2018 May

2nd  The Indians crush the Rangers, 12-4, as Edwin Encarnacion hits 3 homers and drives in 6 runs.

Mookie Betts strokes 3 homeruns as the Red Sox edge the Royals, 5-4. By doing so, Betts becomes the first player in ML history to produce four 3-homer games before his 26th birthday. Ralph Kiner and Boog Powell each turned the trick 3 times before turning 26.  Betts snaps a tie with Ted Williams for Boston’s career leader in 3-homer games.

The Athletics edge the Mariners, 3-2, on Marka Canha’s 9th-inning HR. Seattle starter James Paxton strikes out 16 Oakland batters in 7 scoreless innings.

3rd  The Blue Jays and Indians split a DH, with Toronto winning the opener, 13-11 in 10 innings, and Cleveland scoring 9 runs in the 5th to take the 2nd game, 13-4. Yangervis Solarte records 8 hits on the day. He goes 5-for-6 in Game 1, including a double, and grand slam in the 11th, and 3-for-4 in Game 2, including another double and homer.

4th  The Angels shut out the Mariners, 5-0. Albert Pujols hits a broken-bat single in the 5th inning to become the 32nd player—and second Dominican—to reach the 3,000 hit milestone.

The Astros defeat the Diamondbacks, 8-0, on Gerrit Cole’s 1-hitter. A 5th-inning double by Chris Owings is Arizona’s only safety. Cole fans a career-high 16 batters to give him a record 77 through his first 7 starts with his new team. Chris Sale held the previous mark with 73 Ks for the Red Sox last year.

In Monterrey, Mexico, the Dodgers defeat the Padres, 4-0, as 4 Dodger pitchers hold SD hitless in the 12th combined no-hitter in ML history. Walker Buehler is the winner hurling the first 6 innings and throwing 93 pitches,  with Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore following up with a hitless frame apiece.

5th  The Brewers trade P Oliver Drake to the Indians for cash.

The Red Sox edge the Rangers, 6-5. Craig Kimbrel records the save for Boston. He becomes the fastest pitcher in history to reach 300 career saves.

7th  The Astros crush the Athletics, 16-2. George Springer goes 6-for-6 for Houston, including a double and a homer.

The Mets edge the Reds, 7-6. New York starting P Patrick Conlon becomes the first Irish-born player in the ML since Joe Cleary for the Senators in 1945. Michael Conforto hits a leadoff homer and Adrian Gonzalez connects for two. It is the third 2-homer game at Great American Ball Park for Gonzalez, all with Homer Bailey as the starter for the Reds. Joey Votto reaches 1,000 career walks, the second player in Reds history to do so. Pete Rose had 1,210.

Against the NL ERA leader Jarlin Garcia, the Cubs score 7 runs enrout to a 14-2 pasting of the Marlins. Ian Happ hits homers from both sides of the plate and drives in 5 runs.

8th      The Royals score 10 runs in the 1st inning and go on to defeat the Orioles, 15-7. KC slugs 4 HRs in the frame, including three in a row, off Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy. Bundy becomes the first hurler in modern ML history to surrender 4 HRs without recording an out. The 7 batters he faces all come around to score.

The Mariners shut out the Blue Jays, 5-0, as James Paxton hurls the third no-hitter of the season. The three gems were pitched in three different countries—Paxton in his homeland of Canada, Sean Manaea’s in the U.S., the the Dodgers’ combined no-no in Mexico. Paxton is the second Canadian to throw a no-hitter, following Dick Fowler who tossed his in 1945.

The Mets send former ace Matt Harvey to the Reds for C Devin Mesoraco.

9th  The Indians send 3B Gio Urshela to the Blue Jays for a player to be named.

11th    The Rangers edge the Astros, 1-0, as Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Jose Leclerc and Keone Kela hold Houston to 1-hit. Hamels surrenders a single to Evan Gattis leading off the 5th inning in 6 innings of work.

13th    The Brewers defeat the Rockies, 7-3, in Freddy Peralta’s ML debut. Peralta strikes out 13 batters to become the 5th pitcher since 1908 to fan at least that many in his first big league game. The last to do so was Stephen Strasburg, who fanned 15 Pirates in his debut with the Nationals in 2010. Peralta carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning and allowed just one hit in 5 2/3 scoreless frames.

19th The Rays unveil their pitching rotation featuring an “opener” out of the bullpen. Sergio Romo is the first of five bull pen pitchers as he pitches a scoreless 1st inning in a 5-3 road win over the Angels. Ryan Yarbrough follows with 6.1 innings pitched for the win. Daniel Robertson helps in the victory with a 2nd-inning grand slam.

20th Jack Flaherty notches his first ML victory as the Cardinals top the Phillies, 5-1. Flaherty strikes out 13 in 7+ innings. Closing out the win is 21-year-old Jordan Hicks, who twice hits 105 on the speed gun pitching to Odubel Herrera. One pitch hits 105.1; the only other pitcher to hit that speed is Aroldis Chapman, who threw one to JJ Hardy on July 18, 2016.

21st     The Yankees hit 5 HRs and defeat the Rangers, 10-5. The Bombers pound out 8 extra-base hits, marking the third consecutive game they have done so. It is only the fourth time it has occurred in ML history.

22nd   The Dodgers sell slugging 1B Chris Carter to the Twins.

25th    The Mariners acquire P Alex Colome, OF Denard Span and cash from league pitchers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

The Yankees send C Erik Kratz to the Brewers for future considerations.

The Yankees edge the Angels, 2-1, on Gleyber Torres’ 7th-inning HR. He becomes the youngest player in AL history to homer in four consecutive games. Miguel Cabrera, Andrew Jones and Albert Pujols all did so at earlier ages in the NL.

Helvetica? The A’s trade P Wilmer Font to the Rays for minor league P Peter Bayer.

26th    Mike Trout goes 5-for-5, including three doubles and a homer, as the Angels crush the Yankees at the Stadium, 11-4.

Shin-Too Choo hits a walk-off HR in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Rangers a 4-3 win over the Royals. The homer is the 176th of Choo’s career, moving him past Hideki Matsui into first place for most HRs by a player from Asia.

27th    Indians edge the Astros, 10-9, in 14 innings. Houston’s Jose Altuve gets 4 hits in the game to give him a streak of hits in 10 consecutive at bats.

29th    The Rays edge the Athletics, 4-3. Tampa Bay gets 3 of their runs on successive homers by C.J. Cron, Joey Wendle and Wilson Ramos in the 3rd inning.

The Twins sell P Myles Jays to the Indians.

31st     The Rays sell C Curt Casali to the Reds.