1st The Rockies defeat the Expos, 15-8, as OF Todd Helton slams 3 HRs for Colorado. The two teams combined for a Coors Field record 10 homers in the game.
The Giants defeat the Mets, 10-3, as Barry Bonds hits the first splashdown homer, off Rich Rodriguez, in Pacific Bell Park history. His 11th homer of the year drops into McCovey Cove just past the right field wall. Bonds will splash a pair on May 10th.
2nd The Royals score 3 runs in the 10th inning to defeat the A’s, 8-7. Oakland P Jason Isringhausen, who was 14-for-14 in career saves, was 2 outs away from tying the major league mark for consecutive saves to start a career.
The Braves defeat the Dodgers, 5-3, to become the first NL team in 49 years to win 15 consecutive games. The last team to do so was the 1951 NY Giants. While pitching the 9th inning, Atlanta P John Rocker is approached by a fan who runs out of the stands. Before security can get to him, the man turns his back to Rocker, drops his pants, and moons the pitcher. The Braves’ streak will end tomorrow.
The fireworks continue at Coors Field as 5 homers are hit, including a 1st-inning grand slam by Jeffrey Hammonds, in the Rockies 12-6 victory over the Expos.
Livan Hernandez wins his first of the year, a 7-1 complete game win over the visiting Mets. Bobby Estalella helps with a grand slam for the Giants.
In Kerry Wood’s comeback game following surgery, the fireballer sets down Houston for 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and one run. The Cubs make it easy, scoring 10 runs in the first 5 innings. Wood helps himself with one of the 3 Cubs homers: batterymate Joe Girardi has a 3-run homer and Willie Greene is 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs. Brian Williams gets the save and goes 1-for-1 in his 100thcareer plate appearance. He is the only batter with 100 PAs to have a lower OBP (.174) than BA (.176).
3rd The Rockies bash the Expos, 16-7, setting a team record in the process by stroking 24 hits. OF Todd Helton goes 5-for-5 in the contest, while all 9 Colorado starters get at least 1 hit and 1 RBI each.
The A’s defeat the Royals, 14-5, scoring 8 runs in the 7th inning. Oakland gets a team record 10 hits in the inning, sending 13 men to the plate.
The Major League Baseball Players Association again denies several major-leaguers admission to the union. The players crossed picket lines during the 1994-95 strike becoming replacement players. These players don’t pay union dues, receive full pension benefits, and can to use the Association’s grievance procedure. However, they do not receive a share of royalties from the sale of baseball merchandise. Historian Stuart Shea notes the players are the only ex-replacements currently on major-league rosters: Benny Agbayani and Rick Reed, Mets; Trinidad Hubbard, Kerry Ligtenberg, Keith Lockhart of the Braves; Cory Lidle and Damien Miller, Diamondbacks; Keith Osik and Rich Loiselle, Pirates; Matt Herges, Dodgers; Joe Slusarski, Astros; Shane Spencer, Yankees; Jeff Tam, A’s; Donne Wall, Padres.
4th The Phillies bash the Reds, 14-1, as OF Doug Glanville gets 5 hits. The Phils tie the ML record by hitting 4 consecutive doubles in the 1st inning.
5th In a slugfest, the Rangers overcome an 8-run deficit to defeat the A’s, 17-16, The teams tie an AL record as all 18 starting players scored at least 1 run.
Atlanta C Eddie Perez is put on the DL with a torn rotator cuff, and is likely out for the season.
Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda is named manager of the United States’ Olympic baseball team, which will compete in September in Sydney, Australia.
6th The Yankees defeat the Orioles, 3-1, as Roger Clemens records his 250th career victory. He is the 39th pitcher to reach the mark.
Devil Rays defeat the Red Sox, 1-0, ending Pedro Martinez’s 13-game winning streak. Martinez strikes out 17 Devil Rays in a losing effort. Steve Trachsel goes the distance to win for Tampa Bay.
In a Japanese League game at the Nagoya Dome against the Yokohama BayStars, home plate umpire Atsushi Kittaka calls a third strike on Dragons infielder Kazuyoshi Tatsunami. Tatsunami contests the call, and his teammates rush from the dugout, surrounding and wrestling the umpire. Kittaka’s uniform is left with spike marks and his ribs are fractured. Three years ago, ML ump Mike DiMuro quit the Japanese Leagues after being pushed in the chest by a batter.
7th The Marlins calcimine the Mets, 3-0, behind Ryan Dempster’s 1-hitter. Mike Piazza’s 6th inning double is the Mets only hit.
The Astros score 7 runs in the 10th inning to defeat the Dodgers, 14-8. Mitch Meluskey gets 5 hits for Houston, including a double. Craig Biggio is twice hit by pitches, and coupled with getting hit twice tomorrow, ties a ML mark last done by Craig Kusick in 1975.
The Twins whitewash the Tigers, 4-0, as manager Tom Kelly gets his 1,000th career win. He is the 46th skipper to reach the milestone.
8th The Angels defeat the A’s, 9-8, despite HRs by brothers Jason and Jeremy Giambi for Oakland. Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero of the Expos were the last brothers to homer in the same game.
The Royals defeat the Tigers, 4-1, in 11 innings. OF Johnny Damon grounded out to start the game, ending his streak of 10 consecutive games with a leadoff hit in the 1st inning. It is the longest such streak since 1975.
Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hits his 12th home run of the season, against the San Francisco Giants. The homer tied “Big Mac” with Jimmie Foxx for ninth place on the all-time list with 534 career homers. McGwire needs just two taters to catch number 8 on the list, Mickey Mantle, at 536.
9th The Cardinals score 8 runs in the 2nd inning on their way to a 13-6 win over the Giants.
10th The Twins defeated the Indians, 10-9, overcoming an 8-1 deficit. It is the biggest comeback in Minnesota’s 40-year history.
The Pirates defeat the Mets, 13-9, as Wil Cordero goes 5-for-5 with a double, HR, and 4 RBIs. The MetsRickey Henderson becomes the 21st major-leaguer to garner 10,000 at bats in his career. Henderson finishes the night with 10,002 ABs and trails only Cal Ripken, Jr. among active players.
Marlins P Ricky Bones is scratched from his start after injuring his lower back watching television. The injury occurs while Bones is relaxing in a clubhouse recliner.
Richard Ankiel, father of Cardinals rookie P Rick Ankiel, is arrested for allegedly throwing a loaded handgun from his car. The elder Ankiel is soon to begin serving an almost 6-year sentence for participating in a cocaine and marijuana trafficking operation.
11th The Marlins edge the Braves, 5-4, as Florida rookie P Joe Strong makes his major league debut at age 37. He is the oldest rookie to debut in a game in nearly 40 years.
The Brewers defeat the Cubs, 14-8, in the longest 9-inning game in NL history. The 4 hour and 22 minute contest features 35 hits and 19 walks. Mark Loretta is 5-for-5 in the game, while Glenallen Hill hits a 490-foot HR, which lands on the roof of a 3-story building across Waveland Avenue.
The Boone brothers battle each other as Bret hits two for San Diego, one inside-the-park, as the host Reds win, 11-9. Aaron Boone breaks a 9-9 tie in the bottom of the 9thwith a homer off the RF foul pole. Afterwards, he is asked about his walkoff dinger. “I refuse to call it a walk-off home run,” says Boone. “It was a game-winning home run.”
Devil Rays defeat the Yankees, 1-0, behind P Steve Trachsel, who hurls the first 7 innings. Trachsel, who defeated the Red Sox, 1-0, in his last start, becomes the first AL pitcher in 24 years to win back-to-back 1-0 games.
12th The Rangers defeat the Angels, 13-11, as P John Wetteland becomes the 12th reliever in history to reach 300 saves. Only Dennis Eckersley has reached the mark in fewer appearances (499) than Wetteland (553).
The Rockies trim the Giants, 15-7, as OF Jeffrey Hammonds homers twice, both 3-run homers–and drives in 7 runs. Todd Helton has 4 hits, including 3 doubles, and Armando Rio has a pair of homers and 5 RBI for the Giants.
At Three Rivers, Jimmy Haynes (5-2) pitches into the 8thinning as Milwaukee whips the Pirates, 6-1. Henry Blanco belts a 2nd-inning grand slam, off Jason Schmidt.
Behind Pedro Martinez’ AL-record tying performance, the Red Sox sink the Orioles, 9–0. Pedro allows 2 hits and strikes out 15; he has struck out 32 in 2 consecutive games.
Texas P Justin Thompson undergoes surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. He will miss the entire season.
Phillies 1B Rico Brogna undergoes surgery to repair a broken left forearm. He is expected to be out 10-to-12 weeks.
Angels P Kent Mercker is hospitalized following a cerebral hemorrhage. He had left Anaheim’s game Thursday night complaining of headaches and dizziness. Doctors say the bleeding has stopped and that Mercker is completely coherent.
The Devil Rays obtain P Mark Guthrie from the Cubs for veteran OF Dave Martinez.
13th The Diamondbacks defeat the Padres, 6-2, as Todd Stottlemyre wins the 136th game of his career. He joins his father, Mel, as the first father-son duo to combine for 300 wins.
The Mets release all-time stolen base leader Rickey Henderson. He’ll quickly sign with Seattle.
14th The Expos defeat the Cubs, 16-15, despite 2 HRs and 7 RBIs by Chicago OF Henry Rodriguez. OF Sammy Sosa has 5 hits, including a double, and 5 RBIs for the Cubbies, while Eric Young steals 5 bases.
The Cardinals defeat the Dodgers, 12-10, as 3B Craig Paquette is 5-for-5, with a HR and 4 RBIs.
16th The Dodgers defeat the Cubs, 6-5, in a game at Wrigley Field. The contest is held up for almost 10 minutes when a fan steals Chad Kreuter’s hat and hits him in the back of the head in the 9th inning. Several Dodgers go into the stands where several fans are arrested in the fight that follows. Sixteen players will receive fines or suspensions.
At Shea, the Rockies edge the Mets, 4-3, when rookie Bubba Carpenter hits a pinch homer in the 11thoff Turk Wendell for his first ML roundtripper. Turk prevents any further scoring when he twice picks runners off first base with a fake throw to 3B and a whirl and throw to 1B. The move will be outlawed in 2013.
The Brewers defeat the Astros, 6-5, in 16 innings. 3B Ken Caminiti gets 5 hits for Houston, including a double.
17th The Rangers defeat the Devil Rays, 11-6, as 1B Frank Catalanotto gets 5 hits in the game.
18th The Cardinals defeat the Phillies, 7-2, behind Mark McGwire’s 3 HRs and 7 RBIs. The homers move McGwire past Mickey Mantle into 8th place on the all-time list with 539.
Must’ve missed the class on holding runners. The Padres defeat the Marlins, 6-2. Florida steals 10 bases in 10 attempts in the game, falling one shy of the modern NL mark. All the steals come with Stan Spencer, the Padres starter, is in the game. Luis Castillo and Cliff Floyd steal 3 apiece, while Mark Kotsay and Preston Wilson each pilfer a pair.
Brothers Wilton and Vlad Guerrero each homer for Montreal, but Arizona emerges the winner, 8-6 scoring two runs in the top of the 9th.
The Rangers defeat the Orioles, 8-7. Frank Catalanotto gets 3 hits for the Rangers, and extends his consecutive hit streak to a team-record 10 before making an out. He does set a team record for reaching base safely in 12 consecutive at bats.
Twins defeat the A’s, 10-5, as Denny Hocking has 5 hits, including 2 doubles and a HR, and 3 RBIs.
19th The Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 13-1, as C Jason Kendall hits for the cycle, becoming the first Pirate ever to do so at Three Rivers Stadium. Kendall homers in the 1st, singles in the 2nd, doubles in the 3rd, and triples in the 8th, driving in 5 runs in the process. The last Pirate to cycle was Wally Westlake in 1949.
20th The Devil Rays defeat the Mariners, 4-3. Rickey Henderson wastes no time hitting a HR in his 1st at bat as a Mariner, increasing his career record for leadoff homers to 76.
Catcher Keith Osik of the Pittsburgh Pirates is pressed into service on as a relief pitcher in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Gene Lamont has Osik finish the game and save the bullpen with the Pirates down, 14-3. Osik made a relief appearance last year giving up four runs in one inning of work, and today is not any better as he allows 5 runs on 5 hits, hits 2 batters, has a wild pitch and hits a 2-run home run in one inning. The final is 19-4.
21st A major league record 6 grand slams are hit on the day, breaking the record of 5, which was set last year. The record-breaker was hit by Anaheim OF Garret Anderson off KC pitcher Chris Fussell in the Angels’ 10-6 loss to the Royals.
The White Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 2-1, despite getting only one hit in the game. Five Toronto errors helped Chicago score 2 unearned runs. C Mark Johnson’s 3rd-inning single is the White Sox’ only hit.
Behind two grand slams and the complete game win by Kevin Brown, the Dodgers gaff the host Marlins, 12-3. Adrian Beltre has a pair of doubles and a slam, and Shawn Green hits another grand slam in the 9th. Gary Sheffield homers in the 9thfor LA, while Cliff Floyd homers for Florida.
The Mariners defeat the Devil Rays, 8-4, as OF Rickey Henderson hits a leadoff HR for the 2nd consecutive game, and for the 77th time in his career.
The Braves defeat the Padres, 12-6, as 1B Andres Galarraga goes 5-for-5, including a double. OF Brian Jordan has 4 hits for Atlanta, including 2 HRs, and drives in 7 runs.
The Giants score 11 runs in the 6th inning on their way to a 16-10 win over the Brewers. OF Terrell Lowery collects 5 hits for SF, including 3 doubles and J.T. Snow hits a grand slam in the 6th. Starter Russ Ortiz is the winner, allowing 10 earned runs, the most earned runs in a win since Bob Friend, in 1954. The last pitcher to notch a win and give up 10 runs—9 earned—was Vida Blue against the Padres on April 19, 1979. The Giants are the second team to score 11 runs in an inning this year. Earlier this season, the White Sox dropped 11 runs against the Seattle Mariners in one inning.
Paced by Jason Giambi’s 2nd grand slam of the season, Oakland scores 8 runs in the 2nd inning and cruises to a 13-4 win over the Twins.
22nd The Brewers defeat the Astros in the 1st game of a DH, 10-9, coming back from a 9-2 deficit to tie the score with 7 runs in the bottom half of the 9th inning. It is a club record rally for the 9th inning. They win the game in the 10th on a HR by Jose Hernandez. Milwaukee also wins the 2nd game of the twinbill, 6-1.
23rd The Orioles defeat the Mariners, 4-2. Seattle’s Rickey Henderson draws his 2,000th career walk in the 9th inning, making him the 3rd player to reach that level, behind Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.
24th The Giants defeat the Expos, 18-0, as pitcher Shawn Estes hits a grand slam and narrowly misses another as he collects 5 RBIs. The game is the Giants largest shutout win in modern times breaking their previous record, 16-0, set on July 3, 1949, against the Dodgers; the previous SF record was 14-0, against the Reds, on August 23, 1961. Their all-time record is a 24-0 win against the Buffalo Bisons, on May 27, 1885. On the other side, the game was also the worst shutout loss in Expos history, breaking the record of 16-0, set against the Cardinals, on August 11, 1980.
The Phillies defeat the Astros, 9-7, overcoming a 7-0 deficit. It is the 2nd time within a week that Houston has blown a 7-run advantage. The Astros also lose CF Roger Cedeno who breaks 2 bones in his right hand and will miss 2 months.
The Reds defeat the Dodgers, 10-3, with OF Dante Bichette leading the way going 5-for-6, with a double and 4 RBIs.
The Cardinals gaff the Marlins, 5-1, as Mark McGwire hits his 20th HR of the year. He becomes the fastest player to ever reach 20 homers, doing so in his 35th game, 6 fewer than Mickey Mantle in 1956 and McGwire himself in 1998.
The Angels defeat the Twins, 6-5, in 10 innings. First sacker Mo Vaughn goes 5-for-5 for Anaheim, with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs.
Sixteen Dodger players and 3 coaches are handed suspensions for going into the stands during a fight with fans at Wrigley Field on May 16. The 19 suspensions are believed to be the most ever stemming from one incident. The suspensions totaled 60 games for the players and 24 games for the coaches. All 19 individuals were also assessed fines.
25th Medical alert! Devil Rays P Wilson Alvarez and Angels SS Gary DiSarcina both undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery and will miss the rest the 2000 season. Phillies P Mike Jackson will undergo his shoulder surgery tomorrow.
26th The Royals defeat the Angels, 9-4, scoring 8 runs in the 6th inning. KC hits 4 HRs in the frame.
Randy Johnson is staked to a 6-run lead in the first to easily beat the Brewers, 9–2. The D’Backs knock out John Snyder, handing him his 8th straight loss. Johnson goes the other way, pitching 7 scoreless innings in beating the Brewers for the 11th straight time (14–4 overall). Johnson, 2-for-3, is lifted for fear he might have aggravated a leg injury sliding into 2B in the 6th.
27th The Marlins defeat the Reds, 8-6. Prior to the game, Cincinnati retires former 1B Tony Perez’s uniform.
28th The Angels defeat the Royals, 8-4, smashing 4 HRs in a 6-run 5th inning. Darin Erstad hits the first, then one out later, Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon, and Garret Anderson follow with consecutive blasts.
At Yankee Stadium, Pedro Martinez (8-2) fires a shutout, stopping New York, 2-0. Trot Nixon drives in both runs with a 2-out, 2-run homer in the top of the 9thoff starter Roger Clemens (4-5). Martinez becomes the first pitcher since 1900 to make at least 10 starts before June and allow no more than 10 earned runs and 50 hits (as noted by Stats, inc). Justin Verlander will match the mark in 2018.
The Devil Rays sink the Mariners, 14-4, scoring a team-record 11 runs in the 8th inning. Jose Mesa gives up 9 runs in the inning and then is tossed for pitching too close to Mike DeFelice his 2nd time up. His first time up he homered.
Forbesmagazine reports the New York Yankees are worth $540 million, making them the most valuable team in baseball for the 3rd straight year.
29th The Yankees defeat the A’s Olivares, 4-1, on Andy Pettitte’s 2-hitter. In the 6th inning, Oakland 2B Randy Velarde turns an unassisted triple play, just the 11th in history, on a line drive by Shane Spencer. With runners on 1st and 2nd running with the pitch, Velarde tags Jorge Posada as he nears 2B, then touches the bag to retire Tino Martinez. In 1995, while with the Yankees, Velarde turned an unassisted triple play against the Dodgers in spring training following the strike.
The Dodgers defeat the Mets, 4-1, on Shawn Green’s 6th inning grand slam, his second in 8 days. Mets SS Rey Ordoñez breaks his left forearm on a tag play in the 1st inning and will be out the season. His arm hits the helmet of a sliding F.P. Santangelo. The Mets will fill in with various bodies for 2 months before renting Mike Bordick from the O’s. The Mets and the Reds will agree in July on a trade of Alex Escobar and pitchers Eric Cammack and Jason Saenz for veteran Barry Larkin, but Larkin vetoes the deal because it is not a multi-year contract. Larkin will re-sign with the Reds for 3 years at $27 million.
30th The Cubs release veteran pitcher Brian Williams, who will be signed by Cleveland on June 5th.
At Dodger Stadium, Todd Pratt hits a pinch grand slam in the Mets’ 6-run 9th as New York tops LA, 10-5. John Franco, who got the final out in the 8th, gets the win.