2014 May

2ndLed by Dustin Pedroia’s second career grand slam, off Ryan Cook, the Red Sox roast the A’s, 7-1. Clay Buchholtz is the winner.

3rdIn a 30-hit shootout at Coors, the Rockies edge the Mets, 11-10, on Charlie Culberson’s pinch walk-off 2-run homerun. Met hurlers go 0-for-4 at the plate, extending their hitless streak to 48 at bats for the season. It is the longest hitless streak to begin a season by a team’s pitching staff in the modern era, breaking the previous mark of 45 set by the 1914 St. Louis Browns. Nolan Arenado hits his second career grand slam, off starter Jennry Mejia, on the same day as the Kentucky Derby. Last season, Arenado’s first, he hit his first grand slam on May 4th, the same day as the Derby.

The Dodgers gaff the Marlins, 9-7, in 11 innings. Dee Gordon goes 5-for-6 for LA.

Jon Lester fans 15 batters and allows one hit over 8 scoreless innings as the Red Sox beat the A’s, 6-3. Craig Gentry’s bloop single in the 3rd is the lone hit. Jonny Gomes hits a 1st-inning grand slam, off Tommy Milone, and David Ortiz and David Ross add homers.

4thAt Progressive Field, Dayan Viciendo cracks a come-from-behind 3-run homer in the 9thas the White Sox beat the Indians, 4-3. Veteran catcher George Kottaras, just called up from the minors, hits a pair of homers for the Tribe.

Colby Rasmus has a 2nd-inning grand slam to lead the Blue Jays to a 7-2 win over the Pirates at PNC. Dustin McGowan pitches 7 innings for the win, before giving way to rookie Marcus Stroman, making his debut. At 5’8”, Stroman is the third right-handed pitcher since 1951 to be 5’8” or shorter. Richie Lewis (5’6”) and Tom Phoebus (5’8”) are the others.

Madison Bumgarner evens his record at 3-3 in stopping the Braves, 4-1. The Giants sweep the three-game series without making a hit with runners in scoring positions.

6thThe Rockies trounce the Rangers, 12-1, as Carlo Gonzalez goes 5-for-5, including a double.

7thNot to worry, Skip. The Clinton LumberKings (minor league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners) trail the Burlington Bees, 17-1, after 5 innings in a game between clubs based in Iowa. Nineteen runs later, the comeback is complete for Clinton, which wound up winning the Class A Midwest League game, 20-17, in 12 innings.  Second baseman Lonnie Kaupila gets the save with a 1-2-3 12th.

Iowa Cubs pitcher Chris Rusin throws the PCL’s first no-hitter in 5 years as he beats New Orleans, 3-0. Center fielder Matt Szczur makes a diving catch for the 27thout to preserve the no-no. Oklahoma City’s Luis Mendoza beat Salt Lake City on August 14, 2009 for the last PCL no-hitter, three weeks after Salt Lake City’s Sean O’Sullivan threw one against Sacramento.

8thThe Orioles edge the Rays, 3-1. TB reliever Brad Boxberger enters the game with the bases loaded and none out in the 6th inning. He proceeds to strike out Steve Pearce, Jonathan Schoop and Caleb Joseph on 9 pitches. He becomes the first pitcher to strike out the side in order, with the bases loaded, on 9 pitches since 1988 when pitch counts were first recorded.

9thThe Rangers defeat the Red Sox, 8-0, as Yu Darvish surrenders just one hit, a single to David Ortiz with 2 outs in the 9th inning. Darvish strikes out 12. It is the 2nd time that Darvish has come within a final out of a no-hitter. Papi’s single might’ve been a routine ground out to 2B except for the shift.  Ortiz also reached base in the 7thwhen a shallow fly ball drops between RF Alex Rios and 2B Roughned Odor. Rios stops suddenly and is charged with an error.

The Reds edge the Rockies, 4-3, on a walk-off four bagger by Joey Votto in the bottom of the 9th inning. Nolan Arenado goes hitless, bringing an end to his Rockies-record 28-game hitting streak. Michael Cuddyer set the mark at 27 last year.

The Padres pound Jose Fernandez (4-2) and the Marlins, winning, 10-1, behind Tyson Ross and 2 relievers.  Fernandez gives up 6 runs in 5 innings and leaves in the 6thafter giving up a second homer to Jedd Gyorko, a grand slam. This is his Fernandez’s last appearance of the year as the budding superstar will undergo Tommy John surgery.

In his second start in the majors, Masahiro Tanaka strikes out 10 in 7 innings, giving up a 3-run homer to Jonathan Schoop. He is the first Yankee rookie to strike out at least 8 in his first two starts since Allen Russell in 1915. Shawn Kelley allows 2 runs on 4 straight hits in the 9thand the Orioles edge the Yankees, 5-4.

Alexei Rodriguez hits a grand slam to fuel host Chicago’s 7-run 4thinning as the White Sox beat Arizona, 8-3. Tyler Flowers and Jose Abreu also homer for the Pale Hose.

10th   The Braves shut out the Cubs, 2-0. Chicago P Jeff Samardzija becomes the first pitcher in ML history to go winless in his first 8 starts of a season, despite not allowing more than 3 runs in any outing.

Corey Dickerson hits 2 homers and 2 doubles to lead the Rockies to an 11-2 rout of the visiting Reds. Colorado gets 11 extra base hits to make it easy for Jordan Lyles (5-0).

12th   The Mets edge the Yankees, 9-7. Alfonso Soriano’s 2nd-inning single is the 1,000th hit in the AL. He becomes the 7th player in ML history to get 1,000 hits in both the AL and NL.

13thThe Cards top the visiting Cubs, 4-3, in 12 innings on a walk off hit by pitch. Reliever Justin Grimm loads the bases in the 12th, then plunks pinch hitter Greg Garcia to bring in the winning run. It is Garcia’s only RBI of the year. This is one of three walk off hit by pitches during the 2014 season.

13thDown to their last strike, the Tigers rally to beat the Orioles, 4-1. Miguel Cabrera hits a 3-run homer off starter Tommy Hunter in the top of the 9th, and Victor Martinez follows with a solo homerun.

14thYankees’ pitcher Masahiro Tanaka shuts out the Mets, 4-0. He becomes the first pitcher in modern ML history to strike out at least 60 batters while earning at least 6 wins in his first 8 ML appearances.

The White Sox defeat the A’s, 4-2. Jose Abreu becomes the second player in ML history to have at least 15 HRs and 40 RBIs in his first 42 career games. The only other player to do so was the Boston Braves’ Wally Berger, who reached those levels in his 39th game in 1930.

The Indians crush the Blue Jays, 15-4, as both David Murphy and Lonnie Chisenhall stroke 5 hits for Cleveland. Murphy has 3 doubles and drives in 5 runs.

15th   The Yankees edge the Mets, 1-0, in a game featuring a pair of starting pitchers—Chase Whitley and Jacob deGrom—making their ML debuts. It is only the 18th time in ML history that this has occurred. Both Whitley and deGrom single in their first at bats, marking the first time since 1944 that this has happened with pitchers making their debuts. The hit by deGrom’s is the first for a Mets pitcher this year, ending the ML record-breaking streak of 64 ABs without a hit for their pitchers to start a season. The old mark of 45 had been set by the Browns in 1914. DeGrom takes the loss with 7 solid IP, while the win goes to reliever Dellin Betances, who strikes out the side in the 6thand 7thinnings. Betances will strike out 135 this year, exactly half the batters he faces; it is a club record for relievers. With Rafael Montero making his debut yesterday for the Mets, it marks the first time in Mets history that starting pitchers have made back-to-back debuts (according to Elias Sports Bureau).

At Target Field, the Twins edge the Red Sox, 4-3, in 10 innings. Kurt Suzuki, who has the only assist for the Twins, throwing out a runner at 1B after a dropped 3rdstrike, scores the winning run after doubling. As noted by historian Stew Thornley, today’s victory gives the Minnesota franchise the same number of wins (4223-4263-8) they had in Washington (4223-4864-101) as the Senators.

The Reds shut out the Padres, 5-0, behind Johnny Cueto. The ace has allowed no more than 2 runs and 5 hits in any of his 9 starts this season. No other pitcher in modern ML history has started a season with a similar streak of more than 7 starts.

MLB announces that they are forming a succession committee to find a replacement for Bud Selig, who is expected to retire in January.

16thIn Arlington, Yu Darvish strikes out 11 in 8 innings, allowing 5 hits. But he gives up two runs and his Rangers lose, 2-0, to the Blue Jays. Drew Hutchison applies the calcimine as he goes the distance. Prince Fielder is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts in his last game of the year.  He will go under the knife for a neck problem, finishing with an un-prince-like .247/.360/.360. Hutchison is one of six pitchers throwing shutouts today for road teams, just the second time ever that has occurred.

18th   Justin Morneau’s walk-off 2-run HR in the bottom of the 10th gives the Rockies an 8-6 win over the Padres. The game is highlighted by a triple play recorded by an interference call. It is the first such triple play since 1905 and only the third such in ML history.

At Yankee Stadium, the Pirates and Yankees split a pair. New York wins the opener, 4-3, beating Charlie Morton (0-6), and Pittsburgh takes the nitecap, 5-2.  Starling Marte has a 2-run homer in game 2 after striking out 4 times in game 1. The last time a batter wore a sombrero in game 1 and went yard in game 2 was Larry Hisle in 1975 (June 17).

20th   At PNC Park, the Orioles top the Pirates, 9-2, as Chris Davis has 4 hits, including 3 homeruns. He scores 4 runs and drives in 5.

The Cardinals shut out the Diamondbacks, 5-0, on Adam Wainwright’s one-hitter. Paul Goldschmidt’s double with 2 outs in the 4th inning is Arizona’s only safety.

The Nationals defeat the Reds, 9-4, pinning the loss on Johnny Cueto. Denard Span gets 5 hits for Washington, including a pair of doubles.

Mike Hessman, 36, becomes the 6th player to hit 400 career homeruns in the minor leagues as he connects in Toledo’s 3-0 win over Rochester in Triple-A action.  Hessman hit 14 homers in the majors. (Note: Bob McConnell in Going For the Fencesincludes two more players from the Mexican League with 400 homeruns: Nelson Barrera, 479

Alejandro (Alex) Ortiz, 434).

Darnell Span has 5 hits to lead the Nationals to a 9-4 win over Johnny Cueto and the Reds.

The Cubs hand Masahiro Tanaka (6-1) his first ML loss in 21 months as they beat the visiting Yankees, 6-1.  Tanaka had wracked up an amazing 24-0 in Japan in 2013. His last loss was August 19, 2012.

Can you hear me now? In a dugout confrontation about who was responsible for an opponent’s successful steal of 2B, veteran catcher Miguel Olivo bites off part of the ear of Albuquerque teammate Alex Guerrero. Second baseman Guerrero will go on the DL and undergo surgery while Olivo will be handed his release by the Dodgers.  Guerrero, 27, is hitting .376 with 10 homers in 33 games.

21stStrange day in the majors. The Athletics edge the Rays, 3-2, despite getting only one hit. Brandon Moss’ 4th inning homer is Oakland’s only safety against 5 Tampa Bay pitchers.

Walkoff balk. The Indians edge the Tigers, 11-10, when reliever Al Albuquerque issues a balk with the bases loaded. Alex Avila’s solo shot in the top of the 13thhad given Detroit the lead.

The Cards’ Michael Wacha allows 2 hits and no runs, but is lifted in the 6thinning when a Matt Adams foul ball hits him on the elbow as he sits in the dugout. St. Louis beats the Diamondbacks, 3-2, on an unearned run in the 12thinning.

At Citi Field, the Mets outhit the Dodgers, 13-5, but lose, 4-3. Starter Jacob DeGrom (0-2) gives up 4 hits, 3 of them homers, in 6 innings.

What do I have to do, Skip? In his 10thstart without a win, the Cubs Jeff Samardzija hurls 7 scoreless innings, but the Yankees tie it up in the 9thand win it in 13 innings, 4-2, on a wild pitch. New York uses every position player and every nonstarting pitcher as they collect 12 hits, all singles. The win goes to Preston Claiborne, who lays down a perfect sac bunt in his first ML at bat. The Cubs ace now has a 1.46 ERA, the best in baseball. But no wins.

At Coors Field, the Giants use 3 homers and 6 pitchers to down the Rockies, 5-1. Two of the pitchers, starter Matt Cain and Santiago Casilla, have to be helped off the field after injuring their right hamstrings. Both require MRIs.

Mark Reynolds hits a 1st-inning grand slam and Kyle Lohse pitches 8 innings to win his 6thstraight as the Brewers beat the Braves, 6-1.  Reynolds will hit 22 homers this year but chalk up just 45 RBI (as noted by Bill Deane).

Marcell Ozuna hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to help Miami down the Phillies, 14-5.  Each teams collects 14 hits.

Stephen Drew signs a contract with the Red Sox. The shortstop had been a starter last year for the Sox, but had declined their qualifying offer of $14M, hoping to do better on the open market. With no other offers, Drew signs a pro-rated deal for $10.1M.  Missing spring training for the third straight year (injuries in 2012 and 2013) will show in his performance when he finally appears in a game on June 2. He’ll hit .176 in 39 games.

22nd  The White Sox edge the Yankees, 3-2. Chris Sale fans 10 batters while allowing just one hit for the 2nd consecutive start. The only other pitcher since 1900 to strike out 10 or more while giving up no more than a hit in 2 straight starts was R.A. Dickey of the Mets in 2012.

The Mets defeat the Dodgers, 5-3, scoring 3 runs off Zack Greinke, ending his record streak of 21 starts without allowing more than 2 runs.

Diamondbacks’ prospect Jon Griffin of the Mobile BayBears hits a homer in the 2nd inning of Southern League Mobile’s 6-5 loss to the Tennessee Smokies. Griffin had hit 4 consecutive homers in the BayBear’s 17-7 win yesterday, giving him 5 HRs in consecutive at bats.

23rdAt Tropicana, the Rays edge the Red Sox, 1-0, on a walkoff double by rookie Cole Figueroa in the 9th. Tomorrow, he will score his first run on a walkoff score. The win puts the Rays percentage points ahead of the last-place Sox in the AL East.

24thThe Orioles obtain C Nick Hundley from the Padres in exchange for P Troy Patton.

Playing for the Yankees Class A Charleston RiverDogs, Mike Ford hits 4 homeruns in a 17-10 win in Hickory. Teammate Aaron Judge has 2 singles and a homerun.

25thJosh Beckett hurls the first no-hitter of the season as he leads the Dodgers to a 6-0 win over the Phillies.

In a contentious game, Tampa Bay whips the visiting Red Sox, 8-5.  After two Red Sox players had been hit by pitches, Boston’s Brandon Workman fires an inside pitch to Evan Longoria. Longoria had homered in his previous at bat against Workman.  Workman will be fined and suspended for 6 games for his action.  The Sox have now lost 10 straight, but will win their next 7.

26thAt Turner Field, David Ortiz has a 3-run homer and drives in 4 runs as the Red Sox beat the Braves, 8-6. Boston snaps a 10-game losing streak, their longest in 20 years.  They will win their next 6 games.

After 16 winless starts, the Cubs Jeff Samardzija picks up his first win of the year, as the Cubs beat the Giants, 8-4.  He strikes out 10.

The Dodgers fail to have consecutive no-hitters, as Hyun-Jin Ryo takes a no-no before the Reds Todd Frazier hits a leadoff double in the 8th. The Dodgers win, 4-3, and set a Dodger club record with 17 consecutive hitless innings. In the 7th, Justin Turner draws a 16-pitch walk (a seven-minute-and-46-second AB) against Johnny Cueto.

Derek Norris hits a grand slam, one of 5 homers by the A’s, as Oakland routs Detroit, 10-0. Tom Milone and 2 relievers apply the whitewash.

Ryan Howard has 5 RBIs and Kyle Kendrick snaps his 10-game losing streak as the Phils beat the Rockies, 9-0.  Kendrick snaps his streak of 16 straight starts without a victory.

27thThe Dodgers defeat the Reds, 6-3, as Zack Greinke allows 3 earned runs in the game. He did not allow more than 2 in any game in his previous 22 starts, for the longest such streak by a pitcher since earned runs became an official statistic (1912 in the NL, 1913 in the AL).

The Phillies lose to the Rockies, 6-2, despite a homer by Ben Revere. It is Revere’s first HR in the 1,466th AB of his ML career. It was the longest start-of-career homerless streak since Frank Taveras connected in his 1,594th AB for Pittsburgh in 1977.

28thTim Lincecum and 5 relievers combine on a 2-hit shutout as the Giants beat the Cubs, 5-0. John Baker’s single in the 7thoff George Kontos (1-0) is Chicago’s first hit.

29th   The Astros defeat the Orioles, 3-1, as rookie George Springer hits his 7th homer in his last 7 games. He becomes just the second rookie in ML history to hit 7 round-trippers over a 7-game span in one season. Rudy York did so for the Tigers in 1937.

The Blue Jays lose to the Royals, 8-6, in 10 innings despite a pair of HRs by Edwin Encarnacion. It is the 5th time this month he has hit a pair of homers in the same game, tying the ML record for most multi-homer games by a player in one calendar month. Harmon Killebrew did so in May 1959, and Albert Belle in September 1995.

30thCollege of Coaches?  In a contentious match in Boston, the Red Sox use 4 managers as they beat the Rays, 3-2, in 10 innings. AJ Pierzynski hits a slide-off RBI triple. Sox manager John Farrell is ejected in the 1stinning after David Ortiz is hit by a pitch; when Mike Carp is hit in the 4thby David Price after warnings had been issued, acting manager Torey Luvello is tossed, and Brian Butterfield becomes the acting manager. When Brandon Workman sails a pitch in the 6thbehind Evan Longoria’s back, Workman and Butterfield are thrown out of the game. Greg Colbrun becomes the 4thmanager for Boston.