One late note from Saturday before we move on:
- Since 2010, the Giants had lost two of their four one-hitters. Among the 40 other one-hitters in that span, there was just one loss.
- Vogelsong’s 2011 doesn’t look so flukey now, right?
@Nationals 9, Orioles 3: The Phenoms slowed the O’s, hung the first loss on Wei-Yin Chen and salvaged the finale of this Beltway Battle. Atoning for a 2-base error that contributed to 2 unearned runs, Bryce Harper drove in 2 with his 2nd triple and scored all 3 times he reached base. Strasburg fanned 8 in 5 IP while allowing 1 ER (3 total).
- Battery pack: After catcher Jesus Flores hit a go-ahead HR, Strasburg followed with one of his own, the first of his career (and on an 0-2 pitch). Strasburg also singled and scored on Harper’s triple.
- After going 1 for 26 in 2010-11, Strasburg is 6 for 16 with a HR and 3 doubles this year. He’s only attempted 1 sacrifice (fielder’s choice).
- Harper has started all 21 games since his promotion, and still his only SB is his payback to Cole Hamels. Has he been given the red light? After stealing 26 in 33 tries last year in the minors, he attempted just 2 in 20 games at AAA before his call-up.
- Baltimore’s hitting star was speedy freshman Xavier Avery, who had his fourth 2-hit game out of 8 since being called up, and bagged the first steal of his career.
- Cliff Lee had not allowed a leadoff HR in 150 starts since the last day of 2006.
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia effectively sealed the outcome with a 3-run blast off Lee in the 3rd, his 7th of the year putting Boston up by 5-0. The Phils have not won a game in which they trailed by 3 runs or more.
- Inheriting runners for the first time this year, Heath Bell allowed them both to score, but got the last 2 outs to earn (cough, cough) his 5th save. During his previous 3 years as a closer, Bell let in just 2 of 31 inherited runners.
- Emilio Bonifacio was placed on the DL after playing in each of the first 39 games, and stat freaks sighed wistfully at what might have been. Before injuring his thumb, he was on pace for 83 steals (nobody has swiped 80 since Rickey & Vince in 1988); 79 Runs (Vince ’88 is the only season ever with 80+ SB and less than 80 Runs); 166 hits with 4 doubles (no one with 150+ hits has ever had less than 6 doubles), 12 triples (Marlins record is 13 by the Small-Head Kid) and no HRs in 706 PAs (only 20 live-ball players have ever had a homerless season with 700+ PAs, and only 1 since 1988).
@Tigers 4, Pirates 3: Max Scherzer earned the pitching silver medal for this series, with a career-best and MLB season-high 15 Ks in 7 IP. The record is 16 for an appearance of 7 IP or less, done 6 times by 3 pitchers (Randy Johnson 3, all in 2001; Jake Peavy 2; Cliff Lee).
- Austin Jackson missed his 4th straight game. He’s hitting .331/.414 (162 OPS+) with 29 Runs in 36 games.
- Tigers and Indians will meet for the first time this year in Cleveland starting Tuesday. Detroit has won 10 straight over the Tribe.
White Sox 6, @Cubs 0: Six straight losses for the Northsiders, five of them at home.
- The visitors came into the series with no HRs from their #2 men, then saw Gordon Beckham hit 2 in 3 games.
- Quality start in 8 of 9 games for Jake Peavy (6.1 IP, 7 K).
- ChiSox now lead the all-time series in Wrigley, 23-22 (48-39 over all). They’ve won 4 straight series in the Friendly Confines, going 9-3 since 2009.
- That was fast: Bryan Lahair‘s BA fell from .388 on May 7 to .315, going 8 for 45. He still has a 1.037 OPS.
@Brewers 16, Twins 4: Jonathan Lucroy (5-3-3-7, 2 HRs) is the 2nd catcher this year with a 7-RBI game, . There have been just 52 such games since 1918, 20 of them from 1993-2007. The record for a catcher is 10 RBI, by Walker Cooper in this 1949 treble-3-run-HR game.
- The number counted shall be three: Twins’ winning streak snapped.
- CC Sabathia walked 5 in 7 IP, including 3 straight with 2 out in the 7th, forcing in the go-ahead run (first sacks-full walk since 2010). He’s walked 9 in his last 2 starts, both losses; he walked 10 total in his first 7 starts (5-0).
- First save of the year for Aroldis Chapman, who has allowed neither hit nor walk in half his 18 games (0.63 WHIP).
- In his last 12 games, Alex Rodriguez has 1 RBI in 44 ABs. He’s 6-38 this year with RISP.
Mets 6, @Blue Jays 5: I couldn’t watch the last of the 9th, with Frankie Francisco returning to the scene of his many crimes last year (6 HRs in 32 IP @ Rogers), after the Mets had frittered away 3/4 of their lead in the prior 2 innings. Francisco walked the first batter, Yunel Escobar (1 HR, .320 SLG) — the one man he would face who doesn’t have big-time power — then allowed a 1-2 single to Jose Bautista (officially out of his funk, hitting .333 with 6 HRs in 10 games). But with the tying run in scoring position, Francisco found the extra gear and fanned the next 3 men, who all went down swinging.
- David Wright (4-1-2-2, double, walk) now batting .412. In his last 22 games, he has just 1 HR but a .447 BA/.551 OBP and 21 Runs.
- New York’s Mike Baxter is 16 for 41 (.390) with 7 doubles, a triple and no HRs. Only one player has ever had a homerless season with 20+ hits and at least half the hits for extra bases: Lou Guisto, 1922. In the rest of his brief career, Guisto had just 11 XBH out of 67 hits.
Mariners 6, @Rockies 4: Seattle completes the sweep by a combined score of 20-7 and finishes a 10-game trip on an up note, while Colorado’s skid grew to 3-13, knocking the Rox into last place for the first time this year.
- Jeremy Guthrie has started 3 times in Denver this year and allowed 6 runs each time (16.1 IP, 18 ER). I like Guthrie, but a low-K, HR-prone pitcher in Coors Field just doesn’t work.
- M’s have played 28 road games, just 15 at home.
- Don’t read too much into this little hot streak from Justin Smoak (13-36, 2 HRs). During those 9 games, he has no walks, 11 Ks, and 2 Runs; for the season, 8 walks and 39 whiffs.
- Tulo: 1 HR, 6 RBI in last 20 games.
- Todd Helton went 0-5 with 3 Ks — the first time he’s ever done that and failed to reach base at all.
- Dad never did that: Andy Van Slyke was a notoriously bad pinch-hitter, going 13-98 (.133) with just 1 HR, a 2-run shot.
- It was the first time in 23 chances that anyone ever put in play a Rzepczynski 3-0 pitch.
- The last 3-0 pinch-HR was a 2006 slam by Jason Lane; the previous two were in 2001 by David Dellucci, 6 weeks apart.
- If you haven’t seen Kenley Jansen pitch, do yourself a favor. Imagine Mariano’s cutter with an extra 5-10 MPH.
@Padres 3, Angels 2: Worst day of Howie Kendrick‘s career? He was 2-6 at the plate, but struck out in all 3 chances with RISP (stranding 6 runners) and got picked off or caught stealing after each of his singles. In the field, he shifted from 2B to LF in the 11th, his first OF game this year, and in the 13th, with a man on 1st and 2 out, he booted a simple single — there was no play for Kendrick to make — then heaved a throw well wide of home, as PH Clayton Richard came all the way around with the winning run.
- Mike Trout: 4-2-3-1, HR, 2 walks, 2 steals. Rest of the Angels: 1 for 14 with RISP.
- Richard was 0-16 this year and 3-44 in the past 2 seasons before his pinch-single that sparked the win.
- Six Padres relievers held down the Halos over the last 7 innings, including Dale Thayer, still unscored-upon with 10 Ks and no walks in 10 IP. Thayer has walked just 1 in 35 career IP.
- Huddy needs 36 more wins to pass The Gambler as the all-time wins leader from the state of Georgia.
- Atlanta had no shutouts through 38 games; now 2 in their last 4.
Rangers 6, @Astros 1: In 60 IP, Colby Lewis has 53 Ks and just 9 walks. He’s also served up 13 HRs in 9 starts, putting him on pace for 49 HRs in 34 starts. Only two Rangers have ever allowed 40+ HRs.
Diamondbacks 2, @Royals 0: It must be in their heads by now: KC is 11-7 on the road but just 5-17 at home. Their worst home record ever was 29-51 in 1998; right now they’re on pace for 18-63.
- On the other hand, home hasn’t been as sweet as usual for MLB teams in general; the combined home record is 313-307 (.505), equivalent to a season mark of 41-40. The home W% was .526, .559 and .549 in the past 3 years.
Round 1 of interleague play went to the AL by 24-18 (.571 W% equivalent to 92.5 wins in 162 games). The junior circuit won 8 of 14 series, with 2 sweeps. The NL had no sweeps.