- 1884 Chicago’s Ned Williamson becomes the first person to ever hit three home runs in one game. He’s aided by Chicago’s comically small field. It’s so small that in all other seasons aside from 1884, balls hit over the shortest fence will count as ground rule doubles, but this year they’re homers and it’s over that fence Williamson keeps going deep.
- 1894 Bobby Lowe of Boston knocks out four home runs in one game. He’s the first ever to do that.
- 1932 Umpire George Moriarty challenges the entire White Sox team to a fight—one at a time. He decks one before three guys jump him.
- 1934 Indians star first baseman Hal Trosky hits three home runs in one game.
- 1935 It’s the last game for baseball’s most iconic player: Babe Ruth.
- 1946 Boston Brave Bama Rowell hits a blast that breaks the clock atop the Ebbets Field scoreboard. Some glass lands on star Dodgers outfielder Dixie Walker.
- 1950 Duke Snider connects for three homers in one game.
- 1955 For the second time this year, star Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe belts two home runs in one game
- 1956 Mickey Mantle, in the midst of a Triple Crown season, comes within 18 inches of hitting a home run clear out of Yankee Stadium. It hits the upper deck façade in right field, 117 feet up and 370 feet from the plate
- 1958 Walt Moryn of the Cubs connects for three homers in one game.
- 1960 At the conclusion of a Yankees game, fans try to steal the cap and glove from Yankees star Mickey Mantle—while he’s still wearing them. Mantle is punched, mauled, and robbed on the field, and will need hospital treatment for a bruised jaw
- 1962 Pedro Ramos has one of the greatest games ever by a pitcher. Not only does he hit two home runs while throwing a complete game shutout three-hitter, but one of the home runs is a grand slam
- 1970 All-Star game voting is returned to the fans, as computerized punch card ballots appear in stores and ballparks around the nation
- 1972 Manny begins being Manny: Manny Ramirez is born
- 1982 Cal Ripken plays third base for Baltimore. He didn’t play the game before, but today starts his all-time consecutive games played streak
- 1986 the greatest player of all-time debuts: Barry Bonds.
- 1997 For the second time in his career, Mo Vaughn slams three home runs in one game.
- 2006 Vernon Wells mashes three home runs in one game.
- 2010 For the third time in his career, Albert Pujols homers three times in one game
- 2012 Colorado star Carlos Gomez hits three home runs in one game
Bullpen Report: from Roto GraphsWednesday afternoon in Chicago, on the North Side, Dioner Navarro became the first switch-hitting Cub in Cubs history to hit three home runs in a single game. This got us wondering, of course, about the unlikeliest players with three homers in one game.
Short Answer: Dioner Navarro's on the list, but he's hardly at the top
Bottom of the 9th: Future AL ClosersIt seems like Jim Johnson and Fernando Rodney get written about together a lot. Last year, both guys came out of nowhere to be top relievers, only to join each other on “bust alert!” lists this offseason. Over the last two weeks, both have hit rough patches at roughly the same time, too. Well, both notched saves today, providing their owners with at least a sliver of good
Closing TimeCasey Janssen is dealing with a bothersome shoulder that made him unavailable for Tuesday’s game. Steve Delabar pitched the ninth inning of a tied game instead, holding the Braves scoreless, though they would go on to win in the 10th. If Janssen’s shoulder issues are more serious than a day-to-day thing, Delabar could be called upon to serve as closer. He has a suspect walk rate this season but has worked around it to post a 2.33 ERA. It’s unlikely he’d be a threat to Janssen’s job when the latter is healthy.
Getting Ready For the Amateur DraftJedd Gyorko's bat has woken up nicely in May: .294/.355/.565, six homers, 18 runs, 10 RBIs. He's rocking a 1.000 OPS at Petco Park; he's been terrific against lefties and passable against righties. Gyorko's road stats haven't bounced back yet (.547 OPS), but that has fluke written all over it.
News that interests me, and possibly you, but mostly me.Major League Baseball will kick off its amateur draft on Thursday, June 6. MLB Network and MLB.com will cover the draft live starting at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The pick-by-pick coverage will include the First Round, Competitive Balance Round A, Second Round, and Competitive Balance Round B — 73 picks in total. The remainder of the draft will take place on June 7 and 8.
- Will Venable singled in Chris Denorfia in the bottom of the 10th to give the Padres a 3-2 win over the Mariners on Wednesday.
- Dioner Navarro had a career day, going 3-3 with three homeruns, 6 RBI and 4 R. He entered the day with 3 HR and 7 RBI on the season
- Ryan Zimmerman entered the day with three homeruns on the season, but he doubled that yesterday going 3-4 with 3 HR, 4 RBI and 3 R
- Domonic Brown went 2-4 with two homeruns, 2 RBI, 2 R and 1 SB, showing off a little bit of his entire talent. He’s now hitting .262 with 13 HR, 32 RBI, 23 R and 3 SB.
- Chris Davis went 4-4 with two homeruns, 3 RBI and 3 R, putting him at .359 with 19 HR and 50 RBI on the season.
- Troy Tulowitzki went 3-4 with two homeruns, 3 RBI and 2 R
- Brennan Boesch went 3-for-4 with his third home run of the season in the Yankees' loss to the Mets on Wednesday.
- Carlos Beltran slugged his 12th home run of the season Wednesday as the Cardinals beat the Royals 5-3
- Matt Kemp came out of Wednesday's game in the seventh inning with an undisclosed injury, and only two homeruns on the year
- Tim Lincecum lost to the A's after giving up six runs -- five earned -- in 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday
- Jordan Zimmermann allowed seven runs on 10 hits over six innings as the Nationals fell to the Orioles on Wednesday.
- Jered Weaver limited the Dodgers to one run in six innings and struck out seven Wednesday in his return from the disabled list.
- Hanley Ramirez will begin a rehab assignment on Friday.
- Roy Oswalt allowed one run on three hits while striking out six over six innings in his second start for Double-A Tulsa Wednesday
- Jackie Bradley is expected to be used primarily in a backup role
Aramis Ramirez 1,982 18 to milestone
Jason Giambi 1,978 22 to milestone
Alfonso Soriano 1,947 53 to milestone
Raul Ibanez 1,909 91 to milestone
David Ortiz 1,907 93 to milestone
Lance Berkman 1,889 111 to milestone
Miguel Cabrera 1,878 122 to milestone
D'backs (30-22) @ Rangers (32-20), 2:05 pm
ARI: Brandon McCarthy (29, RHP, 2-3, 4.36)
TEX: Justin Grimm (24, RHP, 4-3, 4.05)
Nationals (27-26) @ Orioles (29-24), 7:05 pm
WSN: Dan Haren (32, RHP, 4-5, 5.43)
BAL: Freddy Garcia (36, RHP, 1-2, 4.61)
Mets (21-29) @ Yankees (30-22), 7:05 pm
NYM: Dillon Gee (27, RHP, 2-6, 6.34)
NYY: Vidal Nuno (25, LHP, 1-1, 1.93)
Reds (33-20) @ Indians (28-24), 7:05 pm
CIN: Homer Bailey (27, RHP, 3-3, 3.08)
CLE: Scott Kazmir (29, LHP, 2-2, 5.94)
Brewers (19-32) @ Twins (22-28), 8:10 pm
MIL: Kyle Lohse (34, RHP, 1-5, 3.76)
MIN: P.J. Walters (28, RHP, 1-0, 3.00)
Dodgers (22-29) @ Angels (24-29), 10:05 pm
LAD: Ted Lilly (37, LHP, 0-1, 4.05)
LAA: Jason Vargas (30, LHP, 4-3, 3.43)
WhiteSox (24-26) @ Cubs (21-30), 2:20 pm
CHW: Jake Peavy (32, RHP, 6-2, 2.97)
CHC: Travis Wood (26, LHP, 4-3, 2.73)
Mariners (22-31) @ Padres (24-28), 3:40 pm
SEA: Felix Hernandez (27, RHP, 5-4, 2.51)
SDP: Andrew Cashner (26, RHP, 4-2, 3.38)
Athletics (31-23) @ Giants (28-25), 3:45 pm
OAK: A.J. Griffin (25, RHP, 5-3, 3.84)
SFG: Barry Zito (35, LHP, 3-3, 4.13)
RedSox (32-22) @ Phillies (26-27), 7:05 pm
BOS: Franklin Morales (27, LHP, 0-0, undef)
PHI: Jonathan Pettibone (22, RHP, 3-0, 3.21)
Tigers (29-22) @ Pirates (33-20), 7:05 pm
DET: Doug Fister (29, RHP, 5-2, 3.65)
PIT: Jeff Locke (25, LHP, 5-1, 2.45)
Rays (28-24) @ Marlins (13-40), 7:10pm
TBR: (2013, RHP, 0-0, undef)
MIA: Ricky Nolasco (30, RHP, 3-5, 3.65)
Blue Jays (23-30) @ Braves (31-21), 7:10 pm
TOR: R.A. Dickey (38, RHP, 4-6, 4.85)
ATL: Mike Minor (25, LHP, 6-2, 2.47)
Royals (21-29) @ Cardinals (35-17), 8:15 pm
KCR: Jeremy Guthrie (34, RHP, 5-3, 3.92)
STL: (2013, RHP, 0-0, undef)
Astros (16-37) @ Rockies (28-25), 8:40 pm
HOU: Lucas Harrell (28, RHP, 3-6, 5.43)
COL: Juan Nicasio (26, RHP, 4-1, 4.38)