2004 May

1st  The Giants defeat the Marlins, 6-3. Barry Bonds is walked intentionally 4 times, the most in a 9-inning game since the stat became official in 1955.

The Yankees rout the Royals, 12-4, as Ruben Sierra hits 2 HRs, including an 8thinning grand slam, and drives in 7 runs.

The Blue Jays pound out 18 hits in defeating the White Sox, 10–6. Frank Catalanotto strokes an AL-record-tying 6 hits for Toronto, including a double.

In a dramatic finish at Tropicana Park, Oakland’s Erubiel Durazo hits a 2-out 9thinning grand slam, off Trever Miller, to give the A’s a 6-1 lead over Tampa Bay. But the Rays come back as Carl Crawford hits his second triple of the game to score 2, and Jose Cruz follows with a homer. But the Rays fall, 6-5.

2ndThe Atlanta Braves end a 5-7 road trip by making an Atlanta-record tying seven errors in a 13-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies. The Braves become the 17th team since 1974 to make seven miscues in a contest. The last team to record more than seven was the 1974 Kansas City Royals who had eight in a game against the Oakland A’s. Braves third baseman Mark DeRosa leads the parade with four errors while Marcus Giles made two and Jesse Garcia, one. DeRosa’s total is one short of the N.L. record held by another Brave Dave Brain, who’s 5 E’s came in an 11-error game by the Boston Braves on June 11, 1906.

In Japan, American Tuffy Rhodes hit his 300th career homer, connecting in the bottom of the 8th inning at the Tokyo Dome, where his Yomiuri Giants lose to the Hiroshima Carp, 4-3. Rhodes, who joined the Giants in the offseason after eight seasons with the Kintetsu Buffaloes of the Pacific League, has the most home runs of any foreign player in Japanese baseball history. Rhodes, who tied Japan’s single-season home run record of 55 in 2001, played for the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs before coming to Japan.

5thThe Mets defeat the Giants, 8-2, as Mike Piazza becomes baseball’s all-time HR leader among catchers with number 352. It is the 363rdhomer of his career all told.

The Astros down the Pirates, 6-2, behind Roger Clemens. Clemens strikes out 9 batters to move ahead of Steve Carlton into 2nd place on the all-time list behind Nolan Ryan.

In Cincinnati, Juan Castro hits a 10thinning pinch homer to give the Reds a 5-4 win over the Brewers.  The Reds keep the Brewers off the board when they intentionally walk reliever Brooks Kieschnick in the 9thto pitch to Scott Posednik, who grounds into a double play. The good-hitting Kieschnick is the first pitcher to receive an intentional walk since Jim Kaat in 1970, and just the second National Leaguer to be handed an IBB.

6thThe Cubs pound the Diamondbacks, 11-3. Derek Lee gets 5 of Chicago’s 15 hits, including a HR, and drives in 5 runs.

7thThe Cubs beat Colorado, 11-0, behind the pitching of Carlos Zambrano.  The Cubs score 6 in the 2ndinning knocking out Shawn Estes in his shortest stint of the year.

8thThe Rangers edge the Tigers, 16-15, in 10 innings. Detroit scores 8 runs in the top half of the 5th inning to take a 14-4 lead. Texas bounces back with 10 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score. The 18 runs are the most ever scored in the 5thinning of a ML game. Alfonso Soriano gets an AL-record-tying 6 hits for the Rangers, including a double.

10thThe Mets pound out 17 hits, including 5 by Ty Wigginton, but still fall to the Diamondbacks, 12-8. Luis Gonzalez clouts 3 homers for Arizona.

12thThe Dodgers shut out the Cubs, 4-0, behind Wilson Alvarez. The final 2 runs come on a 7th-inning HR by Joey Cora after Cora fouls off 14 consecutive pitches.

The Mets Kaz Matsui hits a leadoff home run off Randy Johnson for the only score of the game as the Mets beat Arizona, 1–0.

13thDodger pitcher Jose Lima, lead singer of Bando Mambo, sings the National Anthem and God Bless America before the Dodgers-Cubs game, He also pitches 5 2/3 scoreless innings, of relief his longest ML relief outing. This comes after the Cubs score 6 runs against starter Hideo Nomo in the 2ndinning and roll to a 7–3 win. Carlos Zambrano strikes out 11 in 8 innings pitched. Lima is believed to be the first player to sing the National Anthem since the Cubs’ Dwight Smith on July 21, 1989.

Frank Catalanatto has 3 doubles and 4 RBIs and Orlando Hudson scores 5 runs as Toronto beats visiting Boston, 12-6.

15thAt Yankee Stadium, catcher Dan Wilson leads the Mariners to 13-7 win over the Yankees in 13 innings. Wilson hits a 3-run double in the 6th, then matches it in the 13thinning. He is the first AL player to have two 3-run doubles in a game, though it has been accomplished four times in the NL in regulation games (Gavvy Cravath, in 1915, was the last to accomplish that). Carols Guillen, in August, will match Wilson.

Andruw Jones has a 3-run HR in the 1stand rookie Adam LaRoche has a record-tying 4 doubles in the Braves, 11-6, win over the host Brewers. Johnny Estrada is 5-for-5 with 5 RBIs. Alfonseca (5-0), with 1 2/3 innings of relief is the winner.

16thThe Brewers knock off the Braves, 4-1, as Ben Sheets sets a franchise record with 18 strikeouts. Sheets’ previous high was 10.

In San Diego, Sammy Sosa has two violent sneezes that will put him on the DL for a month with a strained back. Playing without Sosa, the Cubs beat the Padres, 4-2.

18th  Randy Johnson hurls the 17th perfect game in ML history as he defeats the Braves by a score of 2-0. Johnson becomes the oldest pitcher to ever hurl a perfecto, and just the 5th hurler in history to toss a no-hitter in both the National and American leagues.

Jeremy Burnitz and Matt Holliday hit back to back homers twice, connecting in the 2ndand 7th, to lead the Rockies to an 8-3 win over the Reds.

The Giants down the Cubs, 1-0, behind the 1-hit pitching of Jason Schmidt. Michael Barrett’s 2-out infield single in the 5th inning is Chicago’s only safety. Schmidt throws 144 pitches in his complete game win, the highest pitch total in a game over the past two seasons. Besides Schmidt, Kerry Wood of the Chicago Cubs and Mark Redman, then of the Florida Marlins, are the only pitchers over the last two years to surpass the 140-pitch mark.

19th   At the SkyDome, Minnesota’s Matt LeCroy connects for a grand slam, off Terry Adams, in the 9thas the Twins come back from 3 down to beat the Blue Jays, 6-5.

News leaks out that the Yankees have quietly cutCracker Jack, the iconic popcorn snack, from their lineup and replaced it with Crunch N’ Munch. Cracker Jack was first sold at the 1893 World’s Fair and then was immortalized in the 1908 song, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” The Yankees’ chief operating officer, Lonn Trost, states, “Cracker Jack is just a brand name. We’re selling a caramel crunch that is the same thing as Cracker Jack. It’s the same difference as Frigidaire versus refrigerator, or aspirin and Bayer, or Jell-O and gelatin.”Chris Kircher, a spokesman for the company that makes Crunch ‘n Munch, said, “We’d have no heartburn if Yankee fans started standing up in the seventh inning and singing, ‘Buy me some peanuts and Crunch ‘n Munch.”’ The Yankees will rethink their decision and stay with Cracker Jack. The controversy is similar to one in early 1950 when the SF Seals banned shelled peanuts in the ball park.

20thTwo gems. Los Angeles Dodger farmhand Chuck Tiffany of the Single-A Columbus Catfish has 2 wins this season, both no-hitters. The South Atlantic League lefty notched his first victory on May 3 when he combined with reliever Marcos Carvajal to no-hit the Greensboro Bats. Today Tiffany twirls a 7-inning perfect game against the Bats for his second win.

22ndAt Hi Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico, A.J. Pierzynski connects for a grand slam as the Giants score 5 runs in the 11thto beat Montreal, 7-2.

23rdThe Mets down the Rockies, 4-0, as Tom Glavine hurls a 1-hitter. Glavine loses his no-hitter with 2 outs in the 8th inning as Kit Pellow doubles. Kaz Matsui leads off the game with a HR for NY, the 5th time he has done so this year to tie Chili Davis for the most leadoff homers for an NL rookie. He hit one yesterday.

Randy Johnson and the Diamondbacks defeat the Marlins, 4-3. Johnson sets down the first 6 Florida batters he faces, giving him a streak of 39 in a row over 3 starts, 2 shy of Jim Barr’s ML record.

25th   Illinois high school pitcher Joe Labek strikes out 40 batters, a new high school record, but loses 2-1 in 24 innings. Labek, pitching for Ridgewood, came on in relief in the 4thinning of a game against Evergreen Park on May 17. The scoreless game was suspended after 12 innings and resumed today. Both teams score in the 18thand Evergreen Park scores in the 24thon a double, walk and bloop single.  Labek strikes out 3 in the 24thto break the old record of 37, set in 1971 by Asher, Oklahoma pitcher Billy Brimm in a 17-inning game.

26thThe Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 11-8, as OF Daryle Ward becomes the 20th player in the team’s history to hit for the cycle. Ward and his father, Gary, become the first father-son team to perform the feat.

In a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks. Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants homers and reaches 100 walks breaking his own major-league record for earliest to 100 in a season. In tomorrow’s 5-4 win over Arizona, Barry will get 3 more walks, all intentional. In 2002, Bonds cracked the century mark on June 29, the earliest ever, and finished the season with a major-league record 198 bases on balls shattering his own mark of 178 set the year before.

The Marlins shut out the Reds, 3-0, as Tommy Phelps, Matt Perisho, and Armando Benitez combine on a 1-hitter.

The Mariners beat the Indians, 7-3, as Edgar Martinez becomes the all-time HR leader among DHs with the 236th of his career. He had previously been tied with Harold Baines.

27th The Tigers down the Royals, 17-7, tying a team record in the process by stroking 27 hits. Carlos Pena goes 6-for-6 in the contest, with 5 RBIs. Pena powers two homers, a double and three singles in the game while batting eighth. The first baseman’s six-hit effort made him just the 18th major-leaguer to register both a six-hit and a three-homer game during his career. Pena also became the first player in over 100 years to register six hits in a game while batting eighth. Wilbert “Uncle Robbie” Robinson was the last before Pena when he rapped out six hits in a game from the eight hole in 1892. Shawn Green was the last player to garner six hits and three dingers in the same game when he registered six knocks and four long balls in 2002.

28th The Yankees defeat the Devil Rays, 7-5, as Mariano Rivera records the 300th save of his ML career. He is the 17th pitcher to reach the mark.

Casey Blake of Cleveland hits a game-ending homer off Jim Mecir of Oakland in the 9thinning as the Tribe wins 1-0.

Pittsburgh’s Rob Mackowiak has a day to remember. In the morning, his wife gives birth to his first son. Later that day, his walkoff grand slam in the bottom half of the 9th inning off Joe Borowski gives the Pirates a 9-5 win over the Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader, offsetting a grand slam hit by the Cubs’ Michael Barrett in the 8th. In the second game, Mackowiak hits a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th to tie the score. Pittsburgh goes on to win the game in the 10th, 5-4, on Craig Wilson’s homer. It is just the 3rdtime in history that a doubleheader has ended with two walkoff homers: the other times were July 25, 1967 and May 12, 1962. The other record tied is by Cubs’ game 1 starter Matt Clement who hits three batters in his 4+ innings.

31stA Roman Catholic nun from southeastern Indiana wins $10,000 in a contest during a Cincinnati Reds game with Florida, with the Reds winning, 9-7. Sister Susanna Helms wins the money after her name was on the Reds radio broadcast to win the $10,000 if the Reds hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning. Barry Larkin and Sean Casey, with his second of the game, connect. Sean Casey has a pair of homers and Ken Griffey, Jr. addsa three-run homer in the 7th.