2005 May

1st  The Brewers defeat the Reds, 13-3. Lyle Overbay leads the 19-hit Milwaukee attack with 5 safeties, including a double and HR.

The Angels edge the Twins, 2-1, with HRs by Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Molina accounting for their only 2 hits. The loss goes to Johan Santana, ending Santana’s 17-game winning streak (over 2 seasons).

2ndIn the greatest comeback in team history, the Cardinals score 7 runs in the 9th inning to overcome a 6-run deficit and give them a 10-9 win over the Reds. It is the first time the Reds blow a 6-run 9th inning lead since 1952.

The Yankees shrug off Andy Phillips’s record-tying 5 strikeouts and beat Tampa Bay, 6-2. Phillips is just the second Yankee position player to strike out 5 times in a game.

5thBrian Giles has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, to drive in 5 runs as the visiting Padres defeat the Cardinals, 8-3.  St. Louis stanches further scoring by pulling off a 3-3-6 triple play in the 2ndinning, the only TP of the year in the majors. Veteran Chris Hammond is the winner in relief.

6thThe Dodgers explode for 10 runs in the 1st inning and go on to trounce the Reds, 13-6. Jeff Kent matches a franchise record with 5 RBIs in the frame, while Hee-seop Choi has 2 homers, one in the 1stinning. Veteran Paul Wilson is guilty of allowing most of the runs, giving up 8 runs, all earned, on 5 hits, a walk and two hit batsmen. He and Blake Stein are the only pitchers since 1960 to give up 8 runs without recording an out, but Wilson will do it again in two years. He will make two more ineffective starts before the Reds release him.

At Yankee Stadium, the Athletics trounce the Yankees, 6-3, in 10 innings, jumping on Mariano Rivera for 3 runs.  The loss sends the Yankees to an 11-19 mark, just the fifth time in Yankee history they’ve lost that many in 30 games.

The Padres defeat the Cardinals, 6-5, as Trevor Hofman gets his 400th career save. He becomes the 3rd pitcher in history to reach the plateau, following Lee Smith (478) and John Franco (424).

8thThe Cardinals score 11 runs on 7 hits in the 1st inning and go on to defeat the Padres, 15-5.

Behind Mike Hampton’s 2-hitter, the Braves pound the Astros, 16-0. The Braves sweep the 4-game series and hand Houston its 11thstraight road loss.  Hampton hits his 15thcareer HR to go along with 2 homers and a double by rookie Ryan  Langerhans (6 RBI), and one each by Andruw Jones and Eddie Perez.

It took a while for the Saints to wake up Sunday morning but when they did they brought their bats. Tim Marks’ two-run RBI single in a three-run eighth inning lifted St. Paul to a 6-6 tie with Sioux Falls in the earliest professional baseball game ever started: 5:35 a.m. A crowd of 2,253—including some 280 fans who stayed overnight—attended at Midway Stadium. The game was called after nine innings due to mutual agreement.

9thOakland knuckles under to Tim Wakefield (4-1) and the Red Sox, 13-5, as Trot Nixon and Kevin Millar help with homeruns. A’s manager Ken Macha of the Oakland A’s gets thumbed out by ump Mark Carlsen, the first ejection he’s ever had had. He was never ejected as a player beginning in 1974.

10thTony Pena resigns as manager of the Royals and coach Bob Schaeffer takes over the position on an interim basis. Last year, with the Royals at 7-15, Pena vowed, “We are going to win the Central.” They finished last and this year had dropped 16 of their last 19.

11thThe Padres down the Reds, 7-2. Mark Loretta leads the Pods attack with 5 hits, including a double.

14th  Kevin Brown allows 5 runs in 6 innings but still wins his 100thAL game as the Yankees pummel Oakland, 15-6. Brown has now won 100 games in each league, the 9thplayer to do so. He’s backed by homers from Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Posada, and Tino Martinez, who drives in 5 runs.

For the second time in a week, White Sox leadoff batter Scott Podsednik steals four bases, in a 9-6 loss to the Orioles. Rickey Henderson, of the Yankees in 1991, was the last to do it twice in a season. Scott steals 2B and 3B on his two singles Tomorrow, Tony Womack of the Yankees will steal 4 bases for the second time in four days to match Podsednik.

15thThe Mariners defeat the Red Sox, 5-4. Manny Ramirez hits the 400th HR of his career for Boston in a losing cause. He is the 39th player in ML history—and the 5th fastest—to reach the number.

Brandon Backe tosses a 4-hitter as the Astros shut out the Giants, 9-0. Morgan Ensberg clouts 3 HRs and drives in 5 of the runs.

The Orioles down the White Sox, 6-2. The game marks the first time this season that Chicago has not led a contest. The run of 37 straight games is the 3rd-longest ever.

17th The Indians pound Ervin Santana in his ML debut, sendingthe Angels down to defeat, 13-5. In the first 10 pitches he throws, Santana is clocked for a cycle, surrendering a triple, double, single, and HR.

18thThe Mets down the Reds, 10-6, to give them a sweep of their 3-game series. Sean Casey gets 5 hits for Cincinnati, including a 2B and HR, in a losing cause.

Mets groundskeeper Pepe Valila is arrested as part of a $360 million Mafia gambling ring. Valila will admit to placing bets within Shea Stadium for two Mets employees and will be suspended today from his $80,000 a year job and later fired. Mets clubhouse manager Nick Priore is named as one of the Mets employees placing a bet.

At Citizens Bank Park, Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals set down the Phillies, 8-4.  Bobby Abreau accounts for three Philadelphia runs with a 3-run homer, the 11thstraight game that he has had had an extra-base hit (4 doubles & 9 homers).  It is the 10thstraight game that he has scored and run, driven in a run and had an extra-base hit: according to historian Trent McCotter, the only other player to accomplish this is Tip O’Neill, in 1887.  In addition to Abreau, five players have connected for extra-base hits in 11 or more games. The leader Paul Waner, in 1927, had 14 games.

The Mariners defeat the Yankees, 7-6, to snap New York’s 10-game winning streak.

20th  Minnesota’s Carlos Silva throws just 74 pitches in a 7-1  complete game win against the Milwaukee Brewers. The only Brewer run is a homer by Damian Miller. Juan Castro has a HR for the Twins and Nick Punto 4 hits.

Juan Rivera, who takes over in the 5thfor Vladimir Guerrero who injured his shoulder, cracks a 9thinning grand slam as the Angels flatten the Dodgers, 9-0. The Dodgers have 6 hits against Jarrod Washburn and 2 relievers.

21st  The Rangers explode for 8 runs in the 2nd inning on their way to an 18-3 win over the Astros. Mark Teixeira, Rod Barajas, Hank Blalock, and Laynce Nix all homer in the frame to tie a club record.

The Braves score 6 runs off starter Tim Wakefield and beat the Red Sox, 7-5. Rookie Kyle Davies wins in his ML debut, the first Brave pitcher to do so since David Nied debuted on September 1, 1992.

The Mets batter Randy Johnson for 9 hits in 3+ innings and beat the Yankees, 7-1. Kris Benson pitches into the 7thinning before being lifted for Dae-Sung Koo.  Koo K’s two and then in the bottom of the inning facing Randy Johnson hits a double over Bernie Williams’ head in CF. Koo goes to 3rdon a sac bunt and continues home when Posada is late covering the plate and scores sliding. Koo injures his shoulder on the head-first slide and ends up on the DL. He later admits he has not been on base in nearly 20 years. This will be his only ML hit,

22ndThe Twins score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9thoff Derrick Turnbow to tie the Brewers at 5 apiece. Shannon Stewart’s homer is the big blow.  The Twins then win in 11 innings, 6-5. Lew Ford has 3 hits and 3 runs including the game-winner. Minnesota ties their team record with 17 strikeouts in an extra inning game. The mark was set in 1987.

25thThe Astros break a 7-game losing streak beating Greg Maddux and the Chicago Cubs, 5-1. Maddux gets 17 of his 23 outs on the ground in the loss.  LaTroy Hawkins of the Cubs retire the Houston Astros in the 9th inning on three pitched balls.

27th The Mets defeat the Marlins, 12-4. SS Jose Reyes clouts 2 triples for New York, giving him 7 in his last 10 games. It is the most triples hit in 10 games by any major leaguer.

Cubs P Mark Prior has to leave the game, in the 4thinning after being hit in the elbow by a line drive off the bat of Brad Hawpe. A MRI shows a fracture that will sideline the ace indefinitely, but he will be back in action next month. Todd Wellemeyer fills in to earn the 10-3 win over the Rockies. Derrek Lee hits two homers, Neifi Perez has a HR and 4 RBI, and Corey Patterson adds a solo shot.

28th   The Red Sox pound out 27 hits in a 17-1 rout of the Yankees. Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez each get 4 hits for Boston.

In Phoenix, Javier Vazquez holds off a Dodger rally in 6thand clubs a homer in the 7thoff reliever Duaner Sanchez to tie the game. He then gets lifted before throwing another pitch as the Diamondbacks earn a 5-4 win over Los Angeles. Luis Terrero, batting against Sanchez, hits a bouncer up the middle that goes high over Sanchez’s head. Sanchez throws his glove at the ball and hits it, knocking it down. His throw to first is late but no matter as Terrero is awarded a unique infield triple.

31st  The Royals hire Buddy Bell as their new manager.

The Cubs down the Dodgers, 2-1, in 10 innings. Carlos Zambrano, Michael Wuertz, and Ryan Dempster combine to hold Los Angeles to one hit—a 3rd inning bloop double by Cesar Izturis.

Making his 2005 debut, Indians outfielder Juan Gonzalez aggravates a strained hamstring running out a ground ball in the first inning. He’ll miss the rest of the year except for this one at bat. Victor Martinez hits a 2-run homer in the 6thto help C.C. Sabathia to the win.