Darryl Strawberry joins 300 home run club

May 6, 2009

Standings At Close of Play of July 28, 1996

Darryl Strawberry hit a two-run walk-off home run in deep center field on Jason Jacome in the Yankees 3-2 victory over the Royals. It was Strawberry’s 300th career homer.

“He’s not up there to walk,” Torre said. “We wanted him to hit the ball.”

Twice in the game Strawberry had batted with runners on, and he struck out twice against Royals starter Kevin Appier. Perhaps he was trying for No. 300 too hard.

Take a look at this box score. In the 13th inning, Jim Thome hit a three-run home run. In the 12th, Kenny Lofton made a game-saving catch to rob Roberto Alomar of a two-run homer.

In another 13 inning game, Jesse Levis singled home the winning run for the Brewers. Randy Velarde went 4 for 6 for the Angels. Velarde ended up having a fairly good season. He hit .285 with a .799 OPS.

Alex Fernandez pitched well for the White Sox by pitching eight innings without an earned run. Fernandez raised his record to 10-7. Ron Karkovice and Tony Phillips homered.

The Tigers scored 14 runs in the win over Seattle. Cecil Fielder homered twice and drove in five runs.

The Blue Jays beat the A’s 1-0 in a pitching duel. Pat Hentgen (12-6) pitched a three-hit shutout for his fifth straight victory. He went on to win the Cy Young in 1996.

Sammy Sosa had a big day at Coors field. He had four hits including his league-leading 35th home run of the year. Sosa ended up with 40 home runs and 100 RBIs in 1996.  Galararraga ended up winning the home run (47) and RBI (150) crowns in 1996.

Gary Sheffield set a Marlin record with his 28th homer. Sheffield had 3 hits and 3 runs. John Flaherty’s 27-game hitting streak ended. Flaherty’s streak was the longest in the majors. Flaherty was 0 for 3 against Al Leiter who allowed 2 hits (and 6 walks!) in 6 2/3 innings.

Orlando Miller hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning for the Astros to beat the Dodgers

Giants rookie Shawn Estes outpitched John Smoltz (17-5) and Barry Bonds hit his 27th homer and drove in four runs. Smoltz won the Cy Young in 1996 and ended up with a 24-8 record.

Other news on this date:

Cincinnati Red owner Marge Schott returned to Riverfront Stadium for the first time since being banned from her office by major league baseball (she was initially banned for her remarks about Adolf Hitler, women and Asians). Schott was on the field with her St. Bernard dog before the Reds’ game with the New York Mets. Baseball had allowed a partial lifting of the ban but Schott was still barred from going to her executive office, and from taking part in day-to-day operations.

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