Friday roundup

Giants 5, Pirates 0: Now, that’s more like a $100-million man. Matt Cain retired the first 17 batters, gave up a clean single to opposing pitcher James McDonald (an .079 career hitter), then put away the last 10 Pirates, for his third career 1-hitter. He finished with 11 Ks, 1 off his career high, and a personal-best 96 Game Score. Pittsburgh, now hitting .178 with 7 walks, suffered their second shutout this year; they’ve scored 11 runs in 7 games.

White Sox 5, Tigers 2: Just the second known regulation game in which Detroit pitchers got 15+ strikeouts in a loss. The other was a 15-K CG by Paul Foytack in 1956, which was the game record for a Tigers pitcher until Mickey Lolich had a pair of 16-K games in 1969.

Nationals 2, Reds 1: Washington has allowed 18 runs in 8 games. In 75 IP, they’ve yielded 49 hits and 28 walks (1.03 WHIP), with 79 Ks. Their starters have led the way with a 1.89 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 3.83 SO/BB ratio.

Orioles 7, Blue Jays 5: Toronto became the first team this year to lose while hitting 4 home runs. All 7 HRs in the game were lonesome travelers.

Mets 5, Phillies 2: After getting just 3 runs (1 ER) in 3 prior games against Cliff Lee, New York nicked him 4 times Friday. No blow was bigger or longer in coming than the 2-run HR to right-center field by Jason Bay in the 1st inning.

  • Bay’s only RBI in the first 6 games this year came on a sac-fly/DP; his 18 HRs in 224 Mets games was fewer than he’d hit in the first 69 games of his last pre-Mets season.
  • Philly out-hit the Mets, 11-6, but went 0-8 with RISP.
  • The Phils trail Washington by 2.5 games, their biggest deficit since Sept. 1, 2010.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 5: Two swings ended a pair of year-long schneids: Bryan LaHair hit Chicago’s first grand slam since Sept. 2010, and Ian Stewart hit his first HR since August 2010. Those droughts had reached 148 and 168 PAs, respectively.

Red Sox 12, Rays 2: Uhoh….

Yankees 5, Angels 0: In a crisp home opener, Nick Swisher capped 2-out rally in the 1st with a 3-run double, and Hiroki Kuroda pitched 8 scoreless for his first Yankee win. The Bombers turned 3 DPs, and the Halos never got a man past 2nd base. Alex Rodriguez hit his 4th HR in his last 48 games, dating to June 2010.

Dodgers 9, Padres 8: Take your pick:

The past three days have brought the year’s first game-ending walk, HBP and wild pitch. What’s next?

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Ed
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Hmmm….wonder how often someone’s thrown a one-hitter in which the only hit was by the opposing pitcher? Probably not searchable in the play index.

Doug
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Not sure how you would find that with P-I. Seems like you’d have to run two searches, copy the results to Excel, and see which games match up. One search, Teams with 1 hit in a game, would be manageable. But, the second search, Pitchers with 1 hit in a game, would be huge.

Something of an enterprise to find those games, I think.

Ed
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According to ESPN, the last Giant’s pitcher to have that happen was Hal Schumacher in 1935.

Doug
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Yes, that was on 4/28/35 against the Phillies. Orville Jorgens got the hit. Jorgens relieved the Phillies starter Euel Moore after only 1/3 inning and 3 batters faced (either injured or ejected, I’m presuming).

Richard Chester
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Here’s a game in which an opposing pitcher broke up a perfect game. On 7/4/08 Hook Wiltse of the Giants retired the first 26 batters and then hit opposing P George McQuillan with a pitch. The next batter was retired. The score at the end of 9 innings was 0-0. Wiltse retired the side in order in the top of the 10th. The Giants won the game in the bottom of the 10th. I have alresdy cited this game on the old B-R blog, that’s how I remembered it.

Neil L.
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Richard, I can’t find the game because there are no game logs available on B-Ref for that era. How did you find this game?

Richard Chester
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I have a copy of The Baseball Maniac’s Almanac which has a list of all games in which the first 26 batters were retired in order and the 27th batter spoiled the game. As of the publication date of the book (2010) there were 9 such games. First on the list was Wiltse’s game and McQuillan was listed as the spoiler. I knew McQuillan was a pitcher. I then went to Charlton’s Chronology for more details and read that McQuillen was the only base-runner.

Neil L.
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Wow, Richard, no wonder I didn’t know of the game. Thank you.

Doug
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In other action: In the Red Sox game, Josh Beckett extended his streak of starts with a strikeout to 281 games – his entire career. Only Dwight Gooden (349) has a longer streak to start a career (preceding, as reported by ESPN). Beckett, though, had just 1 K in 8 innings of work, his longest outing with only one punchout. Prior to 2007, Beckett had had at least 2 K in every outing longer than 3 innings and, prior to 2011, in every outing longer than 5 innings. In Colorado’s come-from-behind win over Arizona, Todd Helton drove in the eventual… Read more »
Ed
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Doug – Cleveland’s outburst was obviously a direct result of signing Johnny “Winner” Damon. Damon doesn’t even have to be in the clubhouse for good things to start happening. (sorry…couldn’t resist a little sarcasm)

bstar
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Ed, I’d say it was merely the thought of Damon doing naked pull-ups in the clubhouse ten minutes before the game that spurred the Indians to victory. I’m rooting for Damon to have a good year, but I pretty much pull for all the good players in baseball.

Ed
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I had to google that one Bstar! Anyway, Terry Pluto, columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is projecting that Damon will join the team around May 1st. He’ll go to extended spring training first, then spend some time at AA or AAA. Initial reports were that the contract included an opt out clause for when Grady Sizemore comes back but apparently it’s more of a gentleman’s agreement. Anyway, given the injury history of Sizemore, Hafner, Choo and Brantley, I’d be surprised if Damon doesn’t spend the whole year with the team.

bstar
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haha, yeah google probably gave you the grisly details. Kevin Millar was on the Dan Patrick show the other day and revealed that Damon could be found on the chin-up bar literally minutes from game time, dress as quickly as possible, then end up on second base with a leadoff double ten minutes later. Good to see capable vets getting signed out there. Sure, they have no future but Damon is still better than the average 4th outfielder out there.

Ed
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One more note on Harang…he was the first pitcher to strike out 13 batters on Friday the 13th since Dwight Gooden on June 13, 1986.

bluejaysstatsgeek
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And the improved Blue Jays bullpen is on pace for 69 blown saves!

solace
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It almost makes me miss Kevin Gregg.

AlbaNate
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R. A. Dickey pitched his 14th straight quality start last night, currently the long streak of QSs in the majors. Mets pitchers have struck out ten or more batters in five straight games–last time they did that was six straight games in 1990. Current Mets announcer Ron Darling pitched in the first and sixth games of that streak. Mets catcher Josh Thole was involved in a very strange play last night. According to the box score, RA Dickey bunted into a double play, but that’s not really what happened. Dickey actually successfully bunted Thole over, but then Thole decided to… Read more »
vivaeljason
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I expect a walk-off balk at some point this week.

Neil L.
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Just out of interest, prompted by John’s feature of Matt Cain, I decided to compare his accomplishment last night to Nolan Ryan’s low hit games by age 27.

Matt Cain already has three one-hitters and no no-hitters, although the season is young. By age 27, his 1974 season, Nolan Ryan had pitched seven low-hit games, including three no-hitters.

Admittedly an other-worldly standard to hold Matt Cain to, but interesting nevertheless.

bstar
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Neil, I saw on ESPN late last night that Cain’s three low-hit CG tie him with Roy Halladay and a couple other pitchers(Verlander?) for 2nd place on the active list. The suprising active leader is Anibal Sanchez with 4 low-hitters.

Neil L.
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I never would have guessed that, bstar,about Anibal Sanchez, and he was taken out of another one-hitter in 2006, after 7 innings.

Hmmm …. there will never be another Nolan Ryan!

Neil L.
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“Just the second known regulation game in which Detroit pitchers got 15+ strikeouts in a loss.”

Hey the Tigers may be on a pace to have the most strikeouts combined between their pitchers and batters in a season. 🙂

44 + 57 = 101 after seven games. Actually I’m surprised their batters have struck out so few times to start the season, considering the power potential.

Timmy Pea
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Zambrano pitched a great game down in Miami tonight.

Neil L.
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Just had a look at his pitching line, Timmy. Only one earned run 6 IP. But his six walks and four hits means it wasn’t the tidiest performance. His WHIP was 1.67.

Houston couldn’t take advantage though.

Timmy Pea
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He started off real bad again, then pitched out of it this time. He also picked a guy off base after walking him.

Neil L.
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And he had a runner thrown out at the plate. So the Cat helped himself tonight.

Neil L.
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What a crazy ninth inning for Houston. Heath Bell a huge blown save and Zambrano loses his win. Talk about a tough-luck loss!

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