This Day In Baseball June 5
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Events for June 5
The five-year ban placed on players who jumped to the Mexican League is lifted by Commissioner Happy Chandler as a result of the players’ plan to sue for reinstatement on the grounds of an antitrust violation, a courtroom challenge the owners do not want to defend due to the existing reserve clause. Lou Klein, who left the first-place Cardinals two months into the 1946 season to play south of the border with Vera Cruz, will be the first exile to return to the major leagues when he singles and scores as a pinch-hitter in the Redbirds’ victory over Brooklyn at Sportsman’s Park on June 16.
Robin Roberts, who will finish his career playing with three other clubs, wins his last game for the Phillies, beating the Giants at Candlestick Park, 3-2. The future Hall of Famer’s lone victory this season, a complete-game six-hitter, is his 234th win for Philadelphia, the most by a right-hander in franchise history.
1963 – At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, Mickey Mantle fractures a bone in his left foot and suffers ligament and cartilage damage to the left knee running into the chain link fence chasing down a Brooks Robinson drive. Mantle will be out for 61 games. Whitey Ford beats Milt Pappas and the Orioles, 4 – 3, as the Yankees return to first place.
1966 – In a 10 – 5 Pittsburgh win over the Astros, Willie Stargell goes 5 for 5, giving him nine consecutive hits in two days. Roberto Clemente hits his second 500-foot home run of the year. Les Biederman of The Sporting News describes it: “Clemente hit one ball between the Barney Dreyfuss monument and the right-center light tower – a rarity for a right-handed slugger. It traveled out of the park between the 436-foot sign on the right-center fence and the Barney Dreyfuss memorial to the left. The ball landed approximately 60 feet beyond the wall on a diamond where some youngsters were playing.” He adds: “The fans talked about this one for a long time, and it was such a shot that centerfielder Jim Wynn of the Astros stood with hands on hips and admired it for a few seconds.”
Oakland outfielder Reggie Jackson, tired of being picked on by Billy North, tackles his A’s teammate in the Tiger Stadium clubhouse, starting a nasty fight which results in some costly injuries. In addition to Jackson injuring his shoulder, Ray Fosse, attempting to separate the brawlers, crushes a disk in the catcher’s neck that virtually ends his season.
1982 – “The Brew Crew” connect for three consecutive home runs, by Robin Yount, Cecil Cooper and Ben Oglivie in the 7th inning, as Milwaukee pounds Oakland, 11 – 3. Ted Simmons and Gorman Thomas also homer to back Bob McClure’s third victory. It is the second time in a week that Milwaukee sluggers have hit three consecutive homers.
1994 – In Detroit, the Twins’ Chuck Knoblauch leads off the game with a homer off Mike Moore, then adds a second long ball in the 7th. Not to be outdone, the Tigers’ lead-off hitter, Tony Phillips goes deep against Scott Erickson in his first at-bat, and also add a second homer, in the 8th inning. It is the first time in major league history this has happened, and the feat won’t be repeated until August 13, 2013, when Brad Miller and Ben Zobrist are the two protagonists. Detroit wins the game, 5 – 3.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers, 4 – 3, in 18 innings on Shea Hillenbrand’s home run over the Green Monster. Tim Wakefield, with a scoreless inning, is the winner. Boston DH Manny Ramirez receives four intentional walks, tying the American League mark set by Roger Maris, on May 22, 1962. Maris did it in a 12-inning game. The major league record is five, set by Andre Dawson, in a 16-inning game, on May 22, 1990.
For the first time since 1933, a big league team representing Washington, D.C. finds itself in first place at this point into the season when the Nationals take the top spot in the National League East. With the team playing so well, it takes the recently transplanted Nats only 32 games to attract 1,056,642 fans to RFK Stadium, breaking the District’s attendance mark of 1,027,216 that was set in 1946 by the original Senators at Griffith Stadium.
Jason Giambi and Andy Phillips each hit a three-run home run in a seven-run 2nd inning, and the host New York Yankees rough up old nemesis Josh Beckett in a 13 – 5 rout of the Boston Red Sox. New York has 11 hits, making this the 12th consecutive game with at least 10, breaking the franchise record of 11 straight games set in May 1937.
Reds’ slugger Ken Griffey Jr. hits a home run in his forty-third ballpark to tie the major league record also held by Fred McGriff. Junior, who has homered in every existing ballpark, goes deep twice in the new Busch Stadium, including a ninth inning three-run game winner off Jason Isringhausen in Cincinnati’s 8-7 victory over the Redbirds.
Chipper Jones hits his 400th career home run, becoming the third switch-hitter to reach this level. Eddie Murray and Mickey Mantle had reached the mark previously. Ricky Nolasco gives up the homer. Jones has a four-hit game to move his average to .418, the top mark in the majors at this point of the season. The Braves top the Marlins, 7 – 5.
The 2008 amateur draft is held. The Tampa Bay Rays, picking first overall for the third time in four years, select high school shortstop Tim Beckham. The Pittsburgh Pirates take Pedro Alvarez of Vanderbilt University second, the first college player taken. The first pitcher selected is Brian Matusz, going fourth, to the Orioles.
In a televised game at Fenway Park against the Rays, NESN cameras catch Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis fighting in the dugout. The altercation between the Red Sox teammates is a result of Manny’s taking exception to Youkilis’ demonstrative behavior after the third baseman returns to the bench after striking out.
At Nationals Park, Mark Worrell becomes the eighth player in Cardinals history to hit a home run in his first big league at-bat. The rookie reliever, who also pitched two scoreless innings, hit his monstrous three-run blast on a 3-2 pitch from Washington’s Tim Redding in the sixth inning of a 10-9 St. Louis loss.
At Fenway Park, Red Sox outfielder Coco Crisp takes exception to being hit in the hip by Rays’ starter James Shields, and the Boston outfielder shows his displeasure by charging the mound, igniting a bench clearing brawl that will result in the ejections of the combatants along with Tampa Bay’s Jonny Gomes and the suspension of eight players. In yesterday’s game, Rays skipper Joe Maddon accused Crisp of intentionally trying to injure his second baseman Akinori Iwamura on a stolen base attempt.
John Schuerholz publicly apologizes to Tom Glavine for the club’s handling of the southpaw’s release. The Braves’ president, who chose not to give the future Hall of Famer a million dollar bonus by adding him to the 25-man roster, doesn’t regret the decision, but for “the manner in which it was portrayed and explained” to the veteran pitcher.
Caught on video shouting profanities, Alex Rios apologizes for the incident which occurred when he was leaving a Blue Jays’ charity event. After appearing to ignore a youngster’s request for an autograph, the Toronto right fielder shouts an epithet when he hears an older man comment, “The way you played today Alex, you should be lucky somebody wants your autograph”.
Just hours prior to its scheduled demise, Tiger Stadium is saved from complete demolition when Wayne County Circuit Judge Isidore Torres stops crews from tearing down what’s left of the ballpark at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues. A temporary restraining order, requested by the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, gives the nonprofit group additional time to raise money for preservation and redevelopment of the historic ballpark.
The surprising Blue Jays keep giving their main rivals trouble. In tonight’s game against the Yankees, the Jays’ bullpen pitches 6 scoreless innings and Aaron Hill drives in Edwin Encarnacion with a single against Chad Gaudin in the 14th inning for a 3 – 2 win. Vernon Wells and Alex Gonzalez hit solo homers, bringing Toronto’s major league-leading home run total to 96. For the Yankees, the struggling Mark Teixeira goes 0 for 6 with 5 strikeouts to see his batting average fall to .215.
For the second straight game, Albert Pujols hits a walk-off home run in extra innings as the Cardinals defeat the Cubs, 3 – 2. Pujols hits a solo shot off Rodrigo Lopez in the 10th, after doing the same off Jeff Samardzija in the 12th inning of yesterday’s 5 – 4 win. Ryan Theriot sets the stage for Pujols’ heroics by driving in pinch-runner Tony Cruz from first base with a two-out, 9th-inning double off Carlos Marmol, also extending his hitting streak to 19 games in the process. No National Leaguer had hit walk-off homers in consecutive extra-inning games since Ron Santo in 1966.
The Nationals beat the Diamondbacks, 9 – 4, in 11 innings in a wild game at Chase Field. The Nats score 5 runs off Joe Paterson in the 11th to win the game, highlighted by Michael Morse’s grand slam which follows a bases-loaded walk to Rick Ankiel. But before that, the game features four batters hit by pitches, and as many ejections. Nats starter Jason Marquis and manager Jim Riggleman are the first to be tossed after Marquis plucks Justin Upton in the 6th; warnings had been issued by home plate umpire Rob Drake when D-Backs starter Ian Kennedy had hit Jayson Werth the previous inning. In the 8th, Arizona’s Esmerling Vasquez hits Danny Espinosa and is also sent off, as is his manager, Kirk Gibson. The Nationals take a 4 – 0 lead after that, thanks to a three-run homer by Wilson Ramos, but Kelly Johnson hits a solo shot off Tyler Clippard in the bottom of the 8th, and closer Drew Storen fails to record an out in trying to save the game in the 9th, allowing all four batters he faces to reach base; three of them score, sending the game into extra innings.
Ian Desmond drives in the tying run in the 8th, then does it again in the 10th and once more in the 12th for good measure, as his Nationals finally beat the Mets, 7 – 6. The Elias Sports Bureau reports he is the first player since Art Shamsky (1966) to have three game-tying or go-ahead RBI from the 8th inning on in the same game.
Ryan Dempster wins his first game since August 16th of last year, a streak of 18 winless starts, as the struggling Cubs defeat the Brewers, 10 – 0. Dempster retires the first 15 batters of the game and leaves after having given up 3 hits over 7 innings. The Cubs had lost their last 11 road games before the win.
On the 11th anniversary of being drafted by the Mets, David Wright becomes the franchise’s all-time run scorer when he crosses the plate for the 736th time after homering in the team’s 7-6 loss in Washington. New York’s 29 year-old third baseman is already the franchise career leader in doubles, total bases, RBIs, and extra-base hits.
The White Sox and Mariners engage in a 16-inning contest, which is the longest home game in terms of time in M’s history, at 5 hours, 42 minutes. The game is scoreless through 13 innings, until the ChiSox post five runs in the 14th. With the score 5 – 1 in the bottom of the inning, Kyle Seager ties the game with his first career grand slam. This is the first game-tying extra-inning grand slam in Major League history. It also marks the first time that both teams have scored five or more runs after being shut out in regulation innings. In addition, it is the first time that any team has come back from five or more runs down in the 14th inning or later. An RBI single by Alejandro De Aza in the 16th inning puts the Pale Hose ahead, and he later scores an insurance run on another single by Alex Rios. Chicago wins, 7 – 5, snapping an eight-game losing streak the hard way.
The White Sox score five times in the top of the 14th inning, but the Mariners knot the score in the bottom of the frame thanks to Kyle Seager’s two-out, two-strike bases-loaded round-tripper. The third baseman’s homer, the first game-tying, extra-inning grand slam in major league history, isn’t enough when Chicago beats Seattle, 7-5, in the 16-inning Safeco Field contest that takes 5 hours 42 minutes to complete.
2014 – The Houston Astros have the first pick in the amateur draft for the third straight year and select high school left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken. The Marlins follow with high school righthander Tyler Kolek, who has opened eyes by regularly touching 100 mph on the radar gun. The first position player selected in catcher Kyle Schwarber, by the Cubs with the 4th pick, while SS Nick Gordon, son of Tom Gordon and brother of Dee Gordon is picked 5th, by the Twins.
2015 – Pat Venditte becomes the first ambidextrous pitcher of the 21st century when he makes his debut for the Athletics against the Red Sox. In the 7th inning, he pitches lefthanded to get Brock Holt to ground out for the first out, then switches to the right hand to allow a single to Hanley Ramirez and force Mike Napoli to ground into a double play to end the inning, then follows with a perfect 8th inning. However, the Sox’s 4 – 2 win is marred when a female fan is hit by Brett Lawrie’s broken bat in the 2nd inning and has to be wheeled away from Fenway Park on a stretcher with what are described by police as life-threatening injuries.
Pat Venditte becomes the first full-time switch-pitcher in the modern era when he tosses two scoreless frames in Oakland’s 4-2 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The A’s ambidextrous reliever faces the minimum six batters in his two innings, allowing a single to Hanley Ramirez before getting an inning-ending double play in the seventh, and then proceeds to pitch a perfect eighth.
The Biloxi Shuckers bat around in a five-run 10th inning, ending their season-long, 54-game road trip with a 6-2 victory over the Barons at Birmingham’s Regions Field. The Brewers’ Double-A affiliate, who moved from Huntsville to the Mississippi city in the offseason, had to play the first two months on the road because MGM Park, their new home, wasn’t completed at the start of the season.
2016 – Jake Arrieta of the Cubs loses to the Diamondbacks, 3 – 2. It’s his first loss after 20 straight wins dating back to July 25, 2015, when he was on the losing end of Cole Hamels’ no-hitter; it’s the third longest winning streak since 1913, tied with Roger Clemens and trailing only Roy Face (22) and Carl Hubbell (24).
2018 – Andrew Heaney celebrates his 27th birthday by pitching a one-hitter to defeat the Royals, 1 – 0. It is the first career complete game and shutout for the Angels righthander who demonstrates he is back in full health following Tommy John surgery that cost him almost two full seasons. The only hit is a 5th-inning single by Hunter Dozier.
2019 – It seems like former All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel has finally found a home. A free agent since the end of the World Series, he remained unsigned due to his insistence on obtaining a multi-year contract, and the compensation in the form of top draft pick in the 2019 amateur draft that a team signing him would have had to pay. With the draft now out of the way, the Cubs prove ready to bite on a longer-term deal, offering Kimbrel a three-year contract worth $43 million.
1997 – Bill Spiers draws his sixth consecutive walk (over three games) setting a franchise record during a 6-5 loss at Cincinnati. He is one short of the major-league record. Spiers’ streak is broken later when he is hit by a pitch from Mike Remlinger. He walks in his next plate appearance four days afterwards. His consecutive on-base streak ends at 13 on June 11th, one shy of the NL mark in that category.
1969 – Joe Morgan goes 4-for-4, including a home run and four runs scored, to pace the Astros past St. Louis, 11-6, at the Astrodome. Dooley Womack, the last of six Houston pitchers, gets the victory. Houston wins off the field too, choosing pitcher James Rodney Richard of Ruston, LA with the second overall pick in the draft, behind Jeff Burroughs. Richard has a 21-0 mark in his three years at Ruston High School.
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