2008 May

1stAt Progressive Field, the Indians load the bases in both the 10thand 11thinnings, scoring each time in a 3-2 win over the Mariners. Richie Sexson homers in the 10th, his 300th career homer.

2ndThe Astros down the Brewers, 7-4, as Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee his consecutive homers for Houston in the 6th inning.

3rdAugie Ojeda has 3 hits and drives in 6 runs to pace the Diamondbacks to a 10-4 win over the Mets. Brandon Webb (7-0) pitches 6 innings and gives up 4 runs. Carlos Delgado homers for the Mets and becomes the Puerto Rican-born HR with 435. He passes Juan Gonzalez.

At Coors Field, the Rockies spot the Dodgers a 6-0 lead and tie them, but the efforts exhausts the Rox and the Dodgers win, 12-7.  James Loney has a double and HR and drives in 6 runs for Los Angeles.

Cristian Guzman has 4 hits, including a double and homer, and drives in 6 runs for the Nationals. And they need all of them as they outlast the visiting Pirates, 9-8.

Trinity College breaks a Division III record for wins to start a season by sweeping a doubleheader at Wesleyan University to finish their regular season with a mark of 34-0.

Because of rainouts, Oral Roberts University plays a triple-header against South Dakota State, sweeping the three games 6-3, 5-3 and 12-1.

4thThe Rockies defeat the Dodgers, 7-2, behind Aaron Cook (5-1) who wins his 5thstraight pitching into the 8thinning. Cook joins Joe Bowman (1945), Duane Pillette (1954) and Scott Elarton (2000) as the only pitchers to win four straight starts while their team went 0-11 in games they didn’t start. The Rockies will lose their next two, win two and then Cook will card his 6thstraight W.

5thErvin Santana allows four hits and Garret Anderson and Brandon Wood hit back-to-back homers in the Angels’ 4-run 9th to beat the Royals, 4-0. Santana joins teammate Joe Saunders who is also 6-0. Brett Tomko allows 2 hits in 7 innings for the Royals.

Dustin McGowan outpitches Javier Vazquez as Toronto (16-17) beats the White Sox, 1-0, to give them a sweep of the 4-game series. Matt Stairs hits a homer in the 7th for the only score.

The fives have it today for Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-0) of the Red Sox as he pitches 5 innings to record the 6-3 Red Sox win over the Tigers. He allows two hits and walks eight, the first pitcher since William VanLandingham in 1997 to win a game in which he walked at least eight in no more than five innings.

In Oakland, the A’s score a run in the 10thon Emil Brown’s third hit of the game to defeat the Orioles, 2-1. As shown on ESPN, the A’s Jack Cust strikes out on four strikes, apparently the result of the ump losing count and no one correcting him.

The Braves acquire 1B/OF Greg Norton from the Mariners for a player to be named (Nelson Payano, June 24) or cash considerations.

6thThe White Sox defeat the Twins, 7-1. Gavin Floyd takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning before Joe Mauer doubles with one out for Minnesota’s only hit of the game.

The Red Sox shut out the Tigers, 5-0. Tim Wakefield hurls 8 scoreless innings and Mike Timlin one. It is the first time in modern ML history that two pitchers over 40 combine on a shutout.

The Astros down the Nationals, 6-5, as Lance Berkman goes 5-for-5 for Houston, including a pair of doubles and 4 runs scored.

7thThe Twins rout the White Sox, 13-1, as Carlos Gomez becomes the first Minnesota player in 22 years to hit for the cycle in reverse order. Gomez homers in the 1st, triples in the 5th, doubles in the 6th, and singles in the 9th.

Edinson Volquez strikes out 10 in 7 innings, and rookie Joey Votto pounds out three homers as the Reds crush the visiting Cubs, 9-0. The Reds stroke 4 homers in their 5-run 2nd inning. Votto joins Larry Walker (twice) and Justin Morneau as the only Canadians to hit three homers in a game. This is Votto’s 56thgame: the record for hitting three homers the soonest is held by Bobby Estalella, who hit 3 in his 10thgame in 1997.

Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis each hit a pair of homers, but the Tigers score a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the 9thoff Jonathon Papelbon to win, 10-9.  Placido Polanco has 5 of the Tigers 18 hits.

8thAt the Rgers Centre, Dioner Navarro, hits a grand slam off Shawn Camp as the Rays score 5 runs in the 13thto beat the Blue Jays, 8-3.

The Pirates obtain OF Jason Michaels and cash from the Indians for a player to be named.

9thThe Rays defeat the Angels, 2-0, on Evan Longoria’s 2-run, 9th-inning HR. James Shields hurls a one-hitter for TB, surrendering just a single to Brandon Wood with one out in the 3rd.

The Tigers pound Kei Igawa for 6 runs in 3 innings and hold off the Yankees, 6-5. Winning pitcher Kenny Rogers picks off Wilson Betemit in the 2ndinning and becomes the all-time leader in pickoffs with 92.  The stat was first officially tabulated in 1974. Mark Langston had 91 pickoffs and Andy Pettitte has 84. Batting leadoff, catcher Ivan Rodriguez has two doubles and a single and reaches 4,000 total bases in his career.

The Rangers send OF Kevin Mench to the Blue Jays for cash.

10thThe Padres defeat the Rockies, 3-2, as Greg Maddux gets his 350th career win. He is the 9th pitcher in history to reach the plateau. Rockie starter Ubaldo Jimenez strikes out 11 batters, the most K’s by a Colorado pitcher since John Thomson struck out 11 in 2001.

Cody Ross homers to lead off the game, then scores in both the 3rdand 4thinnings on wild pitches as the Marlins whitewash the Nationals, 11-0. The wild pitch in the 3rdinning is charged to starter Mike O’Connor, even though it was thrown by his replacement Joel Hanrahan who inherited a 2-0 count. The Fish score 7 in the 4thto put the game out of reach. Wes Helms solos and Dan Uggla hits a grand slam in the frame.  Andrew Miller pitches 7 innings for the win.

Behind Johan Santana (4-2) the Mets double the Reds, 12-6, even though the Reds outhit them 15-12. Adrian Beltran has 5 RBIs, 3 on a bases-loaded triple. In the nightcap of the twinbill, the Reds win, 7-1, as Jeff Keppinger goes 5-for-5 for Cincinnati.

12thThe Indians and Blue Jays split 3-0 shutouts in their doubleheader, the first in Cleveland since 1997. Cleveland wins the first game, 3-0, as Fausto Carmona hurls a complete game. The Blue Jays take the 2nd game, 3-0, in 10 innings. Cliff Lee hurls 9 scoreless innings in the contest to lower his ERA to 0.67. It is the first time since September 5, 1977 that a team has both starting pitchers in a doubleheader throw 9 scoreless innings. The second game is marked by an unassisted triple play by Cleveland SS Asdrubal Cabrera in the 5th inning, just the 14th unassisted TP in ML history. Cabrera reflexively tosses the ball in the stands behind the Indians dugout, the same thing that Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki did last year after making an unassisted triple play.

The Pirates try to give away the first game of a twinbill with the Braves by making 4 errors and walking 6, but they still win by a shutout, 5-0. Zach Duke goes 6 innings and Adam LaRoche hits a 2-run homer and Freddie Sanchez adds a 3-run double. The Pirates are the first team since the 1923 A’s to commit at least four errors and walk six but still win by a shut out. Tim Hudson (6-2) takes game 2 as the Braves win, 8-1.  Brian McCann and Mark Kotsay each drive home 3.

14thAt Great American Ball Park, the Marlins score 6 runs in the 9th, three on a homer by Cody Ross, to tie the Reds at 6 apiece, but Paul Janish, with his first ML hit, singles home the winner in the 10thand the Reds win 7-6 to sweep the three-game series. Despite the loss the Marlins remain in first place in the NL East (23-17). According to the Elias Sports Bureau this is the second instance that both Florida teams have been in first place at the same time. The first time was on April 9, 2004, when the Marlins were 3-1 while the Rays were 3-2. Tampa Bay has a 24-17 record.

In the National Junior College Athletic Association baseball tournament, a 6th-inning brawl between Weatherford (Texas) College and New Mexico Junior College turns out to be costly for both teams. When calm is restored, the umpires eject every player on both teams and declare a double forfeit, eliminating both clubs from the tournament.

15thArizona ace Brandon Webb stops Colorado, 8-5, for his 9thstraight win to start the season.  Webb goes 7.1 innings. Stephen Drew has a single, two doubles, and a triple while Chris Snyder roasts Aaron Cook (6-2) for a three-run homer in the 5th.

16thThe Phillies defeat the Blue Jays, 10-3, as Jayson Werth homers in his first three at bats. He finishes with 8 RBIs to tie a Phillies record. Werth joins Mark Whiten, Fred Lynn and Willie Mays as the only ML center fielders to hit at least three homers and drive in at least eights runs in a game.

The Rangers trounce the Astros, 16-8. Red-hot Josh Hamilton goes 5-for-5 for Texas, including a pair of homers. Shawn Chacon starts for Houston but does not get the loss. He sets a ML mark by making his 9th consecutive start without a decision to begin the season.

Despite getting a 5-for-5 day from Alfonso Soriano, the Cubs drop a 7-6 decision to the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Nate McLouth belts a one-out 2-run homer in the 9thoff Carlos Marmol to put the Bucs ahead.

18thAt Fenway, the Red Sox and Brewers each hit 4 homeruns as the Sox prevail, 11-7.  David Ortiz and Ryan Braun have two apiece.  Jacoby Ellsbury is finally caught stealing as Jason Kendall throws out the speedster in the 6th.  Ellsbury had stolen 25 straight bases (9 last year) since coming up to the majors.  The record is held by Tim Raines who swiped 27 before he was caught.

A matchup of the league leaders in ERA features the Indians Cliff Lee (0.67) against the Reds Edinson Volquez (1.12). The combined ERA at the start of the game is the lowest for any two starters since 1956 (according to Retrosheet). Lee (6-1) gives up five earned runs in 5.2 innings to finish with an ERA of 1.37 while Volquez (7-1) allows two in 6 frames to end at 1.33. The Reds win, 6-4, as Adam Dunn hits a homer in his fourth consecutive game.

19thThe Red Sox defeat the Royals, 7-0, as Jon Lester hurls the first no-hitter of the 2008 season. Lester throws 130 pitches and goes to a 3-0 count just twice. Jason Varitek catches his record 4th no-hitter for Boston.

20thIn Atlanta, the Braves take a pair from the Mets, winning 6-1 and 6-2.  The second game ends when Easley grounds into a 1-6-3 double play. Ryan Church, running from 1B, sustains a concussion when his head hits the knee of Yunal Escobar.  This follows a concussion that Church got in spring training when he collided with a teammate. Church will be in and out of the lineup after this injury and play in just 90 games this year.

At Detroit, the Mariners score 4 in the 9thto make the score respectable, but the Tigers win, 12-8. Edgar Renteria has 4 hits, including a double and homer, to drive in 5 runs, and Curtis Granderson has a 2-run homer and 3 RBI.  Granderson’s homer with a man on snaps his ML record streak of 23 straight solo homers, a streak going back to last year.

21stAssault and Battery.At San Diego, the Cardinals pound the Padres, 11-3, as Braden Looper takes the win.  Albert Pujols does his own pounding in the 3rdinning when he lines a ball back at Chris Young that breaks his nose and cheekbone and fractures his skull.  Young will be out for two months, returning to post a 3-2 mark.  On a following play, Pujols slides in high against catcher Josh Bard and puts him on the DL for two months.

Marcus Thames belts a grand slam in Detroit’s 7-run 3rdinning as the Tingers sink the Mariners, 9-4.  M’s starter Jarrod Washburn allows 12 hits and all 9 runs in hi s 2+ innings.

22ndThe Red Sox down the Royals, 11-8, as J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell each hit grand slams for Boston. Jose Guillen has 4 hits, including a HR, and 3 RBIs, while Miguel Olivo has a homer and 5 RBIs for the Royals.

At PNC Park, the Pirates top the Brewers, 8-4, as Jason Bay and Xavier Nady bang homers and Nate McLouth scores 3 runs. Milwaukee, with 2 wins in the first two games of this series, will win the next 12 against the Bucs to finish 14-1 against Pittsburgh.

Love that home cookin’. At Turner Field, the Braves beat the Mets, 4-2, behind Tim Hudson (7-3). Atlanta is now 15 games over .500 at home with a 20-5 record, but 10 games under .500 on the road with a 6-16 mark.

23rdAt PNC Park, Carlos Zambrano (7-1) pitches 7 innings and paces a Cubs’ 19-hit attack by collecting 4 hits as the Cubs down the Pirates, 12-3. Reed Johnson has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs. Zambrano will finish the year with a .337 batting average.

Major league players approve plans for a toughened drug agreement. MLB owners ratified the proposal on May 14.

The Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League trade a pitcher to the Laredo Broncos of the United League for 10 maple bats. Right-hander John Odom, signed a month ago by the Vipers, had trouble clearing immigration at the U.S.-Canada border, so the club swaps him to the Broncos.

24thThe Athletics shut out the Red Sox, 3-0, behind Justin Duchscherer’s one-hitter. David Ortiz’s one-out single in the 7th is Boston’s only safety. Huston Street hurls a perfect 9th inning to end the contest.

25thThe Padres defeat the Reds, 12-9, on Adrian Gonzalez’s 3-run HR with 2 outs in the 18th inning. It is the 4th time the Padres have played 13 or more innings this season. They are the first team since the 1989 Dodgers to play a game of at least 22 and 17 innings in the same season. The Padres use 4 of their starters in the game, with a different pitcher starting innings 6ththrough the 11th.  The Reds collect 21 hits—and lose. Last time a Reds team did that? June 8, 1949.

Eric Byrnes hits his first ML grand slam—his 101sthomer–to lead the visiting Diamondbacks to a 9-3 win over the Braves.  Conor Jackson has a double, triple and three walks and Orlando Hudson chips in with three doubles. Micah Owings (6-2) takes the win.

The Dodgers top prospect Clayton Kershaw debuts with 6 innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 7. The 20-year-old leaves with no decision in the Dodgers 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

The Marlins sweep a doubleheader from the Giants, winning by scores of 8-6 and 5-4. SF’s Omar Vizquel plays his 2,584th game at SS in the nightcap, breaking the ML record previously held by Luis Aparicio. He’s just the sixth shortstop in the last 100 years to hold the record. Bengie Molina is 6-for-7 on the day for SF, while Jorge Cantu homers in each game for the Fish.

At Petco Park, Adrian Gonzalez ends an 18-inning marathon with his 4thhit of the game, a 2-out 3-run homer off Edinson Volquez (7-2) to give the Padres a 12-9 win over the Reds.  Volquez is the 18thpitcher in the game. For the Padres, it is their fourth game of the season to go 13 innings or more.

Former Major League pitcher Geremi Gonzalez, who won 11 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1997, is killed by a lightning strike in his native Venezuela. He was 33. Gonzalez pitched for five Major League teams from 1997-2006, appearing in 131 games, 83 of them starts, and compiling a 30-35 record. The Toronto Blue Jays released him during Spring Training last year. Gonzalez then moved to Japan and pitched in five games for the Yomiuri Giants.

26thThe Phillies crush the Rockies, 20-5 as Chase Utley drives in 6 runs for Philadelphia.

The Rays defeat the Rangers, 7-3, giving them the best record in the majors at 31-20. They become the second team, joining the 1903 Giants, to have the best mark on Memorial Day after finishing the previous season with the worst record in the ML.

The White Sox edge the Indians, 6-3, in 12 innings. Bobby Jenks gets the save for Chicago, becoming the 2nd-fastest reliever in history to notch 100 career saves. Jenks does so in his 187th game. Kazuhiro Sasaki did it in 160.

27thA homerun derby takes place in Camden Yards, as the Orioles outslug the Yankees to win, 10-9, in 11 innings. The two teams combine for 9 homeruns. Kevin Millar, always rough on the Yankees, has 2 homers and a double.

The Indians score 5 runs in the 1stinning, 4 coming on a grand slam by Franklin Gutierrez, and beat the White Sox, 8-2. Cleveland pulls off a rare triple steal in the 6th inning, the first in the ML since the Braves in 1987, though it is not planned. With the bases loaded, reliever Ehran Wassermann throws over to 1B and the Sox get Jamey Carroll in a rundown.  David Dellucci and 3B and Grady Sizemore at 2B then take off, and the throw home is bobbled.

The Rangers crush the Rays, 12-6, as Josh Hamilton scores 3 runs and has a grand slam and a double for Texas. His slam in the 8thinning is his second of the year.

Adam Dunn has a homer and 4 RBIs as the Reds top the Pirates, 9-6. With his career 252ndhomer Dunn passes Ted Kluszewski for most homers by a Reds left-handed batter. Prize rookie Jay Bruce makes his debut for the Reds with 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 RBIs and a stolen base. The only other rookies in the last 70 years to debut with the same results are Bert Campaneris (1964) and Daryl Boston (1984) (according to the Elias Sports Bureau). Bruce will hit .400 through his first 14 games.

The Astros defeat the Cardinals, 8-2, as Hunter Pence goes 5-for-5 for Houston, including a double.

The Mariners and Padres exchange righties, with Cha Seung Baek going to San Diego and Jared Wells coming to Seattle.

The Trinity Blue Jays lose to Johns Hopkins, 4-3, in the Division III national championship playoffs. The loss ends Trinity’s record-setting 44-game winning streak.

28thIn a see-saw battle at Shea Stadium, the Mets tip the first-place Marlins, 7-6, in 10 innings. Alfredo Amezaga’s homer in the 10thgives the Fish a lead, but Fernando Tatis drives in 2 runs to plate the winner.  Oliver Perez serves up homers in the 5thand 6thinnings to Cody Ross, who drives in 4 runs for Florida.

30thThe Chicago Cubs rally from eight runs down after 3 1/2 innings against the Colorado Rockies to win, 10-9. The Cubs cuff a pair of homers in both the 6thand 7thinnings to come back. Jeff Baker is 4-for-4 for the Rox, all doubles, to tie a ML record.

At AT&T Park, the Padres load the bases in the 8thinning of a 3-3 tie but Kevin Kouzmanoff grounds into a triple play.  They then plate 4 runs in the 13thto win, 7-3.

The Reds edge the Braves, 3-2, in 11 innings as Jay Bruce collects 4 of the 7 Cincy hits. It is the first of four straight multi-hit games for the rookie.

The Reds deal P Jim Brower to the Cubs for cash.

31stThe Red Sox defeat the Orioles, 6-3, as Manny Ramirez becomes the 24th player in ML history to reach 500 career homers when he connects in the 7th inning off Chad Bradford. He joins Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams as the only big-leaguers to post number 500 while playing for the Bosox.

Scott Kazmir (5-1) became the first Rays pitcher to win five games in a month as he defeats the White Sox, 2-0, with 7 shutout innings. Cliff Floyd hits a 5thinning homer off Javier Vazquez. The Rays are the first team since 1900 to have the best record (34-22) in the majors through Memorial Day after having the worst record the year before.

At the Metrodome, Bobby Abreau singles home Johnny Damon in the 12thinning and the Yankees edge the Twins, 7-6. With the Orioles losing the Yankees move out of last place in the AL East, the latest in the season they’ve occupied the last spot.

The Brewers’ Ben Sheets (6-1) stops the Astros 4-1, and gets help from Jason Kendall who throws out three base runners for the first time in his career. Prince Fielder and Russell Branyan hit homers for Milwaukee.

Felix Hernandez allows 2 hits in 7 innings and two relievers throw hitless innings as Seattle stops the Tigers, 5-0. Catcher Kenji Johjima has 2 hits, 2 RBIs and a straight steal of home.

Josh Hamilton has a homer and 3 RBIs as the Rangers double the A’s, 8-4.  Ian Kinsler has 3 hits and 2 RBIs. After his 3rdhit in the 8th, off Brad Ziegler in his major league debut, Ziegler picks him off. The last rookie pitcher to do that in his debut was Luis Martinez, in 2003, who picked off the Reds Juan Castro.