On June 26, 1970, Frank Robinson smacks two grand slams during a 12-2 rout of the Washington Senators. The Baltimore Orioles’ right fielder connects on consecutive at-bats, scoring Dave McNally, Don Buford, and Paul Blair each time. Robinson becomes only the third major leaguer to hit grand slams in consecutive innings.
For the second consecutive day, a major leaguer gets his 3000th career hit as Wade Boggs homers in the 6th off the Indians’ Chris Haney. The Devil Rays’ third baseman, who is the first player to reach the milestone with a home run, rounds the bases pointing skyward blowing a kiss in memory of his mom and gets down on his knees to kiss home plate.
August 7, 1999
The Dodgers rout the Rockies, 22–7, scoring the most runs by the team since July 10th, 1943, when the wartime Brooklyn club beat the Pirates at Ebbets Field, 23-6. The franchise mark for tallies in a contest is 25, first accomplished on May 20th, 1896, then matched in 1901 on September 23rd.
July 21, 2001
2001 – At Yankee Stadium, Cleveland defeats New York, in just five and a half innings, when the game is called because of rain with Cleveland ahead, 7 – 2. In a rarity, Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia earns a win despite pitching only four innings. Relief pitcher Ricardo Rincón gets the save for retiring the side in the fifth inning. The rules state that in a five-inning game, a starter need not go the full five innings to earn a victory. There have just been five other cases since 1978 to match Sabathia’s feat.
June 1, 2001
The Rockies defeat the Cubs, 2 – 1, in 13 innings in the Wild Card Game. After scoring off Jon Lester in the 1st, the Rockies’ bats go quiet, while the Cubs tie it with two outs in the 8th when Javier Baez doubles off Adam Ottavino, scoring pinch-runner Terrance Gore. However, the Cubs, whose bat have gone stone cold of late, waste a number of other chances. Tony Wolters, the Rockies’ third catcher of the game, drives in Trevor Story with a two-out single off Kyle Hendricks in the 13th for the go-ahead run, and Scott Oberg preserves the win as Colorado will continue its travels, moving to Milwaukee, WI for Game 1 of the NLDS, its fourth city in four games.
October 2, 2018