1998 May

2nd Roger Clemens (7 innings) and Paul Quantrill (2 innings) combine to 1–hit the Athletics, 7–0. Oakland’s only hit is a single by rookie Ben Grieve.

In an 8–7 loss to the Padres, Marlin’s P Eric Ludwick tries to block a ball off the bat of Wally Joyner and fractures his wrist of his throwing arm. Ludwick will miss three months. Joyner has 3 hits in the game.

Derek Jeter homers in the 1st, Tino Martinez cracks a 3-run homer in the 5th, and Darryl Strawberry ends the Yankees barrage with a grand slam in the 9th, off Scott Service, as New York beats the Royals, 12-6. Jeff King has a pair of homers for KC.

At Shea, Ellis Burks breaks a 3-3 tie by hitting a 9th inning grand slam, off Greg McMichael, and the Rockies whip the Mets, 7-3.

3rd Mariners C Dan Wilson becomes just the 7th backstop in major league history to hit an inside-the-park grand slam, as Seattle defeats Detroit, 10–6. It’s a first for the Mariners and the first in the AL since Mike Greenwell did it on September 1, 1990.

The Orioles Mike Mussina shuts out the Twins, 2–0, for this 11 straight win over the Twins. Palmeiro and Davis homer for the scoring.

The Cubs open at home with a 6-2 win over the Padres.  Dutchie Caray, widow of the late Harry, touchingly sings “Take Me Out To The Ball game” during the 7thinning stretch and then hugs her grandson Chip, who has taken over the broadcast booth.

With two homers in the 4th, one a grand slam by Paul Sorrento, Tampa Bay takes a 6-0 lead over the Indians, only to see the Tribe claw back. Cleveland scores 5 in the bottom of the 9th, with 4 coming home on Sandy Alomar’s walkoff grand slam, off Roberto Hernandez.  The first-place Indians are 5.5 games ahead of the Royals.

After pitching to 2 batters yesterday, Braves closer Mark Wohlers had to leave the game and is put on the DL because of a torn muscle in his side. Coming off the DL, his control will disappear and he will split his time between Richmond (AAA) and the Braves. With Atlanta, Wohlers will walk 15 and allow 13 runs in just 4 1/3 innings.

4th The Dodgers become the first major league team to have an Asian office with the opening of their headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

6th In one of the finest pitching efforts ever, Chicago Cub rookie righthander Kerry Wood fans 20 Houston Astros in a 2–0, one-hit victory to tie the major league mark for strikeouts in a 9-inning game. Making only his 5th big league start, the 20-year-old ties the record held by Roger Clemens, who performed the feat twice. Wood does not walk a batter in his masterpiece, allowing only an infield single to Ricky Gutierrez in the 3rd inning, that likely would have been an error had it occurred late in the game. The 20-year-old Wood became the 2nd pitcher in baseball history whose strikeout total matched his age (Bob Feller struck out 17 when he was 17-years-old). Wood struck out the first 5 batters of the game and struck out 7 in a row between the 7th and 9th innings, a streak that ties Jamie Moyer’s Cubs record. Pitcher Shane Reynolds, meanwhile, fans 10 and the two-team mark of 30 strikeouts is a NL record.

In a wild game, the Yankees (22–6) beat the Rangers, 15-13, after jumping out to a 9-0 lead with 2 in the 1st and 7 in the 2nd. But the Rangers came back with 7 in the 3rd. After the Yankees score 4 in the top of the 4th, the Rangers score 3 to cut the lead to 13-10, then tie it with 3 in the 6th. Jorge Posada’s RBI single gives the Yankees the lead in the 8th. Derek Jeter has 4 hits, including a triple and homer, and 5 RBI, while Paul O’Neill contributes 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBI, a double and a HR. Juan Gonzalez has 3 hits, 5 RBI, 3 runs and a HR for the Rangers. The game is a turning point for David Wells. After Wells allows 7 runs on 7 hits in 2 2/3 innings, he receives a tongue lashing from Joe Torre which proves therapeutic.

7th 1B Carlos Delgado goes 5–for–5, while driving in 4 of Toronto’s runs in a 6–0 Blue Jay victory over Seattle. The Mariners tie a major league record and set an AL record by stranding 16 in a 9-inning shutout loss. The major league record was set by the Cardinals on May 24, 1994.

The Tigers sweep a series (of any length) in Oakland for the first time ever, coming back to beat the A’s 6–3. The Tigers sweep the 2-game series with the 3rd game rained out. The last road sweep for Detroit against the A’s was in 1965, in Kansas City.

8th Cardinals 1B Mark McGwire hits his 400th career HR in a 9–2 loss to the Mets. He is the 27th player to reach 400, and does so in fewer at bats than anyone in history, 4,726.

A bit behind McGwire is Andres Galarraga, who clubs his 300th HR in the Braves 3–2 loss to the Padres. Tony Gwynn homers off Tom Glavine.

The Rockies top the Expos, 7–5, despite 5 hits by Montreal SS Mark Grudzielanek.

Charlie Hayes, playing 1B, snags Jeff Blauser’s liner and starts the Giants first triple play since 1980. Hayes also has 4 hits in the 14 inning, 5–4, loss to the Cubs at Wrigley.

11th Cubs rookie Kerry Wood strikes out 13 Diamondbacks in just 7 innings of a 4–2 win over Arizona. By doing so, Wood sets a major league record with 33 strikeouts over 2 consecutive games.

12th The Met–Padre game is postponed because of rain. It is the 1st rainout in San Diego in 15 years, ending a streak of 1,184 home games without a cancellation for the Padres, the longest streak in the majors for a team without a domed stadium.

At Three Rivers Stadium, Estaban Loaiza pitches into the 8th inning as his Pirates deflate the Rockies, 6-0. Kevin Young is 3-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBIs and Jason Kendall combines with Young to steal home on a double steal.

The Cubs defeat the Diamondbacks, 7–6, as Chicago 1B Mark Grace becomes the first player to hit a home run into the swimming pool behind the right field fence at the BOB.

13th The Atlanta Braves set an NL record by homering in their 25th straight game, a 10–2 win over the Cardinals. This ties the major league mark held by the 1941 Yankees and the 1994 Tigers. The streak will be stopped by the Cardinals tomorrow.

14th Baltimore pitcher Mike Mussina’s nose is broken when he is hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland’s Sandy Alomar in a 5–4 Indian win. Mussina had just recently returned from the DL where he had been placed because of a wart on his right index finger.

Colorado pounds out 21 hits, including 5 by 3B Vinny Castilla, but still loses to Chicago, 9–7.

Rusty Greer hits a 2-run HR in the 13th inning, and has 6 RBIs, to lead Texas to a 7–5 win over the Yankees. For New York, it ends a ML record streak of 25 straight wins in which they’ve homered

15th In one of the biggest trades in recent years, the Dodgers send All-Star C Mike Piazza and 3B Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins in exchange for outfielders Gary Sheffield and Jim Eisenreich, C Charles Johnson, 3B Bobby Bonilla, and P Manuel Barrios. Piazza’s stay in Miami will be just a week.

16th  At Busch Stadium, Mark McGwire crushes a Livan Hernandez pitch for a 545-ft. homer to lead the Cards to a 5–4 win over the Marlins. “It’s the best ball I’ve ever hit,” says the Cards slugger. On May 12, he hit a homer 527 feet.

17th Yankees pitcher David Wells hurls the 13th perfect game in modern major league history with a 4–0 win over Minnesota. Wells fans 11 batters in his masterpiece. OF Bernie Williams strokes 3 hits for New York, including a HR.

Cardinals’ OF Brian Jordan collects 5 hits, including a HR, and drives home 4 to lead St. Louis to a 13–4 win over the Marlins.

18th Oakland 3B Mike Blowers hits for the cycle and drives home 4 runs in the A’s 14–0 win over the White Sox. Blowers homers in the 2nd inning, doubles in the 5th, singles in the 7th, and triples in the 8th to become only the 2nd player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

19th The Montreal Expos defeat the Houston Astros, 4–2, in the first outdoor game played in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium since 1991. The retractable roof, which has been prone to tearing in high winds, was removed on May 10. A new permanent roof will be installed after the season.

The Cardinals Mark McGwire hits 3 HRs in a game for the 2nd time this season, leading St. Louis to a 10–8 victory over the Phillies. He is only the 12th player in history to have a pair of 3–HR games in the same season. McGwire drives in 6 of the Cardinal runs as he reaches the 20 HR mark faster than other player in history.

The Yankees defeat the Orioles, 9–5, in a game marked by a brawl which results in 5 ejections. Players involved will be suspended for a total of 18 games. The melee begins when Baltimore relief P Armando Benitez hits Tino Martinez in the back with a pitch following an 8th–inning HR by Bernie Williams.

Dana E. Eischen rules that J.D. Drew, the second overall selection in last year’s amateur draft, remains subject to the draft. Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, claimed Drew was a free agent since he played professionally last season in the independent Northern League. The Phillies were unwilling to meet Boras’ demand for $11 million for his client.

20th Behind Pedro Martinez (5-0), the Red Sox beat the White Sox, 6–2, pinning the loss on Jaime Navarro. It is Navarro’s 1st loss to the Red Sox following 10 straight wins, dating back to 1991.

     The Triple A Indianapolis Indians perform a feat possibly never before duplicated in professional baseball. In the 5th inning of a game against Pawtucket, Indianapolis players hit for a “Homer cycle.” Pete Rose, Jr. opens the inning with a solo HR, Jason Williams connects for a 3–run shot, Glenn Murray slugs a grand slam, and Guillermo Garcia finishes the scoring with a 2–run blast. The Indians win the game, 10–4.

22nd The Mets acquire C Mike Piazza from the Marlins in exchange for OF Preston Wilson, P Ed Yarnell and a player to be named. Piazza spent a week with Florida following the Dodger trade. Piazza will be the first player to have a 100-RBI season while playing with three teams. Todd Zeile, who was traded with Piazza, will post the 2nd highest RBI total playing for three teams in a season: 94.

24th The Giants score 3 runs in the 17th inning to take a 9–6 decision from the Cardinals. Willie McGee gets 4 hits for St. Louis and Mark McGwire hits his 24th HR.

25th Cleveland second baseman David Bell becomes the 3rd player in major league history to play against a team managed by his father. Bell’s 2–run double brings home the go–ahead run in the Indians 7–4 win over Buddy Bell’s Detroit Tigers. Bump Wills and Moises Alou are the only other players to appear in games against their fathers.

28th With Arizona leading the Giants, 8–6, in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded, manager Buck Showalter orders reliever Gregg Olson to intentionally walk Barry Bonds to bring home the Giants’ 7th run. It is only the 4th bases–loaded intentional walk in major league history and the first since Swish Nicholson on July 23, 1944.

29th At Toronto’s SkyDome Bartolo Colon (4-3) strikes out 14 as the Indians trip the Blue Jays, 7-3.  Roger Clemens (5-6) allows 4 runs in 7 innings as he drops below .500.  The Rocket will lift off following this game and Clemens will win his next 15 decisions to finish 20-6 and win the AL pitching triple crown for the second straight year.  As noted in The Yankee Years (Torre and Verducci) this is when Clemens met trainer Brian MacNamee, who alleges that he injected the pitcher with the drug Winstrol in 1998.

31stAt Toledo (International League), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre downs the Mud Hens, 26-4. The Barons collect 7 home runs and 27 hits, led by DH Bobby Estalella who goes 5-for-6 with 2 doubles and a HR.