2013 May

1stThe Indians shut out the Phillies, 6-0, behind rookie Trevor Bauer. Cleveland OF Ryan Raburn gets 4 hits to become the fourth MLer in the last 75 years to get at least 11 hits and 4 HRs in a 3-game span. Duke Snider (1955), Kirby Puckett (1987) and Shawn Green (2002) are the others.

2ndThe Tigers defeat the Astros 7-3, in 14 innings. A total of 18 batters strike out for each team, marking only the 3rdtime in ML history—and the 2ndtime this season—that each club has fanned that many times in a game.

The Phillies beat the Marlins, 7-2, as Juan Pierre becomes the 14thplayer in ML history to reach 600 stolen bases for his ML career.

4thIn a mismatch at the Minute Maid, the Tigers roll over the Astros, 17-2. Miguel Cabrera has 4 hits, including two homers, and drives in 6 runs, while Victor Martinez has a double and homer to drive in 4.  The Tigers collect 21 hits and score in every inning but the 3rd.  Max Scherzer goes to 4-0.

Jose Fernandez strikes out 9 and allows one hit in 7 innings to win his first game as the Marlins top the Phils, 2-0. The 20-year-old is lifted in the 8thand two relieves complete the one-hitter.

5thIn just 2.1 innings, Phils starter Roy Halladay gives up 9 earned runs on just 4 hits, but 4 walks and a hit batter do him in. Two of the hits are a bases-loaded triple and grand slam by Adeiny Hechavarria, who drives in 7 runs. Justin Ruggiano has a pair of homers as the Marlins bomb the Phillies, 14-2. Halladay will go on the DL and have shoulder surgery and not return to action for three months. Hechavarria’s feat has been accomplished 8 times since 1900; the last time was in 2006.

Yu Darvish strikes out 14 in 7 innings and Adrian Beltre singles in the winning run in the 9thas the Rangers beat Boston, 4-3. The win over the visiting Sox completes a 3-game sweep.

Happy Cinco de Mayo. Mexican-born Jaime Garcia pitches 8 innings and Allen Craig drives in 4 runs as the Cardinals beat the Brewers, 10-1. Taking the loss is fellow Mexican Marco Estrada, who is pounded for 8 runs in 3+ innings. The Birds complete a 4-game sweep of the Brewers, their first against Milwaukee in franchise history.

6thAt AT&T Park, Cliff Lee scatters 5 hits in 8 innings as the Phillies whip the Giants, 6-2. Hunter Pence has 3 of the hits, a single, double and homer, as the Giants leave zero runners on base.

7thThe Mets one-hit the White Sox, 1-0, in 10 innings as prize rookie Matt Harvey hurls 9 innings for New York, surrendering just a 7thinning infield hit to Alex Rios. The Mets become the third team in modern ML history to allow only one base runner on a hit, walk or HB in an extra-inning game.  They win it in the 10thwhen Ike Davis walks, is bunted to 2B and single home.

At Dodger Stadium, Paul Goldschmidt hits a 2-run homer in the 9thto give the Diamondbacks a 5-3 victory over the last-place Dodgers (13-19).  In the 8thinning, Eric Chavez catches the Dodgers napping as he steals 2B, his 48thcareer steal. He stole his 47thbase on June 24, 2007.

At Tampa Bay, Blue Jays pitcher A.J. Happ is struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Desmond Jennings.  Happ suffers a fractured skull and is carried off the field on a stretcher and will be out of action till early August. Jennings gets a 2-run triple on the carom as the Rays take a 4-0 lead.  Toronto inches back in to the game and score 2 in the 9thto win, 5-4.

8thThe Twins crush the Red Sox, 15-8. Minnesota scores 4 runs in the top of the 1st, Boston answers with 5 in their half of the inning, then the Twins score 7 more in the top of the 2nd. It is only the 2ndgame in ML history in which a team scores at least 4 runs in the top of the 1st, the home team then scores more runs in the bottom of the inning, and the visitors then top that in the top of the 2nd. The only other time that it happened was on September 9, 1894, in a game between Brooklyn and St. Louis. Jonny Gomes has 5 RBI for Boston, tops in the game, and David Ortiz is hitless ending his 2013 consecutive-game hitting streak at 15. Big Papi had an injury-interrupted 2012 season, but finished the year with a 12-game-hitting streak, so combined, he has a 27-game skein.

What appears to be a game-tying 9thinning homerun by the A’s Adam Rosales is ruled a double by the umps. Asked to review the homer, crew chief Hernandez chooses to uphold the decision on the field. A’s manager Bob Melvin strongly disagrees and is ejected. The A’s lose, 4-3, to Cleveland. Tomorrow, MLB will admit that “the umpires made an improper call.”  Exec vice-president Joe Torre says the judgment decision is final.

9thIn a game between Houston and the Angels, Astros manager Bo Porter reacts to a pinch-hitter announcement by trying to remove reliever Wesley Wright, who had yet to pitch.  Angles manager Mike Scioscia protests saying that Wright can’t be removed except for illness or injury.  Scioscia is overruled by ump Fieldin Culbreth. The protest is moot as the Angels win, 6-5.  Tomorrow, MLB will suspend Culbreth for two days for misinterpreting the rules.

The Astros release veteran Rick Ankiel, hitting just .194.  The Mets will sign him in two days, but after a month they will hand him his release.

10thJon Lester of the Red Sox hurls a one-hitter as he shuts out the Blue Jays, 5-0. Maicer Izturis’ 6th-inning double is Toronto’s only hit—and base runner.

The Cardinals shut out the Rockies, 3-0. Shelby Miller allows a leadoff single in the 1stinning to Eric Young, then retires the next 27 batters in hurling a one-hitter. Shelby becomes the second youngest ML pitcher since 1900 to hurl a complete-game, 1-hit shutout in which he has 13 or more Ks and no walks. Kerry Wood did so at a younger age, in his 20-strikeout game, in 1998. It is Miller’s first career shutout.

The Rays defeat the Padres, 6-3. Tampa P Alex Cobb fans 13 batters in only 4 2/3 innings, setting a ML record for most K’s in less than 5 innings. He also becomes the first pitcher to strike out every batter he faces in an inning, but allowing a run in the frame. He fans 4 Padres in the 3rdinning, but Will Venable reaches base on a wild-pitch strike three. He then steals 2B and 3B and scores on a balk. Cobb is the first pitcher to allow a run in an inning despite striking out all batters (4) he faces.

11thThe Cardinals defeat the Rockies, 3-0, on Adam Wainwright’s 2-hit complete game. Wainwright retires the first 13 Rockies before walking Helton in the 5th, and carries a no-hitter into the 8thbefore Arenado singles. When added to the final 27 batters retired in a row by Shelby Miller yesterday, it gives St. Louis pitchers 40 batters retired in a row and 48 batters retired without a hit.  The record of 42 batters retired in a row was set last August by Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.

In an 8-7 win over the Astros, Texas scores 6 runs in the 6thinning, 5 off reliever Phillip Humber, 0-8 in 9 appearances. His next appearance will be mid-August.  Nelson Cruz belts a game tying homer off Humber, his third game-tying homer of the week, all coming in the 6thinning. All led to Rangers victories.  Against Yu Darvish, Houston’s Matt Dominguez has a pair of homers.

Jay Bruce has 2 doubles and a homer off Brewers starter Hiram Burgos, as the Reds top Milwaukee, 13-7. Burgos serves up 11 hits and 12 runs in 3 innings.

Dominant early, Stephen Strasburg collapses after Ryan Zimmerman’s error, the first of 2, and the Cubs beat the Washington ace, 8-2. It is Strasburg’s 5thloss in a row.

Andre Ethier has 4 hits to pace the Dodgers to 7-1 decision over Miami and snaps LA’s losing streak of 8 games. All three Marlins outfiedlers record an assist.

12thThe White Sox beat the Angels, 3-0, as Chris Sale hurls a 1-hitter. Mike Trout who singles in the 7thinning is LA’s only base runner. Sale is the fourth pitcher in the last 6 days to throw at least 9 innings and allow no runs and no more than one base runner. This the first month in the modern era (since 1900) in which this has occurred.

14thFor just the fourth time in history, seven Cy Young Award winners start games on the same day. The magnificent seven are Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw, Jake Peavy, CC Sabathia and Barry Zito.

The Rockies defeat the Cubs, 9-4. Carlos Gonzalez goes 5-for-5 for Colorado, including a pair of homers and a double.

Matt Moore (7-0) remains unbeaten as Tampa Bay beats the Red Sox, 5-3. David Ortiz hits a 3-run homer in the 1stfor Boston’s scores.

15thAt the Stadium, Raul Ibanez unloads a grand slam in the 1st, off Phil Hughes, as the Mariners score 7. Ibanez adds a 2-run homer in the 5thand drives in 6 runs as the M’s beat the Yankees, 12-2. Hughes will go 1-10 at the Stadium this season.

17thI can’t do it alone, boys. At Busch, Aramis Ramirez hits a pair of 3-run homers off Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, but St. Louis prevails, 7-6.  David Freese has a 1st-inning grand slam off Wily Peralta.

18thThe Rangers defeat the Tigers, 7-2. Elvis Andrus goes 5-for-5 for Texas, including a double and triple, and steals a pair of bases.

At Yankee Stadium, Robinson Cano belts a pair of 2-run homers, and Travis Hafner adds a 2-run homerun as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 7-2. New York (27-16) trails the Rangers (28-15) for the best record in the A.L.

Don’t give up the condo. The Yankees acquire IF/OF Reid Brignac from the Rockies for cash. Brignac will bring his glove, but not his bat (he’ll hit .114) and the Yanks will release him in June when he will re-sign with Colorado.

In Miami, Diamondback leadoff hitter Gerardo Parra homers on the first pitch of the game from Tom Koehler for the only score as Arizona beats the Marlins, 1-0. Parra, a gold glove outfielder, also throws out a runner at the plate. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last man to homer on the game’s first pitch for the only score of a regulation game was Pete Rose, on September 2, 1963. Carlos Garcia did it, also against the Marlins, in a rain-shortened game in 1993. Brandon McCarthy allows 3 hits in the shutout, his first in 2 years.

At Target Field, David Ortiz has 3 hits, 2 for homeruns, and drives in 6 runs to pace the Red Sox to a 12-5 victory over the Twins. Daniel Nava has a homer and 3 RBIs.

Matt Joyce hits a go-ahead 2-run double in a 6-run 9th, as Tampa Bay beats the Orioles, 10-6. The loss snaps the O’s streak of 109 wins when leading after 7 innings.

19thThe Rangers beat the Tigers, 11-8, despite 3 homers and 5 RBIs by Miguel Batista. David Murphy has a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs for Texas, while Adrian Beltre adds 4 hits.

The Rays down the Orioles, 3-1, with a little help from O’s skipper Buck Showalter.  In the 6th, TB’s Mike Joyce hits a fly down the RF line that is ruled a fair ball and Joyce ends up at 2B. Showalter protests that the ball was foul. The umpires review it and rule th ball hit the foul pole and therefore it isn’t a double—it is a homer.

21stThe Angels shut out the Mariners, 12-0, as Mike Trout hits for the cycle. At age 21, he is the youngest AL player ever to do so.  He adds a stolen base and 5 RBIs, the first tiem in 81 years of cycling that that has happened.

Miguel Cabrera hits a 2-run homer and Max Scherzer (6-0) retires 22 straight batters to lead Detroit to a 5-1 win over the AL- Central-leading Indians.

The host Orioles do all their scoring on homers as they beat the Yankees, 3-2, in 10 innings.  Chris Dickerson has a pair of homers, and Nate McLouth goes deep off rookie Vidal Nuno, signed 3 days ago, in the 10th.

Travis Snider hits a pinch grand slam in a 5-run 6thas the Pirates beat the visiting Cubs, 5-4.

22ndRookie Evan Gattis hits a grand slam and Atlanta completes a sweep of the visiting Twins, winning, 8-2. Vince Worley (1-5) gives up all the Atlanta scoring in 3 2/3 innings and after the game is demoted to the minors. Minnesota has lost 8 straight.

Bryce Harper, still recovering from a crash into the wall at Dodger Stadium a week ago, makes a diving catch on Hunter Pence’s line drive to keep the score at 1 apiece in the 8th. Harper, who had homered for the Nats lone score, starts a rally in the 10thwith a double and scores the winning run for the 2-1 victory over the Giants.

25thAt AT&T Park, the Rockies score a run in the top of the 11thto take a lead, but the Giants get a two-run inside-the-park run-off homer from Angel Pagan to win, 6-5.  The last player to hit a game-ending inside-the-park homer was Rey Sanchez for Tampa Bay on June 11, 2004.

At Marlins Park, Luis Valbuena connects for a solo HR in the 9thas the Cubs gaff the Marlins, 4-3.  Juan Pierre has a pair of stolen bases to pass the 600 stolen bases mark for his career. He’s the 14thplayer to do so.

27thThe Orioles down the Nationals, 6-2, as Manny Machado gets 3 hits for the 7thtime this month. He reaches 75 hits in his 51stgame of the season. It is the fewest games needed to reach that level by any player younger than 21 since 1900. Al Kaline did so in 52 games in 1955.

Justin Verlander strikes out 13 in 7 innings and Jhonny Peralta has 4 hits as the Tigers trim the Pirates, 6-3.

In the Rays 10-6 win over the visiting Marlins, Tampa Bay’s Kelly Johnson hits a pair of 3-run homers.

The Cubs beat their crosstown rivals the White Sox, 7-0, as Jeff Samardzija tosses a 2-hitter.

Colby Rasmus hits a 2-run homer off Braves starter Tim Hudson, then doubles off his brother Cory Rasmus in Toronto’s 9-3 win over Atlanta.  Edward Encarnacion has a 3-run HR off Rasmus and drives in 5 runs.

28thThe Mets get 3 straight hits and score 2 runs off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the 9thto defeat the Yankees, 2-1. It is the first time in his 19-year ML career that Rivera did not record an out in a loss or blown save opportunity. It is also the 2ndgame in ML history in which each starter—Matt Harvey and Hiroki Kuroda—goes at least 7 innings, allows no more than 1 run, doesn’t walk a batter, and fans at least one batter per inning. The other occasion this occurred was in 1976 when Jerry Koosman and Gary Nolan turned the trick.

Rookie Tony Cingrani (2-0) strikes out 11 in 6 innings—including 4 in the 4th–as the Reds beat the Nationals, 5-2.

The Twins edge the Brewers, 6-5, in 14 innings, despite 6 hits for Milwaukee SS Jean Segura.

29thAt Wrigley, the Cubs defeat the White Sox, 9-3, as C Dioner Navarro hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs. Scott Feldman (5-4) goes 6 innings for the win. Along with Zimmerman’s homers, it is the 14thtime that two players have hit 3 homers on the same day.

At Dodger Stadium, the Rockies blast the Dodgers, 12-2, collecting 19 hits in the game. The last 2 hits come in a scoreless 9thinning against Skip Schumaker, normally an outfielder.

Four straight beats three aces at Camden Yards as the Orioles beat the Nationals, 9-6, despite 3 HRs by 3B Ryan Zimmerman. Roger Bernadina also homers for the Nats. But the Orioles answer with thunder of their own: Chris Davis has 4 hits, including a pair of homers, and Nick Markakis and Steven Pearce go deep. Jordan Zimmermann (8-3) serves up 3 of the O’s homers. Johnson & Johnson combine on the win.

Randy Choate gets the win as the Cardinals edge the Royals, 5-3. It is Choate’s first decision since 2011, ending a streak of 103 straight appearances without one. It is the third longest such streak in ML history. Only Trever Miller (121 games) and Bobby Seay (116 games) had gone longer without a decision. Beltran’s HR sparks a four-run 8th to stun the Royals.

Jered Weaver, a 20-game winner last year, notches his first win this year with 7 K’s in 6 IP to beat the Dodgers, 4-3. Mike Trumbo has a homer and 3 RBIs for the Angels.

30thThe Cubs defeat the White Sox, 8-3, as pitcher Travis Wood hits a grand slam. Cubs pitchers have driven in 19 runs for the month of May, the most for any NL team in a calendar month since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920.

The Mets beat the Yankees, 3-1, as Dillon Gee strikes out 12 without walking a batter. The Mets become the third team since 1900 to have 3 different pitchers hurl games with at least 12 strikeouts and no walks in a season. Matt Harvey and Shaun Marcum also performed the feat. The 1968 Indians and 1998 Braves previously turned the trick.

The Pirates shut out the Tigers, 1-0, in 11 innings, as Russell Martin’s RBI-single off the LF wall with the bases loaded ends it. It is their fourth 1-0 win in their last 11 games,  the first team since the 1918 Senators to have 4 such victories in an 11-game span. Detroit starter Tiger Doug Fister strikes out 12 in 7 innings. Tiger pitchers have now struck out 10 or more for five straight games tying an AL record going back to 1921 (STATS). The ML record (8 games) was set by Brewers last August.

The Red Sox top the Phillies, 9-2, getting homers from David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes. Jacoby Ellsbury sets a team record with 5 stolen bases.

Nick Franklin hit his first 2 ML homers to pace Seattle to a 7-1 victory over host San Diego. Seattle also has homers from Kendrys Martin, Brendan Ryan and Endy Chavez.