On June 21, 1978 On the first pitch in his first at-bat, Dave Machemer hits his only major league home run. The rookie second baseman, batting leadoff for the visiting Angels, starts the Angels eventual 5-2 victory over Minnesota with a long fly over the left field wall at Metropolitan Stadium. Machemer will never hit another long ball.
The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks win Game 6 of the 2018 Japan Series, 2 – 0, over the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, to take the series, 4 games to 1 (Game 1 ended in a tie). In the final game, Rick van den Hurk opens things with six shutout innings, while a squeeze bunt and a solo homer by Yurisbel Gracial in the 5th account for the two runs. Catcher Takuya Kai, who completely shut down Hiroshima’s running game by throwing out six straight baserunners attempting to steal, in the winner of the MVP Award. It is the second straight series win for the Hawks.
November 3, 2018
Jordan Zimmermann is the first major league pitcher to seven wins as he also drives in three runs in Washington’s 6 – 2 victory over the Dodgers. His opponent, Josh Beckett, falls to 0-5. For Washington, Bryce Harper runs at full speed into the outfield fence in the 5th inning as he attempts to catch a fly ball hit by A.J. Ellis; he has to leave the game and while he will return to action quickly, the nagging injuries resulting from the collision will affect his production significantly for the rest of the season.
May 13, 2013
Johnny Blanchard ties a major-league record by hitting his 3rd and 4th home runs in four at bats over three games. He drives in four of the Yankee runs in a 5 – 2 victory over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. New York manages just six hits but four are homers, including one by Mickey Mantle following Blanchard’s 1st-inning clout. Blanchard will end the year with 21 homers in 243 at bats, the first player in history to hit 20 or more in fewer than 250 at bats.
July 26, 1961
At the age of 26 years and 182 days, Vladimir Guerrero hits his 200th career home run, tying the Expos right fielder with Ken Griffey, Jr. as the second-youngest player to reach the 200 homer plateau. Alex Rodriguez is the youngest major leaguer to reach the 200 homer mark, reaching the milestone in 25 years 290 days.
August 9, 2002
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