Tag: April 18

Will Benson has a four-homer game playing for the Lake County Captains of the Class A Midwest League. He finishes 4-for-5 with 8 RBIs in a 12 – 6 win over South Bend. His night’s work includes a grand slam in the 4th inning.

Will Benson has a four-homer game playing for the Lake County Captains of the Class A Midwest League. He finishes 4-for-5 with 8 RBIs in a 12 – 6 win over South Bend. His night’s work includes a grand slam in the 4th inning.

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Wei-Yin Chen and relievers Brad Ziegler and Kyle Barraclough combine to one-hit the Mariners, 5 – 0. Mitch Haniger breaks the no-hit spell with a one-out double off Barraclough in the 9th. It’s the second time in three days that the Marlins take a combined no-hitter into the late innings, as on April 16th, Dan Straily and three relievers had turned the trick on the Mets until Ziegler gave up a hit with two outs in the 8th.

Wei-Yin Chen and relievers Brad Ziegler and Kyle Barraclough combine to one-hit the Mariners, 5 – 0. Mitch Haniger breaks the no-hit spell with a one-out double off Barraclough in the 9th. It’s the second time in three days that the Marlins take a combined no-hitter into the late innings, as on April 16th, Dan Straily and three relievers had turned the trick on the Mets until Ziegler gave up a hit with two outs in the 8th.

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Aaron Harang pitches 7 no-hit innings for the Braves against the Mets, but has to leave the game after having thrown 121 pitches. David Wright hits a two-out single off Luis Avilan in the 8th for the Mets’ only hit as three pitchers combine on a one-hitter in a 6 – 0 win.

Aaron Harang pitches 7 no-hit innings for the Braves against the Mets, but has to leave the game after having thrown 121 pitches. David Wright hits a two-out single off Luis Avilan in the 8th for the Mets’ only hit as three pitchers combine on a one-hitter in a 6 – 0 win.

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In the 6th inning of the Brewers’ game at Pittsburgh, Martin Maldonado literally knocks the cover off the ball. He smacks a ground ball to 3B Pedro Alvarez, but the stitches on the baseball come apart and Alvarez is left attempting to throw a ball with a chunk of leather flapping off. Maldonado easily beats the fluttering throw for an infield single. The Brewers win the game, 5 – 3.

In the 6th inning of the Brewers’ game at Pittsburgh, Martin Maldonado literally knocks the cover off the ball. He smacks a ground ball to 3B Pedro Alvarez, but the stitches on the baseball come apart and Alvarez is left attempting to throw a ball with a chunk of leather flapping off. Maldonado easily beats the fluttering throw for an infield single. The Brewers win the game, 5 – 3.

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Matt Wieters hits a walk-off grand slam off Brandon Gomes in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Orioles a 10 – 6 win over Tampa Bay. It is Baltimore’s 17th consecutive win in extra innings, including 16 last season.

Matt Wieters hits a walk-off grand slam off Brandon Gomes in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Orioles a 10 – 6 win over Tampa Bay. It is Baltimore’s 17th consecutive win in extra innings, including 16 last season.

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The Yankees get some bad news when they learn that SS Derek Jeter will not be back until the second half of the year after x-rays reveal a small fracture in the surgically-repaired ankle he broke in last year’s ALCS.

The Yankees get some bad news when they learn that SS Derek Jeter will not be back until the second half of the year after x-rays reveal a small fracture in the surgically-repaired ankle he broke in last year’s ALCS.

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Bartolo Colon displays a rare mastery of the strike zone in shutting out the Angels, 6 – 0. At one point, Colon throws 38 consecutive strikes, the longest such streak since all pitches were first recorded in 1988. Yoenis Cespedes hits a three-run homer for Oakland, giving him 12 RBI in his first 12 major league games.

Bartolo Colon displays a rare mastery of the strike zone in shutting out the Angels, 6 – 0. At one point, Colon throws 38 consecutive strikes, the longest such streak since all pitches were first recorded in 1988. Yoenis Cespedes hits a three-run homer for Oakland, giving him 12 RBI in his first 12 major league games.

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Two of the National League’s top pitchers battle it out in San Francisco, as the Phillies’ Cliff Lee and the Giants’ Matt Cain trade zeroes for a combined 19 innings. Melky Cabrera hits an RBI single off Antonio Bastardo in the 11th, scoring Brandon Belt from second base, to give the Giants a 1 – 0 victory.

Two of the National League’s top pitchers battle it out in San Francisco, as the Phillies’ Cliff Lee and the Giants’ Matt Cain trade zeroes for a combined 19 innings. Melky Cabrera hits an RBI single off Antonio Bastardo in the 11th, scoring Brandon Belt from second base, to give the Giants a 1 – 0 victory.

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José Dariel Abreu hits his 35th homer of the 2011-2012 Serie Nacional, tying Alfredo Despaigne for the league lead (and the all-time record). Despaigne will tack on one more homer to reclaim the lead and the record before the season ends.

José Dariel Abreu hits his 35th homer of the 2011-2012 Serie Nacional, tying Alfredo Despaigne for the league lead (and the all-time record). Despaigne will tack on one more homer to reclaim the lead and the record before the season ends.

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Beginning with the second pitch of the fifth inning through the seventh pitch of the eighth frame, Bartolo Colon throws 38 consecutive strikes en route to picking up the victory in the A’s 6-0 win over the Angels. The Oakland starter faces eleven straight batters who never see a pitch that is called a ball in the Anaheim contest.

Beginning with the second pitch of the fifth inning through the seventh pitch of the eighth frame, Bartolo Colon throws 38 consecutive strikes en route to picking up the victory in the A’s 6-0 win over the Angels. The Oakland starter faces eleven straight batters who never see a pitch that is called a ball in the Anaheim contest.

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A memorable pitching duel between Cliff Lee, who throws ten innings of scoreless ball against San Francisco, and Matt Cain, who doesn’t give up a run to the Phillies in his nine innings of work, ends with the Giants beating the Phillies, 1-0, in 11 innings at AT&T Park. The only run in the extra-inning contest, which takes only two hours and 27-minutes to complete, scores as the result of Melky Cabrera’s one-out RBI single off Antonio Bastardo.

A memorable pitching duel between Cliff Lee, who throws ten innings of scoreless ball against San Francisco, and Matt Cain, who doesn’t give up a run to the Phillies in his nine innings of work, ends with the Giants beating the Phillies, 1-0, in 11 innings at AT&T Park. The only run in the extra-inning contest, which takes only two hours and 27-minutes to complete, scores as the result of Melky Cabrera’s one-out RBI single off Antonio Bastardo.

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Tiger outfielder Ryan Raburn becomes the first player to hit a ball off Seattle’s Safeco Field’s retractable roof when his first-inning pop fly makes contact with one of the trusses approximately 175 feet above the playing field. The redirected foul ball, which falls between Mariner catcher Miguel Olivo and third baseman Chone Figgins, if caught, would have been the second out of the inning, according to the ballpark’s ground rules.

Tiger outfielder Ryan Raburn becomes the first player to hit a ball off Seattle’s Safeco Field’s retractable roof when his first-inning pop fly makes contact with one of the trusses approximately 175 feet above the playing field. The redirected foul ball, which falls between Mariner catcher Miguel Olivo and third baseman Chone Figgins, if caught, would have been the second out of the inning, according to the ballpark’s ground rules.

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The Giants give ace Tim Lincecum a big early lead at Coors Field, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner does not need all the help. He keeps the hot-hitting Rockies hitless until the 7th on his way to an 8 – 1 win. Colorado starter Esmil Rogers gives up 8 runs in 3 innings to remove any doubt about the day’s outcome, and the remaining tension is broken when Carlos Gonzalez singles with one out in the 7th. Lincecum leaves after giving up a run with two outs in the 8th, and Ryan Vogelsong gets the final four outs. Pat Burrell and Nate Schierholtz homer for San Francisco.

The Giants give ace Tim Lincecum a big early lead at Coors Field, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner does not need all the help. He keeps the hot-hitting Rockies hitless until the 7th on his way to an 8 – 1 win. Colorado starter Esmil Rogers gives up 8 runs in 3 innings to remove any doubt about the day’s outcome, and the remaining tension is broken when Carlos Gonzalez singles with one out in the 7th. Lincecum leaves after giving up a run with two outs in the 8th, and Ryan Vogelsong gets the final four outs. Pat Burrell and Nate Schierholtz homer for San Francisco.

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Reds P Mike Leake is arrested in a downtown Cincinnati department store when he attempts to shoplift $60 worth of merchandise. He allegedly removed security tags on six tee-shirts before walking out of the store without paying, but was caught by security cameras.

Reds P Mike Leake is arrested in a downtown Cincinnati department store when he attempts to shoplift $60 worth of merchandise. He allegedly removed security tags on six tee-shirts before walking out of the store without paying, but was caught by security cameras.

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Jason Heyward, 20-year-old rookie outfielder for the Braves, continues to be one of baseball’s biggest stories this young season. Today, he knocks in the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the 9th in Atlanta’s 4 – 3 win over Colorado. His 15 RBI put him in a tie for second place in the National League even though he is hitting seventh in the batting order.

Jason Heyward, 20-year-old rookie outfielder for the Braves, continues to be one of baseball’s biggest stories this young season. Today, he knocks in the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the 9th in Atlanta’s 4 – 3 win over Colorado. His 15 RBI put him in a tie for second place in the National League even though he is hitting seventh in the batting order.

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One day after playing a marathon 20-inning contest, the Cardinals’ bullpen gets some rest as Adam Wainwright pitches a complete game for a 5 – 3 win over the Mets. Colby Rasmus and Ryan Ludwick’s homers account for all of St. Louis’s runs; Wainwright helps his own cause by doubling ahead of Ludwick’s blast in the 8th. For their part, the Mets designate 1B Mike Jacobs for assignment before the game in order to call up P Tobi Stonerfrom AAA Buffalo. Jacobs has become redundant because of the rapid development of prospect Ike Davis, who will be called up to the majors tomorrow. Stoner is the losing pitcher in his only game of the season, in spite of giving up only one run in 2 1/3 innings of work with the Mets’ bullpen also burnt out from yesterday’s game.

One day after playing a marathon 20-inning contest, the Cardinals’ bullpen gets some rest as Adam Wainwright pitches a complete game for a 5 – 3 win over the Mets. Colby Rasmus and Ryan Ludwick’s homers account for all of St. Louis’s runs; Wainwright helps his own cause by doubling ahead of Ludwick’s blast in the 8th. For their part, the Mets designate 1B Mike Jacobs for assignment before the game in order to call up P Tobi Stonerfrom AAA Buffalo. Jacobs has become redundant because of the rapid development of prospect Ike Davis, who will be called up to the majors tomorrow. Stoner is the losing pitcher in his only game of the season, in spite of giving up only one run in 2 1/3 innings of work with the Mets’ bullpen also burnt out from yesterday’s game.

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Cleveland crushes the New York Yankees, 22 – 4, at New Yankee Stadium, scoring 14 runs in the 2nd inning, the most runs given up in an inning in Yankee history. Asdrubal Cabrera hits a grand slam, Mark DeRosa and Shin-Soo Choo add three-run home runs, and Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez all connect for solo shots for the Indians. Yankee starter Chien-Ming Wang, who missed the second half of 2008 with a leg injury, is charged with 8 runs in 1 1/3 innings to raise his ERA for the year to 34.50. Making his major league debut, Anthony Claggett succeeds him but gives up 8 more runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Cleveland crushes the New York Yankees, 22 – 4, at New Yankee Stadium, scoring 14 runs in the 2nd inning, the most runs given up in an inning in Yankee history. Asdrubal Cabrera hits a grand slam, Mark DeRosa and Shin-Soo Choo add three-run home runs, and Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez all connect for solo shots for the Indians. Yankee starter Chien-Ming Wang, who missed the second half of 2008 with a leg injury, is charged with 8 runs in 1 1/3 innings to raise his ERA for the year to 34.50. Making his major league debut, Anthony Claggett succeeds him but gives up 8 more runs in 1 2/3 innings.

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Tom Glavine of the Braves is put on the disabled list for the first time during his 22-year career. The 42 year-old southpaw’s ailing right hamstring needs more time to heal before he goes after his 304th career win.

Tom Glavine of the Braves is put on the disabled list for the first time during his 22-year career. The 42 year-old southpaw’s ailing right hamstring needs more time to heal before he goes after his 304th career win.

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In the longest game in franchise history, the Rockies beat the Padres, 2-1, in a 22-inning marathon played at Petco Park. The game, which ends at 1:31 am, takes 6 hours, 16 minutes to complete, falling one minute shy of San Diego’s record for the length of a game, but goes into the team record books for the most innings played to complete a contest.

In the longest game in franchise history, the Rockies beat the Padres, 2-1, in a 22-inning marathon played at Petco Park. The game, which ends at 1:31 am, takes 6 hours, 16 minutes to complete, falling one minute shy of San Diego’s record for the length of a game, but goes into the team record books for the most innings played to complete a contest.

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Conor Jackson, needing only a double to complete the cycle, hustles instead to get his second triple of the game. The Diamondbacks outfielder’s unselfish offensive output helps to pace the club to a 9-0 win over the Padres.

Conor Jackson, needing only a double to complete the cycle, hustles instead to get his second triple of the game. The Diamondbacks outfielder’s unselfish offensive output helps to pace the club to a 9-0 win over the Padres.

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At Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field, Mark Buehrle hurls the 16th no-hitter in White Sox history and the first home no-no since 1967. The South-side southpaw faces the minimum 27 batters, thanks to picking off Sammy Sosa, who walked in the fifth inning.

At Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field, Mark Buehrle hurls the 16th no-hitter in White Sox history and the first home no-no since 1967. The South-side southpaw faces the minimum 27 batters, thanks to picking off Sammy Sosa, who walked in the fifth inning.

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It took 44 years for Houston to reach the World Series; it takes 44 years for the Astros to return to the .500 mark as a franchise, standing 3,507-3,507 overall and 10-4 on the season with a 13-12 slugfest over Milwaukee. Adam Everett drives in four while Morgan Ensberg belts two homers to lead the attack. Brad Lidge gets the save after the Brewers rallied from an 11-2 deficit. Preston Wilson fans twice to reach seven consecutive strikeouts before grounding out and singling twice. 

2006 – It took 44 years for Houston to reach the World Series; it takes 44 years for the Astros to return to the .500 mark as a franchise, standing 3,507-3,507 overall and 10-4 on the season with a 13-12 slugfest over Milwaukee. Adam Everett drives in four while Morgan Ensberg belts two homers to lead the attack. Brad Lidge gets the save after the Brewers rallied from an 11-2 deficit. Preston Wilson fans twice to reach seven consecutive strikeouts before grounding out and singling twice. 

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Luis González of the Arizona Diamondbacks doubles to become the 21st major leaguer with 300 home runs and 500 doubles, as the Diamondbacks defeat San Francisco, 7 – 4. Gonzalez joins a list led by Hank Aaron, who hit 755 homers and 624 doubles. The only other active player in the group is Barry Bonds, who hits his 567th double in the game.

Luis González of the Arizona Diamondbacks doubles to become the 21st major leaguer with 300 home runs and 500 doubles, as the Diamondbacks defeat San Francisco, 7 – 4. Gonzalez joins a list led by Hank Aaron, who hit 755 homers and 624 doubles. The only other active player in the group is Barry Bonds, who hits his 567th double in the game.

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For the first time since their first month of play, the Houston Astros have a .500 franchise record. With a 13 – 12 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Astros become the 13th team in the majors with a record of .500 or better. The victory puts the franchise at .500 for the first time since the Colt .45s, as the team was known, were 6-6 before a 2 – 1 loss to the Milwaukee Braves on April 27, 1962. The franchise record is 3,507-3,507. Carlos Lee goes 4 for 5 with a pair of two-run home runs for Milwaukee.

For the first time since their first month of play, the Houston Astros have a .500 franchise record. With a 13 – 12 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Astros become the 13th team in the majors with a record of .500 or better. The victory puts the franchise at .500 for the first time since the Colt .45s, as the team was known, were 6-6 before a 2 – 1 loss to the Milwaukee Braves on April 27, 1962. The franchise record is 3,507-3,507. Carlos Lee goes 4 for 5 with a pair of two-run home runs for Milwaukee.

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The Kansas City Royals have lost nine games in a row following a 4 – 1 defeat to the Chicago White Sox, their longest skid since their team-record 19-game losing streak late last year. The Royals are a major league-worst 2-11.

The Kansas City Royals have lost nine games in a row following a 4 – 1 defeat to the Chicago White Sox, their longest skid since their team-record 19-game losing streak late last year. The Royals are a major league-worst 2-11.

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The New York Yankees score 13 runs in the 2nd inning of a 19 – 8 victory over Tampa Bay. The last time New York scored 13 runs in an inning was on June 21, 1945, in the 5th inning of a 14 – 4 victory against Boston.

The New York Yankees score 13 runs in the 2nd inning of a 19 – 8 victory over Tampa Bay. The last time New York scored 13 runs in an inning was on June 21, 1945, in the 5th inning of a 14 – 4 victory against Boston.

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Tim Hudson outpitches Roger Clemens, and rookie Ryan Langerhans pinch-hits an inside-the-park home run in the 12th inning off Dan Wheeler, to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 1 – 0 victory over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Tim Hudson outpitches Roger Clemens, and rookie Ryan Langerhans pinch-hits an inside-the-park home run in the 12th inning off Dan Wheeler, to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 1 – 0 victory over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

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After a 4-10 start, former Royals’ skipper Hal McRae replaces Larry Rothschild as new manager of the Devil Rays. Rothschild, the only pilot in the team’s four-year history, finished in last place three consecutive years, compiling a 205-294 record.

After a 4-10 start, former Royals’ skipper Hal McRae replaces Larry Rothschild as new manager of the Devil Rays. Rothschild, the only pilot in the team’s four-year history, finished in last place three consecutive years, compiling a 205-294 record.

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During a LG Twins-Lotte Giants game, Lotte backstop Soo-hyuk Lim collapses due to an irregular heartbeat. He does not receive CPR in a timely manner and lapses into a coma. His family will sue both teams over not providing proper care; Lim dies 10 years later, never having awakened from the coma.

During a LG Twins-Lotte Giants game, Lotte backstop Soo-hyuk Lim collapses due to an irregular heartbeat. He does not receive CPR in a timely manner and lapses into a coma. His family will sue both teams over not providing proper care; Lim dies 10 years later, never having awakened from the coma.

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Adam Kennedy ties a franchise mark by driving in eight runs during the Angels’ 16-10 rout of Toronto. The Halo infielder’s run-producing single, three-run triple, and grand slam account for his RBIs in the SkyDome contest.

Adam Kennedy ties a franchise mark by driving in eight runs during the Angels’ 16-10 rout of Toronto. The Halo infielder’s run-producing single, three-run triple, and grand slam account for his RBIs in the SkyDome contest.

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Sean Berry tags Miguel Batista for a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 triumph against Montreal. Craig Biggio scores his 891st career run, breaking Cesar Cedeno’s franchise record. 

1998 – Sean Berry tags Miguel Batista for a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 triumph against Montreal. Craig Biggio scores his 891st career run, breaking Cesar Cedeno’s franchise record. 

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Roger Pavlik of the Rangers becomes the first starting pitcher in the American League to begin a game by walking the first four batters. The Blue Jays take advantage of the All-Star hurler’s wildness by scoring five runs in the frame en route to a 6-5 victory at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Roger Pavlik of the Rangers becomes the first starting pitcher in the American League to begin a game by walking the first four batters. The Blue Jays take advantage of the All-Star hurler’s wildness by scoring five runs in the frame en route to a 6-5 victory at the Ballpark in Arlington.

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A sellout crowd of 42,191 watches the Chicago White Sox play their first game at New Comiskey Park and sees the home team get crushed by the Detroit Tigers, 16 – 0. Jack McDowell gives up the park’s first home runto Cecil Fielder.

A sellout crowd of 42,191 watches the Chicago White Sox play their first game at New Comiskey Park and sees the home team get crushed by the Detroit Tigers, 16 – 0. Jack McDowell gives up the park’s first home runto Cecil Fielder.

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Joe Torre’s Braves set a National League record when they win their 11th straight game to start the season, beating Houston at the Astrodome, 6-5. The eventual NL West Division champs, who will finish the campaign with an 89-73 record, will extend the mark to 13-0 when they add two more victories against Cincinnati at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Joe Torre’s Braves set a National League record when they win their 11th straight game to start the season, beating Houston at the Astrodome, 6-5. The eventual NL West Division champs, who will finish the campaign with an 89-73 record, will extend the mark to 13-0 when they add two more victories against Cincinnati at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

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1982 – At the Astrodome, the Atlanta Braves defeat the Houston Astros, 6 – 5, to set a National League record as they win their 11th straight game to start the season. Al Hrabosky is the winner and Rick Camp earns the save. Dave Smith is the loser.

1982 – At the Astrodome, the Atlanta Braves defeat the Houston Astros, 6 – 5, to set a National League record as they win their 11th straight game to start the season. Al Hrabosky is the winner and Rick Camp earns the save. Dave Smith is the loser.

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After getting ahead in the count 3-0, Reggie Jackson, knowing he has a green light to hit away, feigns to be upset by getting a bogus take sign from third base coach Dick Howser. Oriole right-hander Tippy Martinez, deceived by the batter’s behavior, grooves a fastball down the middle of the plate that the Yankee slugger promptly puts over the fence, giving the Yankees a 4-3 walk-off victory.

After getting ahead in the count 3-0, Reggie Jackson, knowing he has a green light to hit away, feigns to be upset by getting a bogus take sign from third base coach Dick Howser. Oriole right-hander Tippy Martinez, deceived by the batter’s behavior, grooves a fastball down the middle of the plate that the Yankee slugger promptly puts over the fence, giving the Yankees a 4-3 walk-off victory.

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