1911 – Detroit’s Ty Cobb hit his first grand slam. After six innings, the Tigers led the Red Sox, 10-1. Boston came back to win the game 13-11 in 10 innings.
1911 – The New York Giants scored a major league record 10 runs before the St. Louis Cardinals retired the first batter in the first inning. Fred Merkle drove in six of the Giants’ 13 runs in the first en route to a 19-5 rout. Rube Marquard of the Giants entered the game in the second inning and set a record for relievers with 14 strikeouts in his eight-inning appearance.
1923 – Joe Sewell of the Cleveland Indians struck out twice in one game for the first time in his career. Washington Senator rookie Wally Warmoth was the pitcher. In a 14-year career, Sewell had only one other multiple strikeout game.
1942 – Boston’s Jim Tobin became the only pitcher in modern history to hit three home runs in one game. Tobin led the Braves to a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs. His fourth at-bat was a fly ball caught against the fence in left field.
1952 – In an Appalachian League game, Ron Necciai of the Bristol Twins struck out 27 batters while pitching a 7-0 no-hitter against the Welch Miners.
1955 – Mickey Mantle hit three home runs – two left-handed and one right-handed – as the Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2.
1958 – Teammates Willie Mays and Darryl Spencer each had four long hits as San Francisco beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles 16-9. Mays had two homers, two triples, a single and four RBIs, and Spencer had two homers, a triple, a double and six RBIs for a combined 28 total bases.
1958 – Stan Musial got his 3,000th hit with a pinch-double off Chicago’s Moe Drabowsky at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals won 5-3.
1980 – Ray Knight of Cincinnati hit two home runs in the fifth inning – including a grand slam – to lead the Reds to a 15-4 rout of the New York Mets. 7 1982 – The Chicago Cubs won game No. 8,000 in their history with a 5-0 victory over Houston at the Astrodome.
1989 – Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins tied a major league record with four doubles against the Blue Jays. He became the 35th player to hit four doubles in a game, the first since Toronto’s Damaso Garcia in 1986.
1993 – George Brett hit his 300th career home run in the sixth inning of Kansas City’s 7-3 victory over Cleveland. Brett joined Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie Mays and Al Kaline as the only players with at least 3,000 hits and 300 homers.
1998 – The Atlanta Braves set an NL record and tied a major league mark by hitting home runs in 25 straight games, doing it when Ryan Klesko hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning against St. Louis.
2000 – Todd Stottlemyre of Arizona earned his seventh victory of the season as the Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 6-2. It was Todd’s 136th career win. He and father Mel Stottlemyre became the first father-son combination to record 300 wins.
2007 – San Francisco rookie Fred Lewis hit for the cycle in a 15-2 win over Colorado, just four days after being called up from Triple-A Fresno.
2009 – Alfonso Soriano hit his 53rd leadoff homer in Chicago’s 6-4, rain-shortened win against San Diego, tying Craig Biggio for second on baseball’s career list and setting a club record.
2009 – Soon after Adam LaRoche became the first player to have a home run taken away following a video replay review, Ross Gload lost one the same way when umpires reversed their call. LaRoche wound up with a double for Pittsburgh at PNC Park. Gload’s pinch-hit drive was finally called foul at Milwaukee and he eventually struck out. Both players had already rounded the bases when umps changed the original call.
2009 – Ryan Zimmerman’s 30-game hitting streak ended when he went 0 for 3 with two walks in Washington’s 6-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
2010 – Mat Latos pitched a one-hitter, allowing just a sixth-inning single that deflected off him, and also drove in the lone run to lead the San Diego Padres over the San Francisco Giants 1-0. Latos retired the first 15 batters. Eli Whiteside opened the sixth with a one hopper that hit off Latos’ glove hand and bounced toward shortstop. Third baseman Chase Headley’s throw to first wasn’t in time.
2012 – Joey Votto hit a grand slam in the ninth inning for his third home run of the game, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a rain-delayed 9-6 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Today’s birthdays: David Hernandez, 29.