Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This date in baseball

MAY 19


1910 Cy Young won the 500th game of his career as the Cleveland Indians beat the Washington Senators 5-4 in 11 innings.

1910 The Boston Red Sox beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 for the first time in 26 tries.

1933 For the first time in major league history, brothers on opposite teams hit home runs in the same game. Boston catcher Rick Ferrell hit a home run off his brother Wes Ferrell in the 2nd inning, but the Cleveland pitcher returned the favor as he hit a home run in the 3rd on a pitch called by his sibling. It was the only time that the Ferrell brothers hit home runs in the same game.

1942 Paul Waner of the Boston Braves got his 3,000th career hit off Pittsburgh’s Rip Sewell in a 7-6, 11-inning loss to the Pirates.

1956 Pittsburgh’s Dale Long hit a ninth-inning home run against the Chicago Cubs. It was Long’s first of eight consecutiv­e games with a home run.

1962 Stan Musial of St. Louis became the National League career hits leader. The 41-yearold got a ninth inning single for his 3,431st hit and moved past Honus Wagner. The Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1.

1968 After hitting 10 home runs in six games, Frank Howard of the Washington Senators was stopped by pitcher Earl Wilson of Detroit, which won the game 5-4.

1976 Carl Yastrzemsk­i had the only three-home run game of his career as part of a 4-for-4 day in a 9-2 Red Sox win over the Tigers. He hit them off three different pitchers — Dave Roberts, Steve Grilli and John Hiller.

1979 After a bitter six-week strike, the major league umpires returned to work. During the work stoppage, the men in blue were replaced by amateur and minor league arbiters.

1981 Pittsburgh’s Jim Bibby gave up a leadoff single to Terry Harper of the Atlanta Braves, then retired the next 27 batters for a 5-0 one-hitter. Bibby also hit two doubles.

1998 Mark McGwire hit three two-run home runs against Philadelph­ia. It was the second time this season and fourth time in his career McGwire hit three home runs in a game. McGwire became the 12th player to have two three-home run games in a season.

2000 Jason Kendall hit for the cycle and drove in a career-high five runs, leading Pittsburgh to a 13-1 rout of St. Louis. Kendall had a two-run home run in the first inning, an RBI single in the second, a double in the third and a two-run triple in the eighth.

2004 Atlanta’s 45-year-old Julio Franco broke his own record for the oldest player to hit a pinch-hit home run. Franco, who had a pinchhit home run two weeks earlier against San Diego, hit a two-out, two-run home run to tie the game at 4-4 in the eighth. The Braves lost 6-4 in 11 innings to the Diamondbac­ks.

2008 Boston’s Jon Lester shut down Kansas City 7-0 for the first no-hitter in the majors this season. The 24-year-old lefty, who survived cancer to pitch the World Series clincher for the Red Sox last fall, allowed two baserunner­s, walking Billy Butler in the second inning and Esteban German to open the ninth. Jason Varitek caught his fourth no-hitter, tying Ray Schalk for the major league record; one of Schalk’s no-hitters was later removed from the official records, making Varitek the first catcher to have four official no-hitters to his name.

2009 Washington became the fourth team in major league history to score at least five runs in each game of a six-game losing streak. The Nationals lost 8-5 in 10 innings to Pittsburgh after they rallied to tie the game with a run in the ninth, but another letdown from a bullpen with a collective 1-14 record allowed them to join the 1929 Pirates, 2004 Cincinnati Reds and 2005 Texas Rangers.

2010 Center fielder Angel Pagan hit the first inside-the-park home run in the history of Nationals Park.

2011 After sitting on the bench for most of the season so far, veteran first baseman Jason Giambi had the first three-home run game of his career in the Rockies’ 7-1 win over Philadelph­ia. He hits home runs in his first three at-bats, driving in all 7 of his team’s runs, but failed in his last two at-bats to become only the 16th player to hit four home runs in one game. Giambi entered the game hitting .115 with 1 home run and 4 RBI; at 40, he was the second-oldest player to hit three home runs in a game, after Stan Musial who was 41 when he accomplish­ed the feat on July 8, 1962.

2018 The Tampa Bay Rays had been experiment­ing with “bullpen days” all season, when the starting pitcher is not expected to go deep into the game, going all out for 3 or 4 innings before handing the ball over to another reliever, but they took it even further on this day. Short reliever Sergio Romo started the game against the Los Angeles Angels, his first start in the majors after 588 appearance­s out of the bullpen, and was only asked to pitch one inning before handing the ball over to Ryan Yarbrough. The plan worked perfectly as Romo struck out the three men he faced — Zack Cozart, Mike Trout and Justin Upton, all righthande­rs — then handed the ball over to lefty Yarbrough in the 2nd. Yarbrough pitched scoreless ball until allowing a run in the eighth as Tampa Bay won 5-3. It was the first time a starting pitcher left after a perfect first inning since Ernie Shore had done so on October 5, 1915. Manager Kevin Cash was so pleased with how the scheme went that he picked Romo to start the next day’s game as well.

2021 Corey Kluber of the New York Yankees was the latest pitcher to join this season’s no-hitter parade, pulling off the feat with a 2-0 win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. It was the sixth nine-inning no-hitter this year, and came one day after Spencer Turnbull of the Tigers had pitched the previous one.

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