This Day In Baseball April 27
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Events for April 27
In the second game of the franchise’s history, Senator infielder Billy Clingman hits the team’s first home run. The 33 year-old switch-hitting shortstop blasts a two-run homer off A’s southpaw Wiley Piatt in the top of the fifth inning of Washington’s 11-5 victory over Philadelphia at Columbia Park.
Cardinal manager Gabby Street is fined for violating the National League policy which prohibits talking to spectators. The Redbird skipper’s nickname suggests he might be a chatterbox, but he insists the moniker stems his overuse of the word Gabby, a term used in the south when addressing a black male whose name is unknown.
Red Sox right-hander Gene Conley and White Sox hurler Dave DeBusschere, who both played in the NBA in the offseason, each pitch in relief during the fourth inning of the Red Sox’s 9-5 victory over the White Sox at Fenway Park. Conley, now with the Knicks as a power guard, is the only person to have played on World Championship teams in baseball (1957 Braves) and basketball (1959–61, Celtics), and DeBusschere, currently employed by the Pistons, will be inducted as player into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1983.
1967 – Reliever Bill Short and right fielder Roberto Clemente preserve Pittsburgh’s come-from-behind, ulcer-inducing 5 – 4 victory over their cross-state rivals. Les Biederman of the Pittsburgh Press reports: “The Phils tried to get going after Pete Mikkelsen retired the first two batters in the 9th and what remained of the crowd of 4,979 stood in the aisles. Mikkelsen dared Richie Allen with a fastball and fanned him for the second out but Tony Gonzalez rammed a line drive into the right-center hole. Usually this is good for a double, maybe a triple if the ball gets through. But Clemente dived at the ball and came up throwing to second base as Gonzalez wisely stopped at first. Cookie Rojas followed with a single to left. Had Gonzalez’s ball gone through for a double, Rojas’ single would have scored him with the tying run. Bill Short came in to pitch to Johnny Callison and walked him on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases but then he got Jackie Brandt on a slow roller for the final out.” Pittsburgh pulls even in the game during Clemente’s two-out 7th-inning at-bat, but he is a mere spectator: a wild pitch from Larry Jackson and an errant throw from Bob Uecker account for the two equalizing runs.
Braves outfielder Hank Aaron joins Babe Ruth and Willie Mays as the only major league player to hit 600 career home runs. His historic homer, a 350-foot drive over the left field wall, comes off Gaylord Perry in the third inning of a 6-5 ten-inning loss to the Giants at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium.
Reggie Jackson, who left the Bronx when the team decided not to renew his contract, returns to Yankee Stadium as an Angel, and to the delight of the New York crowd, hits a long home run contributing to California’s 3-1 rain-shortened victory over the home team. The fans show their displeasure about losing ‘Mr. October’ to free agency by chanting “Steinbrenner Sucks” as Jackson rounded the bases while the Yankee owner stands defiantly in his box.
Nolan Ryan becomes the first of three major leaguers this season to breaks Walter Johnson’s 56 year-old record, notching his 3,509th career strikeout when he whiffs Expo pinch-hitter Brad Mills on a 1-2 curveball in the eighth inning of the Astros’ 4-2 victory at Olympic Stadium. The 36 year-old fireballer’s feat will also be accomplished by Steve Carlton and Gaylord Perry, respectively, in May and August. (Ed. note – some websites, including the Baseball Hall of Fame, ESPN, and Baseball Reference, differ with the official MLB stats, crediting the Washington Senator legend with 3,509 career strikeouts, with an extra strikeout recorded in his rookie season accounting for the difference. – LP)
Scott Erickson, who allowed the most hits in the majors last season, pitches the Twins’ first no-hitter in 27 years, beating the Brewers at the Metrodome, 6-0. In 1967, Dean Chance no-hit the Indians, but the right-hander allowed a run in Minnesota’s 2-1 victory in the nightcap of the twin bill at Cleveland Stadium.
Barry Bonds becomes only the fourth player in major league history to amass 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases when he homers in the 3rd inning in the San Francisco Giants’ 6 – 3 victory over the Florida Marlins. His father, Bobby Bonds, along with godfather Willie Mays and Andre Dawson are the only other players to reach 300-300.
Former Brewer Jose Valentin hits for the cycle, helping his new team, the Chicago White Sox, defeat the Orioles, 13-4. In Milwaukee, Valentin’s home for the past eight seasons, a player is awarded a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for hitting for the cycle. (In exactly one month, he’ll miss being the first American League player to hit for the cycle twice in one season by not getting a single.)
Ozzy, the male osprey of a breeding pair that lived for years on Jackie Robinson Ballpark’s left field light pole, dies at the Audubon Birds of Prey Center as a result of being hit by a baseball being thrown trying to knock it off its perch he shared with his mate Harriet and a brood of chicks. Class A Daytona Cubs hurler Jae Kuk Ryu was charged with second-degree misdemeanor by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for harming a protected bird.
At Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Chad Moeller becomes the first Brewer to hit for the cycle at home. In the 9-8 victory over the Reds, against starter Cory Lidle, the backup catcher homers in the second inning, doubles in the fourth, triples in the fifth, and then singles in the seventh off reliever Ryan Wagner to complete the feat in front of 8,918 enthusiastic fans.
Mark Grudzielanek hits for the cycle in his first four at-bats in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 6 – 3 victory over Milwaukee. Grudzielanek is only the third Cardinals player to hit for the cycle at 40-year-old Busch Stadium, which is being demolished after this season. The others were Ray Lankford on September 15, 1991 against the Mets and Lou Brock on May 27, 1975 against the Padres.
Top Tampa Bay prospect Delmon Young is suspended indefinitely by the International League, a day after throwing a bat that hits a replacement umpire in the chest. The 20-year-old Young, brother of Detroit star Dmitri Young and honored as the 2005 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, was ejected in the 1st inning following a called third strike in the Durham Bulls’ Triple-A game at Pawtucket. The suspension will be for 50 games.
On the night in which the ceremonial first pitch is thrown by his three sons, Trevor Hoffman is unable to hold on to a two run lead when the Dodgers score three in the ninth and eventually beat the Padres, 6-5. It’s ‘Trevor Time Desk Clock’ Night, and the usually reliable Padres closer blows the save, thanks to some shady defense, for the second consecutive game.
Beating the Padres, 2-1, the Diamondbacks break the franchise mark for wins in April, having already won 17 games this month. Brandon Webb, who outduels Jake Peavy, becomes just the third hurler in major league history, joining teammate Randy Johnson (2000, 2002) and Dave Stewart (A’s – 1988), to post six victories before the start of May.
Rookie Dexter Fowler steals five bases against San Diego to lead the Rockies to a 12 – 7 victory. The Rocks steal eight bases overall against the battery of Chris Young and Nick Hundley. As part of the madness on the base paths, Brad Hawpe is hit in the head by catcher Hundley’s pick-off attempt at second base and is knocked out of the game. Fowler ties the post-1900 rookie record for steals in a game.
Raul Ibanez hits a grand slam off Joel Hanrahan in the 8th inning to lead Philadelphia to a 13 – 11 win over Washington. Ibanez’s blast follows another grand slam by Ryan Howard off Shairon Martis in the 5th. The Nationals are up 6 – 2 and 11 – 7, but cough up the lead twice, negating a five-home run performance by their hitters.
West Virginia State’s Bo Darby homers in his first four plate appearances against Salem International, giving him round-trippers in five consecutive at-bats over two games, including the home run in his final at-bat two days ago against the University of Charleston. The Yellow Jackets’ sophomore outfielder will go deep twice more in the second game of the twin bill to finish the day with six four-baggers along with 14 RBIs.
With a 3-16 record coming into the game, the Orioles win at home for the first time this year, beating the Yankees, 5 – 4. It’s hard slogging, though, as the Yankees score two unearned runs in the 9th and Alfredo Simon records the first save of his career in his first appearance since reconstructive elbow surgery last May. Alberto Castillo is the winner in relief. The Orioles now have a two-game winning streak, but their record is still four games worse than any other team in the majors.
The Mets sweep the Dodgers in a doubleheader, 4 – 0 and 10 – 5, to extend their winning streak to 6 games and to record their 8th win in their last 9 games. Jason Bay hits his first home run as a Met in support of Johan Santana’s pitching in the opener, while David Wright drives in four runs in the nitecap.
Francisco Liriano continues to display the form that made him a rookie sensation before arm surgery in 2006. The Twins’ starter pitches a third consecutive game in which he does not allow a run, going 8 innings in a 2 – 0 win over Detroit. He has an 0.93 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 29 innings this year.
With the help of a five-run ninth inning fueled by Ryan Doumit’s grand slam and Ronny Cedeno’s solo shot off Trevor Hoffman, the Pirates snap a 22-game losing streak in Milwaukee with a 7-3 comeback victory over the Brewers at Miller Park. The Brew Crew’s hometown hex over the Bucs was the longest held by one team over another since the Browns / Orioles lost 27 consecutive contests to the Indians in Cleveland from 1952-54.
David Wright, with an RBI single to right field off Ramon Troncoso in the fifth inning of New York’s 10-5 victory over L.A. at Citi Field, becomes the eighth and quickest player to accumulate 1,000 hits in a Mets uniform. The 27 year-old third baseman, who surpasses Mike Piazza’s mark of 935 games to reach the milestone, accomplishes the feat in his 868th career contest with the club.
The Rockies reverse a 6 – 2 deficit with an 11-run 5th-inning outburst against the Mets, then pull out with an 18 – 9 win at Coors Field. Eric Young starts the ball rolling by beating P Chris Schwinden’s throw on a comebacker to the mound; 3 walks, 7 hits, 4 errors and a hit batsman later, the Rockies are cruising to an easy win; Carlos Gonzalez drives in 5 runs during the frame, then Ramon Hernandez adds a grand slam in the 7th. For the Mets, Scott Hairston hits for the cycle in a losing cause, while the two teams combine for 36 hits in the slugfest.
Yankee right-hander Ivan Nova fails to tie the franchise mark of 16 consecutive wins established last season by Roger Clemens when he doesn’t get a decision in the team’s 7-6 victory over Detroit. The 26 year-old hurler, who moved ahead of Whitey Ford (1961) and Steve Sundra (1938-39) in his last start, gives up six earned runs on 11 hits in his 5.1 innings of work in New York’s walk-off win in the Bronx ballpark.
Mets left fielder Scott Hairston became the tenth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle with his sixth inning double, plating Rueben Tejada and David Wright. The outfielder’s four hits, which drive in four runs, aren’t enough when Colorado routs New York, scoring 11 times in the fifth, in the Coors Field’s contest, 18-9.
The Blue Jays are the first team to start 6 players from the Dominican Republic in the same game, as their line-up against the Red Sox features SS Jose Reyes, LF Melky Cabrera, CF Jose Bautista, 1B Edwin Encarnacion, DH Juan Francisco and RF Moises Sierra. There is joy in Santo Domingo as the proto-Dominican national team wins, 7 – 1, behind a strong performance by R.A. Dickey, one of only two U.S.-born players among the Jays’ 10 starters (the other is battery-mate Josh Thole).
José Abreu sets a record for most RBIs by a rookie in April when he drives in 4 runs in a 9 – 2 win over the Rays, giving him 31 ribbies for the month. He hits a two-run homer off David Price in the 6th and adds a two-run single in the 7th. The previous record was 27, by Albert Pujols in 2001. His 10th homer extends the mark he already held for most long balls. Scott Carroll is the beneficiary of all those runs, as he wins his major league debut.
DOOR Neptunus becomes the first team in Hoofdklasse history to 1,000 wins, doing so against only 387 losses; at least four teams have played more games than Neptunus but no one else has won more than 816 games (Kinheim is second). The Dutch league has been around 93 years. To reach the milestone, Neptunus beats the Vaessen Pioniers, 12 – 4. Raily Legito and Urving Kemp each get 3 hits and 3 runs while Gyenuar Lopez drives in three. Misja Harcksen tosses 4 1/3 shutout innings of relief after starter Floris Timmer sputters. Elton Koeiman takes the loss for the Pioniers, while Vince Rooi gets three hits for them.
Jose Abreu extends the rookie record, a mark he previously shared with Albert Pujols, for the most runs batted in during the month of April. The 27 year-old White Sox DH ends the day with 31 RBIs after hitting a two-run homer and a two-run single in the team’s 9-2 victory over Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field.
2015 – Today’s scheduled game between the Orioles and the White Sox is postponed because of violent protests in downtown Baltimore, MD, following the death of a black man in police custody a week earlier. Two days earlier, as an Orioles game was headed for extra innings, the mayor’s office asked spectators not to leave the ballpark because of safety concerns, before lifting the recommendation at the end of game after things had calmed down. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has also decreed a week-long curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM, making the playing of two scheduled night games problematic.
Trevor Story of the Rockies sets a new National League rookie mark with his 9th homer of April, breaking the record of 8 set by Albert Pujols in 2001; he is still one shy of the major league mark of 10, set by Jose Abreu in 2014. Colorado loses the game, though, 9 – 8 to the Pirates in 12 innings. Story will tie Abreu’s mark with another long ball on April 29th.
José Adolis García wins Serie Nacional MVP for 2015-2016. He is the first member of the Tigres de Ciego de Ávila to win the MVP, following a season in which he did not make the top 10 in OPS but led in RBI and was in the top 10 in doubles, homers, runs and steals in leading the team to a title. Yoandy Cruz is named Serie Nacional Rookie of the Year following a 7-2 campaign.
1983 – Nolan Ryan breaks Walter Johnson’s major league record for career strikeouts, fanning Montreal’s Brad Mills for his 3,509th victim. Ironically it was a curveball, not Ryan’s famed fastball, that claims Mills. Ryan accomplishes the feat in 2,500 less innings than Johnson needed to set it. Nolan tips his cap to the applauding Canadian fans then quickly resumes on his way to a 4-2 victory.
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