June 5, 1958 – Willie Mays tries to score, however, he’s thrown out by a beautiful throw from Hank Aaron to Del Crandall. Orlando Cepeda who is watching closely, would win the game a few minutes later. This game was played at Seals Stadium.
The Baltimore Orioles become the first team in American League history to lead off the game with three consecutive homers, as Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis go deep to open the bottom of the 1st; it has been done three times in the National League. The last team to homer in its first three at-bats was the Milwaukee Brewers on September 9, 2007. Hardy also was the middle man in that spree. Colby Lewis, who surrenders the three longs balls, exits with an unusual pitching line: 7 innings pitched, 5 hits – all home runs – one walk and 12 strikeouts. Adam Jones and Wilson Betemit also homer off Lewis, the latter following the lone walk, issued to Matt Wieters. Baltimore wins, 6 – 5, with Wei-Yin Chen getting the win over Lewis.
May 10, 2012
The Phillies are sellers on the last day before the trading deadline, sending away two of their starting outfielders. CF Shane Victorino goes to the Dodgers for Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin, while RF Hunter Pence heads for San Francisco in return for Nate Schierholtz, Tommy Joseph and Seth Rosin. Among other deals, the Pirates obtain 1B Gaby Sanchez from Miami and then trade 3B Casey McGehee to the Yankees for P Chad Qualls; the Cubs send P Ryan Dempster, who had earlier vetoed a trade to Atlanta, to the Rangers for Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks; and the Reds obtain P Jonathan Broxton from the Royals.
July 31, 2012
John Vander Wal sets a major league record with his 26th pinch-hit of the season. The Rockies pinch-hitter’s historic hit is a seventh-inning solo home run off Sergio Valdez in Colorado’s 5-3 loss to San Francisco at Candlestick Park.
September 21, 1995
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