April 25, 1988
MILNER PINCH-HIT IN NINTH SPOILS HALICKI GEM
Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh (UPI) – Pirates pinch-hitter John Milner’s slap single to left field with two out in the ninth inning ended Giants pitcher Ed Halicki’s bid for the first perfect game—as well as the first no-hitter—in Statis Pro 1978 Replay history.
Halicki had retired the first twenty-six batters he had faced until Milner, hitting for losing pitcher John Candelaria (1-3), lofted a 2-2 pitch just over the outstretched glove of shortstop Chris Speier. It would have been Halicki’s second career no-hitter; on August 24, 1975 he no-hit the New York Mets at Candlestick Park.
Except for ruining the perfect game, Milner’s hit did no damage. Halicki balked Milner to second, then settled down and retired Omar Moreno on a lineout to Speier to preserve the 2-0 win.
The SP78 commissioner, seated in the center field bleacher section of Three Rivers Stadium, had to be taken to nearby Allegheny Hospital after the game, suffering from a bad case of the shakes.
With a single in his last at-bat against the Mets at Shea Stadium, Pete Rose is now five hits shy of his 3,000th…
The Padres called up catcher Bob Davis from their AAA affiliate in Hawaii to replace injured catcher Rick Sweet…
NL – April 29
The Mets turned five double plays and received HR’s from John Stearns, Steve Henderson, and Lee Mazzilli, drubbing the Reds 5-0. Pat Zachry evened his record at 3-3…The Astros were also helped by three home runs, stopping the Expos 6-1 at the Astrodome. Expo Andre Dawson also clubbed a homer, his fourth…In a classic pitching matchup, Gaylord Perry outdueled Steve Carlton for a 1-0 Padres win over the Phillies. Perry allowed just four hits, striking out seven while walking only one…A bases-clearing double in the seventh inning by Bob Horner brought Atlanta to a 4-4 tie with Chicago, then one inning later Horner’s walk forced in the game-winning run for a 5-4 Braves victory at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Rick Camp picked up the win in relief, while Bruce Sutter saw his record drop to 0-3…The Dodgers cooled off the Cardinals 4-2 at Busch Memorial Stadium. Dusty Baker’s single with the bases full in the ninth was the deciding hit…
Just 20 games remain in the ‘Pray For May’ campaign!