This Day In Baseball June 11
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Events for June 11
At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants make it easy by scoring 11 runs in the opening inning en route to a 26 – 2 pasting of Washington. New York collects 10 hits in the big inning‚ including 2 hits apiece by Mike Tiernan‚ Buck Ewing‚ and Monte Ward. Danny Richardson is 6 for 7 for New York with 6 singles. This is the second time this season the Giants have scored 26 runs: in 4 days they’ll score 29. The starter and loser for Washington is Dupee Shaw‚ the inventor of the windup. Ugly rumors will erupt about today’s big loss‚ and Washington will release Shaw in August. The Boston Globe will report on his release that he “had shown lack of heart in his work and was sick of the club. It is said he never recovered emotionally from the effects of the accusation late last year that he was crooked in some of his work versus certain clubs.”
Following a win by Ed Doheny‚ Pittsburgh gets back on the shutout track when Deacon Phillippe throws his 3rd straight whitewash‚ defeating Brooklyn‚ 9 – 0. His batterymate Ed Phelps is 3 for 3 with a stolen base. Phils manager Chief Zimmer calls Phelps‚ “the best catcher in the game” and “a coming star.”
Bob Wicker of the Chicago Cubs pitches 9 1/3 hitless innings before Sam Mertes of the Giants singles. Wicker will win, 1 – 0, with a 12-inning one-hitter. This is the second time that Mertes has broken up an extra-inning no-hitter. Iron Joe McGinnity pitches 9 innings of scoreless ball for New York. Chicago wins it in the 12th‚ 1 – 0‚ when Johnny Evers’ 2-out single off McGinnity scores Frank Chance. It is Iron Joe’s first loss after 14 straight wins. Wicker is near flawless‚ striking out 10. Light-hitting outfielder Sam Mertes, for the second time in his career, breaks up an extra-inning no-hitter, having also spoiled Indians right-hander Earl Moore’s 1901 bid for a no-no when he started the game-winning rally for the White Sox with a one-out single in the top inning.
After pitching nine and a third innings of no-hit baseball, Cubs’ hurler Bob Wicker settles for a 1-0, twelve inning one-hit victory over the Giants. Light-hitting outfielder Sam Mertes, for the second time in his career, breaks up an extra-inning no-hitter, having also spoiled Indians right-hander Earl Moore’s 1901 bid for a no-no when he started the game-winning rally for the White Sox with a one-out single in the top inning.
With the score tied 5 – 5‚ Ivy Olson of Cleveland steals home in the top of the 15th for the winning run over the Red Sox. Jack Graney then steals home for an insurance run‚ marking the only time teammates would steal home in extra innings in the same game. Dutch Leonard watches on the mound for Boston.
The Yankees finally beat the White Sox‚ winning 10 – 9. Yankees P Ray Caldwell hits a pinch home run for his second pinch homer in 2 days. He hit one yesterday in a 5 – 4 loss to the White Sox. Nobody else in the American League repeats the feat until Joe Cronin in 1943. Tomorrow, Caldwell will hit another long ball‚ but he is on the mound in that game.
Giants catcher Larry McLean‚ suspended by John McGraw for 10 days‚ goes on rampage at Buckingham Hotel in St. Louis and picks a fight with McGraw and scout Dick Kinsella. McGraw banishes the catcher saying he’ll never play for Giants again. Christy Mathewson‚ unperturbed‚ beats the Cards in the afternoon. McLean will be shipped to the Cards‚ from whence he came‚ on August 6th for Doc Crandall.
At the Polo Grounds in a 10-9 victory over the White Sox, Ray Caldwell becomes the first major leaguer to hit a home run in consecutive pinch-hit appearances. The Yankee pitcher, who will win 19 games this season, hit the first of his two round-trippers as a pinch hitter yesterday, also against Chicago.
The franchise owners in the Southern League vote to suspend operations on June 28. Transportation difficulties‚ increasing rail rates‚ and lack of interest in some cities are the reasons cited. In 9 days, the 6-team Texas League will vote not to add New Orleans and Beaumont for the remainder of the year. The stumbling block is New Orleans‚ which wants the right to pull out for next year in case the Southern League reorganizes.
Insisting on another start‚ Urban Shocker is again beaten by the Yankees‚ 8 – 4. New York scores 3 in the 7th on a walk‚ 3 hits‚ and a Ken Williams throwing error. Gene Robertson‚ a substitute, adds the game’s topper in the 7th when he lifts a high fly behind the Browns’ dugout and the ball strikes owner Phil Ball on the cheek, giving him a mild concussion and requiring 4 stitches. Following the game‚ Shocker will miss 3 weeks in June and July because of a thigh injury‚ but he still racks up 348 innings‚ 2nd in the American League.
The Philadelphia Athletics field a team of seven future Hall of Famers in the 9th inning: Ty Cobb (RF), Mickey Cochrane (PH), Eddie Collins (2B), Jimmie Foxx (1B), Lefty Grove(P), Al Simmons (CF) and Zack Wheat (LF). After 5 wins in a row‚ the A’s lose to the Tigers‚ 5 – 4. Cy Perkins started as catcher batting seventh‚ but when Cochrane pinch-hit for him in the last inning‚ seven Cooperstown-bound players were in the lineup. On May 24th of 1928‚ the A’s will again field 7 HOFers and combine with the Yanks to showcase 13 Hall of Famers.
In New York‚ Babe Ruth clouts two consecutive home runs (numbers 19 and 20) off Garland Buckeye‚ but in his next time up Ruth is set upon by Cleveland C Luke Sewell who demands that the umpires inspect the Bambino’s bat. The umps find nothing illegal‚ but the crowd of 30‚000 cheer the Babe‚ who strikes out. Tony Lazzeri adds a homer and New Yorkwins‚ 6 – 4. George Burns is 3 for 3 with 2 doubles for the Tribe.
The Robins spoil Paul Waner Day in Pittsburgh beating the Bucs‚ 11 – 10. Waner‚ whose wedding was last night‚ collects 3 hits‚ including a double‚ and a 7-passenger car, and teammate Clyde Barnhart has 2 triples and a double‚ but it’s not enough. Brooklyn has 15 hits and scores 4 times in the 9th to give Dazzy Vance the win.
In the second of two games‚ Paul Dean debuts with the Giants and beats the Cubs‚ 3 – 1‚ on 4 hits. Joe Moore runs his hitting streak to 14 games when he belts an 8th inning homer off Claude Passeau. The Giants win the opener, 4 – 0, behind Bill Lohrman to pull within 1 1/2 games of the Reds and Dodgers. Bill Lee is the losing Cubs hurler in that one.
In Boston‚ the Red Sox chase Bob Feller‚ 9 – 2‚ on homers by Ted Williams and Joe Cronin. Williams adds a triple‚ while Lou Finney has four hits including a pair of doubles. During the game‚ Tribe manager Oscar Vitt openly criticizes Feller‚ saying “Look at him. He’s supposed to be my ace. How am I supposed to win a pennant with that kind of pitching.” The Boston win keeps the Sox a game ahead of Detroit and Cleveland.
The Cards set a National League record for double plays in a doubleheader as they turn 9 to back the six-hit efforts of Red Munger and Harry Gumbert to win, 3 – 1 and 4 – 1. The Cards up their NL lead to 5 1/2 games. The Cards turn 4 double plays in game 1 and 5 in game 2 to up the NL mark from 7 in a twinbill. 2B Emil Verban is in 7 of the twin killings. In game 2‚ the Cards break a 1 – 1 tie with three consecutive homers in the 6th off Clyde Shoun – by Walker Cooper‚ Whitey Kurowski‚ and Danny Litwhiler.
The Indians hold on to beat the Yankees‚ 10 – 8‚ as reliever Bob Feller fans Sherm Lollar with the bases full to end the game. Joe DiMaggio had led off the 9th with a homer. Game highlights include Yogi Berra getting tossed by Cal Hubbard and young Bobby Brown being replaced at 2B in the 8th by George Stirnweiss‚ a move that will remain permanent for the season. Lou Boudreau ends a Tribe rally in the 7th by striking out – his first K in 42 games. The game – interrupted by rain and a fans’ missile barrage – ends at 12:20 a.m.
At Wrigley Field Hank Sauer hits 3 homers off Curt Simmons at Wrigley Field to account for all the scoring as the Cubs‚ behind Turk Lown‚ beat the Phillies, 3 – 2. It is Hammerin’ Hank’s second three-homer game: the first came in 1950‚ also off Curt Simmons. Sauer is now leading the National League in home runs (18)‚ RBIs (58)‚ and batting average (.352)‚ but he’ll go hitless in his next 24 at bats‚ striking out 10 times‚ and his average will drop 32 points in a week.
At Fenway Park‚ Bosox catcher Sammy White clouts a 9th-inning grand slam with one out to defeat the Browns’ Satchel Paige‚ 11 – 9. Paige (5-2) takes a 9 – 5 lead into the 9th. White completes his home run trot by rounding third base and crawling from half way home and kissing the plate. Another rookie provides entertainment to start the inning as Jimmy Piersall‚ leading off‚ announces to Paige that he is going to bunt. He does just that and beats Paige to first base‚ whereupon he starts mirroring Satchel’s moves and yelling “oink‚ oink‚ oink.” Hoot Evers beats out an infield hit and Piersall continues his antics at second. A now distracted and annoyed Paige walks George Kell‚ and one out later‚ forces in a run by walking Billy Goodman. A single by Ted Lepcio sets up White’s slam. After the game‚ Browns C Clint Courtney opines‚ “I believe that man is plumb crazy. Yeah‚ he’s nuts altogether. I never saw a man do those things. Anywhere.”
Behind the pitching of Jim McDonald and Allie Reynolds‚ first-place New York beats Detroit, 6 – 3, to run its win streak to 14 games. New York gets a game-winner from Mickey Mantle off Art Houtteman that crowns the roof in right center at Detroit. Mantle has now hit in 16 straight games‚ but will go hitless tomorrow‚ when he pulls a thigh muscle. Hitting .353 at the end of today‚ Mantle will hit just .255 the rest of the year. The Yankees get another tape-measure blast when Joe Collins hits a 2-out 7th inning homer that lands on the 98-foot high press box over the 370-foot sign.
The Redlegs hit 5 homers‚ including three in the 7th‚ en route to a 10 – 8 victory over the visiting Dodgers. One of the homers in the 7th is hit by pitcher Harry Perkowski‚ the only homer of his major league career. Brooklyn hits 2 homers in the top of the 7th and the 5 home runs in the inning ties a major league mark.
At Wrigley Field‚ the Giants get a 9th inning homer by Ray Katt‚ his first in the majors‚ to tie the Cubs at 4 apiece. But Eddie Miksis hits the first pitch in the 10th for a catwalk home run to left to give the Cubs and Jim Davis the 5 – 4 win. The loser is Davis’s uncle Marv Grissom. The two teams combine for 9 errors.
The discussion over the cork-center baseball continues. At this point‚ there have been 745 homers in the majors‚ hit by 192 players; at this point in the 1927 season‚ there were 320 homers‚ hit by 140 ball players. National League President Warren Giles will retort that bigger players‚ not livelier balls‚ account for the present-day hitting feats.
The Yankees sweep two from the Angels‚ winning the opener‚ 2 – 1 behind Ralph Terry’s 5-hitter. Yogi Berra clouts a pair of solo homers. In the nitecap‚ Mickey Mantle’s 1st inning homer‚ #19‚ gives him the American League lead‚ but Roger Maris adds a pair of home runs‚ his 19th and 20th‚ as New York wins, 5 – 1. The Yanks have won 10 of 11 games.
1962 – With the bases loaded in the 3rd against the Indians‚ Boston pitcher Earl Wilson is about throw when Tito Francona‚ the runner on first base‚ yells‚ “hold it‚ Earl.” Wilson holds the ball‚ then stumbles off the mound‚ balking home the game’s first run. The Indians plate 9 more in the game to win‚ 10 – 0‚ behind Jim Perry. Willie Kirkland drives in 5 runs with a homer and double.
After Brock Davis is intentionally walked to load the bases, third baseman Bob Aspromonte blasts a tenth-inning walk-off grand slam off Lindy McDaniel, lifting the Colt .45s to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs. Chicago had tied the Colt Stadium contest in the top of the ninth on a triple by Dick Bertell, a walk to Bob’s brother Ken, and Don Landrum’s RBI single.
1963 – Bob Aspromonte hits a grand slam home run off Lindy McDaniel to beat the Cubs in ten innings, 6-2. The blast fulfills a promise Aspromonte made to a Little Leaguer blinded by a lightning strike who is recovering in Houston. The next year, Aspromonte hits another grand slam on June 11th to down Cincinnati, 5-3.
Roberto Clemente makes his 4th and final conquest of the Candlestick crosswind, a line drive homer over the left-field fence into the teeth of a strong wind. Chronicler Bob Stevenscalls it one of the longest ever hit in that spot. The Pittsburgh Pirates proceed to pound Ray Sadecki and reliever Ron Herbel for three additional runs, 7 – 4 over the Giants.
Graig and Jim Nettles become the tenth different pair of brothers to homer in the same game when they both go deep in the Cleveland Stadium contest. Twins center fielder Jim’s solo shot in the top of the sixth inning is matched by his older brother’s blast in the bottom of the seventh in Minnesota’s 5-3 victory over the Indians.
The New York Yankees’ Mel Stottlemyre makes his 272nd consecutive start, with no relief appearances, to set an American League record. In the 4th inning‚ Stottelmyre feels a pop in his right shoulder after throwing a curve ball to Frank Robinson. It is a tear in his rotator cuff: he’ll throw just 2 more innings‚ his career over at 32. Dick Lange is the winning pitcher.
1980 – J.R. Richard blanks the Chicago Cubs, 3-0, extending his shutout innings steak to 31-2/3rd innings. He fans eight and walks three, allowing six hits yet says his arm doesn’t feel right. Jose Cruz and Denny Walling give Richard all the support he needs with RBI singles in the first inning. The win marks the first homestand sweep in Houston history, taking six from the Giants and Cubs.
Seattle P Erik Hanson allows 4 runs on a single in the 4th inning of the Mariners’ 8 – 2 loss to California. With the bases loaded‚ Greg Myers strokes a single to left. Left fielder Henry Cotto boots the ball‚ then throws over the head of C Bill Haselman as 2 runs score. Hanson‚ who is backing up home‚ fires a throw over 3B Edgar Martinez’s head allowing 2 more runners to score.
The Yankees-Brewers game at County Stadium is interrupted by some 100 seagulls who swoop down onto the field‚ apparently in search of moths hatching in the infield and outfield grass. The Yankees eventually win the game by a score of 5 – 4‚ winning in the 9th on a two-run pinch homer by Kevin Maas. While no players or seagulls are hurt‚ Wade Boggs calls the situation “terribly dangerous. The seagulls will return for tomorrow night’s game‚ but the Brewers will be prepared for the birds. Gus the wonder dog‚ on loan from the Wisconsinwaterfowl association‚ will keep them away.
The Giants score 4 times in the bottom of the 9th inning in their game with Montreal to tie the score at 8 – 8‚ but the Expos score twice in the 13th to win‚ 10 – 8. Montreal OF Rondell White strokes 6 hits while becoming the 4th Expo to ever hit for the cycle. White’s hits include a single‚ 2 doubles‚ a triple‚ and a home run. He scores 5 runs‚ while picking up 3 ribbies.
Yankee starting pitcher Mariano Rivera, allowing five runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings in the team’s eventual 10-7 victory over Seattle, is sent back to the minor leagues. The Bombers’ starting shortstop, a 20 year-old infielder named Derek Jeter, will also be demoted after the Bronx ballpark contest.
Two days after losing a 15-inning, 4 1/2 hour marathon‚ the Braves waste no time in doing in the Twins‚ 11 – 0. Andruw Jones‚ Vinny Castilla and Matt Franco hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the 7-run 5th inning. The Braves last hit 3 straight on April 18‚ 1994. Tom Glavine (11-2) pitches 7 scoreless innings for the win.
In the top of the ninth inning during the Indians and Phillies interleague game at Jacobs Field, an explosive device thrown from the upper deck explodes in a lower-level smoking area, causing minor injuries to two people. Three young men suspected of causing the blast, which is heard throughout the ballpark, are held on suspicion of felonious assault and aggravated arson.
Houston Astros pitchers Roy Oswalt, Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner combine for the first no-hitter against the New York Yankees in 45 years, winning 8 – 0, and stopping New York at 6,980 games with at least one hit. The Baltimore Orioles’ Hoyt Wilhelm accomplished the feat in 1958 at Memorial Stadium, wiining 1 – 0. Houston’s sextet also sets a record for the highest number of pitchers to participate in a no-hitter in major league history (there had been two no-hitters shared by four pitchers).
Houston fans moan when starter Roy Oswalt leaves the game in the second inning with a pulled groin, but they rejoice when the bullpen comes through in a record-setting way. Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Doteland Billy Wagner combine to no-hit the New York Yankees, 8-0. It’s the first time in big league history that a no-no is shared by six pitchers. They walk three Bronx Bombers, striking out 13, while accomplishing the first no-hitter against the Yankees since 1958 and the first opposition no-hitter at Yankee Stadium since 1952. Lidge gets credit for the win. Dotel ties a record with a four-strikeout inning. Lance Berkman’s mammoth two-run blast off Jeff Weaver highlights the offense.
With the score knotted at two at Dolphin Stadium, Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla hits a walk-off grand slam to beat the first place Phillies, 6-2. It’s the second time in franchise history a game has ended with a bases loaded dinger, with Bobby Bonilla accomplishing the feat against the Rockies in 1997.
Umpire Don Briggs throws the entire crowd, approximately 100 fans in attendance at Winfield-Mount Union High School (IA) for a contest against West Burlington, out of the game following his controversial call in the fifth inning. The incident occurs when the home team coach refuses to remove any of the unruly local fans, so the ten-year veteran scholastic arbitrator decides to take action himself, borrowing a cell phone to call the police to help with the ejections.
Andy Pettitte records his 200th win in pinstripes in the Yankees’ 4 – 3 win over Houston at Yankee Stadium. Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231) are the only other members of this exclusive New York club. The 37 year-old southpaw, who also reaches the 3,000 career inning plateau in the first frame of the game, gets his historic victory when New York beats Houston, his former team, in an inter-league contest in the Bronx, 4-3.
The red-hot Red Sox continue to streak, crushing the Blue Jays, 16 – 4, for their 8th straight win. David Ortiz hits a three-run homer, Jason Varitek homers and drives in four, Dustin Pedroia has 3 RBI on 3 hits, and Marco Scutaro scores three times on 4 hits, while John Lackey picks up the win. The battered Jays turn to utility player Mike McCoy to finish the game, and he proves to be the only one of their pitchers able to handle Boston’s bats, hurling a perfect inning of mop-up work.
The Yankees keep pace by shutting out Cleveland, 4 – 0, behind Bartolo Colon’s 5th win of they year. However, the win proves costly as the big pitcher who is making a remarkable comeback from a year away from baseball must leave the game in the 7th with a strained hamstring and will be placed on the disabled list after the game; 3B Alex Rodriguez is hit in the hip by Mitch Talbot after blasting one of three Yankee solo homers on the day – Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira hit the others – and must also leave the game, although the injury is minor. Talbot also leaves early, being ejected for throwing at A-Rod.
The Dodgers and Diamondbacks engage in a beanball war. The hostilities start when D-Backs pitcher Ian Kennedy hits super rookie Yasiel Puig in the head with a fastball in the 6th inning. The ball hits his nose, and he stays on the ground for a few minutes but stays in the game; Andre Ethier follows with a game-tying two-run homer. In the top of the 7th, Dodgers P Zack Greinke hits the first batter, Miguel Montero, in the back, prompting both benches to empty, although only stares are exchanged. Then, in the bottom of the inning, Kennedy throws a pitch near Greinke’s head, and pandemonium breaks out, with both benches and bullpens emptying again, and players and even coaches going at each other. When order is restored, Puig and coach Mark McGwire are ejected for the Dodgers, and manager Kirk Gibson and coach Turner Ward for the D-Backs. Incidentally, Los Angeles wins the game, 5 – 3. Major League Baseball will hand out 8 suspensions and 12 fines as a result of the events, with Kennedy getting a 10-game suspension and Eric Hinske of the D-Backs getting five; both managers are suspended for one game, and two for the two coaches.
In a much-anticipated major league debut, Gerrit Cole throws six scoreless six innings in the Pirates’ 8-2 victory over San Francisco at PNC Park. A larger-than-average Tuesday night crowd of 30,614, which includes over 10,000 walk-ups, is on hand to watch the overall 2011 First-Year Player Draft No. 1 selection earn his first big league career victory. He starts off by striking out Gregor Blanco on three pitches, and singles off Tim Lincecum in his first at-bat, driving in two runs.
In spite of twice carrying a no-hit bid until two are out in the bottom of the 9th (one of those was later changed to a two-hitter), the Rangers’ Yu Darvish had yet to throw a complete game since coming over to the major leagues at the start of the 2012 season. He changes that today, with a 6 – 0 shutout of the Marlins. The loss ends Miami’s record-tying winning streak in interleague games at 13.
Scott Kazmir and Evan Scribner combine on a one-hitter as the Athletics blank the Rangers, 7 – 0. For Kazmir, who pitches 8 innings, it’s a first win in 9 starts. A 5th-inning single by Elvis Andrus is the only hit for Texas, while Oakland scores 6 times in the 8th with Mark Canha and Josh Reddick both hitting two-run homers.
2017 – Max Scherzer of the Nationals records the 2,000th strikeout of his career, beating out Clayton Kershaw, who reached the milestone less than a week ago, as the third fastest pitcher to the mark. He leaves after 7 1/3 innings having struck out 10 Rangers batters and with the score tied at 1, but all he receives for his efforts is a loss when the bullpen allows the two inherited runners he leaves on base to score, and then lets in two more runs for a 5 – 1 loss.
2018 – The Cubs take over first place in the NL Central with a 7 – 2 win over the Brewers in 10 innings. They tie the game, 2 – 2, in the 8th thanks to a clutch single by Jason Heywardagainst usually untouchable reliever Josh Hader, then Anthony Rizzo leads off the top of the 10th with a long homer off Matt Albers. The Cubs then add four more runs in the frame to nail down the win.
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