2001 May

1st  The Giants beat the Pirates, 11-6, as Jeff Kent drives home 7 runs. His 3-run HR in the 1st chases Ramon Martinez, and he adds a 3-run double in the 4th. Emil Brown homers for the Bucs.

Mike Mussina 3-hits the Twins to win, 4–0, for the Yankees. Justice has a solo HR in the 6th off Eric Milton, the losing pitcher, and Posada adds ribbie singles in the 7th and 9th.

2nd  The Braves beat the Brewers, 1-0, as Greg Maddux hurls a 2-hitter and strikes out a career high 14. Maddux K’s 8 of the last 10 batters he faces as he hurls his 100th complete game. B.J. Surhoff’s HR in the 3rd off Paul Rigdon is the only score.

Oakland’s Mike Mulder 3–hits Toronto to win 6–0. Manuel Tejada backs him with 2 homers.

Texas manager Johnny Oates resigns and Jerry Narron takes over as interim manager. Narron dodges a bullet when today’s game is called after 3 innings with the visiting White Sox leading, 6–0.

5th   Leading the Dodgers, 4-1, the Cubs score 8 runs in the 7th and 8 more in the 8th to defeat LA, 20-1. Sosa, Hundley, and Zuleta homer for Chicago, with Zuleta’s 3-run pinch blast capping the scoring in the 7th. Chicago scores 8 in the 8th on 5 hits before LA third baseman Chris Donnels takes the mound and gets the final out. It was the 15th time since 1900 that the Cubbies have scored 20 runs in a game and the 11th time they’ve done it at “The Friendly Confines.” The Cubs last scored 20 runs at Wrigley on June 3, 1987.

Dee Brown follows a Dave McCarty walk in the 12th with a homer off Travis Miller as the Royals beat the visiting Twins, 12–10. After Rey Sanchez scored, McCarty tied the score in the bottom of the 9th with a 2-out single off LaTroy Hawkins, his first blown save after a ML record 23 straight to start a career. Sanchez scored from 3B after 1B Doug Mientkiewitcz tumbled into the stands after making a diving catch.

New York’s Andy Pettitte allows 2 hits and no earned runs in 7 innings to beat the Orioles, 5–2. Derek Jeter has a straight steal of home—the first Yankee to do it in 8 years—in New York’s 4-run 3rd inning. The next to do it will be Jacoby Ellsbury, in 2016.

The Angels place Benjie Molina on the DL and bring up brother Jose Molina from Salt Lake.

6th  The Phillies score 9 runs in the 2nd inning, then hold on to beat the Giants, 10-8. Pitcher Omar Daal has 2 hits in the big score, the first Phillies pitcher to have 2 hits in a frame since Dennis Cook, in 1990.  In his next start on May 12, Daal will go 3-for-3.

The Astros defeat the Expos, 13-7, as Julio Lugo gets 5 hits, including a pair of doubles. Jeff Bagwell has 4 hits, including a grand slam off Anthony Telford, and 5 ribbies. Geoff Blum has 4 hits for the Expos.

At Camden Yards, the Yankees continue to beat up on the Orioles, winning 2–1, behind Mike Mussina. Scott Brosius hits a solo HR in the 8th to break a 1–1 tie. The Yanks tie a ML record by starting the season 13-0 against below .500 teams, matching a mark set by the 1902 Pirates and the 1966 Indians.

7th  Kevin Brown retires 17 straight batters, allows 2 hits as the Dodgers subdue the Marlins, 1–0. For the second of three times in 6 weeks, Gary Sheffield provides the only scoring with a HR. Teeing it up is A.J. Burnett, just off the DL after 5 weeks with a stress fracture in his foot.

8th  Diamondbacks flamethrower Randy Johnson strikes out 20 Reds in Arizona’s 4-3 win over Cincinnati in 11 innings. Johnson gets all 20 in his 9 innings of work, but does not tie Clemens and Woods record since the contest goes into extra frames. The Reds score 2 in the top of the 11th, but the D’Backs come back with 3, scoring the winning run on a bases loaded walk by reliever Danny Graves.

The Devil Rays edge the Orioles, 4-3, as Tampa Bay’s Fred McGriff joins Mark McGwire, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Eddie Murray, and Reggie Jackson as the only players to homer off 300 different pitchers in their career. McGriff’s solo in the 8th snaps a 3–3 tie.

J.T. Snow  hits a pair of solo homers, and Marvin Bernard adds a grand slam to help the Giants to a 9-1 win over the Expos. Bernard’s grand slam comes off Anthony Telford, who served up a 4-run homer on the 6th.  After coughing up 4 runs on 4 hits in a third of an inning on the 10th, Telford will be sent down.

The Padres steal 8 bases en route to a 7–1 win over the Braves.

9thRed Sox 2B Chris Stynes, who had 3 hits in yesterday’s win, suffers 2 fractures in his left cheekbone when he is hit by an Aaron Sele pitch in the 2nd inning. He’ll miss 6 weeks. Seattle breaks a 5–5 tie in the 8th on Olerud’s double to win, 10–5.  David Bell has 4 RBI for the M’s, while Trot Nixon homers and Ramirez and O’Leary go back-to-back in the 4th.

10th  The Brewers defeat the Cubs, 11-1, as OF Jeromy Burnitz hits 3 HRs and drives in 6 runs. Devon White adds a grand slam, while Sosa does the only Cubs damage with his 398th career HR.  The Brewers, 8–0 in their new ball park, are just 3 games in back of Chicago in the NL Central.

The Royals defeat the Indians, 8-3, ending Cleveland’s 10-game winning streak. Brian Meadows goes 6 2/3 innings for the win over Colon. Sweeney and Quinn each have 3 hits.

The Giants score 8 runs in the 6th inning and roll by the Expos, 13-0. Kirk Reuter goes 8 innings for the win. Britt Reames loses his 4th in a row. The Giants, led by 4 by Armando Rios, collect 18 hits.

At the SkyDome, the A’s outslug the Blue Jays, 14–8, as 7 homers leave the park. Tejada hits a 3-run HR, the 6th game in a row he’s homered at the SkyDome. Jason Giambi and Carlos Delgado match homers, and Simmons and Fletcher go back-to-back for Oakland.

11th  An arbitrator rules that major league baseball must reinstate 9 of the 22 umpires who lost their jobs when they resigned last season.

12th  At Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, the Marlins’ A.J. Burnett no-hits the Padres, 3-0. He strikes out 7, but walks 9—the most in a no no—and hits a batter in his gem. It is the 228th complete game no-hitter in major-league history. Burnett mixes just five curveballs and one changeup with 122 fastballs.

The Royals beat the Twins, 12-4, as Joe Randa gets 5 hits, including 3 doubles.

The Dodgers edge the Braves, 1–0, on Gary Sheffield’s 9th inning HR off Matt Whiteside. Kevin Brown is the winner. Rookie Jason Marquis makes his first start a good one going 5 innings. Sheffield becomes the first player in major-league history to win three 1-0 games in a season with a home run. He also supplied the only scoring by homering on April 2 versus Milwaukee and on May 7 against Florida.

The Yankees extend their mouthful ML record of 15 straight wins since the start of a season over teams with a below .500 record. They beat the Orioles, 8–5, on Derek Jeter’s 3-run HR in the 8th. Justice and Williams also homer for New York.

Texas whips the White Sox, 16–6 as Alex Rodriguez hits a 1st inning HR, his 200th. He’s the 5th youngest to reach the mark. He adds his 201st, a 3-run shot, in the 9th. Gabe Kapler and Ken Caminiti also homer.

Pedro goes 7 strong innings as the Red Sox beat Oakland, 9–3. Martinez allows 2 hits including a 3-run HR by Jason Giambi. Trot Nixon has 4 hits with a HR, and Manny Ramirez hits a 468 (sic) foot dinger over the Green Monster that ends up on the Mass Turnpike.

13thDiamondbacks P Randy Johnson strikes out 12 to match Luis Tiant’s mark of 32 K’s in 2 straight games. The major league record is 33, by Kerry Wood. It’s Big Unit’s 6th game in a row with 10+ strikeouts. Arizona beats the Phillies, 6–1.

Houston scores 4 runs in the 1stinning off the Reds Jim Brower, who records one out, then hold on for a 4-3 win. Julio Lugo’s leadoff HR sparks the scoring.  He’ll hit another leadoff HR tomorrow.

Montreal takes a 9–0 lead over host Colorado in the 4th inning, then holds on for a 14–10 win. Milton Bradley has 4 hits, including a HR, and 5 RBIs, while Guerrero and Jose Vidro also homer. Todd Helton has 4 hits, with a HR and double.

The Yanks finally lose to a below .500 team as the Orioles double them, 10–5. Paul O’Neill hits a 2-out, 2-run homer in the 9th to tie, but the O’s score 5 runs off Mariano Rivera in the 11th to win. The big blow is Jeff Conine’s HR.

The Cubs suffer a big loss when 3B Bill Mueller injures his knee sliding into a railing going for a foul ball. He misses three months of the season.

15th  The Brewers pound out 22 hits as they defeat the Phillies, 14-10. The Brewskis almost blow an 8-run lead before going ahead in the 10th inning on Richie Sexson’s double. Tyler Houston gets 5 hits, including a double, for Milwaukee, while Devon White hits a grand slam.

16th  The Astros defeat the Cubs, 6-2, despite Sammy Sosa’s 400th career HR, off Shane Reynolds, at Chicago.

At Shea Stadium, the Padres Rickey Henderson leads off with a home run, extending his ML record for leadoff HRs to 79. This is more than twice the total for the #2 and #3 players on the list, Brady Anderson (44), and Bobby Bonds (35). San Diego scores 4 in the 1stand holds on for a 5–2 win.

At KC, the Royals score 5 in the 9th to beat Tampa Bay, 9-5. Joe Randa’s walkoff grand slam is the capper.

17thLuis Gonzalez clubs a pair of 2-run homers and scores 3 runs to pace the Diamondbacks to a 7-2 win over the Reds. The red-hot Gonzo now has 20 homers in just 40 games, the fastest ever to reach 20 homers surpassing Mickey Mantle: Mantle reached that number in 41 games in 1956. Jason LaRue’s 2-run homer off Brian Anderson is the only Cincinnati score.

     Desi Relaford of the New York Mets becomes the third position player this year to take the mound as he pitches the ninth inning of a 15-3 blowout by the San Diego Padres. Relaford displays a 91-mph fastball as he fires a perfect inning. Starter Steve Trachsel takes the loss and sets a club record by serving up 4 homers (Arias, Henderson, Klesko, Trammell) in the 3rd inning. The Pads set a team record with 11 extra base hits.  Manager Bobby Valentine comments on the score, “It could’ve been worse if Relaford didn’t have his good stuff.”

18th  The Tigers defeat the Devil Rays, 18-2, scoring 9 runs in the 5th inning. Nine Tigers drive home runs. The win goes to Victor Santos, his first ML win, but his consecutive innings pitched without an earned run is snapped at 27.1.

The Diamondbacks defeat the Cubs, 4-0, as Randy Johnson (5 innings), Byung-Hyun Kim (3 innings), and Bret Prinz (1 inning) combine on a one-hitter. Coomer’s single off Big Unit is the only safety. The Cubs have now lost 8 in a row. Before tomorrow’s game, Julio Zuleta will borrow a scene from the movie Major Leagueand use a voodoo stick on the Cubs bats to instill hits. It works.

The Yanks stop Seattle’s 8-game win streak, winning, 14–10. Ex-Mariner Tino Martinez is 4-for-5 with a homer and 4 ribbies. John Halama is the loser with 7 runs in 3 IP. Ichiro Suzuki is 3-for-6 with 2 steals to extend his hitting streak to 23 games.


19th  In a rain-delayed game, the Giants defeat the Braves, 6-3, as Barry Bonds hits 3 HRs. He takes over 13th place on the all-time homer list.

The Padres score in every inning except the 4th as they defeat the Expos, 20-7. It is the first time in franchise history that Expo pitchers have surrendered that many runs, a span of 5,098 games. It also ties the Padres club record. The Pads really heat it up in the 5th, scoring 3-3-5-3-3 in the last 5 innings to score 20 for the second time in franchise history (July 27, 1996). Bubba Trammell leads with a 3-run homer and 6 RBIs, and Rickey Henderson adds a 2-run HR in the 8th.

Florida nips Colorado, 1–0, as Brad Penny (4–0) wins his 8th in a row. Kevin Millar provides the only score with a 7th inning homer. In yesterday’s 2–1 win, Millar and Charlie Johnson hit back-to-back HRs.

Both Ichiro Suzuki’s and Marty Cordova’s hit streaks end. The Yankees defeat the Mariners, 2-1, ending Ichiro’s 23-game hitting streak, It was the fifth longest hit streak recorded by a “true” rookie. Cordova is 0-for-4 stopping his 22-game hit streak, but his Indians beat the Angels, 4–3 in 10 innings.  Robby Alomar has 3 hits, driving home the winning run in the 10th, and Ellis Burks has 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Adam Kennedy has 4 hits for Anaheim. Jaret Wright makes his appearance since June 2, 2000, giving up 2 runs in 5 innings. Troy Percival takes the loss and is now 0–8 against Cleveland.

The Cubs end an eight-game skid with a 6–2 win over Arizona. The win kicks off a 12-game winning streak. Kerry Wood (2-4) pitches 6 innings, K’s 6, and walks 6 for the win.

The Mets obtain P Justin Speier from the Indians in exchange for a player (P Brian Jenkins) to be named.

20th  The Braves defeat the Giants, 11-6, despite 2 HRs—#515 and #516—by Barry Bonds. His 5 four-baggers, including 4 consecutive, in 2 games ties a ML mark. Bonds also homered on the 17th and 18th, giving him 7 HRs in his last 4 games. Atlanta does a bit of homering of their own, thanks in part to Giants reliever Alan Embree who gives up taters to 4 of the first 6 batters he faces in the 7th inning. He is the first reliever since Paul Foytack of the 1963 Los Angeles Angels to surrender four long balls in an inning. The Giants add a HR to tie the two team mark for the inning.

Devon White clubs his second grand slam in a week to give the Brewers the lead, but the Pirates plate 5 runs in the 8thto win, 8-7.

The Red Sox beat the Royals, 10-3, as Jason Varitek is 4-for-4 hitting 3 HRs and an RBI single and driving in 7 runs. Varitek came into the game with 2 homers. Ramirez and Carl Everett solo to back Frank Castillo’s pitching.

21st  The Diamondbacks double the Giants, 4-2, overcoming another homer by Barry Bonds. His 8th homerun in 5 games ties another ML record.

Jeff Bagwell clubs his second grand slam of the month, but his Astros fall to San Diego, 7-6. Ryan Klesko hits a triple and two homers to drive in 6 runs.

22nd  The Giants lose to the Diamondbacks, 12-8, despite Barry Bonds’ 9th HR in the last 6 games. His streak of 6 straight games with homers is his second of the season. Mark Grace has 4 hits, including 2 doubles.

The Twins score 8 runs in the 3rd inning to give Brad Radke an 8–0 lead, then hold on to edge the Mariners, 12-11. The M’s will use the momentum to win their next 15 and set a franchise record.

23rd  The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 7-3 as SS Derek Jeter gets 5 hits, including a double and HR. David Cone (0-1) takes the loss, going 5 innings and giving up 3 runs. Pettitte is the winner.

24th  The Cubs Jon Leiber one-hits the Reds, 3-0, ending Cincinnati’s NL-record streak of 208 straight games without being shut out. 2B Juan Castro gets the Reds only hit. The efficient Leiber needs only 78 pitches in the game.

25th  More one-hitters. At Wrigley, the Cubs edge the Brewers, 1-0, on Kerry Wood’s one-hitter. Mark Loretta’s single in the 7th is the only Milwaukee hit. Woods strikes out 14. The Cubs staff has now thrown back-to-back one hitters: it was last done by the Rangers, in 1996, when Ken Hill and Roger Pavlik did it.

At Fenway, the Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 4-0, on Hideo Nomo’s one-hitter. The only Toronto hit is Shannon Stewart’s double in the 4th, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Mike Lansing’s 3-run double in the 8th gives Nomo some breathing room.

Greg Maddux becomes the first Brave pitcher since Dick Rudolph and Lefty Tyler in August 1916 to throw two 1-0 shutouts in the same month as he whips the Pirates, 1–0. Maddux beat the Brewers, 1–0 on May 2. Rafael Furcal’s RBI single off Todd Ritchie (0–6) is the winner. The Bucs waste a chance in the 8th when they have 3 singles, but 2 runners are caught stealing.

26th  Arizona’s Curt Schilling takes a no hitter into the 8th inning against the Padres before catcher Ben Davis breaks it up with a bunt single. The bunt in a no no is controversial. Schilling allows a run in the 9thand finishes with a 3-hitter and a win, 3–1.

At the Metrodome, the Twins host the A’s in the last scheduled doubleheader in history, celebrating the first doubleheader in AL history which took place on May 30, 1901 (as noted by Charlie Bevis) between the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia A’s. Both teams wear throwback uniforms. The previous doubleheader in the ML was five years ago between these same Twins and A’s.  The two teams show why doubleheaders are extinct by playing 7 hours and 45 minutes of baseball, culminating in the A’s winning the 10-inning opener, 5-4, and the Twins taking the 10-inning nightcap, 7-6. Torii Hunter has 2 homers among his 4 hits in game 2.

27thAgainst the Rockies’ Denny Neagle in the 1st inning, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hits the franchise’s 12,000th home run. It is Bonds 26th of the year. Only the Yankees have hit more. Neagle gives up all 5 runs, including solos to Armando Rios and Rich Aurilia, in the 5–4 loss to SF.

28thThe Dodgers defeat the Rockies, 11-10 in 11 innings. Catcher and leadoff hitter Paul LoDuca gets 6 hits, tying the NL record for extra innings, including a 3-run homer for LA. He drives home 4 runs, including the tying run in the 9th, and scores 3 himself, plating the winning run in the 11th. Todd Helton has a grand slam for the Rocks.

The sizzling Cubs win their 8th straight, 9–6, in 13 innings over the Reds. Guttierez hits a 2-run homer in the 13th after an Eric Young RBI single. Reds 1B Sean Casey leaves the game with a strained lower back, and the Reds use 3 more first basemen, tying a NL mark set by the Phillies, on July 23, 1964. The 2 teams combine to tie the major league record by using 6 at first base: the mark was set by the White Sox (5) and Yankees (1), on June 25, 1953.

At Pac Bell Park, Mark Grace connects for a homer in the 12thoff Todd Worrell to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 victory over the Giants.  Felipe Crespo’s pinch homer in the 10this the only score for SF. Crespo’s is the first splash homer hit by a Giant not named Bonds. He’ll splash another in two weeks.

The Marlins  (22-26) fire manager John Boles, reacting in part to players’ grumbling for a year about his approach. Reliever Dan Miceli was the most outspoken, ripping Boles for his rigid style and the fact he never played organized ball. Tony Perez agrees to manage until a new manager is found, then agrees to finish the year. Under Perez, the Marlins will go 54-60.

29th  The Diamondbacks defeat the Giants, 1-0 in 18 innings with the game lasting five hours and 53 minutes. Erubial Durazo throws out a runner at home in the 17th, then drives in Steve Finley with a double in the 18th. The loss goes to Ryan Vogelsong, making his ML debut. Vogelsong almost redeems himself with a double in his first ML at bat in the 18th. The 2 teams combine for 139 plate appearances and their 14 pitchers throw a total of 503 pitches (301 strikes and 202 balls).

30th  The Expos fire manager Felipe Alou, their skipper since May 1992. Owner Jeffrey Loria says the team has been underperforming and needs a change. The new manager is his long-time friend Jeff Torborg, who is also an old friend of Alou’s. The 66-year-old Alou, with the Expos organization for 27 years, turned down the job of managing the Dodgers after the 1997 season to stay in Montreal. A year later he called that a big mistake.

31st  On “Buhner Buzz Night” at Safeco Field, Mariners ace Aaron Sele (8–0) trims the Orioles 2–1. The sizzling Mariners are now 40–12. The O’s only run is Cal Ripken’s 420th career homer. The 7th annual Buhner promotion, celebrating the smooth-pated outfielder, allows fans with shaved heads into the park free. This year, 6,246 fans, including 112 women, were admitted, bringing the 7-year total of baldies to 22,302.

Montreal’s Tim Raines, who had struggled back from Lupus, undergoes orthopedic surgery on a torn left bicep tendon and is out for the year.