This Day In Baseball May 5
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Events for May 5
5/5/1892 – The Phillies were in Pittsburgh. Before the game, a preprinted scorecard from the previous day was posted in the Philadelphia dugout showing Lave Cross batting sixth and Joe Mulvey batting seventh. However, the two had been switched by manager Harry Wright. The two players batted in the order specified on the scorecard (out of turn). In the top of the fourth, Mulvey singled and was called out. The Pirates won the contest, 5-2.
5/9/1898 – St. Louis was playing in Cincinnati, and it manager Tim Hurst’s lineup given to home plate ump Charles Cushman had Russ Hall batting seventh and Jack Crooks eighth. However, the lineup in the dugout had the two reversed. In the second, Crooks came up out of order and walked. Hall then batted and sacrificed. Under the current rule, and the rule in place then was the same according to our research, the correct batter would have been the number nine hitter once Crooks walk was allowed to stand. The Reds protested after Hall’s sacrifice, and Cushman was apparently confused about the rule. He called Hall out even though he was already out on the sacrifice, not the ninth spot hitter, Jim Hughey. More amazingly, rather than sending Crooks back to first, he had him bat again, and this time he struck out.
5/22/1898 – The Chicago Orphans (now Cubs) were hosting Washington when in the bottom of third with two outs Bill Dahlen stole second with Jimmy Ryan at bat. However, Ryan interfered with the throw to second be jumping in front of the plate. The umpire, Tommy Connolly called interference and apparently ruled Dahlen out. (The Chicago Tribune story says Connolly, the only umpire due to the other one assigned refusing to work on Sundays, had his back to the plate as he ran to call the play at second and could not see Ryan’s interference.) Ryan came up to lead off the fourth and singled. Washington objected by pointing out the Ryan should have been called out for interference and was batting out of order. Connolly agreed and called Ryan out although he should have called out Sam Mertes, the batter after Ryan in the order. All of that got the crowd upset, and eventually Connolly ejected Dahlen who rushed out to complain.
Cy Young tosses the first perfect game in American League history, defeating Rube Waddell and the Philadelphia A’s, 3-0. The Red Sox right-hander’s gem is the first perfect game thrown in the majors since the distance between the mound and plate was changed from 45 feet to 60 feet, six inches in 1893.
Recovering from a case of diphtheria contracted before the season, Christy Mathewson makes his first appearance of the year for the New York Giants. He pitches seven solid innings against the Boston Beaneaters, allowing seven hits before being relieved by Joe McGinnity, who allows three runs in the 9th inning to turn a 4 – 3 lead into a 6 – 4 defeat.
Facing the Detroit Tigers, Bill Bayne of the St. Louis Browns pitches a no-hitter into the 9th inning. Detroit manager Ty Cobb then sends up five straight pinch hitters, the first of whom breaks up the no-hitter. One of the pinch hitters Cobb inserts is Bob Fothergill, who bats for him and strikes out, becoming the only man ever to pinch hit for Cobb. The Browns win, 6 – 1.
Everett Scott of the New York Yankees is benched, ending his streak of 1,307 consecutive games played that started in 1918 while playing for the Boston Red Sox. Scott, who gives way to Pee Wee Wanninger at shortstop, has the longest playing streak to that point, but his record will be broken by Lou Gehrig.
The Boston Braves play their first Sunday home game in history, losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7 – 2, before 35,000. The winning pitcher is Burleigh Grimes, who helps his own cause by starting a 3rd-inning triple play. On a grounder by Al Spohrer, Heinie Mueller is run down, Spohrer is caught trying to reach second base, and Rabbit Maranville is caught trying to score. The Pirates hit four triples, one each by Lloyd and Paul Waner.
The Philadelphia Athletics beat the St. Louis Browns, 4 – 3, in 12 innings and score all their runs on solo home runs. Al Simmons’ lead-off home run in the bottom of the 12th makes Lefty Grove a winner over General Crowder, as both starters go all the way. Joe Boley, with two homers, and Mule Haas, with one, provide the other Athletics runs, a record to date in the American League. The New York Giants will score five runs on solo homers five weeks from now.
The Red Sox trade Red Ruffing to the Yankees for $50,000 and Cedric Durst, who will hit .245 in 102 games during his only season in Boston. New York’s new right-hander, a future Hall of Famer, will post a 231-124 (.651) record along with an ERA of 3.47 during his 15 seasons with the Bronx ball club.
At Braves Field, young pitcher Dizzy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals faces the Boston Braves and 40-year-old veteran Babe Ruth. Dean walks Ruth in his first at-bat, then with two strikes on the Bambino, waves his outfielders back and throws a fastball down the middle that Ruth misses for a strikeout. Dean wins the game, 7 – 0, and in his first at bat, hits a home run over Ruth’s head in left field. Dean will face Ruth again on May 19th, holding him hitless again, and winning that game as well.
Hal Kelleher of the Philadelphia Phillies faces 16 batters in the 6th inning as the Cubs score 12 runs. Both marks are National League records off one pitcher in a single inning. The Cubs win, 21 – 2, with Joe Marty collecting four hits, four runs, and four RBI. The loss goes to Wayne LaMaster, who throws just three pitches to leadoff batter Stan Hackbefore leaving the game with pain in his throwing arm.
5/5/1942 – With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Frankie Gustine of the Pirates singled to CF. When Braves manager Casey Stengel pointed out that Stu Martin should have batted, Martin was called out and Gustine taken off the base. While Martin was on the lineup card given to the home plate umpire, Gustine had taken his place in the field when the game started. That made him an unannounced substitution and properly in the lineup. The umpire’s ruling thus was incorrect. However, the Pirates should have pointed out that Gustine was the proper batter.
In the second game of a twin bill at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Braves’ hurler Max Surkont strikes out the hitter for the third out of the second inning, and will continue to fan batters until there is one out in the fifth inning en route to a 10-3 victory over the Reds. The eight consecutive strikeouts establish a new major league record, surpassing the mark of seven straight strikeouts shared by Dazzy Vance (Robins aka Dodgers, 1924) and Van Mungo (Dodgers, 1936).
The musical Damn Yankees opens at the 46th Street Theater on Broadway, starring Stephen Douglass as Joe Hardy, Gwen Verdon as Lola and Ray Walston as Mr. Applegate. It will be a huge success, with 1,019 performances in its first run and will be turned into a successful movie in 1958. It is based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, published in 1954 by Douglass Wallop, a lifelong fan of the Washington Senators.
In his first major league start, Dodger rookie starter Tommy Lasorda ties a record, throwing three wild pitches in the first inning of the team’s 4-3 victory over St. Louis at Ebbets Field. The future Dodgers’ Hall of Fame skipper, during his one inning of work, will be spiked by Wally Moon, covering a play at home plate after uncorking on of his errant pitches.
The musical Damn Yankees, based on Douglass Wallop’s novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant opens on Broadway. The comedy, set in Washington, D.C during the Bronx Bombers’ dominance in baseball in the 1950s, tells the tale of an aging Washington Senators fan’s bargain with the devil to help his hapless team.
In a match-up of eventual Hall of Famers at Shea Stadium, Phillies’ right-hander Jim Bunning beats the Mets, 1-0, for his sixth straight complete-game victory over the New Yorkers. The Philadelphia starter provides the game’s lone run with a sixth-inning lead-off solo homer run off southpaw Warren Spahn, who also goes the distance, giving up just four hits.
Jim Fregosi, obtained by the Mets from the Angels in the off-season for future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, breaks his right thumb during a spring training workout. The All-Star infielder will suffer through an agonizing season, batting only .232 in 101 games, after being touted as the team’s solution to its revolving door at third base.
1987 – Pitcher Danny Darwin , lifetime 2-for-26 with 20 strikeouts at the plate before the game, delivers three hits in a 5-1 triumph against the Phillies. He slaps a ground-rule double and a bunt single before spanking a two-run triple over Milt Thompson’s head in center field in the seventh inning for the game-winner.
5/5/1995: Larry Walker of the Rockies hit a ball into the first row of seats at Coors Field. However, it rebounded so quickly off the seat back and back onto the field that second base umpire Randy Marsh thought it hit high off the wall. Walker got a double out of what should have been the 100th homer of his career. The hit came off Ismael Valdez of the Dodgers.
At Wrigley Field, the Colorado Rockies become the first team in 35 years and only the third in the 20th century to score in every inning in a 13 – 6 win over the Chicago Cubs. The last time a team scored in all nine innings was also at Chicago, when the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cubs on September 13, 1964.
Mets backstop Mike Piazza passes Carlton Fisk for most home runs hit by a catcher when he hits his 352nd round-tripper as a catcher. The Norristown, PA native’s 405-foot opposite-field historic homer comes off a Jerome Williams’ 3-1 fastball during the first inning of the Mets’ 8-2 victory at Shea Stadium.
Roger Clemens moves ahead of Steve Carlton (4,136) into second place on the career strikeouts list when gets Raul Mondesi swinging in the fifth inning of the Astros’ 9-2 victory of Pittsburgh at Minute Maid Park. Nolan Ryan’s all-time mark of 5,714 whiffs appears to be out of reach for the 41 year-old ‘Rocket’, who would still need over another 1500 to challenge the record.
In the 4,000th game played at Dodger Stadium, Joe Torre’s Dodgers beat the Mets, 5-1. The Los Angeles skipper also managed in the 1,000th game at the Astrodome (Mets – 1977) and Coors Field (Yankees – 2007), the 2,000th at Busch Stadium (Cardinals – 1991), the 3,000th at Angel Stadium (Yankees – 2003), and the 6,000th at Yankee Stadium (Yankees -2001).
The game between Washington and Houston, both struggling in the basement of their respective divisions, is suspended with the score tied at 10 when heavy rain starts to fall with LaTroy Hawkins facing the Nationals’ Josh Willingham with a runner on and one out in the bottom of the 11th inning. The sloppily-played game features 13 walks, 3 errors, 18 runners left on base and numerous blown leads. It will be resumed on July 9th.
Andy Pettitte earns his fourth win of the year against no losses in beating the Orioles, 7 – 5, but the veteran Yankees starter has to be removed from the game after only 77 pitches and undergoes an MRI on his left elbow. The test reveals no structural damage, but Pettitte will have to rest until the inflammation goes away. He will retire after this season, then come back in 2012.
Two very disappointing seasons after signing one of the biggest contracts in baseball history, Barry Zito is pitching like a Cy Young Award winner once again. The Giants lefty improves his record to 5-0 with a 3 – 2 win over the Marlins, with help from reliever Sergio Romo, who gets out of a none-out, bases-loaded jam in the 8th. Zito’s ERA is now 1.49. Aaron Rowand hits a home run for San Francisco and Brian Wilson pitches the 9th for the save. Zito will soon cool down, however, and be back on the sidelines when the Giants win the World Series in October.
The Indians pull out a 4 – 3 victory in 12 innings over the A’s to improve to 21-9, the best 30-game start in team history. The Tribe needs to use its entire bullpen to secure the win, obtained when Jack Hannahan hits a bases-loaded single off Craig Breslow in the top of the 12th. Cleveland adds another run, which will be needed, as its 7th pitcher of the night, Chris Perez, gives up a run in picking up the save in the bottom of the 12th.
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana wins his first game since undergoing shoulder surgery towards the end of the 2010 season, defeating the Diamondbacks, 4 – 3. Santana had pitched well for the Mets in his previous 5 starts this season, but the team failed to score in his first four outings, then his bullpen blew a 4 – 0 lead in the 8th inning in his fifth start.
Justin Verlander makes a bid for his third career no-hitter, keeping the Astros hitless into the 7th inning, before allowing a one-out single to Carlos Pena; he gives up another single to Carlos Corporan but gets out of the inning with a double play ground ball and then leaves. The Tigers win easily, 9 – 0. Verlander is now 4-2 with a 1.55 ERA.
Not known for his hitting, Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria has 7 RBI in a 14 – 2 beatdown of the Phillies. Hechavarria hits a grand slam and a bases-loaded triple to help Kevin Slowey to his first win since September 18, 2010. Slowey’s opponent, Roy Halladay, gives up 9 runs over 2 1/3 innings in one of the worst outings of his outstanding career and complains of shoulder discomfort after the game.
The Rockies continue to sport the best offense in the majors as they defeat the Rangers, 8 – 2, in an interleague contest. Nolan Arenado extends his hitting streak to 25 games with a homer off Martin Perez in the 2nd, while Troy Tulowitzki adds two homers and now has 9 on the year. The Rockies also bang out 7 doubles as Jordan Lyles, an afterthought in the starting rotation when the season began, improves to 4-0.
The Rockies set a team record by scoring 13 runs in the 5th inning in beating the Giants, 17 – 7. Trevor Story leads things off with a homer off losing P Matt Cain, and drives in another run with a single later in the frame. Vin Mazzaro gives up 9 runs while retiring a single batter, and the Giants commit a pair of costly errors to add fuel to the fire. Colorado starter Chris Rusin drives in a pair in the record-setting inning and has a ten-run lead when he leaves the game, but as he only manages 4 1/3 innings, he doesn’t get the win, which goes to reliever Christian Bergman instead.
In pitching a perfect 9th inning in a 6 – 5 win against the Rangers, Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox becomes the 29th man to record 300 saves. He is the youngest to reach the mark at 29 (Francisco Rodriguez was 31) and has needed the fewest games, 494 (Mariano Rivera had done so in 537 games) and save opportunities (330, compared to 335 for Joe Nathan) to do so.
The Reds homer on three straight pitches against Jeff Samardzija in the 1st inning of their game against the Giants, taking an early 4 – 0 lead, but cannot hold on as San Francisco comes back to win, 6 – 5. Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich are responsible for the early barrage, but the Giants come back starting with a three-run homer by Buster Posey in the 6th. Posey then hits a one-out double in the 9th; Brandon Crawfordfollows with a pinch homer off Raisel Iglesias to break a 4 – 4 tie. For the Reds, Kyle Farmer hits a solo pinch homer off Will Smith in the bottom of the inning, but it’s not enough.