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Jeff Liefer had to extricate himself from a locked bathroom after delaying a 2004 IL game. (Kenji/MLB.com)
Friday, April 29, 1938
Clarence "Buster" Bray of the Gainesville G-Men set a Florida State League record with seven hits in a game. The G-Men collected 27 hits in the contest, establishing a league mark that would later be equaled several times. Bray appeared in four games for the Boston Braves in 1941 and collected 1 hit in 11 at-bats (.091). One year later, Orlando's William Kennedy would wind up on the wrong end of a "hits" record by allowing a league-record 24 in one outing.
Saturday, April 29, 1989
The International League's newest franchise in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continued its rough inauguration. The Red Barons, having replaced the Maine Guides, entered play on April 29 with a 5-14 record. Things went from bad to worse during this Saturday game at Pawtucket, as the Red Sox pounded the seemingly helpless Red Barons pitching staff all night long. When the dust cleared, the Red Sox had scored a franchise record 26 runs. Shortstop Luis Rivera drove in five of the 13 runs he chased home all season in the 26-3 thrashing. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre would finish its inaugural season with a 64-79 record, just 3 1/2 games better than the team with the League's worst mark, Pawtucket (62-84).
Thursday, April 29, 2004
An International League contest between the Indianapolis Indians and the Louisville Bats at Victory Field was delayed in the top of the fourth inning when a handle malfunction trapped Indians first baseman Jeff Liefer in the restroom. Maintenance workers managed to pass a wrench to the trapped player, who detached the faulty device, only to discover the bolt wouldn't budge. With a hammer and chisel, Liefer ultimately removed the entire door from its hinges and escaped -- to the applause of the crowd and a supply of toilet paper from the Louisville players. In his next game, Liefer, a Major Leaguer from 1999-2003, would go 3-for-3 with a home run and a double, his six RBIs matching a club record.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
On his way back to the Majors, 35-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey allowed a leadoff single before setting down the final 27 batters as Triple-A Buffalo defeated Durham, 4-0. He gave up a base hit to Fernando Perez on the game's third pitch but dominated the eventual division-winning Bulls from that point on, setting a modern-day team record by retiring everyone else he faced. A first-round pick by Texas in 1996, Dickey struck out six in recording his second complete game in his fifth start of the season. He needed only 98 pitches in a game that lasted 105 minutes. Promoted to the Majors on May 19, Dickey went 11-9 in 26 starts for the Mets. More >