April 5 This Day In Baseball
Recapping events that took place in the baseball world on this day
The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different events and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, We offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on April 5 in baseball history.
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Notable Events and Chronology for April 5
The Phillies trade five players, Ron Negray, Tim Harkness, Elmer Valo, Mel Geho, and Ben Flowers (the player to be named later), and send $75,000 to the Dodgers to obtain much-touted Cuban infielder Chico Fernandez. Philadelphia’s new shortstop plays three seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, batting just .242, before being traded to the Tigers.
The season opener between the Astros and Reds is canceled due to the player strike which started on April 1. The work stoppage cancels Opening Day for the for the first time in major league history, with a total of 86 games not played until both sides agree on an increase in pension fund payments with the owners also adding salary arbitration to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Just one day after Turner Field opens its doors for baseball, the stadium holds its first slumber party. Rain showers force Saturday night’s Cubs-Braves game to be suspended in the 7th inning late Saturday night, but because of the change to daylight savings time and a day game on Sunday, several players decide to spend the night in the clubhouse at the brand-new stadium. The Braves win the completion of the suspended game, 11 – 5, and then win the regularly-scheduled game, 4 – 0.
After five attempts, the Diamondbacks win their first game in franchise history when Andy Benes pitches seven strong innings, and Matt Williams paces the attack with three hits in the team’s 3-2 victory over San Francisco at Bank One Ballpark. Arizona’s 0-5 start is the second longest season-opening losing streak for an expansion team in its first season, surpassed only by the 1962 Mets, who didn’t record a victory until their tenth game.
2004 – Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz announces the team has exercised the option to retain Bobby Cox as the team’s manager through the 2005 season. The 62-year-old skipper, who is ninth in all-time in managerial wins with 1,906, has won a record 12 consecutive National League division titles. He will manage the team until 2010.
2005 – The Washington Nationals franchise, formerly the Montreal Expos, lose their inaugural season opener bowing to the Philadelphia Phillies, 8 – 4. The franchise, which played its initial 36 years in Canada, becomes the first team to represent the nation’s capital since the Washington Senators left to become the Texas Rangers after the 1971 season.
Johan Santana’s streak of 22 straight starts of allowing three or fewer runs comes to an end when the southpaw gets the victory in the Twins’ 8-4 victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. Last season’s Cy Young Award winner has the second longest streak of giving fewer than four runs in consecutive outings, trailing only Dwight Gooden’s 24 in 1985.
2006 – Craig Biggio adds to his illustrious credentials in a 6-5 triumph over the Marlins. His first-inning double gives him 606 in his career to become tenth all-time in that category. Later, he scores his 1700th run, 24th all-time in that department. He is two hits shy of the 2800 plateau. Lance Berkman and Preston Wilson supply the muscle with two-run homers to support Wandy Rodriguez.
2009 – The major league season opens with the Braves topping the defending World Series champion Phillies, 4 – 1. Derek Lowe tosses a two-hit shutout over 8 innings. Offensive support comes on homers by Brian McCann(a two-run shot in the 1st off Brett Myers), Jeff Francoeur and Jordan Schafer. Schafer’s home run comes in his first major league at-bat.
The Blue Jays’ Shaun Marcum, getting the opening day starting nod after missing all of 2009 recovering from Tommy John surgery, holds the Texas Rangers hitless into the 7th inning as the Jays stake an early lead on homers by Vernon Wells and Adam Lind. Nelson Cruz ties the game with a three-run homer in the 7th, but after the Jays retake the lead, new Toronto closer Jason Frasor blows the save opportunity, giving up two runs in the 9th for a 5 – 4 Texas win. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits the game-winning single.
The Red Sox and their ace, Josh Beckett, come to terms on a $68 million, four-year contract extension. The agreement keeps the team’s Opening Day starter in Boston along with recent free agent acquisition John Lackey, giving the club a potent 1-2 punch in the top of their rotation for the next five years.
Two pitchers making their first major league start show good form as the Rangers defeat the Mariners, 3 – 2, to remain unbeaten this year. Converted reliever Alexi Ogando pitches six scoreless innings for Texas to earn the win, while Michael Pineda, making his major league debut, allows three runs on five hits in six innings to take the loss, but keeps the homer-happy Rangers in the yard and strikes out four.
Chris Young becomes the first pitcher in New York Mets history to collect two hits in an inning as he defeats the Phillies, 7 – 1, in his first start for his new team. His hitting binge comes in the 3rd inning, which he leads off with a single; he scores the game’s first run, then has a two-out RBI single to bring the score to 6 – 0 and chase losing pitcher Cole Hamels. For good measure, he adds a third single in the 5th. David Wright also partakes in the fun with 4 hits, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
Roy Halladay is his masterful self as he throws 8 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits, in leading the Phillies to a 1 – 0 Opening Day victory over the Pirates. Jonathan Papelbon records his first save in the National League, while Erik Bedard is the hard-luck loser in his debut for the Bucs. Carlos Ruiz drives in the only run with a sacrifice fly in the 7th.
“In memory of Shannon Stone and dedicated to all fans who love the game.” – Inscription on statue honoring a fan who died last season at the stadium while attending a game last season. Six year-old Cooper Stone helps to unveil the statue depicting him and his dad holding hands and having a conversation wearing their baseball caps in front of a gate at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Bruce Greene’s sculpture pays tribute to his father, who died last season while attending a game with him, as a result of falling twenty feet, onto the concrete behind the scoreboard in left field, after reaching for a ball thrown into the stands by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton.
Chris Davis becomes the fourth player to homer in his team’s first four games of the season, joining Willie Mays, Mark McGwire and Nelson Cruz in elite company. His 8th-inning grand slam off Tyler Robertson propels the Orioles to a 9 – 5 win over the Twins in their home opener. With a sacrifice fly earlier in the game, Davis drives in 5 runs to bring his RBI total to 16 on the season, obliterating the old record of 12 after four games held by three players.
The Giants celebrate their victory in the 2012 World Series by raising the World Championship banner before their home opener at AT&T Park, then celebrate some more by defeating the Cardinals, 1 – 0, behind a great performance by Barry Zito, who gives up only 3 hits over 7 innings. It is the 15th straight time that the Giants have won a game started by Zito, dating back to last season and including the postseason.
Cincinnati drills 6 homers to offer the Nationals their first defeat of the season, 15 – 0. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier both go deep twice, and Shin-Soo Choo and Xavier Paul, with a pinch-hit grand slam, hit the other two. Homer Bailey is the winner over Dan Haren, whose debut for the Nats is one to forget.
Ike Davis becomes the second player in franchise history to deliver a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam when he goes deep off J.J. Hoover in New York’s’ 6-3 victory over Cincinnati at Citi Field. The only other Met who accomplished the feat is the team’s current third base coach Tim Teufel, who went yard off the bench with the bases loaded in 1986 against Philadelphia.
The opening game of the 2015 Major League Baseball season is a 3 – 0 win by the Cardinals over the Cubs as Adam Wainwright gets the better of marquee free agent signee Jon Lester. RF Jason Heyward has three hits, including a pair for extra bases, and scores his team’s first run in his first game for St. Louis, while LF Matt Holliday drives in two runs. For the occasion, venerable Wrigley Field unveils a new state-of-the-art video scoreboard.
The day before the season begins, A.J. Preller continues his makeover of the Padres, acquiring All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, minor league right-hander Matt Wisler, outfield prospect Jordan Paroubeck, and the 41st overall draft pick. The San Diego GM increases the club’s payroll significantly to pull off the stunning deal, with most of the cost involving taking on the remaining $46.35 million still owed Upton, who will now join his brother B.J. as a teammate.
2016 – Major League Baseball’s new rule on dangerous slides costs the Blue Jays a game, as with the bases loaded and the Jays trailing the Rays, 3 – 2, with one out in the 9th, Jose Bautista takes out 2B Logan Forsythe in an attempt to break up a double play. Forsythe throws the ball away, which seemingly allows two runs to score, but after a video review Bautista’s slide is ruled illegal and the Rays are awarded a game-ending twin killing.
2019 – Jorge Polanco hits the first cycle of the season, but the Twins still lose to the Phillies, 10 – 4. Rhys Hoskins drives in 4 runs as the red-hot Phils, who are averaging over 8 runs per game so far, take an early 5 – 0 lead against Jake Odorizzi and cruise from there in spite of Polanco’s heroics. Nick Pivetta is the winner.
1976 – The Astros host an exhibition game at the Louisiana Superdome, a 12-5 win over Minnesota, before just over 10,000 fans. Cliff Johnson stars with three hits, including a homer. Not built for baseball, New Orleans’ new dome creates a few problems such as a concrete warning track and football sidelines down the third base line. Hitters complain about poor visibility, causing an auxilliary scoreboard to be shut off.
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