This Day In Baseball May 10
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Events for May 10
For the first time in major league history, teammates combine for three straight home runs, as Frank Shugart, George “Doggie” Miller and Heinie Peitz of St. Louis hit consecutive roundtrippers in the 7th inning. In all, Shugart hits three home runs and Peitz two, giving St. Louis a total of six. However, their heroics are to no avail as their club falls to Cincinnati, 18 – 9.
Church bells ring when Fred Toney completes the longest no-hitter in organized baseball history, a 1-0 victory over the Lexington Colts of the Blue Grass League. As word spread around town about the Class D Winchester Hustlers right-hander’s performance on the mound, fans continued to stream into the ballpark before the lone run of the contest scored on a squeeze play in the bottom of the 17th.
1928 – The Giants send OF George Harper to the Cardinals for C Bob O’Farrell. O’Farrell, who managed the Birds in 1927, will never regain his effectiveness behind the plate after an arm injury. The trade makes room for 18-year-old Mel Ott to take over the RF position, a spot he will hold for 18 years.
1929 – The visiting Reds beat the Braves, 5 – 2, behind Red Lucas. Joe Stripp homers for Cincy, which scores another 3 unearned runs on Rabbit Maranville’s first error of the year. Boston’s Les Bell homers and teammate CF Earl Clark sets two National League records that will last the century: most putouts in a game (12) and most chances (13).
1934 – Lou Gehrig hits two home runs (one a grand slam) and a pair of doubles, tying the record with four long hits, and drives in seven runs, but leaves the game after five innings with a severe cold. The Yanks top the White Sox, 13 – 3. During the game Ben Chapman shouts racial remarks at a Jewish fan. In 1947, he will lead the dugout bigots in protest of Jackie Robinson.
By beating the A’s, 7 – 2, at home the Yankees move into first place and will remain there the rest of the season. Rookie Joe DiMaggio makes his belated home debut and hits his first home run, off George Turbeville. Lou Gehrig has four hits and two RBIs and Johnny Murphy, in his first start of the season, picks up the win.
Vic Raschi makes his first relief appearance in two years, limiting the Red Sox to three hits in four innings, as the Yankees win, 7 – 4. Billy Goodman sustains a freak rib accident, which will keep him out of action for three weeks, when Jim Piersall picks him up and lugs him from the field to break up Goody’s argument with umpire Jim Duffy. Del Wilber hits his second consecutive pinch homer in the 8th; his first came on May 6th.
Behind Billy Loes and Roy Campanella, the Dodgers move into first place with 5 – 0 win over the Phillies. Loes tosses his only shutout of the year, while Campy drives in all five runs with a double and homer. Campanella collects 44 RBIs in his first 30 games. Not until Tino Martinez in 1997, will anyone else reach 40 in the first 30.
The Tigers name Bill Norman, their field boss of Charleston in the American Association, as the team’s manager, replacing Jack Tighe, who compiled a 99-104 record during his two seasons in Detroit. The second division club will finish in fifth place, posting a 56-49 record for the rest of the season, under the tutelage of their new skipper.
The Yanks sweep two from the Senators at Yankee Stadium, winning 6 – 3 and 3 – 2 in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 3rd inning of the opener starts the Yanks scoring as they beat Chuck Stobbs. Mantle singles and scores the winning run in the 10th inning of the nitecap. Yogi Berra has a home run in the nitecap and sets a new major-league record for consecutive errorless games by a catcher with 148.
Minnesota’s Lenny Green and Vic Power hit back-to-back home runs off Cleveland’s Jim Perry to start the game, tying a major league record. Cleveland comes back to win, 9 – 4. It will be another nine years before two leadoff batters in the American League belt homers, and it will be Perry teeing up those as well.
At Fenway Park, the 9th-place Yankees lose again, 3 – 2, when Carl Yastrzemski outhits a hobbling Mickey Mantle. Yaz hits a pair of homers and a sacrifice fly, while Mantle is 3 for 4 with a homer. After Mantle doubles with two outs in the 9th, starter Jim Lonborg is lifted and Dick Radatz gets the final out. It is Lonborg’s first major league win.
Montreal’s Henry Rodriguez hits his second homer of the game, a 3-run shot in the 8th, to send the Expos to a 5 – 2 win over the Astros. Starter Jeff Fassero is the winner. Following Rodriguez’s home run, the game is delayed when fans in the LF bleachers shower the field with “Oh, Henry” candy bars.
The Athletics defeat the Twins by a score of 15 – 5. Oakland CF Ernie Young gets four safeties, including three home runs, and drives home 6. Young entered the game with three career homers in 164 major league at-bats. He is believed to have had the fewest career home runs of any player ever to hit three in a game.
In San Francisco, the Cubs pull off the first triple play in the majors this year, taking advantage of the infield fly rule and the wind to turn an odd one against the Giants. With two on, Stan Javier lofts a fly ball into shallow center field and umpire Bob Davidson waits before calling an infield fly. Three Cubs lunge for the ball before it bounces off center fielder Brian McRae’s glove and hits the ground for the first out. Kirk Rueter tries for third, but McRae’s throw beats him. Darryl Hamilton tries for second, but 3B Jose Hernandez’s throw to Ryne Sandberg nabs him to complete the triple play. The Giants will win the game, however, 4 – 2.
In a 12 – 4 rout of the Mariners, Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hits two grand slams as well as a two-run homer, becoming the first American League player to drive in 10 runs in a game since 1975. Garciaparra clouts a bases-loaded homer in the 1st, a 2-run shot in the 3rd, and another grand slam in the 8th. Nomar is the first Bosox member since Jim Tabor, in 1939, to slam two slams in a game, and just the 9th in major league history. Robin Ventura last did it, in 1995.
The Pirates defeat the Mets, 13 – 9, as Wil Cordero goes 5 for 5 with a double, home run, and four RBIs. The Mets’ Rickey Henderson becomes the 21st major-leaguer to garner 10,000 at bats in his career. Henderson finishes the night with 10,002 at-bats and trails only Cal Ripken Jr., among active players.
The Brewers defeat the Cubs, 11 – 1, as OF Jeromy Burnitz hits three home runs and drives in six runs. Devon White adds a grand slam, while Sammy Sosa does the only Cubs damage with his 398th career home run. The Brewers, 8 – 0 in their new ballpark, are just three games back of Chicago in the NL Central.
The Angels score 8 runs in the 3rd inning on their way to a 19 – 0 rout of the White Sox. The Haloes join the 1923 Indians, 1939 Yankees and 1950 Red Sox as the only teams to beat two opponents by 19 or more runs in the same season. Earlier this year, the Angels beat the Indians, 21 – 2. The Anaheim destruction of Chicago is just the 11th since 1901 in which a team scored 19 or more runs while shutting out its opponent, and the first such shutout in the American League since 1955, when Cleveland beat Boston, 19 – 0.
At Safeco Field, the Devil Rays beat the Mariners, 1-0, with the lone run crossing the plate as the result of a fifth-inning balk committed by Jamie Moyer. The Seattle southpaw’s body sways when he tries to adjust his grip on the ball without removing his foot from the rubber, allowing Toby Hall to cross the plate on the miscue.
The KIA Tigers sign Hee-Seop Choi, the first Korean position player to have played in the majors. Choi spent 2006 in AAA and on the disabled list. He is the fourth South Korean player to move from the USA to the Korea Baseball Organization this year, following Seung Song, Jung Bong and Hyang-nam Choi
The Cincinnati Reds hit five homers, including a pinch-hit blast with two outs in the bottom of the 9th by pitcher Micah Owings, but lose, 8 – 7, to the Cardinals in 10 inning. Colby Rasmus doubles in the winning run for St. Louis, while Paul Janish fouls out with the bases loaded against Chris Perez to end the game.
On the night they pay tribute to long-time broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who passed away last week, the Tigers beat New York, 5 – 4, with key contributions from three former Yankees. Johnny Damon, signed as a free agent in the off-season, hits a home run in his first game against his former team, while Austin Jackson drives in a run and Phil Coke gets two key outs late in the game. Jackson and Coke were both obtained in a trade for OF Curtis Granderson, who is on the disabled list.
The Nationals move to second place in the NL East with a 3 – 2 win over the Mets. Adam Kennedy and Ryan Zimmerman hit back-to-back homers in support of rookie Luis Atilano’s pitching. The Nats are now 4 games above .500 for the first time since September of 2005. After the game, the struggling Mets designate veteran Frank Catalanotto for assignment and call up OF Chris Carter from AAA Buffalo.
The Blue Jays and the Red Sox play a thriller in Toronto. The Jays take an early lead with three runs off struggling starter Jon Lester in the 1st, but Boston comes back with 4 runs off Kyle Drabek, highlighted by homers by David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez. The Jays take back a 5 – 4 lead on homers by Jose Bautista and J.P. Arencibia, but the Sox tie it again. In the bottom of the 8th, David Cooper, who came into the game in the 6th inning as a pinch-runner after Yunel Escobar was hit by a pitch, belts his first major league homer off Daniel Bard to put Toronto back ahead, but Boston ties the game right back when Gonzalez hits his second homer of the game off Frank Francisco. Toronto finally wins the game in the 10th when Rajai Davis hits a single off Matt Albers, steals second and third base on consecutive pitches, and comes in to score on Cooper’s sacrifice fly. The Jays win 7 – 6, although being outhit 16 to 9.
It’s a battle of aces in Miami as Josh Johnson outpitches his idol Roy Halladay for a 2 – 1 Marlins win over the Phillies. Johnson gives up a solo homer to Ryan Howard over 7 innings, but Halladay gets in trouble in the 3rd by walking Josh, who comes in to score on Emilio Bonifacio’s sacrifice fly. The Fish score an unearned run off Halladay in the 8th for the win.
Bill Gallo, the creator of colorful characters such as General Von Steingrabber, a caricature of the late George Steinbrenner, and Basement Bertha, who radiated good-humored optimism for the fans of the fledgling Mets, dies from complications of pneumonia at the age of 88. The cartoonist’s last drawing, which was published in mid-April in the Daily News, his employer for seven decades, featured Bertha window shopping with the hope of being invited to the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine.
The Baltimore Orioles become the first team in American League history to lead off the game with three consecutive homers, as Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis go deep to open the bottom of the 1st; it has been done three times in the National League. The last team to homer in its first three at-bats was the Milwaukee Brewers on September 9, 2007. Hardy also was the middle man in that spree. Colby Lewis, who surrenders the three longs balls, exits with an unusual pitching line: 7 innings pitched, 5 hits – all home runs – one walk and 12 strikeouts. Adam Jones and Wilson Betemit also homer off Lewis, the latter following the lone walk, issued to Matt Wieters. Baltimore wins, 6 – 5, with Wei-Yin Chen getting the win over Lewis.
The Blue Jays sign veteran Vladimir Guerrero to a minor league contract. GM Alex Anthopoulos tones down expectations, explaining that Vlad must first prove in extended spring training that he is in condition, then play in some minor league contests before the Jays consider adding him to their roster. Indeed, Guerrero will not make it all the way back to the bigs.
Alex Cobb of the Rays goes on a strikeout binge, piling up 13 Ks in only 4 2/3 innings. This includes 4 strikeouts in the 3rd, when Will Venable reaches on a wild pitch after striking out. However, all the strikeouts mean a high pitch count, and Cobb can’t get out of the 5th inning, leaving with a 3 – 2 deficit. The Rays come back to beat the Padres, 6 – 3, as four relievers add five more whiffs for a total of 18.
Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb strikes out 13 San Diego hitters, but doesn’t make it out of the fourth inning in the Rays’ 6-3 victory at the Trop. The right-hander records 12 of his 14 outs with K’s, including four in the third frame, when a wild pitch on strike three allows the batter to reach first.
For his part, Michael Pineda of the Yankees strikes out a career-high 16 Orioles batters in 7 innings in picking up a 6 – 2 win. The 16 K’s are tied for second-most in Yankees history, the team record being 18 by Ron Guidry, while the Orioles set team records for most strikeouts against one pitcher, and most in a game, as they whiff two more times in the final two innings to end up with 18.
On Mother’s Day, 29 year-old Felix Hernandez becomes the fourth youngest player to strike out 2,000 batters when he whiffs A’s outfielder Sam Fuld in the Mariners’ 4-3 victory at Safeco Field. Only Walter Johnson, Bert Blyleven, and Sam McDowell have accomplished the feat at a younger age than the Seattle right-hander known as King Felix.
Rick van den Hurk throws a perfect game through 5 1/3 IP before a single by Tatsuhiro Tamura in a 4-hit, 10-whiff, no-walk, one-run gem over 8 to beat the Chiba Lotte Marines, 2-1. Van den Hurk improves to 5-0 this year and 14-0 over two seasons with the Softbank Hawks. This marks two records – the longest winning streak by a foreign hurler in NPB history (topping Tai-Yuan Kuo’s 13 in 1987-1988) and the longest winning streak to start a NPB career (topping Tsuneo Horiuchi’s 50-year-old record).
1972 – Pencil-thin shortstop Roger Metzger belts his first major-league homer to spark a six-run eighth-inning rally that shocks the Cardinals, 10-7. The shot comes off Hall-Of-Famer Bob Gibson. Pinch-hitter Jimmy Stewart’s two-run triple gives Houston the lead. Lee May caps a four-hit night with a ninth-inning blast. Houston leads the NL West by a game over Los Angeles.