— I’ve lost a few baseballs in the bushes, but never like this.
- Adrian Beltre as a pinch-hitter is 4 for 13 with 3 HRs. But this was the first time he really impacted a game.
- Since 2005, the leaders in “ace starts” (a term I just made up for 8+ IP allowing 1 run or less): Roy Halladay 48, Cliff Lee 44, CC Sabathia 40, Felix Hernandez 39.
- Minnesota already has been held to 1 hit or less in 2 games, matching their 2011 total, which was the MLB high. They’ve had 2 hits or less 3 times and 3 hits or less 4 times, both tops in the majors.
- The Royals will go for a home series win over the Yanks on Sunday, a trick they haven’t turned since April 2008. Since 1996, KC is 39-95 against New York, including 24-43 at home. (Update: They didn’t get it.)
— Mike Minor vs. Jamie Moyer: First NL game this year with both starters allowing 10+ hits. Each one did it in 5 IP; each of the last two season has seen just one such game. There have been 30 such games since 1995, 8 of them at Coors Field.
- #3 hitter Carlos Gonzalez reached safely in all 5 trips, but never scored.
- Michael Bourn has drawn 6 bases-loaded walks in 45 chances.
- In 3 of their last 4 games, the Braves have totaled 37 runs on 52 hits and 15 walks, with 7 HRs and 7 doubles. In between, Joe Blanton skunked them on 3 singles.
— Friday’s first-ever meeting between Jonny Gomes and Brandon Gomes (no relation) resulted in a HBP. Their meeting Saturday ended in a 4-pitch walk. Their fortunes continued diverging from that point: Jonny’s nice catch in the bottom of the 10th and his HR in the 12th led his new mates to victory over the red-hot team that developed him, while Brandon was optioned to AAA after the game.
- This call should be made more often.
- When the bullpens are on the field, you need a ballboy who can really pick it.
- It was a “home run in an elevator shaft,” but Daric Barton only wound up with a single.
- If you haven’t seen Addison Reed‘s heater yet, here’s the pitch that saved the day for Chicago. In 16 career IP, Reed he has 24 Ks and 4 walks. In the minors, 108 IP, 155 Ks, 20 walks.
— Mike Trout (age 20) is the youngest player to homer this year. Only two position players age 21 or under have appeared in the majors in 2012.
— “All aboard for a free ride to Lansdowne Street!”
- Early returns on the Jeremy Guthrie trade: Jason Hammel, 4-1, 2.09 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 38 Ks in 39 IP; Matt Lindstrom, no ER, 0.91 WHIP in 11 IP.
- More favorable trade winds: Last year’s deadline deal of Koji Uehara brought in Chris Davis (.944 OPS) and Tommy Hunter, who’s given them a chance to win 4 of his 5 starts.
Here at HHS Recap, these are a few of our favorite things:
- We like to see our elders doing well.
- We like to see old dogs learn new tricks.
- We love it when pitchers sling the leather and when they get meaningful extra-base hits.
- And we really love outfield double plays.
— Youngsters, here’s a good reason to listen when your folks tell you to polish your shoes.
— Overshadowed by Friday’s dramatic ending was yet another strong start by Tigers rookie (and AL ERA leader) Drew Smyly. The second-year pro is the first Tiger in the searchable era to start his career with 5 starts allowing 2 runs or less. Smyly has 29 Ks in 28 IP; only one Tiger has ever had a qualifying season with 9 SO/9.