On this date in 1970, Hall of Famer Willie Mays recorded
his 3,000th hit by singling against Expos pitcher Mike
Wegener. He finished his career with 3,283 hits.
He was the first member of the 3,000 Hit Club to record
his 3,000 hit on the West Coast and the landmark hit
came just two months after fellow slugger Hank Aaron had
joined the Club.
Below is a brief summary of the game in which he
achieved this feat and the box score of the game.
Let’s see who in the Minyan made progress towards their
Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad didn’t play in the Dodgers loss to the Astros on Friday.
Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers
Brauny went 1-for-3, hit his 20th double of the year and was hit by a pitch from Cincinnati’s Bronson Arroyo in the fifth inning of the Reds’ 4-0 win Friday night. The ball hit Brauny in the left forearm and deflected across his hands, catching his right thumb. X-rays on Saturday found no fracture. He was replaced in the field late in the game by Frank Catalanotto. His average held steady at .310.
Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s
Craig earned his second win of the year and his career by pitching 2/3 of a scoreless inning in the A’s win over the Angels on Friday. He recorded two outs, one each in the sixth and seventh, for his first win since the A’s claimed him off waivers from Minnesota on May 20. He lowered his ERA to 4.37.
Craig has earned a Chai 5 and a pastrami sandwich for his effort!
Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers
Scott didn’t pitch in the Rangers loss to the Twins on Friday.
John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
John pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the Pirates 14-inning 2-1 victory over Giants on Friday. He lowered his ERA to 3.24.
Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays
Gabe didn’t play in the Rays 1-run win over the Royals on Friday.
Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers
Ian went 1-for-5, scored a run on Josh Hamilton’s 1st inning homer and stole his 19th base of the year in the Rangers loss to the Twins on Friday. He also took part in 4 double plays!! The Rangers lead the majors in double plays with 104. His average is now at .249.
Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies
Jason didn’t pitch in the Rockies win over the Padres on Friday.
Aaron Poreda, P – Chicago White Sox
Aaron didn’t pitch in the Chisox win over my O’s on Friday.
Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks
Scott pitched 2/3 of an inning with mixed results against the Cardinals in the D-backs loss on Friday. Although he recorded both of his outs on strikeouts, he walked two batters (with one of them being an intentional walk to Albert Pujols), gave up a hit and was charged with 2 earned runs. His ERA rose to 6.32. Ouch.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox
Youk went 1-for-3 on Friday against the Blue Jays, with his lone hit being a 2-run homer (#17) in the first inning. In a big surprise, he also walked and then scored on a Big Papi double in the 5th inning. Ergo, Youk was instrumental in 3 of the Sawx 4 runs in their 4-1 victory. He raised his average to .299.
Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Youk