are almost verbatim to those she expressed in 1992, which resulted in a league fine and a year’s suspension.

7th Eric Anthony and Eric Davis hit back-to-back homers in the 12th inning off reliever Todd Worrell to give host Cincinnati a 3–2 win over the Dodgers.  Before the game, the Dodgers announce that CF Brett Butler has throat cancer and will not return to baseball.  Butler, 38, has been on the DL since May 2, and a tonsillectomy revealed the cancerous lump.  He will undergo surgery on May 21.

In another announcement out of Cincinnati, Marge Schott issues an apology for her laudatory comments about Adolph Hitler made last Sunday. Acting commissioner Bud Selig says, “we will continue to monitor the situation.”

The first-place Yankees score 8 runs in the 6th inning to beat the hapless Tigers, 12–5. Paul O’Neill is 2-for-3 to raise his average to .384, and Ruben Sierra drives home 4 runs.  After the game, the Yankee players learn that clubhouse leader David Cone has an aneurysm in the front of his right shoulder that will require surgery on May 10th. Cone has experienced numbness in his pitching hand as a result.

The Angels put ace RHP Mark Langston on the DL and he will be out of action until early July with a cartilage tear in his right knee.

9th The Cardinals use an 11-run 8th inning to beat the Giants, 16–8.  Willie McGee’s grand slam is the highlight of the inning, and Luis Alicea also adds 4 RBI in the game. Barry Bonds hits his league high 15th homer to pace the Giants.

10th  Montreal’s Henry Rodriguez hits his 2nd homer of the game, a 3-run shot in the 8th, to send the Expos to a 5–2 win over the Astros.  Starter Jeff Fassero is the winner.  Following Rodriguez’ HR, the game is delayed when fans in the LF bleachers shower the field with “Oh, Henry” candy bars.

The Red Sox edge the Blue Jays, 6–5, in 11 innings. John Valentin ties the score with a 2-out homer in the 9th and Troy O’Leary homers in the 11th to win it.  Heathcliff Slocumb, Tom Gordon, and Mike Stanton combine to strike out 17 Jays.

For his second straight start, Braves’ P John Smoltz is backed by 18 hits and he coasts to his 7th straight win, 11–0 over the Phils. Javy Lopez leads the Braves with 4 hits. Smoltz beat the Phils, 11–9, on May 5th, when the Braves also collected 18 hits.

The Athletics defeat the Twins by a score of 15-5. Oakland CF Ernie Young gets 4 safeties, including 3 HRs, and drives home 6. Young entered the game with 3 career homers in 164 ABs. He is believed to have had the fewest career HRs of any player ever to hit 3 in a game.

Yankees’ P David Cone undergoes surgery to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm.

11th  At Joe Robbie Stadium, Al Leiter tosses the major’s first no-hitter of the year, burying the Rockies, 11–0.  Leiter (6–2), using mostly fast balls, is in control all the way, and retires 5 batters in the 8th and 9th innings on just one pitch each. He walks 2 and fans 6 in his masterpiece.

At John Franco Day at Shea Stadium, the veteran reliever celebrates by being ejected in the 5th inning following a vicious benches-clearing brawl between the Mets and the Cubs. The brawl, which lasts 18 minutes, starts when Mets’ P Pete Harnisch reaches around ump Greg Bonin to punch Cubs’ C Scott Servais. There are 9 ejections, including Servais and Harnisch, who will receive an 8 game suspension and a $1,000 fine for his punch. Mets bullpen coach Steve Swisher, also ejected, will get a 2-game suspension. Fortunately for the Mets, Rico Brogna was only punched, and he hits back with his 2nd homer, to win, 7–6 in the 9th inning. Brogna adds a triple and double on the afternoon. In 1996, NL umps will toss 101 players, a decrease of 11 tosses from 1995; AL umps will eject 75 during the year, down from 93 in 1995.

Jeff Blauser hits 2 homers, one a grand slam, and drives home 7 runs in Atlanta’s 11–3 win over the Phils. Steve Avery (4–2) scatters 8 hits for the win, the Braves’ 7th straight and their 11th in 13 games.

Seattle OF Jay Buhner goes 4-for-4, slugging 2 HRs and driving home 6 runs, as he leads the Mariners to an 11-1 win over KC.

12th  Phils’ P Mike Grace outduels Greg Maddux to beat the Braves, 6–0, matching his record. The unbeaten rookie retires the last 17 batters.

Johnson (5–0), backed by Alex Rodriguez’ pair of two-run homers, tops the Royals, 8–5. It is Johnson’s 12th straight win over two seasons. Royals rookie OF Chris Stynes steals 2nd, 3rd, and home in the 1st inning for the 1st SBs of his career, He adds a 4th later in the contest.

Houston C Jerry Goff, brought up on May 8th, makes his presence felt by allowing a ML record-tying 6 passed balls in a 7–6 loss to Montreal. Five of the Expos’ runs are unearned. Goff hits a homer in the 2nd, in his first at bat this year, but allows 2 passed balls in the 1st, 3rd and 4th innings. Montreal SS Mark Grudzielanek gets 5 singles to lead the Expos, his second 5-hit game in two weeks. Goff joins Harry Vickers (1902) and Geno Petralli (1987) in the record books.

Led by leadoff batter Ernie Young, the A’s batter the Twins, 15-5. Young has 4 hits, including 3 homers, to drive in 6 runs and score 4 times. Steve Wojciechowski (4-0) pitches 5+ innings for the win.

Pittsburgh’s Zane Smith gives up 4 runs in 5.1 innings as the Pirates lose to the Giants, 7–2. It is the Giants’ 11 consecutive win over Smith going back to 1988.

13th In Miami, Terry Pendleton smashes a dramatic two-out grand slam in the 6th inning, following the ejection of starter Allen Benes, to lift the Marlins to a 5–2 win over the Cardinals. Benes (1–6) is ejected for hitting Gary Sheffield with a pitch that sparks a bench-clearing by both teams. Pendleton has driven in 11 runs in the past 3 games as the Marlins win their 8th straight.

Cubs’ P Steve Trachsel allows a lead off double to Brian Hunter, but shuts down the Astros without a hit after that to win, 6–0. Sammy Sosa homers for his 3rd consecutive game.

Pudgy Fernando Valenzuela gives up 5 hits over 6 2/3 innings, good enough for a 5–2 Padre win. The Pads are led by Brian Johnson’s 2-for-3; he has 8 hits in his last 12 at bats with 8 RBI.

14th Dwight Gooden, on the verge of being dropped from the Yankees just two weeks ago, twirls a no-hitter to sink the Mariners, 2–0.  Dr. No walks two in the 9th, but retires Ken Griffey, Jr., K’s Jay Buhner, and induces Paul Sorrento to pop out to end it. Gerald Williams saves the no-hitter when he runs down a 400-foot Alex Rodriguez liner in the first inning and turns it into a double play.  Gooden (2–3) has now thrown 16 straight innings of hitless ball.

15th  The Mariners spot the Yankees 4 runs, then hammer starter Jimmy Key and 5 other pitchers for 19 hits to win 10–5. Seven Mariners collect two or more hits, and Edgar Martinez drives in 4 runs. A wild Key takes his 5th straight loss, while Yankee reliever Mariano Rivera records four outs to stretch his runless innings to 21 2/3.  The Yanks will place Key on the 15 day DL.

Denny Neagle, allowing 4 hits in 7 innings, wins his 5th straight game to give Pittsburgh a 3–0 win over the Braves. The Braves have now been shut out 5 times, one more than all of last year. The Braves lose more than the game when OF David Justice dislocates his right shoulder swinging at a pitch in the 2nd inning. The shoulder has never healed from an injury last year, and Justice will undergo surgery that will sideline him for the year.

After a 2-hour delay in Milwaukee because of fog, Frank Thomas leads the way with 6 RBI as the White Sox bang the Brewers, 20–8. This ties a 1975 mark for the most runs given up by Milwaukee in a game. The Sox, with 21 hits, score 6 runs in the 2nd and another 6 in the 6th.

Mo Vaughn cracks two of Boston’s 4 home runs, and the Red Sox score in each of the first 7 innings, to clip the Angels, 17–6. Mike Stanley matches Mo’s 4 RBI.

The Yankees outbid 4 other American teams and sign Japanese P Katsuhiro Maeda to a $1.5 million contract. The Yanks obtain the fastballer from the Seibu Lions for more than $350,000.  Maeda, who has his hair dyed orange, was 0–2 with the Lions in 1995, but refused to sign for the 1996 season unless he was traded to a U.S. team.

16th Sammy Sosa became the first Cub ever to hit two homers in one inning, hitting them in the 8-run 7th inning at Wrigley.  The Cubs roll over the Astros, 13–1, as rookie Amaury Telemaco, recalled 2 days ago from Iowa (AAA), allows just one hit in 7 shutout innings.

As Tony Phillips says, “It’s not been a good 24 hours.”  The Sox outfielder is picked off base in the 9th inning of Chicago’s 3–2 loss to Milwaukee, then returns to the clubhouse to learn that battery charges have been pressed against him by a fan. Phillips and the fan got into a shoving match after the outfielder left yesterday’s game in the 7th inning, changed into street clothes and sought the fan. Phillips contends the fan was yelling racial slurs during the game. Both Phillips and the fan will eventually be charged with disorderly conduct and fined.

Albert Belle homers twice, his 15th and 16th of the year, to lead the Indians to a 8–3 win over the Tigers. Jack McDowell (5–1) is the winner for the division leading Indians, now 5 1/2 games ahead of the White Sox. Before the game, the AL orders Belle to receive “immediate counseling” and do community service as a result of his winging baseballs at a photographer several weeks ago. Belle’s agent replies that the star is already doing both.

17th Jermaine Dye, filling in for David Justice, smacks a HR in his 1st ML at bat to back Greg Maddux’s 8–2 win over the Reds. Dye is the first Brave to debut with a homer since Chuck Tanner did it on April 12, 1955.

Manny Ramirez hits a grand slam, off Gil Heredia (1–3), as the Indians score 6 runs in the 7th inning to outslug the Rangers, 12–10. Cleveland’s Eddie Murray and Texas SS Kevin Elster each have 4 hits: Elster has 2 homers and 2 doubles to drive in and score 4 runs. Murray’s 2 RBI moves him into 10th place on the all-time list with 1,840.

Dave Nilsson becomes the first Brewer player to homer twice in an inning, as Milwaukee scores 11 runs in the 6th to beat the Twins, 12–1. Nilsson’s 1st homer, off Jose Parra, snaps a 1–1 tie, and his 2nd blast, a 3-run homer off Eric Bennett pushes the score to 10–1.

At Baltimore, the Orioles outlast the Mariners, 14–13, and outhit the M’s 21 to 20.  The winner is Alan Mills, despite his giving up 4 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Rafael Palmeiro and Alex Rodriguez, with a grand slam and double, each collect 6 RBIs, while the O’s Chris Hoiles finishes the game with a grand slam off Norm Charlton. The Orioles bang 4 homers and score 7 runs in the last 2 innings, while the M’s hit 2 homers and score 7 runs in the last three innings. Each team strands 13 runners in the 4 hour, 20-minute marathon. Palmeiro strokes 5 hits for the Orioles. Hoiles becomes only the 4th player in history to hit a game-ending grand slam on a 3-2 pitch with two outs and his team trailing by three runs.

18th Mets’ backstop Todd Hundley drives in 7 runs, including 4 in the 9th on a grand slam off Jose Bautista, and Mark Clark wins, 14–5, over the Giants.  SS Rey Ordonez gets 4 hits and almost makes 4 throwing errors—he’s charged with 2—but Rico Brogna at first retrieves 2 for outs. Clark’s win is his 2nd complete game: no other Met has gone the distance.

19th Fred McGriff hits his 300th HR to lead the Braves to a 9–5 win over the Reds, the 9th straight victory for Atlanta over Cincy.  Coupled with Montreal’s loss to the Padres, Atlanta moves into the top spot in the NL East for the first time. McGriff is 4-for-4 today to raise his average to .353. John Smoltz (9–1) is the winner, giving up 2 hits in 7 innings. Smoltz, with 74 K’s, now leads the NL.

The White Sox continue to abuse the Tigers, winning 14–3, as Robin Ventura and Darren Lewis hit grand slams.  The Sox become just the 4th ML team to ever hit 3 grand slams in 2 consecutive games. Detroit pitchers give up 41 runs in the 3 games with Chicago and the team ERA balloons to 7.35.

20th Led by Chipper Jones and Tyler Houston, each with 5 RBI, the Braves pound the Cubs, 18–1 to make Steve Avery’s 5th win an easy one. Houston gets his ribbies when he replaces Fred McGriff in the 5th inning.

The Red Sox pound the A’s again, racking up 7 runs in the 3rd to win 16–4. As in yesterday’s 12–2 win, Vaughn and Canseco homer: Mo’s homer is his 9th in his last 12 games and ties him for the AL lead with 17.  Bill Haselman adds 4 hits, including a homer.

21st At Fenway Park, Seattle pounds out 19 hits to beat Boston, 13–7. Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the 7th-youngest player to collect 200th homers, when he connects in the M’s 6-run 4th inning: Ott, Mathews, Foxx, Mantle, Frank Robinson and Aaron were all younger. Jay Buhner hits a 2-run shot in the inning, the 5th game in a row he’s connected, and Edgar Martinez adds 4 hits in the game.

Larry Walker powers the Rockies to a 12–10 win over the Pirates by driving in 6 runs and scoring 4. Walker connects for 2 home runs, a triple and a double as Colorado tallies 20 hits.  Tomorrow, Walker will get a double, triple, and triple to set a new NL record by getting extra-base hits in six straight plate appearances (i.e., with no intervening bases on balls, hit-by-pitch, or sacrifice bunts). The AL record is 7 with walks or sac fly in between. Earlier today, before the double/triple/homer, but not consecutive to them, he had already hit a home run. By doing so, he will tie the major league record for most extra-base hits (seven) in two consecutive games.

Dave Weathers homers and pitches 6 shutout innings as the streaking Marlins win, 3–2, over the slumping Reds. The Marlins (24-23) are over .500 for the first time in two years.

In San Francisco, the fans and players ignore a light earthquake at 3Com Park—4.8 on the Richter scale—in the 3rd inning, and the Giants break a 6th-inning tie to win 8–5 over the Expos. Matt Williams hits his 11th HR and drives in 3 runs for SF, while Henry Rodriguez hits his 17th homer for the Expos. His three ribbies give him 51 to lead the senior circuit.

Rex Hudler and Don Slaught, the first two batters for the Angels, hit homeruns to pace the Haloes to a 5-2 win over the Orioles.

The Phils Terry Mulholland defeats the Padres, 5-4. Mulholland, who entered the game with the 3rd-lowest batting average in history of any player with 400 at bats, clouts a 407-foot HR in the 2nd inning off Sean Bergman. As Mulholland explains, “Most great power hitters don’t hit for a high average.”

22nd The Athletics spoil Dwight Gooden Day in New York City by hitting 5 solo homers—three by Yankee-killer Geronimo Berroa–to beat the Yankees 5–1. The 5 runs, all coming on homers, ties the ML mark.

Albert Belle’s 21-game hit streak is stopped when, with two men on, he strikes out in the 9th inning to end the game, a 10–8 Cleveland loss to the Brewers.

23rd In the Red Sox 11–4 sinking of the Mariners, Roger Clemens tosses a complete game win and bounces his first major league hit, and the first by a Sox pitcher since 1972. Clemens (3–4) gets to bat when DH Jose Canseco moves to LF in the 8th inning.

David Howard steals home, the 2nd Royal to do it in 2 days—Bob Hamelin also swiped home against the Tigers—and Kevin Appier pitches 7 2/3 strong innings to give the Royals their 4th straight win, 4–2.

San Diego tops Philadelphia by a score of 7-5, as OF Steve Finley strokes 5 hits for the Padres, including a double and HR.

24th In Seattle, Ken Griffey, Jr. sinks the Yankees with three home runs, scoring 5 runs and driving in 6 as the Mariners win, 10–4. It is the first 3-homer game for Griffey. Scott Kamienicki takes the loss, his last game with the Yankees.  His season will end in a month when he goes on the triple-A DL.

25thOakland’s Pedro Munoz belts the longest home run in the 5-year history of Camden Yards to lead the A’s to a 6–3 win over the Orioles. The 463-foot shot to dead center comes in the 6th inning with 2 on, and breaks a 2–2 tie. Mark McGwire also homers for Oakland. The O’s get two more homers from Brady Anderson, and a dinger from Mike Bordick, but that’s all the scoring.

Mark Gardner (6–1), released by the Marlins in spring training, tosses a 3–2 win over the Phils to keep the Giants in first place in the NL West.

26th Frank Thomas, Harold Baines, and Robin Ventura belt consecutive homers in Chicago’s 7-run 8th inning as the Sox pound the Brewers, 12–1. Chad Kreuter adds a 4th homer in the frame as Chicago becomes the 16th team to hit 4 homers in an inning; The Twins are the only team to have hit 5. The Thomas, Baines, Ventura trio also homered in yesterday’s 9–7 win over Milwaukee.

Rex Hudler is 5-for-5 with a homer as the Angels roll over the Red Sox, 12–2. Shaun Boskie (6–1) is the winner.

Veteran IF Mike Sharperson, 34, dies in a one-car crash early this morning in Las Vegas, where he was playing for the Stars (AAA). Signed by the Padres last November 29th, he was scheduled to join San Diego tomorrow.

27th In Pittsburgh, Craig Biggio, triples, doubles and homers his first three times up to lead the Astros to a 5–3 win over the Bucs.  Houston reaches .500 for the first time, while the Pirates have lost 16 of their last 20.

The Tigers lose their 12th straight, dropping a 5–4 decision to the Royals in 13 innings.  Detroit has now lost 32 of their last 36 games.  Highly-touted rookie Justin Thompson tosses the first 8 innings, leaving with a 4–1 lead, but the Bengals make 3 errors in the 9th to help KC tie it.

The Yankees pound the Angels, 16–5, to remain in first place by a game over the Orioles. Bernie Williams, making his first start in 14 games because of injuries, has his 2nd 5-hit game of the month, The Yankees, down 5–4 after 4 innings, jump on former teammate Jim Abbott (1–8) and two relievers to score 8 runs in the 5th inning.  Abbott will lose another 5 before winning. He’ll finish at 2-18.

In New York, the Mets celebrate Memorial Day with the day off, a rarity on this holiday.

The Reds acquire all-time save leader Lee Smith, 37, from the Angels in exchange for lefty Chuck McElroy.

28th At Anaheim, Kenny Rogers loses his no-hitter in the 8th when Garret Anderson hits a lead off single, and loses the game in the 9th when he walks Chili Davis with the bases loaded to score an unearned run. Jason Grimsley is the winner, 1–0, dropping New York into a tie for first place with Baltimore.

Cal Ripken powers 3 homers, good for 8 RBI, to lead the Orioles to a 12–8 win over Seattle. Ripken hits a pair of two-run homers and a grand slam, tying him with Eddie Murray as the O’s career home run leader with 333. Brother Billy also homers in the same inning with Cal, and Brady Anderson (19), Rafael Palmeiro, and Ken Griffey, Jr. (18) add homers as both teams total 24 hits.

At the SkyDome, the White Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 8-5, as Robin Ventura hits a pair of homeruns, one pinch hit. He is the second Sox player to accomplish the feat.

In Philadelphia, Pete Incaviglia hammers a pair of three-run homers to lead the Phils to a 9–3 win over the Dodgers.  The win goes to rookie Mike Grace (7–2), who gives up 3 runs in 7 innings.         At Arlington Albert Belle dings his 21st in the 4th inning of the Indians 11–3 win over the Rangers  Belle, who is collecting his home run balls this season, asks for the ball when he is lifted in the 6th inning. Ken Logan, the fan who caught it. requests an autographed ball in exchange, prompting Belle to tell him to “@#$%^& off.” The Indian management quickly apologizes to Logan, and gets him another autographed ball.  Belle did the same thing in 1995.

29th John Smoltz (11–1) allows 4 hits in topping the Cubs, 2–0, in Atlanta. Smoltz strikes out 13 to raise his NL-lead to 97.

31st The Indians bang 18 hits to beat Milwaukee 10–4, but the biggest hit is when Albert Belle decks Brewers second baseman Fernando Vina with a vicious forearm in the 8th inning to set off a two-team brawl.  Belle was on first after being hit with a pitch.  In the 9th, Milwaukee reliever Terry Burrows throws 3 inside pitches before he finally plunks Belle. Tribe reliever Julian Tavarez then throws a pitch behind the back of Mike Matheny, who charges the mound. Both benches clear and during the brawl Tavarez slams down ump Joe Brinkman and Belle knuckles Brewer Steve Sparks. Belle, Tavarez, and Matheny will each receive 5-game suspensions for their brawling.

Rookie OF Roger Cedeno strokes 5 hits to lead the Dodgers to a 10–3 victory over the Mets.  Bobby Jones, winner of 5 straight, takes the loss, as the Dodgers pound out 16 hits. Ramon Martinez is the winner; he’s now won 10 straight over 15 starts.

The Braves scalp the Reds, 9–1, as they bang out ML-record tying six solo homers in the process.  Fred McGriff and Eddie Perez each hit two, as the Braves win their 10th in 12 games.