2006 May

1st  The Braves defeat the Rockies, 2-0, on Tim Hudson’s one-hitter. Opposing pitcher Jason Jennings’ 3rdinning single is Colorado’s only safety.

The Padres trade C Doug Mirabelli back to the Red Sox for C Josh Bard, minor league pitcher Cla Meredit, a 23-year-old reliever, and cash. Bard was leading the AL in passed balls and had 4 in his last game with Tim Wakefield on the mound. Mirabelli has a police escort to Fenway and changes uniforms in the cab. The Sox hurriedly put him in the lineup to catch Wakefield. With Mirabelli catching, Wakefield goes 7 innings and leaves with the game tied 3 apiece against the Yankees.  David Ortiz clubs a 3-run HR in the 8thand the Sox win, 7–3.

2ndThe A’s score 6 runs in the top of the 9thagainst the Angels to ice the game, 10-4. Two of the runs in the 9thare allowed by Chris Bootcheck, who will be placed on the 15 day DL after it turns out he pulled a left hamstring muscle running in from the bullpen in the 4thinning to join a brawl.

3rdMLB announces the sale of the Washington Nationals to a group led by real estate developer Theodore Lerner.

4thThe Angels beat the Tigers, 7-2. Rookie C Mike Napoli hits a homer in his 1stML at bat for LA, becoming the 92ndplayer to accomplish the feat. Don Rose and Dave Machemer are the only other Angels to turn the trick.

5thThe Mets come from behind 4 times to defeat the Braves, 8-7, in 14 innings. Jose Reyes gets 5 hits for New York, including a triple.

6th  Mets pitcher Victor Zambrano tears a flexor tendon in his elbow and will be out for the rest of the season.

The Nashville Sounds and the New Orleans Zephyrs play a 24-inning game that began yesterday. The contest lasts a total of eight hours and seven minutes. This game matched the longest game, in terms of innings played, in PCL history.. The record was set on June 8, 1909 in a game between the San Francisco Seals and Oakland Oaks, and tied on September 10, 1911, in a game between the Sacramento Solons and Portland Beavers.

7thThe Yankees defeat the Rangers, 8-5, to give Joe Torre his 1,000thwin as Yankee manager. He is the 4thperson to reach the level, joining Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, and Miller Huggins.

Welcome to the bigs, rook.  Giants rookie Kevin Frandsen gets hit with a pitch for the 5thtime in his first 10 ML games, a painful ML record. The previous mark was held by Reed Johnson who was hit five times in his first 15 games. Frandsen scores a run and the Giants get homers from Barry Bonds and Mike Sweeney, but the Phillies rough up Mike Morris for 7 runs in 5 innings and win, 9–5.

The White Sox edge the Royals, 3-2, on Joe Crede’s RBI hit in the 8thinning.  The Royals score in 6thwhen Tony Graffanino and Emil Brown hit back-to-back homers of Mark Buerhle, while the Sox score in the bottom of the frame on Pablo Ozuna’s 2-run triple. Tad Iguchi then bunts into an unassisted double play as pitcher Mark Redman grabs the popup and then tags out Ozuna.

10thThe Marlins stop the Braves, 11–3, and also stop Edgar Renteria’s 23-game hitting streak from the start of the season. Renteria maintained his streak despite missing nine games in April after straining his left rib cage in the Braves’ 12th game of the year. Miguel Cabrera has four hits for the Fish including a homerun, and Joe Borchard drives in 4 runs, 3 on a 3-run HR.  Josh Johnson gets the win with 6 scoreless innings.

At Safeco Field, the Devil Rays and Mariners each collect 4 hits in Tampa Bay’s 1-0 victory.  Travis Lee, with two hits, scores the only run on a balk by Jamie Moyer.

11thThe visiting Braves down the Marlins, 9-1. Matt Diaz strokes 5 hits, including a double, for Atlanta.

At Turner Field, Georgia beats Georgia Tech, 5-4, in 11 innings in front of 19,119. 26,755 tickets had been sold for the game but it was delayed a day because of rain.

At Yankee Stadium, Tim Wakefield gives up 3 runs in 6 innings as the Red Sox trim the Yanks, 5-3. Mark Loretta has 4 hits and 3 RBI. On his first hit, the Yankees lose Hideki Matsui, who breaks his wrist diving for the ball. He won’t return until September.  The injury also snaps his consecutive game streak of 1,768 games between Japan and the AL. His streak of 518 games to start a career is an AL record.

13thAt Turner Field, Brian McCann hits a solo homer in the 9thand Jeff Francoeur finishes the scoring with a walkoff grand slam, off Chad Cordero, to give the Braves a dramatic 8-5 win over Washington.

14th  Not here for my bat, Skip.  Pitcher Clay Hensley of the Padres fires a 2-hitter in shutting out the Cubs, 9–0. Hensley also ties a ML record by striking out 5 times. On the opposite end, teammate Brian Giles walks five times, the only time in the past 50 years that teammates have done both in a game. According to Retrosheet, only once in the past 50 years have players in the same game had 5 walks and 5 K’s, but they were not teammates. Kahlil Greene drives in 4 runs as the Padres batter five pitchers. One of the pitchers is Jae Kuk Ryu, making his ML debut. Ryu once bopped an ospry with a pitch and when the mascot died, Ryu was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

Ryan Howard clubs a pinch homer and adds another in the 12thas the Phillies trip the host Reds, 2-1. Howard is the 25thplayer in history to hit 2 homers, one pinch hit, in a game, but he is the only one to account for all his team’s runs. Jason LaRue’s 5thinning homer accounts for the Reds tally.

16thThe Yankees bounce back from a 9-0 deficit to defeat the Rangers, 14-13. The comeback matched the biggest in Yankees history.

17thThe Cubs beat the Nationals, 5-0, as rookie Sean Marshall and 3 relievers combine on a 1-hitter. Alfonso Soriano’s leadoff single in the 6this Washington’s only hit.

The Padres club the Diamondbacks, 14-10, as Brian Giles drives in 7 runs.

19thThe Dodgers score 9 runs in the 6thinning and go on to pound the Angels, 16-3, stroking 25 hits in the process. Rookie Andre Ethier goes 5-for-5 with a homer and 3 RBI.

At an auction of Joe DiMaggio memorabilia held in New York City DiMaggio’s 1947 MVP award plaque sold for $281,750, a partially authenticated uniform from his last World Series in 1951 brought in $195,500 and a pair of watches awarded to him for his MVP seasons in 1939 and 1941 went for $92,000 and $86,250, respectively.

20thThe Giants defeat the Athletics, 4-2 in 10 innings. Barry Bonds hits career homerun number 714 in the 2ndinning A’s starter Brad Halsey to tie Babe Ruth for 2ndplace on the all-time list. After the game, Halsey described the specially identified balls used for Barry’s at bats: “They just have a ‘B’ and a number on them, and a picture of Barry, too.  If you look into his eye he winks at you.”

Behind Freddy Garcia’s eight shutout innings, the White Sox beat their crosstown rivals the Cubs, 7–0. But the real beating occurs in the 2ndinning when catcher Michael Barrett slugs Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski who scores hard from 3B on a fly to left.  By the time the dust settles, the two catchers are ejected as well as Cubs Brian Anderson and John Mabry. Barrett will be slapped with a ten-game suspension next week. Tadahito Iguchi has a pair of homers for the Sox, one a grand slam, to drive in 6 runs.

21stThe Giants down the Athletics, 6-0, behind rookie Matt Cain’s 1-hitter. Oakland’s only hit is a 3rdinning double by Jay Payton. Joe Blanton gives up 5 runs to take the loss. Jairo Garcia-Santiago Casilla finishes up with a shutout inning; he pitched the last 5 years under the name Santiago Garcia.

The Indians defeat the Pirates, 3-2, in 10 innings. Bob Wickman gets the win in relief for Cleveland, his first win since August 10, 2002. The streak of 105 games was the longest active stretch in the ML without a win.

22ndThe Braves beat the Padres, 3-1, as Jake Peavy and John Smoltz each toss 7 innings. Smoltz allows no runs while Peavy is touched for 2. Peavy strikes out 16 Atlanta batters, joining Randy Johnson as the only big league pitcher to strike out that many in so few innings.

The Dodgers defeat the Rockies, 6-1. LA’s Jae Seo and Colorado’s Byung-Hyn Kim become the first Korean-born starting pitchers to meet in a ML game. Seo emerges the winner giving up an unearned run in 7 innings.

23rdThe Mets outlast the Phillies, 9-8, in 16 innings on Carlos Beltran’s walkoff HR.

Baltimore’s Ramon Hernandez starts the scoring with a 3-run homer in the 1stand finishes with a 9thinning grand slam as Baltimore stomps the Mariners, 14-4.  The O’s score 9 runs in the 9thon 6 hits.

24thQuit now, Adam. In the Cardinals 10-4 win over the Giants, 10-4, rookie Adam Wainwright pitches 3 innings in relief for the victory, and homers in his first ML at bat, on the first pitch.

The Devil Rays beat the Blue Jays, 10-8. Carl Crawford goes 5-for-5 for Tampa Bay, including a HR, steals 4 bases and scores 5 runs.

26thThe Royals down the Yankees, 7-6, to end their 13-game losing streak.

Carlos Zambrano walks 4 in the 1stinning against Atlanta, then loses his no-hit bid in the 7thwhen Jacque Jones loses a ball in the sun. Atlanta rallies for 3 runs in the 9th, one on a bases loaded walk by Ryan Dempster, to beat the Cubs, 6-5. Chicago has now lost 19 of 23 games.

The Angels call up Jered Weaver, who joins his brother Jeff. The reunion lasts until June 16, when Jared (4-0) goes back down to Salt Lake City.

27thThe Pirates edge the Astros, 8-7, in 18 innings. Jason Bay hits a homer in his 5thconsecutive game for Pittsburgh, the first Pirate player to do so in 50 years. .The time of the game is 5:49 with 17 pitchers throwing 596 pitches.

Twins rookie Boof Bonser allows three 1stinning singles, then gets three swinging K’s to escape without a score. He’s not so lucky in the 2nd, allowing 4 runs, but that is all the Mariners can muster off him as the Twins win, 9-5, scoring 7 runs in 6 innings off Jamie Moyer. The Twins are helped by a triple play in the 8th, a rare 4-3-5 TP. According to historian Herm Krabbenhoft, this is the first 4-3-5 triple killing since 1881.

28thThe Rockies defeat the Giants, 6-3, and Barry Bonds hits his 715thHR in the 4thinning to move past Babe Ruth into 2ndplace on the all-time career list.

After the Chicago Cubs rally for four runs in the 9thto tie, the Braves edge them, 13-12, in 11 innings. Atlanta hits a club record 8 homers in the victory at windy Wrigley Field as Marcus Giles, Edgar Renteria 2, Andruw Jones, Adam LaRoche 2, Ryan Langerhans, and Brayan Pena go deep.  For the Cuban born Pena, it is his first ML homer. The Cubs, with no homers, bang out 16 hits, including 4 by Tony Womack, hang in there before Giles’s single in the 11thscores the winner. The Braves are helped when Aramis Ramirez is hit in the head by a pop fly.

29thAt PNC Park, every Pirate starter collects an RBI except Jason Bay as Pirates sink the Brewers, 14-3.  Zach Duke is the winning pitcher.  The Brewers Prince Fielder bounces a homer into the Alleghany River, the 18thhomer to splash there. Brewer reliever Chris Mabeus makes his ML debut and heaves 3 wild pitches, just the fourth major leaguer to do so since 1900.  The record in a first game is 4 wild pitches, set by Steve Hargan in 1965.

30thAt the Rogers Centre, Vernon Wells connects for three homers to pace the Blue Jays to an 8-5 win over Boston. Gustavo Chacin (6-1) is the winner.