More Sunday game notes

Orioles 3, Angels 2: Baltimore is the first team this year with 9+ hits and all of them singles.

  • Darren O’Day faced one batter and got two outs, on a DP grounder. But Dan Otero went one better the day before, with a lot of help from his backstop. Otero came on in the 8th inning of the Giants-Mets game with Jason Bay at bat, two men aboard and no outs.  Buster Posey first picked off Ike Davis at 1B, then threw out David Wright stealing 3rd two pitches later; then Otero retired Bay on a groundout. Otero’s outing was the first time since April 2009 that a pitcher faced one batter and got 3 outs.

Padres 6, Phillies 1: Nick Hundley is the first hitter in 10 years to cram a HR, a 3B and a sac fly into no more than 4 times up. The last to do it was Jared Sandberg, Ryne’s nephew. (The last before him is currently managing in Miami.)

  • Before Saturday, Philly had won 13 straight games in San Diego, and had gone 10 straight games there allowing 2 runs or less. The 11 runs scored by the Padres in the last two games is more than they had scored off Philly in the last 10 games in SD.
  • Joe Savery of the Phils is one of three pitchers this year who have faced at least 16 batters without a strikeout. Savery has allowed just 1 hit and 1 run in 4.1 IP; the other two combined have allowed 19 hits and 13 runs in 5 IP.

Diamondbacks 6, Braves 4: Surprise, surprise — an early bases-filling IBB blew up into a 5-run inning. Some folks might forgive Fredi Gonzalez for opting to fill ’em up with 2 out and go after pitcher Ian Kennedy, a career .156 hitter. But in the 2nd inning of a game that you’re leading 1-0? Sorry, no — I’ll take my chances with career .238 hitter John McDonald.

  • Anyway, Randall Delgado walked Kennedy on four pitches, then threw ball 1 to Gerardo Parra. The next pitch to Parra never came back, and neither did Atlanta.
  • Arizona snapped a 5-game slide, as well as a 4-game stretch scoring 2 runs or less. Atlanta had won the first 3 games of the series by a combined 22-5.

White Sox 7, Mariners 4: Through 15 games, Adam Dunn has 13 RBI — as many as his best full month last year.

  • Feast or famine: The ChiSox have 9 hitters qualified for the batting title. Five have OPS+ of 130 and up; four are below 60.
  • I can’t help thinking that this guy should be on the other side of town. I don’t think the Sox will pay his El fare, though. Check out these minor-league stats: 108 IP, 60 hits, 20 walks, 155 Ks. In the majors so far: 14 IP, 2 walks, 20 Ks.

 Astros 12, Dodgers 0: Second time in the franchise’s 7,792 games that Houston had exactly 12 runs on 12 hits … and the first time they did it at home.

One thing I usually do when looking through the day’s box scores is to add up the record of the teams that walked more than their opponents. Sunday, they were 7-3-2. More on this sometime soon.


More Sunday game notes — 19 Comments

  1. “Otero’s outing was the first time since April 2009 that a pitcher faced one batter and got 3 outs.”

    Not sure that’s really what you meant to say. Blue Jays turned a triple play on Friday – seems that would also qualify.

  2. Nate Schierholtz has tripled in both halves of today’s doubleheader vs the Mets (he also had a homer and single in the first game). When was the last time that happened?

  3. Some not-so-fun history was made tonight by Joe Paterson, who came in to pitch the 9th for the D-Backs with a 9-0 lead and gave up 5 straight hits and 5 runs (2 HRs) without getting an out.

    In his last game, Paterson allowed 4 hits and didn’t get an out.

    Since 1918, the only other time a pitcher went consecutive games allowing 4+ hits without retiring a batter was in 1928, by Lee Meadows. That was at the tail end of a 15-year career that finished with a record of 188-180 in over 3,000 IP. Meadows made just 1 more appearance after this streak.

    (And I’ll admit, I didn’t recall the name, although he pitched in the 1925 and ’27 WS for Pittsburgh.)

    • Dizzy Trout is another guy who allowed 4 hits without recording an out in his final ML appearance.

      Dizzy allowed a double-single-triple-single to the bottom 4 of the Athletics lineup. The “slugger” in that group was Bob Martyn, batting .213 with a .493 OPS – the other three were all hitting under .200.

      Dizzy last played in 1952, and after 4 seasons out of baseball entirely, he made this ill-fated comeback as a 42 year-old with the Orioles. His catcher that day was 18 year-old Frank Zupo, one of the very few times a teenager and a 40 year-old have formed a battery.

      • I immediately thought of Nolan Ryan when I read this post… But Ryan only allowed 2 hits in his final appearance without recording an out. He also walked 4 batters and gave up 5 runs.

  4. Paul Konerko hit his 399th HR last night. I can see him getting to 450 easily. You mention Adam Dunn, he is off to a good start for him. Getting his walks and he has 6 doubles already.

    • If ‘Nerks does get to 450 HRs, he’ll probably overtake the Big Hurt for the White Sox franchise HR lead (448). Konerko has hit all but 7 of his 399 for Chicago. Baines (221) and Fisk (214) are the only others with 200+ HRs for the Pale Hose.

      • Until 1987, the White Sox HR leader was Bill Melton, with 154 (Harold Baines passed him that year). This seems rather low for a franchise that has been around since 1901. Most of their long-time position players, like Luke Appling, Nellie Fox, Eddie Collins, and Luis Aparicio, were not HR hitters.

        I wondered if any of the other “Original 16” have so few players (4) with 200+ career HR? No one else asked, but here’s the answer anyway (scroll down):

        TEAM… (players w/200+ career HR)
        YANKEES (18) no surprise…
        Red Sox (10) ditto

        Tigers (9)
        Reds (8)
        Braves (8)
        Cubs (8)
        Phillies (8)

        Indians (7)
        A’s (7)

        Cardinals (6)
        Browns/Orioles (6)
        Dodgers (6)
        Giants (6)
        Senators/Twins (6)

        WHITE SOX (4)
        Pirates (3){Stargell 474; Kiner 301; Clemente 240}

        • Melton was the first member of the White Sox to hit more than 30 HRs in a season. His total of 33 in 1970 broke the record of 29 held by Eddie Robinson and Gus Zernial.

          • Old Comiskey Park was death to home runs. That had as much to do with the low totals as anything.

          • Dick Allen followed that up with 37 in strike-shortened 1972 (on his best behaviour)and hit 32 in 1974. He also had 16 in 72 games in a broken-leg shortened 1973.

            I believe the Spalding baseball that was used pre-Rawlings Rocket (1977) was a little soft and probably not wound or made to the same specs we have today. But, I guess that’s a discussion for a different day

        • It’s no fluke of arbitrary cut-off points:

          150-199 career HR: Tigers 7, Giants 8, White Sox 5, Pirates 4
          125-150 career HR: Tigers 8, Giants 5, White Sox 5, Pirates 5

          Like the White Sox, most of the Pirates best long-time hitters were either dead-ball stars (Wagner, Carey, Clarke, Leach) or not HR hitters (Waner, Traynor, Vaughan, Oliver).

        • Half of those 6 Dodgers compiled 200 HR within just an 8 year period (1948-55) with Snider (233), Hodges (238) and Campanella (209). Since then, Garvey and Cey did it from 1969-82, and Eric Karros in 1991-2002.

          I’m predicting Matt Kemp joins the list by the end of next year. He needs 63 more HR as of today.

  5. “Baltimore is the first team this year with 9+ hits and all of them singles.”

    Also, the Dodgers beat the Braves on Monday on a double and 14 singles.

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