Tag: April 19

1983 – Pinch-hitter Harry Spilman drills a three-run ninth-inning homer off Tom Hume to stun Cincinnati, 6-5.  Shortstop Dickie Thon has four hits, including a home run. Bill Dawley earns his second win in relief. The Astros’ day does not start well as catcher John Mizerock suffers three passed balls in the first inning while the Reds jump on Joe Niekro for four runs. 

1983 – Pinch-hitter Harry Spilman drills a three-run ninth-inning homer off Tom Hume to stun Cincinnati, 6-5.  Shortstop Dickie Thon has four hits, including a home run. Bill Dawley earns his second win in relief. The Astros’ day does not start well as catcher John Mizerock suffers three passed balls in the first inning while the Reds jump on Joe Niekro for four runs. 

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1970 – Tom Griffin tosses a one-hitter in a 5-1 victory over the Padres. A double by Cito Gaston in the seventh is the lone safety although Jim Wynn robbed Gaston of a similar hit earlier . Houston also pulls off a triple steal when John Mayberry, Doug Rader and Johnny Edwards run on a failed squeeze play. 

1970 – Tom Griffin tosses a one-hitter in a 5-1 victory over the Padres. A double by Cito Gaston in the seventh is the lone safety although Jim Wynn robbed Gaston of a similar hit earlier . Houston also pulls off a triple steal when John Mayberry, Doug Rader and Johnny Edwards run on a failed squeeze play. 

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1964 – Bob Bruce ties a major-league record by striking out the side on nine pitches in the eighth inning against the Cardinals. It happens in a 6-1 loss to Bob Gibson. Bruce fans Bill White, Charley Jones and Ken Boyer in perfect order. The next inning, after a leadoff single, Bruce KOs Tim McCarver, Julian Javier and Gibson for good measure.

1964 – Bob Bruce ties a major-league record by striking out the side on nine pitches in the eighth inning against the Cardinals. It happens in a 6-1 loss to Bob Gibson. Bruce fans Bill White, Charley Jones and Ken Boyer in perfect order. The next inning, after a leadoff single, Bruce KOs Tim McCarver, Julian Javier and Gibson for good measure.

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2019 – The Marlins, off to the worst start of any major league team at 5-15 and completely anemic at the plate, fire hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo and replace him with assistant hitting coach Jeff Livesey. Eric Duncan is promoted from minor league hitting coordinator to take Livesey’s old job.

2019 – The Marlins, off to the worst start of any major league team at 5-15 and completely anemic at the plate, fire hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo and replace him with assistant hitting coach Jeff Livesey. Eric Duncan is promoted from minor league hitting coordinator to take Livesey’s old job.

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2018 – Evan Gattis grounds into an embarrassing triple play in the 4th inning of Houston’s game against Seattle. With runners on first and second, Gattis grounds to 3B Kyle Seager who steps on the bag for the first out and throws to 2B Robinson Cano for the second out. However, Gattis thinks the inning is over and starts heading across the diamond to jog towards the dugout. Cano notices this and throws to 1B Dan Vogelbach, who tags Gattis as he realizes his mistake.

2018 – Evan Gattis grounds into an embarrassing triple play in the 4th inning of Houston’s game against Seattle. With runners on first and second, Gattis grounds to 3B Kyle Seager who steps on the bag for the first out and throws to 2B Robinson Cano for the second out. However, Gattis thinks the inning is over and starts heading across the diamond to jog towards the dugout. Cano notices this and throws to 1B Dan Vogelbach, who tags Gattis as he realizes his mistake.

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The Reds use the running game to defeat the Rockies, 4 – 3. In the 2nd inning they steal five bases against a helpless Jorge De La Rosa, with Jay Bruce picking up two, and Billy Hamilton, Tyler Holt and Eugenio Suarez one each. The Reds had never stolen five bases in an inning since at least 1920, the period for which play-by-play accounts are available. The last team to accomplish the feat had been the 2010 Texas Rangers.

The Reds use the running game to defeat the Rockies, 4 – 3. In the 2nd inning they steal five bases against a helpless Jorge De La Rosa, with Jay Bruce picking up two, and Billy Hamilton, Tyler Holt and Eugenio Suarez one each. The Reds had never stolen five bases in an inning since at least 1920, the period for which play-by-play accounts are available. The last team to accomplish the feat had been the 2010 Texas Rangers.

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Euro League Baseball kicks off its initial season. Starting off with an ambitious 10-team, 7-country plan, the league scales back to four teams in three countries by the time the season begins. Czech powerhouse Draci Brno wins the opener, 4 – 1, over the Regensburg Legionäre. Regensburg’s Lukas Jahn gets the first hit, off Mike Bolsenbroek. Adam Hajtmar scores the first run, driven in by Martin Schneider. Jason Jarvis gets the win, saved by Schneider, while Jonathan Eisenhuth is handed the loss.

Euro League Baseball kicks off its initial season. Starting off with an ambitious 10-team, 7-country plan, the league scales back to four teams in three countries by the time the season begins. Czech powerhouse Draci Brno wins the opener, 4 – 1, over the Regensburg Legionäre. Regensburg’s Lukas Jahn gets the first hit, off Mike Bolsenbroek. Adam Hajtmar scores the first run, driven in by Martin Schneider. Jason Jarvis gets the win, saved by Schneider, while Jonathan Eisenhuth is handed the loss.

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The Rays hold the Red Sox to only one hit over 10 innings before winning, 3 – 0. Starter Drew Smyly allows the lone safety, a single by Jackie Bradley in the 3rd, and strikes out 11 over 8 scoreless innings. For Boston, Joe Kelly has to leave the game with shoulder stiffness in the 1st, but four relievers keep the Rays from scoring until Kevin Kiermaier opens the top of the 10th with a homer off Matt Barnes. Erasmo Ramirez is the winner while Alex Colome picks up the save.

The Rays hold the Red Sox to only one hit over 10 innings before winning, 3 – 0. Starter Drew Smyly allows the lone safety, a single by Jackie Bradley in the 3rd, and strikes out 11 over 8 scoreless innings. For Boston, Joe Kelly has to leave the game with shoulder stiffness in the 1st, but four relievers keep the Rays from scoring until Kevin Kiermaier opens the top of the 10th with a homer off Matt Barnes. Erasmo Ramirez is the winner while Alex Colome picks up the save.

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Nelson Cruz is having a red hot start after joining the Mariners as a free agent in the off-season. Today, he homers twice, and now leads the majors with 8, but it’s with a single that he drives in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th for an 11-10 win over the Rangers. He has 5 RBIs on the day.

Nelson Cruz is having a red hot start after joining the Mariners as a free agent in the off-season. Today, he homers twice, and now leads the majors with 8, but it’s with a single that he drives in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th for an 11-10 win over the Rangers. He has 5 RBIs on the day.

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There is a lot of tension between the Royals and Athletics, who met in an epic Wild Card Game last year. In the concluding contest of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium, five members of the Royals are ejected but Kansas City still prevails, 4 – 2. It’s the third straight game that sees a bench-clearing incident, after Oakland 3B Brett Lawrie slid hard into second base in the opener, injuring SS Alcides Escobar and Royals P Yordano Ventura was tossed out the next day for throwing at Lawrie. Today, the fireworks start when K.C. OF Lorenzo Cain is hit by a pitch from Scott Kazmir in the 1st inning. His manager, Ned Yost, and pitching coach Dave Eiland both get the thumb as a result of the ensuing fracas, and umpire Greg Gibson issues a warning to both benches. In the 8th, P Kelvin Herrera is shown the door after throwing a 100-mph fastball behind Lawrie. In the argument that ensues, bench coach Don Wakamatsu and Escobar, who is not playing because of the injury, are also sent to the showers. Trailing 2 – 1, the Royals get their revenge in the bottom of the inning when rookie Paulo Orlando leads off with a walk and Cain follows with an RBI double before stealing third base. 1B Eric Hosmer draws a walk and DH Kendrys Morales drives them both in with another double. Before the game, the Royals place All-Star closer Greg Holland on the disabled list, and it’s his usual set-up man, Wade Davis, who gets the save, while Franklin Morales, who took over for Herrera, is gifted a win after making only two pitches.

There is a lot of tension between the Royals and Athletics, who met in an epic Wild Card Game last year. In the concluding contest of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium, five members of the Royals are ejected but Kansas City still prevails, 4 – 2. It’s the third straight game that sees a bench-clearing incident, after Oakland 3B Brett Lawrie slid hard into second base in the opener, injuring SS Alcides Escobar and Royals P Yordano Ventura was tossed out the next day for throwing at Lawrie. Today, the fireworks start when K.C. OF Lorenzo Cain is hit by a pitch from Scott Kazmir in the 1st inning. His manager, Ned Yost, and pitching coach Dave Eiland both get the thumb as a result of the ensuing fracas, and umpire Greg Gibson issues a warning to both benches. In the 8th, P Kelvin Herrera is shown the door after throwing a 100-mph fastball behind Lawrie. In the argument that ensues, bench coach Don Wakamatsu and Escobar, who is not playing because of the injury, are also sent to the showers. Trailing 2 – 1, the Royals get their revenge in the bottom of the inning when rookie Paulo Orlando leads off with a walk and Cain follows with an RBI double before stealing third base. 1B Eric Hosmer draws a walk and DH Kendrys Morales drives them both in with another double. Before the game, the Royals place All-Star closer Greg Holland on the disabled list, and it’s his usual set-up man, Wade Davis, who gets the save, while Franklin Morales, who took over for Herrera, is gifted a win after making only two pitches.

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The Rays blast five home runs in a 16 – 1 romp over the Yankees, including #164 of his career for 3B Evan Longoria, moving him past Carlos Pena for the all-time Tampa Bay record. Wil Myers and Ryan Hanigan both homer twice. Chris Archer is the winner over Ivan Nova as IF Dean Anna has to help out on the mound in the 8th, giving up the last two runs.

The Rays blast five home runs in a 16 – 1 romp over the Yankees, including #164 of his career for 3B Evan Longoria, moving him past Carlos Pena for the all-time Tampa Bay record. Wil Myers and Ryan Hanigan both homer twice. Chris Archer is the winner over Ivan Nova as IF Dean Anna has to help out on the mound in the 8th, giving up the last two runs.

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Frederich Cepeda, outfielder for Sancti Spíritus and a long-time member of the Cuban national team, signs a $1.5 million deal with the Yomiuri Giants. It is part of a new Cuban policy allowing players to play abroad (though not in the US, due to the US embargo forbidding it); fellow national team outfielder Alfredo Despaigne is starting his second season in the Mexican League. Cepeda is only the second Cuban allowed by the government to play in Nippon Pro Baseball, following Omar Linares (2002-2004).

Frederich Cepeda, outfielder for Sancti Spíritus and a long-time member of the Cuban national team, signs a $1.5 million deal with the Yomiuri Giants. It is part of a new Cuban policy allowing players to play abroad (though not in the US, due to the US embargo forbidding it); fellow national team outfielder Alfredo Despaigne is starting his second season in the Mexican League. Cepeda is only the second Cuban allowed by the government to play in Nippon Pro Baseball, following Omar Linares (2002-2004).

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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Matt Harvey becomes the first pitcher in modern major league history to win his first four games while giving up less than a total of ten hits. The 24 year-old Mets right-hander easily outduels his mound opponent, Washington’s former phenom, Stephen Strasburg, prompting the Citi Field crowd to start chanting, “Har-vee’s be-tter, “Har-vee’s be-tter.”

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Matt Harvey becomes the first pitcher in modern major league history to win his first four games while giving up less than a total of ten hits. The 24 year-old Mets right-hander easily outduels his mound opponent, Washington’s former phenom, Stephen Strasburg, prompting the Citi Field crowd to start chanting, “Har-vee’s be-tter, “Har-vee’s be-tter.”

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Jean Segura becoming the first player to have stolen second and then is caught stealing the same bag in the same inning.

Jean Segura channels the ghost of Germany Schaefer in a bizarre 8th-inning play in the Brewers’ 5 – 4 win over the Cubs. Segura singles and steals second base, and Ryan Braun follows by drawing a walk. Cubs pitcher Shawn Camp then picks Segura off second base, and he is caught in a rundown; Braun moves to second on the play, but Segura manages to escape the pickle and ends up on the base as well. The Cubs tag both runners, and umpire Phil Cuzzi correctly calls Braun out, as the lead runner is entitled to the bag. However, Segura misunderstands the call and, thinking he is out, starts walking back towards the dugout, before the first base coach tells him to stop at first base. As the play was the result of a mistake, and not an attempt to sew confusion, Segura is allowed to remain at first base. He then attempts to steal second base again, but is thrown out. Schaefer is of course famous for stealing first base in a game on August 4, 1911.

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Curtis Granderson has the first three-homer game of his career, and the first of this major league season, as the Yankees defeat the Twins, 7 – 6. Granderson homers in his first three at-bats, then collects a pair of singles, to help New York overcome a four-run 1st inning by Minnesota. Phil Hughes is credited with his first win of the year and Mark Teixeira also homers for the Bronx Bombers.

Curtis Granderson has the first three-homer game of his career, and the first of this major league season, as the Yankees defeat the Twins, 7 – 6. Granderson homers in his first three at-bats, then collects a pair of singles, to help New York overcome a four-run 1st inning by Minnesota. Phil Hughes is credited with his first win of the year and Mark Teixeira also homers for the Bronx Bombers.

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En route to an 11-4 victory in Washington, Jose Altuve, Brian Bogusevic, and Matt Downs all collect three-baggers in Houston’s five-run first frame. It is the first time in franchise history the Astros hit three triples in one inning.

En route to an 11-4 victory in Washington, Jose Altuve, Brian Bogusevic, and Matt Downs all collect three-baggers in Houston’s five-run first frame. It is the first time in franchise history the Astros hit three triples in one inning.

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Houston starts its game with the Nationals with the pedal to the metal, running out three triples in a five-run 1st inning on its way to an 11 – 4 win. Jose Altuve, Brian Bogusevic and Matt Downs leg out the three-base hits against loser Edwin Jackson. Houston bangs out 17 hits in support of Bud Norris, who drives in a pair of runs to help his own cause.

Houston starts its game with the Nationals with the pedal to the metal, running out three triples in a five-run 1st inning on its way to an 11 – 4 win. Jose Altuve, Brian Bogusevic and Matt Downs leg out the three-base hits against loser Edwin Jackson. Houston bangs out 17 hits in support of Bud Norris, who drives in a pair of runs to help his own cause.

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The Orioles snap an 8-game losing streak with an 11 – 0 shellacking of the Twins at Camden Yards. Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts combine for 7 RBI, Vladimir Guerrero homers, and Jake Arrieta pitches 7 scoreless innings as Carl Pavano is victimized.

The Orioles snap an 8-game losing streak with an 11 – 0 shellacking of the Twins at Camden Yards. Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts combine for 7 RBI, Vladimir Guerrero homers, and Jake Arrieta pitches 7 scoreless innings as Carl Pavano is victimized.

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Mariano Rivera is saddled with a rare blown save, allowing the Blue Jays a comeback 6 – 5 win at the Rogers Centre. After homers by Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson turn an early 2 – 2 tie into a 5 – 3 Yankees lead, Yunel Escobar leads off the bottom of the 9th with a double off the all-time great closer, who already has seven saves this year. A wild pitch on a walk to Jose Bautista and a perfectly-executed squeeze bunt by John McDonald tie the game at 5-all. In the 10th, Travis Snider doubles home the winning run against Ivan Nova, pressed into the game as the Yankees’ bullpen is depleted; Snider had gone 0 for 5 on the day and had snapped a bat into pieces in frustration after striking out with the bases loaded to end the 6th inning.

Mariano Rivera is saddled with a rare blown save, allowing the Blue Jays a comeback 6 – 5 win at the Rogers Centre. After homers by Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson turn an early 2 – 2 tie into a 5 – 3 Yankees lead, Yunel Escobar leads off the bottom of the 9th with a double off the all-time great closer, who already has seven saves this year. A wild pitch on a walk to Jose Bautista and a perfectly-executed squeeze bunt by John McDonald tie the game at 5-all. In the 10th, Travis Snider doubles home the winning run against Ivan Nova, pressed into the game as the Yankees’ bullpen is depleted; Snider had gone 0 for 5 on the day and had snapped a bat into pieces in frustration after striking out with the bases loaded to end the 6th inning.

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The Padres get a walk-off home run from an unexpected source, 5-foot-7 infielder David Eckstein, who wraps a ball around the left-field foul pole in the 10th inning for a 3 – 2 win over Jeremy Affeldt and the San Francisco Giants.

The Padres get a walk-off home run from an unexpected source, 5-foot-7 infielder David Eckstein, who wraps a ball around the left-field foul pole in the 10th inning for a 3 – 2 win over Jeremy Affeldt and the San Francisco Giants.

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The Mets’ youngsters are in evidence in a 6 – 1 win over the Cubs. Jonathon Niese picks up the win with a solid effort over 5 2/3 innings; Jenrry Mejia, the youngest player in the National League, pitches the final two innings; and 1B Ike Davis goes 2 for 4 with an RBI in his major league debut. Angel Pagan adds a homer off James Russell, who suffers his first major league loss for Chicago.

The Mets’ youngsters are in evidence in a 6 – 1 win over the Cubs. Jonathon Niese picks up the win with a solid effort over 5 2/3 innings; Jenrry Mejia, the youngest player in the National League, pitches the final two innings; and 1B Ike Davis goes 2 for 4 with an RBI in his major league debut. Angel Pagan adds a homer off James Russell, who suffers his first major league loss for Chicago.

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Two young pitchers carry no-hitters deep into their starts today. Brandon Morrow of the Blue Jays does not give up a hit to the Royals until Yuniesky Betancourt singles with two out in the 6th. Jose Bautista hits two homers and drives in five runs in an 8 – 1 win. Morrow is the third Blue Jays pitcher to start a game with five or more hitless innings this season, after Shaun Marcum on opening day and Ricky Romero a week ago. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, Doug Fister of the Mariners gives up his first hit to Nick Markakis, the first batter in the 7th inning, as Seattle jumps on Brad Bergesen to defeat the Orioles, 8 – 2.

Two young pitchers carry no-hitters deep into their starts today. Brandon Morrow of the Blue Jays does not give up a hit to the Royals until Yuniesky Betancourt singles with two out in the 6th. Jose Bautista hits two homers and drives in five runs in an 8 – 1 win. Morrow is the third Blue Jays pitcher to start a game with five or more hitless innings this season, after Shaun Marcum on opening day and Ricky Romero a week ago. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, Doug Fister of the Mariners gives up his first hit to Nick Markakis, the first batter in the 7th inning, as Seattle jumps on Brad Bergesen to defeat the Orioles, 8 – 2.

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2009 – Randy Johnson takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning and combines with Bobby Howry and Brian Wilson for a 2 – 0 victory over the Diamondbacks. It is Johnson’s 296th win, but his first with the San Francisco Giants.

2009 – Randy Johnson takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning and combines with Bobby Howry and Brian Wilson for a 2 – 0 victory over the Diamondbacks. It is Johnson’s 296th win, but his first with the San Francisco Giants.

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Daniel Cabrera reaches base safely for the first time in his six-year career when he walks on four straight balls thrown by Florida’s Hayden Penn. Prior to receiving the free pass, the Diamondbacks’ right-hander had previously struck out in all of his 18 major league at bats, setting a major league mark for consecutive strikeouts.

Daniel Cabrera reaches base safely for the first time in his six-year career when he walks on four straight balls thrown by Florida’s Hayden Penn. Prior to receiving the free pass, the Diamondbacks’ right-hander had previously struck out in all of his 18 major league at bats, setting a major league mark for consecutive strikeouts.

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Curt Schilling opens a season with four straight winning starts for the first time, breezing through six innings and striking out seven to lead Boston over Tampa Bay, 9 – 1, at Fenway Park. Schilling ties Jim Bunning for 15th on the strikeouts list at 2,855.

Curt Schilling opens a season with four straight winning starts for the first time, breezing through six innings and striking out seven to lead Boston over Tampa Bay, 9 – 1, at Fenway Park. Schilling ties Jim Bunning for 15th on the strikeouts list at 2,855.

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The Kansas City Royals drop their 10th straight game, losing 4 – 0 to the Chicago White Sox. The reeling Royals, whose starting pitchers are 0-9 this season, have managed but one run and 11 hits in the three-game series against Chicago. Their 2-12 start is their second-slowest after 1992, when they lost 16 of their first 17.

The Kansas City Royals drop their 10th straight game, losing 4 – 0 to the Chicago White Sox. The reeling Royals, whose starting pitchers are 0-9 this season, have managed but one run and 11 hits in the three-game series against Chicago. Their 2-12 start is their second-slowest after 1992, when they lost 16 of their first 17.

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Ramón Hernandez of the Baltimore Orioles hits a home run with four RBI in an 18 – 9 win over the Cleveland Indians. Victor Martinez homers for Cleveland, extending his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest in the majors this season.

Ramón Hernandez of the Baltimore Orioles hits a home run with four RBI in an 18 – 9 win over the Cleveland Indians. Victor Martinez homers for Cleveland, extending his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest in the majors this season.

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2005 – The New York Mets establish a club record for most home runs hit in a game with seven. At Citizens Bank Park, the Mets go deep with Jose Reyes (2), Victor Diaz (2) David Wright (grand slam), Mike Piazza and Doug Mientkiewicz connecting as they rout the Phillies, 16 – 4.

2005 – The New York Mets establish a club record for most home runs hit in a game with seven. At Citizens Bank Park, the Mets go deep with Jose Reyes (2), Victor Diaz (2) David Wright (grand slam), Mike Piazza and Doug Mientkiewicz connecting as they rout the Phillies, 16 – 4.

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David Wright’s seventh inning grand slam at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park establishes a club record for home runs hit in a game. The Mets go deep seven times (Reyes-2, Diaz-2, Piazza, Wright, and Mientkiewicz) when they rout the Phillies, 16-4.

David Wright’s seventh inning grand slam at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park establishes a club record for home runs hit in a game. The Mets go deep seven times (Reyes-2, Diaz-2, Piazza, Wright, and Mientkiewicz) when they rout the Phillies, 16-4.

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A’s right-hander Justin Duchscherer, after faking a throw to third base before throwing to first, is called for a balk by umps Paul Emmel and Mike DiMuro as the result of stepping toward home plate before beginning his pick-off move. The Oakland hurler’s mound miscue ends the 14-inning contest, giving the Mariners a 2-1 balk-off victory at Safeco Field.

A’s right-hander Justin Duchscherer, after faking a throw to third base before throwing to first, is called for a balk by umps Paul Emmel and Mike DiMuro as the result of stepping toward home plate before beginning his pick-off move. The Oakland hurler’s mound miscue ends the 14-inning contest, giving the Mariners a 2-1 balk-off victory at Safeco Field.

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2002 – Jeff Cirillo of the Seattle Mariners ties a major league record with 99 consecutive errorless games played at third base. The mark took previous holder John Wehner more than eight seasons to establish playing as a utility player with the Dodgers, Pirates and Marlins.

2002 – Jeff Cirillo of the Seattle Mariners ties a major league record with 99 consecutive errorless games played at third base. The mark took previous holder John Wehner more than eight seasons to establish playing as a utility player with the Dodgers, Pirates and Marlins.

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2000 – Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser ties a major league mark, equaled by 19 others, hitting four batters in one game. Richard Hidalgo of the Houston Astros also ties a modern major league record by getting hit three times in the game, twice by Hershiser and a third time by Dodgers reliever Matt Herges.

2000 – Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser ties a major league mark, equaled by 19 others, hitting four batters in one game. Richard Hidalgo of the Houston Astros also ties a modern major league record by getting hit three times in the game, twice by Hershiser and a third time by Dodgers reliever Matt Herges.

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At Shea Stadium, the Cubs lose their 13th consecutive game to match the longest losing streak in the franchise’s 122-year history. Reliever Turk Wendell, wearing #13, is tagged with the loss when Chicago is defeated by New York, 6-3.

At Shea Stadium, the Cubs lose their 13th consecutive game to match the longest losing streak in the franchise’s 122-year history. Reliever Turk Wendell, wearing #13, is tagged with the loss when Chicago is defeated by New York, 6-3.

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1997 – A major league game is played in Hawaii for the first time. The San Diego Padres, who gave up three home games to further baseball relations and to allow renovations at Jack Murphy Stadium, play host for a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals at spacious Aloha Stadium. The Cardinals win both games, 1 – 0 and 2 – 1.

1997 – A major league game is played in Hawaii for the first time. The San Diego Padres, who gave up three home games to further baseball relations and to allow renovations at Jack Murphy Stadium, play host for a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals at spacious Aloha Stadium. The Cardinals win both games, 1 – 0 and 2 – 1.

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1996 – Juan Gonzalez hits a home run and drives in six runs as Texas beats Baltimore, 26 – 7. Texas scores 16 runs in the 8th inning – one short of the modern major league mark – and scores the most runs by an American League team in 41 years. Jesse Orosco’s ERA rises from an ugly 9.82 to an almost unfathomable 27.00. Orosco is relieved by infielder Manny Alexander, who gets the last two outs but walks off the mound with a 67.50 ERA.

1996 – Juan Gonzalez hits a home run and drives in six runs as Texas beats Baltimore, 26 – 7. Texas scores 16 runs in the 8th inning – one short of the modern major league mark – and scores the most runs by an American League team in 41 years. Jesse Orosco’s ERA rises from an ugly 9.82 to an almost unfathomable 27.00. Orosco is relieved by infielder Manny Alexander, who gets the last two outs but walks off the mound with a 67.50 ERA.

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Thanks to Rob Deer’s three-run homer to tie the score and Dale Sveum’s two-run winning shot, the Brewers rallied for five runs in the ninth inning, beating the Rangers, 6-4. The Milwaukee victory sets an American League record as they win their 12th straight game to start the season.

Thanks to Rob Deer’s three-run homer to tie the score and Dale Sveum’s two-run winning shot, the Brewers rallied for five runs in the ninth inning, beating the Rangers, 6-4. The Milwaukee victory sets an American League record as they win their 12th straight game to start the season.

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1987 – Rob Deer hits a three-run home run to tie the score and Dale Sveum wins the game with a two-run shot as the Milwaukee Brewers rally for five runs in the 9th inning to beat the Texas Rangers, 6 – 4, and set an American League record with their 12th straight victory to start the season.

1987 – Rob Deer hits a three-run home run to tie the score and Dale Sveum wins the game with a two-run shot as the Milwaukee Brewers rally for five runs in the 9th inning to beat the Texas Rangers, 6 – 4, and set an American League record with their 12th straight victory to start the season.

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1986 – Oakland Athletics pitcher Jose Rijo sets a club record with 16 strikeouts in eight innings as Oakland beats the Seattle Mariners, 7 – 2. The two clubs combine for 30 strikeouts overall, setting the modern major league record for a nine-inning game.

1986 – Oakland Athletics pitcher Jose Rijo sets a club record with 16 strikeouts in eight innings as Oakland beats the Seattle Mariners, 7 – 2. The two clubs combine for 30 strikeouts overall, setting the modern major league record for a nine-inning game.

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Rich Gossage and Cliff Johnson of the New York Yankees brawl in the clubhouse after a 6 – 3 loss

1979 – Rich Gossage and Cliff Johnson of the New York Yankees brawl in the clubhouse after a 6 – 3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Gossage suffers a sprained ligament in his thumb, which will keep him out of action until July 12th. As “punishment” for injuring the team’s ace reliever, the Yankees will trade Johnson to the Cleveland Indians later in the summer.

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Sparky Lyle becomes the first reliever to come into a game with a signature entrance song when the Yankee Stadium

Sparky Lyle becomes the first reliever to come into a game with a signature entrance song when the Yankee Stadium PA system plays Pomp and Circumstance as the closer approaches the mound. Although the southpaw secures the last out of the team’s 3-2�victory over�Milwaukee,�the�New York�relief pitcher feels�the song, selected by PR man Marty Appel to signify the end of the game much as the Edward Elgar’s march signals the end of an�academic accomplishment, adds more pressure to his closer role and asks the public relations department to put the tradition on hold.

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