1999 May

1st Detroit hurler Brian Moehler is ejected in the 7th inning for having a piece of sandpaper glued on his thumb against the Devil Rays. Two batters later, Randy Winn’s sacrifice fly gives Tampa Bay the 4–3 win for Bobby Witt. Moehler will receive a 10-game suspension for his actions. Roberto Hernandez gets the save for the Devil Rays, the 200th of his career, making him the first Latin pitcher to reach the mark.

The Cardinals defeat the Expos, 16-5, as rookie Outfielder J.D. Drew scores 5 runs for St. Louis, and 3B Fernando Tatis hits his 8th HR and drives home 3.

The Brewers signed P Hideo Nomo. Nomo will make 1 start for the Brewers Double-A team, which will be on Sunday, and then he’ll join the team.

Tom Schieffer resigns as the President of the Rangers in order to spend more time developing real estate around the Ballpark in Arlington. Schieffer also says he may help Texas Gov. George W. Bush run for the White House.

2ndTexas DH Rafael Palmeiro has 3 hits, including his 2,000th, and Juan Gonzales hits his third HR in 3 games as the Rangers beat the Indians, 8–6.

With a 2-run single by Gary Gaetti in the 8th, the Cubs push their win streak to 5 games with a 3-2 win over the Padres. The Pads go the other way extending their losing to 5 games and losing a series for the first time after 73 consecutive series without being swept. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the streak is the 4th longest in this century. The three longer sweepless streaks were posted by the 1904-06 Philadelphia A’s with 76 consecutive series without a sweep, the 1903-05 New York Giants with 97 straight and the 1942-44 St. Louis Cardinals with a amazing 132 consecutive series without a sweep.

3rd The Pirates score 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th to defeat the Giants, 9-8. Jeff Kent gets 5 hits for the Giants, and hits for the cycle, just the 2nd player to do so in Three Rivers Stadium. Joe Torre did it on June 27, 1973. Jason Kendall goes 5-for-5, with 2 doubles, in a losing cause for Pittsburgh.

     The Blue Jays outslug the Mariners, 16-10. Carlos Delgado goes 3-for-3 for Toronto, with 2 HRs, 5 runs scored, and 5 RBIs.

Boston blows a 7-0 lead, as the Athletics rally to edge the Red Sox, 12-11, in 10 innings. Boston rookie C Creighton Gubanich hits a grand slam in the 1st inning, becoming just the 4th major leaguer to swat one for his 1st major league hit.

In the 2nd game of their home-and-home series, the Cuban All-Star team handily defeats the Baltimore Orioles, 12-6, in an exhibition game played in Baltimore. Afterwards,Cuban pitching coach Rigoberto Herrera requests asylum in the U.S.

Reds P Mark Wohlers has another disastrous outing in a minor league rehab appearance. Wohlers walks 5 out of the 7 batters he faces, fires 4 wild pitches in 1/3 IP.

4th The Cubs blow an early 8-2 lead, as the Rockies score 3 in the 6th, 3 in the 7th, and 3 in the 8th to take an 11-8 lead. Chicago bounces back with 2 in the bottom of the 9th, however, to defeat Colorado, 12-11. Cubs 1B Mark Grace hits a bases-loaded homer in the 3rd inning, relinquishing his title as the active player with the most at bats without a grand slam (6,136 at bats). Cincinnati SS Barry Larkin is the new leader with 5,817 at bats.

In a 9-1 St. Louis victory over Atlanta, Mark McGwire hits a grand slam off Greg Maddux. It is the 12th grand slam of McGwire’s career and just the second regular season grand slam that Maddux has allowed (the first was to Benito Santiago in 1996). The Cardinals scored 6 runs in the 2nd off Maddux, which was the first time he’s allowed 6 runs in an inning. For McGwire, it is also his 100th HR with the Cardinals, becoming the 24th player to hit 100+ HR with more than 1 franchise and the 14th player to hit 100+ HR in both leagues.

After hitting a pinch triple in the 9thto drive in the tying run, Harold Baines clubs a walkoff grand slam in the 10thas the Orioles beat the visiting White Sox, 9-5.  David Lundquist serves up the game winner. Jeff Conine has a pair of homers for the O’s.

5th The Rockies defeat the Cubs, 13-6, and become the 1st NL team in 35 years—and only the 3rd this century—to score in all 9 innings. The last team to do so was the St. Louis Cardinals, on September 13, 1964, against the Cubs.

The Dodgers defeat the Expos, 8-2, as LA P Jamie Arnold makes his major league debut by hurling 1-hit ball for 6 2/3 innings. Orlando Cabrera’s single leading off the 6th is the only hit allowed by Arnold.

The Blue Jays trade P Robert Person to the Phillies in exchange for P Paul Spoljaric.

Chatham Glenwood High (IL) junior Bill Clayton hits three homers in the 2nd inning and fires a no-hitter in the Redskins’ 27-2 victory Tuesday over Taylorville High. According to the National High School Sports Record Book, Clayton become the first high school baseball player to hit three homers in one inning. Clayton knocks in 8 of Glenwood’s 22 runs in the second.

There are no games in either league scheduled west of Kansas City; all games are in the Eastern or Central time zone. All the West Coast teams are on the road.

7th Pedro Martinez fans 15 Angels, including Mo Vaughn twice, as Boston defeats visiting Anaheim, 6-0.  Wakefield K’s 2 in the 9th in relief. Mo gets a standing O from the Fenway fans.

At Jacobs Field, the Indians overcome a 9-1 deficit by scoring 4 runs in the 6th, 7 runs in the 7th, and 7 more in the 8th, to defeat the Devil Rays, 20-11.  Down 8 and winning by 9 is the biggest swing since July 8, 1990, according to historian Tom Ruane: The Rays will nearly match it on June 22, 2005, blowing a 9-2 lead to the Yankees and also losing 20-11.  Roberto Alomar, with a grand slam, and David Justice, with 2 HRs, each drive home 5 runs for the Tribe, who have 5 players get 3 or more hits.  Tampa Bay’s Fred McGriff hits a 2-run shot off another Tampa native, Dwight Gooden. For McGriff, it is the 34th ML park he has homered in, a new ML record. He was tied with Gary Gaetti and Ellis Burks.

The Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 9-6, as 3B Tony Fernandez strokes 5 hits, including 3 doubles. Texas takes the lead as their first two batters, Tom Goodwin and Mark McLemore, hit homers off Pat Hentgen, the eventual winner.  Bill Koch pitches 2 scoreless innings for his first save.

The White Sox top the Athletics, 7-1, as rookie OF Carlos Lee shows why he is the Sox top prospect by hitting a homer in his first at bat. Lee is the first Sox player to ever hit a HR in his 1st big league at bat.

The Rockies defeat the Phillies, 8-1. In the process, they tie an NL record by extending their scoring streak to 14 straight innings before Curt Schilling stops them in the 2nd frame.

The Cubs fall to the Reds, 3-2. By holding Cincinnati scoreless in the 1st inning, Chicago P Kevin Tapani ends the Cubs’ record for allowing runs in 13 consecutive innings.

The Padres edge the Braves, 4-3, as umpire Wally Bell returns to action 11 weeks after undergoing quintuple heart bypass surgery.

8th The Mariners defeat the Yankees, 14-5, as 3B John Mabry gets 5 hits.

9th The Yankees defeat the Mariners, 6-1. Relief P Mike Stanton makes his 1st major league start for NY, ending his major league record streak of 552 consecutive relief appearances prior to his 1st start. the previous record of 443 was set by Gary Lavelle of the Giants.

The Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 12-9, as SS Pat Meares gets 5 hits, including a double. Brant Brown adds a 3-run inside-the-park homer.

Florida St. junior second baseman Marshall McDougall goes 7-7, with an NCAA record 6 consecutive HRs and 16 RBIs, as the Seminoles defeat Maryland, 26-2. McDougall opens the game with a single.  His mark breaks the HR record set by Henry Rochelle of Campbell, who hit 5 homers in a game in 1985. The RBI mark was held by Jim LaFountain of Louisville who drove in 14 against Western Kentucky in 1976.

10th The Red Sox pound the Mariners, 12-4, as SS Nomar Garciaparra leads the way with 3 HRs, including 2 grand slams. Garciaparra drives home 10 of Boston’s runs as he clouts a bases loaded homer in the 1st, a 2-run shot in the 3rd, and another grand slam in the 8th. Nomar is the first Bosox since Rudy York, in 1946, to slam 2 slams in a game and the second player to accomplish it this year.

11th The Rockies beat the Mets, 10-3, as Bobby M. Jones of Colorado bests Bobby J. Jones of NY. It is the 1st time this century that two pitchers with the same name have started against one another. In 1876, George H. Bradley of Boston and George W. Bradley of St. Louis started against each other twice. On April 16, 1899, John B. Taylor of Cincinnati matched up with John W. Taylor of Chicago. In 1876, George H. Bradley of Boston and George W. Bradley of St. Louis started against each other twice: G.W. Bradley started all 64 of St. Louis’ games that year.

The Astros pound out 18 hits in defeating the Pirates, 19-8. CF Carl Everett drives home 5 runs for Houston, while 1B Jeff Bagwell and 3B Ken Caminiti plate 4 apiece. Pirate backup catcher Keith Osik takes one for the team when manager Gene Lamont puts him on the mound in relief instead of his overworked relief corp.  With the Pirates down 15-8 in the 8th, Osik walks two, strikes out one, hits a batter and gives up two hits. He allows four runs in his inning of work.

12th The Red Sox sink the Mariners, 9-2, as Boston hurler Pedro Martinez fans 15 batters for the 2nd consecutive game.

The Angels edge the Yankees, 1-0, behind the combined 3-hit pitching of Chuck Finley and Troy Percival. Finley fans 11 Yankees in his 8 innings of work, including 4 in the 3rd inning to become the 33rd pitcher in history to strike out 4 in a single frame.

Tampa Bay P Jim Mecir suffers a broken elbow when he and P Rick White get tangled while shagging batting practice balls before the Devil Ray’s game against the Twins. He will be out the rest of the season. Minnesota defeats Tampa Bay, 9-4. Mecir had a 0-1 record with a 2.61 ERA in 17 games.

13th The Rangers score 8 runs in the 4th inning on their way to a 15-7 victory over the Orioles. OFs Rusty Greer and Roberto Kelly drive home 4 runs each.

Cleveland Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces that he is putting the team up for sale.

14th Tampa Bay P Alan Newman makes his big league debut, after 11+ seasons in the minors, in the Devil Rays’ 8-3 loss to the Angels at Anaheim. Entering the game with the bases loaded in the 7th inning, he balks home a run before making his 1st big league pitch. 1B Mo Vaughn hits his 8th career grand slam, and drives home 6 runs for Anaheim.

15th  Rangers P Esteban Loaiza breaks his hand when a car slams on it. He’s out indefinitely.

When SS Alex Arias of the Philadelphia Phillies snags Mike Piazza’s line drive in the sixth inning he starts the Phillies’ 30th franchise triple play and their 10th against a team from New York City. It was just the second triple play turned in Veterans Stadium and the 237th in the National League since 1901. Arias has participated in two triple plays for the Phils, he initiated one last season against the San Francisco Giants. The Mets still win, 9–7.

16th The Orioles outslug the Rangers, 16-5, pounding out 24 hits in the process. All 9 Baltimore starters have 2 or more hits for the Orioles, with Mike Bordick leading the way with 4. Albert Belle hits a pair of homers and knocks home 5 runs for the Orioles.

Mark Sweeney must wonder what you have to do as Cincinnati sends him to the minors and calls up pitcher Brett Tomko. Sweeney is hitting .357 with an .857 slugging average and a .471 OBA.

17th The Devil Rays outgun the Rangers, 13-3, as 1B Fred McGriff extends his major league record by hitting a HR in his 35th big league stadium—The Ballpark in Arlington.

The Mariners defeat the Twins, 15-5, as LF Butch Huskey gets 4 hits, including 2 homers, and drives home 7 runs. DH Edgar Martinez also hits a pair of 4-baggers for Seattle and scores 5 runs.

Fans get their money’s worth in the Indians-White Sox game as the score is 12-9 after three innings. Bartolo Colon serves up three homers, including a grand slam to Carlos Lee, allows 9 runs, but emerges the winner. Omar Vizquel steals 4 bases. The final is 13-9 Indians.  Sox pitchers will allow 13 runs in each of the next two games before settling down to a 10-2 loss.

18th At Fenway, the Yankees lose to the Red Sox, 6-3, as Joe Torre returns as Yankee manager after being treated for prostate cancer. The Boston fans give him a standing ovation.

The Mariners defeat the Twins, 10-1, as Seattle DH Edgar Martinez clouts 3 HRs and drives home 4 runs.

1B Mark Grace’s 3-run HR in the 11th inning gives the Cubs a 4-1 victory over the Marlins. SS Alex Gonzalez has all 3 of Florida’s hits.

For the second day in a row, the Indians score 13 runs against the White Sox, as they crush Chicago 13-0. Dwight Gooden allows one hit in 7 innings and Manny Ramirez crushes a grand slam.

In Boston, Joseph Schnabel pleads guilty to stealing wills signed by baseball Hall of Famers George Wright and 1920s umpire Tom Connolly and selling them for more than $15,000. The discovery of the missing documents led authorities in other parts of the country to realize they had experienced similar thefts.

19th In a record-setting outing, the Reds outslug the Rockies, 24-12, stroking 28 hits in the process. The 36 runs sets a Coors Field record. Jeffrey Hammonds hits 3 HRs for Cincinnati, as 7 players in the Reds lineup get 3 or more hits apiece. Teammate Sean Casey hits a pair of 3-run homers to drive in 6 runs and reaches base in all 7 plate appearances, tying a 20th century record. Jeffrey Hammonds hit 3 HRs in game as he and Casey score 5 times. The 36 runs scored in the contest is the 3rd-highest total in the major leagues since the turn of the century, while the 81 total bases sets a new major league standard. OF Mike Cameron ties a major league mark with 8 plate appearances in a 9-inning game. With 28 hits, the Reds tie a mark originally set on May 13, 1902 and tie the NL record with 7 players with 3+ hits, Pirates, June 12, 1928, and  Reds, August 3, 1989). The Rockies became the first team to score 12+ runs in a game and lose by 12+ runs in the same game since the Giants beat the Reds, 25-13 in 1901. Larry Walker extends his hitting streak to 20 games and raises his average to .431.

The Rangers top the Devil Rays, 7-6, as Texas gets 3 consecutive HRs in the 5th inning by C Ivan Rodriguez, DH Rafael Palmeiro, and 3B Todd Zeile.

The Giants beat the Diamondbacks, 8-3, and stop Arizona OF Luis Gonzalez’ 30-game hitting streak. It is the longest streak in the NL since Jerome Walton of the Cubs also hit in 30 in a row in 1989.

For the third game in a row against Chicago, Cleveland scores 13 runs to win, 13-7. Richie Sexson has a grand slam for the Tribe, connecting in the 5thoff Bryan Ward. It is the second grand salami that Ward has served up in 8 days.

20th The Mets sweep the Brewers in a DH, winning the first game, 11-10, and the second, 10-1. 3B Robin Ventura slugs a grand slam in each contest, becoming the first player in history to do so in both ends of a DH. Jim Abbott and Horacio Estrada are the slam victims. Ventura also becomes the first player to hit a pair of grand slams on the same day on 2 separate occasions.

21stIn a long rumored move, the Twins finally trade Rick Aguilera, along with minor league P Scott Downs, to the Cubs for minor league pitchers Jason Ryan and Kyle Lohse. Tomorrow, Cubs reliever Rod Beck undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his elbow.

At Coors Field, Larry Walker’s third hit of the game is an 11th inning walkoff homer off of John Frascatore to give the Rockies an 8-7 win over the Diamondbacks. Todd Helton has 4 hits for the Rocks.  Walker’s 21-game hit streak will end tomorrow but he bats .506 (41-for-81) during the streak, the first .500 average during a 20-game hit streak since Fats Fothergill, in 1927 (as noted by Trent McCotter).

22nd  Mo Vaughn’s single in the 8th snaps a tie and rescues Steve Sparks wild knuckler as the Angels beat the Devil Rays, 8–6. In the 3rd inning, Sparks hits Paul Sorrento to load the bases, then plunks the next 2 batters with a knuckler. He is the 4th pitcher to hit 3 batters in a row, joining Houston’s C.J. Nitkowski (1998), White Sox Wilbur Wood (1977) and Pittsburgh’s Dock Ellis (1974).  He also plunks Jose Canseco in the 1st inning to tie the ML mark for HBP. Sparks only allows 5 hits, but walks 6 in addition to hitting 4.

The Yankees defeat the White Sox, 10-2, in the 1st game of a DH. Roger Clemens gets the win for NY, giving him an AL record 18 consecutive victories over the course of 2 seasons. The White Sox come back to take the 2nd game by a score of 2-1.

Reds P Pete Harnisch hits his 1st ML HR and hurls his 2nd shutout of the season, 3–0, over San Diego.

23rd Down 4-1 going into the 8th inning, the Milwaukee Brewers score 5 runs in the 8th and 7 runs in the 9th to defeat the Expos, 13-4.

The Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 10-8, as Tom Gordon extends his major league record to 50 consecutive saves in 50 chances.

Tampa Bay rookie P Ryan Rupe holds the Angels to one hit in 9 innings, but leaves the game in a scoreless tie. Anaheim scores 4 runs in the 10th off Roberto Hernandez to win the game by a score of 4-0. Chuck Finley hurls 9 scoreless frames for Anaheim as Troy Percival gets the win in relief.

At Baltimore, the Orioles make it easy for starter Mike Mussina by scoring 10 runs in the 1st inning against Texas, en route to a 15-6 thrashing. Brady Anderson joins Willard Schmidt (1959) and Frank Thomas (1961) as the only batters hit by a pitch twice in one inning as Texas starter Mike Morgan plunks him twice in the frame.

Brought in to protect Chicago’s 4-2 lead in the 9th. Todd Jones allows 5 runs and Detroit wins, 7-4. With his team tied at 4, Omar Vizquel finishes it with an grand slam.

Kansas City 1B Jeff King announces his retirement, suggesting that his heart is no longer in the game.

The Mets rally for 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Phillies and Curt Schilling, 5-4.

24th Toronto scores 10 runs in the 7th inning and goes on to outlast Detroit, 12-6.

The Brewers light up Tom Glavine for 9 runs, the first time in his career the Atlanta ace has allowed that many. Milwaukee wins, 10–9.

25th The Mariners score 8 runs in the 4th inning and go on to defeat the Twins by a score of 15-5.

In Arizona’s 5–4 win over San Diego, the D’backs Damian Miller becomes only the 8th ML catcher to participate in three double plays in a 9-inning game, tying the NL record for DPs and tying the ML record for DPs started by a catcher. The last N.L. catcher to participate in 3 DPs was Ebba St. Claire of the Boston Braves in 1950. Chris Hoiles was part of 4 double plays for the Orioles on April 9, 1998.

The Braves hit 3 solo homers in the 9th to beat the Braves, 5-2. Two of the homers are back to back pinch homers by Keith Lockhart and Javy Lopez, off Bob Wickman, and two outs later Walt Weiss homers. The win goes to Rudy Seanez, in relief of starter Greg Maddux, who throws 7 shutout innings.

26th In the Devil Rays 8–6 loss to Texas, Rays P Tony Saunders breaks the humerus bone in his left arm while throwing a pitch in the 3rd inning. It is the same injury that Dave Dravecky suffered to end his career and Saunders is out for at least the rest of the season. Saunders gets a no decision as he allows 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk in 2 2/3 IP.

27th The Tigers defeat the White Sox, 10-5, as Detroit DH Luis Polonia strokes 5 hits, including a pair of doubles. Polonia was called up from the minors yesterday.

28th The Red Sox defeat the Indians, 12-5, despite 5 passed ball by C Jason Varitek, who has trouble catching Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball. Varitek, who has 3 PBs in the 1st inning, falls one short of the ML record for a single game. He atones for his fielding sins by stroking 3 hits, including a HR.

Yankee OF Darryl Strawberry pleads no contest to cocaine possession and solicitation charges, and is sentenced to 18 months probation.

29th The Padres score 8 runs in the 3rd inning on the way to a 12-3 win over the Brewers.

Arizona’s Byung-Hyun Kim. 20-year-old Korean, makes his ML debut against the Mets, Relieving in the 9th, he strikes out Mike Piazza to end the game and preserves the 8–7 win.

30th The Devil Rays score 8 runs in the 4th inning on the way to a 15-7 victory over the Mariners.

31st Seattle defeats Baltimore, 10-6, hitting 4 HRs in the process. With the 4-baggers, the Mariners tie the ML record for most homers in a month with 58 for May.

Let’s go to the videotape.  Baseball history is made in the Cardinals-Marlins game, in which the Cardinals win, 5-2. With St. Louis leading 4-1 in the 5th inning, Marlin OF Cliff Floyd smashes a line drive that hits the top of the LF scoreboard and drops onto the field. Second base ump Greg Gibson rules it a double. When Florida argues that the ball cleared the wall, the umpires change and rule the hit a HR. The Cardinals then protest and the game is delayed for 5 minutes while umpires Frank Pulli and home plate Greg Bonin study replays of the hit on videotape. The call is eventually reversed and ruled a double. The Marlins play the game under protest, though there is no mention of replay in the rule books. NL prexy Leonard Coleman objects to the use of the camera stating, “ Use of the video replay is not an acceptable practice. The integrity of the game requires that judgments be left to on-field personnel.”

George Brett and his brothers purchase half ownership of TriDiamond Sports, a bat company, which will be renamed Brett Brothers Bat Co. The company makes bats of composite wood which is supposed to be stronger than the traditional woods.