On April 23, 1999, Fernando Tatis of the St. Louis Cardinals achieves a major league first when he hits two grand slams in one inning. Tatis connects twice in the third inning against Chan Ho Park. Tatis’ eight RBIs lead the Cardinals to a 12-5 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
At Arlington Stadium’s season opener, Jon Matlack and Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry match zeroes for nine innings. In the 12th, with his 1978 Opening Day nemesis, Richie Zisk, at the plate, Goose Gossage allows Mickey Rivers to score the game’s only run from third base when his first and only pitch is wild, giving the Rangers a 1-0 victory.
April 10, 1980
During a game in which 48 players see action, Chicago’s third baseman Don Hoak strikes out a record six times against six different New York pitchers. The Giants outlast the Cubs in the 17-inning Wrigley Field marathon, 6-5.
May 2, 1956
Horace Clarke hits his second career home run, a tenth-inning grand slam, giving the Yankees an eventual 9-5 win over the A’s at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. The New York shortstop’s first-ever round-tripper was also hit with the bases full last season.
July 16, 1966
Cincinnati wins its 16th straight game against Philadelphia as Joey Jay blanks the Phils, 5 – 0. It is the 13th loss in a row for the Quakers, their longest string of defeats since 1936; they’ve won just one in 19 games. Elio Chacon hits his first major league homer, off Don Ferrarese.
August 9, 1961