2009 May

1st  Light-hitting Ryan Theriot hits his first homer of the year, a grand slam in the 6th, to power the Cubs to an 8-6 victory over Florida.

Jose Lopez has a 14-pitch at bat in the bottom of the 9th, singling in the game-winner for the Mariners as they beat the visiting A’s, 8-7. It is his third RBI of the game. On April 16, Freddy Sanchez of the Pirates saw 17 pitches from the Astros’ Chris Sampson in the 7th before flying out.

Jorge Posada belts a 2-run homer and a 9thinning walkoff 2-run single as the Yankees tip the Angels, 10-9. Gary Mathews has 3 hits and 4 RBIs for the Haloes. Lefty Andy Pettitte of the Yankees snaps a tie with Kenny Rogers for most career pickoffs when he notched his 95th in the 1stinning, picking off Torii Hunter.

In his first at bat after missing all of spring training with back problems. Joe Mauer hits a homer. He adds a double and scores 3 runs as the Twins down the visiting Royals, 7-5.

2ndMets pitcher Ken Takahashi becomes the fourth-oldest player to make his major-league debut when he pitches in the 3rd inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at the age of 40 years and 16 days. The left-hander induces an inning-ending DP with the bases loaded. Takahashi debuted with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Japanese Central League in 1995 playing 14 seasons for that franchise. Takahashi is matched against Jamie Moyer, who pitches into the 6th. The Phils win, 6-5, in 10 innings.

Adam Everett hits a grand slam in the 4thinning, off starter Aaron Laffey, as the Indians whip the Tigers, 9-7. It is Everett’s second career slam.

3rdThe Rays defeat the Red Sox, 5-3, as Carl Crawford ties a modern-day ML record by stealing 6 bases in the game. He also gets 4 hits.

Good news and bad news. Carlos Zambrano picks up his third win as the Cubs beat the Marlins, 6-4. He also pulls a hammy running out a bunt single to lead off the 5th. It leads to a grand slam by Derrek Lee, but Carlos will go on the 15-day DL for the pulled muscle. Chicago will call up veteran minor leaguer Bobby Scales. Prior to the game, the Cubs retire uniform #31 worn by Greg Maddux and Ferguson Jenkins.

4thZach Greinke (6-0) scatters six hits as the Royals beat Bartolo Colon and the White Sox, 3-0.

Manny Ramirez has a homer and 3 RBIs as the Dodgers continue to win at home, beating the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-2. The Dodgers have won 11 straight at home to start the season, a NL record. The D’Backs pull off a triple play, just the fourth three-in-one turned at the 48-year-old park.

Carlos Beltran has a pair of homers and 4 RBIs, and David Wright homers as the Mets top the Braves, 6-4. Carlos Delgado is 1-for-4 with a run in what will prove to be his final game. Sidelined by a hip injury, Delgado won’t retire until 2011 after two operations fail to relieve the pain.

Jayson Werth hits a double and homer and Ryan Howard clubs his 7thslam as the Phils beat the host Cardinals, 6-1. Howard’s slam ties the Phils record held by Mike Schmidt.

5thAt Safeco Field, Texas snaps a 1-1 tie with 6 runs in the 10thto beat the Mariners, 7-2. Jarrod Saltalamacchia connects for a grand slam off Denny Stark.

6thRafael Furcal has 3 hits and 3 runs as the Dodgers defeat the Nationals, 10-3. It is their 13thstraight home victory to set a new modern ML record for a home winning streak to start a season.

The Mets collect only 2 hits against the Phillies, but defeat them, 1-0, behind Johan Santana.  Santana allows 3 hits and combines with Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Rodriguez for the shutout.

7thAt Los Angeles, the Nationals score 10 runs in the last 3 innings and trip the Dodgers, 11-9, breaking LA’s 13-game home-winning streak, a ML record to start the season. Nick Johnson and Anderson Hernandez each have 3 hits and Adam Dunn drives in 3 runs.  Matt Kemp has a grand slam and 5 RBIs for the Blue.

Dodgers’ All-Star OF Manny Ramirez is suspended 50 games for a drug violation. Ramirez says that medication given to him by a doctor contained the banned substance.

The Diamondbacks fire manager Bob Melvin and tomorrow will name A.J. Hinch as their new manager. At age 34, Hinch is the youngest skipper in the Majors since Tony LaRussa took over the White Sox in 1979. He also has no previous coaching or managing experience. The D’Backs will go 89-123 under Hinch before he and GM Josh Byrnes will be shown the door.

The Brewers roll to a 15-3 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Ryan Braun has a grand slam and 6 RBIs, Craig Counsell chips in 4 hits and 3 runs, and JJ Hardy adds a 3-run homer.  Prince Fielder caps it with a 2-run homer in the 9thwhen Reds SS Paul Janish surrenders 5 runs. He’ll make one more pitching appearance this year.

At Yankee Stadium, Andy Pettitte allows 4 homers for the first time in his career but the Yankees take a 6-6 tie into the 9thinning thanks in part to Johnny Damon’s 4 hits, including a homer and double. Mariano Rivera, for the first time in his career, then gives up back-to-back homers as Carl Crawford goes deep and Evan Longoria follows with his second homer of the game. Tampa Bay wins, 8-6.

The Red Sox score 12 runs in the 6thinning before making an out in their 13-3 win over the Indians. That ties modern ML record, and sets a new AL mark, for runs scored in an inning before an out is recorded. Tim Wakefield (4-1) is the recipient of the big inning, which features Jason Bay with a double and 3-run homer.

8thThe Athletics acquire IF Adam Kennedy from the Rays for a player to be named.

The Orioles send IF/OF Ryan Freel to the Cubs in exchange for OF Joey Gathright, acquired by the Cubs before the season. Gathright won’t play a game for the Birds, who will trade the speedster to the Red Sox in August. Freel will have an itinerant year as well.

9thZack Greinke allows just 4 hits in 8 innings to the Angels but his Royals lose, 1-0, for his first loss of the year. Joe Saunders scatters 5 hits in the shutout.

The number Juan Dodgers roll, 8-0, as Eric Stultz (4-1) throws a 4 hit shutout over the visiting Giants. Juans Pierre and Castro each have a single and two doubles. This is the first time that starters for the Angels and Dodgers toss complete-game shutouts at home on the same day since the Haloes arrived in L.A. in 1961.

In a spectacular play with the bases loaded in the 7th, Nationals RF Austin Kearns fields a hard-hit line drive on one hop and throws home to catcher Jesus Flores stretching for a force play on Felipe Lopez. Kearns also homers as does Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals beat Arizona, 2-1.

10thAt Dodger Stadium, Randy Winn plays all 3 outfield positions, has 4 hits for the Giants, scores 4 runs and drives in 2 runs in the 13thas San Francisco beats Los Angeles, 7-5. The Dodgers are 1-3 since Manny Ramirez drew his 50-game suspension.

Despite five homers by the Reds, including ninth-inning solo shots by Jerry Hairston Jr. and pinch-hitting pitcher Micah Owings to tie it, the Cardinals win 8-7 at Cincinnati on Colby Rasmus’ double in the 10th. “That was a blast,” Jay Bruce, who hit one of the Reds’ home runs, says of a game that was dramatic right down to the 401st and final pitch. Paul Janish fouls out with the bases loaded to end it after 4 hours, 23 minutes.

He gives you your money’s worth. With Tampa Bay’s first two hitters having reached in the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon strikes out Carlos Pena, B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford to preserve a 4-3 Red Sox win over the Rays.

Supported by two Hank Blalock homers, Vicente Padilla allowed one hit in seven innings as the Rangers topped the White Sox 7-1 at Chicago.

Anaheim tops the visiting Royals, 4-3, as Bobby Abreau has no at bats and 4 walks. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Abreu joins Reggie Willits (2008), Tim Salmon (1998), Frank Robinson (1974), Ken Aspromonte (1961) and Earl Averill (1961) as the only Angel batters to record four walks on four trips to the plate.

Blue Jays P Brett Cecil (1-0) pitches 8 innings and combines with Jason Frasor and Jesse Carlson for a 5-0 shutout over Oakland. Alexis Rios has a HR and 3 RBIs.

11thThe Reds trounce the Diamondbacks, 13-5. Willy Taveras gets 5 hits for Cincinnati, including a double.

The game between San Francisco and Washington features starting pitchers Randy Johnson (6’10”) vs. Daniel Cabrera (6’9″)—the tallest pitching matchup in major league history. Cabrera gives up 8 runs in 4.2 innings pitched while Johnson allows 4 runs in 5 innings to emerge victorious, 11-7. Ryan Zimmerman has 4 hits, including 2 homers, and 4 RBIs for the Nationals. Eandy Winn has 3 runs on 3 hits for the Giants.

12thThe Phillies defeat the Dodgers, 5-3, as Jayson Werth steals 4 bases for Philadelphia, including 2nd, 3rd, and home in the 7thinning. He is the first player to perform the feat in 13 years and just the ninth since 1942. The Philadelphia Phillie outfielder got aboard on a single off Will Ohman with one out. After Howard strikes out, Werth swipes 2B. Jimmy Rollins is walked intentionally, and the two pull off a double steal. Ibanez eventually walks to load the bases. When catcher Russ Martin makes a slow toss back to Belisario, Werth takes off for home sliding in safely and earning a standing ovation from the crowd. It was the first single-inning stolen base cycle since June 30, 1996, when Eric Young did it.

Ryan Zimmerman singles in the 1stinning to run his batting streak to 30 games for the Nationals, but the Giants win, 9-7, when Pablo Sandoval clubs a 3-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the 9th.  Bengie Molina also homers for the winners and draws a walk in the 1stinning after 115 plate appearances without a free pass.  Nick Johnson has a 3-run homer and 5 RBIs for the Nats.

13thThe Reds beat the Diamondbacks, 10-3. Arizona rookie Gerardo Parra hits a HR in his first ML at bat, becoming the 100thplayer in ML history to accomplish the feat.

The Pirates down the Cardinals, 5-2. Adam LaRoche becomes the first player to have a HR taken away following a video replay review. He instead is credited with a double.

The Nationals defeat the Giants, 6-3, but Ryan Zimmerman’s 30-game hitting streak comes to an end as he goes 0-for-3. Zimmerman’s streak is the 7thstreak of 30 or more games since 2000. According to SABR streak whiz Trent McCotter, Ryan Zimmerman is the first Washington-based N.L. player to have a hit streak of 25 games or more since Gene DeMontreville in 1897 for the old N.L. Senators.

After the Tigers take a 10-9 lead in the top of the 13thon Curtis Granderson’s triple and score on a balk, the Twins plate a run, then 4 more on a walkoff grand slam by Joe Crede to win, 14-10. Crede joins Ruppert Jones, Carlos Lee, Jim Presley and Alex Rodriguez as the only big league players to hit two walk-off extra-inning grand slams.

At Coors, the Astros collect 24 hits, including 6 doubles, to outpoint the Rockies, 15-11. Geoff Blum has 5 RBIs for the Astros as does Chris Iannetta for Colorado, who connects for a grand slam in the 9th.

14thThe Angels edge the Red Sox, 5-4, in 12 innings. Julio Lugo gets 5 hits for Boston, including a double.

15thAt the Marlins newly renamed Land Shark Stadium, the Dodgers gaff the Fish, 6-4. The name change is in honor of Land Shark beer, a label owned by musician Jimmy Buffett.

16thQuick Toss. John Lackey, coming off the disabled list, lasts just two pitches before he is thrown out of the game. His first pitch is behind the head of Ian Kinsler, who homered twice yesterday, and his second pitch plunks him in the ribs.  Shane Roux takes over and gives up 4 runs in 3+ innings as the Ranger defeat the Angels, 5-3.

Piling on, the Diamondbacks score 6 in the top of the 9thto defeat the Braves, 12-0. Chris Snyder has a grand slam, off Buddy Carlyle, in the 9th. Max Scherzer notches his first career win after going 0-4 last year.

17thAfter the Indians go out quietly in the top of the 1st, Tribe manager Eric Wedge points out to the ump that the scorecard shows Tampa Bay with two third baseman, Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria, and no DH. The Rays are forced to play with no DH and bat pitcher Andy Sonnanstine in the third spot. He delivers an RBI double in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 5-run 4thas they win, 7-5. Sonnanstine gets the win, despite giving up two homers to Ben Francisco.  Rays manager Joe Maddon said, “I messed up, and the players picked me up.”

The Giants Matt Cain and the Mets Mike Pelfrey each pitch 6 innings to even their records a 4-1, but Pelfray gives up 2 runs as the Giants win, 2-0. Pelfray doesn’t help his cause with 3 balks, the most since Al Leiter in 1994.

At Land Shark Stadium, the Dodgers stake Clayton Kershaw to a 10-0 lead through the top of the 7thas they roll to a 12-5 win over the Marlins. Cody Ross hits a grand slam in the 9thto make the score respectable.

20thThe Yankees beat the Orioles, 11-4. Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera hit consecutive homers in the 2ndinning for New York.

The Red Sox club homers in a 6-run 5thto pound the visiting Blue Jays, 8-3. Jason Varitek starts the drumbeat with his second HR off rookie Brett Cecil. David Ortiz is next with a 2-run homer, and Jason Bay clubs a 2-run homer over the Monster seats onto Lansdowne Avenue. Mike Lowell follows with a solo shot to make Brad Penny the winning pitcher. Jacoby Ellsbury ties the ML record by making 12 putouts in the game.

21stThe Padres acquire Tony Gwynn Jr. from the Brewers for OF Jody Gerut.

The Twins roll over the White Sox, 20-1. Joe Mauer has two doubles and a grand slam to drive in 6 runs, Michael Cuddyer has 4 hits including a 3-run homer, and Matt Tolbert has 3 hits, including a 3-run HR, to drive in 4 runs.

22ndThe Twins keep it up routing the Brewers, 11-3. Michael Cuddyer hits for the cycle for Minnesota.

23rdThe White Sox shut out the Pirates, 4-0. It is the 1sttime in ML history that a team has posted 2 shutouts in a row after having allowed 20 or more runs in a game.

Randy Wells, who had shutout starts a no decisions in his first two starts, allows 3 runs in 7 innings as the Cubs lose, 3-1, to the Padres.  Wells, a former minor-league catcher, will top the Cubs with 12 wins, the first rookie to record double-digit wins for the Cubs since Kerry Wood.

The Diamondbacks edge the Athletics, 8-7, in 11 innings. Jason Giambi hits career HR number 400 for Oakland, becoming the 44thplayer in ML history to reach the plateau.

25thThe Indians overcome a 10-0 deficit to beat the Rays, 11-10.

The Pirates defeat the Cubs, 10-8, as Freddy Sanchez goes 6-for-6 for Pittsburgh, including a double and HR.

The Yankees rout the Rangers, 11-1, as Alex Rodriguez gets 5 hits—including a pair of doubles—against his former teammates.

26thTim Lincecum goes 8 innings as the Giants shut out Atlanta, 4-0. Lincecum has never lost in May; the Giants’ starter is 6-0 in 11 starts. In fact, he won’t lose until July 27 this year.

27thDenard Span is 4-for-4 as the Twins trip the Red Sox, 4-2. Kevin Slowey (7-1) goes 6 innings for the win. Jacoby Ellsbury has 2 hits to extend his consecutive game-hitting streak to 22 games. Daisuke Matsusaka takes the loss, going 5 innings, allowing 9 hits, and tossing 4 wild pitches. The Sox staff combines for 5 wild pitches, tying a ML mark.

In his first foray into mixed martial arts, Jose Canseco is pummeled by a 7’2”, 330-pound grand champion of sumo, Hong Man Choi of South Korea, during a match in Japan. The match lasts a minute. While Choi is a respected kick-boxer and sumo wrestler, Canseco’s only achievement in the ring is that he once fought to a draw in a celebrity boxing match with former child star Danny Bonaduce.

28thThe Orioles defeat the Tigers, 5-1, as David Hernandez wins his ML debut. He is the fourth Baltimore pitcher this season to start and win his ML debut, joining Koji Uehara, Brad Bergesen, and Jason Berken. The Orioles are the 3rdteam in ML history—and the first since 1890—with at least 4 pitchers winning their debuts in the same season.

29thThe Rockies fire manager Clint Hurdle and replaces him with bench coach Jim Tracy.

30thAt Texas, the Rangers collect 18 hits and paste the Oakland A’s, 14-1. It is Oakland’s second 14-1 loss this month and in both games Brett Anderson was the starter.

The University of Texas defeats Boston College, 3-2, in 25 innings, the longest game in NCAA history. The game lasts 7 hours and 3 minutes and finishes at 1:05 in the morning. The previous record had been 23 innings, played by Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State in 1971. The Longhorns were designated the visiting team in this regional tourney, despite playing on their home field. Of the 7104 fans who saw the 1stinning, 6000 stayed till the end.  Thanks, Mom.

31stThe Phillies edge the Nationals, 4-2. Jamie Moyer wins the 250thgame of his ML career, becoming the 44thpitcher to reach the milestone.