1985 – The Montreal Expos finally sign their top draft pick, Pete Incaviglia, and then trade him to the Texas Rangers for infielder Jim Anderson and pitcher Bob Sebra. Incaviglia, who refused every chance to sign with Montreal because he wanted to to skip the minor leagues, will blast a Rangers-record seven home runs in spring training.
1911 – Thirty-five thousand gather at the not-yet-completed Polo Grounds to watch the Reds finally get to Christy Mathewson after 22 straight losses, beating him for the first time since May 1908. Matty, after saving the 5 – 4 opener for Hooks Wiltse with two scoreless frames, starts the nightcap, goes five innings, and loses, 7 – 4. Mike Mitchell leads the Reds in the nitecap by hitting for the cycle off Matty, and adding a double.
August 19, 1911
1988 – Mike Scott’s bid for his second career no-hitter ends one out short when Ken Oberkfell delivers a clean single to right with two outs in the top of the ninth . It’s the only sour note in a 5-0 whitewash over Atlanta. Scott walks none and fans eight. Terry Puhl, Kevin Bass and Craig Reynolds contribute three hits each.
October 8, 2019
2014 – It requires no less than two video reviews, but the Indians pull an unlikely triple play in the 4th inning of their 10 – 3 win over the Dodgers. With runners on the corners, Adrian Gonzalez slashes a pitch to left field; Michael Brantley runs in to make the catch and guns down Dee Gordon at the plate. Yasiel Puig then makes a late break for second base and appears to beat C Yan Gomes’s throw to 2B Jason Kipnis. Indians manager Terry Franconais the first to object, asking for a review of the call at second base, and it is overturned; Dodgers manager Don Mattingly then comes out of the dugout and asks officials to take another look at the out at home, but that one stands, and the Indians have a triple play.
July 1, 2014
The New York Giants score a major league record 10 runs before the St. Louis Cardinals retire the first batter in the 1st inning. Fred Merkle drives in six of the Giants’ 13 runs in the 1st en route to a 19 – 5 victory. When Giants manager John McGraw decides to save starting pitcher Christy Mathewson for another day, Rube Marquard enters the game in the 2nd inning and sets a record for relievers (since broken) with 14 strikeouts in his eight-inning appearance.
May 13, 1911