2011 May

1st  The Mets edge the Phillies, 2-1, in 14 innings. Ronny Paulino gets 5 hits for the Mets, including a double, in his first start of the season.

At Fenway, the Red Sox’s Jed Lowry scores the winning run in the 9thafter tripling and the Sox win over Seattle, 3-2. Tim Wakefield is the starter for Boston, going 5.1 innings and giving up a run. The knuckler joins Red Faber, Jesse Haines, Mel Harder, Walter Johnson, Ted Lyons, Phil Niekro, Warren Spahn and Don Sutton as the only big-league pitchers to start a game in at least 17 consecutive seasons.

At Turner Field, the Braves push across a run in the bottom of the 9thto beat the Cardinals, 6-5.  In the 8thinning, LaRussa shifts all his infielders except shortstop, and Albert Pujols plays third base for the first time in his ML career. The first play is a 5-3 putout. David Freese breaks his left hand when is hit by a pitch from Scott Linebrink. He will miss nearly two months of play.

2nd  Dustin Pedroia fouls off 9 pitches before lining a 2-run go-ahead single to help the Red Sox defeat the Angels, 9-5, at Fenway. Jered Weaver takes the loss.  Weaver (6-1) was trying to become the first pitcher since 1891 (Sadie McMahon) to go 7-0 before the second day in May.

3rdMinnesota’s Francisco Liriano hurls the first no-hitter of the season with a 1-0 blanking of the White Sox. It is the first complete game of Liriano’s career. He is the first left-hander to throw a no-hitter against the White Sox since Jesse Tannehill did it for the Red Sox in 1904. Liriano has a first-pitch strike mark of just 36.7 percent (11-for-30) as he walks 6 and fans 2.

At Petco Park, the Padres edge the Pirates, 6-5. San Diego takes the lead in the 3rdwhen Eric Patterson and Matt Latos hit homers. Latos is the first Padre hurler to homer at the team’s home field.

4thThe Braves sweep a pair from Milwaukee, winning the opener, 8-3 before crushing the Brewers, 8-0. Atlanta wins game 2 behind Tim Hudson’s one-hitter, ruining the Brewer debut of Josh Greinke. Rickie Weeks’ leadoff double in the 4this Milwaukee’s only hit.

At Fenway, the Angels finally beat the Red Sox, 5-3, in a five-hour, 13-inning rain delayed game that ends early Thursday morning at 2:45 a.m. The two teams use 14 pitchers who combine to throw 446 pitches (275 strikes and 171 balls). Trevor Bell earns the win with 4 shutout innings.

Ryan Doumit’s grand slam highlights a 6-run 3rdinning and the Pirates beat the Padres, 7-4.  Two errors precede the salami, making all 6 runs unearned.

The Orioles edge the Royals, 3-2, as Kansas City loses a 2-run homer in the 8thby Alcides Escobar. Escobar’s drive past CF Adam Jones wedges under the fence in plain view and Escobar circles the bases. But the ump rules it a ground-rule double and the Royals plate a single run.

The Rangers sign Cuban defector and speedy center fielder Leonys Martin to a $15.5 million contract. They will call him up in September.

5thThe Indians edge the A’s, 4-3, in 12 innings. Ryan Sweeney gets 5 hits for Oakland, including a double.

6thThe Braves shut out the Phillies, 5-0, behind Derek Lowe 7 shutout innings. Cliff Lee strikes out 16 Braves in 7 innings in a losing cause for Philadelphia. He is the third pitcher to meet that unfair fate.

The Rays beat the Orioles, 6-2. Tampa Bay OF Brandon Guyer becomes the first Ray ever to hit a HR in his first ML at bat when he connects in the 2ndinning.

7thJustin Verlander hurls his 2ndcareer no-hitter as the Tigers defeat the Blue Jays, 9-0. The Tiger ace strikes out 4 and walks one as he finishes in 2 hours: 35 minutes.

Yovani Gallardo and John Axford combine on a one-hitter as the Brewers beat the Cardinals, 4-0. Daniel Descalso’s 8thinning single is the only St. Louis hit.

The Mets down the Dodgers, 4-2, and hold Andre Ethier hitless, ending his 30-game hitting streak.

8thThe Angels defeat the Indians, 6-5, for the 1,000thwin of Mike Scioscia’s managerial career. He is the first manager since Tom Kelly to reach the plateau in his first managerial position.

The White Sox edge the Mariners, 5-2, in 10 innings. Paul Konerko gets 5 hits, including a double, for Chicago.

10thMike Pelfrey’s 2-run double in the 4thbreaks a 2-2 tie as Mets win it at Colorado, 4-2. Pelfrey leaves in the 7thfollowing a 50-minute rain delay. The Mets lose Ike Davis for the season when the first baseman collides with teammate David Wright as both pursue a pop up near the mound. Though the injury initially seems innocuous, the collision leaves Davis with a bone bruise and cartilage damage to his ankle and ends his season. The leg will heal but a routine exam in spring training will reveal the presence of valley fever.

11thThe Padres crush the Brewers, 13-6. Prince Fielder hits his 200thcareer HR for Milwaukee. He and his father, Cecil, join the Bonds (Bobby and Barry), the Alous (Felipe and Moises), and the Bells (Gus and Buddy) as the only father-son duos to each reach that level.

12thThe Mets defeat the Rockies, 9-5, as Carlos Beltran hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs for New York.

14thThe Diamondbacks edge the Dodgers, 1-0, despite getting only one hit. Stephen Drew’s leadoff double in the 2ndinning is Arizona’s only safety off Chad Billingsley in 8 innings. He eventually scores on a sac fly, after Billingsley throws the ball into CF on a pickoff attempt at 2B.

At Yankee Stadium, Jorge Posada is dropped to 9thin the order and the proud veteran refuses to play. It will end in an apology from Posada, but for today, Andruw Jones DHes in the 9thspot. It is all for naught as Josh Beckett and two Red Sox relievers shut out the Yanks, 6-0, with the loss going to CC Sabathia.

15thThe Blue Jays crush the Twins, 11-3, as Jose Bautista clouts 3 consecutive homers and drives in 4 runs. Bautista leads the AL in homers with 16.

At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox finally reach .500 as they top the Yankees, 7-5. Kevin Youkalis hits a 3-run homer in the 3rdas the Bosox tie the game, and they add two more homers. Adrian Gonzalez has no ribbies but joins Ted Williams (1948), Jim Rice (1978) and Manny Ramirez (2001) as the only Red Sox hitters to have at least 65 hits and 40 RBIs in the team’s first 40 games.

At Turner Field, Dan Uggla scores three runs as the Braves edge the Phils, 3-2. Uggla, hitting .196, hits a tie-breaking homer in the 8thinning off Phillies ace Roy Halladay to offset a 2-run homer by John Mayberry off Tim Hudson.

16thBad day at the office. The Indians trounce the Royals, 19-1, collecting 20 hits as  Matt LaPorta and Michael Brantley each have 4 RBIs. KC’s Vin Mazzaro gives up 11 of the hits and becomes the first pitcher since 1900 to allow 14 runs in a game in less than 3 innings (2.1 innings). All 14 of the runs are earned. The last relief pitcher to give up 14 runs in a game was Tommy Warren of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944. Manager Ned Yost says, “I’ve got two options. With the rainout (Sunday), everybody is pitching on an extra day of rest. When you’ve got to find nine innings in your bullpen, it can decimate it. My thinking was I could get through two or three innings with Adcock, bring Mazzaro in there and, hopefully, get five innings out of him and keep us in the ballgame. Then go to the back-inning guys. But it didn’t work out that way.”

At Fenway, Adrian Gonzalez hits a 2-run double in the 9thto end the game against the Orioles, 8-7, for Boston. It is his third hit of the game. His RBIs give him the AL lead with 37.  Brian Roberts is 1-for-5 for the game, but this is his last of the season. He has not been able to shake the dizziness from a concussion that forced him to miss the last six games of the 2010 season. He got the injury when he struck out and in frustration hit himself in the helmet with the bat.

At the Great American Ball Park, Carlos Zambrano takes a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the 6th, but the roof falls in as he gives up 6 hits and 6 runs. The Reds score 7 times to win, 7-4. Zambrano had won his last 10 starts on the road, two short of the franchise record.

17thThe Braves beat the Astros, 3-1, on Brian McCann’s walkoff HR in the 11thinning. McCann had tied the game earlier with a pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 9th. He is just the 2ndplayer in ML history to hit a pinch-hit, game-tying homer in the 9thand an extra-inning walkoff homer in the same game. Jeff Heath turned the feat for the Braves in 1949.

18thAt Kansas City, the Royals lose, 5-4, to Texas in 11 innings.  Both teams score a run in the 9th, but the Royals royally screw up a chance to score more. After Eric Hosmer leads off with a homer off Neftali Feliz, the reliever walks the next two batters. Each is pinch run for and Feliz picks both runners off first (Mike Aviles and Jarrod Dyson).

19thThe Rockies beat the Phillies, 7-1, as Jason Giambi drives in all the runs on 3 homers. It is his first 3-dinger game and at age 40, he becomes the 2nd-oldest player in ML history to hit 3 homers in a game. Stan Musial did so at age 41 in 1962. Following the game, Colorado sends P Franklin Morales to the Red Sox for future considerations.

At Fenway, the Cubs rally to score 8 runs in the 8thand whip the Red Sox, 9-3. The Sox help with 3 errors in the 8th, two on throws. Cubs CF Marlon Byrd is hit in the face with a pitch by Alfredo Aceves in the 2ndinning and he is taken to the hospital with multiple broken facial bones. He will return to play in early July. David Ortiz homers in the 4thoff Carlos Zambrano and joins the Rockies’ Todd Helton, the White Sox’s Paul Konerko, the Braves’ Chipper Jones and the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols as the only active major-leaguers to have 300 or more homers for their current team.

20thThe Nationals paste the host Orioles, 17-5. Jason Werth has a pair of homers and drives in 4 runs, Wilson Ramos scores 5 times, and Danny Espinosa has a homer and 5 RBIs.

21stWily Mo Pena hits his first ML homer in nearly three years to pace the Diamondbacks to a 7-2 win over the Royals. Pena was just promoted from Reno, where he was leading the PCL with 21 homers. He’ll hit four more for the D’Backs, return to Reno and resurface in early August with Seattle.

In an 8-6 Boston win over the host Orioles, David Ortiz hits his 300thcareer homer. CNN news anchor John King catches the ball and agrees to exchange it with Big Papi for a signed bat.

22ndThe Indians down the Reds, 12-4, as Asdrubal Cabrera goes 5-for-5 with 5 RBIs. His hits include a pair of homers. Cleveland is playing without Travis Hafner who strained a side muscle on May 20th.

The Yankees score 8 runs in the 7thinning and go on to defeat the Mets, 9-3. Curtis Granderson has a 1st-inning homer and Alex Rodriguez has 4 hits.

At Kansas City, the Cardinals outlast the Royals by scoring 2 runs in the 10thfor a 9-8 victory. Yadier Molina has 4 hits, including a double and triple, while Colby Rasmus draws 5 walks.  The Cards have one homer to the Royals three.

Gaby Sanchez has two of the three hits allowed by James Shields as he shuts out the Marlins, 4-0. Shields ties former teammate Scott Kazmir for Tampa Bay’s K record as he strikes out 13.

23rdThe Brewers trounce the Nationals, 11-3. Corey Hart hits his first 3 homers of the season and drives in 7 runs for Milwaukee.

     At Yankee Stadium, Juan Batista homers and J.P. Arencibia drives in 4 runs to lead the Blue Jays to a 7-3 victory over the Yankees. Yunel Escobar lays down a sac bunt as the Jays score 5 in the 6th; he is the first cleanup hitter to execute a sacrifice bunt for the Jays since Dave Winfield in 1992. Robbie Cano drives in all the Yankee runs.

Well, they got their money’s worth. The attendance is 330 for a 23-inning Class-A Florida State League game in which the Jupiter Hammerheads defeat the Clearwater Threshers, 2-1, in five hours and 37 minutes.

24thThe White Sox beat the Rangers, 8-6, as Carlos Quentin belts 3 homers and drives in 5 runs.

Carlos Gonzalez has a pair of homers and 4 RBIs to pace the Rockies to a 12-4 win over the Diamondbacks at Coors.  In the first of a spate of fan accidents, Robert Seamans reportedly loses his balance and strikes his head while sliding down a stairway railing. He dies on the 26th.

25thThe Yankees defeat the Blue Jays, 7-3. Mariano Rivera pitches the 9thinning, becoming the first pitcher in ML history to make 1,000 appearances with the same team. Toronto P Jo-Jo Reyes ties an ML record with his 28thconsecutive start without a win.

In a marathon, the Phillies edge the Reds, 5-4, in 19 innings, as the teams combine to leave 33 men on base and the pitchers throw a total of 600 pitches. Philadelphia IF Wilson Valdez gets the win in relief, becoming the first position player to earn a win since Colorado C Brent Mayne in 2000. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first position player since Babe Ruth in 1921 to start a game in the field and then move to the pitching mound later and earn a win.

In an eventful game in San Francisco, the Giants lose to the Marlins, 7-6, in 12 innings and lose their young star Buster Posey for the season when Scott Cousins runs into him scoring the winning run. Posey sustains a fracture of his left leg and tears ligaments. Posey goes on the DL with the third-longest active hit streak in the majors will begin next season with a 13-game streak. He also leads the NL with 13 runners caught stealing. Freddy Sanchez and Mike Stanton each have 4 hits in the game.

26thThe Red Sox trounce the Tigers, 14-1, behind Alfredo Aceves. The win raises Aceves’ career record to 16-1, tying him with Whitey Ford and Howie Krist as the only pitchers in ML history to win 16 of their first 17 decisions.

27thThe Giants edge the Brewers, 5-4, with the aid of Brandon Crawford’s 7th-inning grand slam. Crawford becomes only the 6thplayer in ML history to his a grand slam in his first big-league game.

The Royals clout 3 homers in the 14thinning to defeat the Rangers, 12-7. They become the first team in ML history to hit 3 or more homers in the 14thinning or later, and just the 9thteam to hit three homers in extra innings.  Going deep are Melky Cabrera, Eric Hosmer and Brayan Pena.

At the Rogers Centre, the Jays outhit the White Sox 12-5 and top Chicago, 4-2. Adam Dunn, who struck out 4 times in 4 at bats yesterday, goes 0-for-0 with 4 walks. Since 1950, only Jim Thome (2000) and Dick Allen (1968) have worn the golden sombrero one game and walked four times in the next.

28thThe Twins shutout the Angels, 1-0, in 10 innings. Anthony Swarzak, Matt Capps and Alex Burnett hold the Angels to just one hit, a one-out double in the 8thinning by Peter Bourjos.

The Blue Jays edge the White Sox, 9-8, in 14 innings. Corey Patterson gets 5 hits for Toronto, including a walk-off homer.

29thThe Braves Jair Jurrjens (7-1) bests Johnny Cueto of the Reds, 2-1, at Turner Field. The Braves pull of an unusual DP in the 4thwith the play going 2-5-4 (as noted by Trent McCotter).

At the Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays collect 18 hits in downing the White Sox, 13-4. Corey Patterson has 4 hits, including a homer, and Aaron Hill adds a grand slam. Jayson Nix has 2 hits and 2 RBIs for the Jays to snap a hitless skein for Toronto third basemen: between May 15-29, Jay’s hot corner players went cold at the plate going 0-for-44; Nix (0-22), John McDonald (0-15), Edwin Encarnacion (0-4) and Matt McCoy (0-3) all chipped in.  Nine of the runs come off Sox starter John Danka who goes to 0-8,  the worst start for a Sox pitcher since Eddie Smith did it in 1942. Roy Wilkinson has the record for the worst start in Chicago history, going 0-10 in 1921.

The Dodgers spank the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco for 15 hits in 5 innings and hand him his first loss of the year after 4 wins. LA wins, 8-0, behind Doug Kershaw’s 2-hitter. Kershaw strikes out 10. Nolasco is the 10th big-league starter in the last 71 years to give up 15 or more hits in five or fewer innings.

30thThe Pirates beat the Mets, 7-3. Justin Turner drives in a run for NY, giving him at an RBI in 13 of the last 15 games. He becomes just the 3rdrookie in ML history to drive in at least one run in at least 13 games over a 15-game span. Pinky Whitney turned the trick in 1928 and Buster Chatham in 1930.

At Seattle, Justin Smoak smokes a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8thand the Mariners clip the Orioles, 3-2, before the smallest crowd (11,692) in Safeco Field history. it’s the first game at the ballpark, which opened in mid-season 1999, to draw fewer than 12,000 fans.

At Wrigley, Hunter Pence and Jeff Keppinger each have a double and homer to pace the Astros to a 12-7 win. Pence scores 4 while Keppinger drives in 4. Tony Campana has 4 stolen bases for Chicago.

31stToronto’s Jose Bautista finishes the month of May with 11 HRs, making it the 5thstraight month he has led the AL in homers. The last player to lead a league—or tie for the lead—in HRs for 5 consecutive months was Jimmie Foxx in 1933-34.

The Yankees trounce the A’s, 10-3, as Curtis Granderson hits his 17thHR of the season. He also has 5 triples so far this year, making him just the 2ndperson in ML history with 17 HRs and 5 triples before June 1. Babe Ruth turned the trick back in 1928.

St. Louis stays 2.5 games ahead of the Brewers in the NL Central with a 4-3 win over the visiting Giants. The Birds score 3 in the 8thto give reliever Ryan Franklin the victory. For the first time since 1930, St. Louis has four hitters (Lance Berkman, Allen Craig, Matt Holiday and Jon Jay) each batting .330 or better with at least 100 plate appearances after the first 56 games of the season.