2010 May

1st      The Tigers defeat the Angels, 3-2, on Johnny Damon’s walk-off HR. Detroit is the 4thteam Damon has hit a walk-off homer for, tying a ML record. He also turned the trick for the Royals, Red Sox and Yankees.

2ndThe Twins pound out 20 hits and beat the Indians, 8-3. Minnesota C Wilson Ramos goes 4-for-5 in his first ML game, becoming the 1stC in modern ML history to get 4 or more hits in his debut.

3rdThe Twins down the Tigers, 10-4, as Wilson Ramos gets 3 more hits for Minnesota. He becomes the first MLer in 68 years to have at least 7 hits in his first 2 ML games. Nanny Fernandez of the Boston Braves last performed the feat in 1942.

4thThe Cards Adam Wainwright and the Phils Cole Hamels live up to their advance bill as each allows a run in 8 innings. The Phils win it, 2-1, in the 10thon Carlos Ruiz’s walkoff homer.

5thAfter the Brewers score a pair in the 9thto tie the Dodgers at 3-3 in the 9th, LaTroy Hawkins loads the bases for Andre Ethier, who belts a walkoff grand slam. The Dodgers win, 7-3. It is the second 9thinning grand slam served up by Brewers relievers in the past 8 days.

7thThe Cubs trounce the Reds, 14-7. Chicago SS Starlin Castro hits a HR in his first ML at bat and also slams a bases loaded triple. He sets an ML record by driving in 6 runs in his first game.

The Phillies defeat the Braves, 7-0. Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher in ML history to throw a shutout as he hurls a 2-hitter, as well as the first hurler to throw shutouts in four different decades: the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and 2010’s.

8thThe Yankees rout the Red Sox, 14-3. Mark Teixeira hits 3 homers for New York. Tex drives in 5 runs as does Francisco Cervelli.

The Brewers drown the Diamondbacks, 17-3. Jody Gerut hits for the cycle for Milwaukee, as he and Ryan Braun each drive in 4 runs.

At Safeco Field, the Angels edge the Mariners, 4-3, in 10 innings. Ken Griffey, Jr. sits out the game and later says he was available for pinch-hitting despite reports he was in the clubhouse taking a nap. The Tacoma News Tribunequotes two Mariners anonymously. Griffey contends he was available to hit, but when asked if he was asleep, replied, “Anything else you want to ask?”

9thOakland P After nine winless starts, Dallas Braden hurls the 18thregular season (19thoverall) perfect game in ML history as he sets down all 27 Tampa batters in the A’s 4-0 win over the Rays. He becomes the first to hurl a perfecto against a team that started the day with the best record in the majors. After the game, Braden gives a Mother’s Day hug to his grandmother, Peggy Lindsey, who raised him after his mother died. When she met with reporters, Lindsey says, “Stick it, A-Rod,” referring to the criticism her grandson made last month after Alex Rodriguez crossed the mound after a foul ball. When apprised of Lindsey’s remarks, A-Rod throws up his hands and says, “uncle, uncle” to reporters.

Bombed in Boston. The Red Sox light up A.J. Burnett for 9 runs in topping the Yanks, 9-3. Burnett’s ERA at Fenway is 12.68 in 5 starts. Alex Rodriguez hits his 546thhomer in the 4thfor New York, ending a 61 at-bat homerless skein.

Josh Willingham homers in the 8thinning and the Nationals edge the struggling Marlins, 3-2. The win goes to reliever Tyler Clippard. Since May 6, Clippard has made 7 appearances, earning 7 decisions.

Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers stop Ubaldo Jimenez (6-1) and the Rockies, 2-0. It is the Rox ace first loss.

The lackluster Mariners fire their hitting coach Alan Cockrell, then snap an 8-game losing streak with an 8-1 win over the visiting Angels.

10thAt Coors Field, the Phillies score 4 in the 9thto top the Rockies, 9-5. The big blow is Ross Glaud’s 3-run pinch homer. Carlos Ruiz also homers in the game, one of his 4 hits. Afterwards, the Rockies hit back, accusing the Phillies of sign stealing by methods that violate baseball’s rules: bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer of using binoculars from the bull pen. TV cameras showed Billmeyer twice using binoculars in the 2ndinning and also showed Shane Victorino on the dugout phone during the same inning.  MLB said that Billmeyer can no longer use binoculars in the bullpen. On the 12th, several baseball people acknowledge that two of 2009 post-season opponents of the Phils also expressed concerns: the Yankees and the Dodgers.  Los Angeles expressed concerns that the Phils were using video equipment to steal signs. The Mets expressed concerns about the Phils in 2007. Former manager Ken Macha, commenting on the sign stealing, said the A’s spotted Randy Velarde, a former A’s player, stealing signs at 1B and relaying them to Alex Rodriguez at the plate when both played for Texas. “We caught that on tape, but it was shame on us because we allowed them to get our signs.” He also added, according to The NewYork Times, that the Cubs stole signs when Macha was coaching for the Expos between 1986 and 1991. Chicago stole them off television images, he said. “They’d go in and look at the monitor and they’d see what the signs were—second sign, sign after two, whatever it was. Then the guy would go out to second base and look in and relay the signs.”

The Red Sox edge the Blue Jays, 7-6, scoring 6 runs in the first two innings off Brandon Morrow. Morrow faces 14 batters, strikes out 4, walks 6 and allows 6 hits.

11thCincinnati’s Johnny Cueto hurls a one-hit shutout, defeating Pittsburgh, 9-0. Ronny Cedeno’s 3rd-inning single is the Pirates’ only safety. It is Cueto’s first CG.

Daric Barton hits a 2-out single in the 13thas visiting Oakland beats Texas, 7-6. Barton homered in the 11th.

12thThe Rockies edge the Phillies, 4-3, in 10 innings on Miguel Olivo’s walk-off HR. OIivo goes 5-for-5 in the contest, including a double.

Homer Bailey shuts out the Pirates, 5-0, for the Reds second straight shutout of the Bucs. The last Reds hurlers to pitch consecutive shutouts were Jose Rijo and Tom Browning in 1989.  Neither Bailey nor Cueto walk anyone, a feat last done by Reds in consecutive shutouts in 1925 (Jakie May and Dolf Luque).

13thThe Royals end their 7-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over Cleveland, then fire manager Trey Hillman. Former Brewers manager Ned Yost takes over the reins of the team.

The Padres edge the Giants, 1-0, behind Mat Latos’ one-hitter. Eli Whiteside’s RBI-single in the 6thinning, which deflects off of Latos, is San Francisco’s only hit.

14thThe Pirates defeat the Cubs, 10-6. Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones each have 5 hits in the game, including a HR. McCutcheon scores 5 runs for the Bucs.

At Yankee Stadium, the Twins lead 4-3 and hand out an intentional walk to Mark Teixeira to load the bases and pitch to Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod answers with a grand slam as New York prevails, 8-4.

The Blue Jays come back from a 9-3 deficit to outslug Texas, 16-10 as Aaron Hill, Travis Snider and Vernon Wells all hit 3-run homers. Doug Mathis allows 8 runs in 1+ innings for Texas. Lyle Overbay is 3-for-3 with 2 walks and 3 RBIs for the Jays.

15thGot relief? At Camden Yards, the Orioles waste a 7-inning shutout effort by Brian Matusz when they cough up 8 runs in the top of the 9thto lose to Cleveland, 8-2. Austin Kearns and Trevor Crowe homer for Cleveland.

In Detroit, Ramon Santiago provides a walkoff bases-loaded walk in the 12thto give the Tigers a 7-6 win over the Red Sox. After receiving the walk, Santiago takes a few steps towards 1B, then turns to join the celebration at home.  But Magglio Ordonez, the runner on 3B, yells for him to touch 1B, thus avoiding an embarrassing tie (as noted by Rich Marazzi). No slouch in the base on balls department, Kevin Youkilis walks 5 times for Boston.

16thThe Yanks lose, 6-3, to the Twins when their bullpen fails them. Mariano Rivera, in relief of Joba Chamberlain in the 8th, walks Jim Thome with the bases loaded and then serves up a grand slam to Jason Kubel. It is Rivera’s first grand slam since 2002, his first bases-loaded walk since 2005, and his first blown save at home since 2007.

19thThe Nationals defeat the Mets, 5-3. Angel Pagan hits an inside-the-park HR for the New Yorkers and also starts a triple play. He is the first player to do both in the same game since Ted Kazanski did so for Philadelphia in 1955 (Elias Sports Bureau).

At Chase Field, the Diamondbacks hit 6 homers, 2 by Dave LaRoche, to down the Giants, 13-1. Ian Kennedy gets the victory.

Adrian Gonzalez drives in 6 runs as San Diego beats the Dodgers, 10-5, to move to 1.5 games ahead of the Giants. Will Venable has a single, 2 doubles and a triple and scores 4 runs for the Pads.

20thPinch hitter Brooks Conrad connects for an ultimate grand slam, a 9thinning, game-winning 4-run walkoff homer as the Braves rally for 7 runs to defeat the Reds, 10-9. Francisco Cordero serves up the salami.  Joey Votto has a grand slam of his own for the Reds.

At Nationals Park, David Wright drives in 4 runs to pace the Mets to a 10-7 win over the Nationals. The win goes to Raul Valdez who takes over for John Maine in the 1stinning. Maine is lifted after throwing 5 pitches, then gets into an argument with Jerry Manual about the condition of his shoulder. Pitching coach Dan Warthan calls Maine “a habitual liar” for not revealing the condition of his shoulder. Maine is through for the year and will have shoulder surgery in July, not returning to the ML until 2013.

21stThe Blue Jays lose to the Diamondbacks, 8-6, despite hitting 6 solo HRs in the contest, tying a ML record for most runs scored by a team in one game, all on solo HRs. The 1991 Athletics also turned the trick, also in an 8-6 loss. Edwin Encarnacion hits 3 of the round-trippers for the Blue Jays.

In a 9-5 win over the Angels, Cardinals starting pitcher Brad Penny belts a grand slam in the 3rdinning off Joel Pineiro.  But it is a costly hit as Penny tears a muscle hitting the pitch and leaves the game, his last game of the season.

The Orioles top the Nationals, 5-3, as David Hernandez (1-5) wins his first game after 11 straight losses over two seasons. He’ll finish at 8-8.

22ndThe Red Sox down the Phillies, 5-0, as Daisuke Matsuzaka and Daniel Bard combine on a one-hitter. Juan Castro’s two-out single in the 8thinning is Philadelphia’s only hit.

23rdThe Pirates edge the Braves, 3-2, in 10 innings. Akinori Iwamura snaps an 0-for-34 streak with a single. The ML record for most at bats in one season without a hit, excluding pitchers, is 35 by Hal Finney in 1936.

24thThe Texas Rangers file for bankruptcy under Chapter 11. Team owner Thomas Hicks said he is simply trying to shield the Rangers from additional claims while he finalizes a deal to sell the team for $575 million to a group of investors led by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. Alex Rodriguez is listed as the top unsecured creditor with the team owing him $25 million. “I did not want to put the baseball future of the Texas Rangers in jeopardy or uncertainty for an extended period of time,” Hicks said.

25thThe Red Sox shut out the Rays, 2-0, as Jon Lester, Manny Delcarmen, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon combine on a one-hitter. Willy Aybar’s 4th-inning single is Tampa Bay’s only hit. It is Boston’s 2ndone-hitter in the past 4 days.

Rookie Mitch Talbot (6-3) goes 7 innings as the Indians top the visiting White Sox, 7-3. Luis Valbuena has 2 RBIs on a sac fly and a sac bunt. His bunt to score Austin Kearns is first successful squeeze bunt for the Indians since May 17, 2003. Previous manager Eric Wedge thought the squeeze unmanly.

27thThe Mets defeat the Phillies, 3-0, for their 3rdconsecutive shutout against the league leaders. It is just the third time in ML history that a team has swept 3 or more games from a 1st-place team without allowing any runs. The Orioles turned the trick against the Red Sox in 1974, and the Washington Senators over the Philadelphia Athletics in 1913.

28thThe Tigers lose to the A’s, 5-4, despite 3 homers by Miguel Cabrera.

The Giants shut out the Astros, 5-0, as Matt Cain hurls a 1-hitter. Mark Reynolds’ 2-out double in the 2ndinning is Houston’s only safety.

The Cardinals come-from-behind to trip the Diamondbacks, 6-5. Arizona takes a 5-2 lead in the top of the 8thon Mark Reynolds’ 2-run homer that pops out of RF Randy Winn’s glove and goes over the fence. Birds manager Tony LaRussa argues a strike call in the 9thand the continued discussion results in LaRussa being ejected.  Later, starter Dan Haren, who is lifted in the 9thafter allowing 2 singles, accuses LaRussa of deliberately trying to delay the game and throw off his rhythm.  It works. The Birds plate three, including PH Adam Wainwright and pinch runner Jaime Garcia.  It is the first time that two pitchers have scored in the same inning since Ken Brett and Dock Ellis did it for the Pirates in 1974.

29thThe Phillies down the Marlins, 1-0, as Roy Halladay hurls the 20thperfect game—and 2ndthis month—in ML history. Halladay fans 11 in his masterpiece.

Whoops! At Anaheim, Kendry Morales belts a walkoff grand slam in the 10thinning to give the Angels a 5-1 victory over Seattle. But in the post-game celebration at home plate, Morales breaks his fibula and will be out for this season as well as 2011. He’ll return in 2012.

30thThe Cardinals rout the Cubs, 9-1, as Albert Pujols clouts 3 homers for St. Louis.

The Tigers trounce the Athletics, 10-2. Detroit P Max Scherzer strikes out 14 batters in 5 2/3 innings of work to set a ML record for the most Ks for a pitcher hurling fewer than 6 innings. KC’s Kevin Appier held the previous mark with 13, set on May 25, 1994.

The Twins defeat the Rangers, 6-3. Minnesota sets a ML mark for fewest errors in a team’s first 50 games of the season with 12. The 2006 Red Sox and 2009 Phillies held the previous mark with 17.